Shull Shark News Bites

February 26, 2016

Thank You to our Watch D.O.G.S. Volunteer, Mr. Hazen!

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1st & 2nd Grade Music Program, March 17

Our 1st & 2nd graders have been learning swamp-themed songs to prepare for their upcoming, "Swamped!" musical performance on Thursday, March 17.

The music program will be held in the Shull gym at 6:00 p.m. and all 1st and 2nd grade students should arrive in the cafeteria by 5:50 p.m. The program will last about 40 minutes.

Students should wear black clothing with splashes of color to match the animal they represent and that is listed below:

Kiger-girls (butterflies)--red, orange, yellow

Kiger-boys (ducks)--green

Brown-girls (owls)--pink and purple

Brown-boys (mosquitos)-- grey

Welch -girls (fish)--blue

Welch-boys (frogs)--green

Van Sickle -girls (dragon flies) blue and purple

Van Sickle-boys (snakes)--red and orange

​If you have questions regarding the performance, please contact Mr. Dothage, Shull's music teacher, at (816) 892-1600 or

Cookie Dough Delivery & Candy Bar Pull

Cookie Dough Orders and student prizes will be available for pick up through the back north doors at Shull on Tuesday, March 1, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. To prevent dismissal congestion and ensure student safety, thank you for being extra cautious if you are picking up your order during dismissal.

Students who sold 12 items or more will participate in a candy bar pull for cash on March 1, at 3:00 p.m. To review the list of students who will participate in the candy bar, click on the February 5 Shull Shark News Bites newsletter link below.

Thank You to Our Watch D.O.G.S. Volunteer Mr. Mattingly!

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Snack Guidelines & Birthday Treats

We believe a healthy lifestyle is important in the Ray-Pec school district. Our Child Nutrition Department created a list of healthy snacks for parents to refer to when sending birthday treats to school or snacks for the whole class to enjoy.

Snacks or birthday treats sent to school for the purpose of sharing with others MUST come from the list in the photo below. Treat bags can only contain food items from the list below. Your child's teacher will let you know if there is a special celebration planned that permits the sharing of items not on the approved list. We appreciate your support!

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Kindergarten Round Up, Screening & Tour

All Kindergarten eligible children who will be age 5 by July 31, 2016, are invited to attend Kindergarten Round Up, Kindergarten Screening and our annual Kindergarten Tour. All three events are district-wide and taking place at all elementary schools. Parents should bring their Kindergarten eligible child to the events that are scheduled at the elementary school which their child will attend (determined by residency verification).

Shull Kindergarten Round Up:

  • March 30, 2:00 p.m. OR 6:30 p.m. (only attend one session) in the Shull Library
  • Kindergarten Round Up is catered to the parent; childcare is not provided
  • must bring proof of residency (a utility bill that includes the "for service at" address), birth certificate, current immunizations **please not that cable bills, medical bills, insurance cards, etc., are not approved proof of residency documents**
  • Kindergarten Screening appointments will be made at Kindergarten Round Up if all required documentation is provided at Round Up

Shull Kindergarten Screening:

  • Kindergarten eligible children will be given a Kindergarten preparedness screening
  • April 12, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • April 13, 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Shull Kindergarten Tour:

  • Parents and their kindergarten eligible child will tour Shull and visit a Kindergarten classroom
  • April 22 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.


Call the Shull front office at (816)892-1600

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Important Calendar Events

March 1 - Cookie Dough Delivery - pick up after school (students get prizes at delivery)

  • Kasia serves as Principal for the Day
  • Top sellers in each class enjoy an ice cream party
  • Students who sold 12 items participate in a candy bar pull at 3:00 p.m.
  • Cookie Dough pickup 4:00-6:30 p.m. through north doors
  • Say NO! Club after school

March 2 - Students celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday

March 4 - No School

March 7-11 - C.A.N. Food Drive

March 8 - PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the library

March 9 - Spring Picture Day

March 11 - 3rd Quarter Ends

March 15 - 4th Grade to Jefferson City

March 17 - 1st & 2nd Grade Musical Performance 6:00 p.m.

March 18 - Mystery Student Serves as Principal for the Day! (more info to come...)

School Board Approves the 2016-2017 School Calendar

The School Board on Jan. 28 approved the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.

The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, with Preview Day for 5th, 7th and 9th graders on Aug. 15. For winter break, students will be dismissed early on Dec. 20. Classes are not in session Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. School resumes on Jan. 4, 2017.

Spring break is scheduled from March 20-24, 2017. There are two possible make-up days for inclement weather: Feb. 21 and April 17.

The last day of school is an early release on May 23, 2017.

Any additional make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.

View and print the calendar:

Bond Issue on April 5 Ballot

Ray-Pec voters on April 5, 2016, will consider a $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to address space needs throughout the District. The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees emphasized that the bond issue will not require an increase in the tax levy.

In addition to the high school expansion, other elements of the plan include:

  • North high school building becomes second middle school
  • Modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen to serve grades K-5
  • Convert Shull Elementary into an Early Childhood Center
  • Maintenance projects throughout the District

The Long Range Facility Plan, which was unanimously approved by the Board on Sept. 24 after a yearlong development process, addresses the majority of space needs anticipated by the District over the next 8 to 10 years.

The plan includes the most aggressive timeline possible to resolve the two-building high school situation, addresses the near-capacity enrollment challenge at the middle school, creates less transitions overall for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade and will finally allow our district to offer a variety of early learning choices for families with pre-schooled aged children.

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To sign up to receive important school text reminders:

  1. open text messaging on your phone
  2. enter the phone number 81010
  3. type this in the body of the text: @sharksrock
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