February 2015 Recognitions by the Board of Education

Olathe Health Systems recognition

Superintendent Marlin Berry and board vice president Rick Schier thanked representatives from Olathe Health Systems for its extensive support of several programs including the School Nurse Emergency Fund, athletic trainers, health and wellness programs, Play Hospital field trips for first-graders, and Bridging Education And Medicine (B.E.A.M.) program for secondary students. Also participating in the presentation were Community Liaison Heather Schoonover (far right) and Olathe Public Schools Foundation President Brian Geary (second from right).

Hannah Rogers and her artwork

Olathe North High School student Hannah Rogers earned the Best in Show award in the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrate Diversity contest presented by the district and Olathe Human Relations Commission. Director of Athletics and Activities Tim Brady (holding Hannah's artwork) and Olathe North's Beth Esco assisted in the presentation.

Teacher of the Year nominees The district's nominees for statewide teacher of the year awards are Bentwood Elementary School teacher Christy VanGaasbeek (pictured with Principal Cathy McDonald), Olathe Advanced Technical Center instructor Ken Gandy and Olathe South High School teacher Scott Seeger. Joining them for the presentation are Olathe South Principal Phil Clark (far right) and Executive Director of General Administration/ High School Programs Eric Punswick (second from right).
Page Mitchum is honored

Prairie Trail Middle School orchestra teacher Page Mitchum was named 2014-15 Outstanding Middle School Music Educator by the Northeast District of the Kansas Music Educators Association. Her principal, Stacey Yurkovich, was there to congratulate her.


Yearbook advisors

Three middle school yearbooks have been selected as national samples by Taylor Publishing. Their sponsors are Amy Gingrich of Frontier Trail, Susan Warner of Prairie Trail, and Melissa Erker of Santa Fe Trail.

Tim Reves is recognized

Cedar Creek Elementary School Principal Tim Reves received the Department of Defense Patriot Award. Reves was nominated by David Glassman, a physical education teacher at Cedar Creek. Glassman (far right) is an Airman First Class in the United States Air Force and nominated Reves for the award because of his support. 

Photos by Ann Kohn