CMA students donate shirts to Wichita Children’s Home

Christa McAuliffe Academy third-graders donated college t-shirts to the Wichita Children’s Home as a community service project.
Christa McAuliffe Academy third-graders donated college t-shirts to the Wichita Children’s Home as a community service project.

Third-grade students in Karla McGinnis class at Christa McAuliffe Academy wrapped up a community service project for the Wichita Children’s Home. The students donated more than 35 college t-shirts to give to the children staying there. The shirts had special messages attached encouraging them that their future will be better and they hope the shirts will bring a smile to their face.

Terry Calloway with the Wichita Children’s Home came to CMA to pick up the shirts and talked with the students about how WCH help children in Wichita and surrounding communities.

Christa McAuliffe crochet club leaves gifts for others

Students in Christa McAuliffe Academy’s Crochet Club placed scarves around downtown statues as gifts to others who need to stay warm.
Students in Christa McAuliffe Academy’s Crochet Club placed scarves around downtown statues as gifts to others who need to stay warm.

Students in Christa McAuliffe Academy’s Crochet Club gave gifts for others to keep warm. The Crochet Club, made up of 6th graders Judy Nguyen, Asia Dawson, Aubree Dawson, Mallory Floyd, and Penelope Johnson started to learn how to crochet in September. Since that time, they have created more than 30 scarves. The students, along with sponsor Stephanie Knutson, passed out the scarves to others at the Salvation Army. The scarves they were not able to pass out were placed around various statues downtown with notes attached telling the public they are welcome to take a scarf as a gift if they are cold. 

“So many lessons were learned from this project,” said Knutson.

“It was fun to learn how to crochet, but knowing that people are happy to receive something I created makes me feel happy and successful,” said Nguyen.

McAuliffe P.E. teacher named Central District Teacher of the Year

Christa McAuliffe Academy P.E. teacher Karl Ely works with a student on his serve in a game of eclipse ball.
Christa McAuliffe Academy P.E. teacher Karl Ely works with a student on his serve in a game of eclipse ball.

Karl Ely, P.E. teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy, was selected as the Central District Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America. The Central District is made up of nine states in the Midwest region. Ely is now a finalist for the National Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

“I love teaching students new activities and see how their skills develop over time,” Ely said. “I’m part of a great team of P.E. teachers across the district and here at CMA.”

Earlier this year, Ely was named Secondary P.E. Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Christa McAuliffe teacher named Presidential Award Finalist

Wichita-Public-Schools-LogoSteve Smith, math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy, was named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honor for teaching in those two categories.

They are presented to educators who show a high degree of knowledge, innovation, skill and leadership. Smith will go on to compete for a national finalist title.

David Clark, Wilbur Middle School, was a nominee in the science category.

Both Smith and Clark were recognized during a special ceremony on June 22 at the Kansas Cosmosphere.

Northwest DECA students host Innovation Rally

Wichita-Public-Schools-LogoStudents in Northwest’s DECA program launched an Innovation Rally for elementary students.

Students Dylan Gates, Ashton Taylor and Nicole Watson partnered with the Wichita Entrepreneurship Task Force and Wendy’s to create a competition where elementary students created new items out of empty plastic water bottles.

The competition was offered to 3rd – 5th grade classes throughout the Wichita Public Schools.

The winners of the competition are:

• First place – Traci Weiford’s third-grade class at McCollom Elementary. They created a bird feeder out of the water bottle.

• Second place – Megan Westfahl’s fifth-grade class at Christa McAuliffe Academy. The class created an office organizer out of water bottles.

• Third place – Mary Batt’s third-grade class at Cleaveland Traditional Magnet. The class created personal organizers.

For more information about the Innovation Rally, visit the web site created by the Northwest students www.gobiz316.com.

McAuliffe named Best in the Region with mobile app idea

Students in Shane Koranda’s Technology Student Association was named Best in Region for their “Homework in ANY Language” app concept.
Students in Shane Koranda’s Technology Student Association was named Best in Region for their “Homework in ANY Language” app concept.

Middle school students in Christa McAuliffe Academy’s technology class are happy to be named Best in the Region in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

The students’ concept for an app, “Homework in ANY Language,” was named Best in the State and Best in the Region. Although the students didn’t win the national title, they are happy with making it as far as they did in the competition.

Students Katelyn Jamoul, Autumn Travis, Angela Vu, Bilal Shahzad, Kade Chhang, Tabor Morris and Aleesha Powell submitted  the “Homework in ANY Language” app concept to the competition.

The proposed app translates homework instructions orally into different languages by hovering over the written text using the smart device’s camera. The goal is to assist non-English speaking parents with their child’s homework.

For winning Best in Region, the school received $5,000 to support STEM programs.