School plans for fall 2020




By Angie Baldelomar Three major school districts on the Kansas side of the Kansas City area have announced they will honor Gov. Laura Kelly’s order and start the 2020-21 school year after Labor Day. Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools (KCKPS) has announced it will start classes on Sept. 9. The district school board also has […]

Area colleges making changes for upcoming fall semester




By Angie Baldelomar Many higher education institutions in Kansas and Missouri have released their plans to safely hold in-person classes this fall semester. In the Kansas City area, Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas, announced its plans to return to in-person instruction on campus, though the term will start Aug. 31, two weeks later than […]

JCCC shares reopening plans for fall 2020




By Angie Baldelomar Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is preparing for the 2020 fall semester. When classes start on Aug. 24, 80% of the Overland Park, Kansas-based college’s classes will be online, either in the traditional form of online students are used to or an online hybrid that will have a virtual class time for […]

How to help children with the middle school-to-high school transition




Commentary by Tere Siqueira The transition from middle school to high school is among the most challenging times in a child’s development. And during this coronavirus pandemic-induced quarantine, this shift can seem even more overwhelming to children. Fortunately, there are several ways parents can assist their children through this process. Some helpful ways include the […]

KC Girls Prep expands enrollment to sixth-graders




By Angie Baldelomar Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy has added a new grade level to its enrollment list. The first all-girls public school that opened its doors in August 2019 is enrolling fifth- and sixth-graders. After a year as a school, Tara Haskins, KC Girls Prep school leader, said this first year has been a […]

HDF announces 2020 scholarship recipients




By Angie Baldelomar The Hispanic Development Fund (HDF) Scholarship Program has announced its 2020 Scholar cohort. David Ochoa, HDF executive director, said there were 325 recipients of scholarships. This year, the total amount of scholarships awarded reached $689,000, making it the largest amount in its history. “This is in response to understanding that COVID-19 has […]

KCK Public Library offering online programming




By Angie Baldelomar Although the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library’s doors are closed, it offers a series of online resources the community can access from their homes. Kim Woolery, arts and communication librarian, said those with library cards can access online databases, audiobooks, ebooks and movies in the library’s eCommunity site. “If they don’t have […]

The importance of social distancing




Commentary by Chara Nowadays we listen everyday people talk about social distancing. Although it is strange and and can seem weird at the beginning, we should take care of ourselves and learn to see it as a normal practice in our day to day until the COVID-19 crisis solves. Many people think that social distancing […]

Kansas has one of America’s highest distracted driving rates




By Chara A recently published study by the financial website MoneyGeek.com analyzed federal statistics to determine which states have the highest rates of distracted driving. According to the results, Kansas is the one of them. Kansas was ranked the second-deadliest state. The ranking was based on the study of federal statistics on fatalities and roadway […]

College is still important in 2020




Commentary by Tere Siqueira In the Digital Age, when most information is easily accessible online, many people might think a college education is no longer necessary. Not true. A college degree is critical to your success in today’s workforce. It can have a significant impact on other areas of your life, too. Some of the […]