William A. White Elementary School

School Highlights 2016 - 2017

Mission: Inspiring Excellence: Every Grownup, Every Child, Every Day.

Vision: Striving to Become One of the Top 10 School Districts in the Nation.

W.A. White aims to empower students to become problem-solving individuals who will be academically successful in middle and high school and be college and career ready.

Motto: William Allen White, Preparing Students for Success in a Changing World.

W.A. White believes in building strong relationships with students, staff, parents and community by providing programs to meet the educational needs of all provided. We take pride in having the following programs active in our school throughout the school year:

  • Student Council- Students in the intermediate grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th are elected leaders that sponsor student activities that support our whole community of learners. They develop academic goals to strengthen student achievement.
  • Safety Patrol- This group was made up of selected fifth grade students who demonstrate leadership as well as good citizenship and are trained to help enforce hallway and dismissal rules at the end of each day.
  • Young Leaders of Tomorrow- Fourth and Fifth grade students who are selected and work  one on one with the school counselor to plan, develop, and implement a service project based on the school’s needs. They attend district level meetings and present their project to the school and Student Services.
  • Family Math and Reading Nights- Families and students are invited to learn multiple ways to practice Reading and Math skills. Strategies are taught by Staff members while playing reading and math games. Projects are modeled while interacting with parents and students.
  • Multi-Culture Celebration- Each class and special support areas showcased academic learning and activities across all cultures represented in the school. Parents, friends, and community members are invited to view projects and student work and participate in the program with students and staff.
  • W. A. White Assessment Awards- Recognition is given for students’ academic accomplishments throughout the school year. Students are recognized and praised for effort on reaching on grade level goals or college and career ready goals.
  • Behavioral Celebrations- Students are recognized for demonstrating personal code and positive character traits that are connected to our district’s Code of Conduct.
  • Good News Club- An afterschool class offered every Monday by a community church. It includes dynamic Bible lessons, creative learning activities, inspiring missionary stories, and life changing scripture memory. It teachers Christian life lessons to be applied in everyday pressures of life.
  • Score 1 for Health- Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences connected with the Deron Cherry Foundation. Score 1 consist of Health and Dental studies and screening for all students.
  • PE4Life and Body Venture- Supports Healthier Generations by having P.E. twice a week. Students participates in various exercises that teachers them healthier life skills by exercising and eating healthier. Art, Music and Library staff helps support this program.
  • Parent Teacher Association- This program promoted parent and student community involvement with the school. It fosters positive relationships with the school and home. PTA help supports bi-monthly skating parties, holiday parties, kindergarten and fifth grade graduation and behavioral celebrations.
  • Foster Grandparents- This group is connected with Catholic Charities where as volunteers come in daily and offer support for teachers and students. They listen to students read which helps increase fluency.
  • Grand Parent Day Celebration Luncheon- Students invite their grandparents to visit their classrooms and have lunch with them. A special lunch is catered for grandparents. Students write special essays expressing why their grandparents are important to them. Essays are posted in the hallways.
  • UMKC Aspiring Teachers- This group consist of college students who are majoring in education. They are juniors in college doing an intern with our teachers. They support classroom teachers and students while aiming for academic achievement.
  • Yearly Productions led by the Music teacher Donna Johnson- Students audition for the musical “Seussical” and put on the production for two day during the spring semester. The next musical that is scheduled for the 2017-2018 school year is School House Rock.
  • Kaboom Playground Grant-WAW is happy to receive playground equipment that will be built July 14 & 15, 2017 from Kaboom based on a grant written by teachers, and students of Young Leaders of Tomorrow. Students will now have playground equipment to play on. Thanks also to our PTA for helping make this dream come true.
  • Gear Up for Success in S.T.E.M. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics summer camp during the month of June, 2017. Students have an opportunity to learn through exploration, experiments, and projects.

This building report card is a brief summary of how your school and students are performing and the impact of your local school improvement plan. However, it should not be used as a single source to judge students or school accomplishments. No single report can tell the whole story of a district's or school's education program. This report card does not provide information about curriculum, teaching methods, special programs, the "climate" of your school or the performance of individual teachers or administrators.

In addition, this report card is not a way of "rating" or "ranking" schools. Because of the distinct community and student characteristics, direct comparison between schools or districts are invalid. Rank-ordering school districts or schools is a clear misuse of the information. Rather, the information should be used to access local strengths and weaknesses based on past performance and to plan program improvements.

Whittier Elementary School

School Highlights 2016 - 2017

  • The Whittier Way- Students and adults participated in following the Whittier Way, earning Bulldog Bucks for being respectful, being responsible, being a learner, and being in control.  This included an emphasis on being prepared to be good learners and taking responsibility for yourself and your actions.  Periodic “stores” were held in which students could spend their Bulldog Bucks.  In addition, students and adults focused on “filling buckets”, where they focused on ways for others to feel good about themselves.
  • Character Plus-. Students learned about a character trait each month through weekly meetings with the counselors that were supported by teachers throughout the building.  Students learned about cooperation, responsibility, compassion, empathy, gratitude, respect, perseverance, ambition, courage, integrity, patience and citizenship.
  • Awards Assemblies with Learning Celebrations- Students celebrated success with quarterly awards assemblies in which they received recognition for effort and achievement. This year, we were “Going for the Goal”, working with students to set and achieve their goals.  Part of our learning celebrations included visits from KC Wolf, the Kansas City Kansas Mariachi Band, and a rotation of Whittier Olympic events.  Students won medals for earning A’s and B’s on their grade card along with good attendance, good behavior and character, and good effort. 
  • Talent Show-- We had our second annual student  talent show which show cased our students’ vast array of talents.  Our students showed great poise and courage as they performed and the audience joined in as they showed us how to Whip and Nae Nae.
  • Jump Start to School- Incoming kindergarten students were invited to attend school a week early to help with the transition to school.  Teachers provided a ½ day of curriculum to student that included read alouds, introduction to Bulldog Bucks, experience with routines and procedures.  Parents also took part in an hour workshop to share information and expectations as well prepare them to help their child at home.
  • Family Activities- There were several activities throughout the year for families to enjoy together.  Several classrooms hosted their own family events, putting a spotlight on student work and learning. Third grade invited families to a “World’s Fair” where a culmination of learning was shared.  Our PTA began family activities such as Loteria night for families to enjoy spending time together.  Our Parent committee launched a new Facebook page which has increased parent commiunication.
  • On-going Staff Development- Staff participated in professional development activities that included a continued study of reader development, study of teaching writing through Writer’s Workshop and continued work with the Marzano effective elements of instruction.  Intense focus was placed on early development of numeracy, including ways to diagnose needs and intervene early.
  • Enriched and diverse experiences- Students participated in a variety of activities and field trips that extended learning into the community, including a Fifth grade college visit to KU, work with Schlagle library, fieldtrips to the zoo, fire station, Old Shawnee Town, and museums among others.
  • Collaboration- Teachers worked collaboratively to meet the needs of all students, with special education and ESL services teachers working directly with teachers in classrooms.  Teachers worked collaboratively in professional learning communities to study and plan together.
  • Student achievement- Students continue to work on increasing skills in reading, writing, math and science.  More kindergartners left kindergarten reading than ever before!  Students continue to improve their effort and thinking skills. Our Fifth grade team won a Challenge Award for success with mathematics achievement.
  • Health services- Students received health and nutrition services through programs coordinated by the school nurse and counsellors such as Score 1 for Health, a dental program that provided services during the school day, and the Back Snack program. 
  • Hats and Hands for Kids- Teachers and parents volunteered to coordinate getting hats and gloves donated and distributed to every student in the building, along with a free book, for the holidays. 
  • After School Activities- Students participated in a variety of activities, including Kidzone, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Good News Club, Art Club, Opera Club and Garden Club for enrichment after school. Girls on the Run was continued to encourage positive living and self confidence in our 4th and 5th grade girls.  The girls and sponsors culminated both semesters with a 5k run at Arrowhead Stadium.  Community volunteers ran a sports club for 40 Fourth and Fifth grade students each week.
  • Caring for Kids- Whittier began a collaboration with neighborhood partners through the Caring for Kids program.  Partnerships with a neighbourhood church and local businesses continued with members from the church volunteering at the school with programs such as Backsnacks.  A local business became very involved, running a sports club for students and providing treats and meals for snacks during evening activities. 
  • Helping the community- Whittier students and staff participated in numerous activities to help support others in the community, including participating in the United Way Campaign, bringing in food donations for Bethel during the holidays, and raising over $1000 for Pennies for Patients -Leukemia Foundation.  Whittier students showed real compassion for others. 
  • Student leadership- Many students demonstrated leadership, serving in various groups in the building.  One highlight was the work of the Young Leaders of Tomorrow, a group of fourth and fifth graders. The student council was more active than ever and coordinated many activities for students throughout the year.

Whittier's Mission Statement

Professional, dedicated teachers providing effective instruction to help students become: confident, contributing, life-long learners in a safe, caring, and engaging environment fully supported by our parents and community.

This building report card is a brief summary of how your school and students are performing and the impact of your local school improvement plan. However, it should not be used as a single source to judge students or school accomplishments. No single report can tell the whole story of a district's or school's education program. This report card does not provide information about curriculum, teaching methods, special programs, the "climate" of your school or the performance of individual teachers or administrators.

In addition, this report card is not a way of "rating" or "ranking" schools. Because of the distinct community and student characteristics, direct comparison between schools or districts are invalid. Rank-ordering school districts or schools is a clear misuse of the information. Rather, the information should be used to access local strengths and weaknesses based on past performance and to plan program improvements.

Welborn Elementary School

School Highlights 2015 - 2016

  • “Bless The School” – Purchased and installed Smart boards in every classroom.  Weekly food snack backpacks were provided for students, weekly celebrations for reading accomplishments and support for students making gains on various formative assessments. Toy Store was implemented and available as an incentive to students who met their MAP growth goal.
  • “Bully Free School” was implemented at Welborn during the 2013-2013-4 school year where students learned how to be fight free and bully free.  Bully report forms were made available to all students.  Bully rules are:  We will not bully others, we will try to help students who are bullied, we will make it a point to include students who are easily left out, if we know someone is being bullied we tell an adult at school and at home; at Welborn we use the “bully box” to report bullying.
  • Welborn Star Students- Students who demonstrated model student behavior were chosen by their teachers and celebrated every week and month.
  • S.T.A.R. Student Matrix- Star students are Safe, Truthful, Accountable, and Respectful.
  • Vertical Teaming- spin off of Star Student.
  • Data notebooks- Every student has a data notebook which highlights their growth in reading, math, writing, and behavior.
  •  “Malone’s Magnificent Readers” were celebrated weekly with the help of volunteers from Church of the Resurrection. Students who turned in a reading log were honored every Friday during the school year.
  • “Family Fun Night” was incorporated every first Thursday of the month to help families and staff comes together with academic and social activities to assist students to reach their full potentials.  Family Fun Night included Literacy Night, Math Night, Science Night, and Bully Night.
  • Student Council was elected and implemented to support the school culture for grades 3-5.
  • “BIST (Behavior Intervention Support Team)” was implemented for all grade levels grades K-5 to help students to be successful both academically and behaviorally.  This program is designed to give students responsibility and accountability while allowing teachers to give grace to students who could potentially be in trouble.
  • Students continue to walk in SAMS (Straight line, Arms folded, and Mouths are off).
  • “A two hour Literacy Block” with detailed Literacy Plan was implemented for grades K-5 including classroom libraries, differentiated instruction, and learning groups and Writer’s Workshop.
  • Welborn implemented an additional 30 minutes per day to Community Reading which occurs during arrival and dismissal each day.
  • Adopted Welborn STAR theme in May 2016.

Be a Welborn STAR!

We are…

Safe. I make sure the things I say and do will not hurt myself or others.

Truthful. I tell the truth to adults and students. I am honest with myself.

Accountable. I do my best. I accept responsibility for my words and actions.

Respectful. I show respect to adults and students at school. I understand that the adults at school are in charge.

This building report card is a brief summary of how your school and students are performing and the impact of your local school improvement plan. However, it should not be used as a single source to judge students or school accomplishments. No single report can tell the whole story of a district's or school's education program. This report card does not provide information about curriculum, teaching methods, special programs, the "climate" of your school or the performance of individual teachers or administrators.

In addition, this report card is not a way of "rating" or "ranking" schools. Because of the distinct community and student characteristics, direct comparison between schools or districts are invalid. Rank-ordering school districts or schools is a clear misuse of the information. Rather, the information should be used to access local strengths and weaknesses based on past performance and to plan program improvements.

White Church Elementary School

School Highlights 2016 - 2017

  • White Church Elementary has a dedicated, caring and involved staff, parents, and community. This allowed White Church to offer a quality educational program for all students.
  • Students and staff rallied together to raise over $1,200 for United Way.
  • 5th grade students and our YLOT made a Living Wax Museum and raised over $800 that was donated to buying toys, books and clothes for children at Children’s Mercy Hospital. 
  • Primary students made their annual trip to a community nursing home. They took some gifts for the residents and performed Halloween songs.
  • We had monthly character traits that we focused on as an entire building.  Class meetings and PRIDE group meetings were held to work on those traits and culminated in an all school assembly with special presentations and guest speakers. 
  • We had several before and after school clubs that met including Tae Kwon-Do, Honor Choir, Good News Club, Running Club, and Young Leaders of Tomorrow.
  • YLOT led a canned food drive in October and all the food items were donated to Bethel Community Center. 
  • During the year families were invited to participate in many activities, some just for friendship and some for educational purposes. Each grade participated in at least one musical performance this year. Family Advocacy Days were held where parents meet with their child's teacher about their child's specific needs. We held several assemblies that allowed students to gain insight into various cultural and social areas.  We also had several Positive Reward parties such as an outdoor picnic, a candy cane tree, the Halloween Cauldron, a special visit from Santa and a Talent Show.
  • White Church provided quality instruction through the use of Balanced Literacy, Math Investigations, Integrated Thematic Units and small flexible groups to provide diverse opportunities for students to learn.
  • PAWS (Parents at Work in Schools) helped sponsor several events such as Skating Parties, School Carnival, classroom parties, Moms and Muffins, Dads and Donuts and Great Wolf Lodge.

White Church's Mission Statement

To develop life-long learners, problem solvers and appropriate decision makers

This building report card is a brief summary of how your school and students are performing and the impact of your local school improvement plan. However, it should not be used as a single source to judge students or school accomplishments. No single report can tell the whole story of a district's or school's education program. This report card does not provide information about curriculum, teaching methods, special programs, the "climate" of your school or the performance of individual teachers or administrators.

In addition, this report card is not a way of "rating" or "ranking" schools. Because of the distinct community and student characteristics, direct comparison between schools or districts are invalid. Rank-ordering school districts or schools is a clear misuse of the information. Rather, the information should be used to access local strengths and weaknesses based on past performance and to plan program improvements.

T. A. Edison. Elementary School

School Highlights 2016 - 2017

  • Back Snack Program: In collaboration with Harvester's, the Back Snack Program was available to our students.
  • Family Advocacy System: We value the importance of involving everyone in our school community to better engage students. We promoted continuous communication with parents through newsletters, conferences and phone calls. During the 2016-2017 school year, teachers reported over 93% participation in Family Advocacy meetings.
  • Family Involvement Nights: Our school hosted evening events that provided families the opportunity to participate in school activities in a fun setting. We celebrated the New Year in January with a Wii Dance night, Santa came to visit in December and live animals were roaming the halls in April.
  • Field Day: Field day was held in May.  Teams included students from each grade level K-5 and were led by 5th grade captains.  Teachers and parents manned each station, where the students utilized their athletic abilities to cooperatively complete the task.
  • Literacy Festival:  A 4th and 5th grade team of students represented TA Edison in the district Literacy Festival competition.  Our TA Edison team came in 2nd place this year!!
  • Math Relays: A 4th and 5th grade team of students represented TA Edison in the district Math Relay competition. 
  • Pop Tabs: Sponsored by the Young Leaders of Tomorrow, the student body collected over 70 lbs of Pop Tabs to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House charity.
  • Starbase: In collaboration with the National Guard Armoury, fourth grade students participated in a 5-day experience (spread out over 5 weeks) where they learned scientific concepts having to do with flight. This culminated in shooting off a rocket built by the student.
  • Student Music Programs: Each year students have the opportunity to share their musical expertise. An evening program was held for 1st and 2nd graders and their families. Kindergarten and 5th graders performed at their end of the year celebrations.  The 5th graders even shared their ukulele skills during their promotion celebration!  3rd graders performed during the school day for their families and the student body during the holidays.  The 4th graders performed in an opera performance sponsored by the Lyric Opera.
  • Quarterly Awards: Students are recognized quarterly for their achievement, attendance and citizenship.
  • The School Improvement Team: The School Improvement Team (SIT Team) met regularly to discuss student needs (behavioural and academic), classroom interventions and the impact of those interventions.
  • The Student Council: The Student Council was a leadership opportunity for students. The Student Council promoted all school activities to allow students to celebrate their school pride. The Student Council supported various community service projects.
  • The United Way: The students of TA Edison Elementary surpassed their goal of raising $1000 for the United Way.
  • Tutoring and Book Club: Students in grades K-5 participated in after school tutoring in the areas of reading and math. After school Book Club offered students the opportunity to enrich their comprehension strategies and higher level thinking skills.
  • Young Leaders of Tomorrow:  4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to write a reflective response on leadership.  Upon district selection, these students collaborate throughout the year to accomplish school and/or community based projects.        

T. A. Edison's Mission Statement

Together we will create a safe, caring and academically driven environment where high expectations create successful learners.

Vision Statement

T.A. Edison students will be academically prepared, respectful, self-sufficient, contributing citizens of their community.

This building report card is a brief summary of how your school and students are performing and the impact of your local school improvement plan. However, it should not be used as a single source to judge students or school accomplishments. No single report can tell the whole story of a district's or school's education program. This report card does not provide information about curriculum, teaching methods, special programs, the "climate" of your school or the performance of individual teachers or administrators.

In addition, this report card is not a way of "rating" or "ranking" schools. Because of the distinct community and student characteristics, direct comparison between schools or districts are invalid. Rank-ordering school districts or schools is a clear misuse of the information. Rather, the information should be used to access local strengths and weaknesses based on past performance and to plan program improvements.