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5-21-18 — Late May 2018 Awards

May 21, 2018

Two Olathe High Schools Ranked in Best of Kansas

Two Olathe high schools were recently named to the top-15 in the U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Kansas High Schools. Olathe Northwest High School was ranked eighth and Olathe North High School was ranked 14.

“It is with extreme pride that we congratulate the students, teachers, and administrators at both Olathe Northwest High School and Olathe North High School for their academic prowess in the classroom and therein earning this prestigious honor,” Olathe Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Jessica Dain said. “This outstanding student achievement could not be possible without the dedication and focused efforts of our outstanding educators and administrators in preparing students for their futures in their post-secondary pursuits.”

The Best of Kansas High Schools list is compiled of an index that accounts for exceeding expectations on state assessments, graduation rates and the college readiness index based on the number of students who pass their Advanced Placement assessments.

Olathe West Claims First State Title

In its first year of existence, Olathe West High School has claimed their first state title in athletics. Sophomore Brett Seaton won the Kansas 5A tennis state title. Seaton finished as the runner-up last season in the 6A class as a freshman at Olathe Northwest High School.

“Brett is obviously a tremendous athlete yet is equally dedicated to his academics and work in the classroom,” Olathe West Principal Jay Novacek said. “He also demonstrates great leadership through his work with our student council. We are very proud to have Brett as our first state champ in school history.”

Olathe Educator Named Emerging Leader for Technology in Education

Santa Fe Trail Middle School teacher Josh Stock has been named by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as an 2018 ISTE Emerging Leader.

“We are so proud that Josh is being recognized nationally for his efforts at Santa Fe Trail,” Santa Fe Trail Principal J.J. Libal said. “Josh is an innovator and leader both inside and outside of the classroom.”

ISTE is a member organization serving educators and education leaders around the world who are committed to using technology to solve tough problems in education. Stock will be honored in June at the 2018 ISTE Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois.

Frontier Trail Band Wins Awards

The Frontier Trail Middle School eighth-grade band recently won two awards at the Worlds of Fun Festival of Music. The band received first place in the large middle school category and earned the Sweepstakes Award which goes to the best overall band or orchestra of the festival.

“I’m so proud of the eighth-grade band who not only received straight ‘I’ ratings, first place, and the Sweepstakes Award,” Frontier Trail Principal Rod Smith said. “They have had a great year and have made the FT community very proud.”

Ravenwood Elementary Receives National Promising Practices Award

Ravenwood Elementary has received national recognition with a 2018 Promising Practices in Character Education sponsored by character.com. The award-winning Tiger Families program develops multi-age relationships through vertical groups of students and a staff member completing intentional learning activities monthly.

“This recognition is terrific for Ravenwood Elementary,” Executive Director of General Administration – Elementary Brent Yeager said. “It is a school staff that truly understands the importance of character education as it relates to preparing students for their future.”