Walden Review

A newsletter for Walden Families

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May 7, 2021

Upcoming Events

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

May 18: Walden Orchestra Concert

May 21: Walden Band Concert

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. Dismissal is at 11:26

** 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,

It is MAY and that means MAP testing. For the first time, Walden will participate in the state assessment. This week 8th grade started testing and next week we will test all grades.

Please take 5 minutes to watch the video message that has information about the end of the year. Here is the link or click on the picture next to this message.

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to our families.

Keelie Stucker



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Walden 8th Grade Awards Celebration May 27th

We would like to invite two guests per student to the 8th-grade award celebration. This will be outside in our beautiful Walden courtyard. Guests will park in the back parking lot, the entrance is off of Northwood. You may also use the parking lot in the front of the building. Guests will access the courtyard from the back of the building. We will have signage to direct the guests. To make sure we have enough chairs set up in the courtyard we will need guests to sign up. Please click here to access the RSVP form. Complete the RSVP no later than May 17 so we can plan ahead.

In the event that it rains, we will move the awards inside. Guests will not be allowed to attend an inside event. We will notify the guests not later than May 26th at 7:00 PM if we will not have the awards outside.

Comets 12:30

Monarchs 1:45

We recommend students stay until the end of the day.

Online students and guests may leave after the ceremony.

We are so excited to be able to offer this event to our families. Walden will continue to require guests to wear masks, even if the event is outside. We will also have the chairs set up to distance at a minimum of three feet.

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Janeth is the Walden Administrative Assistant to the Principal

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We need your feedback to help us improve

Dear Walden Families,

You should have received an e-mail requesting for you to participate in a survey for the Park Hill School District through a product called Panorama. When you get this request, I want you to know this is a legitimate survey and we would be very appreciative of your participation. This survey is extremely important to us, as your feedback drives our work in building improvement and processes. The Panorama survey allows us to get better feedback from our customers and use the data to help our students. Panorama's family survey measures topics such as family engagement, school climate, school fit, barriers to engagement and school safety. All of your responses are confidential and remain anonymous. If you have not received an e-mail or cannot find it, please visit surveys.panoramaed.com/parkhill/and enter this access code – 1220399894.

This survey window is open now until 5/14/21. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Questions? Please contact phillipsb@parkhill.k12.mo.usor check out www.panoramaed.com.

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Dear Park Hill family,

It’s official – the program that allows us to provide free meals to our students and to children throughout our community is going to continue through the summer and the 2021-2022 school year. This is not just for families who are in need – everyone may feel welcome to access this resource for their children.

Free Meals During the Summer:

  • For summer school students:
    We will serve free breakfast and lunch to summer school students each day. They will not be eligible for the frozen pick-up meal kits during the summer school session (on the June 9, June 16 and June 23 pick-up dates), but they may order them for the May 26 and June 2 pick-up dates, before summer school begins.
  • For students not in summer school:
    Families may order five-day frozen bulk meal kits for all children in the Park Hill area who are not in our summer school, beginning with the Wednesday, May 26 pick-up date. Our order form, with pick-up instructions, is on our website. Please order a week in advance and no later than the Tuesday before your pick-up date.

Free Meals During the 2021-2022 School Year:

  • For in-person students:
    Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, we will provide free breakfast and lunch to our in-person students each day.
For Park Hill Online Academy students and area children:
Students in our area who do not attend our schools in person will be able to order our five-day frozen bulk meal kits.

News from Walden NJHS

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Walden Leaders Today, World Leaders Tomorrow

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MAP celebration: This will be team-based. This means students will be with students only on their team. The MAP celebration will be during the teams Life-Ed/PE time on May 20th or 21st. We are planning on providing choices to the students to be able to go to outside activity or an inside activity. If it rains these events will be inside. The teams will communicate with you prior to the start of school on the day of the event if we will not go outside. During MAP testing students will be given points on the following criteria. Students that have 80% or more points will qualify for the celebration.

  1. Supplies: Laptop, pencil, book, earbuds
  2. Positive and Respectful (not a distraction)
  3. Best Effort
  4. Charged Laptop 80% or higher

If your child meets the goal of 80% after the last day of testing your Life-Ed teachers will contact you to invite your child to the MAP celebration. If your child earns the incentive but cannot attend the celebration, we will drop off a gift bag to your house.

Last day of school incentive: Walden will be doing a rotation of activities. Some will be by team and others by grade

Rotation 1: Games outside on the football field

Rotation 2: Outside in the courtyard for yearbook signing

Rotation 3: Team celebration inside. Teams will spread out in the gym or cafeteria. Teachers will recognize students.

If you would like for your child to attend the last day of school incentive, please fill out this form (link) by May 21st.

If you do not want your child to attend there is a place on the form to indicate they will not attend.

Girls Basketball Youth Camp

Incoming 3rd - 8th Grade

When: June 1st - June 4th

Time: 8:30-10:00 am

Where: PHS Gym

Cost: $50

Click here to sign up. (link)

For more information email us at,

dorrj@parkhill.k12.mo.us or wonga@parkhill.k12.mo.us

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Incoming 7th and 8th grade girls Volleyball

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Park Hill South Summer Camps, Click on the document below for information

Middle School summer weightlifting program

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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).

A+ Scholarship Program

In-coming 2021-2022 Ninth graders - Great opportunity for college scholarships

The primary goal of the A+ Scholarship Program is to ensure that all students who graduate from Missouri high schools are well prepared to pursue advanced education and/or employment. The scholarships are paid for by Missouri taxpayers for Missouri students to attend Missouri post high school opportunities.

Students that complete A+ are eligible for 2-years tuition* at any MO vocational/technical school or community college. Many MO 4-year universities offer scholarships based on A+ criteria as well.

  1. A+ General Overview Video CLICK HERE
  2. A+ Website: CLICK HERE

Park Hill South Soccer Grades 1-8

PHS Soccer Co-ed Youth Camp (Grades 1st – 8th in SY 21-22)

Location: Park Hill South Soccer Stadium

Dates: June 7th – 10th

Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Cost: $50

What to Wear/Bring:

  • Sport-appropriate clothing
  • Cleats & Shin guards
  • Soccer ball
  • Water bottle/jug
  • Sunscreen

Scan the QR code below to register. If you have any questions,

email Coach Farmer at farmerc@parkhill.k12.mo.us.

Incoming Ninth graders here is a great opportunity! DECA at Park Hill South High School

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Click on the below document for more information about chess clubs

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Park Hill South opportunity for incoming 9th grade students

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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

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

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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.