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Important Dates

April 13th - No School

April 14th - ACT testing

April 18th - Jostens will deliver Cap & Gown orders during lunch

April 21st - Prom (More Information Below)

May 1st - Senior Awards 6:30 pm - Auditorium

May 4th - Yearbook Signing

May 14th - Baccalaureate 7:00 pm - Auditorium

May 16th - Seniors Last Day (See more information below)

May 17th - Senior Picnic 11-2 English Landing Park (More information below)

May 20th - Graduation 1:00 pm (Location in the Senior Information below)

Prom Information

Prom will be Saturday, April 21st at Embassy Suites Hotel KCI. Tickets are $45 per person and will be sold during LUNCH ONLY April 16-18. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. The ticket price includes After Prom at Power Play. If your student is planning to take a date to Prom that does not attend PHS they need to stop by the security table to pick up a form. These forms are due back no later than Wednesday April 18.

6:45-7:30 Registration

7:30-8:30 Dinner

8:30-11:00 Dance

12:00-2:00 After Prom at Power Play

Prom Court 2018

Congratulations to the following students voted on the Prom Court:

Prince: Sam Beuerlein, Blaine Feaster and Ethan Farrow

Princess: Emma Beuerlein, Annie Saunders and Maya Yildrim

King: Ben Becker, Joe Leluga, Christian Holferty, Collin Brougham and Zach Nay

Queen: Anna Hermelink, Morgan Berry, Emma Roth, Kate Eischens and Hallie Vandeven

Summer School

Summer school forms are available in the counseling office or on the PHS counseling website. If you have questions about summer school please contact your students counselor.

Senior Information

Important information seniors will need to know about Graduation. Watch for updates as they become available.

Graduation Announcements - announcements are now available for picked up in the reception area. If you owe a balance you can pay with debt or credit card on line at or in person with cash or check.

Cap and Gown Delivery Day - April 18th Jostens will be here for Cap & Gown delivery during lunch in the front lobby. It is recommended to try on the cap and gown to avoid any last minute problems with the fit. If you have not ordered your cap and gown, please contact Jostens at 816-523-4900 as soon as possible.

Yearbook Distribution and Signing - Yearbooks will be distributed on Friday, May 5th. Yearbook signing will begin at 1:20p.m. for seniors in the main gym.

Senior Awards Night - Tuesday, May 1st at 6:30p.m. in the Auditorium.
We will celebrate each senior and the scholarships they have been awarded from post-secondary institutions as well as other scholarship opportunities. Only students who have input scholarship information on the Google Doc will be recognized on May 1st. The deadline for submission is April 18th. If you need assistance inputting the information, please contact your student’s counselor. The link is

Baccalaureate hosted by FCA
A Baccalaureate Program will be held on May 14th at 7:00 pm in the Park Hill South auditorium. Although participation is optional, all seniors and parents are invited to attend this inspirational program dressed in their cap and gown and proper attire. No jeans, tennis shoes or flip flops. No one will be allowed to participate without a cap and gown.

Senior Finals
Tuesday, May 15th Blocks 3 & 4
Wednesday, May 16th Blocks 1 & 2

Seniors Last Day - Wednesday, May 16th
• Graduation rehearsal will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the main gym on Wednesday, May 16th. All seniors are required at attend rehearsal. Students will not need to have their cap and gown for rehearsal.
• Senior laptop check-in will follow rehearsal in the small gym.
• Senior slide show in the small gym followed by senior bell ringing.
• Seniors will complete their day around 12:30 p.m.

Senior Picnic

Senior picnic will be on May 17th. It will be a fun day for seniors to hang out, play kickball and enjoy the company of their classmates with pizza, soda and desserts from 11:00am – 2:00pm at English Landing Park, Parkville, MO. Pizza provided by Stone Canyon. Please log on to SignUpGenius to help out by donating drinks, desserts and side snacks.

Graduation -
Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Community of Christ
1001 W Walnut
Independence, MO 64050

The doors at Community of Christ will open to family and friends at 12:00 p.m. Carpooling is recommended. There are special setting areas available for handicapped visitors on first come, first serve.
Tickets or reservations are not required. You may invite as many family members and friends as you would like. Graduates will need to report to Community of Christ on Sunday, May 20th by 11:45 a.m. in cap and gown. Don’t forget your tassel. Graduates will be lined-up and recognized in alphabetical order.

Cap and Gown will be worn as issued and not disfigured in anyway. No tape, signs, armbands, rhinestones, etc... Noise makers or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
Males should wear dress shirts, dress slacks, and dress shoes.

Females should wear dresses or dress slacks and comfortable shoes.
No jeans, tennis shoes or flip flops. Students will not be allowed to walk with cameras, purses or cell phones. Please make arrangements for someone to hold these items for you during the ceremony.

Graduates will receive their diploma after the ceremony in the auditorium basement lobby if all fines have been paid and all discipline obligations are complete. You will receive notification prior to graduation of any fines or discipline obligations that need to be resolved. If for some reason you will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony, please contact Tammy Becker at 816-359-6755, at your earliest convenience.

Student Council will be selling reserved priority seating for $20.00 per person beginning April 2nd. The sections are located on either side of the graduates and will be sold first-come, first serve. Checks can be made out to PHS and mailed in care of STUCO to 4500 NW River Park Dr., Riverside, MO 64150 or delivered to school. Requests and payment are due no later than May 10th. Recipients will be notified the week prior to graduation of specific seat and row assignments. Questions? Please contact Sarah Adkins at

Graduation Pictures
Pictures of each graduate receiving their diploma will be taken by Reed Portrait Group. You should receive preliminary information from Reed Portrait Group prior to graduation.

Graduation DVD

The Park Hill communications team is recording the Park Hill South High School graduation ceremony.
To order a DVD copy of graduation click on this link. and complete the form.
DVD’s will also be sold at commencement. The cost is $25.00 and can paid with cash/check or added to your Infinite Campus fee account.
If you have additional questions, email or call Cindy Small at or call 816-359-4000 to place your order.

The Senior Class is offering the opportunity for you to purchase a potted plants used as decoration at the venue for graduation. You can take home a memorable keepsake of your child’s graduation ceremony for $28.00. We are also extending the opportunity for you to dedicate your plant in the name of a graduating senior, a family member or person absent from the ceremony. This is at no additional cost, and your dedications will be listed prior to the graduation service. Plant pick-up will start immediately after graduates leave the auditorium (please bring proper identification), and end 15 minutes after the graduation ceremony ends. The venue will not allow any items left behind, and the plants will not be transported back to PHS. Every purchase made will be put in a drawing to win the large floral arrangement displayed at graduation. The winner of this arrangement will be notified prior to the ceremony. If interested, please mail this form and attach a check made payable to PHS by April 20th.
Please address envelope as follows:
Senior Class
Attn. Deanna Koelliker
4500 NW River Park Drive
Riverside Mo 64150

Name ______________________________________________________
Daytime Phone Number________________________________________
Choose plant quantity:
______Potted Gloxinia ______Potted Peace Lilly
______Potted Azalea ______Potted Dieffenbachia x 25.00 each = _________
Choose One Dedication for card: In Memory of ______________________________
(Name only please) In Honor of________________________________
None _____________________________________


Do you have a previous graduate of Park Hill South High School? Do you still have a PHS cap and gown that you no longer need? We are in need of extra black graduation gowns.

If you would like to donate your cap and gown please bring it to the Reception Desk at Park Hill South.

Senior Parents

On Tuesday, May 1st at 6:30pm, the Counseling Office of PHS will host "Senior Awards Night" in the Auditorium. On this night, we will celebrate each senior and the scholarships they have been awarded. These are scholarships not only from post-secondary institutions, but also those being awarded from other scholarship opportunities.

Below is a link that will take you to a GoogleDoc where we'd like all students and/or parents to start inputting this information. If you do not report the information, the student will not be recognized. This link will be open until April 18th.

The link is

If you have further questions, please contact your counselor.

Engineering U

Burns & McDonnell is proud to announce that once again, our free summer program – Engineering U – is back and better than ever! Students can click on that invite and apply online! Students accepted into the program will be notified by our team shortly after they apply. Here is a brief description of the 3 camps we are offering:

Grade as of Fall 2018

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Incoming college freshmen | June 4-7
    • Participants of this four-day session will have the opportunity to engage with engineers, architects and other Burns & McDonnell professionals while working on real projects and enjoying fascinating off-site visits. We’ll also provide participants with tips for networking, future careers and succeeding in college from our summer interns.
  • High school juniors/seniors | June 18-20
    • Participants of this three-day camp will engage with engineers, architects and drafters working on real chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering projects. You’ll get to meet summer interns who’ll provide tips for making the successful transition from high school to college. We’ll also connect you with college admissions professionals who will talk to you about your future education and help to prepare you for your college career.
  • High school girls | June 25-27
    • Participants of this three-day camp exclusive to girls will engage with engineers, architects and drafters working on real chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering projects. You’ll get to meet summer interns who’ll provide tips for making the successful transition from high school to college. We’ll also connect you with college admissions professionals who will talk to you about your future education and help to prepare you for your college career.
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Panther Pride:

Five ensembles from the Park Hill South Music Department participated in the MSHSAA State Large Ensemble Festival at Staley High School, April 4-7th.

Park Hill South was well represented by these ensembles, with all five earning Exemplary - Division 1 ratings.

The ensembles are:

Symphonic Orchestra: directors - Mrs. Diane Markley and Mr. Ariel Aguilar

Concert Band: directors - Mr. Charles Boyd and Mrs. Katie Wagoner

Symphonic Band: director - Dr. Craig Miller

A Cappella Choir: director - Mrs. Elizabeth Brockhoff, accompanist - Mrs. Jennifer OBrien

South Boulevard Singers: director - Mrs. Elizabeth Brockhoff, accompanist - Mrs. Jennifer OBrien

We are very proud of our students, their work ethic, and the passion they put into their music! Please join us in congratulating the them for their outstanding accomplishments.

Varsity Scholar Bowl

Congratulations to the PHS Varsity Scholar Bowl squad for placing 2nd in the North Kansas City High School Scholar Bowl tournament. Out of a field of 22 teams, South ended the day with a 6-2 record. Team member Evan Morris earned individual recognition for the number of questions he answered correctly. Members of the squad: (Pictured Below) Trent Neutgens, coach Mrs. Park, Jonathan Amthor, Thomas Kindle, Jake Young, Evan Morris, Ethan Wissmann and Mick the Snake.

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PHS Orchestra

Members of the Park Hill South Orchestra returned on Sunday from a music tour to San Antonio, Texas. The students benefitted from a 90-minute orchestra clinic with Dr. Joseph Kneer at Trinity University and also presented an hour-long concert at the Arneson Theater on the Riverwalk. Students participated in a walking tour of the city and visited many of the historical sites such as touring the San Jose Mission, the Alamo, the San Fernando Cathedral where the heroes of the Alamo are enshrined, and viewing the city from the top of the Tower of the Americas. We also visited El Mercado (the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico), toured the Riverwalk on a barge cruise, and experienced much of the local cuisine, art, and architecture unique to the city. We learned a great deal about the diverse cultures of the city, and we brought home musical experiences that will guide us in the music-making still to come!

Missouri Boys State and Missouri Girls State

Congratulations to the following juniors for being selected to represent Park Hill South at the following summer leadership opportunities.

Missouri Boys State and Missouri Girls State:

This week-long event is held every summer at the University of Central Missouri. Students spend a week with hundreds of other juniors from around the state learning about government processes (city, county, and state), leadership skills, and how to make a difference in their school and community. Sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, the event features a plethora guest speakers from state/community organizations, military branches, and government offices.

Missouri Boys State

· Brian Francis

· Duke Maddox

Missouri Girls State

· Meghan Pate

· Anna Murray

Missouri Public Affairs Academy:

The Missouri Public Affairs Academy is held at Missouri State University. The event brings talented high school students from throughout the state together to develop their understanding of public affairs. The Academy combines presentations by guest speakers with discussions, hands-on activities and service projects, and gives students the opportunity to learn from talented and accomplished political and community leaders in the state.

Missouri Public Affairs Academy

· Eden Black

· Grace Atchison


NCC had 73 SkillsUSA members compete at the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference at State Technical College of Missouri last week.

NCC had 33 members medal in 19 contests. Seven students will advance to the National competition in Louisville, Kentucky, in June. We also had two members elected as 2018-2019 State Officers.

Results for the Park Hill South students:

Adelina Morales

Job Skill Demo O

4th place

Park Hill South

Aldyn Leive

Early Childhood TI

2nd place

Park Hill South

Ethan Purdy

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue

3rd place team

Park Hill South

Jacob Boyd

CPS: Transportation (Diesel) #2

3rd place team

Park Hill South

Jacob Boyd

Diesel Equipment

4th place

Park Hill South

London Clark

Industrial Motor Control

3rd place

Park Hill South

McCartney Carlson

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue

3rd place team

Park Hill South

Sydney Schmoe

Community Service

1st place

Park Hill South

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PHS Band Fundraiser

Do you need to replace a bed in your home? Now is the time! The Park Hill South Band Program is hosting a one day Mattress Sale at Park Hill South High School on Saturday, April 21st from 10AM-5PM. There will be about 30 name brand models to choose from. Simmons Beautyrest, Southerland, and IntelliBED are just a few of the brands offered! All beds are new, made to order, available in all sizes, and come with factory warranties! There will also be pillows, sheets, mattress protectors, frames and even adjustable beds available as well! Best of all, prices are less than retail stores! Financing options are available. Mention this announcement and get a free set of sheets with any bed purchase! All purchases benefit our students!

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Sophie's Run

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Activities & Club Update

Stay up to date on all the clubs and activities at South this year by having your student join the Schoology Activities and Club Group – Access Code ZX5JS-NT7MF

South Side Stories Blog

Everyone has a Story...Check out our new blog to see what stories we have to tell at Park Hill South. Each month we will highlight a student or student group stories.

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A+ Scholarship Program

Are you interested in cheaper college tuition for your student? The A+ Scholarship Program might be an answer. Look over the requirements below and strongly consider advocating your student’s participation in this worthwhile opportunity. Currently, over 1100 South students participate in A+, please encourage your student to join the crowd, too.

The A+ Scholarship Program offers financial options for students and is free-of-charge to all eligible Missouri graduates. Whether students are looking at attending a 4-Year university, a 2-year community college, or a vocational, or technical school, A+ can help fund your child’s post-graduate education. For more detailed information, please peruse the A+ website at the link below.

If you are interested in signing up for A+, please print, sign, and return the enrollment form to the A+ Office (B106).

A+ Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a US citizen or permanent resident

  2. Attend an Missouri A+ designated school for at least 3 years ending in graduation

  3. Sign an A+ Enrollment Form (open link below)

  4. Maintain an overall attendance rate of at least 95% (over 4 years)

  5. Earn at least a 2.5 cumulative weighted GPA by graduation

    (4-year schools may have higher minimum GPA requirement)

  6. Complete at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring and/or mentoring

  7. Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoidance of unlawful use of drugs

    (students may not accumulate 10 days OSS for any reason)

  8. Score Proficient or Advanced the Algebra I End-of-Course Exam

  9. Apply for federal financial assistance (Free Application for Federal Student Aid- FAFSA)

  10. Register with Selective Service (all males who turn 18 during prior to graduation)

For More Information:

Dr. Jill Owens, A+ Coordinator & AVID Tutor Coordinator

Park Hill South High School 4500 NW River Park Drive Riverside, MO 64150

Phone (816) 359-6043 Email Twitter @phsAplus


Enrollment Form

Homework Help

This academic program allows students to stay after school (Mondays/Thursdays) to receive one-on-one tutoring, attend a club/activity, work independently in the library, or study with a teacher and catch the late bus home at 4:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Manga at (816) 359-6092 or

Park Hill Clothing Center Hours for April:

The Clothing Center will be open:

April 17th - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thank you for supporting the clothing center last month.

The following links are sign up for volunteers for April.

Park Hill Star Award Nomination Information

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

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Club News

All students are invited to join Art Club. We meet

on Tuesdays after school until 4:00 in room C206. You do not need to be
enrolled in an art class or have any art experience to join the club.
Come hang out and learn art techniques such as black light painting, henna
tattoos, origami, stencil art, and many, many more. Hope to see you this
coming Tuesday!

Ceramic Club is for any student (9th-12th grade) who is interested in
ceramic art and wants to get creative with clay. We will meet
THURSDAYS after school until 4:00 in room C209. Clay projects will
include a mug, lidded vessel, miniature sculpture & much more!
Sponsored by Callie Colvin.

Environmental Club meets every Tuesday morning at 7am in A208 - want to save the world one commingle at a time? Come join the Green Revolution! For more information, see Ms. Umscheid in A208.

Counseling Corner

Transcript Requests: Do you need a transcript sent to a college/university? You need to login to Naviance/Family Connections to make the request.

From the Park Hill South website go to: About our school>Counseling>College Planning>Navinace/Family Connections.

Or, go directly to PHS Counseling webpage:

Visit PHS Counseling Center Online!

  • Post-secondary planning information

  • Paying for college

  • College information

  • Career planning

  • Community service opportunities

  • Much MORE!




Seniors – there are a number of “NEW” scholarship opportunities that have been posted to the Scholarship Bulletin.

Would like to highlight the Ellis Foundation Scholarship and the Park Hill Education Foundation Scholarship.

All students who will be taking an AP test this May must attend one of the AP Pre-Administration sessions that will be held on Thursday April 19th or Monday April 23Rd during tutorial. It is mandatory that one of the sessions be attended by the student. If you have any questions or concerns please see Mrs. Dorrell in counseling.


Attention all students in grades 9-11! Here are two area Kansas City College Fairs where you can meet with college representatives from around the country! Get answers to all of your questions, learn about college options, and start the college planning process early! These events are FREE and open to all students and families.

KC Regional College Fair

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Student Union Multipurpose Room

Register here:

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Tryouts for the SouthSide Dance Team

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2018-2019 PHS dance team, the SouthSide Girls? If so, there is a mandatory meeting on Wednesday April 18th in the PHS library at 6pm. At least one parent or guardian must be in attendance. Tryouts are April 24th-26th from 5-8 pm in the main gym. For more information please visit the SSG facebook page:

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PHS Sports

Check out our new Twitter feed (@PHSouthScores) where you can get up to date scores from the many events happening across Panther Nation! This is an open feed so feel free to pass it along to anyone.

Boys and Girls Weights

6 AM Morning weights for both boys and girls every Monday and Wednesday.

Boys Golf

Congratulations to the PHS boys golf team for placing 1st out of 20 teams at the Oak Park Tournament Tuesday with a multi-season low score of 325.