Career and Technical Education Month highlights achievements of CTE programs
Nearly 150,000 Kansas students take part in programs each year
Kansas students and educators will join people from across the United States in celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month® during the month of February.
This year’s theme is “Opportunities for Career Success!” The month provides CTE programs an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college and career ready and prepares them for high-demand career fields.
“As we move forward to accomplish the State Board of Education’s vision to lead the world in the success of each student, students, now more than ever, need career and technical education courses to assist them in preparation for life after high school,” said Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson. “I join the rest of Kansas in celebrating Career and Technical Education Month and the vital role that CTE has in helping all students become successful.”
CTE in Kansas embraces the needs of business and industry through the development of the foundational knowledge and skills aligned to the Kansas workforce.
Kansas has 16 Career Clusters for students to choose from, and there are 35 Career Cluster Pathways. A Career Cluster is a group of occupations similar in skill set and application. Career Cluster Pathways are focused and specific areas of study leading to a particular area of industry or business.
There are nearly 150,000 Kansas CTE students (in grades eighth through 12th) taught by 3,232 CTE teachers, according to Kansas State Department of Education records. CTE Student Organizations enhance this instruction by offering opportunities to apply what is learned in a variety of ways, interact with adults in their selected Career Pathway and address community issues through in-depth projects.
CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the nation and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education.
Kansas Native Sons and Daughters Essay Contest
Three Pleasant Ridge High School students were recently notified that they would be recognized for essays they wrote as part of the Kansas Native Sons and Daughters “Kansas! Say It Above a Whisper” Boyd essay contest. Bridget Howard, a junior, placed second in the statewide contest. Noah Tattershall, a senior, was third and Paige Robinson, a sophomore, earned Honorable Mention distinction for the essays they wrote.
The students will be recognized at the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas banquet on Friday, January 29, 2016, as part of Kansas Day ceremonies. Not only will the students be recognized, but their essays will be reproduced in the event program.
Congratulations to these students for their outstanding work and the recognition they have brought to themselves and their families.
Pleasant Ridge High School Students of the Quarter
We recently recognized eight students at the high school as Students of the Quarter for the second quarter. The students were recognized for their continued efforts in Forgiveness, Gratitude, Kindness, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility, Tolerance and Trustworthiness. The students are nominated by PRHS staff members and then chosen by a committee of staff who use the criteria listed above to determine the eight honorees, from the list of students who have their names submitted.
The eight students who were recognized this week are Eli Schwinn and Ellie Seeler (freshmen), Brailea Billingsley and Andy Peltzer (sophomores), Haven Stutz and Madison Weber (juniors), and Conner McLendon and Taylor Satre (seniors). The students will have their pictures on display in the Commons Area of the high school for the remainder of the quarter, until we announce next group of students to be recognized.
Congratulations to these outstanding students who, like the vast majority of our students, continue to shine both in and out of the classroom.
Battle of the Brains 2015 Champions
Cultivating the City, an interactive project created by the Advanced Chemistry/Physics Class at Pleasant Ridge High School, taught by Glenda Connelly, has been recognized as one of the 20 finalists in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. An assembly was held at the high school on Friday, November 6, to announce the PRHS team as the winners of a $2500 cash prize and to recognize them for what they have accomplished.
Battle of the Brains (BOTB) is an academic competition, at both the elementary and secondary level, based on creating projects through the use of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Burns and McDonnell, and engineering firm in Kansas City, has created this event to encourage the exploration of STEM careers and the possibilities that may exist through study of STEM coursework.
The PRHS students in the class who worked on the project are Peyton Gould, Jagar Haack, Frank Hallock, Brennan Hollinger, George Kuykendall, Conner McLendon, Maggie Schwartz, Noah Tattershall and Gabe Younger. The students will be attending a ceremony on November 18, at Science City, where the grand champion will be announced.
During the upcoming week, November 7 through 14, you can vote, online, to help choose the winner. Voting is done via email and you can vote once per day, per every email account you may have. You need to log on to www.botbkc.com and click on the “Public Vote” icon and vote.
We need as many votes as we can get as Pleasant Ridge High School is the smallest school represented in the top 20.
Congratulations to Mrs. Connelly and these outstanding students for their work.
PRHS Recognizes "Students of the Quarter"
While the high school has moved from the traditional nine-weeks grading period, there are a few aspects of the “quarter system” we have retained, including the announcement of Students of the Quarter. During an assembly on Wednesday, October 21, eight PRHS students (two from each class) were recognized as Students of the Quarter. The students who were recognized were George Blue and Isabelle Lanter (freshmen), Kaleb Donald and Joe Mohan (sophomores), Emily Cole and Reid Herken (juniors) and Kelsey Bradford and Noah Tattershall (seniors).
Students are nominated by staff members (a total of 78 PRHS students received at least one nomination from a member of the staff) and a select group of teachers and staff make the final selection, based on the nominations submitted.
Honorees are considered based on eight characteristics the staff have determined to be important to the success of our students—those criteria are Forgiveness, Gratitude, Kindness, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility, Tolerance and Trustworthiness. It is our goal that the students who are recognized exhibit these characteristics, not only before they are honored, but in the way they go about their daily lives, after they are recognized.
We will recognize eight additional students shortly after we return to school in January, after the semester is over. We are very proud of all of our students and the vast number of accomplishments of so many of our students. It is always a pleasure to be able to recognize students for the positive ways they go about their lives.
Power School Parent Portal Setup
There have been updates to our PowerSchool parent link. Please follow to steps below to create a new account.
1: Click the “Create Account” tab.
2: Click “Create Account” again.
3: Complete the form and please note that the “Access ID” and the “Access Password” are case sensitive.
4: Make sure to add all of your children under the “Link Students to Account” section before proceeding.
5: Scroll to the bottom of the page when finished and click “Enter".
6: Once signed in you will need to setup any email notifications or personalization options you had set up previously.
If you need any further assistance feel free to give your child/children’s school a call.
Availability of Services for Students with Special Needs
Your local school district and all public schools in Kansas provide free special education services for eligible exceptional children ages 3 through 21 or high school graduation. Parents are encouraged to seek assistance from teachers, principals or other professionals if they have questions regarding their child’s progress in school. ...read more