Bollywood dance, henna tattoo art, martial arts and clay oogly creations are just a few of the many cultural topics students at Indian Valley Elementary were able to learn about at the annual Children and Cultural Arts Day. This fun-filled event provided students with the opportunity to learn about different cultures throughout the world. This year, there were 22 presenters ranging from teachers to parents to community members and more. The Children and Cultural Arts Day is a special event cherished by the Indian Valley community and a tradition all look forward to each year.
Students at Overland Trail Elementary received a special visit from the Harlem Ambassadors at a third-fifth grade assembly. In addition to showing off high flying dunks and boogying down with students and teachers on the dance floor, the ambassadors spoke to students about the importance of staying in school, remaining drug free and having good moral character.
Blue Valley's CAPS Education students, in partnership with Mid America Nazarene University, hosted the first annual Future Educators of America (FEA) Kansas Regional Conference, a one-day event designed to inspire middle and high school FEA members in Kansas to be "wired 4 teaching." In preparation for the event, CAPS students created the conference website, edited competition documents, created names for the breakout sessions, helped secure presenters like Microsoft and Arcademics and prepared presentations for the competition portion of the conference. At the conference, CAPS students acted as presenters, volunteers, emcees, award presenters and more.
Learn more about the conference and how Blue Valley's CAPS Education students have helped inspire future educators by visiting the conference website or following the discussion on Twitter with #mnuwired.
Congratulations to Kelsey Bradley, special education teacher at Indian Valley Elementary, and Katherine Durick, science teacher at Lakewood Middle, on being named two of this year's Horizon Award recipients! The Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. The Kansas State Department of Education honors 32 Kansas teachers with the award each year. Read more here.
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