The Weekly Memo for the Board of Education 10.14.2016
From the Superintendent
CSDGKC Legislative Appreciation Dinner: Canceled
Project Lead The Way State Award Winner
KCIC Sustainability Award
DD – Grants
DID – Inventory Management
DIE – Audits
DJF – Purchasing
DJFA – Federal Programs and Projects
DLCA – Travel Expenses
Athletics & Activities
I've had the pleasure of participating in a few really great activity ceremonies.
Last week, I visited Clardy Elementary for the Project Fit America Kick-Off! Project Fit America and the Heartland Foundation were on site to help facilitate this ceremony and ribbon cutting of the new Fit Pit for Clardy students. Clardy students showed off this generous gift by demonstrating how to use the equipment! The $17,400 Project Fit Grant through the Heartland Foundation provided the Fit Pit, professional development, and indoor equipment.
Due to North Kansas City's work with Fuel Up to Play 60, our district was selected to receive the Hometown Grant for this school year, a $9,000 value. The US Tennis Association offered a $19,000 grant.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Dr. Dan Clemens, Robin Stuewe, and Jason Fowler
United States Tennis Association
Dr. Dan Clemens, Carrie Hellerich, and Jason Fowler
Academic Services Updates
From Dr. Jill Hackett
The annual fall data digs are currently underway. The discussions have been focused on last year’s data, goals for this academic year and action plans to ensure the goals are reached. At the high school level, we have expanded the membership of the data dig teams for the purpose of building leadership capacity within the departments and throughout the buildings. All four high school data digs were completed this week and the faculty members appeared to appreciate the opportunity to be a significant part of the instructional discussion. We will continue to monitor progress toward each of the MSIP5 goals at the building and district levels.
From Mr. Chad Sutton
This week has been filled with the continuation of quarterly classroom walkthroughs with the administrative teams at each Elementary and Middle School. Additionally, I have been meeting individually with each Middle School Principal to review preliminary APR’s and discuss plans for continuous improvement.
From Dr. Renee Freers
The office of College & Career Readiness has a few exciting things in the works for our students in the next few weeks that you may want to know about. Below is a list of some of the major events.
* AVID Expo at Maple Park - November 4
* Middle School Girls in Manufacturing Tours - November 10
* Middle School Girls in Engineering Day - November 11
* Biomedical Teacher Mentor Day at Rockhurst College - November 11
* Career Fair for all 8th Graders - November 18
* Girls Hour of Code - December 9
* Launch Advanced Manufacturing Video to Middle School students - January 2017
* “Fall in Manufacturing” Tours for Juniors and Seniors - February 14
* High School Girls in Engineering Day - February 2017
* Open House at Manufacturing Plants for Parents - March 2017
* Robotics Competition - March 15-18, 2017
* Advanced Manufacturing Video Blast to Seniors - April 2017
* Technical Student Organization Competition - April 23-25, 2017
* AVID Senior Celebration - April 28
From Paul Harrell
Lon Waterman, Transportation Director, recently met with Dan Williams and Sam Swearngin concerning our partnership with Kansas City and our CNG fueling station.
Dan, Sam, and Lon will continue to meet to finalize the details over the next few weeks. They will address topics such as security, gate keys, MOU and a formal BOE and City of Kansas City presentation of our partnership.
In addition, the City will agree to install a fuel management system in order to track their usage, as well as the ability for us as a district to specifically track our fuel usage for our fleet of CNG buses. We will also be able to expand CNG partnerships with future entities as they arise. The fuel Management System will cost be a $25,000 - $30,000 investment from the City Of Kansas City to North Kansas City Schools.
From Mr. Steve Book
This week the district received a Sunshine Law request from Duane Martin requesting a copy of all bills or invoices received from any law firm from July 1, 2014 to present. The reason for this request is unclear, but we are complying and providing him with the requested records after redacting any closed information. We will provide an update if we receive any follow-up requests from Mr. Martin.
From Dr. Paul Fregeau
On Thursday of this week, we conducted a successful test of our new ALERT system. With the push of one button an entire building and its nearby schools are immediately notified of a lockdown situation. This notification occurs via text, email, walkie-talkie, over the speaker on the phones in every room and is also indicated by blue strobe lights in the building. This instantaneous notification is extremely important in notifying our students and staff of a dangerous situation. Furthermore, the notification goes to all building leaders as well as our maintenance staff that travel throughout the school district.
Thank you to the school board for continuing to support our safety initiatives. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 816.674.9202.
From Ms. Rochel Daniels
Congratulations to the following outstanding applicants who were recently selected for the Support Staff Leadership Institute:
Brian Boles, Para at Gracemor
John Cude, Facility Manager at Winnwood
Joy Davidson, Clerk at Maplewood
Michelle Grayson, Para at Crestview
Thelma Jackson, Behavioral Interventionist at Linden West
Angela Kinslow, Administrative Assistant at Staley
Stephanie Wiggins, Administrative Assistant at Central Office
Amber Wilburn, Nurse at Nashua
Out of 33 applicants, the following exemplary individuals were selected for the Superintendent’s Leadership Institute:
Courtney Abels, 4th grade teacher at Clardy
Emily Boyd, Math teacher at Eastgate
Aaron Dalton, Industrial Tech teacher at Staley
Tiffany Davis, 3rd grade teacher at Meadowbrook
Michelle Howren, English Language Arts teacher at North Kansas City High School
Jamie McSparin, Academy teacher at Oak Park
Jennifer Ramsey, Kindergarten teacher at Linden West
Drew White, AVID teacher at Staley
Alexis Wilkerson, Special Education teacher at Linden West
We begin our programming with both groups on Tuesday, October 18. Time will be split between the Doolin Board Room and the Tucker Leadership Lab on the campus of William Jewell. Rochel will facilitate the groups’ learning, with assistance from our HR department. We look forward to both teams’ positive contributions this year.
From Human Resources
Human Resources is excited to launch Recruit and Hire, the last product in the TalentEd suite, for applicants and administrators this fall, as approved by the Board of Education at their March 8 meeting. Features of the new product include identification of high-quality candidates, seamless integration of workflow throughout the employee life cycle, total electronic automation of employee records, and reporting analytics. Human Resources has been working to transition from the current system, AppliTrack, to Recruit and Hire with an official transition date of November 7. A TalentEd trainer will provide professional development training on the product to district administrators during the first week of November.
CCEDC Meet with Candidates for Missouri State Representatives and Senators
October 18, 7:30 am at CCEDC Offices
NRCC Monthly Luncheon - Overtime Rule 2016 - Important Changes
October 18, 12:00 pm at Tiffany Greens Golf Club
NSBA Conference Registration Opens
Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. Breakfast
October 21, 7:30 am at Embassy Suites
Board Of Education Meeting
October 25, 7:00 pm at Doolin
Northland CAPS Joint Boards Meeting
October 26, 6:30 pm @ NKC Hospital, Lewis & Clark Room
Blue Ribbon Award Presentation
November 8 in Washington, D.C. (Dr. Ward)
CSDGKC Business Meeting - Steve Carroll Election Outcome Presentation
November 9, 5:30 - 7 pm, Delta Woods Middle School, Lee's Summit
SAGE Center Community Open House
November 10, 4 - 6 pm, Northland Innovation Center
Strategic Planning Steering Committee Educational Summit
November 14 - 16, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, NWMSU @ NIC (Dr. Ward, Judy)
Regular Board of Education Meeting
November 15, 7:00 pm at Doolin
Board of Education Meeting
November 29, 7:00 pm at Doolin