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John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

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September 22, 2022

KCPS Weekly News


Principal KaLinda Bass-Barlow welcomes an educator from Nepal to the opening of a new training program at Holliday Montessori on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. Twenty-two educators from around the world will spend the year working toward their Montessori certification. 

KCPS Builds New Model for Montessori Training

Kansas City Public Schools is investing in its teachers with a first-of-its-kind Montessori training program at Holliday.  

Montessori is an education philosophy that encourages learning in a child-centered environment. Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI) certification requires rigorous training that typically takes three consecutive summers.

But this year, 22 teachers will receive training in partnership with the Montessori Training Center Institute of Northeast (MTCNE). The one year-program will help get more Montessori-certified educators into classrooms during a national teacher shortage. Some of the teachers have come to Kansas City from other states and countries, including China and Nepal.  

Just as importantly, 13 teachers from KCPS will train this year and then teach at Border Star and Holliday, building the district’s bench of Montessori-trained educators.  

“This is a historical moment for KCPS,” said Principal KaLinda Bass-Barlow. “We are making a tremendous investment in Montessori education by paying employees a full teacher’s salary to attend this training that goes along with our trauma-informed practices.” Continue reading ...

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KCPS Loves to Read! Join Us Thursday, Sept. 29

Join the KCPS culturally responsive book study! The district is inviting community members, parents and Kansas Citians to read along as we dive into Zaretta Hammond's "Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain." Community members are invited to read along with us, then join us for three public conversations taking place throughout the year. Our first session will be Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Manual Career and Technical Center, 1215 E. Truman Rd. Sign up here!

About the facilitator

Dr. Socorro Herrera is a keynote speaker, district consultant, and trainer of trainers, as well as a professor in the College of Education and director of the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy (CIMA) at Kansas State University. Her K-12 teaching experience includes an emphasis on literacy development, and her research focuses on literacy opportunities with culturally and linguistically diverse students, reading strategies and teacher preparation for diversity in the classroom. Dr. Herrera has authored several books and numerous articles focusing on issues of instruction and assessment with culturally and linguistically diverse students.


Showing Up Matters — for R.E.A.L.

Regular attendance is vital for student success! This year, KCPS is partnering with Attendance Works to help your family build good attendance routines. Did you know that a student who misses just two days a month is chronically absent? Students who miss 10% of the school year are less likely to read by third grade, achieve in middle school and graduate from high school. That’s why Showing Up Matters — for R.E.A.L.

Here’s what that means:   

  • Routines: Having a daily attendance routine builds a sense of safety and security — and makes getting to school easier!  

  • Engagement: Being in school helps students to get to know peers, teachers and school staff, and to create trusting relationships.  

  • Access: KCPS families have access to meals, physical and mental health services and fun activities like sports, clubs and after-school programs. 

  • Learning: Learning is most meaningful when it is active, social and applies to real life situations. Students who show up to school regularly build proficiency in reading and math.   

KCPS has many resources to help your family improve attendance, including access to physical and mental health services. Please contact your school’s family liaison to learn more.   

Thank you for being our partner in this important work! 



From left: Travanna Alexander-Toney, Marquis Hall, Jade Smith and Harrison Neal have been selected to participate in the 2023 Surge Academy.

Surge Connects KC Education Leaders of Color

KCPS is proud to announce that four of our staff members will be participating in Surge Academy this school year.

Surge Academy is an innovative and far-reaching approach to transforming urban education for our youth and communities. Fellows spend six months developing, elevating and uniting emerging education leaders of color in small and mid-sized cities so they can, as a coalition, build movements that influence, innovate and transform the education space with their own communities. Continue reading ...


Nguyen-Hernandez Recognized as NCAN Fellow

Congratulations to Joyce Nguyen-Hernandez, Manager of College Access and Success, for her selection as a National College Access Network College and Career Readiness Fellow! The fellowship will focus on professional development in order to grow the fellows into more effective college and career readiness leaders in their schools, communities, and states. Continue reading ...

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New Asst. Supt. of Curriculum and Instruction

Kansas City native and career educator LaTanya Franklin is the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. She has spent more than 20 years working in local school districts and comes to KCPS from Hickman Mills. Continue reading ...


KCPS Board of Directors Seeking Applicants for Retirement System Board of Trustees

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as a representative to the KCPS Retirement System Board of Trustees.

The KCPS Board of Directors will select a representative to serve the four (4) year term (Jan. 1, 2023 to December 2026) to the Kansas City Public Schools Retirement System Board of Trustees. The provisions of Section 169.291, subsection 1 of the Missouri Revised Statues read as follows:  

“1. The general administration and the responsibility for the proper operation of the retirement system are hereby vested in a board of trustees of twelve persons who shall be resident taxpayers of the school district as follows:  

(1) Four trustees to be appointed for terms of four years by the board of education; provided, however, that the terms of office of the first four trustees so appointed shall begin immediately upon their appointment and shall expire one, two, three and four years from the date the retirement system becomes operative, respectively;”

The KCPSRS Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the Retirement System is appropriately governed and managed with the goal of protecting Fund assets; creating and maintaining an atmosphere that encourages frank and collegial discussions between the Board and management; and establishing and communicating Board policies and priorities and monitoring performance. 

Each Board Member acts as a fiduciary of the Retirement System and attends regular meetings of the Board of Trustees normally held 4-6 p.m. the first Monday of each month; and completes at least six hours of Board education each year.  

Individuals interested in serving on the KCPSRS Board of Trustees can submit their names for consideration by sending a resume or background statement with complete contact information to: Office of Board Services, 2901 Troost Avenue, Room 202, Kansas City MO 64109, or by emailing To be considered, individuals must reside within the KCPS district boundaries.

The deadline to submit a resume is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. The KCPS Board of Directors will hold interviews during the month of November 2022 and complete its selection process by Dec. 7, 2022. 

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New COVID Boosters Protect Against Omicron

The new bivalent COVID-19 booster shots are now available in the Kansas City area. These recently approved shots are designed to protect against the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the omicron strain, as well as the original version of COVID-19. Moving forward, all future booster appointments should provide the new shot for those 12 and older. Children younger than 12 will still receive the original booster.

KCPS strongly recommends students 12 and older get the new COVID-19 booster when eligible. Please check with your pharmacy to make sure they have received the new bivalent vaccine when making your appointment.

COVID testing is FREE for KCPS staff and students

Add COVID-19 testing to your back-to-school checklist! Kansas City Public Schools has partnered with Children’s Mercy to offer FREE COVID-19 testing through the School TLC Study to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Free COVID-19 testing is available to all enrolled KCPS students and staff at school when they need it. To learn more about the School TLC Study or enroll yourself, please visit


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