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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.

Five people stand in the KCPS boardroom. They are smiling as one receives an award.

At the Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Board of Education meeting, three KCPS employees were recognized as “Terrific Teammates” for their contributions to their school communities.

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Current KCPS students will automatically “roll up” to the next grade, and no action is required from parents/guardians at this time. Please do not submit an application for new enrollment, as this will cause processing delays.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

With guidance from our trusted community health partners, the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and administration agreed on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to end our mask mandate, effective immediately.

students in a bright, colorful classroom work on computers

On Jan. 29, 2022, 42 students from East High School, Lincoln College Prep and Lincoln Middle School competed against students from four other districts and three charter schools in the 2022 PREP-KC Math Relays. KCPS won 41 of 98 awards!

KCPS Student Artist Spotlight: Mona Ingersoll-Qureshi

A woman in a blue suit stands with a student in a floral short. Both are smiling. The student's artwork is on display.

Missouri Sen. Barbara Washington poses with Paseo senior Mona Ingersoll-Quershi at the statehouse on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Mona's digital portrait, 'Mona's Beauty,' was chosen to represent District 9 in the Senate Student Arts Exhibit. Her artwork will be on display in Jefferson City until 2023.

 

KCPS student Mona Ingersoll-Quershi is one step closer to her dream of becoming an animator after receiving statewide recognition on Show Me Arts Advocacy Day.

Her artwork, a low poly portrait entitled “Mona’s Beauty,” was selected by Missouri Sen. Barbara Washington to be displayed at the statehouse until 2023.

“Low poly” is a style of computer-generated art often used in video games. Bold colors and simple, geometric shapes give objects a three-dimensional (3D) appearance.

“It is a piece about having to mask the effects of stress, anxiety and ADD,” Mona said. “Even though someone may look perfectly fine on the outside, that doesn't make what they are going through on the inside any less real.”

Sharon Mitchell teaches Mona’s Graphic Design class at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts.

“She is like a sponge when it comes to learning new concepts on the computer,” Ms. Mitchell said. “When someone loves working on digital art as much as she does, it makes my job easy.”

Teacher Amanda Phipps said Mona serves not just as an inspiration to her classmates but to her teachers as well.

“In my years of teaching, I have never encountered a more creative and driven student-artist,” Ms. Phipps said.

Mona plans to study animation next year. She has been accepted at six colleges and is currently deciding between the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. KCPS is so proud of you, Mona!

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