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.
Excellence in Education Grant applications now available
Excellence in Education (E2) grant cycle for the 2016-2017 school year is now open. Applications materials may be accessed by clicking here. Applications are due January 5, 2016.
(Pictured: Lea Ann Combs and Caren Howes, educators at the Shawnee Mission Instructional Support Center, pictured with students. Lea Ann and Caren received support for take-home backpack library project- "Early Literacy Now." Congratulations!
#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.
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 2015.
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
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.
FNB gives $20k to SMSD in Celebration of 20 Years of Support
The Foundation announces a $20,000 grant from First National Bank in celebration of their 20 year partnership with Shawnee Mission schools.
The grant will purchase a carbon dioxide incubator and a digital stereo microscope for the Biotechnology Signature program at SM West instructed by Brenda Bott and programmable patient simulators for the Medical Science Signature Program at SM North instructed by Connie Gandy.
In addition, the Foundation is providing a matching grant of $3,800 to purchase the SimPad programming system for the patient simulators.
This investment by First National Bank contributes to the district’s goal to offer industry standard technical education to prepare Shawnee Mission students to be college and career ready. Many thanks for their commitment to Shawnee Mission students and belief in the power of a great education.
Pictured left to right:
Dr. Ed Streich, SMSD Chief Academic Officer; Connie Gandy, Medical Science Signature program instructor; Deb Zila, SMSD Board of Education President; Brenda Bott, Biotechnology Signature program instructor; Linda Roser, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation'; Jennifer Sanborn, First National Bank; Robert Hofmann, SMSD Career & Technical Education director; Kim Barney, SMSD Curriculum & Instruction director; Marga Spangler, First National Bank; Dean Davison, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Board of Directors, President; Dave Janus, President, First National Bank.