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

The Kansas City Board of Education recognize Jhaden Toyloy from Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center, Agustin Ruiz from New Stanley Elementary, Yahaira Lopez from West Middle School and Jose Rueda from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

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Congratulations to the February Students of the Month honored by the Board of Education at their meeting on February 28, 2017.  They are; (back row, from left) Jose Rueda from F.L. Schlagle High School, Yahaira Lopez from West Middle School, (front row)  Jhaden Toyloy   from Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center. (Not pictured, Agustin Ruiz, 5th grade, New Stanley Elementary School.) 

Jhaden Toyloy, Pre-K
Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Amanda Murphy, teacher at Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center

“It is my honor to nominate Jhaden Toyloy for student of the month.  Jhaden is a delight in the classroom.  He walks in every day with a huge smile on his face after ensuring that his younger brother has made it to his classroom.  Jhaden is a natural leader.  He sets a good example for his peers by displaying exemplary behavior and social skills.  Jhaden is polite, courteous, has a great sense of humor and a contagious smile.  It is truly a joy to have Jhaden in my class!”  Sincerely, Amanda Murphy, teacher at Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center

Agustin Ruiz, 5th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Mr. Mark Hall, 5th grade teacher, New Stanley Elementary

“What a difference a year makes!  Prior to this year, Agustin Ruiz would go through the motions of being a student.  He never really applied himself to the academic portion of school.  He has always been a good athlete and quick to flash a smile.  After watching his soccer team play one Saturday, I approached Agustin about the subject of effort.  I told him I noticed that on the soccer pitch, he was determined to be known as more than an average player.  He played with his heart AND mind.  I encouraged him to devote the same type of effort to his school work.  During the 2nd quarter, Agustin raised his reading scores four instructional levels and he improved his MAP Reading score by more than 30 points!  Agustin has embraced the understanding that you can be dedicated to both sports AND academics….it’s about the way you think about it and what’s in your heart.”  Sincerely, Mr. Mark Hall, 5th grade teacher, New Stanley Elementary

Yahaira Lopez, 7th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: Christine L. Young, teacher

“Yahaira Lopez is an outstanding student here at West Middle School.  She is helpful to her peers and can be counted on to be a leader and step up in the classroom.  She assists students, but does not just give them the answer.  I have observed her helping her peers manage conflicts in positive ways.  She receives straight “A’s” and is a member of National Junior Honor Society.  She came to me for a recommendation to be a part of the junior honor society.  I recommended she try asserting herself because she was so quiet, others did not know how much knowledge she had.  I have seen real growth in Yahaira, from the way she was in 6th grade.  She is more of a risk taker by speaking out responding to questions, she makes presentations to the class using a voice loud enough to be heard, and the way she responds to corrective feedback when it comes to her work is great.  I think she demonstrates the kind of qualities and character traits to be the student of the month!”  Sincerely, Christine L. Young, teacher at West Middle School

Jose Rueda, 11th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Sarah Evans, Chemistry teacher

“Jose is very curious, always asking questions to ensure he understands a topic, but also asking questions for the sake of learning new information and satiating his curiosity.  Jose frequently seeks to understand a topic beyond the basic level and will seek to learn new things about Chemistry and how and why certain elements are unstable, or as yet unknown.  Jose is respectful to adults and fellow students alike, and will often help students who are struggling with a concept. I am very proud of Jose and enjoy being his teacher.  Thank you for considering him as the high school student of the month for February, 2017.”  Sincerely, Sarah Evans, Chemistry 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

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 - January 2017

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That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Isaac Morales, 1st grader from T.A. Edison Elementary, Mireya Flores-Villalpando, 8th grader from Argentine Middle, & Donesha Preston, 12th grader from F.L. Schlagle High School for January 2017, as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

Isaac Morales
1st Grade, T.A. Edison Elementary 
Nominated by Laura Fogarty, 1st grade teacher

“Isaac Morales is a first grade student at T.A. Edison Elementary.  Isaac has a great attitude about school even though it can be tough for him.  I love having Isaac in our room.  He helps his friends and tries very hard to be responsible.  He has high expectations of himself and gets upset if he forgets something like his library books.  Isaac never gets discouraged and will say to himself, ‘I can do this’!  He began the year as a non-reader and is now reading at a level A.  I am so proud of his attitude and hard work!” Sincerely, Laura Fogarty, 1st grade Teacher at T.A. Edison Elementary

Mireya Yasmin Flores-Villalpando
8th Grade, Argentine MIddle School
Nominated by Kristi Palmer, Micah Louis, & David Bean, teachers 

 “Mireya Yasmin Flores-Villalpando is a student that makes teaching the best job in the world.  She is a true servant leader who uses her position as a WEB leader to better the lives of everyone around her.  Over the past year I have had the privilege of being Yasmin’s soccer and cross country coach.  Yasmin has become an integral part of both teams based on her hard work and positive attitude.  Yasmin not only makes the teachers and coaches lives better; she is a wonderful teammate and classmate as well.  Her role model is Mother Teresa and she tries every day to be the kind of person St. Teresa would expect her to be.  She is caring, devoted, selfless and kind.  In addition to those invaluable traits, she is also an amazing student.  She is one of the smartest students I have ever had, not because she knows everything, but because she knows she does not know everything.  She isn’t afraid to not know, but she isn’t okay with staying that way.  She asks questions and she tries everything.  She doesn’t need this recognition.  It won’t change how much she will make this world better or the amount of people she will love and care for, but she absolutely deserves it.  Thank you for your consideration.”  Sincerely, Kristi Palmer, teacher at Argentine Middle, Micah Louis, 8th grade teacher at Argentine Middle, & David Bean, 8th grade Math teacher at Argentine Middle School

Donesha Preston
12th Grade, F. L. Schlagle High School 
Nominated by Stephanie Alderman-Oler, teacher

“This is the second year I have had the opportunity to work with Donesha Preston.  She was a student in my chemistry class, where she was a strong student both academically and in her ability to not only work with other students but to help other students understand difficult concepts.  This year I have the opportunity to work with Donesha as the Pep Club sponsor where I have seen Donesha naturally step into a leadership role.  This fall she has been a leader in our pep club, an organization that is starting from scratch this year.  She has attended all pep club meetings and been an active leader in the organization.  She was one of the student planners for our Fall sports assembly which was 100% student planned, organized and implemented.  In addition to Pep Club and Student Council, Donesha is involved in cheerleading and the Schlagle Senior Board.  Donesha has expressed an interest in making Schlagle better for the future and the students who will continue at Schlagle after she graduates.”  Sincerely, Stephanie Alderman-Oler, Teacher, F.L. Schlagle High School