Saturday Academy in the News

12345 Fit-Tastic in Wyandotte County!

posted Mar 24, 2016, 10:47 PM by Scott Lemmon

12345 Fit-Tastic in Wyandotte County!

The Mayor had an interview with Univision last week. He spoke about Healthy Communities Wyandotte and The Healthy Lifestyles Initiative.

Smile for a Lifetime Application

posted Jan 23, 2016, 8:57 PM by Scott Lemmon

Smile for a Lifetime Application:

The deadline for the next selection of eight scholarship winners will be December 31st?  In other words, their application packets need to be postmarked by December 31st.  Also, please remind students that students are selected four times each year with the following dates for deadlines:
March 31st
June 30th
September 30th 
December 31st 

College Graduate Announcement

posted Dec 15, 2015, 1:31 PM by Scott Lemmon   [ updated Dec 15, 2015, 1:31 PM ]

Former Academy Student: Salvador Jurado, K-State. Salado's wife is Evelyn Jurado, studying Accounting and Finance at K- State. December 2015.

College Graduate Annoucement

posted Dec 15, 2015, 1:29 PM by Scott Lemmon

Former Academy student: Leon Edwards, Baker University, December 2015

Saturday Academy Presentation: Diversity in Nursing: Karla Valenzuela

posted Dec 7, 2015, 2:16 PM by Scott Lemmon   [ updated Dec 8, 2015, 8:48 AM ]

Saturday Academy Alumni News: Ibari Ezekwe

posted Feb 23, 2015, 12:28 PM by Scott Lemmon   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 2:11 PM ]

Ibari Ezekwe graduated from J.C. Harmon High School in 2004.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas (KU) in 2009.  Following her graduation, she worked for 2 years as a Research Assistant for KU Life Span Institute at Parsons. Ibari was hired as a Teacher a Teacher at the New England Center for Children, in Massachusetts.  The New England Center for Children transferred Ibari to their Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates center site where she continues to teach the children.


 Ibari’s growing interests are to: further her education in the field of Psychology/Behavior Analysis, and make pivotal contributions in the development of treatment interventions for clinical disorders, especially among the youth.


Ibari was involved in Summer Science Academy, Saturday Academy, and the Kansas City Mentoring Initiative (After-School) programs.  Ibari states, “These programs encouraged and developed my interests, through the seminars (i.e. art classes, and so on), cultural events, and the overall communal structure embedded in them.  Furthermore, through the Saturday Academy and the after-school programs, I was introduced to a communal need for the act of ‘giving back’ (not just the concept of ‘giving back’), and I had passion for that; this is still a growing interest of mine.  My current love for poetry (writing and otherwise) was also (thankfully) developed in one of these previously mentioned programs.  These programs are structured to encourage and build-up young generations, through mentorship, classes/trainings, and cultural expositions; therefore, they are necessary.” 

Wyandotte County, Unified Government Mayor Holland paid a visit to Saturday Science, Math and Technology Academy.

posted Dec 18, 2014, 2:40 PM by Scott Lemmon


Wyandotte County, Unified Government Mayor Holland paid a visit to Saturday Science, Math and Technology Academy.


Saturdays during the school year provide students a day to sleep in or a schedule free day. Not Saturday Academy members. Over 190 middle and high school students start their Saturdays  catching the bus at 7:30 a.m. to attend the full day Academy enrichment. Students arrive at 9:00 a.m. for a light breakfast and move through science modules, technology activities and original poetry workshops. With 40 staff, college interns and senior mentors, students are engaged in relational instruction by a 8-1 teacher –student ratio.  


On December 6th, 2014 Mayor Holland was given a warm welcome by the students and  staff as he shared his vision for Academy students in STEM education now and higher education and careers in the future. His caring personality came through in his conversation and observation of science modules. Students asked to have their pictures taken with Mayor Holland who agreed with a smile.

Dr. Ed Kremer, Dean of Science, Math and Technology/KCKCC, Mark Meyer, M.D., Dean of Students and OCED/KUMC,  Scott Lemmon, Academy Native American Liaison, Marcia Pomeroy, OCED/KUMC,  Director of Saturday Academy and many graduates of the  Academy home from college and graduate school  for the holidays shared their support of Saturday Academy with Mayor Holland.   It was a great day at many levels.  Academy Senior Mentors, Kayleen Perkins and Brian Cobbs provided Mayor Holland with a tour of the Academy classes and workshops.


Thank you to the Kauffman Foundation, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas Community College, District #500, KCKPS,  Kansas Health Foundation, DST and 21st CCLC for their continued  support of Saturday Academy.

15 Year Recognition

posted Dec 16, 2014, 9:32 PM by Scott Lemmon   [ updated Dec 30, 2014, 5:03 PM ]

In October of 199, the first Saturday Academy took place at KCKCC with 20 high school students.   

Our founding partners were from District #500, KCKPS, Dr. Gene Fight, KCKCC, Dr. Ed Kremer, KUMC, HCPP Director,Ms. Iral Porter and K-12 Initiative Director, Ms.

Marcia Pomeroy. In October 2014, our Saturday Academy has grown to 190 middle and high school students, continuing the beginning partnerships and adding partnerships with the Kauffman Center, Kansas Health Foundation and DST Corp. Students engage in science, math and technology modules, team building and original poetry workshops.

Marcia Pomeroy, Ursula Carrillo and Douglas Walker began the K-12 Initiative and continue in their 15th year as celebrated at KUMC on Service Day Recognition

Avanzando Scholars Achieve through Science and the Arts | UMKC Today

posted Sep 18, 2014, 9:47 AM by Scott Lemmon

Our former student now part of the Teaching Core for Academy is shown in the picture and her research project is also shared in the article.

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