KCKPS Choral and Band Festivals Set for Oct. 19


Contact:  Jean Ney, coordinator of fine arts and P.E., (913) 627-6850

It will be an afternoon of pageantry and sound. On Saturday, October 19, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will celebrate the choral and band music departments of the district with two major music festivals.

In the morning, the district Choral Festival will be held in the Washington High School Auditorium. Students from all five high schools and most of the district's middle schools will participate. Massed choirs will rehearse all morning with clinicians Andrea Watts (Wyandotte High School Choral Music Director) and John Stafford (Kansas City Kansas Community College Director of Choral Activities) for the high schools. A guest appearance by the KCKCC Chamber Singers will let patrons and students hear the possibilities for continued choral performance after high school.

At 11:30 a.m. there will be a free Choral Festival Concert for the parents and community.

At 3 p.m., the annual KCKPS District Marching Band Festival will take place at the Washington High School Stadium. The event features bands from the district's high schools, including Washington, Wyandotte, Sumner Academy, J. C. Harmon, and F. L. Schlagle. Dr. Martin Dunlap will provide the band critiques.

Festival tickets are $5 in advance from any high school band director or $7 at the gate.

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

Releve - KCK District Dance Ensemble Recital

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2018

You are invited to see dynamic dance performances by some of our talented students performing at the Releve - KCK All-City District Dance Ensemble recital. The recital theme is “Movement with a Message,” which will include dancers of various ages. 

The KCK District Ensemble is a district-wide dance program that has existed in the school district for 32 years and is managed through the Integrated Arts Resource Center. The program currently includes male and female dancers in grades first through sixth from several buildings in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. 

Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Wyandotte High School auditorium, 2501 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas
Cost: $3 (Refreshments served.)

For more information, call Cassie Garrison, director of KCK Dance Ensemble at 913.229.5333.

Recital Flyer PDF

Are You Faster Than a Fifth Grader Race and Walk Will Be Held on April 27

April 19, 2018


Contact:Melissa Fears, Director of Communications and Marketing, 913-279-2225

Active learners do better in the classroom. That’s one of the objectives of the annual Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader event held by Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The two-mile race brings together 5th grade students, district administrators and staff, community leaders and patrons for a morning of friendly competition and physical activity. This year’s race will be on Friday, April 27 at Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House, 7250 State Avenue, and at Eisenhower Middle School, 2901 N. 72nd Street, and will end at the Washington High School stadium, 7340 Leavenworth Road. As in past years, teams made up of 15 5th graders from all 30 of the district’s elementary schools will participate in the race. But the other 5th grade students will get in on the fun by taking part in a one-mile walk that will precede the race at 10 a.m. The walk will begin at Eisenhower Middle School and will end at the Washington High School stadium. The 2-mile run will start at 10:30 a.m., at KCKCC Field House.  In all, approximately 1,300 5th graders will take part in the morning of physical fun. Training is well under way for everyone.

“This event has become a tradition that many students anticipate in when they approach their 5th grade year,” said Stephanie Dickson, the physical education teacher leader. “Some kids have been running all summer to get in shape for the race. And the added element of the one-mile walk gets every student involved and sends the message that physical fitness is important.”

Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane launched the event in 2012 as a way to promote physical fitness to students and to encourage overall wellness. Dr. Lane is also a participant in the race. The first 15 students to cross the finish line in the race will receive medals and will have their photo taken with the superintendent.

Kindergarten Roundup Set for April 16 at All KCKPS Elementary Schools


February 26, 2015

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

Enrollment time is here for kindergartners starting school in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) next fall. On Thursday, April 16, all KCKPS elementary schools will be hosting Kindergarten Roundup sessions. Parents with children who will be five years old on or before August 31, 2015 should take this opportunity to enroll them for the 2015-2016 school year.

Kindergarten Roundup is for both parents and children. Activities taking place during the sessions differ from school to school, but children will be given the opportunity to get acquainted with the kindergarten teacher(s), and learn about going to school, while parents complete the necessary paperwork. In many instances, translators will be provided. (Please note: Dates and locations for preschool enrollment for the 2015-16 school year are listed below. Parents with questions should call 913-627-5257).

Parents should bring the following information with them for kindergarten enrollment:

  • Their child's state birth certificate (must be the original, not a copy)
  • Their child's current immunization records
  • Proof of a recent physical for their child
  • Proof of address (such as a utility bill or lease agreement with the parents’ name on it)

Times and locations of the enrollment for each school are listed below:






Contact (Principal)

Or Principal’s Secretary

Banneker Elementary

2026 N. 4th St.

April 16, 2015

 9:30 to 11 am

12:30 - 3:30pm

Dionandre Josenberger


Bethel Elementary

7850 Yecker

April 16, 2015

 9:30 to 3:00

Michael Sechler, Interim


B. Caruthers Elementary

1100 Waverly

April 16, 2015

 10:00 to 12:00

1:30 to 3:30

Molly Struzzo


Claude Huyck Elementary

1530 N. 83rd St.

April 16, 2015   10:00 to 3:00 pm

Colleen Dudley


Douglass Elementary

1310 N. 9th St.

April 16, 2015

  10:00 am -

    2:00 pm

Leala Taylor


Emerson Elementary

1429 S. 29th St.

April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015

 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Brett Bernard


Eugene Ware Elementary

4820 Oakland

April 16, 2015

  9:00 – 11:00


  1:00 – 3:00

Collette Chaney


Frances Willard Elementary

3400 Orville

April 16, 2015

1:30 – 3:00

Sarah Pike


Frank Rushton Elementary

2605 W. 43rd Ave.

April 16, 2015

      2:30 pm

Mary Welsh


Grant Elementary

1510 N. 4th St.

April 16, 2015

  9:00 – 11:00


 12:45 – 2:45pm

Janice McConnell


Hazel Grove Elementary

2401 N. 67th St.

April 16, 2015

  10am  to 2:00 pm

Dee Dee Hines


John F. Kennedy Elementary  2600 N. 72nd St.

April 16, 2015

9:00 – 4:00

Canise Salinas


John Fiske Elementary

625 S. Valley

April 16, 2015

   1:30 to 2:30 pm


   4:15 to 5:15 pm

Josie Herrera


Lindbergh Elementary

641 N. 57th St.

April 16, 2015   10:00 – 12:00

Dr. Iva Lee Colgan


Mark Twain Elementary

2300 Minnesota Ave.

April 16, 2015

  9:00 to 11:30 am


    1:00 to 3:00 pm

Sandra Egidy


McKinley Elementary

611 North 14th St.

April 16, 2015

 9:00 to 11:30 am


12:30 to 3:00 pm

Valerie Castillo


M.E. Pearson Elementary

310 N. 11th St.

April 15, 2015


April 16, 2015

2:00 to 6:00 pm

 8:30 to 4:30 pm

Susan Hendricks, Interim


New Chelsea Elementary

2500 Wood

April 16, 2015

    9:30 to 12:00


   1:00 – 3:30

Dominic Flora


New Stanley Elementary

3604 Metropolitian

April 16, 2015

7:30 – 10:30 a.m.


1:30 – 6:00 p.m.


Ryan Most


Noble Prentis Elementary

2337 S. 14th St.

April 16, 2015

10:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

James Poplau


Parker Elementary

3334 Haskell

April 16, 2013

   9:00 – 11:30

  OR 1:00 to  3:00

Ruth Capell


Quindaro Elementary

2800 Farrow

April 16, 2015

9:00 am  to 12:00 pm

    1:00  to 3:00 pm

Stacey Chatmon


Silver City Elementary

2515 Lawrence Ave.

April 16, 2015

10:00 a.m.

OR 6:00 pm

Dr. Deanne Letourneau


Stony Point North

Elementary 8200 Elizabeth

April 16, 2015

   9:30 a.m. – 11:00

Jane Martin


Stony Point South Elementary  150 S. 78th St.

April 16, 2015

 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Lori Cooper


T.A. Edison Elementary

1000 Locust St.

April 16, 2015     9:00 to 11:00 am OR 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Cindy Cop


Welborn Elementary

5200 Leavenworth Rd.

April 16, 2015  9:00am – 3:00

Dr. Jennifer Malone


White Church Elementary

2226 N. 85th St.

April 16, 2015  9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Bruce Haber


Whittier Elementary

295 S. 10th St.

April 16, 2015    10am, 2 or 5:30pm

Geri Cunningham


W.A. White Elementary  2600 N. 43rd  Terr. April 16, 2015

    9:00 to 11:00am

    1:00 to 3:00 pm

Angela Wright


Preschool Enrollment Dates, Locations and Times
April 1 KCKPS Central Office and Morse Early Childhood Center 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
April 14 KCKPS Central Office and Morse Early Childhood Center 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
April 16 KCKPS Central Office and Morse Early Childhood Center 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
April 22 KCKPS Central Office and Morse Early Childhood Center 9:00-1:00 p.m.
May 2 KCKPS Central Office ONLY 9:00-1:00 p.m.
May 20 KCKPS Central Office and Morse Early Childhood Center 9:00-1:00 p.m.

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

Faculty Art Show Opens April 1 at West Branch Library

March 31, 2016


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

Every day, art teachers encourage students to be creative and express themselves through their works. Now, some of these same teachers are sharing their own personal art pieces with the community of Kansas City, Kansas.

On April 1, the annual Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Faculty Art Show will open to the public at the West Wyandotte Branch Library, 1737 N. 82nd St. Approximately two dozen works make up this display including oil paintings, charcoal drawings, photographs, ceramics, book illustrations, and more. A special reception will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 where community members and students can view the art and visit with some of the artists/teachers.

Anne Lacey, Kansas Collection librarian, said students enjoy seeing their teachers’ artwork when they come to the library.

“The teachers always impress me with the work they bring in,” Lacey said. “In the past, we have even had some staff bring in group pieces that they have completed.”

The exhibit will remain up through April 28.

Here is a list of some of the teachers whose art is featured:

  • Jeremiah Boehr, Sumner Academy
  • Keith Bowen, F.L. Schlagle High
  • Elizabeth Burns, Sumner Academy
  • Cookie Cave, T.A. Edison Elementary
  • Kathy Clark, J.C. Harmon High
  • Lon Eric Craven, Northwest Middle
  • Katie Earl, Welborn Elementary
  • Sarah Gregory, W.A. White Elementary
  • Ann Hamil, Stony Point South Elementary
  • Stefan Jones, Coronado Middle
  • Melanie Kasten, J.C. Harmon High
  • Brenda Malin, Caruthers Elementary
  • Joyce Meers, J.C. Harmon High
  • Alison Miller, J.C. Harmon High
  • Mary Ann Sit, Sumner Academy
  • Rick Smith, John Fiske Elementary
  • Joyanna Trotter, Washington High
  • Diana Whittington, Washington High
  • Helen Windhorst, Emerson Elementary

The Faculty Art Exhibit is just one of dozens of exhibits featured at the West Wyandotte Branch Library throughout the year. In fact, all five KCK Public Library branches share unique exhibits all year long. For more information, visit www.kckpl.org.

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