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Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Morgan McPartland teacher of Carver

May 4-8, 2020, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Everything we do in Kansas City Public Schools revolves around the relationships between our teachers and our students. I want to express my gratitude for the work our teachers do every day.

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About Top Graduates

The purpose of Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) is to provide a quality education that prepares all of our students, regardless of background or circumstances, for success in college, career and life. We will produce scholars who are high-achieving critical thinkers, prepared to succeed in a constantly changing world and engaged in the improvement of their communities. KCPS will accomplish this goal by providing teachers with the appropriate training, resources and support they need to develop the whole child.

Vision

KCPS envisions its schools as places where every student will develop a deep understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue higher education, obtain family-supporting employment, contribute to the civic well-being of the community, and have the opportunity for a rewarding and fulfilling life.

Mission

The mission of KCPS is to achieve, in a way that is unencumbered by excuses, our vision for education by ensuring that all children benefit from teaching and learning.

Core Beliefs

Our Core Beliefs: Five principles guide our actions and behaviors at all levels.

  1. All students can and will learn; we must provide appropriate educational opportunities for each student that are commensurate with his/her individual needs and abilities.
  2. Education is a life-long process, only able to be fully achieved through a collaborative learning community that is built on integrity, high expectations, and mutual respect and support.
  3. All schools can be successful and efficient when we provide each of our students with access to a rigorous curriculum and high levels of interaction, engagement, and teaming that will serve to prepare them for college, career, and life.
  4. We must provide a safe learning environment where students feel protected and learning can flourish.
  5. With parental and community support and involvement from all stakeholders, we can build an environment where children have no option but to succeed.
Strategic Plan Wheel

Goals and Measurements of Student Success

Goals & Measures of Student Success articulate the outcomes we want for our students and the indicators of progress toward those outcomes. Since student achievement is the centerpiece of the Strategic Plan, the Kansas City community defined Five Aspirational Goals for our students:

Goal 1: Success in the early years - Every student will receive the social-emotional, cognitive, health and community support necessary to be successful by the end of Grade 3.

Goal 2: Whole Child: Safe, Challenged, and Supported - Every student will be challenged and supported within a safe learning environment to be a responsible and productive citizen capable of meeting high expectations.

Goal 3: Continuous Growth Toward Mastery of All Subjects - Every student will progress at a pace that closes the achievement gap and will meet or exceed academic standards in academic subjects.

Goal 4: 21st Century Critical Thinkers and Problem-Solvers - Every student will demonstrate global competitiveness, creative thinking, and innovation through effective reasoning, communication, and advocacy for themselves and their community.

Goal 5: Readiness for College, Career, and Life - Every student will graduate from high school with a post-secondary plan and the experiences and preparation to execute that plan successfully after high school.

A Roadmap for Student Growth and Success

Strategic Priorities are the programs, targeted solutions or continuous improvement initiatives which, when fully implemented, will facilitate the accomplishment of the Goals. These Strategic Priorities are framed around the Four Pillars.

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