On Saturday, Nov. 14, over 500 middle and high school students from six of Kansas City’s urban school districts participated in PREP-KC’s Annual Math Relays. Math Relays provide students with opportunities to complete in a regional mathematics competition. Students, teachers and parents from the region gather to celebrate student accomplishments in math. Students from Foreign Language Academy, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Southwest Early College Campus and East High School did an exemplary job at this event and earned awards in many categories.
Kansas City Public Schools has entered into a sales contract with the Nazarene Publishing House to purchase several buildings located at 29th Street and Troost Avenue. The contract is part of a plan to relocate the central office and consolidate the KCPS headquarters and Maintenance, Operations, Security and Engineering facilities from two facilities into one, providing improved access for KCPS families while also significantly reducing operating costs, freeing up additional funds that can be reallocated to student programs. KCPS is currently conducting due diligence on the Nazarene Publishing House facilities, which includes getting feedback from KCPS families at a public meeting to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 5:30pm at 1211 McGee St. in the Small Auditorium.
Kansas City Public Schools has recieved a $37,260 grant from Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation. The grant allows each of the 27 Kansas City, Missouri, public elementary schools to purchase 30 pocket chambers and 10 flow meters, devices that help with the effectiveness of asthma medication administered in school. The grant also provides each of the elementary schools with an audiometer that will be used to conduct hearing tests.
Kansas City Public Schools honored Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, his Defend the Dream Foundation and Scholastic Book Fairs, a division of Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, as Community Champions for their work to open unique and inspiring reading oasis’ for students. KCPS uses the Community Champions award to recognize the outstanding contributions made by organizations in education and individual volunteers.
Today’s release of its Annual Progress Report reveals that Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) has reasons to celebrate the achievements of students and staff, and opportunities for improvement as it makes progress towards full accreditation, high-quality schools and innovative academic programs for all students.
In its inaugural grant round, the Catalyst Fund for KCPS Students has awarded more than $4,000 in grants to teachers in Kansas City Public Schools. The awards, which ranged from $250 to $850, will support a variety of classroom projects, from a caterpillar farm, to a microscope and safety goggles, to a STEM-based Lego® League.
Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative to host a free, weekly tutoring academy for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. The academy will be help 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Oct. 10 through Dec. 19 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 2200 Olive St., Kansas City, MO. There will be no class on Saturday, Nov. 28. Participants will have access to an accelerated reader curriculum, certified teachers and student incentives. Enrollment is free and can be completed by calling (816) 483-3717 ext. 11 or by visiting www.kcfreedomschools.org. Transportation must be provided by the parent or guardian.
Safety and security are top priorities in Kansas City Public Schools. We respect the trust that families place in us with their children, and we are always looking for innovative ways to make our schools safer and more secure. With that in mind, we’re unveiling a new visitor management system for the 2015-2016 school year: Hall Pass.
Today’s release of the 2015 MAP results show reasons to be pleased and reveal improvement opportunities for Kansas City Public Schools. While much work remains to analyze the results, they do clarify the progress KCPS has made and create a roadmap for KCPS to reach its goals.