Orrick High School Bearcat Update


Dear High School Parents and Students

It is hard to believe it is October already. Just wanted to reminded everyone that Parent/Teacher conferences are the 27th from 1:15-7:00. I encourage everyone to come and visit with your students teachers so we can continue to build the partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. I also want to take this time to introduce you to Ms. Parnacott. She will be long term subbing for English and we are excited to have her on staff. Please welcome her to the Orrick Community. As always if you have any questions please call the High School Office at 816-770-3327.


Dr. Scott Archibald

High School Principal

Ms. Parnacott - JH & HS School English

My name is Debbie Parnacott and I am so proud to join the Orrick Bearcat family! I grew up in smaller towns like Cameron and Hamilton and there’s nothing better than a community like this one!

I graduated with a Bachelor’s in English Literature from William Jewell College, and just finished my Masters of Science in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Central Missouri. This is my 10th year of teaching, all in Excelsior Springs, where I live now. I taught high school English for seven years and the last two years I taught in alternative education.

I have two children: my daughter Amanda lives in Kearney with her husband and their two children, and Levi who is a senior in high school. In my free time I love to read books (of course), sew, and cook.

Thank you all for welcoming me to the community…I’m so happy to be a Bearcat!

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 27 from 1:15-7:00 PM and there will be no school on Friday, October 28.

I encourage all parents to come in and meet with your child's teachers. This will help with building strong parent-teacher partnerships. We all want is best for your child and building these partnerships will only help in their educational development.

As a staff we are excited about the type of education we are able to provide your children. Please come and join us. We are excited about visiting with everyone.

Athletic Physicals

Reminder: If you have a child that will be playing JH/HS Basketball and they do not have a current physical, they will need one before the first practice to be able to participate. Physical forms can be picked up in the HS office.

Orrick R-XI School District PUBLIC NOTICE

All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The Orrick R-XI School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay. The Orrick R-XI School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddler eligible for the Missouri First Steps program. The Orrick R-XI School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The Orrick R-XI School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed at the 100 Kirkham, Orrick, MO 64077 between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm. This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

Ray County Attendance Court

The school board, administration, teachers and staff here in the Orrick School District want all of our students to be successful. There is nothing more exciting than we when we see our students reach their fullest potential and become productive members of society. For students to be successful in school they need to attend school daily, arrive on time and be ready for the day’s learning experience.

With this is mind the RAY COUNTY ATTENDANCE COURT has been created encompassing numerous community stakeholders and agencies committed to promoting the best interests of the children in Ray County, Missouri, including local school districts, Ray County Prosecutor, Ray County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies, Ray County Juvenile Office, social service agencies, community health and mental health providers,and members of the judiciary of the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Missouri.

New Reassessment Policy

Our goal at OHS is to ensure every student is college or career ready when they

graduate. We want to strive for every student to be proficient learners so they will be

prepared for a global society.

For our students to be competitive in today's workforce they must be critical thinkers, collaborative, creative, have citizenship skills and be able to effectively communicate. Our students need to show they are competent in these skills to meet the challenges that they will face in the future. The teachers and I want to help develop these skills so our students will be successful when they graduate from OHS.

The new reassessment policy is a way we feel as a staff can better service our students to meet the skills they will need to be successful. Grading will now be subdivided into two parts: Competencies and Assessments.

Competencies will be based on students being able to demonstrate their proficiency in their daily learning (ex. daily objectives, classwork, homework, showing understanding of the material). Daily learning will help develop their citizenship, ability to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, be creative, and become critical thinkers. With our students working to be proficient on these competencies it will show higher success when it comes to their assessments.

Our students will be assessed through a variety of ways: projects, labs, essays, long term assignments, or traditional tests. We want to know our students are becoming competent in their learning.

With the new policy if a student scores below an 80% on what is categorized as an assessment in SIS then they will qualify for reassessment. Again, our goal at OHS is to ensure every student is college or career ready when they graduate. We want to strive for every student to be proficient learners so they will be prepared for a global society.

A full version of the 7 -8 and 9-12 grade reassessment policy and form can be found on the High School Website or in resources on the school district app.


This is the time of the year, right before frost the the mosquitos seem to be at their worst. And perhaps, the August rains helped the pesky insects multiply. We are going to have some insect repellent available for PE and practices. If you would like your child to be sprayed with the repellent, please write a note and turn into the HS office. If you have a certain repellent from home that you would like your child to have, please feel free to send your own repellent to school.
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October 15th Missouri Western Parade

October 17th End of quarter/Midterm

October 17th- 20th – District Volleyball @ Lone Jack

October 20th U.S. Air Force school visit on October 20 during lunch

October 24th – 27th Red Ribbon Week

October 25th William Jewell School admissions visit for juniors and seniors

October 25th – JH BB @ Wellington 5:00

October 27th District School Counseling Advisory Meeting at 2 p.m. in high school counselor's office.

October 27th – Parent Teacher Conferences 1-7:00 pm

October 28th – No School

November 5th – District Band Auditions @ St. Joseph

November 7th – Veterans Concert 6:30

November 18th – 20th School play “Night of the Living Dead”

November 19th – All-Conference Choir @ Sweet Springs