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Sessions will cover important changes that impact the path to graduation

Kearney, Mo., October 6, 2022: Kearney School District is spreading the word about new opportunities and high expectations for students as part of the BeyondKSD Real World Learning program.

KSD will be sharing important updates and guidance for students and parents/guardians during two informational sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The first session will start at 5 p.m. in the Library Media Center at Kearney Junior High, followed by the second session at 6 p.m. in the Library Media Center at Kearney High School.

These sessions will be led by Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services Jennifer Kopp and Career Readiness Coordinator Stacy Holtzclaw. The topics will include recent changes that will have a significant impact on the path to graduation for all current and future KSD students:

  • KSD’s Portrait of A Graduate – Key characteristics that every student should attain by the time they graduate
  • Latin Honors System – Replacing traditional class ranks, every student has the opportunity to earn a Suma Cum LaudeMagna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude designation in this system
  • Tiered Diplomas – Recognize the value of both college and career pathways
  • Market Value Assets – Opportunities that allow students to gain Real World Learning experiences and required for every KSD graduate starting with the Class of 2025

KSD is also seeking community support to expand Real World Learning opportunities for all students. Ms. Holtzclaw is creating a contact network of individuals who would like to help grow the district’s BeyondKSD program in a number of ways, including:

  • Serving as a guest speaker/subject-matter expert
  • Providing job shadow opportunities
  • Providing internship experiences
  • Partnering with students and/or classes to solve authentic real-world problems (Client Connected Projects)

Currently, experiences related to healthcare careers are particularly sought after for students, according to Holtzclaw.

“While we desire business partners in all career paths, obtaining internships in the medical field is more challenging,” Holtzclaw said. “If you know of anyone in the medical profession who would like to partner with KSD, please let us know!”

Anyone wishing to partner with KSD on any of these activities or to recommend a potential partner should please complete the online BeyondKSD Contact Form.

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