Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - December 20, 2018

December 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., in the Superintendent's conference room on the third floor of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. Board members will attend by telephone.

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting shall be to approve the Payment of Bills and the Human Resources Report and Recommendations.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Argentine Middle School Students Participate in Post-Secondary Planning Day

Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Argentine Career Day

Students at Argentine Middle School recently participated in Post-Secondary Planning Day. The purpose of this annual event is to expose eighth grade students to the Diploma+ endorsements before entering high school.  These endorsements ensure that students are prepared for college and careers in a global society.

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During the event, students gain awareness of different types of post-secondary education and career training through educational sessions. Sessions included Builders Association apprenticeships, college 101, financing college, US Army careers, high school 101 and self-care. These sessions are hosted by KCKPS education and business partners which include the University of Kansas Gear Up program, the Builders Association, the United States Army and more.  

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In addition to presenter sessions, students participated in Career Cruising. Career cruising gives students the opportunity to be exposed to and explore a variety of industries, allowing them to see how their school work is relevant to their future career choices. This allows students to enter high school with a clearer insight into of what they want to pursue as a future career path.

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“We don’t expect students to have their whole lives mapped out,” said Diploma+ Liaison Megan Spohrer. “But we do want to make sure they know about future opportunities they can begin to work toward in high school.”

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Career Cruising is the platform KCKPS uses to meet Kansas Department of Education guidelines requiring that every student will have an individual plan of study from middle school through high school to help them create a path towards post-secondary education and/or training. 

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To learn more about Diploma+, visit kckps.org/diplomaplus.

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KCKPS Teachers Honored for Excellence by Kansas Music Educators Association

December 6, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Each year, the northeast district of the Kansas Music Educators Association (NEKMEA) honors music teachers from across the northeast district in the state of Kansas. This year, three Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) teachers were recognized for excellence in teaching by NEKMEA. 

Bronwyn Short with award

Bronwyn Short, Cori Simmons and Michelle Sweeten were honored at a special ceremony on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Topeka, Kansas. Bronwyn Short is a woodwind specialist who serves all of the KCKPS secondary level band programs. Short received the award for Outstanding Young Music Educator. Cori Simmons was honored with the award for Outstanding Elementary Orchestra Teacher. Simmons teaches at J.C. Harmon High School and Frances Willard, Grant and Frank Rushton elementary schools. Michelle Sweeten is the orchestra director at Sumner Academy of Arts & Science. Sweeten was honored as the Outstanding Middle Level Orchestra Teacher by NEKMEA.

Cori Simmons with award

The qualifications for the Outstanding Young Music Educator are:

  • Must be a KMEA member in good standing 
  • Must have completed two years, but not more than nine years of teaching
  • Must have high professional and ethical standards 
  • Must have a commitment and dedication to his or her students
  • Must have met the needs and interests of students, having brought about positive results in learning
  • Must have enthusiasm for teaching, love for music, and a desire to further the musical education of his or her students
  • Must have shown motivation toward professional growth and development

The qualifications for the Outstanding Elementary Orchestra Teacher are:

  • Must have been in teaching for at least 10 years.
  • Must be a member of KMEA.
  • Their school's music program must have shown improvement and/or consistency over the years.

The qualifications for the Outstanding Middle Level Orchestra Teacher are:

  • Must have been in teaching for at least 10 years.
  • Must be a member of KMEA.
  • Their school's music program must have shown improvement and/or consistency over the years.

Michelle Sweeten with award

To learn more about KMEA awards, visit nekmea.org.

Photos of honorees available upon request.

Co-working Space Suite 1886 Opens at Wyandotte High School

December 10, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Suite 1886, the co-working space named after the year Wyandotte High School was built, is now open for business – the business of the future student entrepreneurs who operate and manage the space.

“We’re excited for everyone to see what the students have put together over the last few months,” said Sheyvette Dinkens, the business facilitator for Wyandotte High’s Human and Public Services Academy. “The space has the look and feel of an entrepreneurial environment, which is the exact setting  students need to be in, in order to understand the world of a business owner,” said Dinkens. She believes Suite 1886 is one-of-a-kind in teaching innovation and possibly the first co-working space in a high school in the state of Kansas.

The shared working space has been under development since the start of school year with each student from Dinkens’ Applied Business Development class at Wyandotte High involved in the process. Students determined needed resources for the new business venture to contribute to its start-up viability. Additionally, students created a brand, secured donors and problem solved with Deloitte Associates.

Before students embarked on the co-working space concept, they visited co-working spaces in the metro to help with the creation of their space at the school.

“We created Suite 1886 for the Wyandotte Bulldogs. Suite 1886 is a comfortable place to be creative, generate new ideas and collaborate with others,” said Nancy Navarro Trejo, Class of 2019.

The expectations for students utilizing the space is ICAN, which means:

  • Invest in Yourself
  • Communicate Respectfully
  • Aim for Something
  • Nourish Knowledge

There will be a Suite 1886 Open House hosted by the students from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 14 at the high school located at 2501 Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas.

For more information, contact Wyandotte High School’s Business Facilitator, Human Public Services Academy Sheyvette Dinkens at 913.802.3992.

F.L. Schlagle High: Community Open House

Posted Thursday, November 29, 2018

Investing In Our Community
December 3, 2018 from 5-7 p.m.

This fall, F. L. Schlagle High School is excited to announce that we are organizing another Community Open House. This event will take place at F. L. Schlagle High School on Monday, December 3, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Our theme for this event is Investing In Our Community.  Our goal for this Community Open House is to feature a variety of exhibits and activities that showcase our community building stronger relationships together.   

These exhibits and activities currently include:

  • Join our Table Community Potluck (Must RSVP  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Sports Career Forum
  • Hispanic Student Union
  • Senior class Fundraiser
  • JUNTOS Know Your Rights
  • Take Down Tobacco Campaign
  • Senior Capstone Projects
  • Service Fair

We invite you and your organization to join us for our open house and Invest In Our Community with us.  We want to give you and your organization a physical location to exhibit and promote what makes you and your organization an amazing opportunity people should know about.  Bring your promotional information and set up shop.  The space we will provide includes a table and chairs.  Other items may be available by specific request.  Space is limited, so contact us soon.    

Our past Community Open Houses have been attended by a wide spectrum of community members including: F. L. Schlagle families, KCKPS district personnel, business leaders, community advocates, and local religious leaders. This winter we want to include you and your organization too.  

If you would like to Invest In Our Community by participating as an exhibitor, volunteer at the event, or by helping us spread the news about our Community Open House, please contact us as soon as possible.  We can be reached by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: 913-627-7500 (ask/leave a message for Ms. Schindel).  We would love to dialogue with you regarding how we can Invest In Our Community together.  Regardless of the level of your involvement, please mark your calendars to join us for our Community Open House on Monday, December 3, 2018.