Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - February 18, 2016

February 12, 2016


Contact: Susan E. Westfahl, Clerk of the Board (913) 551-3200

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., in the offices of McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips, 10 East Cambridge Circle Drive, Suite 300, Kansas City, Kansas.

In addition ot regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting shall be to assemble in retreat fashion to discuss Boardsmanship and Board planning for the future.

Dated this 12th day of February 2016.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for October

November 4, 2013


Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

October Students of the Month.

J'aniuyah Harris, 5th grade

New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Christy Waugh, Teacher
"We want to nominate J'aniuyah Harris for Student of the Month. She has shown fortitude throughout her lessons here at New Stanley in P.E., Music, Art, Library and Science. Her presence stands out as one who is in charge of her learning ... We feel that she is very deserving of such an honor because of her unwavering attitude towards her learning."
-- Sincerely, Christy Waugh, Teacher

Anthonio Rollins, 8th grade

Eisenhower Middle School
Nominated by: Poonam Sharma & Quinn White, Teachers
"Anthonio is an excellent student. He comes to school every day ready to learn ... He is a hard worker and likes to give his best ... We feel very fortunate to have Anthonio Rollins at Eisenhower Middle School. He will be an excellent choice for Student of the Month."
-- Sincerely, Poonam Sharma and Quinn White, Teachers

Gabriel "Gabe" Garcia, 12th grade

J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by: Cheryl McDonald, Beth McMillen, Kameisha White
"Gabriel Garcia, Gabe, is currently a senior at J.C. Harmon ... One of Gabe's IEP goals is to work. For the 2nd school year year in a row Gabe is working at the 8th Street YMCA. Gabe was recently honored thru the greater Kansas City YMCA as a "Super Hero" whose super power is "Spreading Joy!" ... Gabe Garcia would be an excellent choice for Student of the Month."
-- Sincerely, Cheryl McDonald, Beth McMillen, Kameisha White

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

SPN Students Win $1,000 Prize in KC Healthy Kids Competition

February 16, 2016


Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

Students from Stony Point North Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas are speaking out for a healthy community, and their actions have won them a $1,000 prize in the KC Healthy Kids youth photo/essay contest.

The school’s fourth grade class was one of six first-place winners in the “I Am Here” photo/essay contest. The contest asked schools to submit captioned photos illustrating how their communities help and hinder healthy habits.

Ray Lipovac, PE teacher at Stony Point North, coordinated the effort at his school. The students focused on many of the healthy habits taught in PE class. They include:

  • Wearing pedometers to track their daily fitness activities
  • Participating in a wide variety of physical activities in PE classes
  • Creating PE portfolios to assist in emphasizing the importance of wellness
  • Conducting healthy eating activities through all-school taste tests and discussions in PE
  • Documenting the need for schoolyard gardens where students can grow food for their school lunches and taste test events
  • Participating in the NFL Play 60 program

In the category of hindering healthy habits, the students captured images of their large school campus and playground space, with a small amount of playground equipment. Their goal is to secure more playground equipment to enhance student activity.

They used the slogan, “I Am Here, But My Playground Equipment is Not.”

Lipovac’s 5th grade students also submitted an entry and won honorable mention recognition which came with a $100 prize. All prize money will be used to promote student wellness.

“It was very rewarding for our staff to hear of the outcome of the contest and to have our students receive the special recognition for their accomplishments in receiving both first place for the fourth graders and honorable mention for the fifth graders,” Lipovac said. “We have very high expectations for our students, and challenge our students with a variety of educational activities. We know that our students can rise to the level of our expectations.”

Now that the 4th graders have won first place, they will vie for a chance to win the $2,500 grand prize by making a “shark tank” style presentation about their project on March 2 to local government, community and business leaders. They will be competing against the other five school districts who also won first place prizes. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Tickets can be purchased online at .

KC Healthy Kids rallies communities to improve access to affordable fresh food and safe places to walk and play for overall good health. 

“I Am Here” was open to students in grades 3-8 around the KC Metro area. For more information, go to

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

KCKPS Joins the Coalition of Innovative Districts


October 15, 2014

Contact: David A. Smith, chief of staff, (913) 279-2242

Yesterday, the Kansas State Board of education selected the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) to join the Coalition of Innovative Districts. KCKPS joins McPherson and Concordia, the two founding districts, along with the Blue Valley and Hugoton school districts.

The Kansas Legislature created the Coalition of Innovative Districts in 2013, in order to provide a limited number of districts with exemptions from certain state laws and regulations, in order to allow them to function in more innovative ways.

In their applications, districts were required to specify which state laws and regulations they would seek to have waived. KCKPS applied to be a member of the coalition in order to strengthen its ability to prepare students for college and careers. Specifically, the district is seeking to continue to use alternatives to the state assessment; to have relief from teacher licensure requirements, in order to give high school students access to classes taught by industry experts; to have students taking high school classes in middle school receive state Regents credits; to pay college tuition for high school students; and to allow students to take college classes from higher education institutions in Missouri.

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for November

December 2, 2013


Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

November Students of the Month.

Prea Reh, 1st grade

Silver City Elementary School
Nominated by: Crystal Brower, Teacher
"Prea Reh has always shown exceptionally good behavior in the classroom.  I am especially proud of his academic progress and his increased participation class discussions.  As a second language, English speaker at the beginning of the year, he had problems ... but that is not the case now.  Prea is an active and eager participant in whole group and small group discussions.  I am thrilled to have such an enthusiastic learner in my classroom".
-- Sincerely, Crystal Brower, Teacher

Devin Nicholson, 8th grade

Rosedale Middle School
Nominated by: Kelcey Dodd, Teacher, Gage McGarry, Teacher, Zach Davies, Teacher, Samuel Martin, Teacher, Julie Day, Target Literacy Instructor
"Devin Nicholson is that student that comes around every once in a while that reminds teachers every single day why we choose the profession we do.  Devin is not only an outstanding student because of his academic standing, but because of his attitude in everything that he does, both in and out of the classroom. He is not afraid to ask for help, he knows what it takes to be successful and he's willing to do what it takes to achieve his goals.  We do not have a student more deserving of this award than Devin Nicholson".
-- Sincerely, Kelcey Dodd, Gage McGarry, Zach Davies, Samuel Martin & Julie Day, Teachers

Natalie Walton, 12th grade

Wyandotte High School
Nominated by:  Mary Stewart, Principal
"In our district, we are committing to improving the literacy skills of our students.  We know how wonderful the students in KCK are and how powerful of a voice each student has.  Our vision at Wyandotte is to help students to develop their literacy skills so that when they express their opinion and views whether in writing or speaking, the world stops to listen.  I nominate Natalie Walton, a senior at Wyandotte for student of the month because she has made heads turn and gotten her message to others.  Natalie is in the Kauffman Scholars program.  She has really stepped up to the challenges put before her and I have no doubt that her perspective will help shape future decisions in our world.  With great enthusiasm I nominate Miss Natalie Walton for student of the month".
-- Sincerely, Mary Stewart, principal

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242