Districtwide Awards

Students, staff and parents are proud of the quality education provided in the Olathe Public Schools. This high level of professionalism and dedication to students is regularly noted by groups at the state and national levels. Among our most recent honors are:

2012-13 2009-10 2007-08
2011-12 2008-09 2006-07
2010-11    

2014-15 School Year

  • Gold Medal award from the Kansas State Department of Education's 2013-14 School Breakfast Challenge — Olathe Public Schools

2013-14 School Year

  • Meritorious Budget Award and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International — Business Division
  • 2014 Middle School of the Year as named by the National Association of Middle School Principals — Pioneer Trail Middle School
  • Kindest Middle School in the Nation as named by www.thinkkindness.org — California Trail Middle School
  • One of five 2014 Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators (KAMSA) Middle School of the Year finalists — Indian Trail Middle School
  • Only Kansas high school auto collision program to receive certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. — Auto Collision program, Olathe Advanced Technical Center
  • Governor's Achievement Award — Chisholm Trail and Prairie Trail middle schools
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Excellence — Bond 2013 video, Tony Rangel
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Excellence — Annual Report, Ann Kohn
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Excellence — 21st Century High School Programs marketing materials, Jim Bradford
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Merit — writing one of the 10@10 series stories, Jim Bradford
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Merit — Bond 2013 website, Marlene Colgan
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Merit — School News patron newsletter, Maggie Kolb
  • One of 477 districts in the United States and Canada named to the 4th Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll by the College Board
  • Certificate of Merit in the Challenge Awards by the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force — Central Elementary School, Fairview Elementary School and Oregon Trail Middle School
  • Renewed status as an Apple Distinguished Program for two years — e-Communication program at Olathe Northwest High School

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2012-13 School Year

  • Finalist for the Lifetouch National Middle School of the Year Award from the National Association of Middle School Pricipals — Pioneer Trail Middle School
  • Mutual of Omaha Safe School Award from the National Association of Middle School Principals — Pioneer Trail Middle School
  • Spotlight Award from the Kansas Department of Education and Character Education Partnership — Sunnyside Elementary School
  • U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools list — Olathe Northwest High School is fourth-best in the state and Olathe North High School received a Bronze Award
  • Susan Brockmann-Bell Humanitarian Award from University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental Hygienists' Alumni Association — Olathe Public Schools
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Excellence — "Coach Report: Football Edition 2012" video by Tim Phillips and Tony Rangel
  • Renewed status as an Apple Distinguished Program — e-Communication program at Olathe Northwest High School
  • Standard of Excellence Award from the Kansas State Department of Education based on the Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program — Sunnyside Elementary School
  • Certificate of Merit in the Challenge Awards by the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force — Westview Elementary School
  • Societe' De 400 membership — Olathe Northwest High School debate and forensics team
  • Title 1 Reward School as named by the Kansas State Department of Education — Indian Trail Middle School

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2011-12 School Year

  • Honorable Mention in the 2012 National School Public Relations Association publications and electronic media contest Internet/Intranet Website category — district website redesign team of Marlene Colgan, Rusty Meigs and Joel Kershner
  • One of two finalists for the National Middle School of the Year Award given by the National Association of Middle Schools — Pioneer Trail Middle School
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Merit — district annual report by Alicia Brush; Parent Guide by Alison Banikowski and Alicia Brush; SchoolNews by Alicia Brush
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Award of Excellence — Olathe Public Schools Foundation annual report by Alicia Brush, Cindy Ponder and Cindy VonFeldt; Art Class is Fun photo by Erica Derrington; Looking Forward to the 2011-12 School Year (calendar) by Erica Derrington; foundation breakfast items by Alicia Brush, Cindy Ponder and Cindy VonFeldt; district website by Marlene Colgan, Rusty Meigs and Joel Kershner
  • Best Practice in Early Childhood Education award presented by the Kansas State Department of Education — Teaching Intensive Programming and Play Skills program at Heartland Early Childhood Center
  • 2012 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School — Pioneer Trail Middle School
  • Apple Distinguished Program — e-Communication program at Olathe Northwest High School
  • Standard of Excellence Award from the Kansas State Department of Education — Sunnyside Elementary School counseling program
  • Program of Excellence Award from the Kansas State Department of Education — Olathe Northwest High School counseling program
  • Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International — Business and Finance Division, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010

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2010-11 School Year

  • National School Public Relations Association Award of Excellence — Nichole Asquith for the 21st Century High School Programs website
  • National School Public Relations Association Award of Merit — Marlene Colgan for the e-News electronic newsletter
  • National School Public Relations Association Honorable Mention — Nichole Asquith for the 21st Century High School Programs Partnership Brochure; and Loralee Baker-Rapue for branding and imaging
  • Bronze National Recognition Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation — Ridgeview Elementary School
  • Finalist for the School of the Year Award from the National Association of Middle School Principals — Chisholm Trail Middle School
  • 2010-11 Middle School of the Year Award from the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators — Pioneer Trail Middle School
  • Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International — Business and Finance Division
  • Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education award from Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education — Geoscience program at Olathe North High School
  • Apple Exemplary Program — e-Communication program at Olathe Northwest High School
  • 2010 Environmental Excellence Award for Schools from Bridging the Gap  — AP Environmental Science program at Olathe South High School
  • One of five finalists for the School of the Year Award from the National Association of Middle School Principals — Chisholm Trail Middle School
  • Kansas City Power & Light 2010 MPower Participation Award — District Energy Program
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Excellence — Marlene Colgan and Patrice Walker, for e-News, a biweekly district newsletter; Tim Phillips, Tony Rangel, Nichole Asquith and Loralee Baker, for SchoolNews March 2010, a video news program; Cindy VonFeldt and Cindy Ponder, for the Olathe Public Schools Foundation website; Alicia Brush and Cindy Ponder, for the OPSF 14th Annual Golf Classic brochure; Gary Stevenson, for The Madison Place Message, a parent newsletter; Erica Derrington and Alicia Brush, for the 2010-11 Parent Handbook; Erica Derrington, for a Culinary Arts photo
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Merit — Cindy Ponder and Alicia Brush, for the Olathe Public Schools Foundation 2008-09 Annual Report; Lori Fielder and Jennifer Thompson, for the Rolling Ridge Rocket Reader, a parent newsletter
  • Silver Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America — district's Wellness Program
  • 2010 Distinguished Title 1 School award from the National Title 1 Association — Washington Elementary School
  • 2010 Challenge Award given by The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force — Central, Ridgeview, Washington and Westview elementary schools

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2009-10 School Year

  • One of 20 high schools in the nation to be selected as a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education — Olathe East High School
  • Bronze level National Recognition Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation — Manchester Park Elementary School
  • Kansas School Public Relations Association Certificate of Excellence — Alicia Brush, district designer, for the Parent Calendar Handbook; Sharon Friesen, Olathe Public Schools Foundation administrative assistant, for the photo “I Love Recess,” and Cindy Ponder, foundation outreach, for photo editing; Linda Starrett, district communication projects manager, for the district Annual Report; and Cindy VonFeldt, foundation executive director, for the foundation Annual Report
  • First school in Kansas to receive the LEED for Schools silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — Forest View Elementary School
  • First school in Kansas to receive the LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — Woodland Elementary School
  • 2009 Governor’s Achievement Awards from the Kansas State Department of Education — Regency Place and Sunnyside elementary schools
  • Title I Distinguished School honor from the National Title I Association — Fairview Elementary School
  • Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International — for the preparation and issuance of fiscal year 2008 financial reports
  • 2009 Challenge Award Certificate of Merit given by The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force — Central Elementary School

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2008-09 School Year

  • National Recognition Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation — Manchester Park Elementary School
  • 2009 International Reading Association's Exemplary Reading Program Award — Arbor Creek Elementary School
  • Kansas Staff Development Council Systemic Learning Award — Olathe District Schools
  • Kansas Staff Development Council Professional Learning Community Award — Manchester Park Elementary School
  • 2009 Systemic Learning Award from the Kansas State Development Council
  • 2008-09 Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International
  • 2008 Energy Star Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy — Clearwater Creek and Ravenwood elementary schools; California Trail, Chisholm Trail, Frontier Trail, Indian Trail, Oregon Trail, Pioneer Trail and Prairie Trail junior high schools
  • Kansas City Power and Light 2008 MPower Participation Award — District Energy Program
  • Governor's Achievement Award from the Kansas Department of Education — Ravenwood Elementary School
  • 2008 Challenge Award Certificate of Merit given by The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force — Washington Elementary School
  • Money magazine's 2008 list of America's Best Places to Live — Olathe ranked 11th and Overland Park (which includes some of our district) ranked ninth
  • Forbes' list of America's Best Places to Raise a Family — Johnson County, Kan., ranked third (among counties of more than 65,000 residents) for terrific schools, low cost of living, reasonably priced homes and short commute times
  • Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School award — Arbor Creek Elementary School

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2007-08 School Year

  • 2008 CBIZ Health and Productivity Management Leadership Award for School Districts
  • Certificate of Excellence from the Kansas School Public Relations Association Publications Contest — district Web site redesign team
  • 2008 Award for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education given by The Association of Teacher Educators — Professional Development School program with Emporia State University
  • 2007 Challenge Award Certificate of Merit given by The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force — Central and Westview elementary schools
  • Among the 25 Healthiest Student Bodies in America, according to the Milk Processor Education Program — Olathe North High School
  • Ranked fifth among large districts in the 2007 Digital School Boards Survey by the Center for Digital Education
  • 2007 Kansas in the World Award for Excellence in International Education from the Kansas Committee for International Education in the Schools (KCIES) — International Studies program at Olathe Northwest High School
  • 2007 Governor's Energy Efficiency Recognition award — District energy program recognized for long-term energy program and Energy Star Award-winning schools
  • 2007 Best of the Web Award recipient from The Center for Digital Education — district Web site
  • 99 percent efficiency rating according to a study by Standard & Poor's — District was one of 26 districts rated 99 percent efficient or higher when it comes to spending state education dollars
  • 2007 Energy Star Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy — Arbor Creek, Bentwood, Heatherstone, Manchester Park, Regency Place and Sunnyside elementary schools
  • RelocateAmerica.com 2007 list of America's Top 25 Places to Live to Go to School — District chosen because of specialized programs, unique offerings and non-traditional curriculum
  • 2007 Best and Worst School Districts for the Buck, by Forbes magazine — Johnson County schools in the top 20 of 91 counties in the nation with populations of greater than 65,000
  • 2007 NEA-Saturn/UAW Partnership Award for New Teacher Induction Programs — one of six in the nation
  • 2007 Gold Medal Award given by Expansion Management magazine

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2006-07 and Prior Years

  • Professional Learning Community Award from the Kansas Staff Development Council — Northview Elementary School
  • Ranked fifth among large districts in the 2006 Digital School Boards Survey by the Center for Digital Education
  • 2006 No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon School Award — Regency Place and Westview elementary schools
  • 2006 Gold Medal Award given by Expansion Management magazine
  • 2005-06 Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International — ninth consecutive honor
  • 2006 "Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America" — The American Music Conference, National Association for Music Education, Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, The Music for All Foundation, Music Teachers National Association, International Music Products Association, National School Boards Association, National Parent Teacher Association, Yamaha Corporation of America, and VH1 Save the Music Foundation survey
  • 2005 Gold Medal Award given by Expansion Management magazine
  • 2005 Friend of Education Award from the Kansas National Education Association
  • August 2005 Standard & Poor’s School Evaluation Services recognition for effective use of resources
  • August 2005 Standard & Poor’s recognition for narrowing the achievement gap in three areas
  • 2004-05 Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International — eighth consecutive honor
  • Exemplary Professional Learning Community Award from the Kansas Staff Development Council — Rolling Ridge Elementary School (February 2005)
  • 2004 Challenge Award Certificate of Merit given by The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force — Central and Ridgeview elementary schools
  • 2003-04 Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International — seventh consecutive honor
  • 2004"What Parents Want" award from School Match, a national private organization (11th year)
  • 2003 Gold Medal Award given by Expansion Management magazine
  • One of five schools in Kansas to be nominated for a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award — Regency Place Elementary School
  • 2003 Challenge Award given by The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force — Westview Elementary School
  • 2002-03 Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International — sixth consecutive honor
  • 2003 "Best 100 Communities for Music Education" — The American Music Conference, National Association for Music Education, Music Teachers National Association, National School Boards Association, Perseus Development Corporation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and Yamaha Corporation of America survey
  • Commitment to Excellence Award from the Kansas Award for Excellence Foundation — Briarwood Elementary School
  • Standard of Excellence on the 2001-02 Kansas Reading Assessment — Green Springs, Havencroft, Heritage, Meadow Lane, Prairie Center, Pleasant Ridge, Regency Place, Rolling Ridge, Scarborough and Walnut Grove elementaries.
  • Standard of Excellence on the 2001-02 Kansas Math Assessment — Bentwood, Green Springs, Havencroft, Meadow Lane and Regency Place elementaries; California Trail, Frontier Trail and Indian Trail junior highs.
  • Standard of Excellence on the 2001-02 Kansas Writing Assessment — Green Springs, Northview, Pleasant Ridge, Regency Place and Walnut Grove elementaries.
  • Challenge Awards given by The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force — Havencroft, Rolling Ridge and Westview elementary schools.
  • National Schools of Character Promising Practices citation — district's alternative education programs, one of 38 awards nationwide
  • School of Service award from the Youth Service Alliance of Greater Kansas City — Pioneer Trail Junior High School, for various service activities (third consecutive honor)
  • 2002 "What Parents Want" award from School Match, a national private organization (10th year)
  • Award of Excellence from The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force — Olathe Youth Court and the Olathe Clockwinder’s Optimist Club
  • 2001-02 Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International — fifth consecutive honor
  • 2002 Kansas Exemplary Reading Award from the Kansas Reading Association and the International Reading Association — Fairview Elementary School
  • 17 National Blue Ribbon School awards from the U.S. Department of Education — Regency Place Elementary and Westview Elementary (2006); Heatherstone Elementary (2000-01); Frontier Trail Junior High (1999-2000); Black Bob Elementary (1998-99); Olathe East High (1997-98); Central Elementary and Walnut Grove Elementary (1996-97); Ridgeview Elementary and Tomahawk Elementary (1993-94); Oregon Trail Junior High (1992-93); Countryside Elementary and Indian Creek Elementary (1991-92); Olathe South High (1990-91); Tomahawk Elementary (1985-86); Santa Fe Trail Junior High (1984-85); Oregon Trail Junior High (1983-84)
  • Daily Point of Light award from the Points of Light Foundation, Volunteer Center National Network, Knights of Columbus and the Corporation for National Service (fall 2001) — Rotary Readers program, an offshoot of the Seniors Serving Schools organization
  • Commitment to Excellence Award from the Kansas Award for Excellence committee — Operations Service Center
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