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Congratulations to Dr. Jimmie Bullard, Bridgette Crutchfield and Romanda Franklin-Hamilton! These principals were recognized as Outstanding Administrators at the June 8, 2022, KCPS Board of Directors meeting.

Lincoln Prep Debaters Compete Nationally

Nadia Richard finished as a semi-finalist in Student Congress at the NCFL Grand National Tournament. Sophia Herrera is the reigning back-to-back Debate Kansas City Congressional Champion.

Three women who are nurses wearing black shirts that say "making a difference' with the KCPS logo.

KCPS rolled out the red carpet for National Nurses Week, clapping and cheering for our school nurses as they arrived at the Board of Education for their appreciation lunch.

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.

Middle College Gets Grad Bre'Onna McBride Back on Track

A young woman in a graduation robe stands on stage giving a commencement speech.

Bre'Onna McBride was one of 35 Middle College students to graduate on Monday, May 16, 2022. The ceremony was held at Manual Career and Technical Center.

One mistake left Bre’Onna McBride unsure she’d graduate from high school.

“Until ninth grade, I was a good kid whose parents were proud of her,” Bre’Onna said. “That year, I was the victim of online bullying. I retaliated. I wish I hadn’t.”

Bre’Onna says she ended up bouncing around after that, attending three high schools. With each move, she fell further behind.

“I felt like my old school district had given up on me,” Bre’Onna said. “The odds are against kids like us. We don’t graduate from high school, we don’t go to college, we don’t ever work in our fields of interest. But thanks to Middle College, I am now a high school graduate.”

See more Middle College graduation photos on Flickr.

Since 2018, 297 KCPS students have earned their high school diplomas through the Middle College program. It’s a partnership between KCPS, Metropolitan Community College and the Full Employment Council that allows students who’ve dropped out to study in a supportive environment on the MCC-Penn Valley campus. Students can earn credits toward their diploma or prepare for the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test).

Students who complete their high school coursework or pass the HiSET can then enroll in MCC-Penn Valley for a 2-year degree program or attend a technical school tuition-free.

“Oh, what a night. I always need tissues when I hear the graduates’ stories,” tweeted MCC-Penn Valley President Dr. Tyjaun A. Lee after this spring’s commencement ceremony.

For her part, Bre’Onna is currently an intern with the KC Pet Project. Her favorite part of the job is running education programs for scout troops and other youth groups, and she has a scholarship to study veterinary science.

Congratulations to Bre’Onna and our other 2022 Middle College graduates! We are so proud of you!