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Piper Students Place in Top 5 of Wyandotte County Spelling Bee

Piper USD 203 students had a tremendous showing at this weekend's Wyandotte County Spelling Bee Competition! Congratulations to Evan Nguyen of Piper Middle School for placing third overall, and to Adnan Abughanimah of Piper Creek Elementary School for placing fifth overall. 

Polly Vader Receives Award, Real-World Learning Coordinator of the Year by Kauffman Foundation

Piper USD 203 is proud to announce Polly Vader as one of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Real World Learning Coordinators of the Year! Polly's leadership and ability to connect students to real world learning opportunities, has garnered the district recognition across the Kansas City Metropolitan, including recently being named the only school in Kansas to earn a GOLD distinction for Individual Plan of Study by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Piper's Fonda Telthorst Recognized by Kansas House of Representatives, Presents Testimony to Joint Committee on Education

The Kansas State Department of Education 2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year (KTOY) team, including our very own Piper Prairie Elementary School music teacher Ms. Fonda Telthorst, received much deserved recognition and applause from the Kansas House of Representatives this morning. The team traveled to the statehouse to present to the Joint Committee on Education, advocating on behalf of Kansas teachers and students.

"Did You Know" Campaign Spearheads Advocacy For Kansas Students

Kansas City, KS -- The educational landscape in Kansas is receiving a significant boost from an innovative initiative known as the "Did You Know" legislative campaign. Aimed at bolstering advocacy for students, this campaign has become a pivotal force in shaping the future of education in the state.

Launched by a coalition of Kansas superintendents of schools, the "Did You Know" campaign seeks to disseminate crucial information about the state's educational system. From highlighting student performance metrics to shedding light on funding challenges, the campaign is turning the spotlight on pivotal issues that impact Kansas schools. Click here for the full press release.

PIPER HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCES ORRICK AS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

KANSAS CITY, KS – Piper USD 203 is pleased to announce the hiring of Cole Orrick as the next head football coach for Piper High School following Board of Education approval at a special meeting on Thursday, January 11.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Orrick returns to Kansas City after 5 years at Life School Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas, where he served as the Outside Linebacker Coach, Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, and eventually Head Coach beginning in 2021. Orrick was named head coach at the age of 26, making him one of the youngest coaches in the state of Texas. During his two-year tenure, the program set 12 offensive records, and had the best academic progress rates and honor roll nominees in program history.

Prior to coaching at Life School Oak Cliff, Orrick worked at St. James Academy as a Co-Defensive Coordinator and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. He also interned for the Kansas City Chiefs during their 2016 training camp.

In addition to his coaching experience, Orrick has worked as a Career & Technical Education Business teacher for the last five years. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s in Business Education from Fort Hays State University. Additionally, he earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas.

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