Melissa Treolo Staff writer

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

Recent stories

Shawnee student’s surgical aspirations land her spot in competitive leadership program
December 17, 2014
A surgical kit may not be the typical inclusion on a Christmas wish list. But if Phoebe Ingelse receives what she asked her parents for this year, such a gift would be a fitting one for the driven high school senior, who attends Midland Adventist Academy
Two Shawnee Mission school board members file for re-election
November 26, 2014
Seats on both the De Soto and Shawnee Mission school boards will be decided during next year’s general election, April 7, 2015. And according to the Johnson County Election Office, members who currently hold two of those seats have already filed to hold onto them for another four years.
Shawnee Mission director highlights current, future safety plans
November 25, 2014
Since former Overland Park Chief of Police John Douglass was hired last school year to be the Shawnee Mission school district’s director of safety and security, the district has done a lot of belt-tightening when it comes to protecting its students and staff.
Through technology program, Shawnee Mission hopes to inspire more female participation
November 19, 2014
Hannah Saathoff thought she knew quite a lot about computers. So she signed up for Tech sHeroes, a new after-school program offered at Trailridge Middle School focused on computer technology. “I thought that this might be fun,” the seventh grader said. “And then I realized I didn’t really know anything about computers, but it’s still really fun.”
Shawnee area district now has more support than ever for young children, parents
November 12, 2014
Expectant mothers and parents of young children living in the De Soto school district receive a lot of support through the free Parents as Teachers program, from monthly home visits to weekly playgroups to screenings that provide information about the child’s health and developmental progress.
Teacher negotiations in De Soto may soon be at an end for 2014-15
November 11, 2014
Negotiations between the De Soto school board and De Soto Teachers Association may soon be at an end for this school year.
Shawnee club inspires love of reading, Sporting KC
November 5, 2014
Did you know that Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi ate at the same breakfast place, Simply Breakfast, every home game day before the establishment closed last year? Or that defender Matt Besler read R.L. Stine’s popular “Goosebumps” children’s book series as a kid?
Shawnee school set to take on ‘Guys and Dolls’
November 3, 2014
The setting may be 1950s New York, but the experience of bringing the characters of “Guys and Dolls” to life next week will be all new for Mill Valley High School students.
Upcoming Shawnee area special election holds challenges for districts, county
October 27, 2014
This school year’s local option budget increase has benefited both districts and patrons alike.
Shawnee area schools to offer Halloween-appropriate theatrical entertainment
October 21, 2014
Two area schools will help bring those eerier aspects of Halloween alive with some onstage entertainment.

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Recent photos

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.

Shawnee Mission North students perform a Quinceanera waltz Sept. 25 during the school's annual Hispanic Heritage Month program.

Students from the class of 2017 participate in Wednesday's Mill Valley High School homecoming parade.

Students dressed as characters from "The Wizard of Oz" participate in Wednesday's Mill Valley High School homecoming parade.

Students hand out candy to youths Wednesday during the Mill Valley High School homecoming parade.

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