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Board of Education Hosts

Listening and Learning Sessions

KCKPS Launches New Digital Flyer Platform

Looking for Creative and Passional Professionals

KCKPS Celebrates National School

Resource Officer Day

Celebrate with US!

Business and Industry Leaders "Make a Difference in Students' Futures

Honoring Black History Month

Quindaro Elementary School

Rolling with Bicycles

National Act of Kindness

All-City Children’s Chorus Gear Up for Big Concert

Woman of the Year

A reflective and tearful Charlesetta Jackson recently sat on the set of Fox4 Studios in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Jackson was told on live television that she won the local station’s Woman of the Year Award.

Fox4 anchors Christel Bell and Kristen Holloway relayed the news to Jackson, who continuously wiped tears from her eyes.

Jackson was informed that she had been nominated for the honor, but it became official on Wednesday, March 29. The award is befitting of Jackson. 

For the past 12 years, she has been the Parent Liaison at New Chelsea Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas. Since arriving there, she’s been making a difference in the lives of hundreds of students, their parents, and the KCK community.

Jackson understands students in Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools need support and assistance, whether it’s food, clothing, or emotional support. She makes it her mission to help. “To whom much that is given, much is required,” said Jackson. 


KCKPS Hires New Athletic Director

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of Samuel Simmons Sr. as the new Athletic Director. Simmons will officially start his new role on July 1, 2023. 

He currently serves as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Park Hill South High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Simmons is a 1998 graduate of Schlagle High School in Kansas City, Kansas. 

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Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month during the month of March, Superintendent Dr. Anna Stubblefield stopped by Morse Early Childhood Center to read a book to a class joining in the national observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

Special Guests Take Part in Stubblefield's Monthly Student Advisory Council

Kansas City, Kansas Public School Superintendent Dr. Anna Stubblefield held her monthly Student Advisory Council meeting and welcomed several surprise guests. 


Special guests included Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson and State Board Member Melanie Haas. They stopped by the council meeting at Central Office on Wednesday, March 22. 


Dr. Stubblefield meets regularly with students from KCKPS high schools and Alfred Fairfax Academy to get their input on various topics that impact their school experience. 


Students shared their thoughts on the current classroom schedules and whether they supported learning during the day.

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Highlights Around the District

Claude Huyck Students Receive

Inspirational STEM Lesson

For Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, our students’ differences and diverse backgrounds are always something to celebrate. Earlier this week, several students at Claude Huyck Elementary got to dive deeper into Women’s History Month thanks to a partnership with a large company.

It’s a brand everyone has heard of and a large portion of the world utilizes. Amazon ships approximately 1.6 million packages a day. But on Wednesday, the company set its sights on a different task.

The Amazon Black Employee Network Affinity Group spent their morning at Claude Huyck Elementary school, reading to 50 fifth graders the book Black Women in Science by Dr. Kimberly Brown Pellum. This was an opportunity to feature a diverse and inspirational piece in recognition of Women’s History Month while discussing the opportunities available in STEM.

In addition to reading to our students, The Amazon Black Employee Network donated 12 copies of the book to Claude Huyck’s library. The group also donated 25 additional books about black women in science, 25 STEM educational kit classroom projects, and 120 plant greenhouse kits.

Although women are more involved in STEM careers than ever, it is still essential to start introducing young girls to what potential careers in the field could mean. Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools would like to thank the Amazon Black Employee Network for creating positive opportunities for our students.

KMBC-TV 9 Coverage

Carl B. Bruce Basketball

Team Goes Undefeated

Congratulations are in order for the Boys’ Basketball team at Carl B. Bruce Middle School after they went undefeated for the season.


The team, led by first-year coach, Terrance Flowers won all eight games this season.


Coach Flowers says it was the team’s relentless defense that helped propel them to every victory.


Flowers also credits his assistant coach and the awesome staff at Carl B. Bruce.

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Sumner Academy Student Recognized by Local Media Stations

Alissa Harris is a star on the rise. 

The Sumner Academy Senior was recently named KCTV 5’ Star of the Week, and KMBC 9 named her the Hy-Vee Scholar Athlete of the Week. 

KCTV 5 and KMBC 9 news stations made the announcement on Friday, March 24.

Harris is being recognized for all her many accomplishments, including being a star female wrestler for the Sabres. She holds the record for most wins and pins and tied for the most trips to the state tournament. 

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Students of the Month

John Michael Bell is an Early Childhood scholar at Kansas City Kansas Early Childhood Center. John Micheal Bell, just saying his name, says a lot about this little man, and when a parent does not believe that you are talking about their child and begin to swell with tears of joy, you know you have a special person in your presence.

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Fernando is a 5th-grade student at Lowell Brune Elementary School. Fernando is always willing to work with his classroom teacher, SLC teacher, and never has an issue with working hard. He gets very excited about the opportunity to read from our MTSS stories used in 95% group; he even asks to take the story he and I read to his teacher so he can share it with her.

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Romel Cole is a 8th-grade student at Arrowhead Middle School and was nominated under the pillar of Positive Behavior. Romel is a positive behavior role model at Arrowhead Middle School. He was on the undefeated football team in the Fall, and he displayed leadership skills to both teachers and students during the Fall and continues to during the rest of the year. 

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Isabella is a senior at Alfred Fairfax Academy and is being nominated under the pillar of Outstanding Academics by a team of staff members. The staff at Alfred Fairfax Academy would like to nominate Isabella Hernandez as the March student of the month due to her grit, grind and determination to graduate from high school this May, which she is now on track to do.  

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New Chelsea Robotics

Fifth-grade New Chelsea Elementary School students battled it out in a high-stakes robotics competition. 

They competed against other metro area students at the 49th Annual National Society of Black Engineers Convention. 

The NSBE convention occurred Wednesday, March 22, and ran through Saturday, March 26. The event was held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. 

New Chelsea sent two groups of students to the competition. They were represented by the Shining Stars and the Little Rockets. 

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Employee of the Month

"I am nominating Mr. Johnson due to his effortless, caring personality that has changed our boys’ basketball team here at Wyandotte. All coaches want to win, but Mr. Johnson wants shots outside of the classroom, in the community, and within families to build up our young black men. 

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Community News

KU Athletics Hosts Buck O'Neil Classic

In support of the University of Kansas (KU) Baseball Program, Kansas Athletics is excited to invite the KCK community to the second annual Buck O’Neil Classic at Legends Field on Tuesday, April 11th at 6 pm. 


Please join them as they highlight the great John “Buck” O’Neil and pay homage to the amazing history of the Negro Leagues. The inaugural Buck O’Neil Classic that occurred last year was cultivated by KU Baseball student-athletes, coaches, and staff after the program visited the world-famous Negro Leagues Baseball Museum located in Kansas City, Missouri. 


What began as a desire to celebrate Buck O’Neil and the Negro Leagues has evolved into a community-wide event that focuses on celebrating history, promoting inclusion, and building community. We hope that members of the community will join us on Tuesday, April 11th, and they thank you in advance for helping to spread the word regarding their annual event!

Contact Ameer Robertson for more information at or 586-222-2197

WYCO Dumpster Days

Prepare Your Spring Cleaning for April 21 and 22

The Unified Government’s Public Works Department is excited to announce the first WyCo Dumpster Days event of 2023! Dumpster Days is an event to help residents recycle electronics waste for a fee and dispose of unwanted bulky items like old mattresses and furniture for free.

The event takes place on April 21 & 22 from 8 AM to 12 PM at Highland Park, 4900 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, KS 66106.

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KCKPS Videos to Watch

Central Middle School Choir

Central Middle School's Choir had a great opportunity to work with Andy Beck, the composer of one of the songs they are singing this semester.

The Super Review

On this episode of the Super Review, KCKPS Superintendent Dr. Anna Stubblefield talks to KCKPS Board of Education President Randy Lopez, Deputy Superintendent of Leadership and Learning Dr. Judith Campbell, Executive Director of Student Services and Family Support Dr. Jermaine Wilson, and high school students from across the district.

Melissa Edison Reads Her Book to Douglass Students

Lead Systems Analyst, Author, and KCKPS alumni Melissa Edison has written a series of books titled "Girls Can Be" which introduces girls to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Hear from her as she reads one of her books to girls at Douglass Elementary.

Public School PROUD!

KCKPS celebrated Public Schools Week in March. We are so proud to be members of the public school community!

Board of Education
Upcoming Events and Activities

You can watch past meetings on KCKPS-TV or YouTube.

Board of Education
Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

April 11, 2023 at Gloria Willis from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

April 25, 2023

May 9, 2023

May 23, 2023

June 13, 2023

June 27, 2023

July 18, 2023

Zoom meeting

(web-based video conferencing)

5:00 pm

The public can join in on the meeting to listen by clicking on the link on the home page of the district's website.

Your Education Channel

KCKPS-TV is the cable access channel for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. We provide a variety of viewing options for the public to access and watch public meetings and district programming on KCKPS-TV 24-hours, every day of the week.

Broadcast TV

  • Available on Spectrum cable, Channel 18, and in HD on Google Fiber, Channel 145.
  • Available online on the KCKPS website.
  • Programs and school board meetings are also scheduled for rebroadcast on KCKPS-TV.

You can also watch us live where ever you are online, on Roku or the Apple TV app.

Visit KCKPS School Foundation for Excellence website for more information.
Visit the KCKPL website for a full list of calendar events for adults and all ages.
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