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KCPS Weekly News


DECA students from Northeast High School and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to participate in the Central Region Leadership Conference.

KCPS Students Shine at 2022 DECA Central Region Leadership Conference

On Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, DECA students from Northeast High School and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy landed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, excited to participate in the Central Region Leadership Conference. They spent two days competing against and networking with more than 1,500 students from 13 states. 


DECA is a career and technical student organization that focuses on business, marketing and entrepreneurship careers. Students compete in a variety of events including role plays where they are put in positions such as Marketing Managers, Human Resource Specialists and Advertising Consultants. Continue reading ...

Arrr! 'Pirates' Take Over Trailwoods Elementary


Trailwoods Elementary cheered on students in the drama class during their final dress rehearsal for 'Pirates' on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. For more photos, visit our Flickr page.

A Kwanzaa Tradition! AC Prep Annual Market


African-Centered College Preparatory Academy hosted their Annual Kwanzaa Market on Friday, Nov. 9, 2022. For more photos, visit our Flickr page.

Thanks for Celebrating with Us, KCVA Families!


KCVA students in grades K-12 joined KCPS staff at the Board of Education for some holiday fun on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Guests enjoyed a hot chocolate bar, ate cotton candy, played games, made crafts and even received a special visit from the North Pole! For more photos, visit our Flickr page.




From left: Interim Chief of Staff Charnissa Holliday-Scott, Interim Superintendent Jennifer Collier, Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation Director Nicole Collier-White and 2022 KCPS Teacher of the Year Kayla McClellan attended the third annual 15 and Mahomies gala on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022.

15 and Mahomies Awards KCPS $15,015.15

Thank you, Patrick Mahomes and 15 and Mahomies, for your ongoing support of Kansas City Public Schools! On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, KCPS received a $15,015.15 grant from 15 and Mahomies during the foundation's third annual gala.


KCPS Teacher of the Year Kayla McClellan was invited on stage to receive a signed gold Chiefs helmet and a beautiful ruby necklace from Helzberg Diamonds. Ms. McClellan teaches AVID at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Middle and is a KCPS graduate.


Josué Aguilar, a Spanish teacher at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy and 2021 Latinx Education Collaborative Teacher of the Year, was also recognized at Tuesday's gala.

PrincipalsConnect Provides King Staff Dinner


In November, PrincipalsConnect Advisor Diana Keating organized a dinner drop-off for 500 KCPS teachers and staff in partnership with United Way of Greater Kansas City. She is pictured here with Principal Dana-Mae Abram at King Elementary. KCPS appreciates the support of our community in helping boost teacher morale, especially during our busiest months.


Don't Miss the Last Read Aloud of 2022!

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Tune into the last read aloud of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live. We'll be featuring two very special guests you might recognize from your television screens!

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Apply Now for Signature Schools & FREE Pre-K!

Enrollment is now open for anyone interested in attending a KCPS Signature School or free pre-K next year! We have simplified this process for the 2023-24 school year and can’t wait to welcome new families to our district. If you know someone considering KCPS for their children, encourage them to visit today!



  1. Log into your Infinite Campus parent portal account and click on the three lines at the top left of the page.
  2. Select “More”
  3. Select “School Choice”
  4. Make your selections. Rank schools by 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice. The order in which you rank them will be the order in which you will be offered a seat.
  5. Once you have chosen and ranked the schools of your choice, click “Submit.” The choices will move to “Currently Unavailable,” which means you’ve already made your selections.


Current families DO NOT need to re-enroll in their current school for the 2023-2024 school year. We will have more information for continuing families during the spring semester. Thank you for choosing KCPS!


Questions? Call 816-418-7505 or email for help enrolling today!


Kendrick Claxton, 2022 Southeast High School Teacher of the Year

Recognize an Outstanding Educator Today!

Help us celebrate exceptional educators in Kansas City Public Schools by nominating a special teacher to be the 2023 Teacher of the Year!

The purpose of the KCPS Teacher of the Year program is to recognize our extraordinary classroom teachers' contributions in every school. Teacher quality and effectiveness are the most important school-based factors impacting student learning. Our teachers create a learning environment where children flourish and grow.


Once nominations are submitted, principals will lead a Teacher of the Year selection process for their schools. We will name the 2023 Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year at the awards ceremony in April! Special thanks to the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation for sponsoring this program.