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Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Morgan McPartland teacher of Carver

May 4-8, 2020, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Everything we do in Kansas City Public Schools revolves around the relationships between our teachers and our students. I want to express my gratitude for the work our teachers do every day.

Family Empowerment Center

The Family Empowerment Center will inform, educate and support parents and families in becoming partners in learning, advocates and decision makers by assisting in the removal of resource barriers. Stop by to enjoy a snack, check out the new space, and learn about our commitment to building strong relationships between families, schools and the community. RSVP appreciated to: face@kcpublicschools.org or 816-418-7455.

Is your organization interested in supporting our families, students and/or staff through the Family Empowerment Center? Please complete this form.

Kansas City Public Schools is expanding its scope of responsive services for district families, and the Office of Family and Community Engagement (FaCE) is a driving force of innovative and responsive programming that prepares families for and propels them towards achieving their long-term goals.

Families should have the skills and capacity to promote their children’s development, ensure their children are ready for school, build strong family relationships and create a connected community. To help achieve this, FaCE is launching a Family Empowerment Center (FEC) at Central High School open to all KCPS families!

The Family Empowerment Center will inform, educate and support parents and families in becoming partners in learning, advocates and decision-makers by assisting in the removal of resource barriers.

More About the Family Empowerment Center

The Family Empowerment Center features a resource room with a training/meeting area, as well as a collaborative workspace within Central’s budding community engagement wing, which currently houses:

  • Justice in the Schools free legal clinic
  • Early Head Start Center
  • Urban TEC, which provides computer technology training and skills development for urban schools and communities
  • Central High School alumni room

The resource room can be utilized by a variety of stakeholders, including parents and families, students, KCPS staff, Partners in Education and community members.

Amenities

  • A robust library full of materials for families and KCPS staff geared toward numerous parenting topics, and enhancing parent involvement and engagement to improve academic outcomes, as well as reading material for students grades K-12
  • Computers with internet access for families to use for anything from checking the Tyler system to searching and applying for employment
  • A meeting/training area for KCPS staff, Partners in Education, families and community members to use for various needs, including parent organization meetings, community meetings and parent education workshops
  • An area for children to play, read, do homework, etc.
  • (Limited) basic needs items for students, including uniforms, clothing and toiletries
  • A display of district and community resources and events

Family Empowerment Center
Central High School - Room 106
3221 Indiana Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64128

Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
For assistance outside of walk-in hours, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Contact:
Courtney Adams
816-418-7455
face@kcpublicschools.org

KCPS Family