East Middle School

Parent Newsletter: February 15th

A Note From the Principal

Dear East Middle School Students, Parents, and Guardians:

Happy Thursday! We've got some good nuts and bolts details within the newsletter, so make sure to review it!

  • School is in session tomorrow - Friday, February 16th - to make up for an inclement weather day in January.
  • Winter 2018 P/T Conferences will be taking place on Tuesday, February 20th. These will be scheduled by the team between 1:00PM and 6:30PM. If you would like to request a conference from the team of teachers, please reach out to them either by phone or email.
  • Mark your calendars: Thursday, March 1st - Dr. Monsees will be at EMS, in the library, at 7PM to share with EMS community members any information about the levy issue.

Thank you for all you do for the EMS community!


Katie Campbell


East Middle School

Two Schools, One Community

Athletic and Activities

Month of February:

February 15th: Scholar Bowl v. Bingham (Reschedule from 2/6)

February 16th: Originally a PD day for teachers but now a DAY WITH STUDENTS (make-up inclement weather day)

February 16th: (Speech and Debate @ Delta Woods 3:15pm) CANCELLED

February 19th: No school - President's Day

February 20th: No school for students, P/T conferences (scheduled from 1:00-7:00PM)

February 21st: Physical Night at the High School 6-9pm

February 22nd: Jazz Band Concert in the Flex 7pm

February 23rd: Speech and Debate @ Pioneer Ridge 3:15pm

February 26th: 1st Track Practice

Physical Night

Ray-Pec will be hosting its Physical Night on February 21st from 6-9pm at the High School. The cost will be $15. This physical will be good for the 2018-2019 school year as well as Track season. Any student wishing to play sports in 7th, 8th, or High School must have a physical in order to play. Please contact Stacy Johnson at 318-4003 or stacy.johnson@raypec.org with questions.

Our District-wide Major Saver Fundraiser is Beginning!

Help support EMS and the Ray-Pec Public Schools Foundation by participating in the Major Saver fundraiser!
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Major Saver Fundraiser Deadlines

Fundraiser kick-off: February 15th during advisory

Fundraiser duration: February 14th through March 1st

How much: $15 for one card

Building collection dates: February 22nd through March 1st in the main hallway of EMS

Student incentives for the sales!

April 3, 2018 Levy Issue

The Raymore-Peculiar School District Board of Education on Jan. 18, 2018, voted unanimously to ask voters for a 75-cent operating levy increase, Proposition R-P, on the April 3, 2018, ballot. At the same time, the debt service tax rate is scheduled to decrease by 30 cents, resulting in a net tax rate increase of 45 cents. A simple majority is required for approval.

Revenue from the levy increase would be used to support key elements in the recently approved Strategic Plan. These include:

  • Incorporating additional real-world, hands-on learning opportunities and promoting soft-skill development
  • Expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) opportunities for all students
  • Expanding mental health supports for students and staff
  • Reducing gaps in achievement through additional interventions and supports
  • Establishing a market-competitive salary and benefit plan
  • Ensuring appropriate class sizes and caseloads
  • Supporting ongoing pursuit of job-related training and advanced degrees
  • Investing additional resources in facility maintenance and upkeep

The last time Ray-Pec voters approved a levy increase was in 2003. Since then, voters have approved no-tax-increase bond issues designated for construction and renovation of facilities.

Tweet All About It!

Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School has a Twitter account, and we would love for you to follow us as we share our story! We try to spotlight student activities and the fun things going on at EMS!

Follow us: @rpemshuskies

PAWS Information

Our new semester of Practicing Academics With Support started up on January 24th. The time is from 3:00-4:30PM.

This is not a one-on-one tutoring support. If you are interested in having your student attend, please contact your team of teachers to coordinate it. Because of transportation needs, the deadline for this communication is noon on Tuesdays (the day prior to PAWs on Wednesdays). The list starts fresh every week, so it is important to communicate with the teachers frequently - if they haven't already reached out to you.

Our goal is for this to be a productive but fun time for the students who are attending to complete tasks and practice academics. Students should have at least an hour and a half of practice, assignments or assessments to work on.

Student Attendance at After School Events

Just a reminder of Raymore-Peculiar’s expectations regarding student attendance at after school events: Students, grades K-8, need to be accompanied by an adult while attending district evening activities. This includes middle school athletic competitions, both indoors and out.

Students are expected to remain in the stands during the games unless utilizing restrooms or concessions. Middle school students will have a designated section in the south end zone on the field and will have access to the nearby visitor concessions and restrooms.

EMS Staff Spotlight

Who: Lora Kurzweil

What: Physical Education Teacher

Education: Specialist

Describe: Outdoor enthusiast who enjoys free time with friends and family

Member: Dedicated, motivated and practical

About me: Kurzweil Meats, Jeeps, volleyball and camping

Ray-Pec School Board Approves the 18-19 School Year Calendar

The School Board on Jan. 25 approved the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 15, with Preview Day on Monday, Aug. 13. For winter break, students will be dismissed early on Dec. 21. Classes are not in session through Jan. 4. School resumes on Jan. 7, 2019.

Spring break is scheduled from March 18-22, 2019. There are three possible make-up days for inclement weather: Feb. 19, March 25, and April 22. The last day of school is an early release on May 22. Any additional make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.

Calendar: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/14592

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Resources for Parents Regarding Grades and Homework? Here Is Your One-Stop Shop!

CW/HW Link:

This is the link families can use to access the daily homework. The link to the document is on the main page of the school website. You can go there by clicking on "RPEMS Classwork/ Homework."

OR, you can go directly there using this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g43kD3OSWtLpF0Ijyu_Na98Da_OIURa29tNLxZ_WrJQ/edit?usp=sharing

Tyler SIS:

Using the link for families on the district website. The link is under the "Parent" tab on the district website. Once there, on the lefthand side you can click on "Parent Portal (SIS)."

OR you can go directly there using this link: https://sdm.sisk12.com/RP360/apphost/TylerSis#/parent

Username and password is: Usernames and passwords were emailed out at the beginning of the year from the Help@RayPec. If you cannot remember your username and passwords, please contact Wanda Gordon @ wanda.gordon@raypec.org or 388-4000.

Teacher Ease:

Using the link for families on the district website. The link is under the "Parent" tab on the district website. Once there, on the lefthand side you can click on "Parent Portal (Teacher Ease)."

OR you can go directly there using this link: https://schoolinsight.com/common/login.aspx

Username and password is: Usernames and passwords were emailed out at the beginning of the year from the Help@RayPec. If you cannot remember your username and passwords, please contact Wanda Gordon @ wanda.gordon@raypec.org or 388-4000.

Student Agendas:

Your student has a student agenda that he/she should be filling out daily as bellwork activities in classes. Ask your student to see the agenda periodically.

PTA Information

Interested in joining the East Middle School PTA? Please click on this link for more information! PTA representatives will also be at upcoming events throughout the start of the new school year. We hope you consider taking part in this great organization!

Follow us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RPEMSPTA/

Our March meeting will be on March 1st in the library, following the time with Dr. Monsees. He will begin his portion of the evening at 7PM.

17-18 School Year Grading Period Information

9-Week Progress Periods

East Middle School and South Middle School

Progress 3 (45 days)

Start: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

**Provide communication on an ongoing basis.**

End: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Progress reports available via parent portal by Wednesday, March 21, 2018

End-of-Year Report (46 days) (End of 2nd Semester)

Start: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Provide communication on an ongoing basis.

End: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Progress reports available via parent portal by Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Check Us Out: East Middle School Website

Check out the enhancements made on the school website by clicking on this link: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/100/Raymore-Peculiar-East-Middle-School

You will continue to see changes on the website throughout the year.

RPEMS Administrative Staff