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 - March 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognize Le’Land Burks, Aniyah Woodard, & Andy Torres from NCO Early Childhood Center, Jamarion Alexander from New Stanley Elementary,  Joshua Wells from Rosedale Middle School and  Lily Yang from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

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Le’Land Burks, Aniyah Woodard, & Andy Torres, Pre-K

Nominated by: Susanne Mahoney, Speech Language Pathologist at NCO Early Childhood Center

“It is a pleasure to nominate these 3 outstanding preschool children.  The students were chosen by the teaching team; along with their parent’s approval, to participate in a study through the University of Kansas, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project.  These 3 students were selected because they have positive social skills and like to interact with their friend who has a communication delay.  They serve as a  ‘buddy’ for the friend in the classroom.  Le’Land, Aniyah, and Andy participated in a training and have learned how to be a good peer buddy. They are patient, kind, and just typical kids, directing their friend and getting him involved in activities.  Each of these peer buddies take a day of the week playing with their friend for 10-15 minutes using different strategies to get their friend to use the iPad/communication app.  They are his cheerleaders!  Each accepts him unconditionally. I am so proud of each one of them! ”   Sincerely, Susanne Mahoney, Speech Language Pathologist, NCO Early Childhood Center

Jamarion Alexander, 5th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Jamie Brann, Brandy Treaster, April Hoffman & Mark Hall, 5th grade Teacher Team from New Stanley & Jennifer Murray, Marna Kerr, Jennifer Spears, & Janet Postlewait, IA Team (Music, Art, P.E. & Library)

“Jamarion Alexander is a true treat to have in class this year.  He has made a complete turn-around in both his behavior and his attitude toward his education.  He is respectful to his teachers and follows directions.  He gets along well with his peers and works well with them in groups.  We can count on him now and are very excited about the change and effort that we have seen!  Jamarion is currently near perfect attendance and is striving in my class.  Through developing many social skills, he is creating friendships that could potentially last a life time.  He is confident and determined and focused on his education.  We can always count on him to provide a mature response to any conflicts that occur with peers.  Our entire team is very excited by the change and effort that we have seen in Jamarion this year and hope to see his continued success in the future!”  Sincerely, 5th grade Teacher Team & IA Team (Music Art, P.E. & Library) 

Joshua Wells, 7th grade
Rosedale Middle School
Nominated by: Officer Alvaro Agon

“I have been with the district for 3 years and have never nominated a student.  Long story short; we have a seventh grade student here at Rosedale who has had a very rough time since 6th grade. He was in and out of trouble and had his fair share of referrals and suspensions.  He came back to regular classes after have to attend A.S.P. (After School Program) for behavior related issues.  I met with Josh when he returned and he assured me he wanted to do the right thing and he wanted to excel at school. Fast forward a few months and he has stayed out of trouble, drastically changed his attitude, and improved his grades completely!  I know he had made some bad decisions in the past, but he has turned things around, we have stuck with him and believed in him, he has worked very hard and I believe he deserves the recognition.”  Sincerely, Officer Alvaro Agon, Rosedale Middle School

Lily Yang, 9th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Richard Bellotti, Math Teacher & Sara Cosse, Teacher

“Mrs. Cosse and I would like to nominate Lily Yang for High School Student of the Month for March 2017.  Lily was a Silver Honor Roll member for Fall Semester is on her way for Gold Honor Roll in the Spring Semester.   She is part of the Math Relay team and plans to join Pep Club.  She exercises regularly in the park and maintains a 3.0 GPA.  She competed in Cross County Racing in Middle School.  She is helpful in class working with struggling students and sets a positive example of the Greek Saying: A strong mind in a strong body.  She embodies what a 21st century learner should be, and we are very proud of her!”  Sincerely, Richard Bellotti, Math Teacher & Sara Cosse, Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - February 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognize Jhaden Toyloy from Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center, Agustin Ruiz from New Stanley Elementary, Yahaira Lopez from West Middle School and Jose Rueda from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

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Congratulations to the February Students of the Month honored by the Board of Education at their meeting on February 28, 2017.  They are; (back row, from left) Jose Rueda from F.L. Schlagle High School, Yahaira Lopez from West Middle School, (front row)  Jhaden Toyloy   from Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center. (Not pictured, Agustin Ruiz, 5th grade, New Stanley Elementary School.) 

Jhaden Toyloy, Pre-K
Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Amanda Murphy, teacher at Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center

“It is my honor to nominate Jhaden Toyloy for student of the month.  Jhaden is a delight in the classroom.  He walks in every day with a huge smile on his face after ensuring that his younger brother has made it to his classroom.  Jhaden is a natural leader.  He sets a good example for his peers by displaying exemplary behavior and social skills.  Jhaden is polite, courteous, has a great sense of humor and a contagious smile.  It is truly a joy to have Jhaden in my class!”  Sincerely, Amanda Murphy, teacher at Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center

Agustin Ruiz, 5th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Mr. Mark Hall, 5th grade teacher, New Stanley Elementary

“What a difference a year makes!  Prior to this year, Agustin Ruiz would go through the motions of being a student.  He never really applied himself to the academic portion of school.  He has always been a good athlete and quick to flash a smile.  After watching his soccer team play one Saturday, I approached Agustin about the subject of effort.  I told him I noticed that on the soccer pitch, he was determined to be known as more than an average player.  He played with his heart AND mind.  I encouraged him to devote the same type of effort to his school work.  During the 2nd quarter, Agustin raised his reading scores four instructional levels and he improved his MAP Reading score by more than 30 points!  Agustin has embraced the understanding that you can be dedicated to both sports AND academics….it’s about the way you think about it and what’s in your heart.”  Sincerely, Mr. Mark Hall, 5th grade teacher, New Stanley Elementary

Yahaira Lopez, 7th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: Christine L. Young, teacher

“Yahaira Lopez is an outstanding student here at West Middle School.  She is helpful to her peers and can be counted on to be a leader and step up in the classroom.  She assists students, but does not just give them the answer.  I have observed her helping her peers manage conflicts in positive ways.  She receives straight “A’s” and is a member of National Junior Honor Society.  She came to me for a recommendation to be a part of the junior honor society.  I recommended she try asserting herself because she was so quiet, others did not know how much knowledge she had.  I have seen real growth in Yahaira, from the way she was in 6th grade.  She is more of a risk taker by speaking out responding to questions, she makes presentations to the class using a voice loud enough to be heard, and the way she responds to corrective feedback when it comes to her work is great.  I think she demonstrates the kind of qualities and character traits to be the student of the month!”  Sincerely, Christine L. Young, teacher at West Middle School

Jose Rueda, 11th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Sarah Evans, Chemistry teacher

“Jose is very curious, always asking questions to ensure he understands a topic, but also asking questions for the sake of learning new information and satiating his curiosity.  Jose frequently seeks to understand a topic beyond the basic level and will seek to learn new things about Chemistry and how and why certain elements are unstable, or as yet unknown.  Jose is respectful to adults and fellow students alike, and will often help students who are struggling with a concept. I am very proud of Jose and enjoy being his teacher.  Thank you for considering him as the high school student of the month for February, 2017.”  Sincerely, Sarah Evans, Chemistry teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - December 2016

At its regular meeting on December 13, 2016 the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education recognized the December Students of the Month. Pictured below: (back row, from left) Mayar AL-Shaikhli, grade 6 at Eisenhower Middle; North Gaddis, grade 11 at F.L. Schlagle High; (front row, from left) Nathan Clark, Pre-K at KCK Early Childhood Center; Eddie Seamster, grade 5 at Bethel Elementary.

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KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - January 2017

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That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Isaac Morales, 1st grader from T.A. Edison Elementary, Mireya Flores-Villalpando, 8th grader from Argentine Middle, & Donesha Preston, 12th grader from F.L. Schlagle High School for January 2017, as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

Isaac Morales
1st Grade, T.A. Edison Elementary 
Nominated by Laura Fogarty, 1st grade teacher

“Isaac Morales is a first grade student at T.A. Edison Elementary.  Isaac has a great attitude about school even though it can be tough for him.  I love having Isaac in our room.  He helps his friends and tries very hard to be responsible.  He has high expectations of himself and gets upset if he forgets something like his library books.  Isaac never gets discouraged and will say to himself, ‘I can do this’!  He began the year as a non-reader and is now reading at a level A.  I am so proud of his attitude and hard work!” Sincerely, Laura Fogarty, 1st grade Teacher at T.A. Edison Elementary

Mireya Yasmin Flores-Villalpando
8th Grade, Argentine MIddle School
Nominated by Kristi Palmer, Micah Louis, & David Bean, teachers 

 “Mireya Yasmin Flores-Villalpando is a student that makes teaching the best job in the world.  She is a true servant leader who uses her position as a WEB leader to better the lives of everyone around her.  Over the past year I have had the privilege of being Yasmin’s soccer and cross country coach.  Yasmin has become an integral part of both teams based on her hard work and positive attitude.  Yasmin not only makes the teachers and coaches lives better; she is a wonderful teammate and classmate as well.  Her role model is Mother Teresa and she tries every day to be the kind of person St. Teresa would expect her to be.  She is caring, devoted, selfless and kind.  In addition to those invaluable traits, she is also an amazing student.  She is one of the smartest students I have ever had, not because she knows everything, but because she knows she does not know everything.  She isn’t afraid to not know, but she isn’t okay with staying that way.  She asks questions and she tries everything.  She doesn’t need this recognition.  It won’t change how much she will make this world better or the amount of people she will love and care for, but she absolutely deserves it.  Thank you for your consideration.”  Sincerely, Kristi Palmer, teacher at Argentine Middle, Micah Louis, 8th grade teacher at Argentine Middle, & David Bean, 8th grade Math teacher at Argentine Middle School

Donesha Preston
12th Grade, F. L. Schlagle High School 
Nominated by Stephanie Alderman-Oler, teacher

“This is the second year I have had the opportunity to work with Donesha Preston.  She was a student in my chemistry class, where she was a strong student both academically and in her ability to not only work with other students but to help other students understand difficult concepts.  This year I have the opportunity to work with Donesha as the Pep Club sponsor where I have seen Donesha naturally step into a leadership role.  This fall she has been a leader in our pep club, an organization that is starting from scratch this year.  She has attended all pep club meetings and been an active leader in the organization.  She was one of the student planners for our Fall sports assembly which was 100% student planned, organized and implemented.  In addition to Pep Club and Student Council, Donesha is involved in cheerleading and the Schlagle Senior Board.  Donesha has expressed an interest in making Schlagle better for the future and the students who will continue at Schlagle after she graduates.”  Sincerely, Stephanie Alderman-Oler, Teacher, F.L. Schlagle High School

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - November 2016

The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education recognize Ivan Hernandez-Jimenez from Morse Early Childhood Center, Kylie Hamilton from New Stanley Elementary, Alejandro Martinez from Argentine Middle School and Rosa Hernandez from J.C. Harmon High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools. 

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Ivan Hernandez-Jimenez, Pre-K
Morse Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Jennifer Bruns, Jami Dodig, Alicia Salazar-Neupane, Yogi Guess & Manisha Tatum, Early Childhood Staff at Morse 

“Ivan is an exceptional role model for his peers.  He is a blessing to have in our classroom again this year.  Ivan is able to invite his peers to follow directions and classroom routines.  For example, when the teacher turns on the “clean up” song, Ivan cleans up his area, and then goes around the room helps his peers to clean and letting them know that the song means it’s time to clean up their toys. He is very kind, caring and loving towards all students in the classroom.  Ivan shows persistence in all tasks that he pursues. If he can’t figure out a task, he will try over and over again or ask a teacher for assistant.  Ivan’s classroom teachers are very excited to have him back again this year in our classroom!!”  Sincerely, Staff at Morse Early Childhood Center

Kylie Hamilton, 5th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Jamie Brann, Teacher

“The fifth grade team at New Stanley Elementary would like to nominate Kylie Hamilton for Student of the Month.  Kylie is a shy fifth grader who could easily slide under the radar.  However, in our time with Kylie (July through October) she has grown significantly, both academically and socially.  She is consistent in turning in weekly reading logs, morning work and all assignments.  Kylie never misses school and is very reliable and depended on by her peers.  Kylie is an incredibly hard working young lady and we are very proud to nominate her for student of the month.”  Sincerely, Jamie Brann, Teacher and the entire fifth grade team

Alejandro Martinez, 8th grade
Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: Micah Louis, Teacher

“Alejandro (Alex) has been a pleasure to have in class this year.  I have known him for two years and his pursuit of excellence is unparalleled.  Whether it’s football conditioning or Math, Alex wants to be the best.  He also possesses a very humble and empathetic attitude, and always looks to help other students in the class.  His positive outlook on school and life will take him far, and he makes me look forward to when I have his class!”  Sincerely, Micah Louis, 8th Grade Teacher

Rosa Hernandez, 11th grade
J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by:  Geoff Markos, Principal of J.C. Harmon

“It gives me great pleasure to recommend Rosa Hernandez, for the District’s Student of the month.  Given my role as the principal, I do not have the pleasure of having Rosa in class.  However, every time I observe her in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, sports arena, etc…she always has a smile and seems to be doing something to help Harmon and the students within.  What makes Rosa so special is her ability to be a leader both socially and academically.  She takes pride in seeing others succeed.  We started LINK Crew this school year which is a leadership program that uses Juniors and Seniors to mentor and welcome our incoming Freshman class.  Rosa is not only an active member in LINK Crew, she applied and was awarded a commissioner position.  Rosa is the driving force for inspiring new ideas to promote the LINK crew and the freshman that they support. She is an inspiration to me, our students, and our staff at J.C. Harmon.”  Sincerely, Geoff Markos, Principal of J.C. Harmon High School.