Highlights/Results from the KCKPS Literary Festival
KCKPS Kidzone Director Daryel Garrison Receives 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award
New KCKPS Video Highlights District’s Outstanding Features
KCKPS Officer Orlando Singleton Receives 2017 Consensus Civility Award
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Board of Education - Election Results
Coronado Middle School's Dress for Success Day
Coronado Middle School's Dress for Success Day

KCKPS Choral Festival is October 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2, 2014

Contact: Jodie Lin, coordinator of fine arts, (913) 627-6850

The National PTA has recognized Frances Willard Elementary School as a 2014–2016 National PTA School of Excellence. This designation demonstrates the school’s leadership nationwide and its commitment to partnering with families to support student success and continuous school improvement.

Frances Willard is one of only six schools in Kansas, and one of 170 from across the country, to receive this recognition. The Kansas State Board of Education recognized the schools on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at their regular meeting. To thank families, students and staff for their support and to celebrate this award, the school will hold a special celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

he National PTA School of Excellence designation is awarded when families feel the school has achieved a high level of engagement or when the PTA and school have made substantive, positive improvement in families’ perceptions since the beginning of the year. Research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger.

Frances Willard has long involved students in their PTA program, which is called a PTSA. The school’s PTSA president, Rachel Henderson, believes the involvement of the entire school community – parents, staff and students – is what contributes to an effective and thriving organization.

“Membership in PTSA is not the key, it’s involvement,” she said.

The school conducted surveys to find out how parents, students, and the community felt about their school and PTSA. Through the surveys, Frances Willard learned the importance of letting parents know what’s going on in the district (current and future plans). As a result, they began to communicate through newsletters, informational meetings, and phone messages. The surveys also showed that families have a common thread such as a love for reading. So PTSA launched a Kindle initiative. PTSA bought a class set for the library. They also developed a five-year plan so that each grade would have a set in the next five years, and gave away Kindles to families all year long at numerous events.

Last school year, the PTSA listened to students when they requested playground equipment. They supported students in conducting a fundraising program and surveyed students to allow them to select the equipment they wanted (a set of six swings).

The most recent initiative launched by the PTSA was a WatchDog program that brings dads (and other male family members) into the school to spend a day in the classroom.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The National PTA has recognized Frances Willard Elementary School as a 2014–2016 National PTA School of Excellence. This designation demonstrates the school’s leadership nationwide and its commitment to partnering with families to support student success and continuous school improvement.

Frances Willard is one of only six schools in Kansas, and one of 170 from across the country, to receive this recognition. The Kansas State Board of Education recognized the schools on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at their regular meeting. To thank families, students and staff for their support and to celebrate this award, the school will hold a special celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

he National PTA School of Excellence designation is awarded when families feel the school has achieved a high level of engagement or when the PTA and school have made substantive, positive improvement in families’ perceptions since the beginning of the year. Research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger.

Frances Willard has long involved students in their PTA program, which is called a PTSA. The school’s PTSA president Rachel Henderson, believes the involvement of the entire school community – parents, staff and students – is what contributes to an effective and thriving organization.

“Membership in PTSA is not the key, it’s involvement,” she said.

The school conducted surveys to find out how parents, students, and the community felt about their school and PTSA. Through the surveys, Frances Willard learned the importance of letting parents know what’s going on in the district (current and future plans). As a result, they began to communicate through newsletters, informational meetings, and phone messages. The surveys also showed that families have a common thread such as a love for reading. So PTSA launched a Kindle initiative. PTSA bought a class set for the library. They also developed a five-year plan so that each grade would have a set in the next five years, and gave away Kindles to families all year long at numerous events.

Last school year, the PTSA listened to students when they requested playground equipment. They supported students in conducting a fundraising program and surveyed students to allow them to select the equipment they wanted (a set of six swings).

The most recent initiative launched by the PTSA was a WatchDog program that brings dads (and other male family members) into the school to spend a day in the classroom.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The National PTA has recognized Frances Willard Elementary School as a 2014–2016 National PTA School of Excellence. This designation demonstrates the school’s leadership nationwide and its commitment to partnering with families to support student success and continuous school improvement.

Frances Willard is one of only six schools in Kansas, and one of 170 from across the country, to receive this recognition. The Kansas State Board of Education recognized the schools on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at their regular meeting. To thank families, students and staff for their support and to celebrate this award, the school will hold a special celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

he National PTA School of Excellence designation is awarded when families feel the school has achieved a high level of engagement or when the PTA and school have made substantive, positive improvement in families’ perceptions since the beginning of the year. Research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger.

Frances Willard has long involved students in their PTA program, which is called a PTSA. The school’s PTSA president Rachel Henderson, believes the involvement of the entire school community – parents, staff and students – is what contributes to an effective and thriving organization.

“Membership in PTSA is not the key, it’s involvement,” she said.

The school conducted surveys to find out how parents, students, and the community felt about their school and PTSA. Through the surveys, Frances Willard learned the importance of letting parents know what’s going on in the district (current and future plans). As a result, they began to communicate through newsletters, informational meetings, and phone messages. The surveys also showed that families have a common thread such as a love for reading. So PTSA launched a Kindle initiative. PTSA bought a class set for the library. They also developed a five-year plan so that each grade would have a set in the next five years, and gave away Kindles to families all year long at numerous events.

Last school year, the PTSA listened to students when they requested playground equipment. They supported students in conducting a fundraising program and surveyed students to allow them to select the equipment they wanted (a set of six swings).

The most recent initiative launched by the PTSA was a WatchDog program that brings dads (and other male family members) into the school to spend a day in the classroom.

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

Take the KCKPS Survey

February 2, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is administering a Community and Staff Survey to gauge perceptions of KCKPS, and to understand how the district is doing in terms of implementing its mission, vision and goals.

All community members are encouraged to take a few minutes to complete the online survey. Responses are completely anonymous and will be kept in strict confidence. It takes only about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

It is available at http://kckps.org/survey .

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

Notice SPECIAL MEETING CANCELED - October 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 1, 2014

Contact: Susan Westfahl, Clerk of the Board, (913) 279-2235

The special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education to be held on Friday, October 3, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., in the law offices of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phil! ips, 10 East
Cambridge Circle Drive, Suite 300, Kansas City, Kansas has been canceled.

The meeting will be rescheduled in late October or early November.

Dated this 1st day of October 2014.

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 February

March 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

February Students of the Month.

Ke'Shaun Ervin, 5th grade

Quindaro Elementary School
Nominated by: Nicole Heier, Teacher

"I am nominating Ke'Shaun Ervin for student of the month for numerous reasons including academic performance, attendance, perseverance and character. However, there is one trait that sticks out among all the others - Ke'Shaun's willingness to help anyone and everyone, regardless of the situation. I would love to share with you a few examples of his caring character from this year."
-- Sincerely, Nicole Heier, teacher

Olivia Caudillo, 7th grade

Eisenhower Middle School
Nominated by: Cassie Gentry, Vickie Byrd, Michael Traffis, Jessica Schmitt, & Deanne Moore, Teachers

"We nominate Olivia Caudillo for district student of the month. She excels academically, and she goes above and beyond what is asked of her. She sets high expectations for herself and works diligently to meet them --- and often she does. Olivia is a perfect example of the type of student that the district strives to produce, and we are proud to be involved in her education!"
-- Sincerely, Cassie Gentry, Vickie Byrd, Michael Traffis, Jessica Schmitt, and Deanne Moore, 7th & 8th grade team teachers

Autumn Carter, 10th grade

Washington High School
Nominated by: Sara Cosse, Math Teacher

"I would like to nominate Autumn Carter for student of the month. Autumn Carter is a strong leader here at Washington High School. She works hard to ensure her grades are top notch. She advocates for herself in order to communicate with her teachers effectively ... I enjoy teacher Autumn and with students like Autumn, our school shows that we are inspiring excellence!"
-- Sincerely, Sara Cosse, Math Teacher

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

J.C. Harmon Announces Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

February 1, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Seven individuals will be inducted into the J.C. Harmon High School Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, February 5. The induction ceremony will take place during halftime (approximately 7:30 p.m.) of the boys’ varsity basketball game in the Harmon gym.

Five former athletes, one coach and one long-time supporter of athletics make up this year’s class of inductees. The inductees were chosen based on their athletics at Harmon, their character, academics and citizenship. They are:

  • John “Rudi” Randolph – Athlete
    Involved in Harmon athletics from 1978-1982
    Football
    Basketball
    Track & Field
  • Willie Owens – Athlete
    Involved in Harmon athletics from 1983-1985
    Football
    Basketball
    Track & Field
  • Leticia Gilbert – Athlete
    Involved in Harmon athletics from 1981-1985
    Track & Field
    Volleyball
    Basketball
  • David Moreno – Athlete
    Involved in Harmon athletics from 1980-1984
    Wrestling
    Cross Country
    Track & Field
  • Natasha Harris – Athlete
    Involved in Harmon athletics from 1988-1992
    Basketball
    Track & Field
  • Steve Howard – Coach
    Involved in Harmon athletics from 1990-2015
    Track & Field
    Soccer
    Cross Country
    Football
  • Bill Todd – Distinguished Service
    Administrator at Harmon from 1973-1978

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