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5-9-18 — Mid-May 2018 Awards

May 9, 2018

Regency Place Receives STEM Grant

Regency Place Elementary received a $5,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) grant from Century Link. Teacher Sheri Worrel led the process of writing the grant. Funds will be used to form the foundation of the Regency Place Genius Lab which will propel the school’s STEM learning initiatives and meet the needs of all learners.

“Regency Place Elementary is honored to receive a Teachers and Technology grant sponsored by CenturyLink,” Regency Place Principal Greg Oborny said. “We are immensely excited for this outstanding opportunity to engage, equip, and empower our kids for their future.”

Olathe Educator Receives KNEA Recognition

Olathe North High School resource teacher Beth Olson was recently awarded a Read to Achieve award from the Kansas chapter of the National Education Association (KNEA) and KCTV5. As part of this award, Olson received a check for $1,000.

“I am so happy for Beth and the honor that she has received,” Olathe North Principal Jason Herman said. “It says a lot when our staff is recognized by our parents. Thank you to KNEA and KCTV5 for sponsoring this award and recognizing the great things teachers do in our community.”

Olathe Northwest Student Earns State Titles

Austin Shively, Olathe Northwest High School senior, recently earned the 2018 Kansas state title in both Dramatic Interpretation and Humorous Interpretation. This is Shively’s second Dramatic Interpretation title in as many years.

“Austin is just incredibly talented in so many different fields,” Olathe Northwest Principal Chris Zuck said. “It’s no wonder he is able to perform at such a high level in everything he does. In addition to his state titles, he’s a gifted actor and leader.”

Olathe Custodians Receive Awards

Custodians at Olathe South High School, Indian Trail Middle School and Madison Place Elementary received building assessment awards through SupplyWorks. The building assesment is based on cleaning procedures, safety procedures and LEED recommendations for education. Each school had received the highest assessment score for their respective school level with Madison Place earning the top district building with a score of 92.

“The district is excited to be partnered with SupplyWorks as our supplier of custodial and facility supplies,” Olathe Public Schools Assistant Director of Business Services – Procurement Scott Carpenter said. “The relationship goes beyond simply providing supplies, but actually aims to make a difference in our schools for staff and students. Many of our schools have made great strides in just the first year. Schools are excited about the program and these building awards help highlight the important role of the custodians in all buildings.”

“We are so proud of the custodial teams at Olathe South, Indian Trail and Madison Place,” Olathe Public Schools Assistant Director of Operations Denise Purvis said. “As we move forward with standardizing cleaning procedures throughout the district, these teams have made the necessary changes and embraced different procedures which have led them to establish this standard of excellence. We thank them for their leadership.”

Santa Fe Trail Band Wins Festival

The Santa Fe Trail Middle School band earned first place overall at the Worlds of Fun Band Festival. Their performance garnered straight “1” ratings which reflect the finest conceivable performance and worthy of being recognized and achieving a high level of musicianship.

“This has been an absolute pleasure to work with these kids,” Santa Fe Trail band director Joshua Hankey said. “They are such a hard working group of students who really strive for their best to represent Santa Fe Trail and Olathe.”