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

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored three students as Students of the Month at their meeting on March 22, 2016.  These young people are role models for all students!!  Students are pictured (from left) Alejandra Aragon-Rosas, from West Middle School; Meloney Chavira-Solis, from New Stanley Elementary, and Caleb Taussig, from F.L. Schlagle High School. 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Meloney Chavira-Solis from New Stanley Elementary, Alejandra Aragon-Rosas from West Middle School and Caleb Taussig from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

EXPLANATION:

Meloney Chavira-Solis, 4th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Clare Anthony, Teacher

“Meloney is a wonderful student to have in our fourth grade class. She brings so many great assests to our classroom that not only improves her own learning but all the students around.  She always strives to increase her knowledge in all subject areas by reading and asking questions.  Meloney nevers turns in work that is not done to the best of her abilities and many other students can learn from her.  She is a hard worker, respectful, helpful and reliable.  It is a joy to teach a student like Meloney!”

Sincerely,
Clare Anthony, Teacher

Alejandra Aragon-Rosas, 8th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: Rachael Mcllvain, Teacher 

“Alejandra is a wonderful example of a student who is a student that is genuine, respectful, engaged and fun.  Throughout her classes, she is willing to work in many different settings with many different people.  While working with others she encourages them to do their best and is always willing to help others whenever she can.  She also believes in smiling and making others day!  She is always kind and quick to say hello.” 

Sincerely,
Rachael Mcllvain, Teacher  

Caleb Taussig, 9th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by: Blair Waite, Teacher

“Caleb is a model student.  He is hardly ever absent, maintains great grades, and is always willing to help fellow students and teachers.  Caleb can frequently be found in the morning holding a stairwell door open for students and staff!”  He always has a positive attitude.  Caleb is one of the few freshman who is also a Socratic Seminar leader. 

Sincerely,
Blair Waite, Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - March 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognize Le’Land Burks, Aniyah Woodard, & Andy Torres from NCO Early Childhood Center, Jamarion Alexander from New Stanley Elementary,  Joshua Wells from Rosedale Middle School and  Lily Yang from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

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Le’Land Burks, Aniyah Woodard, & Andy Torres, Pre-K

Nominated by: Susanne Mahoney, Speech Language Pathologist at NCO Early Childhood Center

“It is a pleasure to nominate these 3 outstanding preschool children.  The students were chosen by the teaching team; along with their parent’s approval, to participate in a study through the University of Kansas, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project.  These 3 students were selected because they have positive social skills and like to interact with their friend who has a communication delay.  They serve as a  ‘buddy’ for the friend in the classroom.  Le’Land, Aniyah, and Andy participated in a training and have learned how to be a good peer buddy. They are patient, kind, and just typical kids, directing their friend and getting him involved in activities.  Each of these peer buddies take a day of the week playing with their friend for 10-15 minutes using different strategies to get their friend to use the iPad/communication app.  They are his cheerleaders!  Each accepts him unconditionally. I am so proud of each one of them! ”   Sincerely, Susanne Mahoney, Speech Language Pathologist, NCO Early Childhood Center

Jamarion Alexander, 5th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Jamie Brann, Brandy Treaster, April Hoffman & Mark Hall, 5th grade Teacher Team from New Stanley & Jennifer Murray, Marna Kerr, Jennifer Spears, & Janet Postlewait, IA Team (Music, Art, P.E. & Library)

“Jamarion Alexander is a true treat to have in class this year.  He has made a complete turn-around in both his behavior and his attitude toward his education.  He is respectful to his teachers and follows directions.  He gets along well with his peers and works well with them in groups.  We can count on him now and are very excited about the change and effort that we have seen!  Jamarion is currently near perfect attendance and is striving in my class.  Through developing many social skills, he is creating friendships that could potentially last a life time.  He is confident and determined and focused on his education.  We can always count on him to provide a mature response to any conflicts that occur with peers.  Our entire team is very excited by the change and effort that we have seen in Jamarion this year and hope to see his continued success in the future!”  Sincerely, 5th grade Teacher Team & IA Team (Music Art, P.E. & Library) 

Joshua Wells, 7th grade
Rosedale Middle School
Nominated by: Officer Alvaro Agon

“I have been with the district for 3 years and have never nominated a student.  Long story short; we have a seventh grade student here at Rosedale who has had a very rough time since 6th grade. He was in and out of trouble and had his fair share of referrals and suspensions.  He came back to regular classes after have to attend A.S.P. (After School Program) for behavior related issues.  I met with Josh when he returned and he assured me he wanted to do the right thing and he wanted to excel at school. Fast forward a few months and he has stayed out of trouble, drastically changed his attitude, and improved his grades completely!  I know he had made some bad decisions in the past, but he has turned things around, we have stuck with him and believed in him, he has worked very hard and I believe he deserves the recognition.”  Sincerely, Officer Alvaro Agon, Rosedale Middle School

Lily Yang, 9th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Richard Bellotti, Math Teacher & Sara Cosse, Teacher

“Mrs. Cosse and I would like to nominate Lily Yang for High School Student of the Month for March 2017.  Lily was a Silver Honor Roll member for Fall Semester is on her way for Gold Honor Roll in the Spring Semester.   She is part of the Math Relay team and plans to join Pep Club.  She exercises regularly in the park and maintains a 3.0 GPA.  She competed in Cross County Racing in Middle School.  She is helpful in class working with struggling students and sets a positive example of the Greek Saying: A strong mind in a strong body.  She embodies what a 21st century learner should be, and we are very proud of her!”  Sincerely, Richard Bellotti, Math Teacher & Sara Cosse, Teacher

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 March

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March Students of the Month.

Joshua Quinones, 5th grade

New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Cindy Moore, Brandy Treaster, Teachers and Miriam Torres, ESL Aide

"What can I say about Joshua? He is a great student. He comes to school every day with a smile on his face, ready to take on the challenges of the day. He strives to learn something new each day. Joshua does not complain or give up when he is presented with something new or challenging. Joshua's peers look up to him as well. He is dedicated to his schoolwork and puts in 100% all the time. Joshua is a member of our school's Safety Patrol. He comes to school a little early and stays a little late to fulfill his commitment. Joshua has a bright future and his possibilities are endless!!"
-- Sincerely, Cindy Moore, Brandy Treaster, Teachers, and Miriam Torres, ESL Aide

Juan Tirado Garcia, 11th grade

J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by: Steve Howard, Teacher at J.C. Harmon High School

"I first met Juan last summer, and had the pleasure of having him on our cross country team. His energy and natural leadership skills made the decision easy to name him the captain. I found it interesting that he had made a commitment to get involved in sports during his junior year, once he had made his grades, developed a work/study skills that would maintain his high academic standards. Juan is an honor roll student, and taking college credit courses. His list of in/outside school activities is remarkable! Leadership 20-20, Bio-Science Academy, Math & Science Saturday Academy, KU Talent Search, not to mention the band, Pep Club, & Student Council. It is my privilege to write this recommendation."
-- Sincerely, Steve Howard, Teacher & Coach

Sydney Riley, 5th grade

Welborn Elementary School
Nominated by: Stacey Chatmon, Teacher and Jamila Harris, Counselor

"Sydney is the student's student. She is an advocate for fair treatment of ALL students. She models what it means to be bully-free. She always stands up to other students who are bullies by reporting bullying incidents to teachers and administration. She encourages the victim to stand up for themselves and be honest. She also tries to befriend the bully knowing they often don't have friends. She is an Honor Roll Student, Student Council, Safety Patrol, and Battle of the Books participant, all while battling with some health issues. Yet she perseveres through her daily battles and school work never complaining about her struggles. Sydney is a model student that we want to recognize."
-- Sincerely, Stacey Chatmon, Teacher & Jamila Harris, Counselor

-- March 27 News Release

 

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