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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 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.

KCPS Taps Trio As Terrific Teammates

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following staff members as Terrific Teammates during a School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Honors Six Students As Scholar Superstars

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following students as Scholar Superstars during a virtual School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 10.

KCPS Seeking Feedback from Families with Thoughtexchange

We want to stay connected and hear your questions and ideas about how we should move forward during this pandemic and in this educational landscape. With that in mind, we're asking KCPS families for five minutes today and another five minutes tomorrow to help us plan for the future. Please join our “Thoughtexchange” today to share your thoughts and questions.

Pivot International Donates 7,000 Shields to KCPS

Pivot International, a Lenexa, KS-based global leader in product design, development, and manufacturing, has partnered with Kansas City Public Schools to enhance maximal protection for students and staff with a gift of 7,000 safety shields.

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

The Kansas City Public Schools IT support team is changing their hours of operation for walk-in support to 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at the BOE building, which is located at 2901 Troost Ave. in Kansas City, MO.

KCPS Taps Trio As Terrific Teammates

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The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following staff members as Terrific Teammates during a School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

Kristen Dua 

Kristen Dua is a Trauma Sensitive School Clinician at Success Academy at Anderson. 

Ms. Dua takes such good care of all the Success Academy at Anderson students. She helps them with things like getting logged into class, issues with their peers and families, or finding food for their families.  

Ms. Dua is also innovative. She started a newsletter called "Community Cares & Shares."  It includes valuable information about resources for families in Kansas City. She started a series of professional development events entitled “Resilient School Series.” It focuses on trauma and how to help students and teachers have wraparound support for those who have gone through trauma or who are exposed second-hand. 

Ms. Dua takes care of her Anderson teammates, too. Many staff members call her if they need help with school or home issues. She is like a warm hug!  She is empathetic, but she can also help come up with ways to make things better. She pushes the staff to check-in and be authentic, and this helps the staff be more like a family. 

“She treats each student with the utmost respect and heartfelt love. She goes to bat for them, and the students trust her and what she tells them.”

Terrific Teammates Nomination

Tina Duvall 

Tina Duvall teaches fourth grade for the Kansas City Virtual Academy. 

Ms. Duvall is always willing to share anything and she works very hard to make sure her students are successful. She also tries to make it fun for her students to learn new skills. For instance, she taught her students how to create virtual pets, which gives them practice at copying and pasting, drag and drop, and resizing images. 

“She is always willing to hop on a Teams meeting to help her teammates with a problem.”

Terrific Teammates Nomination

Bethanie Pagel

Bethanie Pagel teaches third grade at Primitivo Garcia Elementary School. 

This is Ms. Pagel's first year in the district and second year teaching overall. However, the level of support she has shown her students is unprecedented. Ms. Pagel has done home visits with all her students where she has given them supplies, snacks and more from her own wallet. She has mailed student prizes to keep their morale up and she has kept in constant communication with families.  

“The level of dedication Ms. Pagel has shown her students at such an early point in her career has been truly inspiring.”

Terrific Teammates Nomination