Olathe Public Schools

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Message from the Superintendent

Olathe families,

This issue of the Insider is packed with information so I will keep it brief.

We are so excited to be named #12 on Forbes list of Best Mid-Size Employers in the nation! This is a huge honor and it is only possible because of our wonderful students, staff, families and community. You will also find more information regarding our annual family survey and an update to the bell time study conversation that we have been having over the last few months to address the transportation issues.

This issue also features our Black Student Unions as we reflect on Black History Month that just ended a few days ago as well as the 2023 Olathe Public Schools Spelling Bee Champion. Manu Sripathi will represent us at the National Spelling Bee in May. Congratulations and best of luck, Manu!

So many great things are happening in Olathe Public Schools every single day. Thank you for your continued support of our school district.


Dr. Brent Yeager

Forbes Names OPS #12 Mid-Size Employer in America

As you may know, Forbes Magazine listed Olathe Public Schools as the 12th best mid-size employer in the nation. Our district is the only K-12 system in the top 60. Click here to read the list.

"We are extremely proud to be among the top mid-size employers nationwide,” Superintendent Dr. Brent Yeager said. “This type of honor is only possible because of the community that our community has built together. With the common goal of preparing our students for their future, we have been able to create an environment that people want to be a part of. It takes all of us working together and I am so thankful for your commitment to doing what’s best for our students. On behalf of Olathe Public Schools, thank you for your dedication to this district and your continued support of our staff members and students."

If you would like to join the Olathe Public Schools team in an educator or team position, please visit our job postings today.

Black Excellence in Black History Month: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Inspiring the Future

Last weekend, the inaugural Celebration of Black Excellence event was hosted by our Black Educators Affinity Group and all five high schools' Black Student Unions. Members of our BEAG and BSUs as well as community leaders were invited for a night dedicated to honoring our students and staff’s amazing accomplishments.

In case you missed it, here is a story on the Black Student Unions at all five of our high schools.

To hear more from our staff about honoring the past, celebrating the present and inspiring the future beyond Black History Month – watch here: Black History Month Past Present and Future.

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Annual Family Survey Now Open

Gathering feedback from our parents is vitally important in the Olathe Public Schools. We have a variety of ways our families can provide input and the Annual Parent Survey is an important piece. Please take a moment to fill out this district survey. It is our hope to annually reach out to parents to gain feedback to help drive decision-making.

The survey will be open until Friday, March 10 at 5 p.m. Thank you for your time and feedback.

Dr Yeager - Survey Message

Bell Time Study Continues

Over the past several months, the district has embarked on an important process to study a change to school start/end times for the 2023-24 school year to help alleviate significant transportation challenges facing Olathe Public Schools.

At the March 2 Board of Education meeting, district administration provided an update on the progress of the bell schedule study, including current challenges, an overview of student, staff, parent and Bell Schedule Committee feedback, and a presentation of three new bell schedule options for the Board’s consideration.

To view the full presentation, watch this video mark on the district’s YouTube channel OR visit the district’s comprehensive website.

Moving forward, district staff will continue to analyze and evaluate the schedule options presented, as well as feedback received, and will return at the April 6 Board of Education meeting to provide a final recommended schedule for the Board to approve. The Board may take action at the April 6 Board meeting. If the Board votes to approve an updated bell schedule, ONEA (the district’s bargaining unit) would need to ratify any changes to the bell schedule as part of the negotiated agreement.

To learn more about the district’s transportation challenges, the process for studying bell schedules, frequently asked questions, or to provide feedback, please visit the district website here: www.olatheschools.org/bellstudy.

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Save the Date - Budget Academy

Olathe Public Schools will be hosting three Budget Academy events on April 4, 11, and 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Board of Education room at the Education Center (14160 S. Black Bob Rd., Olathe). These sessions will be an opportunity for district patrons to learn how school finance and budgeting at the school district level works. Click here to register for this event.

Kindergarten Round-Up on Thursday, April 6

Class of 2036 families! Join us for Kindergarten Round-Up from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at your child's elementary school.

Kindergarten Round-Up is a pre-enrollment activity for parents and their future kindergartners (children who will turn 5 on or before Aug. 31).

Please pass this on to any new families that may be joining our community! For more information on the event and what to bring, please visit https://bit.ly/OPSKRoundUp2023.

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2023 Spelling Bee Champion Crowned

California Trail Middle School eighth grade student Manu Sripathi won the Olathe Spelling Bee and will represent the district at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

More than 45 students competed in the bee, with representatives from all Olathe Public Schools elementary and middle schools. The winning word was “linnet.”

Sripathi will compete in the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the Washington, D.C. area May 28 through June 3. The Olathe Public Schools and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation sponsor the Olathe Spelling Bee.

A full list of school spelling bee competitors can be found here.

Olathe Now - 2023 Spelling Bee

Give Us Your Input

Questions, comments or suggestions? Email them to communications@olatheschools.org.