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North receives grant to support physics classes
North’s physics department received a $3,000 STEM Innovation Award from Westar Energy to support their physics classes. Read more...
Wichita Public Schools receives Leadership in Learning Award
The Wichita Public Schools received the 2014 Leadership in Learning by the KU Department of Special Education and the Center for Research on Learning.  Read more...
Hadley students led inservice for teachers on Plickers
Students in Hadley's Student Technology Leadership class demonstrated to teachers could how to use a new program called Plickers. Read more...
Students hear inspirational message from WNBA assistant coach
Students at Jackson, Truesdell and Jardine received an inspirational message from WNBA assistant coach Sylvia Crawley-Milbry. Read more...
Northwest students learn how to think like historians
Northwest students are learning to “think like historians” – a new approach looking at many sources to learn history. Read more...
 
Griffith teacher looks at first month with First in Class
Andrea Belsan, fourth-grade teacher at Griffith Elementary, reflects on her first month as a fourth grade teacher in WPS-TV's First in Class. Read more...
Mayberry and West students enjoy remodeled cafeterias
Students at West and Mayberry enjoy colorful walls and new tables as part of their cafeteria remodeling projects that have recently been completed. Read more...
BOE approves Dondlinger Construction to build new Southeast
The Board of Education approved hiring Dondlinger Construction as the Construction Manager At-Risk for the new Southeast High School. Read more...
 
GPA students hear stories about their school’s namesake
Students at Gordon Parks Academy got to hear about their school’s namesake from a special guest. David Parks, son of Gordon Parks. Read more...
Caldwell students host walk to support ill classmate
Caldwell Elementary students and staff have rallied around an ill student to help the family pay for medical expenses. Read more...
 
Karla Stenzel receives Kansas Health Champion Award
Karla Stenzel, P.E. teacher at College Hill and P.E. curriculum coach, received the Individual Kansas Health Champion Award by the Governor’s Council on Fitness. Read more...
McLean holds first annual Daddy-Daughter Dance
McLean dads and daughters dressed up for a fun evening together at the school’s first Daddy-Daughter Dance. Read more...
Schools promote walking to school
Many schools across the district participated in Walk to School Day on October 8 to promote healthy walking habits and pedestrian safety. Read more...
 
Chisholm Life social worker receives state honor
Pam Keller, social worker at Chisholm Life Skills Center, was recognized as Kansas Social Worker of the Year. Read more...
PVM students get a kick out their Soccer Classic
Pleasant Valley Middle School hosted a Soccer Classic to kick off positive home-school connections. Read more...
 
Twenty-nine students recognized during 99% Awards
Twenty-nine students were recognized by the Board of Education during the 99% Awards ceremony for the first quarter on October 6. Read more...
Northeast Magnet student to play in national orchestra
Tommy Wong, senior at Northeast Magnet High School, was selected to play his cello in the NAfME All-National Honor Orchestra. Read more...
Marshall teacher receives Golden Apple Award
Arvilla Bennett, language arts teacher at Marshall Middle School, was surprised with the Golden Apple Award. Read more...
Art curriculum coach receives state recognition
Tina Murano, Visual Art curriculum coach, was named Kansas Overall Outstanding Art Educator for 2014-15 by the Kansas Art Education Association. Read more...
Enterprise students learn fire safety from South students
First-grade students at Enterprise Elementary learned about fire safety with help from South High School students. Read more...
SuperSAC students provide feedback on school lunches
Members of the Superintendent Student Advisory Council shared why they choose to eat, or not eat school lunches with new Nutrition Services Director David Paul. Read more...
WPS breaks ground on new Southeast High School
Students, staff and community members celebrated the start of construction for the brand-new Southeast High School. Read more...
Black Elementary teacher receives Golden Apple Award
Mallory Mock, third-grade teacher at Black Traditional Magnet, received the Golden Apple from KAKE-TV, Papa John’s Pizza and Davis-Moore. Read more...
Wichita Public Schools enrollment up
The Wichita Public Schools enrollment for 2014-15 is 51,330 students, up by 161 students from last year. Read more...
 
Students pledge to not text and drive
High schools across the district took part in the Band Together community awareness campaign to educate students about the dangers of texting and driving. Read more...
L’Ouverture students learn the importance of being on time
L’Ouverture students kicked off official enrollment day by learning about the importance of being on time with help from WSU athletes. Read more...
Seltzer, Ortiz are ESU Professional Development Schools
The Wichita Public Schools kicked off a new partnership with Emporia State University and Butler Community College to support future teachers. Read more...
Mead math teacher featured in First in Class
Jamie Alexander, math teacher at Mead Middle School, explains why she values the diversity each child brings to her classroom in WPS-TV's First in Class. Read more...
Troops to Teachers program helped Hamilton teacher reach goal
LaKeshia Brooks, math teacher at Hamilton Middle School, loves to teach and she credits the Troops to Teachers program for helping her reach her dream. Read more...
Coleman students learn healthy habits with their Garden Club
Some students at Coleman Middle School get a different school lunch once a week. Members of the school’s Garden Club are able to eat what they grow. Read more...
Schools celebrate Constitution Day
Students across the district celebrated Constitution Day on September 17. Schools participated in lessons and activities to learn about how important the document is to our country. Read more...
 
Wilbur students learn physics with Barbie bungee jump
Students at Wilbur Middle School worked on a hands-on science experiment to help a Barbie doll with a bungee jump. Read more...
Education EDGE celebrates 10 years
The Education EDGE, the district’s educational foundation that supports classroom mini-grants, fine arts and athletics, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this school year. Read more...
 
West celebrates new additions with the bond issue
West High School students, staff and alumni celebrated new additions and the school’s 60th anniversary during an open house to mark the end of bond construction. Read more...
Coleman teacher receives Golden Apple award from KAKE
Amber Barrett, seventh-grade science teacher at Coleman Middle School, was surprised with the Golden Apple from KAKE-TV, Papa John’s and Davis-Moore. Read more...
Nine students named National Merit semi-finalists
The National Merit Scholarship Program has named nine semi-finalists from the Wichita Public Schools. Seven attend East, one attends North and one attends Northwest. Read more...
First project for the new Southeast High School approved
The BOE approved the start of dirt work for the new Southeast High School, which needs to be complete before construction begins. They watched video to see what the new school will look like. Read more...
WPS implements online algebra and geometry textbook
The Wichita Public Schools has implemented a new online textbook this fall for middle and high school algebra and geometry classes. Parent informational meeting will be held Sept. 11. Read more...
BOE to hear about district's safety initiatives
The Board of Education will hear an update during the Sept. 8 meeting on Safety Services initiatives to keep students safe. Read more...
 
Clark teacher receives Golden Apple from KAKE
Kacie Schoenthaler, second-grade teacher at Clark Elementary, received the Golden Apple from KAKE-TV, Papa John’s Pizza and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more..
Earhart to benefit from Whole Foods shoppers
Earhart will benefit from Whole Food’s “Your Change Creates Change” reusable bag donation program. Read more...
Middle school tech programs to get 3-D printers with Cargill Cares gift
Students in middle school technology and Project Lead the Way programs will be able to use 3-D printers, thanks to a $46,000 gift from Cargill Cares. Read more...
Googolplex begins September 3 on WPS-TV
Professor Herbert and his zany sidekick, Professor Einswine, are back for another exciting season of Googolplex! starting on September 3. Read more...
Wilbur students and staff show they are college ready
Wilbur Middle School students and staff showed pride for their favorite schools during National College Colors Day. Read more...
School staff helps support the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Schools and staff members across the district have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Read more and watch the videos.
Robinson teacher receives Golden Apple from KAKE
Laura Hutchins, orchestra teacher at Robinson Middle School, received the Golden Apple from KAKE-TV, Papa John’s Pizza and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
 
Mead celebrates completion of bond improvements
Mead Middle School marked the end of their bond project construction during their Mead Stampede on August 27. Read more...
BOE approves agreements with all employee groups
The Board of Education approved agreements with UTW, SEIU, K-Z, Security, Confidential Secretary and Administrative employee groups for the 2014-15 school year. Read more...
BOE adopts 2014-15 budget
The BOE approved the 2014-15 budget with a property tax decrease. Read more...
 
Partners reach out to give supplies to schools
The Wichita Public Schools is fortunate to have many district partners donate supplies to schools to help students and teachers start the year off with everything they need. Read more...
 
McAuliffe’s TSA team competes at Nationals
Christa McAuliffe Academy’s Technology Student Association had three students compete at the TSA National Competition this past summer in National Harbor, MD. Read more...
Hall Pass Visitor Management System begins roll out
The Hall Pass Visitor Management System began implementation on August 21 for schools in the Southeast feeder pattern. It will be rolled out throughout the fall semester to other schools. Read more...
 
WPS-TV features new teachers with First in Class
WPS-TV follows new teachers during their first year in the district. The first episode features Andrea Belsan, fourth-grade teacher at Griffith Elementary. Read more...
Students help with Fill the Bus school supply drive
Twenty high School students helped collect school supplies during Chick-fil-a’s Fill the Bus drive. Read more...
West part of City proclamation for Attendance Awareness Month
West principal Joel Hudson joined other community agency representatives as Mayor Carl Brewer read a proclamation declaring September as Attendance Awareness Month. Read more...
New teachers share why they chose WPS
WPS-TV caught up with a few new teachers to find out why they chose the WPS and what they are most excited about going into the start of their new career. Read more...
 
Cessna teacher receives Golden Apple from KAKE-TV
Kevin Sparks, fifth-grade teacher at Cessna Elementary, was surprised with the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Papa John's Pizza and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
BOE looks at details of the proposed 2014-15 budget
The Wichita Board of Education looked at the details of the proposed 2014-15 budget, which includes a property tax decrease. Read more...
Woodland’s bond project set to begin
The school will receive a new addition that will be a new library and a new entryway. Read more...
 
Marshall celebrates 75th anniversary and bond improvements
Marshall Middle School celebrated the completion of its bond improvements and 75 years of educating students during its Meet the Teacher Night. Read more...
Another school year begins
The Wichita Public Schools began another school year on August 12. More than 51,000 students were welcomed by teachers and staff. Read more...
BOE and SEIU agree on tentative salary and benefit package
The Wichita Board of Education and the Service Employees International Union (Local 513) have reached a tentative agreement for 2014-15. Read more...
College Hill celebrates homecoming and bond improvements
College Hill celebrated returning home after being displaced by a fire last year and the completion of their bond project addition. Read more...
 
WPS staff trained in Run, Hide, Fight Intruder Response
Even though violent intruders in schools are extremely rare, WPS is implementing new training for staff about what to do if a violent intruder enters their school. Read more...
Superintendent Allison welcomes staff to another exciting school year
Superintendent John Allison shared a welcome back message and video with all staff as they get ready for the new school year. Read more..
South principal named Kansas High School Principal of the Year
Cara Ledy, principal at South High School, was named Kansas High School Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals. Read more...
Four employees recognized as WBJ’s 40 Under 40
Four WPS employees were recognized as rising stars in the community as part of The Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Read more...
Schools celebrate bond project completion
Bond construction work at some schools were completed during the summer break and schools are hosting celebrations to allow the community members to see the improvements. Read more...
New teachers learn about the Wichita Public Schools
Around 350 teachers new to the Wichita Public Schools spent time learning about the district during new staff orientation. Read more...
District partners donate supplies to schools
Many district partners have collected school supplies to make sure students are able to start the year ready to learn. Read more...
School buses ready to hit the road
More than 500 school buses were inspected by the Kansas Highway Patrol to make sure they are ready to transport students on the first day of school. Read more...
Teachers and School Board reach tentative agreement
The United Teachers of Wichita and the Wichita Board of Education announce a tentative one-year agreement on the teachers’ contract. Read more...
BOE elects Logan and Rogers to lead 14-15 school year
Board of Education members elected Sheril Logan, At-Large representative, as its 2014-15 president, and Lynn Rogers, District 6 representative, as vice-president. Read more...
Bond improvements to begin at Caldwell and Northwest

Construction will soon begin for bond improvements for Caldwell Elementary and Northwest High School. Read more...

BOE looks at property tax decrease with 2014-15 budget

Lowering the property tax mill levy is one of the items the BOE is considering for the 2014-15 budget. Read more...

District announces more staff changes for 2014-15

The Wichita Public Schools has announced new staff appointments for the 2014-15 school year. Read more...

East student ranked 14th in History Day competition

Saniya Ahmed, freshman at East High school, ranked 14th in the National History Day Competition. Read more...

Beech students create Little Free Library

Fifth-grade students at Beech Elementary wanted to help their neighborhood share their favorite books. Read more...

BOE approves Hall Pass visitor management system

Board of Education members approved a new visitor management system designed to make safe schools even safer. Hall Pass will be installed and implemented in the fall. Read more...

BOE looks at changes to the capital outlay fund
The Board of Education learned more about how changes to the capital outlay fund would allow the district to purchase more items out of that fund. Read more...
Four Cafeterias Will Be Redesigned This Fall
 West, South, Mayberry and Robinson school cafeterias will receive colorful face-lifts this fall. Learn more…

Teachers get a peek at renovated rooms at College Hill

Teachers got a tour of some of the renovations at College Hill Elementary after a fire caused students and staff to relocate during the 2013-14 school year. Read more...

Ortiz students receive bikes from Wesley employees

Thirty-five Ortiz Elementary students in the YMCA’s YSOAR summer program received new bikes and helmets from employee volunteers at Wesley Medical Center. Read more...

Students spend their summer learning STEM

Students from Bucker, L’Ouverture, Mueller, Spaght, Brooks, Gordon Parks and Truesdell are having fun during the summer at STEM and Arts Summer Academy. Read more...

CTE program rewarded for students taking college tech classes

The Wichita Public Schools Career and Technical Education programs received a $51,000 check for its involvement in the state’s technical education initiative. Read more...

Teacher Contract Negotiations Update
Superintendent John Allison and UTW President Randy Mousley issued a new statement following the latest contract negotiating session for the 2014-15 academic year. More...
Coleman students hone their skills with Math Academy

Students at Coleman Middle School received a bit of extra support for three weeks in the summer with Coleman Math Academy. Read more...

BOE votes to optimize use of capital outlay funds

The Board of Education voted on a resolution to raise the capital outlay tax levy authority to allow the district to optimize how capital dollars can be spent. Read more...

Hamilton students get their GAME On

Hamilton students, along with in-coming sixth grade students, received skill support with the GAME On Summer Enrichment Program. Read more...

Jardine students have fun and enrichment at summer camp

Some students at Jardine Middle School had fun for a couple of extra weeks with their summer camp program. Read more...

Schools share successes and ideas in Parade of Schools

Teams from each school shared their stories and got inspiration for next year during the MTSS Parade of Schools. Read more...

High school students letter in Student Leadership

One hundred high school students were recognized for earning a letter in Student Leadership. Read more...

STEM Students in River Festival Sundown Parade

Students from Brooks, Jardine, Buckner, L’Ouverture and Spaght marched in the Sundown Parade to promote the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in their schools. Click to watch.

Assistance League awards scholarships to seniors

Nine students received scholarships from the Assistance League of Wichita. The students applied for scholarships to attend either Butler Community College or Wichita Area Technical College. Read more...

Kensler students test their rocket projects

Kensler fifth-grade students in Abraham Marintzer’s class tested rockets they created with 2-liter bottles and cardboard. Read more...

West JROTC cadets read with Harry Street students

West High School JROTC cadets helped out and made new friends with students at Harry Street Elementary. Read more...

All-City Band marches in Sundown Parade

More than 90 students from 8 high schools combined to form the WPS All-City High School Marching Band to perform in the River Festival’s Sundown Parade. Read more...

First in Class – Wrapping up the year

Rosalina Train, 7th grade language arts teacher at Truesdell, talks about how she has grown during her first year of teaching. Read more…

Tips to avoid summer “brain drain”

During the summer, students can lose some of what they learned at school. Find ideas for fun activities to help avoid summer “brain drain.” Read more...

Summer food program offers free meals to children
The Summer Food Service Program offers free breakfasts and lunches at 35 locations in Wichita. The program runs May 28 - July 24. View program locations and times.
Another school year comes to an end

Students and staff celebrate all the hard work they have done as the 2013 – 14 school year comes to an end. Read more...
 

Video showcases accomplishments of the year
The Wichita Public Schools has many reasons to celebrate as it wraps up the 2013 – 2014 school year. A video celebrating the many major accomplishments is posted on the district's website. Read more...
Lori Doyle named principal of Southeast High School

Lori Doyle, Executive Director of Secondary Schools, has been named principal of Southeast High School. Read more...

Cloud students learn about careers on wheels

Cloud Elementary students learned about different careers that have their employees on the move. Read more...

Bostic students dedicate new playground equipment

Students at Bostic Traditional Magnet have a new place to play. The school held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new playground equipment. Read more...

Schools receive Let’s Move! Active School Awards

Twelve schools received the Let’s Move! Active School Recognition Award for creating a school environment that provides opportunities to move throughout the school day. Read more...

Christa McAuliffe students qualify for TSA nationals

Four students from Christa McAuliffe Academy will compete at the national TSA Conference near Washington, DC in July. Read more...

Allen students meet new friends at Walk-a-thon

Allen students had some help with athletes from Wichita State University during their school’s annual Walk-a-thon. Read more...

Woodman students plant new tree after lightning strike

Students at Woodman Elementary planted a tree to replace one that was hit by lightning last month. Read more...

Minneha 5th grade students dedicate sculpture

Fifth-grade students in Erin Martin’s art class unveiled a 15-foot tall sculpture that beautifies the front of their school. Read more...

Truesdell teacher receives Golden Apple Award from KAKE

Ann Winkel, math teacher at Truesdell Middle School, received the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Papa John’s Pizza and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...

Northwest students create school-wide “Happy” video

Northwest students showed their school-wide spirit by creating a video to the song, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Read more...

Cleaveland students memorize Gettysburg Address

Cleaveland Traditional Magnet fifth-grade students in Laura McLemore’s class memorized the Gettysburg Address in honor of its 150th anniversary. Read more...


Online enrollment will be offered for 2014-15 year

Online enrollment will be available for the 2014-15 school year. Parents are encouraged to go to ParentVue, before the end of the school year to make sure all information is current. Read more...

 
Gardiner student named Fuel Up to Play 60 State Ambassador

Piper Hartzler, fourth-grade student at Gardiner Elementary, was selected as a 2014-15 State Ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60. Read more...

Northeast and Mayberry celebrate Shakespeare

Northeast Magnet and Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet celebrated the birthday of William Shakespeare with fun activities and performing plays of his work. Read more...

North again named AVID Demonstration School

North High School was again named an AVID National Demonstration School. Read more...

Anderson teacher receives Golden Apple from KAKE

Kelsey Steele, fifth-grade teacher at Anderson Elementary, received the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Papa John’s Pizza and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...

Hamilton students hear message from Barry Sanders

Students at Hamilton Middle School heard an inspiring message from former NFL player and North High graduate Barry Sanders. Read more...

Kindergarten Roundup is May 8 – Tips from a teacher

Kindergarten Roundup is Thursday, May 8. Kindergarten teacher Michele Steinbacher offers tips for parents to make their child’s transition into kindergarten as smooth as possible. Read more...

Mead science fair helps honor memory of teacher

Every student at Mead Middle School spent a day having fun with science during the first annual BASIC (Beth Adamson Science Inquiry Conference). Read more...

Mayberry Robotics Team wins first place

Mayberry Middle School Robotics Team won First Place in the Western Kansas Robotics Competition held at Fort Hays State University. Read more...

Education EDGE gifts given to schools and programs

Education EDGE gifts were presented to school staff, fine arts and athletics during the May 5 Board of Education meeting. Read more...

Employees honored for years of service

The Wichita Public Schools honored its retirees and long time employees during a special banquet held on May 2 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Read more...

Leadership, Program Changes Announced
Superintendent John Allison has announced elementary leadership changes, and an important secondary school program change, for 2014-15. More... 
Schools participate in Million T-Shirt March against bullying

Many schools across the district participated in the Million T-Shirt March, a nation-wide anti-bullying initiative. Read more...

Little receives Red Carpet for customer service

Little Early Childhood Center received the Spring 2014 Red Carpet Award for Excellent Customer Service. Read more...

Pleasant Valley Elementary celebrates bond project completion

Pleasant Valley Elementary staff, students and families celebrated the conclusion of their bond issue construction project during their Family Health and Wellness Night. Read more...

North student places first in Bill of Rights essay contest

Savannah Shawnee, student at North High School, won first place in the Bill of Rights Institute Kansas essay contest in The Presidency category. Read more...

District celebrates top scholarship recipients

The Wichita Public Schools celebrated the accomplishments of high school seniors for being some of the top scholarship recipients for 2014. Read more...

Four schools piloting visitor management systems

Starting April 28, Southeast, Christa McAuliffe Academy, Curtis and Caldwell will pilot two different visitor management systems to make safe schools even safer. Read more...

Schools recognized for their recycling efforts

Six schools were recognized on Earth Day for recycling the most items. The district sponsored a recycling competition this school year. Read more...