Academic Services

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.

Great score on Annual Performance Report
Missouri DESE
Oct. 23, 2015 - The District is pleased to announce a 98.6 percent score on its 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 out of 140 total points possible on the APR. This is an increase from the 96.1 percent earned in 2014 and the 93.2 percent achieved in 2013. In addition, each school building in the District earned at least 94 percent of the possible points for their building-level APR. This marks the third year in a row that every school in the Ray-Pec School District has achieved at least 90 percent of the possible points.

"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 staff and students."

This year, the release of the APR data was delayed due to changes in state testing last spring and related changes in scoring criteria.

Ray-Pec Annual Performance Report summary

Annual Performance Report history
Did you know that the Ray-Pec School District has been accredited with distinction for seven consecutive years? The Annual Performance Report (APR) uses 14 standards to determine each school district's accreditation status at the state level.

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