What a great night to honor Pando donors while we introduce Penny Olsen as our new Executive Director.
Thank you Emprise Bank for use of the beautiful Atrium, the North High Culinary Program for catering the event, Friends University's Jazz Trio, and Xclusive Events.
It was wonderful to visit with all of you, and THANK YOU again for your support of Pando, and the kids we serve!
I had a blast talking with the 4th and 5th grade Ambassadors at Spaght Elementary today about how we can improve our neighborhoods and community long term!
Thank you to Principal Bowyer for the opportunity!
This morning, it was announced that Wichita Northwest High School senior running back Breece Hall has been selected to compete in the @19allamerican Bowl presented by @amfam. Hall is one of the 100 top high school football players to receive the honor this year. The game will be played in San Antonio on Jan. 5 and will be broadcast on NBC. #WPSProud
Best part of yesterday - reading Bad Kitty with Ms. Miller’s 2nd graders at Jefferson for @wichitarotarydt #rifreadingisfundamental . And on top of spending time with these beautiful students, my #readICT book with an animal on the cover can finally be checked off! #ilovewichita#wpsproud
The Pando League boys at Pleasant Valley Middle School worked on a 1 month engineering project/contest where they designed, built and tested bridges. The top 2 teams earned a field trip to WSU Tech!
Congratulations to these young men, and THANK YOU Alejo, and WSU Tech for the field trip, it was so fun!
Join us for the Wichita Public Schools JROTC and Leadership Cadet Veterans Day ceremony, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Century II where more than 2,000 JROTC and Leadership cadets will participate and conduct a pass in review. The keynote speaker will be Congressman Ron Estes. #WPSProud
Heads up, #AllisonBabyEagles ! The Turkey Drive starts next week!
We will accept donations to help families in our community during lunch every day next week. The grade level that brings in the most donations will earn a FULL dress down day on December 18th! 😁🦃 #GobbleGobble#TurkeyDrive2018#WPSproud
Got my 2nd annual "Snapshot with the Superintendent" yesterday at the Wichita Public Schools Showcase Event while helping at AVID's table. It is exciting to see how Dr. Thompson is leading our school district and I greatly appreciate how personable and intentional she is in her interactions with others! #WPSProud
Thanks to the Wichita Firefighters Charitable Fund and the @wichitafiredept for donating coats to students at Colvin and Jefferson elementary schools. This is the third year of the program at Colvin and the first year of the program at Jefferson. More than 250 coats were distributed at the two schools. #wpsproud
We are giving a big afternoon shoutout to 7th grade math teachers, Ms. Fast and Mrs. Kemp! Way to represent for today's Red Ribbon Spirit Week activity, Team Tuesday! 😎😁👏 #RedRibbonWeek#WPSproud#Rivalry
A weekend at State XC has my heart full. It’s a gift to watch them run. It’s a gift to watch them give everything they have. It’s a gift to run with them on this adventure. Everything from letting them dye my hair pink for race day braids, pinkies in for pre-race pep talks, running the hills at Rim Rock alongside them, & letting them DJ the van ride with Bieber, Miley, & T-Swift. Yeah, I’d do it all over again #soproud#blueacenation#wpsproud#weflytogether#weruntogether#babyblues
Tonight Chester I. Lewis Academic Learning Center hosted their 14th annual chili cook-off event. Students, staff and neighbors of the school enjoyed chili and competed for trophies made by students. Special thanks to Wichita Police Department Chief Gordon Ramsay for serving as a judge. #wpsproud
Fun time at Kansas Fall Delegate today! Learned new things and got to know our BPA friends @wichitawesthigh Excited for what the rest of the year has in store! @bpanational #wpsproud#weBPAtogether#wichitaeasthigh
Words matter. Last week I had the privilege of participating in the Motivational Words Project at Wilbur Middle School with @rachdouglass & @angieprath. Hopefully these words on the bathroom stalls will bring joy and hope to someone who needs it. Thank you @d.s.carbajal for organizing.
Yesterday, 30 volunteers from Cargill spent the afternoon at Park Elementary planting bulbs, weeding, painting, cleaning windows and many other projects to beautify Pando's new Check & Connect school!
We are so grateful for our partnership, thank you for all your hard work!
Red Ribbon Week is a drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October. Our students will raise their personal awareness of these nationwide issues by participating in a different activity each day of the week.
Check out our Facebook page for more details! #RedRibbonWeek#WPSproud#WPSFutureReady
Second set of passes to Exploration Place delivered fulfilling my #blackoutict pledge. Sixteen additional families from @earhartusd259 will be gifted the EP experience - two each month until the end of the school year. I’m grateful for the incredible @wichitausd259 administrators at both Earhart and Gammon for their willingness to identify the recipient families. #wpsproud#becauseilovewichita
I just delivered my first set of passes to Exploration Place as part of my #blackoutICT pledge. Sixteen families whose child attends Gammon�Elementary� will be able to learn and play together at one of Wichita’s premiere educational assets. As an added bonus, Jason's Deli has generously provided $30 gift cards for each family following our presentation at last week’s Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Sunrise Scrambler.
What’s your pledge?
In April, Pando staff and students worked on a community service project funded through a grant from Cargill. Yesterday, kids from Cloud Elementary had the opportunity to tour the Legacy Garden to discover how their hard work has paid off!
At last night’s BOE meeting, we recognized all current First Student employees who have provided more than 20 years of service. 20 years: Christina Bull, Teresa Carmona, Kenneth Flower, Stormi Funk, Pamela Miller, Pat Stowell, Jennietene Warren, Andrew Lentz, Cyndy James, Jennifer Kuisel, Larry Spear, Fay Rogers, Sharon Franzen, Brian Burdick, Mary Sporleder, Jennifer Adams, and Louis Gladney. 30 years: Bobbi Matthews, Minnie McGill, Patricia Smith, Peggy Mitchell, and Kurt Gumrukcu. 40 years: Sharon Lackey and Jeanie Richardson. Patsy Sherwood, who has served as a bus driver for 49 years, was honored as she is retiring this year. #WPSProud @firststudentinc
A sample of what our students are returning to after the long weekend thanks to @mamajennatch, @d.s.carbajal, @kansaskidsgearup, and @leaninwichitakansas. Thank you so much for all the hard work that was put in over the last couple days! #wilburbathroommakeover#wpsproud#lifeofaschoolcounselor
We got caught writing on the bathroom stalls at @wilbur_middle_school yesterday. Stenciled some inspirational messages for students with @courtneysendall and @rachdouglass as volunteers for the ICT Lean In chapter. Next step is for some talented artists to paint them with bright colors. #wpsproud#ilovewichita#ictleanin
Congratulations to Tammy Wood, a special education teacher at Anderson Elementary Wichita, who was surprised in her classroom with the Golden Apple Award from @kake.news @projectteacher and @davismooreautogroup #WPSProud
The kids did a fabulous job in today's performance of their original play, entitled "The First Days of School!" Shoutout to Ms. Ast and Mrs. McGovern for guiding these students through this major production!