Thursday, March 19, 2015

Grandview High School Robotics Compete in Regional Meet

GHS was a part of hundreds of high school students testing their robots in the Greater Kansas City regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The event was held during the weekend of March 12-14 at the MCC Business and Technology campus on Universal Avenue.

The regional competition hosts 54 teams. GHS placed 38th overall.  The team plans to improve features and its driving strategy before participating in the Truman day parade on May 2nd. 
The team even made a little cameo appearance in this YouTube clip provided, published by the Kansas City Star.

Friday, March 13, 2015

GC-4 Students Garner Top Spot Titles at Greater KC Science and Engineering Fair

Several elementary schools had students participate in this year’s 2015 GKC Science and Engineering Fair.  Meadowmere Elementary student Jett Robertson won his division (Intermediate Chemistry- 5th Grade) and received a purple ribbon! He has been invited to share his project at Science Mentor Day at UMKC in the fall. Congratulations to Robertson and the rest of the winners listed below.

Martin City Elementary
Gold Ribbon (1st place)
Tayla Ly- “The Lasting Bubble” / Emely Medina- “Salt Inside Water” / Connor Morrison-“Stretching with Rubber Bands” / Joshua Morena- “Quarter vs. Feather” / Kody Ketchum- “Kounting Kernels /
Mariela Neria- “Dissolving M 7 Ms” / Desiree Odum- “Popping Popcorn” / Grace Hower- “Popping Popcorn”
Silver Ribbon (2nd place)
Jean Sanchez- “Soccer in Motion” / Jasmyn Hill- “Sticking to the Plan” / Carson Hoerl- “Airplanes, Airplanes, Everywhere” / Arely De Los Santos- “Dropping Quarters and Feathers” / J’Mya Kelsey- “Paper Towels” / Donavon Schoen- “Effect of Salt on Pasta” / Lindsay Abrams- “Burning Candles” / Zachary Gordon- “Boiling Science” / Joslin Bradley-Holland- “Melting Ice Cubes”

Meadowmere Elementary
Bronze Ribbon (3rd place)
Claude Williams
Silver Ribbon (2nd place)
Aerin Johnson / Heidi Hamilton / Conner Brown / Thomas Wallace / Ericka Simmons / Dakota Thompson-Doss / Samantha Overman / Lexi Okoye
Gold Ribbon (1st place)
Sandra Escobar / Helen Wynn / Jett Robertson* / Brooklyn Maltiba

Butcher-Greene Elementary School
Division Winner (Top Award)
Camron Steck - "Browning Fruit"
Special Award Winner
Diana Rosales - "The Water Project"
Gold Ribbon (1st Place)
Brisa Astorga - "Melting Point of Chocolate" / Camron Steck - "Browning Fruit" / Diana Rosales - "The Water Project" / April Maldonado Hernandez - "Melting Chocolate
Silver Ribbon (2nd Place)
Jasmine Arriola and Briana Howard - "Ice Cream" / Lillian Foster and Kate Castillo - "Bouncing with
Tennis Balls" / Makayla Rodecap -"Which Flavor of Jello Sets Faster" / Johann Jimenez-Aguilar - "Chemicals Killing Plants"
Bronze Ribbon (3rd Place) Winners
Da'Kari Garron and Brendon Fisher - "Candy Fizzes Soda" / Mia Roberson and Paris Stiggers - "Chocolate Meltdown"

Conn West Elementary
Gold Ribbon
Nesyah King - A Sticky Situation
Silver Ribbon
Romie Hall - Sponge vs. Sponge / Damion Lopez - Butter Hands / Te'Andra Ruffin - World’s Strongest Paper Towels / Daphne Gutierrez - Dissolve Away / Norey Durham - Soggy Cereal? / Amon Nevins - Buttery Fingers / Brianna Zink - Melting the World with Crayons / Rafael Ramirez-Young - Bubble Gum, Bubble Mystery / Jha-Di Weston - Un-popped Popcorn / Angel Gaus - Balloon Down / August Harbin - Chocolate Melt Down

Belvidere Elementary
Jaden Baker - Transpire to Color / Julie Ann Sullivan and Cinyra Hall - Melting Crayon Experiment
Luke Foster and Amaurion Johnson - Which Juice Has the Most Vitamin C? / Alison Heins - Color Changing Flower / Matthew Deskovick - Evaporation Experiment / Clint Schmidt and Alexis Ramirez - Velocity Slingshot / Kamryn Mohr - Yeast Fermentation / Mara Moore - Mirror Me
Joy Kelher and Austin Willis - Fruit Battery Experiment

Belvidere had 4th grade Science Fair Experiments for the first time at the school this year and three went on to be entered in the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair:

Jessica Ferman and Rubi Abonza - Mixing Oil and Water / Izabella Pena and Kalyssa Mom - Static Situation / Kylee Brehe - How Far Will They Go?

GHS Senior Recognized for Top Five Percent PSAT Score

A Grandview High School senior has been recognized for an academic award that places her amongst top PSAT scorers in the country.
Mariel Gauger was named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  GHS administrators presented Gauger with a certificate for her achievement.  Gauger is one of 34,000 students throughout the nation to be recognized.

“I guess I was a little surprised, when I took the PSAT I guess I wasn’t expecting to get it,” said Gauger.

She placed among the top five-percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards by taking the Preliminary SAT.
It’s been years since a GHS student has been named a Commended Student.  Gauger, her parents Shelly and Carl Gauger, and district administrators joined in on her recognition in the high school foyer.

“I feel pretty good about it.  It’s definitely going to help me get into some colleges,” she said.
Gauger hopes to go to The New School in New York and major Women’s Studies and then pursue her graduate degree.

Click here to view the interview.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Grandview Bright Futures Host 100 Ways Community Breakfast

Volunteering time, talents, and treasures are three t-lettered words Grandview Bright Futures, or GBF, aims to encourage. GBF is a non-profit organization that meets the basic needs of students with community resources and donations. 

During its annual ‘100 Ways Community Breakfast’ city leaders, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and district administrators were invited to come together and learn how they can pledge their time, talents, and treasures to students in need. The breakfast encouraged 100 ways volunteers can sign up to mentor, raise money, donate supplies, and more for Grandview C4 students. 

“Volunteers have an enormous impact on the villages that they work and live in.  You don't have to spend the day in a school or hours organizing a clothes closet, take your 30 minute lunch break to help at a school.   Volunteers touch the lives of those they serve in numerous ways,” said Karla Harris, GBF Co-Coordinator.

The breakfast was a way to inspire partnerships between community organizations and the district to work together to serve students.  Grandview Bright Futures will also be involved in the 2015 Bicycle Rodeo that will take place April 4th at Grandview High School, April 18th at Belvidere Elementary, and May 16th at Butcher Green Elementary.

To learn more about GBF and how you can get involved please  check out and ‘Like’ the Grandview Bright Futures Facebook page.

Culinary Competition Puts Grandview C-4 Fifth Graders to the Test

Grandview C-4 fifth graders showcased their talents in the Conn West kitchen this week.  A student from each elementary school in the district submitted their recipes to be judged for the “Healthy Afterschool Snacks” competition put on by Sodexo.  The theme is aimed at getting kids interested in healthy food options. There were categories that included health conscious foods, and simple kid friendly fun foods.

A Sodexo representative says the objective of the event is not only to get kids thinking about healthy foods, but to also encourage interest in culinary art.

Congratulations to Martin City student, Shiloh Klubek who won the competition.  Klubek will now be entered into regional cooking competition, where she will be matched up with students in other districts in the area.

KCTV 5 news captured some of the event. You can click on the link provided to check out the story.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Bulldog Wrestlers Compete in State Championships

Congratulations to members of the Bulldog wrestling team!  Shontrel Wilson and Jakori Bell qualified for the 2015 Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships. Wilson placed 6th overall.  This was Wilson and Bell’s first time competing in the state meet. Both are juniors are expected to return next year.

WR PIC: (L-R) Steve Robertson, Ralph Teran, Steven Scraggs, Shontrel Wilson, Mayor Jones, Jakori Bell, Jeremie Picard (Head Wrestling Coach), Neil Capra (Asst. Wrestling Coach)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

H3TV Visits Martin City with Magic, Dance & A Message

On March 3rd, H3TV visited Martin City Elementary.  Reggie Reg and Rappin Roy did an all school assembly. H3TV is a highly innovative organization that is dedicated to changing lives. Our goal is to lead the nation in making positive changes one family at a time. We focus on planting seeds in the minds of families that will reap productivity and success for future generations. H3TV connects with people through music, entertainment and a message!

While the headquarters are currently in Kansas City, Missouri, the programs are global in scope. The global scale includes national and international concerts, educational programming, workshops, speaking engagements, music distribution, and television broadcasting. H3TV currently has a national product line on the market through US Toy and they are currently working on a national Children’s Television show called “Keep it Moving”.

Rappin Roy (Roy Scott) is a Grandview C-4 alum.

Click here for pictures from the event.

A Grandview School Interview with GC-4 Grad Roy Scott of H3TV Enterprises