Olathe schools, students receive awards

Sunnyside Elementary Receives Spotlight Award

Sunnyside Elementary School has been recognized by the Kansas Department of Education in partnership with the Character Education Partnership with a Spotlight Award.

The award recognizes the school for exhibiting strengths in the newly adopted Social, Emotional and Character Development Standers (SECD), a model component of the College and Career Ready Standards.

The school was presented the award Thursday at the Brown v Board of Education National Historic site in Topeka.

Students Receive Awards for National Latin Exam

Each year Olathe East Latin students take the National Latin Exam, which is a test that covers Latin grammar, vocabulary, mythology, Roman culture, derivatives, and translation skills.

This year more than 154,000 students from all 50 states and 15 countries were given the test.

  • Three OE Latin students received the gold award (summa cum laude):Jadrian Salmans in Latin 1, and Snigdha Sharma and Jessica Sottile in Latin 3.
  • The Silver award (maxima cum laude) recipients are Hayley Malmgren and Emerson Crockett in Latin 1, Morgan Burlingame in Latin 2, and Chase Harvey and Elizabeth Martin in Latin 3.
  • The magna cum laude award winner is Taylor Boatman in Latin 2, and the cum laude award winners are Colin Cope and Melisa Leon in Latin 1.
Students Receive Awards for State Latin Exam
Olathe East High School students participated in the Kansas Junior Classical League competition at Lawrence High School. Continue reading

Mind’s eye journey to find the source of those ‘voices’

It wasn’t long after my wife Terri had left for work this past Monday that I had sat down in front of the computer, placed my morning cup of coffee at the side and then began typing one of several articles I had planned to do that day.

It was a nice morning. The sun was shining. The wind blew through the branches of the tree outside the window and I could tell it was going to be a good day; more-than-likely a motorcycle-riding day — providing I could get my articles finished.

Blaring from my iTunes selections was Bob Dylan’sLike A Rolling Stone” and my fingers were pounding the keys in rhythm with the music.

(Once upon a time you dressed so fine … Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you? … People call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall,” you thought they were all  … a kiddin’ you…)

I was in my “writer’s zone” with the words flowing from my mind through my fingers and onto the screen.

It was magical. Continue reading

Arboretum plant sale moves inside

plant sale inside

 

Kansas Teachers of the Year visit MNU

Kansas Teachers of the Year: Ramie Allison, Sue Commons, Colleen Mitchell, Sarah Berlinger, Scott Keltner, Judy Domke, Laura Moyers and Dyane Smokorowski. MNU photo

Kansas Teachers of the Year: Ramie Allison, Sue Commons, Colleen Mitchell, Sarah Berlinger, Scott Keltner, Judy Domke, Laura Moyers and Dyane Smokorowski. MNU photo

Each year the Kansas State Department of Education chooses seven regional teachers of the year and one Kansas teacher of the year. MidAmerica Nazarene University hosted the eight teachers honored with these distinctions in 2013 at a panel discussion for its teacher education majors Tuesday, April 30.

The teachers travel the state presenting to future teachers to inspire and motivate those preparing to be educators.

Regional Teacher of the Year Laura Moyers from Leavenworth USD 453 engaged the crowd with “Granny” as she discussed creativity in the classroom.  MNU photo

Regional Teacher of the Year Laura Moyers from Leavenworth USD 453 engaged the crowd with “Granny” as she discussed creativity in the classroom. MNU photo

Three of the eight are alumni of MNU having graduated from the Master of Education program: Ramie Allison, regional teacher of the year from Haysville, Kan.; Laura Moyers, regional teacher of the year from Leavenworth, Kan.; and Dyane Smokorowski, Kansas teacher of the year from Andover, Kan., who recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she and the winners from other states met President Obama.

The teachers presented on the theme EMBRACE using the acronym to suggest that great teachers engage students, motivate them, build relationships, reflect and change, access the network (of technology), create an atmosphere of fun, and educate.

About 35 juniors and senior education majors attended the presentation.

 

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