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Sportsmanship, exercise tops for new program
December 8, 2010
Flag-football, basketball and cheerleading are just a few options to get kids off the couch and outside, thanks to a new extra-curricular program in the area.
Program educates parents on shaken baby syndrome
November 23, 2010
In 2008, eight babies in Sedgwick County died from shaken baby syndrome. In 2009, after the implementation of The Period of PURPLE Crying, the number of deaths related to shaken baby syndrome dropped to just two. So far in 2010, only one baby in Sedgwick County has died of shaken baby syndrome, according to Janet Schalansky, president and CEO of Kansas Children’s Service League.
Dearwester selected to fill empty board seat
November 10, 2010
There’s a new face and fresh perspective on the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education roster.
National group honors health teacher’s efforts
October 27, 2010
Teaching healthy lifestyle skills to her students has been a priority for Amy McClure, and one that seems to be working quite well.
USD 232 to fill seat on Nov. 8
October 27, 2010
De Soto USD 232 Board of Education members make tough decisions each meeting. On Nov. 8, the six members will add a seventh member to fill the vacant Position 5 seat.
De Soto school board to interview applicants for vacant seat
October 20, 2010
De Soto USD 232 Board of Education members will interview nine Shawnee residents who have applied for the vacant Position 5 seat on the board.
District starts fund for students in need
August 18, 2010
Ron Wimmer will leave a lasting legacy at De Soto USD 232, whether he intends to or not.
Bachelorettes vie for chance at reality show roses
July 22, 2010
Women, and a few men, from throughout the Kansas City area spent Wednesday evening interviewing to be one of the bachelorettes or bachelors vying for a rose in the coming seasons of an ABC reality show.
Creativity flows at USD 232 Camp Invention
Second year of science-focused camp doubles enrollment
July 21, 2010
From a mysterious scientist to medieval games, first- through sixth-graders last week enjoyed hands-on science, math, art and history activities at De Soto USD 232’s Camp Invention.
Shawnee teen is library’s writer-in-residence
July 14, 2010
Ayah Abdul-Rauf became a published writer the first time when she was 13.

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Recent photos

Five area hospitals, including Shawnee Mission Medical Center, recently implemented The Period of PURPLE Crying, a shaken baby syndrome prevention program,

MVHS physical education teacher Amy McClure, right, stretches with Shannon McGraw during class. McClure was named the 2010 Outstanding School Health Educator by the American School Health Association. 

Amanda Mills, right, Aly Tennis and Samantha Mills participated in Riverview Elementary School’s art supply drive for Children’s Mercy.

De Soto USD 232's seventh elementary, Belmont School, 5805 Belmont in western Shawnee, opens this week.

Armed with rockets, boxwood derby cars, forestry books, rabbits and sewing projects, Great Plains 4-H members from Shawnee, Lenexa and Leawood are hitting the Johnson County Fair this week for their chances at blue ribbons.

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