Schools & education

De Soto announces full-day free kindergarten for all classes
August 1, 2017
The De Soto School District is introducing tuition-free full day kindergarten for all students in that grade, starting in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
School board candidates sound off
From safety pins to special education, Shawnee Mission at-large seat contenders debate issues
July 12, 2017
Five Johnson County residents are vying for the open Shawnee Mission Board of Education at-large seat in the primary election this summer.
JCCC receives grant to support adult and family literacy
June 21, 2017
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently announced that Johnson County Community College has been awarded a total of $19,300 in grants to support adult and family literacy.
Elementary school boundary changes approved
New plan for Shawnee Mission schools goes into effect next year
June 7, 2017
Hundreds of Shawnee area elementary school students will be affected by significant boundary changes, which go into effect for the 2018-2019 school year.
Thinking outside the ‘cube’
May 31, 2017
Before school let out last week, a group of elementary school students explored science in a unique way: by hanging out in a retrofitted shipping container.
Shawnee Mission releases revised boundary change proposal for area elementary schools
School board to vote on changes at special meeting Thursday
May 31, 2017
After significant revisions were made to the proposal last week, the Shawnee Mission School Board will vote on a number of boundary changes during a special meeting on Thursday afternoon.
Symposium takes on issues regarding dementia care
May 29, 2017
Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center will host a symposium on caring for someone with dementia on June 16.
Students enjoy old-fashioned pastime with local marble enthusiast
May 17, 2017
These days it’s rare to find a kid who enjoys playing a game which doesn’t involve a screen. At Broken Arrow Elementary School, there are around a dozen kids who prefer to play the old-fashioned way.
Walking across Sunflower State: Giant map of Kansas educates students at Hope Lutheran
May 10, 2017
Map analysts brought the The National Geographic Giant Traveling Map of Kansas to Hope Lutheran School last week.
De Soto Rocket Club blasts off to national championship
May 10, 2017
A group of high school students from Shawnee and De Soto are launching into the world’s largest rocket competition this week.
Shawnee Mission school board names Southwick interim superintendent
May 3, 2017
At a special meeting last week, school board members unanimously voted to name Kenny Southwick as the interim superintendent of the district, effective July 1.
Robotics team heads to world championship
Mill Valley, De Soto high school students set to compete this week
April 25, 2017
Mill Valley, De Soto high school students set to compete this week
Hope Lutheran to have KU organ recital
April 20, 2017
Students from the Division of Organ and Church Music at the University of Kansas will present an organ recital.
Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson announces retirement
April 19, 2017
The superintendent of the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) is retiring this summer.