School notes from around Cass County

January 31, 2013 

Panther Pride program

offers after-school care

The Panther Pride School-Age Child Care program offers before and after school care for Raymore-Peculiar students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.

Care is offered at each elementary school and at Bridle Ridge Intermediate School. Sites are open from 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. The program offers care for children on some days when school is not in session and during the summer.

Special activities and field trips are planned on the no-school days. On Feb. 15, Kaleidoscope will visit Panther Pride. On Feb. 19, a field trip is planned to Wayside Waifs. Over spring break, field trips are planned to the Champions of Character exhibit and a basketball game, as well as Kaleidoscope.

For information, including tuition and fees, discounts and enrollment forms, visit or contact Sharon Perkins, School Age Child Care Coordinator, at 816-892-1507.


Law Day Essay Contest

end Feb. 1

The Missouri NEA is sponsoring the Law Day Essay Contest, where students grades 4-12 can win up to $300 for a winning entry.

The topic for the essay contest is: “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” Students are asked to “Explore the movement of civil and human rights in America, how it has influenced the ideal of equality under law and what they think needs to be done to rectify injustice and eliminate all forms of discrimination.”

Entries for this contest must be turned in to Leah Kramer at Belton’s Mill Creek Upper Elementary by Friday, Feb. 1. For contest rules and entry information, visit or


BHS Debate team travels

to Liberty North

The Belton High School Talking Pirate Debate Team traveled to Liberty North Jan. 18-19 to compete with 46 top quality squads from across the state.

The team’s top finishers were Zach Theiss and Julian Cantwell. The top finishing team was Jay Patel and Julian Cantwell who earned second overall in Varsity CX Debate after defeating a team from Neosho High School, ranked in the top 10 in the nation.


Ray-Pec dance team offers Mini Prowler Dance Clinic

Girls ages 4-12 are invited to participate in a Mini Prowler Dance Clinic and performance. The dance clinic is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the gym at the Raymore-Peculiar High School south building. Please enter by the gym.

The performance will be at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, just before the varsity girls basketball game at Ray-Pec High School south building gym. The cost is $30 and includes a camp T-shirt and team pictures. For more information, see the flyer at


Music programs to host

trivia night

Support the Raymore-Peculiar music programs by attending the third annual Movie and TV Trivia Night Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Eagle Glen Intermediate School gymnasium.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the trivia begins at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available. There will be prizes for first, second and third places, and bonus games. Reservations must be made by Friday, Feb. 1. Contact Jennifer Gibson with questions at


BSD participates

in Casco Clothing Drive

The Belton School District is taking part in the first annual Casco Clothing Drive now through Friday, March 1.

Sponsored by Casco Area Workshop, the goal of the drive is to raise funds for and expand the recycling program which provides employment to individuals with disabilities. Each school in the district will participate by collecting clothing, shoes, toys, and other items.

Every week, Casco will collect the items and pay the school based on weight. The top three collectors in the county will receive a slightly larger payment. The program will not only benefit Casco employees, but will also provide local schools a fundraising opportunity. For more information about this program, contact James Miles, Casco Recycling Program Manager at 816-380-7359.


Ladies’ Day Out

event March 9

The Cass County Association of Educational Office Professionals will host its first Ladies’ Day Out event Saturday, March 9 to benefit high school seniors in Cass County. The organization, made up of office personnel in Cass County school districts, work together to perform community service projects and to raise money throughout the school year for scholarships. This year, the group has set a goal to provide a scholarship to each CCAEOP represented district in Cass County.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the BHS Freshman Center, 801 W. North Ave, Belton. Several small businesses and local crafters will be featured with breakfast and lunch available for purchase by Gen-U-Wine Swine. Pleasant Hill business, TayaBella Salon and Boutique, will also be at the event with fashion shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Those interested in a booth can contact Kristin Eslick, CCAEOP President, at, or visit for more information.


Belton offers summer school

Belton School District has released its preliminary summer school schedule. Sessions will be Monday through Thursday only. Session 1 dates are June 4-20. Session 2 dates are June 24-27 and July 1-11. Visit for a complete listing of times and locations or contact Pupil Services at 816-489-7018 for more information.

Here is a list of where and what time summer school will be for each grade:

•  Early Childhood Special Education – Grace Early Childhood Care and Education Center, 8-10:45 a.m. and 11:45-2:30 p.m.

•  Elementary K-4 – TBD, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

•  Upper elementary 5-6 – Mill Creek Upper Elementary, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

•  Middle school 7-8 – Yeokum Middle School, 8:05 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

•  Freshmen – Freshman Center, 8:05 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

•  High school 10-12 – Belton High School, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•  Special Education Extended School Year K-12 – Scott Elementary, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Students may enroll in both the regular summer school at Yeokum and retreat at the Freshman Center.


Pirate of the Month honored

Each month, Belton’s Cambridge Elementary students are chosen by their classroom teachers for the Pirate of the Month Award for displaying great respect.

The following students were chosen for the award in December: kindergarten – Caleb Dupont, Daytona Zumwalt and Ethan Hayes; first grade – Lela Boone, Brian Strawn and Connor McClain; second grade – Landon Hostetler, Jordan Green, Jackelin Monarrez; third grade – Audry Price, Daniel Vazquez and Brett Gerke; and fourth grade – Kory Burch, Kira Bennett and Alyssa Reeves. The winners got to have lunch with principal Michelle Biondo.


Debate team gets

impressive results in

multi-state competition

The BHS Debate team traveled to Jenks, Okla. Jan. 11-12 to compete in a multiple state competition in both the Championship and Novice divisions.

The team brought nearly 30 entries to compete against 25 other school districts. Top finishes were as follows: Tyler Miller – first in Novice LD; Rachel and Jessica Jacobs – undefeated in Champ Public Forum Debate and 15 winning decisions; Cody Lancaster – third in Novice Original Oratory; Jessica Jacobs – second overall in Championship Foreign Extemp; Lauren Potter and Summer Warren – second overall in Novice Policy Debate; Cody Lancaster and Calestrio Rayes – second in Novice Public Forum Debate; and Amber Kawakami – third in Championship Prose Speaking.


Scott hosts talent show

The annual talent show at Belton’s Scott Elementary took place Jan. 11. The show featured 17 acts that included a variety of talent: comedy, dancing, singing, and piano playing.

Participants were: Myka Jones, Chad Broadway, Brianna Funk with her dad, Anna McMillen, Ari Frank, Alyssa Cranmer, Kaylea Funk, Mariah Dickerson, Jourdan White, Ian McCann, Kathryn Eager, Emily Moffett, Jessica Frank, James McReynolds, Rhiannon Waite, Ayla McCann with her mom, Brooklyn Funk, Alicia Nunamaker, Chasity Briggs, Daisa Langer, Jayden Goff, Brooklyn Soloy, Autumn McCauley, Shaley Ward, Delia Cochran, and Madison Klein.


Scott stud

ents perform “Bugz”

On Jan. 24, Belton’s Scott Elementary second graders took the stage to perform “Bugz.”

The musical was about a group of hungry bugs traveling together, who hit a snag and learn a valuable moral lesson. Students who participated in the musical include: Gabby Jahr, Zach Campbell, Sean Hennessey, Faith Boxley, Brookly Bradley, Jett Bender, Adriana Wilson, Olivia Harvey, Caleb Slaughter, Olivia Brunner, Alleena Langer, Aiden Verhelle-Marbais, Tristian Vincent, Savannah Jones, Danica Reaka, Joanna Wood, Jase Banks, Alyssa Riggert, Marquise Fisher-Flippen, Tomi Anderson, Emma Rinaldi, Jazmin Santamore, Samantha Cutburth, Ryder McPherson, Brianna Compos, Raina Rycken, Hannah Strong, Thomas Rogers, Zach Atterbury, Danasha King, Christie Bormann, Duryon Duggins, Jacob Kraft, Lauren McElmurry, Kazmara Click, Gianna Cusumano, Jayden Evans, Dylan McKeehan, Carderdro Freeman, Alexis Holden, Landon Stapleton, Brianna Funk, Dylan Lewallen, Ramijah Warren-Swearingen, Veronica Stifter, Zachary Dolphin and Cadence Winer.


BSD rolls out iPads

to students

On Jan. 9, Belton School District completed its roll-out of 1,200 iPads to students in grades 7-9 as part of its 1:1 Computing Initiative.

Students at Yeokum Middle School and the BHS Freshman Center were excited to receive their iPads and begin using them right away. The roll-out was a success with Belton School District technology staff spending time with each recipient to set up and give a brief tutorial of the device. Students who signed up with the program and fulfilled all the requirements, which included parent meetings and a small user fee, were able to take their iPads home with them.

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