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December 9, 2021
 

 

 

KCPS is now enrolling students for the 2022-23 school year.

Pre-K? Kindergarten? Signature Schools? Apply!

Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year has begun! Families can now enroll their child for preschool, kindergarten or apply for new admittance to one of nine KCPS Signature Schools. Kindergarten is offered at all Neighborhood and Signature elementary schools.

 

KCPS is continuing its commitment to early education by offering quality, free preschool to fit our families’ needs. The KCPS Preschool Program serves children ages three and four in one of 12 different locations. In addition, KCPS has partnered with Operation Breakthrough and Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center to offer additional free Pre-K seats. Plus, KCPS provides quality early education at two Head Start schools – Woodland Early Learning and Richardson Early Learning.

 

New this year, families can apply online for Kansas City Virtual Academy (KCVA), KCPS’ online virtual school for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, and the new Evening Academy, a high school program designed for students looking for a flexible pathway toward graduation. 

 

Families new to KCPS can enroll online using our easier, simplified application available at EnrollKC.org. Returning KCPS families applying for a Signature School, KCVA or Evening Academy can apply through their Infinite Campus Account. KCPS students already attending Signature Schools do not need to reapply. Parents who do not have internet access at home or who need help enrolling can get support and apply through the Office of Admissions at the KCPS Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, 64111. The Office of Admissions will be open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Dec. 17.

 

More information about enrollment timelines, Infinite Campus accounts and other enrollment details is available at KCPublicSchools.org/Enroll

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Janae Marshall, left, and Journei Spicer are fourth graders in Cusandra Miller's class at AC Prep.

Project-Based Learning Centers African History

In 1919, frustrated by the racism that kept African Americans from participating in the global economy, Marcus Garvey incorporated the Black Star Line, a steamship company that moved goods, and, later people.

 

“The bottom of this is to float,” said fourth grader Journei Spicer, picking up her cardboard and bubble wrap steamship. “The side of it has the name of the ship, the Black Star Line, and this is the flag.”

 

Journei's classmate, Janae Marshall, carved her steamship — featuring tissue paper steam — from styrofoam.

 

“One thing I learned working on this project was someone tried to sabotage the Black Star Line,” Janae said. “That’s why I think it’s important to do the assignments.”

 

Journei and Janae are students at African-Centered College Preparatory Academy, a unique program that helps Black students connect with their history through project-based learning. Continue reading ...

 

NOW ENROLLING! KCPS families can now apply for admission to AC Prep and other Signature Schools in Infinite Campus.

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Robotics teams from Troost, Faxon, Garcia and Whittier participated in the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Regional Qualifier on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.

KCPS Robotics Teams Advance to Regionals

On Saturday, Dec. 4, Troost Elementary hosted the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Regional Qualifier. Teams from Troost, Faxon, Garcia and Whittier participated.

 

The mission of FLL is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators through mentor-based programming. Students learn self-confidence, communication, time management and leadership skills while building LEGO robots and having fun.

 

At Saturday's meet, teams from Troost and Garcia advanced to the FLL Regional Championships, which will be held on Jan. 29, 2022, at Crown Center. The Troost Tigerettes received the Rising Star Award and Code Phoenix from Garcia was also recognized during the event.

 

Special thanks to KCPS volunteers Travanna Alexander-Toney, Kimberly Jolley, Ericka Mabion, Mary White, Camille Wilcox and Tim Nash for supporting our students. Central High School cybersecurity interns John Gooden and Princess Awulonu also participated Saturday. John and Princess are mentoring KCPS robotics teams in partnership with McCownGordon Construction, the Black Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, Siemens Smart Infrastructure and California Polytechnic State University. The Cyber to Schools program teaches STEM skills in middle and high schools.

 

Congratulations to all of our KCPS robotics students for challenging themselves to learn more about science, technology, math and engineering!

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Planning Ahead for New AMI Snow Day Option

With colder weather arriving, we have been planning for the potential of snow/inclement weather days and Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) days for the upcoming winter season in KCPS. With this, we wanted to communicate how we will conduct any upcoming snow day plans.

 

We have two options for inclement weather this year:

 

  • Snow Day: One option is to have an old-fashioned snow day in which we call off school due to inclement weather. This will be a no school day for students. It will be called a “snow day.” We communicate about snow days either the evening before or the morning of the snow day. We communicate via email, text message, phone call, media and social media.
     
  • AMI Snow Day: A second option is to have our Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) snow day in which we teach and learn from home, with students participating in Synchronous (live, with the teacher via video conferencing) learning. Students would receive technology devices from school and bring the device home prior to anticipated weather events so that they can learn from home. This is similar to our distance learning plan from our COVID protocols.

 

The implementation of a possible AMI Snow Day outside of the classroom benefits all of our students. This option will be used when sufficient notice has been provided and we are able to deploy technology to go home with all students ahead of time. 

 

AMI SNOW DAY SCHEDULE

 

  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Teacher Planning
  • 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. 
    • Greeting – Review and summary of the day’s assignments. This will be Synchronous (live, with the teacher, via video conferencing).
    • Students will complete review assignments in each content area.

 

Again, we will clearly communicate snow day plans as winter weather arrives. Remember that the winter weather in Kansas City can be complicated, and we monitor winter weather closely. We do our best to provide notice to families as quickly as we can during these weather conditions.

 

Thank you for helping us navigate this new option for snow day use.

KCPS Welcomes New Director of Child Nutrition

BrianWieher_BENCHMARK.jpgBrian Wieher is the district’s new Director of Child Nutrition Services. He comes to KCPS with more than 20 years of experience in team leadership, project management, public relations and customer service. Most recently, Wieher worked for Operation Food Search in St. Louis, where he oversaw all child and family nutrition programs, including the USDA Summer Food Service Program, the after school meal program, and Operation Backpack, the weekend meal program. 

 

As a child nutrition advocate and award-winning school nutrition specialist, Wieher has worked collaboratively with organizations to develop relationships that will have the greatest impact on ending childhood hunger. In 2019, Wieher’s work was recognized by the national nonprofit No Kid Hungry when he was the only Missourian inducted into the inaugural class of the No Kid Hungry Hall of Fame. This class honors those who ensure children have the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow after school.

 

In his spare time, Wieher enjoys watching his children excel in their passions of music and dance. He also enjoys camping, fishing and, above all, baseball.