Melissa Treolo Staff writer

Melissa Treolo is a reporter for the Chieftain, covering news and features in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville.

Recent stories

Elected board members reflect on moving forward, challenges ahead
April 14, 2015
Shawnee resident Kevin Makalous is looking forward to the next four years.
Despite initial lack of success, push for state rock will continue, says MTMS teacher
April 8, 2015
A group of eighth graders at Monticello Trails Middle School tried to put the state of Kansas on the map this school year for more than just being a setting of “The Wizard of Oz,” said student Tyler Hilk.
Goodburn, Powers to hold onto seats on Shawnee Mission, De Soto school boards
April 7, 2015
In the only two races involving incumbents on De Soto and Shawnee Mission school boards, current board members will hold on to their seats for another four years.
Shawnee resident, school board debate merits of district-funded trip
April 2, 2015
A recent trip by Shawnee Mission school district superintendent Jim Hinson and all seven school board members to Nashville to attend the National Association of School Board’s annual conference isn’t sitting well with at least one Shawnee patron.
The total package: Students, Rotarians work together to assemble 12,000 meals
March 31, 2015
The goal was this: to package 12,000 meals in two hours. And while that might seem like an insurmountable task, Baylee DeLaurier had no doubt that goal would be reached March 24 by a group of Shawnee Mission Northwest students and Lenexa Rotary Club members.
SMSD’s Benton painting to have new home at Nelson-Atkins
March 31, 2015
The answer to the question of where to put Shawnee Mission school district’s recent headline-making Thomas Hart Benton painting has officially been answered, to the likely benefit of viewers from across the country and even farther.
Retiring theater teacher had decades-long career at SM North
March 17, 2015
At the end of this school year, a fixture at Shawnee Mission North will say goodbye to the building in which she has spent a large portion of the past 30 years.
Shawnee Mission’s attempt to intervene in lawsuit incites ire of SFFF
March 17, 2015
The Shawnee Mission school district’s recent attempt to intervene in the ongoing Gannon v. Kansas school funding case may have been unanimously approved by members of the school board. But the move isn’t sitting well with the case’s plaintiffs.
After 10 years, Mill Valley robotics team still going strong
March 11, 2015
When Team 1810, a FIRST Robotics Competition team, was founded 10 years ago through a Kauffman Foundation grant, faculty sponsor Mary Beth Mattingly had no idea it would come this far.
Bullying, harassment cause for resignations, say De Soto patrons
March 10, 2015
In the words of more than one De Soto school district patron at Monday’s school board meeting, the recent resignations of Doug Sumner, superintendent, and Jessica Dain, director of teaching and learning, have left feelings of shock, anger and disappointment in their wake.

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Recent photos

Katie Wilber

Taylor Newman

Taking part in a recent ROAD class at Shawanoe Elementary School are, from left, Dylan Reed, James Saathoff and Kaylan Martin.

Andrew Nave, executive director of the Shawnee Economic Development Council, speaks to Westbrook Village Shopping Center business owners during a recent brainstorming session regarding ways to make the center thrive.

Jordan Kalal, right, co-director of the Tech sHeroes program at Trailridge Middle School, helps seventh grader Hannah Saathoff with a computer coding assignment. Seated next to Hannah is seventh grader Ashley Avendano-Castillo.

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