1. PAT Group photo

    Parents as Teachers supports a child's first teachers

    A family's connection with the Ray-Pec School District can begin well before a child enters kindergarten. Parents as Teachers serves families with children who are younger than kindergarten age with home visits, annual screenings, and family activities. Read on...
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    Mustang Teams helps promote positive school culture

    Every other month, Bridle Ridge Elementary School students participate in Mustang Teams to learn Conscious Discipline skills and promote school culture. Teams have students from each grade to help students to build relationships throughout the school. Read on...
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    Panther Pride Band wins awards at marching festival

    The Panther Pride Marching Band placed 1st in prelims and finals at the Park Hill HS Marching Festival on Oct. 12. Ray-Pec won awards for Outstanding Effect, Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Brass group, & Outstanding Woodwind Group. Read on...
  4. All-State Choir

    Seven Ray-Pec singers selected for All-State Choir

    Congratulations to these students who were selected for the All-State Choir: Carinne Williams, Chloe Coons, Payton Ballinger, Austin Planker, Robbie Keays, Samuel Reicher, and Mark Moorhead. Read on...
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    Boys cross country team wins conference championship

    The boys cross country team won its first Suburban Gold Conference Championship, while the girls placed 4th. Senior Braden Zaner won the varsity boys race with a time of 16:01.1. First team all-conference: Marissa Dick, Tyler Swift, Carson Eve, & Zaner. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec wins speech sweepstakes at Blue Springs South Varsity Speech and Debate tournament

    The RPHS Speech and Debate season is off to a great start after competing at the Blue Springs South Varsity and Blue Springs Novice tournaments. Congratulations to all who competed! The varsity squad won 1st Place in the Speech Sweepstakes. Read on...
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    RPHS Student Leadership Team trains at Camp Clark

    On Sept. 30, the RPHS Student Leadership Team, along with Teachers Emily Craig and Scott Jermain, went to Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo., for training from the National Guard. Students learned to work together during emergencies and to overcome obstacles. Read on...
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    University students visit Ray-Pec to learn about special education programs

    A group of students from Northwest Missouri State University visited Ray-Pec last week to learn more about the District's programs to support students in the areas of behavior and special education. The University brought 26 Juniors to visit our schools. Read on...
  9. Golf team at Districts

    Four Ray-Pec golfers qualify for sectional tournament

    Congratulations to the girls golf team for success at the District tournament on Oct. 7. Lauren Kurtz, Sydney Sampson, Sarah Larkins, and Ashley Sclesky qualified for the sectional tournament on Oct. 14, and Lauren and Sydney earned All-District honors. Read on...
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    Meet Dr. Lisa Hatfield: Ray-Pec Compliance Officer

    Dr. Lisa Hatfield is Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources AND the District's Compliance Officer. In this position, she is responsible for addressing any inquiries, questions and grievances regarding the district's non-discrimination policies. Read on...
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    Band takes first place at Valhalla Marching Band Festival

    First place! The RPHS Panther Pride Band won first place at the Valhalla Marching Festival on Saturday at Parkview High School in Springfield. The band won Outstanding Winds, Outstanding Drum Line and Outstanding Drum Majors. Read on...
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    Cass Career Center honors RPHS Senior Lucas Tracy

    Cass Career Center EMT/Fire Science student Lucas Tracy, a senior at RPHS, was recognized as the October Young Professional of the Month at CCC. Nancy Shelton, President of the Harrisonville Rotary Club, presents a certificate and a gift card to Lucas. Read on...
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    RPHS Monarch Waystation featured at conference

    Raymore-Peculiar High School Senior Emily Behymer, at right, is interviewed about the Monarch Waystation on the Ray-Pec campus. Emily shared information about the project with attendees at the Missouri School Boards' Association conference. Read on...
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    2018-2019 RPHS yearbook receives award

    Last year's RPHS yearbook earned the All-Missouri Award from the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association. The award is presented to the top 1 percent of yearbooks in Missouri. 2018-19 yearbook editors were Sydney Bearden and Kenzie Jones. Read on...
  15. Ruth Johnson Award

    Ruth Johnson honored for advocacy work

    Ruth Johnson, president of the Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award presented by FutureBuilders, the education foundation of the Missouri School Boards' Association. Read on...
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    Karla Penechar named Outstanding Theatre Teacher of the Year

    Karla Penechar, who teaches technical theatre and coaches debate at Ray-Pec High School, was recently announced as the 2019 Wayne Brown Outstanding Speech and Theatre Teacher for Missouri. Read on...
  17. FAFSA Frenzy

    FAFSA Frenzy event is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3

    For help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students & parents are invited to a FAFSA Frenzy event, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Ray-Pec High School. The FAFSA is the 1st step to apply for federal and state aid for college. Read on...
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    Marissa Dick is 2019 Homecoming Queen

    Senior Marissa Dick was crowned Homecoming Queen during halftime of the game on Sept. 27. She is pictured with her father, Billy Dick.
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    Homecoming foootball game moved to Thursday, Sept. 26

    Due to the forecast for storms on Friday night, the Ray-Pec Homecoming football game vs. Park Hill is being moved to 7 p.m. THURSDAY, Sept. 26. Volleyball game times have changed to 4 & 5:30 p.m. The Homecoming dance remains as scheduled on Saturday. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec High School announces Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the RPHS Students of the Month for September! From left: Hudson Bailey and Ella Schnake were honored by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club, and Tyler Swift and Marissa Dick were recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club. Read on...
  21. 2019 Distinguished Alumni group

    Ray-Pec Foundation to honor 3 with Distinguished Alumni Award

    The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation announces 3 recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award: Nicholas Hart, Jeremy Jones, and Mike Medsker. The award recipients will be honored on Sept. 27 at a luncheon and at the Homecoming Football Game Read more...
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    Tennis team places 2nd at Blue Springs South JV Invitational

    Congrats to the Tennis Team on placing 2nd at the Blue Springs South JV Invitational on Sept. 18! From left: Shannon Finn (9), Lola Kirkpatrick (10), Marli Brusick (11), Julianna Newman (11) and Delaney Gray (10). Not pictured: Isabella de Leon (9) Read on...
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    RPHS announces 2019 Homecoming candidates

    Ray-Pec High School announces the Senior Homecoming King and Queen candidates. In front, from left: Riley Westpfahl, Peyton Balfour, Rylee Blake, Abbey Park, and Marissa Dick. Back: Jacob Collins, Dylan DeLeon, Micah Baird, Dalton Apel, and Carson Eve. Read on...
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    SADD students stencil safety messages at RPHS

    Several members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) met on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the high school to stencil sidewalks with "Buckle Up Ray Pec!" messages. The students They wanted to have the messages in place before Homecoming on Sept. 27. Read on...
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    Foundation awards prizes to employees who give

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board awarded some prizes drawn from the names of employees who regularly give to support the Foundation. Winners pictured here are Connie Badgett, Melissa Kelch, Debbie Wescoat, and Brittney Coleman. Read on...
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    Board begins search for new superintendent

    The School Board on Sept. 12 met with consultants from the Missouri School Boards' Association about the District's search for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees is retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Read on...
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    Softball team wins tournament

    Congrats to the Ray-Pec Softball Team on winning the Ozark Fall Classic Tournament after defeating the following: Nixa 10-2; Eureka 9-1; Poplar Bluff 9-0; Grain Valley 4-2; and Francis Howell Central 9-1.
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    Twenty-four RPHS singers selected for All-District choirs

    Twenty-four singers from RPHS were selected for All-District honors. A total of 18 singers -- a new school record -- were selected to the West Central All-District Choir, and six singers were selected for the West Central Women's Honor Choir. Read on...
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    Varsity Girls Golf team has strong start to season

    Congratulations to the Ray-Pec varsity girls golf team on winning the Independence Invitational Tournament Sept. 6 at Drumm Farm! Medal winners were Madi Priest, Sarah Larkins, Lauren Kurtz, and Ashley Sclesky. Read on...
  30. Jake Wingo

    District expands Real World Learning program

    The District is expanding its Real World Learning program in an effort to better prepare students for the future. Jake Wingo, the District's Community Partnership Coordinator, is working to develop partnerships to provide more opportunities for students. Read on...
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    Students in Law Enforcement Class learn about police radar

    On Sept. 4, School Resource Officer Rick Clausing taught students in the Law Enforcement Class about police radar. Senior Jadon Compton is pictured here trying out the radar. The Law Enforcement class is offered during several class periods at RPHS. Read on...
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    Kindness Crew plans "Operation Buddy Bench" project

    Members of the 5th Grade Kindness Crew at Peculiar Elementary met with Scott Dobson, Director of Buildings and Grounds, about their project, "Operation Buddy Bench." They want to get buddy benches for students to use when they want someone to play with. Read on...
  33. Fall Food Drive 2019

    Ray-Pec CAN sponsors Fall Food Drive

    Ray-Pec Caring About Nutrition (CAN) is holding a food drive Sept. 9-14 to re-stock its pantry. Deliver donations to any Ray-Pec elementary or middle school, or the Raymore Chamber of Commerce. You may also donate on Sept. 14 at Raymore Price Chopper. Read on...
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    New schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences

    This year, the District is implementing a split schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences. High school conferences will take place on Oct. 2 and 3. Conferences for early childhood, elementary, and middle school students will be Oct. 29, 30, and 31. Read on...
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    School Board honors Technology Department

    The School Board on Aug. 22 honored the Ray-Pec Technology Department for winning the first ever MOTechTalk Technology Department Excellence Award. The award was announced in July at the MOTechTalk conference in Osage Beach, Mo. Read on...
  36. BOE honors Ella Schnake

    School Board honors Ella Schnake for national championship

    The School Board on Aug. 22 honored Senior Ella Schnake for winning the national championship in Program Oral Interpretation.She competed in June at the National Speech and Debate tournament in Dallas. She is pictured with Board Member Kim York, at left. Read on...
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    School Board begins search for new superintendent

    As one of the first steps to find a new superintendent, the Board last night approved a proposal from the Missouri School Boards' Association to assist in the search process. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees is retiring at the end of the school year. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec tax levy rate to decrease by 18 cents

    The School Board on Aug. 22 approved the 2019 tax levy rate at $5.1823, which is a decrease of 18 cents from the 2018 rate. The 2019 rate includes an operating levy of $4.1492 and a debt service levy of $1.0331. The approval followed a public hearing. Read on...
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    Superintendent speaks to Belton-Raymore Rotary Club

    Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees shared news about growth in the Raymore-Peculiar School District while speaking on Aug. 21 to the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club. He said the District will soon begin the process to revise its Long-Range Facility Plan. Read on...
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    District welcomes new teachers!

    This school year, the Ray-Pec School District welcomes more than 65 new certified staff members, including teachers, counselors, library media specialists, and speech pathologists. Additional Info...
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    RPHS Senior participates in Missouri Boys State

    RPHS Senior Braden Zaner participated in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 15 to 23. During his week, he was a citizen of Ingle City and held the positions of House of Representatives, anchor at KMBS-TV, and news director at KMBS-TV. Read on...
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    Foundation board delivers treats to all staff

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board delivered drinks and snacks to all staff on Friday, Aug. 9, as they prepared for the new school year. Executive Director Jodie Huston and Board Member Mike Medsker are pictured here at Peculiar Elementary.
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    Mo Retired Teachers Foundation awards grants to Ray-Pec teachers

    The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation is awarding 101 grants across the state. Ray-Pec teachers received 5 of the 8 grants awarded in Region 2, which includes five counties! Melinda Young, French teacher at South Middle School is pictured here. Read on...
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    Aimsweb Data Breach - Sharing Information

    We are in receipt of information about a data breach affecting the Aimsweb 1.0 assessment platform used in the district. The nationwide breach affected >13,000 accounts. First and last names, email addresses, and dates of birth were obtained in the hack. Read on...
  45. Kari Monsees

    Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees announces retirement

    Ray-Pec Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. He shared the news with all employees on Aug. 7. The Board is expected to discuss the superintendent search process at its next meeting. Read on...
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    District honors employees for 10 years of service

    During the all-staff Convocation on Aug. 7, these employees were honored for 10-years of service in the Ray-Pec School District. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec honors employees for 20 years of service

    Thanks for 20 years of service! Back, from left: Dan Garrison, Pepper Grimm, Steve Hatfield, and Laura Streicher. Front: Tina Fowler, Megan Jones, Jamie Bogner, Jackie Garcia, Amy Greble, Megan Hutchin, Debbie Wescoat, Sarah Newkirk, and Tara Zaner. Read on...
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    Superintendent welcomes new teachers to District

    Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees welcomed our new teachers to the District during their 3rd day of orientation on Aug. 5. Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston announced that each new teacher would receive a $25 grant to help purchase supplies. Read on...
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    District partners with Gaggle for online safety

    The District and Gaggle are partnering to keep students safe when they use G Suite for Education from Google. Gaggle combines technology with live safety representatives, who review content after identifying inappropriate words and images. Read on...
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    New School Resource Office at South Middle School

    Three School Resource Officers serve the District through agreements with local law enforcement agencies. Cass County Sheriff's Deputy Chris McGovern, pictured here, is the newest SRO for the District. He will be based at Ray-Pec South Middle School. Read on...
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    Back to school registration

    During Centralized Registration on July 30, future Ray-Pec student Charlotte played with a hat while Mom Megan and Dad Chris registered her two siblings to attend Peculiar Elementary School. (Megan Beckett is a RPHS graduate.)
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    Country Club Bank supports Foundation

    Sherri Parsons, center, presents $2,500 from Country Club Bank to support the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation. Also pictured: Board Member Jamie Bogner, Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation President Phil Parke, & Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees. Read on...
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    Board honors students who earned IB Diploma

    The School Board recognized eight students from the Class of 2019 who completed requirements for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Two of the students attended meeting. From left: Julia Fenaroli, Mallory Levens, and Board Member Ashley Jones. Read on...
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    School Board honors Audrey Huffman

    The Board of Education on July 25 recognized Audrey Huffman for placing 3rd in the nation in Impromptu Speaking at the FBLA Awards. She will be a sophomore this fall at Ray-Pec High School. She is pictured with Board Member Ashley Jones. Read on...
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    School Board honors Katelynn Jungling

    The School Board recognized 2019 RPHS graduate Katelynn Jungling for winning the gold medal in firefighting at the Missouri SkillsUSA competition. She was the first female student to ever win the state title in that event. Read on...
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    Students at engineering camp make cutting boards

    Students in the 2nd annual RPHS TSA (Technology Student Association) Engineering Camp created cutting boards to take home. The students used AutoCAD to draw a project, which was then cut out on the laser etcher. Read on...
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    Stuff the Bus school supply drive to benefit Ray-Pec students

    Community Bank of Raymore is hosting its 11th annual “Stuff the Bus” School Supply Drive to collect school supplies for children in the community. The event will conclude on Aug. 5. Donations will be accepted throughout the community. Read on...
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    RPHS students participate in MCDA 9-10 Youth Honor Choir

    These Raymore-Peculiar High School students participated in the Missouri Choral Directors Association Youth 9th-10th Grade Honor Choir on July 17 in Jefferson City. These students were selected by recorded audition earlier this year. Read on...
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    School Board approves 2019-2020 budget

    The School Board on June 27 approved the budget plan for 2019-2020. The budget reflects the priorities of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and uses new revenues from the Prop RP operating levy increase as promised to support priorities in that plan. Read on...
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    RPHS offers Physical Night on July 25

    If your student needs a physical for participation in 2019-2020 athletics or activities, a physical night is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday, July 25, at Ray-Pec High School. The cost is $15. Physicals are good for 2 years from the date of the exam. Read on...
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    Foundation seeks to recognize outstanding alumni

    The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation would like to honor and recognize outstanding individuals with the Distinguished Alumni Award. They must have graduated at least 10 years ago. The 2019 winners will be notified in August and honored in September. Read on...
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    Audrey Huffman places 3rd at FBLA Nationals

    Congratulations to Audrey Huffman! She placed 3rd in the nation in Impromptu Speaking at the FBLA national competition June 29-July 2 in San Antonio, Texas. She competed against approximately 200 finalists in her event. She will be a sophomore this fall. Read on...
  63. BOE honors track and field

    Board honors all-state track and field athletes

    The School Board on June 27 honored athletes who earned all-state honors at the Missouri State Track and Field meet. From left: Kylie Mitchell, Jolie McClellan, Braden Zaner, and Board Member Bill Lowe. Read on...
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    School Board honors Blue Star award recipients

    The Board honored the cast and crew of "The Robber Bridegroom" for receiving four awards at the Blue Star awards: Outstanding Contribution by a Student - Choreography; Outstanding Hair and Makeup; Outstanding Ensemble; and Outstanding Overall Production. Read on...
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    Board honors vocal music students who received gold ratings

    The Ray-Pec School Board on June 27 honored vocal music students who received a gold rating at the state music contest. Board Member Bill Lowe is pictured with Payton Ballinger, Jaycee Robertson, and Gracie Romine. A gold rating is the highest possible. Read on...
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    Board approves bus transportation for all students

    The School Board on June 27 approved changing District policy to provide bus transportation to all students, regardless of proximity to school. Previously, bus service was available for students who lived at least one mile from school. Read on...
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    RPHS gym updates will cover Panther mural

    A project to increase safety in the main gym at Ray-Pec High School will also result in the loss of the large Panther mural. Wall padding will be added this summer to both ends of the gym. You may take pictures of the mural on July 1-3 and July 8-12. Read on...
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    Raymore and Peculiar Sonics donate toward new scoreboard

    John Baker of the Raymore Sonic, left, and Corey Drummond of the Peculiar Sonic, right, each presented $5,000 to Tom Kruse. The funds are for the Ray-Pec Athletic Booster Club and are designated for the new scoreboard at Panther Stadium. Read on...
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    Belton Regional Medical Center donates $25,000 toward new scoreboard

    Todd Krass, CEO of Belton Regional Medical Center, presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to Ray-Pec Activities Director Tom Kruse. The funds are for the Ray-Pec Athletic Booster Club and are designated for the new scoreboard at Panther Stadium. Read on...
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    Ella Schnake wins national championship in Program Oral Interpretation

    Ella Schnake is the national champion in Program Oral Interpretation! Ella performed "Debate Like a Girl" last week at the National Speech and Debate tournament in Dallas, Texas. Ella will be a senior this fall at Ray-Pec High School. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec School Board receives Governance Team honor

    The Ray-Pec School Board is one of 33 in the state to receive the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s 2019 Governance Team Award. The award recognizes a commitment to professional development in areas including student achievement, law, and finance. Read on...
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    Districts join forces to support public education

    This is the 5th year that public school districts in Cass County have come together as "Cass County Kids First" to share concerns and endorse a list of legislative priorities. The group met with legislators on June 7 at the Archie School District. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the May Students of the Month at Ray-Pec East Middle School! Front row: 8th Grade. Middle row: 7th Grade. Top row: 6th Grade. Read on...
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    Peculiar Elementary 5th grade musicians create "Kindness Kits"

    These 5th grade musicians at Peculiar Elementary led a "Kindness Kit" drive to benefit a local charity. Students collected travel-size hygiene products and assembled more than 60 kits that included soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, and other items. Read on...
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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 group completes "The Murph" workout

    Nearly 60 people gathered early on May 24, at Ray-Pec High School to complete “The Murph,” a workout done over Memorial Day Weekend to honor fallen military heroes. The workout is named after Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in 2005. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec students receive awards at Cass Career Center ceremony

    Ray-Pec students who attend Cass Career Center received numerous honors at the annual awards night ceremony on May 6. Ray-Pec High School Senior Katelynn Jungling, fire science, was a finalist for the All School Outstanding Graduate award. Read on...
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    South Middle School jazz ensembles received recognition

    Members of Ray-Pec South Middle Schools’ Vocal Jazz Ensembles "Syncopation" and "Southside Jazz" participated on April 23 in the Kansas City Jazz Summit. Southside Jazz, an all girls group, was honored as an outstanding jazz vocal group. Read on...
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    Rotary Club donates to Foundation Caring About Nutrition program

    Thanks to the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club for the donation of $500 to the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Caring About Nutrition program. Rotary Club President Kris Turnbow presented the check on May 29 to Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston.
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    East Middle School presents "Little Shop of Horrors"

    East Middle School presents the “Little Shop of Horrors!” Reserve tickets by calling the box office line at 892-3999, ext. 2400. Show times are at 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 28; and Thursday, May 29; in the high school theatre.
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    School Board honors band students for gold medals at state

    The School Board on May 23 recognized band students who received a gold medal at the State Music Contest! Read on...
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    8th grader competes in 2 rounds at Scripps National Spelling Bee

    8th grader Miles Sellami incorrectly spelled "vervain" on May 28 in Round 2 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and does not advance in the competition. The East Middle School student is in Washington, D.C., for the national bee. Read on...
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    School Board honors PTA Volunteer of the Year

    The School Board on May 23 honored Jodi Price, the Ray-Pec PTA Council Volunteer of the Year. She is pictured with School Board Member Aaron Howlett.
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    Results from state track and field meet

    Congratulations to the RPHS Track and Field team for success at the Class 5 state track and field meet May 25. Pictured here is the Boys 4x400 relay team, which placed 6th in the state. From left: Jaren Jones, Brandon Rayos, Luke Grimm, and Hudson Bailey. Read on...
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    School Board recognizes TSA students for success

    The School Board on May 23 recognized students from the RPHS Technology Student Association for success at the state competition. From left: Vincent Como, Harrison Jones, Matthew Thompson, Charlie Foulke, Cam Gillespie, and Board Member Aaron Howlett. Read on...
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    Board recognizes Special Olympics teams

    The School Board on May 23 recognized 4 Ray-Pec Special Olympics teams for success at the state basketball tournaments. They brought home 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals. The Unified Partner volunteers participate and compete with the athletes. Read on...
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    RPHS honors May Students of the Month

    Congrats to the May Students of the Month at the high school! From left: Grant Hutchings and Alexandra Newton were honored by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club, and Jacob Lopez and Gracie Allan were recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.
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    Memorial Day

    Reminder: Ray-Pec schools are not in session and offices are closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
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    South Middle School recognizes April Students of the Month

    Ray-Pec South Middle School recognized these Students of the Month for April! They were recognized for the character trait of forgiveness. Read on...
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    Ten students sign letters of intent to continue activities in college

    These students participated in a Signing Day ceremony on May 7 at Ray-Pec High School! From left: Chloe Alleman, Maddie Phillips, Maddie Johnson, Grace Crabtree, Katie Fields, Clint Herrick, Hayden Foster, Savannah Taylor, Avery Wallace, and Lia Knippa. Read on...
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    RPHS and SMS choir students score well at Worlds of Fun music festival

    Choir students in Ray-Pec High School’s “Bella Armonia,” South Middle School’s 8th Grade Performing Choir “Cadenza,” and South Middle School’s 7th Grade Performing Choir “The Interludes” earned high scores at the Worlds of Fun Music Festival on April 13. Read on...
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    Belton-Raymore Rotary Club honors Students of the Month

    The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club honored Gracie Allan and Jacob Lopez as the May Students of the Month from Ray-Pec High School. The students and their parents were guests at the May 8 club luncheon. They are pictured with Club President Kris Turnbow.
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    RPHS musical nominated for 10 Blue Star awards

    The RPHS production of "The Robber Bridegroom" has been nominated for Blue Star awards in 10 categories, including Outstanding Overall Production. The cast will perform a song from the show at the Blue Star Awards Ceremony on May 23 at Starlight Theatre. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec Sophomore advances to state golf tournament

    Sophomore Chase Martel is headed to the state golf tournament for the 2nd year! He placed 18th at the Sectional tournament to advance to state next week in Bolivar. He is pictured with Head Coach Paul Carvan, left, and Assistant Coach Wendell Pritchett. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec Trapshooting Team results

    The Ray-Pec Trap Shooting Team competed in the annual Paul Larsen Memorial State Trap Shooting Event on April 27 at Linn Creek, Mo. Nine Panthers posted scores of 85/100 or higher, led by Noah Elkhatib, 93; Hayden Rains, 91, and Tyler Fagan, 90. Read on...
  96. RPHS Yearbook honor

    Publishing company recognizes RPHS yearbook for excellence

    The 2019 Ray-Pec High School yearbook, The Panther, has been inducted into the Walsworth Publishing National Gallery of Excellence. The 2018-19 yearbook has been led by Student Editors senior Sydney Bearden and junior Kenzie Jones. Read on...
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    Ray-Pec Volunteer of the Year is Jodi Price

    Jodi Price is the 2019 Volunteer of the Year! The Ray-Pec Council of PTAs made the announcement during a reception on April 30 to honor 14 nominees for the award. Jodi is treasurer for both the Timber Creek Elementary School PTA and the PTA Council. Read on...
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    Two Ray-Pec golfers earn All-District honors

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School All-District golfers Chase Martel (10) and Cole Stocking (11)! They are headed to sectionals next week. From left: Assistant Coach Wendell Pritchett, Chase, Cole, and Head Coach Paul Carvan.
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    RPHS students have success at state music contest

    Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School students for success at the State Music Contest on April 26 in Columbia! Read on...
  100. BOE recognizes theatre students

    Board honors theatre students for success at state

    The School Board on April 25 honored RPHS for winning the first-ever state Speech Sweepstakes Championship at the state tournament April 11-13 in Springfield. Ray-Pec also won 2nd place in the state for its Readers Theatre production of "Animal Farm." Read on...
  101. BOE recognizes Audrey Huffman

    Board honors FBLA student

    The School Board on April 25 honored Audrey Huffman for placing 1st in Impromptu Speaking at the FBLA State Leadership Conference. She advances to the national conference June 29-July 2 in San Antonio. She is pictured with Board Member Billy King. Read on...
  102. BOE recognizes journalism students

    Board honors students for top journalism awards

    The School Board on April 25 recognized high school students who received All-State awards at the state journalism contest. From left: Byron King, Bela Torres, Jennifer Aguilar, Madeline Young, Kaylee Ohlson, Emma Snider, and Board Member Billy King. Read on...
  103. BOE recognizes Maddie Welty

    Board recognizes student for DECA success

    The Board on April 25 recognized Maddie Welty for placing 4th in Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling at the Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference. She will compete at the International DECA competition, April 27-30 in Orlando, Fla. Read on...
  104. Special Olympics Panther Cubs

    Special Olympics basketball teams bring home 2 gold and 2 silver medals

    The RPHS Special Olympics basketball teams continued their success at the state tournament, bringing home two gold medals and two silver medals! Coaches are Teachers Cara Hornbeck, Catie Howlett, and Emma Howlett, and Board Member Aaron Howlett. Read on...
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    East Middle School recognizes April Students of the Month

    Congratulations to the April Students of the Month at Ray-Pec East Middle School! Front row: 8th Graders. Middle row: 7th Graders. Top row: 6th Graders. Read on...
  106. RPHS SoM April

    RPHS honors Students of the Month

    Here are the April Students of the Month at Ray-Pec High School. From left: Andrew Burdick and Kylee Kauffman were honored by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club, and Jacob Beauchamp and Jordan Wright were honored by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club.
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    Students qualify for National Speech and Debate Tournament

    Congratulations to RPHS on winning the District Championship in Speech and 2nd place in the overall speech sweepstakes at the Speech and Debate Show Me District tournament on April 15. These students qualified to compete at nationals in June in Dallas: Read on...
  108. Midsummer Nights Dream

    High School and South Middle School to present A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The Ray-Pec Theatre Department announces its joint High School/South Middle School productions of William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. RPSMS will present an abridged version on April 26-28. RPHS will present a full-length show May 2-5. Read on...
  109. Team Picture

    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...
  110. Tennis group

    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...
  112. Scoreboard donation 2

    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...
  113. SMS March SOM

    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...
  114. 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...
  117. Oath 1

    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...
  118. 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...
  119. State group theatre

    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...
  120. Panel - 4 legislators

    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...
  121. RPHS SOM March

    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...
  123. 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...
  125. DECA Maddie 2

    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...
  127. You Matter series

    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...
  129. Journalism students

    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...
  130. 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...
  132. Kindergarten Roundup

    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...
  133. Miles Sellami at March 25 2019 BOE meeting

    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...
  136. Shull Shark logo

    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...
  140. Sophomore pilgrimage

    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...
  142. 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...
  143. Wings

    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...
  145. Jennifer Gingrich at Rotary

    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...
  146. Bates and Roberson at Rotary

    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...
  147. 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.
  149. BOE School Board

    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...
  151. BOE recognition Tech Challenge Team

    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...
  152. BOE recognition wrestlers

    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...
  154. 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...
  159. RPHS SoM February

    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.
  160. Major Saver card front

    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...
  162. Bridle Ridge Mustang Team

    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...
  164. 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!
  165. 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.
  166. TOY apple

    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...
  167. SSEOY web

    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...
  168. Girls swim team

    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...
  172. 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.
  175. Prize Patrol TC Martin

    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...
  177. Prowlers

    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...
  183. EMS January SOM 2019

    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...
  184. Songs for a New World poster

    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...
  185. All State Choir students

    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...
  186. All-State Band students with teachers

    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...
  187. Liberty V and N kids 2019

    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.
  191. RPHS SOM January 2019

    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.
  192. RP Spelling Bee winner

    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...
  193. 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...
  195. PE Patricks

    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.
  196. Scheels donation

    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...
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    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...
  207. 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...
  208. 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...
  210. 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.
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    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...
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    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...
  214. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  219. 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...
  221. 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...
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    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...
  223. 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...
  224. 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...
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    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...
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    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.
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    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...
  231. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    '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...
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    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...
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    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.
  239. 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.
  240. 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.
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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 to the Ray-Pec Softball Team on winning the Ozark Fall Classic Tournament after defeating the following: Nixa 10-2; Eureka 9-1; Poplar Bluff 9-0; Grain Valley 4-2; and Francis Howell Central 9-1.