Friday, May 20, 2022

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Informational Items

For All Administrators

SIOP Institute and ESOL Professional Development

from ESOL
The ESOL Department will be offering summer professional development through the Summer Summit and Impact Courses. The catalogs are live, and staff can begin signing up. Links are below and we strongly recommend the SIOP Institute for teachers in your buildings. I also want to highlight the ESOL sessions that will be held.

KCKPS Impact Course 2022 Catalog
SIOP June 21, 22, 23 and July 11, 12, 13
KCKPS Summer Summit 2022 Catalog

  • Imagine Learning
  • Boosting Achievement with Dr. Carol Salva
  • Vocabulary Instruction for Multilingual Learners
  • English Language Development Course Dissection

For All Principals

Mentor Program Completion Update

from Professional Workforce Development
Mentor Program Update


Out of 275 new teachers, 240 have completed their mentor hours. Thank you so much for your help!

I am linking the document containing all first- and second-year teachers’ completion rates as of May 18. 2022.
Link: New Teacher Mentor Program Update 5/18/22

  • Teachers in green have completed all assignments.

  • Teachers in orange need to finish.

  • Teachers in yellow are significantly behind and will need immediate attention.

  • Teachers in red have not completed any assignments and will need immediate attention.

ILP Certify Report

from ESOL

Principals will continue to receive the Certify Report for scorecard of “ESL students without an ILP” and “ESL students with a Spring/Revisit ILP.” The Spring/Revisit ILP informs buildings of ILPs that are finished for the year. Students on the “ESL students without an ILP” must be completed by end of year. If students are appearing on list and should not be then email Connie Thao.

The completed ILP for spring will close at the end of the school year and we will pause the report until the following year.

For Elementary Principals

Cheers to the Leaders!

from Diploma+

Cheers go out to the following buildings for reaching the goal of 100% of staff hosting a live Connector session BEFORE the end of April!! Way to go!!!

Eugene Ware
John Fiske
Stony Point South
TA Edison

We know that behind any great building accomplishment is a building an amazing leader!! Thank you to all our leaders!

To continue our great news! Remake Learning Days Math Week.

District Winners for the most minutes are:
Eugene Ware with 82,260 minutes!!
TA Edison with 57,828 minutes!

Honorable mentions go to:
Quindaro with 13,894
Frank Rushton with 10,839

We had a total of 655 families take part – on their own time- with the games and the district total of minutes played were 602,142. We rocked the math games.

30,076 games and stories were experienced with the average of 7 players per game and play lasting 1 hour! This is simply incredible and beats the national average!!


Checkout for Student Activity Accounts

from Risk Management

Friendly reminder that checkout for Student Activity accounts will occur on the following dates:

Elementary: Wednesday June 1st
Secondary: Wednesday June 8th

Initial communication with checkout list and school schedule was emailed May 4th to all building principals and secretaries/treasurers.
Questions? Please contact Griselda Garcia (Elementary) at 913 279 2148 or Lachelle Monroe (Secondary) at 913 279 2333.

KidZone Before & After School for Summer

from Student Services
Please share this with your parents:

Sites: Emerson Elementary & West Park Elementary

Students will be transported to and from their summer school via KCKPS transportation. Parents will need to notify their student’s summer school site that their student will be riding the bus to/from KidZone. Applications will be available at Emerson and West Park or they can printed from this page, just under this paragraph.  Applications MUST be turned in to the student’s specified Summer KidZone site (see the list below).

KidZone Summer PDF Application (English)
Kidzone Summer PDF Application (Spanish)

Emerson’s KidZone Schools West Park’s KidZone Schools KidZone Summer School Details
Frances WIllard
Frank Rushton
John Fiske
Mark Twain
M. E. Pearson
New Chelsea
New Stanley
Noble Prentis
Silver City
T. A. Edison
Claude Huyck
Eugene Ware
Hazel Grove
John F. Kennedy
Lowell Brune
Stony Point North
Stony Point South
Before School: 7-8:30 a.m.
After School: 3-5:30 p.m.Cost (per child)
$20 – morning
$20 – afternoon
$40 – morning and afternoon

Scholarships are available.

2022-2023 Lunch Programs & Meal Applications

from Nutritional Services
School nutrition funding comes from the USDA and over the last two school years, schools throughout the country have been able to provide free breakfast and lunch to students through a pandemic relief waiver. That waiver has now expired which will now require the department to charge students for their meals. Fortunately, all sites in USD 500 participate in either Grab & Go or Breakfast in the Classroom which allows us to still serve our students free breakfast. Lunch charges will be based off eligibility that comes from the meal applications. Meal applications will be available in July, and we encourage every household to fill out an application as soon as they are available. For clarification, the universal free lunch program will no longer exist for the 2022-2023 school year.

LETRS Unit 2 Make Up Zoom Sessions

from Curriculum & Instruction
Elementary IDP Reps were contacted via email by PD Director, Lindsey Schneider, on May 11th with directions on how to enroll staff who need to make up a Zoom session for LETRS Unit 2. They are to use this linked Google Form. Please ensure IDP reps complete this form by Thursday, May 19th, end of day. It is one form per building. Staff needing to attend a make up session will be emailed a Zoom link directly prior to the May 27th 9:00-11:00am make up sessions being offered. Please reach out to or with any questions.

KCKPS Staffing Process Sheet for Annual Spring Budget Planning & Meetings

from Federal Programs

Any staffing position included in the building budget must be an existing district approved position with an existing district approved job description, and district approved compensation scale for the following school year.

Position titles and/or job descriptions of staff included and approved in the building budget cannot be changed (during the summer or following school year) to something different than what was discussed and approved during the spring budget meetings. (Titles and actual duties must remain consistent with district approved job descriptions and associated district approved compensation scales.)

Additional positions cannot be added and charged to the budget after the spring budget meetings (during the summer or following school year), without first discussing with Federal Programs, Human Resources, and Finance departments.

Any newly created positions must be vetted and approved through the Human Resources Department and the principal must provide the approved job description from the Human Resource Department, as well as the approved compensation scale for the new positions. Positions cannot be added (even as a projection) in the building budget, unless they’ve been vetted and approved through the Human Resources Department.

Grades 3-5 Student Survey 2022 Data in KansaSTAR Folders

from Federal Programs

Your school’s Student School Climate Survey (Grades 3-5 Spring 2022) have been loaded into your KansaSTAR School Improvement Plan folders.

Please look under the NEEDS ASSESSMENT DATA (Surveys) folder and then click on the student survey subfolder to find your school’s 2022 data.

The report contains aggregate data, as well as disaggregated reports by grade level and race/ethnicity. You will want to pull this data into your data review cycles with your BLT and PLCs as you conclude this school year and make plans for 22-23!

Questions, contact Lisa Walker.

Directions for Submitting SIPs in KansaSTAR, May 24th-27th

from Federal Programs

All principals should submit their SIPs in KansaSTAR to KSDE between May 24th-27th.

Directions for Pre-Checking, Conducting Final Updates, and Submitting your SIP in KansaSTAR can be found in the Federal Programs shared drive folder: All Schools: School Improvement Planning Modules & Resources 21-22.

There are TWO DIFFERENT submission choices –

  • Elementary/Middle Schools: Indicators of Effective Practices – (Title I Schoolwide Annual Submissions)
  • ECH/High Schools/Alt Schools: Indicators of Effective Practices – (All Other Schools)

Still have some additional work to do in order to move your School Improvement Plan categories to Approaching or Transforming? Here are two SUPER quick videos that will show you how!

Contact Lisa Walker or Kacie Olson if you need to phone a friend for SIP advice!