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    Rotary Club honors November Students of the Month

    The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club honored Seniors Amy Cambridge and Wesley McCullough as the Ray-Pec High School Students of the Month for November. In the first picture, they are pictured with Club President Cami Marcom.
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    RPHS to present musical 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

    Ray-Pec High School announces its production of the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 17, and 18, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. Reserve tickets by calling the box office line, 892-3999 ext. 2400. Read on...
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    Students participate in Startup KC Ecosystem Tour

    Teacher Debbie Ivanuska and students participated in the Startup KC Ecosystem Tour on Nov. 8. The students, who are learning about computer repair and networking, visited Plexpod, Enterprise Center, and Hammerspace Community Workshop & Makerspace. Read on...
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    South Middle School announces Students of the Month

    Ray-Pec South Middle School congratulates its October Students of the Month. In the back row, from left: James Moss (7), Keaton Niemeyer (7), Cole Hilton (6), Riley Zimmerman (6), Mason Cohen (6), and Grant Blackwell (8). For more names, follow the link. Read on...
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    RPSMS students participate in WCMMEA Junior High Honor Choir

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec South Middle School students who participated in the 7-8 grade Honor Choir for the West Central Missouri Music Educators Association. The choir practiced and performed Nov. 4 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Read on...
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    STEAM Expo scheduled for Tuesday night

    You are invited to the District's first STEAM Expo from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the dome gym at Ray-Pec High School. Follow the link to watch a video about some of the District's Science, Technology, Enginerring, Arts, and Mathematics activities. Read on...
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    RPEMS school students participate in WCMMEA Junior High Honor Choir

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec East Middle School students who participated in the 7-8 grade Honor Choir for the West Central Missouri Music Educators Association. The choir practiced and performed Nov. 4 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Read on...
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    Forensics and Debate results from Lee's Summit West tournament

    Congrats to competitors at the Nov. 3-4 LSW Tournament! Ella Schnake placed 1st in storytelling and 4th in JV Lincoln Douglas Debate. Katie Clewell was 2nd in Informative Speaking. Jacob Scott and Trevor Turner placed 4th in JV Public Forum Debate. Read on...
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    Middle schools collect 867 pairs of new socks to donate

    Ray-Pec South and East middle schools thank all students, families, and staff for participation in Socktober. Together, the schools collected 867 pairs of new socks. The socks will be donated locally.
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    RPHS has 58 students selected for 61 spots in All-District Band

    Great news from the Ray-Pec High School band program! A total of 58 students were selected for All-District Band claiming 61 spots in the West Central Missouri All-District Band. Three of these students were also selected for All-District Jazz Band. Read on...
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    Swimmers earn All-State Honorable Mention at state swim meet

    Congrats to the boys swim team on All-State Honorable Mention finishes at the state meet! The team placed 14th in the 200-yard medley relay. In addition, Trent Oberlander and Seth Hammack earned All-State Honorable Mention honors in 4 individual events. Read on...
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    Girls cross country team wins 2nd at state meet

    The Ray-Pec High School girls cross country team placed 2nd in Class 4 at the state meet on Nov. 4, 2017, in Jefferson City. All-State honors were awarded to Miranda Dick, 4th place overall; Makenzie Stucker, 8th place; and Marissa Dick, 14th place. Read on...
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    RPEMS announces Students of the Month for October

    Ray-Pec East Middle School congratulates its Students of the Month for October! Each month, the school recognizes students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Follow the link to see all student names. Read on...
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    19 Ray-Pec singers selected for regional honor choirs

    Congratulations to the 19 Ray-Pec middle school and high school singers selected for the 2018 Southwestern American Choral Directors Association Honor Choirs. Singers from seven states were selected by recording and will perform in March in Oklahoma City. Read on...
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    MAEOP Board includes two members from Ray-Pec

    The nine-member executive board of the Missouri Association of Educational Office Professionals includes two members from Ray-Pec! Pam Steele is completing her second year as president, and will be past president. Ellen Wilfong is a MAEOP Board member. Read on...
  16. Swim team on way to state

    Boys swim team travels to state meet

    The boys swim team is headed to St. Peters, Mo., for the state meet! From left: Coach Adam Hall, Drew Fulk, Zach Matteson, Brady Terry, Shane Bruflat, Max Ewigman, Kaleb Thomas, Daniel Stephens, Seth Hammack, Trent Oberlander, and Manager Avery Perry. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year honored at state banquet

    Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year Dan Garrison, third from left, was honored as one of the Regional Teachers of the Year at the Missouri Teacher of the Year banquet on Oct. 30. He teaches 8th grade social studies at Ray-Pec South Middle School. Read on...
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    Panther Pride Marching Band has successful season

    The Panther Pride Marching Band has had a great season! The Band placed 2nd in indoor drum line, 3rd in indoor color guard, and 3rd in field at the Odessa Marching Invitational. The band also won the Outstanding Music Award at the Odessa event. Read on...
  19. Image of CC Boys and Girls team at Sectionals

    Both girls and boys cross country teams qualify for state meet

    The boys and girls cross country teams both qualified for the state meet on Nov. 4. This is the fifth consecutive year the girls team has qualified for state. The boys advanced after a performance that led to an upset of several higher-ranked teams. Read on...
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    Boys swim team heads to state meet Nov. 2-4

    Good luck to the boys swimming team as it heads to the state meet Nov. 2-4 in St. Peters, Mo.! Trent Oberlander, Seth Hammack, and Brady Terry qualified in individual events. All three relay teams (200 Medley, 200 Free, and 400 Free) qualified for State. Read on...
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    Public invited to first Ray-Pec STEAM Expo

    The public is invited to the District's first STEAM Expo, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Ray-Pec High School. The free event will showcase middle and high school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, math, and culinary arts. Read on...
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    Please share input about future priorities for District

    The District would like your input as it revises its Strategic Plan. Please take a few minutes to complete a survey indicating your top priorities about where the District should focus its energy and resources over the next five years. Read on...
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    Forensics and Debate students bring home awards from tournaments

    Congrats to Ray-Pec Forensics and Debate students! At the Rockhurst Tournament, RP averaged more points per entry than any other school and placed 2nd in the individual events sweepstakes. At Blue Springs, RP won the individual events sweepstakes. Read on...
  24. Image of Lezlie Waltz and students after receiving grant award

    Foundation Prize Patrol awards 15 grants across District

    Lezlie Waltz's music classes will have some new rhythm instruments, thanks to a grant from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. The foundation's "Prize Patrol" visited schools on Oct. 19, surprising teachers with a total of $5,940 in grants. Read on...
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    Board approves annual audit of District finances

    The Board of Education on Oct. 19 approved the annual audit of the District's finances. The auditor complimented District staff on preparation for the audit and recognized the Board's commitment to strong financial planning and management. Read on...
  26. SMS choir at NBA game web

    South Middle School choir students sing at NBA game

    South Middle School performing choirs “Cadenza” (8th Advanced), “The Interludes” (7th), and some students from “The Chromatics” (6th) and Jazz Ensembles combined to sing The National Anthem at the NBA Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat Game on Oct. 13. Read on...
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    Three students selected for All State Choir

    Sarah Scott, Katie Clewell, and Talmage Kelley were selected for the All State Honor Choir! They are pictured with Teacher Stephen Rew, second from right. The All State Choir will perform at the Missouri Music Educators Conference in January. Read on...
  28. EMS Food Experience 8 web

    Students sample foods from other countries

    As sixth graders learn about other countries and languages, the lessons also include food. Students in the Cultures and Languages Around the World class at RPEMS recently learned about France, while students at RPSMS started by learning about Germany. Read on...
  29. Foundation Showcase

    Learn about programs of Ray-Pec Public School Foundation

    Come and learn more about the activities and programs of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation at the Foundation Showcase, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Centerview, 227 Municipal Circle, Raymore. Refreshments will be served.
  30. Bruflat and Diepenbrock

    RPHS has two National Merit Commended Students

    Two Ray-Pec High School Seniors, Shane Bruflat and Trevor Diepenbrock, have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students nationwide are being recognized for exceptional academic promise. Read on...
  31. Board at podium MSBA web

    School Board members attend and present at state conference

    All seven members of the Ray-Pec Board of Education attended the recent Missouri School Boards' Association annual conference in Lake Osage, Mo. Four Board members presented in break-out sessions. This photo is from one of the sessions. Read on...
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    Daily Grind coffee shop featured at statewide meeting

    School Board members and school leaders attending the recent Missouri School Boards' Association annual conference learned about the Rp Daily Grind, a coffee shop managed by students and located in the library media center at Ray-Pec High School. Read on...
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    Choir students perform at Kansas City Renaissance Festival

    Ray-Pec choir students, under the direction of Teacher Stephen Rew, performed several times on Oct. 7 at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
  34. Forum Invitation web

    Public invited to help determine "What's Next for Ray-Pec?"

    The public is invited to a community forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Ray-Pec High School to learn more about the Strategic Planning process, reflect upon a list of potential strategies, suggest additional strategies, and rank strategies. Read on...
  35. Braden Zaner Varsity Boys CC web

    Sophomore leads Panther boys at Conference cross country meet

    Sophomore Braden Zaner placed 10th and medaled at the Suburban Gold Conference Cross Country meet on Oct. 7. Braden led the Panthers with a time of 16.52.9. He also received Second Team All-Conference honors. Ray-Pec placed 6th as a team. Read on...
  36. Varsity Girls CC win conference web

    Girls are Suburban Gold Conference cross country champions

    Conference champions! The Ray-Pec girls cross country team won the Suburban Gold Conference meet. Ray-Pec was first with 51 points, followed by Blue Springs South, 55, and Lee's Summit West, 59. Miranda Dick led with Panthers, placing 2nd overall. Read on...
  37. Hemmingsen at BOE meeting web

    School Board honors Teacher Patrick Hemmingsen

    High School Science Teacher Patrick Hemmingsen was recognized at the Sept. 28 School Board meeting as one of 38 public educators selected to receive the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. He is pictured here with Board Member Ruth Johnson. Read on...
  38. EMS SOM SEPTEMBER 2017 web

    Ray-Pec East Middle School announces Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month for September! Read on...
  39. Academic awards web

    Student achievement honored at Ray-Pec High School

    RPHS honored students with academic honors earned during 2016-2017. Students were honored for earning an Academic Letter, receiving the Lamp of Learning, placing in the top 10% of their class, AP Scholarship, and high IB Psychology scores. Read on...
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    Families check out big trucks at Transportation Station night

    Young children and their families explored big trucks during "Transportation Station" night on Sept. 26 at Shull Early Learning Center. The event was planned for families who participate in Parents as Teachers and families with children attending Shull.
  41. RP girls tennis at ind sectionals web

    Ray-Pec doubles team headed to state tennis tournament

    Patricia Moore (left) and Josephine Moore (right) are headed to the state tennis tournament in doubles. The pair defeated Springfield Central 6-4, 6-4, during sectional competition on Oct. 3. Erica Cornell (center) also competed at sectionals in singles. Read on...
  42. Band competition web

    Panther Pride Marching Band places 2nd at contest

    The Panther Pride Marching Band placed 1st in the large class during preliminary competition and second place in the finals at the Carl Junction Marching Festival on Sept. 30! Way to go!
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    Girls tennis team fares well at Districts

    The girls tennis team competed on Sept. 29 in individual events at the district competition. Patricia and Josephine Moore placed 1st in doubles. Erica Cornell placed 1st in singles, and Alicia Atkinson was 3rd in singles. Read on...
  44. Girls KC Metro Champs web

    Girls win KC Metro Classic cross country meet

    Congrats to the girls cross country team for winning the KC Metro Championships on Sept. 30. Ray-Pec hosted this meet, which includes the best schools from the Kansas City metro area. Five of the seven girls received individual medals. Read on...
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    Patrick Hemmingsen honored with national teaching award

    Science teacher Patrick Hemmingsen is one of 38 public educators who is receiving the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. He was given a $650 check during a faculty meeting and will be honored in Washington, D.C., next February. Read on...
  46. RP District Tennis Champions web

    Girls tennis team wins District championship

    District champions! On Sept. 27, the girls tennis team defeated Joplin 5-1 to win the team district title. Pictured, from left: Emrie Ianniello, Madelyn Zalewski, Josephine Moore, Erica Cornell, Patricia Moore, Alicia Atkinson, and Faith Swenson. Read on...
  47. D.A.R. Presentation to RE web

    Retired teacher donates books and supplies to Raymore Elementary

    Retired teacher Denise Miller, center, recently presented art supplies to Raymore Elementary School Art Teacher Kellee Clark, left, and books to Library Media Specialist Kat Pogatshnik, right. Miller obtained the items in a silent auction. Read on...
  48. Alaina Gatz web

    Ray-Pec 6th grader to compete in American Royal youth rodeo

    Alaina Gatz, a sixth grader at Ray-Pec South Middle School, has qualified for the American Royal Youth Invitational Rodeo. Alaina will compete in Junior Barrel Racing on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28. Read on...
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    South Middle School recognizes September Students of the Month

    Eighth grader Ruben Angel was also a Student of the Month for September at Ray-Pec South Middle School.
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    South Middle School announces Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Students of the Month for September at Ray-Pec South Middle School. Read on...
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    First-ever alumni band performs at Homecoming

    The first ever Alumni Band performed with the Panther Pride Marching Band before Friday's football game. Former band members and band directors joined current students and directors to march and play the school fight song and the National Anthem.
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    Foundation hosts tailgate party for Ray-Pec alumni and staff

    Thanks to everyone who attended the Alumni/Staff tailgate party on Sept. 22 before the Homecoming football game. Special guests included the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, the Alumni Band members, and the classmates from the Class of 1997!
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    Foundation honors Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

    Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at half-time: Chase Coffman with son Elijah; Cory Kauffman's wife, Tricia Kauffman, with daughter Margaret; Kauffman's mother, Nancy DuVall; Sarah VanHooser Suiter; Cheryl Klein; and Foundation President Phil Parke. Read on...
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    Homecoming King and Queen crowned

    Congratulations to the Homecoming King Logan Daniels and Queen India Kittrell! India was crowned at the Sept. 22 Homecoming football game. Logan was announced and crowned at the Sept. 23 night dance. Read on...
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    Shatford speaks to Rotary Club about Early Learning

    Mary Shatford, Director of Shull Early Learning Center, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 20 Belton-Raymore Rotary Club meeting. She shared information about the relocation and expansion of early childhood programs in the Ray-Pec School District.
  56. Rotary SOM Felz and Green web

    Rotary Club honors Students of the Month

    Brett Felz, left, and Alexandra Green, center, were honored on Sept. 21 by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club as the Ray-Pec High School Students of the Month for September. They are pictured with Club President Cami Marcom. Read on...
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    Board work session includes early childhood update

    The School Board met in a work session on Sept. 14 to hear updates about strategic planning and early childhood education, to review a Board self-evaluation, and to discuss hardship waiver requests. Watch the meeting: Additional Info...
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    Ray-Pec Homecoming game is Friday, Sept. 22

    The Ray-Pec High School Homecoming football game is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Panther Stadium. The Alumni Band will perform before the game. During halftime, the Distinguished Alumni and Homecoming Queen candidates will be introduced. Read on...
  59. Homecoming Candidates Seniors

    Congratulations to candidates for Homecoming King and Queen

    These seniors are candidates for Homecoming King and Queen. Back row: Logan Daniels, Noah Durham, Brett Felz, and Ben Luebbert. In front: Cassie Kruse, India Kittrell, Chloe Richardson, and Amy Cambridge. Not pictured: Ross Lagis and Sadie Harmon. Read on...
  60. Homecoming Candidates Juniors

    Junior students nominated for Homecoming Court

    Congratulations to these Ray-Pec High School juniors on being nominated for the 2017 Homecoming Court! In the back row: Dominic Sanders, Austin Gardner, and Garrett Reasoner. In the front row: Emily Buasri, Janae Thurston, and Julia Fenaroli. Read on...
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    College and Career Fair set for Sept. 21 at High School

    The College and Career Fair on Sept. 21 will include nearly 70 representatives from 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, unions, trades, and military branches. Seniors will attend from 9:15 to 9:50 a.m. Juniors will attend from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Read on...
  62. Homecoming Candidates Sophmores

    Sophomores nominated for Homecoming Court

    Congratulations to these sophomores on being nominated for Homecoming attendants! In the back row: Peyton Ball, Luke Grimm, and Jackson Hilsabeck. In the front row: Paige Whitney, Kate Lagis, and Rylee Blake. Read on...
  63. Homecoming Candidates Freshmen

    Freshmen nominated for Homecoming Court

    Congratulations to these freshmen, who are candidates for the Homecoming Court. In the back row: Spencer Barr, Gunner Griffin, and Deshon Adams. In the front row: Faith Durham, Kylie Herndon, and Isabela Hinken. Read on...
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    First Church of Peculiar donates $3,000 to CAN food program

    First Church of Peculiar donated $3,000 to support the Caring About Nutrition program of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. Accepting the donation are Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director, and Allison Bruflat, Board Member.
  65. Womens choir web

    Students selected for Women's Honor Choir

    Congratulations to Katlyn Taylor, MacKenzie Waide, and Avery Nickles, who were selected to perform in the West Central District Women's Honor Choir. They auditioned on Sept. 9. The choir will perform in a concert on Oct. 14 at Oak Grove High School. Read on...
  66. District Choir web

    RPHS singers selected for All District Honor Choir

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School students selected to perform in the West Central All District Honor Choir. Students auditioned on Sept. 9. The honor choirs will perform in a concert on Oct. 14 at Oak Grove High School. Read on...
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    ACT composite score for Class of 2017 is above state average

    The 2017 graduating class earned an average score of 20.9 on the ACT, compared to the state average of 20.4. This is the second RPHS graduating class in which virtually every student had the opportunity to take the ACT. Read on...
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    Strategic Planning Committee considers 'What's next for Ray-Pec?'

    A newly formed Strategic Planning Committee will help revise and update the District's plan. The first meeting was Sept. 5. The committee includes approximately 50 stakeholders, with opportunities for community-wide feedback later this fall. Read on...
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    High School students learn computer repair in IT class

    Students in the IT Essentials class at Ray-Pec High School learn to disassemble and reassemble Acer Chromebook computers as part of first steps toward earning a certification that can help a student obtain a job in the information technology field. Read on...
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    District sets total tax levy at $4.9122

    The School Board approved the 2017 tax levy rate at $4.9122, a decrease from the rate of $5.0397 that had been in place since 2004. The 2017 rate includes an operating levy of $3.5739 and a debt service levy of $1.3383 per $100 of assessed value. Read on...
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    District to offer ACT as one choice to high school juniors

    This year, juniors will have the option of 4 assessments, including the ACT. Previously, the state of Missouri funded the opportunity for juniors to take the ACT. The state will not pay for the test this year. In spring 2018, Ray-Pec will pay the costs. Read on...
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    Foundation announces 4 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

    The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation announces four recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award: Chase Coffman, Cory Kauffman, Cheryl Klein, and Sarah VanHooser Suiter. They will be honored on Sept. 22. Read on...
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    MOD Pizza donates $5,749 to Ray-Pec Cares

    MOD Pizza recently presented the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation with a check for $5,749 from its grand opening day sales. The money is earmarked for Ray-Pec Cares. Thanks to all who participated in the grand opening!
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    School Board thanks KCP&L for work at Shull Early Learning Center

    The School Board thanked KCP&L for working with the District to upgrade equipment and bury electrical lines near the Shull Early Learning Center playground. Board Vice President Kim York is pictured with Carter Morrison, field construction supervisor. Read on...
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    Traffic flow reminders for the main Ray-Pec campus

    The first day of school is Wednesday! If you are driving to the main campus, remember that School Road is closed for construction from Peculiar Way north to the Fire Station. To help traffic flow smoothly, follow the traffic guidelines in the link. Read on...
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    Board celebrates new name at Ray-Pec South Middle School

    On Aug. 21, School Board members commemorated the new school name at Raymore-Peculiar South Middle School. Board members visited the school during Meet the Teacher Night. The building was previously used as a second building for the High School. Read on...
  77. BOE at Eagle Glen web

    Board commemorates new name for Eagle Glen Elementary School

    On Aug. 21, the School Board commemorated the new school name at Eagle Glen Elementary School. Board members visited the schools during the Meet the Teacher Night events. Eagle Glen was previously an intermediate school for fifth and sixth grades. Read on...
  78. BOE at Bridle Ridge web

    School Board commemorates new name for Bridle Ridge Elementary School

    On Aug. 21, the School Board commemorated the new school name at Bridle Ridge Elementary School. From left: Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Susan Edmonsond, Ruth Johnson, Principal Missy Mattingly, Kim York, Kim Bailey, and Ryan Wescoat. Read on...
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    Taking a break to watch the eclipse

    Many Ray-Pec staff members took time to watch the solar eclipse. Although our community was outside the path of totality, staff wearing eclipse glasses could see the eclipse that peaked about 1:05 p.m., when the moon obscures 99.5 percent of the sun.
  80. PE grant web

    Foundation donated $100 physical education grant to Raymore Elementary

    The Foundation Board presented a $100 grant to Raymore Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Rebecca Dobson. The funds were raised during the Foundation's annual Make a Difference (MAD) 5K. Participants voted for a school to receive a PE grant. Read on...
  81. Lemonade stand web

    Girls donate lemonade stand proceeds to Foundation's CAN program

    Three young Stonegate Elementary School students conducted a lemonade stand and donated the $218.16 to the Caring About Nutrition program! The girls conducted the lemonade stand in their neighborhood and at their grandmother's house in Kansas City. Read on...
  82. Donors web

    District dedicates Shull Early Learning Center

    On Aug. 17, the District dedicated the Shull Early Learning Center. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees told about the District's expansion of early childhood programs at the Shull school. The expanded playground was made possible in part by donations. Read on...
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    Solar Eclipse is today

    Today, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the United States. For Raymore and Peculiar, the eclipse will start about 11:41 a.m., with the peak eclipse at 1:04 p.m. The eclipse will end at approximately 2:36 p.m. Read on...
  84. HS Learning Stairs web

    District conducts dedication at Ray-Pec High School

    Hundreds of people helped the District celebrate at a dedication ceremony Aug. 17 at Ray-Pec High School. With a major addition and extensive renovation, approximately 130,000 square feet has been added to the school. Read on...
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    District recognizes employees for 10 years of service

    Thanks to these employees for 10 years of service to the Ray-Pec School District. They received pins at the Aug. 16 all-staff Convocation. Read on...
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    District honors employees for 10 years of service

    The District on Aug. 16 honored these employees for 10 years of service. They received pins during the all-staff convocation. Read on...
  87. 20-year pins web

    Employees honored for 20 years of service in the Ray-Pec School District

    Thanks to these employees for 20 years of service in the Ray-Pec School District! They were honored on Aug. 16 at the all-staff Convocation. Cindy Watson was inadvertently missed for this photo, so please give her an extra thanks if you see her! Read on...
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    Dedication ceremonies set for Thursday, Aug. 17, at Shull and High School

    The District will celebrate new construction and renovated facilities with dedication ceremonies on Thursday, Aug. 17, at Shull Early Learning Center and Ray-Pec High School. The high school dedication ceremony will be followed by an open house. Read on...
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    Powder Puff football game ends in 6-6 tie

    Sunday's Powder Puff football game between the Prowlers dance team and the Varsity Cheerleaders ended in a 6-6 tie. There were also featured performances by the "Growlers" and the "Meerleaders." (Photo by Victor Carr)
  90. New teacher meeting

    District welcomes 48 new teachers for 2017-2018!

    The District welcomed new teachers for training and meetings on Aug. 11, 14, and 15 to kickoff the school year. All staff reported back to work on Aug. 16 to participate in training, meetings, and other preparations for the start of school. Read on...
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    School Road closed from 211th to fire station

    When traveling to/from the main Raymore-Peculiar campus this fall, please be aware that School Road is closed from Peculiar Way to the fire station through Nov. 1. The District has established guidelines to help traffic flow smoothly during construction. Read on...
  92. Budget Preview picture_edited web

    School Board approves 2017-2018 budget focused on Student Success

    The School Board on July 27 approved the revised budget for 2017-2018 that continues to reflect the District's primary focus of Student Success. The budget includes the expansion of the Project Lead the Way program and early childhood education. Read on...
  93. BOE recognizes IB Diploma graduates web

    Board recognizes first class of graduates with IB diplomas

    The School Board on July 27 recognized students who graduated in May 2017 with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. This was the first year for Ray-Pec High School to have students graduate with an IB Diploma. Read on...
  94. BOE recognizes Readers Theatre web

    Board recognizes State Champion Readers Theatre cast

    The School Board honored theatre students for winning the state championship in Readers Theatre for the performance of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" at the Missouri State High School Activities Association speech, debate, and theatre tournament. Read on...
  95. 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...
  96. 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...
  98. 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...
  99. 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.
  100. 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...
  102. 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...
  103. 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...
  104. 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...
  105. 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...
  106. LS Masonic Lodge donates to CAN web

    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.
  107. DSCF3162 web

    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...
  108. 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...
  109. 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...
  110. 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...
  111. 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...
  112. 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...
  113. 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...
  114. 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...
  115. 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...
  116. 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...
  118. 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...
  119. 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...
  121. 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.
  122. 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...
  123. 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...
  124. 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...
  125. 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...
  126. 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...
  127. 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...
  129. 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...
  130. 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...
  131. 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...
  132. 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...
  133. 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.
  134. 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...
  135. Weight room 3 web

    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...
  136. DSCF3068 web

    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...
  137. 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...
  138. 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.
  139. 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...
  140. 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...
  141. 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...
  143. 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...
  145. 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...
  146. 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...
  147. 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...
  148. IMG_0032 web

    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...
  150. 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...
  151. BOE recognition welders  web

    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...
  153. 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...
  154. 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...
  155. 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...
  156. TC Luke rotate web

    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...
  157. 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...
  158. 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...
  159. 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...
  160. 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...
  161. 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...
  163. 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...
  164. 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...
  165. 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...
  166. 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...
  167. Lions Club donates to CAN web

    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...
  168. 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.
  169. 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...
  171. 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...
  172. 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...
  173. 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...
  174. 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...
  175. 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...
  176. 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...
  177. 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...
  178. 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...
  179. 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...
  180. 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...
  182. 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...
  183. 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...
  184. 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...
  186. 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...
  187. 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...
  189. 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...
  190. 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...
  191. 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...
  192. 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...
  193. 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...
  194. 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...
  195. 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...
  196. 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...
  197. 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.
  198. 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...
  199. 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.
  200. 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.
  201. 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...
  202. 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...
  203. 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...
  204. 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...
  205. 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...
  206. 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...
  207. 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...
  208. 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.
  209. 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...
  210. 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...
  211. 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.
  212. 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...
  213. 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...
  214. 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...
  215. 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.
  216. 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...
  217. 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...
  218. 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...
  219. 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...
  220. 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...
  221. 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...
  222. 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...
  223. 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...
  224. 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...
  225. 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...
  226. 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...
  227. 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...
  228. 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...
  229. 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...
  230. 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...
  231. 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...
  232. 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...
  233. 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.
  234. 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...
  235. 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...
  236. 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.
  237. 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...
  238. 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...
  239. 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...
  240. 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...

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