Shining Star News

Re-imagining the Star in 2016! Week of February 15-19

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Rising Star Carnival & Auction!

We are all looking forward to the carnival and auction, please take a moment to see the wonderful items that have been donated by the community, Rising Star families, and Rising Star staff. The auction will run from 5:30 to 8:00, don't miss out on a wonderful opportunity to get some awesome stuff and help the school out!

It's Hug Week at the Star!

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Jump Rope for the Heart

Students in grades Kindergarten - 6th have the opportunity to participate in "Jump Rope for Heart". This is a state wide program sponsored by the American Heart Association. This event is held to fight heart disease and promote cardiovascular fitness.

The Rising Star "Jump Rope for Heart" will be held Thursday, February 25th from 7:15-8:00 a.m. in the gym. Students can earn prizes by turning in donations although it is not required.

Students do not need to know how to jump rope in order to participate. Other activities will be offered to accommodate various ages and abilities. Students can come and simply exercise at their own pace and have fun!

More information will be sent home with your child.
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We know that our Book Fair last week was a little shorter than usual, so please feel free to continue shopping at our book fair online until February 18th!

Stomp It Out Musical

Our Rising Star 6th Graders are beginning to rehearse for their musical production, “STOMP IT OUT” At this time, our “rehearsals” will consist of thirty-minute music sessions. You will notice that the students will be presenting two performances. Students who are selected for speaking, acting, singing or solo parts will be randomly assigned to either the matinee or the evening performance cast and in some cases both.

We will also be needing some donated items...please see flyer below.

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4th Grade Link Up Performance

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This Week in Art

Lucia Volante's art work will be displayed at The Capital Building in Topeka in March. Every year, March is set aside nationally to celebrate Youth in Art. Lucia's work is part of Youth in Art display at the state level.

Lucia titled her piece"Color Rainbow". Her work contains rings of negative space and her artist statement reflects her love for color. Way to go, Lucia!

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Girls on the Run!

Registration for Rising Star's Girls on the Run starts January 30 and ends Feb. 27. Team fills up fast, so register early!

Our team will practice every Monday and Wednesday from 3:20-4:45. Season stars March 7! The final spring 5k will be May 21 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Scholarships and more available at

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Students in Miss McCullough’s class partnered up with a high school class in Poland to share the love on Valentine’s Day. They shared their locations and created Virtual Valentines to share with one another. Here is the video that Miss McCullough’s fifth grade students created. Enjoy!

Virtual Valentine Project

Pre-Enrollment for Next Year!

It is time for pre-enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year. Friday we sent pre-enrollment verification forms and the student profile home with each student. Parents, please update phone numbers and emergency contacts, etc. Please return the yellow form and the updated student profile back to school as soon as possible. Thank you!

Community Invited to Forums to Discuss Sixth-Grade Configuration

A task force is reviewing grade configuration, specifically related to sixth-grade students in the Shawnee Mission School District. Superintendent Jim Hinson has engaged the task force to discuss this topic as a result of feedback and questions he received from stakeholders. To inform the review process, the task force will hold community forums in each of the five geographic high school feeder areas. Task force members are charged with researching the issue, gathering input from the community, and sharing resulting recommendations with the superintendent. No decisions or recommendations for change have been made at this time. All discussion would center on potential implementation during the 2018-2019 school year at the earliest. Task force members will research and share information at community forums regarding the many aspects to be considered. Each forum is open to all community members. The schedule of meetings, all of which are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at each location, is as follows:

  • February 23: Hocker Grove Middle School
  • February 25: Trailridge Middle School
  • March 10: Indian Hills Middle School
  • March 21: Indian Woods Middle School
  • March 24: Westridge Middle School

In order to gain broad feedback from staff and community, an online survey will be available starting February 23 and closing March 31. A link to the survey will be shared with parents via SMSD Alert, as well as posted on the district’s web site and through social media.

Are You a Member of the PTA?

Join PTA for just $7 per person or $12 for couples in the same household! And don't worry, by joining you are not committing to meetings and volunteering all the time. You are free to choose what you attend and volunteer for!

What does your $7 do? $3.50 goes tot he State PTA. The rest is used to help our kids! Last year our budget called for $8,000 for school field trips! We put on Family Fun nights and 2 class parties per year! And those are just a small amount of the awesome things our PTA does! So please join and help us continue to be able to fund these awesome items!

Forms are available in the office or email Ellen Sandelin

or Jen Hight