Family News from the Nest

English Landing

Friday, May 13, 2016

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Sophie's Run on Saturday, May 7, 2016

English Landing Eagles participated in Sophie's Run on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Sophie’s Run honors the life of Sophie Edwards, a citizen of Lake Waukomis and student of the Park Hill School District, who passed away April 29, 2010.

Sophie's Run is a 5K race which raises funds to benefit children in surrounding communities to assist them in obtaining additional technology that will help children in the school setting and at home.

Congratulations to our English Landing TEAM for participating in this event!

What's Happening at the NEST?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016: Fifth Grade Choir Concert (Park Hill South Auditorium) 7PM

Tuesday, May 17, 2016: Riverside Board of Aldermen Meeting (Beyond the Bell Annual Presentation) 7PM

Wednesday, May 18, 2016: English Landing Spirit Day!

Wear EL school colors (red, white, blue) or wear EL Spirit Wear

Friday, May 20, 2016: Fifth Grade Awards Ceremony (2:00-3:00pm)

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Thank you for a very special Staff Appreciation Week last week! Thanks to Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Masson for coordinating this week-long CELEBRATION!

Volunteer Recognition Thank You!

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Joplin School District Visits English Landing

Today, we welcomed 17 teachers and administrators from the Joplin School District to English Landing. These teachers traveled to Park Hill to learn more about the Continuous Improvement Process and spent most of the morning with us learning from our teachers and students, too.

This visit targeted the following components:

  • Quarterly Classroom SMARTGoal Setting
  • Applying Plan-Do-Study-Act Process to Goal Setting
  • Holding Classroom Meetings (Student Led)
  • Implementing Student Data Notebooks
  • Forming PowerBlocks: Enrichment through Remediation
  • Writing SMART Goals in Specials Classrooms

This is the second trip representatives from the Joplin School District have made to English Landing. Dr. Kimbrel, Executive Director for Quality and Evaluation, has coordinated these visits to Park Hill as districts have requested site visits to Park Hill after we received the Missouri Quality Award earlier this year.

NO Breakfast or Lunch Charges!

As the 2015-2016 school year is winding down, the Park Hill Food Service Department will not permit students to charge breakfast or lunch beginning Monday, May 2, 2016. If your child does not have adequate funds in his/her account to cover the cost of a meal, he/she will be offered a cheese sandwich lunch and side choices instead of the regular meal selections.
  • Breakfast: $1.25
  • Lunch: $2.30

If you have any questions, please contact the Park Hill Food Service at 359-4090.

Save the Date! Fifth Grade Awards Ceremony!

In following an English Landing tradition, our fifth grade eagles will be recognized during a special awards ceremony at the end of the school year. This event will take place on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the English Landing Gym.

REPEAT: Planning for the 2016-2017 School Year

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2016-2017 School Supplies

The 2016-2017 Park Hill Elementary and Middle School school supplies are now posted on the Park Hill School District website: Parent Resources.

School Supplies:


PTA 2016-2017 School Supplies SALES

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Park Hill STAR Awards

Park Hill Star Award

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!

Park Hill Star nomination form

2015-2016 Elementary School Hours

8:30am First Bell Rings and Students Go To Grade Level Classroom

8:40am Tardy Bell Rings and School Officially Begins

3:30pm Evening Dismissal

Park Hill Parent/Student Handbook Reference:

Students may arrive at school up to 15 minutes (8:25am) before the start of the

school day (8:40am).

Repeat: Process Improvement: Student Evening Dismissal

We need your help! We have new faces on our English Landing team, so please help us by having your blue car rider sign with you when you are picking up your child during evening dismissal. If you do not have a blue car rider sign and would like one, please stop by the school office so we can make one for you.

In following Park Hill safety processes, if our English Landing office staff does not recognize a parent or guardian, a photo identification (example-driver's license) will be reviewed before your child is released to you.

Thank you for helping us provide a safe dismissal process.

Repeat: Reporting Your Child's Absence

We need your help!

Please call the English Landing Office at 359-4370 (Attendance Line-Press 2) or e-mail Mrs. Gadd at when you know your child will not be attending school that day.

At 9:30am we will send parents/families a school messenger voice mail of students who are absent if we haven't received a prior notification from a parent. Thank you for your help!

Reminder: Image & Contact Opt Out Process

We previously shared in the English Landing Back to School Family Newsletter the steps families need to take if you want your child to be included on the Image and Contact Information Opt Out List.

Park Hill Parent/Student Handbook Reference:

Throughout the school year, the Park Hill School District and/or English Landing might take pictures or video and release personal information about students for promotion.

Examples might include but are not limited to:

· A special event or program at a school might be covered by a newspaper or television station, resulting in student interviews and pictures.

· Award-winning students might have their names and photos published in a local newspaper, a school newsletter, the districts “First Hand” e-newsletter, the districts “Park Hill Connection” newsletter or on Park Hill TV-Channel 18.

· The district or school might post pictures of school activities on webpages and social media.

If you do not want your child’s image or information used, please contact the English Landing office at 359-4370 to complete a 2015-2016 Denial to Release Information Form.

English Landing Elementary School - Building School Improvement Plan - 2015-2016

District Vision

Building Successful Futures - Each Student - Every Day

English Landing Vision

Our vision is that all English Landing students will meet grade level expectations and demonstrate responsible citizenship.

English Landing Values

1. We will embrace a welcoming climate.

2. Safety will be a priority.

3. Students and staff will strive for excellence.

4. We will promote collaboration and community involvement.

5. Our school will model life skills.

6. Diverse cultures will be respected.

7. We will practice positive communication.

8. Our school will encourage leadership.

English Landing Strategic Focus Areas




English Landing School Improvement Priority Goals

  • EL Students will report English Landing is Meeting their Needs increased from 89.5% to 94.7% during the 2014-2015 school year and will increase from 94.7% to 100% during the 2015-2016 school year. (Balanced Scorecard #17)
  • EL Families will report English Landing is Meeting their Child’s Individual Needs increased from 80.9% to 84.9% during the 2014-2015 school year and will increase from 84.9% to 100% during the 2015-2016 school year. (Balanced Scorecard #19)