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Congratulations to Dr. Jimmie Bullard, Bridgette Crutchfield and Romanda Franklin-Hamilton! These principals were recognized as Outstanding Administrators at the June 8, 2022, KCPS Board of Directors meeting.

Lincoln Prep Debaters Compete Nationally

Nadia Richard finished as a semi-finalist in Student Congress at the NCFL Grand National Tournament. Sophia Herrera is the reigning back-to-back Debate Kansas City Congressional Champion.

Three women who are nurses wearing black shirts that say "making a difference' with the KCPS logo.

KCPS rolled out the red carpet for National Nurses Week, clapping and cheering for our school nurses as they arrived at the Board of Education for their appreciation lunch.

KCPS orchestra students perform at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

"In schools, children need to have a place of belonging. They need to know they're accepted. They have to find their niche, that thing they’re good at,” said KCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier.

An Annual Tradition Returns: KCPS Culinary Arts Students Build Gingerbread Village

A panel of photographs featuring intricate gingerbread houses built by KCPS students.

Students in the Culinary Arts class at Manual Career & Technical Center put the finishing touches on their gingerbread houses on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Typically, their projects are displayed at Union Station, but due to the pandemic, this year they will be moved to the Board of Education, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, later this week.

 

Northeast High School senior Samuel Cuong has spent hours decorating the roof of his gingerbread house with sugared candies, Skittles and Tootsie Roll Pops.

“I got this idea from a picture online, but it’s not exactly the same. I’ve created some of my ideas on it, like these doors,” Samuel said, pointing out graham cracker French doors on a gingerbread balcony.

The project is a favorite of Chef Dan Hogan, who teaches the Culinary Arts classes at Manual Career & Technical Center.

“Every year we do this. We love it. The kids love it. It’s a great way to end the semester. The students have an opportunity to truly express themselves and their talent,” Hogan said. “They have free rein to be as creative as they want to be.”

The students do it all, he said. They bake, measure and cut the gingerbread. They whip the icing. They build trees out of popcorn — or gumdrops. This year, there’s even a gingerbread Eiffel Tower.

Senior Jabari Walker stood at the stove, melting isomalt for his team’s gingerbread log cabin.

“So if you were to boil down sugar and get the liquid, this is like that, but it’s better for decorating,” Jabari explained, carefully checking the temperature with a candy thermometer. “We’re going to use ours to make a lake, an ice skating rink.”

Jabari is a senior at Allen Village, a charter school sponsored by KCPS. Students at charter schools that partner with KCPS can take Career and Technical Education classes at Manual.

Hogan said he tries to teach students real world lessons as they’re learning to cook. He emphasizes attendance and punctuality, skills students will need regardless of whether they end up in the restaurant industry.

“You don’t have to want to be a chef one day. What we teach is something you can use for the rest of your life. At some point, we’re all going to be independent. We’re all going to have to be able to cook to feed ourselves and our families.”