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Information on the ISD Levy Initiative Facing Independence Voters April 7

March 6, 2015 • District Wide, Top Story

The ISD is asking voters for a levy increase on the April 7 ballot. To learn more about the proposed increase, watch this informational video with ISD Superintendent Dr. Dale Herl. He answers many frequently asked questions. (Other often asked questions are answered below.) To see the video, click here. To see a comparison between […]

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Elementary Schools»

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 […]

Southern Students Go “Bow”ing!

William Southern fourth- and fifth-grade students are beginning to look a lot like William Tell- minus the apple! Southern Physical Education Teacher Annie Dudek has been teaching the students archery and they love it. Dudek received National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) training through the Missouri Department of Conservation. Educators believe learning archer skills […]

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Middle Schools»

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, […]

ISD Middle School Students Bring History to Life During National History Day

Projects created by ISD middle school students were recognized for excellence during the Greater Kansas City History Day event at the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum. Greater Kansas City History Day was part of the National History Day celebration. Sixth- through 12th- grade students from across the metro put their works on display. Highlighting […]

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High Schools»

FBI Robotics Team Takes Second Place in Colorado

In their final tuneup before the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in St. Louis April 22-25, the FIRST Bots of Independence (FBI) took second place in the Colorado Regional and also brought home an award for engineering excellence. FBI features students from all three ISD high schools. “It was an outstanding showing,” said Russell Clothier, […]

Van Horn Sending 13 Students to State Music Competition

Musical excellence during the Solo and Small Ensemble Contest earned 13 Van Horn High School band, choir and orchestra students a trip to state competition later this school year. “It was a fantastic day and the school’s strongest showing in years,” said Ryan Main, Van Horn music teacher. “Last year, five students advanced to state, […]

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Gala Raises $125,000 for ISD Foundation

More than 400 ISD supporters opened their hearts and their wallets and pocketbooks in support of district students and staff during the Connecting Hearts Gala- a fundraiser for the ISD Foundation. More than $125,000 was raised and will go toward a variety of ISD Foundation programs. “I can’t thank our patrons enough for being so […]

Youth Specialist Named ISD Classified Employee of the Year

Megan Kuhnert, youth specialist at Sugar Creek Elementary, was named the district’s 2015-2016 Classified Employee of the Year. Known as “Miss Megan,” Kuhnert was chosen for the honor by a panel of judges from the Independence community. Her coworkers said she makes a significant difference in the lives of students, staff and families. “Miss Megan provides […]

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Alerts & FYI

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


By providing quality education, the Independence School District will ensure that each learner will achieve the skills and self-confidence to be successful in an ever-changing world.

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