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Employees honored for years of service
The Wichita Public Schools honored its retirees and long-time employees during a special banquet held on May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Read more...
Truesdell rocketry team headed to national competition

Truesdell Middle School's rocketry team qualified for the national Team America Rocketry Challenge competition in Washington, DC. Watch...

Colvin students visit SSC’s Nutrition Services
Colvin Elementary students visited Nutrition Services at the School Service Center to learn how school lunches are prepared and distributed. Read more...
Northwest students visited by KC Chiefs punter
Northwest students heard an inspiring message from Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt as a reward for promoting the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Watch...
 
Assistance League awards scholarships to seniors
Nineteen students received scholarships from the Assistance League of Wichita. The students applied for scholarships to attend either Butler Community College or Wichita Area Technical College. Read more...
Students honored by Pando Initiative
Elementary, middle and high school students were honored for their improvements in behavior, academics and attendance with the Pando Initiative Star Awards. Read more...
Four middle schools receive state honors
Truesdell, Jardine, Mayberry and Stucky Middle Schools received honors from the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators. Read more...
North students celebrate tradition by the river
North High School students enjoy fun in the sun as part of the 86th annual North High School Water Festival. Watch...
Earhart kicks off new Air Quality Flag Program
Earhart Environmental Magnet, in a joint partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, Sunflower Community Action, and the City of Wichita, kicked off the EPA’s Air Quality Flag Program. Watch...

WPS severe weather and storm shelters procedures

The Wichita Public Schools is a national leader in safe room storm shelter construction. Learn how we work to keep students safe during severe weather. Watch...

School year will end two days early
The BOE voted to end the school year two days early, with the last day of school on Friday, May 20 instead of Tuesday, May 24. Read more...
BOE looks at calendar, transportation and health reserves
The Wichita Board of Education focused on three areas that are being studied to find potential savings: the calendar, transportation and health insurance as it looks at ways to cut $22.1 million. Read more...
 
District celebrates top scholarship recipients
WPS celebrated the accomplishments of high school seniors for being some of the top scholarship recipients for 2016. For the class of 2016, $42,968,093 scholarships were offered to date. Read more...
 
Jardine teacher receives Excellence in Public Service Award
Jardine ESOL Teacher Samanta Souriya was the Wichita Public Schools recipient of this year's Excellence in Public Service Award.  Watch...
Northeast named one of the Best High Schools in Kansas
Northeast Magnet High School was named one of the best high schools in Kansas by U.S. News and World ReportRead more...
Spring Good Apple Award recipients honored
Around 245 employees, volunteers and partners, representing 68 schools, support centers and businesses were recognized on April 18 for receiving the Good Apple Award. Read more...
Southeast staff tour new building
Teachers and staff at Southeast High School got their first look at the new school that will open in August. Watch...
Caldwell students perform at Tunes on the Tarmac
Second and third grade students from Caldwell Elementary School's after school arts program perform at Arts Partners' annual fundraiser, Tunes on the Tarmac. Watch...
WPS theatre students present Romeo and Juliet
Theatre students from across the Wichita Public Schools joined ranks to present Romeo and Juliet with a post-apocalyptic twist. Watch the show...
Brooks celebrates completion of bond project
Brooks hosted an open house and spring concert to celebrate the completion of their bond project - a new gym and music suite/storm shelter, along with renovated offices and cafeteria. Watch...

McLean students take a tour of the human body

Students at McLean learn about the human body through Body Ventures, an interactive exhibit from the Kansas Department of Education's Child Nutrition and Wellness Department. Watch...

BOE looks at Phase 1 budget recommendations
The BOE saw proposed Phase 1 budget recommendations as it looks at different options to reduce costs, and learned the district has revised its estimated fixed cost increases to $22.7 million. Read more...
High school students participate in Washburn Leadership Challenge
Students from nine high schools learned about behind-the-scenes city processes while participating in the Leadership Challenge at Washburn University. Read more...
Thirty-one students recognized with 99% Awards
Thirty-one students were recognized by the Board of Education during the 99% Awards ceremony for the third quarter on April 4. Read more...
Mayberry wins first place in Lego Robotics Competition
Mayberry students performed well in the Western Kansas Lego Robotics Competition, including 1st Place in the Overall School Award based on the results of the student teams. Read more...
Robinson students qualify for National History Bee
Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Robinson Middle School competed at the Regional History Bee. Six students qualified for the National History Bee in Chicago in June. Read more...
 
 
First-year Anderson teacher reflects on final nine weeks
First-year teacher Adam Crispin, third grade teacher at Anderson Elementary, shares how he is preparing for the last nine weeks in his first year as a teacher in WPS-TV’s First In Class. Click here to watch.
 
Buckner students had work performed by WSU thespians
Buckner students had their own super hero-themed plays performed on stage by WSU theatre majors. Read more...
 
High school students give input on possible budget cuts
Nearly 100 students representing every high school met with Superintendent John Allison to share their opinions about possible budget cuts during the spring SuperSAC Student Dialogue Session. Read more...
BOE discuss possible changes to transportation
The Wichita Board of Education took a closer look at hazardous transportation policies and school start times as it looks at potential budget cuts for the 2016-17 school year.  Read more...
East teacher named Project Lead The Way Master Teacher
Chris Wyant, engineering teacher at East High School, has been selected as a Project Lead The Way Master Teacher.  Read more...
West students perform well at Pitt State Science Day
Students on West High’s science team had a sweeping victory at Pittsburg State’s Science Day. Seven students took home 10 medals and the First Place Trophy for Overall Physics Competition. Read more...
 
Enders teacher receives Golden Apple Award
Erin Pelz, 3rd grade teacher at Enders, was surprised in her classroom with the Golden Apple Award. Read more...
WPS named one of the Best Communities for Music Education
The Wichita Public Schools have been named one of the 2016 Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. The Wichita Public Schools also has received the honor in 2013 and 2014. Read more...
BOE looks at potential budget cuts for next year
Faced with estimated fixed cost increases between $16 – $30 million and due to the uncertainty of state funding, the BOE began the difficult process of looking at potential items that may be reduced or eliminated. Read more...
Hamilton students explore the history of their school
Students are exploring their school's past in the Hamilton Historical Investigations Club. Read more...
Enjoy excerpts from All-City Honors Concerts
Enjoy watching excerpts from the All-City Bands, Orchestras and Choirs Concerts at Century II. Read more...
NAL teams celebrate a successful season
Students, parents, coaches, administrators and BOE members celebrated the conclusion of another successful National Academic League season during the NAL Awards Banquet. Read more...
Pleasant Valley students create art out of tables
Pleasant Valley Middle School students took worn-out science tables and created wonderfully imaginative works of art, inspired by their hopes and dreams. Watch...
 
Efficiencies in operations help save district millions
The Board of Education learned how the Wichita Public Schools uses efficiencies in its behind-the-scenes operations to save the district tens of millions of dollars. Read more...
Distinguished Classroom Teachers recognized
The Wichita Public Schools recognized the 2016 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award recipients in their respective categories during the March 7 Board of Education meeting. Read more...
Teacher prep program receives national award
The WSU/WPS Professional Development Schools program received the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award from the Association of Teacher Educators. Read more...
Jardine principal named Regional Magnet Principal of the Year
Lura Jo Atherly, principal at Jardine STEM and Career Exploration Magnet Middle School, has been named Region VII Principal of the Year by Magnet Schools of America. Read more...
Enterprise student starts food drive at school
Juliana Robinson, 4th grade student at Enterprise Elementary, started a food drive to donate to the Kansas Food Bank. Read more...
Nine WPS schools compete in Shocker Mindstorms Challenge
Thirteen teams representing nine schools competed in the Shocker Mindstorms Challenge held at Wichita State University on February 28. Read more...
Franklin staff showcases AVID strategies to other schools
Staff from 15 WPS schools and the Topeka Public Schools learned about different teaching strategies during Franklin Elementary’s AVID Showcase. Read more...
Northwest DECA students host Innovation competition
Students in Northwest’s DECA program launched an Innovation Rally for elementary and Innovation Express for middle school students to find new uses for common items.  Read more...
Southeast to host 5K+ and open house on March 5
Southeast is hosting a 5K+ run and open house to allow alumni, current and former staff, district employees and community members an opportunity to roam the halls one last time on Saturday, March 5. Read more...
 
Riverside teacher surprised with Golden Apple Award
Debra Anderson, kindergarten teacher at Riverside Leadership Magnet, was surprised with the Golden Apple Award from KAKE, Davis-Moore and Freddy’s. Read more...
Students win field trips to Kansas Learning Center for Health
Fifth-grade students from seven elementary schools won essay contests for an opportunity for a field trip to the Kansas Learning Center for Health. Read more...
Jardine receives $100,000 for new mentor program
Students at Jardine will have a unique opportunity to learn about careers in the community, thanks to a new program with the Wichita Independent Business Association. Read more...
Distinguished Classroom Teachers announced
The Wichita Public Schools is proud to announce the 2016 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award recipients who were surprised in their classrooms on Thursday, February 25. Read more...
BOE budget looks at health care reserves
The BOE looked at the district’s health insurance reserves as it discussed finances that deeply impact the budget. There were no recommendations, but the BOE discussed options for closing the gap in the reserves without using general fund dollars. Read more...
Jardine students receive new shoes from Andover teen
Nearly 250 students at Jardine received brand-new shoes, thanks to the generosity of an Andover High School student.  Watch...
High School students receive CTE Pathway Awards
Fifteen high school students were honored with the Career and Technical Education Pathway Awards. Read more...
McCollom teacher receives Golden Apple Award
Traci Weiford, fourth-grade teacher at McCollom Elementary, received the Golden Apple Award from KAKE, Davis-Moore and Freddy’s. Read more...
Levy's pep assembly has help from Northwest
Levy Special Education Center held a pep assembly for its Levy Legends basketball team with help from Northwest's Dance Team, Marching Band and Drum Line. Watch....
Ed Commissioner celebrates CTE Month at Northwest
Northwest students demonstrated what they are learning to be college and career ready when Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson visited classrooms to celebrate Career and Technical Education Month. Watch...

Benton teacher receives Golden Apple Award from KAKE
Sharon Bateman, second-grade teacher at Benton Elementary, received the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
 
Supt. Allison’s reaction to the Kansas Supreme Court Decision
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled the Block Grants funding system does not comply with the state’s constitutional standard of equitable access to educational opportunities. Supt. John Allison issued a statement on the decision. Read more...
BOE budget discussion looked at health plan
The Board of Education looked at the district’s health insurance plan as it discussed finances that deeply impact the budget. Read more...
Kansas education spending and student achievement

KASB's Mark Tallman updated the BOE on research that examines Kansas public education funding and student achievement. Watch...

BOE approves 2016-2017 Parent-Teacher calendar
The Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 Parent-Teacher school calendar during its February 8 meeting. Read more...
McLean students build bridges with buddies
McLean students learned the basics of engineering and teamwork during the school-wide Buddy Bridges project. Read more...
Opera Kansas performs for students

Allen Elementary School students join Opera Kansas in a production of "Traveling the Underground Railroad", presented to students in the 21st Century Afterschool Program. Watch...

North receives Golden Football for Super Bowl contributions
North High School received a commemorative Golden Football from the NFL as a part of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll for alum and former KC Chief Curtis McClinton. Read more...
North students see if their projects float or sink
North High students in Ryan Owen's AP Physics class test what they learned about buoyancy, Archimedes' Principle and fluid dynamics during the Cardboard Regatta. Watch...
Five schools receive Challenge Awards
Dodge, Payne, Horace Mann, East and South received Challenge Awards from the Confidence in Public Education Task Force. Read more...
Students honored with Scholastic Art Awards
Several high school and middle school students received Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions for their creations with the 2016 Scholastic Art Awards. Read more...
Forty schools receive books from United Way
Forty elementary school librarians got to pick up free books, thanks to a donation from the United Way and Westar Energy. Read more...
Northwest teacher receives teaching honor
Crystal Kerr, science teacher at Northwest High School, was presented the Outstanding Science Educator Award by Wichita State University’s Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society.  Read more...
P.E. teacher and coach recognized for community service
Karla Stenzel, P.E. curriculum coach and teacher at College Hill, was honored with the Outstanding Community Volunteer Award from Safe Kids Wichita Area. Read more...
Earhart students test environmental knowledge
Students at Earhart Environmental Magnet tested their knowledge at the school’s Environmental Education Bee. Read more...
BOE begins preliminary budget discussions
The Board of Education kicked off its 2016-17 budget development process during its January 25 meeting. The Wichita Public Schools faces increasing costs and flat revenue. Read more...
Another successful Battle of the Books

Students from 33 elementary schools competed in the annual Battle of the Books at the WPS-TV Studios. Watch...

Northwest DECA students promote healthy habits with others
Northwest DECA students have been conducting a Fuel Up To Play 60 campaign to encourage students to be active and eat healthy meals. Vice Mayor James Clendenin declared January 23 as Fuel Up To Play 60 Day in Wichita. Read more…
Benton receives Red Carpet Award for customer service
Benton Elementary received the Fall 2015 Red Carpet Award for Excellent Customer Service, presented by the Parent and Community Support Office. Read more...
East student chosen for U.S. Senate Youth Program
Andrew Figueiredo, student at East High School, has been selected for the United States Senate Youth Program. Read more...
Harry Street and Hamilton meet new mentors
Volunteer mentors from the Martin Pringle Law Office share time with students at Harry Street Elementary School and Hamilton Middle School as they kick off a new partnership. Watch...
East teacher receives Golden Apple Award from KAKE
Lt. Col. Michael George, JROTC teacher at East High School, was surprised with the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
Thirty students recognized with 99% Awards
Thirty middle and high school students were honored for doing their best, making good choices and making a difference in their school with the 99% Awards. Read more...
Wilbur's Lady Wranglers read to Peterson students
The Wilbur Lady Wranglers give back to the community by reading to kindergartners at Peterson Elementary. Watch...

Students complete Adaptive Computer Training
Sixteen students received adaptive computer training in Microsoft Office programs in the Fall 2015 Business Fundamentals for Youth program, a partnership between the Wichita Public Schools and the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation.  Read more...
Jardine teacher receives Air Force Teacher Award
Sarah Forster, 7th Grade Social Studies teacher at Jardine STEM and Career Explorations Academy, received the Air Force Association’s Teacher of the Year Award for Kansas. Watch the presentation...

 

Hamilton and Griffith teachers receive Horizon Award
Kaitlyn Salazar, math teacher at Hamilton Middle School, and Andrea Pope, fourth-grade teacher at Griffith Elementary, received the 2016 Kansas Horizon Award from the Kansas Department of Education. Read more...
Stanley students celebrate successes at ESOL Showcase
Students in Stanley Elementary’s ESOL program, along with their families, celebrated a successful first semester during their ESOL Showcase. Click here to watch the celebration.
 
Many factors considered for declaring snow days
There are many variables that are considered when declaring a snow day, and staff and parents will be notified in several ways. Click here to watch a video about the decision-making process.
Southeast students present books to "Future Buffs"
Students from Southeast High School present new books to some future Southeast Buffaloes- kindergarteners at Caldwell Elementary. Watch...
West teacher receives Golden Apple Award from KAKE
Melody Robinson, health science teacher at West High School, received the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
 
Colvin students receive food boxes for the holidays
Executive Women International, the Wichita State University Foundation and Star Lumber donated 77 boxes coordinated a food drive to donate to families at Colvin Elementary to help through the holidays. Watch...

Ortiz students learn from book author
Students at Ortiz Elementary school received a visit from DJ Burk, author of the children’s book series, “Wise Owl Tales.” Read more...
OK students learn new foods can be fun
OK students learned that trying new foods shouldn't be scary, especially when grown-ups are willing to do so, even without seeing what they are eating. Read more...
Students to bring home their state assessment report
Schools will begin to hand out students’ state assessment reports with information on their performance on last spring’s new 2015 Kansas State Assessments. Read more...
 
Student music groups perform for holiday travelers
Student music groups from across the district will perform for holiday travelers at Eisenhower National Airport during December. Read more...
 
West Health Science students learn about 3D printers
West High School's health science and engineering teachers teamed up for a special lesson on how 3D printers are used to make prosthetics. Read more...

Schools participate in Hour of Code
Schools across the district participate in the Hour of Code global event to promote computer programming. Watch McLean students learn coding...
Colvin students receive new shoes from community partners
Colvin Elementary students received new shoes, socks, gloves and hats thanks to district partners and the United Way. Watch...

Students and employees raise thousands for the United Way
Wichita Public Schools’ students and employees continue to give generously to the United Way. East High School was recognized for the Best Overall Student Campaign. Read more...
Fall Good Apple Award recipients honored
Around 275 employees, volunteers and partners, representing 70 schools, support centers and businesses were recognized on December 7 for receiving the Good Apple Award. Read more...
Beech student received Red Cross Hero Award
Beech student Trinity Sommers was recently recognized by the American Red Cross-Midway Chapter with the Disaster Relief Hero Award. She learned what to do during a fire and she later had to use those skills for a real-life emergency. Watch...

Kensler teacher receives Golden Apple Award
Debbie Holmes, first-grade teacher at Kensler Elementary, received the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
Woodman students encouraged to think about their future
Students at Woodman Elementary heard community members talk about their careers and professions during the school's "Think Future" Career Fair. Watch...

High schools compete in Cooking Up Change
Teams of Culinary Arts students from seven high schools whipped up original dishes for the Cooking Up Change competition. South High School will go on to compete in Washington, DC. Read more...
Minneha teacher receives Golden Apple Award
Valorie Ebie, prekindergarten teacher at Minneha, received the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
Fifteen students nominated for Wendy’s Heisman Awards
The Wichita Public Schools nominated fifteen student athletes for the 2015 Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards. Read more...
WPS collects thousands for Turkey Drive
Thank you for all who helped support the United Methodist Open Door Turkey Drive!  This year the schools and district collected 3,678 turkeys, along with $11,837.57 and 23,455 side items! See photos and video of the event...
WPS celebrates American Education Week
The Wichita Public Schools celebrated American Education Week by visiting Five Schools in Five Days. Read more...
McLean celebrates completion of its new storm shelter
McLean Science and Technology Magnet celebrated the completion of its bond construction - a new library/storm shelter during their STEM Night activities. Read more...
City honors McCollom music teacher with proclamation
Judy Sneath, music teacher at McCollom Elementary, was honored by the City of Wichita as they declared November 17 as Judy Sneath Day.  Read more...
Students share opinions with Superintendent Allison
Nearly 100 students representing every high school and eSchool met with Superintendent John Allison to share their opinions about being college and career ready. Read more...
Truesdell families learn dollars and sense
Truesdell Middle School students and their families were invited to learn more about personal finances and planning for the future from a local Bank branch manage during Family Literacy Night. Watch...
 
WPS kicks off 5 Schools in 5 Days at Northwest
The Wichita Public Schools is celebrating American Education Week by allowing visitors to experience what today’s classrooms are like and what students are learning. Read more...
District taking donations for Turkey Drive on November 20
The Wichita Public Schools will participate in the annual United Methodist Open Door Turkey Drive on Friday, November 20. The Alvin Morris Administrative Center, 201 N. Water, will be the drop off site from 7 – 9 a.m.  Read more...
OK students donate socks to United Methodist Open Door
OK Elementary students donated 1,262 pairs of socks to United Methodist Open Door with their Socktober Drive. Watch...
Students compete for best gingerbread house
High school students from East, Metro-Meridian, North, Northwest and South competed in the third-annual Build-A-Gingerbread-House competition at the Assistance League’s Gingerbread Village. Read more...
Heights hosts Cheer Showcase
Heights welcomed middle and high school cheerleaders from across Kansas for their Cheer Showcase. Watch...
McAuliffe P.E. teacher named central district Teacher of the Year
Karl Ely, P.E. teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy, was selected as the Central District Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America. Read more...
Band-o-rama highlights high school marching bands
Wichita high school marching bands present highlights from the 2015 Marching Band-O-Rama Showcase from South High School's Carpenter Stadium. Watch...
 
Students need current immunizations by November 16
Students must have their immunizations up-to-date by Monday, November 16. Students who are out of compliance will be excluded from school until they receive the proper immunizations. Read more...
Robinson Middle School bond project approved
The BOE approved the start of construction for the last bond project for the 2008 bond issue. Robinson Middle School will receive a practice gym designed as a storm shelter and new auditorium. Read more...
Levy Special Education Center hosts visitors from China
Levy Special Education Center demonstrated how they support students with significant special needs for parents and educators from China. Read more...
ParentVUE and StudentVUE now available
ParentVUE and StudentVUE computer programs are now available for access. Read more...


 
Parents look at education options during the Choices Fair
Thousands of parents and students came to look at the different educational options the Wichita Public Schools offers during the 27th annual Choices Fair. Read more...
Marshall's "Shake Off" focused on communications skills
Students at Marshall Middle School were tested on their ability to make a good first impression during the school’s first “Shake Off.” Watch....
Brooks teacher receives Golden Apple Award from KAKE
Michelle Murphy, special education teacher at Brooks, was surprised with the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Davis-Moore Auto Group.  Read more...
P.E. teachers receive state and national recognition
Several P.E. teachers and programs have received state and national recognition for the work that they do to keep students healthy and active. Read more...
Anderson and Wilbur teachers featured in First in Class
Anderson 3rd grade teacher Adam Crispin and Wilbur math teacher Tanner Conrad share how their first year of teaching is progressing in WPS-TV's First in Class. Read more...
 
Schools celebrate Lights On Afterschool program
Nine schools celebrated Lights On Afterschool with activities for parents and community members to see what students are learning in their ARTS afterschool program. Read more...
North students visit Reality U

North High students take part in Reality U, and learn what it takes to earn a living, pay their expenses, and support a family. Watch...

Spaght students dedicate Little Free Library
Students at Spaght Science and Communications Magnet Elementary helped dedicate a brand new Little Free Library in their neighborhood during a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Watch...
Trick or Treat safely on Halloween
Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety! There are several easy and effective behaviors presented in this video to help reduce the risk of injury. Click here to watch.
 
Woodland celebrates the end of bond issue construction
Woodland Health and Wellness Magnet students danced the night away as they celebrated the end of their bond issue construction project. Read more...
High schools participate in College Application Month
Seniors at Northwest, East, North, Heights and Northeast Magnet took part in College Application Month, a nation-wide campaign to encourage students to apply for college. Read more...
Mueller teacher receives Golden Apple Award
Jasmine Henry, fourth-grade teacher at Mueller, was surprised with the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
 
Wilbur shares treats with Donuts in the Drive
Wilbur Middle School gets help from Pathway Church as they give sweet treats to parents dropping of their children during Donuts in the Drive. Watch...

Mead celebrates their families' cultures
Mead Middle School families were treated to a fun, musical and delicious Family Culture Night. Watch...
Jefferson students participate in Pumpkin Run
Jefferson Elementary’s running club, Falcons Got Sole, participated in the Pumpkin Run at Wichita State University. Read more...
Heights students Skype with an astronomer
Students in Heights High School's astronomy class Skyped with an astronomer from California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Watch...
Gammon launches Leader in Me program
Gammon Elementary received a grant for the Leader in Me Program, based on the book by Steven Covey, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  Fifth grade students were assigned to present and teach the habit to the school. Watch...
 
White Elementary teacher has weighted animals for class
White Elementary pre-k teacher Cortney Debenham has a new way to help students calm when they have the wiggles. Read more...
Bus drivers receive active shooter training
Around 700 bus drivers and bus aides received training on what to do in the case of an active shooter. Read more...
Administrators try Build Your Own lunch menu options
Superintendent John Allison, BOE members and district administrators tried the new Build Your Own lunch option at Hamilton Middle School to kick off National School Lunch Week. Read more...
WPS and WSU receive Urban Educational Impact Award
The Wichita Public Schools and Wichita State University’s College of Education received the 2015 Dr. Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award from the Council of Great City Schools. Read more...
Schools participate in Walk to School Day
Many schools across the district participated in Walk to School Day on October 7 to promote healthy walking habits and pedestrian safety. Read more...
Eighth-grade students get involved in GEAR UP program
Eighth-grade students from nine middle schools helped kick off the GEAR UP program, in partnership with Wichita State University. GEAR UP is a seven-year grant to help students of Class 2020 prepare for college and beyond. Watch...
Wilbur hosts Madonna High School Class of 1970
Graduates from Madonna High School’s Class of 1970 took a walk down memory lane at Wilbur Middle School. Read more...
Thirty students recognized with 99% Awards
Thirty students were recognized with the 99% Awards on October 5. Read more...
Lawrence students create Pinwheels for Peace
The front of Lawrence Elementary was beautifully decorated while sending a positive message. More than 400 pinwheels were on display in front of the school for International Peace Day.  Read more...
Mead students have Q&A with WSU basketball players
Mead Middle School students were able to ask questions of a couple of Wichita State Men’s Basketball players Zach Bush and Rashad Kelly. Read more...
Greiffenstein teacher receives KAKE’s Golden Apple Award
Terecia Miller, music teacher at Greiffenstein was surprised with the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
Schools showcased during AVID Blitz Week
WPS administrators witnessed AVID in action as they toured schools during AVID Blitz Week. Read more...
Colvin runners hear inspiring message from marathoner
Students at Colvin Elementary are getting ready to run in the Prairie Fire Marathon Kids Mile on October 11.  Read more...
Coleman and College Hill students and volunteers plant trees to beautify school
The grounds around Coleman Middle School look a little greener, thanks to a donation from ICTrees. Read more...
Jackson students make meals for Numana
Every Jackson Elementary student worked to give back to the community by having a school-wide community service project packaging meals for Numana. Read more...
District administrators tour new Southeast High School
District administrators and Board of Education members toured the new Southeast High School under construction. Read more...
 
Wichita’s enrollment is 51,133
The Wichita Public Schools enrollment for 2015-16 is 51,133 students, an increase of more than 110 students in the traditional PreK-12 enrollment. Read more...
Hamilton students say “so long” to standardized dress
Students at Hamilton Middle School are happy that they don’t have to dress like everyone else. This year, the school no longer requires standardized dress. Read more...
North teacher receives KAKE’s Golden Apple Award
Ed Morales, social studies teacher at North High School was surprised with the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
 
South named one of the top JAG programs
South High School was recognized as one of the top Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) programs in Kansas.   Read more...
Earhart students harvest vegetables from their garden
Earhart Environmental Magnet students enjoyed salsa from vegetables they grew themselves with their Teaching Garden Harvest Celebration. Read more...
Christa McAuliffe students learn about the Constitution
Fifth- and eighth- grade students at Christa McAuliffe Academy worked together for a fun lesson for Constitution Day.  Read more...
Bombardier donates supplies to schools
Adams, Earhart, L'Ouverture, McLean and Jardine students receive school supplies thanks to Bombardier’s Operation Backpack. Watch...

Earlier date for the Wichita Public Schools Choices Fair
The Wichita Public Schools Choices Fair will be held earlier this year. The Choices Fair is Thursday, November 5, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Century II Exhibition Hall. Read more...
Metro-Meridian named Simon Youth Foundation site
Metro-Meridian Alternative High School was recently approved as a Simon Youth Foundation site, giving Metro-Meridian graduates an opportunity to apply for SYF scholarships. Read more...
Washington Elementary receives supplies from Westar
Representatives from Westar Energy deliver carloads of school supplies to their neighborhood partners at Washington Elementary. Watch...
Ten students named National Merit semi-finalists
The National Merit Scholarship Program has named ten semi-finalists from the Wichita Public Schools. Nine of those students attend East High School and one attends Northwest High School. Read more...
 
Heights parents get a sample of high school life
Hundreds of parents filled the halls of Heights High School to learn about their child’s high school life during the annual Parent Exchange Day. Read more...
East High celebrates with annual Big Do
East High School students, parents and staff celebrates an annual tradition during their “Big Do.” Watch...
 
Buckner celebrates bond project completion
Drums, dancing and singing helped celebrate the end of Buckner’s bond issue construction project. Read more...
Wilbur teacher shares philosophy of teaching
First-year teacher honors math teacher Tanner Conrad shares his philosophy of teaching, how he plans to keep his students engaged in a rigorous subject in WPS-TV's First on Class. Click here to watch.
Download the Wichita Public Schools app
The Wichita Public Schools has a mobile app to connect parents, students and community members to many district resources. The WPS Mobile App is free in the App Store or Google Play. Learn more...
 
Isely teacher featured in WPS-TV's First in Class
From attorney to music teacher: meet Ben McDaniel, first-year teacher at Isely Traditional Magnet, and why he says music is important for students and learn his goals for his first year. Click here to watch.
West part of City proclamation for Attendance Awareness Month
West High School assistant principal Travis Rogers joined the United Way and other community agency representatives as Mayor Jeff Longwell read a proclamation declaring September as Attendance Awareness Month. Read more...
Curtis students get ready to be millionaires
Curtis Middle School kicked off the Millionaires Reading Challenge to encourage every student to read one million words this school year, which are about 25 books. Watch...
Enders clothing swap supports families
Enders held its first clothing swap to support families and to make sure students had items to wear to start the school year off right! Watch...

 

BOE approves 2015-16 Budget
The Wichita Board of Education unanimously approved the 2015-16 budget during its August 24 meeting. The budget under block grant funding is $647.8 million, $36.1 million less than last year’s budget. Read more...
New items on the lunch menus this year
Andrew Terronez, head district chef, shows off samples of our new school menu items in the Wichita Public Schools. Watch
The 2015-16 School Year Begins!
More than 51,000 students were welcomed by teachers and staff as they got ready for another year of learning. Read more...
Southeast has last “first day” in current building
The first day of school was both exciting and bittersweet for students and staff at Southeast High School. This year is the last year they will be located in their current building. Read more...
Anderson teacher featured on First in Class
First year teacher Adam Crispin, 3rd grade teacher at Anderson Elementary, welcomes his students into his classroom for the first time, and shares what made him decide that he wanted to teach in WPS-TV's First in Class. Click to watch.

CMA student surprised by WFD and WPD supporters
Wichita Police and Fire Departments surprise a CMA 3rd grade student to wish her good luck as she returns to school after being treated for leukemia. Read more...
North principal named High School Principal of the Year
Sherman Padgett, principal at North High School, was named Area 4 High School Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals. Read more...
BOE reviews proposed 2015-16 budget
The Wichita Board of Education discussed the proposed 2015-16 budget during its August 10 meeting. Read more...
Revised 2015-16 Calendar
The BOE revised the 2015-16 school year calendar, making Sept. 8, 2015, and Jan. 15, 2016, non-attendance days for students. The dates will be days off for teachers if the tentative contract agreement is approved in August. If not accepted, the dates will be in-service days. View calendar...

New teachers learn about the Wichita Public Schools
Around 300 teachers new to the Wichita Public Schools spent time learning about the district during New Staff Orientation. Read more...
School buses ready to hit the road
More than 500 school buses were inspected by the Kansas Highway Patrol to make sure they are ready to transport students on the first day of school. Read more...
Education EDGE Fine Arts receives $1,000 gift from CUA
The Education EDGE Fine Arts Gift Fund received a gift from Credit Union of America as part of their 80th Anniversary Charitable Vote. Read more...
Christa McAuliffe teacher named Presidential Award Finalist
Steve Smith, math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy, was named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Read more...
Students spend their summer learning STEAM
Students from Bucker, L’Ouverture, Mueller, Spaght, Brooks, Jardine and Truesdell are having fun during the summer at STEM and Arts Summer Academy.  Read more...
BOE continues budget development discussion
The Board of Education heard an update on preparations for next year’s school budget during its June 8 meeting. Read more...
Hamilton students get their GAME On
Hamilton students, along with in-coming sixth grade students, are receiving skill support during the school’s GAME On Summer Enrichment Program. Read more...
Coleman’s Summer Math Academy has a special visitor
Students in the Summer Math Academy at Coleman Middle School were visited by a special volunteer. Chris Strub is traveling the country donating his time to volunteer in 50 states in 100 days to support youth programs. Read more...
 
Schools open up libraries for summer reading
Librarians at some elementary schools have opened their school libraries during the summer months to encourage students to continue reading at home. Read more...
North teacher reflects on her first year of teaching
North High Language Arts Teacher Meghan Ortiz talks about wrapping up her first year as a new teacher and shares her outlook for the future in WPS-TV's First in Class. Watch...

 

Price-Harris students get bugged out over beauty
Caterpillar wants to enter the True Beauty Contest, but does she have what it takes to win over the beautiful butterflies? Mrs. Kirkman's kindergarteners at Price-Harris Elementary learn the meaning of true beauty in this fun video.

Teachers and School Board reach tentative contract agreement
The United Teachers of Wichita and the Board of Education announce a tentative one-year agreement on the teachers’ contract under Modified Traditional Bargaining for the 2015-16 school year. Read more...
Griffith teacher reflects on year in WPS-TV’s First in Class
WPS-TV featured Andrea Belsan, fourth-grade teacher at Griffith Elementary, in their First in Class series. She reflects on her year of teaching and says goodbye to her very first class of students. Click here to watch.
 
All-City Band marches in Sundown Parade
More than 130 students from 8 high schools combined to form the WPS All-City High School Marching Band that marched in the River Festival’s Sundown Parade. Read more...
Adams teacher receives Golden Apple Award from KAKE
Holly Taylor, kindergarten teacher at Adams Elementary was surprised with the final Golden Apple Award for the 2014-15 school year from KAKE-TV, Papa John’s Pizza and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
White Elementary students got to read with Wu
Kindergarten students in Lara Dodson’s class had a special visitor on the last day of school. WuShock brought a pizza party for the students for being good readers.  Read more...
High school students letter in Student Leadership
Eighty-seven high school students who lettered in Student Leadership were recognized on May 22. Read more...
Schools celebrate the end of another successful year
Students and staff celebrated all the hard work they have done as the 2014 – 15 school year comes to an end. Read more...
#WPSproud celebrates success in 2014-15
Superintendent Allison shares his #WPSproud moments with the district community in his year-end message. Watch, celebrate and smile with us!
Hadley students take off to wrap up Flying Challenge
Students from Hadley got a birds-eye view of Wichita to wrap up its year-long Airbus Flying Challenge, a partnership with Airbus, the United Way and Communities in Schools. Read more...
Leadership changes announced for 2015-16
Superintendent John Allison has announced additional school leadership changes for the 2015-16 school year.  Read more...
 
Chisholm Life Skills receives Red Carpet for customer service
Chisholm Life Skills Center received the Spring 2015 Red Carpet Award for Excellent Customer Service, presented by the Parent and Community Support Office. Read more...
Northwest students create school-wide “Hall of Fame” video
Northwest students showed their school-wide spirit by creating a video to the song, “Hall of Fame” by The Script. Read more...
Hamilton students receive letter from Michelle Obama
Hamilton Middle School students in Deborah Diggs’ lunch group had quite a surprise recently – a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama.  Read more...
Christa McAuliffe receives $5,000 from Verizon for app idea
Technology students in Shane Koranda’s class proudly accepted $5,000 from Verizon representatives for being named Best in the Region in the Innovative App Challenge in January. Read more...
Hamilton celebrates the completion of cafeteria
Current and former students and staff helped celebrate the completion of Hamilton Middle School’s bond issue project with an open house and talent show. Read more...
Kensler teacher receives Golden Apple Award
Charles Swedberg, second-grade teacher at Kensler Elementary, was surprised with the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV, Papa John’s Pizza and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
South teaches science to Enders and Enterprise students
Teachers and students at South High School hosted a Science Field Day for 3rd – 5th grade students from Enders and Enterprise Elementary Schools. Read more...
Towne West teacher receives Emmy Award for video project
Dennis Tabor, math and science teacher at Towne West Learning Center, recently received an Emmy Award for his work on the educational video series, “Astronomy: Observations &Theories.” Read more...
 
Northeast Magnet named #3 Best High School in Kansas
Northeast Magnet High School was named the #3 Best High School in Kansas by U.S. News and World ReportRead more...
Juniors named Soaring Students by the Wichita Eagle
Twenty-five juniors were honored as Soaring Students by the Wichita Eagle  for their commitment to their academics, as well as their community service.  Read more...
Mayberry drama teacher featured on Today Show
Sheila Kinnard, drama teacher at Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet, was featured on the weekend Today Show as part of their Mother’s Day series. Read more...
Caldwell teacher receives Golden Apple Award
Kellen Potter, third-grade teacher at Caldwell Elementary, was surprised with the Golden Apple Award from KAKE, Papa John’s Pizza and Davis-Moore Auto Group. Read more...
 
Southeast senior to attend West Point in the fall
Simeon Willis, senior at Southeast High School, will attend West Point in the fall. Willis has faced many challenges, but remained focused to overcome those obstacles with help from his JROTC instructors. Read more...
High school commencement ceremonies begin today
High school commencement ceremonies begin on May 7. WPS has graduated more than 190,000 students over the past 137 years. See commencement schedule.
 
Schools participate in Bike to School Day
The rain held off just long enough for schools like McLean to participate in Bike to School Day on May 6. Read more...
Education EDGE gifts given to schools and programs
Education EDGE gifts were presented to school staff, fine arts and athletics during the May 4 Board of Education meeting. The Education EDGE has given more than $1 million to schools over the past 10 years. Read more...
Employees honored for years of service
The Wichita Public Schools honored its retirees and long-time employees during a special banquet held on April 30 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Read more...
 
Schools participate in Million T-Shirt March against bullying
Many schools across the district participated in the Million T-Shirt March, a nation-wide anti-bullying initiative, on May 1. Read more...
Students honored by Communities in Schools
Elementary, middle and high school students were honored for their improvements in behavior, academics and attendance with the Communities in Schools Star Awards. Read more...
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
High school summer school enrollment begins April 25
High school summer school will be offered Monday, June 6 – Thursday, June 23. The morning session will be offered 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon session will be offered 12 – 4 p.m. The summer school courses will be offered Monday – Thursday at North High School and Chester I. Lewis Virtual School.  Click here to see the summer school brochure and course offerings. The cost is $90 per course for in-district students and $150 for out-of-district.
 
Enrollment begins April 25. To enroll, students must visit with their school’s counselor and complete the enrollment form. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. After May 24, students will have to enroll at either North or Chester I. Lewis Virtual School. The last day to enroll is Thursday, May 26.
Enrollment for fall prekindergarten underway
Enrollment for free prekindergarten classes is going on now. Parents begin the enrollment process by completing an Interest Form either on paper or electronically on the Wichita Public Schools’ Web site. Both forms are found at www.ec.usd259.org.  
 
Children must turn 4-years-old by August 31, 2016 and be screened to meet the eligibility criteria for the program. Parents can call Early Childhood at 973-4708 or their neighborhood school for more information.
Keep schools safe through anonymous tips
Wichita Public Schools students can keep schools safe by sending anonymous tips through text messaging and/ or a secure web link. The Speak Up program through the Crime Stoppers in Schools program allows students, staff and parents the ability to share information that will be anonymously received. Read more
Meal menus and more -- Nutrition Services is here to serve you!
The Wichita Public Schools Nutrition Services staff takes pride in providing healthy, nutritious and well-balanced meals to students during their time at school. Find information about breakfast and lunch menus, meal prices, online meal payments and applications for free and reduced meal payments by clicking here.
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