Frontier Trail Middle School Principal Rod Smith has been chosen as the 2018 Honor Administrator by the Kansas Music Educators Association for his commitment to music education and the arts in his school.
“Dr. Smith is the type of principal that all music teachers hope to work with,” Martha Gabel, vice-president of the state group, said in a news release. “His support for music and the arts is evident in his words, but more importantly in his actions.”
Gabel is also fine arts coordinator for the Olathe Public Schools.
‘Buddy table’ idea earns prize for middle-schooler
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Chisholm Trail Middle School seventh-grader Andrew Peet has won $1,000 through Lifestyle Publications’ Elevate Kindness Challenge for middle schools.
Andrew had presented the idea of a “buddy table” in the lunchroom during Chisholm Trail’s Month of Kindness in November.
“Students came up with ideas which they implemented in a variety of ways,” Chisholm Trail Principal Mike Wolgast said. “Andrew had a great idea and completely ran with it.”
The buddy table is a place for students to sit for lunch if they are new to the school, having a bad day or just need a friend.
“If our students see someone at the table, they know to go over and hang out and eat lunch with the person,” Wolgast said.
Waste drop-off Feb. 10 in Olathe
All Johnson County residents can dispose of unwanted paint, cleaners, oil and other household hazardous waste at Olathe’s drop-off event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the city’s Household Hazardous Waste facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive, behind Public Works and Customer Service.
Residents will be asked to provide a photo ID and a general description of their items. Other items that can be dropped off include aerosol cans, automotive and household batteries, fertilizers, light bulbs and pesticides.
No electronic waste will be accepted.
Visit OlatheKS.org for a full list of acceptable items.
Composer to speak in Olathe
Composer, musician and author David Amram will visit the Olathe Downtown Library from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 to share stories and music.
Amram will discuss Kansas City’s musical past, and talk about his professional life. The downtown library is located at 201 E. Park St.
Registration is not required.
According to the movie site IMDB, “David Amram has been described as ‘the Renaissance man of American music.’ He has composed over 100 orchestral and chamber works, written two operas, and many scores for theatre and films. He has collaborated with such notables as Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Dustin Hoffman, Charlie Mingus, Elia Kazan, Odetta, Jack Kerouac, Betty Carter and Tito Puente.”
Olathe schools send surveys to parents
Principals in the Olathe School District have emailed the district’s annual parent survey to all families.
Parents can provide feedback through the anonymous online survey, which will be active through March 7.
Parents can offer feedback on every school their children attend, as well as the administration, Board of Education, the district as a whole, and bus transportation.
Assistant Superintendent Jessica Dain said the results are shared with individual schools so they can improve.
Districtwide results will be analyzed by the Superintendent’s Leadership Team and a report will be provided to the Board of Education.
Olathe schools offer new ACT prep
The Olathe School District is partnering with PREPWORKS online test preparation, so students can prepare for the ACT college entrance exam online.
The district will continue to offer in-person classes on its high schools, but is now offering the online alternative as well.
Students who dedicate an hour per week should be able to complete the program in a semester, but they have up to a year to complete the 36 modules after their diagnostic test.
Two timed tests will be available that simulate taking the real ACT online.
The cost for a 12-month subscription to the service is $45. Students may enroll at the district’s eAcademy website, http://eacademy.olatheschools.com.
After registering online, students should mail a check payable to USD 233 to the eAcademy offices in the Instructional Resource Center, 14090 Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS 66062.
Checks and online registration must be completed by the 25th of the month in which a series begins (May, June, August, October, November and February).
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Olathe News