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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. 

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 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.


The Communications Department strives to deliver important messages to those we serve in KCPS and the general public. This is accomplished by producing several forms of original marketing, news and strategic communications content. The department provides communications services to all KCPS employees.

Responsibilities of the Department of Communications:

  • Calendar Updates
  • Staff, Parent and Student Messaging & Communication
  • Digital Media Services & Training
  • Digital Signage Content Production
  • Web Services
  • School Produced News
  • School Social Media
  • School Event Support
  • Employee Appreciation
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Production
  • Central Office Event Support
"...effective communication requires more than an exchange of information. When done right, communication fosters understanding, strengthens relationships, improves teamworks, and builds trust."

Communication Services

Communication Services is committed to providing timely, effective communications that engage our students, parents and employees. The team provides a wide array of services that are found below. 

Internal Communication: Offices, Overviews & Responsibilites

The Department of Internal & Cross-Cultural Communications strives to deliver important messages to KCPS stakeholders.

Internal Communications includes delivering information to KCPS employees, students and parents. This includes employee newsletters, memos, maintaining district calendars, district e-mails distribution and producing other communication materials and documents for KCPS employees, students and parents.

Cross-Cultural Communications provides translation and interpretation services to KCPS stakeholders. This includes business and document translations along with on-site Spanish/English interpretations. The office also provides cross-cultural awareness and competency training to staff members.

PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING: Offices, Overviews & Responsibilities

The Department of Public Relations & Marketing disseminates messages about Kansas City Public Schools to interested members of the community. The office of uses news releases, press conferences, speaking engagements and social media to engage our community.


The Department of Strategic Communications and Outreach is focused on the development of key messaging, policies and tactics to achieve district goals and objectives. We focus on relationship-building with key elected officials, community leaders and members of the media. The office helps KCPS families and employees understand how local, regional and national policies directly affect students, schools and communities. We are thought partners who provide strategic communications support to KCPS departments and serve as a strategy partner for the Superintendent, the Cabinet and the School Board.

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