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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 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  7. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
  11. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  16. 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...
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    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...
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    Election results

    Congratulations to Bill Lowe and Aaron Howlett, who were elected on Tuesday to 3-year terms on the Ray-Pec School Board! Unofficial election results show Lowe with 623 votes and Howlett with 567 votes. They will take the oath of office at 6 p.m. April 15. Read on...
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    You are invited: Mental Health series

    YouMatterRayPec is continuing its Mental Wellness series with a conversation about how to talk to children about mental health and suicide. The session is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Centerview, Raymore. The speaker is Dr. Erin Jewell Burks, DO. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec theatre students advance to state

    Congratulations to members of the Ray-Pec forensics and debate team for their success at the district tournament over Spring Break! The top four places at the district tournament qualified to the state tournament next month. Read on for state qualifiers: Read on...
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    RPHS students earn many awards at state journalism contest

    Ray-Pec High School journalism students brought home many awards from the state journalism contest on March 25. JDAY is sponsored by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association on the campus of the University of Missouri, Columbia. Read on...
  23. EMS SOM March 2019

    RPEMS honors March Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the March Students of the Month at East Middle School! They were recognized for the character trait of empathy. Front row, 8th grade. Middle row, 7th grade. Top row, 6th grade. Read on...
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    Band and choir students qualify for state

    Wow! Fifty-eight Ray-Pec High School instrumental and vocal music students are headed to state following the Solo/Ensemble District Festival March 23 in Grain Valley. Read on...
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    Kindergarten Roundup is March 27

    Parents of children who will turn age 5 before Aug. 1, 2019, are invited to attend Kindergarten Roundup. Please attend one session (5 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, March 27, at the school your child will attend for the 2019-2020 school year. Read on...
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    Board honors spelling champion

    The Board on March 25 honored 8th grader Miles Sellami, the Cass County Spelling Bee champion. He will represent Ray-Pec and Cass County in May at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Miles is pictured with School Board Member Bill Lowe. Read on...
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    Peculiar Elementary students perform musical

    The first grade students at Peculiar Elementary performed "Amazing Animals" on March 14 under the direction of Music Teacher Katie Schork. Students learned five songs about animals, including "We Love our Pets," "Redbird," and "Ladybug in my Soda." Read on...
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    KC Chorale Director Charles Bruffy works with RPHS Concert Choir

    Ray-Pec High School Concert Choir members had a local legend among them on Thursday, March 14, as three-time Grammy Award winner Charles Bruffy, director of the Kansas City Chorale, visited. The choir is preparing for the Festival of Gold in Nashville. Read on...
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    PreK Registration and Enrollment set for April 2

    Parents of children who will be 4 years old before Aug. 1 are invited to attend Pre-Kindergarten registration and enrollment on Tuesday, April 3, at Shull Early Learning Center, 11706 E. 211th St. Parents may attend either the 5 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. session. Read on...
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    Congresswoman Hartzler visits Ray-Pec

    Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler visited Ray-Pec on March 15 to meet with Board members and District leaders. Hartzler was eager to hear about programs and successes in the District, and how schools are helping to prepare students for college and careers. Read on...
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    Happy Pi Day!

    Happy Pi Day (March 14) from Joe O'Neal's 6th hr Calculus class at Ray-Pec High School!
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    Ray-Pec 8th grader Miles Sellami wins Cass County Spelling Bee

    He's headed to Washington, D.C.! RPEMS eighth grader and District spelling champion Miles Sellami won the Cass County Spelling Bee on March 13 to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Five spellers participated in the county Spelling Bee. Read on...
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    Spencer Barr selected for Sophomore Pilgrimage

    Sophomore Spencer Barr was nominated by his teachers to attend the Sophomore Pilgrimage, which will take place on April 9. One sophomore from each high school in Missouri is selected to attend the annual event. Read on...
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    RPSMS announces February Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec South Middle School Students of the Month for February! They were recognized for the character trait Honesty. Read on...
  35. RPHS Yearbook honor

    RPHS yearbook featured in publisher's idea book

    Walsworth yearbooks just released its new idea book, Possibilities, featuring The Panther yearbook as an outstanding source of inspiration for yearbook staffs around the country. The book features 248 elementary, middle and high school yearbook examples. Read on...
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    RP grad's debut picture book launches this week

    The launch of a new children's book this week has a special tie to the Ray-Pec School District. "Wings," a sweet rhyming story about a baby bird, is the debut picture book written by RPHS 1996 graduate Cheryl Klein. It is illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Read on...
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    Summer School planning is under way

    The start date for Summer School 2019 has not yet been determined. Schedules and course offerings will be announced in the next few weeks. Summer School for students in grades K-8 will again feature 2-week units. The full summer school will be 4 weeks. Read on...
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    Teacher shares about Senior DRIVE projects

    RPHS English Teacher Jennifer Gingrich spoke to the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club on March 6 about the Senior DRIVE Projects required of seniors enrolled in English IV. Community members are needed to serve as judges for the April 24 DRIVE Community Night. Additional Info...
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    Rotary Club honors RPHS Students of the Month

    The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club on March 6 honored Tayler Bates, center, and Skyler Roberson, right, as the February Students of the Month from Ray-Pec High School. They are pictured with Club President Kris Turnbow. Each month, the club honors 2 seniors. Read on...
  40. Sarah Chellberg at D.C.

    Ray-Pec Child Nutrition Director attends national meetings

    RP Child Nutrition Director Sarah Chellberg attended the School Nutrition Association Legislative Action Conference Feb. 24-26 in Washington. Chellberg, who is president-elect of Missouri SNA, also attended the School Nutrition Industry Conference. Read on...
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    Boys selected for All-District basketball teams

    Congratulations to Jordan Jermain, left, and Kian Scroggins, center, for being named to the All-District basketball team. Matthew Harrison, right, made the Honorable Mention team. These 3 helped lead the Panthers to 2nd place in the District tournament.
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    Thanks to our Ray-Pec School Board members!

    The School Board was celebrated at its Feb. 28 meeting. Thanks to our Board members for their service! Front, from left: President Ruth Johnson, Ashley Jones, Susan Edmonsond, and Kim York. Back row: Vice President Paul Coffman, Bill Lowe, and Billy King. Read on...
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    School Board honors volleyball coach

    The Board on Feb. 28 honored Ray-Pec High School Volleyball Coach Aubri (Renshaw) Janes for being selected as one of Thirty Under 30 High School Coaches by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Aubri is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Read on...
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    Board honors state champion Tech Challenge Team

    The School Board on Feb. 28 honored the Missouri Grand Champion Technical Challenge Team from Ray-Pec High School. Pictured, from left: Riley Linn, Becca Bessette, Zach Scott, Devyn Phillips, Nick Hime, and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Read on...
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    School Board honors All-State wrestlers

    The School Board on Feb. 28 honored All-State wrestlers Clint Herrick, left, and Kanen Huff. They are pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Clint placed 3rd in the 182-lb weight class & Kanen placed 4th in the 138-lb weight class at state. Read on...
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    RPHS places 2nd in overall sweepstakes at Neosho Tournament

    RPHS Speech and Debate students placed 2nd in the overall sweepstakes from among 44 schools at the Neosho Varsity Tournament. Tevin Chavez and Alec Heriford placed first in Duo Interpretatiom and Ella Schnake was 1st in Program Oral Interpretation. Read on...
  47. Gracie Allan RPHS Class of 2019

    RPHS Senior is accepted into accelerated medical program

    Senior Gracie Allan has been accepted to Missouri Southern State University’s “Yours to Lose” Accelerated Medical Program, which allows her to earn her bachelor’s degree in 3 years and be automatically accepted into Kansas City University Medical School. Read on...
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    RPSMS students compete in archery tournament

    Thirty-five students from South Middle School competed on Feb. 14 in the school’s annual Lifetime Sports archery tournament. Finishing in third place was Hayden Kurtz, second place was Peyton Claus, and the tournament champion was Holden Kephart. Read on...
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    More than 300 students participate in annual Physical Night

    Physical Night at Ray-Pec High School was a huge success, with more than 300 student-athletes receiving an exam. The physical meets the requirement for activities this spring and next school year. The event was made possible by help from many volunteers! Read on...
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    RPHS DECA students qualify for State Conference

    Congratulations to 15 Panthers for qualifying for the State DECA Conference set for March 24-26 in Kansas City. They qualified based on results from the District 3 Conference. Students competed in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship events. Read on...
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    11th annual Lucky 13.1 Half Marathon and 5K is set for March 16

    Sign up now for the 11th annual Lucky 13.1 half-marathon and 5K. Start time is at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at RPHS Panther Stadium. Registration is $25 for the 5K or $48 for the half marathon. Prices go up after March 1. Additional Info...
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    Ray-Pec High School announces February Students of the Month

    Here are the February Students of the Month at RPHS! From left: Cameron Gillespie and Makenzie Stucker are honored by the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club, and Skyler Roberson and Tayler Bates are being recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.
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    Major Saver card sale fundraiser is under way!

    The 2019 Major Saver discount card campaign continues through March 4. Elementary and middle school students are selling $15 cards with 21 special offers. Last year, students helped the Foundation and the participating schools raise more than $29,000. Read on...
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    February Students of the Month at East Middle School

    Congratulations to the February Students of the Month at Ray-Pec East Middle School! Front row: 8th Graders. Middle row: 7th Graders. Top row: 6th Graders. Read on...
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    Bridle Ridge students learn about empathy

    Bridle Ridge Elementary School students meet on cross-grade level Mustang Teams to learn important skills such as Positive Intent and Assertiveness. These students are helping each other learn to be empathetic towards others! Read on...
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    Raymore Elementary assembly focuses on the Power of Positive Intent

    In January, Raymore Elementarystudents attended a school-wide assembly focused on “Positive Intent – The Power of Love” with a message to choose to see the best in others. The emphasis was on cooperation, problem-solving, showing compassion and kindness. Read on...
  57. Clint Herrick 3rd place at state

    Clint Herrick places 3rd at state wrestling meet

    Congratulations to Clint Herrick, who placed 3rd in the state for the 182-lb weight class!
  58. Kanen Huff 4th place at state

    Kanen Huff places 4th at state wrestling meet

    Congratulations to Kanen Huff, who finished the wrestling season by placing 4th in the state for the 138-lb class.
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    Ray-Pec announces 2019 Teacher of the Year finalists

    The Raymore-Peculiar School District announces the finalists for 2019 Teacher of the Year: Samantha Allen, Jenni Beck, Andrea Calkins, Kristan Gutierrez, Jeff Moore, Sophia Newmaster, Lynn Noirfalise, Tammy Novak, Laura Streeby, and Jennifer Vacca. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec announces 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year finalists

    Congrats to the 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year finalists: Elizabeth Breier, Peggy Brotherton-Ford, Deanna Brucker, Karla Heinrich, Christine Huggins, Karen Moore, Corrie Posey, and Glenda Whitaker. They will be honored at an April 10 banquet. Read on...
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    Girls swim team competes at state tournament

    The RPHS girls swim team competed in two relays and three individual events at the state tournament! The girls did not qualify for the finals. The team included: Kayla Cea, Hillary Elrod, Deana Eshleman, Avery Perry, Sydney Sampson, and Hannah York. Read on...
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    RPHS to present comedy "See How They Run"

    Ray-Pec High School announces performances of the comedy, "See How They Run." Shows are scheduled in the RPHS Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-16, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. To reserve tickets, call 892-3999, ext. 2400. $5 for students and $7 for adults. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec FBLA students qualify for state

    Congratulations to these Ray-Pec FBLA members and teams placing in the top five in their events at the District Leadership Competition on Feb. 5 at the University of Central Missouri. State qualifiers will compete April 14-16 in Springfield. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec forensics and debate students compete at Conference Tournament

    Ray-Pec High School forensics and debate students placed second in the individual events sweepstakes and third in the overall sweepstakes at the Greater KC Suburban Conference Tournament Gold Division on Feb 8-9. Read on for individual results. Read on...
  65. Wrestling District Champion Team

    Ray-Pec wins wrestling district, qualifies 9 boys to state

    RPHS won the district championship and qualified 9 individual boys to state following the Class 4, District 3, wrestling tournament on Feb. 8-9! Last week, two Ray-Pec girls advanced to state. The state wrestling tournament is Feb. 14-16 at Mizzou Arena. Read on...
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    Food Drive to benefit Caring About Nutrition

    A week-long food drive benefits the Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program. Bring donations to any elementary or middle school or the Raymore Chamber of Commerce. The event will end with a food drive on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Raymore Price Chopper. Read on...
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    Kindergarten classes celebrate the 100th day of school

    The 100th day of school was Monday, Feb. 4, in the Raymore-Peculiar School District. Creekmoor Elementary School kindergarten teachers dressed as 100-year-old teachers to celebrate the day.
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    Foundation awards more than $13,000 in classroom grants

    The Foundation Prize Patrol traveled the District on Jan. 31 to present more than $13,000 in grant awards. Members of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board visited every school, surprising teachers and students during the semi-annual "prize patrol.” Read on...
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    Cheerleaders place 13th at national competition

    The RPHS cheerleaders attended a national competition for the first time in school history. After placing 1st at regionals and 2nd at state, the squad placed 13th at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) High School Nationals Jan. 26-27 in Dallas. Read on...
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    Prowlers win awards at national dance competition

    Congrats to the Ray-Pec High School Prowlers dance team! At the Dance Team Union Nationals Feb. 1-3 in Orlando, Fla., the Prowlers advanced to finals with all three routines they performed. The team finished 4th in mix, 5th in pom, and 12th in jazz. Read on...
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    Students use Lego WeDo sets for engineering activities

    When Ray-Pec Foundation Board members arrived at Eagle Glen Elementary School on Jan. 31 to award classroom grants, they were able to see second graders using Lego WeDo sets that were purchased from a grant last year. Read on...
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    Annual Performance Report score: 98.7 percent

    Ray-Pec has achieved a 98.7 percent score on its Annual Performance Report from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The report includes student achievement data, graduation rates, attendance rates, and other indicators. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec places 3rd in sweepstakes at Staley Tournament

    RPHS forensics and debate students placed third in the Varsity Sweepstakes at the Staley High School Varsity Tournament on Feb 1 and 2. Tevin Chavez and Alec Heriford placed first in Duo Interpretation. Tevin also placed first in Dramatic Interpretation. Read on...
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    Two RPHS girls advance to state wrestling tournament

    Sophomores Shelby Patterson and Tatum Westendorf qualified for the girls wrestling state tournament after District competition Feb. 1-2. It’s not just a first for Ray-Pec – this is the 1st year for MSHSAA to have a separate wrestling division for girls. Read on...
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    Two middle school students participate in Honor Band

    Two Ray-Pec South Middle School band students participated in the UMKC Midwest Honor Band Jan. 18-20. Ashton Montigny (left) and Derek Nissen (right) were selected from a group of 8th graders nominated by their director. Read on...
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    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...
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    RPHS musical performances are Jan. 31-Feb. 3 at Flex

    Ray-Pec High School will present the musical "Songs for a New World" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1, and Feb. 2; and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Ray-Pec East Middle School Flex Theatre. Tickets may be reserved now by calling 892-3999 ext. 2400. Read on...
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    5 RPHS students participate in All-State Choir

    Five singers from Ray-Pec High School participated in the 2018-19 Missouri All-State Choir on Jan. 26. Singers were selected in October for the honor. Ray-Pec broke a school record by earning 5 of 16 possible spots from the West Central District. Read on...
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    Two RPHS students perform with All-State Band

    Two RPHS students performed with the All-State Band on Jan. 26. Tammy Yang, second from left, was 1st chair percussion. Sage Buckley, second from right, was 5th chair clarinet. They are pictured with Band Teachers Travis Houston and John Wilson. Read on...
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    RPHS places 5th in combined sweepstakes at Liberty tournaments

    RPHS placed 5th out of 50 schools in the Combined Novice and Varsity Sweepstakes Jan. 18-19 at the Liberty North Varsity and Liberty HS Novice Tournaments. At the varsity tournament, Brenden Lucas and Jaden Lanza placed first in Champ Policy Debate. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec places 2nd in sweepstakes at Platte County Tourn

    RPHS forensics and debate students placed 2nd in the individual event sweepstakes and 2nd in overall sweepstakes at the Platte County Invitational Tournament Jan. 25-26. Ray-Pec placed 1st in Dramatic Interp., Prose Interp., Storytelling, and Duo Interp. Read on...
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    Board honors RPHS Senior Janae Thurston

    The School Board on Jan. 24 honored RPHS Senior Janae Thurston for being named to the All-State Volleyball team. JShe has committed to play volleyball next year for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is pictured with Board Member Ashley Jones.
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    Board honors District Spelling Bee champion

    The School Board on Jan. 24 honored Miles Sellami, the District Spelling Bee Champion. Miles, an 8th grader at Ray-Pec East Middle School, will represent Ray-Pec on March 13 at the Cass County Spelling Bee. He is pictured with Board Member Ashley Jones.
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    Ray-Pec High School honors Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the January Students of the Month at RPHS! From left: Derek Beauchamp and Miranda Dick were honored by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club; and Brandon Rayos and Magdalyn Carlson were recognized by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club.
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    8th grader Miles Sellami wins District Spelling Bee

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec East Middle School 8th grader Miles Sellami, winner of the District Spelling Bee. After nine rounds, Miles won the Bee by correctly spelling the word TRAWL. Creekmoor Elementary School 4th grader Sonam Jathaul was the runner up. Read on...
  86. Tech Challenge State Grand Champion 2019

    Tech Challenge Team wins title of State Grand Champion

    Ray-Pec’s Tech Challenge team earned the title of Grand Champion at the Missouri State Thespian Festival! RPHS theatre students had a great time at the festival Jan. 10-12 in Kansas City with more than 1,900 students from across Missouri in attendance. Read on...
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    Community Bank of Raymore donates to Foundation

    The Board of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation received a donation of $750 on Jan. 17 from the Community Bank of Raymore. Read on...
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    Peculiar Elementary temporarily adopts "Patricks" mascot

    The Peculiar Elementary "Patricks" are cheering for the Chiefs! The school changed its mascot name on the bulletin board from "Patriots" to "Patricks" as the area anticipates the Jan. 20 football game between the KC Chiefs and New England Patriots.
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    Raymore Elementary receives donation of sports equipment

    Raymore Elementary received a donation of sports equipment from Scheels! The donation was made possible by the Diesel family. P.E. Teacher Rebecca Dobson plans to start a program to let students borrow items to practice skills at home. Read on...
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    Cass Career Center students address Harrisonville School Board

    Ray-Pec High School Senior Katelynn Jungling, (far right in photo), who studies fire science at Cass Career Center, was one of several CCC students who addressed the Harrisonville Board of Education on Jan. 15 about the value of career education.
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    RPHS Seniors invite community to Self Defense Class

    RPHS Seniors Jada Yancey and Kayla Hughes are hosting a Self Defense Class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Ray-Pec High School. They have organized the event as part of the requirements to earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Read on...
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    Submit your nomination for Teacher/Support Staff Employee of the Year

    We are seeking nominations for the 2019 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year. Anyone may nominate a teacher or support staff employee by submitting a nomination letter by Feb. 1. A banquet on April 10 will honor the award finalists. Read on...
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    District expands mental health supports for students

    Under a new partnership with Compass Health Network, two licensed therapists will provide therapy services at school to Medicaid-eligible students who qualify. Expanding mental health supports for students is part of the District's Strategic Plan. Read on...
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    Nine choir students selected for national honor choirs

    These 9 students were selected to perform with the 2019 American Choral Directors Association National Honor Choirs: Katie Barber, Bailey Roe, Destinee Shaffer, LaNyah Taylor, Chloe Coons, Taylor Gardner, Kylie Hansen, Meghan Larsen, and Samuel Reicher. Read on...
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    School Board honors Cross Country runners

    The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized the girls Cross Country Team for placing third in the state as a team, and also recognized four runners for earning All-State honors for performances at the Class 4 state meet on Nov. 3 in Jefferson City. Read on...
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    School Board honors All-State Band students

    The Board on Dec. 20 recognized students selected for the All-State Band. From left to right: Tammy Yang, 1st chair, percussion; Sage Buckley, 5th chair, clarinet; Lilah Manning, 20th chair, flute, Honorable Mention Band; and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Read on...
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    School Board honors All-State Choir students

    The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized students selected for the All-State Choir. From left to right: Becca Bessette, Soprano; Chloe Coons, Soprano Alternate; Tayler Bates, Soprano Alternate; Gabby Sharp, Tenor; and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Read on...
  98. BOE 122018 honors All State Football

    Board honors two students selected for All-State Football Second Team

    The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized two students who were selected by the Missouri Football Coaches Association to the Class 6 All-State Second Team. From left to right: Senior Chase Hutchison, Board Member Paul Coffman, and Junior Luke Grimm. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec to expand online learning opportunities

    The School Board on Dec. 20 took a big step to increase online course offerings for Ray-Pec High School students. The Board approved a memorandum of understanding to provide online courses through Launch, an online academy with more than 100 classes. Read on...
  100. BOE 122018 recognition Victor Carr

    School Board thanks Victor Carr for photography

    The School Board on Dec. 20 thanked Victor Carr for his volunteer photography. He is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Thanks for sharing your time and talent taking photos of Ray-Pec activities and for generously sharing the photos. Read on...
  101. SMS SOM November 2018

    South Middle School recognizes Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec South Middle School Students of the Month for November. The character trait of the month was kindness. Read on...
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    New system will check I.D. of school visitors

    As part of continuing efforts to increase safety and security, the District plans to implement a new visitor management system after winter break. The system will screen the visitor's I.D. against the registered sex offender databases in all 50 states. Read on...
  103. RPHS SOM December 2018

    RPHS honors Students of the Month

    Congrats to the RPHS Students of the Month for December! From left: Noah Dorweiler and Julia Fenaroli were recognized by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club; and William Greble and Kathryn McCauley were recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.
  104. EMS December SOM 2018 1 (2)

    RPEMS recognizes December Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month for December! Front row (8th Grade), middle row (7th Grade), and top row (6th Grade). Read on...
  105. EMS November SOM 2018

    RPEMS recognizes November Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month for November! Front row (8th grade), middle row (7th Grade), and top row (6th Grade). Read on...
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    Please share feedback on school calendar!

    The District Calendar Committee is currently constructing a draft calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. The link on the next page takes you to a brief survey asking for input on various calendar topics. The survey will be active until Dec. 17. Read on...
  107. Varsity Cheer at state 2018

    Ray-Pec High School cheerleaders place 2nd at state!

    Congrats to the Ray-Pec High School Varsity Cheer Squad for placing 2nd at state! The Junior Varsity Squad placed 5th, and was only the second JV squad from RPHS to compete at state. The state competition was Dec. 1-2 at Lindenwood University. Read on...
  108. Varsity Truman group 2018

    Speech and debate students win awards at weekend tournaments

    Ray-Pec speech and debate students won many awards from the Truman Varsity and William Chrisman Novice tournaments on Nov. 30 and Dec 1. At Truman, Ray-Pec placed first in Informative Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, and Program Oral Interpretation. Read on...
  109. SMS SOM October 2018

    SMS recognizes October Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the October Students of the Month at Ray-Pec South Middle School! The character trait for the month was responsibility. Read on...
  110. NKC V pic

    Students win awards at NKC Speech and Debate tournament

    Jaden Lanza and Brenden Lucas placed first in Policy Debate at the North Kansas City Varsity Debate and Forensics Tournament on Nov. 16 and 17. Alissa House placed 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation, and Brenden Lucas placed 4th in Student Congress. Read on...
  111. WCMMEA Jr High Honor Choir 2018 reduce

    Middle School students participate in regional Jr. High Honor Choirs

    Congrats to the students from Ray-Pec East Middle School and Ray-Pec South Middle School who performed in the WCMMEA (West Central Missouri Music Educator Association) Jr. High Mixed Honor Choir and Treble Honor Choir on Nov. 3! Read on...
  112. EMS October 2018

    East Middle School recognizes October Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month for October! The character trait for the month was responsibility. Read on...
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    Board approves adding strings teacher for 2019-2020

    The School Board on Nov. 15 approved adding a teaching position for the 2019-2020 school year for the introduction of an orchestra/strings program. The District plans to hire a certified teacher to begin to implement the program at the middle schools. Read on...
  114. Creekmoor Character Project

    Creekmoor Elementary gives care packages to police officers

    During October, Creekmoor Elementary School students focused on the character trait of RESPECT. For the monthly character project, students honored the Raymore Police Department with "Care Packages" and thank you cards for their service to our community. Read on...
  115. Tammy Yang and Eric Sclesky

    Tammy Yang named semifinalist in Coca-Cola Scholars Program

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School Senior Tammy Yang, who has been named a semifinalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars program. A total of 1,896 students were selected as semifinalists from 95,715 applications based on academics, leadership, and service. Read on...
  116. Meritorious Budget Award at Board Meeting 111518

    District receives budget award for 4th year

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Raymore-Peculiar School District has received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. The award recognizes the District for its 2018-2019 submission. Read on...
  117. Josh Shipp Call your Shot

    Shipp encourages adults to make connections with kids

    During the Nov. 17 Good Neighbors, Strong Community event, Josh Shipp encourages adults to make connections with kids by "calling your shot" and "following through." A former at-risk foster kid, Shipp is an youth advocate, author and acclaimed speaker. Read on...
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    More than 50 RPHS students named to All-District Band

    All-District Band selections include 54 honors for Ray-Pec High School band students. Students from more than 40 schools in the West Central region of the Missouri Music Educators Association auditioned for All-District Band on Nov. 3 in Warrensburg. Read on...
  119. RP Swim 200 free relay at state

    Swim team earns All-State Honorable mention in 5 events

    Congratulations to the boys swim team on earning All-State Honorable Mention in five events at the state meet Nov. 8-9 in St. Peter's Mo. Pictured here: The 200 Free Relay (Brady Terry, Kaleb Thomas, Seth Hammack and Trent Oberlander) finished 11th. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec High School to present musical comedy "The Robber Bridegroom"

    Ray-Pec High School announces its fall musical comedy, “The Robber Bridegroom.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, and 17, and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Reserve tickets by calling 892-3999, ext. 2400. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Read on...
  121. RPSD Steam Expo 2018 FLYER

    Come to the 2nd annual STEAM Expo on Tuesday!

    You are invited to attend the 2nd annual STEAM Expo, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Raymore-Peculiar High School dome gym. This event will showcase students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.
  122. Nike girls championship

    Cross country teams have success at Nike Regional meet

    The cross country teams had their best performances in school history Nov. 11 at the Nike Cross Country Regional meet in Terre Haute, Ind. The boys placed 6th out of 80 teams in the Open Division, while the girls placed 13th in the Championship Division. Read on...
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    Forensics and Debate students bring home hardware

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School forensics and debate students on their success at recent tournaments! Pictured are participants from the Lee's Summit West Novice Tournament. Read on...
  124. Oath of office for Bill Lowe

    Bill Lowe sworn in; Ruth Johnson elected Board president

    New School Board Member Bill Lowe took the oath of office on Nov. 8. He was selected to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Kim Bailey. After Lowe was sworn in, the Board elected Ruth Johnson as president and Paul Coffman as vice president. Read on...
  125. XC All-State

    Four cross country runners earn All-State honors

    Four Ray-Pec cross country runners earned All-State honors for their performances at the Class 4 state meet on Nov. 3, 2018, in Jefferson City. From left: Junior Braden Zaner, Junior Marissa Dick, Senior Miranda Dick, and Senior Makenzie Stucker. Read on...
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    Girls cross country team wins 3rd place at state

    The Ray-Pec High School girls cross country team placed 3rd in Class 4 at the state meet on Nov. 3, 2018, in Jefferson City. The team was led by Junior Marissa Dick, 5th place; Senior Miranda Dick, 6th place; and Senior Makenzie Stucker, 23rd place. Read on...
  127. Bill Lowe 3

    Bill Lowe selected to be new School Board member

    During a special meeting on Oct. 30, the School Board selected Bill Lowe to fill a vacant seat on the Board. The oath of office will be administered to Lowe at a special meeting on Nov. 8. Lowe is being appointed to serve until the April 2019 election. Read on...
  128. Prize Patrol surprises Kat P at RE

    'Prize Patrol' awards more than $10,400 across district

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Prize Patrol traveled the District on Oct. 22 to present grant awards. Foundation Board members visited 10 schools, surprising teachers and students with oversized checks for 18 grants. The awards totaled $10,420. Read on...
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    Forensics and Debate results from Oak Park

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School forensics and debate students who competed last weekend! Ray-Pec placed fourth in the overall sweepstakes at the Park Hill Varsity Tournament. Students also competed at the Oak Park Novice Tournament (pictured). Read on...
  130. CCC October SotM

    Katelynn Jungling is Student of the Month at Cass Career Center

    Cass Career Center Fire Science student Katelynn Jungling, a senior at Ray-Pec High School, is October Student of the Month at Cass Career Center. Pictured: Jeri Ware of the Cass County Elks Lodge #2791, presents a certificate and gift card to Katelynn. Read on...
  131. Casey wins from Foundation

    Foundation awards iPad Mini to District employee

    On Oct. 18, the RP Public School Foundation Board presented an iPad Mini to Casey Thompson, administrative assistant for Administrative Services. She won a drawing from names of employees who are new supporters of the Foundation through payroll deduction.
  132. Rotary SOM Oct 2018

    Rotary Club honors RPHS Students of the Month

    The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club on Oct. 17 honored Shane Martin and Becca Bessette as the October Students of the Month from Ray-Pec High School. They are pictured with Club President Kris Turnbow.
  133. Optimist Club Students of the Month Oct 2018

    Optimist Club honors RPHS Students of the Month

    The Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club recognized Kamryn Martin and Trent Oberlander as the Ray-Pec High School Students of the Month for October. They are pictured with Club President Kevin Barber.
  134. RPEMS SOM September 2018

    RPEMS September Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the September Students of the Month at Ray-Pec East Middle School. 8th Graders are in the front row. 7th Graders are in the second row. 6th Graders are in the back row. Read on...
  135. RPSMS SOM Sept 2018

    RPSMS Students of the Month for September

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec South Middle School Students of the Month for September! These students were recognized for demonstrating Respect. Read on...
  136. Varsity forensics

    Ray-Pec High School forensics and debate results

    The Ray-Pec Forensics and Debate Team went to Blue Springs Oct. 12-13 for the opening tournament of the season. Ray-Pec placed first in forensics at the Blue Springs Varsity Tournament, and first overall at the Blue Springs South Novice tournament. Read on...
  137. All-District Choir

    Eight RP singers selected for All-State Choir

    A new record! Eight RPHS students were selected for the All-State Choir. The previous high was six in 1998. Congrats to: Becca Bessette, Kylie Hansen, Chloe Coons, Tayler B. Bates, Katie Clewell, Gabby Sharp, Samuel Reicher, and Matthew Stewart. Read on...
  138. Academic Honors Night at RPHS

    RPHS honors students for academic achievements

    Ray-Pec High School honored students with academic honors earned during 2017-2018. Recognition included the Academic Letter, the Lamp of Learning, placing in the top 10 percent of the class, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate awards. Read on...
  139. Girls Tennis 2018 District Champs

    Tennis team wins District championship

    Congrats to the varsity girls tennis team on winning the District 12 competition on Oct. 3! From left: Faith Swenson, Emrie Ianniello, Nia Phillips, Bayley Raymond , Madelyn Zalewski, and Alicia Atkinson. Next up: individual districts on Oct. 5 in Joplin. Read on...
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    Field biology students participate in monarch migration

    RPHS field biology students experienced the peak of the monarch migration on Sept. 27. Working with Teacher Mike Roberts, they observed about 100 monarchs, and tagged and released 18 monarchs. Students also released 3 that were raised in the classroom. Read on...
  141. Eagle Glen castle

    Conscious Castle of Eagle Glen

    Eagle Glen Elementary Knights are excited about the Conscious Castle of Eagle Glen. The staff and students are learning and implementing the 7 Skills of Conscious Discipline school-wide. The mural pictured above was painted by a parent volunteer. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec drumline places first at Drummit at the Summit

    The Ray-Pec Panther Pride Marching Band drumline placed first in the White Class at Drummit at the Summit percussion competition on Sept. 15 at Lee's Summit High School. Marching band is one of the arts opportunities for Ray-Pec students. Read on...
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    District seeks applicants for School Board vacancy

    There is a vacancy on the School Board as a result of the resignation of Kim Bailey, who has been appointed to the State Board of Education. The Board, by a majority vote, will appoint a replacement to serve until the next Board election in April 2019. Read on...
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    Botany students transplant milkweed in outdoor classroom

    Another hands-on learning opportunity for Ray-Pec students! Juniors and Seniors in the Ray-Pec High School Botany course (taught by Mike Roberts and Megan Walker) last week transplanted milkweed plants to the outdoor classroom just east of the pond. Read on...
  145. Kim Bailey swearing in

    Kim Bailey takes oath of office for State Board of Education

    Kim Bailey is now officially a member of the Missouri State Board of Education. Board President Charlie Shields administered the oath of office to Bailey on Sept. 18. Bailey most recently served as President of the Raymore-Peculiar School Board. Read on...
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    High School English students participate in Motivation Panel

    Students in the English 3 and English 4 classes at Ray-Pec High School participated in a Motivation Panel on Sept. 11. Adults representing a variety of careers in the Kansas City area talked about their career paths and the importance of soft skills. Read on...
  147. 2018 Homecoming Queen and King

    Ray-Pec High School Homecoming Queen and King crowned

    Congratulations to Homecoming Queen Tammy Yang and King Josh Putney and the rest of the Homecoming Court: Juniors Peyton Balfour and Jackson Hilsabeck; Sophomores Madi Hocker and Reece Dunsworth; and Freshmen Caroline Kelly and Jack Ardito.
  148. Bonner Springs varsity boys

    Cross country teams dominate at Bonner Springs Invitational

    The Ray-Pec boys and girls cross country teams dominated at the Bonner Springs Invitational on Sept. 15. Varsity boys placed first, and varsity girls placed second. The individual champion of each of the six races was from Ray-Pec! Read on...
  149. Distinguished Alumni at football game

    Foundation honors Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation honored 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Shara Brice and Danielle George during the Sept. 14 Homecoming football game! Pictured from left: Danielle George, Shara Brice, and Foundation President Phil Parke. Read on...
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    Webinar addresses role of security in schools

    Safety training: Three School Resource Officers, three campus supervisors, & Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bryan Pettengill participated in a webinar on Sept. 12 about the critical role of security in schools. Read on...
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    Meet the Ray-Pec High School Homecoming candidates

    Congratulations to the candidates for Senior Homecoming King and Queen and attendants for the Junior, Sophomore, and Freshman classes. The Queen will be announced at the Sept. 14 football game. The King will be announced at the Sept. 15 night dance. Read on...
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    Students explore college and career opportunities

    Ray-Pec High School seniors and juniors had the opportunity on Sept. 11 to visit with representatives from 85 colleges, universities, technical schools, military branches, and unions during the annual College and Career Fair.
  153. Distinguished Alumni duo

    Foundation selects two for Distinguished Alumni Award

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation announces recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award: Shara Clevenger Brice (Class of 1987) and Danielle Gowing George (Class of 1994). Both have excelled in their careers and given back to their communities. Read on...
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    Cross Country teams undefeated after Ray-Pec Invitational

    A wet and muddy course could not stop the Panthers! The boys and girls cross country teams are both undefeated and state-ranked after winning the Cass County Championships on Sept. 1 and the prestigious Ray-Pec Invitational on Sept. 8. Read on...
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    First home varsity football game is Sept. 7

    The first home football game is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, against Rockhurst! It's also Senior Night! Ray-Pec enters the contest with a 2-0 record. Tickets: $5 for adults and $3 for children. Age 55+ admitted free. The band will perform after the game. Read on...
  156. You Matter t-shirts

    #YouMatterRayPec t-shirts now available to order

    Support the #YouMatterRayPec movement by ordering a t-shirt! Shirts are $10. (Extra charge for 2XL, 3XL, and 4XL) The mission of #YouMatterRayPec is rooted in the need to come together as a community to serve our youth. Read on...
  157. Kim Bailey web

    Kim Bailey appointed to Missouri State Board of Education

    Kim Bailey has been appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education by Governor Mike Parson. Bailey was elected to the Board in 2016. She served one year as Board Vice President, and has served as School Board President since April 2017. Read on...
  158. Assessment

    Board approves assessment plan for 2018-2019

    Students in PreK through high school participate in a wide range of assessments as part of the instructional process. The Board on Aug. 23 approved the 2018-2019 plan, which includes federal- and state-mandated, and locally-developed assessments. Read on...
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    School Board sets 2018 total tax levy at $5.3622

    The School Board on Aug. 23 approved the 2018 tax levy rate at $5.3622. The rate includes an operating levy of $4.4265 and a debt service levy of $0.9357. The rate reflects a net increase of 45 cents over the 2017 rate due to voter approval of Prop R-P. Read on...
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    District honors employees for 20 years of service

    These employees were honored for completing 20 years of service in the District. They received pins at the all-staff Convocation on Aug. 8. Read on...
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    District honors employees for 10 years of service

    These employees were honored for completing 10 years of service in the District. They received pins at the all-staff Convocation on Aug. 8. (This is the second group honored.) Read on...
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    District honors employees for 10 years of service

    These employees were honored for completing 10 years of service in the District. They received pins at the all-staff Convocation on Aug. 8. (This is the first group honored.) Read on...
  163. picture day

    School Picture Day is coming

    School picture day is coming! School picture order forms are coming home with students. You may send the order form and payment with your student on Picture Day. You also may pre-order online. Read on...
  164. 30 year watches image

    District honors employees beginning 30th year

    Four employees with 29 years of service in the Districtreceived watches at the all-staff Convocation on Aug. 8 to celebrate starting their 30th year. From left: Jeff Helzer, Connie Huckeby, Barb Proctor, Angela Wilke, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees. Read on...
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    Middle Schools and High School welcome students on Preview Day

    Eighth grade cheerleaders, Student Council members, and the Husky mascot welcomed sixth graders to East Middle School on Aug. 13, for Preview Day. Sixth and ninth graders were invited to attend Preview Day to become acquainted with their new schools.
  166. Students from Little Blessings donate food to CAN

    Children donate to CAN program

    Children in the Little Blessings School-Age Child Care program at St. Paul's United Methodist Church pose with the cans that they purchased and decorated for the Ray-Pec Caring About Nutrition program! At right is CAN Volunteer Jackie Boursheski. Additional Info...
  167. Speech and Debate students honored at July 2018 Board meeting

    Board honors students for speech and debate success

    The School Board on July 26 honored four students for success at the middle school National Speech and Debate Tournament. From left: Blake Oser, Aidan Martel, Paige Showen, Madison Busby, and Board Member Ruth Johnson. Read on...
  168. Visiting kindergarten families

    Principal and counselor visit families of incoming kindergartners

    Raymore Elementary School Principal Jennika Miller, left, and Counselor Jenni Beck made home visits this week to the school's incoming kindergarten families to welcome them to the school. They gave each student a book.
  169. BOE recognizes IB diploma graduates 072618

    School Board honors IB Diploma graduates

    The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on July 26 recognized 2018 graduates who earned an International Baccalaureate diploma. Pictured, from left: Trevor Diepenbrock, Abril Fasani, Aaron Fuller, Amber Heath, Molly Johnson, and Board Member Ruth Johnson. Read on...
  170. Registration 2018 map A

    Centralized registration is Tuesday, July 31

    The second day of centralized registration for all PreK-12 students is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 31 at Ray-Pec South Middle School, 20501 S. School Rd., Peculiar. Please park and enter on the east side of the school, as shown in the map. Read on...
  171. Mrs Lucas first day

    Creekmoor Elementary welcomes new principal

    The front lawn of Creekmoor Elementary School on July 23 featured a large greeting to welcome new Principal Melissa Lucas! Mrs. Lucas has worked in the District since 2006, most recently as assistant principal intern at Raymore Elementary School. Read on...
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    Connection seen between GPA and participation in school activities

    During a recent report to the School Board, Athletic/Activities Director Tom Kruse showed how the grades of high school students involved in a sport or activity continue to be higher than students who do not participate in an activity. Read on...
  173. Girls State 2018 RP group image

    Five students represent RPHS at Missouri Girls State

    Five Ray-Pec High School students attended Missouri Girls State June 24-29 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri. From left: Mackenzie Loftin, Kamryn Martin, Tammy Yang, Jordan Wright, and Becca Bessette. The girls will be seniors this fall.
  174. Girls to Pitt State BB camp image

    Girls attend basketball camp at Pittsburg State University

    Ray-Pec girls and coaches are pictured before leaving for the Lane Lord's Women's Basketball Camp June 20-22 at Pittsburg State University.
  175. Sam Fish Comcast scholarship image

    Samuel Fish receives $1,000 Comcast scholarship

    2018 Ray-Pec graduate Samuel Fish recently received a $1,000 scholarship as part of the Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Program. The award is granted to seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Read on...
  176. RP middle school national finalists image

    National Speech and Debate: one champion, one runner-up, and 6th place duo

    RPEMS student Madison Busby won the championship in storytelling at the National Speech and Debate tournament. RPSMS student Paige Showen placed 2nd in humorous interpretation. Also from RPEMS, Blake Oser and Aidan Martel placed 6th in duo interpretation. Read on...
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    High School to offer second Physical Night on July 26

    If your student still needs a physical for participation in 2018-2019 activities, a second physical night has been scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Ray-Pec High School. The cost is $15. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Read on...
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    RPHS student journalists attend Media Now camp

    Members of the RayPecNow high school media team are attending Media Now Digital Media Summer Camp for high school journalists at Webster University in St. Louis. Students are preparing to lead the RPHS yearbook, newspaper and digital publications. Read on...
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    Peculiar Elementary celebrates school's centennial

    Peculiar Elementary celebrated the school's centennial with an open house on June 23. The event was planned in conjunction with the City of Peculiar's Sesquicentennial celebration.
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    School Board recognized for awards

    The June 20 School Board meeting included recognition for the Board itself. For the 4th consecutive year, the Board received two prestigious awards from the Missouri School Boards' Association. This picture shows Board members with the Governance Award. Read on...
  181. BOE Track recognition a 06202018 image

    Board recognizes All-State track/field athletes

    The School Board on June 20 recognized student athletes who medaled at the state track and field meet. From left: Braden Zaner, Zach Hill, Nolan Dick, Marissa Dick, Board Member Paul Coffman (in back), Laurana Mitchell, Miranda Dick, and Kylie Mitchell. Read on...
  182. Arc de Triomphe image

    Students tour Europe with foreign language teachers

    A group of Ray-Pec students are visiting London, Paris, Barcelona and Rome with High School Foreign Language Teachers Coralie Price and Heidi Lanksbury. Here is a picture from the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, France. Read on...
  183. RPSMSContestpic2

    South Middle School 8th grade choir competes at contest

    The Ray-Pec South Middle School 8th Grade Advanced Choir "Cadenza" competed for the first time this past spring at the Worlds of Fun Festival Of Music and received a Rating of 2 (Excellent). Read on...
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    School officials meet with legislators for end of 2018 session

    Members of Cass County Kids First met with legislators on June 8 in Archie. Legislators spoke briefly about the 2018 session and then answered questions. Discussion included the topics of school funding, school calendars, reading, and assessment. Read on...
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    RPHS student attends Missouri Leadership Seminar

    RPHS student Te’a White (pictured at left) attended the Missouri Leadership Seminar June 8-10 at the University of Central Missouri In Warrensburg. MLS seeks to help sophomore students expand their leadership skills. Te’a will be a junior this fall. Read on...
  186. Sam Fish

    Samuel Fish receives Comcast scholarship

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School 2018 graduate Samuel Fish on being selected as one of 10 students in the Kansas City area to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Comcast Kansas City. Comcast is hosting a reception for the winners on June 20. Read on...
  187. SMS SOM May 2018 image

    May Students of the Month at South Middle School

    Congratulations to the May Students of the Month at Ray-Pec South Middle School. Read on...
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    Teen volunteers needed for Cyber Seniors program

    Here is an opportunity for high school students! Help a senior citizen learn basic computer functions. The program usually meets once a week. At the completion of the class, each participating student receives a tablet. Follow link for information. Read on...
  189. TC construction June 7 image

    Construction activity at Timber Creek

    Construction at Timber Creek Elementary School includes new playground surface and equipment, asphalt and concrete work, and fencing. The projects are more extensive this year with the additional funds from passage of the Prop R-P levy increase. Read on...
  190. PE Touchdown School image

    Peculiar Elementary named "Touchdown School"

    Peculiar Elementary achieved "Touchdown School" status this spring in the Fuel Up To Play 60 program. Students Bentlee Ritter and Kinsley Ritter (with the help of Teacher Tammy Novak) created a commercial to advertise the importance of brain breaks. Read on...
  191. Curriculum Review

    Help review curriculum for Counseling and Modern Language

    The School District seeks your participation in the curriculum review process. Please review the Counseling Curriculum for grades K-12 and the Modern Language Curriculum for grades 6-12, and provide feedback. The form will be accessible through June 13. Read on...
  192. EMS SOM May 2018 image

    Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month for May! Read on...
  193. Melissa Lucas 2017

    Melissa Lucas named principal of Creekmoor Elementary School

    Melissa Lucas has been named principal of Creekmoor Elementary School, beginning in fall 2018. Lucas has worked in the Ray-Pec School District since 2006, most recently as assistant principal intern at Raymore Elementary School the past three years. Read on...
  194. BOE recognition of Joyce Noah image

    School Board honors PTA Volunteer of the Year

    The School Board on May 24 recognized PTA Council Volunteer of the Year Joyce Noah. She is pictured with Board Member Billy King.
  195. All-State Track collage image

    Ray-Pec has 8 all-state finishes and sets 5 school records

    RPHS track and field had All-State finishes in 8 events and set 5 new school records at the state meet May 25-26 in Jefferson City. Medalists: Boys 4x800, Girls 4x800, Girls 4x100, Girls 4x200, Girls Javelin, Girls 1600m, Girls 3200m, and Boys 3200m. Read on...
  196. BOE recognition of choir gold medals image

    Board recognizes choir students for success at state

    The School Board honored choir students who received gold medals at state. In front: Katie Clewell, Tayler Bates, Vito Brattin, and Kylie Hansen. In back: James Kelley, Song Waltz, Jacob Elliott, Robbie Keays, Logan Daniels, and Board Member Billy King. Read on...
  197. BOE recognition of band gold medals image

    Board honors band students who earned gold at state

    The School Board on May 24 honored band students who received gold medals at the state contest. In front: Mikaria Craig, Tammy Yang, Dianna McGinn, and Jacob Buerge. In back: Zane Brown, Blake Wagner, Michael Staudinger, and Board Member Billy King. Read on...
  198. BOE recognition of TSA image

    Board honors TSA state champions

    The School Board on May 24 recognized students who were state champions at the Missouri Technology Student Association Competition April 22-24. Board Member Billy King, at right, is pictured with Amanda Vega, left, and Bryanna Gordon, center. Read on...
  199. BOE recognition of one-act play image

    School Board recognizes cast and crew of one-act play

    The School Board on May 24 honored the cast and crew of the state champion one-act play. Ray-Pec performed "The Diviners" at the Missouri State High School Activities Association speech, debate and theatre state competition. Read on...
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    8th grade science students go fishing

    Eighth graders at Ray-Pec East Middle School enjoyed some fishing this week at the pond on the school property. This activity ties into the district's Strategic Plan by providing hands-on learning and expanding science opportunities for all students. Read on...
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    First graders and high school students work together on art projects

    What do you get when first graders and teenagers collaborate on a project? A room full of monsters! Bridle Ridge Elementary School first graders drew monsters, and RPHS art students turned the first grade projects into stuffed animals or sculptures. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec wins Blue Star award for hair and makeup design

    Ray-Pec High School won the Blue Star award for Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design for the production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The annual awards at Starlight Theatre recognize excellence in musical theatre among Kansas City area schools. Read on...
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    Bel-Ray Lions Club donates to Foundation

    The Bel-Ray Sunrise Lions Club donated $701 from its Chili Cook-off to support the Caring About Nutrition Program. Ron Brennan, left, & Angie Fyffe, right, presented the donation to Volunteer Jackie Boursheski & Jodie Huston, Foundation Exec. Director.
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    Raymore Lions Club donates to Ray-Pec Foundation

    Thanks to the Raymore Lions Club for donating $600 and a $100 Price Chopper gift card to support the Caring About Nutrition program! Club President Russ Scott presented the donations on May 10 to Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director.
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    District honors 2018 retirees at dinner

    The Raymore-Peculiar School District appreciates the dedication and years of service from this year's retirees. The District honored retirees at a dinner in their honor on May 14 at Loch Lloyd Country Club. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec High School announces Students of the Month for May

    Congratulations to the May Students of the Month at Ray-Pec High School. From left to right: Kaydrin Quest and Tristan Holmes-Dye (honored by the Optimist Club), and Abril Fasani and Maquire Copeland (honored by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club).
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    Students learn about careers in construction industry

    These Ray-Pec High School students attended the iBuild Showcase on April 18 at Bartle Hall. The annual iBuild Showcase brings students together with industry professionals to learn about careers that are connected to the construction industry. Read on...
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    RPHS Yearbook receives award from publisher

    The Ray-Pec High School Panther yearbook was awarded Walsworth Publishing's Gallery of Excellence award for 2018. Walsworth honors fewer than 5 percent of its books with this award based on superior work in theme, coverage, design, photography and copy. Read on...
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    Students teach computer repair to other students

    Students in Debra Ivanuska’s IT Essentials class at RPHS worked all year learning to repair a computer. On April 27, they taught students in Janet Allen's Business Essentials class basic terminology, and how to disassemble and reassemble the computer. Read on...
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    Country Club Bank donates to Ray-Pec Foundation

    Country Club Bank donated $2,500 to the RP Public School Foundation. From left: Board Member Mike Medsker, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Heather Austin with Country Club Bank, Foundation Exec. Director Jodie Huston, and Board Member Allison Bruflat. Read on...
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    Rotary donates to Ray-Pec Public School Foundation

    Belton-Raymore Rotary Club President Cami Marcom, at right, presents a $1,000 doantion to (from left) Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board Member Dana Jermain, Foundation President Phil Parke, and Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston. Read on...
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    Students sign letters of intent to continue activities in college

    Eleven students have signed letters of intent to continue their activities at the college level. The students participated in a signing ceremony on May 8 at Ray-Pec High School. Read on...
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    School Road is open!

    The construction on School Road was completed ahead of schedule, and the road opened for traffic Wednesday morning, May 9. Thanks for your patience and understanding as the City of Peculiar and Cass County completed this final portion of improvements. Read on...
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    Rotary Club recognizes May Students of the Month

    Maguire Copeland, left, and Abril Fasani, right, were honored on May 9 by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club as the Ray-Pec High School Students of the Month for May. They are pictured with Club President Cami Marcom.
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    District names Scott Dobson as Director of Facilities

    The School Board approved hiring Scott Dobson as Director of Facilities, effective July 2. Dobson has been the Maintenance Supervisor at Ray-Pec since the 2015-2016 school year. Previously, he was an electrician in the Buildings and Grounds Department. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec competes in State Trap Shooting Competition

    On April 28, Ray-Pec competed in the Paul Larsen Memorial High School State Trap Shooting Competition. Top shooters for the Panthers included Junior Hayden Rains, shooting 94/100, and Senior Caleb Cohen, shooting 97/100. Read on...
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    East Middle School honors April Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month for April. Read on...
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    South Middle School honors April Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec South Middle School Students of the Month for April. They were recognized for their demonstration of the character trait of forgiveness. Read on...
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    Grant funds and volunteers enhance greenhouse lessons at RPSMS

    Seventh and eighth grade science students at Ray-Pec South Middle School are experiencing expanded hands-on learning in the school's greenhouse, thanks to $1,500 in grant money from the Ray-Pec Foundation and assistance from two local patrons. Read on...
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    Board recognizes Special Olympics basketball teams

    The School Board recently recognized the successful Special Olympics basketball teams. Grant Hornbeck, left, and Jag Davis , center, played on the 3 on 3 Unified Wolves team, which placed 1st at state. They are pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Read on...
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    Dr. Jerrod Fellhauer resigns as principal of Creekmoor Elementary

    Dr. Jerrod Fellhauer, principal of Creekmoor Elementary School, is resigning, effective June 30, to accept a similar position in the Lee's Summit School District. The School Board accepted Dr. Fellhauer's resignation at its April 26 meeting. Read on...
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    Cass Career Center presents end-of-year awards

    Cass Career Center on April 30 honored Senior Destinee Shehan as the Outstanding Sending School Senior from Ray-Pec High School. Destinee Shehan is in the Criminal Justice/CSI program. She is pictured with RPHS Associate Principal Dr. Kristina Martin. Read on...
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    Theatre students win state championship for one-act play

    Ray-Pec won the state championship for the one-act play, “The Diviners” and placed second in the state in Readers Theatre. Ray-Pec students also won other awards at the state speech, debate, and theatre tournament April 20-22. Read on...
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    Band and choir students receive many awards at state contest

    Band and choir students received many awards at the state music competition for solos and ensembles. The MSHSAA contest was April 26 in Columbia. Under a new rating system, students received given gold, silver or bronze medals for their performances. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec receives 10 Blue Star nominations

    Ray-Pec High School received 10 Blue Star nominations. The Blue Star awards honor excellence in high school musical theatre in the metro area. Ray-Pec received eight nominations for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and two nominations for "Quilters." Read on...
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    District seeks feedback from parents and patrons

    The District is seeking feedback from parents, patrons and staff. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey linked below. Responses will help the District evaluate and improve our efforts. The survey will close May 30. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec wins TSA state championships in two events

    The Ray-Pec Technology Student Association Team came home with TWO championships from the State TSA Competition April 22-24 in Rolla. Ray-Pec placed first in the state in the events of "On Demand Video" and "Computer-Aided Design Engineering." Read on...
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    Board approves more than $750,000 in capital projects

    The Board on April 26 approved more than $750,000 in capital improvement projects to take place around the District. The District schedules projects each year, but the list is longer this year with the additional funds from the Prop R-P levy increase. Read on...
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    Joyce Noah is 2018 Volunteer of the Year

    The Raymore-Peculiar Council of PTAs announced Joyce Noah, left, as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. The announcement came at a reception on April 26 to honor finalists. She is pictured with Tera Diepenbrock, president of the Ray-Pec Council of PTAs. Read on...
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    18 Ray-Pec singers selected for honor choirs

    18 Ray-Pec singers have been selected to participate in the all-state youth honor choirs at the Missouri Choral Directors Association conference July 18-21 in Jefferson City. Hundreds of students from across the state audition for the all-state choirs. Read on...
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    April Students of the Month at RPHS

    Congratulations to the April Students of the Month at Ray-Pec High School. From left to right: Samuel Fish and Adriana Wright were recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club, and Zachary Hill and Jillian Killpack were recognized by the Optimist Club.
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    Coaches Gaines inducted into Mo Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

    Congratulations to Brad Gaines, who was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Gaines has nearly 500 wins as a girls basketball coach. He coached the Ray-Pec girls for 7 years. Earlier, he coached at Oak Grove and Orrick. Read on...
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    Optimists honor RPHS students for academic excellence

    The Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club honored 51 RPHS students at the April 22 Excellence in Education banquet. The event recognized 26 seniors, 15 juniors, and 10 sophomores, who are at the top of their respective classes in academic achievement. Read on...
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    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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Ray-Pec Athletics

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    Congrats! Matthew Harrison, left, was named to the Suburban Big 6 All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. Kian Scroggins, center, and Jordan Jermain were named to the All-Conference Team.