School Board Honors Students, Staff, and Partners


The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors recently honored our Scholar Superstars, Terrific Teammates and Community Champions for September 2015.

Scholar Superstars


For our September 2015 Scholar Superstars, we honored the 16 students from Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts who earned the Gold Medal Runyon Award for Youth Audio Production. This was the result of their outstanding work during the 18th-annual Mark Time Awards, presented June 12 at the HEAR Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival in Kansas City. The Mark Time Awards are the top juried awards nationally and internationally for genre-based audio theatre and includes awards for best science fiction, horror/fantasy and mystery/detective productions of the year. This is the first year that the Runyon Award has been presented, which makes this an even more significant honor for our Paseo students. The students were coached by Paseo Theatre Teacher David Luby.

The participants included:

Ethan Anissy
Isabela Coleman
Eishenae’ Goldsby
Ethan Himes
Byron Hyde
Zhyesia Jameson
Ellia Johnson
Keylisha Nelson
Khalil Odums
Elena Parker
Marcus Robertson
Carissa Stevens
Jordan Stewart
Trayvon Wainwright
Mushelle White
Ignacio Zollar


Terrific Teammates


Our Classified Terrific Teammate for September 2015 is Karen Rollins, the Moving Team Lead at MOSE. She was nominated by Pam Bennett in our Facilities department. Karen is always willing to help and go the extra mile with a smile. She is a great employee and team worker who assists whoever needs it and does an exemplary job of tracking inventory. According to Pam, Karen is agreeable and flexible when she is asked to rearrange a space after it has already been set-up. She is a shining example of the employees who work hard every day behind the scenes to make sure our schools are running effectively and efficiently. Karen, thank you for your outstanding service to Kansas City Public Schools.


Our Certified Terrific Teammate this month is Katy Hendrix, third-grade teacher at Rogers Elementary School. She was nominated by Principal Wendy McNitt for her excellent work overall and some very special attention paid to a student who has a history of sleeping during class. Mrs. Hendrix made a deal with this young man that if he stayed awake and did his work she would call him and read him a story before he went to bed. That evening, she was attending a colleague’s birthday celebration at a Plaza restaurant. She kept watching the time and at 8:00 she left the restaurant, went to her car, called him and read a bedtime story to him. She even sent home a duplicate of the book so he could follow along. The deal worked and the student stayed awake! This is a great illustration of the dedication our educators give every day to make sure each child has the opportunity to improve. Thank you, Katy, for our outstanding service to Kansas City Public Schools.


Community Champions


Our September 2015 Community Champion is the Camp Fire organization, which provides excellent support for our students as a partner-in-education with KCPS.