Walden Review

A newsletter for Walden Families

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April 16, 2021

Upcoming Events

April 20: PTA Meeting 6:30 Zoom Click here for the link

April 28: Online student SOS day (information below)

May 3: SOS for in-person students

May 5, 6, and 7: MAP testing for in-person students (8th only)

May 10 - 21: MAP testing for all in-person students

May 26: 6th and 7th Virtual Awards 6:00 PM

May 27: 8th Grade Awards Presentations (more information to come)

  • Comets 12:30
  • Monarchs 1:45

May 28: Last day of school, half-day

** ONLINE student MAP testing dates to come to Walden: See below. An email was sent to you with information on how to sign-up.

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From Dr. Stucker

Walden Families,

Park Hill Online Verification and Residency for the 21-22 school year is now open. This was communicated through an email from Kara Hevalow. Here is the link to additional information.

An important part of online verification is to let us know if your child will attend in-person school or the Park Hill Online Academy during the 21-22 school year. This information will be used to build a schedule to meet the needs of our students. We would appreciate it if you would fill out this survey in Infinite Campus today to help us plan for next year.

Starting July 1st Melissa DeDonder will be taking over leadership at Walden. I am so excited about her next journey. She is an Original Jaguar and will help make Walden great!

Keelie Stucker



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Sign up now for in-person learning or the Park Hill Online Academy for 2021-2022

The window is open now through April 16th for you to select either in-person learning or our new Park Hill Online Academy option for your middle school student for the 2021-2022 school year. Selecting your learning mode now gives us time to complete the scheduling puzzle, as we work to balance the different course needs between in-person and online students.

The Park Hill Online Academy is a small, online choice with limited course offerings, for students who do well in the online learning environment and want to make sure they have a high-quality option with Park Hill teachers and the Park Hill curriculum. There is more information about the Park Hill Online Academy on the district website. Please note that we must ask students to commit to the Park Hill Online Academy for a full school year.

To choose whether you want your child to learn in-per son or online, go to the the Campus Parent Portal and select the Survey tab in the Message Center (See a screenshot here). Please note, this selection is separate from Online Verification and Residency.

Thank you,

Dr. Stephanie AmayaDirector of Educational Programs

Park Hill School District │Academic Services Department

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  • Online students are allowed to participate in 4th quarter intramurals. Sign-ups are below
  • MAP testing: You were sent an email to sign up for MAP testing. There are specific days for each grade level. If your student has an IEP or 504, their teacher will be contacting you for the date.
  • Please be aware that during in person testing sessions teachers will only be available through teams or email and not able to do zooms. The testing block is from 9:00AM - 11:00 on testing days. The May calendar above reflects those days. There will be an alternate schedule those days.
  • Online SOS date is April 28th. If you would like for your child to participate, please fill out the form below and send to Mrs. DeDonder at dedonderm@parkhill.k12.mo.us
  • The teams will be communicating with you about days the schedules have changed. For example MAP testing days.
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Click on the below document for more information about chess clubs

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4th Quarter Intramurals

We have exciting news! Walden will be hosting a few fun intramurals during 4th quarter. Here are the important details:

  • The intramurals will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school (3:05-4:50pm) April 13th – May 13th.
  • Your student can ride a bus home from intramurals or be picked up from the front of the school.
  • Please only sign up for one slot since there are limited spots due to our efforts to keep students as socially distanced as possible.
  • You can sign up here!

These intramurals are separate from the homework helper that is being offered every Tuesday and Thursday through May 25th. The link to sign up for homework helper is here. As a reminder, you need to sign up for each day you want your student to attend.

Additionally, don’t forget that Mr. Wilson hosts math help every Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting at 7:00am. Your student does not need to sign up to attend the morning math help.

Thank you!

Andrea Hart, Intramural coordinator harta@parkhill.k12.mo.us

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Park Hill South opportunity for incoming 9th grade students

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Online student SOS (Signs of Suicide)

Dear Walden Online Parent:

On April 28, 2021 our teachers will lead the SOS lesson with online students. Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete an electronic response survey which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk.

For your child to participate in the SOS prevention curriculum, you must give consent by filling out the survey embedded in the attached document. To ensure that online students have access to parent/guardian support if needed, Park Hill recommends that a parent/guardian be at home on this day.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. DeDonder, your child’s counselor or social worker.

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In-Person SOS day (Signs of Suicide)

Due to the return to in-person learning from the hybrid mode we have changed the date for our SOS implementation. Our new date is May 3rd. Should you choose to opt your child out of the lesson we will need the attached form returned to the front office or Mrs. DeDonder (dedonderm@parkhill.k12.mo.us) by April 28th. “

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Middle School Summer School

From June 7 through July 2, your children can participate in Walden's summer school program, which is a free, fun, caring place for your children to continue learning during the summer. You can register online for summer school at the same time your verify your enrollment and residency, which begins April 5.

If your child will be a freshman in the fall, they can participate in Park Hill South's online summer school program, which has two sessions. The first session is June 3 through June 21 and the second session is June 22 to July 9, with no school July 5.

Summer school enrollment ends May 7. After May 7, please call us or visit the Park Hill website to register your children.

Click here for information.

Click below for the link to Park Hill South High School Summer School for incoming 9th grade

Walden Homework Helper

Park Hill South Dance Team

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Income based VIRTUAL students only - Free eye exams and glasses.

Exams are held at Miles of Smiles on Mondays. Fill out this online registration (link) or call the office to schedule.


If you have questions please call Katherine Kraai, Social Worker at Walden Middle School 816-359-6811

Character Strong at Walden! Congratulations to our Champions and Model!

They exhibit the character traits we teach during #characterstrong each and every day. You make us #jaguarproud!

If you'd like to nominate a student as a character champion: Click Here (link)

If you'd like to nominate a staff member as a character model: Click Here (link).

Student Antigen Testing

Starting on January 4, Park Hill School District started to offer antigen testing to students who have COVID-19 symptoms. We already offer this to staff members. If your child has symptoms, please contact the school nurse at 816-359-4244.

If your child is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and are wanting to have them tested, here's how:

1.) Must be a student in the Park Hill School District.

2.) Must have symptoms.

3.) Call School nurse for consult 359-4244, once verified you will be given a number to make appointment for testing site.

4.) Click and print this consent form below. (Fill out prior to your child's appointment.)

Please contact me if your child has an exposure or symptoms of Covid, or if you have any health or wellness concerns at any time.

Heather Howell, BSN, RN

Walden Middle School Nurse



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House of Hope Food Distribution

Every Friday from 1pm – 3pm

21 Design Drive, North KC 64116.

Welcome to Park Hill's Parent University!

Park Hill Parent University provides resources for families as they engage with their child in online learning. Topics include a variety of resources related to operating district devices, navigating online learning tools and building resilience through social and emotional learning.

Click here to the Park Hill Parent University site.