LEAD Innovation Studio

Vol. 4, Issue 19 - January 15, 2021


Today marks the end of the fall semester. We are so proud of the work of our students this semester and are excited about embarking on a new semester and new courses. Tuesday, 1/19 is the beginning of our spring semester.

In addition to the new semester, January and February also bring enrollment season. Please be sure to engage with your student and learn about the options and opportunities available to them for next school year. I encourage you to read, to learn, and to ask questions of your student, your student's mentor, counselor, and of our administrative team. 9th grade students have recently met with their counselor to review 4 year plans and courses for next year. 11th grade students have been meeting since winter break and 10th grade students will begin meeting next week. Counselors and administrators will be visiting with students in their Community Time course 1/28-2/2 to review the enrollment process and course options for the upcoming school year. Students will be bringing home enrollment documents to share with parents/ guardians at that time and families are invited to engage in one of the virtual enrollment events on February 2nd, 3rd or 4th. Please see the enrollment information below for more details.

Enrollment and Course Offerings Information

Key Dates/ Timelines/ Details are as follows:

Current 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade students - course offering fair for the 2021-22 school year. We will host 3 virtual events for all current LEAD students. Those dates are:

Tuesday, 2/2 at 7:00pm

Wednesday, 2/3 at 12:00pm

Thursday, 2/4 at 7:00pm

LEAD Counselors and Administrators as well as representatives from Park Hill Professional Studies will be available. Each grade level will have a presentation and Q+A session for their grade level. Links to those events, with additional details will be sent in the coming weeks.

Professional Studies

11th and 12th grade students can participate in a number of different professional studies programs. We encourage all of our students to find the program that fits their interests and apply. You can learn more here:




There are several programs under the Park Hill Professional Studies Umbrella:

Park Hill School District’s Aspiring Professionals, Aspiring Educators, and Aspiring Medical Professionals applications can be found on the LEAD counselor site above. A representative will be available to answer questions and share about this amazing program at our LEAD Virtual Enrollment events.

Northland Career Center: https://northland.plattecountyschooldistrict.com/ has an upcoming open house event on January 20th.

NCAPS: https://www.northlandcaps.org/s/1625/bp19/home.aspx?sid=1625&gid=1 has events on 1/19, 1/27, 1/28, and 2/1.

Enrollment forms for next year are due on Friday 2/12 for LEAD and applications for all professional studies programs are due 2/12 as well. We are here to partner with you in identifying the best possible options for your student.

Definition of responsibilities in the enrollment process by stakeholder:

-Students: Engage! This is the student’s future!

-Parents/ Guardians: Be informed, talk with your student, ask questions, access resources and information. It can be overwhelming, the staff at LEAD is here to help – ask your student’s mentor, content teachers, counselors, and administrators about any questions you may have.

-Mentor: Guide the student and answer questions and provide support

-Content Teacher: advise as to appropriate next courses in the content area.

-Counselor: Inform students of course offerings and requirements, review ICAP and course selection for each student.

-Administrators: Support students, parents/guardians, and staff through the enrollment process.

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Starting on January 4, Park Hill School District started to offer antigen testing to students who have COVID-19 symptoms. We already offer this to staff members. If your child has symptoms, please contact the school nurse to schedule a test.

If your child is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and are wanting to have them tested, here's how:

1.) Must be a student in the Park Hill School District.

2.) Must have symptoms.

3.) Call LEAD Nurses at 359-4134 for a referral to the testing site.

4.) Click and print this consent form (fill out prior to appointment).

Please contact the LEAD nurses if your child has an exposure or symptoms of Covid, or if you have any health or wellness concerns at any time.


Northland CAPs is hosting some virtual college fairs on the following dates. Click on the links below to register and attend the events. Participants will need to join using Google Chrome on a laptop. These platforms do not work on iPads or mobile devices.

Our LEAD BSU has reached out to HBCU and has the opportunity to attend a virtual college fair on January 30, 2021. Follow this link to register:


The Freshmen Leadership Club hosted two Do Good December service projects for the LEAD community. Half of the students in the club coordinated a project to collect gently used clothing items for the Park Hill PTA Clothing Center. As a LEAD community, we donated over 450 individual clothing items before winter break. The other half of the students coordinated a project to collect urgently needed items for the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City and were able to collect multiple boxes and bags of much-needed items to donate in January. Thank you so much for all of your contributions! Let’s congratulate the Freshmen Leadership Club students on a job well done.


We are accepting creative writing and artwork until March 26, 2021 for the LEAD Literary Magazine. Submission forms are in the LEAD Information and Useful Documents Objective 1 on Summit. You can submit your work/form to Mrs. Farber or your mentor. Your work doesn't have to be something from school; we just want to see what everyone can create!
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Individual Junior meetings with your counselor are now being held through January 22 to review your ICAP- Individual Career and Academic Plan. Check your email with more information on how to sign up through Calendly.

This meeting is required! Please bring your laptop to our meeting!

Hybrid Students: Select a meeting date/time on an In Person day: When you sign up, your selected date and time will automatically be added to both your and your counselor’s outlook calendars. On the day of your scheduled meeting, create an e-hall pass to come meet with your counselor.

Online Students: When you sign up, your selected date and time will automatically be added to both your and your counselor’s outlook calendars. Your counselor will video conference you on Microsoft Teams or send you a Zoom link at your scheduled time.

For your reference, you can access the Junior ICAP Presentation Here:


Mrs. Shanks- LEAD Counselor (Last Names A-K)

Mrs. Colvin- LEAD Counselor (Last Names L-Z)

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Just a reminder that application materials for NHS are due to Mrs. Farber no later than 3:00 PM on February 3, 2021. Please contact Mrs. Farber with questions (farberm@parkhill.k12.mo.us).


LEAD’s next club dates are January 12 and 14. Remember students can sign up for bus transportation for a ride home the day of their club meeting!

  • Feb 9 and 11
  • March 9 and 11
  • April 13 and 15
  • May11 and 13


We are still selling 2020-21 LEAD yearbooks. You can purchase yours for $15 through Infinite Campus. To do this: select "fees" > My Account > Optional Payments > Add to cart.


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10th, 11th and 12th grade LEAD A+ students can now sign up to tutor their peers, either face to face or virtually, and get A+ hours for their time and effort! If your student would like to tutor, they need to fill out the A+ Tutors Application which can be found under the Resources tab in their Schoology LEAD A+ group.

If you feel that your child could benefit from meeting with a tutor, they can sign up for one in Summit. Please have your student follow these directions to access the request form:

  • Open Summit and in the left blue field, select the 20-21 LEAD Homeroom course
  • Scroll down to the LEAD Info and Useful Documents
  • Select LEAD Community
  • Scroll down to Resources and select the LEAD Tutoring request

Our goal is to have a tutor assigned to the request in one work week.

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If you'd like to acknowledge your student's birthday, sporting events at the home high school - pictures in action or in uniform, future plans (college, trade school, etc.) send us a picture so that we can celebrate with you.


There are several upcoming dates that you'll want to put on your calendar regarding class ring orders as well as senior information for cap & gown and grad announcement orders. LEAD seniors will order their graduation announcements and cap and gown through these events held in our building. There is no need to order these items through Park Hill or Park Hill South. Your grad announcements will show your home high school emblem.
  • January 21 & 22 - Sophomore class ring premier (socially distanced class meeting). Order/information packets distributed
  • January 25 & 26 (lunch periods) - Class ring orders
  • February 2 & 4 - Additional ring orders
  • March 12 (lunch periods) - Grad announcement delivery
  • March 17 - Additional grad announcement delivery
  • April 8 & 9 (lunch periods) - Class ring delivery
  • April 15 (lunch periods) - Cap/gown delivery
  • April 21 - Additional cap/gown delivery


  • January 15 - Final day of Semester 1
  • January 18 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL
  • January 19 - First day of Semester 2
  • January 20 - Northland Career Center Virtual Open House (details above)
  • January 21 & 22 - Sophomore Class Ring Premier (information and order packets distributed)\
  • February 3 - NHS applications due to Mrs. Farber by 3:00.
  • February 12 - Deadline to apply for Professional Studies (details above)


Human Kind, Inc. invites you to attend their winter 2021 Virtual Parent Cafe' series, February 10, 17 and 24 at 6:30-8:30 PM.

At Parent Cafe's you will:

  • Meet other parents and caregivers and make new friends
  • Share ideas and experiences for better communication
  • Get new ideas on many parenting and self-care topics
  • Share your hopes and goals for your family while building resilience
  • Learn about community support and resources

All Cafe's are free to attend and you could receive up to $50 in e-gift cards for attending all three sessions.

Click the button below to register.