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NED's Mindset Mission Assembly to Be Held on October 19 at 9 a.m.

NED's Mindset Mission is a character education program that centers around three important messages that have lifelong relevance: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. During the assembly, students will learn about the importance of these three life skills while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks. 

NED’s Mindset Mission


Two McKinley Elementary School Students to Star in PBS Commercials 

student being filmed for a PBS commercial

A pair of stars are born. Two McKinley Elementary School students will soon be featured in promotional commercials, that will air on the Kansas City Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) TV station.  

Third graders, Isabella Frederick and Leigh’Miyah Wedlow will be highlighted in individual promotional ads. The filming of the ads took place at McKinley Elementary School on Friday, September 16. The spots will be part of a series of commercials called, “What are You Reading, KC.”  

student holding a book while being interviewed for a PBS commericial

In the promotional spots, Isabella and Leigh’Miyah will talk about their favorite book they like to read, and why they enjoy reading them so much.  

Producers of the promotional ads say they hope the spots will encourage kids to pick up books from their school and local library and read. “We aim to mirror the PBS Kids principles of learning, filled with curiosity, discovery, and optimism said Kansas City PBS Producer Angela Kmeck.  

student on a monitor for a PBS commercial

Isabella and Leigh’Miyah will have to share the spotlight. Kansas City PBS will also film promotional ads featuring students in North KC, Independence, Grandview, and KCMO school districts. Several charter school students will also take part in the ads. 

Depending on how well the editing goes, the spots should air soon on Kansas City PBS. Isabella’s ad is expected to air from October until January. Leigh’Miyah’s spot will more than likely run from January until April.  

McKinley Elementary School Hosts Cultural Heritage and Literacy Night Event 

The sound of music echoed from classroom to classroom, the smell of authentic Mexican food wafted through the hallways, and people paraded around in clothing, depicting their heritage.  

students and teacher in class

It was all part of McKinley Elementary School’s Cultural Heritage and Literacy Night hosted on Wednesday, October 5.    

Leaders at McKinley wanted to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of their students and families in the community while at the same time recognizing the importance of literacy. 

Different stations were set up so parents and guardians could visit classrooms to get a closer look at the curriculum their students were learning, and the goals set for each of them.  

Teachers in class with kids

Teachers also showed examples of what their students were working on to further enhance their literacy skills. The goal of the sessions was to encourage parents and guardians to use the information to help promote discussion and continued learning at home. 


Teacher reading at McKinley Elementary classroom

The night also included reading aloud in classrooms, dancing, arts and crafts, a book fair, free popcorn, live performances and more. 

Adult offering popcorn to students at McKinley Elementary

This fun-filled evening was all part of Curriculum Nights, an initiative set by Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. KCKPS has set goals of engaging families and the community in the education process. 

As part of this effort, each school’s administration will host an event at their school, one each semester for literacy and math. 

To learn more about Curriculum Nights and the dates of each school’s event, click on this link.