Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Apache Innovative School.
Apache Innovative School.

Parents, teachers raise questions about innovative schools model piloted at Apache, coming to Rising Star. The Kansas City Star’s Katy Bergen has an in-depth piece out this week looking at the Shawnee Mission School District’s trial of an “innovative school” model at Apache Elementary and the plans to bring the model to Rising Star next year. “Apache’s transition to an innovative model school — and a February announcement that the district would expand the program to Rising Star Elementary in Lenexa next year — has had a rocky reception from parents and teachers in the Shawnee Mission School District,” Bergen writes. “Some question how administrators can know whether the model is working when test scores and other benchmarks can’t be fully understood until after the school year. They’ve asked the school board why the district has chosen two Title I schools — which receive federal funding for serving some of the district’s poorest students — as centralized locations for teachers to practice new teaching strategies.” [At Shawnee Mission ‘lab school,’ the district experiments with new ways to teach, learn — Kansas City Star]

Highlands Elementary celebrates 65 years. Current and former Highlands Elementary families gathered at the school Friday for a 65th birthday celebration. [Highlands Celebrates 65th Anniversary — Shawnee Mission School District]