Job Fair Opportunities for KCKPS Seniors and KCKPS Families

Posted Friday, April 20, 2018

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Diploma+ Steering Committee is hosting a unique series of job fairs, including one at each high school, for graduating seniors and KCKPS families.  This marks the first year our school district has hosted hiring events of this magnitude on site. We currently have more than 30 employers participating and anticipate even more employer involvement next year, as the number of seniors graduating Diploma+ continues to grow.

We know that there are students and families looking for opportunities and there are companies who want to get the word out about the high wage, high demand openings available. The job fairs will host employers looking for ‘no experience required’ to ‘college degree preferred,’ and many will showcase their on-the-job training programs. Each fair will also include military recruiters, as well as trade schools and apprenticeships. 

This is also a great opportunity for our graduates who are leaving the local area for college. “Not only will the job fairs connect all of our graduates to amazing opportunities, they will also showcase Kansas City, Kansas as a great place to live and work,” shared Tiffany Dixon, Lead College and Career Coordinator at Washington High School. 

All high school locations are reserved for their graduating seniors only. Adults who are interested in a new opportunity are encouraged to participate in the KCKPS Family Fair at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Central Office  (2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas) on May 2, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The district has partnered with Goodwill and Workforce Partnership to assist with interview practice, resume preparation, online applications, as well as the use of job search tools for upcoming graduates and adults who plan to attend. Student preparation is being offered at our high schools, while special adult offerings are available free of charge at any one of the GoodWORKS Career Resource Centers and Workforce Partnership locations.

Employers participating in the Diploma+ Job Fairs include: RCS Millwork LC, Cerner, NPB Companies, Greater Kansas City Laborers Training Center, UPS, Plastic Packaging Technologies, Internal Revenue Service, The Builders Association, Amazon, FedEx Ground, Wyandotte County Parks & Recreation, Providence Medical Center, and more.

The job fairs are provided at no cost to students, families, or employers. No prior registration is needed for job-seekers. See for a list of locations, participating companies, and employer registration.

GoodWORKS Diploma+ Flyer .pdf

Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - April 23, 2018

April 19, 2018


Contact: Susan E. Westfahl, Clerk of the Board (913) 279-2235

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Monday, April 23, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., in the third floor Board room of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. 

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the Board shall meet with consultants from Ray and Associates to review survey results, discuss themes heard during community input sessions and approve superintendent search flyer. 

Dated this 19th day of April 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Are You Faster Than a Fifth Grader Race and Walk Will Be Held on April 27

April 19, 2018


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

Active learners do better in the classroom. That’s one of the objectives of the annual Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader event held by Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The two-mile race brings together 5th grade students, district administrators and staff, community leaders and patrons for a morning of friendly competition and physical activity. This year’s race will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 27 at Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House, 7250 State Avenue, and at Eisenhower Middle School, 2901 N. 72nd Street, and will end at the Washington High School stadium, 7340 Leavenworth Road.

As in past years, teams made up of 15 5th graders from all 30 of the district’s elementary schools will participate in the race. But the other 5th grade students will get in on the fun by taking part in a one-mile walk that will precede the race at 10 a.m. The walk will begin at Eisenhower Middle School and will end at the Washington High School stadium. The 2-mile run will start at 10:30 a.m., at KCKCC Field House.  In all, approximately 1,300 5th graders will take part in the morning of physical fun. Training is well under way for everyone.

“This event has become a tradition that many students anticipate in when they approach their 5th grade year,” said Stephanie Dickson, the physical education teacher leader. “Some kids have been running all summer to get in shape for the race. And the added element of the one-mile walk gets every student involved and sends the message that physical fitness is important.”

Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane launched the event in 2012 as a way to promote physical fitness to students and to encourage overall wellness. Dr. Lane is also a participant in the race. The first 15 students to cross the finish line in the race will receive medals and will have their photo taken with the superintendent.

Releve - KCK District Dance Ensemble Recital

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2018

You are invited to see dynamic dance performances by some of our talented students performing at the Releve - KCK All-City District Dance Ensemble recital. The recital theme is “Movement with a Message,” which will include dancers of various ages. 

The KCK District Ensemble is a district-wide dance program that has existed in the school district for 32 years and is managed through the Integrated Arts Resource Center. The program currently includes male and female dancers in grades first through sixth from several buildings in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. 

Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Wyandotte High School auditorium, 2501 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas
Cost: $3 (Refreshments served.)

For more information, call Cassie Garrison, director of KCK Dance Ensemble at 913.229.5333.

Recital Flyer PDF

KCKPS Opens Welcome Center for First Time Students to the District

April 17, 2018


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

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has developed a “Welcome Center” at their Central Office, 2010 N. 59th Street, to serve as a one-stop shop for students and families new to the school district to enroll their child(ren) in school. The Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Welcome Center will NOT be open whenever school is not in session. (The KCKPS Welcome Center will be closed on Friday, April 20, 2018, as school is also not in session that day. The KCKPS Welcome Center will re-open on Monday, April 23.)

The Welcome Center provides

  • Convenience in a one-stop setting for families
  • Lunch application and special dietary forms
  • School bus and transportation information
  • Centralized immunization form drop-off
  • Diploma+ information
  • Interpreting services
  • General school district information

PLEASE NOTE: The following services are NOT provided by the Welcome Center:

  • Online re-enrollment (Students returning to the district should do-so online.)
  • Kindergarten Roundup (Students entering kindergarten should participate in Kindergarten Roundup)
  • Sumner Academy Enrollment (Those students invited to attend this school must enroll at Sumner Academy.)
  • Preschool Enrollment (Call 913.627.5257 for enrollment information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

“This is a tremendous opportunity for KCKPS to be in front of students and parents who are new to the community to be able to answer critical questions, provide an overview of the district and discuss the innovative academic programs and initiatives offered at every age level from preschool to 12th grade,” said Kristen Scott, the director of the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Migrant Programs. 

For more information, call 913.627.2655 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..