“Olathe’s Got Talent” seeks students to apply for April 29 show

“Olathe’s Got Talent,” an event which showcases Olathe students and their various talents, is now accepting applications for participants for the April 29 show. Many applicants choose to perform a vocal, instrumental, dance, gymnastic, etc. act, while other students may compete in visual arts or in a newly added category which challenges them to create a video. This year’s video theme is “What the World Gains from Optimism.” More than $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year.

Second graders through seniors who reside in Olathe and who are public, private or homeschool students are eligible to apply in the performance category, while the visual arts and video category is restricted to juniors and seniors attending an Olathe School District high school and residing within district boundaries. Continue reading

Grant helps students think, design, print in 3-D

Boys watch as 3D printer works

Students watched eagerly to see the 3-D printer begin to form their design. Once complete, their project had to be evaluated and possibly redesigned. The process of designing, evaluating and redesigning is one of the valuable lessons students learned in the Technology Education class. Photo by Marlene Colgan

Three-dimensional printers are changing the way scientists and inventors solve problems. They can be used to create prosthetic limbs, replacement parts for many types of equipment, and build small models. Some of the young inventors being impacted by 3-D printers are at Mission Trail Middle School.

Students in Richard Hinderliter’s Technology Education classes got their first taste of 3-D printing this fall thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Olathe Public Schools Foundation. Only one other middle school has a 3-D printer at this time.

“I’d read about the technology of 3-D printing and seen cool projects that students were doing with the printers elsewhere,” Hinderliter said. “The more I found out about them, the more I wanted one for my students.” Continue reading

Special Ed services overview on tap for school board meeting

During their regular monthly meeting in January, members of the Olathe Board of Education will hear a presentation on the district’s special education services. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 in the Education Center, 14160 Black Bob Road, Olathe.

The presentation by Director of Special Services Lanie Fasulo and Assistant Superintendent of General Administration Erin Dugan will cover student enrollment, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act categories, staffing, and funding in special services. District programs are provided for students from early childhood through post-secondary. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 2

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 24, 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).

 

Public invited to annual MLK Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15

Olatheans and residents throughout the Greater Kansas City area are invited to join the Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC) to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Sunday, Jan. 15. The annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Olathe Conference Center by Embassy Suites, located at K-10 and Ridgeview Rd. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Appraiser’s office restarts property imaging project

A property imaging project that began in January 2016, and was put on hold because of foliage issues in June, resumes today countywide.

The Appraiser’s Office has contracted Tyler Technologies Inc. to capture high-resolution, street-level photos of the exterior of every county property. Johnson County officials uses the photos to create land record information used in the appraisal process. Continue reading

Seminar Jan. 12 for parents of special needs students

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

Jean Krahn with the Kansas Guardianship Program will help parents become award of guardianship issues once a student reaches the “age of majority.” Her presentation will answer many questions including whether a guardian is really necessary, and how to attain guardianship for a child. Continue reading

Young singers bring holiday songs to school district offices

Being a member of an elementary school chorus is hard work. It takes a lot of practice to get ready for the holiday performance tour which might include up to a half-dozen locations across the city.

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