Parent & Guardian Newsletter

Success Academy at Anderson

Caregivers: please scroll down to stay in the know about important happenings, free Covid testing, and community supports.

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Teacher Conferences!

Teacher conferences are this week. Please use your student's school device to access the link and join at your convenience during the following times.

Wednesday, 2/24, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, 2/25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Join the Team's Meeting Invite on your student's device!

Changes Coming in March

Information changes quickly. Click here to read the newest information from the district: .

Based upon our continued conversations with leaders, teachers, students, families and our Board of Directors, we have a few updates regarding our return to in-person learning. We continue to plan for in-person learning in March.

As noted previously, we will bring our school-based staff back to working on-site on Monday, March 1 to begin preparing our staff and students for the in-person school schedule. You will receive further details about returning to our regular schedules and start-times from your building leaders in the near future.

From there, we will begin to transition some students from the distance learning model to in-person learning on March 15. We are currently modifying grade levels and reconsidering a hybrid approach, which is a change from previous communication, as we’ve been adjusting decisions based on new recommendations and guidance. Students enrolled in our Kansas City Virtual Academy will continue to learn from home.

This Month's Schedule

All Month: We will be celebrating African American History Month!

Wednesday and Thursday, February 24-25: Parent Teacher Conferences (Join by using your student's device and clicking on the Team's meeting invitation.)

Wednesday, February 24: African American History Month Town Hall and Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, February 25: No School for Students and Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, February 26: No School for Students

African American History Month

The telling of African American history is important to us and our students. We will increase our focus on celebrating and recognizing the achievements and accomplishments of African-Americans. We also will have some fun with contests and prizes for our students.

Wednesday morning from 10-noon our entire Town Hall is dedicated to African American History Month.

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We Want to Hear from You! More information about a Parent Advisory Committee coming soon!

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information Videos

Please visit to check out a few COVID-19 vaccine resources from our partners, including recordings from recent Truman Medical Center/University Health and Children’s Mercy presentations. If, at any time, you have questions or concerns regarding the KCPS Re-entry Plan or KCPS’s response to COVID-19, please contact KCPS HR COVID-19 Coordinator Sara Williams at or (816) 418-7536.

KCPS Makes Plans for March Return to In-Person Learning

Based on discussions and planning sessions with leaders, teachers, students, families and the Board of Directors, Kansas City Public Schools plans to return to in-person learning in March.

School-based staff will start working on-site on Monday, March 1. This will begin preparing KCPS staff and students for the in-person school schedule. Families will receive further details about returning to regular schedules and start-times from their individual schools in the next few weeks.

In-person learning for grades pre-K through grade 2, grade 7, and grade 9 will begin on Monday, March 15. Two days later, on March 17, KCPS will start in-person learning for the remaining grade levels. This will begin full-time, in-person learning for all students transitioning from the distance learning model. Students enrolled in the Kansas City Virtual Academy will continue to learn from home.

As KCPS has stated before, this plan is dependent upon the vaccine roll-out for KCPS staff. District leaders have received confirmation that we will begin vaccinations in February, allowing for this March return to in-person learning. If the vaccine window gets pushed to later in February, that will also push the return to in-person learning for KCPS students to April 5, the week after spring break.

Please visit the KCPS website at to review the district’s reopening information. That’s where updated information about safety precautions and cleaning procedures will be posted.

Early College Academy Enrollment

Did you know that KCPS students have the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas AND a two-year associates college degree simultaneously and at no additional charge? We have graduates who do that every year thanks to our Early College Academy (ECA)!

ECA is a partnership between KCPS and Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley for highly motivated high school students who are ready to leave the high school environment and participate in the rigor of being full-time college students. Students will earn high school credits while also earning college credits as they attend classes, full-time, on a college campus. The ultimate goal is for KCPS students to graduate with both their high school diploma and an associate’s degree. Applications are accepted from sophomores starting January of their Spring semester.

ECA applications are being accepted now for 2021-2022 academic year. Please share this with our families and encourage 10th graders to consider this unique option. They can contact their academic counselors for more information or visit the ECA website. A brochure and enrollment process flyer are also available below.



Annual Parent Involvement Survey for Title I/Focus/Priority/SIG Schools

KCPS receives funds from the U.S. Department of Education under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). ESSA is an education reform measure that provides supplemental educational resources for children in schools. By completing a brief survey, parents help us evaluate the efforts of the district to provide these mandated services to our students.

Please encourage parents/caregivers to complete this survey by Feb. 25, 2021:

· English Version

· Spanish Version

Watch the Life Skills Webinar for Parents and Teachers

How do we build student confidence, handle adversity or pick the right path after high school? Superintendent Mark Bedell, his wife and local attorney Robyn Bedell and CommunityAmerica CEO Lisa Ginter answered these questions and more during a recent Life Skills webinar exclusively for parents and teachers. In case you missed it, you can watch it on the credit union's website.

Community Cares and Shares

Take a look at the NEW Community Cares & Shares to read about current resources in KCMO. You will also find fun and healthy happenings for our KCPS students and families!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Although we are still deal with this Pandemic, we are committed to providing the best education possible for all of our children! Please remember when you call the school at 816-418-5300, it comes directly to Principal Robert Lee Jr.

Mr. Robert Lee Jr., Ed.S Principal 816-572-0523

Dr. LeJuan Johnson Associate Principal 314-604-1281

"Meals on the Bus" Routes Updated

Child Nutrition Services plans to continue its “Meals On the Bus” deliveries per the established schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. The CNS Department is also providing meals as part of its curbside pickup program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays while schools are in session.

This drive-thru option is available at J.A. Rogers Elementary School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Northeast Middle School and Central High School.

Meals will be provided for all children age 18 and younger. Families can receive enough food for a household of up to six without any sign-ups or other paperwork.

For more information or stay up-to-date, visit our Meals on the Bus website .

COVID-19 Testing Available

Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Mid-America Regional Council, KC Cares, Samuel U. Rogers Health Center and Swope Health to offer no-cost COVID-19 testing for KCPS staff, students, families and community members.

This nasal swab PCR testing will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the dates indicated at the following locations:

Carver Dual Language Elementary (4600 Elmwood Ave., KCMO 64130)
Tuesdays - 2/2

Success Academy at Knotts Gym (7301 Jackson Ave., KCMO 64132)
Fridays - 2/5

This testing will be primarily targeted to KCPS families (including children ages three and older) and staff members, but will be open to the public as well. The tests will be given by appointment only. Appointments can be made on the Monday or Tuesday the week prior to the event by calling the Kansas City, MO, 311 Call Center at (816) 513-1313. Follow the prompt and press 3, then follow the prompt and Press 1 to schedule a COVID-19 test.

Families and staff should indicate that they either have a child who attends a KCPS school or that they work for KCPS. Please complete the attached registration and consent forms that need to be brought to the scheduled appointment.

DOWNLOAD: COVID-19 Testing Registration and Consent Form

Success Academy at Anderson Distance Learning Expectations!

Distance Learning Expectations

Use Academic Language

Sit in a Quiet Area

Wear School-Appropriate Clothing

Take Turns Speaking

Mute Yourself

Listen, Participate and be respectful

Be Aware of Body Language and Facial Expressions

Have Fun!

Success Academy Staff


Mr. Robert Lee Jr. Ed.S-Principal

Dr. LeJuan Johnson-Associate Principal

Instructional Coach

Ms. Ashleigh Koch-Instructional Coach

School Counselor

Ms. Mary Johnson-School Counselor


Mr. Blayne Marshall-Science

Ms. LaDanya Perkins-Science

Dr. Sandra Ross-Math

Mr. Zach Cooley-Math

Mr. Robert Meade-English Language Arts

Mr. Alexander Bonham-Carter-English Language Arts

Mr. Joseph Ford-Social Studies

Dr. Jason Beavers-Social Studies

Mr. Thomas Lewandowski-Physical Education

Mr. Ralph Williams-Physical Education

Ms. Amy Bell-Exceptional Educatiion

Support Team

Mr. Brian Dunlop-Behavior Interventionist

Ms. Kristen Dua-Clinician

Ms. Mohana Chakrabarti-Social Worker

Ms. LaJuana Winchester-Administrative Assistant

Mr. Ernest Jones-Paraprofessional

Ms. Gertrude Baylis-Paraprofessional

Mr. Guy Ellison-Paraprofessional

Ms. Shirley Sampson-School Nurse

Sgt. Keyren Spiller-First Line Security

Officer-Shandoll Lowery

Officer-DeAnthony King

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