Schools & education

Shawanoe, Nieman recognized with Challenge Awards
February 5, 2016
Five Shawnee Mission School District schools recently were awarded for making notable differences in student achievement despite facing challenges, and two of them are in Shawnee.
Mill Valley students energized by huge response to plans for Relay For Life
February 5, 2016
A group of students looking to fight cancer got more than they bargained for when they asked their teachers and classmates for their support.
Teacher Feature: Anne Sobba
February 5, 2016
Anne Sobba, fifth grade teacher at Nieman Elementary School, is the subject of this week’s Teacher Feature.
Controversial Shawnee sex-ed poster lives on as Kansas House debates prosecuting teachers
February 3, 2016
Stemming from a 2014 Shawnee Mission school district controversy, Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow teachers and school administrators to be prosecuted for presenting material perceived as harmful to minors.
Shawnee-area students among awardees in art competition
February 2, 2016
Several Shawnee students were recognized with awards at the Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA’s Reflections Art contest.
SMNW students to present winter play
February 2, 2016
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School will present The Foreigner, by Larry Shue, at 7 p.m. Feb. 18-20 at the school’s theater, 12701 W. 67th St.
Shawnee students earn JCCC honors for Fall 2015
February 2, 2016
Several Shawnee students are among those on the Johnson County Community College honor roll listings for the Fall 2015 semester.
De Soto school board begins to narrow field of 31 superintendent applicants
February 1, 2016
The De Soto School District’s board of education will have 31 applicants to consider for its next superintendent.
Shawnee middle school sports program proving a success
February 1, 2016
Now in its second year, the Shawnee Mission School District’s middle school sports program is a success, judging by its impact on students.
De Soto school board prepares for superintendent interviews amid statewide shortage
January 29, 2016
The De Soto Board of Education prepared Thursday to review the at least 24 applicants for superintendent. The board met in a special meeting to come to a consensus about characteristics and skills they wanted to see from the district’s next leader, before Friday’s application deadline.
Shawnee Mission Northwest students volunteer time to package meals
January 29, 2016
On Tuesday night, the sound of a gong reverberated through the main hall of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, followed by a cheer.
Shawnee Mission schools nearly finished with security improvements
January 29, 2016
If a door is left open too long at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, the campus security officer knows.
Shawnee Mission North grad Funky Mama still singing with feeling
January 26, 2016
If you have young children, are a regular attendee of youth-friendly events and locales, and live in the Kansas City area, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Funky Mama or seen her in action.
Ray Marsh PTA marks 10 years of science enrichment
Parent group also spearheading cafeteria composting
January 26, 2016
Now in their 10th year, the Ray Marsh PTA members say they are hoping to get their Science Enrichment program into all other elementary schools that feed into Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.
SMNW students respond to rumors of International Baccalaureate program elimination
District officials say program may change, but not yet
January 25, 2016
Word spread last week that the Shawnee Mission school district might cut the International Baccalaureate program offered at three of its high schools, including Shawnee Mission North and Northwest, inciting a large protest.