January 2017 Recognitions by the Board of Education

Waddell and Reed recognition Interim Superintendent Patricia All and board member Mike Poland recognized Waddell & Reed as a district business partner. Delia Adams represented the firm at the meeting. Six years ago, Waddell & Reed organized a donation drive for costumes for Olathe students who didn't have a costume for their school pumpkin parades. Since that time, they have become a Adopt-a-School partners with Olathe Head Start and Woodland Elementary School, providing Thanksgiving feasts for families in need. Assisting with the presentation were Community Liaison Heather Schoonover and Woodland Elementary Principal Stacy Shipley.
Jarow Myers recognition Olathe North High School junior Jarow Myers earned a perfect score on the ACT exam. His principal, Jason Herman, helped congratulate Jarow on this accomplishment attained by less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the students who take the ACT exam.
Griffin Stone recognition

Olathe East High School senior Griffin Stone was named to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Fall High School Boys All-American Team. In addition, he was selected to play in the sixth annual High School All-America Soccer game in December in Raleigh, N.C., making him one of the nation's 40 most elite boys soccer players. He was accompanied at the board meeting by Principal Kerry Lane (center) and Assistant Principal / Athletic Director Amanda Faunce.

Nominees for statewide teaching awards

Three teachers have been nominated for statewide awards. Dawn Taylor of Heatherstone Elementary School (second from left) is the district's nominee for Kansas Teacher of the Year Award - Elementary. She was joined by Principal Ruth Waggoner. Angie Powers of Olathe Northwest High School (center) is the district's nominee for Kansas Teacher of the Year Award - Secondary and she was joined by Principal Chris Zuck. Erik Erazo of Olathe North High School is the district's nominee for the Emporia State University Master Teacher Award. His principal, Jason Herman, assisted in the presentation.

Photos by Marlene Colgan