Westridge Middle School Delivers a Powerful Anti-Bullying Message Throughout SMSD
In alignment with SMSD Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) efforts, the Westridge Junior Thespian troupe debuts a traveling performance focused on combating bullying.
Check out the KMBC News story!
The Westridge initiative is funded by a SMEF grant underwritten by Target. The show and interactive workshop will play at 12 district schools for K-2nd grade audiences.
It's a little bit like "paying it forward."
In a press conference on January 21, 2014, the Shawnee Mission School District and the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation announced a generous donation made by board of education member Dr. Craig Denny and his wife Terry.
The $100,000 gift establishes the Denny Family Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fund. The fund will support new instructional initiatives, professional development for teachers in STEM-focused areas, opportunities for students to conduct specialized research, curriculum development and specialized equipment.
When asked about the investment in Shawnee Mission Dr. Denny said, "It's a little bit like 'pay it forward.' We've been blessed in all of the things we've done and we want to see opportunities for those kids that are coming behind us."
Click here for link to Broadcast of Live Press Conference and other news coverage.
SM West E2 Grant in Action: Spanish class isn't what it used to be!
SM West World Language, Spanish II, teacher Steven Pierce engages his classes using the method they most prefer: Technology!
Students compose a 10 second conversational exchange practicing a targeted grammar point and then use an app called Vine to record it on their iPads purchased through a SMEF E2 Grant. Once recorded, it’s back to the classroom to share with their peers and practice listening skills.
Writing- Speaking-Listening- and a little fun, too!
Check out the short video "Are you breathing? No, I am not breathing!"
Delivering Smiles and Honoring our North Area Educators - Elliott Cardozo of Roses Only
Congratulations to Liz Lilley! Liz was honored as Hocker Grove Middle School's February 2014 "Educator of the Month" and is pictured with her students, Elliott Cardozo of Roses Only and Rick Krapes of Country Financial. Many thanks to Elliott for his continued support of SMSD.
(Click here to see a slideshow of all the February 2014 "Educator of the Month" honorees.)