May 2017 Recognitions by the Board of Education

recognition of APAC as business partner

Interim Superintendent Patricia All and board member LeEtta Felter (left) thanked John Reid and Diane Tucker representing the Kansas City Division of APAC. The company has been a valued partner of teachers and students since 2010 and supported the STEM Connection: Girls Mentoring Girls Mentoring Girls. APAC participated in the Olathe Advanced Technical College and Career Day for many years and Tucker served as a mentor and member of Olathe's Geoscience Advisory. Assisting with the presentation were Olathe Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Cynthia VonFeldt and Community Liaison Heather Schoonover (right).

National Merit finalists

Twenty-one seniors were named National Merit finalists, the most in district history in one year. They include Mason Crabtree, Brock Kaufmann, Matthew Miller and Travis Nebeker from Olathe East High School, with Principal Kerry Lane; Sabrina Bogart, Adam Coffman, Dylan Honors, Ethan Johnson, Alexander Kolar, Alexis McCalla and Arvind Subraminian from Olathe North High School, with Principal Jason Herman; Cole Brabec, Sumner Holtzman, Zachary Kulphongpatana, Michael Lacy, Greta Lundy and Logan Rance from Olathe Northwest High School, with Principal Chris Zuck; Bethany Bluel, Nicholas Hinman, Emmalee Reed and Kyle Wetter from Olathe South High School, with Principal Clint Albers.

Design Academy students recognized

Team B.O.S. (Best Overall Solutions) from the Design Academy at Olathe East High School placed fourth nationwide in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge. Team members are, from left, Holden Hartley, Matt Reichmuth, Cameron Wasinger, Isaac Taylor (not pictured is Tanner Williams). Principal Kerry Lane (second from left) and program facilitators Sharon Gillett and David Kling also attended the board recognition. This team designed a portable wheelchair desk for a teacher to travel independently, while storing heavy books and materials.

Job Olympics students from Northwest

A group of special education students from Olathe Northwest High School won the Division 2 team championship at the regional Job Olympics held at Johnson County Community College. Team members were joined by their paraeducators and teachers, as well as Principal Chris Zuck and Director of Special Services Lanie Fasulo (far right).

Challenge Award schools

Ridgeview and Westview elementary schools received Challenge Awards from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force. Ridgeview received awards for fourth-grade math and fifth-grade reading. Westview's recognition was for fifth-grade math. Representing the schools are Westview fifth-grade teachers Jennifer Allen and Colleen Redelsheimer, Westview Principal Jon Bell, Ridgeview Title I teacher Maggie Richardson, Ridgeview fourth-grade teacher Chelsea Praeuner, and Ridgeview Principal Kim Thorup. Executive Director of General Administration/ Elementary Programs Brent Yeager assisted at the presentation.

Olathe South debate teachers

Olathe South High School debate teachers Jo Ball (second from left) and Catherine Smith were recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association. Ball received the third diamond degree of membership in the organization, and Smith earned the sixth diamond degree of membership. They were accompanied at the board meeting by Principal Clint Albers.

Citizens Education Academy participants

Nearly 20 people participated in the Citizens Education Academy and learned about demographics, statistics, data, recent initiatives, the role of Teaching and Learning, and other district activities. Assistant Superintendent Erin Dugan (second from left) recognized all those who participated: Cheryl Biesterfeld, Kylie Bliss, Greg Dixon, Carole Freemon, Brian Geary, Sarah Graybeal, Kate Guimbellot, Rachel Gunderson, Tami Hurst, Debbie Jasiczek, Jeffrey Johns, Bob Kulphongpatana, Charles McAllister, Susan Metsker, Gary Palmer, Rebecca Reyes, Stephanie Rhinehart, Patricia Russell, Tracy Russman, and Angela Schweller.

LEAD Academy participants

The Leadership, Experience, Advancement and Development (LEAD) Academy brought together aspiring leaders from across the district. Administrators and participants included Assistant Superintendent Erin Dugan, Tara Payton, LuJuana Hopson, Anna-Lynn Morris, Ashford Collins, Eric Griffin, Stefanie Parrish, Kaleb Stoppel, Executive Director of General Administration/ Secondary Programs Jim McMullen, Tom Hanken, Executive Director of General Administration/ Elementary Programs Brent Yeager, Director of Certified Personnel Steve Massey, and Executive Director of Elementary Personnel Cathy Donovan. Other participants were Josh Umphrey and Toni Cole

Photos by Cody Kennedy