Northwest student diagnosed with TB

State and local health department officials have identified a single case of active tuberculosis (TB) in a student who attends Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kan. The individual identified is complying with isolation precautions and is receiving medication to treat the illness.

South group takes stand against bullying, suicide

After a brief rehearsal for their upcoming performance at Olathe South, B.R.A.V.E. members showed off the group’s wristbands which they distribute as a symbolic reminder that students are joining the chain reaction to stand up and speak out against bullying and violence. “Those directly involved in B.R.A.V.E. are making a difference and they know it,” Principal Phil Clark said. Photo by Marlene Colgan

B.R.A.V.E. members show off the group’s wristbands they distribute as a symbolic reminder that students are joining the chain reaction to stand up and speak out against bullying and violence. “Those directly involved in B.R.A.V.E. are making a difference and they know it,” Principal Phil Clark said.
Photo by Marlene Colgan

Everyone has a bad day once in a while. Sometimes those negative emotions surface in an argument with a friend, classmate or relative. On occasion a bad day leads to bullying others as a way to feel important. In extreme cases this bullying turns inward in the form of suicidal thoughts.

Members of the B.R.A.V.E. (Bystanders Rising Against Violence Everywhere) group at Olathe South High School are working hard to take a stand against bullying in all forms.

“Research shows that student-led programs are most effective in impacting students to listen and make positive changes,” said group sponsor Helen Hardgree, who also teaches the gifted program. “These students hope to bring awareness and give a voice to kids who have been bullied and those who stand by silently as others are victimized.” Continue reading

ADHD topic for March 12 parent seminar

The Olathe Public Schools Special Services Site Council will host a free seminar for parents of students with special education needs. “ADHD and Executive Function: Being Successful in the Classroom” is the topic of the March 12 meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Instructional Resource Center, 14090 Black Bob Road, Olathe.

Steve Hazel of the Responsive Center will provide information to parents on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and executive function skills needed to be successful in the classroom. Continue reading

March 5 school board meeting preview

The Olathe Board of Education will hear two presentations during its regular meeting starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in the Education Center, 14160 Black Bob Road, Olathe. The first presentation centers on the future of the district’s oldest facility, John P. St. John Memorial High School, which has more recently been known as Millcreek Center.

Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison will update board members on a preliminary concept for using the complex, and offer initial details of a proposed phased renovation.

Hutchison will also make the second presentation which focuses on instructional, student and facility usage fees for 2015-16. Continue reading

Message from the fire department

Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association. A properly maintained smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

To help save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Olathe Fire Department, along with the Fire Education Association of Kansas and the Fire Marshals Association of Kansas, urges everyone to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit — change your smoke alarm batteries at least once per year. If it is time for your lifesaving change, change your home’s smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 8.

“Smoke alarms can provide an early warning and the critical extra seconds needed to escape during a fire,” said Olathe Fire Captain Mike Hall, who is also the president of FEAK. He added, “Working smoke alarms help save lives.”

Olathe news briefs for the week of March 2

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Severe Weather Awareness Week March 2-6
The Olathe Fire Department challenges you to create a family emergency plan during Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 2-6. Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. Be prepared for a disaster and make your personalized family plan now – before disaster strikes. Visit and select Make a Plan.

On Tuesday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. Olathe will participate in the annual statewide tornado drill in conjunction with the National Weather Service. The outdoor warning system (sirens) will be activated as part of the statewide drill.  Residents are encouraged to use this time to practice their sheltering plans for severe weather.

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Olathe’s Got Talent set for April 11

The annual Olathe’s Got Talent event will showcase this area’s young talent in the areas of music (vocal and instrumental), dance, and variety (comedy, magic, etc.). Performers from age seven through their senior year in high school will have the chance to compete for scholarships during this year’s event.

Olathe’s Got Talent 2015 will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Bell Cultural Events Center, 2030 E. College Way, Olathe. The event is organized by the Olathe Noon Optimist Club. Olathe Ford/Lincoln is the presenting sponsor for this event. Continue reading


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