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February 2023

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The 2023 No Tax Increase Bond Proposal Would Address Immediate Structural Needs and Enhance District High School Arts and Activities Spaces

The Raytown Quality Schools ‘Our Children, Our Investment’ no tax increase bond issue is on the April 4, 2023 ballot. The proposed $35 million no tax increase bond would allow the district to address the immediate needs for updated arts and activities spaces at Raytown South High School and Raytown High School. Check out the video above to hear directly from students on how, if passed, bond funds would enhance the arts and activities offerings at both high schools. Learn more about the no tax increase bond and levy transfer here.

Robinson Elementary Welcomes a School Garden to their School Community

Thanks to funds from a recently awarded Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant, Robinson Elementary students received hands-on gardening lessons meant to educate, connect, and introduce students to food and gardening.

The grant award supported a new educational garden at Robinson Elementary with the purchase of supplies and equipment, including tools, dirt, seeds and other supplies and materials, to build and maintain the garden beds.

Students took the first step towards making their own food by building the two garden beds, working to unload the material, build the foundation of the garden beds, place the garden beds where they belong, and shovel the soil needed for the garden beds. Learn more about the school garden and its long-lasting benefits here.

Southwood Elementary Students Participate in a T-Shirt Design Contest for Black History Month

For Black History Month, Southwood Elementary fourth and fifth grade students had a unique opportunity to participate in a t-shirt design contest, where the winning student design would be featured on the school-wide t-shirts. Congratulations to fifth grade student Denim L., whose design was chosen as the winner! Designs were voted on by all students and staff in the building, as well as members who participated in the voting from around the district. The t-shirts were unveiled to the school community during the Black History Month Program. How cool is the design? Amazing job, Denim!

Raytown Central Middle School Hosts Successful 'Try the Instrument' Event for Rising 6th Graders

For the first time since 2019, Raytown Central Middle School hosted a 'Try the Instrument' event for rising 6th grade students from various district elementary schools, including Blue Ridge Elementary, Norfleet Elementary, and Robinson Elementary.

Not only did students get to test out the instruments to see what would be their best fit, they got to visit their future middle school and meet with their future teachers. There is already a huge display of musical talent, and we can’t wait to see those soon-to-be middle school students rock their new instruments soon!
Ray of Hope Award - February 2023

February Ray of Hope Honoree

At every Board of Education meeting in the 2022-23 school year, a student, staff or both will be recognized as a Ray of Hope for their school community.

Let's give it up for the February Ray of Hope honorees, the Eastwood Hills Elementary PTA, made up of music teacher Jake Adamson, fourth grade teacher Amber Nieznajko, and Eastwood Hills parents Clay and Candice Taylor.

The group has been hard at work for the past two years raising funds for the purchase of a school vending machine. Not just any vending machine – a book vending machine! The PTA group worked alongside their school community to plan, organize, and host two fundraisers, which included a readathon and fun run last year. Funds from those fundraisers were used to purchase the vending machine. Check out the video above for the full recognition.

RQS Named One of Kansas City Business Journal's
Healthiest Employers of 2023

Raytown Quality Schools is excited to announce the district was recently named as one of Kansas City’s Healthiest Employers for 2023, a recognition from the Kansas City Business Journal. This recognition honors Kansas City-area businesses that make health and wellness a priority. What an amazing honor! We are grateful to all of the wonderful RQS employees for serving as a ray of hope to district students, and to the district's school communities.

February Recognitions:

  • Black History Month: A month-long observance that aims to recognize and celebrate the many Black women and men who have made significant contributions to America and the rest of the world in the fields of science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and more.

  • February 6-10, National School Counselor Week: A week-long recognition to highlight the tremendous impact school counselors have in schools and for students.

  • February 15, National School Resource Officer Day: Thank you to the Homeland Security Officers for promoting a safe-school environment for learning and for your role in helping to keep our students safe.

  • February 17, National Random Acts of Kindness Day: To celebrate and encourage random acts of kindness.

Upcoming Events:

  • Board of Education Meeting: Monday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
  • Harvesters Food Distribution: Saturday, March 18 (RSECC)
  • No School - Spring Break: Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31