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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»

Mill Creek’s Youngest Learners Solve Alphabet Mystery

Mill Creek Elementary Early Education students spent the last several weeks solving an alphabet mystery, taking an alphabet adventure and learning an important lesson during alphabet rescue. Based on books by the same name (Alphabet Mystery, Alphabet Adventure, Alphabet Rescue), the young learners read and reviewed the books frequently, learning about characters and events in […]

Southern, Nowlin Choir on KCTV5’s Sounds of the Season Christmas Morning

Singers from William Southern Elementary and Nowlin Middle School were among the few chosen to perform holiday favorites for ‘Sounds of the Season,’ a special musical program airing on KCTV5 Christmas Day (6 a.m.). KCTV5 invited the schools to their studios November 22 to record the show segments. “(This was) a musical opportunity which build […]

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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 […]

Mill Creek Elementary Honors Veterans

Patriotism and pride was on display Veterans Day inside Mill Creek Elementary. Students honored veterans during an assembly- handing out certificates of appreciation and singing numerous patriotic songs. “It was our students’ way of showing veterans how grateful they are for their service,” said Mill Creek Principal Anthony King. Members of the Mustang Choir honored […]

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Alerts & FYI

Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 9 - 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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