Park Hill South

est. 1998

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Important Dates

6/3- Finals Begin

6/4- Last Day for Students (FULL DAY)

6/10- Summer School Begins

Woo hoo- Grad images are live for viewing!

RPG photographed every senior receiving his/her diploma. You may view/purchase the images online by following these instructions:

Go to: Click on your school event name. Enter an email address, and then your Password (which is your Student ID #).

Additional groups that were photographed will appear, as well as the Graduate’s image, you have logged in to see.


All-State Track & Field

Christian Ludtke - All-State: 800 meters

Christian Ludtke, Ethan Mick, Quentin Worley, Max Goertzen- All-State: 4x800 Relay

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Summer School Update

Summer school starts on June 10th at 7:30. Communication about course enrollment and bus transportation will be emailed on May 31st. If you have questions about summer school please contact Dr. Esco at

2019 – 2020 Freshmen Mentor Program Application Process

The PHS mentor program is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to mentor the freshmen and new students at Park Hill South High School. Students who are selected for the program will be placed into a freshman tutorial classroom for FIRST SEMESTER during the ’19-’20 school year. It is expected that Mentors remain in good academic and discipline standing through their tenure as a Mentor, and be positive role models and ambassadors of PHS.

Students applying should be aware they are required to stay with the freshmen tutorial one full tutorial per week and actively participate in the leading of activities as well as small group conversations. Students who will be participating in the NCAPS, or NCC Program next year are NOT eligible to apply to be a Mentor in the FANS program.

Gathering Grounds

Come enjoy a hibiscus iced tea, lemonade or iced coffee for $2.00 each. Our last day of sales will be Monday, June 3! Thanks for your support of Gathering Grounds and a great opening year! We look forward to serving you next year.

Become a Mentor!

For anyone interested in learning more about our mentorship program here at Park Hill South and opportunities regarding possible involvement, please email Katie Manga at She would love to share more with you!

Final Exam Schedule

The final exam schedule has been set for June 3-4. Students who are absent during the final exams can make them up any day during the summer that we are open for summer school (June 10 to July 17---we will be closed on July 4-5)

Youth Cheer Clinic

The PHS Cheerleaders will be holding their annual youth cheer clinic for all girls and boys 3 years-old through incoming 8th grade. The clinic will be from 5:00pm-7:00pm, June 11th and 12th, 2019 in the Lakeview Middle School Gym. The cost is $35.00, which includes 4 full hours of cheer and dance instruction with jumps, snack, stunting, games, and a t-shirt.

You may register online at: (case sensitive) Payment is due when you mail your form in. If you register online, please still mail payment via mail by June 7. You may make the checks or money orders to PHS Cheer.

Contact Coach Lindsey Diepenbrock at for more information!

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PHS Soccer Camp Information


6th – 9th Grade Coed Camp Online Registration


Speed & Agility Coed Camp 6th – 10th Grade Online Registration


K-5th Grade Coed Camp Online Registration


High School Boys Camp Online Registration



Vaping has become mainstream seemingly overnight. In this webinar, Dr. Natasha Burgert will discuss vaping and e-cig use from her perspective as a board-certified pediatrician. She will review the basics of vaping and how it works, the history of the product, and address concerns of addiction. In addition, she will offer clues to parents to tell if a child might be vaping, and what to do if you do find your child with an e-cig device. Most importantly, however, she will share a message of proactive prevention and give practical ways to talk to your kids about this harmful habit.


Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP is a board-certified pediatrician with a thriving private practice in Kansas City, MO. In addition to clinical work, she serves as a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a member of the AAP’s Council of Communication and Media. She regularly shares evidenced-based child health information on NBC Education Nation and US News and World Report. Locally, she routinely contributes to KCUR and the Missouri Advisory Council for Childhood Immunizations. Find out more about her work at

* You are able to register and watch this webinar at your own convenience.

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Suicide Awareness and Risk Factors

With recent events that have been extensively covered in the media involving suicide and mass shootings, it is important that we pay close attention to those who struggle with mental illness. It is always a good time to remind yourself of the warning signs and risk factors of suicide. It is important to know and share with those who are struggling that there is help available. Park Hill School District has assembled a list of Mental Health and Healthy Living resources that can be found here.

Also, please keep handy the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s counselor or the school social worker, Lauren Caldwell, with questions and concerns.

From our Librarian

Prior to the last day of school, please remind your students that it is necessary for them to return all of their library books and textbooks and check them in with the library. This is also a great time for them to check on any possible outstanding fines or to ask any questions that they might have.

Additionally, we wanted to make you aware that many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice of reading during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve their reading during the summer and beyond:

1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. This summer the Mid-Continent Public Library is running a Summer Learning Program from May 20 – July 31 called A Universe of Stories where your students are able to read books, participate in activities, and earn and win prizes. Register and learn more at Also, encourage your student to stop by their PHS Media Center prior to summer break to obtain some personalized reading suggestions or a book list for their use over the summer.

2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:

o Morning: The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today's weather. Remember, as a PHS Student your children have access to the Kansas City Star online.

o Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network's Web site — then cook it together for more reading practice.

o Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book they are currently reading. Have them rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help them be more fluent — able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.

3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so they will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase their knowledge and expand their experience with text, so that they will do better when they read on their own.

It's hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will hopefully help you fit some reading into a busy schedule and make reading fun!

Park Hill South PTA 2018-2019


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The Park Hill South PTA Board members are listed below. Please feel free to email with any questions, ideas or ways to be involved. New Programs are born out of your involvement.

Co-Presidents: Jada Rawlings

Richelle Hoy

Vice-President: Elizabeth Cuzner

Treasurer: Christine Kron

Secretary: Heather Fisher


Complete the online membership form


· Registration – Please sign up to work the PTA table at registration -

· Ali Kemp – Self Defense Training November 16th


Car Care 101 – TBA for Tri-Country Presentation

Hamburger Mary’s Bingo Night – TBA for Ali Kemp


-August 19th Time: TBA


Please see the PTA page on the PHS website

Miles of Smiles

Is your student in need of dental care? Park Hill School District partners with the Miles of Smiles program to provide free dental appointments to qualifying students. Each student will be scheduled an appointment during the school day to get a full examination FOR FREE!

Completed applications (attached below) and/or questions can be directed to our school social worker, Lauren Caldwell by email at, or by phone 816-359-5931.

Giving the Basics

Did you know that Park Hill school district partners with Giving the Basics to provide hygiene products to families in our district? The google form below provides a list of products available to you through this program. If you would like to participate, please complete the form and one of our nurses will follow up with you on the details and products will be distributed at the school once per month. If you have any questions regarding this resource or any other, please contact our social worker, Ms. Caldwell, at 816.359.5931, or our school nurses, Kathy Cole RN at 359.4124 and Robin Roe LPN, at 359.4124.

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Counseling Corner

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We are excited announce that next year we will offer a NEW PE class...Hunt, Camp & Fish.

Details are below. If you are interested, please email your counselor. Make sure you include what class you want to drop in order to add Hunt, Camp & Fish.

Prerequisites: Foundations of Fitness or Weight Training

Course Description: The emphasis of this course is to make outdoor sports safer and more successful. Activities include archery, fly-casting, the Missouri Department of Conservation Hunter Education course, fly typing and fire starting. (Course does not satisfy PE graduation requirement.)

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2019 Summer School

Park Hill School District Summer School information is now available. Enrollment forms and more detailed information can be found on the Park Hill South Counseling website

Deadline for applications is MAY 20th!

NEW…Virtual PE (1 credit only)

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