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The PRIDE of the EAST SIDE
Good News
Ms. Brown, Assistant Principal, Recognized As Exemplary 

Our newest assistant principal, Angie Brown, was named Exemplary Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year from the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators for 2014-15.
 
“This is a great honor,” said Brown. “I didn’t expect to be nominated. I’m fortunate to work with a great staff and amazing students.”
 
She will be recognized in May at KAMSA’s state conference in Topeka.
AVID
Coleman Again Named AVID National Demonstration School

Coleman has again been named an AVID National Demonstration School. By earning the National Demonstration School recognition, schools from across the country who are interested in an AVID program can visit Coleman to learn how to successfully implement the program.

AVID recognized Coleman as one of the top programs in the country and said the school is a great example to the adherence to the AVID philosophy. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college prep program designed for students who have the potential, but who traditionally may not see college as a possibility. Each student involved in AVID takes an AVID elective in addition to Advanced Placement and Honors-level courses. The students also receive support from college tutors and are encouraged to become leaders in the school and community.

To learn more about our Coleman AVID program, click here.
CPO
The New Spirit Shirts are Here
 
We now have LONG SLEEVED Spirit Shirts.Thanks to the hardwork of the Coleman PTO and the design savvy of parent Nathan Williams

Shirts are $13 for sizes S-XL and $15 for any XXL and larger. See Mrs. Alliband in A HAll Office or contact Asst. Principal, Angie Brown for more info.
Thankful Fest 2014
Thank You Special Guests
The dance troupes representing Japanese, Chinese, and Okinawa cultures helped Coleman celebrate today
Thankful Fest 2014
Thank You Horace Mann
The dance troupe from Horace Mann Magnet helped Coleman celebrate today
Thankful Fest 2014
We Are Thankful For Our Coleman Family

At a time when our nation and community has been visibly and viscerally reminded of its' turbulent past and often polarized present; we here at Coleman are celebrating the rich and diverse cultures of our Cougar families.
 
Our goal today is to recognize and celebrate our many unique and amazing differences that make us such a strong Coleman community and a Cougar family.  The very things that make our country, our city, and our Cougar home such an special place. 

 
American Education Week
Coleman Selected To Showcase American Education Week – Five Schools in Five Days
 
The Wichita Public Schools is celebrating American Education Week by allowing visitors to experience what today’s classrooms are like and what students are learning. Superintendent John Allison is hosting Five Schools in Five Days, November 17 – 21, to allow members of the community to see what a 21st Century education looks like. If you are interested in attending one or more sessions, please contact Marketing and Communications at 973-4515, or through info@usd259.net
  • Monday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m. – Earhart Environmental Elementary Magnet, 4401 N. Arkansas
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m .– South High School, 701 W. 33rd Street South
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. – Coleman Middle School
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m. – Horace Mann Dual Language K-8 Magnet, 1243 N. Market
  • Friday, Nov. 21, 1 p.m. – West High School, 820 S. Osage
Choose Respect Club
Cougar Upstander of the Week - Emily Arreola

Choose Respect would like to honor our next Upstander of the Week.  Recently Emily Arreola saw a student visibly upset in the hall.  She wanted to help him feel better, so she talked to him about why he was upset, showed compassion, and said some things to cheer him up.  Emily’s friendly and caring connection with this student was an awesome way of being a friend to someone who needed a friend.  Thank you Emily for being an Upstander and for reaching out to help someone who needed a little help.  Congratulations for being Coleman’s Upstander of the Week!  Please come by the A-Hall office for your reward.
 
And, if you, Coleman Cougars, have someone you’d like to nominate as the Upstander of the Week, because you saw them standing up to help someone in need, please talk to Ms. Parks in the A-Hall office or click on her name and send an email.

 
Choose Respect Club
Cougar Upstander of the Week - Mayra Perez

Choose Respect honored Mayra Perez as an Upstander of the Week.  Mayra observed a group of 4 or so kids teasing and  harassing a student and when she realized they weren't stopping, she approached and told them to stop. She wondered how other students would they feel if they were in his position with so many people around him doing that. Mr. Boender attention was drawn that way, and he made the group disperse. He is the one who nominated her. Congratulations for being Coleman’s Upstander of the Week!  
 
And, if you, Coleman Cougars, have someone you’d like to nominate as the Upstander of the Week, because you saw them standing up to help someone in need, please talk to Ms. Parks in the A-Hall office or click on her name and send an email.
 
Choose Respect Club
Upstanders of the Week

Choose Respect started the Upstander of the Week program earlier this year by recognizing four students Madison, Kassie, Mackenzie, and Delainie.  These students stepped in and supported another student that was struggling with peers.  Thank you ladies for being Upstanders and for reaching out to help someone who needed a little help. 

Congratulations for being Coleman’s FIRST Upstanders of the Week!  If you, Coleman Cougars, have someone you’d like to nominate as the Upstander of the Week, because you saw them standing up to help someone in need, please talk to Ms. Parks in the A-Hall office or click on her name and send an email.
Coleman students meet with WSU Basketball star

On Friday, September 26th, our Coleman Cougars learned about the importance of staying in school and getting a good education from a popular messenger. Wichita State University Men’s Basketball Player Fred VanVleet met with students to share how it’s never too early to think about college. He first met with AVID students to talk about the importance of getting a college education and the importance of doing well in school. After speaking with AVID students, he addressed the entire school.He shared that it’s okay to do well in school and said he was a “nerd.” He encouraged them to never give up and that the teachers and staff at school want them to succeed.“It really does matter that you have people in your corner who care about you and want you to do well,” he said. VanVleet also shared with students that what they do now can have an impact on them in the future. He encouraged them to make good choices now. VanVleet says he likes to talk with students and be a role model for them.“I say a lot of the same things that their teachers are saying, but sometimes when they hear it from someone else they soak it up. I know that was the case when I was growing up,” he said.
Coleman students learn healthy habits with their Garden Club

Some students at Coleman Middle School get a different school lunch once a week. Members of the school’s Garden Club are able to eat what they grow. The group has set up a small garden near the school’s entrance where they are growing vegetables and herbs. During their lunch period, the 
students tend to the garden, pull weeds, trim plants and harvest what they grow. After time in the garden, they cook what they picked and eat it for lunch.“The students learn about healthy eating choices and how delicious fresh food can be,” said Judith Wencil, volunteer site contact at Coleman who supervises Garden Club. “They learn that cooking a healthy meal at home doesn’t have to be difficult and they want to try it themselves.”“It’s fun and the food tastes better because you can be creative and you have ownership of it,” said Scottee Schmeidler, eighth-grade student at Coleman. “I can make food the way I want.”
Coleman teacher receives Golden Apple award from KAKE
Amber Barrett, seventh-grade science teacher here at Coleman Middle School, was surprised with the Golden Apple from KAKE-TV, Papa John’s Pizza and Davis-Moore Auto Group on September 11th, 2014.
 
She was nominated for the Golden Apple by a parent, who said she "sees the potential in her students, which makes them strive to do better. She sparks her students’ imagination and encourages them to be successful."
 
Golden Apple recipients are nominated by school staff, parents and community members to showcase their contribution to the classroom. The teacher receives $250, a pizza party for his/her classroom, a Golden Apple trophy and is featured on KAKE-TV during their 6 p.m. Saturday newscast.
 
To nominate a teacher for the Golden Apple, click HERE.
Coleman students work together o
Coleman named KAMSA Kansas Middle School of the Year finalist
Coleman Middle School has been named a Middle School of the Year Finalist by the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators. Coleman was one of five middle schools in Kansas to be named finalists. The award is based on Coleman’s efforts to continually improve student achievement and how the school uses innovative ways to reach students.
 
Coleman will be honored at the KAMSA Spring Conference Luncheon on May 9, 2014.
Coleman Teachers Recognized as 2014 Distinguished Classroom Teachers
The Wichita Public Schools recognized two Coleman teachers as 2014 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award recipients in their respective categories during the March 10 Board of Education meeting.

Katie Richardson, 6th grade language arts teacher at Coleman Middle School – New Teacher, Secondary category 

Kathleen C. Bastin, science teacher at Coleman Middle School – Middle School Teacher category 

Click here to watch videos of the recipients in their classrooms.  
 
During the meeting, it was announced that Bethany Lewallen and Katie Richardson will represent the district for the Kansas Horizon Award competition, which recognizes outstanding first-year teachers.
 
The recipients were surprised with the award at their schools on February 27 by BOE members, district leadership and members of the selection committee. 

 The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards program honors outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education in the Wichita Public Schools. Peers, building administrators or parents have nominated each of the recipients. A committee consisting of principals, assistant principals, teachers, support staff, the assistant superintendents of elementary and secondary schools and a member of United Teachers of Wichita selects the final recipients.

To view past winners, including Coleman teachers Marie Hampton, 2012, and Frances Oare, 2013, click here.
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Principal Freund recognized as WBJ’s 40 Under 40
Four WPS employees were recognized as rising stars in the community as part of The Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Jeff Freund, Coleman Middle School principal, Justin Kasel, Hamilton Middle School principal, Sara Richardson, East High School assistant principal, and Ron Stubbs, Marshall Middle School principal, were honored individually during the 40 Under 40 Banquet on July 31.
 
Each were asked questions about mentors, life lessons and hobbies.
           
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