Payne students rewarded for attendence

Pre-K through fifth-grade students at Payne Elementary were rewarded for perfect attendance for the school year. The students who had perfect attendance were given bicycles on the last day of school.

The students who received bikes are Connor Richardson, PreK; Sheyla Paz-Velasquez, kindergarten; Kayla Kelley, third-grade; Yvette Fabela, Colton Minnick and Zoey Large, fourth grade; Dashiell Mitchell, Cintia Cruz-Tello, Ashley Crumrine and Leslie Lopez, fifth-grade. Large, Fabela and Kelley have had multiple years of perfect attendance.

Globe Engineering, one of the school’s partners, purchased the bikes for the students. Globe Engineering provides support and mentors for Payne throughout the year and has supplied bikes for students with perfect attendance for the past several years.

Horace Mann teacher finalist for Presidential Award

Rachel Aponso, math teacher at Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet, has been named one of three Kansas finalists for the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science from the National Science Foundation. Finalists were selected based on five areas including mastery of math/science content and knowledge, use of instructional methods and strategies to support student learning, effective use of assessment strategies and educational leadership outside her classroom.

Aponso will receive $500 to use in her classroom. National winners for the Presidential Award will be announced in May of 2011.

High school seniors receive millions in scholarships

The 2010 senior class received many scholarships to help support their future educational endeavors. The amount of scholarships given to students throughout all high schools totals $26,098,121.

“We are incredibly proud that many of our students will have the opportunity to go to college with financial assistance,” said Denise Wren, Assistant Superintendent of High Schools. “Whether it’s a large or small scholarship, it really makes a difference for our students.”

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