HMC-1 School Messenger

April 2022 Newsletter

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Kimberly A. Shaw, Ed.D., Named Principal of Ingels Elementary; Kacy Parker, Ed.S., Named Freda Markley Early Childhood Center Interim Principal


The Hickman Mills C-1 School District (HMC-1) Board of Education, along with the district’s Executive Leadership Team led by Superintendent of Schools Yaw Obeng, is proud to announce Kimberly A. Shaw, Ed.D., as the new principal of Ingels Elementary. Kacy Parker, Ed.S., who is currently a supplemental teacher at Freda Markley Early Childhood Center, has been named the school’s interim principal for the 2022-23 school year.


Dr. Shaw comes to HMC-1 from Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, where she worked more than 20 years in various roles as a teacher and an administrator. More specifically, Dr. Shaw served as an Elementary Special Education Teacher, Special Education Instructional Coach and General Education Literacy Coach, Special Education Coordinator, Director of Special Education, and most recently, Instructional Improvement Officer. Dr. Shaw will assume her new position effective July 1, 2022.


Ms. Parker has more than 30 years of experience in education. She joined the Freda Markley team in 2015. Before that, she held positions as the Assistant Principal of Instruction, Assistant Principal of Discipline, and an Instructional Coach at Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy. She has also held positions as a teacher, literacy coach, and reading first program coordinator with Kansas City Public Schools. Her first day as interim principal is July 11, 2022.

Ervin Elementary inspires students with Literary Magazine club


Ervin Elementary is one of the many HMC-1 elementary schools that provides students with multiple outlets for artistic expression. This year, Ervin founded the Literary Magazine – a publication showcasing works of art, photography, and writing submitted by various age groups.

The club is one of five new enrichment clubs started at Ervin this year with support from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. The club is targeted to grade levels 3 – 5, but is open to younger students who demonstrate aptitude and interest in writing.

Student participants are dedicated to their work, meeting twice a week after school for an hour to create their different mediums of art. This dedication shines through. Since the first club meeting in February, there have already been three issues of the magazine published.


Superintendent Obeng surprised the students with a visit at one of their sessions, reading some of their work to them out loud.

The magazine is distributed to every Ervin classroom, as well as the library and the front office for everyone to enjoy. Special thank you to first grade teacher at Ervin, Fiona Carmody, who founded the club.

Three Ruskin High School Seniors Named MO-KAN-NE Scholarship Recipients

Jennifer T., Alexandria W., and Tatiana E. will graduate this year and are excited for their next academic journey. Thanks to a Ruskin partnership with Avila University’s Upward Bound Program through TRIO, Ruskin students receive fundamental support in preparation for their higher education career. Support includes instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science and foreign language, during the school year and over the summer. Students also receive intensive mentoring and support as they prepare for college entrance exams and tackle admission applications, financial aid, and scholarship forms.

The MO-KAN-NE scholarship is awarded annually to Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska students who participate in the TRIO program. Recipients are recognized for their academic achievements, involvement in their community and/or their ability to articulate how the program has played a role in their lives. Congratulations!
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Five Ruskin Seniors Take Home 20/20 Leadership Awards


The 20/20 Leadership Shining Star Awards recently took place at University of Missouri–Kansas City. Ruskin continues its legacy of excellence in the scholarship category. Last week, five Ruskin students were awarded college bound scholarships, the most won by any school. Congratulations to Jennifer T., Jamie Aguirre P., Diamond O., Foli A. and Deborah A.


20/20 Leadership is a Kansas-Missouri youth educational leadership development program whose mission is to provide high school students unique experiential learning opportunities to expand their education beyond the classroom, develop resilient leaders, and build stronger communities. The program awards $52,000+ of scholarships per year.

Annual Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year begins May 1


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


  • Returning families are encouraged to enroll between May 1 – 31
  • Enrollment for families new to the district will be available from June 1 – 30


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.

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Have you read Superintendent Obeng's “The Future We Want” updates? The Future We Want updates are sent out weekly to HMC-1 families, staff, and community members. They highlight important happenings in the district that directly touch on the Superintendent’s Entry Plan. With these updates, the goal is to invite you to become more engaged in the district actions and The Future We Want - today! You can view the newest update and past updates by clicking here.

District's Board of Education President First HMC-1 MSBA Representative


Congratulations to Hickman Mills C-1 School District School Board President, DaRon McGee, for being the district’s first representative on the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) board.


MSBA is a private, not-for-profit organization, that exists to help local school boards ensure all students succeed. We are excited to have an HMC-1 voice in this important group.

HMC-1 2022 Graduation Ceremony


Graduation this year will be on Friday, May 20.


Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Children's Mercy Park/ Sporting KC | 1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, KS 66111

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Upcoming Important Dates

  • Board of Education Meeting: Thurs., April 28, 4:30 p.m.
  • Graduation: Friday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.
  • Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 27
  • HMEF Golf Tournament: Friday, June 10