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4-13-18 — Mid-April 2018 Awards

April 13, 2018

Olathe Staff Member Selected to Kansas Department of Education Revision Committee

Tina Ellsworth, Olathe Public Schools K-12 social studies coordinator, has been selected co-chair of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) History, Government, Social Studies Standards (HGSS) Review and Revision Committee.

“Olathe Public Schools strives to have a strong partnership with the Kansas State Department of Education and we are proud to have Dr. Tina Ellsworth serving in this leadership role as a voice for Olathe students and educators,” Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Jessica Dain said.

Olathe Students Qualify for National Competition

During the BotsKC regional robotics competition three student teams from the Engineering Academy, located at Olathe Northwest High School, received the Best Documentation Award and the Grand Champion Award while placing 13th and fourth respectively. Overall, 27 teams competed including five university teams. By winning the Grand Champion Award, Olathe Northwest is qualified for the National Robotics League national competition held May 18-19 at the California University of Pennsylvania.

“Winning the Grand Champion Award at this level of robotics competition against university engineering teams has been a thrilling experience for students on Team Cerberus,” Olathe Northwest Robotics Coach Bruce Wellman said. “This award provided solid evidence that they’re prepared to take on their next challenge in life, whatever that may be.”

Olathe Reading Program Ranks Elite Nationwide

The Read 180 program in Olathe Public Schools now ranks in the top 10 percent in the United States according to recent data and growth provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) representatives. Read 180 is offered in Olathe at the middle and high school levels and supports students in reading comprehension, vocabulary, reading fluency, word study and spelling.

“The Teaching and Learning Division of Olathe Public Schools is proud of the incredible growth of our students in the area of Read 180,” Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Gail Holder said. “We are proud of our Read 180 teachers and their dedication to high expectations for student learning.”