Nov. 18 MNU forum to debate bioethics and civil rights

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s School of Nursing and Health Science is presenting “Dark Truths and Bright Promises: Bioethics and Civil Rights,” a forum on the history of civil rights and medical issues Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in Bell Cultural Events Center on the Olathe campus. The public is invited to attend the free event which will explore the interrelated topics of bioethics, diversity, leadership, and equality under the law.

The forum will include screening of civil rights-related documentary film clips, panel discussions and audience participation. The goal is to provide perspective regarding the tragic history relating to medical research and minority populations. Panel members will discuss current bioethical issues and consider the prospects for a more equitable and humane future. Continue reading

County Christmas Bureau set for Dec. 6 opening at Great Mall

The Johnson County Christmas Bureau opens the doors to its annual Holiday Shop beginning Friday Dec. 6 through Saturday Dec. 14 in the donated space of the former Marshall’s, Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20090 W. 151st St in Olathe, Kan.

By appointment, more than 13,000 low-income Johnson County residents will select groceries, personal care items and household supplies, children’s clothing, gifts and toys, books, winter coats plus hats and gloves that will provide sustenance and warmth for the holidays and the new year.

JCCB’s goal this year is to serve 13,000 individuals from 3,600 families plus 700 nursing home residents.  120 donation barrels are located throughout Johnson County and are available for donations from the public to help stock the Holiday Shop.  Visit for a list of sites.

The most needed items include: (all new EXCEPT for gently used coats/books) Continue reading

Obamacare parody at the CMA Awards

If you didn’t see this last night or on the Internet today, it’s worth watching.

And even if you did watch it last night, it’s worth watching it again!

Best way to eat an apple

So you think you know how to eat an apple?

Well, think again and watch.

Olathe District Site Council set for Nov. 12

Parent representatives from across the district will gather on Tuesday, Nov. 12 for the District Site Council meeting. The meeting, which happens annually, brings together site councils made up of parents and staff from each school.

The District Site Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie, in the commons. The Nov. 12 meeting will provide an opportunity for district leaders to share information with parents about district information, updates on construction projects, legislation and more.


Risk Management on school board Nov. 7 agenda

The Olathe Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, to hear two presentations, one of them focusing on the variety of ways administration handle risk management. The meeting will be held in the Education Center, 14160 Black Bob Road, Olathe.

Risk management involves all areas of the district, from Human Resources to Business and Finance, and centers on identifying and assessing potential risks, then coordinating resources to monitor and minimize those risks. Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison will present an overview of risk management across the district. Continue reading

Nine Olathe teachers are semifinalists for statewide awards

A district committee has chosen nine highly qualified educators as semifinalists in two statewide award programs. The educators are being considered as district nominees for the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year Award and the 2015 Emporia State University Master Teacher Award.

Elementary Kansas Teacher of the Year semifinalists: Lyndsay Cast, fifth-grade teacher at Bentwood Elementary School; Gayla Posch, fourth-grade teacher at Tomahawk Elementary School; and Betsy Prestridge, fourth-grade teacher at Countryside Elementary School. Continue reading

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