1. 456 Honor Choir web

    Students perform in statewide honor choirs at MCDA conference

    Students from Bridle Ridge, Eagle Glen, East Middle School and Ray-Pec High School performed with the best singers across the state in honor choirs during the 2017 Missouri Choral Directors Association conference in Jefferson City. Read on...
  2. Dan Garrison web

    Garrison selected as Regional Teacher of the Year

    Raymore-Peculiar 2017 Teacher of the Year Dan Garrison was selected by the Regional Professional Development Center as one of two regional finalists for the Missouri Teacher of the Year. He is now among 32 teachers competing for the statewide honor. Read on...
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    Students teach computer skills to senior citizens

    This summer, Ray-Pec and Belton students helped local senior citizens learn basic computer functions using a tablet. A graduation ceremony celebrated the completion of the Cyber Seniors program provided by West Central Missouri Community Action Agency. Read on...
  4. Pam Steele

    Pam Steele appointed to state records board

    Pam Steele, executive assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education secretary, has been appointed to serve on the Missouri Local Records Board. The Local Records Board establishes records retention schedules for all local governments. Read on...
  5. Panther

    Youth football and soccer camps cancelled

    Due to the heat, this week's Youth Football Camp for grades 2-7 and Youth Soccer Camp for grades K-6 are cancelled. Refunds will be issued to those who prepaid. The camps had been scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please share the news with others.
  6. apple bus web

    School bus fleet passes inspection

    All buses serving the Raymore-Peculiar School District were inspected earlier this year and approved for service. The Apple Bus fleet serving Ray-Pec had a first-time-through pass rate of 96.3 percent, well above the state average of 90.24 percent. Read on...
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    Band Director honored at Missouri Scholars Academy

    Ray-Pec High School Band Director John Wilson was honored during Teacher Recognition Day at the Missouri Scholars Academy. Scholar Tammy Yang, at right, nominated Wilson for the recognition. 2016 RPHS grad Brayden Roberts was a counselor at the Academy. Read on...
  8. MIC grads from MCC 2017 web

    RPHS graduate also receives Associate's degree from MCC

    Matthew Feith, pictured at far right, had two commencement ceremonies this year. He received his diploma from Ray-Pec High School and an associate's degree from Metropolitan Community College. Matthew, a systems engineering major, is employed at VML. Read on...
  9. Choir large group web

    Summer choral institute encourages young singers

    Young Ray-Pec singers had experiences in ensemble singing while participating in the Kantorei Summer Choral Institute in Kansas City. Read on...
  10. Choir small group web

    Ray-Pec singers attend choral institute

    Ray-Pec singers participated in the 5th annual Kantorei Summer Choral Institute, June 19-25, in Kansas City. This select event encourages young artists to grow by working with world renowned clinicians. Read on...
  11. Activites Report cover web

    Participation in sports/activities increases student success

    In his annual program update, Activities Director Tom Kruse provided data reaffirming that the grades of students involved in a sport or activity continue to be higher than the grades of students who do not participate in an activity. Read on...
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    Masonic Lodge of Lee's Summit donates to CAN

    Will Jennens, representing the Masonic Lodge of Lee's Summit, presents a donation of $1,200 to support CAN to Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston.
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    School Board recognized for state honors

    During its June 22 meeting, the School Board was recognized for receiving two prestigious awards from the Missouri School Boards' Association. The Board was selected as an Outstanding Board of Education and also received the 2017 Governance Award. Read on...
  14. Track web

    Board recognizes All-State track and field athletes

    The School Board on June 22 recognized track and field athletes for earning All-State medals at the state meet in May in Jefferson City. From left: Chris McKinzy, Marissa Dick, Laurana Mitchell, Miranda Dick, and Board President Kim Bailey. Read on...
  15. Sam Reicher web

    Board recognizes choir students for "1" rating

    The School Board on June 22 recognized choir students who earned exemplary "1" ratings at the Missouri State high School Solo and Ensemble Contest. Board Member Paul Coffman, at right, congratulates Sam Reicher, who received a "1" rating for a vocal solo. Read on...
  16. CAN donation-6-4-17 web

    First Church of Peculiar donates to CAN

    First Church of Peculiar recently donated $3,000 to the Caring About Nutrition program. Larry Teter, on behalf of the congregation, presented the donation on June 4 to Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat. CAN is a program of the Foundation. Additional Info...
  17. RP students leaning tower of Pisa web

    Ray-Pec students tour Europe

    Some Raymore-Peculiar students are on a trip planned by RPHS foreign language teachers. Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa on Jun 12, from left: Blake Strobach, Sydnee Miller, Haley Bossert, Alexa Stevens, Kobe Bennett, and Teacher Heidi Lanksbury. Read on...
  18. Brad Gaines

    Coach Gaines inducted into GKC Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame

    Congratulations to Coach Brad Gaines, who was inducted into the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the June 16 Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game. He was specifically honored for his time coaching in Oak Grove and Orrick. Read on...
  19. Comcastleaders0009 web

    2017 graduate receives Comcast scholarship

    Ray-Pec High School 2017 graduate Matthew Argotsinger is one of 12 Kansas City area students to receive a scholarship from Comcast as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. He will receive $1,000 for the 2017-2018 school year. Read on...
  20. honor roll web

    RPEMS announces second semester honor rolls

    Ray-Pec East Middle School announces the 2nd semester honor rolls for 2016-2017. Students with a GPA of 3.50 to 4.0 are named to the Principal’s Honor Roll. Students with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 and no grade below a B- are named to the Honor Roll. Read on...
  21. New double pic Johnson Wescoat web

    Ray-Pec Board members recognized at state conference

    Board Member Ruth Johnson was elected to the Missouri School Boards' Association Board of Directors during the annual MSBA Leadership Summit. Also, Johnson and Board Member Ryan Wescoat were honored for attaining higher Board Member Certification. Read on...
  22. Ray-Pec OBOE Award web

    Two more state-level awards for Ray-Pec School Board

    The Missouri School Boards' Association presented the Ray-Pec School Board with two prestigious awards: the 2017 Outstanding Board of Education award and the 2017 Governance Award. In addition, Ray-Pec was one of only six Boards to receive both awards. Read on...
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    Moving day at Shull Elementary

    June 7 was moving day at Shull Elementary. Most of the furniture and supplies were headed for Bridle Ridge, which will become an elementary school for grades K-5. Shull Elementary will become Shull Early Learning Center for the 2017-2018 school year. Read on...
  24. Optimist Scholarships web

    Optimist Club awards scholarships to 5 Ray-Pec students

    Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club President Leo Anderson, center, is pictured with the Ray-Pec seniors who received $1,000 scholarships. From left: Breanna Birkett, Audrey Warters, Austin Rene Moulder, Anderson , Matthew Argotsinger, and Tanna Miller. Read on...
  25. Rep. Rick Brattin 2 web

    Legislators meet with school board members and administrators

    Rep. Rick Brattin, standing, and Rep. Jack Bondon, seated, visited with members of Cass County Kids First during a breakfast meeting June 2 at the Raym-Pec Administrative Services Center. Rep. Joe Runions and Rep. Donna Pfautsch also participated. Read on...
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    RPHS announces second semester Honor Rolls

    Raymore-Peculiar High School announces the second semester honor rolls for the 2017-2018 school year. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are named to the Honor Roll. Students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher are named to the Principal’s Honor Roll. Read on...
  27. Joel at start of Bee web

    Joel Miles begins preliminary rounds at national Spelling Bee

    It's spelling time! The Scripps Spelling Bee preliminaries started this morning with the written test. Good luck to Ray-Pec's Joel Miles! Joel was the Cass County Spelling Bee champion. This is his 3rd trip in the past four years to the national bee.
  28. Red Nose web

    School Board supports Red Nose Day fundraiser

    The School Board celebrated Red Nose Day during its May 25 meeting. Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign dedicated to ending child poverty. The Board decided to participate in the project at the request of 2017 graduate Caleb Jones. Read on...
  29. State band students web

    School Board honors All-State band students

    The School Board recognized band students who earned an Exemplary rating of “1” at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Pictured from left: Noah Dorweiler, Carter Wilhite, Tammy Yang, Cory Attebury, Cate Wilhite, Cole Graf, and Board Member Ruth Johnson. Read on...
  30. Matt Argotsinger rotate web

    Matt Argotsinger honored for state championship in CAD

    The School Board on May 25 recognized Matt Argotsinger for placing first in Computer-Aided Design Engineering at the Technology Student Association State Champions Conference. Matt graduated this month from Ray-Pec High School. Read on...
  31. Blue Star Ian Fleming web

    Ian Fleming receives Rising Star scholarship

    During the Starlight Theatre Blue Star Awards Ceremony, Ian Fleming received a $2,500 Rising Star scholarship. Ray-Pec was nominated in 10 categories at the Blue Star Awards, which celebrates outstanding high school musical theatre in the metro area. Read on...
  32. Chamber scholarship recipients web

    Raymore Chambers awards scholarships to RPHS seniors

    The Raymore Chamber of Commerce recognized scholarship recipients (from left) Mark Poindexter, Alison Graber, Brooke Birkett, Anna King, and Caleb Jones. Not pictured is Dalton Gilmore. The Chamber's annual Pumpkin Auction funded the scholarships. Read on...
  33. Alaina Garcia web

    Eagle Glen 5th grader is finalist in Got Talent competition

    Alaina Garcia, a 5th grader at Eagle Glen Intermediate School, is a finalist in the Season 7 Got Talent competition! She will compete against 18 others acts from around the Kansas City metro area for a $5,000 grand prize scholarship. Read on...
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    RPHS athletes qualify for state track and field meet

    Congratulations to the track and field athletes who qualified to compete in the state meet! They qualified by placing in the top four at the sectional track and field meet May 20 in Waynesville. The state meet is May 26-27 at Jefferson City High School. Read on...
  35. Graduation from stage web

    Congratulations to Class of 2017!

    The Class of 2017 had commencement on May 19 at the Community of Christ auditorium. The ceremony included special recognition of IB Diploma candidates, foreign exchange students, and the top 10 students. Congratulations to all of our graduates! Read on...
  36. RayPecKing, Anna- RPHS Picture

    Anna King honored as RPHS Scholar-Athlete for 2017

    Congratulations to Anna King, selected by The Kansas City Star as the Ray-Pec High School Scholar-Athlete for 2017! The Scholar-Athletes are honored for academic and athletic excellence, involvement in activities, and overall impact on their schools. Read on...
  37. Steven Miller at podium web

    Scholarship offers to seniors top $1 million

    Seniors in the Class of 2017 have received scholarship offers that total $1,005,117.75 for one year, and exceed $4.48 million over four years, if accepted and renewed. Many of the awards were announced during the Senior Awards Ceremony on May 17. Read on...
  38. Boys track at Districts web

    Boys track team wins District championship; girls place 2nd

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec boys track team for placing first and the girls for placing second at the District Championship on May 13. This is the first district championship for the boys since becoming a large-class school in the 1980s. Read on...
  39. Optimists donate to CAN web

    Optimist Club donates to Caring About Nutrition program

    Members of the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club on May 11, 2017, presented a check for $738 to Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat and Executive Director Jodie Huston. The funds are earmarked for the Caring About Nutrition program.
  40. MAD Dash web

    More than 200 participate in 4th annual MAD Dash

    More than 200 people participated in the 4th annual MAD Dash 5K fun run/walk to support the Foundation. The 1st place male finisher was Seth Hunziker. The 1st place female finisher was Adrianne Seidel. The 1st place participant under 12 was Matthew Bird. Read on...
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    Booster Club has dedication for weight room

    On May 10, the Ray-Pec Athletic Booster Club celebrated the completion of the high school weight room improvements with a dedication. The District provided funds for the weight room floor, and the Booster Club funded the equipment. Read on...
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    District honors 2017 retirees

    The Ray-Pec School District appreciates the dedication and years of service from this year's retirees. The District presented each retiree with a school bell. In addition, the Missouri House of Representatives prepared a resolution for each honoree. Read on...
  43. Double pic web

    District announces new principal and assistant principal for RPEMS

    Katie Campbell will be the new principal of Ray-Pec East Middle School, effective July 1. The District also announces Stacy Johnson as the new assistant principal for RPEMS. The School Board approved the two during a special meeting on May 11. Read on...
  44. Rotary SOM Shakes web

    Rotary Club honors Student of the Month

    Eric Collins, president of the Raymore-Peculiar Rotary Club, congratulates Samantha Shakes, the May Student of the Month from Ray-Pec High School. Each month, the club recognizes a senior from Ray-Pec High School and a senior from Belton High School.
  45. The Cappies

    RPHS theatre nominated for 17 Cappies awards

    Ray-Pec theatre received 17 Cappies nominations. There were 11 nominations for “Cash on Delivery,” including top play, and six nominations for “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” The Kansas City Cappies celebrates high school theatre in the metro area. Read on...
  46. Teacher Appreciation 2017

    Teacher Appreciation Week!

    Teacher Appreciation Week activities throughout the District have included decorated doors and signs, food and drinks, special gifts, and thank you letters. The School Board and administration are hosting staff appreciation breakfasts at each school. Read on...
  47. Blue Star group with banners web

    Ray-Pec theatre program nominated for 10 Blue Star awards

    Ray-Pec received 10 nominations for the Blue Star Awards. There were two acting nominations for “Children of Eden” and eight nominations for “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” The Blue Star awards ceremony is scheduled for May 25 at Starlight Theatre. Read on...
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    Summer School for grades K-12 begins June 5

    The deadline is past, but you may still submit enrollment forms for Summer School, and students will be placed in classes as space allows. Transportation is provided for grades K-8. The Summer School program begins June 5 and continues through June 29. Read on...
  49. RPEMS MCDA web

    Ray-Pec has 24 students selected for All-State Honor Choirs

    Twenty-four Ray-Pec singers were selected to participate in the Missouri Choral Directors Association All-State Honor Choirs July 19 in Jefferson City. (This photo shows from the students from Ray-Pec East Middle School.) Read on...
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    District seeks your feedback through annual spring survey

    The District seeks feedback from parents, patrons and staff. Survey responses will help the District measure progress on Focus Areas in the Strategic Plan. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees said that continuous improvement is a key component of the plan. Read on...
  51. Matthew Argotsinger web

    Ray-Pec TSA Chapter competes at state championship

    Matt Argotsinger won the state championship in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Engineering, when the Ray-Pec Chapter of the Technology Student Association competed in its first TSA State Championship at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Read on...
  52. Cozad web

    Ray-Pec students honored at Cass Career Center awards ceremony

    Raymore-Peculiar High School students were among those receiving honors at the Cass Career Center awards ceremony on May 1. Ray-Pec Senior Sarah Cozad was named the All School Outstanding Graduate. Cozad is a student in the Fire Science/EMT program. Read on...
  53. Signing ceremony 5 students web

    Five student-athletes sign to continue activities in college

    Congratulations to five RPHS students who signed letters of intent to continue sports and activities at the college level. A ceremony on May 2 honored Lauryn Whitney, Emily Harris, Tyler Musgrave, Annie Vaters, and Alyssa Northern. Read on...
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    Fourth graders examine historical items during unit about Revolutionary War

    Fourth graders at Timber Creek Elementary School examined realistic currency and other items used in Colonial America in a trunk of historical items provided by the Prairie Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Read on...
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    RPHS vocal music students achieve "1" and "2" ratings at state contest

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School vocal music students for their achievements at the state high School Solo and Ensemble Contest on April 28. Out of 11 entries, nine received Exemplary (“1”) ratings, and two received Outstanding (“2”) ratings. Read on...
  56. Patrick Smith at April BOE meeting web

    Architect provides update on Ray-Pec High School construction project

    Patrick Smith, architect with incite Design Studio, presents an update on the high school construction project. Also pictured from Crossland Construction: Project Manager Cory Howell, Field Superintendent Nick Kelley, and Field Superintendent Tim Carson. Read on...
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    Board recognizes welding students for winning state championship

    The School Board on April 27 recognized RPHS students Blake Vrem, left, and Nathan Krum, center. The boys are members of a 3-student welding team from Cass Career Center that earned gold at the Missouri SkillsUSA Conference and qualified for nationals. Read on...
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    Band students bring home 14 "1" ratings and 10 "2" ratings from state music festival

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School band students on receiving 14 Exemplary (“1”) ratings and 10 Superior (“2”) ratings at the Missouri State High School Solo and Ensemble Contest. Read on...
  59. BOE recognition Caskey web

    Board recognizes National Merit Scholarship Finalist

    The School Board on April 27 recognized two RPHS seniors – Nick Caskey and Jacob Shriner -- for being named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. Nick is pictured with Board Member Maria Davies. Jacob was unable to attend the meeting. Read on...
  60. Panther plus students web

    Junior I.B. students paint wall art at RPHS

    Junior International Baccalaureate art students painted wall art at Ray-Pec High School as a service project. This painting was completed by (from left) Hailey Hensley, Hannah Hornbeck, Katie Carlisle, Abril Fasani, and Shelby Ronnberg (lead artist). Read on...
  61. BOE recognition science fair web

    Board honors girls for first place project at KC science fair

    The Board recognized seventh graders Kayden Stosberg, left, and Tyler Day, center, for winning first place in Micro-Biology at the Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair for their science project. They are pictured with Board Member Maria Davies. Read on...
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    Students serve as Principal for a Day

    First grader Luke VanDeusen was Principal for a Day on April 20 at Timber Creek Elementary School. He was one of four students who served in the honorary role this month. The "job" was auctioned off by the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation. Read on...
  63. BOE recognition Special Olympics web

    Board recognizes state champion Special Olympics team

    The Board on April 27 honored the Special Olympics State Champion girls 5-on-5 Unified Team. Pictured, from left: Ashley Lindsay, Coach Cara Hornbeck, Carolyn Elkins, Coach Catie Howlett, Emma Gudenkauf (in front), and Board Member Susan Edmondson. Read on...
  64. Volunteers of the Year 2017 web

    Volunteers of the Year are Jennifer Voliva and Kyle Burke

    The Raymore-Peculiar Council of PTAs announced Jennifer Voliva, a volunteer at Peculiar Elementary, and Kyle Burke, a volunteer at Timber Creek Elementary, as its 2017 Volunteers of the Year. A reception on April 25 honored the finalists. Read on...
  65. BOE recognition Comegys web

    Board recognizes second grader for winning PTA Reflections contest

    Stonegate Elementary School second grader Adelynn Comegys was recognized by the school board for placing first in the Missouri PTA Reflections contest in the Film Production category for grades K-2. Her entry now advances to the national competition. Read on...
  66. State Theatre group picture web

    RPHS wins state championship in Readers Theatre

    Ray-Pec won the state championship in Readers Theatre at the Missouri State High School Activities Association speech, debate, and theatre tournament. Austin Moulder, Ian Fleming, Cameron Perry, Dalton Russell, and Trevor Diepenbrock also won awards. Read on...
  67. OI_logo-color-high-res web

    Optimist Club recognizes 51 students at Excellence in Education banquet

    The Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club continued its tradition of honoring students for top academic achievement with its annual Excellence in Education Banquet. The club honored 51 students at the top of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. Read on...
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    Athletes win awards and break school records at KU Relays

    Many school records fell as Ray-Pec competed at the KU Relays. Our girls swept the 2K steeplechase event (pictured). Miranda Dick placed 1st in 7:33 (new school record), Marissa Dick was 2nd, Makenzie Stucker was 3rd, and Laurana Mitchell was 8th. Read on...
  69. Jacob Shriner 16-17 yearbook photo web

    Jacob Shriner selected for National Merit Scholarship

    Senior Jacob Shriner has been selected as a winner of the National Merit James E. Casey Scholarship, sponsored by The UPS Foundation. Earlier this year, Shriner and classmate Nick Caskey were announced as National Merit Scholarship Program finalists. Read on...
  70. National Honor Society

    National Honor Society inducts 44 new members at RPHS

    Forty-four new members were inducted on April 20 into the Yandall C. Hunt Chapter of the National Honor Society at Raymore-Peculiar High School. The ceremony to welcome the new members also included recognition of first-year and second-year members. Read on...
  71. Glore psychiatric museum web

    Students visit Glore Psychiatric Museum

    Teacher Derek Howard took psychology students to tour the Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph. This picture is from a new exhibit: storage tunnels that were painted by the patients, in many cases revealing some of the troubles that they were facing. Read on...
  72. Stephen Rew web

    Teacher is president-elect of state choral directors

    Congratulations to Stephen Rew, who was recently elected president-elect of the Missouri Choral Directors Association. His term begins in July and will span six years: two years as president-elect, two years as president, and two years as past-president. Read on...
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    Bel-Ray Sunrise Lions Club donates to CAN program

    Thanks to the Bel-Ray Lions Club for donating $505 to the Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program. Lion Meryl Lange presented the check to the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board of Directors on April 20. The money was raised at a chili cook-off. Read on...
  74. Belton Region presents to Foundation web

    Hospital Medical Staff donates $1,000 to Foundation

    Todd Krass, chief executive officer of Belton Regional Medical Center, presents a check for $1,000 from the hospital's Medical Staff to Jodie Huston, Executive Director of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation. At left is Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.
  75. Audrey Warters at Rotary meeting

    Rotary Club recognizes RPHS Senior Audrey Warters

    Eric Collins, president of the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club, congratulates Audrey Warters, the April Student of the Month from Ray-Pec High School. Each month, the club recognizes a senior from Ray-Pec High School and a senior from Belton High School.
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    Missouri NEA selects Patrick Hemmingsen for 2017 Teacher Award

    The Missouri National Education Association has selected Patrick Hemmingsen, Ray-Pec High School AP/IB Chemistry Teacher, to receive the 2017 Horace Mann “Friend of Education” award in the Teacher Category. He will receive the award on April 22. Read on...
  77. Oath of office a web

    Oath of office and reorganization for School Board

    During a special reorganization School Board meeting on April 18, Kim York, Paul Coffman, and Ruth Johnson took the oath of office to begin new 3-year terms on the Board. The Board certified the April 4 election results and elected officers for the year. Read on...
  78. Brett Beneke

    Brett Beneke selected as Fulbright-Hays educator for Rwandan Tour

    Avila University has selected Ray-Pec High School English teacher, Brett Beneke, as one of 13 Fulbright-Hays educators to participate in “From Genocide to Regeneration: An Exploration of Rwandan Social Justice Issues through the Lens of Education.” Read on...
  79. CCC SOM April 2017 web

    Automotive students from RPHS honored as Students of the Month

    Cass Career Center Automotive students Alex Ryle and CJ Myers, both seniors at Raymore-Peculiar High School, were recognized as the April Students of the Month at the Cass Career Center. Read on...
  80. FBLA State_2017 web

    Ray-Pec FBLA students compete at state conference

    Ray-Pec High School FBLA students competed at the State Leadership Conference April 2-4 in Springfield, Mo. Tammy Yang placed 6th in Introduction to Financial Math, and Alec McClendon placed 9th in Business Calculations. Read on...
  81. Major Saver presentation web

    Major Saver card campaign raises $35,805

    This year marks the most successful Major Saver campaign in Ray-Pec history, raising $35,805! Students and schools sold 4,774 cards to raise $17,913.75 for the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation and $17,891.25 for the participating schools. Read on...
  82. David Mitchell 2015 web

    David Mitchell resigns as principal of Ray-Pec East Middle School

    David Mitchell, principal at Ray-Pec East Middle School, is resigning from the Ray-Pec School District, effective June 30, to accept a similar position with the Lee's Summit School District. On April 11, the Ray-Pec School Board accepted his resignation. Read on...
  83. DSCF2957 web

    School officials stress local control during legislative breakfast

    Local control was the common theme when representatives from public school districts in Cass County met April 7 with three state legislators to discuss issues being considered during the 2017 legislative session. Read on...
  84. RPHS Mike Roberts web

    Prize Patrol awards $6,055 in Foundation Impact Grants

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation awarded $6,055 in 13 grants on April 10. Led by Foundation President Phil Parke, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, the group surprised staff with over-sized checks. Read on...
  85. Welding students

    Two Ray-Pec students on welding team headed to nationals

    Three Cass Career Center SkillsUSA students will head to national competition in June after earning gold at the state conference in early April. The welding team comprises Blake Vrem and Nathan Krum from Ray-Pec and Thomas Eglehoff from Belton. Read on...
  86. Science fair winners web

    Seventh graders place first at Greater KC Science Fair

    Congratulations to Seventh Graders Kayden Stosberg and Tyler Day, who won first place in Micro-Biology at the Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair. Their project focused on the importance of washing hands after using the restroom. Read on...
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    Enrollment is under way for District's 2017 Summer School

    The District's Summer School program is scheduled for June 5 to 29. Enrollment forms for all grades K-12 are available online. The program for grades K-8 integrates science, technology, engineering, arts, and math into courses in a project-based format. Read on...
  88. Dan Garrison web

    Dan Garrison is Ray-Pec 2017 Teacher of the Year

    Dan Garrison, 8th grade social studies teacher at Ray-Pec East Middle School, is the 2017 Teacher of the Year. The announcement came at the April 6 dinner to honor the finalists. Garrison has been teaching 18 years in the Ray-Pec School District. Read on...
  89. Kristy Warren web

    Kristy Warren is the District's 2017 Support Staff Employee of the Year

    Kristy Warren, Focus Facilitator at Raymore Elementary School, is the 2017 Support Staff Employee of the Year. The announcement came during the April 6 dinner to honor the finalists for the award. Warren has been in her position since October 2012. Read on...
  90. Cash on Delivery web

    Ray-Pec High School presents comedy 'Cash on Delivery!'

    The RPHS Theatre Department presents the comedy, Cash on Delivery! The opening night performance is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the High School Theatre. Additional performances at April 7-9. Call 892-3999 extension 2400, to make reservations. Read on...
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    Voters elect Coffman, York, and Johnson to serve on School Board

    District voters on April 4 elected Paul Coffman, Kim York, and Ruth Johnson to serve three-year terms on the School Board. A meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, to administer the oath of office and for the Board to elect officers. Read on...
  92. Adelynn web

    First grader advances to national PTA Reflections contest

    Stonegate Elementary School student Adelynn Comegys placed first in the state in the Film Production category for grades K-2 of the Missouri PTA Reflections Contest and qualifies to advance to the national competition. Read on...
  93. RP Wind Ensemble web

    Bands perform well at large group contest; 25 events qualify for state

    Ray-Pec High School bands performed well at the State Large Ensemble Contest on March 24, with four groups receiving 1 ratings. In addition, Ray-Pec qualified 25 events to state following the District Solo and Ensemble Festival on March 18. Read on...
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    Choirs receive top ratings, and vocalists qualify for state in 11 events

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec High School choirs on their best performances in years with 1 ratings at the State Music Contest on March 25. Ray-Pec also qualified 11 vocal events to state following the MSHSAA District Solo and Ensemble Festival. Read on...
  95. Special Olympics dance web

    Stranger picks up dinner tab for RP Special Olympians, coaches, and volunteers

    Here’s a story of kindness and generosity to start your week! When the Ray-Pec Special Olympics basketball players, coaches, family members, and volunteers went out for dinner during the state tournament, a stranger picked up the tab. Read on...
  96. Debate group MSHSAA district 17  web

    Ray-Pec qualifies for state in policy debate

    Congratulations to Austin Moulder and Dalton Russell for qualifying for state in Policy Debate following District 9 competition March 17-18 at William Chrisman High School in Independence. The state competition will be April 21-22 in Springfield. Read on...
  97. IE group MSHSAA district 17 web

    Ray-Pec qualifies theatre and speech events to state

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec speech, debate, and theatre students for qualifying nine events to state! The Reader’s Theatre presentation (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) placed first at Districts. The one-act play (Unexpected Tenderness) placed second. Read on...
  98. Panthers web

    Panthers place second at state Special Olympics basketball tournament

    The Panthers Special Olympics Boys Basketball Team placed third in the state. Pictured: Coach Catie Howlett, Unified Partner Lucian Howlett, Brendan Ellis, Alex Sutton, Tristan Holmes-Dye, and Coach Cara Hornbeck. Read on...
  99. Lady Panthers back to back web

    Lady Panthers win back-to-back state championships

    Back-to-back state champions! The Lady Panthers won the Special Olympics state championship in basketball for the second year! Pictured: Emma Gudenkauf, Unified Partner Kayla Hughes, Unified Partner Savanah Alverado, Carolyn Elkins, and Ashley Lindsay. Read on...
  100. Young Panthers place second web

    Young Panthers place second at state Special Olympics tournament

    The Young Panthers Special Olympics Basketball Team placed second in the state. Pictured from left: Sabrina Peek, Armon Davis, Jag Davis, Unified Partner Grant Hornbeck, Unified partner Max Ewigman, and Grant Ewigman. The state tournament was March 17-19. Read on...
  101. Board recognizes Ruth Johnson web

    Board recognizes Ruth Johnson for certification

    The School Board on March 16 recognized Board Member Ruth Johnson, at left, for achieving Distinguished Certification in the Missouri School Boards’ Association certified board member program. Johnson is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Read on...
  102. Board recognizes Joel Miles web

    Board recognizes 3-time Cass County spelling champion

    The School Board on March 16 recognized 8th grader Joel Miles as the three-time Cass County Spelling Bee champion. He will compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 28 to June 3 in Maryland. Joel is pictured with Board President Kim York. Read on...
  103. Josiah Baird at Rotary web

    Rotary Club honors Josiah Baird as Student of the Month

    The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club honored Senior Josiah Baird, left, on March 15 as the Ray-Pec High School Student of the Month. He is pictured with Club President Eric Collins. Each month, the club recognizes one senior from Ray-Pec and one from Belton.
  104. CCAEOP gives to RP Foundation web

    Association donates personal care items to Ray-Pec Cares

    The Cass County Association of Educational Office Professionals collected personal items, including socks and hygiene products, to donate to Ray-Pec Cares. Here, Pam Steele and Tina Fowler present some donations to the Foundation Board. Read on...
  105. Lions Club gives to RP Foundation web

    Raymore Lions Club donates $500 to Foundation

    The Raymore Lions Club presented $500 to the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation on March 9. Pictured, from left: Lion Darren Kennedy, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and Foundation Board Members Allison Bruflat and Allison Scott.
  106. Rotary gives to RP Foundation web

    Rotary Club donates $500 to Ray-Pec Foundation

    The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club presented $500 to the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation on March 15. Pictured, from left: Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat, and Rotary Club President Eric Collins.
  107. Top 3 web

    Students demonstrate archery skills learned in P.E. classes

    Fifty-two 6th graders competed in an after-school archery tournament at Eagle Glen Intermediate School to demonstrate skills learned during Physical Education class. Colton Sharp was the champion, Zayden Watt placed second, and Ben Amonette placed third. Read on...
  108. Ruth Johnson web

    School Board member achieves Distinguished Certification

    Board member Ruth Johnson has achieved Distinguished Certification in the Missouri School Boards’ Association certified board member program. The program recognizes board members for additional professional development beyond the required 16 hours. Read on...
  109. Song and Roxanne web

    RPHS Junior performs in third national honor choir

    Junior Song Waltz (pictured here with Music Teacher Roxanne Martin) performed with the High School Honor Choir during the American Choral Directors Association annual conference. This was Song’s third time to perform with the national honor choirs. Read on...
  110. youth choir at ACDA web

    Ray-Pec students participate in national honor choir

    Seventh Graders Hunter Diepenbrock, Megan Larsen, and Preslee Noirfalise and Sixth Grader Katie Barber performed with the Children’s Honor Choir during the American Choral Directors Association annual conference March 8-11 in Minneapolis. Read on...
  111. Dr. Brewster

    Dr. Brewster visits with kindergartners at Creekmoor

    Community Helper Week was recognized by Creekmoor Elementary School’s kindergarten class, on Feb. 24, where Dr. Cassandra Brewster of Peculiar Medical Clinic taught students about what occurs in a health care clinic and what it’s like to be a physician. Read on...
  112. Congratulations!

    Finalists named for Support Staff Employee of the Year

    The District announces the finalists for 2017 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Tracy Caskey, Dan Fisher, Karla Heinrich, Jeff Helzer, Konni Noyes, Linda Portman, Cheryl Tipton, Kristy Warren, and Penny Wilson. The finalists will be honored on April 6. Read on...
  113. Congratulations!

    District announces Teacher of the Year finalists

    The Raymore-Peculiar School District announces the finalists for 2017 Teacher of the Year. The finalists will be honored and winners announced at a dinner event on April 6 sponsored by the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. Read on...
  114. Life Skills Luncheon

    Life Skills Class hosts burrito luncheon

    The Life Skills Class at Ray-Pec High School prepared and served a luncheon with a south-of-the-border theme on March 8. Guests included School Board members, administrators, teachers, and staff.
  115. Congratulations!

    Joel Miles wins Cass County Spelling Bee for 3rd time

    Eighth grader and four-time Ray-Pec School District spelling champion Joel Miles won the Cass County Spelling Bee to qualify for his third trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. After 59 rounds, Joel correctly spelled "meistersinger" to win. Read on...
  116. Allison Bruflat

    Ray-Pec Foundation honors Partners in Education

    Allison Bruflat of Raymore and the Raymore and Peculiar Sonic restaurants are the 2017 recipients of the Partners in Education award from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. Read on...
  117. Raymore Mayor Kris Turnbow

    Guest readers visit Shull for Read Across America

    Many special guests read aloud to students on March 2 at Shull Elementary School for Read Across America. The guest readers included former Kansas City Chiefs player Danan Hughes, Raymore Mayor Kris Turnbow, and School Board President Kim York.
  118. Kevin Brock

    Creekmoor raises over $2,000 for MDA

    Creekmoor Elementary School raised more than $2,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its annual fundraiser. The school celebrated at an assembly on March 3, with a surprise visit from former NFL player Kevin Brock. Read on...
  119. Congratulations!

    Board recognizes schools for statewide PLC honor

    The School Board recognized Timber Creek Elementary School, Shull Elementary School, and Creekmoor Elementary School for being named Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools. The three schools were among 16 schools statewide honored this year. Read on...
  120. Varsity Debate and Forensics Team

    Debate and Forensics results from Neosho Tournament

    Ray-Pec performed well at the Neosho Varsity debate and forensics tournament, led by Austin Moulder, who placed first in Performance Oral Interpretation, second in Dramatic Interpretation, and second in Policy Debate with partner Dalton Russell. Read on...
  121. Congratulations!

    Board recognizes four-time District Spelling Bee champion

    The School Board on Feb. 23 recognized 8th Grader Joel Miles for winning the District Spelling Bee for the fourth consecutive year. He will represent Ray-Pec at the Cass County Spelling Bee. He is pictured with Board President Kim York.
  122. Congratulations!

    Board recognizes All-State Band students

    The School Board on Feb. 23 recognized three Ray-Pec High School students selected for the All-State bands. Tammy Yang (from left), Zane Brown, and Zoe Goodwin are pictured with Board President Kim York, at right. Read on...
  123. Congratulations!

    Jazz Bands score well at festivals

    Ray-Pec High School Jazz Band 1 received "1" ratings at both the Rock Bridge and University of Central Missouri Jazz Festivals. Jazz Band 2 received "2+" ratings at the same two festivals. The RPEMS Jazz Band received a "2" rating at the UCM festival. Read on...
  124. Mary Shatford

    Mary Shatford named Early Learning Director

    Mary Shatford will be the new Director of the Shull Early Learning Center, effective July 1. This new position will include responsibility for Early Childhood classes, Early Childhood Special Education, and Parents as Teachers. Read on...
  125. Congratulations!

    Two RPHS Seniors named National Merit Scholarship finalists

    High School Seniors Nick Caskey (left) and Jacob Shriner have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. This spring, the National Merit Scholarship Committee will notify finalists if they are selected to receive a Merit Scholarship. Read on...
  126. Physical Night

    Physical Night is Feb. 22

    The annual Physical Night is from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Ray-Pec High School south. Cost is $15. Students in grades 7-12 participating in sports, marching band, cheer, dance, and color guard must have a physical on file to participate. Read on...
  127. Congratulations!

    Eagle Glen fifth grader wins DAR essay contest

    The Prairie Chapter (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) recently honored Emily Morris, a 5th grader at Eagle Glen Intermediate School, for her first place essay in the DAR annual American History Essay Contest. Read on...
  128. Congratulations!

    Conference champions!

    Ray-Pec won the conference championship in forensics at the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference Tournament Feb. 17-18. Ray-Pec placed first in the individual sweepstakes, second in the overall sweepstakes, and fourth in the debate sweepstakes. Read on...
  129. Congratulations!

    Four DECA students qualify for state

    Four Ray-Pec DECA students qualified for state competition based on achievements at the DECA District 3 Career Development Conference on Feb. 9 at Independence Center. Ray-Pec had 49 students who competed in the District Conference. Read on...
  130. Donation to foundation

    Over $17,600 donated to Stephanie Vest Foundation

    Ray-Pec Football Coach Tom Kruse and Lee’s Summit Football Coach Eric Thomas present a check for $17,691.50 to representatives from the Stephanie Vest Foundation. The money was raised through the second annual Siege the Cure football games. Read on...
  131. FBLA students at Districts

    FBLA students qualify seven events for state

    Ray-Pec Future Business Leaders of America qualified seven events for state competition following the FBLA Districts on Feb. 7 at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. Read on...
  132. Major Saver card

    Students in grades K-6 sell Major Saver cards

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation is once again offering Major Saver cards for sale through Ray-Pec elementary and intermediate schools. The $15 cards feature 19 buy-one-get-one-free offers. Last year, over $32,900 was raised through the card sale. Read on...
  133. Thank you!

    Crossland Construction donates tools for auction

    Crossland Construction Superintendent Nick Kelley, left, presents a donation of a hammerdrill set for the Foundation Gala auction to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bryan Pettengill. The tools are valued at $300. Read on...
  134. Work session

    School Board considers high school, middle school schedule changes

    The Board on Feb. 9 reviewed proposed schedule changes for the high school and middle schools for 2017-2018 and a list of capital improvement projects. The Board also indicated support for selecting Wolves as the mascot for the second Middle School. Read on...
  135. Congratulations!

    Students bring home awards from debate and forensics tournaments

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School debate and forensics students for awards received at the Raytown Varsity Tournament and the Oak Grove Individual Events Tournament on Feb. 3-4. This picture is from the Oak Grove tournament. Read on...
  136. Congratulations

    Creekmoor, Shull, and Timber Creek honored

    Creekmoor Elementary School, Shull Elementary School, and Timber Creek Elementary School were among 16 schools statewide honored for their commitment to professional learning. Some Shull Leadership Team members are pictured here. Read on...
  137. Rock musical at RPHS

    High School to present "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson"

    Ray-Pec High School will present the rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” with performances Feb. 9-12 at the south high school. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. To make a reservation, call 816-892-3999, ext. 2400. Read on...
  138. Ray-Pec food drive

    Ray-Pec has heart Food Drive

    A food drive Feb. 3-11 will benefit the Caring About Nutrition program. The food drive kicks off on Feb. 3 at RPHS Courtwarming and ends on Feb. 11 with an in-store food drive at Raymore Price Chopper. There is a theme for each school day. Read on...
  139. Donut delivery

    RPHS Advisory Class delivers donuts to Raymore Police

    Freshmen in Ivan Robison's Advisory Class, along with their mentors, delivered donuts on Jan. 17 to the Raymore Police Department to show appreciation.
  140. First place

    Ray-Pec places first at Debate and Forensics Tournament

    Ray-Pec High School debate and forensics competitors placed first overall and first in the individual events sweeps Jan. 27-28 at the Platte County Varsity Debate and Forensics Tournament. Ray-Pec placed first in five events at the tournament. Read on...
  141. Signing day

    18 students sign letters of intent to play sports in college

    Eighteen student-athletes at Raymore-Peculiar High School signed letters of intent today to continue their athletic careers in college. Best wishes on your continued success! Read on...
  142. School Board

    Thanks to our School Board members!

    It's School Board Recognition Week! Thanks to our Board members. Front row: Susan Edmonsond, Maria Davies, Barbara Boucher, Ruth Johnson, and President Kim York. In back: Ryan Wescoat and Vice President Kim Bailey.
  143. Congratulations!

    School Board recognizes bookkeeper

    The School Board recognized Bookkeeper Cheryl Tipton, at right, for her work to help prepare the District’s 2016-2017 budget, which received the Meritorious Budget Award. Cheryl is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Read on...
  144. Congratulations!

    Board recognizes Raymore Elementary School Principal

    The School Board on Jan. 26 recognized Raymore Elementary School Principal Jennika Miller, right, for being named Exemplary New Principal by the Kansas City Suburban Elementary Principals Association. Miller is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Read on...
  145. Congratulations!

    Board recognizes All-State football players

    The Board on Jan 26 recognized three RPHS football players named to All-State Teams. Pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond, from left: Nick Cook (2nd team All-State), Genesis Combs (2nd Team All-State), and Anthony Payne (1st team All-State). Read on...
  146. Sports physical night

    Annual Physical Night is set for Feb. 22

    The annual Physical Night is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Ray-Pec High School. The cost is $15. Students participating in sports, marching band, cheerleading, dance, and color guard must have a physical on file to participate. Read on...
  147. Touring

    Students tour sheet metal workers' training facility

    A group of Ray-Pec High School students toured the Sheet Metal Workers' Union training facility on Jan. 20 in Raytown. The students of Industrial Technology Teacher Steve Hatfield indicated an interest in learning more about training programs for trades.
  148. Your Vote Counts

    Eight candidates seek seats on School Board

    Eight candidates are vying for three seats on the Ray-Pec Board of Education. The candidates, listed in order of filing, are: Ruth Johnson, Kim York, Patrick S. Clark, Paul Coffman, Collin Stosberg, Chris Bruton, Donna Nuccio, and Bill Lowe. Read on...
  149. School Board

    School Board Recognition Week is Jan. 22-28

    The week of Jan. 22-28 is School Board Recognition Week in Missouri. Thanks to our Raymore-Peculiar School Board members: President Kim York, Vice President Kim Bailey, Barbara Boucher, Maria Davies, Susan Edmonsond, Ruth Johnson, and Ryan Wescoat. Read on...
  150. Gala invitation

    Annual Gala to benefit school Foundation

    You are invited to be a part of this special event to raise money for the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation! The event includes dinner, a social hour, and silent and live auctions - all to benefit the students and staff of the District. Read on...

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