KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for October

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on October 28th 2014: ( from left), Ngainunmawi (Maui) Sonna from Sumner Academy of Arts and Science: Jocelyn Vang from West Middle School; Dominic Chacon from John Fiske Elementary School; and Chael Robinson from Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center.

Chael Robinson, Pre-K
Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Bunny Bray, Teacher, Julie McEathron, Special Education Teacher, Miss Kitty Gatchet, Para & CNA

“Chael Robinson is our nominee for this month.  He is patient with his classmates.  He also tries hard to follow the rules and helps other children do the same.  When an issue over toys or space occurs, he figures it out in a calm, gentle fair way. We love our kiddos, and Chael is a joy to have in class!!”  

Sincerely, 
Bunny Bray, Teacher, Julie McEathron, Special Education Teacher & Miss Kitty Gatchet, Para & CNA

Dominic Chacon, 5th grade
John Fiske Elementary School
Nominated by: Vickie Stone, Administrative Assistant

“Dominic is a 5th grade student at John Fiske Elementary.  He is a born leader who is very helpful not only in his classroom, but in our office too! He volunteers to help in the office every day after school.  He is also President of John Fiske Student Council.  He is also a peer helper.  Dominic always has a smile on his face and is a very positive role model for the younger students.  I know Dominic will go far in his life as he exhibits all the qualities and characteristics of a leader!”  

Sincerely, 
Vickie Stone, Administrative Assistant at John Fiske Elementary

Jocelyn Vang, 6th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: Emily Brown, ESL Teacher

“Jocelyn is a model student at West Middle School.  She is very respectful to adults and her peers.  She is a kind, helpful student and always has a smile on her face. Jocelyn is a great participant in class and is always engaged in the lesson.  She does quality work and is always striving to improve.  Her teacher has nothing but wonderful things to say about her.  I highly recommend her for student of the month!”  

Sincerely, 
Emily Brown, ESL Teacher

Ngainunmawi (Maui) Sonna, 12th grade
Sumner Academy of Arts and Science
Nominated by:  Jonathan Richard, Principal

“Since I have joined the staff at Sumner Academy, I have met great students from all walks of life.  Then I was privileged to also meet Maui (Ngainunmawi) Sonna.  She has a wonderful story about her journey so far.  She is a fantastic student and we are proud to have her at Sumner Academy.  She currently has a 3.92 GPA and scored a 25 on the ACT test.  Maui shared with me that throughout her high school career, she has grown as a leader through engaging in student body organizations such as National Honor Society, People to People International, and Spanish National Honor Society. Her ambitions are to give back through education within the United States and to other countries around the world.  We are very proud of her accomplishments. ”

Sincerely,
Jonathan Richard, Principal

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 - November 2016

The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education recognize Ivan Hernandez-Jimenez from Morse Early Childhood Center, Kylie Hamilton from New Stanley Elementary, Alejandro Martinez from Argentine Middle School and Rosa Hernandez from J.C. Harmon High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools. 

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Ivan Hernandez-Jimenez, Pre-K
Morse Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Jennifer Bruns, Jami Dodig, Alicia Salazar-Neupane, Yogi Guess & Manisha Tatum, Early Childhood Staff at Morse 

“Ivan is an exceptional role model for his peers.  He is a blessing to have in our classroom again this year.  Ivan is able to invite his peers to follow directions and classroom routines.  For example, when the teacher turns on the “clean up” song, Ivan cleans up his area, and then goes around the room helps his peers to clean and letting them know that the song means it’s time to clean up their toys. He is very kind, caring and loving towards all students in the classroom.  Ivan shows persistence in all tasks that he pursues. If he can’t figure out a task, he will try over and over again or ask a teacher for assistant.  Ivan’s classroom teachers are very excited to have him back again this year in our classroom!!”  Sincerely, Staff at Morse Early Childhood Center

Kylie Hamilton, 5th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Jamie Brann, Teacher

“The fifth grade team at New Stanley Elementary would like to nominate Kylie Hamilton for Student of the Month.  Kylie is a shy fifth grader who could easily slide under the radar.  However, in our time with Kylie (July through October) she has grown significantly, both academically and socially.  She is consistent in turning in weekly reading logs, morning work and all assignments.  Kylie never misses school and is very reliable and depended on by her peers.  Kylie is an incredibly hard working young lady and we are very proud to nominate her for student of the month.”  Sincerely, Jamie Brann, Teacher and the entire fifth grade team

Alejandro Martinez, 8th grade
Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: Micah Louis, Teacher

“Alejandro (Alex) has been a pleasure to have in class this year.  I have known him for two years and his pursuit of excellence is unparalleled.  Whether it’s football conditioning or Math, Alex wants to be the best.  He also possesses a very humble and empathetic attitude, and always looks to help other students in the class.  His positive outlook on school and life will take him far, and he makes me look forward to when I have his class!”  Sincerely, Micah Louis, 8th Grade Teacher

Rosa Hernandez, 11th grade
J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by:  Geoff Markos, Principal of J.C. Harmon

“It gives me great pleasure to recommend Rosa Hernandez, for the District’s Student of the month.  Given my role as the principal, I do not have the pleasure of having Rosa in class.  However, every time I observe her in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, sports arena, etc…she always has a smile and seems to be doing something to help Harmon and the students within.  What makes Rosa so special is her ability to be a leader both socially and academically.  She takes pride in seeing others succeed.  We started LINK Crew this school year which is a leadership program that uses Juniors and Seniors to mentor and welcome our incoming Freshman class.  Rosa is not only an active member in LINK Crew, she applied and was awarded a commissioner position.  Rosa is the driving force for inspiring new ideas to promote the LINK crew and the freshman that they support. She is an inspiration to me, our students, and our staff at J.C. Harmon.”  Sincerely, Geoff Markos, Principal of J.C. Harmon High School.

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