News

2021

  • Reminder: Sign-Up for textCaster

    The Independent School uses a text message notification service, textCaster, to send out emergency messages including weather related school delays and closures. In order to receive real-time notifications from the school, please register for this free service by clicking the link below or copying and pasting the address into your web browser.  https://my.textcaster.com/asa/1649.

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  • Middle School Course Requests for 2021-22

    Parents of students currently in 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade may request courses for 2021-22 school year using the following information. Please make these selections WITH YOUR STUDENT and discuss the options. Course requests will CLOSE on May 11 at 1 PM. Parents of students in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade should complete course requests within the Panther Portal system, as documented for parents here (the second box). Parents of current 4th grade students should select their elective courses for 5th grade using this linked form: https://forms.gle/hDwbGJjhmCL2vi6b8 

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  • 40th Birthday Celebration. Thank you, Independent!

    We’re so grateful to you! Hundreds in the TIS community bid in our online auction and turned out for our Virtual 40th Birthday Celebration – making this year’s event one of the most successful ever!  Thanks to many generous bidders and donors, more than $125,000 was raised to support our school!
    A special shout-out to the 40th Birthday Celebration Planning committee: 
    Tobie Andrews, Kassidi Barrett, Lindsey Litzner, Ingrid Gill, Joley Riley, Ron Norland, Andrena Scholl, Stephanie Tanner, Junelle Teller, Elsie Tennille, Lesli Toubassi. Thank you for the time and energy you dedicated to make this event a reality.

    A heartfelt thank you to our Event sponsors,
    whose charitable contributions ensured the success of the 40th Birthday Event, allowing proceeds raised from the auction to go straight to the bottom line: supporting the people and programs that are the cornerstone of an Independent School education.
    Presenting Sponsor: The Flint Hills Group of Morgan Stanley
    Gold Sponsors: Fidelity Bank, Financial Planning Concepts, The Gao Family, Stinson, LLP, Smiles Orthodontics and Wichita Direct Primary Care
    Silver Sponsors: Brooke & Tim Aziere, College Hill OB-GYN/Dr. Ashley Robbins, Equity Bank, Jack Foster Erectors, Kanza Bank, Primary Care Associates, and Adam Schmidtberger & Nataliya Biskup
    Bronze Sponsors: Cancer Center of Kansas, Community Bank, Hillside Medical Pracatice/dr. Laura Mayans, Lifeboat Creative, Redbud Pediatrics, Wessel Home Team Sales, Wichita Grill Cleaners, Wichita Swim Club
    Contributing Sponsor: Propane Central

    And last but not least, thank you to our event partners, for their generous in-kind contributions:
    Central Standard Brewing Company, Jacob Liquor Exchange and Great Harvest Bread Company.

    On behalf of the entire Independent School community, thanks again to everyone who made this event such a huge success.  And for those who weren’t able to attend the Virtual Party, you can watch the event here.

    Cheers to 40 Years!
     
     
     
     
     
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  • Alyssa Boyer - 2020 Women Who Lead in Education

    Congrats to Alyssa Boyer, Head of Lower School, for being honored by the Wichita Business Journal as one of the 2020 Women Who Lead in Education #pantherproud!
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  • Amazon Smile Gives Back to our Classrooms

    Amazon Smile donates .5%  back to The Independent School Parent Association. Each time you make an eligible purchase, proceeds directly support our teachers and classrooms.
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  • Amazon Smile supports TIS

    Don't forget that shopping at Amazon supports TIS!  Sign up to generate donations for our school through Amazon Smile, now available through the Amazon App.
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  • Annual 8th Grade Spanish Show a Success!

    Each year, eighth-grade students use their skills with clothing vocabulary to put on a fashion show. Students are allowed to create an ensemble (approved by Señora Fiszel) and create a written description.
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  • Celebrating Independent - A Vision for the Future

    The recording of our third and final Town Hall Meeting,  "Celebrating Independent - A Vision for the Future." can be seen here.
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  • Cheers to 40 Years! The Independent School's 40th Birthday Virtual Auction & Celebration

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  • Congratulations Performers!

    Congratulations to the cast of “The Fantasticks“! Last weekend the Upper School theater department presented “The Fantasticks”. The cast and crew worked tirelessly to bring musical to life and Julia Douglas, Anna Bailly, Josh Jacobsen, Ava Jacobsen, Scarlett Barrientos, Annabelle Ratcliffe, Eren Bogner, and Shreya Reddy had audiences laughing all weekend. Thank you for a great production and bringing joy to your our community.  Great Job!
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  • EAC & NHS Beautify Campus on In-service Day

    Thank you to the members of the EAC and NHS who beautified our campus on in-service day!  They spread two truck loads of mulch, cleaned out floor beds, worked on the green house and planted flowers.  Thank you also to Claire Sturm and the Sturm family who cleaned the beds in front of the MRC and donated the mulch. Thank you to Grace Martin and family for donating tomatoes, rosemary, lavender and asparagus.  

    Thank you to EAC and their dedication to recycling.  They have worked hard this year emptying bends and keeping our hallways clean.  They took extra steps on Friday and washed all of the bends.
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  • Friends University Art Challenge Winners

    Congratulations! Our art students competed in the Friends University Art Challenge Week!  They competed in both the juried art competition and in their art-a-day Art Challenge Week on social media!

    Mia Hoeflicker   -  1st Place in Digital Art: Misty Forest
    Carter Weilert  - 1st Place in Mixed Media: The Good Bad + Beautiful
    Carter Weilert  - 2nd Place in Painting: Early Ring
    Carter Weilert  - 3rd Place Photography: First 3 months
    Katlyn Harman -  3rd Place ScratchBoard: Seahorse
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  • Honors at Independent

    Every student at The Independent School deserves access to the most academically challenging curriculum. The world is rapidly changing, and our curriculum and pedagogy must keep pace with these changes. We value Excellence and Self-Efficacy, and the on-going development of our curriculum is grounded in these values.

    We know the incredible strengths that are our foundation.  We also know that our promise to deliver the best education in Kansas requires us to be constantly inquiring, improving, and innovating.

    Much is made of the term “college preparatory.” Success beyond the classroom and preparation not only for college, but careers and later life, is what The Independent School strives to provide for every student. Successful students must be responsible for their own learning and the most transformational learning happens when students are intrinsically driven and set their own goals and plans, with the guidance of a trusted teacher and mentor. 

    Next year, the Upper School Honors program will shift in focus to allow students to explore their passions, to delve deeply into their areas of interest, and demonstrate ownership of their own learning processes and outcomes.

    We are not diluting our curriculum or lowering our expectations.  We are strengthening our program by ensuring that our students can show evidence of their critical thinking, problem solving, and creative skills.

     
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  • Independent School Magazines Win National Awards

    The Independent Upper School's publication, Echoes, is happy to announce that students have been awarded the National Council of Teachers of English's (NCTE) First Class Award for Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) for their 2020 edition, tying for 1st in State with Shawnee Mission.

    Last year's edition was completed by students working online during the pandemic, who still strove to create a high-quality magazine with professional graphics and excellent writing. Kae Wagner served as Editor and lead designer, while other staff members included Sense Cadman, Sam Li, Jason Liu, and Ava Jacobsen. 
     
    This year's magazine is currently in progress, featuring over 100 pages of art and writing by Independent students. Student staff members help gather submissions, select the best quality works, and design and edit the magazine using programs like InDesign and Photoshop. This year's Editor is Julia Douglas, and the staff includes Scarlett Barrientos, Reya Sims, Lauren Schmeidler, Xixun Ling, Gage Solomon, Cooper Randleas, Loriah Davis, and Maya Mikity (not pictured). 
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  • Hayden Tyson, Olivia Sutton and Grant Burmeister

    Kansas Honor Scholars

    Congratulations to seniors Hayden Tyson, Olivia Sutton, Graham Burmeister and Yulin. (Jason) Liu.  They have been honored by the Kansas Honor Scholars Program for  their academic excellence and achievement, as well as ranking in the top 10% of their class.  Kansas Honors is a tradition of the Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment that recognizes outstanding high school seniors throughout the state. Congratulations Panthers. 

    To view the full press release, click here.
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  • KSHSAA Virtual State Music Festival

    Congratulations to our US Panther Vocal and Band students for outstanding performances in the KSHSAA (Virtual) State Music Festival.
     
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  • Kudos to our CPMSL Virtual Math Relay Team

    Due to Covid-19, the Central Plains Middle School League hosted a virtual math relay this year instead of the traditional Academic Day. Eighth grade placed third overall, and seventh grade placed fifth overall with a number of students winning top awards.
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  • MS CPMSL Music Festival

    The Independent Middle School band is excited to participate in this year's CPMSL music festival. As with many things this year, the festival is different, as it is virtual. Students worked on their band, ensemble, and solo pieces. Mr. Clements videoed these performances and submitted them to the competition. The students have done a fantastic job, and it is the first time for all of them to participate.
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  • MS Track & Field Season Off to a Great Start

    The Panther's first track & field meet was in Chaparral where they had to battle the wind as well as the competition. The small, but mighty team performed well and had other teams taking notice. As always there is a learning curve but they are looking forward to their next competition!  #pantherpride
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  • Panther Cub Track Meet: Halstead

    This past Saturday our Panther Cub Track team competed at Halstead.  22 athletes placed in the top 6 finishers in 3 age divisions (PreK & K, 1st & 2nd grades, and 3rd & 4th grades).  2 of our 3rd and 4th grade relay teams placed in the 4x400m relay (one boys team and one girls team)
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  • Scenes from Spirit Week

    In conjunction with TIS' 40th Birthday Celebration, Panthers of all ages showed their school spirit by dressing up every day last week in line with many fun themes.  Here is a special photo montage of the festivities!
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  • The Independent School Presents US Masterworks

    US Masterworks is a joint-concert, featuring US Chamber Choir and US Concert Band that we put on each year, usually the first or second Monday of March, the night before we travel to our CPL Music Festival.The material we present is generally the most-challenging music the students perform during the year.  Enjoy the concert!
     
     
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  • The Leader in Me

    When asked what parents love about The Independent School, one of the most repeated comments is how much teachers care and how we teach the whole child. Our teachers help students identify how they can become leaders within their individual personalities, they encourage and support interests and learning and they constantly celebrate instances of kindness. All of these pieces fit together to grow a child’s social and emotional learning. To help grow a common language and a community for this social and emotional learning, Head of Lower School, Alyssa Boyer and the lower school faculty teachers introduced The Leader in Me program, developed by Stephen R. Covey, in 2018, 

    The Leader in Me program is designed to build life skills and leadership in each student in a way that fits them individually. This is achieved by introducing 7 Habits that are fun, easy to remember and applicable in everyday life: Being Proactive, Begin With the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, Synergize, and Sharpen the Saw

     
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  • Mason discusses Celebration by Charles Searles

    TIS Middle School Students Collaborate with the Wichita Art Museum!

    Middle school students, Mason Lipsey and Ayana Williams, chosen to represent The Independent School, each selected a painting from the Wichita Art Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's traveling exhibit, researched it and wrote a short reflection on the image and its connection to them.
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  • Wichita Eagle All State Honorable Mention Team

    Congratulations to Panther Basketball players Gosia Byczkowska, Jalen Martin and Hanna Scheck who were selected for the Wichita Eagle All State Honorable Mention Team.
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  • Youth Entrepreneur Competition Winners

    Once again, TIS students are making us #panther proud!  A hearty congratulations to senior Adelyn Stultz and junior, Claire Sturm, for their outstanding performances in the 4th Annual Youth Entrepreneurs Contest. Addie won the competition with her business, Adelyn's Jules, and received $1250 for her 1st place finish.  Claire placed third with her business, The Lunch Box, winning $250.  Addie will advance to the Kansas state competition.
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  • Band, Choir and Students Earn Honors for Virtual CPL Music Festival

    Congratulations to our TIS US Chamber Choir and US Concert Band on their performances at our (Virtual) CPL Music Festival this week. Both groups recorded selections for submission to the CPL Music Festival and earned II (Excellent) ratings from our judges. Sophomore Mehala Muthukumar and junior Vijay Muthukumar entered solos in the festival, and each received II (Excellent) ratings.
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  • Middle School Student Places in State Chess Tournament

    Social distancing and altered tournaments did not slow Finley Andrews down! He competed in several virtual chess tournaments and placed, qualifying him for the state chess tournament. On Saturday, March 13, Finley competed in the state chess tournament and placed 15th out of one hundred participants. Congratulations, Finley, you make us #PantherProud!
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  • Mia Hoeflicker   -  1st Place in Digital Art: Misty Forest

    Friends University Art Competition

    Congratulations to our art students who participated in the Friends University Art Challenge Week! They competed in both the juried art competition and in their art-a-day Art Challenge Week on social media where they've won a pizza party for the entire school from Friends University!
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  • Sophomore Our Town Projects

    Sophomore English teacher, Monica Patiño felt some magic in her classroom last week. And, what made it even better was it was unexpected. When they students finished Wilder's Our Town, and after some symbolism work, they were asked to to create their own time capsules that people would theoretically find 1,000 years later, like in the play.
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  • The new masthead for The Panther Post

    From the Desk of... Matt Duncan

    Hello Panther Family, and welcome to the final edition of Review Preview. 
    Wait, what? This is the end? 

    But wait, there's something new coming in its place... The Panther Post!
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  • Bob Fisher, The Pride of Centralia, Kansas

    From the Desk of... Chris English

    Free Throws

    If I told you that Bob Fisher was better at basketball than Lebron James, you’d probably want to know who Bob Fisher is. If you know who he is, you might think I’m crazy.

    Bob Fisher, Kansas’s native son, the pride of Centralia. Twenty-four time world record holder Bob Fisher. The man who set six basketball world records in one hour. Lebron James is nowhere near any of these records.

    Back in 2011, Fisher set a record by making 2,371 free throws in one hour. He alternated shots between his right hand and left hand. With his right hand, he shot with 86% accuracy. This eclipses the paltry 73% free throw shooting percentage that Lebron James holds for his career. Bob sank 71% of his free throws using his left hand. 

    Wait. I know what you're thinking. These are false comparisons. Fisher’s world records for free throw shooting don’t compare to the accomplishments James has had in his career. The idea that I would take this single skill set and use it to extrapolate such a bold and blatantly bad opinion is ridiculous. You might want me to consider all the other areas in which Lebron James excels and has demonstrated over and over again that he is in elite company in the world of basketball.
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  • Heights Swim Invite

    Congratulations to the boys swim team with taking first in both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay at the recent Heights Swim Invite!
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  • Head of School, Mr. Chris English

    From the Desk of... Chris English

    Welcome Back Panthers!

    I hope you all had a wonderful and refreshing holiday break. We are all set for an amazing semester, and I look forward to seeing each and every one of our Panthers continue to grow, thrive, and surpass our expectations as we continue to earn our reputation as the best school in Wichita.
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