Starside's Comet

The Starside Communication August 14, 2020

Starside Elementary

Our Starside Mission:

Through a collaborative learning community we will build a foundation upon which all students can develop essential academic and life skills.

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A Message from Principal Meyer

COMET Families,

In a few weeks, we will welcome over 450 students to the start of the 2020-2021 academic school year. We look forward to connecting with our new and returning Comets, be that in person or remotely.

We use several different avenues to celebrate our student successes and provide important information about activities and events; the USD232/Starside website, Skyward emails – including our weekly newsletter (Starside's Comet), and our new Facebook page @ Starside Comets. We will also send important time-sensitive information via the district text message service.

The district will provide two different learning models this school year: Onsite and Optional Remote. Information about the models can be found on the district website, or in the Starside-specific flyer, below. The week of August 17, USD 232 will communicate with families regarding the learning model on-site students will return to (hybrid, remote, or full in-person). This decision will be based on the Johnson County Gating Criteria, which can also be found in the Reopening Schools Criteria 2020 PDF, below.

For families new to the district or those needing assistance with enrollment or the learning model selection process, please call us at 913-667-6270. We may be able to assist you over the phone or schedule an in-person appointment. Our office hours (by appointment only) are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

At Starside, we will rise to the occasion - no matter where we are when school starts! I assure you, we will come out of this pandemic stronger in the end.


Kris Meyer

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Starside's Reopening Plan for 2020-2021 may also be viewed by clicking the PDF, below.

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Save the date!


7 - Labor Day (No School)

8 - 1/2 Day for Kindergarten (8:45 AM start - 12:10 PM dismissal)*

9 - First Full Day of School K-5 (8:45 AM start - 3:50 PM dismissal)*

*At this time, we do not know if school will be full in-person, hybrid, or remote (online) for families who opted for the On-site learning model.

2020-2021 School Year Staffing Changes

Changing Roles @ Starside:

  • Meredith Malone (Moving from 4th grade to Special Education Resource Teacher)

Staff Additions: Please join us in welcoming...

  • Chase Kilgore (PE)
  • Sarah Stephenson (4th Grade)
  • Taylor Grove (4th Grade)
  • Madison King (Kindergarten)


Kris Meyer


Jan Hicks

School Improvement Specialist

Jackie Johnson

Lead Secretary (students records)

Starla Newberry

Building Secretary (attendance)

McKenzi Mispagel


Tara Brown


Technology Help Desk

Please remember that the fastest way to start getting a solution to any technical issues is to contact our help desk. This is also available to all students.

Technology Help Desk

Get help with district technology

Students and Parents: You can reach our Help Desk by calling 816-382-4840.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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