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For the Missouri Mavericks, the ‘Goal’ is Character Development

April 22, 2015 • Top Story

For the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks, scoring goals are no problem. But off the ice, goals are important too. That’s why Mavs players regularly visit ISD schools and speak to students about character and character development. Each month during the school year, every ISD school inspires lives of integrity by choosing a staff and student of […]

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Elementary Schools»

Van Horn Cadets Team With Elementary School Runners to Prepare for 5K Race

With encouragement and coaching from Van Horn JROTC cadets, nearly 30 fourth- and fifth-grade runners from Fairmount Elementary completed a practice 5K in preparation for a sanctioned 5K run in May. Cadets have been working with Fairmount students for the past several weeks, preparing the boys for the Independence Park Run Saturday, May 2 and […]

Southern Teachers Serving Burgers, Fries and a Scholarship

There were lots of familiar faces staffing the counter and the ‘drive thru window’ on the 40 Highway McDonalds. Teachers from William Southern Elementary left the classroom and enrolled for a night at Hamburger U- all for a good cause. Teachers worked at the restaurant to raise money for the school’s ‘Southern Stars’ scholarship. Established […]

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Middle Schools»

ISD Middle School Students Discovering the Old West

Reading from actual ‘trail diaries’ locked away in boxes for decades, eighth-grade students at Bingham Middle School are learning about the westward expansion of the United States. Using the original words of pioneers traveling through Independence more than 150 years ago, students read from the diaries and share their interpretations during social studies class. The […]

Students Explore Future Options During Bingham Health Career Fair

Thanks to their partnership with Centerpoint Medical Center, Bingham Middle School eighth-grade students learned what it takes to work in the medical profession during the school’s Health Career Fair. More than a dozen Centerpoint professionals spoke to the students about their particular job. “Presenters came from throughout the hospital including ambulance drivers, nurses, nurse practitioners, […]

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High Schools»

Chrisman Industrial Technology Department Named Program of the Year, Students Win 17 Awards

William Chrisman’s industrial technology students earned 17 ‘Grand’ Awards (the highest possible) and the department, under the direction of teacher Scott Engelmann, was named Program of the Year during the district Technology Education Association of Missouri (T.E.A.M.) competition at the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Business and Technology Center. Creating everything from a picnic table to […]

Truman High School Hosts Prestigious Reagan Debate

Students from eight western Missouri high schools competed for more than $50,000 in scholarship money at the regional Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Foundation and the Reagan Library and held at Truman High School. Three Truman students- Ethan Williams, Lorinda Ruz, Karly Kinsey- finished fourth in the competition. Truman High […]

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Chrisman Special Olympics Athletes Win Gold Medals at Metro Track Meet

Several William Chrisman special athletes won gold medals at the Kansas City Metro Area Special Olympics Track Meet at Lee’s Summit North High School and advanced to the State Summer Games at Missouri State University in Springfield May 29-31. Earning gold medals were: Shaquana Hobbs, Victoria Pineda, Christopher Crane and Ben Kettlewell- 100 meter dash […]

William Chrisman ‘King’ Loved by His Subjects

Senior Prom is always a memorable night, but for William Chrisman’s Alec Belk, it was an evening he will never forget. Belk has a disorder similar to autism and ADHD, but he does not let that stop him from being a major positive force in the school. Because of that, his classmates honored him by […]

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