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May 19

F.L. Schlagle Class of 2023 Graduation

Sumner Academy of Arts & Science Class of 2023 Graduation

May 21

Washington Class of 2023 Graduation

J.C. Harmon Class of 2023 Graduation

Wyandotte Class of 2023 Graduation

May 22 & 23

Early Release Days

May 23

Last Day of School

May 24

Alfred Fairfax Academy Class of 2023 Graduation

500 Reach Class of 2023 Graduation

May 29

Holiday - Administrative Offices Closed

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News and Updates

Community Meeting Held on the Dangers of Fentanyl

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Police Department and the Enough is Enough program hosted an important public meeting about the dangers of Fentanyl.

A modest, but intrigued crowd gathered at Gloria Willis Middle School in Kansas City, Kansas on Tuesday, May 16.

The public meeting featured presentations about the deadly drug, and the huge impact it had on one local family.

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Enough Is Enough Students Work to Strikeout Violence in the Community

For the past several months, students from Schlagle, Harmon, Sumner, Washington, Wyandotte, and Alfred Fairfax Academy have brainstormed ideas on how they could help reduce violence in the Kansas City, Kansas community.

Through their hard work, each school was given a $1,000 grant to help get their violence prevention program off the ground.

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Site Finder Available for Free or Reduced-Price Summer Meals

Free or reduced-price summer meals will be available to students in the greater Kansas City, Kansas area.

Here's how you can find them.

The Meals for Kids Site Finder developed by the USDA Food and Nutrition Services is available to help children, parents, and others quickly and easily find summer meal sites near them.

The site finder, available for use at no charge, is a web-based application that also works on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices without the need to download.

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KCKPS Summer Learning Program Update

If your student plans to ride the bus for the Summer Learning Program, be on the lookout for information from KCKPS Transportation Services via Bright Arrow.

New information is expected very soon.

Virtual Learning Registration for 2023-2024

Do you have a student interested in virtual learning for the 2023-2024 school year?

Registration is now open. The deadline to signup is mid-June.

For more information, please visit:


Virtual Learning Equipment Update


Any current GVA K-12 Virtual School Student or 500 Reach student that is returning to in-person learning for next school year should return their equipment (laptop and charger) to the TIS department at North Central Office, across from F.L. Schlagle High School.

Available hours for return are 9:00am to 3:00pm, weekdays. All devices should be returned by May 31st.

If your student will continue in virtual learning during the 2023-24 school year, they may keep their current equipment for use during the 2023-24 school year.

These students must also be registered for virtual learning between May 15th and June 15th.

Information about registration is available through their academic advisors with Greenbush and their home site counselors and principals.

Dual Language Support Sessions

What: Dual Language Support Sessions for Families.

Who: All families interested in enrolling a kindergarten student in a dual language program.

The program option is open to all families beginning May 24.

When: Wednesday, June 7 (8am - 12pm)

Thursday, June 8 (1-5pm)

Where: Frances Willard, New Stanley and Silver City Elementary Schools.

KCKPS Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Read, Learn, Play Space for Children

KCKPS leaders and local dignitaries held a ribbon cutting ceremony to help open a second Read, Play, Learn safe space for children to read.

The new Read, Play, Learn reading space is at Rosedale Ultra Wash, located at 4310 Pearl St., in Kansas City, Kansas.

It will offer a fun and safe area for young students to read their favorite books, learn about the world and explore their imaginations.

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

The purpose of Mental Health Awareness Month is to raise awareness of and help reduce the stigma surrounding behavioral health issues.

It's also an effort of highlighting the ways how mental illness and addiction can affect us all.

According to a national survey, about 18.1% of Americans suffer from depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives.

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KCKPS Honors 2025 Teachers of the Year and Support Staff Members of the Year

A spotlight shined brightly on some very talented and dedicated members of Kansas City, Kansas Public School.

A special ceremony was held for the awardees of the 2025 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year at Central Office on Tuesday, May 9. 

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KCKPS Administrator Receives Top Award for Her Commitment to Restorative Justice

Wyandotte High School's Natalie Berry-Johnson receives one of public education's highest honors.

The NEA Foundation was bestowed with the Members Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Watch: Are You Faster Than a Fifth Grader?

Students at J.C. Harmon Are Awarded Special College Scholarships

The future for dozens of students at J.C. Harmon High School got a little brighter thanks to a special scholarship program.

Twenty-one juniors at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools learned Friday, May 28 at a special ceremony that they were awarded a $50,000 scholarship to attend college. 

Each awardee will receive up to $50,000 over five years to earn a two, or four-year degree at one of 17 schools in the KC Scholars network.

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Frank Rushton Elementary School Receives New Play Space from the NFL

Students at Frank Rushton Elementary School have reason to celebrate. 

They now have a brand new place to play thanks to the generosity of the National Football League, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the American Heart Association.

The organizations worked together to help pay for the installation of a new play place at the school.

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A Salute to the Air Force ROTC at Washington High School

Cadets at Washington High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC have been selected to receive the 2022-2023 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award, with Merit.


 This is the highest possible award Junior ROTC cadets can earn during the 2023 school year. The honor comes from the headquarters of the Air Force Junior ROTC at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. 

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Check out the district's Newsroom online to read more about what is going on throughout KCKPS.

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Principal's Corner

Dear KCKPS Families, 

I would like to congratulate all of you for completing another successful school year. 

We appreciate your time and effort in making sure your student(s) come to school on time, are prepared for class and are present every day. 

As we approach the end of the school year and summer break becomes our focus, I would like to take the opportunity to provide helpful tips to maintain students in academic shape for the 2023-2024 school year.

Maintain routines:

  • Ensure that your child is getting enough sleep. Growing minds need an average of 8-10 hours of sleep every day!
  • Continue conversations about what goals and interest your child has in school and their future. Encourage them to read and explore future careers and job opportunities.


  • Monitor your child’s use of social media platforms. Check their phones and check that they are having positive and healthy conversations with their friends.
  • Talk with your child about their friends and get to know them.
  • Discuss the health hazards of using e-cigarettes and vaping unknown substances.

Plan fun family time:

  • Visit the library and check out books for fun reading for the whole family!
  • Plan a family meal where everyone gets to plan and cook together.
  • Have a family movie night or board game night.

Thank you for all you do and the support you provide to our schools. Have a fun and safe summer!

Dr. Ileana Farney, Principal

Central Middle School

Community Outreach

Join KCK for Community Conversations on the 2024 Unified Government Budget

KCK will be hosting four DotteTalks this year across Wyandotte County.

DotteTalks will include an overview of the current financial state and provide a walk-through simulation.

Can you solve our budget? How would you make changes to our budget? How would you balance our budget?

Collaborate with KCK and help provide input on your priorities as we move forward with our 2024 budget planning. 

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Board of Education

L to R: Rachel Russell, Maxine Drew, Vice President Yolanda Clark, Janey Humphries, Board President Randy Lopez, Dr. Valdenia Winn, and Wanda Brownlee-Paige.

Upcoming Meetings

May 23, 2023

June 13, 2023

June 27, 2023

July 18, 2023

Watch board meetings online on the district's YouTube Channel or KCKPS TV on Spectrum channel 18.

Visit the Board of Education website.

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