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Five Local Kansas High Schools Counted Among Newsweek's Best

Five Local Kansas High Schools Counted Among Newsweek's Best

Three Shawnee Mission and two Blue Valley schools were selected for inclusion in Newsweek's list of America’s Best High Schools. In 2011, Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Shawnee Mission South, Blue Valley and Blue Valley North were chosen for the list. Go here to see the list.

JCCC Raises $3.29 Million for New Culinary Academy

JCCC Raises $3.29 Million for New Culinary Academy

Johnson County Community College’s Foundation has met the “Wysong Challenge” by raising $3,291,032 to support the construction of a new hospitality and culinary academy on the college campus.

The “Wysong Challenge” is a set of initiatives intended to distinguish JCCC’s hospitality program at national and global levels. Former Kansas Senator David Wysong and his wife, Kathy, announced in May 2008 a $750,000 challenge gift to help raise funds in support of JCCC’s hospitality program, which eventually included the construction of a new facility.

In 2010, the college’s board of trustees challenged the Foundation to raise $3 million over 18 months to support the construction of such a facility. If the Foundation was able to raise the money, then the trustees pledged to give favorable consideration toward its construction. The monies would come from the college’s capital outlay fund and capital reserves, which are restricted to capital projects.

Local Teachers Are Finalists for Presidential Award

Local Teachers Are Finalists for Presidential Award

Two local Kansas public school teachers are finalists for 2011 the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The teachers were named during a ceremony Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson.

The local finalist for mathematics is Vincent LaVergne of Shawnee Mission South High School. The finalist in science is Dennis Burkett of Olathe South High School.

District To Hold Meeting After School Burglarized, Set On Fire

District To Hold Meeting After School Burglarized, Set On Fire

Parents of students who attend Green Springs Elementary are invited to a meeting on Saturday to discuss the district's plans after the school was burglarized and set on fire this week.

The meeting is Saturday at 9 a.m. at Frontier Trail Middle School, 15300 W. 143rd Street.  The district will share information for Monday and those that cannot attend will be notified by phone or email, or they can find the information on the school's website.

Johnson County Snow Day Plans

Johnson County Snow Day Plans

Johnson County Schools typically get together and make a collective decision regarding students and making up snow days.  Six snow days are built in to the school year.

In Shawnee Mission, spokesperson Leigh Ann Neal said they won't make a final decision until after their spring break, which is the week of March 31.  She says so far students have taken 6 days.

According to the Kansas State Department of Education spokesperson Michelle Clark, each district there can decide how its students will reach the "state required 116 hours per school year" when they build their schedules.

Districts can designate up to 5 days and if they use them the state will waive that many days.

Check Out the Olathe School District's New Culinary Facility

The Olathe School District is giving the public a preview of their new professional training facility. The new facility located at Olathe North High School features a professional kitchen and a baking and pastry area.

The facility also has a 90-seat restaurant area where the program will host private monthly events at its restaurant, Les Arts Culinaires. The event is Tuesday, Sept. 28 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Culinary Arts Program is part of the Olathe School District's 21st Century Career and Technical Education Programs. For more information, visit olatheschools.com or contact Nichole Asquith at (913) 780-7026.

Friends University to Offer Online Programs for Adults

Friends University announces that it will offer four fully online programs to individuals in the local region. The following programs will be offered with online classes scheduled to start in September 2010, January 2011 and June 2011.

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management & Leadership (OML)
The OML program is an upper-level degree completion program designed for employed adults seeking a bachelor’s degree. The program explores functions of management, organizational research and behavior, interpersonal communications, and human resource management.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
This graduate program is for current teachers and focuses on the practical application of classroom learning-teaching skills, utilizing the best of theory and practice. Each student, with a faculty advisor, designs an individualized plan for a research study that is targeted, relevant and immediately applicable.