Grandview C-4 School Report Winter 2023

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Welcome to 2023!

While I don't necessarily love the cold, I do love this time of year. The end of one year is a time to reflect on what has been, the ups and downs, the trials and triumphs This last calendar year, there was a tremendous amount of all of these. The new year, however, brings new possibilities and a renewed sense of what could be

2023 is going to be an amazing year for the Grandview C-4 School District and it will bring some exciting changes Several buildings district-wide will be under construction for the next 8-10 months with several upgrades coming that will show our staff, students, and community what is truly possible here. This includes several projects at Grandview High School such as expanding our cafeteria and renovating our industrial technology space, continuing to install new playgrounds at our elementary schools, and upgrading all the camera systems and door locks throughout all school sites in the District. These upgrades will create more functionality, and will also provide additional layers of safety while building on the Bulldog pride that already exists in all of our buildings and throughout our community

Grandview continues to move forward because of the tremendous support and collaboration that we have with our staff, students, and our community Recently, our school district was featured in a national magazine highlighting one thing: how much work our staff has done during the past two years. Our students continue to progress academically and socially/emotionally and it’s largely due to the entire team of Bulldog staff in our district We are also proud of the amazing accomplishments of our students that have been recognized throughout our local, regional, and national communities.

As for our Grandview and South Kansas City community, we appreciate your continued support. Best-selling author, Melody Beattie once said, “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written " The 2023 chapter of the Grandview C-4 School District lies before us ready to be written and I am excited to see all that we can accomplish together

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we are pleased that student achievement has returned to pre-pandemic levels and continues to improve, we cannot forget the fact that the social and emotional effects of a global pandemic are still being felt by students and staff across our district. I, along with the rest of the Board of Education, continue to support the efforts being made to ensure a successful educational experience for our students."

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It’s hard to believe that 2023 is here. As we are all fully aware, the last few years have been nothing that we ever expected

Recently my 14-year-old asked me, “What do you think was harder on kids? Someone like me who missed a lot of my middle school time and activities, or like my brother who missed so much of his high school years?” What a profound question for such a young age I don’t believe the answer is simple, and I believe the answer is different for every one of us that experienced life since March of 2020 While we are pleased that student achievement has returned to pre-pandemic levels and continues to improve, we cannot forget the fact that the social and emotional effects of a global pandemic are still being felt by students and staff across our district I, along with the rest of the Board of Education, continue to support the efforts being made to ensure a successful educational experience for our students. They deserve not only the very best education, but also the very best their teachers, support employees, and administration can give

As you look across our district, thanks to the support of our community for the largest bond issue ever approved by voters, you can see signs of progress. The Martin City K8 addition is well underway, giving students access to a brand new gym and creating space to further unify the students Partnerships with local businesses and organizations that provide internships, certifications, and other market-value assets enhance our student’s ability to graduate with skills and credentials that give them a leg up in the workforce, allowing them to make their mark immediately after high school Our kids today will become the leaders of tomorrow What we provide to them now is the foundation they need to become the next great generation of our future I’m eager to see these improvements come to fruition and how they help to propel our district into further greatness.

It is a privilege to continue to serve this community on the Grandview C-4 Board of Education. I’m proud of what has been accomplished in our district and excited for what is to come

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WELCOME BACK BULLDOG DAY

The Grandview C-4 School District kicked off an historic start to the 2022-2023 school year For the first time in district history, all students started their journey as BULLDOGS! From now on all early childhood and elementary school students will begin and end their academic path in GC-4 as a bulldog

Several special guests throughout the district helped us, welcome families, as ‘Welcome Back Bulldog Day’ greeters and gave fist bumps and a warm welcome back to students during arrival times The district is grateful for its community businesses, churches, sororities, Mayor Leonard Jones, Mayor Quinton Lucas, Grandview Fire Department, Grandview Police Department, Kansas City Police Department, Grandview Assistance Program, City of Grandview employees, and various volunteers for helping to celebrate this historic occasion

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The Grandview C-4 School District was featured in an article in Education Leadership/ASCD about how the district better positioned itself for success as a high-poverty district by launching various initiatives The article was written by William Parrett and Kathleen Budge The article can be seen on ascd org (December 1, 2022, • Vol. 80 • No. 4.)

The Grandview High School Marching Band competed at the Carrolton High School Festival this fall Students won first place in the indoor drumline and first place in field show.

GRANDVIEW H.S. BAND DIRECTOR NOMINATED FOR THE PAY IT FORWARD AWARD

The Grandmother of a Grandview High School student, Teresa Mosby, nominated Grandview High School Band Director, Charles Jakes for a Fox 4 Kansas City Pay it Forward Award The news crews showed up at the end of a morning band class at GHS surprising Mr. Jakes with the honor. As part of the honor, Mr. Jakes received a $400 gift card and recognition on Fox 4 News

We are proud to induct our latest honorees into the Grandview High School Athletic Hall of Fame Congratulations to the Class of 2022 inductees

Oladapo Akinmoladun

Jaron Alexander

Brandon Kinnie

Rhonda Paine

Romey Reawes

Steve Robertson

James White

1984 Football Team

2011 Boys Track & Field State Championship Team

2012 Boys Track & Field State Championship Team

District leaders and community members celebrated the construction of a new gymnasium at Martin City K8 with a groundbreaking ceremony The ceremony brought out dozens of people that included, including both the Kansas City and Grandview Mayors, Quinton Lucas and Leonard Jones. Guest speakers also included sixth-grade MCK8 student Zaire Kyles and MCK8 eighth-grader Olivia Middaugh There was even a musical performance by the Martin City K8 Band The ceremony was previewed on KSHB 41 and covered by the Martin City Telegraph

The Meadowmere Mechanical Maniacs competed in a FIRST Lego League qualifier at Olathe Northwest High School The team of 4th and 5th graders walked away with two awards. The team won the Robot Performance Award and the Champion’s Award which is the highest award for a qualifier This award is for the best all-around team. The lego league team will also advance to the regional competition in late January at Crown Center Additionally, the Butcher-Greene Bolts also competed and represented their school as well.

GRANDVIEW H.S. RECOGNIZES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

The Grandview High School soccer teams celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month Before a varsity game, current and former players, from both boys' and girls' teams, walked proudly behind the flag of their parents, grandparents, or ancestors Additionally, families from Fort Osage School District also represented their countries as well. The Bulldogs soccer program proudly represents many Hispanic nations including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, and Costa Rica

GRANDVIEW M.S. PRINCIPAL NAMED KANSAS CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Grandview Middle School Principal, Dr VaShawn Smith Dr Smith was announced as the 2021-2022 Kansas City Middle School Principal of the Year! The achievement was on behalf of the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association

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GRANDVIEW HIGH SCHOOL

Exciting changes are happening at Grandview High School (GHS)! Thanks to the community’s investment and the approval of the 2021 Bond Issue, GHS will be undergoing many improvements throughout the school

Starting with the school's new cafeteria additions and renovation, students will be eating in style in the Fall of 2023. The new renovations will include an expansion of the current space to add extra and updated seating A new and improved configuration of the space will modernize the area for students and the community to enjoy

The student-athletes will see major improvements in both the PE and Varsity locker rooms with new layouts and facilities throughout each space

The Industrial Technology area will also receive major renovations to the Wood Shop, Metals Shop, and Robotics areas Lastly, the existing Band Room will have one final year before getting a new look and feel when completed in the Fall of 2023

JE Dunn began construction on all of these projects in December 2022 Please see the diagrams for a visual description of each area

MARTIN CITY K8

Martin City K8 will have a different feel when the 2023-2024 school year rolls around The school will have a new gymnasium addition for their students to use for PE classes as well as basketball and volleyball practices and games. The new gym will also be constructed and used as an ICC 500 Tornado Shelter to safely protect the students and staff during emergency weather events in the area The existing gym will be renovated into an elementary gym as well as a band room and ensemble space with practice rooms, storage, and office space. Bulldog athletes and talented performers will make good use of the community’s investment after this project is complete in the Fall of 2023

Dunn has already begun construction!

District fine arts area renovations

Complete district athletic facility improvements Remodel restrooms and complete a new gym and fine arts addition to the Martin City K8 school

Install new windows at Grandview Middle School and Meadowmere Elementary Complete playground improvements at all elementary schools Renovate locker rooms at all middle and high school sites (to the extent funds are available) Complete HVAC improvements, camera system replacement, card key access system installation, roofing repairs, and replacement, hallway and floor and ceiling improvements plus other small projects (such as musical instrument purchase), and improvements to the existing facilities of the District

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