Clockwise, from top left: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) decorations on display at the Hispanic Heritage Month Lunch & Learn at the Board of Education; tacos served for lunch in La Sala at Lincoln College Prep; Colombian Indigenous Two Spirit vocalist and spoken word artist Jessica Ayala performing for KCPS staff; first graders at Carver Dual Language School dancing during a school celebration; and Plaza Comunitaria Coordinator Eva Santiago, LCPA graduate Abi Espino Salazar and Behavioral Health Manager Travanna Alexander.
There's still time to enter our Hispanic Heritage Month art competition! Tell us, what does “Si Se Puede!” (“Yes, it can be done!”) mean to you? All submissions are due by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20. Winners will be announced at the KCPS School Board Meeting on Oct. 27 and recognized with $100 Visa gift cards. All students will receive a certificate of participation. Visit our website for submission guidelines and rules.
Your Input Will Help Shape the Future of KCPS
What matters to your family educationally? What opportunities should every Kansas City Public Schools student have? These questions will help us build an exciting future for our school system.
Please join us Oct. 18-22 for a series of conversations about Blueprint 2030, our strategic planning process. These conversations are open to all KCPS families, not just those who attend the school hosting the open house. Light refreshments will be served, and students and siblings are welcome!
Monday, Oct. 18
12-1 p.m. Facebook Live with KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell
4:30-6:30 p.m. Blueprint 2030 open house at Phillips Elementary
With your help, we’ll decide how to get from where we are to where we want to be. We have bold decisions to make together! Join us!
KCPS Students Selected for Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Student Board of Directors
Seven Kansas City Public Schools students have been selected to serve on the Student Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. This program promotes teamwork and inclusion of high school seniors from diverse backgrounds while fostering an understanding of the functions of the Federal Reserve Bank and the Kansas City economy, the importance of personal finance, career path options and the education and skills necessary to attain students’ goals.
Robert Hill, Lincoln College Prep
Evan Martinez, Lincoln College Prep
Sidney Richardson, Lincoln College Prep
Jonathan Haileselas, Lincoln College Prep
Jameson Rauth, Lincoln College Prep
Reese Pratt, Lincoln College Prep
Madelyn Villeda-Guevara, Northeast High School
The student-directors will be welcomed to the Federal Reserve on Tuesday, Oct. 19 with a luncheon reception. This year, they will learn about career paths, college choices, personal finance, public speaking, resume writing and personal branding. They will also have opportunities to tour local Kansas City businesses in the spring.
KCPS Board of Directors Redistricting Timeline
The Kansas City Election Board has been designated by statute to serve as the redistricting commission for Kansas City Public Schools. The Board of Commissioners, sitting as the redistricting commission, is responsible to redistrict the Kansas City Public School Board of Directors subdistricts based on the results of the 2020 Census.
Friday, Oct. 15
12 p.m. Redistricting public hearing, Board of Education or virtual: Current maps with population changes presented to gather feedback for development of sample maps
Thursday, Oct. 21
6 p.m. Redistricting public hearing, Board of Education or virtual:Present five sample maps to public
Monday, Nov. 1
All maps are due by midnight
Tuesday, Nov. 2
6 p.m. Redistricting public hearing, Board of Education or virtual: Final three maps presented to public