Parent Newsletter April 9

Staley High School

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North Kansas City School District Website


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 13

  • Junior ACT Day 7:45 a.m. Fieldhouse
  • Children's Show Auditions 2:40 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 14

  • Virtual Learning Day

Thursday, April 15

  • Falcon Club Meeting 7:00 p.m. SEC

Friday, April 16

  • FCA Meeting 7:00 a.m. SEC

Future Dates

Monday, April 19

  • National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 6:30 p.m. Fieldhouse

Saturday, May 1

  • Senior Prom 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Staley High School Fieldhouse



2021-2022 Leadership Class Applications are now available outside of Mrs. Holmes’ room CR 223.

Students that are interested must be a current sophomore or junior and have room in their schedule to add the Leadership class next year.

Applicants must have at least a 3.0, be in good behavioral standings, as well as turn in an essay and signup for an interview by April 14th.

Acceptance into the Leadership class is highly competitive and applicants are chosen on a wide selection process which may include: grades, attendance, StuCo participation, essay and interview responses, teacher recommendations and overall classroom chemistry.

Please see Mrs. Holmes or Mr. Anderson if you have any questions.


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Senior Prom will be held at Staley High School on Saturday, May 1st from 8:00-11:00pm. This event is for Seniors only +1 guest.

Tickets are $10 each CASH ONLY and will be available for purchase April 12 - April 30 by the Flex during lunch or in room CR229 the rest of the day. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

If you are bringing a guest that is NOT a Staley student, this Permission Form is required to be filled out and signed by the guest and their school administrator. The form is due by Wednesday, April 28.
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Falcon Families,

It’s time to set our sights on summer!

This message contains information on Summer School this year and options available for our incoming Freshmen and current Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior students. We realize that many parents may have already indicated their interest for in-person or virtual Summer School for the district through PowerSchool Parent Portal.

It is now time to sign up your student for actual Summer School classes.

This summer we are offering first time credit for Health, Personal Finance and PE. These three courses will be virtual offerings through Canvas.

We are also offering credit recovery for students needing to recoup credit for any semester of high school class that they failed (this is not an option for our current 8th graders). These credit recovery classes are taken for pass/fail through our online program, Launch, with an in-person and virtual option. In-person credit recovery classes will occur at New Mark this summer due to construction at Staley. Transportation will be provided to New Mark.

To sign your student up for Summer School, please fill out the following form: Summer School Class Selection Form . The form will take you through the Summer School course selection process. We are asking that you complete this form by Friday, April 16.

If you have any additional questions regarding Summer School, please reach out to your student’s counselor or Staley Assistant Principal, Jessica Hoffecker.


End of Course Testing Info

End of Course Testing to begin after spring break!

Students enrolled in the following classes will test:

Algebra I, II


English II


The window for testing is April 8th - May 21st.

See the letter below for further information.


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In order to assist students and their families as we approach graduation, we wanted to provide a list of dates, times, and senior activities. Please read this list carefully and keep it in a location where you can refer to it often. Also, please note this calendar is tentative and subject to change.

Click on the file below to download.

Senior Honors Night Info Form, Due April 30th

Please return completed forms to Counseling by April 30th to be included in Senior Honors Night.
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The annual MIPA Journalism Day was held virtually on March 31. Students were invited to attend live breakout Zoom sessions with journalists and professors, and the 2021 MIPA Individual and Overall Awards were announced.

Student journalists competed in State Competition for the 2020-21 school year by submitting their student work entries to judges prior to the J-Day event. These students had a GREAT showing! Award rankings were given on four levels: at the top was All-Missouri, followed by Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention.

Overall Publications Awards:

2021 Individual Awards:


  • STTV: Halle Jones, Human Interest Feature “Falcon Athlete "Tri-s” Something New”
  • Legacy: Haley McAtee, Portrait/People package ”Split the Ticket”
  • Talon: Rachael Mueller, News Writing “Working the Day Shift”
  • Talon: Fallyn Kowalski, Editorial/Op-Ed “Disparity in Treatment of BLM Protesters, Capitol Rioters Shows Need for Change”
  • Talon: Landyn Goldberg, Sports Reporting “Sports Make Changes Due to COVID-19”
  • Legacy: Selena Escutia, Photography Academic Photo “Lively Experiments"
  • Talon: Landyn Goldberg, Sports Photography “Kendrick's Dunk”
  • Legacy: Emma Thom, Sports Feature/Reaction Photo “Shocked on the Sidelines”
  • Talon: Landyn Goldberg, Student Life/Organization Photo “Clue - Character's Death”


  • Legacy: Selena Escutia, Kennedy McGrath and Haley McAtee Overall theme/concept “Undivided”
  • Legacy: Selena Escutia, Portrait/People package “It's My Time to Go”
  • Legacy: Selena Escutia, Portrait/People package “Eating Like a Local”
  • Legacy: Kennedy McGrath, Yearbook Writing “Featured Falcon: Morgan Ferrara”
  • Talon: Isabella Dorrington, Newsmagazine Page Design “Nutrition Brownie Batter Shakes Compared”
  • Talon: Cassie Ford, News Feature “Equity In The District”
  • Legacy: Kennedy McGrath, Sports Photography “Reaching for Victory”
  • Legacy: Alex Secaida, Sports Photography “Dunking Through the Defense”
  • Talon: Landyn Goldberg, Student Life/Organization Photo “Clue: Gather Round”
  • Talon: Landyn Goldberg, Student Life/Organization Photo “Clue: Confrontation”
  • STTV: Victor Cascio and Tate Tolander, Human Interest Feature “Scimeca's Deli Marketplace”
  • STTV: Victor Cascio and Tate Tolander, Sports Feature Story “Keep on Swinging”
  • N2 Sports Staley: Mason Baugh and Jackson Phelps, Podcast Talk Show “The Look-Up: John Holt”
  • N2 Sports Staley: Victor Cascio and Jake Ballew Live Sports Broadcast “Oak Park at Staley Boys Basketball”


  • Legacy: Selena Escutia, Portrait/People package “Lunch for Two”
  • Legacy: Haley McAtee, Academic Photo “Mad Science”
  • Talon: Isabella Dorrington, News Photo “Workin The Day Shift”
  • Legacy: Selena Escutia, Sports Photography “Chasing the Leaders”
  • Legacy: Selena Escutia, Sports Feature/Reaction Photo “Senior Night Celebration”
  • Legacy: Haley McAtee, Student Life/Organization Photo “Happy Tears”
  • Talon: Bri Tremper, Sports Feature/Reaction Photo “Male Cheerleader Joins Squad”
  • Talon: Bri Tremper, Sports Feature/Reaction Photo “Cheering On His Team”
  • Talon: Cassandra Ford, Newsmagazine Page Design “Current Events Affect Education Tactics”
  • Talon: Landyn Goldberg, Sports Reporting “Boys Basketball Goes For Back-To-Back Titles”
  • Odyssey Yearbook: Eva Tracy, Sports Feature/Reaction Photo, “Joy Jump.”
  • Odyssey Yearbook: Courtney Ferro, Student Life/Organization Photo, “Homecoming Celebration.”

Honorable Mention:

  • Legacy: Emma Thom, Yearbook Writing “Learning to Adapt”
  • Talon: Charlie Warner, Editorial/Op-Ed “Leave Gatekeeping At The Gate”


Orchestra State Solo/Ensemble Results

Student performances at the MSHSAA State Solo/Ensemble Music Festival

Gold Rating:

Marcus Castro – Cello Solo

Savaannah Collins – Violin Solo and String Duet

Ella Coon – Viola Solo, Cello Solo, and String Duet

Adara Ezekwe – Violin Solo

Breanne Garstang – Violin Solo

Antonino Libarnes – Cello Solo and Piano Solo

Anna Schneider – Viola Solo

Mia Ramirez – Violin Solo

Simon Whitty – Violin Solo

Silver Rating:

Savannah Collins – Viola Solo

Ella Coon – Piano Solo

Ella Frank – Viola Solo

Sophia Frederick – Viola Solo

Matthew Kim – Violin Solo

Chloe Monzon – Violin Solo

Maxwell Whitty – Viola Solo


Missouri Scholar 100 Program

Congratulations to Dylan Howard and Haley McAtee! They were selected to be recognized in the 27th Annual Missouri Scholars 100 Program. This award is a significant statewide honor, and we congratulate Dylan & Haley.



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Prom and end-of-year are right around the corner, so there are two library deadlines coming up of which you should be aware.

1. THIS WEEK we are pulling an overdue items report that will add overdue or lost books to student accounts in My Payments Plus. These obligations will impact seniors’ ability to buy prom tickets and other things of that nature.

Please return any overdue materials to the library ASAP by placing them on the cart inside the front of the library. We will remove any fee as soon as the books are returned. Please email me, call, or stop by the library with any questions. Sometimes it takes a few days for the fees to be completely removed from the system.

2. MAY 11 is the date that ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS ARE DUE--unless you've arranged something with me or Mrs. Christal or Mrs. Taylor specifically and we've taken note of it. Please make sure that ALL library books are returned by the 11th. The report we run after those are checked in will impact diploma pickup and all of that.

Textbooks will be collected on your collection day, but you can turn them in early just like your library books. This just makes everyone's life easier if you're already finished with any of them. That said, don't stop doing your homework just to turn in a book!

We WILL have summer checkout for students in grades 9-11. ALL BOOKS CHECKED OUT AFTER MAY 11 WILL BE DUE IN THE FALL.

Again, please contact Mrs. Ferguson if you have questions or concerns!


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Check out the resources from the counseling department!

Staley High School Counseling Website: https//

Be sure to bookmark the website and check often for updates!

Staley Counseling on Social Media:

Follow @sthscounseling on Twitter, "Like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram. We regularly post information about college, careers, financial aid, upcoming deadlines and more!


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If you are planning to attend the National Letter of Intent signing ceremony on Wednesday, April 14(it's a virtual learning day), please park and enter the building as shown below. Ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m.

If you are participating, please turn your form in to the activities office by noon Monday.

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See the below files for information about our Summer Camps.



It’s that time of year!

Tryout information for The Staley Emeralds 2021-2022 team is out, we will be holding a tryout clinic on April 25th 6-9pm & Tryouts will be April 27th starting at 6pm.

Go to or click the link below for detailed information and our tryout packet!



Athletics Dead week will be June 26-July 4.

Activities Dead week will be May 29-June 6.






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Sports & Activities Calendar

Go here for the most current sports schedule.



We commit ourselves to create and sustain an inclusive environment of learning that challenges and inspires each of us to SOAR.


Service: We are committed to the greater good and actively seek opportunities to be of service. As we focus on serving others, we enhance our community and grow personally.

Ownership: We are committed to internalizing our vision, mission and core values by taking ownership in our school programs, community and facility. We are responsible and accountable for our choices.

Achievement: We are committed to maximizing every opportunity for personal and academic growth. We embrace a culture of authentic learning, which is evidenced by asking questions, collaborating, seeking solutions and fulfilling daily commitments.

Respect: We are committed to demonstrating behavior that is considerate of the community, the campus, others and ourselves. We respect the right to teach and learn at all times. Relationships based on open, honest and caring communication are essential to a culture of respect.


Staley High School is a community where individual and collective gifts are celebrated to foster personal and academic excellence.

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From left to right:

Assistant Principal Mr. Jason Fowler

Assistant Principal Mr. Kevin Kooi

Principal Dr. Larry Smith

Assistant Principal Mr. James Wheeler

Assistant Principal Mrs. Jessica Hoffecker

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Attendance: (816) 321-5332

Counseling: (816) 321-5335

Health Room: (816) 321-5333

Main Office: (816) 321-5330

Fax: (816) 321-5331


2800 NE Shoal Creek Pkwy

Kansas City, MO 64156


Twitter: @SHSFalcons


Prom is Happening!

Paradise Productions KC will DJ!

Seniors + Guest

Saturday, May 1st... 8-11pm

Location: Staley HS

Tickets $10