District Students Receive Honors

Aug. 11, 2017

Students Receive Seal of Biliteracy

The Olathe School District has recommended 24 students to receive the Seal of Biliteracy based on their academic achievement in English and an additional foreign language.

The recommendation was submitted to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Student recipients would receive an updated transcript with the seal designation, congratulatory letter from the district and a certificate from the state of Kansas. Biliteracy refers to having a functional level of proficiency in two or more languages.

The seal is a statement of accomplishment that recognizes a student's readiness for career and college and for engagement as a global citizen.

"We are extremely proud of our district students who have proven themselves to excel in language, communication and culture," Jessica Dain, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning said. "In today's global society and competitive job market, employers more likely to hire bilingual candidates as they know their communication skills allow them to interact with a more diverse group of people. These students have worked hard and attained a competitive edge that will serve them well as they graduate from high school and move into their post-secondary journeys."

Mission Trail Orchestra Plays Midland Theater

Students in the Mission Trail Middle School orchestra will have the opportunity to share the stage with The Piano Guys during their Aug. 15 show. Eight students will attend a dress rehearsal and then perform with the group on stage during their Kansas City show at the Arvest Theater at the Midland.

"Playing with the Piano Guys will be such a cool experience for us," Mission Trail students Eryka Heard and Jada Bradley said. "It is humbling to get this opportunity and something we will always remember."

Ryan Harra and Carson KrakarOlathe Students Elected to Boys Nation

Two Olathe students and delegates from the 2017 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy were elected by peers to represent Kansas at Boys Nation.

Seniors Ryan Harra of Olathe North High School and Carson Krakar of Olathe Northwest High School attended a week-long session of Boys Nation at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Each national representative acts as a senator from Boys State. Activities included a lawmakers' caucus, hearings on bills submitted by delegates and visits to federal agencies.

(Photo: Ryan Harra, left, and Carson Krakar represented Kansas at Boys Nation.)