February 2016 Recognitions by the Board of Education

Olathe Health Systems recognition

Superintendent Marlin Berry and board president Rick Schier thanked representatives from Olathe Health Systems as a premier business partner in numerous programs that serve students, staff and school families. Their representatives included Dr. Scott Williamson, Dr. Harlan Opie, Mark Dwyer and Mike Jensen. Olathe Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Cindy VonFeldt, foundation board member Darren Odum and Community Liaison Heather Schoonover also participated in the recognition.

Kali Ray recognition

Kali Ray of Olathe South High School won the Best of Show Award in the 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Celebrate Diversity competition. Her entry, an essay, beat more than 4,000 entries submitted by sixth- through 12th grade students. The theme was "Love Illuminates Life." She was joined at the recognition by Principal Phil Clark (second from left) and District Athletic and Activities Director Tim Brady (far right).

Horizon Award winners

Heatherstone Elementary teacher Lauren Brown and Mission Trail Middle School teacher Jocelyn Cummings (center) received the Kansas Horizon Award for exemplary work during their first year in the classroom. Both are now in their second year of teaching in the district. They were accompanied by their principals, Ruth Waggoner (second from left) and Rachelle Waters (second from right). The Kansas Horizon Awards are sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education. Only 32 teachers across the state received the award this year.

Becky Giannola recognition

Becky Giannola, a buyer in the district's Purchasing Department, Becky recently received national recognition earning a Senior Professional in Supply Management Certification. This is a globally recognized certification that has been earned by other dedicated purchasing professionals in more than 90 countries across six continents. Director of Business Services and Treasurer Merle Hastert assisted with the recognition.


Relay for Life recognition

Olathe Relay for Life representatives Gerald Gentry, Kim Gramling and event chair Amy Grotheer joined Mission Trail Middle School teacher Cindy Hayse (far right) in presenting a plaque to the district for its support of their event.

Photos by Jim Bradford