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A group dressed in coats cuts a blue ribbon in front of a memorial for Thacher School.

Kansas City Public Schools honored a commitment to the Northeast community, dedicating a memorial at the site of the former Thacher School, 5008 Independence Ave.

Student artwork from the Lincoln Middle School exhibition

Students in Harold Smith's art class hosted an art exhibit at Lincoln Middle School last week, drawing on works in "Testimony: African American Artists Collective."

The student showcase, called "Our Testimony," explores the emotions, memories and values of the Lincoln Middle School artists, said eighth grader Gabriella Morris.

Watch the Blueprint 2030 video on YouTube.

If you were unable to participate in a Blueprint 2030 community conversation in October, there's still time to take the priority survey. From here, we’ll keep you updated on more dates and details around future opportunities for feedback this winter and into the spring.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11. As we have throughout the pandemic, KCPS is working with Children’s Mercy Hospital and the the Kansas City Health Department to get our families the most accurate COVID-19 information

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.

KCPS Student-Artists Celebrate Equity, Inclusion

A colorful graphic shows 4 students displaying their artwork at a school board meeting

Clockwise, from top left: Adam Hergins, third grade, Carver Dual Language School; Vance Minor, fifth grade, Gladstone Elementary; Guadalupe Pacheco Ornelas, junior, Northeast High School; and Valencia Aranda, seventh grade, Foreign Language Academy.


Congratulations to the winners of the KCPS Department of Equity, Inclusion & Innovation Hispanic Heritage Month art contest! Throughout September and October, KCPS students were asked to reflect on the theme "Si se puede!" which means "Yes I can!" In addition to making art, students learned about the positive contributions of Latinos to society and celebrated Hispanic culture.

The four winners of the "Si se puede!" art competition were recognized by the KCPS Board of Directors last month. Here's what they had to say about their art.


Carver Dual Language School

“My inspiration was my school because it is a dual language school.”


Gladstone Elementary

“I’ve grown up in a very diverse community my entire life. My very best friends are from other parts of the world.”


Foreign Language Academy

“My inspiration for creating my painting was the word ‘strength’ and being a Latina woman in society. I used symbols that mean strength in different cultures.”


Northeast High School

“My parents didn’t get as many opportunities as I did growing up. They worked hard for me. I’m going to be the first in my family to graduate because of what they did for me, and I’m really grateful for that.” 


The student-artists also received $100 gift cards. Thank you, Adam, Vance, Valencia and Guadalupe, for sharing your art with us!

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