Frances Willard Elementary School

School Highlights 2016 - 2017

Frances Willard Mission Statement

Frances Willard Elementary will provide a posiTive, chalLenging, Caring and safe learning experience for all students.

Frances Willard Vision Statement

At Frances Willard, every child who enters our building becomes a thinker, problem solver and lifelong learner.

Frances Willard was the only school in Kansas selected for the Dav Pilkey Award. Librarian Colleen Charlton applied for and received the grant. As a result, we were able to distribute books for summer reading to all 471 of our students!

We implemented PBIS which resulted in a positive shift in school climate for both students and staff. Students celebrated their success in demonstrating safety, responsibility and respect on the last day with inflatables.

We participated in the annual Battle of the Books contest which has been renamed the Literacy Festival.  Our team of ten 4th and 5th graders competed with other district elementary schools. Students demonstrated their knowledge of selected books through various games and performance activities.

Students in 4th and 5th grade used Chromebooks as a tool for learning in all subjects based on the district’s 1:1 device ratio for those grades. iPads were widely used and very popular in grades K-3.

Our Math Relays were victorious in both grades under the leadership of 5th grade teacher Courtney Davis.  Our 4th grade team placed 3rd and our 5th grade team came in 10th. It’s quite an accomplishment to have both teams finish in the top ten in a field that included every elementary school in the district!

Young Leaders of Tomorrow, facilitated by counselor Emily Martinez developed a project to teach responsible animal ownership. The group created posters, made announcements and did a fundraiser for a local animal shelter. The group raised almost $300.00 for the shelter.

Frances Willard participated in Girls on the Run. Sixteen girls completed the program and ten participated in a 5K run at Arrowhead Stadium.

Our robotics team, sponsored by Megan Schini and Emily Martinez, worked with a high school mentor from Olathe and consolidated skills for both programming our robot and working together as a team.

We welcomed assistant principal Kajuan Cummings, reading intervention teacher Jayne Hafner and technology teacher Ted Potts. Our assistant principal took the lead on implementing PBIS. Our reading intervention teacher used data to diagnose reading problems and then provided instruction to help students overcome those. Students in technology learned 21st century skills.

Students planted vegetables in the school garden in early spring. They enjoyed the “harvest” of lettuce, kale spinach, radishes and green onions on Field Day in late May. Other vegetables they planted are ready for harvest at the opening of the 2017-2018 school year.

Music concerts, field day and the field trips are always highlights, and this year was no exception. Music programs were well attended and highly praised by the audience. Students especially enjoyed the water relay games at Field Day. Student speakers at 5th grade promotion all talked about having wonderful memories from various field trips throughout their years at Frances Willard.

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