Award Info & Nomination Link
The JCPS Difference Maker Award is presented to district staff members and community partners who've gone above and beyond to serve our students, staff members and schools. Difference Makers are individuals, teams or groups who have made (or are making) a difference in our district. Nominate a Difference Maker here!
JCPS will thank all Difference Makers nominated, and some, like those pictured below, will be recognized monthly at the JCPS Board of Education meeting. We love to spotlight Difference Makers that are tied to each of our three organizational pillars: Learning, Partnerships and Stewardship.
AUGUST 2018 DIFFERENCE MAKERS
Shianne Ramsey, Cedar Hill Elementary 3rd Grader
We’ve all heard that students often become the teachers. Shianne proved just that recently when she competed as a finalist in the National Braille Challenge. This summer, she traveled to L.A. and represented Jefferson City as one of only two students from Missouri. Her stint in L.A. also fed her moviestar aspirations. She told the News Tribune that she’s “built for acting!” She even attended her first summer camp - a performing arts camp - through the Missouri School for the Blind. She often gives her peers a little “blind counseling” to inform them and challenge their misconceptions and stereotypes about blindness. We have no doubt Shianne will continue to not only challenge herself to improve her Braille reading (and writing skills) but that her dedication will encourage her peers to also improve their reading abilities.
NCC SkillsUSA National Competition Winners
Over the summer, Missouri SkillsUSA students, teachers, and CTE administrators from all across Missouri attended the annual event in Louisville, KY where overall attendance exceeded 18,000.
During the national competition, Missouri’s more than 200 high school and college students alongside more than 6,000 other students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer aided drafting, construction, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies that are set by industry.
Nichols Career Center sent 9 students to National SkillsUSA. We are beyond proud to report that they came home with TWO National titles and 4 other Top Ten finishes. Students also came home with numerous prizes such as tools, equipment and scholarship offers. Nick Ruff - alone - brought home over $1200 worth of tools just for participating as well as the mounds of equipment and tools he received for winning! WOW is an understatement. And the respective results are:
- Makayla Buscher 1st Graphic Communications Screenprinting: Fatima High School: NCC instructor Dawn Sees and retired teacher Cheryl Wolf volunteered to help her also.
- Nick Ruff 1st Carpentry: Jefferson City High School: NCC instructors Bryan Wolf and Mike Schaefer
- Jacob Scrivner 5th Culinary Arts: Jefferson City High School: NCC instructor Chef Amber Moore
- Kaleb Tuinstra and Quinlan Kipphut 8th Mechatronics: Jefferson City High School: NCC instructor Matt Yeager
- Logan Chiles 9th Plumbing: Blair Oaks High School: NCC instructor Craig Strope
- Matthew Beck and Christian Chavez 17th Additive Manufacturing: Jefferson City High School: NCC instructor Matt Yeager
- Colton Conway 25th Electronics Technology: New Bloomfield High School: NCC instructor Matt Yeager
JCPS Custodial Staff
This team of nearly 80 JCPS employees have been hard at work during the summer months getting our buildings “put back into order” and ready to open their doors to our nearly 9,000 students this week! “Hard work spotlights the character of people: Some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” We thank each of you for turning up! No matter the role we each play in the organization, good character matters most. Thank you for sharing your time and talents us in snow, shine, sleet or rain, during the school year, on holidays and even during the summer.
To view Difference Makers from the previous month, click here. Or, you can find an archive of all past honorees on the left side bar/menu of this page.