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Vol. 13

August 1, 2012

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Northeast School Directory HIGHER EDUCATION: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences 1750 Independence Ave. (816) 283-2300 President: Howard Danny Weaver D.O Finance: Joe Massman Academics: Darin Haug D.O. Affiliation: Private First Day: Varies by class Website:

Faith Christian Academy 5500 N.E. Prather Rd. (816) 455-5313 Headmaster: David Hallam Affiliation: Private ChristianNon-denominational Hours: 8 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. First Day: August 20 New Activities: Lacrosse Website:

Metropolitan Community College – Business & Technology 1775 Universal Ave. (816) 604-5200 President: Deborah Goodall Dean of instruction: Thomas Wheeler Affiliation: Public First Day: August 21 Website:

Frontier School of Excellence 5605 Troost Ave. (816) 822-1331 Principal: Cetin Demir Vice Principal: Mark Barber Affiliation: Public Charter Hours: Undecided at time of press First Day: August 13 Website:

St. Paul School of Theology 5123 E. Truman Rd. (816) 483-9600 President Myron F. McCoy Affiliation: Private Wesleyan First Day: September 4 Website:

Hope Academy 1001 Bennington Ave. (816) 595-0800 Principal: Vonnelle Middleton Affiliation: Public Charter First Day: July 30 Website:

HIGH SCHOOLS: Cristo Rey Kansas City 211 W. Linwood Blvd. (816) 457-6044 Principal: Mary Kallman Affiliation: Private Catholic Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 3:55 p.m. First Day: August 16 Website:

Lincoln College Preparatory Academy 2111 Woodland Ave. (816) 418-3000 Principal: Jonathan Richard Vice Principal: Derald Davis Affiliation: Public Hours: 7:25 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. First Day: August 13 Website:

East High School 1924 Van Brunt (816) 418-3125 Principal: Thomas Herrera Vice Principals: Christine Barnes; James Kilgore Affiliation: Public Hours: 7:20 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. First Day: August 13 Website:

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Northeast High School 415 Van Brunt Blvd. (816) 418-3300 Principal: Michael Burns Vice Principals: Cleora Taylor, Steven Belen, Tracy Mcclain Affiliation: Public Hours: 7:20 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. First Day: August 13

Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts 4747 Flora Ave. (816) 418-2275 Principal: Dennis Walker Vice Principals: Lynn Gordon; Linda Watkins Affiliation: Public Hours: 7:25 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. First Day: August 13 Website: Saint Pius X High School 1500 N.E. 42nd Terrace (816) 453-3450 Principal: Joseph Monachino Vice Principal: Robert Lee Affiliation: Private Catholic Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 7:50 a.m. – 2:42 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 2:36 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 2:21 p.m. First Day: August 15 Website: St. Mary’s High School 622 N. Main St. (816) 252-8733 Principal: Sara Kenney Affiliation: Private Catholic Hours: 8 a.m.-2:25 a.m. First Day: August 15 Website: GRADE SCHOOLS: Della Lamb Elementary School 100 Charlotte Ave. (816) 221-0043 Principal: Jennifer Wilson Vice Principal: Michelle Culpuper Affiliation: Public Charter Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. First Day: August 20 Website: Faith Christian Academy 5500 N.E. Prather Rd. (816) 455-5313

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Northeast School Directory Continued from previoius page Headmaster: David Hallam Affiliation: Private ChristianNon-denominational Hours: 8 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. First Day: August 20 New Activities: Lacrosse Website: Frontier School of Innovation 6700 Corporate Drive (816) 363-1907 Principal: Rose Dicus Affiliation: Charter Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. First Day: August 13 Website: Garfield Elementary School 436 Prospect Ave. (816) 418-3600 Affiliation: Public Principal: Doug White Vice Principal: Patricia Jenson Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. First Day: August 13 Website:

James Elementary School 5810 Scarritt Ave. (816) 418-3700 Principal: Jo Nemeth Affiliation: Public Hours: 9 a.m – 4:15 p.m. First Day: August 13 Website: KIPP Endeavor Academy 2700 East 18th St. (816) 241-3994 Principal: Jacob Schmitz Affiliation: Public Charter Hours: Undecided at time of press First Day: August 14 New School Activities: Football Website: Outreach Christian Education 2900 N.E. Cates (816) 455-5575 Principal: Kathy Taylor Affiliation: Private Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. First Day of School: August 22 Website:

Gladstone Elementary School 335 N. Elmwood Ave. (816) 418-3950 Affiliation: Public Principal: Dana Carter Vice Principal: Tearo Condit Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. First Day: August 13 Website:

Scuola Vita Nuova 544 Wabash Ave. (816) 231-5788 Principal: Nicole Goodman Affiliation: Public Charter Hours: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. First Day: August 15 Website:

Holy Cross 121 N. Quincy Ave. (816) 231-8874 Principal: Jean Ferrara Affiliation: Private Catholic Hours: 7:50 a.m. – 3 p.m. First Day: August 15 Website:

Whittier Elementary School 1012 Bales Ave. (816) 418-3850 Principal: Adrain Howard Vice Principal: Laura Neighbors Affiliation: Public Hours: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. First Day: August 13 Website:


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Lincoln Prep continues to receive national praise By KELSEY AINSWORTH Northeast News

Lincoln Preparatory Academy has once again gained national attention. Lincoln Prep received three honors this summer, proving to be one of the most successful schools in the state. First, Lincoln Prep was ranked the 181st best school out of 1,000 schools in Newsweek magazine’s annual “Americas Best High Schools.” According to Newsweek, this makes the school the third best high school in Missouri and the best high school in the Kansas City metro area. Newsweek bases this award on the performance of the school in six key areas: graduation rate, college matriculation, AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average

School Of Excellence. Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, pictured above, has received three prestigious honors this year. Kelsey Ainsworth

AP/IB/AICE scores and the amount of AP courses offered per student. Lincoln Prep boasts a 95 percent graduation rate and a 97 percent college send-off rate. Lincoln Prep was also awarded a Gold Award, which

is the highest award it can receive based on state proficiency. Lincoln Prep was the only school in Jackson County to receive a Gold Award. This is the first year that the school has received a Gold Award; in the past, it’s received Silver and Bronze awards.

PIONEER program helps improve quality of education for students By KELSEY AINSWORTH Northeast News

Northeast teachers are improving their teaching skills through the Pay Incentives based On Need for Excellent Education Reform (PIONEER). PIONEER is a program that offers payment incentives to teachers in exchange for professional development classes. Teachers are able to earn up to $2,800 by accumulating 20 or more professional development hours and demonstrating what they learned through journals. The U.S Department of Education supplied a five-year $13.6 million grant to make this program possible for 10 Kansas City Public Schools.

The professional development hours are used to teach new techniques and expand the teacher’s knowledge for better instruction in the classroom. After completing professional development hours, teachers must demonstrate their new techniques and knowledge through journals in order to receive the pay incentives. Many teachers include photographs, lesson plans, student artifacts and other proof in their journals to show their use of the professional development in the classroom. The program uses innovative techniques to improve the way teachers instruct. Amy Wagner, head of the PIO-

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NEER program, told Northeast News about a teacher who had been teaching 25 years, but did not enjoy teaching a particular subject. The teacher completed the professional development hours and learned new techniques to help with this particular subject. In the end, she said that the program brought a new energy into her classroom because the professional development taught her how to instruct the subject in a new way that was exciting for both the students and her. “This teacher reminded me that we can all improve, no matter how much experience we might have,” Wagner said. Right now there are 10

Lastly, U.S News & World Report rated Lincoln Prep 254 out 22,000 schools in the nation. Lincoln Prep has been continuously honored as one of the top high schools in the state and nation, though this year has been incredibly rewarding for the school.

KCPS PIONEER Schools • Wheatley • Faxon • Gladstone • Lo ngfellow • Phillips • Banneker • Attucks • Foreign • Troost Language • Pitcher Academy KCPS schools that are participating in PIONEER. In order for a school to be eligible to participate, 75 percent of teachers at the school must vote in favor of the program. Almost 100 KCPS teachers have completed 20 or more hours of the professional development and used their knowledge to better the learning experience given to Kansas City’s youth.

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KCPS works to recover student dropouts By KELSEY AINSWORTH Northeast News

On its road to state accreditation, Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) organized a dropout recovery program over the summer dedicated to locating students who allegedly “dropped out” of school. More than 800 students were located through phone calls, and 700 home visits were conducted in July for students who couldn’t be reached by phone. Community volunteers worked from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday to identify the students who dropped out of high school and reported

those names to the district. In many cases, students did not actually drop out; they moved away or switched schools. The problem with this is that without the correct process and paperwork, the student is proclaimed a “dropout” in the Kansas City Public Schools system. Having a high dropout rate is one of the reasons KCPS lost its state accreditation in January. The volunteers started out by identifying every student that was thought to be a dropout. They then exhausted every phone number they had in their system for that student, whether it was for an aunt, uncle or other fam-

ily member. They contacted the students or their family member to find out why they are considered a dropout in the Kansas City Public Schools system. If a volunteer could not successfully contact a student, then a home visit was conducted. Four teams of volunteers worked to conduct 30 to 40 home visits a day. The program lasted from May 28 through the end of June with the base of the operation being at school district headquarters. “This program was necessary in our goal to regain accredita-

KC libraries partner with KCPS to promote summer reading By KELSEY AINSWORTH Northeast News

Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) is helping students get to the library and check out books. KCPS has partnered with the Kansas City Public Libraries to increase the number of students going to the library. They are striving to make students aware of the abundance of reading materials available at no cost. KCPS has linked its student identification cards in grades seventh through 12th for easy library access. Students younger than this must have an actual library card in order to check out books from the library, but KCPS is working to make sure that all students know how easy

it is to obtain a library card. Just by raising awareness, the library has added 14,000 student users to its system as of March 1, 2012. “Some teachers give incentives for the younger students to get library cards,” KCPS Manager of Public Relations Andre Riley said. “They will tell the students that if everyone in the class gets a library card they will get some sort of reward.” Providing students with library cards will help improve reading and communication scores by giving them more opportunities to read, Riley said. KCPS is trying to promote at-home reading to prevent “summer slide,” which occurs when students forget

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what they were learning by not applying it over the summer. Reading at home is a great way to prevent “summer slide” in communication arts and gives students a fun summer activity, Riley said.


readers. Youngsters check out books at North-East Public Library. Kelsey Ainsworth.

tion,” said Samuel Johnson, a volunteer for the dropout program. “Students need us to push them. Otherwise, they will just stay in the closet and never come back to school. Some parents are just not doing enough, so we have to step in.”



Labor Septe Day is mber 3 Popular summer reading Children Ages 3-5 • “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann • “Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus” by Mo Willems • “How Full Is Your Bucket?” by Tom Rath • “The Night Before Kindergarten” by Natasha Wing Ages 6-8 • “The Best Seat In Second Grade” by Katharine Kenah • “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein • “Dinosaurs Before Dark” by Mary Pope Osborne • “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown Tweens (9-12) • “Mere Enchantment” by Alicia Rivoli • “The Savage Grace” by Bree Despain • “Every Other Day” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes • “The Horse and His Boy” by C.S. Lewis Teens (13+) • “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins • “Easy” by Tammara Webber • “Divergent” by Veronica Roth • “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak Source: Barnes and Noble

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KCPS revamps bell system By KESLEY AINSWORTH Northeast News A new bell system is in place for the Kansas City Public Schools system (KCPS) for the upcoming school year. The new bell times will now correspond with a color group to help families easily identify their students’ new bell times. KCPS encourages parents to become familiar with their child’s color group because both announcements and buses will be labeled with their corresponding colors. The bell times are separated into five groups: blue, crimson, teal, gold and violet. The bell times range from starting at 7:25 a.m. to 9 a.m. Over the past few years KCPS has had $13 million in budget cuts from their school system, causing them to re-evaluate how they operate in order to make up for the lost funds. Changing the bell times allows the transportation system to use fewer buses over a longer span of time

instead of a large number of buses over a short period time, ultimately saving the school district $1.2 million. The funds can then be spent on supplies for the classroom. “This plan puts our families first,” KCPS Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green said. “They want more resources used for teaching and learning, but they also told us loud and clear they need compromise regarding the times their children are in school. “No student will have to begin or end their day at times that are u n c o m fo r t a b l e for families, and we’ll be able to spend an additional $1.2 million on resources that support transformation and student achievement.” Parents and students may contact KCPS at (816) 418-7420 for more information on the transportation groups and to receive important updates on community meetings. They may also research the groups online at

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GPS tracking improves bus safety By KELSEY AINSWORTH Northeast News

Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) parents can rest easy knowing their children will arrive and depart from school safer because of a new technology upgrade for the KCPS transportation system. A $15,000 technology upgrade has been implemented for the fall of 2012. In August of 2011, KCPS added real-time GPS tracking to its transporta-

tion system. The new GPS system helped to provide accountability to both the transportation department and the bus drivers. The GPS system can now track the buses’ whereabouts in case of an emergency. In addition, the GPS software can aid KCPS while reviewing bus complaints, such as a skipped bus stop or traffic violation complaints. For the 2012-2013 school year, the account-

ability has been improved again with a $15,000 software upgrade. The new upgrade will link current bus routing software to the GPS technology, giving realtime tracking information to schools. In addition to tracking a bus’ location, the upgrade will combine information to tell KCPS officials if a bus is on time and sticking to its assigned route. The buses can be closely monitored

to improve accountability, in turn providing a better sense of security to the parents of KCPS students.

Hope Academy launches in Northeast By KELSEY AINSWORTH Northeast News

Northeast residents between the ages of 16 to 21 can now earn a high school diploma at their own pace through Hope Academy. Hope Academy is a dropout recovery and prevention charter school sponsored by the University of MissouriKansas City, dedicated to providing youth with a comfortable environment to complete their diploma. Hope Academy opened its first campus on Swope Parkway in 2009. Since then, the school has helped 111 students obtain a high school diploma. The academy opened its Historic Northeast branch July 30, and students can still enroll. The campus is located at 1001 Bennington Avenue. The school is year-round and utilizes a unique bell schedule to allow students to earn their diplomas faster and accommodate their home life. Students may at-

tend classes from 8 a.m. to noon; noon to 4 p.m.; or 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The school is entirely online, so students can work at their own pace to earn their diploma. The online classroom can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.

ation ceremony. A number of resources will be available for students to ensure they receive their diploma and move on to the next step of their lives quickly and efficiently. Those resources will include a college liaison, social worker, job placement

Students can graduate any day of the week at Hope Academy, which allows students to receive their diploma sooner by not having to wait for a gradu-

specialist and a parent liaison on staff starting this fall. Each classroom will have 22 students and one highly qualified teacher.

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The teacher will be available not only to help with any questions a student might have regarding his or her online work, but to teach in group settings as well. Before this last year, Hope Academy was only a dropout recovery program. Since then, it’s added dropout prevention to help students before they decide to drop out of high school. Hope Academy can offer a comfortable alternative to students who struggle in high school. This school strives to provide much more than just education for these students. They are partnering with Harvesters to try to provide lunches for students that need them and are giving away bus passes so that students will always have a way to get to class. Hope Academy is now enrolling. For more information or to enroll, call (816) 595-0800.

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NEHS welcomes new football coach

Terry McCray By KELSEY AINSWORTH Northeast News

Northeast High School is welcoming a new football coach, Terry

McCray, for the 20122013 school year. McCray, former head football coach at Renaissance Academy charter school, took on this position after Renaissance closed down last spring. In addition to coaching football, he also served as a middle school basketball coach. McCray said that he wanted to join a program that was similar to his previous job, and Northeast was exactly what he was looking for. “We picked McCray out of a lot of candidates,” said Joe Coleman, principal of Northeast

High School. “We picked the best person for the job based on personality and experience. McCray seemed like the best person to lead Northeast and will be a great addition to our school.” McCray said he aims to teach young boys in this community important fundamentals for the rest of their lives. “I want to be a role model for these boys,” McCray said. “I have already started teaching them that they need to be on time. They may say, ‘Coach, I’m only two minutes late,’ but later in life if they are two

minutes late to a job just a couple of times it could ultimately cause them to be dismissed from that job.” As well as being on time, McCray said he also wants to teach his players to overcome adversity and push themselves harder than they have been pushed before. McCray put these teachings into action before the football season began by planning a service project for the players at the end of July. McCray plans to lead the players to a successful season on and off the field.

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First Sunday Family Fun Day Noon-4 p.m. | Free September 2: Printmaking • Families will be challenging each other to create artistic masterpieces as they discover the art of printmaking. October 7: Secrets of the Mansion • Unlock the secrets to Corinthian Hall, the grand home of lumber baron Robert A. Long and his family. A special showing of Paul Mesner Puppets’ Long Story of Corinthian Hall will occur at 1 p.m. November 4: Holidays from Around the World • Join us as we trek into the holiday season and learn about traditions from countries around the world.

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