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April 7, 2022

KCPS Weekly News

Two images: a state senator in a blue suit with a student wearing a floral top next to a self-portrait of the student.

WATCH: Superintendent Bedell Q4 Updates

  • COVID-19: Community spread remains low in Kansas City and Jackson County. Thank you to everyone for doing your part this school year!
  • ATTENDANCE: With state assessments coming up, it’s more important than ever that students attend school every day. If you have families that need support, please let them know KCPS has resources available to help them.
  • BLUEPRINT 2030: We hope to see you at one of our community chats next week!


Clockwise, from top left: 2022 Teachers of the Year Kenya Givens, Border Star Montessori School; Angela White, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary; Shavon Robinson, Troost Elementary; and Kendrick Claxton, Southeast High School. All 2022 Teachers of the Year will be featured on KCPS social media channels this month!

Congratulations to our 2022 Teachers of the Year!

Kansas City Public Schools is proud to announce our school 2022 Teachers of the Year! Our teachers create a learning environment where children flourish and grow. Every year, we ask students, parents, staff and our community to nominate exceptional educators for this honor. Schools/principals pick one deserving teacher to be recognized at our annual banquet. We will name this year's KCPS Teacher of the Year on Thursday, April 21, 2022.


Congratulations to all of our 2022 Teachers of the Year! We look forward to sharing your stories and pictures on our social channels over the next two weeks.

African-Centered College Preparatory Academy

Tiffany Martinez


Banneker Elementary School

Ashten Alli


Border Star Montessori School

Kenya Givens


Carver Dual Language School

Martha Martin


Central High School

Beverly Hill


Central Middle School

Lynne Boyer


East High School

Quinby Hunter


Faxon Elementary School

Lyndsey Stailey


Foreign Language Academy

Susan Martinez


Garfield Elementary School

Mikaela Casey-Keiser


George Melcher Elementary School

Elizabeth Moore


Gladstone Elementary School

Amy Brock


Hale Cook Elementary School

Jessica Olmedo


Holliday Montessori School

Tarwaiyah Hazziez


J.A. Rogers Elementary School

Peggy Everist


James Elementary School

Cathey Dodd


John T. Hartman Elementary School

Karen Harton


Kansas City Virtual Academy (Elementary)

Tina Duvall


Kansas City Virtual Academy (Secondary)

Dave Laurence


Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

Elizabeth Fowler

Lincoln Middle School

Kayla McClellan


Longfellow Elementary School

Alexis Tigner


Manual Career and Technical Center

John Lopez


Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School

Angela White


Northeast High School

Andrew Corrao


Northeast Middle School

Benjamin Jonte


Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts

Jiaorong Cheng


Phillis Wheatley Elementary School

Hannah Arst


Pitcher Elementary School

Kasey Walker


Primitivo Garcia Elementary School

Carley Copto


Richardson Early Learning Community School

Tamara Coleman


Southeast High School

Kendrick Claxton


Success Academy at Anderson

LaDanya Perkins


Success Academy at Knotts

Lee Ann Jackson


Trailwoods Elementary School

Chelsey Lawrence


Troost Elementary School

Shavon Robinson


Wendell Phillips Elementary School

Angela Edwards


Whittier Elementary School

Nina Harris


Woodland Early Learning Community School

Jennifer Gilbert

Two images: a state senator in a blue suit with a student wearing a floral top next to a self-portrait of the student.

Join KCPS Next Week for Blueprint 2030 Chats!

Next week, KCPS will be continuing our Blueprint 2030 conversations with students, families, staff and the community. The next phase of planning includes sharing scenarios for the future of our schools and district. From our academic vision to programs at our schools, we will be discussing exciting possibilities for KCPS students!


Watch our Blueprint 2030 scenarios video.


Did you know KCPS has Blueprint 2030 resources in multiple languages? Watch our Blueprint 2030 video in SpanishBurmeseSwahili or Somali!

Represent KCPS on the Board of Equalization

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as the school system’s representative and alternative representative on the Jackson County Board of Equalization.


The KCPS Board will select a representative and an alternate representative to serve the one (1) year term. The Jackson County Board of Equalization is an independent Board composed of citizen taxpayers of Jackson County. Its mission is to fully and fairly equalize the value of all real and tangible personal property in the county for purposes of taxation and to provide an appeal forum for taxpayers to correct perceived inequities in the assessment of value. The Board strives to allow taxpayers an efficient, public, unbiased, courteous and informative manner of addressing grievances surrounding the imposition of taxes by the county.


Individuals interested in serving on the Board of Equalization can submit their names for consideration by sending a resume or background statement with complete contact information, and application to KCPS, 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, meet the qualifications of Missouri statute 138.011 RSMo. and be able to show tax records as proof to meet the county ordinance that no member may be delinquent in any taxes due or owing to Jackson County.


The deadline to submit a resume is 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2022. The KCPS Board of Directors will conduct interviews in May 2022 and complete its selection process by June 8, 2022.


Current KCPS Students Are Already Enrolled!

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




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:





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!




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.