Click through to take a virtual tour. King Elementary is a K-6 neighborhood elementary school and is a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Students at King live in the area immediately surrounding the school. Many walk to school but students that live more than a half mile away are bussed in daily.
Dr. Jarius Jones became principal at King Elementary in 2017 and he believes that all students can be leaders. He tries to incorporate that leadership focus into every aspect of daily life at King.
Staff at King Elementary work hard to build relationships with every student. Here, students (and a parent) are in the front office signing out for the day and talking with Ms. Alder the school secretary.
Students at King use Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) to guide their behavior. This model highlights and praises what students are doing well and gives them clear guidelines for behavior across the building. They have pared it down to Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be a Leader.
Students and teachers at King Elementary have taken the traditional PBIS matrix a step further and created the King Eagle Pledge which encompasses the same values and is posted in the stairway as a reminder to students and visitors.
That pledge is taken seriously in every part of the school day at King Elementary. Here these 2nd grade students are showing they are safe, respectful, and responsible during hallway transition.
These 4th grade students are doing the same on their transition from specials (like art, music, etc.) back to class.
In class, these 5th grade students are working on an all school presentation with their teacher. They are narrowing down their options and presentation format.
Community volunteers are a part of life at King Elementary. The Kansas City Chiefs helped to sponsor this reading room where volunteers from Lead to Read KC come and read with children once each week for 30 minutes. King Elementary also has partnerships with Samaritans Feet (shoes for students), Score One for Health (sports screenings), and Hope Dental (dental care).
Even students see volunteers as a needed part of their school community. They made this banner for a first grade volunteer from the Foster Grandparent program who has grown close to teachers and students in the building.
Students display their work in the hallway for visitors, peers, and as a show of pride. Here, first grade students created shape characters and described them using math vocabulary.
In classrooms, book corners like this one are common for students who would like to spend time with a book of their choice. They are one of the ways students at King Elementary have flexible seating and group work space.
Students are also grouped by teachers and work together in their table groups to complete some of their in class assignments. Here, students have their bookbags hanging on the back of their chairs in preparation for the end of the day.
In this 2nd grade classroom, leadership looks like these students working with their teacher to classify books and reorganize their classroom library. They get to practice their listening skills and create a library that helps develop reading fluency.
These two took a break to read favorite books but they are still leading...
...because they are sticking to the classroom contract they signed.
These third grade students are taking notes on a science experiment they want to do with their teacher later.
In Science Class, these 6th grade students talk with their teacher about the work they are doing on their district provided Science program. All students have a computer or tablet at King. They are used to help with projects, reading and math support, and for classes like science with specialized programs.
Students have worked on learning about layers of the earth, cell function, and other concepts this year in class.
In music class, these first grade students sing along with their teacher. In addition to music, students at King Elementary also go to computer lab, PE, library, and art weekly.
In PE, these kindergarten students practice being a leader (or playing with friends) while they wait for their teacher to finish calling roll.
At lunch, students can sit with friends and chat. These students received ice cream cones at lunch as a special treat for adhering to uniform policy and demonstrating leadership traits. Students at King all wear khaki pants and navy blue or white tops. As a part of Kansas City Public Schools, students all get free breakfast and lunch daily at school.
Students also have vending machines with healthy food options that they can use after school. As with all Kansas City Public Schools, Before and After School care are provided without charge to every student at King Elementary.
Outside, students have a fenced in playground to use during recess.
Kids also have a black top where they can run relay races like the fourth graders shown here.
Outside of the playground but still fenced in from the neighborhood is a large green space where students can run and play.
King Elementary has a nurse, school counselor, and school psychologist on staff to support students and families.
Beginning in Kindergarten, each student gets a locker to store their personal items. This is one more way to make them feel like a welcome and responsible member of the King Elementary community.
Dr. Jones makes a personal connection with each and every student.