Click through to take a virtual tour. Hartman Elementary is a PK-6th grade neighborhood school and is a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Students walk to school or are bussed in from the surrounding neighborhood. Neighborhood boundaries determine who can attend Hartman.
Dr. Jessie Kirksey is principal of Hartman Elementary. Dr. Kirksey has been an educator in KCPS for more than 50 years. She says her students call her “Dr. K’ and she has high expectations for all of them.
When students arrive each day, they are greeted by Ms. Wright (featured left) in the front office.
As a part of Kansas City Public Schools, students at Hartman are expected to wear a uniform daily. This includes khaki or navy bottoms with white, black, red, or navy tops. Students who live more than half a mile from the school can choose to be bussed or dropped off by parents.
Students and staff at Hartman use the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) system for discipline and have just three rules: Be Responsible. Be Respectful. Be Safe. These are posted throughout the building to remind students of what is expected from them in the hallway, in class, and other spaces.
In class, students hang their bookbags and coats on hooks assigned to them by teachers.
Teachers at Hartman are committed to making learning fun. In gym class, these students are playing a dance game as one of their activity rotations.
While these students are trying out stilts, tricycles, basketball, and jump ropes for their choice activities in gym. Students go to physical education once each week.
In the Pre-K classroom, students have realistic play areas that help to build their social skills while they have fun.
On this day in the Pre-K classroom, students and families celebrate students’ promotion to kindergarten. The table decorated with student and family photos. Families come and watch children perform and engage in the fun too!
Pre-K students perform a song for their families and staff at their promotion ceremony.
Parents line up to go have cake and punch with their pre-K students after their performance. Parents are heavily involved at Hartman. Many had Dr. Kirksey as their principal when they were children and wanted their own children to have the same experience. Dr. Kirksey involves parents in setting a vision for student learning every year.
Parents aren’t the only ones who give their extra time at Hartman. Here is the art teacher Mr. McKenna. He drew these portraits of famous African Americans himself as a way to provide an additional source of inspiration to his students. He even did one of Dr. Kirksey. It is in the bottom right corner of the bulletin board. Students go to Mr. McKenna’s class once each week.
This volunteer runs the GEMS at Hartman. It is an after school program that teaches social skills, conflict resolution, and healthy habits to girls in grades 1-6. Volunteers also provide trauma, violence prevention, and counseling services for students and families that need it.
Outside, volunteers from Community Christian Church help to maintain this garden. Students also plant flowers and use the garden as an occasional learning tool in Science class.
Community volunteers also built and help to maintain this outdoor learning space dedicated to Dr. Kirksey.
Whole group instruction is common practice at Hartman. These first graders sit quietly while their teacher does a language lesson.
In lower elementary classrooms, students work in table groups with shared supplies.
Teachers in all grades have classroom libraries with books organized by reading level.
In this kindergarten class, students sit as a group while their teacher reads one of their favorite books.
These fifth grade students get help from their teacher with a class project. Each student at Hartman has access to technology. Their computers are kept at school and used when they need them.
These sixth grade students work independently in small groups to complete an assignment.
Students at Hartman Elementary have computer class as one of their electives. They go once each week to practice keyboarding and other computer skills.
Students and staff gather in the auditorium for special assemblies. On this day, the Pre-K class was doing its end of the year performance. Their parents and teachers are in the audience.
In the school library, students have a variety of seating options to choose from including tall tables like these. Classes go the library each week.
Student work is featured in every hallway. Here is a bulletin board documenting what lower elementary students learned about plant growth during their science class.
Teachers at Hartman work to make student learning visible and celebrate their successes. This bulletin board shows exemplary third grade work with multiplication.
When it is time to play outside students have a lot of room to run. This playground is open to all grade levels.
Students also have a large green space bordering the playground where they can play games.
Hartman students have this courtyard built into the school where they can take a break during the day as well.
As a part of Kansas City Public Schools, breakfast and lunch are free of charge to every student at Hartman Elementary.
Daily Before and After School care are provided by LINC free of charge to students at Hartman.