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April 21, 2022

KCPS Weekly News

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Meet the KCPS 2022 Teacher of the Year Finalists!

KCPS teachers educate, encourage and empower our students every day. Today, we are excited to introduce the three finalists in our 2022 KCPS Teacher of the Year contest. We will be announcing the winner tonight at our awards banquet and tomorrow on social media!

 

 

TOYSM0422instaGladstoneBENCHMARK.jpgAMY BROCK
Gladstone Elementary

 

"One initiative I started at Gladstone Elementary is the Mexican Dance Group. I started by borrowing dresses and costumes from Garcia because a teacher there had them already. As years went along, I found it important for our school to have their own costumes, so I sewed costumes just for our building. At the start of each class, I talk with the students about their day, help with homework needs, and just really get to know them as the people they are."

 

 

TOYSM0422instaNEHSBENCH.jpgANDREW CORRAO

Northeast High School

 

"Over the summer, one of my district coordinators called me up and said, 'I really think that NEHS could use DECA.' At the time, I had no idea what DECA was, but I was excited at the opportunity to coach a competitive team. In high school I practically lived at school being a member of a ton of student organizations. I knew that I wanted to bring that to NEHS as I'm a big believer that extra-curriculars help grow a culture in a school."

 

 

TOYSM0422instaLincolnMiddleBENCHMARK.jpgKAYLA McCLELLAN
Lincoln Middle School

 

"I am the ultimate hype woman for my students. I push back when they make great points and allow them to dig deeper to prove their point. I celebrate them tremendously when they do, and if they try to back down I encourage them to use the information they have already prepared. I let them know when I am proud of them, and I point out their strengths as often as possible. In my classroom, we are building the kind of country we want to have and can shape."

 

 

ABOUT KCPS TEACHER OF THE YEAR

 

The purpose of the KCPS Teacher of the Year program is to recognize the contributions of classroom teachers and to honor, promote and celebrate excellence in the teaching profession. 

 

We received hundreds of nominations in our 2022 KCPS Teacher of the Year contest. From those nominations, principals helped select teachers to represent their schools in our district contest. We then invited these fantastic teachers to apply to represent our district as the 2022 KCPS Teacher of the Year.

 

Special thanks to this year's selection committee, Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership Lloyd Jackson, Director of Professional Learning Becky Nace and Behavioral Health Manager Travanna Alexander-Toney.

Apply Now for the Superintendent’s Scholarship!

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To help students in their post-graduation journeys, KCPS is awarding several $6,000 scholarships to seniors. The KCPS Superintendent’s Scholarship is meant to support our high school graduates who are overcoming major hurdles to secure their dreams.

 

Our district seeks applicants who have experienced hardships and hopes to connect these future leaders with their desired goals at a university, a community college or a trade program.

 

The scholarship is available to students in Kansas City Public Schools who are:

 

  1. Current high school seniors on track to graduate in May 2022
  2. Experiencing a hardship or financial need
  3. Accepted into an accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical education institute

 

The deadline to apply for the Superintendent’s Scholarship is Friday, April 22, 2022. Please contact collegeaccess@kcpublicschools.org with any questions.

Save the Date! DAC Meeting & Parent University

Looking to be more involved in KCPS? We will have three opportunities for parent engagement next month! These meetings will be held virtually via Zoom with Spanish language interpretation available.

 

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  • Thursday, May 5, 6-7 p.m. – Final DAC general body meeting of the year

Parent University: Workshops for Caregivers of Young Children

  • Tuesday, May 3 – Conscious Discipline for Parents/Caregivers of Toddlers and Preschoolers
  • Tuesday, May 10 – Becoming Kindergarten Ready

 

JOIN THE DAC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

We are now accepting nominations for District Advisory Committee (DAC) Executive Officers! The DAC is a group of parents/caregivers and community members that serves KCPS in an advisory capacity by providing information and support to parents, parent organizations, school district administration and the school board. Executive Committee Officers will be elected by the DAC to a one-year term. Elections will be held at the May 5 general body meeting.

 

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  • Chairperson 
  • Vice Chairperson 
  • Recording Secretary 
  • Corresponding Secretary 
  • Treasurer 
  • Parliamentarian 
  • Member-at-Large 

For more information or to submit nominations, please complete this form or contact Courtney Adams (cadams1@kcpublicschools.org) by May 2.

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Current KCPS Students Are Already Enrolled!

KCPS is fully accredited and enrolling for the 2022-23 school year!

 

CURRENT KCPS FAMILIES

 

You’re all set! Current KCPS students will automatically “roll up” to the next grade, and no action is required from parents/guardians at this time. Please do not submit an application for new enrollment unless you want your child to attend a different school next year, as this will cause processing delays. Thank you for choosing KCPS for your student!

 

If you would like your child to attend a different school next year, it's easy to apply in Infinite Campus. If you have not already set up your Infinite Campus parent portal, you will need an activation code:

 

 

NEW KCPS FAMILIES

 

Need help choosing the right school for your child? KCPS now has an online School Finder tool for families to filter options by location, grade and interests. Still not sure which KCPS school is right for you? Prefer to enroll in person? Visit the Board of Education, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. The Admissions Office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Please be patient if you have already applied to KCPS. Our Admissions Team is working quickly to process new enrollments. However, due to the high volume of applications, we are currently experiencing processing delays. We look forward to welcoming you to KCPS!

 

FREE PRE-K FOR 3- AND 4-YEAR-OLDS

 

Do you have a 3- or 4-year-old ready to start pre-K? From Montessori to foreign language, African-centered studies to neighborhood schools, KCPS has an option for every family!

 

Enrolling in free pre-K is easy for current KCPS families! Log into Infinite Campus, go to More > Online Registration and follow the steps to add a new 3- or 4-year-old. Complete the process by clicking “Finish Registration.” We are processing pre-K applications as quickly as possible and will be in touch soon.

 

If your child is currently in P3 and transitioning to P4, your child will be automatically enrolled in P4 at the school they currently attend. If your child is P4 and transitioning to kindergarten, your child will be automatically enrolled at their zoned neighborhood elementary school. You can use School Finder to find your neighborhood school. P4 students at Signature Schools will be automatically admitted to kindergarten at the same school. Please do not submit an application for new enrollment unless you want your child to attend a different school next year.

 

If you would like to change where your child attends pre-K or kindergarten next year, please log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal to let us know your preferred school. 

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