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April Kansas State Board of Education highlights: 44 Kansas seniors recognized as CTE Scholars

Posted: Apr 22, 2017
Author: Ann Bush

Forty-four high school seniors were recognized as the first-ever Kansas Career and Technical Education Scholars during the Kansas State Board of Education’s April meeting.

State Board of Education members met at the Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson, on April 18. The second day of the meeting took place at the Kansas State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.

Jay Scott, assistant director of the Kansas State Department of Education’s Career Standards and Assessment Services team, shared information about the CTE Scholars program with board members and announced the 2017 CTE Scholars.

The program is an opportunity to recognize well-rounded outstanding CTE students who are finishing their senior year of high school, Scott said.

Students have to be a high school senior and meet the following criteria to be selected as a scholar:

  • Have earned or presently enrolled in 3.0 or more CTE credits.
  • Provide documentation of technical skill attainment.
  • Have a CTE Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or better in CTE coursework.
  • Demonstrated leadership.
  • Demonstrated community engagement.
  • Have professional learning experiences.
  • Provide a career vision summary statement.

Scholars will receive a commemorative pin, special certificate and statewide recognition, Scott said.

This year’s Kansas CTE Scholars are:

  • Haylee Hitchens, Spring Hill High School, Spring Hill Unified School District (USD) 230
  • Lauren Joeckel, Spring Hill High School, Spring Hill USD 230
  • Jordan Phommachack, Olathe North Senior High School, Olathe USD 233
  • Joshua Garrelts, Eisenhower High School, Goddard USD 265
  • Jade Sampson, Eisenhower High School, Goddard USD 265
  • Micah Cash, Eisenhower High School, Goddard USD 265
  • Blake Schwartz, Eisenhower High School, Goddard USD 265
  • Tanner Cole, Eisenhower High School, Goddard USD 265
  • David Garcia, Maize South High School, Maize USD 266
  • Brooke Oleson, Ottawa Senior High School, Ottawa USD 290
  • Kyra Skoog, Ottawa Senior High School, Ottawa USD 290
  • Umar Sandhu, Salina Central High School, Salina USD 305
  • Kylie Roberts, Salina South High School, Salina USD 305
  • Taylor McIntire, Salina South High School, Salina USD 305
  • Michaela Kaiser, Salina South High School, Salina USD 305
  • Mason Frost, Salina South High School, Salina USD 305
  • Ajay Danda, Salina South High School, Salina USD 305
  • Joshua Turner, Buhler High School, Buhler USD 313
  • Anna Behrens, Norwich High School, Kingman-Norwich USD 331
  • George “Max” Karst, Newton Senior High School, Newton USD 373
  • Brandon Murrell, Newton Senior High School, Newton USD 373
  • Michaela Regier, Newton Senior High School, Newton USD 373
  • Guadalupe “Lupita” Reyes, Newton Senior High School, Newton USD 373
  • Kara Peaney, Newton Senior High School, Newton USD 373
  • Shaedon Wedel, Newton Senior High School, Newton USD 373
  • Adyan Rolph, Newton Senior High School, Newton USD 373
  • Katherine Lindgren, Newton Senior High School, Newton USD 373
  • Anabel Gomez, Newton Senior High School, Newton USD 373
  • Evan Just, Andover High School, Andover USD 385
  • Seth Boxberger, Russell High School, Russell County USD 407
  • Riley Sleichter, Abilene High School, Abilene USD 435
  • Teia Potter, Abilene High School, Abilene USD 435
  • Chad Sprunger, Inman Junior/Senior High School, Inman USD 448
  • Ethan Dewit, Inman Junior/Senior High School, Inman USD 448
  • Lane Clark, Inman Junior/Senior High School, Inman USD 448
  • Walker Strange, Inman Junior/Senior High School, Inman USD 448
  • Tanner Knackstedt, Inman Junior/Senior High School, Inman USD 448
  • Andrea Vandever-Moore, Inman Junior/Senior High School, Inman USD 448
  • Jensen Walcott, Basehor-Linwood High School, Basehor-Linwood USD 458
  • Audrie Bailey, Winfield High School, Winfield USD 465
  • Cecelia Caraccilo, Lansing High School, Lansing USD 469
  • Farrah Hutton, Lansing High School, Lansing USD 469
  • Adriana Sabado, Wyandotte High School, Kansas City USD 500
  • Steven Hoang, Wyandotte High School, Kansas City USD 500

 

Bill Mullens, superintendent of Marysville USD 364 and chairman of the Coalition of Innovative School Districts, gave a biannual report about the Coalition to board members. The Coalition is required to report twice per year to the board concerning the status of the Coalition’s efforts.

Current Coalition members are McPherson USD 418; Concordia USD 333; Kansas City USD 500; Hugoton USD 210; Blue Valley USD 229; Marysville USD 364; and Fredonia USD 484.

The Coalition strives to serve as a think tank; cultivate key partnerships; maintain openness to ideas; identify the horizon and be on the edge of change; overcome resistance; and embrace change for betterment of student success.

Board members agreed to renew 17 one-year specialized certificates for the Coalition of Innovative School Districts. All of the certificates were for Kansas City Unified School District 500.

Cindy Lane, superintendent of Kansas City USD 500, spoke to board members about the renewal of the specialized certificates. The board in June 2016 gave approval to the Coalition to issue 15 specialized certificates for a one-year period, renewable upon local board approval. The certificates aren’t transferable to any other Kansas school district.

At the February 2017 meeting, the State Board of Education approved USD 500 Kansas City to issue five additional specialized certificates to candidates approved by the USD 500 Board of Education and the Coalition board of directors. The Coalition asked that 17 of the 20 specialized certificates be continued. The board approved the continuation.

Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson updated board members on Kansas state assessments. He said the assessment stages were shrunk for this year’s testing cycle by 60 percent and results will be available by the end of the testing cycle. He also said the assessment is a predictor to the ACT and other national tests.

While the University of Kansas’ Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) hired more staff members to assist with this year’s testing cycle, there were still some issues. As such, Watson requested the board delay its vote to renew the contract with CETE.

Watson also updated board members on the search for a superintendent for the Kansas State Schools for the Deaf and Blind. The interview process was very “extensive,” Watson said. Selected candidates met with a selection committee for about 90 minutes, toured both of the schools and met with stakeholders.

Committee members will have to reach a consensus on who is the best person for the job, Watson said. The committee will then select a person to recommend to the State Board of Education. That is scheduled to happen in May.

Also during the meeting, State Board of Education members:

  • Heard a presentation on the process and changes taking place with World Language Standards. The standards are currently in second draft form. The second draft will be available for public comment for 30 days. The standards are scheduled to go before the board for action in July. Upon approval, there would be a standards professional learning and transition year from July 2017 to June 2018. The standards implementation would take place during the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Heard a presentation about the Kansas Standards for Dance and Creative Movement, which have been revised to better align with the most recent national dance standards. The revision process for the standards began in November 2015. A committee was formed with 12 writers and reviewers. Face-to-face meetings took place in February, March, July and August of 2016. The proposed standards are scheduled to come before the board for a vote in May.
  • Voted to approve recommendations from the Professional Practices Commission.
  • Voted to adopt a consent agreement and order entered in the matter of Kurt Winterhalter, doing business as Behind the Wheel Defensive Driving School, and subsequently deny Winterhalter’s 2016 application. Winterhalter submitted a 2017 application, and it will be reviewed by KSDE staff members to determine if it meets the criteria that must be met by all individuals applying for licensure and the terms of the consent order.
  • Heard a presentation from Kristin Magette, communications specialist for Eudora USD 491 and author of “Embracing Social Media: A Practical Guide to Manage Risk and Leverage Opportunity.”
  • Received revised Educator Program Standards for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for kindergarten through grade six, fifth through eighth grades, sixth through 12th grades and Pre-K-12. The board is scheduled to vote on the standards in May.
  • Heard a follow-up presentation on school mental health and Erin’s Law.
  • Voted to rescind a motion from the March 15, 2017, meeting related to approval of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire as the measurement tool to be used annually to collect kindergarten entry data for districts. The board then voted to authorize KSDE to engage in a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select a vendor that can provide a developmentally appropriate snapshot tool to be used annually to collect kindergarten entry data in every district.
  • Received an update from Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis on the status of education legislation following the adjournment of the 2017 Kansas Legislature.

 

The board will meet again May 9-10 at the Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson.

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