Graduation is a big milestone for your student and your family! There is always time to thank that teacher who went the extra mile for your student through the Foundation's Thank-A-Teacher 2016.
Who would you like to thank? Do it now, online.
SMEF sends thank you notes to teachers throughout the summer. Your donation goes to the Excellence in Education Fund that awards grants to teachers.
8th Grade Graduate
6th Grade Graduate
Tax-free IRA Gifts
For those 70-1/2 or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from IRA accounts.
The President recently signed into law legislation that retroactively extends the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from IRAs to one or more qualified charities, including the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings.
Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift. Now that this provision has been made permanent, it is possible to double your impact by making a charitable IRA rollover gift prior to December 31, 2015 and also early in 2016.
Check with your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information on how to make such gifts. Administrators and advisors: For information to transfer directly to the Foundation, call the Foundation office at 913-993-9360 during regular business hours.
Shawnee Mission Education Foundation excels in national study of K-12 educational foundations
(Nov. 19, 2015) – The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations, “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation,” has ranked Shawnee Mission Education Foundation fourth in its division and forty-second in the nation. The study includes education foundations in the top 200 largest school districts in the nation (by student population), as well as other top-performing foundations in smaller school districts. The Shawnee Mission community is generous in its support of public education, and the Foundation's job is to keep growing that support for the next generation of students." said Dean Davison, President of Board at Shawnee Mission Education Foundation. This is the first time a Kansas public school foundation has been included and the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation is proud to be the only Foundation in the metro area that made the list. To read the report, click here.
Jump Start in Action
For three weeks in July, early learners get a Jump Start on kindergarten. Children practice early reading, math and social skills needed for success in kindergarten. Click here to watch video.
#proudtobeSMSD at the 2015 Fall Breakfast
"The future is looking good. No, let's make that great!" Words spoken by Dr. Jim Hinson, Superintendent, to kickoff the 2015 Fall Breakfast.
Shawnee Mission has a lot to be excited about this year. Dr. Hinson announced the increase in student enrollment is the largest since 1992. The district is completing projects begun last year in response to community input: increased safety and security measures, successful re-introduction of middle school sports, completion of the 1:1 digital initiative, now in all schools. Thanks to community support of the bond initiative the district is breaking ground on new facilities.
Dr. Hinson interviewed Lexie Allen and Erin Smith, two award winning students in our Biotechnology Signature Program, to showcase the outstanding research being done by students with the support of business and research partnerships.
Dr. Jim Hinson's final words to the sold out crowd at 2015 Fall Breakfast were, "Will you make a difference? Our kids deserve it!" He declared our charge is simply to be the best! #proudtobeSMSD
Thank you to Shawnee Mission Health, Mainstreet Credit Union, Capitol Federal and JE Dunn for their lead sponsorships of the 2015 Fall Breakfast, and to all our sponsors, table hosts and guests.
STEM E2 Grant in Action at Trailwood Elementary
Trailwood Elementary students problem solve and work as creative thinkers using LEGO WeDo robotics equipment purchased with SMEF E2 Grant funds.