1. Journalism students

    RPHS Journalism students receive awards

    RPHS journalism students planned to go to state contest on March 25 at Mizzou, but those plans changed! #COVID_19 Students were disappointed to miss on-site event, but celebrated some advance awards by wearing their state shirts for virtual twin day! Read on...
  2. Kian and Jordan

    Scroggins and Jermain named to Class 5 All-State Basketball Team

    Congrats to RPHS basketball players Jordan Jermain and Kian Scroggins on being named to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 5 All-State Basketball team! They led the Panthers to a 25-4 record and one of the best seasons in school history. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec offers meal service March 23 through April 24

    For families who rely on school meals, to-go breakfast & lunch will be provided at no charge to any Ray-Pec student Monday through Friday at Peculiar Elementary, Raymore Elementary, and Eagle Glen Elementary. Read on...
  4. Chili comp for CAN

    Local Lions Clubs donate $2,140 to Caring About Nutrition program

    Thanks to local Lions Clubs for donating $2,140 to the Ray-Pec CAN program. The Bel-Ray Sunrise Lions Club & Raymore Lions Club raised the funds during a Chili Cook Off, and presented the funds to Ray-Pec Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston. Read on...
  5. RPHS March 2020 SOM

    Ray-Pec High School announces Students of the Month

    Congrats to the RPHS Students of the Month for March! From left: Shawn Courtney & Sasha Trujillo-Fernandez were selected for recognition by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club, & Kevin Bennett and Jeni Cobb were honored by the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club. Read on...
  6. Sean Martin

    Sean Martin named next head football coach

    Congrats to Sean Martin, the new Ray-Pec High School head football coach! Martin has been a P.E. teacher and coach at Ray-Pec High School since 1997. Martin, a Ray-Pec graduate, will replace Tom Kruse, who is retiring at the end of this school year. Read on...
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    Share your input as District plans for the future

    The School District is updating its 10-year Long-Range Facility Plan with the assistance of community input. You can view the information in the presentation and then share your input in a survey about planning priorities. Read on...
  8. Esai Oquendo

    Belton 8th grader wins Cass County Spelling Bee

    Congratulations to Belton 8th grader Esai Oquendo, who won the Cass County Spelling Bee and qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.! Six spellers participated in the Bee, which was hosted by the Ray-Pec School District. Read on...
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    RPHS Band Teacher honored at Gem Theater

    Ray-Pec High School Band Teacher John Wilson was honored with a standing ovation on March 7, during Jazzin'at the Gem at the American Jazz Museum for his many years of teaching. Wilson is retiring from the school district at the end of this school year.
  10. KH Educators Rising

    RPHS student to compete in Educators Rising State Competition

    Congratulations to Southland CAPS Education Exploration and RPHS student Kendra Hacker on her top 5 placement in two competition events at the Educators Rising State Competition. Kendra has qualified to compete at the national competition. Read on...
  11. KM at Rotary

    Public presentations about Long Range Facility Plan

    The District invites the community to come and hear about the Long Range Facility Planning process. You will have the opportunity to share your input in a survey about planning priorities. Public presentations are scheduled for March 10 and 11. Read on...
  12. Books to BR

    Ray-Pec Foundation presents books written by RPHS grad to elementary schools

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation purchased and presented two of Cheryl's picture books for the library at each elementary school and Shull Early Learning Center. Klein, 1 996 graduate, signed copies of "Wings" and "Thunder Trucks" for each school. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec students attend Women of Color Conference

    A group of Raymore-Peculiar students attended the invitation-only "Women of Color Leadership Conference: Girls Day" on March 5 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Read on...
  14. Prowlers at State 2020

    Prowlers win awards at Missouri State Dance Championship

    Congratulations to the Prowlers Dance team! The Prowlers placed 2nd in the mix category and 5th in the jazz category in the 6A division at the Missouri State Championship on Feb. 29. In addition, five team members were recognized for Academic All-State. Read on...
  15. EMS SOM Feb 2020

    Ray-Pec East Middle School honors February Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the February Students of the Month at Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School! Front row: 8th graders. Middle row: 7th graders. Top row: 6th graders. Read on...
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    Speech and Debate students place first overall at Neosho Tournament

    Ray-Pec Speech and Debate Students placed first in the Overall Sweepstakes out of 46 schools at the Neosho Varsity tournament on Feb 28 and 29. Ray-Pec placed first in dramatic interp, humorous interp, duo interp, and informative speaking. Read on...
  17. Riley Zimmerman

    Middle School musician honored at Jazz Festival

    Riley Zimmerman was awarded a certificate for Outstanding Musicianship at the University of Central Missouri Jazz Festival on Feb. 22. Riley was one of four soloists when the SMS Jazz Band received the top rating of "1-Superior" at the festival. Read on...
  18. All-State Choir

    Board honors All State Choir students

    The School Board on Feb. 27 honored the All State Choir students from Ray-Pec High School. From left: Robbie Keays, Austin Planker, Samuel Reicher, and Board Member Bill Lowe. Not pictured: Payton Ballinger, Chloe Coons, Mark Moorhead, & Carinne Williams. Read on...
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    Board recognizes All-State Band students

    The Ray-Pec School Board on Feb. 27 recognized the All-State Band students from Ray-Pec High School. From left: Hayden Smith, Aeryn Mitchell, Zaran Jathaul, Lucian Howlett, Lilah Manning, Sage Buckley, and Board Member Bill Lowe. Read on...
  20. BOE Appreciation

    Board Members honored for Board Appreciation Week

    Board members were recognized at the Feb. 27 meeting in honor of School Board Appreciation Week! From left: Board President Ruth Johnson, Bill Lowe, Billy King, Aaron Howlett, and Ashley Jones. Not present: Board Vice President Paul Coffman and Kim York.
  21. Gala 2020 Pec Charitable Foundation 2

    Ray-Pec Foundation presents Partner in Education awards

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation honored the Peculiar Charitable Foundation and Allison Scott as the 2020 recipients of the Partners in Education award. They were honored on Feb. 22 at the annual Gala to support Foundation projects and scholarships. Read on...
  22. Sophomore Pilgrimage

    RPHS student Audrey Huffman selected for Sophomore Pilgrimage

    Sophomore Audrey Huffman was selected to attend the Sophomore Pilgrimage. Each year, 250 sophomores are invited to observe the Missouri Legislature; tour the Capitol, the Governor's Mansion and Supreme Court Building; and to meet state legislators. Read on...
  23. SMS SOM Jan 2020

    RPSMS honors February Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the South Middle School Students of the Month! They were recognized for exhibiting self control. Read on...
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    Major Saver card sale continues through March 2

    The 2020 Major Saver discount card campaign starts Feb. 20 and continues through March 2. Elementary and middle school students are selling $15 cards featuring 21 special offers. In addition, patrons may download an app to access other reusable offers. Read on...
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    RPHS honors February Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec High School Students of the Month for January! Efren Rodriguez and Abigail Prince were honored by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club, and Seth Kelley and Kate Lagis were recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club. Read on...
  26. Rachel Surls

    Human Resources Director earns industry certification

    Ray-Pec Director of Human Resources Rachel Surls was awarded the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification by the HR Certification Institute. Surls has worked for the Ray-Pec Human Resources Department for five years. Read on...
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    Students use "Whisper Phones" funded by Foundation grant

    First graders in Alex Tompkins' class at Bridle Ridge Elementary use "Whisper Phones" during partner reading and independent reading to increase fluency and build confidence. They were purchased through a grant from the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation. Read on...
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    District Chief Financial Officer earns SFO certification

    Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Byous was awarded the Certified Administration of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification by the Association for School Business Officials International. This is her 4th year as CFO for the school district. Read on...
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    Coach Jamin Swift named XC Coach of the Year for Missouri

    Congratulations to Jamin Swift on being selected by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the Boys’ High School Coach of the Year for Missouri for the 2019 cross country season. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec High School to present "Guys and Dolls"

    Ray-Pec High School presents its winter musical comedy, “Guys and Dolls.” The final performance of the show will be in the RPHS Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Reserve tickets by calling 892-3999, ext. 2400. Read on...
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    District announces finalists for Teacher and Support Staff Employee of the Year

    The District announces the finalists for 2020 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year. A banquet to honor finalists in both programs is scheduled for April 7 at Ray-Pec High School. You may attend the banquet. Read on...
  32. Ray-Pec cheer at UCA

    Ray-Pec cheerleaders compete at nationals

    Ray-Pec cheerleaders competed on Feb. 8 at the Universal Cheerleaders Association High School Nationals. This is the first time in school history that our cheerleaders have qualified for UCA nationals. Congratulations! Read on...
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    Student raises funds for Toys for Tots

    RPHS student Hailey Lucas was awarded a plaque for raising over $100 for Toys for Tots in a school project. Toys for Tots is a program of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to give toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy gifts for Christmas. Read on...
  34. DECA awards

    20 DECA students qualify for state competition

    Fifty-two Ray-Pec High school DECA students attended the District 3 contest on Feb. 6. Of that total, 30 students placed in their event, and 20 qualified for the state competition. Read on...
  35. Ray-Pec School Board May 2019

    School Board Recognition Week is Feb. 9-15

    Communities across the state are honoring the service of boards of education Feb. 9-15 for School Board Recognition Week. Board members volunteer their time and energy to help shape the future of the district. We appreciate their hard work and dedication! Read on...
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    Twenty-eight student athletes sign letters of intent

    It was a full gym on Feb. 7 when 28 Ray-Pec High School student-athletes celebrated plans to continue in their sport at the college level. Read on...
  37. FBLA Feb 2020

    FBLA students qualify for state in many events

    Congrats to the students who placed in the top five of their events at the FBLA District Leadership Conference. A 1st place finish qualifies for State in performance events and 1st through 5th place award qualifies for State in objective testing. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec East Middle School honors Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the January Students of the Month at Ray-Pec East Middle School! Front row: 8th graders. Middle row: 7th graders. Top row: 6th graders. Read on...
  39. All-State Choir

    Ray-Pec students participate in All-State Choir

    Congratulations to Payton Ballinger, Chloe Coons, Robbie Keays, Austin Planker, and Samuel Reicher on their participation in the 2020 Missouri All-State Choir Jan. 22 to 25 at Tan-Tar-A. Also pictured are alternates Carinne Williams and Mark Moorhead. Read on...
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    Foundation awards more than $11,000 in classroom grants

    The Foundation Prize Patrol presented more than $11,000 in grant awards on Jan. 29. Foundation Board President Phil Parke, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, and several Board Members participated. Read on...
  41. All State Band 2020

    Ray-Pec High School students perform with All-State Band

    Raymore-Peculiar High School students Lilah Manning, 1st row seat 2, Sage Buckley 2nd row seat 4, and Lucian Howlett, back row on the right, prepare to perform with All-State Band on Jan. 25 at Tan-Tar-A for the Missouri Music Educators Association. Read on...
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    High School Student Leadership Team helps at Harvesters

    On Jan. 23, RPHS Teachers Emily Craig and Scott Jermain took 21 Student Leadership Team members to Harvesters, where they packaged frozen chicken to feed people across the KC area. The group set a record for packaging over 4 pallets of food. Read on...
  43. EMS December 2019 GROUP

    RPEMS recognizes December Students of the Month

    Here are the Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month for December! Front row: 8th Graders. Middle row: 7th Graders. Top row: 6th graders. Read on...
  44. Honor Roll

    Ray-Pec middle schools announce first semester honor rolls

    Ray-Pec East Middle School and Ray-Pec South Middle School announce their honor rolls for first semester. The Principal's Honor Roll includes students with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher. The Honor Roll includes students with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.49. Read on...
  45. Kirk Hipple 2020

    Kirk Hipple is new Activities Director for Ray-Pec School District

    Kirk Hipple will be the new Activities Director for the Ray-Pec School District, effective in July. The School Board approved the hiring at its Jan. 23 meeting. He will replace Tom Kruse, who is retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Read on...
  46. Gechter 2020

    Dr. Lauren Gechter to be new principal of Timber Creek Elementary

    Dr. Lauren Gechter will be the new principal at Timber Creek Elementary School, effective in July. The School Board approved the hiring on Jan. 23. She will replace Principal Dr. Lovie Driskill, who is retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Read on...
  47. KeriCollison 2020

    Keri Collison is new principal of Peculiar Elementary School

    Keri Collison will be the new principal at Peculiar Elementary School, effective July 2020. The School Board approved the hiring at its Jan. 23 meeting. She will replace Principal Rob Weida, who is retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Read on...
  48. Carolyn Deane 2020

    Carolyn Deane named new principal of Stonegate Elementary School

    Carolyn Deane will be the new principal at Stonegate Elementary School, effective July 2020. The Ray-Pec School Board approved the hiring at its Jan. 23 meeting. She came to Ray-Pec in 2011 to work in the district as a Behavior Interventionist. Read on...
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    Rotary Club donates to Ray-Pec Foundation

    The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club?? donated $2,200 to ?the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation??. Club President Lisa Peek, at left, presented the funds to Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston at the Jan. 8 club meeting.
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    Ray-Pec High School announces first semester honor rolls

    Congratulations to the students named to the Ray-Pec High School honor rolls for the fall semester 2019. Students named to the Honor Roll have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students on the Principal's Honor Roll have a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Read on...
  51. RP Spelling Bee 2020 winner

    8th grader Audrey Mitchell wins Ray-Pec Spelling Bee

    Congratulations to 8th grader Audrey Mitchell, winner of the Ray-Pec School District Spelling Bee! 8th grader Connor Cranston was the runner-up. Both students attend South Middle School. Twenty-six students participated in the Spelling Bee on Jan. 14. Read on...
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    District seeks nominations for Teacher and Support Staff awards

    The School District is seeking nominations for the 2020 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year. For both awards, the deadline to submit a nomination letter is Feb. 3. A banquet on April 7 will honor the award finalists. Read on...
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    Board honors state champion varsity cheerleaders

    The School Board on Dec.19 recognized the state champion High School Varsity Cheer Squad and All-State Cheerleader Hailee Teeter. Awards were accepted by Hailee, the team captains and seniors. They are pictured with School Board President Ruth Johnson. Read on...
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    Board recognizes Junior Varsity Cheerleaders on state championship

    The School Board on Dec. 19 recognized the Ray-Pec High School Junior Varsity Cheer Squad for winning the state championship. Captains Emily Galant, left, and Kendra Schulmeister, center, are pictured with School Board President Ruth Johnson. Read on...
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    Board honors Sarah Chellberg

    The School Board on Dec. 19 recognized Ray-Pec Director of Child Nutrition Sarah Chellberg, at left. Sarah is the current president of the Missouri School Nutrition Association Board of Directors. She is pictured with School Board President Ruth Johnson.
  56. 2019 District Champs

    A.D. and Head Football Coach Tom Kruse to retire at end of 2019-2020

    Last month, after completing his 20th season as head football coach, Activities Director Tom Kruse announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year. This is his 20th year in the Ray-Pec District and his 18th year as Activities Director. Read on...
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    Sympathy notice - Death of RPHS teacher

    We are saddened to inform you of a death in the Ray-Pec family. Deborah Hale, a teacher at Ray-Pec High School, passed away on Dec. 19, 2019. Mrs. Hale experienced a medical emergency. EMS transported her to the hospital, where she later died. Read on...
  58. Green Machine 2019

    SMS LEGO Robotics Team qualifies for regional championship

    Congratulations to the South Middle School First LEGO League Robotics Team, also known as the Green Machine! The team competed in its first qualifying tournament on Dec. 14 and qualified to advance to the Kansas City Regional Championship on Jan. 25. Read on...
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    RPHS Students of the Month for December

    Congratulations to the High School Students of the Month for December! From left: Dalton Apel and Alani Delce were honored by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club, and Jordan Jermain and Te'a White were recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.
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    Ray-Pec places 2nd in overall sweepstakes at William Chrisman Tournament

    Ray-Pec speech and debate students won 2nd place in the overall sweepstakes Dec. 6-7 at the William Chrisman Varsity Tournament. Spencer Barr placed first in Humorous Interpretation, and Maddy Busby and Paige Showen placed first in Duo Interpretation. Read on...
  61. Kari Monsees

    Dr. Monsees selected for state Deputy Commissioner post

    Dr. Kari Monsees, who is retiring as Ray-Pec Superintendent in June 2020, has been selected to fill a statewide position as deputy commissioner for financial and administrative services with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Read on...
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    Six RPHS students selected for All-State Band

    These Ray-Pec High School students were selected for the All-State Band: Sage Buckley, Clarinet; Lilah Manning, Flute; Lucian Howlett, Snare Option; Aeryn Mitchell, Bassoon; Zaran Jathaul, Snare Option; and Hayden Smith, Trumpet. Read on...
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    Music teacher composes alma mater for Ray-Pec High School

    After learning that Ray-Pec High School did not have an official alma mater, Vocal Music Teacher Stephen Rew created one. Over the summer, he wrote the music and lyrics for the song. The first public performance of the song was Nov. 15 at the high school. Read on...
  64. Mike Slagle 2019

    District announces new superintendent, Dr. Mike Slagle

    The Ray-Pec School Board has selected Dr. Mike Slagle to serve as superintendent of the district, effective July 1, 2020. He will replace Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, who is retiring at the end of this school year. Read on...
  65. School Board

    School Board candidate filing begins on Dec. 17

    Persons interested in running for a position on the Ray-Pec School Board are invited to file to be a candidate in the April 7, 2020, election. Filing will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. There are three positions available with three-year terms. Read on...
  66. Journalism awards 2019

    Five RPHS students earn national journalism awards

    Five RPHS students earned national awards at the National Student Press Contest sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association on Nov. 22 in Washington, D.C. Read on...
  67. Park Hill S Varsity

    Ray-Pec places 1st in individual events at Park Hill South tournament

    Ray-Pec speech and debate students competed in the Park Hill South Varsity and North Kansas City Novice tournaments on Nov. 22 and 23, 2019. At the varsity tournament, Ray-Pec placed 1st in Individual Events Sweepstakes and 3rd in Overall Sweepstakes. Read on...
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    Semifinal football game is set for 1 p.m. Saturday

    The Panthers host the De Smet Spartans in the Class 6 semi-final game at 1 p.m. Saturday. $7 admission. No passes accepted. Panther Stadium will open at 11 a.m. Sideliner Sports will broadcast on Real Country 1010 AM KCWJ. 810 Varsity will live-stream. Read on...
  69. Softball team at BOE Nov 2019

    School Board honors softball team

    The School Board on Nov. 21 recognized the Ray-Pec High School softball team for placing 2nd at state! Read on...
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    Last week to order RPHS yearbooks

    It's the final week to purchase a high school yearbook! Orders are accepted through Nov. 26. Drop off an order form in room 811 or the RPHS main office. The cost is $75. Pay with cash or check. To purchase using a credit card, follow the link. Read on...
  71. RP Hailee cheer 2019

    Hailee Teeter earns All-State cheer honors

    Congratulations to Hailee Teeter for achieving All-State cheer honors in the Base Category at the state competition. From left: Coach Courtney Morgan, All-State Cheerleader Hailee Teeter, and Coach Megan Speer.
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    Ray-Pec Cheerleaders are state champions!

    Congrats to Ray-Pec cheerleaders for winning the state championship in the Varsity Superlarge Division at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association competition Nov. 15-17 in St. Louis. This is the varsity squad's 3rd state championship. Read on...
  73. RP JV cheer 2019

    JV cheerleaders win state championship!

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec cheerleaders who won the state championship in the JV Large Division on Nov. 16 at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association competition. Last month, the JV squad captured its first regional championship. Read on...
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    Enrollment projected to grow by 800 in next 10 years

    Enrollment in the Ray-Pec School District is projected to reach nearly 6,800 students (grades K-12) by 2023-24 and nearly 7,100 students by the 2029-30 school year. Those projections were shared during a presentation on Nov. 14 to the Board of Education. Read on...
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    Share your feedback on school calendar

    The Ray-Pec School District Calendar Committee is currently constructing a draft calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. The link below takes you to a brief survey asking for input on various calendar topics. The survey link will be active until Dec. 1. Read on...
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    Softball players receive many post-season awards

    Congrats to our Ray-Pec softball players who won second in the state AND gathered a bunch of individual honors! Check it out: All-State Softball -- First Team All-State: Camryn Stickel, Pitcher. Second Team All-State: Lexi Blackmon, Outfield. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec qualifies record number of students to All-District Band

    The Ray-Pec band set a new record for the number of seats earned for All-District Band! From 500 students auditioning, Ray-Pec students earned 62 band chairs through blind auditions. In addition, 38 students qualified to audition for All-State Band. Read on...
  78. RPSD STEAM Expo 2019 Flyer

    STEAM Expo is tonight!

    The middle and high schools present the 3rd Annual STEAM Expo from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 12 in the High School Library/Media Center. This free event will showcase student-led exhibits in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Read on...
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    Boys Cross Country Team wins State CHAMPIONSHIP!

    Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country team for winning the Class 4 State Championship on Nov. 9 in Columbia! Ray-Pec was in 14th place as a team after the 1K marker, but moved up throughout the race to finish in first place. Read on...
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    Braden Zaner is 4th at state and sets new school record

    At the Missouri Class 4 cross country race on Nov. 9, Senior Braden Zaner placed 4th out of about 180 runners with a time of 15:26 for a new school record and his second straight All-State honor. Braden led the Panthers to a 1st place finish as a team.
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    Marissa Dick places 4th at state Cross Country Meet

    In the Class 4 Girls Cross Country race on Nov. 9, Senior Marissa Dick placed 4th with a time of 18:33 for her 3rd straight All-State honor. Freshman Michaela Duran was 84th in 20:07; and Senior Abigail Prince was 103rd in 20:20.
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    Trick or Treat so Tots Can Eat!

    "Trick or Treat So Tots Can Eat!" For Halloween, these Ray-Pec High School speech, debate, and theatre students collected more than 1,100 food items for a local food pantry. Read on...
  83. LSW Varsity

    Speech and debate students win awards at Lee's Summit tournaments

    Ray-Pec speech and debate students brought home many awards from the Lee’s Summit West Varsity and Lee’s Summit North Novice tournaments on Nov. 1-2. Varsity placed eighth in Overall Sweepstakes with 1st place in humorous interpretation and storytelling. Read on...
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    High School to present "Lost in Yonkers"

    Ray-Pec High School announces its production of "Lost in Yonkers." Performances will be in the RPHS theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 8, and 9, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10. To reserve tickets, call 892-3999, ext. 2400. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Read on...
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    Softball team ends season placing second in the state

    Congrats to the softball team for a great season and for placing 2nd in the state! The Lady Panthers defeated Northwest (Cedar Hill) 10-0 in the Nov. 1 semifinal game, and then fell to Blue Springs South 10-0 in the championship game on Nov. 2. Read on...
  86. State qualifiers from sectionals

    Boys cross country team wins sectional championship

    Congrats to the cross country teams for their outstanding performances on Nov. 2! The boys team won the Sectional 3 meet, and the girls team placed 5th, just shy of qualifying for state. The state meet is Saturday, Nov. 9, at Gans Creek in Columbia. Read on...
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    Board approves annual audit of District finances

    The School Board on Oct. 17 approved the audit of the District's finances for the year ended June 30, 2019. The District had a clean opinion on its financial statements, compliance with laws and regulations, and internal control over financial reporting. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec Speech and Debate students bring home awards from two tournaments

    Ray-Pec speech and debate students brought home many awards from the Lee’s Summit Varsity and Belton Novice tournaments on Oct. 25 and 26. Congratulations to the following who were awarded and to all who competed! (Photo from the varsity tournament) Read on...
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    RPEMS recognizes October Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Students of the Month for October at Ray-Pec East Middle School! Front row: 8th graders. Middle row: 7th graders. Top row: 6th graders. Read on...
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    Office Depot/Office Max donates thousands of school supplies to Raymore Elementary

    Thanks to Office Depot/Office Max for donating more than 4,000 school supply items to Raymore Elementary School! The store partners with the community to collect school supplies all summer. Store Manager Emily Brummer made the presentation on Oct 24. Read on...
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    Peculiar Elementary 5th graders produce a podcast

    Fifth grade music students at Peculiar Elementary are producing an audio podcast called "Music Movers!" Music Teacher Katie Schork received a $500 grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation to help purchase equipment to create the podcast. Read on...
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    RPHS student receives more bowling awards

    RPHS Junior Brooke Law added to her lengthy bowling resume with more awards at the Hall of Fame Banquet for the Greater Kansas City USBC: 2019 Youth Scholarship Winner, Youth Female High Average Winner, and Willie Pollard Youth Bowler of the Year. Read on...
  93. RPHS Academic Awards

    Ray-Pec High School honors students for academic achievements

    High School Principal Steven Miller welcomed guests to the Academic Honors ceremony on Oct. 22. The school honored students with achievements such as earning an Academic Letter, receiving the Lamp of Learning, placing in the top 10 percent of their class. Read on...
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    Sports updates

    See what's next for Ray-Pec fall sports as teams finish up the regular season and participate in post-season competition. Football, 7 p.m. Friday at LSW; Cross Country Districts Sat. a.m. at Ray-Pec; & Softball Quarterfinals at 4 p.m. MONDAY at Kickapoo. Read on...
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    Foundation hosts luncheon for Ray-Pec retirees

    A group of District retirees on Oct. 23 enjoyed lunch and heard updates about the District, the Foundation, and Ray-Pec CARES. To be notified of future retiree events, send a message to jodie.huston@raypec.org.
  96. RPHS Field Biology students experience Monarch Migration

    Ray-Pec Field Biology students were able to experience the wonder of the fall Monarch migration as it passed through the outdoor classroom on Oct. 8. Many Monarchs were captured and released, and 18 were tagged as part of a citizen science project. Read on...
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    RPHS Students of the Month for October

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec High School Students of the Month for October! From left: Braden Zaner and Camryn Stickel were honored by the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club, & Spencer Harris and Peyton Balfour were honored by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.
  98. BOE recognizes Karla Penechar 2

    School Board recognizes RPHS Teacher Karla Penechar

    The School Board on Oct. 17 recognized Ray-Pec High School Teacher Karla Penechar for being named the 2019 Wayne Brown Outstanding Speech and Theatre Teacher for the state of Missouri. She is pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman. Read on...
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    School Board recognizes President Ruth Johnson

    The School Board on Oct. 17 recognized Board President Ruth Johnson for receiving the Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award at the recent Missouri School Boards' Association conference. She is pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman.
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    Marching Band is Grand Champion at Cameron MarchFest

    The Panther Pride Marching Band, Grand Champion at the Cameron MarchFest, placed 1st in parade, 1st in indoor color guard, 1st in indoor percussion, 1st in field, and won outstanding music, outstanding marching, outstanding flute, & outstanding clarinet. Read on...
  101. SOM September 2019

    RPEMS recognizes Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the East Middle School Students of the Month for September! Front row, from the left: 8th graders Meagan Faulkner, Dorien Fredericks, Savanna Porter, Zatorian Crawford, Tre Hill and Maggie Schaub. Read on...
  102. PAT Group photo

    Parents as Teachers supports a child's first teachers

    A family's connection with the Ray-Pec School District can begin well before a child enters kindergarten. Parents as Teachers serves families with children who are younger than kindergarten age with home visits, annual screenings, and family activities. Read on...
  103. Mustangs

    Mustang Teams helps promote positive school culture

    Every other month, Bridle Ridge Elementary School students participate in Mustang Teams to learn Conscious Discipline skills and promote school culture. Teams have students from each grade to help students to build relationships throughout the school. Read on...
  104. RPHS at Pk Hill March Festival

    Panther Pride Band wins awards at marching festival

    The Panther Pride Marching Band placed 1st in prelims and finals at the Park Hill HS Marching Festival on Oct. 12. Ray-Pec won awards for Outstanding Effect, Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Brass group, & Outstanding Woodwind Group. Read on...
  105. All-State Choir

    Seven Ray-Pec singers selected for All-State Choir

    Congratulations to these students who were selected for the All-State Choir: Carinne Williams, Chloe Coons, Payton Ballinger, Austin Planker, Robbie Keays, Samuel Reicher, and Mark Moorhead. Read on...
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    Boys cross country team wins conference championship

    The boys cross country team won its first Suburban Gold Conference Championship, while the girls placed 4th. Senior Braden Zaner won the varsity boys race with a time of 16:01.1. First team all-conference: Marissa Dick, Tyler Swift, Carson Eve, & Zaner. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec wins speech sweepstakes at Blue Springs South Varsity Speech and Debate tournament

    The RPHS Speech and Debate season is off to a great start after competing at the Blue Springs South Varsity and Blue Springs Novice tournaments. Congratulations to all who competed! The varsity squad won 1st Place in the Speech Sweepstakes. Read on...
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    RPHS Student Leadership Team trains at Camp Clark

    On Sept. 30, the RPHS Student Leadership Team, along with Teachers Emily Craig and Scott Jermain, went to Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo., for training from the National Guard. Students learned to work together during emergencies and to overcome obstacles. Read on...
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    University students visit Ray-Pec to learn about special education programs

    A group of students from Northwest Missouri State University visited Ray-Pec last week to learn more about the District's programs to support students in the areas of behavior and special education. The University brought 26 Juniors to visit our schools. Read on...
  110. Golf team at Districts

    Four Ray-Pec golfers qualify for sectional tournament

    Congratulations to the girls golf team for success at the District tournament on Oct. 7. Lauren Kurtz, Sydney Sampson, Sarah Larkins, and Ashley Sclesky qualified for the sectional tournament on Oct. 14, and Lauren and Sydney earned All-District honors. Read on...
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    Meet Dr. Lisa Hatfield: Ray-Pec Compliance Officer

    Dr. Lisa Hatfield is Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources AND the District's Compliance Officer. In this position, she is responsible for addressing any inquiries, questions and grievances regarding the district's non-discrimination policies. Read on...
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    Band takes first place at Valhalla Marching Band Festival

    First place! The RPHS Panther Pride Band won first place at the Valhalla Marching Festival on Saturday at Parkview High School in Springfield. The band won Outstanding Winds, Outstanding Drum Line and Outstanding Drum Majors. Read on...
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    Cass Career Center honors RPHS Senior Lucas Tracy

    Cass Career Center EMT/Fire Science student Lucas Tracy, a senior at RPHS, was recognized as the October Young Professional of the Month at CCC. Nancy Shelton, President of the Harrisonville Rotary Club, presents a certificate and a gift card to Lucas. Read on...
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    RPHS Monarch Waystation featured at conference

    Raymore-Peculiar High School Senior Emily Behymer, at right, is interviewed about the Monarch Waystation on the Ray-Pec campus. Emily shared information about the project with attendees at the Missouri School Boards' Association conference. Read on...
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    2018-2019 RPHS yearbook receives award

    Last year's RPHS yearbook earned the All-Missouri Award from the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association. The award is presented to the top 1 percent of yearbooks in Missouri. 2018-19 yearbook editors were Sydney Bearden and Kenzie Jones. Read on...
  116. Ruth Johnson Award

    Ruth Johnson honored for advocacy work

    Ruth Johnson, president of the Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award presented by FutureBuilders, the education foundation of the Missouri School Boards' Association. Read on...
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    Karla Penechar named Outstanding Theatre Teacher of the Year

    Karla Penechar, who teaches technical theatre and coaches debate at Ray-Pec High School, was recently announced as the 2019 Wayne Brown Outstanding Speech and Theatre Teacher for Missouri. Read on...
  118. FAFSA Frenzy

    FAFSA Frenzy event is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3

    For help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students & parents are invited to a FAFSA Frenzy event, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Ray-Pec High School. The FAFSA is the 1st step to apply for federal and state aid for college. Read on...
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    Marissa Dick is 2019 Homecoming Queen

    Senior Marissa Dick was crowned Homecoming Queen during halftime of the game on Sept. 27. She is pictured with her father, Billy Dick.
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    Homecoming foootball game moved to Thursday, Sept. 26

    Due to the forecast for storms on Friday night, the Ray-Pec Homecoming football game vs. Park Hill is being moved to 7 p.m. THURSDAY, Sept. 26. Volleyball game times have changed to 4 & 5:30 p.m. The Homecoming dance remains as scheduled on Saturday. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec High School announces Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the RPHS Students of the Month for September! From left: Hudson Bailey and Ella Schnake were honored by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club, and Tyler Swift and Marissa Dick were recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec Foundation to honor 3 with Distinguished Alumni Award

    The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation announces 3 recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award: Nicholas Hart, Jeremy Jones, and Mike Medsker. The award recipients will be honored on Sept. 27 at a luncheon and at the Homecoming Football Game Read more...
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    Tennis team places 2nd at Blue Springs South JV Invitational

    Congrats to the Tennis Team on placing 2nd at the Blue Springs South JV Invitational on Sept. 18! From left: Shannon Finn (9), Lola Kirkpatrick (10), Marli Brusick (11), Julianna Newman (11) and Delaney Gray (10). Not pictured: Isabella de Leon (9) Read on...
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    RPHS announces 2019 Homecoming candidates

    Ray-Pec High School announces the Senior Homecoming King and Queen candidates. In front, from left: Riley Westpfahl, Peyton Balfour, Rylee Blake, Abbey Park, and Marissa Dick. Back: Jacob Collins, Dylan DeLeon, Micah Baird, Dalton Apel, and Carson Eve. Read on...
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    SADD students stencil safety messages at RPHS

    Several members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) met on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the high school to stencil sidewalks with "Buckle Up Ray Pec!" messages. The students They wanted to have the messages in place before Homecoming on Sept. 27. Read on...
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    Foundation awards prizes to employees who give

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board awarded some prizes drawn from the names of employees who regularly give to support the Foundation. Winners pictured here are Connie Badgett, Melissa Kelch, Debbie Wescoat, and Brittney Coleman. Read on...
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    Board begins search for new superintendent

    The School Board on Sept. 12 met with consultants from the Missouri School Boards' Association about the District's search for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees is retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Read on...
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    Softball team wins tournament

    Congrats to the Ray-Pec Softball Team on winning the Ozark Fall Classic Tournament after defeating the following: Nixa 10-2; Eureka 9-1; Poplar Bluff 9-0; Grain Valley 4-2; and Francis Howell Central 9-1.
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    Twenty-four RPHS singers selected for All-District choirs

    Twenty-four singers from RPHS were selected for All-District honors. A total of 18 singers -- a new school record -- were selected to the West Central All-District Choir, and six singers were selected for the West Central Women's Honor Choir. Read on...
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    Varsity Girls Golf team has strong start to season

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec varsity girls golf team on winning the Independence Invitational Tournament Sept. 6 at Drumm Farm! Medal winners were Madi Priest, Sarah Larkins, Lauren Kurtz, and Ashley Sclesky. Read on...
  131. Jake Wingo

    District expands Real World Learning program

    The District is expanding its Real World Learning program in an effort to better prepare students for the future. Jake Wingo, the District's Community Partnership Coordinator, is working to develop partnerships to provide more opportunities for students. Read on...
  132. Radar Jadon Compton

    Students in Law Enforcement Class learn about police radar

    On Sept. 4, School Resource Officer Rick Clausing taught students in the Law Enforcement Class about police radar. Senior Jadon Compton is pictured here trying out the radar. The Law Enforcement class is offered during several class periods at RPHS. Read on...
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    Kindness Crew plans "Operation Buddy Bench" project

    Members of the 5th Grade Kindness Crew at Peculiar Elementary met with Scott Dobson, Director of Buildings and Grounds, about their project, "Operation Buddy Bench." They want to get buddy benches for students to use when they want someone to play with. Read on...
  134. Fall Food Drive 2019

    Ray-Pec CAN sponsors Fall Food Drive

    Ray-Pec Caring About Nutrition (CAN) is holding a food drive Sept. 9-14 to re-stock its pantry. Deliver donations to any Ray-Pec elementary or middle school, or the Raymore Chamber of Commerce. You may also donate on Sept. 14 at Raymore Price Chopper. Read on...
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    New schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences

    This year, the District is implementing a split schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences. High school conferences will take place on Oct. 2 and 3. Conferences for early childhood, elementary, and middle school students will be Oct. 29, 30, and 31. Read on...
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    School Board honors Technology Department

    The School Board on Aug. 22 honored the Ray-Pec Technology Department for winning the first ever MOTechTalk Technology Department Excellence Award. The award was announced in July at the MOTechTalk conference in Osage Beach, Mo. Read on...
  137. BOE honors Ella Schnake

    School Board honors Ella Schnake for national championship

    The School Board on Aug. 22 honored Senior Ella Schnake for winning the national championship in Program Oral Interpretation.She competed in June at the National Speech and Debate tournament in Dallas. She is pictured with Board Member Kim York, at left. Read on...
  138. MSBA logo

    School Board begins search for new superintendent

    As one of the first steps to find a new superintendent, the Board last night approved a proposal from the Missouri School Boards' Association to assist in the search process. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees is retiring at the end of the school year. Read on...
  139. Property tax rate history image

    Ray-Pec tax levy rate to decrease by 18 cents

    The School Board on Aug. 22 approved the 2019 tax levy rate at $5.1823, which is a decrease of 18 cents from the 2018 rate. The 2019 rate includes an operating levy of $4.1492 and a debt service levy of $1.0331. The approval followed a public hearing. Read on...
  140. KM at Rotary

    Superintendent speaks to Belton-Raymore Rotary Club

    Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees shared news about growth in the Raymore-Peculiar School District while speaking on Aug. 21 to the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club. He said the District will soon begin the process to revise its Long-Range Facility Plan. Read on...
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    District welcomes new teachers!

    This school year, the Ray-Pec School District welcomes more than 65 new certified staff members, including teachers, counselors, library media specialists, and speech pathologists. Additional Info...
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    RPHS Senior participates in Missouri Boys State

    RPHS Senior Braden Zaner participated in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 15 to 23. During his week, he was a citizen of Ingle City and held the positions of House of Representatives, anchor at KMBS-TV, and news director at KMBS-TV. Read on...
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    Foundation board delivers treats to all staff

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board delivered drinks and snacks to all staff on Friday, Aug. 9, as they prepared for the new school year. Executive Director Jodie Huston and Board Member Mike Medsker are pictured here at Peculiar Elementary.
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    Mo Retired Teachers Foundation awards grants to Ray-Pec teachers

    The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation is awarding 101 grants across the state. Ray-Pec teachers received 5 of the 8 grants awarded in Region 2, which includes five counties! Melinda Young, French teacher at South Middle School is pictured here. Read on...
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    Aimsweb Data Breach - Sharing Information

    We are in receipt of information about a data breach affecting the Aimsweb 1.0 assessment platform used in the district. The nationwide breach affected >13,000 accounts. First and last names, email addresses, and dates of birth were obtained in the hack. Read on...
  146. Kari Monsees

    Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees announces retirement

    Ray-Pec Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. He shared the news with all employees on Aug. 7. The Board is expected to discuss the superintendent search process at its next meeting. Read on...
  147. 10-year pins 2019

    District honors employees for 10 years of service

    During the all-staff Convocation on Aug. 7, these employees were honored for 10-years of service in the Ray-Pec School District. Read on...
  148. 20-year pins

    Ray-Pec honors employees for 20 years of service

    Thanks for 20 years of service! Back, from left: Dan Garrison, Pepper Grimm, Steve Hatfield, and Laura Streicher. Front: Tina Fowler, Megan Jones, Jamie Bogner, Jackie Garcia, Amy Greble, Megan Hutchin, Debbie Wescoat, Sarah Newkirk, and Tara Zaner. Read on...
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    Superintendent welcomes new teachers to District

    Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees welcomed our new teachers to the District during their 3rd day of orientation on Aug. 5. Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston announced that each new teacher would receive a $25 grant to help purchase supplies. Read on...
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    District partners with Gaggle for online safety

    The District and Gaggle are partnering to keep students safe when they use G Suite for Education from Google. Gaggle combines technology with live safety representatives, who review content after identifying inappropriate words and images. Read on...
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    New School Resource Office at South Middle School

    Three School Resource Officers serve the District through agreements with local law enforcement agencies. Cass County Sheriff's Deputy Chris McGovern, pictured here, is the newest SRO for the District. He will be based at Ray-Pec South Middle School. Read on...
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    Back to school registration

    During Centralized Registration on July 30, future Ray-Pec student Charlotte played with a hat while Mom Megan and Dad Chris registered her two siblings to attend Peculiar Elementary School. (Megan Beckett is a RPHS graduate.)
  153. Country Club Bank donates to RP Foundation

    Country Club Bank supports Foundation

    Sherri Parsons, center, presents $2,500 from Country Club Bank to support the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation. Also pictured: Board Member Jamie Bogner, Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation President Phil Parke, & Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees. Read on...
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    Board honors students who earned IB Diploma

    The School Board recognized eight students from the Class of 2019 who completed requirements for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Two of the students attended meeting. From left: Julia Fenaroli, Mallory Levens, and Board Member Ashley Jones. Read on...
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    School Board honors Audrey Huffman

    The Board of Education on July 25 recognized Audrey Huffman for placing 3rd in the nation in Impromptu Speaking at the FBLA Awards. She will be a sophomore this fall at Ray-Pec High School. She is pictured with Board Member Ashley Jones. Read on...
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    School Board honors Katelynn Jungling

    The School Board recognized 2019 RPHS graduate Katelynn Jungling for winning the gold medal in firefighting at the Missouri SkillsUSA competition. She was the first female student to ever win the state title in that event. Read on...
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    Students at engineering camp make cutting boards

    Students in the 2nd annual RPHS TSA (Technology Student Association) Engineering Camp created cutting boards to take home. The students used AutoCAD to draw a project, which was then cut out on the laser etcher. Read on...
  158. Stuff the Bus 2019 Large Flyer

    Stuff the Bus school supply drive to benefit Ray-Pec students

    Community Bank of Raymore is hosting its 11th annual “Stuff the Bus” School Supply Drive to collect school supplies for children in the community. The event will conclude on Aug. 5. Donations will be accepted throughout the community. Read on...
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    RPHS students participate in MCDA 9-10 Youth Honor Choir

    These Raymore-Peculiar High School students participated in the Missouri Choral Directors Association Youth 9th-10th Grade Honor Choir on July 17 in Jefferson City. These students were selected by recorded audition earlier this year. Read on...
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    School Board approves 2019-2020 budget

    The School Board on June 27 approved the budget plan for 2019-2020. The budget reflects the priorities of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and uses new revenues from the Prop RP operating levy increase as promised to support priorities in that plan. Read on...
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    RPHS offers Physical Night on July 25

    If your student needs a physical for participation in 2019-2020 athletics or activities, a physical night is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday, July 25, at Ray-Pec High School. The cost is $15. Physicals are good for 2 years from the date of the exam. Read on...
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    Foundation seeks to recognize outstanding alumni

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation would like to honor and recognize outstanding individuals with the Distinguished Alumni Award. They must have graduated at least 10 years ago. The 2019 winners will be notified in August and honored in September. Read on...
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    Audrey Huffman places 3rd at FBLA Nationals

    Congratulations to Audrey Huffman! She placed 3rd in the nation in Impromptu Speaking at the FBLA national competition June 29-July 2 in San Antonio, Texas. She competed against approximately 200 finalists in her event. She will be a sophomore this fall. Read on...
  164. BOE honors track and field

    Board honors all-state track and field athletes

    The School Board on June 27 honored athletes who earned all-state honors at the Missouri State Track and Field meet. From left: Kylie Mitchell, Jolie McClellan, Braden Zaner, and Board Member Bill Lowe. Read on...
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    School Board honors Blue Star award recipients

    The Board honored the cast and crew of "The Robber Bridegroom" for receiving four awards at the Blue Star awards: Outstanding Contribution by a Student - Choreography; Outstanding Hair and Makeup; Outstanding Ensemble; and Outstanding Overall Production. Read on...
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    Board honors vocal music students who received gold ratings

    The Ray-Pec School Board on June 27 honored vocal music students who received a gold rating at the state music contest. Board Member Bill Lowe is pictured with Payton Ballinger, Jaycee Robertson, and Gracie Romine. A gold rating is the highest possible. Read on...
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    Board approves bus transportation for all students

    The School Board on June 27 approved changing District policy to provide bus transportation to all students, regardless of proximity to school. Previously, bus service was available for students who lived at least one mile from school. Read on...
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    RPHS gym updates will cover Panther mural

    A project to increase safety in the main gym at Ray-Pec High School will also result in the loss of the large Panther mural. Wall padding will be added this summer to both ends of the gym. You may take pictures of the mural on July 1-3 and July 8-12. Read on...
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    Raymore and Peculiar Sonics donate toward new scoreboard

    John Baker of the Raymore Sonic, left, and Corey Drummond of the Peculiar Sonic, right, each presented $5,000 to Tom Kruse. The funds are for the Ray-Pec Athletic Booster Club and are designated for the new scoreboard at Panther Stadium. Read on...
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    Belton Regional Medical Center donates $25,000 toward new scoreboard

    Todd Krass, CEO of Belton Regional Medical Center, presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to Ray-Pec Activities Director Tom Kruse. The funds are for the Ray-Pec Athletic Booster Club and are designated for the new scoreboard at Panther Stadium. Read on...
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    Ella Schnake wins national championship in Program Oral Interpretation

    Ella Schnake is the national champion in Program Oral Interpretation! Ella performed "Debate Like a Girl" last week at the National Speech and Debate tournament in Dallas, Texas. Ella will be a senior this fall at Ray-Pec High School. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec School Board receives Governance Team honor

    The Ray-Pec School Board is one of 33 in the state to receive the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s 2019 Governance Team Award. The award recognizes a commitment to professional development in areas including student achievement, law, and finance. Read on...
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    Districts join forces to support public education

    This is the 5th year that public school districts in Cass County have come together as "Cass County Kids First" to share concerns and endorse a list of legislative priorities. The group met with legislators on June 7 at the Archie School District. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the May Students of the Month at Ray-Pec East Middle School! Front row: 8th Grade. Middle row: 7th Grade. Top row: 6th Grade. Read on...
  175. Peculiar Elementary kindness project

    Peculiar Elementary 5th grade musicians create "Kindness Kits"

    These 5th grade musicians at Peculiar Elementary led a "Kindness Kit" drive to benefit a local charity. Students collected travel-size hygiene products and assembled more than 60 kits that included soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, and other items. Read on...
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    Sign up for Summer School

    Students in grades K-12, as well as those entering kindergarten in the fall, are invited to attend Summer School 2019, which begins June 5. The program will end on June 27 for grades K-8, and on June 28 for grades 9-12. Transportation will be provided. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec group completes "The Murph" workout

    Nearly 60 people gathered early on May 24, at Ray-Pec High School to complete “The Murph,” a workout done over Memorial Day Weekend to honor fallen military heroes. The workout is named after Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in 2005. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec students receive awards at Cass Career Center ceremony

    Ray-Pec students who attend Cass Career Center received numerous honors at the annual awards night ceremony on May 6. Ray-Pec High School Senior Katelynn Jungling, fire science, was a finalist for the All School Outstanding Graduate award. Read on...
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    South Middle School jazz ensembles received recognition

    Members of Ray-Pec South Middle Schools’ Vocal Jazz Ensembles "Syncopation" and "Southside Jazz" participated on April 23 in the Kansas City Jazz Summit. Southside Jazz, an all girls group, was honored as an outstanding jazz vocal group. Read on...
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    Rotary Club donates to Foundation Caring About Nutrition program

    Thanks to the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club for the donation of $500 to the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Caring About Nutrition program. Rotary Club President Kris Turnbow presented the check on May 29 to Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston.
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    East Middle School presents "Little Shop of Horrors"

    East Middle School presents the “Little Shop of Horrors!” Reserve tickets by calling the box office line at 892-3999, ext. 2400. Show times are at 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 28; and Thursday, May 29; in the high school theatre.
  182. Band gold medals at Board meeting

    School Board honors band students for gold medals at state

    The School Board on May 23 recognized band students who received a gold medal at the State Music Contest! Read on...
  183. Miles Sellami during round 2 of Bee

    8th grader competes in 2 rounds at Scripps National Spelling Bee

    8th grader Miles Sellami incorrectly spelled "vervain" on May 28 in Round 2 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and does not advance in the competition. The East Middle School student is in Washington, D.C., for the national bee. Read on...
  184. BOE honors Volunteer of the Year

    School Board honors PTA Volunteer of the Year

    The School Board on May 23 honored Jodi Price, the Ray-Pec PTA Council Volunteer of the Year. She is pictured with School Board Member Aaron Howlett.
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    Results from state track and field meet

    Congratulations to the RPHS Track and Field team for success at the Class 5 state track and field meet May 25. Pictured here is the Boys 4x400 relay team, which placed 6th in the state. From left: Jaren Jones, Brandon Rayos, Luke Grimm, and Hudson Bailey. Read on...
  186. TSA Board recognition

    School Board recognizes TSA students for success

    The School Board on May 23 recognized students from the RPHS Technology Student Association for success at the state competition. From left: Vincent Como, Harrison Jones, Matthew Thompson, Charlie Foulke, Cam Gillespie, and Board Member Aaron Howlett. Read on...
  187. Team Skills

    Board recognizes Special Olympics teams

    The School Board on May 23 recognized 4 Ray-Pec Special Olympics teams for success at the state basketball tournaments. They brought home 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals. The Unified Partner volunteers participate and compete with the athletes. Read on...
  188. RPHS SOM May 2019

    RPHS honors May Students of the Month

    Congrats to the May Students of the Month at the high school! From left: Grant Hutchings and Alexandra Newton were honored by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club, and Jacob Lopez and Gracie Allan were recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.
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    Memorial Day

    Reminder: Ray-Pec schools are not in session and offices are closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
  190. SMS April SOM

    South Middle School recognizes April Students of the Month

    Ray-Pec South Middle School recognized these Students of the Month for April! They were recognized for the character trait of forgiveness. Read on...
  191. Signing Day 5-7-19

    Ten students sign letters of intent to continue activities in college

    These students participated in a Signing Day ceremony on May 7 at Ray-Pec High School! From left: Chloe Alleman, Maddie Phillips, Maddie Johnson, Grace Crabtree, Katie Fields, Clint Herrick, Hayden Foster, Savannah Taylor, Avery Wallace, and Lia Knippa. Read on...
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    RPHS and SMS choir students score well at Worlds of Fun music festival

    Choir students in Ray-Pec High School’s “Bella Armonia,” South Middle School’s 8th Grade Performing Choir “Cadenza,” and South Middle School’s 7th Grade Performing Choir “The Interludes” earned high scores at the Worlds of Fun Music Festival on April 13. Read on...
  193. Rotary SOM May 2019

    Belton-Raymore Rotary Club honors Students of the Month

    The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club honored Gracie Allan and Jacob Lopez as the May Students of the Month from Ray-Pec High School. The students and their parents were guests at the May 8 club luncheon. They are pictured with Club President Kris Turnbow.
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    RPHS musical nominated for 10 Blue Star awards

    The RPHS production of "The Robber Bridegroom" has been nominated for Blue Star awards in 10 categories, including Outstanding Overall Production. The cast will perform a song from the show at the Blue Star Awards Ceremony on May 23 at Starlight Theatre. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec Sophomore advances to state golf tournament

    Sophomore Chase Martel is headed to the state golf tournament for the 2nd year! He placed 18th at the Sectional tournament to advance to state next week in Bolivar. He is pictured with Head Coach Paul Carvan, left, and Assistant Coach Wendell Pritchett. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec Trapshooting Team results

    The Ray-Pec Trap Shooting Team competed in the annual Paul Larsen Memorial State Trap Shooting Event on April 27 at Linn Creek, Mo. Nine Panthers posted scores of 85/100 or higher, led by Noah Elkhatib, 93; Hayden Rains, 91, and Tyler Fagan, 90. Read on...
  197. RPHS Yearbook honor

    Publishing company recognizes RPHS yearbook for excellence

    The 2019 Ray-Pec High School yearbook, The Panther, has been inducted into the Walsworth Publishing National Gallery of Excellence. The 2018-19 yearbook has been led by Student Editors senior Sydney Bearden and junior Kenzie Jones. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec Volunteer of the Year is Jodi Price

    Jodi Price is the 2019 Volunteer of the Year! The Ray-Pec Council of PTAs made the announcement during a reception on April 30 to honor 14 nominees for the award. Jodi is treasurer for both the Timber Creek Elementary School PTA and the PTA Council. Read on...
  199. Golfers

    Two Ray-Pec golfers earn All-District honors

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School All-District golfers Chase Martel (10) and Cole Stocking (11)! They are headed to sectionals next week. From left: Assistant Coach Wendell Pritchett, Chase, Cole, and Head Coach Paul Carvan.
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    RPHS students have success at state music contest

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School students for success at the State Music Contest on April 26 in Columbia! Read on...
  201. BOE recognizes theatre students

    Board honors theatre students for success at state

    The School Board on April 25 honored RPHS for winning the first-ever state Speech Sweepstakes Championship at the state tournament April 11-13 in Springfield. Ray-Pec also won 2nd place in the state for its Readers Theatre production of "Animal Farm." Read on...
  202. BOE recognizes Audrey Huffman

    Board honors FBLA student

    The School Board on April 25 honored Audrey Huffman for placing 1st in Impromptu Speaking at the FBLA State Leadership Conference. She advances to the national conference June 29-July 2 in San Antonio. She is pictured with Board Member Billy King. Read on...
  203. BOE recognizes journalism students

    Board honors students for top journalism awards

    The School Board on April 25 recognized high school students who received All-State awards at the state journalism contest. From left: Byron King, Bela Torres, Jennifer Aguilar, Madeline Young, Kaylee Ohlson, Emma Snider, and Board Member Billy King. Read on...
  204. BOE recognizes Maddie Welty

    Board recognizes student for DECA success

    The Board on April 25 recognized Maddie Welty for placing 4th in Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling at the Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference. She will compete at the International DECA competition, April 27-30 in Orlando, Fla. Read on...
  205. Special Olympics Panther Cubs

    Special Olympics basketball teams bring home 2 gold and 2 silver medals

    The RPHS Special Olympics basketball teams continued their success at the state tournament, bringing home two gold medals and two silver medals! Coaches are Teachers Cara Hornbeck, Catie Howlett, and Emma Howlett, and Board Member Aaron Howlett. Read on...
  206. EMS SOM April group (1)

    East Middle School recognizes April Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the April Students of the Month at Ray-Pec East Middle School! Front row: 8th Graders. Middle row: 7th Graders. Top row: 6th Graders. Read on...
  207. RPHS SoM April

    RPHS honors Students of the Month

    Here are the April Students of the Month at Ray-Pec High School. From left: Andrew Burdick and Kylee Kauffman were honored by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club, and Jacob Beauchamp and Jordan Wright were honored by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club.
  208. Theatre Finalists nationals 1

    Students qualify for National Speech and Debate Tournament

    Congratulations to RPHS on winning the District Championship in Speech and 2nd place in the overall speech sweepstakes at the Speech and Debate Show Me District tournament on April 15. These students qualified to compete at nationals in June in Dallas: Read on...
  209. Midsummer Nights Dream

    High School and South Middle School to present A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The Ray-Pec Theatre Department announces its joint High School/South Middle School productions of William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. RPSMS will present an abridged version on April 26-28. RPHS will present a full-length show May 2-5. Read on...
  210. Team Picture

    Ray-Pec Technology Student Association chapter qualifies 12 students for nationals

    Matthew Thompson wins state championship in Video Game Design as Ray-Pec TSA Chapter qualifies 10 students for national competition. The Technology Student Association state conference was April 14-16 at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Read on...
  211. Tennis group

    Varsity tennis team wins Belton Invitational

    The boys varsity tennis team won the Belton invitational tournament, and Senior Wes Horner won the championship in A-flight singles. The team defeated Belton, William Chrisman, Truman, Winnetonka, Harrisonville, Fort Osage, and Grandview in total points. Read on...
  212. FBLA Audrey2

    RPHS Students wins FBLA state championship in Impromptu Speaking

    We have another state champion! Audrey Huffman received 1st place in Impromptu Speaking at the FBLA State Leadership Conference, April 14-16 in Springfield. Audrey qualified for the FBLA National Conference June 29-July 2 in San Antonio, Texas. Read on...
  213. Scoreboard donation 2

    Board approves new turf, track, and scoreboard

    Coming soon! The School Board on March 25 approved bids to replace the turf playing surface and synthetic track at Panther Stadium and to partner with the Ray-Pec Booster Club for the replacement of the stadium scoreboard. Read on...
  214. SMS March SOM

    South Middle School recognizes March Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the South Middle School Students of the Month for March! They were recognized for demonstrating the character trait of Empathy. Read on...
  215. Foundation Fund a Need

    Foundation awards funds to school principals for STEAM projects

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation on April 9 awarded $7,750 to Ray-Pec school principals to use for STEAM programs or projects. The funds were raised during the Foundation’s annual Gala. A portion of the funds will be allotted to each school. Read on...
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    Raymore Elementary teacher honored by insurance agency

    Tara Garcia, 4th grade teacher at Raymore Elementary, was surprised with recognition and gifts as part of a teacher recognition program by the Jason Langston Farmers Insurance Agency. She received $100 to purchase classroom supplies and a gift basket. Read on...
  217. Taste testing 7

    Students form taste-testing panel for Child Nutrition Department

    Director of Child Nutrition Sarah Chellberg met with some 4th graders at Creekmoor Elementary School as they tasted and provided feedback about several new food items that might be added to the offerings next school year in Ray-Pec cafeterias. Read on...
  218. Oath 1

    Board members Howlett and Lowe take oath of office

    Aaron Howlett and Bill Lowe were sworn into office during a special School Board reorganization meeting on April 15. Board Secretary Pam Steele administered the oath of office after the Board certified the results of the April 2 election. Read on...
  219. Major Saver 2019

    Major Saver campaign raises $34,042 for Foundation and schools

    The recent Major Saver campaign raised $34,042 to benefit the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation and participating schools! The Foundation received $17,073.75. The rest of the funds were presented to schools, based on the number of cards sold. Read on...
  220. State group theatre

    RPHS wins state speech sweepstakes championship

    RPHS won the 1st-ever state Speech Sweepstakes Championship. In addition, RP students were state champions in two other events. Tevin Chavez and Alec Heriford won the state championship in Duet Acting. Ella Schnake is state champion in Storytelling. Read on...
  221. Panel - 4 legislators

    School officials meet with legislators to discuss education-related issues

    Local control on issues such as school calendar and elections was the theme when representatives from public school districts in Cass County met with four state legislators to discuss issues being considered during the 2019 legislative session. Read on...
  222. RPHS SOM March

    RPHS recognizes March Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the March Students of the Month at Ray-Pec High School! From left:Joshua Thomas and Dianna McGinn were honored by the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club; and Tucker Woodson and Isabela Gardner were honored by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.
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    Jennifer Vacca and Corrie Posey receive annual employee awards

    Congratulations to 2019 Teacher of the Year Jennifer Vacca and Support Staff Employee of the Year Corrie Posey! Vacca is a special education teacher at Eagle Glen Elementary School. Posey is the cafeteria manager at Stonegate Elementary School. Read on...
  224. RPHS Symphonic Band April 2019

    Ray-Pec bands earn Exemplary Ratings at state contest

    The Ray-Pec High School Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Symphony all received Exemplary Ratings - the highest score possible - at the MSHSAA Large Ensemble Festival on April 5 at The Paseo Academy in Kansas City.
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    Choirs earn Exemplary ratings at state contest

    For the first time in Raymore-Peculiar High School history, five ensembles received Exemplary Ratings at the State Large Ensemble Contest. This included Concert Choir, The Black and Gold, Chamber Choir, Treble Choir and Bella Armonia. Read on...
  226. DECA Maddie 2

    Ray-Pec student qualifies for DECA International Conference

    Maddie Welty placed 4th in Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling at the DECA State Career Development Conference and qualifies for the International DECA competition in Orlando. She was one of 16 RPHS students who competed at the state conference. Read on...
  227. EMS January SOM 2019

    RPEMS honors January Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the January Students of the Month at Ray-Pec East Middle School! Front row: 8th Grade. Middle row: 7th Grade. Top row: 6th Grade. Read on for student names. Read on...
  228. 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...

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  1. Kian at quarterfinals

    The Ray-Pec boys basketball season came to a close when they fall to Staley 60-59 in the Class 5 state semifinal game on March 14. Congrats on an outstanding season and best wishes to the seniors! (Photo by Victor Carr)

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