HMC-1 School Messenger

December Newsletter

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2020 Bond Update


In August 2020, the Hickman Mills community said yes to invest in HMC-1 schools with the passage of a $30 million bond issue for various improvements across the district.


The first component of the bond was an asphalt and concrete package for Dobbs Elementary, Hickman campus, Baptiste campus and Ruskin High School. This package also included a small roof replacement at Warford Elementary, the beginnings of replacing the turf field at Ruskin, and installing parking lot gates at Dobbs, Hickman campus, Baptiste campus and Ruskin. These asphalt, concrete and gates projects are expected to be completed mid to late January. The field will be completed sometime in early Spring 2021. Click here for more information.

December Applause Applause Honoree


Congratulations to our December Applause Applause honoree, Irvin T., fifth grade student at Ervin Elementary.


Throughout this school year, Irvin has demonstrated not only a concern for his academics but a concern for those of his classmates. He took the initiative to create a study Zoom link and invited his classmates to join. He has shown that there is a seed of community growing within that includes building others as he builds himself.

Meet Ruskin's Teen Author


At just ten years old, Tomie Mickai W., Ruskin High School tenth grader, published his first book, “Mighty Boy.”


Fast forward to four years later, and Tomie is the proud author of three more published books. He has a two-book series for “Mighty Boy,” and a new series called “Spirit Swords.” Two of the “Spirit Swords” books already are written, with a third in the works.


41 Action News shared his remarkable story on a recent newscast. You can check out the full story for yourself by clicking here.

Help us welcome the new Assistant Principal at Smith-Hale, Dr. Chad Ryerson!


Dr. Ryerson is starting his 24th year in education. He began his education career as a teacher at Ruskin High School, where he taught social studies and coached varsity baseball, varsity softball and varsity girls basketball. He was promoted to Assistant Principal, then Principal, at Ruskin High School. He transitioned from the HMC-1 school district to North Kansas City High School, where he served as an assistant principal.


He is excited to be returning to HMC-1, and looks forward to completing his educational career in the district where he started. Welcome home, Dr. Ryerson!

HMC-1 Cerner Scholar Student Spotlight


Aliyah A., a senior at Ruskin High School, is part of the HMC-1’s PrepKC partnership and is now on year two of her Cerner Scholar Experience.


As one of 32 Cerner Scholars, Aliyah works alongside Cerner Corporation associates in a work-based learning experience. She is currently creating a dashboard that will allow stakeholders and edge partners to easily track and display data.


“Through this experience, I have discovered my passion for computer science and am 100% sure that this is what I want to do in my future,” said Aliyah. “I am thankful for this experience and for the chance to learn more about computers, programming and technology!”

Smith-Hale Awarded Grant


Congratulations to Smith-Hale Middle School for being awarded the Varsity Brands Empowerment Flash Grant that supports social and emotional learning in the classroom.


The grant will specifically provide for 150 Empowerment Journals, live, online professional development for teachers and staff implementing the Empowerment Journal Program, and a US Games Equipment Certificate. Congratulations, Smith-Hale! Click here to learn more about the Varsity Brands Empowerment Flash Grant Program.

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Ruskin Journalism Students Featured in South KC Chamber Newsletter


Congratulations to two Ruskin High School Journalism students for getting their articles featured in the South KC Chamber’s December newsletter.


Jeremiah J. is a 10th grader in Journalism 1. His article in the South KC Chamber’s December newsletter, ‘Fight Against Covid-19,’ focuses on the importance of staying safe and minimizing fear as a mechanism to fighting COVID-19. Click here to read Jeremiah’s article.


James R. is a 12th grader in Journalism 2. His article in the South KC Chamber’s December newsletter, ‘Educational Practices During COVID-19,’ discusses the challenges and successes school districts have faced, and will continue to face, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read James’ article.

Sign up for FREE internet!


Charter Communications Inc. announced a relaunch of its Remote Education Offer providing free Spectrum Internet and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12th graders, college students and/or educators. Click here for more information.

In Remembrance

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The Hickman Mills C-1 School District fondly remembers staff members that we lost in the 2020 school year. We are saddened by their absence, but are comforted in knowing that they are forever in our hearts and memories.

Upcoming Events

  • No School- Winter Break: Monday, December 21 - Monday, January 4
  • No School- MLK Day: Monday, January 18
  • Board of Education Meeting: Thursday, January 21, 6 p.m.