Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for May 28, 2021

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 Farewell Message From Principal Meyer

Farewell, my Starside Family

Starside's New Principal

Congratulations to Mrs. Jan Hicks, who is currently our School Improvement Specialist (Assistant Principal) at Starside! Mrs. Hicks has served as a school improvement specialist at Starside since 2018. She looks forward to being the principal at Starside and her goal is to uphold the rich traditions already in place and continue building positive relationships with families, students, and staff.

Starside's New School Improvement Specialist (Assistant Principal)

Please join us in welcoming Michelle Brown! Michelle and her family live in Shawnee and have been part of the USD 232 community as parents for the past nine years. In her professional journey, she finished her education degree and then taught 2nd grade for eight years. For the past six years, she has served as an instructional coach in the Shawnee Mission School District. She is thrilled to join Team Starside!

2021-2022 School Year Staffing Changes

Changing Roles @ Starside:

  • Jan Hicks (Moving from SIS/Assitant Principal to Principal)
  • Jaimee Berry (moving from 1st grade ORL to 5th grade)
  • Jason Jennings (moving from 2nd grade to kindergarten)
  • Crystal Kautz (moving from 3rd grade to 2nd grade)

Leaving Starside: We will miss you!

  • Kris Meyer (Principal)
  • Sheryl Schlatter (Kindergarten)
  • Colby Scanlon (Reading Specialist)
  • Evan Dahlgren (Music)
  • Chelsea Johnson-Bagwell (Kindergarten)
  • Brandi Michaels (5th grade)
  • Andrea Crisp (school psychologist)
  • Tina Darling and Avigail Ruiz (HOC Preschool moving to Cedar Trails Exploration Center)
  • Prathiba Wheeler (Math Aide)
  • Deputy Scott Serpan (SRO)

Staff Additions: Please join us in welcoming...

  • Emily Parr (1st grade)
  • Maria Pileski (Music)
  • Jessica Young (4th Grade)
  • Crissy Sharp (Kindergarten)
  • Kelsey Rao (School Psychologist)
  • Tara Pearson (Reading Specialist)
  • Michelle Brown (SIS/Assistant Principal)
  • Deputy Bradley Newson (SRO)

Starside Virtual Variety Show

This year’s Starside Variety Show went virtual. Since we weren’t able to share our talents in person, please enjoy the videos in the link below. Thank you to all of our students and staff who participated and helped us to have another successful variety show!

*Please note, a couple of songs were muted due to copyright.

Click HERE or the link below to view!

Starside Variety Show 2021

Click Below for a KC CHIEFS Read Aloud From Starside Staff!

Kansas City's Story of Epic Football Glory - read to you by your Epic Starside staff!!

Save the Date


  • Tuesday, August 10 - Starside Back-2-School Night

  • Thursday, August 12 - First Day of school - half-day, dismissal @ 12:10 PM

  • Friday, August 13 - First full day of school, dismissal @ 3:50 PM


Summer Camps and Clinics!

Click on the link to find options for summer clinics and camps for all sorts of different activities!

See flier link below for more information and to register
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21-22 Kindergarten Enrollment: Click HERE!

If you have a child who will attend kindergarten during the 2021-22 school year, we've already had Kindergarten Round-up, so please check out this USD 232 link for more information!

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Contacts: Front Office

Email: to reach our secretaries, Starla Newberry and Jackie Johnson with your inquiries, attendance reporting, or student enrollment/records requests.

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Virtual Tour of Starside Elementary