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

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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Olathe students, staff receive awards

Olathe East Singers Win Radio Station Contest

The Olathe East High School Madrigal Singers won $5,000 in the recent 99.7 The Point Christmas Choir Competition.

Director of Choral Activities Susan Scheibler recorded her singers performing the Pentatonix version of “Mary, Did You Know?” and submitted it to the radio station’s contest in November. A panel of judges reviewed all of the entries and chose the top eight recordings to play on the air for a week. Listeners and supporters of those schools texted in their votes, which were combined with the judges’ votes. Continue reading

Allison officially hired at Olathe superintendent

In a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 19, the Olathe Board of Education named John Allison the next Superintendent of the Olathe Public Schools. Allison, currently the Superintendent of the Wichita Public Schools, will officially begin his duties in Olathe on July 1.

“It is my honor and privilege to be appointed Superintendent of the Olathe Public Schools,” Allison said. “Olathe is a community that takes great pride in their schools and strives to offer a world-class education for each student. I look forward to working with the Board of Education, staff, students, parents and community to make sure our students are prepared for their future.” Continue reading

Blair Foundation, Garmin honor Olathe teachers

The Clay Blair Family Foundation, in partnership with Garmin International, publicly recognized teachers in the Olathe Public Schools and St. James Academy in a special ceremony recently.

The Clay Blair Family Foundation generously donated a Garmin vívofit 3 activity tracker to all teachers in the Olathe School District and Saint James Academy, as a way to honor teachers and the efforts they make each day to impact the lives of students.

Clay Blair, a former educator, and his wife Janet, are committed to making a positive impact on teachers in the Olathe Public Schools. Continue reading

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