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Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Morgan McPartland teacher of Carver

May 4-8, 2020, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Everything we do in Kansas City Public Schools revolves around the relationships between our teachers and our students. I want to express my gratitude for the work our teachers do every day.

Francisco Nunez in Mexico

Francisco is one of those resilient students. COVID-19 is just the latest in a series of rocks that Francisco has pushed aside on the road to achieving his goals, including immigrating from Mexico and working two jobs to help support his mother and siblings. Every challenge only makes him stronger and smarter, better equipped to handle the next thing life throws at him.

On the Road Board Meeting

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors (School Board) is seeking public feedback on the school system’s proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year (FY21).

An overview of the proposed budget will be presented to the School Board by KCPS Chief Financial and Operations Officer Linda Quinley and her team during a public meeting on May 13. That hearing will also be an opportunity for members of the public to comment on the budget.

Student Doing School Work

We are all experiencing extraordinary times right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the greatest upset in our world since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It has impacted nearly every part of our lives. Many of us feel fearful, lost and isolated.

But as a father, neighbor and Superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools, I know that we have the opportunity to transform this current crisis into a bridge to a bright future.

2020 Federal Reserve Bank Student Board of Directors

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City honored the members of its 2019-2020 Student Board of Directors during a virtual celebration Wednesday, April 15.

Every fall, bank leaders select a group of about two dozen seniors from Kansas City Public Schools and Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools to serve on the Student Board of Directors. This year’s KCPS cohort included 10 students from East High School and two from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy. During one academic year, the students meet at least once a month for mentorship and hands-on lessons about business, finance and public service.

Hale Cook Elementary

Hale Cook Elementary Logo in Red

About Hale Cook Elementary

After a grassroots effort by The Friends of Hale Cook, KCPS reopened the Hale Cook Elementary in 2014, born out of a desire to revitalize a historic building and offer quality education. With experienced educators, low staff turnover and an honest desire to see every child grow and learn, we offer families the opportunity to send their children to a quality school without waitlists or lotteries. p

Hale Cook School Buidling

7302 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64114
(816) 418-1600
Twitter: @KCPS_HaleCook

School Hours:
8:20AM - 3:20PM


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Spanish Club
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