|Points of Pride|
Wichita Can Be Proud Of Its Public School District!
41 schools are recognized for receiving 141 Standard of Excellence Awards in reading, math and/or science for 2012.
Our students and employees give the Wichita community many reasons to be proud of the Wichita Public Schools! Students and employees receive local, state and national recognition for their achievements. A few of our highlights include:
► District achievements
► Student achievements
► School achievements
► Staff achievements
We are proud to honor our employees, volunteers and school partners throughout the year with different recognition events. See Awards and Recognition.
- The district's enrollment is 50,639 students. Enrollment has grown by 1,574 students over the last ten school years.
- Forty-one schools received 141 Standard of Excellence Awards in reading, math and/or science from the Kansas Department of Education for their performance on the 2012 state assessments.
- Students in the Wichita Public Schools continue to see growth on Kansas state assessment scores. Over the past five years, the district has seen a 4.3 percentage point increase in reading and 3.1 percentage points increase in math.
- Caldwell, Dodge, Irving, Park, Horace Mann, Metro-Meridian, Northeast and West received the 2012 Challenge Awards from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force. The award recognizes schools for outstanding achievement and accomplishment in reading and/or mathematics based on 2012 state assessment results, despite facing significant challenges in school population.
- Wichita Public Schools received the Healthiest Employers Award by The Wichita Business Journal for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
- Wichita Public Schools employees donated more than $251,687 to the United Way in 2012. Student campaigns collected $40.719.31.
- The Wichita Public Schools is a drop-off site for the United Methodist Open Door Turkey Drive. In 2011, students and staff collected 3,000 turkeys, more than $11,000 in monetary donations, and more than 6,100 side items and canned goods.
- The district has more than 3,600 registered mentors and tutors who volunteered more than 18,000 hours to support students. There are 22,000 registered volunteers that provide more than 116,000 hours of service to Wichita schools each year.
- The Wichita Public Schools is featured in The ABC's of Safe Rooms training video by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its committment to constructing safe rooms in all of its schools. The Wichita Public Schools was the first school district in the country to build a safe room storm shelter in a school and has the largest number of safe rooms of any school district in the United States.
- On Nov. 4, 2008, voters approved a $370 million bond issue that will add schools and classrooms to reduce class sizes and address overcrowding and growth, build 60 safe rooms, support the end to forced busing, upgrade technical education programs and renovate or rebuild aging physical education, athletic and fine arts facilities.
|An Airbus engineer watches students have fun in a flight simulator at Exploration Place.
- Brooks Technology and Arts Magnet Middle School and Airbus are involved in the Airbus Flying Challenge, that pairs students and Airbus engineers together to help students learn about aviation, science, math and engineering.
- Stanley Elementary received a $25,000 Give with Target grant from Target. Stanley is the only school in Kansas to receive the grant.
- Hadley Middle School has received Project Lead the Way National Certification, the only middle school in Kansas to receive the honor.
- Gordon Parks Academy is authorized as International Baccalaureate World School Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes, the only school in Kansas with both distrinctions.
- The Wichita Public Schools athletic department is assisting Wichita State University in a smart phone app pilot program to help tell when it's safe to play after an athlete suffers a concussion.
- Beech, Caldwell, College Hill, Dodge, Enterprise, Franklin, Jefferson, McLean, OK, Pleasant Valley, Riverside, Stanley and Woodland received national certification with the HealthierUS School Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Gardiner Elementary is the Kansas Grand Prize Winner in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Physical Activity Challenge, sponsored by the National Football League and the Midwest Dairy Council.
- North High School, Coleman Middle School and Pleasant Valley Middle School are AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration Schools, the only schools in Kansas and three of the few across the country.
- Lawrence Elementary was named a Master School by Renaissance Learning for the school’s use of the Accelerated Reader program.
- East High School’s Debate and Forensics program is one of the top 100 schools in the country according to the National Forensics League.
- Cloud Elementary received the Standard of Excellence Award for School Counseling from the Kansas Department of Education.
- Northeast Magnet was named a Successful Magnet High School by the U.S. Department of Education – one of eight nation-wide.
- Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet was recognized as a high-performing school with the National Excellence in Urban Education Award, given by San Diego University – one of 13 schools nation-wide.
- Dodge Literacy Magnet was named a Title I Distinguished School by the National Title I Association for the school’s increasing student achievement.
- Students at Caldwell, College Hill, Enterprise, Franklin, McLean, OK and Stanley Elementary Schools try different fruits and vegetables as a snack as a part of a grant from the Kansas Department of Education.
- Enterprise Elementary received the Building Bridges Award from Wichita State University for helping adults in the community earn their high school diploma.
- North High School and Bryant Core Knowledge Elementary raised the most money at for their grade levels for the Kansas Humane Society's Pennies From Heaven campaign.
- The new tennis courts at East, Heights, Northwest and South received the Missouri Valley Tennis Facility of the Year Award from the United States Tennis Association.
Liz Roberts, North High School, is a finalist for the 2012 Kansas Teacher of the Year Award.
- Liz Roberts, Language Arts, AVID and Future Educators teacher at North High School, is a finalist for the 2012 Kansas Teacher of the Year Award.
- Rachel Aponso, math teacher at Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet, received the profession’s top honor of National Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards for 2011.
- Megan Gross, Adams; Sarah McDaniel, South; Esther Calderson, Cloud; Therese Cheatham, Anderson; Marie Hampton, Coleman; Katie Antholz-Mitchell, Southeast; and Kim Lawson, White received the 2012 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award.
- Sarah McDaniel, science teacher at South High School, received the 2013 Kansas Horizon Award from the Kansas Department of Education for exemplary work during her first year of teaching.
- Dana Hamant, sixth-grade band director at Brooks, Mayberry and Robinson, received the National Citation Outstanding Music Educator Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
- Cara Ledy, principal at South High School, was named a 2012 Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals Area 4 School Principal honoree.
- Superintendent John Allison was named a finalist for the Richard R. Green Award, the nation's top prize for urban school education leadership.
- David Clark Jr., science teacher at Wilbur Middle School, is a 2012 state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.
- Cynthia Martinez, McKinney-Vento Homeless Program Liaison, received the 2012 Excellence in Public Service Award.
- Timothy Finkbeiner, principal at Greiffenstein Alternative Elementary and Wells Alternative Middle School, received the 2012 Outstanding Building Leadership Award by the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders.
- Diane Farnsworth, school psychologist at Park Elementary, received the Edna L. Harrison Pioneer Award from the Kansas Association of School Psychologists. She also was named 2011 School Psychologist of the Year.