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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.

A banner showing smiling children with the words "Enroll now for fall!"

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 Students Shine in First Fine Arts Showcase

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

KCPS orchestra students perform at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Check out our Facebook page for more photos!
 

It was all Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier could do to keep from tearing up when she spoke at last week's KCPS Fine Arts Showcase.

"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 Dr. Collier, a classically trained vocalist.

Middle and high school students from across the district participated in the 2022 KCPS Fine Arts Showcase, which was held Thursday, April 28, at the Scottish Rite auditorium. The evening began with an art show.

“Art is a representation of people showing their emotions and how they feel and what they go through,” said Ja’lyn Jones, a freshman at Central High School whose artwork was on exhibit. “I like all aspects of art and acrylics.”

Basimise Fabrice, East High School, with his portrait of Nelson Mandela at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28,

Basimise Fabrice, East High School, with his portrait of Nelson Mandela at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Basimise Fabrice, a sophomore at East High School, won first place among all high school artists. He had several pieces in the exhibit, including a meticulously painted portrait of Nelson Mandela.

“To draw this, I used a grid. It took five days to paint on it,” Basimise said. “I believe art is a talent I was born with.”

Inside the auditorium, KCPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell sat in the front row, awestruck. Again and again, the crowd rose to give the students standing ovations.

“This is what we have to do as a community through Blueprint 2030,” Dr. Bedell said. “Our students are capable of anything if they have the resources they need to succeed.”

Blueprint 2030 is the district’s future planning process. Already, students and families have told KCPS they want art and music education starting in kindergarten.

“Our students deserve opportunities to learn how to play instruments, to perform, to learn languages, to explore a variety of fine and performing arts,” Dr. Collier said.

“They won’t just be observers or consumers. They will be center stage.”