Cardinal Connection

Back to School Newsletter

From the Principal's Office

Dear Junction families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! As I start my 7th year as the Junction principal, I am hopeful that we will get back to normal and continue to connect as a school community. I am so excited that we are back in person with all of our students this year and ready to move “full steam ahead”. The first day of school is my favorite day of the year. I am counting down to Tuesday when our students walk back through our doors!!!!

I want to take this time to assure you that staff at Junction will continue to work diligently to provide a safe and healthy environment for your child. Although masks are only mandated on busses, I encourage all students, staff and visitors to wear them when in our school. We have developed and will implement many different layers of protection to help keep your child as safe and healthy as possible and to keep our schools open.

Last year, we changed several of our building routines and procedures to meet health department requirements. Reflecting on those changes, we found that some had a positive impact on the learning environment for our students, and we see value in continuing with them.

Designated Hug Zone

After implementing a building “hug zone” for students being dropped off, students were better able to develop routines and teachers were better able to establish procedures when we did not have parents/guardians walking children to class. Again this year, we will ask parents/guardians to say goodbye to their student(s) at the front entrance of the building where we will then have a staff member walk them to their classroom.

We understand that sending students off to school can be difficult for parents, and so we truly appreciate your consideration of these changes which will help us provide a great learning environment for our students.

Lunch Visitation

To limit the potential for COVID exposure, we are discouraging visits during our daily lunch period. We ask that parents refrain from visiting school to eat lunch with their child.

If you are not a member of the Junction Facebook page, please consider joining. This will be the first place where we release information throughout the year. Now, more than ever, it is important that everyone stays informed. As always, if you have any concerns or questions call me at school 913-288-3600 or email me at


Mrs. Compton-Haggard

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Upcoming Events

  • Monday, August 9: Meet the Teacher (4:30-6:30)
  • Tuesday, August 10: Grades 1st-5th Attended / Half Day Schedule (8:05-11:40)
  • Wednesday, August 11: Grades 1st-5th Attended / Half Day Schedule (8:05-11:40)
  • Thursday, August 12: Grades Prek-5th Attended / Regular day Schedule (8:05-3:05)
  • Tuesday, September 28: Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 30: Skate Night (6:00-8:00)

COVID-19 Information

TUSD 202's priority for the 21 - 22 school year is to keep our school buildings open and provide a safe in-person learning environment for our students and staff. Masks will be required to be worn on school busses and we strongly recommend and encourage masks to be worn in our school buildings, especially by and around our unvaccinated students. This recommendation is supported by the Unified Government Public Health Department, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others. Health experts with the Unified Government Public Health Department advise that the most proactive way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to wear masks in indoor settings.

In addition to preventing outbreaks in our schools, wearing masks will help keep students and staff in our classrooms. Should there be a confirmed positive case in a building, we will offer the following options for close contacts:

· Unmasked and unvaccinated individuals who are close contacts to a positive case will quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine days for students will be excused absences. In lieu of the 10-day quarantine, an individual may quarantine at home for 7 days and return to school with a negative COVID-19 test after 7 days. Another option would be the individual remaining in school, masking, and taking a daily rapid COVID-19 test for 7 days. All rapid tests have a 15-minute wait time and will be administered in school buildings without cost.

· Vaccinated and/or masked individuals who are close contacts will not be required to quarantine.

In addition to mask wearing, we also ask that parents do not send symptomatic students to school. In our buildings, we will be doing daily sanitization practices and physical distancing when possible. We will have COVID-19 testing available for families as well.

We cannot emphasize enough that we want students to be in-person in our classrooms this year. Should an outbreak in a school building occur, action will be taken, which could include future restrictions and the possibility of a temporary closing of the school building. We need our families to help us prevent this from happening by following the recommendations set by our local health officials.

Please note that our COVID-19 protocols and procedures are subject to change.

Ultimately, we want to keep our students and staff safe, keep our schools open, and continue to move “Full Steam Ahead.” We appreciate your consideration of these COVID-19 mitigation efforts in order to help us provide a safe in-person learning environment.

Meet our New Staff Members

Aliza Benedict - 1st Grade

Hi, I’m Aliza Benedict and I am so excited to join the Junction Family. I will be starting my third year teaching here alongside my fellow college graduate, Ravyn! I graduated from Pittsburg State University, which is where I also grew up. I’ve absolutely loved calling Kansas City my home.

When I’m not at school, you can find me doing anything and everything that my dog can do, too! Indy is my quarantine pup I adopted last March who I’m sure you’ll hear much more about. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all!

Mrs. King-Special Education Teacher Grades 3rd - 5th

Hello! My name is Jennifer King, and I am super excited to be joining the Junction Elementary Team! This will be my 22nd year of teaching, and Junction Elementary is where it all started with me. I am thrilled to return to such a fabulous school! I have had the opportunity to teach in both special education and the general education settings. My favorite part about my job as a teacher is working with kids and seeing them grow. In my teaching career, in addition to Turner School District, I have been able to teach in Washington State, North Carolina, and most recently with the Department of Defense Schools in Wiesbaden, Germany. I am married, and have three kids of my own, ages 21, 19, and 12. My hobbies are reading, cooking, and singing. I also enjoy doing yard work, and spending time with my family at home.

Mrs. Ramshaw- Speech Teacher

I am new to Junction Elementary this year, but this my second year in the Turner School District. This is my fourth year as a Speech Language Pathologist. I am originally from Chicago but moved to Kansas to complete my undergraduate degree at The University of Kansas and my master’s degree at Rockhurst University. When I’m not at school, you can find me playing tennis with my husband, spending time in the kitchen baking cookies or eating tacos and ice cream. I am beyond excited to be a part of the Junction family this year!

Ms. Lopez- Junction Certified Substitute

My name is Ms. Lopez. This will be my first year teaching! I graduated from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. On my free time I love to karaoke, swim or go to the gym.

Ms. Cox- 4th Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Savannah Cox, and I am the new 4th grade teacher at Junction. I recently graduated in May from Emporia State University, and I am looking forward to spending my first year teaching in the Turner School District. I grew up in Gardner, Kansas, but currently live in Lenexa with my fiancé Brandon and our dog, Lucy. We are getting married in September. I grew up in a larger blended family with five siblings: 1 biological sibling, 2 step-siblings, and 2 adopted siblings. In my free time you can find me spending time with them, going to the lake, or reading a good book. I am also a huge football fan. Go Chiefs! I am looking forward to this school year and working here at Junction!

Mr. Lewis- 2nd Grade Teacher

My name is Byron Lewis, IV. I was born and raised in Topeka, KS. I was a Lead Teacher at a Topeka Preschool for one year before attending Kansas State University. During my time at K-State, I worked as a Special Education Paraeducator, served as president of Call Me MISTER—an organization aimed to recruit and retain men of color in the field of education, taught summer STEM, was a music mentor/volunteer teacher at the Boys and Girls Club, served as a modern languages’ ambassador representing the Spanish language, and sang in a gospel choir.

I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Spanish. I returned to Topeka to start my teaching career where I taught 1st and 2nd grade in Topeka Public Schools.

In addition to teaching, one of my major passions is working to diversify the field of education, so it looks more like our students!

Outside of teaching, I love to try new restaurants, listen to music and sing, read, and play tennis.

I am so excited to be at Junction, and I know its’s going to be a great year!

Ms. Stockwell-5th Grade Teacher

Hey all, my name is Andrea Stockwell and I am the new fifth grade teacher! I’m excited to start my ninth year as an educator. After graduating from K-state, I started in KCK teaching second and third grade. Then after four years I moved to Ashland, KS which is about six hours away to teach third and sixth grade. I moved back home and taught in KCK again for a year in second. A friend then brought me to Guadalupe Centers in KCMO where I taught ESOL in kindergarten and first grades. I look forward to working in intermediate grades again, being back on the Kansas side, and taking on a new grade level. In my spare time I love to read, watch Netflix, and create digital art.
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Transportation Information

If you would like to change your student’s transportation, you will need to contact the office at (913) 288-3600 before 2:45 pm. No transportation changes will be made after 2:45 pm. Why is that? When a student’s transportation is changed, a pass is made for them stating their new form of transportation for the day. Passes are made and delivered at 2:45 pm every day.

If your student is a bus rider, he/she will be dropped off at the primary address listed on their enrollment unless stated otherwise on their OLR.

If you need to pick up your student from school early (such as for doctor’s appointments or family emergency) you are welcome to stop by the office. Please note the following:

· We will not release the student from class until you are present to pick them up.

· Students will not be allowed to be picked up from the office after 2:45 pm. Any later and you will need to join the car riders lane and wait for dismissal.

· Students can only be released to those listed on their contact list unless the office has received permission by the parent/guardian.

If your student will be a car rider, please make sure that whomever is picking up the student is on their contact list. Please be aware that as the school year goes on, staff working the car rider lane become familiar with who is picking up the students. If they come across a car and/or person who is unfamiliar, for your child’s safety, they will contact the office for verification. If the office has not been contacted and the person is not on the student contact list, we will not release the student until we have verbal confirmation from the parent/guardian.

If your student is to go home with a friend, we ask that both parents are aware and that the office be contacted.

Junction Elementary

School Hours: 8:05-3:05

Doors open for students: 7:40

Warning Bell: 8:00

School beings: 8:05

Dismissal: 3:05

Office Hours: 7:00-4:00

Principal: Christina Compton-Haggard: 913-288-3600

Secretary: Nicole Walker: 913-288-3600

Secretary: Cindy Ramirez (Se habla Español ): 913-288-3603

School Nurse: Nurse Terri: 913-288-3610