Summer offers volunteer opportunities for Olathe students

Olathe South High School cheerleaders spent time opening large packages of supplies so volunteers from Farmers Insurance could more easily get the right number of each item into the backpacks.

Olathe South High School cheerleaders spent time opening large packages of supplies so volunteers from Farmers Insurance could more easily get the right number of each item into the backpacks.

Summer time for high school students can mean working more hours in a part-time job or it can just as easily involve volunteering their time. Dozens of Olathe high school students spent part of their summer break helping with projects in district buildings.

At Bentwood Elementary School, members of the Olathe East High School football team lent a hand moving thousands of pounds of classroom furniture, files and equipment from the gymnasium back into the correct place throughout the school. The gymnasium housed all of these items while various aging facilities construction projects took place in the building. Continue reading

District students, staff win awards

Olathe North High School Senior Earns Scholarship

Olathe North High School senior Rigel Bales-Woods received the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Scholarship.

He is one of 25 high school graduates from across the United States who will be going to Germany for a gap year to participate in a vocational study program. The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Scholarship provides an opportunity for U.S. high school graduates who have undertaken vocational training to spend a year abroad pursuing their vocational interests. Continue reading

Operation Prom Night today at Olathe South

The metro’s oldest high school crash scenario – Olathe’s Operation Prom Night – celebrates its 20th year at 9:45 this morning, April 23, at Olathe South High School, 1640 E. 151st Street; parking lot east of building.

Since 1995, the program has emphasized the importance of responsible driving to high school students with a real-life demonstration using fire trucks, special extrication/rescue equipment, ambulances, police cars and more. Captain Bill Schneider – who started Olathe’s program in 1995 – still coordinates the event. Continue reading

National Merit Scholarship finalists announced

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the finalists in the 60th National Merit Scholarship Program. The Olathe School District has 16 finalists. They are:

  • Olathe East High School: Erica Chang, Emma Clark, Saurabh Harohalli, Adam Khan, Angela Li and Haotian Xue;
  • Olathe North High School: Greg Bixler, Monelle Brink, Wyatt Heikes, David Nelson, and Caleigh Penn;
  • Olathe Northwest High School: Bonnie Dowd, Ben Harper and Kurtis Huff;
  • Olathe South High School: Isaiah Hastings and Callie Van Winkle.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. The semifinalist must then submit a scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

South group takes stand against bullying, suicide

After a brief rehearsal for their upcoming performance at Olathe South, B.R.A.V.E. members showed off the group’s wristbands which they distribute as a symbolic reminder that students are joining the chain reaction to stand up and speak out against bullying and violence. “Those directly involved in B.R.A.V.E. are making a difference and they know it,” Principal Phil Clark said. Photo by Marlene Colgan

B.R.A.V.E. members show off the group’s wristbands they distribute as a symbolic reminder that students are joining the chain reaction to stand up and speak out against bullying and violence. “Those directly involved in B.R.A.V.E. are making a difference and they know it,” Principal Phil Clark said.
Photo by Marlene Colgan

Everyone has a bad day once in a while. Sometimes those negative emotions surface in an argument with a friend, classmate or relative. On occasion a bad day leads to bullying others as a way to feel important. In extreme cases this bullying turns inward in the form of suicidal thoughts.

Members of the B.R.A.V.E. (Bystanders Rising Against Violence Everywhere) group at Olathe South High School are working hard to take a stand against bullying in all forms.

“Research shows that student-led programs are most effective in impacting students to listen and make positive changes,” said group sponsor Helen Hardgree, who also teaches the gifted program. “These students hope to bring awareness and give a voice to kids who have been bullied and those who stand by silently as others are victimized.” Continue reading

Presidential Scholars candidates

Several Olathe School District students have been named as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.

The students are Erica Chang and Saurabh Harohalli, Olathe East High School; Greg Bixler, David Nelson and Marisha Madhira, Olathe North High School; Ashwanth Samuel, Olathe Northwest High School; and Zizhao Chen, Olathe South High School.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors. Annually, up to 141 students are chosen among outstanding graduating seniors to become U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Continue reading

First Ethics Conference a success

From the Olathe School District

More than 120 students took part in the inaugural 21st Century Ethics Conference Nov. 8 at the Kansas State University Innovative Campus in Olathe.

The conference was sponsored by the Professional Careers Academy, a 21st Century program housed at Olathe South High School, and created in conjunction with the K-State Leadership Program.

The highlight of the conference was the keynote address by Bob Shoop, a renowned authority in the area of ethics and leadership. Continue reading

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