Friday, April 16, 2021

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Official Elementary School Contest Rules


The Wyandotte County Public Health Department is keenly aware that students have been uniquely affected by COVID-19.  We know the interactions that are fundamental to a child’s social and emotional development have been severely restricted by efforts to manage this outbreak.

Students are encouraged to create a poster in any art medium depicting or related to the theme “#I Helped Conquer COVID!”.


All students, grades K- 12, here at KCKPS are eligible.  


Entries must be original artwork created in pencil, pen, Crayola, marker, paint, or other similar materials.  Computer generated artwork (including clipart) is prohibited.  Computer generated text is acceptable.

Entries will be accepted beginning now  until 9am on April 23rd, 2021.

Turn all entries into your school.

Entry Submission Deadline: April 23, 2021

What happens with entries?

After your school receives the entries for your school, you will be asked to pick the one you want to represent your school and potentially move on to the grand prize that is worth up to $500-$1000 for the student. $1,000 for the classroom teacher to use in their classroom.

Once you pick the winner we need you to roll up the entry and secure it in a safe way and send it thru intra-office mail courier  to District Office c/c Sharita Hutton. Entries need to be to District Office by April 30th at the very latest.

From there the district will handle the rest.

Thank you in advance for helping promote and run this amazing opportunity for our students.

Official Elementary Flyer Official High School Flyer Official Middle School Flyer

Lump Sum Info

Principals and Certified Administrators – Please share this information with your certified staff:

Complete the Online Lump Sum Request/Rescind form by April 30, 2021. Under KSA 74-4940(b) to receive your summer pay in the form of a “lump sum”.

Changes made to your W4/K4 should take place starting May 31 thru June 4, 2021 on Employee Online.


If you DO NOT wish to receive a Lump Sum salary payment this year, but received it last school year, you MUST request that the Lump Sum be RESCINDED, by indicating your choice when prompted.  If you DO NOT wish to receive a lump sum salary payment this year, and did not receive one last year, you do not need to do anything.

Lump Sum Change Form
2021 W-4 Instructions
K-4 Form

Enough is Enough 

Do you know what Enough is Enough is about? If not, learn more, join the cause, sign the pledge. Visit: for more information.

Take the Pledge

Principals,  please share this pledge page with your staff – and ask them to share it with students and parents.

P3 App

Principals, please share with your families:

Did you know reporting a crime, suspicious activity, a runaway, and much more can be done with the click of a button? On all KCKPS websites, both on the main district page and your individual school sites, is a P3 reporting app button (the Enough is Enough Ribbon is the background image) that allows you to fill out the information, hit send, and it will get to the right people immediately. You will remain anonymous.


Curriculum & Instruction

State Assessment Message to Families
To: All Building Administrators
The following message regarding State Assessments was shared with parents/guardians through BrightArrow and the Excellence at a Glance newsletter:

Hello KCKPS Families,

We wanted to remind everyone that we are about to begin Kansas State Assessments. Schools will start those assessments in the next few days and weeks through mid-May. These assessments help us understand the progress of your student’s mastery of the Kansas standards and to identify areas of strength and support for your child. 

Per the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), the district cannot give these assessments remotely. Therefore, it is required to test all students in person. You will be hearing from each of your schools in the coming days and weeks on testing dates and times for both in-person and remote learners. If you have questions about testing, please contact your school.  

It will be important for students and parents to be prepared for testing and be in class these days.  You can help your student be successful by making sure they get a good night’s rest, getting up on time the morning of testing, so they do not feel rushed, and making sure they have a healthy breakfast. 

Lastly, we want to thank each one of you for your continued support this school year. Thank you for making sure your student and the district stay on track.

As you solidify your assessment plans, please continue to ensure your families know assessment dates, times, and helpful tips to be ready for assessment days.

Attn: Elementary Principals

Re: Amplify Science Material Delivery

New Amplify Science materials will be delivered to buildings beginning on April 21st. Buildings should be prepared to receive these pallets. This will be the first of two deliveries. Please refer to this document for information on how many pallets will be delivered to each building. Information on the second delivery will be provided and added to the document as soon as it is available. The second delivery will be considerably smaller than the first delivery. The materials may be stored for use for the 2021-2022 school year. They are grade level specific materials that are clearly labeled.They are not for individual classrooms, as they will be shared across the grade level. Teachers are welcome to unpack them for storing in a central location or wait until they return in the fall.

In preparation for the new Amplify Science materials for the 2021-2022 school year which will be distributed starting April 26th, Curriculum and Instruction has created a support document. This document has been prepared to explain the process of Amplify Science implementation, material distribution, as well as what to do with previous science materials. Linked within the document is a timeline of distribution, GVC revisions, professional learning, and other responsibilities for teachers, coaches, and administrators. There is also a National Geographic keep/discard document by grade level to assist in the science material organization. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Beyer 

ATTN: K-12 Administrators

RE:  KAP Summer External Fairness and Content Review of Assessment Items virtual event

The state is looking for participants to engage in two virtual events, Summer External Fairness and Content Review of Assessment Items. Applicants can apply for one or both virtual events. 

Please encourage any ICs and/or teachers that may be interested to apply for this opportunity.  It’s important for our district to be represented in this work at the state level.


Please indicate your interest by Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Event 1

KAP Summer External Fairness Review of Assessment Items Virtual Event 

We are looking for educators to participate in a fairness review of the Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) assessment items during the month of June 2021. 

We are looking for participants who: 

  • Have experience working with a wide variety of students and student needs

  Can view videos and use audio/video for virtual meetings 

  • Are community members, scholars, educators, and/or professional representatives of diverse populations.  

We want to ensure we have: 

  • A mix of urban/rural districts represented 
  • A demographically diverse group of participants Estimated Time Commitment 

The following list includes the estimated time commitment for selected participants. These estimates include meeting times and assignment work between meetings. 

English Language Arts 

Grades 3-5: June 4 and June 9 (22 hours) 

Grades 6-8: June 11 and June 17–18 (26 hours)

Grade 10: June 24 and June 29 (10 hours)


Grades 3-5: June 11 and June 17 (22 hours) 

Grades 6-8: June 8 and June 11 (22 hours)

Grade 10: June 24 and June 28 (10 hours)


Grade 5: June 14 and 15 (10 hours) 

Grade 8: June 14 and 15 (10 hours)

Grade 11: June 24 and 25 (10 hours)

Interested in participating? Select the following link

or scan the QR code using the camera on your smartphone or tablet if you are interested in participating in the KAP Summer External Fairness Review of Assessment Items event. 

Event 2 

KAP Summer External Content Review of Assessment Items Virtual Event 

We are looking for educators to participate in a content review of the Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) assessment items during the month of June 2021.

We are looking for participants who:

  • Have experience working with a wide variety of students and student needs
  • Can view videos and use audio/video for virtual meetings
  • Are current, practicing educators

We want to ensure we have:

  • Representation from each of the 10 Kansas educational districts
  • A mix of urban/rural districts represented

Estimated Time Commitment

The following list includes the estimated time commitment for selected participants. These estimates include meeting times and assignment work between meetings.

English Language Arts

Grades 3-5: June 4 and June 9 – (22 Hours) 

Grades 6-8: June 11 and June 17–18 (26 hours)

Grade 10: June 24 and June 29 (10 hours)


Grades 3-5: June 11 and June 17 (22 Hours)

Grades 6-8: June 8 and June 11 (22 hours)

Grade 10: June 24 and June 28 (10 hours)


Grade 5: June 14 and 15 (10 hours)

Grade 8: June 14 and 15 (10 hours)

Grade 11: June 24 and 25 (10 hours)

Interested in participating? Select the following link

or scan the QR code using the camera on your smartphone or tablet if you are interested in participating in the KAP Summer External Content Review of Assessment Items event.

QR code

Once we have collected information from these forms, we will narrow the list of participants and notify you by email using the email account. 

Email if you have any questions. 

Best regards,

KAP Staff



Equity & Inclusion

Attn: High School Principals

April 28th Guest Panel For High School

Hello, Principals! The Office of Equity and Inclusion in conjunction with Dr. Pitsch have an amazing opportunity for our high school students.

We will be hosting a panel discussion with The Latina Commission of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) on April 28th, 2021 during FA. Here is some information about this exciting opportunity for our students!

Who The Latina Commission of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) works on outreach to young Latinas with the hope of inspiring them to consider law as a career. Latinas are the most underrepresented minority group in the profession. We hope to change that! To that end, the Latina Commission is excited to partner with high schools throughout the country with a significant Latina student population on virtual outreach events. These events are panel presentations of 3 Latina lawyers who share their “Pearls of Wisdom” on what it means to be a lawyer and how they got there, all with the goal of motivating young Latinas, and Latinos, to consider law as a career. We look forward to partnering with Kansas City Public Schools!
Panelists: Maria Carrillo – Maria is as an Assistant United States Attorney (federal criminal prosecutor) at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia.


Grissel Seijo – Born and raised in the South Bronx, Grissel Seijo is now the Counsel, Employment and Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Restaurant Brands International (Miami, FL).


Adelaida Vasquez Mihu – Adelaida Vasquez Mihu (pronounced My-Hue)– is a Compliance Officer with Biogen, a global biotechnology company devoted to innovative scientific research of neurological diseases with the goal of finding cures to things like multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.


When:  April 28, 2021 during FA
Format: Interactive Panel discussion with moderator

Zoom, it is recommended that students have their camera off

They are able to send their questions to the panel moderator over the zoom chat

Please share this information with your administrative and leadership team.

More information will come as we approach that date with the zoom link.

Additionally, please let Dr. Pitsch or Zakry Akagai-Bustin know if you have any questions.

Attn: All Leaders

Building Rep Meetings for April and May

Your Equity and Inclusion Building Rep is doing some asynchronous learning around creating psychologically safe spaces. As we are ending this school year, please touch base with your building reps to begin setting building level plans for the upcoming school years. If you would like the Office of Equity and Inclusion to join you as you plan, use this calendly link to schedule a time with us. Also here is a planning template to help you begin planning.  

Virtual Field Trip Opportunities

·     S. Neil Fujita: Cover To Cover

    • April 22, 2021 noon to 1pm
    • S. Neil Fujita was an American citizen born to parents of Japanese American ancestry. Like more than 120,000 other Japanese Americans, Fujita and his family were forcibly relocated and incarcerated during World War II. After serving with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe, Fujita embarked on a brilliant art career, designing some of the most iconic album, book, and movie artwork of the mid-20th century—some of which you may even have hanging on your bedroom wall! Learn more about this gifted individual who overcame racism and discrimination, survived war, and left behind a powerful and creative legacy that still stands 100 years after his birth. This webinar is appropriate for grades nine and up.
    • May 13, 2021 Session 1: 9:00am – 10:00am
      Session 2: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Take your classroom on a journey with student reporters based in California and Louisiana as they gather stories of Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed from the West Coast after the United States’ entrance into World War II. Review the difficult decision of young Nisei men to serve their country even as their country turned its back on them, uprooting their lives and the lives of their families. Understand the critical legacy of the preservation of the confinement sites and their stories—and the lasting reminder that democratic principles are often fragile in the face of war.

At the heart of the program will be an interview between Amy Mass, who was incarcerated at Heart Mountain as a child, and her grandson Ryo. Interwoven with Amy’s firsthand testimony will be a visit to The National WWII Museum for an up-close look at primary sources and artifacts, and an interview with Baton Rouge resident Walter Imahara, who was incarcerated at Rowher and Jerome, Arkansas, as a boy.

Student viewers will not just be sitting and watching but participating in polls and Q&A throughout the live webcast. Designed for grades 6-12.

Access curriculum related to the World War II Home Front at Stay tuned for additional pre- and post-Electronic Field Trip resources on the Museum’s Flipgrid page.

What We Are…

Reading- Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Watching- Coded Bias on Netflix

Listening To- Higher Learning: Processing the Death of Daunte Wright and 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario (there is profanity, so listen alone first before you listen with young ones around)


Student ILP Updates:

The window for updating ESOL Student ILP opens April 16th and will close May 17th end of day. Information regarding the ILP process and access to Frontline training can be accessed through the ESOL Website and Frontline link. The ILP is required by the State of Kansas to be completed for all emergent bilingual students learning English as a second language. The purpose of the ILP is to support Tier 1 instruction and students language goals towards proficiency and should be completed by the certified person who most supports the student and should inform instruction. There are changes in the ILP process as the forms have been embedded in Infinite Campus for spring 2021. Questions regarding Infinite Campus contact:

Michelle Gould

Kim Kirschenbaum

Questions regarding the ILP process contact:

Connie Thao

Dasiel Suarez



Start Date

End Date

KELPA Scoring

February 16, 2021

April 20, 2021

Exit Forms due to Proficiency 2020 KELPA

March 29, 2021

April 15, 2021

Monitor Paperwork

March 29, 2021

May 3, 2021


April 16, 2021

May 17, 2021


 The window for hand scoring the speaking and writing items is by February 15—April 20, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Final upload of K-1 testing booklets is April 20, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. There are no exemptions to this window ensure that all testing has been graded and uploaded. Any SC codes need to be submitted to the DERA team for KELPA.

Human Resources

Click Here the 2020-21 Calendar for Staff with Reporting Dates Included. 

Elementary School Sponsor Supplemental Submissions – Due April 21, 2021

Below you will find the link to submit the names of all Sponsors for the May 31, 2021 Supplemental pay date. Your final, complete responses are due by April 21, 2021 at 4pm. Please note that if your response is not received prior to the due date your Sponsors will not be paid on May 31, 2021. Depending upon when a late response is received, the earliest that your Sponsors would be paid is June 15, 2021. Payment can be delayed further depending upon your submission dates. All Sponsor inquiries with regards to late payment will be redirected to the responsible Administrator. There are directions below for how to complete the survey.

The provided link below will take you to a Google form to complete. The survey is preprogrammed with the appropriate number of allocated Coaches/Sponsors per activity. If you feel that your building requires additional allocations or has received them in the past, you must email me to discuss any needed additions. All requests will be evaluated, and you will be notified of the decision made. To begin your submission, you will have to select your building. From there the survey will take you through each activity that is slated to be paid on May 31 and allow you to enter the name(s) and I.D. number(s) of all active Sponsors. If any Sponsors are returning for another season, re-type their names on the provided line.  If you did not fill every Sponsor position and/or your building didn’t participate in that activity this season type N/A in all fields where it may apply. Once all fields are complete, click the done button to submit your survey. If you do not click done your responses will not be recorded. If any changes need to be made to previously submitted information return to the site using the provided link below (preferably using the same computer) and resubmit a new survey. You will also need to notify me by email of any resubmissions so that we can update any modified information.

It is important to note that if you have any Sponsors that are sponsoring their activity for the first time, they must be cleared by HR PRIOR to beginning the activity. This is true for current Certified and Classified employees as well as new employees.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Classified Staff Evaluations

This is a reminder that classified staff evaluations are due May 1, 2021.  If you need assistance with your TalentEd please email DeAndre Tuggle

HR Power Hour

Thank you for attending our HR Power Hour on April 8th.  We would encourage anyone who was able to attend to share with your colleagues that this is an available resource for them.  We will be having our next zoom session April 22, 2021 from 9:30am – 10:30am.  During this time any questions that Building Administrators or IIO’s may have they can ask our HR Staff.  Also, from an HR Standpoint, we will share any announcements or updates we may have.

Meeting ID: 846 5569 6927

Passcode: r90sj1


Rainbow Series

This is a PD opportunity that is available to NEA members.

It is free and virtual.

Quick reminder: If you would  like to include it as PD points, you need to submit the form for out of district PD a week prior to event for approval.

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Topic: Gender Diversity in the Biology Classroom    (Sam Long)

Time: 6:30 pm CST

Register here.


KNEA Student Expression Campaign

Kansas NEA and our local NEA-KCK are sponsoring and promoting a contest for our 9-12 grade students. The KNEA Student Expression Campaign encourages young creators to speak their truth on social and racial justice through visual art, music, spoken word, and video or photography.
Each submission must be sponsored by an Association member. (If a teacher is not a member, that’s ok, the local president and executive team will be willing to sponsor any student of KCK that would like to participate.)
Topic: What does racial and/or social justice look, sound, or feel like to you when you express your feelings through your chosen art form?
Prizes: 1st place for each of the four categories will win a cash scholarship of $1000, 2nd place from each category will be awarded $500 cash scholarship.
Deadline: May 15, 2021 at 12pm.

Professional Development

All Principals
Cooperating Teachers for the 2021-2022 School Year
We are already receiving requests to place student teachers for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please recommend teachers you feel would be amazing cooperating teachers for student teachers, practicum students, or college students requesting an observation in our district. By completing this Google Form now, we will be able to use your recommendations to make placements quickly (without a lot of additional emails to you.)  As you know, we receive great teacher candidates through the student teaching programs. Your help with providing the names of cooperating teachers will ensure that we continue to have future teachers choose our district. Just a reminder, all Cooperating Teachers must have completed at least 3 years of teaching experience.

Please complete the Cooperating Teacher Recommendation Google Form by Friday, April 23, 2021. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.

Student Services

Trauma Sensitive Tuesday

Our next TST (April 20 @Noon) features Amy Treadwell from Synergy Services to talk about self-compassion.

Register Here

Please complete the ProQOL Survey prior to attending next week and keep a copy of your scores. You can take a screenshot of the last page of the survey, OR put your email address in and I will send it to you.

ProQOL Survey

See you next week!

Tracie and Brittany

All Administrators

The Kansas City, Kansas School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex/gender (to include orientation, identity, or expression), national origin, age, handicap, or disability, or any other basis prohibited by law in admission, access to, or treatment of its programs and activities. Transgender and gender non-conforming students are protected by the district’s non-discrimination policies.

Please know, we are here to support you with students identifying as transgender or gender non-conforming. Our District Procedures are below:

  • If you or any staff person are aware that a student is transitioning or is asking to be referred to by a different name or gender, please reach out to the Behavioral Health Social Worker at your school to complete an assessment with the student.
  • The social worker will then contact Angela Dunn, Behavioral Health Coordinator to set up a planning meeting.

Plans are developed and approved on a case-by-case basis. Administrators, supportive staff members and parents are encouraged to be a part of that plan, however student situations and preferences vary.

If you have questions about this process or would like to discuss any student’s you are concerned about, please know I can be reached anytime at (913)954-0219 or