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Blueprint 2030: Help KCPS Set Goals for the Future

We’re asking staff members, students, parents/guardians and others to join us in providing feedback by participating in our Thoughtexchange platform. This is an opportunity for our stakeholders to offer their responses to questions about the future of our schools.

Celebrate Our 2021 School Teachers of the Year

The 2021 Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year Recognition Program honors the educators who structure their classrooms to increase performance and provide exceptional experiences, no matter what.

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

Families who applied for kindergarten, pre-K or a Signature School by the initial deadline of Monday, Feb. 15, received emails Wednesday, March 3 with offers to their first, second or third choice school.

Zoom Across America

The Greater Kansas City Links Chapter is partnering with school systems across the metro to host Zoom reading sessions for kindergarten - third grade students in honor of Read Across America Week, the nation’s largest celebration of reading.

KCPS Celebrates Church As Community Champion

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell honored Friendship Baptist Church as a Community Champion during a School Board meeting on Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

‘FAFSA Frenzy’ and KC Scholars Essay Prep

Raymond Weikal

KCPS and the Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC) are joining forces to deliver two important weeks of events for our scholars. The Department of Equity, Inclusion, and Innovation wants to let you know about the FAFSA Frenzy Week. In all our high schools, we are reminding seniors that the priority deadline to obtain the maximum amount of federal and state dollars is Feb. 1, 2021.

From Jan. 19-22, KCPS staff and MCAC Advisers will assist seniors and their families with personal meetings, demonstrate how to get started, and respond to any questions about the FAFSA. This form is a necessary step for seniors to qualify for state and federal aid.

Many of our seniors will qualify for the full Federal Pell Grant amount of $6,345, which doesn't have to be paid back if students successfully complete their coursework. By meeting the priority deadline of Feb. 1, students can also qualify for extra grant money from our state. Depending on your family’s income and the school you attend, an extra $1,300 to $2,850 can be applied to your schooling.

During the last week of the month from Jan. 25-29, students and families can learn more about special scholarships for 9th graders and 11th graders from KC Scholars. Ninth graders can apply to earn up to $1,400 in high school to use for college (up to 250 students will be selected). Many of our juniors will qualify for college savings and for $50,000 to attend exceptional colleges and universities in the region! 

MCAC Advisers and counseling staff will be sharing school dates and times within each building.

Please contact College Access Coordinator Joyce Nguyen Hernandez at jhernand@kcpublicschools.org, your MCAC Adviser, or your counselor for additional information.

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