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Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 School Year is Open

If you have a child who is eligible for Kindergarten in the 2023-2024 school year, now time to register. 

The registration process has easy to follow steps and takes no time to complete.

There's also helpful information you'll need to know regarding your child.

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Listening & Learning Sessions Underway

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Board of Education held its first of two Listening & Learning sessions.

The first session with Kansas City, Kansas residents took place at Wyandotte High School on Saturday, March 4. Those in attendance broke off into groups where they were asked to answer a series of questions.

Questions included:

  • What are the academic strengths of KCKPS?
  • What are the programs you would like to see improved?
  • What are areas of safety that need improvement?

The information gathered from the ThoughtExchange will be shared with the board.

What do you think the school district is doing well and what areas should we focus on to improve in academics, safety and social-emotional learning/mental health?

Click the button below to provide input and share your thoughts with us.


Upcoming Listening & Learning Session

Please join us for the next Listening & Learning session.

It will take place Saturday, April 22nd at KCKPS Central Office.

Digital Flyer Delivery System Officially Launches at KCKPS

Parents and Guardians, KCKPS has officially launched our new flyer system called Peachjar.

This new platform will enable your child’s school and the District to digitally send important school and community flyers to you.

School-approved digital flyers will be sent to your email inbox, where you can easily click to sign up for events and programs.

Additionally, you will be able to access flyers right from the homepage of your child(s) school using the Peachjar button.

No action is required to begin receiving this communication from your school. Look for emails with the subject line of “School Announcement and Opportunities for your Child.”

To ensure you don’t miss notifications, we suggest you add [email protected] to your email contacts and click “always display images” when you receive your first email.

Peachjar is used exclusively for the distribution of school and district-approved flyers only. 

Kansas Education Enrichment Program

Did you know that your student(s) may be eligible for a Kansas Education Enrichment Program award?

Qualifying Kansas parents may begin applying for $1,000 one-time grants to pay for educational goods and services that promote learning recovery and academic enrichment.

Businesses and organizations can apply to provide goods and services through an online marketplace.

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Registration for the KCKPS Summer Learning Program is Open

Registration for the KCKPS Summer Learning Program is now open!

Register your student today in the documents section of the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

More information about the Summer Learning Program

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Enough Is Enough Hosts Resource Fair and Panel Discussions

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools addressed issues that impact its students and the Kansas City community with an all-important resource fair, youth leadership retreat, and panel discussion.

The day-long event was part of the Enough Is Enough initiative. The program launched in 2020 after the district lost 23 students to gun violence and drug use during 2019-2020 school year.

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Internet Safety Tips

Preparing for Severe Weather Season

We are approaching severe weather season and now is the time to prepare.

The peak time for spring severe weather is March, April and May.

The potential for tornadoes and heavy storms goes up greatly.

There are several easy steps you can take before severe weather strikes.

  • Have a plan
  • Practice your plan
  • Prepare your home
  • Sign up for notifications
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March is National Disability Awareness Month

This is the 28th year that the United States recognizes and celebrates March as National Disability Awareness Month.

President Ronald Reagan officially declared on February 26, 1987, as National Disability Awareness Month.

The proclamation calls for people to provide understanding, encouragement and opportunities to help persons with disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Student News

KCKPS Students Take Part in National Random Act of Kindness Day

Three students at Welborn Elementary School helped kick off National Act of Kindness Week in a very cool way. 

Ameer Nash, Derrica Burnett, and Juliano Jaramillo were the very first students in the greater Kansas City area to receive newly designed jerseys from the Sporting KC soccer club.

Several members of Sporting KC and Children’s Mercy Hospital delivered the customized jerseys Friday, February 17.

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All-City Children's Chorus Travel to Wichita, Kansas, to Perform

A group of very talented students at Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools hit the road and performed in front of a large audience.

The All-City Children’s Chorus traveled to Wichita, Kansas, on Friday, February 24, where they performed at the Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop. 

Fourth through sixth grade KCKPS students make up the All-City Children’s Chorus. These young performers auditioned to be part of the ensemble. 

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Arrowhead Middle School Choir Performs "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

To wrap up Black History Month, the USD 500 Board of Education welcomed Arrowhead Middle School’s choir to sing the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at the February 28th board meeting. A job well done.

Former KCKPS Student and Tony-Nominated Playwright Brings Stage Play to KCK

From former KCKPS student and Tony-nominated playwright Christina Anderson comes a deeply moving story about justice, legacy, memory and the ultimate challenge of forgiveness.

Join us as KCRep brings the ripple, the wave that carried me home tour to Eisenhower Middle School and the West Wyandotte Library on April 7 for FREE. 

The KCRep for All program aims to break down economic and geographic barriers to theatre by bringing productions to meet people in their communities.

Performing the same script as seen on KCRep’s main stages, the show is re-staged and re-imagined to be performed in community spaces. 

Friday, April 7, 1pm, at the West Wyandotte Library Branch, 1737 N. 82 St. KCK

Friday, April 7, 7pm, at Eisenhower Middle School, 2901 N. 72 St. KCK

Students of the Month

Emery Patterson is an Early Childhood scholar at Kansas City Kansas Early Childhood Center.

Emery was nominated by Katie Miller-Lopez, a teacher at KCK ECC.

She states “Emery is a star student every day.

She goes out of her way to make sure other students are happy and always willing to help solve a problem."

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Joseph Ellis is a 5th-grade student at Quindaro Elementary School and was nominated in a special way by three educators at Quindaro under the pillar of Positive Behavior this month.

He is always focused on completing his work and willing to help others.

Joseph will advise others to make positive choices at times and is looking to be a leader, not a follower. 

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Bristol Rosales Pedroza is a 7th-grade student at Arrowhead Middle School and was nominated by the 7th-grade team under the pillar of Outstanding Academics.  

She demonstrates respectful interactions toward adults and peers. Bristol seemingly brings a sense of peace and calm to the school environment.

She carries herself very well and shows respect for those around her.

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DaQuon Cheadle is a senior at F.L. Schlagle High School and was nominated under the pillar of Outstanding Academics by Professional School Counselor, Angela Carroll. 

"DaQuon is determined to attend college and find the right fit in his educational journey. He has applied to over 30 universities and colleges this school year.

Most importantly what stands out is that he is genuinely one of the most empathetic, kind people that I know.” 

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Aumunique Johnson (Wyandotte HS) is a senior and competes in the 115-weight class with an overall record of 6-5.

A quote about Ms. Johnson, “this may only be her first-year wrestling, but Aumunique is a tenacious wrestler on the mat.

It is amazing what she has accomplished after being injured at the beginning of the season and making a full recovery over winter break.”  

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Emily Velasquez (FL Schlagle HS) is a freshman and competes in the 155-weight class. 

She is 28-7 and has placed in the top three in every tournament this season. 

It is noted by her coach that "she is always learning and asking questions on how to get better. 

The energy she gives out is unmatched." 

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Brenna Neal (Washington HS) is a junior and competes in the 190-weight class.

She is 33-6 overall and has placed in the top 3 in every tournament this year.

A quote about her is she is “the perfect example of hard work pays off."

"From a Freshman to Junior, she has put in work each week to become the best." 

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We are honored to recognize Frank Rushton fifth-grade student, Oviya Pugazhendhi as the champion of the 2023 Wyandotte County Spelling Bee competition.

Pugazhendhi came out on top after she competed against 35 other students from Turner USD 202, Piper USD 203, Bonner Springs/Edwardsville USD 204, and KCKPS USD 500.


She will compete in the Sunflower State Spelling Bee at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, on March 25. 

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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 Parents, 


The time has come for KCKPS staff and parents to unite.

We want our scholars to return to schools ready, willing, and able to finish the school year.

We need your help as we prepare to begin State Assessment, start the 4th Quarter, and end the year with Fastridge Assessment, activities, and graduations.

We, here at KCKPS hold our scholars in high regard, so we have some expectations to keep our scholars on a pathway to excellence. 

We ask scholars to

  • Be respectful to themselves, their peers, and adults
  • Be peaceful in their words and actions
  • Be a reader, and a learner, every day
  • Be responsible


We ask parents to monitor their scholars' academic and behavioral progress.


Parents, please speak with your scholar about academics and behavior.

Schools are planning several events, field trips, activities, and graduations for the remainder of the year, and we would like all students to participate.

To participate in these school events, students should be doing the following:


  • Follow directions the first time given
  • Complete assignments and homework (TURN INTO THE TEACHER)
  • Participate in group activities
  • Follow the district Code of Conduct Expectations outlined 


As a former KCK student, a graduate of the Class of 95' from Wyandotte High School, a KCK teacher, an instructional coach, and now a principal, I hope you will help our KCK schools finish the year in a safe, caring, and productive learning environment that promotes excellence for our scholars. 


In learning, 


Stacey Chatmon, 

Proud Principal of Carl B. Bruce Middle School 

Stacey Chatmon, Principal

Carl B. Bruce Middle School

Community Outreach

KCK Senior Tax Rebates Available

Sales Tax and Utility rebates are offered to eligible citizens who live in Kansas City, Kansas, for a portion of their BPU, Gas or AT&T utility bills and/or have paid sales tax.

Homestead Rebates are offered to eligible citizens who live in Wyandotte County, Kansas, for a portion of their property taxes.

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KCK Women's Chamber Foundation Scholarship Application

The KCK Women's Chamber Foundation is seeking applications for their 2023 Scholarships. There will be five (5) $2,000 scholarships awarded in May 2023.

Interested applicants attending a University, College, or vocational training program must complete the below application no later than Monday, April 3, 2023, at 8:00 pm

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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

March 28, 2023

April 11, 2023 (Gloria Willis Middle School) 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M.

April 25, 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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