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District Observes Great Kindness Challenge January 26-30

January 26, 2015 • Top Story

How many times have you heard someone say ‘Just imagine if the world were a kinder place?’ Schools in the ISD are doing more than just saying that- they are turning those words into actions! Students, faculty and staff in schools across the district are participating in the Great Kindness Challenge January 26-30. “We are […]

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Elementary Schools»

Fairmount Performs 100 Acts of Service

After learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., fifth-graders at Fairmount Elementary were inspired to follow in his footsteps. They were particularly inspired by King’s words when he said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” and “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” So, they challenged themselves […]

William Southern Teacher Wants Title of American Ninja Warrior

Annie Dudek, William Southern physical education teacher, is a hopeful for the seventh season of the heart-racing competition series American Ninja Warrior on NBC. The action-packed show follows competitors as they tackle the world’s most difficult obstacle courses in an effort to qualify for the national finals in Las Vegas on a four-stage course modeled after Japan’s […]

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Middle Schools»

Pioneer Ridge “Sticks” to the Message Behind The Great Kindness Challenge

For a handful of Pioneer Ridge Middle School students, the true message of The Great Kindness Challenge really “stuck” with them- literally! Students Keeley Roberts and Alexa Ortiz came up with the idea to make sticky notes to put on lockers with phrases like “you’re responsible” and “you’re amazing.” Joined by classmates Vivian Xayaphet, Jaelyn […]

Girls With a Purpose visit Harvesters

Pioneer Ridge Middle School girls joined with Truman High School juniors on a trip to Harvesters.  The girls participate in Girl Talk, a peer-to-peer mentoring program led by high school girls for middle school girls.  The name of their chapter is Girls with a Purpose.  They meet weekly to build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and […]

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High Schools»

Chrisman Student Named Kansas City Special Olympics Athlete of the Year

William Chrisman student Michael Lunceford was named the Kansas City Special Olympics Athlete of the Year. He was honored for his sportsmanship and work with the Special Olympics program. Lunceford, active in many Special Olympics sports at William Chrisman, has performed well at regional and state competitions and last summer competed in bowling at the […]

William Chrisman Theatre Presenting ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Jan 29-31

The William Chrisman Theatre Department will present its production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and step back into the early 19th century January 29-31. The theatre department has been working diligently towards the success of Pride and Prejudice since mid-November when the cast list was introduced. ‘I was very shocked [when I got my part],” said […]

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District Wide»

Four District Administrators Promoted

Four administrators in the Independence School District will have new jobs this fall. Dr. Janet Richards will serve as Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education starting in the 2015-2016 year. She has served in the Independence School District for 25 years. Richards is a former student, having attended Randall Elementary, Bridger Junior High and William Chrisman High […]

Mavericks Bring Message of Perseverence to Luff, Three Trails

Missouri Mavericks Goaltender Mike Clemente and Defensemen Brendan Rempel and Dallas Ehrhardt took an afternoon from the ice and instead scored points (or should we say, goals) with ISD students at Three Trails and Luff Elementary. Each month during the hockey season, Mavericks players visit with ISD elementary school’s monthly student of character- part of […]

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Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 10 - 6 p.m.
201 N. Forest Ave.


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