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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 - October 2016

Congratulations to the October Students of the Month honored by the Board of Education at their meeting on October 25, 2016.

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From left: TeAmari Pruitt, 3rd - Grade Bethel Elementary School, Corajean Cunningham, 12th - Grade Washington High School, Cesar Robledo, 6th Grade - Rosedale Middle School. Ivan Hernandez-Jimenez, Pre-K - Morse Early Childhood Center (not pictured, to be honored in November)

TeAmari Pruitt
3rd Grade, Bethel Elementary School
Nominated by Patricia Morgan, teacher

“TeAmari Pruitt is a 3rd grade student in my classroom at Bethel Elementary who I am very pleased to have.  She has had some struggles in the past, but has always put forth her best effort and it has paid off.  She participates in class daily and is always a great citizen.  She has become more confident in her abilities and that makes a big difference.  She has a warm smile that grabs everyone around her.  I am very pleased to have her in my classroom.  Thank you for choosing her as the elementary student of the month for October.”  Sincerely, Patricia Morgan, 3rd grade teacher, Bethel Elementary

Cesar Robledo
6th Grade, Rosedale Middle School
Nominated by Leayn Losh, choir director/debate coach 

“Cesar Robledo, what a great young person at Rosedale Middle School!!  He is a new 6th grader to our school, and right from the start he has shown such great character traits.  He is a good student, good to others, very helpful and kind.  He wants to be a performer when he grows up and has already tried out for our ‘Show Choir’ and made it.  He is a true leader in all he does at school and in his life.  I just want to tell him thank you for being such an upstanding young man.  He is very deserving of student of the month!  What a true amazing young person to represent our school.”  Sincerely, Leayn Losh, Choir Director/Debate Coach, Rosedale Middle School

Corajean Cunningham
12th Grade, Washington High School
Nominated by Lt. Col. Patrick McCormack

“Cadet Colonel Corajean Cunningham is the absolute # 1 cadet of over the 2000 I have worked with in my eleven years in this school district.  She is by far the most mature, professional student this building has ever had.  Teachers, the Administration, and her peers have unparalleled respect for Cadet Colonel Cunningham.  From the first time I met her in our Air Force Junior ROTC class I realized she was different, she took control of her young flight and became their leader.  She has twice been recognized as the Cadet of the Year for our program, and is currently the highest ranking, most decorated cadet in the program.  As the Wing Commander she is personally responsible for leading and managing every aspect of our 260-cadet program.  Her outstanding accomplishments are not limited to ROTC.  Ms. Cunningham is an academic superstar as well; she has a 4.1 GPA, is ranked # 3 in her graduating class, and is a member of the National Honor Society and many other accomplishments. She has also volunteered several hundred hours in her community to such organizations as Harvesters and Stand Down for Homeless Veterans.  Due to the economic challenges she faces in her life she also works part-time to help support her family.  I am proud to nominate to you Cadet Colonel Corajean Cunningham.”  Lt. Col. Patrick McCormack, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor

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KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - September 2016

At its meeting on September 27, the KCK Board of Education recognized Students of the Month for September: Amy Torres from Morse Early Childhood Center, JaNya Richardson from New Chelsea Elementary, Paw Way from West Middle School and Daylen Borisouth from F.L. Schlagle High School.

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Amy Torres, Pre-K
Morse Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Meggan Schempp, General Ed teacher, Carol Chavez, Sped teacher, Tammy Walker, Para at Morse Early Childhood Center

“Amy is a great example of a kind and helpful peer.  She is always recognizing another student’s need (before even being asked to help by the teacher) and is stepping in to help her peers who may need a little extra help.  She helps her peers in a kind and gentle way and is always an eager student to learn and try new things.  Amy is truly an amazing child, and she will do great things in life!!”  Sincerely, Meggan Schempp, General Education teacher, Carol Chavez, Sped teacher, and Tammy Walker, Para at Morse Early Childhood Center

JaNya Richardson, 2nd grade
New Chelsea Elementary School
Nominated by: Nikki Braam, 2nd grade teacher & Krista Sheldon, 1st grade teacher

“JaNya Richardson is being nominated because she deserves to be recognized for the amazing person she is.  She is a sweet and soft-spoken young lady that is respectful and responsible.  ….however this is only a small piece of what makes her amazing!  She is a quick learner and creative thinker!   JaNya has faced heart-breaking obstacles in the past year and in spite of her tragedies, she comes to school, ready to learn, ready to be challenged, and ready to help me in any way she can.  Not only does JaNya deserve this honor, her father and late mother deserve to have their daughter recognized as they were and are the most important teachers she will ever have.  She is an exceptional reflection of her parents.”  Sincerely, Nikki Braam, 2nd grade teacher & Krista Sheldon, 1st grade teacher

Paw Way, 8th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: The 8th grade team, Rachel McIlvain, Edgar Jones, Ashley Campbell, Ryan Schreiner, Caitlyn Thompson and Jennifer Lenz

“As a student athlete, Paw epitomizes how the 8th grade team defines the perfect balance of academic and extra-curricular success.  She is an active member in various clubs at West and plays on the Lady Buffalos volleyballs team.  As an athlete she demonstrates good sportsmanship and integrity.  As a student, she acts conscientiously inside and outside the classroom.  She embodies the school’s character education vision….and we know she will do great things beyond her time at West Middle School.”  Sincerely, The 8th grade team of teachers (listed above)

Daylen Borisouth, 9th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Richard Bellotti, Math Teacher

“Daylen Borisouth is an example of a well-rounded student, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average through Middle School and continuing this academic excellence into High School with a 4.0 on his first grade card!  He is also involved in numerous extracurricular activities including marching band, wrestling, cross country, and bowling.  In class he is an emerging leader, assisting his struggling classmates and proactively seeing new challenges.  He embodies the characteristics of a 21st century learner, being self-motivated and well rounded.  I am pleased to nominate Daylen Borisouth.”  Sincerely, Richard Bellotti, Math 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