Friday Update

The Weekly Memo for the Board of Education 10.14.2016

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From the Superintendent

CSDGKC Legislative Appreciation Dinner: Canceled

The Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City planned on hosting the General Membership Meeting and Legislative Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, November 9. However, on Thursday of this week, we were notified that both the Democratic and Republican caucuses will be meeting in Jefferson City that day, meaning none of our elected officials would be in attendance at the Legislative Appreciation Dinner. This event will now be revised to the evening CSDGKC Business Meeting from 5:30-7:00pm, with the opportunity to have a presentation and discussion with our Legislative Liaison with no dinner. Tammy Henderson and I plan to attend. Peggy will include the information below in the calendar section. Please follow up with her if you plan to attend.

Project Lead The Way State Award Winner

Louis Breinin, Industrial Tech teacher at North Kansas City High School, has been selected as State Award Winner for Project Lead the Way! His selection as "Outstanding Engineering Teacher" will be recognized at an awards banquet on Friday, October 28. Click the picture for more details.

KCIC Sustainability Award

It is official! North Kansas City Schools will receive the distinction of receiving the Kansas City Industrial Council's award for sustainability! Nominated by KCP&L, our district will receive a Gold Energy Award in the process category at the KCIC's Sustainability Awards breakfast on October 27 at 7:30 a.m. in the Chamber Board Room at Union Station. I would like to thank Joe Jacobs for his continued support on this project and in our energy conservation efforts. I look forward to receiving this award, along with Dr. Terry Ward, Joe Jacobs, Paul Harrell, and Mark Graviett.

Gerald Gorman

After the recent passing of Gerald Gorman, I have had been in touch with Anita Gorman. She expressed her public request that donations be made to the NKCS Education Foundation in lieu of flowers in memory of Gerald. To date, this generous request has brought in approximately $15,000; her goal is $25,000. Ms. Gorman has also committed to offering a scholarship to the Valedictorian of North Kansas City High School. We could not be more appreciative of the generosity offered by Anita at this time.

Policy Updates

MSBA has issued a couple of updates to a variety of district policies which are currently under staff review. As we work through them, we will provide them to you weekly as they are available. Below, are three policies for your review, and they will be up for approval at the November Board meeting.

Memo summarizing edits

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.

Today, I had the privilege, along with Jason Fowler, to meet with Robin Stuewe, Health and Wellness Program Manager from Midwest Dairy Council, and Carrie Hellerich from the US Tennis Association.

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.

Activity schedules for the high schools for the upcoming week are available for your review.

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.

Upcoming Dates

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

October 19

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