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Arrival & Dismissal

Please work with our faculty and administration in ensuring your child's safety during arrival to school and dismissal from school. Here are some things you need to know:
  • No student should be arriving at school before 8:20 a.m. There are no staff members to provide supervision before 8:20 a.m. However, our LINC staff is available to supervise students who are in the LINC program. LINC students may arrive as early as 7:00 a.m.
  • Dismissal is at 4:15 p.m. All students who are walking or being picked up by parents will be dismissed from the gym. Parents are asked to meet students at the gym and not in the main hallway. For safety and security purposes, the main hallway door will be locked at dismissal time.
  • In order to support our teachers in closing out their day with students effectively, we are asking parents that need to pick up students early to arrive before 3:45 p.m. Our dismissal process begins at 4:10 and we will need all students who have not been retrieved early to remain with their teachers from 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. This helps us maintain order at dismissal time. 

Emoni Emoni

"D.A.R.E. was fun! At times it got hard to concentrate because of all the facts. I really liked D.A.R.E. because it taught me how drugs can affect our lives."


In 20 years I will be a veterinarian. The definition of a veterinarian is; a person specially trained or qualified to help animals. I will attend McHenry County College. I chose this college because it’ll help me pursue my dream as a veterinarian. As a veterinarian, I would get $91,575.99 annually.

This job will help me because I can be able to support and provide for my family. I can help my family because they’ll have clothes to wear, food to eat and a house to sleep and live in. I’ll help society because I will be able to make sure animals are healthy and happy, so their population can grow.

I’ve learned a lot from DARE like how to say NO to drugs. I know alcohol slows the brain and central nervous system. Marijuana users usually have an increased risk of cancer. One important thing I learned was; to resist drugs and to say NO to drugs. Over 300,000 people die from second-hand smoke. It can help me because I know to stay away from drugs and how to save my body from drugs.

I pledge to go to college and plan to stay tobacco, alcohol, and drug-free. I plan to stay drug-free by; being careful of who and what I’m around. It’s important because I need to keep my body healthy and finish my dream.


Mrs. Durant (Classroom teacher)
Tahlia Tahlia
"D.A.R.E. was a good program to me. I learned that drugs can kill you and mess with your mind. Drugs can make you do lots of stupid and dumb things."

In 20 years my career choice will be teaching Pre-K. The definition of teaching is a person who teaches especially in school or college. I want to go to KU. I chose this occupation because I like working with children. A teacher makes 29,857 the first year.

This occupation would help me to be better in other’s lives. It would help me because if I had kids I would be able to provide for them so that they could have a good future. A lot of children in society, do not have good or positive role models in their lives so I plan on helping them.

I learned that tobacco has 200 known poisons. Marijuana is illegal in the U.S. and it cause lung cancer. Alcohol can give you liver disease and it is harmful to organs. I learned if I want to become successful I will not put harmful chemicals in my body. I will achieve my goal by studying and working hard.

I pledge to stay in school and stay focused. I plan to stay alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free. I plan to stay alcohol and drug-free for a lifetime by not associating with people who do those things. It is important because I want to live an everlasting life.


Chiefs 3 A trip to the Kansas City Chief’s Stadium

The first highway we traveled was 435 highway to get to Arrowhead Stadium. We went south then east on I-70 highway. On our journey to the Chief’s stadium we learned that the Chiefs have won 9 games out of 9 games this year. When we got there we had to stand until the people that were giving us a tour arrived. We went to the sports lab first and watched a short movie about how to stay in shape and what we would be doing in the sports lab. We learned some facts about the Chief’s history. For example, the founder of the Chiefs was Lamar Hunt. He invented the Super Bowl. He got the idea from one of his son’s toys. The Chief’s won the very first Super Bowl. We then took a tour around the football field. The tour guide told us that the red seats were very high and scary to be up there sometimes. He asked us not to step on the logo, because it was bad luck. We took a tour of the locker room too. There were 53 lockers and the player’s numbers and their names were on the lockers. We saw a gift shop and the prices were really high. We were like, “Wow”! We had a great time on our trip.

Ananda W. and Calvin S.

PP train The Pumpkin Patch

The Bulldog Pack went to the Pumpkin Patch in Garner, Kansas. When we first got to the Pumpkin Patch a man showed us the pumpkin cannon shooter, where he shot the pumpkins into the lake, over the lake, or splattered on the ground. On the field trip we were able to stick our heads through a board and take pictures. We went through a haunted house where there were funny mirrors that made you tall and skinny and the other made you look short and fat. The scary part was when the vampire popped out and his eyes turned red. We spent time on the horse swings in the barn. We climbed the Humpty Dumpty wall. There were popcorn seeds in the sandbox. We had fun jumping on the trampoline and we rode the barrel train pulled by a tractor. On the zip line you had to run and hold up your feet to go across. Near the playground there was a bowling alley with pumpkins and two mazes. One group of classes went through the mazes. Near the end we went out to the pumpkin field and picked pumpkins. We put the pumpkins in wagons and pulled them to the bus. After we got on the bus we bagged the pumpkins to bring them home.

NaKiyah Hill and Luvenia Wedlow
Bulldog Pack Field Trip
Deanna Rose

The Bulldog Pack went to the Deanna Rose Farmlands for a field trip. Teachers, a parent and LINC staff persons along with the Bulldog Pack were split into groups for a scavenger hunt for boxes at Ben’s Bank, the Dairy Barn, the General Store, and the Schoolhouse. We also observed Deanna Rose Farmland’s wildlife. We had to walk around the grounds in order to find the boxes. While we were doing the scavenger hunt, we saw different kinds of animals. We saw goats, rams, fish, pigs, turkeys, chickens, cows, prairie dogs, horses, a bald eagle, an owl, a horned-owl, peacocks, and bobcats. The places that we saw were a mining area, a teepee hut, a fairy garden, a dance studio, a pond, a pig pen, and a baby goat petting area. After we finished the scavenger hunt and exploring the Deonna Rose Farmlands, we went to Ben’s Bank to receive our prizes. When we got back from the Deonna Rose Farmlands we ate lunch and that ended our exciting field trip.

By: Devin S.  


Food & Coat Giveaway!

In this season of giving LINC Coordinator Ms. N. Oliver and her LINC staff of elves, led secondly by Mrs. Cruise sponsored a food and coat drive for the Christmas holidays.    The Christmas Food Baskets were fattened with turkeys, canned goods, stuffing mixes, and numerous non-perishable food items.  Additionally, families were given new and slightly used coats, hats, gloves, and scarfs to bundle up for the cold weather.  Families were identified and notified of the Christmas treat and required to come to Benjamin Banneker and pick up their Christmas treats.



MUFFUNS Mom's were invited to come and visit their children in their classrooms and to spend some time with Dr. Baxter (principal). The day started with a social hour, where they enjoyed coffee and muffins. They then received a quick presentation from Dr. Baxter. Items presented were the role of our moms today and sometimes the grandmoms, and how they can help their child(ren) to be successful in school. READING is the single most important thing you can do with your children that will greatly effect his or her academic success. Mom's visited classrooms and were given a small gift......MOM'S RULE!

 Ms Oliver The program began with a welcome from Mrs. Oliver, followed by The Pledge of Allegiance, the School Pledge and anthems led by the Benjamin Banneker Choir, under the direction of our music teacher, Ms. Heironomus. On program with the choir were solos, original raps, poetry recitations, and early childhood dance routines performed by LINC students.
Numerous door prizes were awarded ranging from gift cards to edible arrangements. The Kansas City Public Library was represented with free book distributions. Arts and crafts were displayed and were also for sale. A special presentation was made by our Nurse, Ms. Mitchell, regarding breast cancer. Participants were requested to sign the breast cancer poster. At the conclusion of the program, light refreshments were served. A generous “Thank You” to our LINC Coordinator, Mrs. Oliver, LINC Staff, other participants and students for an informative and fun night.
LINC, under the supervision of Mrs. N. Oliver, sponsored another great program, “Lights On, Banneker's Got Talent” at Benjamin Banneker. It was a night to remember with approximately 250 parents, students, community persons, and staff in attendance.
9-11 Pic Patriots Day on September 11th was remembered by the Benjamin Banneker school body with a premier performance by the Benjamin Banneker Ensemble.  A portion of the program consisted of pledges led and introduced by ensemble members and patriotic songs performed by the ensemble.  The ensemble led by Mrs. Heironimus, music teacher, and sponsored by Mrs. Graham, sixth-grade teacher assisted the student body in recalling the events on that fateful day with film excerpts of the events in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. 
Prior to the assembly, which was attended by parents also, the teachers prepared lessons for the students reminding them of the purpose of Patriot's Day. 
Benjamin Banneker’s Ensemble was conceived by Mrs. N. Oliver, LINC Coordinator, as a community outreach program. The ensemble is beginning its second year of performing.  The group will present its Patriot’s Day performance again on September 25th at the Cleveland Ridge Nursing facility, earmarking its second year performing for the residents.
To see our Patriot's 9-11 photo album, go to the "Our School" tab - Click Banneker's Photo Gallery 
Grandparents pic  What a wonderful gathering of grandparents at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School on Grandparent’s Day. Their day started out in the resource center where they heard the morning announcements as they enjoyed a continental breakfast. Following the breakfast, grandparents visited the classrooms to see all the exciting lessons and activities that were taking place. They then returned to the resource center where Dr. Baxter shared a PowerPoint presentation informing them about what’s happening at Banneker Elementary School. Prior to departing, all grandparents posed for a group picture with Dr. Baxter and former Benjamin Banneker Principal, Mr. Anthony Lewis.
Dr. Baxter stated that she was very excited and thoroughly enjoyed the 45 plus grandparents that responded to the call for Grandparent’s Day. We would like for all of our grandparents to know how much you are appreciated. Thank you again for your support.

To see the complete Grandparent's Day photo album, go to the "Our School " tab - click on Banneker's Photo Gallery.
 Grade A Food Excellence Award
Manning Food Award Congratulations to Ms. Manning and her team upon receiving the "Grade A Food Excellence Award". This award was presented to her on Monday, January 28, 2013, by Andrea Flowers, Public Health Specialist.
This award is designed to recognize those facilities that take the initiative to go above and beyond health code requirements to excel in sanitation and food safety. The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department recognizes that excellence is most fully achieved when the food service management fully endorses employee education and training. It is awarded to those operations that have exhibited excellence in sanitation and food safety as well as evidence of successful employee education. Again we say congratulations for your accomplishments and keeping our cafeteria in tip top condition.
Congratulations Mrs. Wahome!
Wahome This has been an amazing journey for me. I finally accomplished my goal. Being a full-time mother, wife, teacher, and student has challenged me in many ways. I have become a stronger woman knowing that whatever you set your mind to you will achieve. Stay away from the negative people or thoughts from others on what you want to accomplish in your life. Stay focused and just know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, even if it feels like you will never succeed. Keep a positive attitude and you will succeed. Never give up. Nothing in life comes easy. Its all about what you put in to make it happen. I am just so proud that I can say I am the first in my family to receive a Masters Degree!!!
First Grade & Rosa Parks
The student's in Mrs. Wahome's first-grade class learned about the accomplishments of Rosa Parks. The students reviewed important dates of her life and created a timeline of her greatest accomplishments starting from her birth. Students are now able to explain the boycott and its purpose. They wrote their information inside of a tablet shaped like a bus and colored the outside. They displayed their finished projects outside their classroom for others to see.
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Show Me Techknowledge Day!
Sixth-grade students from Banneker presented their technology projects at the annual "Show Me Techknowledge Day", at the Capital in Jefferson City, MO. Read the students stories below.
Autumn Tech pic Autumn

It all started when I got up around 1:00 a.m. It was early in the morning, but I had to get ready for the trip. I got my clothes ready, and then I went to wake my mother to tell her that we have to be there at 4:30 a.m. to catch the bus.

When we got there Mrs. Stringfield gave Bryant and I a bag that had our laptops, a bottle of water and our Banneker shirts. A few minutes went by and the bus arrived. We were off to the capital. We rode for about an hour and a half.

When the sun came up we stopped at McDonald’s for breakfast. After breakfast, we all got back on the bus kept going for another hour to get to Jefferson City. I started to take a lot of pictures of anything that looked good.

We started to show our projects to different people. Then two people came up to me and I asked them if they would like to see my project. They said that they would love to. They watched it, and then they asked me a lot of questions. I told them what I did to create my project. They liked my project then left. We showed our projects to senators, representatives and other schools. After our presentation, we went on a tour around the capital. Our tour included going all the way to the top and outside around the dome. We had to walk more than 200 steps. After the tour it was time to go. We got on the bus and started home. We stopped at Golden Corral for dinner. Dinner was great. We got back home at about 6:00 p.m.

It was a great day. It was so fun!

Bryant My name is Bryant and I went on a technology trip to Jefferson City. I woke up on an early Wednesday morning at 3:45 am. I was at my grandma’s house and I got dressed there. We walked outside to the car. We got in and we were on our way to the technology center. When I got to the technology center there were only two cars there and I was kind of worried that no one would show up. I waited about fifteen minutes and my computer teacher, Mrs. Stringfield arrived. When we got on the bus it was about twenty adults and children on there.

It took us about 2 hours just to get to Sedalia, Mo. That’s when we stopped to get breakfast. We ate at McDonald’s, then back on the road we go. It took us about one hour to get to Jefferson City. It was a long drive, but it was worth it. We finally got there. I had my phone and a camera so I was taking lots of pictures. When we got to the state capital, we got off the bus and I took a picture of the outside. We entered, it was so amazing! I saw lots of magnificent things. When I first walked in I saw a huge glass right over me. I walked up about 45 steps. I set up my computer and pulled my project up so people or other students could come by to see what Benjamin Banneker 6th grade students are doing. I then start to walk over and shake hands with people and tell them my name and ask them if they would be willing to come see my project. I tell them, “My project is about Digital Security and it’s telling you how to have an awesome computer and no viruses. Would you like to take a look?” and they all responded, “Yes, I would”. Each and every one of them told me they were proud of me and they just learned something new. “I am proud of myself.” Around 11:00 a.m. I was feeling kind of hungry, because I hadn’t eaten since about around 6:00 a.m. I grabbed a bottled water and a snack, thinking “That should hold me off until lunch.” An assistant came up to me and asked “May I see your project?” and I stated, “Yes you may.” Later he took us on a tour of the capital. We walked around looking at things important to the state capital. We saw a statue of a clown. It was amazing when you looked at the clown it looked like it’s all dull and everything. But when you take a picture of it, in the picture around the face area you see white and that’s how his face was painted when you would see him as a clown. Then we walked up about 220 steps just to get to the top of the dome. When we got to the top, it’s was a beautiful site. I took about 12 pictures of the buildings. Ms. Stringfield took a lot of pictures of Autumn and I. When we finished taking pictures, we all went back downstairs. “Trust me I was tired”, but it was worth all of it. We were headed back to get on the bus. Ms. Stringfield took more pictures of Autumn and I. Everyone got back on the bus around 2:45. It takes us two hours to get back in Sedalia. We stopped in Sedalia and ate dinner at the Golden Corral. I enjoyed dinner. After dinner it took us about an hour and a half to get back to the technology center. We arrived at the technology center at about 6:00 p.m. where my grandmother picked me up and we went home. “Today was a good day. I loved it! I wish I could do it one more time. It was awesome."

February Dot Org Award Winner!
Banneker Web Badge Banneker Elementary won the Merit Award! The school earned the second highest score in the competition. They also were noted for placing great news stories:

Jayla says, "Science Is Fun!"
Mrs. Graham's 6th grade class completed their science projects creating animal and plant cell models.
Congratulations Mrs. Wahome!
1st grade teacher here at Banneker Elementary has received her Master's Degree.
Grade A Food Excellence Award
Congratulations to Ms. Manning and her team upon receiving the "Grade A Food Excellence Award"

This is Banneker’s second Merit Award. It was recognized in November for outstanding use of its website calendar.

Congratulations to both schools! Go KCPS!