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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.  


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.


 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”. 

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!”

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!” 

Sara Cosse, Family Advocacy Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for November


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 for March 2016

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored three students as Students of the Month at their meeting on March 22, 2016.  These young people are role models for all students!!  Students are pictured (from left) Alejandra Aragon-Rosas, from West Middle School; Meloney Chavira-Solis, from New Stanley Elementary, and Caleb Taussig, from F.L. Schlagle High School. 


That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Meloney Chavira-Solis from New Stanley Elementary, Alejandra Aragon-Rosas from West Middle School and Caleb Taussig from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.


Meloney Chavira-Solis, 4th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Clare Anthony, Teacher

“Meloney is a wonderful student to have in our fourth grade class. She brings so many great assests to our classroom that not only improves her own learning but all the students around.  She always strives to increase her knowledge in all subject areas by reading and asking questions.  Meloney nevers turns in work that is not done to the best of her abilities and many other students can learn from her.  She is a hard worker, respectful, helpful and reliable.  It is a joy to teach a student like Meloney!”

Clare Anthony, Teacher

Alejandra Aragon-Rosas, 8th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: Rachael Mcllvain, Teacher 

“Alejandra is a wonderful example of a student who is a student that is genuine, respectful, engaged and fun.  Throughout her classes, she is willing to work in many different settings with many different people.  While working with others she encourages them to do their best and is always willing to help others whenever she can.  She also believes in smiling and making others day!  She is always kind and quick to say hello.” 

Rachael Mcllvain, Teacher  

Caleb Taussig, 9th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by: Blair Waite, Teacher

“Caleb is a model student.  He is hardly ever absent, maintains great grades, and is always willing to help fellow students and teachers.  Caleb can frequently be found in the morning holding a stairwell door open for students and staff!”  He always has a positive attitude.  Caleb is one of the few freshman who is also a Socratic Seminar leader. 

Blair Waite, Teacher

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.” 

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.” 

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!” 

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!” 

Michael Rebne, English Language Arts Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for March


March Students of the Month.

Joshua Quinones, 5th grade

New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Cindy Moore, Brandy Treaster, Teachers and Miriam Torres, ESL Aide

"What can I say about Joshua? He is a great student. He comes to school every day with a smile on his face, ready to take on the challenges of the day. He strives to learn something new each day. Joshua does not complain or give up when he is presented with something new or challenging. Joshua's peers look up to him as well. He is dedicated to his schoolwork and puts in 100% all the time. Joshua is a member of our school's Safety Patrol. He comes to school a little early and stays a little late to fulfill his commitment. Joshua has a bright future and his possibilities are endless!!"
-- Sincerely, Cindy Moore, Brandy Treaster, Teachers, and Miriam Torres, ESL Aide

Juan Tirado Garcia, 11th grade

J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by: Steve Howard, Teacher at J.C. Harmon High School

"I first met Juan last summer, and had the pleasure of having him on our cross country team. His energy and natural leadership skills made the decision easy to name him the captain. I found it interesting that he had made a commitment to get involved in sports during his junior year, once he had made his grades, developed a work/study skills that would maintain his high academic standards. Juan is an honor roll student, and taking college credit courses. His list of in/outside school activities is remarkable! Leadership 20-20, Bio-Science Academy, Math & Science Saturday Academy, KU Talent Search, not to mention the band, Pep Club, & Student Council. It is my privilege to write this recommendation."
-- Sincerely, Steve Howard, Teacher & Coach

Sydney Riley, 5th grade

Welborn Elementary School
Nominated by: Stacey Chatmon, Teacher and Jamila Harris, Counselor

"Sydney is the student's student. She is an advocate for fair treatment of ALL students. She models what it means to be bully-free. She always stands up to other students who are bullies by reporting bullying incidents to teachers and administration. She encourages the victim to stand up for themselves and be honest. She also tries to befriend the bully knowing they often don't have friends. She is an Honor Roll Student, Student Council, Safety Patrol, and Battle of the Books participant, all while battling with some health issues. Yet she perseveres through her daily battles and school work never complaining about her struggles. Sydney is a model student that we want to recognize."
-- Sincerely, Stacey Chatmon, Teacher & Jamila Harris, Counselor

-- March 27 News Release