HMC-1 School Messenger

May 2022 Newsletter

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Congratulations, Class of 2022!


Last Friday, we celebrated Ruskin High School’s and Burke Academy's Class of 2022! More than 250 seniors proudly walked down the aisle to get their diploma, officially becoming HMC-1 graduates.


Facts facts from our graduating class:

  • Seniors accumulated $1.4 million in scholarships

  • 12 seniors were awarded the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy

  • 9 seniors were awarded the 'KC Scholars' scholarship, worth a total of $450,000

  • 7 seniors signed to participate in post-secondary athletics and activities

  • The Class of 2022 Valedictorian is graduating with a 4.19 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • Approximately 38% of this year’s senior class will graduate with a Market Value Asset (college credit, internship, or credential)


To the Class of 2022, congratulations!

Congratulations HMC-1 Fifth Graders on Moving up to Sixth Grade


HMC-1's elementary schools wrapped up the school year with fifth grade promotion ceremonies. Congratulations to all fifth grade students who are moving up to sixth grade! We can’t wait to watch you continue to grow into amazing scholars.

PLTW Distinguished Schools 2021-22 School Year Honorees


HMC-1 is proud to announce that seven district schools have been recognized as a 2021-22 School Year Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. Compass, Dobbs, Ervin, Millennium, Truman, Warford, and Ruskin are seven of just 282 schools across the U.S. to receive this honor, thanks to their efforts of providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, our schools had to have at least 75 percent of students participating in at least one PLTW Launch Module and had to offer at least one PLTW Launch Module in each grade (K-5) during the 2021-22 school year. And boy, did our schools deliver! Click here to read more about this recognition.

Five HMC-1 Schools Receive a Tremendous Honor from the Kansas City Health Department


Congratulations to not one, not two, but FIVE HMC-1 schools for receiving a tremendous honor from the Kansas City Health Department! Compass, Freda Markley, Truman, Warford, and the Hickman Campus (Smith-Hale, Millennium) all received the Kansas City Health Department 2022 Food Safety Excellence Award.


The Food Safety Excellence Award is only presented to those that have exhibited excellence in sanitation and food safety as well as evidence of successful employee education during the previous year – an achievement that is not obtained easily. Read more about this honor here.

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Congratulations to our Two May Applause Applause Honorees!


Meet Ezekiel W., Applause Applause honoree from Freda Markley Early Childhood Education Center. He is an amazing young scholar with a big personality. He always greets anyone that enters the classrooms. He is able to make friends easily and maintain friendships. He is always willing to help both his peers and teachers, and so eager to learn and be at school. Thank you, Ezekiel, for your brightness!


Meet Rylee G, Applause Applause honoree from Millennium at Santa Fe Elementary. Rylee is a leader inside and outside of the classroom. She spearheaded the fundraiser ‘Genius Hour Project’ to support local animals at Wayside Waifs. She created a school wide fundraiser to collect dog and cat food, which included speaking to classes about her project, making flyers for the hallway and to send home, and announcements over the intercom. Her hard work and dedication resulted in collecting over 50 pounds of food for Wayside Waifs. Way to go, Rylee!


Congratulations to HMC-1's Prep KC Junior Math Relay Winners


The results are in and our junior mathletes represented well for HMC-1! Congratulations to all of our brilliant students and skilled coaches! The district was well represented at the 2022 Prep KC Junior Math Relays, with various schools bringing home awards.


Congratulations to Dobbs for taking first place, Smith-Hale and Warford for taking second place, and Compass, Ervin, Ingels, Millennium, and Truman for taking home third place. We’d like to extend a big thank you to our teachers, ICs, and principals who supported and cheered on our teams. It was a great day and we are very proud of our students and the amazing teamwork.

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Project Lead the Way Showcase Event


Ruskin seniors were excited to participate in Project Lead the Way's (PLTW) annual Senior Showcase at Union Station. This event is the culmination of a student's four year journey with PLTW’s Engineering and Biomedical Science. As part of the showcase, students had a unique experience led by teachers Bethany Kelly and Todd Barney where the Biomed and Engineering students teamed up to work on their final project. This allowed for cross-content collaboration and diversity of both interest and expertise in projects.

KC Scholars Awardees


Congratulations to 16 Ruskin High School students for being awarded scholarships through KC Scholars to pursue their higher education dreams!


Eight students were named KC Scholars Traditional Scholarship awardees, where they have secured a $10,000 annual scholarship renewable for five years to support them in their higher education journey. Congratulations to Sufyan I., Nazish K., Adriana M., Jessica R., Juan R., D’Mya R., Mahnoor S., and Daniel W.


Eight ninth grade scholars have been awarded the KC Scholars College Savings Account Award! Congratulations to Samreen A., Kemarah B., Alisa C., Mar Sha P., Shonte P., Bayan Q., Awais., and Samyah S. As part of this scholarship, these students will have a head start on saving and planning for college.

Ruskin's Real World Learning Program Highlighted in Local Blog


Take a look at Ruskin’s Real World Learning (RWL) Program latest highlight!


Hickman Mills C-1 School District RWL program was recently featured on the ‘Getting Smart’ “Real World Learning in Action” blog post because, that's right, the program is that amazing.

HMC-1 is proud to offer RWL opportunities that take learning well beyond classroom walls, and provide students with the opportunity to work, create, and make a visible difference in a real world setting. Through the program, students are connected with hands-on learning experiences that allow them to explore a variety of career opportunities while earning credentials, completing internships, and connecting with industry partners.


Thanks to all of the dedicated staff, administrators, and partners, who make our RWL Program possible and accessible to our students. You can check out the blog post here.

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Twelve Ruskin Seniors Honored with Missouri Seal of Biliteracy


Twelve amazingly talented seniors at Ruskin have met all requirements to earn the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy, an additional honor & certificate offered to students at the end of senior year. Congratulations to the nine students who earned a traditional seal of biliteracy, Dana A., Ibrahim A., Deborah A., Tomiwa B., Sadeen K., Diamond O., Emmanuel O., Jennifer T., and Katerin S., and the three students who earned distinguished seal of biliteracy, Jamie Aguirre P., Cesar Benavidez G., and Arely De los S.


This is a tremendous honor for these students, and reflects an increase from six students who earned this title last year to twelve students earning the title this year. Read more here.

Boys & Girls Club Opens at Smith-Hale Middle School


The Hickman Mills C-1 School District is excited to be the home of the newest Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, the S. Kiki Curls Unit.


On April 30, HMC-1 staff, students, and families, joined by Boys & Girls Club officials and members of the community, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new space at Smith-Hale Middle School.


Open to all Smith-Hale students in grades 6 – 8, the club is a safe space for students to learn and grow through access to mentors, a host of sporting opportunities, speakers and enrichment activities, and so much more.


The Boys & Girls Club at Smith-Hale will be open for after school programming during the summer, from June 6 – July 1, 3 – 6 p.m. The club will be open to Smith-Hale students for full days, from July 6 – August 5, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.


If you’re an HMC-1 student or family in 6 – 8 grade, you can sign up to be a part of the club by clicking here. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Smith-Hale Boys & Girls Club Unit Director, Patrice Robinson at 816.617.9771.

Mayor Quinton D. Lucas HMC-1 Staff Appreciation Week Proclamation

Mayor Quinton D. Lucas Proclaims Week of May 12 as HMC-1 Staff Appreciation Week


The district is excited to announce that Kansas City Mayor, Quinton D. Lucas, declared the week of May 12 as Hickman Mills C-1 Schools Staff Appreciation Week.


Hickman Mills C-1 School District Staff Appreciation Week is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of teachers and district staff and their countless hours of dedication and service to our students and community. Together, as one team and as one community, all HMC-1 employees help to ensure a successful school year through academic success, and fostering positive, trusting relationships with students. This week will be celebrated annually.

2022-23 School Calendar and School Start/ End Times


The calendar for the 2022-23 school year has been finalized. On the second page of the calendar, please note changes to school start and end times for the upcoming school year. You can view the entire calendar here.

Annual Enrollment for the 2022-23 School Year


We are excited to continue the enrollment process exclusively online and it can be completed using a cell phone, tablet or computer.


For returning families, login to your Parent Portal to begin enrollment. If you need assistance with your username or password, you can reset it on the Parent Portal page, or contact your school’s Media Specialist for assistance. New to the district families should visit this webpage to complete the enrollment application beginning June 1.

A Kidney for Board of Education Director Carol Graves


Board of Education Director Carol Graves is in need of a kidney transplant. Carol is a school teacher in the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District. If you or anyone you know can support, please visit this page.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 27
  • Buildings Closed - Memorial Day: Monday, May 30
  • HMEF Golf Tournament: Friday, June 10