Schools & education

Teacher Feature: Jeri Powers
July 22, 2016
Jeri Powers, reading specialist at Prairie Ridge Elementary, is the subject of this week’s Teacher Feature.
Shawnee Mission’s Jump Start program for future kindergartners expands
July 19, 2016
It may only be July, but at Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School Friday, a number of soon-to-be kindergartners were getting ready to learn.
Immunizations, physicals offered for Shawnee Mission students
July 18, 2016
Students in the Shawnee Mission school district can get immunizations and physicals through the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment 9-11 a.m. Aug. 1 at Shawanoe Elementary, 11230 W. 75th St.
Kansas school districts get ready to tackle budgets following school finance decision
July 15, 2016
In the weeks since the legislature’s last minute school funding “fix,” the De Soto and Shawnee Mission school districts continue to study how their 2016-17 budgets will shake out.
Makerspace now under construction at Bluejacket-Flint Elementary
July 15, 2016
Everybody has heard about Makerspaces, but when you have a $10,000 grant to build such a space, how do you decide what goes in it?
Shawnee Mission school district reminds parents it does not endorse candidates
July 13, 2016
The Shawnee Mission School District Tuesday released a statement reminding patrons that it does not endorse political candidates.
Former Shawnee teammates remember black youth fatally shot by Alabama police officer
July 8, 2016
A class clown with an infectious smile. A happy kid who loved taking on his friends in driveway basketball and videogames. A respectful kid who always said “Yes, sir,” to his coaches. A teammate and brother.
Teacher Feature: Julie Bunch
July 8, 2016
Julie Bunch, 3rd grade teacher at Mize Elementary in western Shawnee, is the focus of this week’s Teacher Feature.
De Soto superintendent’s salary higher than predecessor’s
June 29, 2016
The new superintendent of the De Soto school district will earn about $12,000 more annually than its previous superintendent.
Digging in: Shawnee student participates in archeological field study
June 27, 2016
Chase Oswald first dabbled in digging through history under water — for instance, exploring the wreckage of a World War II-era Nazi oil tanker near Aruba.
Kansas Legislature passes school finance bill; Brownback says he will sign it
June 25, 2016
Kansas lawmakers on Friday night passed a school funding equity bill that they believe will satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court without taking money out of general state aid for school districts.
Republicans offer to fix school equity problem by taking other school funds
June 24, 2016
Kansas lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill today that Republicans say would answer the Kansas Supreme Court’s concerns about tax equity and prevent the court from shutting down public schools on July 1.
Teacher Feature: Taylor Burson
June 24, 2016
Taylor Burson, fourth grade teacher at Horizon Elementary in western Shawnee, is the subject of this week’s Teacher Feature.
Shawnee Mission schools approve increase in bus contract
June 23, 2016
The Shawnee Mission Board of Education Monday approved an increase in costs for bus services, despite problems that reportedly occurred in the last school year.
Former Shawnee high school student fatally shot by Alabama police officer
Michael Moore played football, basketball at Shawnee Mission Northwest
12:47 a.m., June 16, 2016 Updated 12:59 a.m.
A former Shawnee Mission Northwest High School student was shot and killed by an Alabama police officer following a Monday traffic stop.