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20Mar 2021

What does it mean to be placed on a waitlist while applying to schools? 

By |March 20th, 2021|Categories: Kansas City, Schools|0 Comments

By: Leslie Kohlmeyer, Director of SchoolAppKC We first have to understand why waitlists are needed at all. Prior to charter schools being opened, the normal process for families and kids to apply to school would have all gone through the district. A family would have applied either to a “neighborhood school” or a “Signature or Magnet school.” Students are always guaranteed a seat at your neighborhood school, and for the Magnet or Signature programs, those students were taken on a first-come-first-served basis. There was no need for a waitlist or lotteries.  As charter schools came onto the scene in [...]

1Mar 2021

What Black History and Education Mean to Me

By |March 1st, 2021|Categories: Kansas City, Schools|0 Comments

By Dr. Jessie O. Kirksey, principal at Hartman Elementary Growing up in my beloved “5th Street Neighborhood” in Kansas City, Kansas, set the tone of a lifetime of commitment, resolution and hunger for learning. The support and expectations of my family, community, and church led me to become an outstanding scholar and graduate of the world-renowned Sumner High School, Kansas City, Kansas. Besides my Mom and Dad, I had many people in my village that were responsible for my desire to become the best educator that I could be. These outstanding individuals included Siporia Miller-Anderson, Principal of Dunbar Elementary School, [...]

8Feb 2021

It’s school application season! But why?

By |February 8th, 2021|Categories: Kansas City, Schools|0 Comments

By: Danielle Dispenza, SMKCS School Navigator When I was a kid, I just went to school. My address within a school district determined what schools I attended Kindergarten through 12 grade. These schools are oftentimes located close to where a student lives, determined by a neighborhood. This type of public school system can be referred to as “traditional” or a “feeder school system,” meaning that elementary schools feed into a middle school then high school creating a predetermined path for students to matriculate through Kindergarten to 12th grade.  A school choice landscape Within the Kansas City Public School boundaries [...]

1May 2020

Teacher Appreciation: Quarantine 2020 Edition

By |May 1st, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Kansas City, Schools|0 Comments

During Teacher Appreciation Week 2020, gratitude to teachers feel different than they ever have before. Not only have teachers completely shifted the way they teach and interact with their students, but parents have also stepped into the role of teacher.  In light of COVID-19, the duo-team of parents and teachers has been critical to continuing to educate students in Kansas City. This year, gratitude should not only be shared from parents to teachers but also vice-versa as education would not be able to continue without parents and teachers each playing a critical role.  While most traditional teacher appreciation gifts [...]

27Mar 2020

KCPS COVID-19 Response Update: Teaching and Learning Continues

By |March 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

To the Parent/Guardian, In Kansas City Public Schools, our goal is always to nourish our students’ bodies, minds and hearts. Even though our schools are closed, every member of Team KCPS remains on duty to help our scholars continue to learn and thrive. That team includes teachers, support staff, counselors, social workers, psychologists and school leaders. We want to update you about all the ways we’re preparing to ensure that teaching and learning continues throughout our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, this information will be added to our emergency response site: kcpublicschools.org/coronavirus. KCPS Learning Packets Our experts in [...]

23Mar 2020

KCPS Updates Statement March 23, 2020; Schools closed until April 24, 2020

By |March 23rd, 2020|Categories: COVID-19|0 Comments

Dear Parent/Guardian, Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve in order to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, families and neighbors. We have a number of important updates and reminders for you this evening. We appreciate your continued engagement with us during this time. As a reminder, visit kcpublicschools.org/coronavirus for all information and updates about our response. First Confirmed Case in Team KCPS  We learned recently that one of our employees has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. This is the first and, so far, only confirmed case among our approximately 2,400 staff members. The employee, whose name and position will remain confidential, is [...]