Schools & education

Shawnee Mission Northwest grad returns as inspiration at Starlight Theatre awards
Mesh has performed on Broadway, now taking on TV and film
May 28, 2016
Kaitlin Mesh said she knew that acting was the only career for her when she took the stage as a sophomore at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in a production of “The Crucible.”
Teacher Feature: Staci Newell
May 27, 2016
Staci Newell, 6th grade teacher at Rhein Benninghoven Elementary School, is the subject of this week’s Teacher Feature.
Free summer lunch program begins Wednesday at SM elementaries
May 26, 2016
The Shawnee Mission School District will begin offering free hot lunches for all children ages 1-18 Wednesday at 11 of its elementary schools, including four in Shawnee.
Beta Alpha Psi scholars announced
May 24, 2016
Two Shawnee students were among more than 50 business majors recognized as scholars by Beta Alpha Psi at Emporia State University.
Park University names graduates
May 24, 2016
Several Shawnee students were among the graduates of Park University in Parkville, Mo., this spring.
Mill Valley High choral teacher ends 35-year career
Stoppel says final years were joyful because Shawnee students ‘want to learn’
May 24, 2016
You wouldn’t find any images of treble clefs or pianos in Sheree Stoppel’s choir room at Mill Valley High School.
De Soto school district to offer virtual school for at-risk students
May 23, 2016
The De Soto school district may already have the highest graduation rate in Johnson County at 97.2 percent, but district officials hope a new virtual program could help increase the rate to 100 percent.
SM North grad says he flourished thanks to opportunities in Shawnee Mission
May 20, 2016
One of the best things about attending Shawnee Mission North High School for Grant Cole was the breadth of activities and opportunities.
De Soto school board considers new nickname, asks for feedback
Majority of board in favor of using Johnson County Northwest
May 20, 2016
Should the De Soto school district become the Johnson County Northwest school district?
Shawnee graduate says education, family have prepared her for Air Force Academy
May 19, 2016
When Jessica Broll’s father, a U.S. Air Force veteran, suggested six years ago that she consider a military academy like her older brother, she balked at the idea.
Charges filed against Mill Valley student for inappropriate photos, videos
02:44 p.m., May 17, 2016 Updated 04:24 p.m.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe today announced that charges have been filed against a 17-year-old Mill Valley High School student who allegedly took inappropriate photos of video of female students.
Gold Key winner, longtime SM Northwest teacher credits students with success
May 17, 2016
Susan Massy received some simple advice from a high school English teacher years ago that she’s never forgotten: “There’s always room for the best. Go be the best.”
2016 Mill Valley graduate reflects on high school experience
Isabel Crain says she expects great things from her classmates
May 17, 2016
Isabel Crain says she expects great things from Mill Valley High School’s Class of 2016 — and the rest of the world should, too.
Monticello Trails students’ Skypes with experts expanded knowledge
Eighth-graders interview 24 scientists throughout school year
May 14, 2016
The students in Amy Hanna’s eighth grade science class quieted down quickly on Monday, old hat at the routine by now. With the few clicks of a mouse, Clifford Thurber, professor of volcanology and geophysics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was on the whiteboard.
Teacher Feature: Christy Hale
May 13, 2016
Christy Hale, 4th Grade Teacher at Horizon Elementary, is the subject of this week’s Teacher Feature.