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Chamber Choir will be performing “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as the closing number at the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation’s 25th annual Fall Breakfast fundraiser on Oct. 10.

SMEF is an organization that raises money for SMSD, funding everything from the arts to STEM Education according to their website. At the breakfast, located at the Overland Park Convention Center, over 1,200 leaders of civic organizations and businesses are invited to evaluate programs and decide whether to donate, according to choir director Ken Foley.

“We will feature performances by some of our districts most talented students and will highlight the wonderful achievements of our students, educators and schools,” Kimberly Hinkle, Executive Director of SMEF, said.

Interim Superintendent Kenny Southwick will speak about SMSD academics, and programs such as the music department will be made in order to show the progress of arts programs.

This is the fourth time Foley has participated in the SMEF breakfast, and he is eager to perform with chamber choirs from different schools to raise money for the district.

“To be able to share the music with other choirs [and] come together for one song will really cool,” junior Sophia Egan, Chamber Choir member, said.

 

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Saturday Sept. 23 marked Homecoming for three KC schools, including Bishop Miege, St. Teresa’s Academy and Shawnee Mission East. That night, a number of students were charged with a MIP, or a Minor in Possession of alcohol or drugs charge. According to SME administration, no East students were involved in these incidents, despite there being around three last year on Homecoming night.

If East students are caught the under the influence on campus or at school events, including Homecoming, the consequences are a three day out of school suspension (OSS) and a ban from all events that semester. According to Principal John Mckinney, East administration is highly committed to delving out punishment where there’s been an infraction. The fact that no East students were charged did not go unnoticed by staff.  

McKinney said that the lack of East students involved in homecoming “antics” is not only due to school policy, but also the determination of the student body.

“Every single class, from the freshman, sophomore, juniors and the class of 2018, are really exhibiting a lot of maturity and discipline and leadership,” Mckinney said. “[They are] choosing to put forth this positive message to the school, to the community and to the greater Shawnee Mission district.”

 

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Saturday Sept. 23 marked Homecoming for three KC schools, including Bishop Miege, St. Teresa’s Academy and Shawnee Mission East. That night, a number of students were charged with a MIP, or a Minor in Possession of alcohol or drugs charge. According to SME administration, no East students were involved in these incidents, despite there being around three last year on Homecoming night.

If East students are caught the under the influence on campus or at school events, including Homecoming, the consequences are a three day out of school suspension (OSS) and a ban from all events that semester. According to Principal John Mckinney, East administration is highly committed to delving out punishment where there’s been an infraction. The fact that no East students were charged did not go unnoticed by staff.  

McKinney said that the lack of East students involved in homecoming “antics” is not only due to school policy, but also the determination of the student body.

“Every single class, from the freshman, sophomore, juniors and the class of 2018, are really exhibiting a lot of maturity and discipline and leadership,” Mckinney said. “[They are] choosing to put forth this positive message to the school, to the community and to the greater Shawnee Mission district.”

 

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