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KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for February

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on February 24, 2015.  Students are pictured (from left) Dominick Donovan, St. Pt. South Elementary School; Lesslie Hernandez-Rodriguez, Central Middle School; Eliana Kahler, Morse Early Childhood Center; Van Lal Lian, Wyandotte High School; and Devin Donovan, St. Pt. South Elementary School. 

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Eliana Kahler from Morse Early Childhood Center, Devin Donovan from St. Pt. South Elementary, Dominick Donovan from St. Pt. South Elementary, Lesslie Hernandez-Rodriguez from Central Middle, and Van Lal Lian from Wyandotte High School as Students of the Month for the month of February 2015.

Eliana Kahler, Pre-K
Morse Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Amber Block, General Ed Teacher; Carey Pittman, SPED Teacher & Yolanda Guess, Para Professional

“Eliana has made significant gains both socially and emotionally as well as academically. In addition to classroom skills, she is a very outgoing and helpful student.  She loves to help in the lunch room and the classroom with sweeping and cleaning.  She stays behind each day in the lunch room and helps the lunch ladies pick up the serving utensils from each table and puts them in their soapy buckets for them to be cleaned.  However, our favorite thing about Eliana, is her big heart and compassion for others.  She is very aware of the feelings of those around her and is very empathetic to the needs of her peers.  Eliana is well on her way to be one very successful kindergartner, and although we are going to be sad to see her go, we can’t wait to see all the great things she will do in elementary school next year!!” 

Sincerely,
Amber Block, General Ed Teacher; Carey Pittman, SPED Teacher; & Yolanda Guess, Para Professional

Dominick Donovan, 3rd grade & Devin Donovan, 1st grade
Stony Point South Elementary School
Nominated by: Teresa Quinn, SLC teacher K-2

“Dominick and Devin are two brothers who attend Stony Point South.  They are both very friendly children and work hard on academic tasks, striving to be the best they can be.  We love having them in our school.  During the Christmas season, both boys showed exemplary citizenship skills as well as compassion by choosing to give back to others.  Both Dominick and Devin decided to give up one big Christmas gift apiece, so that they could help to provide Christmas for a child who otherwise would not have gotten Christmas.  Their mother reported that they went shopping with her to help select the gifts and that they had a great time doing it!!   I am proud of their compassionate and giving spirits and feel honored to nominate them for Student of the Month.” 

Sincerely,
Teresa Quinn, SLC teacher K-2 

Lesslie Hernandez-Rodriguez, 6th grade
Central Middle School
Nominated by: John Lazzo, Chris Schinzel, Stephen Gaughan & Ken Beach, Teachers

“Every once in a while you get a student in your class who has such a positive impact on you and your classroom that you know you’ll remember them the rest of your life. That’s Lesslie Hernandez-Rodriguez. Lesslie is a straight-A student who is enthusiastic about learning and works very hard to achieve her goal of going to college.  What sets Lesslie apart is her selfless sharing of her knowledge with others.  She is a “go-to” student to whom her teachers assign struggling students to tutoring and guidance.  It is always amazing to watch how Lesslie takes on these projects with the same zeal that she has for her schoolwork, yet she gets nothing in return for her service except the gratification of helping another student.  Lesslie is an integral part of Central Middle School.  She makes all of us, students and teachers alike, better.  We are lucky to have her!!” 

Sincerely,
John Lazzo, Chris Schinzel, Stephen Gaughan & Ken Beach, teachers

Van Lal Lian, 12th grade
Wyandotte High School
Nominated by:  Mary Stewart, Principal

“Van Lal Lian is a senior at Wyandotte High School who arrived in the United States four and ½  years ago with very limited formal education and he spoke no English.  Van said he believed and knew he could be someone.  Van is a designer and thinker.  When Van entered high school, he enrolled in the challenging pathway of Engineering/Technology.  The teacher of his Global Engineering Small Learning Community had high expectations.  Van Lal Lian’s academic strength is closely coupled with his strength of fortitude and tenacity.  Van studied English every night.  He practiced and asked to practice it with teachers after school.  He also became friends with English-speaking friends, and as he spent time with them, he continued to improve.   Academically, Van is always growing and excelling, he meets the challenges in front of him and surpasses them.  Van is preparing to graduate in the top ten of his high school class with successfully completing the highest level of math and science available to him.  He is ranked 7th out of 307 in his graduating class.   I am happy to nomination him for the student of the month!” 

Sincerely,
Mary M. Stewart, Principal at Wyandotte

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for February 2016

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four exemplary students as February  Students of the Month at the Board of Education, February 23, 2016.  Students are pictured below ( from left) Luke Wortman from F.L. Schlagle High School, Rubi Perez-Villegas from New Stanley Elementary School; Joshua Gaddy from Central Middle School;  and Jermyiah Lewis from  Early Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center.

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Jermyiah Lewis from Earl Watson Jr.,  Early Childhood Center,  Rubi Perez-Villegas from New Stanley Elementary,  Joshua Gaddy from Central Middle School and  Luke Wortman from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

EXPLANATION:

Jermyiah Lewis, Pre-K
Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Haley Logan, Teacher

“Jermyiah is such a wonderful addition to our preschool class.  He is a leader among his peers, always setting a positive example for his classmates.  He is a hard worker and tries his very best on every activity.  He has many friends which he treats with respect and kindness!!  Thank you for selecting him as one of the students for February student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Haley Logan, Teacher

Rubi Perez-Villegas, 4th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Dawn Medina & Enid Rosario, Teachers

“Rubi is a positive role model for other students in our classroom. She takes great pride in her work and always does her best.  She participates in classroom discussions and has a kind and gentle manner. She has become quite proficient with the iPad.  When she writes, she is tenacious.  Her mother is very active with our class and helps when needed. This caring background carries through in Rubi’s day-to-day activities.”

Sincerely,
Dawn Medina & Enid Rosario, Teachers 

 

Joshua Gaddy, 6th grade
Central Middle School
Nominated by: Jodi Reno, Science Teacher & Advocate

“As a science teacher and advocate, it gives me immense pleasure to write this recommendation for Josh Gaddy for student of the month.  Josh is a well-rounded student, with values and etiquette.  He is punctual and does his homework every day.  He uses study hall to help others who are struggling.  I have had the good fortune of meeting his parents as well, who are equally grounded.  I am proud of Gaddy and his hard work.”

Jodi Reno, Teacher & Advocate

 

Luke Wortman, 11th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by: Raneka Truelove, Language Arts Teacher

“Luke has a very pleasant personality and attitude.  It can easily be seen that he values his education.  This scholar is present physically and mentally every day and his grades reflect it.   One thing that I truly appreciate about Luke is that he is not afraid to ask questions.  He understands that to be successful you need to take on each task with care and seriousness.  Luke is one of my brightest scholars!  I know that he will continue to shine and his brightness will spread to those around him.”

Sincerely,
Raneka Truelove, Language Arts Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for January

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on January 27th, 2015: (from left): Mary Perez from J.C. Harmon High School, Kamari Knott from the KCK Early Childhood Center, Kaitlyn Maichel from New Stanley Elementary School, and Pajah Vang from White Church Elementary School.

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Kamari Knott from KCK Early Childhood Center, Kaitlyn Maichel from New Stanley Elementary, Pajah Vang from White Church Elementary, and Mary Perez from J.C. Harmon High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

Kamari Knott, Pre-K
KCK Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Andrea Netzer Murray & Abby Jones, Preschool Teachers

“In my 11 years of teaching I have been touched by many students, but Kamari has created a feeling of love that I have never felt before.  He is truly compassionate in all that he does.  He goes out of his way to help his peers feel accepted and care for.  He shows unconditional love daily, but on the last day before winter break he truly amazed us and our class.  Kamari’s mom came to our classroom door with her hands full of gift sacks, a gift for each student in our class.  He had chosen a gift for each student and his generosity brought me to tears.  Kamari may not remember his preschool teacher in a few years, but he has surely left a lasting impact on me.” 

Sincerely,
Andrea Netzer Murray & Abby Jones, Preschool Teachers

Kaitlyn Maichel, 5th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Cindy Moore, James M. Jordan, Brandy Treaster & April Hoffman, teachers & Jennifer Spears, PE Teacher; Janet Postlewait, Librarian; Gloria Hastings, Music Teacher; & Marna Kerr, Art Teacher

“We would like to nominate Kaitlyn Maichel for Student of the Month.  Kaitlyn is a very motivated student that strives to do her very best.  She is willing to jump in and help a classmate when they are having a difficult time in class.  I have seen her ask classmates to play at recess when they are alone.  Our librarian says she works really hard academically and shows a great love of reading.  All of us agree that she is a great role model for other students.  She is compassionate, has self-control and is a good citizen.  She is a wonderful asset to the New Stanley Community!” 

Sincerely,
Cindy Moore, James M. Jordan, Brandy Treaster, April Hoffman, Jennifer Spears, Janet Postlewait, Gloria Hastings, & Marna Kerr, the 5th grade teacher group from New Stanley

Pajah Vang, 4th grade
White Church Elementary
Nominated by: Emily Dennis, Teacher

“I have had the absolute privilege of having Pajah Vang in my class this year.  She has an eagerness for learning that is amazing and her perseverance in learning difficult concepts is refresing. Pajah pushes herself academically by studying things like The Bermuda Triangle.  She is a very positive young lady, who always seems to bring out the best in the people around her.  She encourages others and is quick to help someone with a problem—whether it be a fellow student or an adult in the building.  She participates with enthusiasm and is simply a delight to be around.  I can see Pajah being a huge success in her future endeavors!” 

Sincerely,
Emily Dennis, Teacher

Mary Perez, 12th grade
J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by:  Steve Howard, Teacher & Coach

“Mary Perez is a leader.  She has the natural ability to evolve to a leadership role in the school activities, girls cross country team or 20/20 Leadership and more.  Mary has always been hard working, goal oriented and dedicated.  She has always been available to help work with her classmates, makes them feel important.  I have had the privilege of working with Mary in cross country, math relays & more.  Mary is enrolled in college credit classes, is one of the top students in her class and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a special young person with desire and drive and is very deserving of this nomination! ”

Sincerely,
Steve Howard, Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for January

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January Students of the Month.

Ixel Castillo

"Ixel is a student in Mrs. Echol's 1st grade. She is a new student to New Stanley and was enrolled in a half day Kindergarten program last year. Over the last few months she has become a great reader and writer. She has gained so much confidence with in herself and is making so many successes academically. She is very excited about learning and always tries her best. She has become a great friend to others at New Stanley. She has gone out of her way to make a new student in her class feel welcome. What I love most about her is the excitement I see when she is learning".
-- Sincerely, Keri Landry, ESL/Intervention Teacher

Jennifer Siguenza

"Jennifer Siguenza is a 7th grade student at Rosedale Middle School. Jennifer is a wonderful student, daughter, sibling, musician, and person. She is what every teacher wants in a student. Whatever she does, she fully commits to it. 'Quit' is not in her vocabulary. Jennifer has straight A's and is what every teacher wants in a student. She treats everybody with respect, and she is well liked by her peers and her teachers. She is a leader in the school, and has influenced many people in a positive way.”
-- Sincerely, Carl Perico, Natalie Alewine, Zach Davies, Lacey Ditsworth, Tim Dorian Jr., Megan Green, Gage McGarry, Adrianne Miller & Regina Stevens, Teachers

Kimberly Escobar

"Kimberly Escobar embodies KCKPS's ambitious attitude toward education achievement. She has successfully overcome adversity from a very young age to become one of the top students at Wyandotte. She persevered and continued to learn new, important, and life-changing things that perhaps have only recently begun guiding Kimberly in momentous ways. Among her accompishyments is her # 1 class rank status in the class of 2015, her 4.15 GPA, numerous college credits, and much more. She is a top rate student in a top 10 district!"
-- Sincerely, Visual Arts Community of Wyandotte High School

-- January 30 News Release

 

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for January 2016

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on January 26, 2016.  Students are pictured (front row, from left) Joaquin Rincon Berroa, Douglas Heights Head Start; and Brennyn Braxton, Bethel Elementary School; (back row, from left) Cristian Zarate, F.L. Schlagle High School, and Leonard Jenkins, Argentine Middle School.

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Joaquin Rincon Berroa from the Douglas Heights Head Start site, Brennyn Braxton from Bethel Elementary, Leonard Jenkins from Argentine Middle School and Cristian Zarate from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools, at their January 26, 2016 board meeting.

EXPLANATION:

Joaquin Rincon Berroa, Pre-K
Douglas Heights Head Start Site
Nominated by: Travis Morlang, Teacher

“I would like to nominate Joaquin.  He is a preschooler that arrives at school with a smile on his face and is very friendly and helpful in the classroom.  He helps his friends put things away, not by doing it for them but by showing them how. During our recent study of buildings, after hearing the story “Building a House” by Byron Barton, Joaquin retold the story creating machinery with waffle blocks, utilizing small connecting people for the workers and a variety of blocks to building an octagon shaped house with a door and windows.  Joaquin is a curious and creative learner who deserves to be honored as the student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Travis Morlang, Teacher

Brennyn Braxton, 1st grade
Bethel Elementary School
Nominated by: Jessica Turner, Teacher

“Brennyn is always on task and works her hardest in all subjects.  She helps her classmates with a smile and is a great listener. Brennyn is a great example for our classroom and our school.  She always goes the extra mile!  When school began she wrote a book for the kindergarteners and had the teacher place it in the correct level in the classroom library.  It gave directions for how to behave and learn in Kindergarten.  She wrote an introduction, the reading level (A) and rules and procedures.  She is always positive and willing to strive for excellence.” 

Sincerely, 
Jessica Turner, First Grade Teacher

Leonard Jenkins, 8th grade
Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: James Thompson, Teacher

“Leonard is a very hard working student that doesn’t back down from any challenge.  He takes pride in his schoolwork, and always perseveres.  Leonard has a great sense of humor and brightens everyone’s day! He shows great leadership by example.  Leonard works with students at Silver City Elementary who has disabilities through a program our class has set up.  He is excellent with these young students and it has inspired him to want to be a teacher in the future.  There is no better example of great attitude and hard work.  Thank you for selecting Leonard.” 

Sincerely,
James Thompson, Teacher

Cristian Zarate, 11th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Raneka Truelove

“Cristian is amazing! He has a great balance between intelligence, humor and all around charisma (although it is often subtle).  One thing that I appreciate about Cristian is that he always asks, ‘Can I do more?’ To which I always respond, ‘Of course!’ He is one of the students that I can look to that keeps class discussions moving and critical thinking heightened because of his ability to think outside the box, apply insight, and engage his classmates. He keeps me on my toes….and I like it!  He is a joy to have in class. Thank you for considering Cristian Zarate for student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Raneka Truelove, Teacher