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KCKPS Gearing Up for March Mayhem
As part of the school district’s efforts to improve literacy, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is hosting its first ever March Mayhem reading competition. This event places third graders in all of the district’s 29 elementary schools in play for the 2020 March Mayhem reading champion. March Mayhem kicked off on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 at T.A. Edison Elementary School with a special assembly.
The reading competition coincides with the Big 12 Basketball Tournament and NCAA March Madness Tournament.
“Children’s motivation and level of academic achievement improves when parents are involved in their education. March Mayhem provides a fun and unique opportunity to encourage parents to help their child build confidence in reading skills,” said KCKPS Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust. “While the reading tournament is planned to coincide with the excitement centered around college basketball, it emphasizes that literacy enhances a person’s quality of life. The tournament also highlights the importance of community members serving as partners and advocates for early literacy education.”
The total minutes read by a single school will determine their placement in the tournament. Highest scoring schools will advance to the Sweet 16, the Elite Eight and then the Final Four. A special event will be held for the Final Four schools at Memorial Hall in downtown Kansas City, Kansas on Friday, April 3, 2020 where the championship school will be announced. In addition, the top three readers in the district will also be awarded.
Schools that advance each week will also be announced on the district’s Facebook page and live on KPRS Hot 103 Jamz! The winning 3rd grade class will be rewarded with a pizza party and ice cream bar sponsored by the Kansas Speedway.
“We’re thrilled to be able to partner with the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools on their reading program, which will benefit third graders throughout the district,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “It’s important to develop a passion for reading at an early age, and I look forward to seeing how many hours the students read throughout this program.”
The top three students with the highest minutes read will receive an awesome prize provided by the Kansas City, Kansas Foundation for Excellence. We will share what the prize will be at the Grand Finale event to be held at Memorial Hall.
We look forward to your support and encouraging our students to thrive in a sea of text that will take them any place in the world.
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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Board Retreat Agenda
McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips
10 East Cambridge Circle Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, Kansas
Board Norms and Protocols
To respect differences of opinions in making decisions for the district.
To follow best practices in managing the superintendent and the management of the Board
To stay on task when conducting business for the district including while at board meetings.
To never surprise the superintendent or each other when conducting official business of the
To read these norms at the beginning of each board meeting and at board workshops as a
reminder of how to conduct our meetings.
To continually self-check to determine if we are following our norms when conducting district
Subject A. Welcome and Call to Order - Maxine Drew
Subject B. Roll Call
Subject C. Approval of the Special Agenda
The Kansas City Board of Education participate in a Board Retreat facilitated by Dr. Kenneth Wesson. Board discussion will cover the following topics:
Working with the Superintendent
Goals for the Retreat:
Improve board cohesiveness
Discuss the different roles and responsibilities of the superintendent and the school board
Discuss “the effective school board member” versus “the ineffective school board member” school
Improve the efficiency of board meetings
Enhance the public perception of the school district and the school board
The Board may meet to conduct a self-evaluation of its own performance annually. The review
schedule should be such that it allows for reflection on the successes and challenges which serve to guide the establishment of goals and direction for the district. As part of the self-evaluation process, the Board may solicit input from district staff and the community.
As essential part of the self-evaluation process is a focus on Board governance. It is expected that the Board will look carefully at its conduct during Board meetings, its adherence to policy, its treatment of and engagement of the public, staff and one another. The Board's focus on student Type Action
Recommended Action That the Kansas City Board of Education approve the special agenda.
3. Board Break (11:30 - noon)
4. Training on Head Start Governance (12:00 - 12:30 p.m.)
5. Board Discussion (12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.)
Subject A. Short Break for Lunch
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