Posted on: September 27, 2016

Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club honors students

Optimist Club SOM

Emily Harris, left, and Anna King, right, were honored as the Ray-Pec High School September Students of the Month by the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club. They are pictured with Club President Ed Russell at the Sept. 20 meeting.

Posted on: September 27, 2016

DECA students visit Children's Mercy Park

DECA students

Ray-Pec High School DECA students received advice about marketing and business majors, toured the stadium, and attended a Sporting KC game during a Sept. 13 event at Children's Mercy Park.

Posted on: September 27, 2016

Mini golf tournament

Mini golf first place team

A mini golf tournament on Sept. 25 raised $500 for the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation. Thanks to everyone who participated in this fun event at Aaron's Family Fun Center.

Congrats to the first place team of Shawn Jones, Lori Jones, Billie Godfrey, a...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Raymore parade

Prowlers in parade

The Ray-Pec High School Prowlers dance team performed in the Raymore Festival in the Park parade on Sept. 24. The Panther Pride Marching Band and Ray-Pec Cheerleaders also participated.

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Cross Country teams do well in Oklahoma

Cross Country runners at Oklahoma

Congrats to the Ray-Pec Cross Country teams for incredible performances on Sept. 24 at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. The boys team placed 7th, and the girls placed 8th out of approximately 80 of the best teams from Oklahoma, Arka...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

Board honors student for academic achievement

Breanna Birkett honored

The Board of Education on Thursday night recognized RPHS Senior Breanna Birkett for qualifying as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction for her coursework in 2015-2016. She is pictured with Board Member Ryan Wescoat.

Posted on: September 23, 2016

Board recognizes scholarship semi-finalists

National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists

The Board of Education on Thursday night recognized RPHS Seniors Jacob Shriner, left, and Nick Caskey, center, for being named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists. They are pictured with Board Member Ryan Wescoat.

Posted on: September 23, 2016

Student places 3rd in KC SuperStar

Valiante Waltz

The Board of Education on Thursday night recognized RPHS Senior Valiante Waltz for placing third in the KC SuperStar singing competition. He received a $2,500 scholarship. Valiante is pictured with Board Member Ryan Wescoat.

Posted on: September 22, 2016

Youth rodeo

Mutton busting

Three Ray-Pec students are among the competitors at the American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo, which continues through Friday, Sept. 23, at Hale Arena in the American Royal Complex. Pictured here is Royce Gatz, a second grader at Shull Elementary School...Read on...

Posted on: September 22, 2016

Rotary Club honors student

Rotary Student of the Month

Eric Collins, president of the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club, right, congratulates Spencer Lueckenotto as the club's September Student of the Month from Ray-Pec High School. Each month the club honors a senior from Belton High School and Ray-Pec High School....Read on...

Posted on: September 20, 2016

Preamble bookmarks

Preamble bookmarks

Nancy Morris, representing the Prairie Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, presented Preamble bookmarks to Randy Randolph, principal at Eagle Glen Intermediate School. The bookmarks are for 5th graders in observance of Co...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winners Ted Martin (Class of 1985) and Dr. Sandy Clutter (Class of 1971) were the guests of honor at a luncheon on Sept. 16 with the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Board.
Martin and Clutter were also guests at t...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2016

All-District Choir

Music notes

Congratulations to these students, who were chosen by a rigorous audition process to be in the West Central Missouri All-District Choir: Ian Fleming, Lucas Hagelin, Dakota Parrish, Chely Stratton, Malone Blaich, and Sammie Fries.

Women's Honor Choir m...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2016

National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists

National Merit semi-finalists

Two Ray-Pec High School seniors have been named semi-finalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship program.

As semi-finalists, Nick Caskey and Jacob Shriner represent the top 1 percent of the state's senior students.

Nick and Jacob now ha...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2016

College and Career Fair

College and Career Fair

More than 60 college and career representatives, including two-year and four-year colleges and universities, unions, trades, and military branches, participated in the College and Career Fair on Sept. 15 at Ray-Pec High School.

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Optimists donate to CAN program

Optimists donate

Thanks to the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club for your support of the Caring About Nutrition program! Club President Ed Russell, center in blue shirt, presents a donation of $292.55 to the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Board of Directors.
The c...Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2016

Homecoming Court candidates

Homecoming King and Queen

Updated: Homecoming Court
Congratulations to the Ray-Pec High School Homecoming Queen Samantha Shakes and King Jordan Gregory. Underclass attendants were: Juniors Amy Cambridge and Ben Luebbert, Sophomores Morgan Houston and Matthew Houston (brother and ...Read on...

Posted on: September 13, 2016

Ribbon cutting

Ribbon cutting ceremony

The RPHS Panther Pride marching band performed at the Sept. 13 ribbon cutting event for the new I-49 and Peculiar Way interchange. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees was a guest speaker at the ceremony. The interchange is expected to open within the week.

Posted on: September 12, 2016

New interchange

ribbon cutting invitation

The new I-49 and Peculiar Way interchange is scheduled to open following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Homecoming Week at RPHS

Homecoming 2016

Homecoming Week activities begin on Sept. 12 at Ray-Pec High School with spirit themes for each school day:
· Monday, Sept. 12: KC Pride Day

· Tuesday, Sept. 13: Flannel Day

· Wednesday, Sept. 14: Mean Girl’s Day (Pink)

·...Read on...

Posted on: September 2, 2016

Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni

Foundation announces recipients of Distinguished Alumni award

The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation announces Dr. Sandy Clutter and Ted Martin as 2016 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

In addition to outstanding careers in publi...Read on...

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Posted on: August 31, 2016

Third place in singing competition

Valiante Waltz places third

Ray-Pec High School's Valiante Waltz (third from left) placed thrd in the KC SuperStar singing competition and won a $2,500 scholarship. He is pictured with the other finalists. The competition recognized the top high school singers in the Kansas City met...Read on...

Posted on: August 30, 2016

Scholars with Distinction

AP logo

Nine Ray-Pec High School students received the Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction award for the 2015-16 year. These students received an average score of at least 3.5 on all Advanced Placement exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or mor...Read on...

Posted on: August 30, 2016

Music teacher performs

Kelsey Kurdle in band

Kelsey Kurdle, music teacher at Bridle Ridge Intermediate School, is a member of the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City, which traveled to Cincinnati Aug. 26-29 for the 98th National American Legion Convention. The band earned a score of 93.7 and...Read on...

Posted on: August 30, 2016

Thank you!

Thank you!

The School Board on Aug. 25 thanked the Cass County Health Department for providing immunizations during Back-to-School registration. Board Member Maria Davies is pictured with Health Department Director Tiffany Klassen and Office Manager Kelsie Stafford.

Posted on: August 26, 2016

Ray-Pec scores well above state average on ACT

ACT logo

Ray-Pec ACT composite score well above state average

The 2016 graduating class of Ray-Pec High School scored well above both the state average and the national average on the ACT.

Graduates of 2016 earned an average score of 21.4, compared to the ...Read on...

Posted on: August 25, 2016

Golf tournament

Golf tournament logo

The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation announces its 4th annual Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 10, at The Golf Club of Creekmoor. The four-person scramble will have a shotgun start at noon. The entry fee of $100 per golfer includes lunch, green f...Read on...

For more information, to register, or to sponsor:
Posted on: August 19, 2016

Traffic flow

Traffic flow adjustments

Two traffic flow adjustments are being implemented at the south high school building this year to keep students, parents, and staff safe.
All parents and visitors are asked to enter the north entrance of the south building and make a counterclockwise loo...Read on...


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Posted on: September 29, 2016

Preview Day

Preview Day at RPHS

A Preview Day assembly on Aug. 15 welcomed freshmen to Ray-Pec High School. Preview Day gives freshmen the opportunity to meet teachers and learn their way around the school without upperclassmen in the building. The first day of school is Aug. 17.

Posted on: September 29, 2016

Teacher honored

Carol Barnes honored

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees congratulates Carol Barnes as she begins her 30th year with the District. Barnes is a speech language pathologist at Creekmoor Elementary School.

Posted on: September 29, 2016

20-year employees

20-year employees

These employees were honored for 20 years of service. In front, from left: Cathy Pittman, teacher at Bridle Ridge; Roxanne Martin, teacher at Ray-Pec High School; Gretchen Emry, teacher at Shull Elementary; and Nikki Brewer, library media specialist at Ra...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2016

More 10-year employees

10-year employees part 2

Front row, from left: Jason Waltz, instructional technology specialist, Academic Services Department; Kevin Lemen, teacher at Ray-Pec High School; and Anna Lemen, teacher at Creekmoor Elementary. Second row: Wendy Turner, teacher at Ray-Pec High School; J...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2016

Ten years of service

10-year employees

The Raymore-Peculiar School District on Aug. 10 recognized employees for 10 years of service to the District. Front row, from left: Deanne Brucker, custodian at Ray-Pec East Middle School; Kim Allan, teacher at Shull and Creekmoor elementaries: Jenny Bull...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2016

Teacher of the Year

Hemmingsen speech

Teacher of the Year Patrick Hemmingsen presented a thoughtful and inspiring message about vulnerability and perfectionism. He shared the acronym DIG: get Deliberate, get Inspired, and get Going, and introduced #RPDigDeep.

Posted on: September 29, 2016

School Resource Officer

School Resource Officers

In a continuing effort to enhance safety and security for staff, students and visitors, the District is adding a third School Resource Officer this year.

The School Board on July 28 renewed agreements with the cities of Peculiar and Raymore for the pr...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2016

Teacher honored

Hemmingsen honored

The School Board on July 28 congratulated High School Chemistry Teacher Patrick Hemmingsen on being named a Regional Teacher of the Year. He is one of 32 finalists for Missouri Teacher of the Year. He is pictured with School Board Member Ruth Johnson.

Posted on: September 29, 2016

7-8 Honor Choir

7-8 honor choir

Nine students from Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School performed with the Missouri Choral Directors Association 7-8 Honor Choir on July 20 in Jefferson City. In the back row, from left: Robbie Keays, Sam Reicher, and Charles Keys. In the second row: Zoe S...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2016

4-5-6- Honor Choir

Honor Choir

Students from Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen intermediate schools participated in the Missouri Choral Directors Association 4-5-6 Honor Choir on July 20 in Jefferson City. Top row, from left: Stephen Rew, music teacher at Eagle Glen; Meghan Larsen, 6, Eagle ...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2016

Teacher honored

Patrick Hemmingsen

Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year Patrick Hemmingsen has been named a Regional Teacher of the Year for Missouri.

He is one of 32 regional winners and is eligible for the Missouri Teacher of the Year award. The Regional Teacher of the Year program is new for...Read on...

Posted on: September 28, 2016

Convention

MAEOP hosts NAEOP

Ray-Pec’s Pam Steele, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education, is also the 2015-2016 president of the Missouri Association of Educational Office Professionals. The Missouri organization, MAEOP, recently hosted the annual conventio...Read on...

Posted on: September 28, 2016

Altitude camp

XC Team to Colorado

Four coaches and 18 runners from the Ray-Pec High School cross country team returned Saturday from a weeklong camp in Colorado. The week included running and hiking in the high altitudes. The team camped in tents near Dillon, Colo., along members of the c...Read on...

Posted on: September 28, 2016

Trip to D.C.

Board trip to D.C.

School Board members Ruth Johnson and Ryan Wescoat were among a dozen Missouri school board members who participated in the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Federal Relations Capitol Visit July 5-7 in Washington, D.C.

During the event school board...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2016

Bus inspection

Apple Bus

All 79 buses serving the Raymore-Peculiar School District were inspected earlier this year and approved for service.

The Ray-Pec School District's 100 percent approval rate is well above the state average of 89.9 percent. In addition, Ray-Pec and other...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2016

New CFO

Cynthia Byous

Cyndee Byous of Peculiar will be the new Chief Financial Officer for the District, effective, July 18. Her responsibilities will include the areas of finance, budgeting, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.

Byous brings a wide range of financial ...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2016

National Champion

Congratulations!

School Board Vice President Kim Bailey, left, congratulates Ella Schnake on winning the Middle School national championship in Humorous Interpretation and Storytelling. Ella, who will be a freshman this fall, won the awards at the National Speech and Deba...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2016

Board meeting

The School Board on June 23 approved the Math Curriculum, and approved a memorandum of understanding to participate in the Southland CAPS program. CAPS stands for Center for Advanced Professional Studies. The Board also heard reviews about the District’s ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 1, 2016

Detour

Detour map

As part of the Peculiar Way road construction project, a detour will be implemented on School Road.

Traffic at the curve on School Road at 211th Street will be re-routed to use the Ray-Pec School District campus drive around the Administrative Services...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2016

2016-2017 budget

Fiscal responsibility has allowed the Raymore-Peculiar School District to achieve at very high levels, while spending near the lowest per pupil among area schools.

With a tax levy rate that has not increased for more than 13 years, the District continu...Read on...

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Posted on: September 1, 2016

National Award

Ella Schnake wins awards

Eighth grader Ella Schnake is the Middle School national champion in Humorous Interpretation and Storytelling!
She earned the honors at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament June 12 to 17 in Salt Lake City.Results from Ray-Pec ...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2016

Driver's Education

Driver's Education

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg was a recent guest speaker for the Summer School driver's education class at Ray-Pec High School. Stosberg is the public information officer for the Highway Patrol's Troop A.
This is the first time in many yea...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2016

Board awards

Board receives award

Ray-Pec School Board receives two statewide awards

The Missouri School Boards' Association honored the Ray-Pec School Board on June 4 with two prestigious awards for 2016.

The Board was one of only 12 boards statewide selected as an Outstanding Boar...Read on...

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Posted on: August 24, 2016

Site work

Site work at HS

Drive past the Ray-Pec High School south building, and you will see evidence of site work as contractors take the first steps in the major construction and renovation project to enlarge the school.
Aerial photos show the changes in more dramatic fashion....Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2016

Memorial trees

Memorial trees

As part of site preparation for the addition onto the south high school, several memorial trees near the front of the school have been relocated to make room for the driveway and parking lot expansion.

The work was done over the past month. You can see...Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2016

CFO leaving

Kendra Hutsell

Ray-Pec Chief Financial Officer leaving June 30

Kendra Hutsell, Chief Financial Officer, is resigning from the Ray-Pec School District, effective June 30, to accept the position of Director of Accounting with the North Kansas City School District.

...Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2016

Groundbreaking ceremony

Groundbreaking at RPHS

A May 24, 2016, groundbreaking ceremony marked the official kick-off to a major construction and renovation project at Raymore-Peculiar High School.
Participants in the ceremony included representatives from the School Board, District and high school adm...Read on...

Posted on: June 1, 2016

State track results

State track meet

Ray-Pec students set four school records and earned All-State honors in 13 events at the state track meet May 27 and 28 in Jefferson City.
As a team, the boys finished eighth, which is the school’s highest finish competing in the large class. The girls f...Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2016

New Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Bryan Pettengill

The Raymore-Peculiar School District announces Dr. Bryan Pettengill as the new Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, effective July 1.

Pettengill will come to Ray-Pec from the Clinton School District, where he has been principal of Clin...Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2016

Band students honored

Congratulations!

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on May 26 recognized band students for receiving a "1" rating at the state music festival. Some students were unavailable to attend the meeting. Pictured, from left: Matt Crotty, Cassidy Elrod, Katie Hatfield, B...Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2016

Vocal music success

Congratulations!

The Board on May 26 recognized Song Waltz for receiving a "1" rating for her vocal solo at the state music festival. The Board also recognized Nick Schneider, who was unable to attend the meeting. Song is pictured with Board President Kim York.

Posted on: May 23, 2016

Congratulations, graduates!

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the Ray-Pec High School Class of 2016. Graduation was May 20 for the approximately 425 seniors. Class co-valedictorians were Brayden Roberts and Stefania Smith. Salutatorian was Cara Sibert.

Here is a list of seniors...
Posted on: May 23, 2016

Construction preparation

Library at south high school

With the end of the school year, the District is moving forward with construction of an addition to the south high school. The first steps include site work for additions to the high school.

In April, the School Board approved bids for site development...Read on...

Posted on: May 23, 2016

State track qualifiers

Ray-Pec set three schools records at the sectional track meet on May 21 as the girls placed second overall and boys were fourth out of 16 teams. The Panthers qualified for state in 18 events.

For the boys, Micah Beaver placed first in the 100m and 200m...Read on...

Posted on: May 23, 2016

Construction preparation

Library at south high school

With the end of the school year, the District is moving forward with construction of an addition to the south high school. The first steps include site work for additions to the high school.

In April, the School Board approved bids for site development...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2016

Blue Star awards

Congratulations!

Ray-Pec High School made history on May 19 by becoming the first high school in the history of the Blue Star Awards to win the Outstanding Overall Production award two year consecutive years!
Ray-Pec won the award last night for "The Pirates of Penz...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Tennis honors

Congratulations to the Ray-Pec Boys Tennis Team on post-season honors from the Suburban Big 6 Conference:
• Second Team Singles – Honorable Mention: Gavin Cummons• First Team Doubles: Nino Owens/Dayton Pugh
• Second Team Doubles – Honorable Mention: ...Read on...

Posted on: May 19, 2016

Physical Education grant

Grant award

In connection with the MAD Dash 5K, the Foundation awarded a $100 Physical Education Impact grant to Chris Roller, physical education teacher at Peculiar Elementary School. Participants in the MAD Dash 5K walk and run were able to indicate a Ray-Pec schoo...Read on...

Posted on: May 18, 2016

Foundation grants

Grant award

The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation is giving an additional $500 grant to each school in the District. The funds were raised during the Foundation's annual gala.

Schools may opt to use the money for projects or programs in these areas: roboti...Read on...

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Posted on: May 16, 2016

KC SuperStar

Valiante Waltz

Ray-Pec High School student Valiante Waltz is among 24 students from across the Greater Kansas City Metro area chosen as semifinalists for the 2016 KC SuperStar, a high school singing competition.

The singers were selected during auditions for KC Supe...Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2016

District track

Ray-Pec had one of its best days in school track history at the District track meet, by qualifying for sectionals in 28 out of 36 events and setting two new school records!

The girls placed second and the boys placed third overall. The top four finishe...Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2016

BCBS donation

Thank you!

Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City for donating $2,000 to support the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation! Mike Daleo of Blue Cross Blue Shield, at right, presented the donation this week to Ray-Pec Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.

Posted on: May 13, 2016

Band awards

Band awards

Band students were honored May 10 for accomplishments throughout the school year, including All-District Band, All-State Band, State Large Group Festival, and Solo/Small Ensemble Festival. Students wore their Hawaiian shirts to remember the incredible tri...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2016

MAD Dash

MAD Dash

More than 120 walkers/runners participated in the third annual Make a Difference (MAD) Dash 5K on May 6 at Raymore Recreation Park.

The MAD Dash is a benefit for the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. Thanks to everyone who participated, volunt...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2016

Honoring retirees

Best wishes!

In appreciation of the dedication and years of service from this year's retirees, the Raymore-Peculiar School District honored and recognized them at a dinner on May 2 at Loch Lloyd Country Club.

Retirees were presented with a school bell from the Dist...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2016

Mini Medical School

Derek Fields, a senior at Ray-Pec High School, was among the 112 students selected for participation in the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s High School Mini Medical School.

The program, now in its 18th year, is designed to give high school ...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Trap shooting

Teacher Appreciation

The Ray-Pec Trap Shooting team hosted its 6th Annual Teacher Appreciation Shoot on Wednesday, May 4. The Team hosted nearly 30 teachers for a BBQ and the opportunity to participate in a trap shooting competition side by side with the students who chose to...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2016

5K walk/fun run

MAD Dash 2016 logo web.jpg

Tonight is the 3rd annual Make a Difference (MAD) Dash 5K walk/fun run to benefit the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. Come out and join the fun!

Check-in and registration opens at 6 p.m., and the Dash begins at 7 p.m. tonight at Raymore Recr...Read on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2016

State gifted competition

Congratulations!

Ray-Pec hosts statewide gifted competition
19th annual Extemporé was April 30

Ray-Pec gifted students in grades 2 to 8 were among those competing in the 19th annual Extemporé, the statewide competition for gifted students. Ray-Pec hosted the event, at...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Donation

Thank you!

Todd Krass, Chief Executive Officer of Belton Regional Medical Center, at left, presents a $1,000 check to Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston and President Phil Parke. The funds are from the hospital’s General Medica...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2016

Signing day

Student athletes

Ten Ray-Pec High School student athletes signed letters of intent on May 3 to continue their athletic careers at the college level. Family and friends joined the students for a signing ceremony at the high school. Congratulations!

In the front row, fro...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Cass Career Center awards

Congratulations!

Ray-Pec High School students were among those honored at the annual awards night ceremony May 2 at Cass Career Center. Approximately 200 people attended the event with students from the nine sending schools receiving awards.

One student from each of th...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Blue Star nominations

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the Ray-Pec High School cast and crew of "The Pirates of Penzance" on receiving eight nominations for the Blue Star Awards!

The Starlight Theatre Blue Star awards ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 19. Admission is fre...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

DECA International

DECA International

Three students represented Raymore-Peculiar High School at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 22 to 27 in Nashville.
Madeline Buasri competed in Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, Tyler Mossman competed in Restaurant and Food S...Read on...

Posted on: May 2, 2016

Spring survey

Seeking your feedback

Tell us what you think! The Ray-Pec School District is seeking feedback from parents, patrons and staff. Responses to the survey will assist the District in measuring progress on the various Focus Areas in the District's Strategic Plan.

Take the Parent...Read on...

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Posted on: May 4, 2016

Pasta feed

Pasta feed

Ray-Pec High School's Student Council had a pasta feed for the Special Olympians on April 29 as they prepared for the Special Olympics track meet on Saturday, April 30. Students made goody bags and hung out and socialized during 5th period.

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Board meeting

The School Board on April 28 approved bids for site development work at the south high school, as well as bids for summer capital improvement projects and food products. The Board approved an increase to meal prices and salary schedules for 2016-2017. The...Read on...

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Posted on: May 3, 2016

Resignation

Jay Harris

Board accepts resignation of Assistant Superintendent Jay Harris

Jay Harris, assistant superintendent for administrative services, is resigning from the Raymore-Peculiar School District, effective June 30, to accept a position with another Kansas City...Read on...

Posted on: May 2, 2016

State band results

Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School band students. Fifteen events received exemplary “1” ratings; 20 events received outstanding “2” ratings, and one event received a satisfactory “3” rating.

Receiving “1” ratings and blue medals:
• Tammy Yang, mal...Read on...

Posted on: May 2, 2016

Vocal music at state

Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School students Nick Schneider and Song Waltz for receiving exemplary "1" ratings for their vocal solos April 29 at the State Music contest. Two events received outstanding "2" ratings: Katie Clewell voc...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2016

State FBLA success

Congratulations!

Two Ray-Pec High School students qualified for the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference after competition at the state level. National qualifiers are Kamran Choudhry in Entrepreneurship and Trevor Golden in Desktop Application...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2016

RPHS site work

South high school site plan

In preparation for construction of an addition to the south high school, the Board of Education on April 28, 2016, approved bids for site development work.

The Board approved a total bid of $1,523,066 from JA Lillig Excavating for the site package, wh...Read on...

Posted on: April 28, 2016

Welding student

Congratulations!

Cass Career Center welding student Tony Villarreal, a senior from Ray-Pec High School, was recognized as the May Student of the Month at the CCC. Earle Sanford, Inner Guard of the Cass County Elks Lodge, at right, presented a certificate and a gift card t...Read on...

Posted on: April 28, 2016

Yearbook award

Congratulations!

The 2016 Ray-Pec High School yearbook, The Panther, has been selected for the third year in a row to the Walsworth Yearbooks Gallery of Excellence.

The 2016 yearbook was led by Editor-in-Chief Cassie Allen and managed by editors Maddie Reihs and Jordan...Read on...

Posted on: April 27, 2016

National journalism contest

Congratulations!

Thirteen Ray-Pec students attended the national high school journalism conference and contest April 14-17 in Los Angeles.

Junior Lauren Rook earned the highest honor at the contests in the “First Year Photojournalism” category, with her image “The Wei...Read on...

Posted on: April 27, 2016

State Theatre

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School winners at the MSHSAA Forensics, Theatre, and Debate State Tournament:
One-Act Play State Champion, with additional awards for Alie Gillespie as Best Actress and Macee Blair as Best Supporting Actress Readers Thea...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2016

KU Relays

First place!

It was a great weekend to be a track and field Panther! Ray-Pec track and field athletes set six new school records and brought home three gold and two silver medals from the KU Relays April 22 and 23.
The Ray-Pec girls won the 4x1600 for the second cons...Read on...

Posted on: April 21, 2016

Job Olympics

Job Olympics

The Raymore-Peculiar High School Life Skills Class had an amazing day at the Job Olympics competition on April 8 at Yeokum Middle School in Belton. Students received 27 medals while competing against four other Cass County schools. Life Skills students re...Read on...

Posted on: April 21, 2016

Student Congress

Congratulations!

Ray-Pec High School student Cameron Leonard qualified for the 2016 National Speech and Debate Association conference in the Student Congress event, following District competition April 16 at Pembroke Hill High School. He is pictured here with Teacher Karl...Read on...

Posted on: April 20, 2016

Board reorganizes

Oath of office

In its reorganization meeting on April 19, the Ray-Pec School Board elected Kim York to serve as president and Kim Bailey as vice president for the coming year.
The elections followed the certification of the April 5 election results. In addition, Board ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 20, 2016

Art contest

Art contest winners
Ray-Pec High School art students won first place in each grade level category of the recent Cass County Student Art Show. Awards were presented at a reception April 13 at the Harrisonville branch of the Cass County Public Library. Con...Read on...

Posted on: April 19, 2016

Legislative breakfast

Legislative breakfast

Cass County Kids First stresses local control during second Legislative Breakfast

It’s a message that was repeated time and again: allow local school boards the flexibility to make decisions for their own school districts.

Local control was the comm...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2016

Coding for a Cause

Coding for a Cause

A group of Raymore-Peculiar School District students didn’t just learn to code computers – they took that skill and used it for a service project to benefit children staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City. The students coded background scenes...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2016

Tennis success

Congratulations!

For the first time in school history, the Ray-Pec boys Tennis Team won the Truman Invitational on April 16.

Individual winners were Nino Owens and Dayton Pugh (A Flight Doubles), Gavin Cummons (B Flight Singles), and Riley Wagner and Chad McElfresh (B...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2016

KU Relays

Congrats to the following Ray-Pec High School athletes for qualifying for the prestigious KU Relays this weekend:
• Toni Martin - Discus, Javelin• Kiley Deain - 3200m Run, 1600m Run
• Tyler Musgrave - 3200m Run• Kami Tabor - 800m Run, 1600m Run
• C...Read on...

Posted on: April 14, 2016

Major Saver

Thank you!

This year marks the most successful Major Saver campaign in District history, raising $32,985!
Students and schools sold 4,398 cards to raise $16,503.75 for the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation and $16,481.25 for the participating schools.

Du...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2016

Journalism contest

Congratulations!

Ray-Pec High School students brought home many awards from the state journalism contest April 6 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The contest is sponsored by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association.

Most of the awards are based on work don...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2016

Track team

Congrats to the Ray-Pec High School track teams for outstanding performances Friday, April 8, at the Jerry Crews Invitational Meet at Staley Stadium. The girls won the championship by nearly 40 points, while the boys were only a few points behind the cham...Read on...

Posted on: April 6, 2016

Employee awards

Congratulations!

Patrick Hemmingsen, chemistry teacher at Raymore-Peculiar High School, is the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the Ray-Pec School District.

Aurora Rivera, paraprofessional at Bridle Ridge Intermediate School, is the 2016 Support Staff Employee of the Year ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 8, 2016

Basketball awards

Congratulations!

Megan Maher, left, and Taylor Koper, right, are representing Ray-Pec on the Missouri All Star Team when they play in the women's Missouri vs. Kansas All Star Game at 6 p.m. April 8 at Shawnee Mission South High School.

Nick Janssen, second from right, ...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2016

"The Crucible"

Play opens on April 7

Ray-Pec Theatre Department to Present Arthur Miller’s Classic Drama The Crucible

The Raymore-Peculiar High School Theatre Department announces its production of Arthur Miller’s classic drama The Crucible. Performances will be in the Ray-Pec High School...Read on...

Posted on: April 7, 2016

Mock crash

Mock crash

Ray-Pec High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and multiple first responder agencies worked together to conduct a mock crash Wednesday morning, April 6. The enactment was staged south of the West Peculiar Fire Station on School Road nea...Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Thank you!

Thank you, Ray-Pec voters, for approving the $27 million bond issue! Unofficial election results show that the question passed with 79.85 percent approval. Cass County election results showed 3,745 "yes" votes and 945 "no" votes.

Posted on: April 4, 2016

Election on Tuesday

Election Day is April 5

Ray-Pec voters on April 5, 2016, will consider a $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to address space needs throughout the District. The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 i...Read on...

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Posted on: March 29, 2016

Honor choirs

Congratulations!

A total of 30 Ray-Pec singers participated in the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association honor choirs March 7-10 at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City. Singers from eight states submitted audio recordings to be selected, and the Ray-Pec School...Read on...

Posted on: March 30, 2016

Textile drive

Textile recycling

Ray-Pec East Middle School's third annual textile drive continues through Friday, and culminates with a community-wide collection on Saturday, April 2 from 9am-3pm in the north bus loop at the school.
RPEMS is partnering with Goodwill again this year to ...Read on...

Posted on: March 29, 2016

State DECA conference

Three Ray-Pec High School DECA students qualified to compete at the International Career Development Conference in April in Nashville, Tenn. The students qualified by placing at the State Career Development Conference March 13-15 at Lake of the Ozarks. Ma...Read on...

Posted on: March 29, 2016

Band students head to state

The Raymore-Peculiar High School band program had an incredible day at the MSHSAA District Solo/Ensemble Festival on March 19. In all, 36 events qualified for state with a 1 rating (Exemplary). Those students will receive a blue district medal. Another 33...Read on...

Posted on: March 29, 2016

Vocal music success

Congratulations to the vocal music students who competed at the District Music Festival on Saturday, March 19, at Grain Valley High School.

Six events received a rating of 1 (exemplary) and qualified for the State Solo and Small Ensemble Music Contest ...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2016

On to state

Congratulations!

Congratulations for Ray-Pec forensics, debate and theatre students for qualifying nine events to state!

Qualifiers and their places: Readers Theatre, first place; One Act Play, first place; Humorous Interp. - Cameron Perry, first place; Duet Acting - N...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2016

State champions!

State champions!

State Champions! The Ray-Pec Special Olympics girls 3-on-3 basketball team took first at the state tournament on March 19. Special Olympics Missouri had its state championships for bowling and basketball March 17-20 at Fort Leonard Wood and Waynesville. P...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2016

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

The School Board on March 17 recognized Eagle Glen Intermediate School and Raymore Elementary School for being selected as Missouri Professional Learning Communities 2016 Exemplary Schools. Only 16 schools statewide received the designation. http://www.mo...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2016

State qualifiers

A great day for Ray-Pec theatre as nine events qualified for state!

Qualifiers and their places: Readers Theatre, first place; One Act Play, first place; Humorous Interp. - Cameron Perry, first place; Duet Acting - Nick Schneider and Ian Fleming, first...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2016

Mile for Ja'Leel

Mile for JaLeel

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 8th annual Lucky 13.1 half marathon and 5K run/walk on March 12 at Ray-Pec High School.

Thanks also to those who participated in the Mile for Ja'Leel just before the Lucky 13.1 race. The one-mile run/walk is i...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2016

Colonial times

Colonial boy

Fourth grader Baiden Coble dresses as a Colonial boy. Students in Angie LaSala’s class at Raymore Elementary School experienced some hands-on history thanks to a learning trunk on loan from the Daughters of the American Revolution. The trunk is a learning...Read on...

Posted on: March 15, 2016

On to nationals!

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Alie Gillespie, Brooke Kelly, and Cameron Perry on qualifying for the National Speech and Debate Association national tournament in June in Salt Lake City, Utah. They qualified for nationals after competing at the Show-Me District Tourn...Read on...

Posted on: March 8, 2016

Info nights

Planned addition

Would you like to learn more about the District's plans for facility improvements? District staff will be available on two evenings to answer questions and share additional information. You are invited to stop by to see displays of floor plans and learn ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 15, 2016

Donation to CAN

Thank you!

Thanks to the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club for helping to stuff food bags and donating $281 to the Ray-Pec Caring About Nutrition program. Here, Ed Russell from the Optimist Club presents the check to CAN program volunteer Jackie Boursheski.

Posted on: March 11, 2016

Award finalists

Congratulations!

Ray-Pec announces finalists for Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year

This year, the Ray-Pec School District received a record 273 letters nominating 75 teachers and 21 support staff employees for our annual awards.

Congratulati...Read on...

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Posted on: March 10, 2016

Chili luncheon

Serving a drink

The Ray-Pec High School Life Skills class prepared and served a chili luncheon on Wednesday to many guests, including teachers, staff, administrators and School Board members.

Posted on: March 9, 2016

MDA fundraiser

Competitors

Creekmoor Elementary raised $1,746 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during a week of fundraising activities.
At a schoolwide assembly, Digital Learning Teacher Tara Zaner spoke to the students about compassion. Students in Rebecca Howard's cl...Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2016

National qualifiers

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Austin Moulder, Dalton Russell, Ian Fleming, and Nick Schneider on qualifying for the National Speech and Debate Association national tournament in June in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The four students qualified for nationals after competing...Read on...

Posted on: March 8, 2016

Jazz Bands

Both Ray-Pec High School Jazz Bands received 1 ratings on March 4 at the Pittsburg State Jazz Festival. More than 62 jazz bands performed at the Festival.

Jazz 1 outstanding musician awards went to Doug Adolphson, Jordan Crane, Matt Crotty, and Brook ...Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2016

CCC honor

Congratulations!

Cass Career Center automotive student Jesse Gibson, a senior from Raymore-Peculiar High School, was recognized as the March Student of the Month at the CCC. The Student of the Month award is sponsored by the Cass County Elks Lodge #2791. Earle Sanford, I...Read on...

Posted on: March 4, 2016

Guest reader

Guest reader

School Board Member Ruth Johnson reads to a class at Shull Elementary as part of Read Across America to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Posted on: March 3, 2016

Spelling champion

Congratulations!

Congratulations to eighth grader Samuel Cheslik, representing Cass County home school students, who won the Cass County Spelling Bee on March 2. Samuel won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Cass County at the Scripps National Spel...Read on...

Posted on: March 2, 2016

Journalism field trip

Student journalists

Five Ray-Pec High School students were among 50 students selected to attend High School Journalism Day on Feb. 29 at The Kansas City Star. They discussed current trends in social media reporting, in-depth coverage, print journalism in the digital age, and...Read on...

Posted on: March 1, 2016

Tournament champions

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School Forensics and Debate for placing first out of 38 schools at the Neosho Tournament Feb. 26-27. In Dramatic Interpretation, Alie Gillespie placed first, Austin Moulder placed second, and Brooke Kelly placed third. In H...Read on...

Posted on: February 29, 2016

Top speller

Congratulations!

The School Board on Feb. 25 recognized seventh grader Joel Miles for winning the Ray-Pec School District Spelling Bee for the third consecutive year. He is pictured with Board Member Maria Davies.
On Wednesday, March 2, Joel will defend his title as two-...Read on...

Posted on: February 29, 2016

All-Conference Wrestlers

Wow! The Suburban Big 6 All-Conference wrestling teams include 11 athletes from Ray-Pec!

Named to First Team, All Conference: Miles Robinson, 113 pounds; Drew Deer, 132 pounds; Mason Pratt, 152 pounds; and Clint Herrick, 195 pounds.

Named to the S...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2016

Artwork at Capitol

Congratulations!

The School Board on Feb. 25 recognized eighth grader Mikinzi Gilliam for having her drawing selected for the 2016 Senate Art Exhibit at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Each Missouri Senator selected one piece to represent his or her District. Sen...Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2016

Grant awards

Congratulations!

The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation prize patrol on Feb. 24 awarded $5,030 in Foundation Impact Grants. There were 11 grant awards in 10 schools.

In the picture: Tracy Elliott, left, and Bobbi Bond were thrilled to learn of their $360 grant w...Read on...

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Posted on: February 22, 2016

Jazz Band

Congratulations!

The Ray-Pec East Middle School Jazz Band, pictured on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, earned a rating of 2, or Outstanding, at the Jazz Festival Feb. 20 at UCM. In addition, Lindsey Spruill, who plays alto saxophone, and R...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2016

Headed to state

Headed to state

The Ray-Pec Special Olympics girls 3-on-3 basketball team is headed to state! The girls placed first at the Special Olympics Regional Tournament on Feb. 13. They clinched the title by winning two games, including defeating Belton, 20-12, in the championsh...Read on...

Posted on: February 23, 2016

Art students honored

Congratulations!

The Raymore Lions Club recently honored two middle school artists for posters they created for the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Alyese Hill and Haley Borum, both seventh graders at Ray-Pec East Middle School, were guests of the club along wit...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2016

Wrestlers to state

Congratulations to the Ray-Pec High School wrestling team for winning the 2016 conference championship, and qualifying seven wrestlers for the state tournament this weekend in Columbia, Mo.:

• Austin Damron-106 pounds
• Miles Robinson-113 pounds• Ma...Read on...

Posted on: February 15, 2016

Forensics and debate

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ray-Pec forensics and debate students for their performance at the conference tournament. Ray-Pec won the championship for individual events, and fourth place in debate.

Individual results:
Humorous Interpretation: Ryanne Linn, sec...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2016

Legislative breakfast

Legislative breakfast

Representatives from public school districts in Cass County met Feb. 5 with six state legislators to learn more about issues expected to be discussed and considered during the 2016 legislative session. This is the second year for the districts to join for...Read on...

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Posted on: February 11, 2016

FBLA

Congratulations!

Seven events qualified for state after Ray-Pec High School FBLA students competed on Feb. 9 at the District Leadership Conference at the University of Central Missouri.

1st Place - Entrepreneurship (Kamran Choudhry, Austin Vargas, Adam Hoskins) - qual...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2016

Students of the Month

Congratulations!

Ray-Pec East Middle School announces its seventh grade Students of the Month for January. In the front row, from the left: Olivia Pace, William Thayer, and Tamia Schiele. Second row: Logan Lapham, McKayla Burge, and Cameron McDaniel. Third row: Dylan Mahu...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2016

Congratulations

Congratulations!

Ray-Pec East Middle School announces its eighth grade Students of the Month for January. In the front row, from the left: Dylan Hardy and Rebecca Glass. Second row: Armando Barajas, Bailey Trautman, and Tyler Laboi. Third row: Matthew Harrison, Katlynn Mc...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2016

CAN donation

Thank you!

Thanks to the Raymore Lions Club for donating $500 to the Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program! CAN is a program of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. CAN assists children with nutritional needs while they are away from school over weekends. Q...Read on...

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Swim team

Congratulations to the girls swim team for a great Conference performance. The team of Avery Perry, Anna Berry, Jessica Dillon, and Maddi Brusick qualified for State in the 200 Freestyle Relay. Other top finishers: Avery Perry placed sixth in the 200 free...Read on...

Posted on: February 4, 2016

Spelling champion

Congratulations!

Seventh grader Joel Miles is the Raymore-Peculiar School District spelling champion for the third year in a row. After 13 rounds of competition, Joel won by spelling the word "chronology." The runner-up was sixth grader Luke Voelker from Bridle ...Read on...

Posted on: January 25, 2016

Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance

Raymore-Peculiar High School announces performances of the musical comedy, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Performances will be in the Ray-Pec High School Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 5, and 6; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Tickets may ...Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Signing Day

Congratulations!

It’s National Signing Day! Sixteen student-athletes at Ray-Pec High School have committed to continue their athletic careers at the college level. Family and friends joined the students this morning for a signing ceremony at the high school.
Congratulati...Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Forensics and Debate

Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School forensics and debate students for receiving the first place overall sweepstakes award and the first place individual events sweepstakes award at the Platte County Varsity Tournament. In Policy Debate, Austin Moulder ...Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2016

School Counselors

Thank you!

National School Counseling Week 2016 is this week! With a theme of "School Counseling: The Recipe for Success,” the week highlights the impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Thanks to our ...Read on...

Posted on: February 2, 2016

Board meeting

In addition to approving the 2016-2017 calendar, the School Board on Jan. 28 approved three bids for technology capital improvements and authorized the District to obtain bids for three other capital improvement projects: East Middle School traffic contro...Read on...

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Posted on: January 29, 2016

All-State Football

Congratulations!

The School Board on Jan. 28 recognized three Ray-Pec High School football players who were selected for All-State Teams. The Missouri Football Coaches Association and the Missouri Media rankings selected Anthony Payne, defensive lineman, and James Sapping...Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2016

Business of the Year

Congratulations!

The Raymore-Peculiar School District was named the 2015 Business of the Year by the Raymore Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees during the Jan. 26 Chamber meeting. The award recognizes the success of a local bus...Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2016

Schools honored

Award for Raymore Elementary

Eagle Glen Intermediate School and Raymore Elementary School were among 16 Missouri schools honored for their commitment to professional learning.

Sixteen schools from across the state were named Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools for ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 28, 2016

Rotary presentation

Presentation at Rotary

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees shared information about the $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue proposal with members of the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club on Jan. 27. The bond issue is on the April 5 ballot.

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Posted on: January 26, 2016

Prowlers win awards

Varsity Prowlers

The Prowlers dance team won several awards at the Jan. 23 regional competition at Lee’s Summit North High School. The Varsity Prowlers placed first in Jazz, second in Mix, and fourth in Pom. The Varsity team also won an "Outstanding Technique" s...Read on...

Posted on: January 22, 2016

Recognition Week

School Board

School Board Recognition Week is Jan. 24 to 30.Next week, communities across the state will honor the dedicated service of local boards of education during School Board Recognition Week, as proclaimed by Gov. Jay Nixon. The goal is to build awareness and ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

Raymore-Peculiar schools are once again supporting Special Olympics by participating in the Polar Plunge on Jan. 30 at Longview Lake.

A group of students and staff have signed up to enter the frigid water as they raise money and awareness for Special O...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Board election

Six candidates are vying for two seats on the Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education. Voters on April 5 will elect two people to serve three-year terms on the Board.

The candidates are:
• Leo Anderson (incumbent)• Lane T. Lucas
• Susan Edmonsond• J...Read on...

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Posted on: January 20, 2016

Forensics and debate

Winning awards

Ray-Pec forensics and debate students brought home many awards from tournaments Jan. 15-16.

At the Liberty High School Varsity Tournament, Ray-Pec placed second in the individual events sweeps, and fourth place in overall sweeps. Austin Moulder and Da...Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2016

Special Olympics

Winning the gold!

Congratulations to the Ray-Pec Special Olympics Basketball Teams that participated in the Area Basketball Tournament Jan. 9 in Belton. The Girls 3-on-3 team earned a gold medal, the Boys 3-on-3 Unified Partner Team also earned a gold medal, and the Team S...Read on...

Posted on: January 20, 2016

Swimming

Congratulations to the girls swim team for its performance on Jan. 15 at the Kansas City Classic. The Medley Relay team of Maura Page, Jessica Dillon, Maddi Brusick, and Avery Perry qualified for state. Avery Perry and Jessica Dillon both broke school rec...Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2016

Healthy financial status

Healthy fund balances

Each school district is required annually to report to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) the fund balances as of December 31 in the incidental and teachers funds, commonly referred to as the operating funds.

These fun...Read on...

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

Review of plans

The Board of Education on Jan. 14 took its first look at preliminary plans for an addition to the south high school building. During a work session largely devoted to the topic, Board members also reviewed plans for renovation within the school, and a sit...Read on...

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Posted on: January 12, 2016

Health screening

Blood drive

The District expanded its annual employee health screening event this year to include a blood drive, bone marrow donation registry, immunization clinic, and health fair vendors. All Raymore-Peculiar employees who receive District health insurance benefits...Read on...

Posted on: December 29, 2015

Focus Facilitators

If a student needs social, emotional, or behavioral support at school, staff known as "Focus Facilitators" are available to help.

The District uses a variety of interventions to support learning. Those interventions fall into two broad categ...Read on...

Posted on: December 29, 2015

Night Zookeeper

Night Zookeeper

Paul Hutson, from the Night Zookeeper, came from London, England, to meet with Peculiar Elementary School students in grades 2-4 on Nov. 2. Hutson is one of the Night Zookeepers from the digital learning tool https://www.nightzookeeper.com/. He commended ...Read on...

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Posted on: December 28, 2015

CAN donation

Thank you!

Allison Bruflat, left, and Jodie Huston, center, were guests of the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club on Dec. 2. They are pictured with Club President Ed Russell. Bruflat is a Board Member and Huston is the Executive Director of the Raymore-Peculiar ...Read on...

Posted on: December 28, 2015

State thespian festival

Much Ado About Nothing

The Ray-Pec High School production of "Much Ado About Nothing" has been selected as one of the two high school plays from around the state to perform at this January's Missouri State Thespian Festival. During the festival, it will be seen by mor...Read on...

Posted on: December 28, 2015

Students of the Month

Congratulations!

Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School announces its eighth grade Students of the Month for December. In the front row, from the left: Hannah Canaday, Tyler Richardson, and Jackson Hurley. In the second row: Robbie Keays, Eli Monnig, and Laura Mussatti. In t...Read on...

Posted on: December 28, 2015

Students of the Month

Congratulations!

Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School announces its seventh grade Students of the Month for December. In the front row, from the left: Conrad Halwey and Ashley Sclesky. In the second row: Maddie Martin, Adrienne Szilvasy, and Denton Meehan. In the third row...Read on...

Posted on: December 28, 2015

Students of the Month

Congratulations!

Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School announces its eighth grade Students of the Month for November. In the front row, from the left: Evie Musgrave, Paiton Wolf, and Hailey Mendenhall. In the second row: Taylor Williams, Sydney Rogers, and Curtis Large. In ...Read on...

Posted on: December 28, 2015

Students of the Month

Congratulations!

Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School announces its seventh grade Students of the Month for November. In the front row, from the left: Sydney Lecuru, Chris Viermann, and Daniel Joiner. In the second row: Kyle Leizer and Maci Isaacson. In the third row: Nige...Read on...

Posted on: December 22, 2015

Videotaping

Videotaping

In an effort to make Board meetings accessible to more patrons, the District is now videotaping and broadcasting the meetings. Follow the link below to view the December Board meeting.

The necessary equipment was installed over the past two months. Thi...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

CC at State

Congratulations!

The School Board on Dec. 17 recognized the Ray-Pec High School girls cross country team for placing second at the state meet. Girls who ran at the state meet were (back row from left): Kiley Deain, Kami Tabor, and Jamie Wharton. In the front row: Miranda ...Read on...

Posted on: December 18, 2015

All State CC

Congratulations!

The School Board on Dec. 17 recognized four cross country runners for receiving All State honors. From the girls race, and pictured from left: Kiley Deain, ninth place; Kami Tabor, 13th place; and Jamie Wharton, 24th place. Tyler Musgrave placed 21st in t...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2015

Grocery Grab

Grocery Grab

Congratulations to Laurie Bassett, who won the five-minute grocery shopping spree at Cosentino's Price Chopper in Raymore. Laurie moved quickly through the store, gathering $1233.18 worth of groceries during the five-minute allotment. The shopping spree w...Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2015

Candidates

Three candidates have completed paperwork to run in the April 5, 2016, Ray-Pec School Board election. They are: Incumbent Leo Anderson of Raymore, Lane Lucas of Raymore, and Susan Edmonsond of Raymore.

Filing will continue during the District's regula...Read on...

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Posted on: December 15, 2015

Prowlers

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the Ray-Pec Prowlers for their performance at the KC Classic competition on Dec. 12 at Liberty High School. Junior Varsity placed first in Jazz, first in Mix, and third in Pom and second overall high point in the JV division. Varsity pl...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Student honored

Student of the Month

Ray-Pec High School Senior Jacob Aswegan, who is a welding student at Cass Career Center, was recognized as the December Student of the Month at the CCC. The CCC student of the month award is sponsored by the Cass County Elks Lodge #2791. Earle Sanford, I...Read on...

Posted on: December 11, 2015

School Board

School Board

The District encourages qualified persons interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a candidate in the April 5, 2016, election. Interested persons interested may file at the administration offices located at 21005 S. School Ro...Read on...

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Posted on: December 9, 2015

Good Citizens

DAR logo

The Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor the 'Good Citizen Program' to select students that generate the qualities of being a Good Citizen. Those qualities are: dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Ray-Pec High School Senior Alison ...Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2015

All State Band

Three Ray-Pec students were selected for All State Band! Congratulations to Will Dickerson, playing the tuba; Shane Harrison, tuba; and Cameron Leonard, clarinet. They auditioned on Dec. 5 and were selected from more than 1,300 students who had already qu...Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2015

School Resource Officer

Officer Lance Goddard

Introducing our new School Resource Officer

Officer Lance Goddard with the Raymore Police Department is the new School Resource Officer in Raymore.

He replaces former SRO John Bergman, who recently was promoted to Sergeant within the Police Departm...Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2015

Safety campaign

Safety campaign

“It Only Takes One” is the message shared this year by Students Against Destructive Decisions – a group at Ray-Pec High School. The message is part of a safety campaign to reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatality accidents involving teen drivers....Read on...

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Posted on: December 1, 2015

Future Career

Spirit Week

Bridle Ridge Intermediate School celebrated American Education Week (Nov. 16-20) with a spirit week, including "Dress Like Your Future Career." Students dressed as doctors, farmers, movie stars, professional athletes, lawyers, chefs, and teachers.

Posted on: December 1, 2015

Debate and Forensics

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School students on fine performances at the Nov. 20-21 Park Hill South Varsity Debate and Forensics Tournament.
Ray-Pec placed first in Individual Events sweeps, and fourth place overall. Connor Woodward placed third in Li...Read on...

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Architect selected

The Board of Education on Nov. 19 selected an architectural firm to provide design services. The action brings the District closer to addressing its space needs over the next eight to 10 years.
The Board on Nov. 19 approved incite Design Studio to provid...Read on...

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Posted on: November 19, 2015

Teacher award

Congratulations!

Peculiar Elementary School Teacher Chris Roller, at right, receives the award as Missouri 2015 Elementary Physical Educator of the Year. John Ponzar, president of the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, presented the...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2015

Art Fest

Winning entries

Several Ray-Pec students won awards at an art contest conducted as part of the recent Tri-County Art League Art Fest. The event features the work of adult artists. This year, The Raymore Arts Commission sponsored a contest for students in grades K-12. Ray...Read on...

Posted on: November 16, 2015

Board development

The Board of Education on Nov. 12 met in a work session to participate in a board development workshop sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association. The workshop emphasize the results of Board member responses to the Board Self-Evaluation (BSE) in...Read on...

Posted on: November 13, 2015

Socktober

Socktober Success

Families at Peculiar Elementary collected 660 pairs of socks during the school's Socktober project, led by fourth grade Kindness Leaders and their sponsor, Teacher Megan Jones. The group was inspired by Kid President and his Socktober campaign to collect ...Read on...

Posted on: November 13, 2015

Honoring Veterans

Color Guard

Our schools and students honored Veterans in a number of different ways last week, which made us very proud. The week began with a musical tribute program and art display on Nov. 9 at Raymore Elementary School. Second graders at Peculiar Elementary presen...Read on...

Posted on: November 11, 2015

All-State

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Mckenna Miller, Alyson Van Winkle, and Taylor Moore on their selection as All-State Cheerleaders! They were judged on jumps, tumbling, motions, and stunts. The honor comes from the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association. (The Ray-Pec...Read on...

Posted on: November 12, 2015

Early dismissal

Schools dismiss early Thursday, 11/12, for staff development: High School, 11:41 a.m.; Middle School, 11:40 a.m.; Intermediate schools, 1:10 p.m.; and elementary schools, 1:15 p.m. Schools are not in session on Friday, Nov. 13.

Posted on: November 11, 2015

Battle of the Brains

Some Ray-Pec High School students attending Summit Technology Academy are part of the Battle of the Brains contest. Schools are competing for part of the $150,000 grant and the opportunity to design the next exhibit for Science City. The Summit Tech stude...Read on...

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Posted on: November 10, 2015

State champions

State champions

The Ray-Pec varsity cheerleaders won the Missouri State Cheerleading Championship in the Co-Ed Small Division. The Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association competition was Nov. 8 in Columbia. Cheerleaders competed against the 13 teams in the division and...Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2015

1st Team All-State

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Four Ray-Pec cross country runners earned first-team all-state honors: Kiley Deain, 9th place; Kami Tabor, 13th place; Jamie Wharton, 24th place, and Tyler Musgrave, 21st place in the boys race.

Posted on: November 10, 2015

All-State swimmer

Congratulations to Chase Schaeffer for earning All-State Honorable Mention honors by finishing 9th place in the 100 breaststroke at the state swim meet. The 200 Medley Relay team of Levi Vacca, Chase Schaeffer, Trent Oberlander, and Brady Terry finished 2...Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2015

All-District Bands

Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School students who were selected for the West Central Missouri Music Educators Association All-District Bands. Ray-Pec had 52 students named as members of the Honor Band, the Honorable Mention Band, or as alternates.

St...Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2015

State CC meet

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Congratulations to the Ray-Pec girls cross country team for placing second at the state meet Nov. 7 in Jefferson City. Pictured in back, from left: Coach Jay Johnson, Coach Niki Dudek, Ellie Miller, Jamie Wharton, Kylie Deain, Ali Gillespie, Kami Tabor, B...Read on...

Posted on: October 26, 2015

Fall play

Much Ado About Nothing

The Raymore-Peculiar High School Theatre Department announces its upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Performances of the show will be in the Ray-Pec High School Academy Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 6, and ...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2015

ACT results

ACT

RPHS Class of 2016 excels on ACT test

In the spring of 2015, juniors at Raymore-Peculiar High School took the ACT. While taking the ACT is not a new event at the secondary level, there was something different this time. For the first time ever, the sta...Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 2015

Honor Choir

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Congratulations to Eagle Glen Intermediate School students selected for the 2016 Southwestern American Choral Director's Association Honor Choirs. They are among 26 Ray-Pec students from grades 5, 6, and 7 who were selected to participate in the Treble Ho...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2015

President installed

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Congratulations to Pam Steele, second from left, who was installed on Oct. 23 as president of the Missouri Association of Educational Office Professionals. She will officially take office Nov. 15. Pam is the Ray-Pec Board of Education Secretary and Execut...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2015

Honor Choirs

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Congratulations to Ray-Pec choir students selected for the 2016 Southwestern American Choral Director's Association Honor Choirs. Four students from Ray-Pec High School were selected to participate. Nick Schneider, Ian Fleming, and Leeanne Cook were selec...Read on...

Posted on: November 2, 2015

High School Heisman

Congrats! On Oct. 26, Ray-Pec High School Seniors Cole Kruse and Toni Martin were named School Winners for the prestigious Wendy's High School Heisman Award, which highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 2, 2015

Cross Country

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Congrats to the boys and girls cross country teams on their continued success on Oct. 31. The girls won their second straight sectional championship, and the boys lost the fifth place spot on a tiebreaker. For the girls, Kiley Deain was the individual cha...Read on...

Posted on: October 30, 2015

Leadership

Leadership assembly

The Student Leadership Team from Ray-Pec High School conducted Leadership Assemblies at each school in the District. The objective of the training was to show how every student is a leader. Students also showed the importance of sharing leadership traits ...Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2015

Team award

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Congratulations to the Ray-Pec football team on receiving the Team of the Week award from KCTV5 and HyVee. Hallie Shulman of KCTV5, at right, and Jesse Thorson, Belton HyVee Store Director, presented the award on Oct. 28 to Head Coach Tom Kruse.

Posted on: October 28, 2015

Debate winners

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Ray-Pec placed first in debate, third in individual events, and second overall on Oct. 24-25 at the Rockhurst Open Debate and Forensics Tournament. In Policy Debate, Austin Moulder and Dalton Russell placed first, and Nick Lanza and Cameron Leonard placed...Read on...

Posted on: October 23, 2015

Reduced speed

Reduced speed

Watch for a reduced speed limit on a portion of Route J. Signs are up today to reduce the speed to 35 miles per hour from north of 195th Street to south of 203rd Street. The reduced speed limit will be in place for the duration of the School Road Phase II...Read on...

Posted on: October 23, 2015

Performance report

Missouri DESE

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 colle...Read on...

Posted on: October 22, 2015

Wellness awards

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Two Ray-Pec schools received recognition over the past month for health and wellness efforts.

Ray-Pec High School and Peculiar Elementary School were honored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation with the National Healthy Schools Award. This is th...Read on...

Posted on: October 20, 2015

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

The School Board on Oct. 15 recognized Chief Financial Officer Kendra Hutsell, right, and Bookkeeper Cheryl Tipton, left, for their work to prepare the District’s 2015-2016 budget. For the first time, the Association of School Business Officials has award...Read on...

Posted on: October 20, 2015

Board approves audit

The Board of Education on Oct. 15 approved the audit of the District's finances for the year ended June 30, 2015.

Diana Closterman, a certified public accountant and partner from Westbrook & Co., P.C., Richmond, Mo., presented a summary report. Th...Read on...

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Posted on: October 20, 2015

Teaching award

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The School Board on Oct. 15 recognized Chris Roller for being selected the 2015 Elementary Physical Educator of the Year by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Board Member Ruth Johnson congratulates Roller durin...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2015

Art on display

Artwork on display

Students from Kris Dillon’s Visual Art class at Ray-Pec East Middle School have drawings on display this month at the High Blue Wellness Center in Belton. These students have artwork on display through Wednesday, Oct. 15: Joshua Elrod, Christina Coulson, ...Read on...

Posted on: October 2, 2015

Winner

Mini iPad winner

Teacher Amy VanRie won a mini iPad from the Foundation. Her name was drawn from among employees who contribute to the Foundation through payroll deduction. She teaches at Bridle Ridge Intermediate School. Pictured, from left: Board Member Rich Bartow, Boa...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2015

Budget award

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Ray-Pec receives prestigious budget award
For the first time, the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) has awarded the Ray-Pec School District its Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation. The award recognizes the Distric...Read on...

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

Mark your calendar!

There will be no school on Friday, Oct. 14, to allow staff to participate in planned professional development activities.