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ISD Looking for School Bus Drivers for 2015-16 School Year

May 4, 2015 • Top Story

The Independence School District is hiring bus drivers for the 2015-16 school year. Employees receive great wages, plus benefits- including employer paid health insurance, available dental and vision insurance and access to district facilities including pool, gym and health clinic. Applicants must be 21 years of age- no experience necessary.  Drivers receive paid training and […]

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Van Horn Cadets Team With Elementary School Runners to Prepare for 5K Race

With encouragement and coaching from Van Horn JROTC cadets, nearly 30 fourth- and fifth-grade runners from Fairmount Elementary completed a practice 5K in preparation for a sanctioned 5K run in May. Cadets have been working with Fairmount students for the past several weeks, preparing the boys for the Independence Park Run Saturday, May 2 and […]

Southern Teachers Serving Burgers, Fries and a Scholarship

There were lots of familiar faces staffing the counter and the ‘drive thru window’ on the 40 Highway McDonalds. Teachers from William Southern Elementary left the classroom and enrolled for a night at Hamburger U- all for a good cause. Teachers worked at the restaurant to raise money for the school’s ‘Southern Stars’ scholarship. Established […]

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Middle Schools»

ISD Middle School Students Discovering the Old West

Reading from actual ‘trail diaries’ locked away in boxes for decades, eighth-grade students at Bingham Middle School are learning about the westward expansion of the United States. Using the original words of pioneers traveling through Independence more than 150 years ago, students read from the diaries and share their interpretations during social studies class. The […]

Students Explore Future Options During Bingham Health Career Fair

Thanks to their partnership with Centerpoint Medical Center, Bingham Middle School eighth-grade students learned what it takes to work in the medical profession during the school’s Health Career Fair. More than a dozen Centerpoint professionals spoke to the students about their particular job. “Presenters came from throughout the hospital including ambulance drivers, nurses, nurse practitioners, […]

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High Schools»

Truman’s First-Ever Latino Dance Enlightens, Educates

More than 100 Truman students representing many ethnicities came to the school’s first-ever Latino Dance, benefiting the school’s English Language Learners (ELL) program. Using the theme Banderas Latinas (Latin Flags) to represent the variety of Latino cultures represented in Truman’s ELL, students danced for more than two hours and sampled foods from Mexican, Central American […]

Chrisman Industrial Technology Department Named Program of the Year, Students Win 17 Awards

William Chrisman’s industrial technology students earned 17 ‘Grand’ Awards (the highest possible) and the department, under the direction of teacher Scott Engelmann, was named Program of the Year during the district Technology Education Association of Missouri (T.E.A.M.) competition at the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Business and Technology Center. Creating everything from a picnic table to […]

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District Wide»

District Receives MSBA Governance Team Award

Missouri school leaders honored the ISD with the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) 2015 Governance Team Award- an award given to just 22 of Missouri’s 520 public school districts. ISD leaders will be formally recognized during the MSBA Leadership Summit Saturday, June 13 in Osage Beach. Criteria for the award includes outstanding commitment by the […]

Don’t “RUN” Out of Time, Sign Up for the L.I.N.K. 5K Run/Walk June 13

Runners and walkers alike will be ‘hoofing’ it for a good cause Saturday, June 13 for the 17th annual L.I.N.K. (Linking Independence Neighborhood Kids) 5K Run/Walk beginning at 8 a.m. at Independence Academy, 600 W. Mechanic in Independence. Proceeds support ISD Student Wellness and the ISD Foundation. To register, click here. Registration includes a race-day […]

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Alerts & FYI

Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, May 12 - 6 p.m.
201 N. Forest Ave.


By providing quality education, the Independence School District will ensure that each learner will achieve the skills and self-confidence to be successful in an ever-changing world.

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