KCKPS Is Proud to Announce the 2018 Reasons to Believe Honorees

October 12, 2018


Contact: Melissa Fears, Director of Marketing and Communication, (913) 279-2225

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is pleased to announce the honorees for the 2018 Reasons to Believe recognition. These are individuals whose accomplishments showcase their incredible skills and life stories, highlighting their perseverance, hard work and dedication. Their qualities exemplify to all of us why they are Reasons to Believe and inspirations to many. 

The following honorees will be celebrated at the Central Office and Training Center on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m.

  1. Jeainnie Brown: certified public accountant, Hallmark Cards Inc. (1989 graduate, Wyandotte High School)

  2. Janie Gaunce: president and chief executive officer of Grapevine Designs, LLC (1976 graduate, Washington High School)

  3. Lyle Gibson: division chair, Social Sciences at Metropolitan Community College (1984 graduate, F.L. Schlagle High School.)

  4. Neil Harris: president of Harris Data Storage in Lincoln, Nebraska, and chief executive officer of Harris Security and Protective Services in Scottsdale, Arizona (1980 graduate, J.C Harmon High School)

  5. James Heggie: retired college administrator, University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas (1968 graduate, Sumner High School)

  6. Timothy Johnson: educator at Basehor-Linwood High School in Basehor, Kan., and former chief of police in Lindsborg, Kansas (1970 graduate, Wyandotte High School)

  7. Linsey Lindberg: owner of Artisan Oddities and Entertainment, LLC in Austin, Texas (1998 graduate, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science)

  8. James Lindsay: professor of physics at Howard University in Washington, D.C. (1972 graduate, Sumner High School)

  9. Bettye Maddox: educator with Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, and former local, state and national officer with the American Postal Workers Union (1962 graduate, Sumner High School)

  10. Kathryn Lee Maddox-Ridley: retired educator with the Kansas City, Missouri School District and co-owner and educational consultant with Pathways to Learning, LLC (1972 graduate, Sumner High School)

  11. Robert L. Milan, Sr.: president of the Northeast Economic Development Corporation (1952 graduate, Sumner High School)

  12. Bishop Ervin Sims, Jr.: pastor of Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ (1965 graduate, Sumner High School.)

Reasons to Believe was established in 2002 to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the school district. As part of the program, nominations are sought for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, which spotlights successful alumni to encourage and inspire today's students. The nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges that includes members of the Board of Education, Reasons to Believe Steering Committee, students, business leaders, and a former Alumni Honor Roll recipient.

For more information about the Reasons to Believe program, visit www.kckps.org 

DON’T FORGET: Voter Registration Deadlines are Near!

Posted Monday, October 8, 2018

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The deadlines to register to vote are coming up fast. The deadline for Kansas is Tuesday, October 16 and the Missouri deadline is Wednesday, October 10. Your vote MATTERS! Register today!

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Sumner Academy of Arts & Science Celebrates 40th Anniversary

October 1, 2018


Contact: Melissa Fears, Director of Communications and Marketing, (913) 279-2225

Dr. Foust and Dr. Strickland at SUmner Academy

Congratulations to Sumner Academy of Arts and Science on its 40th Anniversary of providing educational excellence to the students of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The school celebrated with cake, punch and alumni from both Sumner Academy and Sumner High school in attendance at the 40th Year Alumni Celebration held on Friday, Sept. 28 in the school’s library.

The program included remarks by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Foust, Sumner Academy Principal Dr. Steven Scraggs, Student Council President Pamela Hawj, and Alumni Reflections from Melissa Bedford Fears and Camille Hamilton. The event also included a time capsule dedication.

Enjoy photos from the anniversary celebration.

Dr. Foust at Sumner Academy

Teachers at Sumner Academy

Teachers at Sumner Academy

Teachers at Sumner Academy

Teachers at Sumner Academy

Teachers at Sumner Academy

Anniversary Cake at Sumner Academy

Change in Hours of Operation for the KCKPS Welcome Center

Posted Monday, October 8, 2018 

Beginning on Monday, October 15, the KCKPS Welcome Center's hours of operation will change; the KCKPS Welcome Center will be open from Monday through Friday, from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Sumner Academy of Arts & Science Honored for Performing Arts Excellence

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Certificate of Recognition for Sumner Academy

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Sumner Academy of Arts and Science received a “Commended” recognition by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) for performing arts.

Sumner Academy Principal Dr. Steven Scraggs said, ““Sumner Academy of Arts and Science is honored to be named  a “Commended” school by The National Federation of State High School Associations and Kansas State High School Activities Association.  We are very proud of our talented students and dedicated instructors who work countless hours to compete and share their love of learning and performing.”

The Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA), Kansas Speech Communication Association (KSCA), and the Kansas Thespians along with the KSHSAA collaborated to discuss numerous high schools that scored exceptionally high in debate, speech, music, theater over the past five years.

The committee and the KSHSAA chose one winner, three finalists, and 11 commended high schools from across the state of Kansas.  Each of the schools will be recognized with a certificate from the KSHSAA. 

Congratulations Sumner Academy on being recognized for performing arts excellence!

To learn more about the recipients of this honor, visit www.kshsaa.org

Sumner Honorees

Sumner Academy staff (L-R) pictured with the award are Paul White, Michelle Sweeten, Becky Thomas, Jamelle Brown, Dr. Steven Scraggs.