KCPS Schools, Students Celebrate End of School

Fun abounds on last day of the 2017-2018 academic year


Kansas City, June 6, 2018: Students have been counting down and they celebrated the end of school on Tuesday, May 30.

Over the last weeks of the school year, KCPS schools have been celebrating another successful year in unique and fun ways. From awards assemblies to field trips, final performances, track and field competitions and the beloved field day, KCPS students celebrated the beginning of summer.

Hale Cook Elementary celebrated outstanding student achievement and Green Hand Awards, named after Dr. Stephen Green and Ashley Hand, who demonstrated civic leadership for positive change during the reopening of Hale Cook. David and Sarah Darmitzel were honored for their countless hours building up parent involvement along with their dedication to Hale Cook and the Waldo community. The 2018 Green Hand Student Award honored fifth-grade student Kaden Johns and his kindergarten sister Hope for their perseverance following a tragic car accident at the beginning of the school year. After the loss of their second-grade sister Elise in the accident, Jaden and Hope exhibited courage, love and inspiration in the Hale Cook community. Elise was honored with two memorial benches and a heart on the green hand tree.

Students with perfect attendance at Whittier Elementary School were celebrated at the principal’s breakfast. Students also received tickets for them and their family to see the Broadway production of the Lion King. Plus, students who maintained a 90% or higher attendance for the school year enjoyed a field trip to CoCo Key Water Resort.

Eighth-grade students attending Foreign Language Academy shared their projects from their recent trip to Costa Rica and were honored for their accomplishments during their Eighth Grade Promotion celebration. Students at James Elementary showcased their gifts for performing in the end-of-year talent show. Teachers and administrators at Trailwoods received a pie in the face to mark the year’s end. At Carver Dual Language School, students celebrated throughout the last days with a track meet, sixth grade versus staff soccer match, sixth-grade recognition celebration and more.

Many elementary schools celebrated with the beloved Field Day including John T. Hartman, Troost, African-Centered College Prep, Phillis Wheatley, Holliday Montessori, Border Star Montessori and more.

High school students cleaned lockers, ran a few last science experiments, enjoyed arts day and participated in the Missouri State Track and Field Championships.

To see more photos from various events, visit our Flickr page.