Lenexa Elementary School Celebrates 25 Years

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School PTA invites you to join our students, staff, parents, and alumni for our 25th anniversary re-dedication. The ceremony will take place 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 28 in the school gymnasium. We will honor both our school’s quarter-century of great education and the life and career of teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe.

Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Born September 2, 1948, Mrs. McAuliffe died aboard the space shuttle Challenger January 28, 1986 along with the rest of the seven-member crew when the Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. McAuliffe taught junior high history, social studies, and civics. She also volunteered with her church, Girl Scouts, hospitals, and YMCA. She was selected over 11,500 other applicants for the NASA Teacher in Space project in 1985. Christa McAuliffe is survived by her husband, son, daughter.

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School After the death of Christa McAuliffe, our school opened in 1987 and was the first to bear the teacher-astronaut’s name. The school focuses on McAuliffe’s long-living words: “I touch the future, I teach.” Christa McAuliffe Elementary’s dream has always been to “Reach for the Stars”.

These are the “stars” we reach for: • Becoming independent learners • Integrating curriculum • Removing gender discrimination in math, science, and language arts • Acquiring life-long skills in time management and problem solving • Becoming a community of readers • Developing proficiency in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies • Expanding computer literacy • Including all students, regardless of abilities and limitations • Providing parent education programs • Building collaborative skills for students and staff • Creating a drug-free community • Teaming so that our children will not slip through the cracks

Christa McAuliffe Elementary has been designated as a School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award Program.

Contact For more information please contact PTA Committee Chair Jennifer Cairns: jencairns@yahoo.com

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School 15600 West 8 3rd Street Lenexa, KS 66219

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