Student Recognition

The Student Recognition Program is designed to recognize students for their exemplary academic efforts, community service, citizenship, athletics, volunteer service, etc. If students are nominated for a reason besides academics, they should have demonstrated at least average academic effort, good school attendance and good discipline.

To nominate a student, please complete the nomination form here. If you have problems submitting the form online, hard copies should be submitted to your principal and then forwarded to the Communications office.

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for May 2016

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored three students as Students of the Month at their meeting on May 10, 2016.  Students are pictured (back row, Cynthia Botello, 12th grader, F.L. Schlagle High School, Anthony Goodwin, 8th grader, West Middle School, front row, Anthony Jenkins, 5th grader New Chelsea Elementary.) 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Anthony Jenkins, 5th grade from New Chelsea Elementary, Anthony Goodwin, 8th grade from West Middle School and Cynthia Botello, 12th grade from F.L. Schlage for Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

EXPLANATION:

Anthony Jenkins, 5th grade
New Chelsea Elementary School
Nominated by: Shannon McBroom, teacher

“Anthony Jenkins, 5th grader from New Chelsea Elementary is a child who has had some problems but this year has made some big changes.  Anthony became involved in the music program where he played the role of Mick Jagger.  He loved it so much, but I told him he had to do his work or he could not continue to be in the program.  As a result Anthony has not been in recovery since he began working in the musical!!  He tells me ‘music is my thing’!  He has been doing his work and turning in assignments.  He also just recently did a really heroic thing.  Our school bench was stolen from our playground at school.  We were very sad because we liked to watch moms sit on the bench and visit after they dropped their kids off.  Anthony loves to ride his bike after school and seemed to be the eyes and ears of the neighborhood.  He found the bench in an old vacant house.  He then returned to school and informed Mrs. Searcy (Our recovery teacher) and told him to get Officer Blunt.  He and Officer Blunt went to the vacant house and retrieved the bench and came proudly walking up the sidewalk of our school carrying it.  I know Anthony has not made straight A’s but he has made many improvements and has such a wonderful heart.”

Sincerely,
Shannon McBroom, teacher, New Chelsea Elementary

Anthony Goodwin, 7th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: Caitlin McCollum, Teacher, and the 7th grade team

“Anthony Goodwin, 7th grader has been selected as our student of the month at West Middle School.  All of his teachers describe him as a diligent student who always works hard to get his work turned in on time and to the best of his ability.  Anthony gives an outstanding effort and consistently asks questions of his peers and teachers when he needs support.  Further, Anthony’s maturity and respectful attitude are demonstrated by his cheerful attitude both in and out of the classroom.  Anthony acts as a positive leader and role model for his peers by avoiding conflict and promoting learning through positive peer interactions.  Anthony is deserving of being recognized as student of the month because he is an excellent model for his peers and a pleasure to have in class every day!” 

Sincerely,
Caitlin McCollum and the 7th grade team

Cynthia Botello, 12th grade
F. L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by: Raneka Truelove, Teacher

“Cynthia Botello, senior is a rock star!!  I truly admire her hard-work and perseverance! She is an exceptional student because she refuses to give up.  If there is something put in front of her that may initially overwhelm her, she asks the questions she needs to ask, buckles down and works her heart out until she has arrived as conqueror.  I appreciate and admire her heart to move in excellence!  She will graduate this year and I am very proud of her. Cynthia rocks it!” 

Sincerely, 
Raneka Truelove, English Language Arts Teacher  

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for April 2016

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on April 26, 2016.  They are (middle, back) Grace Wright, from the F.L. Schlagle High School; (front row, from left) Carolina Lozano-Perez, from Quindaro Elementary; Jaimelynn Renova Parra, Morse Early Childhood Center; and Por Choua Lor, Central Middle School.  

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Jaimelynn Renova Parra from Morse Early Childhood Center, Carolina Lozano-Perez from Quindaro Elementary, Alejandra Por Choua Lor from Central Middle School and Grace Wright from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

EXPLANATION:

 Jaimelynn Renova Parra, Pre-K
Morse Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Jami Dodig, Early Childhood Educator, Jennifer Bruns, Early Childhood Special Educator, Alicia Salazar-Neupane, Paraeducator, Yogi Guess, Paraeducator, Manisha Tatum, Speech & Language Pathologist, Erika Salazar, ESL Translator & Carlie Thomas, Student Teacher, all from Morse Early Childhood Center

“Jaimelynn is one of those students that just brightens your day!  She enters the school building each day with a smile on her face and a willingness to learn.  She gets along with all her peers in the classroom and has made many friends this year. If she doesn’t understand something, she will ask questions.  One of the most endearing qualities about Jaimelynn is her capacity to help out her fellow classmate and her care and concern for her peers.  She invites peers over to play with her at the dramatic play and engages them in dramatic play roles.  She also has a very unique quality about her for our students with disabilities.  She provides encouragement to her peers when they get a piece in the puzzle correctly.   Jaimelynn displays a love of learning and we appreciate you honoring her for student of the month”. 

Sincerely,
Jami Dodig, Jennifer Bruns, Alicia Salazar-Neupane, Yogi Guess, Manisha Tatum, Erika Salazar and Carlie Thomas, all from Morse ECC

Carolina Lozano-Perez, 5th grade
Quindaro Elementary School
Nominated by: Nicole Heier, Teacher

“Carolina is an exemplary student and role model for others.  Academically, she is at the top of her class, consistently receiving all ‘A’s’!  Her school takes part in a Character Plus program focused on student success through character development.  Each month the students are focused on a different character trait, such as courage, respect, integrity and compassion.   She has a number of leadership roles in our school.   She is a member of the school’s Young Leaders of Tomorrow group, a service-learning group, a service-learning and character-building program.  Their project this year was in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  This has contributed to her compassion and giving spirit. Most recently, she cut off more than 15 inches of her to donate to Locks of Lock.  Carolina is a true leader, mentor and good Samaritan!”

Sincerely,
Nicole Heier, Teacher

Por Choua Lor, 8th grade
Central Middle School
Nominated by: Kristy Poplau, Teacher Leader

“I had the privilege of teaching Por Choua Lor in summer school this past year.  Wow!  What a joy! He attended summer school so he could learn more and speak more English.  He gave 150% to everything we did.  I am very impressed by his dedication to learning.  He should be given every opportunity within our grasp, as he will strive to achieve his goals.  Por Choua is an extremely likeable, high character student with true moral values.  He is hard working, dependable, and truly cares about others. He patiently helps his peers when they need assistance without judgment and often with enthusiasm!  He lives with the Golden Rule. I wish more adults could acquire traits such as Por Choua’s.   He is a fine young man and I expect great things from him”.

Kristy Poplau,
Teacher Leader

Grace Wright, 10th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by: Sara Cosse, Family Advocacy Teacher

“Grace Wright is a great representation of a wonderful student here at F.L. Schlagle High School.  Grace is a 10th grader who helps other students with her positivity within the classroom.  She is an active student in our school and is involved as a marching band flag dancer and with the KU Talent Search in our school.  Grace has a strong future ahead of her marching band flag dance.  Grace has a strong future ahead of her and works hard in all of her classes with mostly A’s and few B’s.  She is a leader among others and she is responsible, respectable, and radiant!” 

Sincerely,
Sara Cosse, Family Advocacy Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for February 2016

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four exemplary students as February  Students of the Month at the Board of Education, February 23, 2016.  Students are pictured below ( from left) Luke Wortman from F.L. Schlagle High School, Rubi Perez-Villegas from New Stanley Elementary School; Joshua Gaddy from Central Middle School;  and Jermyiah Lewis from  Early Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center.

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Jermyiah Lewis from Earl Watson Jr.,  Early Childhood Center,  Rubi Perez-Villegas from New Stanley Elementary,  Joshua Gaddy from Central Middle School and  Luke Wortman from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

EXPLANATION:

Jermyiah Lewis, Pre-K
Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Haley Logan, Teacher

“Jermyiah is such a wonderful addition to our preschool class.  He is a leader among his peers, always setting a positive example for his classmates.  He is a hard worker and tries his very best on every activity.  He has many friends which he treats with respect and kindness!!  Thank you for selecting him as one of the students for February student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Haley Logan, Teacher

Rubi Perez-Villegas, 4th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Dawn Medina & Enid Rosario, Teachers

“Rubi is a positive role model for other students in our classroom. She takes great pride in her work and always does her best.  She participates in classroom discussions and has a kind and gentle manner. She has become quite proficient with the iPad.  When she writes, she is tenacious.  Her mother is very active with our class and helps when needed. This caring background carries through in Rubi’s day-to-day activities.”

Sincerely,
Dawn Medina & Enid Rosario, Teachers 

 

Joshua Gaddy, 6th grade
Central Middle School
Nominated by: Jodi Reno, Science Teacher & Advocate

“As a science teacher and advocate, it gives me immense pleasure to write this recommendation for Josh Gaddy for student of the month.  Josh is a well-rounded student, with values and etiquette.  He is punctual and does his homework every day.  He uses study hall to help others who are struggling.  I have had the good fortune of meeting his parents as well, who are equally grounded.  I am proud of Gaddy and his hard work.”

Jodi Reno, Teacher & Advocate

 

Luke Wortman, 11th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by: Raneka Truelove, Language Arts Teacher

“Luke has a very pleasant personality and attitude.  It can easily be seen that he values his education.  This scholar is present physically and mentally every day and his grades reflect it.   One thing that I truly appreciate about Luke is that he is not afraid to ask questions.  He understands that to be successful you need to take on each task with care and seriousness.  Luke is one of my brightest scholars!  I know that he will continue to shine and his brightness will spread to those around him.”

Sincerely,
Raneka Truelove, Language Arts Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for March 2016

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored three students as Students of the Month at their meeting on March 22, 2016.  These young people are role models for all students!!  Students are pictured (from left) Alejandra Aragon-Rosas, from West Middle School; Meloney Chavira-Solis, from New Stanley Elementary, and Caleb Taussig, from F.L. Schlagle High School. 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Meloney Chavira-Solis from New Stanley Elementary, Alejandra Aragon-Rosas from West Middle School and Caleb Taussig from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

EXPLANATION:

Meloney Chavira-Solis, 4th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Clare Anthony, Teacher

“Meloney is a wonderful student to have in our fourth grade class. She brings so many great assests to our classroom that not only improves her own learning but all the students around.  She always strives to increase her knowledge in all subject areas by reading and asking questions.  Meloney nevers turns in work that is not done to the best of her abilities and many other students can learn from her.  She is a hard worker, respectful, helpful and reliable.  It is a joy to teach a student like Meloney!”

Sincerely,
Clare Anthony, Teacher

Alejandra Aragon-Rosas, 8th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: Rachael Mcllvain, Teacher 

“Alejandra is a wonderful example of a student who is a student that is genuine, respectful, engaged and fun.  Throughout her classes, she is willing to work in many different settings with many different people.  While working with others she encourages them to do their best and is always willing to help others whenever she can.  She also believes in smiling and making others day!  She is always kind and quick to say hello.” 

Sincerely,
Rachael Mcllvain, Teacher  

Caleb Taussig, 9th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by: Blair Waite, Teacher

“Caleb is a model student.  He is hardly ever absent, maintains great grades, and is always willing to help fellow students and teachers.  Caleb can frequently be found in the morning holding a stairwell door open for students and staff!”  He always has a positive attitude.  Caleb is one of the few freshman who is also a Socratic Seminar leader. 

Sincerely,
Blair Waite, Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for January 2016

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on January 26, 2016.  Students are pictured (front row, from left) Joaquin Rincon Berroa, Douglas Heights Head Start; and Brennyn Braxton, Bethel Elementary School; (back row, from left) Cristian Zarate, F.L. Schlagle High School, and Leonard Jenkins, Argentine Middle School.

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Joaquin Rincon Berroa from the Douglas Heights Head Start site, Brennyn Braxton from Bethel Elementary, Leonard Jenkins from Argentine Middle School and Cristian Zarate from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools, at their January 26, 2016 board meeting.

EXPLANATION:

Joaquin Rincon Berroa, Pre-K
Douglas Heights Head Start Site
Nominated by: Travis Morlang, Teacher

“I would like to nominate Joaquin.  He is a preschooler that arrives at school with a smile on his face and is very friendly and helpful in the classroom.  He helps his friends put things away, not by doing it for them but by showing them how. During our recent study of buildings, after hearing the story “Building a House” by Byron Barton, Joaquin retold the story creating machinery with waffle blocks, utilizing small connecting people for the workers and a variety of blocks to building an octagon shaped house with a door and windows.  Joaquin is a curious and creative learner who deserves to be honored as the student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Travis Morlang, Teacher

Brennyn Braxton, 1st grade
Bethel Elementary School
Nominated by: Jessica Turner, Teacher

“Brennyn is always on task and works her hardest in all subjects.  She helps her classmates with a smile and is a great listener. Brennyn is a great example for our classroom and our school.  She always goes the extra mile!  When school began she wrote a book for the kindergarteners and had the teacher place it in the correct level in the classroom library.  It gave directions for how to behave and learn in Kindergarten.  She wrote an introduction, the reading level (A) and rules and procedures.  She is always positive and willing to strive for excellence.” 

Sincerely, 
Jessica Turner, First Grade Teacher

Leonard Jenkins, 8th grade
Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: James Thompson, Teacher

“Leonard is a very hard working student that doesn’t back down from any challenge.  He takes pride in his schoolwork, and always perseveres.  Leonard has a great sense of humor and brightens everyone’s day! He shows great leadership by example.  Leonard works with students at Silver City Elementary who has disabilities through a program our class has set up.  He is excellent with these young students and it has inspired him to want to be a teacher in the future.  There is no better example of great attitude and hard work.  Thank you for selecting Leonard.” 

Sincerely,
James Thompson, Teacher

Cristian Zarate, 11th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Raneka Truelove

“Cristian is amazing! He has a great balance between intelligence, humor and all around charisma (although it is often subtle).  One thing that I appreciate about Cristian is that he always asks, ‘Can I do more?’ To which I always respond, ‘Of course!’ He is one of the students that I can look to that keeps class discussions moving and critical thinking heightened because of his ability to think outside the box, apply insight, and engage his classmates. He keeps me on my toes….and I like it!  He is a joy to have in class. Thank you for considering Cristian Zarate for student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Raneka Truelove, Teacher