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Information on the ISD Levy Initiative Facing Independence Voters April 7

March 6, 2015 • District Wide, Top Story

The ISD is asking voters for a levy increase on the April 7 ballot. To learn more about the proposed increase, watch this informational video with ISD Superintendent Dr. Dale Herl. He answers many frequently asked questions. (Other often asked questions are answered below.) To see the video, click here. To see a comparison between […]

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Elementary Schools»

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 […]

Southern Students Go “Bow”ing!

William Southern fourth- and fifth-grade students are beginning to look a lot like William Tell- minus the apple! Southern Physical Education Teacher Annie Dudek has been teaching the students archery and they love it. Dudek received National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) training through the Missouri Department of Conservation. Educators believe learning archer skills […]

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Middle Schools»

ISD Middle School Students Bring History to Life During National History Day

Projects created by ISD middle school students were recognized for excellence during the Greater Kansas City History Day event at the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum. Greater Kansas City History Day was part of the National History Day celebration. Sixth- through 12th- grade students from across the metro put their works on display. Highlighting […]

Two ISD Middle School Students Win District Peace Poster Contest

Two ISD middle school students- Mackenzie Matzeder from Bingham and Kara Amos from Pioneer Ridge- are district winners of The Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. Representing the Independence Host Lions Club, the two now advance to compete for statewide honors. Students ages 11 through 13 were asked to visually depict their interpretation of this […]

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High Schools»

Several ISD Students Qualify for State Speech and Debate Including History-Making Van Horn Duo

For the first time in more than 30 years, a policy debate team from Van Horn High School qualified for the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) State Speech and Debate Tournament.  Junior Tristian Stickle and Chloe Trimble, freshman, defeated teams from Pembroke Hill, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Raytown South and Grandview in preliminary […]

Truman High School Student Council Wins Honor Council Award

Truman High School’s Student Council was awarded the Missouri Association of Student Councils Gold Honor Council Award by the Honor Council Committee of the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC). Truman received the award at the annual MASC Convention at Park Hill South High School. Truman’s council submitted an application for consideration and met the criteria […]

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Gala Raises $125,000 for ISD Foundation

More than 400 ISD supporters opened their hearts and their wallets and pocketbooks in support of district students and staff during the Connecting Hearts Gala- a fundraiser for the ISD Foundation. More than $125,000 was raised and will go toward a variety of ISD Foundation programs. “I can’t thank our patrons enough for being so […]

Youth Specialist Named ISD Classified Employee of the Year

Megan Kuhnert, youth specialist at Sugar Creek Elementary, was named the district’s 2015-2016 Classified Employee of the Year. Known as “Miss Megan,” Kuhnert was chosen for the honor by a panel of judges from the Independence community. Her coworkers said she makes a significant difference in the lives of students, staff and families. “Miss Megan provides […]

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Alerts & FYI

Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, April 14 - 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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