Olathe schools champions

The fall sports season was a time for repeat champions as well as first-time title holders. From team sports to individual events, Olathe Public Schools athletes competed well and brought home a total of five 6A state titles.

“During the fall athletic season, we proved once again that Olathe really is the city of champions with our five team and individual state championships,” said Lane Green, director of athletics, activities and drug-free schools. “Olathe high schools won a number of league, sub-state, regional, and sectional championships as well. Now that the fall season has concluded, we look forward to more success during our winter athletic season.”

Olathe East High School won the volleyball championship by defeating Blue Valley Northwest High School in three games: 25-20, 16-25, 25-21. This is East’s first volleyball title, and only the district’s second volleyball championship. Olathe South High School won the title in 2005.

Olathe East High School won the volleyball championship by defeating Blue Valley Northwest High School in three games: 25-20, 16-25, 25-21. This is East’s first volleyball title, and only the district’s second volleyball championship. Olathe South High School won the title in 2005.

Jessie Payne of Olathe Northwest High School captured three gymnastics titles: all-around, uneven parallel bars and vault.

Jessie Payne of Olathe Northwest High School captured three gymnastics titles: all-around, uneven parallel bars and vault. 

Audrey Judd of Olathe Northwest won her second consecutive state golf title. She shot a 1-under-par 71 to win the title in the state tournament in Garden City.

Audrey Judd of Olathe Northwest won her second consecutive state golf title. She shot a 1-under-par 71 to win the title in the state tournament in Garden City.

 

School district named to annual AP Honor Roll

Olathe Public Schools has been named to the 4th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll by the College Board. The district is one of 477 school districts in the United States and Canada to be placed on the list.

The AP District Honor Roll recognizes efforts to open AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher.  The College Board reviewed data from AP testing from 2011 to 2013.

“Advanced Placement coursework brings college-level studies to the high school classroom,” Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski said.  “AP students taking the College Board AP exams may earn college credit by doing well on the exam. Often AP classes are reserved only for the academic elite, but the Olathe district has focused on including more students in these classes while maintaining high level results.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition from the College Board. It is a testament to the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, and student who chose to enroll in these rigorous AP classes.”

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

Family Science Night Nov. 21 at Olathe North

The district’s sixth annual Family Science Night, hosted by Olathe North High School, has something for everyone from second-graders to seniors, as well as parents. The free event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the school’s north commons area, 600 E. Prairie.

Olathe North science teacher Amy Johnston said there will be exhibits and presentations by representatives from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University science departments, Garmin, Lakeside Nature Center, Science City, Maker Studios, the Kansas City Zoo, Science Pioneers and other science-related groups. Continue reading

Pumpkin decorating draws Ravenwood families

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Starting a new tradition at school can be exciting, but it’s also a lot of work for those who plan and execute the event. Parents and administrators at Ravenwood Elementary School are proud to say their first-ever pumpkin decorating night was a success . . . a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10.

“I think we would all give it a 10,” said administrative intern Dana Hinds of the Oct. 23 event.

Many students wore their Halloween costumes and brought their own pumpkins to the outdoor event on the playground. The PTO supplied the decorations ranging from paint to glitter, and there were a number of other Halloween/fall related activities to choose from. Continue reading

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