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

KCK Board of Education Honors Employees of the Month - May 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Angela Fisher, Special Education teacher at Claude Huyck Elementary School and the plumbing team from the Shop Office which consists of; Tony Henderson, Auston LaBlance, Jon Woodall, Garrett Pursley & Robert Elijah as the Employees of the Month for May 2017, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hudson, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.

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“Angela Fisher is a Special Education teacher from Claude Huyck Elementary.  I would like to nominate her for Employee of the Month.  She is a Godsend to our school and often goes above and beyond her call of duty!!  I am the guardian to my grandson and she has helped him is so many ways.  When he struggles she takes the time to help him work out the problem and get right back on track.  I can see her efforts really shine through and it means a lot to me.  My grandson enjoys his class and coming to school and I know Ms. Fisher has made a huge difference in his life and mine!  I appreciate her being at Claude Huyck and helping the students and the staff.” 

Sincerely,
a grandparent at Claude Huyck

“I wanted to recognize the superior efforts of Tony Henderson, the plumbing foreman and his staff, Auston LaBlance, Jon Woodall, Garrett Pursley & Robert Elijah. Earlier this year Tony Henderson had advanced from Journeyman to the Foreman position within the plumbing department.  The plumbing department has always been a high need, and high maintenance department due to the critical nature of the work and our goal to provide safe, warm and dry environments in all district buildings. I noticed an almost immediate improvement in the general attitude of the department in the desire to meet that goal. I have seen improvements in the turn-around time and efforts on the work orders, along with such nice organization in the plumbing department.  It makes the facility so much more efficient and functional.  This department can sometimes be underappreciated and taken for granted, but I wanted to say how much I appreciate them and the improvements could not have been possible without the skill and effort of all the plumbing staff.” 

Sincerely,
Doug Clements,
Director of Physical Properties 

KCK Board of Education Honors Employees of the Month - April 2017

Six outstanding employees were honored this week by the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education as Employees of the Month for April. These six people form the Northwest Middle School intervention team.  Congratulations to Semaj Jones (SWAS Program), Timothy Robinson (6th and 7th grade behavior interventionist), Monica Portley, (family community school specialist), Officer Ken Blount, (Officer, Mentor), Margenell “Maggie” Collins (counselor), & Kenneth Lawrie (8th grade behavior interventionist).

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The following is the story from the Northwest Middle School Employee of the Month nomination from April 2017:

“I am honored to work with the wonderful students and teachers at Northwest Middle, but I am particularly blessed to collaborate with six colleagues who work relentlessly to provide advocacy, empathy and restoration for the students who frequently need extra interventions and supports in order to be successful. Together this team forms the Northwest Middle School intervention team.  Officer Blount, Maggie Collins, Semaj Jones, Kenneth Lawrie, Monica Portley and Timothy Robinson constitute a dream team of professionals who use their distinct skills and talents to support student achievement as well as teaching and learning at Northwest. Each of these individuals promotes unity when they work with students, parents and fellow faculty and staff. It is hard to capture the complexities and depth of their work. Semaj Jones continues to improve our school-within-a-school (SWAS), which is an intervention for students who need intensive support both academically and behaviorally.  His ability to establish immediate rapport allows him to both reach and teach the students he serves. Timothy Robinson is our 6th/7th grade behavior interventionist, and he has an uncanny ability of speaking life and truth into the hearts and minds of the students he serves.  Monica Portley, family community school specialist, advocates for students and families in crisis and is indispensable when we need to help students manage emotions or traumatic experiences.  She is gifted at seeking solutions and helping all stakeholders take ownership of the process.  Officer Blount, for example, initiated a mentoring group by which he engages students who have a history of exhibiting problem behaviors.  These discussions generally include a great deal of humor and also focus on making appropriate decisions and problem solving. Margenell ‘Maggie’ effectively and routinely mediates conflict resolution between students who are unable to find common ground for reconciliation.  Her empathetic nature and patience has brought calm to many storms. Timothy Robinson is our 6th/7th grade behavior interventionist, and he has an uncanny ability of speaking life and truth into the hearts and minds of the students he serves. Coach Kenneth Lawrie has a calm demeanor and kindness that often bring students to the point of immediate re-integration to the regular classroom setting. All of my colleagues are worthy of earning employee of the month as individuals, but as a team they probably deserve employee of the year.  It is an honor to work with them and watch them consistently make a positive impact at Northwest Middle School.” 

Sincerely,
Joe W. Graham,
Assistant Principal, Northwest Middle

KCK Board of Education Honors Employees of the Month - January 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognizes  Loni Elrod, Copy Center Technician at The Central Office, and Angela Fiatte, PE Instructor at  Coronado Middle School, as the Employees of the Month for January 2017, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hill, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.  

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“Loni Elrod has worked for the KCK Public School District for 31 years in a variety of capacities providing support to many buildings and departments of the District.  She is always quick with a smile and the difficulty of the project never seems to bother her, or the unrealistic expectations of turnaround time attached to the work.  She is forever looking for ways to improve the service the copy center and is able to provide to all employees and students. She has been at the forefront of adding software to the copy center to allow for electronic movement of proofs and cost management.  She truly exemplifies a standard of customer service that merits the five star rating.” 

Sincerely,
Robert Young, Director of Purchasing

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“Angela Fiatte is the Gym teacher at Coronado Middle School but does so much more than that.  She is always great with the students and staff at Coronado.  She is always friendly, reliable, and responsible.  She always eagerly volunteers to help before even being asked.  Ms. Fiatte goes above and beyond her duty to assist students in health and safety.  She goes out of her way to support and encourage her colleagues and students.  When Mrs. Fiatte sets her mind to do something, you can guarantee that it will get done.  We are nominating Mrs. Fiatte as Employee of the month because of her hard work and dedication to students here at Coronado.  We appreciate all that she does for us and with us to better our students educational experience!” 

Sincerely,
Renee Dominguez-Santos, Receptionist/Office Secretary

KCK Board of Education Honors Employees of the Month - February 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Officer Mario Bartee from the Head Start Locations, & Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center, Officer Orlando Singleton from Central Office and Training Center and KCK Early Childhood Center, Officer Kenneth Blount from N.W. Middle, New Chelsea & Parker Elementary and Shannon Martin from Sumner Academy of Arts and Science  as the Employees of the Month for February 2017, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hill, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.

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Officer Mario Bartee
Officer at Head Start Schools & Earl Watson Jr., ECC

Officer Kenneth Blount
Officer at N.W. Middle, New Chelsea & Parker Elementary

Officer Orlando Singleton
Officer at Central Office & Training Center & KCK ECC

I want to express my gratitude for the support given by three of our officers in early December at a bus accident.  Officer Mario Bartee, Officer Orlando Singleton and Officer Kenneth Blount, all three assisted in many ways making sure the students were calm and cared for.  They communicated information to the parents that arrived that everyone was okay.  When the replacement bus arrived, Officer Singleton & Officer Bartee helped with navigating the bus through traffic and everyone helped with directing the students to the replacement bus. I want to give a huge thank you to Officer Singleton for volunteering to transport the bus driver to the Health Clinic to be seen for his injuries.  Officer Blount stayed with me the entire time until the entire accident scene was cleared.  Please pass on my appreciation to your outstanding staff for the support given at this accident…and always.  They all have my vote!” 
Thank you,
Miguel Martin, Director of Transportation 

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Shannon Martin
Teacher at Sumner Academy of Arts & Science

“Teaching requires great dedication and determination.  Ms. Shannon Martin is in her first year of teaching and I have been thrilled to see her dedication to the success of each student in her classroom.  Not only has Ms. Martin brought great energy to our department and a willingness to work in a highly functioning collaborative team, but she has also taken on a major role in our building as the Sumner Cheerleading coach.  On multiple occasions I have observed and been told by other schools, about the level of professionalism and technique that our cheer teams have had this year.  Coach Martin has really done a tremendous job in building a program, while also trying to survive that first year of a teaching career.  She fully deserves credit for the work she has done with our cheer teams. Her students, cheer teams and parents are very supportive of Ms. Martin in the classroom.  We are very fortunate in our district because we have teachers that really care and work to make our kids college ready and productive members of society.  Ms. Martin is indicative of the type of teacher that we can be proud of having taught our students.  We should celebrate their successes every day! ”

Sincerely submitted,
Mr. Edward Gunter, IB History Teacher, Sumner Academy of Arts & Science

KCK Board of Education Honors Employees of the Month on December 2016

Two outstanding employees were honored this week by the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education as Employees of the Month for December. Congratulations to Wayne Correll, Assistant Director of Purchasing at the KCKPS Central Office, and Joanna Schindel, ESL Teacher at F. L. Schlagle High School. The following are excerpts from their nominations:

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Wayne Correll
Assistant Director of Purchasing, KCKPS Central Office

“Wayne is truly the type of person that makes you wonder how you survived before he joined the district. He is always calm, collected and ready to help. During the transition to the new financial software, he was always encouraging and resourceful. He calmed the fears of change and showed everyone how much better the new system is. When the SRP buckets and bags were launched, he was right there ready to help. Making sure all the supplies were delivered and the buckets and bags were completed. We have yet to find a problem he cannot solve.”

Joanna Schindel
ESL Teacher at F. L. Schlagle High School

“Mrs. Schindel has been in the school for just over a year as a teacher of English Language Learners at Schlagle High School. She has shown many great attributes including becoming involved in multiple committees, planning with other teachers in similar and different content areas to create project-based learning with meaningful and accessible projects, helping to coordinate special events to showcase project based learning. She brings out the best in her students and goes above and beyond in the classroom.”