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

New KU TV deal stinks!

Tuesday night, Oct. 29: The start of the University of Kansas basketball.

Pizza’s in the oven, liquid refreshments are in the fridge, the cell phone is off, and the easy chair is ready for me to sit back, kick my feet up and watch the Jayhawks.

Man! I think they are going to be good this year. No, I mean REALLY, REALLY good and it’s going to be fun to watch ’em on the TV. Continue reading

KU Med ranked 21st in nation by USNews.com

The University of Kansas Medical Center has been ranked No. 1 in Kansas, No. 1 in the Kansas City metropolitan area and nationally 21st out of 50 hospitals for Ear, Nose & Throat in a list compiled by USNews.com.

More than 690 hospitals are listed in Ear, Nose & Throat. All are experienced in treating difficult cases — a hospital is listed only if at least 25 inpatients in need of a high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2009, 2010 and 2011 or if enough specialists recommended the hospital for such patients. The top 50 hospitals are ranked, based on score. The rest are listed alphabetically.

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., was ranked first followed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Continue reading

Olathe Library news briefs

Book Sale at the Olathe Farmer’s Market
Starting at 8 am, Saturday, June 22
Downtown Olathe – Poplar & Kansas

The Friends of the Olathe Public Library will have a booth at the Olathe Farmer’s Market .

Shop the selection of gardening books, cookbooks, leisure reading and much more. Also for sale – Friends insulated book bags for $6 each to carry around your fruits and vegetables and, of course, books!  Continue reading

Olathe principal honored at MNU commencement

Ruth Waggoner

Ruth Waggoner

Dr. Ruth Waggoner, principal of Heatherstone Elementary School in Olathe was honored at MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Professional and Graduate Studies Commencement Saturday, May 11. Waggoner received the Robert I. Brower award in recognition for excellence as an adjunct professor in the Master of Education program.

Waggoner is a 1981 alumna of MNU with an undergraduate degree in elementary education. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Kansas and a doctorate from Baker University. Waggoner has been an elementary school teacher for grades 1, 2, 4 and 5. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and a winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. In 2003 she was the Kansas Teacher of the Year.

The Robert I. Brower award is based on the nominations of students and honors an MNU educator in Professional and Graduate Studies who is a model of excellence in teaching and Christian character, and is an individual who exemplifies the mission of the University. The award is named for Bob Brower, now president of Point Loma Nazarene University. Brower was instrumental in the early development of MNU’s innovative graduate and adult studies programs.

Overland Park Arboretum upcoming events

Celebrate National Kite Month KiteFest! Every Sunday in April

We’ll be celebrating National Kite Month every Sunday during April, from noon to 5 pm. Fly your own kite, buy and make a kite, learn about kites, and watch expert kite demonstrations.

Wine Tasting on the Terrace
Spend a lovely spring evening with friends, tasting local wines and light appetizers on Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Visitors Center terrace. Register online at www.opabg.orgContinue reading

Kansas 70, North Carolina 58

‘Nuff said!

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