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KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for November 2015

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on November 24, 2015.  Students are pictured (front row, Jonathan Contreras Alvarez, Pre K, from KCK Early Childhood Center School and (back row, boys from left) Joel Sanchez from Rosedale Middle School, and Darion Stafford  from Washington High School.  (Elementary student, Robert Lemus-Salinas was unable to attend and will be honored at the December meeting).

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Jonathan Contreras Alvarez from the KCK Early Childhood Center, Robert Lemus-Salinas from New Stanley Elementary, Joel Sanchez from Rosedale Middle School and Darion Stafford from Washington High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

Jonathan Contreras Alvarez, Pre-K
KCK Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Terresa McKinney, Pre-K Teacher

“Jonathan is an excellent student.  He is compassionate, caring and polite to all adults and his peers.  Jonathan comes to school every day with a smile and a great attitude.  He is willing to help without being asked.  Jonathan pushes in chairs when his friends forget to take care of their chairs.  He is willingly to clean up for the teachers.  Even though Jonathan is learning a second language, he tries everything asked of him.  Jonathan is an asset to our classroom.” 

Sincerely,
Terresa McKinney, Pre-K Teacher

Joel Sanchez, 6th grade
Rosedale Middle School
Nominated by: Denise Dixon and Debra Laws, Teachers

“Joel is an exceptional student at Rosedale Middle School.  He is a student of excellence with straight “A’s”.  He is dedicated to always doing his absolute best!  He has excellent attendance and is always punctual and ready to work before the bell rings.  He completes all assignments and homework on time and with the high quality teachers expect.  He is always kind and respectful to his peers and teachers.  In all areas, Joel demonstrates a positive attitude.  Joel also participates in extracurricular activities, and is a manager of the Rosedale football team.   Thank you for honoring him as a student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Denise Dixon, Teacher and Debra Laws, Teacher

Darion Stafford, 12th grade
Washington High School
Nominated by:  Lt. Colonel. Patrick McCormack, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor

“Cadet Colonel Darion Stafford is an incredible young man, and total package superstar!  Darion is the Deputy Wing Commander for our JROTC program, the second highest ranking cadet in the program.  This summer Darion was selected over cadets from 4 different high schools to command the regional Summer Leadership Course.  Darion is more than an outstanding cadet; he is involved in many activities at our school and volunteers in our community.  He has a 3.6 GPA, is the Captain of the Football team, among many other sports for our school. He is the Vice President of the Senior Board, and he plans to attend Oklahoma State University next year.”

Sincerely,
Lt. Col. Patrick McCormack, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for April

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April Students of the Month.

Kevin Escarcega-Ramirez, PreK

Kansas City, Kansas Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Katie Brooks, Sped Teacher

"I would like to introduce you to Kevin Escarcega-Ramirez. When he first came to my classroom in January of 2012, I saw a little boy with a beautiful face, but with many burdens. Kevin had health issues, and I struggled with what I was to do with this particular student. Kevin began doing many things that were not expected. We celebrated these triumphant moments as much as possible and he was just as excited. Kevin now has to be reminded to allow other to have their turn. He is amazing! I am so happy this remarkable boy has overcome and I hope that one day every teacher meets their own Kevin."
-- Sincerely, Katie Brooks, teacher

Angel Aguirre, 4th grade

White Church Elementary School
Nominated by: Emily Dennis, 4th grade teacher

"Angel Aguirre is the kind of student every teacher dreams of having! He comes to school, each and every day with an amazing desire to learn as much as he can! Angel does whatever it takes to make sure he understands every skill and concept that is presented to him, and is also eager to help others with their understanding as well. He works hard, stays extremely focused in class, and routinely asks for extra homework. Angel is an excellent role model for others! He was elected, by his peers, to be one of our Student Council Representatives this year, and has taken his role very seriously. Angel is such a motivated young man, that you just know he will be successful no matter where his future takes him -- he is such a deserving young man—one of USD 500's brightest starts!"
-- Sincerely, Emily Dennis, 4th grade teacher

Hie Moo, 8th grade

Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: Heather Hamtil, Strategic Reading Teacher

"Hie Moo is in my strategic reading class. It is with great pride that I nominate Hie as student of the month. He very much deserves this award. Coming from Thailand, learning a new language, excelling in athletics and continually strives to excel in academics. His strengths are in the classroom and on the football field as well. I am super excited for the possibility of how far Hie Moo will go with his future. Hie is focused, respectful and consistent in his application of new skills. His collaborative ability is excellent, as well."
-- Sincerely, Heather Hamtil, Strategic Reading Teacher

Julie Browne, 12th grade

Wyandotte High School
Nominated by: Mary Stewart, Wyandotte High School

"When I sit and think about the type of student we want to exit out of high school, I think of graduating students that are focused, confident, and prepared academically and personally to take on the next chapter of their journey in life. One senior that comes to my mind is, Wyandotte Senior, Julie Browne. She is a confident, yet humble young lady with passion, goals and vision. I am proud to be her principal and represent her as April student of the month. Julie has genuinely made a difference for students at Wyandotte High School. Julie is at any time eager to tutor students struggling in math. On days when Julie does not have college classes, Julie works to support math teachers and struggling math students. She inspires us and radiates excellence in all she does. Julie is someone who so genuinely deserves celebration!!!"
-- Sincerely, Mary Stewart, Principal of Wyandotte High School

-- May 5 News Release

 

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for October 2015

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on October 27, 2015.  Students are pictured (back row, from left) Abbey Smith from J.C. Harmon High School, Terrance Johnson from Argentine Middle School, (front row from left) Marbeya Gallardo Suarez from New Stanley Elementary School and Siena Austin  from the Earl Watson, Jr., Early Childhood Center. 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Siena Austin from Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center, Marbeya Gallardo Suarez from New Stanley Elementary, Terrance Johnson from Argentine Middle School and Abbey Smith from J.C. Harmon High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

EXPLANATION:

Siena Austin, Pre-K
Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Amanda Dendurent, Preschool Teacher

“Siena comes into class each day with a smile on her face.  She speaks kindly to her friends and teachers and always tries to include everyone in activities.  Siena is very responsible and works hard to make good choices in the classroom.  Siena is an excellent role model and she is an asset to our classroom.  I am very proud to have her in my class.” 

Sincerely, 
Amanda Dendurent, Preschool Teacher

Marbeya Gallardo Suarez, 3rd grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Allison Butler & Elizabeth Traxler, Teachers

“Marbeya Gallardo is an excellent role model and support to her peers in a kind a gentle way. She is a bright, inquisitive young lady who continuously sets the bar for positive behavior in our classroom.  Along with aiding her peers, Marbeya strives to improve herself each day. We could not imagine our classroom this year without her smiling face, can do attitude, and willingness to help.” 

Sincerely,
Allison Butler & Elizabeth Traxler, Teachers from New Stanley

Terrance Johnson, 8th grade
Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: Micah Louis, Teacher

“I have had the privilege of knowing Terrance for the three years he has attended Argentine.  He is going to be a big star one day!  Terrance leads by example in all he does. He is a constant learner and always strives to bring out the best in everyone around him.  He is a two year starter at Quarterback for our football team and has excelled at every other sport he has played, while still being responsible to maintain an A average. For all of his achievements, he is one of the most compassionate young men I have ever met, and genuinely longs for others around him to experience success.  Terrance would be an ideal candidate to consider for student of the month honors.” 

Sincerely,
Micah Louis, Teacher

Abbey Smith, 11th grade
J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by:  Kim Angell, Teacher

“Abbey Smith is a strong academic student at J.C. Harmon.  She is a very dedicated student who goes above and beyond what is required of her.  She maintains a 4.0 GPA and takes her education very seriously.  Abbey always takes her education very seriously.   She is respected by her peers and teachers, and is a great role model.  She always displays the highest level of integrity.  She is very deserving of this nomination!”

Sincerely,
Kim Angell, Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for November

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on November 25th, 2014: (front row) Aimah Irfan, from Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center; (back row, from left) Daniel Garcia, from New Stanley Elementary School; Tasha Jackson, from J.C. Harmon High School; and Emmanueli Ndihokubwayo, from Argentine Middle School.

Aimah Irfan, Pre-K
Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Amanda Dendurent, Renne Fensholt & Debbie Byers Preschool Teachers

“Aimah is a very polite little girl at our school.  She is kind towards her peers and teachers. Aimah always puts forth great effort in work and play, and makes good choices at school.  She is a friend to everyone and always includes her peers in any activity that she may be doing.  We are very proud to nominate her for student of the month!” 

Sincerely,
Amanda Dendurent, Teacher, Renee Fensholt, Special Education Teacher, & Debbie Byers, Para

Daniel Garcia, 1st grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Allison Butler, Teacher

“I chose to nominate Daniel Garcia for student of the month because he is an excellent role model and support to his peers.  He is a bright, inquisitive young man who continuously sets the bar for positive behavior in my classroom.  Along with aiding his peers, Daniels strives to improve himself each day by choosing activities that challenge him and by eliminating any distractions to his learning. Not only does he lead by example, but also Daniel has a kind and gentle way of guiding his peers to do the right thing and make smart choices.  I could not imagine my classroom this year without Daniel’s smiling face!” 

Sincerely,
Allison Butler, Teacher

Emmanueli Ndihokubwayo, 8th grade
Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: Kristi Palmer, Teacher & James Thompson, Teacher

“Emmanueli deserves to be recognized because of the tremendous change he has made in his academics. He struggled with his grades last year, but has worked hard as an eighth grader to turn that around.  He currently has straight A’s and has been upset that he has a 96% and wants to raise it.  His input and contribution to class is unmatchable.  He goes above and beyond in all of his work, wanting to do his best and find things that will make him think and ask questions. His unique perspective is always on point and makes connections between ideas from class and experiences from his life.  He is well deserving of this award”. 

Sincerely,
Kristi Palmer, Teacher & James Thompson, Teacher

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

“Tasha was a freshman in my advanced math class and is a proud member of the J.C. Harmon championship math relay teams for the past three years. Tasha is often sought out by her peers to help them in class. She is an honor roll student, is a member of student council, pep club and an athlete competing in Cross Country and Track.  It’s the time outside of school that she puts into her academics that is also extremely impressive.  She is part of Saturday Science, Math & Technology Academy 2009-2014, Medical Camp, just to name a few. She is a highly focused, goal oriented young lady that will truly be successful in her future. It is my privilege to write this letter recommending Tasha for student of the month”. 

Sincerely,
Steve Howard, Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for September 2015

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on September 22, 2015.  Students are pictured (back row, from left) Damaris Rodriguez, from J.C. Harmon High School; Nayeli Lozano, from Argentine Middle School; Nariah Buycks, from Eugene Ware Elementary School; and (front) Atziri Perez-Mendoza, from the district’s Head Start location at the Kansas State school.  

Atziri Perez-Mendoza, Pre-K 
KSSB Head Start Location
Nominated by: Ashlie St. Clair, Teacher and Michelle Bennett, Teacher

“Atziri is a very thoughtful and helpful student.  She is always willing to help in any way……….It is a pleasure having Atziri in my class.  She is able to translate what my Spanish speaking students are saying and is always willing to help.  She is a very caring friend and is there to help any of her classmates that might be in need.” 

Sincerely,
Ashlie St. Clair, Teacher and Michelle Bennett, Teacher at KSSB Head Start Location

Nariah Buycks, 5th grade
Eugene Ware Elementary School
Nominated by: Julia Cordes, 5th grade teacher & Collette Chaney, Principal

“Nariah has a positive outlook and an enthusiasm for learning. She is a leader in all the right ways.  She is kind to other students, and goes above and beyond to assist them.  She not only inspires the students to learn, but also inspires me to be a better teacher and a better person.  She is a wonderfully successful student and a truly unique person. We are blessed to have her in our school.” 

Sincerely,
Julia Cordes, 5th grade Teacher & Collette Chaney, Principal

Nayeli Lozano, 8th grade
Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: Micah Louis, Teacher

“Nayeli is a young lady who is going to be doing big things one day.  She is involved in every aspect of student life.  She is a learner who not only keeps an A average, but takes initiative to learn above and beyond what is expected of her in class.  Nayeli is also our football manager, giving up her after school time as well as her Saturday mornings in order to help our team.  This shows incredible responsibility, given how hard she works in other areas of her life. She embodies our district values in everything that she does. She is most definitely deserving of student of the month honors.” 

Sincerely,
Micah Louis, Teacher

Damaris Rodriguez, 11th grade
J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by: Kim Angell, Teacher

“Damaris is an outstanding student, who is very dedicated to her education and her relationships with others.  She is eager to learn, well-behaved, helps others, and always puts forth her best effort. Damaris has maintained a 4.0 since she started Harmon and is enrolled in many college courses this year.  She is an awesome student and she is so deserving of this award.” 

Sincerely,
Kim Angell, Teacher