School notes from around Cass County

December 7, 2012 

HHS names musical cast

The Harrisonville High School Drama Department will present the musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” Dec. 6-8. Performances will be at 7 p.m. nightly with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Harrisonville High School Performing Arts Center, 1504 E. Elm.

Tickets are $5 each with children three and under free. Tickets can be reserved online at


Cambridge teacher enters

popular holiday art contest

Belton Cambridge Elementary art teacher, Samantha Sullentrup, is showing off her artistic talents at the 2012 Holiday Windows on Main art contest in downtown Kansas City’s Power and Light District.

This program pairs some of the area’s most talented artists with downtown businesses to create unique and enchanting window displays along Main Street, between 12th and 14th Streets. The artwork was unveiled at the Kick-off Celebration Nov. 16.

Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite display until Sunday, Dec. 16 in person or online at Artwork will remain on display until Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. For more information, visit


Ray-Pec PAT offers free screenings

The Raymore-Peculiar Parents As Teachers program offers free developmental screenings to all families in the Raymore-Peculiar School District with children ages 4 months to 5 years.

The developmental screening is designed to give parents a clear picture of their child’s strengths, weaknesses, and emerging skills in the areas of language, social-emotional, intellectual, and motor development. Screening is a quick and effective way to look at your child in comparison with other children his/her age. Call the Parents As Teachers program at 816-892-1938 to schedule a time for a screening.


Knippa selected to national choir

Lia Knippa, a sixth grader at Raymore-Peculiar’s Eagle Glen Intermediate School has been selected for the 2013 National Honor Choir. She will perform March 13-16, 2013, in Dallas.

Knippa will join five other singers from Ray-Pec, as well as other top singers from around the nation. This choir is held every other year in various cities around the country.


Chipotle to sponsor fundraiser

for BHS Service Learning

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Belton Chipotle (North Ave. and Mullen Rd) will sponsor a fundraiser to benefit Belton Service Learning at Belton High School.

To participate, take the fundraiser flyer and enjoy lunch or dinner. Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to the cause. To obtain a flyer, visit or contact Mary Cummings at or call 816-348-1726.


RPHS hosts sixth annual art show

Raymore-Peculiar High School Visual Arts Department had its sixth annual Art Show and Competition Nov. 15. Eight high schools participated in the event (Archie, Belton, Harrisonville, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit West, Park Hill, Winnetonka, and Ray-Pec.)

Here are the Ray-Pec students who won ribbons or prizes in the art show for work completed prior to Nov. 15:

•  Drawing: Elaine Lampley placed first for the white on black “Grandpa” drawing; and Brenna Dougherty placed third for the sunflower graphite and colored pencil drawing.

•  Fibers: Olivia Hornbeck placed second for wool felting; and Erika Carvan placed third for a silk painting of a frog.

•  Mixed Media: Shannon Park placed second for a magazine rolled sculpture.

•  Painting: Nic Ruby placed second for his self-portrait.

•  Photography: Katie Williams placed first for her photo of farm implements.

Here are the Ray-Pec students who won awards for the competition portion that was completed during a 1 ½ hour period of time on Nov. 15 at the high school:

•  Figure drawing: Nic Ruby placed first.

•  Hand building/clay: Abby Fulk placed first; and Selby Marksbury placed second.

•  Wheel throwing: Collin Fager placed first; and Brody Wild placed third.


MNEA to sponsor poster contest

The Missouri National Education Association is sponsoring a Martin Luther King Jr. Poster and Essay Contest. Student winners will receive a gift card for first, second and third place.

Each grade level category will be judged separately; grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12. The entries will be judged locally by Belton teachers. The top three in each group will be sent to the national competitions.

All submissions are due by Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 to Katie Boyle at Belton’s Scott Elementary School. For more information or with questions, e-mail, or visit


Bennett helps break world record

Kobe Bennett, a seventh grader at Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School, was one of only 25 people in Kansas City chosen to help break the Guinness World Record Nov. 15 for the largest Lego building class. Participants around the world are building at the same time to break the record. Bennett was building from 6-6:45 a.m. at Legoland in Kansas City.


BHS students selected for

KC Metro Honor Choir

The following students were selected to represent Belton High School in the Kansas City Metro 9th/10th Grade Honor Choir: Gabby Allen, Chasitty Henderson, Robi Holem, Victoria Galvez, Robert Crowley, Ramiro Gonzalez, Chandler Fry, and Ragan Willey.

The students will go to Staley High School Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 for an all-day clinic and performance that night. The KC Metro District Choir, Women’s Choir, and State Choirs will also perform. For more information, contact Belton High School at 816-348-1036.


Ray-Pec students to perform

in all-state band

For the first time since 1990, Raymore-Peculiar High School had multiple students selected for All-State Band.

After auditioning Dec. 1 in Columbia, Kit Leonard, Mallet Percussion, was named first chair Honorable Mention Band, which makes him the seventh best player in the state. Logan Jungman made fourth chair All-State Band. This makes him the sixth best player in the state. Jack Renfro made second chair tenor sax All-State Band. This makes him the second best player in the state. Taylor Byrnes was selected for call backs, which makes him one of the 20 best alto sax players in the state, but was not selected for All-State Band.

Over 1,200 students who made All-District Band auditioned Saturday. MSHSAA classes 1-5 compete against each other for a spot in the band. Jack and Logan will practice and perform at Tan-Tar-A for the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention Jan. 23-26, 2013. The concert will be Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.


Cambridge has annual Holiday Lunch

Belton’s Cambridge Elementary students invited loved ones to come eat lunch with them Nov. 13. The cafeteria staff prepared a special holiday lunch: a full Thanksgiving feast.

The school had over 120 guests come to eat with their students. To help handle the overflow in the cafeteria PTA volunteered their time to serve rolls and dessert.

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