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Five ISD Schools Getting Makeovers During Project Shine July 11

July 6, 2015 • Top Story

More than 1,000 volunteers from Independence-area businesses, churches and civic organizations are ready to clean, paint and beautify five ISD schools during the eighth annual Project Shine event Saturday, July 11 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year, Ott Elementary, Randall Elementary, Bingham Middle School, Truman High School and Independence Academy get a summer […]

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Elementary Schools»

Open Airways Makes Asthma Education Fun

The ISD and the City of Independence Health Department welcomed more than 100 to Open Airways, an evening for elementary-aged children with asthma, inside the Glendale Elementary School gymnasium. “It was a fun and educational night,” said Lori Halsey, the ISD’s director of health services. Open Airways featured games, food and prizes for the youngsters […]

Procter Recognized by State for Positive Behavior Support Program

Procter Elementary School was recognized as a bronze award winner for Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) implementation. Presented by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the school will receive the award during ceremonies at the 10th Annual Missouri SW-PBS Summer Training Institute June 10 at Lake of the Ozarks. “This is very exciting […]

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Middle Schools»

Pioneer Ridge Musicians Earn Numerous High Marks at Middle School Festival

Pioneer Ridge musicians were among ‘the best of the best’ at the Kansas City Metro Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival, earning 18 ‘I’ ratings- the highest mark given. “Middle school students from across the metro attend,” said Todd Reinhardt, band teacher. “Pioneer Ridge students did a great job and represented the school at a […]

ISD Teacher Nominated for National Teacher of the Year Award

Charlene Burns, Bingham Middle School teacher, is one of just two Missouri winners of the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award by the National History Day organization. She is now eligible for the National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award June 18- an award given to two educators along with a check for […]

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High Schools»

Marine Biology Students Learn About Life Along the Missouri

ISD marine biology students traded the classroom for the riverfront, exploring aquatic life and cleaning up debris along the Missouri River. Nearly a dozen students joined teacher Leslie Mallinson for a boat trip from LaBenite Park for the unique educational experience. “Many may think what happens along the Missouri has very little to do with […]

ISD Class of 2015 Commencement on TV in July

Relive the excitement of graduation when BSSD-TV (Comcast Channel 15/AT&T U-verse Channel 99 in Independence) and City 7, the Independence government-access channel, broadcast ISD high school commencement exercises, in their entirety, throughout July. BSSD-TV airs ISD graduation ceremonies July 21-23 from 6 to 10 p.m. Truman’s commencement airs Tuesday, July 21, Van Horn’s Wednesday, July […]

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ISD Named Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Citing the district’s progressive health and wellness initiatives and commitment to employee health, the American Heart Association named the Independence School District (ISD) a Platinum Fit-Friendly worksite. “You are among an elite group of awardees for this important initiative,” said Nancy Brown, the American Heart Association’s CEO. “We commend your efforts and look forward to […]

ISD Honors Retirees During Annual Banquet

It was time to say “thanks” and “goodbye” to 27 ISD employees during the district’s eighth annual Retirement Banquet inside the Independence Hilton Garden Inn. Those 27 retirees- with a combined 419 years in the ISD- were introduced individually and presented with several gifts. Dr. Dale Herl, ISD superintendent, and Ann Franklin, ISD board of […]

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Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, July 14 - 6 p.m.
201 N. Forest Ave.


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