Academic Services

District opens statewide ACT test April 19
to resident juniors not enrolled in Ray-Pec schools

The Raymore-Peculiar School District will allow resident juniors not currently enrolled in the District high school to participate in Missouri’s statewide ACT test date being offered to all high school 11th graders in public and charter schools.

Funded by the state, the ACT test will be administered to Missouri students in grade 11 (high school juniors or age equivalent) on a single day – Wednesday, April 19. Likewise, a single makeup day is scheduled on May 3 for those 11th graders statewide to miss taking the ACT in April.

All juniors currently attending Ray-Pec High School will be registered to take the ACT by the high school. No action must be taken on the part of their parents or guardians. However, parents and guardians of resident, non-enrolled juniors within the Ray-Pec School District attendance area will need to request that their students be included in this statewide ACT test.

Parents of resident, non-enrolled juniors who wish to take the state-funded ACT on April 19 must bring a completed form and proof of residency to the Ray-Pec Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar, by Friday, March 3, 2017.

Questions related to the April 19 ACT test should be directed to Dr. Kristel Barr, Director of Student Services and Secondary Education, at 816-892-1345 or

Form for resident, non-enrolled juniors

Helpful links for all parents of high school juniors regarding the ACT test:

Great score on Annual Performance Report

The District is pleased to announce a 98.9 percent score on its 2016 Annual Performance Report (APR) from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The report includes student achievement data, graduation rates, attendance rates, and college and career readiness indicators. The report measures how well the District serves students under specific state guidelines and is used to determine a school district's accreditation.

The District received 138.5 out of 140 total points possible on the APR. This is an increase from the 98.6 percent earned in 2015, 96.1 percent earned in 2014, and the 93.2 percent achieved in 2013. 

"While the APR is not the only valuable measure of our progress, it is gratifying to receive outside confirmation of the quality of our efforts," said Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees. "I appreciate the hard work and dedication by our students and staff and their focus on continuous improvement over time."

Ray-Pec Annual Performance Report summary

 Annual Performance Report History

   2013 2014 2015 2016
 APR total points  130.5/140  134.5/140  138.0/140  138.5/140
 Percent of points  93.2 96.1 98.6  98.9

September 2016 ED Talk

The Academic Services Department has started monthly ED Talks to share amazing happenings in the District. Talk a look!

Academic Services Carpool Karaoke - September 2016

Go along for a ride with hosts Dr. Kristel Barr and Karmin Ricker and guests 2016 Teacher of the Year Patrick Hemmingsen from Ray-Pec High School and 2014 Teacher of the Year Stephen Rew from Eagle Glen Intermediate School.

Curriculum Specialists support the instructional process

Curriculum Specialists provide support for teaching and learning District-wide. They are certified teachers who identify effective teaching strategies, mentor new teachers, assist with curriculum development, and provide professional development to further support District initiatives in areas such as literacy, math, and assessment.
Curriculum Specialists Jan 2016 web

Curriculum Specialists are “lead learners” who stay informed about best practices in education and coach other teachers on methods to improve learning. As members of each school’s Professional Learning Community (PLC), they work with teachers and principals to help analyze data and identify effective teaching strategies to improve student learning.  For teachers in their first and second year of teaching, Curriculum Specialists serve as mentors, providing support and guidance to new staff entering the teaching profession to help them be successful.  Curriculum Specialists work closely with District teachers to facilitate the curriculum development process, and they also provide professional development aligned with building and district goals.  Each is an experienced teacher who has completed graduate coursework.

The District employs four Curriculum Specialists:   one to support the high school, one at the middle school, and two serving Early Childhood-6th grade.  

  • Kim Goforth, who supports the staff at Ray-Pec High School, is in her fourth year as a curriculum specialist for the district. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in education, Goforth has a master’s degree in health education and wellness promotion, and a doctorate in educational leadership. She taught physical education, health, athletic training, and special education at the high school level for 11 years. She also worked in wellness education/coaching for three years in the private sector.
  • Calee McElwain supports the staff at East Middle School.  She is in her eighth year in the position. McElwain received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in Spanish, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a doctorate in education: training and performance improvement.  Over 12 years, she taught grades 3, 4, and 5, as well as 6th grade English Language Arts, and 7-12 Spanish.
  • Keri Pinney provides support to Bridle Ridge Intermediate, Creekmoor Elementary, Eagle Glen Intermediate, and Shull Elementary.  This is Pinney’s first year in this role. Pinney received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational technology. She was a elementary school classroom teacher for 15 years and served one year as a digital learning teacher, before moving into the Curriculum Specialist position.
  • Mary Shatford serves Peculiar Elementary, Raymore Elementary, Stonegate Elementary, Timber Creek Elementary, and the Early Childhood Center.  She has been a curriculum specialist for eight years. Shatford received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in teaching, as well as Education Specialist degrees in administration and curriculum leadership.
Access your child's scores
All Ray-Pec students receive scores or grades that are posted in a secure online grade book for parents to view. Parents are encouraged to log in and check student progress on an ongoing basis.  

To view your child's scores for grades 9-12:

1.     Go to the Student Information Systems (SIS) website

2.     Enter your primary email address. From there, you will be prompted to enter your password. If you are unsure of your password, simply click on “forgot your password,” and your password will be emailed to you.

To view your child’s progress report for grades K-8:

1.     Go to the following web site: (
2.     Enter your current SIS Parent Portal login and password. If you are unsure of your Parent Portal access, please go to this link: (, select the “parents” tab, and enter your primary email address.
3.     From there, you will be prompted to enter your password. If you are unsure of your password, simply click on “forgot your password,” and your password will be emailed to you.

A short video will show you how to log into TeacherEase for grades K-8: Video
To locate this quarter's Progress Report within TeacherEase, select "Academics" from the top menu, and then select "Report Card."

Learning targets often reflect end-of-year goals. Teachers often work on the same target throughout the year, and therefore, it is not uncommon to see 2s on some targets until the final quarter.

Department of Academic Services
The Department of Academic Services is responsible for ensuring, through support and empowerment, that school leaders and instructional staff acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to reach high levels of student achievement and success.

The Department includes:
  • Curriculum
  • Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Professional development
  • Special Education
  • Summer school
  • At-risk and student intervention
Dr. Al Voelker