School notes from around Cass County

March 8, 2013 

HHS seeks nominations for awards

The Harrisonville School District is seeking nominations for its end-of-the-year awards.

The Educator of the Year Award is presented to a teacher who has had a special impact on students in the district. The Educator of the Year receives a $500 grant from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation for use in his/her classroom.

The Support Staff Employee of the Year is designed to show the district’s appreciation for its support staff employees. Any non-certified employee in the district can be nominated for this award. This includes secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, food service personnel, maintenance, nurses, etc.

The Outstanding Community Involvement Award recognizes a Harrisonville Schools staff member for his/her involvement in the community. The winner will receive a cash award of $100 sponsored by Community Bank of Harrisonville.

Winners of all awards will be recognized during the district’s End-of-the-Year Celebration Thursday, April 25. They will also be recognized on plaques at the district’s Administrative Office and banners at their schools.

Nominations can be made on-line at

Nominations for all awards are due Friday, March 29, 2013.


Local dentist offers free dental day for kids

“Give Kids a Smile,” a free dental day for children grades K-12, will take place Friday, March 22 at the Professional Building, 400 E. Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, MO.

The event is sponsored and hosted by Merle Nunemaker and Chad Barth. Dentists and dental professionals will volunteer their time and materials to provide dental exams, cleanings, X-rays, and restorative treatment if necessary.

To register for this event, contact Stephanie or Dawn at 816-942-8666.

Enrollment Fair slated

for March 12-13

Due to inclement weather, the Belton High School Enrollment Fair scheduled Feb. 26-27 was postponed to 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13.

Teachers will be contacting you soon to reschedule. If you have not been contacted by the end of the day March 6, call the BHS office at 816-348-1036.


Special Services night rescheduled

Due to inclement weather, the Belton School District Special Services Department’s Parent Night Feb. 26 will be rescheduled for another night. Stay tuned to Quick News, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest information.

For more information, contact Special Education Director, Lisa Cummings at or 816-489-7016.


Ray-Pec students

perform in choir

Twenty-four Raymore-Peculiar fifth and sixth graders participated in the West Central Missouri Music Educators Association Honor Choir March 2 at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg.

Students auditioned for the opportunity to participate in the choir. Representing Eagle Glen were these students of teacher Stephen Rew: fifth graders Cameron Lowe, Eli Monnig, Aidan Payne, Grace Rogers, Alayanna Watson, and McKenna Wilson; and sixth graders Forrest Denney, Sarah Donahoe, Erin Hill, Charles Phillips, Jacob Scott, and Rebekah Scott. Representing Bridle Ridge were these students of teacher Samantha Dobson: fifth graders Peydnn Cohen, Jacob Collins, Mikinzi Gilliam, Alyssa Harmon, Jillian Humke, and Zoe Shriner. and sixth graders Katie Clewell, Jacob Elliott, Courtney Farr, Kathryn McCauley, Cole Mitchell, and Grace Wansing.


STAR class travels

to K-State

Students from Mary Cummings’ STAR class at Belton’s Yeokum Middle School recently traveled to Kansas State University to take part in the Future City Competition. It is a national, project-based learning experience where students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade imagine, design and build cities of the future.

Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity 4 Deluxe software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges.

Students participating in the competition were: Annie Anderson, Alexandra Clark, Shannon Coupland, Kaitlyn Dekam, Robert Enright, Kayla Farrill, Kylie Giacone, Sarah McMillen, Victor Ortiz, Madison Sikes, Blake Smith, Chris Thomas, Hayley Wells.


Cambridge announces first semester Reading Counts results

Belton’s Cambridge Elementary has 12 students who reached 100 points during the first semester Reading Counts Program.

Reading Counts is a program that helps students see their progression in reading and comprehension through online testing.

The following students reached 100 points: Kole Murphy, Cody Cook, Victoria Bestor, Evelyn Reyes, Angel Jaimes Christain Seibert, Logan Borntreger, Zane Tyree, Josh Mittelstadt and Landen Blue.

Two students surpassed the 100 point mark and earned 200 Reading Counts Points. Those students are Joseph Huerta from Whitney Szczucinski’s second grade class and Kaelyn Foley from Melinda Sampson’s third grade class.


Winter Guard competes in festival

Belton’s Winter Guard participated in their first festival Feb. 15-16 at Hickman Mills.

They were adjudicated by three judges – one for movement and dance, one for equipment (flags and rifles) and one for design and general effect. They received two Superiors Ratings and an Excellent Rating, sending them home with an overall Excellent Rating.

After their performance, the judges and coaches all agreed that with a little more work they will receive all three Superiors be moved up into the Regional A Classification.


Debate team brings

home trophies

The Belton High School Voice of the Pirates the Speech and Debate team brought home the conference championship Feb. 22-23. The team had two entries in each event and came home with 17 top finishers and, for the first time in six years, took the overall best debate squad award and the championship.

The squad travels to Harrisonville High School before starting district tournaments in March.

The following students had high finishes – Rachel Jacobs and Jessica Jacobs, first place in Public Forum Debate, first team all-conference; Kaneisha Giles, first place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Samuel Crosby and Zachary Theiss, first place in Policy Debate; Miranda Cobern, first in Dramatic Interp; Emily Dolan, first place in Storytelling; Jessica Jacobs, first place Foreign Extemp; Jessica Dolan, second place Poetry, second team all-conference; Tyler Miller; eighth place; Cody Mullins, fifth place in Humorous Interp; Amber Kawakami, seventh place in Prose Reading; Emily Dolen, eighth place in Poetry Reading; Sam Crosby, eighth place in Original Oratory; Miranda Cobern, fifth place in Orginal Oratory; Zach Theiss, fourth place in Domestic Extemp; Cody Mullins and Chris Burrow, eighth place in Duo Interp; and Julian Cantwell, sixth place Student Congress.


New school year dates set

The Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education approved the school calendar for 2013-2014 during their meeting Feb. 28.

The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 14. Preview Day, for students in grades fifth, seventh and ninth, will be Monday, Aug. 12. Registration is scheduled for Thursday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 30.

Winter break will begin with an early release on Friday, Dec. 20, and conclude when students return to school on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. The calendar includes a full week spring break, March 17-21, 2014. The last day of school will be an early release day on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

One change to the calendar is the addition of several early release days to allow staff to participate in collaboration and professional development activities.


Ray-Pec to host

kindergarten round-up

Parents of children who will be 5 before Aug. 1, are invited to attend kindergarten round-up and enrollment at Raymore-Peculiar School District from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.

The purpose of the round-up is to receive information and register your child for kindergarten screening. Information about screening will be available at round-up. Please attend one session for the school which your child will attend in the fall. All five Ray-Pec elementary schools will host round-ups. If you are uncertain which school your child will attend, call 816-892-1300.

The following items are required for enrollment:

•  One document verifying legal residence within the district (a current utility bill showing name and service address, such as water, gas, electric and/or closing agreement for a home being purchased or built within the district and must be in possession within 60 days from the first day of school, or a lease/rental agreement.

•  Child’s State Certified Birth Certificate, is preferred (Original Certified Hospital Record or a copy of the original showing hospital seal will be accepted.) Missouri Birth Certificates may be obtained from the Cass County Health Department.

•  Legal proof of custody is required in special circumstances: divorce, separation, adoptions.

•  Child’s current Immunization Record: DTaP/DTP: Four doses required with the last one received at age 4 or after. (Pertussis is required for all students under 7 years of age. Hepatitis B: Three doses. Measles/mumps/rubella: Two doses on or after 1st birthday, separated by at least four weeks. Polio: Three doses with last dose on or after 4th birthday or if combination IPV/OPV is received, four doses are required. Varicella (Chickenpox): Two doses or proof of disease (students must have doctor or health department documented proof showing the month and year of varicella (chickenpox) disease. Parental/guardian statements of disease will no longer be accepted).

The above immunizations are required by state law.

Since the nature of Kindergarten Round-Up is informational and an enrollment process, the school district encourage parents to leave their kindergarten-age child and pre-school children at home.

Childcare will not be available.


MLK Poster/Essay

contest winners


The 2013 NEA sponsored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Poster-Essay contest had 125 entries from Belton students.

This year’s theme was “Through justice, peace and righteousness, I am a drum major for the dream of Dr. King.” The top three entries in each grade level category were chosen by BSD teachers and staff through a rigorous judging process.

Winners received a $5 Target gift card and are entered in the state competition.

Winning students for each of the grade categories are as follows:

•  Grades K-1 – Miles Hosterman, BOSCO; Mackenzy Spiller, Scott; Ariel Conner, Scott

•  Grades 2-3 – Samuel Lamar, Cambridge; James McReynolds and Alyssa Cranmer, Scott

•  Grades 4-5 – Layne Reaka, Scott; MeLei Jackson, Kentucky Trail; and Issac Martinez, Mill Creek

•  Grades 6-8 – Isaic Millington, Hannah Engler, and Anna McDonald, Mill Creek

•  Grades 9-12 – Erika Rogers, LaChelle Cherise Harrell, and Seong Joon Lee, BHS

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