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Posted on: August 3, 2020

High school student tests positive for COVID-19

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A student at Raymore-Peculiar High School has tested positive for COVID-19. This case involves a student who had been participating in football summer conditioning workouts. 

 

The Cass County Health Department is conducting contact tracin...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Improving air quality in our schools

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As part of a continuing effort to implement health and safety measures as we approach the start of school, the District is implementing ways to improve indoor air quality for staff and students. 

The District plans to make several changes immediat...

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

Matt Davidson of State Farm donates $1,000 to CAN program

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Thank you to Matt Davidson of State Farm for donating $1,000 to support the Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program. Davidson presented the donation on July 28 to Jodie Huston, Executive Director of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation.

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

Bus ride is dream come true for this kindergartner

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Shout out to Apple Bus! A Summer School kindergarten student realized that he would never get to ride a bus because his mom is a teacher. This has been bothering him all Summer school.

Apple Bus had a bus show up after school Tuesday to give Easton Curtis ...

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

No in-person registration event today

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Due to the large number of families that have already completed registration, the in-person registration event planned for today has been canceled. If you need to register/enroll your child for the 2020-2021 school year, please call your child's school.

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Posted on: July 27, 2020

District employee tests positive for Covid-19

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A Raymore-Peculiar employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This case involves an employee who is working at Eagle Glen and the High School for Summer School. 

The Cass County Health Department conducted contact tracing and determined that there...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

School year to begin with alternative schedule for grades 6-12

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Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open!

As you register your children, you will make a choice for your child between an in-person learning experience or a virtual learning experience. Please make this choice by Tuesday, July 21.

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

District reports positive COVID-19 case

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The District learned today that an employee at the Administrative Services Center has tested positive for COVID-19. This case involves a non-teaching employee who does not have interaction with students and teachers during the workday. The employee&rs...

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Middle School Summer School art students create pinatas

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Middle School Summer School students in Rachel Jacobs' Art class are making paper mache pinatas this week.

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Graduation ceremonies set for July 17 and 18 at Panther Stadium

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A view from the stage as preparations are under way for the Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies this weekend at Panther Stadium. Here is the Graduation Program. You can watch the ceremonies live on this Facebook page at 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, (last names...

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Audrey Huffman places 9th at FBLA Nationals

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Ray-Pec High School student Audrey Huffman placed 9th in the nation in the FBLA Client Service Event! In 2019, Audrey placed third in the nation in Impromptu Speaking at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program. She will be a junior this fall at Ray-Pec High...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Students practice coding with Ozobots at Summer School

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Raymore-Peculiar Summer School students at the elementary schools have been working with Digital Learning Teacher Aimee Wilson on some fun lessons. In these pictures, they’re trying to find a solution to get the Ozobot coding robot through the m...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

Three more positive COVID-19 cases

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The District learned today that three additional high school employees have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total positive cases to five. All five cases involve non-teaching employees who had worked in close proximity to each other.

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Ray-Pec High School student earns Gold Award

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Congratulations to rising RPHS Senior Kerstin Randolph on completing her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting (comparable to the Eagle Scout Award).Kerstin has been in Girl Scouts for 12 years and is a member of Troop 1701. Her Gold A...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Welcome new Superintendent, Dr. Mike Slagle

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Dr. Mike Slagle is the new superintendent of the Ray-Pec School District, effective July 1, 2020.

He comes to Ray-Pec from the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan. Slagle had been with the Blue Valley School District for 25 years, most recent...

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Posted on: July 5, 2020

Delayed start for HS/MS Summer School

The District learned this afternoon that a high school employee tested positive for Covid-19 over the holiday weekend. The Cass County Health Department was contacted immediately to verify next steps and to discuss the status of Summer School at Ray-Pec H...
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Posted on: June 29, 2020

School Board approves 2020-2021 budget plan

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The School Board on June 25, 2020, approved the budget plan for fiscal year 2020-21. The budget reflects the priorities of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and anticipated growth. It also includes plans and contingencies for current economic uncertainties due...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Board honors retiring Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees

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Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees was named the 2020 School Business Official of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO).Ray-Pec Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Byous, left, serves on the MoASBO Board of Directors. She pre...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

School Board congratulates Tom Kruse

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Raymore-Peculiar School District retiring Athletic/Activities Director Tom Kruse was honored at the June 25 School Board meeting.

He was congratulated on his recent induction into the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, which inc...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Ray-Pec finishes in top 40 at national speech and debate tournament

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Ray-Pec High School finished in the Top 40 in the nation from more than 1,000 participating schools at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. This year, the tournament was held in a virtual format with students submitting recorded performances.

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Major Saver fundraiser has best year ever

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This year’s Major Saver card sale set a new record, raising $38,422.50 to benefit the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation and individual elementary and middle schools.During the annual fundraiser, students in grades K-8 sell the discount cards for ...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Board members take oath of office

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Paul Coffman, Ruth Johnson, and Kim York were sworn into office during a Board reorganization meeting on June 11, 2020. All three were re-elected to 3-year terms. 

Board Secretary Pam Steele administered the oath of office after the Board certifie...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Ray-Pec High School announces spring semester honor rolls

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Congratulations to the students named to the Ray-Pec High School honor rolls for the 2020 spring semester. Students named to the Honor Roll have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students on the Principal’s Honor Roll have a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Ray-Pec East Middle School announces spring semester honor rolls

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Ray-Pec East Middle School announces the honor rolls for spring semester 2020. The Principal’s Honor Roll includes students with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher. The Honor Roll includes students with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.49.

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Free COVID-19 testing on June 11 and 12

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Free COVID-19 testing will be available Thursday and Friday at Raymore-Peculiar High School. The test is open to Missouri residents, with or without symptoms. No doctor’s order is needed. 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Ser...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

Voters re-elect three incumbents to School Board

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The winners in the June 2 School Board election were Paul Coffman, Ruth Johnson, and Kim York. All three incumbents were re-elected to serve for three more years.

The Board will certify the election results at a special meeting at 6:45 p.m. June 11. Board ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Andrea Cox is Volunteer of the Year

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Congratulations to Andrea Cox, the Ray-Pec Volunteer of the Year for 2019-2020! The Ray-Pec Council of PTAs made the announcement on May 26. Andrea is the President of the PTA at Creekmoor Elementary and is also active at East Middle School. One of Andrea...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

'Guys and Dolls' nominated for 11 Blue Star awards

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Ray-Pec’s production of "Guys and Dolls" has been nominated for 11 Blue Star awards.

Starlight Theatre’s annual Blue Star Awards recognize achievement and excellence in musical theatre among Kansas City area high school studen...

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Posted on: May 19, 2020

Scholarship offers to seniors top $1.2 million

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As a group, the Ray-Pec High School Class of 2020 has qualified for and/or earned the potential of $1,248,144 in tuition and fee savings for the first year of college. Because many of the awards are renewable, the Class of 2020 can potentially receive sch...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Best wishes to Ray-Pec's 2020 retirees!

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The Raymore-Peculiar School District appreciates the dedication and years of service from this year’s retirees:

  • Doug Becker, Principal, Stonegate Elementary School
  • Carol Brandt, Section 504 Administrative Assistant
  • Jackie Coop, Special Education Pr...
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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Kiley Brown is the Ray-Pec 2020 Teacher of the Year!

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Kiley Brown is the Raymore-Peculiar 2020 Teacher of the Year! Brown is a first grade teacher at Bridle Ridge Elementary School. She has been working for the District since 2012 teaching first and second grades. During the 2018-2019 school year, she taught...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Glenda Whitaker is the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year

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Glenda Whitaker, the day lead custodian, also at Bridle Ridge Elementary School, is the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year!

As the winner, Whitaker receives a $500 cash award, an acrylic desk award, and a banner for her schools. Her photo will be on d...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Nine from RPHS qualify for NSDA

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We are proud to have nine students competing at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament to be held virtually this summer. Congratulations to them and to our alternates:

• Ella Schnake, defending her 2019 National Championshi...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees selected as MoASBO Business Official of the Year

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The Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO) announced Dr. Kari Monsees as the 2020 Business Official of the Year.  Monsees, the superintendent for Raymore- Peculiar School District, has been a member of MoASBO for the past 17 y...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Ray-Pec High School graduation rescheduled for July 17

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Due to Covid-19, the closure of schools for the rest of the school year, and social distancing requirements, the Ray-Pec High School graduation ceremony set for May 15 has been postponed.

In the hopes of having an in-person ceremony, Ray-Pec High School is...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Scott Jermain Named 2020 Paul Lambert Coach of the Year

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Scott Jermain, head boys basketball coach at Raymore-Peculiar High School has been named the recipient of the 2020 Paul Lambert Coach of the Year Award. The award is presented annually to the top high school boys basketball coach in the Kansas City metro ...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

School Board to have virtual meeting

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The April meeting of the Ray-Pec Board of Education is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23. You may view the agenda at: www.raypec.k12.mo.us/boarddocs. This will be a virtual meeting with Board of Education members participating via Google. T...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

RPHS Senior donates "Happy Bags" to Children's Mercy Hospital

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Megan Allen is a Ray-Pec High School senior in English 4 who passionately participated in the Senior DRIVE Projects.
She worked tirelessly throughout the school year organizing fundraisers, contacting potential donors, and researching best practices. She c...
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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Ray-Pec music education program receives national recognition

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The Raymore-Peculiar School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the Nationa...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

RPHS play selected as one of the top in the nation

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The Ray-Pec High School production of "Lost in Yonkers" has been selected as one of the top high school plays/musicals in the country! 
Ray-Pec theatre students performed the play in fall 2019 at the high school auditorium and then on Ja...
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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Free WiFi at some school parking lots

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To help students who do not have internet access at home, or who have unreliable internet access available, the District now offers free WiFi at some school locations.

The District’s Maintenance and Technology Departments worked together to insta...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Ray-Pec offers meal service during school closure

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For families who rely on school meals, to-go breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to any Ray-Pec student during the school closure.

• 8:30 to 10 a.m.: Pick up breakfast and lunch.

Ray-Pec students can be served at any of the sites list...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

RPHS Journalism students receive awards

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On March 25, Ray-Pec High School journalism students should have been attending the state contest and conference at Mizzou, but those plans were changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic!Some entries are submitted in advance for judging, and Ray-Pec performed ...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Scroggins and Jermain named to Class 5 All-State Basketball Team

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Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School basketball players Jordan Jermain and Kian Scroggins on being selected to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 5 All-State Basketball team! 
Kian and Jordan led the Panthers to a 25-4 re...
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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Local Lions Clubs donate $2,140 to Caring About Nutrition program

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Thanks to the local Lions Clubs for donating $2,140 to the Ray-Pec Caring About Nutrition program. 

The funds were raised by the Bel-Ray Sunrise Lions Club & Raymore Lions Club during a Chili Cook Off Fundraiser on Feb. 22. The funds were pres...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Ray-Pec High School announces Students of the Month

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Congratulations to the Ray-Pec High School Students of the Month for March! From left: Shawn Courtney and Sasha Trujillo-Fernandez were selected for recognition by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club, and Kevin Bennett and Jeni Cobb were honored by the Raymore...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Sean Martin named next head football coach

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Congratulations to Sean Martin, the new Ray-Pec High School head football coach!

The School Board last night approved hiring Martin as the next head football coach.

Martin has been a physical education teacher and coach at Ray-Pec High School since 1997 and...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Share your input as District plans for the future

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The District is updating its 10-year Long-Range Facility Plan with the assistance of community input.

Last fall, the District contracted the services of a demographer to assist with growth projections for th...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

Belton 8th grader wins Cass County Spelling Bee

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Congratulations to Belton 8th grader Esai Oquendo, who won the Cass County Spelling Bee and qualified to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.!

Six spellers participated in the county Spelling Bee, which was hosted on March 11 by...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

RPHS Band Teacher honored at Gem Theater

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Ray-Pec High School Band Teacher John Wilson was honored with a standing ovation on March 7, during Jazzin'at the Gem at the American Jazz Museum for his many years of teaching. Wilson is retiring from the school district at the end of this school year.

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

RPHS student to compete in Educators Rising State Competition

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Congratulations to Southland CAPS Education Exploration and Ray-Pec High School student Kendra Hacker on her top 5 placement in two competition events at the Educators Rising State Competition on March 4 in Columbia, Mo.!

Kendra placed 5th in Impromptu Les...

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Posted on: February 28, 2020

Public presentations about Long Range Facility Plan

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This school year, the District is updating its Long Range Facility Plan. During fall 2019, the District contracted the services of a demographer to assist with growth projections for the community. The planning process thus far has focused on data collect...

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Posted on: March 9, 2020

Ray-Pec Foundation presents books written by RPHS grad to elementary schools

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What a wonderful way to celebrate Ray-Pec graduate and children’s book author Cheryl Klein!

The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation purchased and presented two of Cheryl’s picture books for the library at each elementary school and Shull E...

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Posted on: March 9, 2020

Ray-Pec students attend Women of Color Conference

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A group of Ray-Pec students attended the invitation-only "Women of Color Leadership Conference: Girls Day" on March 5 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Pictured in the back row, from left: Aniaya Reed, Alana Kearney, Aaliyah Green, Raven...

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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Prowlers win awards at Missouri State Dance Championship

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Congratulations to the Ray-Pec Prowlers Dance team!

The Prowlers placed 2nd in the mix category and 5th in the jazz category in the 6A division at the Missouri State Championship on Feb. 29 at the Hy-Vee Arena.

The Prowlers had 5 team members recognized for...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Ray-Pec East Middle School honors February Students of the Month

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Congratulations to the February Students of the Month at East Middle School!
Front row, from left: 8th graders Amy LeRoux, Jackson Drecktrah, Izabella Martin, Brody Hocker, Benjamin Robinson and Kaydance Vaughan. Middle row: 7th graders Kemauri Ev...
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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Speech and Debate students place first overall at Neosho Tournament

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Ray-Pec Speech and Debate Students placed first in the Overall Sweepstakes out of 46 schools at the Neosho Varsity tournament on Feb 28 and 29.

Congratulations to the following who were awarded and all who competed:

  • Abby Ball, 1st in Dramatic Interp
  • Abby Bal...
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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Middle School musician honored at Jazz Festival

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Riley Zimmerman was awarded a certificate for Outstanding Musicianship at the University of Central Missouri Jazz Festival on Feb. 22. Riley plays trombone at Ray-Pec South Middle School.
Riley was one of four soloists when the SMS Jazz Band received the t...
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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Board honors All State Choir students

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The School Board on Feb. 27 honored the All State Choir students from Ray-Pec High School. From left: Robbie Keays, Austin Planker, Samuel Reicher, and Board Member Bill Lowe.
Not pictured: Payton Ballinger, Chloe Coons, Mark Moorhead, and Carinne Williams...
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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Board recognizes All-State Band students

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The School Board on Feb. 27 recognized the All-State Band students from Ray-Pec High School. From left: Hayden Smith, Aeryn Mitchell, Zaran Jathaul, Lucian Howlett, Lilah Manning, Sage Buckley, and Board Member Bill Lowe. 
  • Hayden Smith, Trumpet, A...
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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Board Members honored for Board Appreciation Week

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Board members were recognized at the Feb. 27 meeting in honor of School Board Appreciation Week! From left: Board President Ruth Johnson, Bill Lowe, Billy King, Aaron Howlett, and Ashley Jones. Not present: Board Vice President Paul Coffman and Kim York.

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Posted on: February 28, 2020

Ray-Pec Foundation presents Partner in Education awards

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The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation honored the Peculiar Charitable Foundation and Allison Scott as the 2020 recipients of the Partners in Education award. They were honored on Feb. 22 at the annual Gala and fundraiser to support Foundation proj...

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Posted on: February 26, 2020

RPHS student Audrey Huffman selected for Sophomore Pilgrimage

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Ray-Pec High School Sophomore Audrey Huffman was selected to attend the Sophomore Pilgrimage.
Each year, 250 high school sophomores have the opportunity to observe the Missouri Legislature in session; tour the Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion and ...
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Posted on: February 25, 2020

RPSMS honors February Students of the Month

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Congratulations to the South Middle School Students of the Month! They were recognized for exhibiting self control. Back row, from left: Kyra Littlejohn, Austin Paulson, Frieda Brauer, Rachel Belche, Matthew Como, Amilyah Freeman, and Olivia Prewitt. Midd...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Major Saver card sale continues through March 2

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The 2020 Major Saver discount card campaign starts Feb. 20-21 and continues through March 2.  Elementary and middle school students are selling $15 cards featuring 21 special offers. In addition, patrons may download a free app to access other re...

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Posted on: February 25, 2020

RPHS honors February Students of the Month

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Congratulations to the Ray-Pec High School Students of the Month for January! Efren Rodriguez and Abigail Prince were honored by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club, and Seth Kelley and Kate Lagis were recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.&...

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Posted on: February 17, 2020

Human Resources Director earns industry certification

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Ray-Pec Director of Human Resources Rachel Surls was awarded the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification by the HR Certification Institute. Surls has worked for the Ray-Pec Human Resources Department for five years.

The PHR demonstrates mastery...

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Posted on: February 17, 2020

Students use "Whisper Phones" funded by Foundation grant

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First graders in Alex Tompkins’ class at Bridle Ridge Elementary School use "Whisper Phones" during partner reading and independent reading to increase fluency and build confidence. The "Whisper Phones" were purchased through...

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Posted on: February 17, 2020

District Chief Financial Officer earns SFO certification

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Ray-Pec Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Byous was recently awarded the Certified Administration of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification by the Association for School Business Officials International (ASBO International). This is her fourth ye...

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

Coach Jamin Swift named XC Coach of the Year for Missouri

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Congratulations to Jamin Swift on being selected by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the Boys’ High School Coach of the Year for the state of Missouri for the 2019 cross country season.

The honor is based upon the...

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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Ray-Pec High School to present "Guys and Dolls"

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Raymore-Peculiar High School announces its winter musical comedy, the American theatre classic “Guys and Dolls.” The final performance of the show will be in the RPHS Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Reserve tickets by calling the...

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

District announces finalists for Teacher and Support Staff Employee of the Year

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Teacher of the Year finalists

Congratulations to the finalists for Raymore-Peculiar 2020 Teacher of the Year:

  • Jenni Beck, Raymore Elementary
  • Kiley Brown, Bridle Ridge Elementary
  • Michelle Claus, Peculiar Elementary
  • Erica Dodson, Creekmoor Elementary
  • Travis Houst...
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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Ray-Pec cheerleaders compete at nationals

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Ray-Pec cheerleaders competed on Feb. 8 at the Universal Cheerleaders Association High School Nationals. While the squad did not advance to the Finals, this is the first time in school history that our cheerleaders have qualified for UCA nationals.
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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Student raises funds for Toys for Tots

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Ray-Pec High School student Hailey Lucas was awarded a plaque of thanks for raising over $100 for Toys for Tots as part of a school project.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose p...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

20 DECA students qualify for state competition

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Fifty-two Ray-Pec High school DECA students attended the District 3 contest on Feb. 6. Of that total, 30 students placed in their event, and 20 qualified for the state competition.

  • Megan Allen, 6th place, Accounting Applications (state qualifier)
  • Ariel Ange...
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Posted on: February 7, 2020

School Board Recognition Week is Feb. 9-15

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Communities across the state are honoring the service of boards of education Feb. 9 to 15 for School Board Recognition Week.

Ray-Pec School Board members volunteer their time and energy to help shape the future of the district. We appreciate their hard wor...

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Posted on: February 7, 2020

Twenty-eight student athletes sign letters of intent

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It was a full gym on Feb. 7 when 28 Ray-Pec High School student-athletes celebrated plans to continue in their sport at the college level. Read a short bio about each student.

Front row, from left: Marissa Dick, Gracyn Kloth, Abigail Prince, Kerstyn Finch,...

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Posted on: February 6, 2020

FBLA students qualify for state in many events

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Congratulations to the following students for placing in the top five of their events at the FBLA District Leadership Conference on Feb. 4 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. There are 35 schools in our District. A first place finish qua...

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Posted on: February 6, 2020

Ray-Pec East Middle School honors Students of the Month

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Congratulations to the January Students of the Month at Ray-Pec East Middle School!
Front row, from the left: 8th graders Alex Schafer, Dallin Seeley, Audrey Spencer, Judy Burke, Hadya Imaan and Brandon Cea. Middle row: 7th graders Isaiah Cox, Aly...
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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Ray-Pec students participate in All-State Choir

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Congratulations to Payton Ballinger, Chloe Coons, Robbie Keays, Austin Planker, and Samuel Reicher on their participation in the 2020 Missouri All-State Choir Jan. 22 to 25 at Tan-Tar-A. These students were among the 16 students selected to represent the ...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Foundation awards more than $11,000 in classroom grants

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The Foundation Prize Patrol traveled the District on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to present more than $11,000 in grant awards. Many of the grant award will be used for items to provide hands-on experiences for students. Some examples include robotics parts, books...

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Posted on: January 28, 2020

Ray-Pec High School students perform with All-State Band

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Several Raymore-Peculiar High School students performed with the All-State Band on Jan. 25 at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference at Tan-Tar-A.

Pictured: Lilah Manning, 1st row seat 2, Sage Buckley 2nd row seat 4, and Lucian Howlett, back r...

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Posted on: January 27, 2020

High School Student Leadership Team helps at Harvesters

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On Jan. 23, RPHS Teachers Emily Craig and Scott Jermain took 21 Student Leadership Team members to Harvesters, where they packaged bags and boxes of frozen chicken to be sent out across the Kansas City area to feed those in need. The group set a record fo...

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Posted on: January 27, 2020

RPEMS recognizes December Students of the Month

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Here are the Ray-Pec East Middle School Students of the Month for December!
Front row, from left: 8th Grade – Alexis Cates, Irelynn Sloan, Brock Welcher, Izzy Carrico, Akya Riegle and Evan Schoessel. 
Middle row: 7th Grade – Cha...
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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Ray-Pec middle schools announce first semester honor rolls

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Ray-Pec East Middle School and Ray-Pec South Middle School announce their honor rolls for first semester. 

Ray-Pec East Middle School honor rolls for fall semester 2019

Principal’s Honor Roll (Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher)

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Posted on: January 24, 2020

Kirk Hipple is new Activities Director for Ray-Pec School District

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Kirk Hipple will be the new Activities Director for the Ray-Pec School District, effective July 1. The School Board approved the hiring at its Jan. 23 meeting.

Hipple is currently the Activities Director in the Grandview School District. This is his first ...

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Posted on: January 24, 2020

Dr. Lauren Gechter to be new principal of Timber Creek Elementary

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Dr. Lauren Gechter will be the new principal at Timber Creek Elementary School, effective in July. The Ray-Pec School Board approved the hiring at its Jan. 23 meeting.

Gechter has been the assistant principal at Westridge Elementary and Little Blue Element...

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Posted on: January 24, 2020

Keri Collison is new principal of Peculiar Elementary School

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Keri Collison will be the new principal at Peculiar Elementary School, effective July 1, 2020. The Ray-Pec School Board approved the hiring at its Jan. 23 meeting.

Collison has been a resident and parent of two children in the Ray-Pec School District for 1...

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Posted on: January 24, 2020

Carolyn Deane named new principal of Stonegate Elementary School

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Carolyn Deane will be the new principal at Stonegate Elementary School, effective July 2020. The Ray-Pec School Board approved the hiring at its Jan. 23 meeting.

Deane is a familiar face in the District. She came to Ray-Pec in 2011 to work across the distr...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Rotary Club donates to Ray-Pec Foundation

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The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club?? donated $2,200 to ?the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation??. Club President Lisa Peek, at left, presented the funds to Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston at the Jan. 8 club meeting.

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Ray-Pec High School announces first semester honor rolls

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Raymore-Peculiar High School announces the honor rolls for fall semester 2019.

Honor Roll (Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher)

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Mia Abnos, Remington Adams, Jacob Adams, Braden Beard, Dominyc Berry, Jocelyn Black, Caroline Bult, Laney Cracraft, Bry...

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Posted on: January 16, 2020

8th grader Audrey Mitchell wins Ray-Pec Spelling Bee

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Congratulations to 8th grader Audrey Mitchell, winner of the Ray-Pec School District Spelling Bee! 8th grader Connor Cranston was the runner-up. Both students attend South Middle School.

Twenty-six students from across the district participated in the Dist...

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Posted on: January 13, 2020

District seeks nominations for Teacher and Support Staff awards

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Ray-Pec seeks nominations for Teacher and Support Staff awards

The Raymore-Peculiar School District is seeking nominations for the 2020 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year. A banquet on April 7 will honor the award finalists.

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Board honors state champion varsity cheerleaders

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The School Board on Dec. 19 recognized the Ray-Pec High School Varsity Cheer Squad for winning the state championship. The Board also recognized Hailee Teeter, front row, far right, who was selected to the All-State Cheer Team.
In addition to Hailee, the a...
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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Board recognizes Junior Varsity Cheerleaders on state championship

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The School Board on Dec. 19 recognized the Ray-Pec High School Junior Varsity Cheer Squad for winning the state championship. Captains Emily Galant, left, and Kendra Schulmeister, center, are pictured with School Board President Ruth Johnson.
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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Board honors Sarah Chellberg

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The School Board on Dec. 19 recognized Ray-Pec Director of Child Nutrition Sarah Chellberg, at left. Sarah is the current president of the Missouri School Nutrition Association Board of Directors. She is pictured with School Board President Ruth Johnson.

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Posted on: December 19, 2019

A.D. and Head Football Coach Tom Kruse to retire at end of 2019-2020

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While attending Northwest Missouri State University, student Tom Kruse was assigned to write about what he wanted to do in 10 years. “I stated that I wanted to be back at my high school as the head football coach,” he said.

And that&...

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Posted on: December 19, 2019

Sympathy notice - Death of RPHS teacher

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We are saddened to inform you of a death in the Ray-Pec family. Deborah Hale, a study skills teacher at Ray-Pec High School, passed away this morning.

Mrs. Hale experienced a medical emergency in the school before the start of classes. Emergency medical pe...

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Posted on: December 17, 2019

SMS LEGO Robotics Team qualifies for regional championship

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Congratulations to the South Middle School First LEGO League Robotics Team, also known as the Green Machine!

The team competed in its first qualifying tournament on Dec. 14 and qualified to advance to the Kansas City Regional Championship on Jan. 25. The t...

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

RPHS Students of the Month for December

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Congratulations to the High School Students of the Month for December! From left: Dalton Apel and Alani Delce were honored by the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club, and Jordan Jermain and Te'a White were recognized by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.

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Posted on: December 10, 2019

Ray-Pec places 2nd in overall sweepstakes at William Chrisman Tournament

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Ray-Pec speech and debate students won 2nd place in the overall sweepstakes Dec. 6-7 at the William Chrisman Varsity Tournament. Congratulations!

Individual awards to:• Spencer Barr, 1st in Humorous Interpretation• Angelique Brown and Mik...

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Posted on: December 5, 2019

Dr. Monsees selected for state Deputy Commissioner post

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Dr. Kari Monsees, who is retiring as Ray-Pec Superintendent of Schools in June 2020, has been selected to fill a statewide position with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Beginning July 1, 2020, Monsees will be the deputy commi...

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Posted on: December 9, 2019

Six RPHS students selected for All-State Band

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These Ray-Pec High School students were selected for the All-State Band:

  • Sage Buckley, Clarinet Honor Band, 2x All State, junior
  • Lilah Manning, Flute Honor Band, 2x All State, junior
  • Lucian Howlett, 1st chair snare option, junior
  • Aeryn Mitchell, Bassoon Honor...
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Posted on: December 5, 2019

Music teacher composes alma mater for Ray-Pec High School

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After learning that Raymore-Peculiar High School did not have an official alma mater, Vocal Music Teacher Stephen Rew created one. Over the summer, he wrote the music and lyrics for the song. The first public performance of the alma mater was during the N...

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Posted on: November 25, 2019

District announces new superintendent, Dr. Mike Slagle

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The Raymore-Peculiar School District Board of Education has selected Dr. Mike Slagle to serve as superintendent of the district, effective July 1, 2020. He will replace Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

In a s...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

School Board candidate filing begins on Dec. 17

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Qualified persons interested in running for a position on the Ray-Pec School Board are invited to file to be a candidate in the April 7, 2020, election. You may file at the Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd.

Filing will begin at 8 a.m. on ...

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Posted on: December 2, 2019

Five RPHS students earn national journalism awards

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Congratulations to these students who earned national awards at the National Student Press Contest sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association.

Jennifer Aguilar (12) received an Honorable Mention award in Fea...

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Posted on: November 26, 2019

Ray-Pec places 1st in individual events at Park Hill South tournament

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Ray-Pec speech and debate students brought home many awards from the Park Hill South Varsity and North Kansas City Novice tournaments on Nov. 22 and 23, 2019.

Varsity Results:

  • 1st Place in Individual Events Sweepstakes
  • 3rd Place Overall Sweepstakes
  • Spencer Ba...
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Posted on: November 22, 2019

Semifinal football game is set for 1 p.m. Saturday

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The Ray-Pec Panthers host the De Smet Jesuit High School Spartans in the Class 6 semi-final game on Saturday. Admission is $7. No passes will be accepted. Panther Stadium will open at 11 a.m. Saturday. Kick-off is at 1 p.m. 

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Posted on: November 22, 2019

School Board honors softball team

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The School Board on Nov. 21 recognized the Ray-Pec High School softball team for placing 2nd in the state! Front row, from left: Madison Busby, Elizabeth Pace, Alexis Helzer, Brooke Law, Lexi Blackmon, Haley Smuder, and McKenna Wilson. Middle row: Natalie...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Last week to order RPHS yearbooks

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Yearbook orders are accepted through Nov. 26. Students can drop off an order form in room 811 or the high school main office. The base cost of the yearbook is $75, and checks can be made out to RPHS. Cash is also accepted. To purchase using a credit card,...
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Posted on: November 18, 2019

Hailee Teeter earns All-State cheer honors

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Congratulations to Hailee Teeter for achieving All-State cheer honors in the Base Category at the state competition. From left: Coach Courtney Morgan, All-State Cheerleader Hailee Teeter, and Coach Megan Speer.

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Posted on: November 18, 2019

Ray-Pec Cheerleaders are state champions!

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Ray-Pec has two more state champion teams! Congratulations to Ray-Pec Cheerleading for winning the state championship in the Varsity Superlarge Division AND the JV Large Division! Also, congratulations to Hailee Teeter for achieving All-State honors in th...

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Posted on: November 18, 2019

JV cheerleaders win state championship!

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Congratulations to the Ray-Pec cheerleaders who won the state championship in the JV Large Division on Nov. 16 at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association competition. Last month, the JV squad captured its first regional championship.

Varsity and JV c...

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Posted on: November 15, 2019

Enrollment projected to grow by 800 in next 10 years

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Enrollment projected to grow by 800 in next 10 years

The Board met on Nov. 14, 2019, to discuss Long Range Facility Planning and to hear an update about planned capital improvements.

Enrollment in the Ray-Pec School District is projected to reach nearly 6,8...

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Posted on: November 13, 2019

Share your feedback on school calendar

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The Ray-Pec School District Calendar Committee is currently constructing a draft calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. The link below takes you to a brief survey asking for input on various calendar topics. Recently, Missouri Law was changed and does no...

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Posted on: November 12, 2019

Softball players receive many post-season awards

2nd place at state

Congrats to our Ray-Pec softball players who won second in the state AND gathered a bunch of individual honors!
Check it out:
All-State Softball
First Team All-State: Camryn Stickel, Pitcher. Second Team All-State: Lexi Blackmon, Outfield.
Class 4 Al...
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Posted on: November 11, 2019

Ray-Pec qualifies record number of students to All-District Band

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The Ray-Pec High School band set a new record for the number of seats earned for All-District Band! From approximately 500 students auditioning, Ray-Pec students earned 62 band chairs through blind auditions on Nov. 9 at Warrensburg High School.

Both the H...

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Posted on: November 12, 2019

STEAM Expo is tonight!

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Ray-Pec middle and high schools present the 3rd Annual STEAM Expo from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the High School Library/Media Center. This free and open to the public event will showcase over 30 student-led exhibits in the areas of scie...

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Posted on: November 11, 2019

Boys Cross Country Team wins State CHAMPIONSHIP!

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Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country team for winning the Class 4 State Championship on Nov. 9 in Columbia! Ray-Pec was in 14th place as a team after the 1K marker, but moved up throughout the race to finish in first place. Senior Braden Zaner placed...

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Posted on: November 11, 2019

Braden Zaner is 4th at state and sets new school record

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At the Missouri Class 4 cross country race on Nov. 9, Senior Braden Zaner placed 4th out of about 180 runners with a time of 15:26 for a new school record and his second straight All-State honor. Braden led the Panthers to a 1st place finish as a team.

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Posted on: November 11, 2019

Marissa Dick places 4th at state Cross Country Meet

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In the Class 4 Girls Cross Country race on Nov. 9, Senior Marissa Dick placed 4th with a time of 18:33 for her 3rd straight All-State honor. Freshman Michaela Duran was 84th in 20:07; and Senior Abigail Prince was 103rd in 20:20.

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Trick or Treat so Tots Can Eat!

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"Trick or Treat So Tots Can Eat!" For Halloween, these Ray-Pec High School speech, debate, and theatre students collected more than 1,100 food items for a local food pantry. 

Kneeling, from left: Kerstin Randolph, Jillian Humke, Abby Bal...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Speech and debate students win awards at Lee's Summit tournaments

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Ray-Pec speech and debate students brought home many awards from the Lee’s Summit West Varsity and Lee’s Summit North Novice tournaments on Nov. 1-2. Congratulations to the following who were awarded, and to all who c...
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Posted on: October 29, 2019

High School to present "Lost in Yonkers"

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Raymore-Peculiar High School announces its production of Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Lost in Yonkers. Performances will be in the Ray-Pec High School Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 8, and 9, and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets may be reserved by...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Softball team ends season placing second in the state

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Congratulations to the softball team for a great season for placing second in the state! The Lady Panthers defeated Northwest (Cedar Hill) 10-0 in 6 innings in the Nov. 1 semifinal game, and then fell to defending state champion Blue Springs South 10-0 in...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Boys cross country team wins sectional championship

State qualifiers from sectionals

Congrats to the cross country teams for their outstanding performances on Nov. 2! The boys team won the Class 4, Sectional 3 meet, and the girls team placed 5th, just a few points shy of their state bid. Medalists and individual state qualifiers included ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Board approves annual audit of District finances

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The Board of Education on Oct. 17 approved the audit of the District's finances for the year ended June 30, 2019. Brad Steele, CPA and partner from Westbrook & Co., P.C., presented a summary report. The District had a clean opinion on its financial st...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Ray-Pec Speech and Debate students bring home awards from two tournaments

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Ray-Pec speech and debate students brought home many awards the Lee’s Summit Varsity and Belton Novice tournaments on Oct. 25 and 26. Congratulations to the following who were awarded and to all who competed!

Novice Results:• 3rd Place i...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

RPEMS recognizes October Students of the Month

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Congratulations to the Students of the Month for October at East Middle School:
Front row, from the left: 8th graders Jillian Collom, Grayson Niswonger, Chloe Banks, Gavin Bellis, and Lorren Chatfield. Not pictured: Brighton Wolverton 
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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Office Depot/Office Max donates thousands of school supplies to Raymore Elementary

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Thanks to Office Depot/Office Max for the donation of more than 4,000 school supply items to Raymore Elementary School! The store partners with the community to collect school supplies throughout the summer. Each year, one school is selected as the recipi...

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Peculiar Elementary 5th graders produce a podcast

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Fifth grade music students at Peculiar Elementary are producing an audio podcast called "Music Movers!" 

Music Teacher Katie Schork is working with the students, who are on teams to handle different aspects of the process, including prep...

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

RPHS student receives more bowling awards

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Sixteen-year-old Brooke Law's success in bowling makes her a top contender in local, state, and national tournaments. 

The Ray-Pec High School Junior is a 4-time Missouri State Pepsi champion in two divisions (U15/U17), and this year placed 31st a...

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Posted on: October 25, 2019

Ray-Pec High School honors students for academic achievements

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Raymore-Peculiar High School Principal Steven Miller welcomed guests to the Academic Honors ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The school honored students with academic achievements earned during the 2019-2020 school year. 

Students were recognized for...

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Posted on: October 25, 2019

Sports updates

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Varsity football

The Panthers, with a record of 6-2, play their last regular game of the season at 7 p.m. tonight at Lee’s Summit West High School, 2600 SW Ward Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64082. Districts begin on Friday, Nov. 1, with the location depe...

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

Foundation hosts luncheon for Ray-Pec retirees

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A group of District retirees on Oct. 23 enjoyed lunch and heard updates about the District, the Foundation, and Ray-Pec CARES. To be notified of future retiree events, send a message to jodie.huston@raypec.org.

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Posted on: October 23, 2019

RPHS Field Biology students experience Monarch Migration

Ray-Pec Field Biology students were able to experience the wonder of the fall Monarch migration as it passed through the outdoor classroom on Oct. 8. Many Monarchs were captured and released, and 18 were tagged as part of a citizen science project coordin...

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Posted on: October 22, 2019

RPHS Students of the Month for October

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Congratulations to the Ray-Pec High School Students of the Month for October! From left: Braden Zaner and Camryn Stickel were honored by the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club, & Spencer Harris and Peyton Balfour were honored by the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.

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Posted on: October 22, 2019

School Board recognizes RPHS Teacher Karla Penechar

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The School Board on Oct. 17 recognized Ray-Pec High School Teacher Karla Penechar for being named the 2019 Wayne Brown Outstanding Speech and Theatre Teacher for the state of Missouri. The award was presented last month by the Speech and Theatre Associati...

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Posted on: October 22, 2019

School Board recognizes President Ruth Johnson

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The School Board on Oct. 17 recognized Board President Ruth Johnson for receiving the Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award at the recent Missouri School Boards' Association conference. She is pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman.

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Posted on: October 22, 2019

Marching Band is Grand Champion at Cameron MarchFest

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Wow! The Panther Pride Marching Band was the Grand Champion at the Cameron MarchFest! Ray-Pec won the award for the top combined score from parade and field competitions.

The Panther Pride Marching Band won 1st place for parade, 1st place for indoor color ...

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

RPEMS recognizes Students of the Month

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Congratulations to the East Middle School Students of the Month for September! Front row, from the left: 8th graders Meagan Faulkner, Dorien Fredericks, Savanna Porter, Zatorian Crawford, Tre Hill and Maggie Schaub. Middle row: 7th graders Levi D...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Parents as Teachers supports a child's first teachers

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A family's connection with the Ray-Pec School District can begin well before a child enters kindergarten. Parents as Teachers is a program that serves families with children who are younger than kindergarten age. In fact, services can begin before birth -...

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

Mustang Teams helps promote positive school culture

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Every other month, Bridle Ridge Elementary School students participate in Mustang Teams to learn Conscious Discipline skills and promote school culture. The teams have students from each grade level and allow the students to build relationships throughout...
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Posted on: October 15, 2019

Panther Pride Band wins awards at marching festival

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The Panther Pride Marching Band won 1st place in prelims and finals at the Park Hill High School Marching Festival on Oct. 12.The Band won awards for Outstanding Effect, Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Brass group (Hayden Smith, Noa...

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Posted on: October 14, 2019

Seven Ray-Pec singers selected for All-State Choir

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Congratulations to these students who were selected for the All-State Choir! From row, from left: Carinne Williams, 2nd Alternate Soprano; Chloe Coons, All-State Soprano; and Payton Ballinger, All-State Soprano. Back row: Austin Planker, All-Stat...
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Posted on: October 14, 2019

Boys cross country team wins conference championship

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Suburban Gold Conference! The girls placed 4th overall, while the boys won their first Gold Conference Championship! Senior Braden Zaner was the first place finisher in the varsity boys race with a time of 16:01.1!

Earning 1st team all-conference honors we...

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Posted on: October 14, 2019

Ray-Pec wins speech sweepstakes at Blue Springs South Varsity Speech and Debate tournament

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The Ray-Pec High School Speech and Debate 2019-2020 season is off to a great start after competing at the Blue Springs South Varsity and Blue Springs Novice tournaments over the weekend. Congratulations to all who competed! The varsity squad won 1st Place...

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Posted on: October 10, 2019

RPHS Student Leadership Team trains at Camp Clark

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On Sept. 30, the High School 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 how to work together during life-threatening emergencies, how...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

University students visit Ray-Pec to learn about special education programs

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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 on-site visit tied into one of their college special ...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Four Ray-Pec golfers qualify for sectional tournament

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Congratulations to the Raymore-Peculiar High School girls golf team for success at the District tournament on Oct. 7 in Joplin.  Lauren Kurtz and Sydney Sampson earned All-District honors. Lauren, Sydney, Sarah Larkins, and Ashley Sclesky qualifi...

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Posted on: October 7, 2019

Meet Dr. Lisa Hatfield: Ray-Pec Compliance Officer

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As Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for the Raymore-Peculiar School District, Dr. Lisa Hatfield is involved in all aspects of recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees. The District relies on Dr. Hatfield for information about compensation, ...

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Posted on: October 7, 2019

Band takes first place at Valhalla Marching Band Festival

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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.Students, from left: Debrah To...

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Posted on: October 7, 2019

Cass Career Center honors RPHS Senior Lucas Tracy

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Cass Career Center EMT/Fire Science student Lucas Tracy, a Senior from Ray-Pec High School, was recognized as the October Young Professional of the Month at CCC.  The CCC Young Professional of the Month award is given out monthly to an outstandin...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

RPHS Monarch Waystation featured at conference

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Students in the Botany and Field Biology classes at Raymore-Peculiar High School have created a Monarch Waystation in the outdoor classroom on the campus.  

Developed over two years, the Monarch Waystation provides a milkweed garden for caterpilla...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

2018-2019 RPHS yearbook receives award

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Last year's Ray-Pec High School 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. The yearbook staff will be recognized on stage in March at th...

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Posted on: October 2, 2019

Ruth Johnson honored for advocacy work

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Ruth Johnson, president of the Ray-Pec 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.

She was recognized on Sept...

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Karla Penechar named Outstanding Theatre Teacher of the Year

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Her students’ work is viewed by thousands each year and has been recognized and honored repeatedly in the metro area and at state and national competitions. But this teacher and coach remains mostly behind the scenes. Karla Penechar, who teaches...

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Posted on: September 30, 2019

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

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Students and parents who would like help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are invited to a FAFSA Frenzy event from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3,in the library media center at Raymore-Peculiar High School. 
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Posted on: September 27, 2019

Marissa Dick is 2019 Homecoming Queen

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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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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Homecoming foootball game moved to Thursday, Sept. 26

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Football game moved to Thursday

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. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for students. Residents ages 55 and older may...

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Posted on: September 20, 2019

Ray-Pec Foundation to honor 3 with Distinguished Alumni Award

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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

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Posted on: September 20, 2019

Tennis team places 2nd at Blue Springs South JV Invitational

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Congrats to the Tennis Team on placing second at the Blue Springs South JV Invitational on Sept. 18!

A Flight singles- Marli Brusick placed 5thB Flight singles- Juliann Newman placed 2ndA Flight doubles- Lola Kirkpatrick and Isabella de Leon (not pictured)...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

RPHS announces 2019 Homecoming candidates

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Senior Homecoming King and Queen candidates

In the front row, from left: Riley Westpfahl, Peyton Balfour, Rylee Blake, Abbey Park, and Marissa Dick.Back row: Jacob Collins, Dylan DeLeon, Micah Baird, Dalton Apel, and Carson Eve.

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

SADD students stencil safety messages at RPHS

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Several members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) met at the high school to stencil sidewalks with "Buckle Up Ray Pec!" messages.

The students painted the messages on Sunday, Sept. 15. They wanted to have the messages in place befo...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

Foundation awards prizes to employees who give

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Thanks to the Ray-Pec employees who regularly give to the Foundation! The Foundation Board today awarded some prizes drawn from the names of employees who give to support the Foundation.

Front row, from left: Foundation Executive Director Jodie Hu...

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Posted on: September 16, 2019

Board begins search for new superintendent

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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 has announced his retirement at the end of the 2019-2020 school yea...

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Posted on: September 16, 2019

Softball team wins tournament

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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.

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Posted on: September 11, 2019

Twenty-four RPHS singers selected for All-District choirs

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Twenty-four singers from Raymore-Peculiar High School were selected on Sept. 7 for All-District honors. These singers will represent Ray-Pec High School on Oct. 12 in Oak Grove. 

A total of 18 singers -- a new school record -- were selected to the...

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Varsity Girls Golf team has strong start to season

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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.Earlier in the week, the girls beat Raytown a...

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Posted on: September 6, 2019

District expands Real World Learning program

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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.

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees said that the District wants students to leave high school with mo...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Students in Law Enforcement Class learn about police radar

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School Resource Officer Rick Clausing teaches students in the Law Enforcement Class about police radar. On Sept. 4, students gathered on the grassy area between Shull Early Learning Center and the Administrative Services Center.

The Law Enforcement class a...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Kindness Crew plans "Operation Buddy Bench" project

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The 5th Grade Kindness Crew at Peculiar Elementary School asked Scott Dobson, Director of Buildings and Grounds, for some information about their project, “Operation Buddy Bench.” The students want to provide buddy benches on both school playgrounds to be...

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Posted on: September 4, 2019

Ray-Pec CAN sponsors Fall Food Drive

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Ray-Pec Caring About Nutrition (CAN) is holding a food drive to re-stock the CAN Pantry. Donations may be delivered to any Ray-Pec elementary school, East Middle School, South Middle School, or the Raymore Chamber of Commerce. You may also donate on Satur...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

New schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences

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New schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Separate dates set for conferences for high school students

This year, the District is implementing a split schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences. In the past, Parent-Teacher Conferences for all grade levels wer...

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Posted on: August 27, 2019

School Board honors Technology Department

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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. The two-day conference for ...

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

School Board honors Ella Schnake for national championship

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The Board of Education 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. Her piece was titled "Debate Like a Girl.&...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

School Board begins search for new superintendent

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As one of the first steps in finding a new superintendent for the District, the Ray-Pec School Board last night voted to approve a proposal from the Missouri School Boards' Association to assist in the search process. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees is re...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Ray-Pec tax levy rate to decrease by 18 cents

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The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Aug. 22, 2019, approved the 2019 tax levy rate at $5.1823, which reflects 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 ...

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Posted on: August 22, 2019

Superintendent speaks to Belton-Raymore Rotary Club

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Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees shared news about growth in the Raymore-Peculiar School District while speaking on Wednesday to the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club. Enrollment is up, and the District has added new positions to accommodate the growth. ...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

District welcomes new teachers!

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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.

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Posted on: August 12, 2019

RPHS Senior participates in Missouri Boys State

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Braden Zaner, senior at Ray-Pec High School, participated in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 15 to 23 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. During his week, he was a citizen of Ingle City and held the position...

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Posted on: August 12, 2019

Foundation board delivers treats to all staff

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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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Posted on: August 12, 2019

Mo Retired Teachers Foundation awards grants to Ray-Pec teachers

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Wow! The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation is awarding 101 classroom grants across the state. Ray-Pec teachers received FIVE of the 8 grants awarded in Region 2, which includes five counties! Each grant is for $500. 

Pictured here: Melinda Youn...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

Aimsweb Data Breach - Sharing Information

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We are in receipt of information about a data breach affecting the Aimsweb 1.0 assessment platform used in the district. Aimsweb is owned by the Pearson Clinical Assessment company. The nationwide breach affected more than 13,000 school and university acc...

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Posted on: August 8, 2019

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees announces retirement

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Ray-Pec School District Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees announced that he will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

He made the news public at the Aug. 7 all-staff Convocation. This annual meeting of District employees is the kick-off to the sch...

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Posted on: August 8, 2019

District honors employees for 10 years of service

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These employees were honored for 10-years of service in the Ray-Pec School District!Front row: Nicki Heist, teacher at Ray-Pec High School; and Dr. Michelle Hofmann, Director of Elementary Education.Middle row: Samantha Allen, teacher, Shull Early Learnin...

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Posted on: August 8, 2019

Ray-Pec honors employees for 20 years of service

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These employees were honored for 20 years of service in the Ray-Pec School District. Back row, from left: Dan Garrison, teacher at South Middle School; Pepper Grimm, teacher at Stonegate Elementary School; Steve Hatfield, teacher at Ray-Pec High ...

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Posted on: August 6, 2019

Superintendent welcomes new teachers to District

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Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees welcomed our new teachers to the District during their 3rd day of orientation. Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston announced that each new teacher would receive a $25 grant to help purchase supplies.

The teachers were...

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Posted on: August 5, 2019

District partners with Gaggle for online safety

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The Ray-Pec School District and Gaggle are partnering to keep students safe when they use G Suite for Education from Google. 

Gaggle Safety Management combines technology with live safety representatives, who review content 24/7 to assure students...

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Posted on: August 5, 2019

New School Resource Office at South Middle School

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Three School Resource Officers serve the District through agreements with local law enforcement agencies. Previously, the positions were filled by the City of Peculiar and the City of Raymore. This year, one position is the result of a new partnership wit...
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Posted on: August 5, 2019

Back to school registration

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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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Posted on: January 30, 2019

RPEMS honors January Students of the Month

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Congratulations to the January Students of the Month at Ray-Pec East Middle School!

Front row, from the left: 8th Grade – Jamari Cornelius, Rinna Goodson, Mason Sewing, Jaxon Fellhauer, Avery Kiehl and Dylan Matteson.

Middle row: 7th Grade &nd...

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Ray-Pec Foundation honors Partners in Education

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Allison Bruflat 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 more about the award recipients: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/1104/Gala-2017

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