KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for April

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored five students as Students of the Month at their meeting on April 28, 2015.  Students are pictured (front row, girls from left) Kira Robbins, from Bethel Elementary School and Natalia Rodriguez from Morse Early Childhood Center, and (back row, boys from left) Kaeden Robbins from Bethel Elementary School, Drevontae Tiller from J.C. Harmon High School and Carter Glimpse from Arrowhead Middle School. 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Natalia Rodriguez from Morse Early Childhood Center, Kira Robbins & Kaeden Robbins from Bethel Elementary, Carter Glimpse from Arrowhead Middle School and Drevontae Tiller from J.C. Harmon High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

Natalia Rodriguez, Pre-K
Morse Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Amber Hartsook & Kimberley Gabel, Pre-K Teachers

“Natalia is an outstanding student.  She is very nurturing and intuitive.  She is able to determine when a peer needs extra help and takes it upon herself to help them.  She is also able to read emotions of others and regulate her own emotions as well.   She also has an eagerness to learn.  We are happy to have her in class and proud to nominate Natalia as student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Amber Hartsook & Kimberley Gabel, Pre-K Teachers

Kira Robbins, 4th grade & Kaeden Robbins, 5th grade
Bethel Elementary School
Nominated by: Carol Pitchlyn, Ed.D., Molly Kerr, 4th grade Teacher & Sara Olson, 5th grade Teacher

“Kira is a fourth grade student in Ms. Molly Kerr’s class.  She has a 5th grade brother attending Bethel with her.  Each of their teachers are in agreement that this sister-brother duo is truly deserving of this recognition.  Both of these bright students excel in many areas and shine as great student models for their peers.  Both are very high academic achievers, and take great pride in their school.  I find them each in their own classes helping classmates in problem solving and never reluctant to being team players in group ventures.  Both are very high academic achievers, and their courtesy and respectfulness they show towards staff and fellow students is equally as high.  It is for these reasons and many more that we proudly nominate Kira and Kaeden Robbins for students of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Carol Pitchlyn, Ed.D., Molly Kerr, 4th grade Teacher, & Sara Olson, 5th grade Teacher 

Carter Glimpse, 8th grade
Arrowhead Middle School
Nominated by: Deborah Hall, Teacher

“Carter came to us from another district this year and is one of the most amazing students I have ever worked with.  His attendance is excellent and his work ethic is outstanding.  Carter’s focus is on academics and he does not participate in any sports.  He is one of the most popular students in the 8th grade with his peers as well as with his teachers and other adults.  He has scored very high on all tests and his participation in the Math Relays help bring our 8th grade team to the 2nd place division.  I am so excited to see where Carter goes in his future and I have been so honored to have him in my AG1 class this year!” 

Sincerely, 
Deborah Hall, Teacher

Drevontae Tiller, 10th grade
J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by:  Kim Angell, Teacher

“Drevontae started out with a rough first semester, but has brought all his grades up and he has been doing so well and really putting forth the effort in class.  He has no longer gotten in any trouble and is doing well. He cares about his grades, his GPA and participates in class discussions.  I am so proud of him and am happy to nominate him as student of the month.  Drevontae deserves recognition.” 

Sincerely,
Kim Angell, Teacher

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

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on April 26, 2016.  They are (middle, back) Grace Wright, from the F.L. Schlagle High School; (front row, from left) Carolina Lozano-Perez, from Quindaro Elementary; Jaimelynn Renova Parra, Morse Early Childhood Center; and Por Choua Lor, Central Middle School.  

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Jaimelynn Renova Parra from Morse Early Childhood Center, Carolina Lozano-Perez from Quindaro Elementary, Alejandra Por Choua Lor from Central Middle School and Grace Wright from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

EXPLANATION:

 Jaimelynn Renova Parra, Pre-K
Morse Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Jami Dodig, Early Childhood Educator, Jennifer Bruns, Early Childhood Special Educator, Alicia Salazar-Neupane, Paraeducator, Yogi Guess, Paraeducator, Manisha Tatum, Speech & Language Pathologist, Erika Salazar, ESL Translator & Carlie Thomas, Student Teacher, all from Morse Early Childhood Center

“Jaimelynn is one of those students that just brightens your day!  She enters the school building each day with a smile on her face and a willingness to learn.  She gets along with all her peers in the classroom and has made many friends this year. If she doesn’t understand something, she will ask questions.  One of the most endearing qualities about Jaimelynn is her capacity to help out her fellow classmate and her care and concern for her peers.  She invites peers over to play with her at the dramatic play and engages them in dramatic play roles.  She also has a very unique quality about her for our students with disabilities.  She provides encouragement to her peers when they get a piece in the puzzle correctly.   Jaimelynn displays a love of learning and we appreciate you honoring her for student of the month”. 

Sincerely,
Jami Dodig, Jennifer Bruns, Alicia Salazar-Neupane, Yogi Guess, Manisha Tatum, Erika Salazar and Carlie Thomas, all from Morse ECC

Carolina Lozano-Perez, 5th grade
Quindaro Elementary School
Nominated by: Nicole Heier, Teacher

“Carolina is an exemplary student and role model for others.  Academically, she is at the top of her class, consistently receiving all ‘A’s’!  Her school takes part in a Character Plus program focused on student success through character development.  Each month the students are focused on a different character trait, such as courage, respect, integrity and compassion.   She has a number of leadership roles in our school.   She is a member of the school’s Young Leaders of Tomorrow group, a service-learning group, a service-learning and character-building program.  Their project this year was in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  This has contributed to her compassion and giving spirit. Most recently, she cut off more than 15 inches of her to donate to Locks of Lock.  Carolina is a true leader, mentor and good Samaritan!”

Sincerely,
Nicole Heier, Teacher

Por Choua Lor, 8th grade
Central Middle School
Nominated by: Kristy Poplau, Teacher Leader

“I had the privilege of teaching Por Choua Lor in summer school this past year.  Wow!  What a joy! He attended summer school so he could learn more and speak more English.  He gave 150% to everything we did.  I am very impressed by his dedication to learning.  He should be given every opportunity within our grasp, as he will strive to achieve his goals.  Por Choua is an extremely likeable, high character student with true moral values.  He is hard working, dependable, and truly cares about others. He patiently helps his peers when they need assistance without judgment and often with enthusiasm!  He lives with the Golden Rule. I wish more adults could acquire traits such as Por Choua’s.   He is a fine young man and I expect great things from him”.

Kristy Poplau,
Teacher Leader

Grace Wright, 10th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by: Sara Cosse, Family Advocacy Teacher

“Grace Wright is a great representation of a wonderful student here at F.L. Schlagle High School.  Grace is a 10th grader who helps other students with her positivity within the classroom.  She is an active student in our school and is involved as a marching band flag dancer and with the KU Talent Search in our school.  Grace has a strong future ahead of her marching band flag dance.  Grace has a strong future ahead of her and works hard in all of her classes with mostly A’s and few B’s.  She is a leader among others and she is responsible, respectable, and radiant!” 

Sincerely,
Sara Cosse, Family Advocacy Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for November

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November Students of the Month.

Prea Reh, 1st grade

Silver City Elementary School
Nominated by: Crystal Brower, Teacher
"Prea Reh has always shown exceptionally good behavior in the classroom.  I am especially proud of his academic progress and his increased participation class discussions.  As a second language, English speaker at the beginning of the year, he had problems ... but that is not the case now.  Prea is an active and eager participant in whole group and small group discussions.  I am thrilled to have such an enthusiastic learner in my classroom".
-- Sincerely, Crystal Brower, Teacher

Devin Nicholson, 8th grade

Rosedale Middle School
Nominated by: Kelcey Dodd, Teacher, Gage McGarry, Teacher, Zach Davies, Teacher, Samuel Martin, Teacher, Julie Day, Target Literacy Instructor
"Devin Nicholson is that student that comes around every once in a while that reminds teachers every single day why we choose the profession we do.  Devin is not only an outstanding student because of his academic standing, but because of his attitude in everything that he does, both in and out of the classroom. He is not afraid to ask for help, he knows what it takes to be successful and he's willing to do what it takes to achieve his goals.  We do not have a student more deserving of this award than Devin Nicholson".
-- Sincerely, Kelcey Dodd, Gage McGarry, Zach Davies, Samuel Martin & Julie Day, Teachers

Natalie Walton, 12th grade

Wyandotte High School
Nominated by:  Mary Stewart, Principal
"In our district, we are committing to improving the literacy skills of our students.  We know how wonderful the students in KCK are and how powerful of a voice each student has.  Our vision at Wyandotte is to help students to develop their literacy skills so that when they express their opinion and views whether in writing or speaking, the world stops to listen.  I nominate Natalie Walton, a senior at Wyandotte for student of the month because she has made heads turn and gotten her message to others.  Natalie is in the Kauffman Scholars program.  She has really stepped up to the challenges put before her and I have no doubt that her perspective will help shape future decisions in our world.  With great enthusiasm I nominate Miss Natalie Walton for student of the month".
-- Sincerely, Mary Stewart, principal

-- December 2, 2013 News Release

 

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

The Kansas City Board of Education recognize Cassidy “CJ” Reno from Central Middle, Demitra Carter from Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, Corrina Woods from NCO Early Childhood Center & Oliva Brown from Eugene Ware Elementary as the Students of the Month for April 2017, as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

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Corrina Woods, Pre-K, NCO Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Katie Brooks, Teacher at NCO ECC

“To be the student nominated for such a high honor, one must show characteristics that are above and beyond all others in the classroom.  Corrina is that student!  This tiny, but mighty, girl comes into the classroom with a very loud hello every morning and an equally bright smile! Corrina is the type of student who puts the needs of others before her own.  Corrina is in an inclusive classroom and sees no difference between the other students in her class.  She will encourage others to try their hardest when they don’t believe in themselves. It is a pleasure to nominate Corrina Woods from NCO Early Childhood Center.”

Olivia Brown, 5th grade, Eugene Ware Elementary
Nominated by: Collette Chaney, Principal at Eugene Ware

“Olivia Brown has been at Eugene Ware Elementary since Kindergarten and she stands out! She works so hard and always does all the extras.  Her teacher says that she is kind, gets along with her peers and is a problem solver.  She is talented in dance and is active in our tutoring program.  Olivia is one of those students that we count on for teachers.  If the teacher is away, she will be honest with a substitute and try and guide them about the classroom activities.  She is trustworthy, dependable and so sometimes can be overlooked. We want to celebrate her for her hard work, her talents and how kind she is.”

Cassidy “CJ” Reno, 6th grade, Central Middle
Nominated by: Ashley Kuch, Teacher at Central Middle

“I would like to nominate a 6th grader, Cassidy “CJ” Reno for Student of the Month. CJ  is a very hard worker and loves a good challenge! She always asks for extra things to do to help me or other students.  She is involved in many extra activities including Honors Orchestra, manager of a sports team at school, Battle of the Books, and so much more.  Even with this much going on beyond her schoolwork, giving it 110% and I am very proud of her.  CJ has big dreams in her heart and I know she will achieve every single one of those dreams because of her determination and persistence.  Remember her name, she will make it big!!”

Demitra Carter, 12th grade, Sumner Academy of Arts & Science
Nominated by: Dave Oland, Social Studies Teacher

“I am very, very, proud to nominate Ms. Demitra Carter for high school student of the month.  I have her in 3 different classes so I have gotten to know her very well.  Demitra is a great student, so full of attention and respect. She helps others often when they are struggling in most any subject or skill.  Some evidence is her 4.0 GPA, being on the honor roll 4 years in a row, a 4 year member of both NHS and Spanish National Honor Society.  Not to mention an ACT score of 25.  In addition to these achievements, she is an extremely talented and hardworking athlete. She has been a National AAU Track & Field Olympian for the last 4 years and serves as a track captain for her teams.  And true to who she is, she has also been mentoring younger track team members for the last 3 years.  Demitra is full of musical, athletic and other talents.  She is a real-life Wonder Woman, who is powerful beyond her words!”

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for March

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on March 24, 2015.  Students are pictured (from left) Kendrick Jackson from Wyandotte High School; Felipe Corona from the KCK Early Childhood Center; Kaliarra Peterson from White Church Elementary School; and Chyler Hughes from Eisenhower Middle School.

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Felipe Corona from KCK Early Childhood Center, Kaliarra Peterson from White Church Elementary, Chyler Hughes from Eisenhower Middle School and Kendrick Jackson from Wyandotte High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

Felipe Corona, Pre-K
KCK Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Janelle Wheeler, Teacher

“Felipe is both a wonderful student and citizen.  One of my favorite things about Felipe is his initiative.  He is quick to help others, even when it hasn’t been asked of him.  Many of our students are native Spanish speakers, which can prove to be difficult; however, this year has been easier because Felipe has been helping translate for both his peers and his teachers.  Felipe is always happy, and loves coming to school.  He is very well-mannered and respectful of everyone.  He is making great academic gains and his problem solving skills are outstanding!   I am honored to nominate Felipe as student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Janelle Wheeler, Pre-K Teacher

Kaliarra Peterson, 5th grade
White Church Elementary School
Nominated by: Amanda Griffin, 5th grade Teacher

“Kaliarra (Kali) is a remarkable fifth grader.  Her genuine character shines through in everything she does.  You can count on her to exhibit excellence within each facet of the day.  She takes her academics seriously and is always showcasing what “being a learner” is all about.  She is creative and loves to explore new crafts with her family and friends.  She is willing to cooperate and help out others…. when she sees someone in need.  She is an excellent role model for behavior, modeling kindness, control and a positive attitude.  I am proud to nominate Kali for student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Amanda Griffin, 5th grade Teacher

Chyler Hughes, 6th grade
Eisenhower Middle School
Nominated by: Cassandra Nix, Christine Shade, Angie Cakin, Stephanie Budt, Teachers & Patrice Dorian, Assistant Principal (6th grade team)

“Chyler is an extremely motivated student…….she goes above and beyond what is asked of her.  She is polite and respectful, and she is a great role model for other students.  Chyler is helpful to teachers and always volunteers to help anyone that needs it. Chyler is sweet and kind, and she is a very good citizen.  She is an asset to both science club and the newspaper staff, and she is a creative and funny student.  She is a pleasure to have in class and she is an excellent example of everything our district expects of exemplary students!” 

Sincerely,  
6th grade Team

Kendrick Jackson, 11th grade
Wyandotte High School
Nominated by:  Michael Rebne, English Language Arts Teacher

“Kendrick Jackson is one of the most impressive people I have ever met.  He is developing into a master of communication.  He is bilingual, able to converse in both English and sign language.  His writing sets him high above the rest…..in his first junior semester he has already accumulated college credit in an English class!  He excels in many other areas as well, which causes Kendrick to fall into leadership roles. As a well-rounded scholar-athlete Kendrick also stays busy on the athletic field.  He has a warm and kind disposition and truly embodies everything that our school district strives to be!” 

Sincerely,
Michael Rebne, English Language Arts Teacher