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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

Seal of Biliteracy

Through increasing technology, the world is becoming smaller and the increase of bilingual skills are on the rise for professionals in the workplace. A Seal of Biliteracy and the Pathway awards encourage students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain and help build a positive culture of diversity within the school setting.

Students who participate can earn up to 14 college credit hours at a variety of Missouri-based universities. In addition, students with the Seal of Biliteracy do not only have the gift of a second language, but the skills they develop as part of the program are also attractive to future employers.

 

About the Seal of Biliteracy

The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is granted by KCPS to recognize students who demonstrate proficiency in English and one or more other world language before high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes a part of the high school transcript for these students and serves to certify attainment of biliteracy for the community, employers and universities. This recognition is ideal for:

  • Native English speakers studying a foreign language
  • English language learners acquiring English and maintaining their native language

The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is recognized and endorsed by a number of colleges, universities and businesses, including Missouri State University, Truman State University and Mastercard. Seal-holders will have opportunities to earn college credit and career development thanks to this recognition. The award becomes part of the student’s transcript:

  • Beneficial when applying to certain Missouri universities
  • Beneficial when applying for jobs at certain Missouri businesses

 

Benefits

  • College credit
  • Values diversity
  • Encourages the study of a second language and culture
  • Recognize, promote, and praise students for their accomplishment
  • Provide employers with a means of identifying bilingual employees
  • Provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants
  • Prepare students with 21st-century skills that will benefit them in a global economy and society
  • Strengthen relationships and honor the cultures and languages in a community

Download the flyer here.

 

Seal of Biliteracy Documentation

Student application

Social-Cultural Competency Essay

Volunteer Hours Tracker

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