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District Initiates New Cold Weather Policy

November 3, 2014 • Top Story

A letter from Dr. Herl. Parents and Guardians,   I want to make you aware of a change this year in how we handle extremely cold weather days. This yearwe will make a two hour late start available to our students and families. This will only be used when cold weather (not driving condition) is […]

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Elementary Schools»

Family Tradition Continues at This Year’s Mayor’s Christmas Concert

Just like her mother did nearly 30 years ago, William Southern Elementary fourth-grader Katelyn Prayson will be singing in the annual Mayor’s Christmas Concert, Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Community of Christ Auditorium. Katelyn’s mom, Leslie Dobbs Prayson, sung in one of the very first Mayor’s Christmas Concerts in 1986 as a […]

Ott Recognizes Veterans Day

The Ott Elementary PTA, Karen Spalding and second-grade teachers and students hosted the school’s Veterans’ Day Program. Van Horn High School’s JROTC Color Guard presented the flag and Ronald Spalding, Olathe School District band director and past member of the Kansas National Guard, played taps and explained how the song originated. Ott students made cards […]

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Middle Schools»

Independence PTA, Barnes & Noble Holding Book Fair Nov 22 Benefitting ISD

   Picking up a good book is always a good way to spend the weekend and Saturday, Nov. 22, buying that good book benefits a good cause. The Independence Barnes & Noble (Independence Commons, 19120 E. 39th St.) has teamed with the Independence Council of PTAs to hold a book fair with a portion of […]

Nowlin Musicians Perform in Northeast Kansas City

Ten sixth-graders from Nowlin Middle School entertained guests during a November 5 Open House inside the Northeast Community Center. The center will be the future home of Harmony Project KC, a nonprofit organization providing free music instruction to students in northeast Kansas City. Nowlin student musicians were: Xitlalic Aguilar, Cheyenne Atkinson, Liliana Becerra, Kiyonnah Bell, […]

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High Schools»

Van Horn JROTC Help Fairmount Boys at Let Me Run Practice 5K, Prepping for Nov 22 Race

Four dedicated Van Horn JROTC cadets have been working with Fairmount students, preparing them for the Turkey Trails Run in Independence Saturday, Nov. 22. The elementary school students are participating in Let Me Run (LMR), a self-confidence, self-esteem, nutrition and good health habits program for fourth- and fifth-grade boys. It uses running as the catalyst for […]

Hart Wins Gates Award

Truman High School junior Lexi Hart won the Evelyn Gates Award- given to the top high school volleyball player in Kansas City. Hart edged out finalists Madison Duello (Liberty), Carlissa May (Lee’s Summit West) and Carlyle Nusbaum (St. Thomas Aquinas), in the process becoming the first junior to win the award in its 11 year […]

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District Wide»

Board Adopts New Goals

During the November 2014 ISD Board of Education meeting, the Board adopted goals for 2014-2019. While these may be updated, they will form the basis for the district’s School Improvement Plan. These priorities were crafted with the best interest of the school district and ISD students in mind. The Board of Education will be working […]

Rodgers and Hammerstein Classic Coming to Truman’s Stage Nov 20-23

A large cast of Truman High School actors take the stage to present Carousel November 20-23. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door. Called The Best Musical of the 20th Century by Time Magazine, Carousel is a story about […]

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Alerts & FYI

Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 9 - 6 p.m.
201 N. Forest Ave.


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