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Important Dates

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

May 24th - Sport Physicals for 18-19 School Year ( More info below)

May 29th - Finals testing

May 30th - Finals testing

May 30th - Last Day of School, half day for students

18-19 School Year

August 2nd - Registration 1-4 pm and 5-8 pm

August 7th - Registration 5-8 pm

August 15th - First Day of School

Reminder to upcoming senior parents

Your student will need to provide documentation of receiving their meningococcal vaccine after turning 16 years old. This is a state requirement. Documentation can be turned in to the nurses by the end of this school year or documentation can be dropped off at the school office during the summer vacation as well.

Please call either Kathy Cole RN or Robin Roe LPN at 359-4124 if you have any questions.

Sports Physicals for 18-19 School Year

Sports physicals for the 2018-2019 school year will be performed by the sports medicine team at St. Luke’s for the low price of $10 (!!!!) on May 24th, 2018 from 4-6:30 pm in the commons area. Please come with all papers except for the physicians page completed, including all parent signatures. The form can be found on the sports page of the Park Hill South website. Please contact Brittany Neri with any questions at

Link to Sports Physical Form:

Graduation Information


Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Community of Christ

1001 W Walnut

Independence, MO 64050

•Tickets or reservations are not required. You may invite as many family members and friends as you would like. Graduating seniors 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 any way. No tape, signs, armbands, rhinestones, etc. Noise-makers or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

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 basis.

•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 or email at your earliest convenience.

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 here and complete the form.

DVDs will also be sold at commencement for $25.00 and can be paid with cash/check or added to your Infinite Campus fee account.

If you have additional questions, email or call Cindy Small at or 816-359-4000 to place your order.

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.

Panther Pride

Baccalaureate ceremony.

The seniors did a wonderful job starting off graduation week.

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Yearbook Award Winner!

The 2018 South Paw Yearbook was named to Walsworth Publishing Company’s Gallery of Excellence today! Sales Rep John Kelley presented co-editors Delaney Barnicle and Elaina Cassity and the staff with the award, which recognizes the top 4-5% of books published by Walsworth nationally. These books are featured at conventions and workshops across the country and are made available to the entire Walsworth sales force to use to inspire other staffs to improve the quality of their yearbooks.

Congrats to the entire yearbook staff for another outstanding yearbook!

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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.

Car Wash

Is your car needing a car wash? Please stop by Graden Elementary this Saturday and the PHS Volleyball team will wash your car.
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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 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.

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Washington University

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. Do you have students who have already expressed an interest in a specific area of study? Perhaps they are still searching and would be interested in taking a closer look at our five undergraduate schools?

Our Special Visit Days provide a perfect opportunity for students to explore WashU this summer! These on-campus, half-day programs offer in-depth insight into study abroad opportunities, research, internships, and combined studies. Feel free to share out our Special Visit Days page with your students and let them to discover what WashU has to offer!

Academic Exploration Days
Monday, June 18
Friday, July 20

Liberal Arts Day
Thursday, June 28

Engineering Days
Tuesday, June 19
Thursday, July 19

Business Day
Thursday, July 12

Pre-Medicine Days
Friday, June 22
Monday, July 9

Art & Architecture Day
Thursday, July 12

Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 935-6000 | (800) 638-0700 |

WashU 360 Student Blogs

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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!




During the 2018 Summer, Black & Veatch will host several job shadow days:

While participating in the job shadow students will go on a micogrid tour within the building and will shadow with

an engineer where they will share what they do day-today and will discuss their education and career path.

The high school workshop will offer informational sessions about the different fields of engineering and

what you can do now to prepare for an exciting career that matters to you. If you are interested in improving the

quality of life for people around the world, consider the endless possibilities that engineering offers.

2018 Black & Veatch Job Shadow Days

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday, July 23, 2018


Black & Veatch, World Headquarters

11401 Lamar Ave

Overland Park, KS 66211


Contact Carrie Mulder at


FREE!! Computer Science Institute for Women

Dates: July 11 - 12, 2018

Location: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Department of Geosciences, Flarsheim Hall

5110 Rockhill Road, Kansas City MO

This 2-day workshop will cover the following topics:

Working with environmental data from Internet of Things sensors to identify trends

- Monitoring urban gardens and programming in smart apps

- Design and fabrication of a solar thermal collector by 3D printing technology

- Understanding climate change through computer simulations and modeling

- Calculating the energy of volcanic explosions using computer models and outdoor demonstrations

- Understanding spatial thinking in social science with Geographic Information System (GIS)


Some Northland Career Center Programs Still Accepting Applications

The deadline to apply for the Northland Career Center was back in February, but they just announced they still have openings in the following programs:

Aviation Technology

Agricultural Sciences

Construction Technology

Production Technologies

To learn more about these programs, visit the Northland Career Center website and click on the program name on the left. If your student is interested in any of these programs, she or he must apply online here. That will initiate a process that involves shadowing the program at Northland Career Center in order to learn more about the program from students and the teacher. You can also contact your child’s counselor for more information about how good of a fit the program may be for your student. See counselor contact information here.

2018 Inclusion Conference

Saturday, June 2nd 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rockhurst University - Kansas City, Missouri

FREE! For Rising Juniors and Seniors!

Hurry! Only 50 Spots available!

The conference aims to provide students with the tools for personal and professional growth, to empower them to achieve personal and academic success, and to pursue higher education. The conference will feature workshops led by higher education professionals, including sessions on personal empowerment and success strategies, as well as tools for academic achievement. There will also be a campus tour of our host campus, Rockhurst University, and mini-presentations from admission counselors, representing a variety of post-secondary institutions. FREE, Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Eligibility: Students must be a rising junior or senior, have a minimum 2.5 grade point average to be eligible for the conference. Although priority will be given to students from under-served areas and ethnic and socioeconomic student populations, all students who are interested and may benefit from the program are encouraged to attend


Attention all Juniors!! How would you like scholarship money for college?

Park Hill South will once again be participating in the 2nd Annual Park Hill School District Scholarship Initiative Program! We have partnered with several area colleges and universities who have agreed to offer various merit based and need based scholarships to members of the PHS Class of 2019.

Over the summer, PHS will send your academic records (transcript, ACT scores, GPA, class rank, gender, ethnicity, etc.) to these partner institutions. These colleges and universities will evaluate your individual information and will consider you for various scholarship opportunities based on each school’s specific merit based and need based criteria.

This coming fall, we will have a scholarship showcase where participating students will discover all of the scholarships they are being offered from these partner schools. There is a chance that you could be offered scholarships from more than one school. Students will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from these colleges and universities and learn more about their exciting programs and opportunities - as well as the next steps in the application/admission process.

Last Fall…..

· 147 PHS seniors participated from the Class of 2018!

· Every senior was offered at least ONE scholarship!

· $41 million was offered to the entire group!

· 14 area colleges and universities participated!

** To participate ** All you need to do is give PHS permission to share your information. Parent/guardian permission slips were distributed to all juniors in Tutorial this week. Please return this form to counseling by May 25, 2018.

More information and permission slips can be found:

Did you take a Dual Credit class at PHS through MCC-Maple Woods

and need your college transcript?

​If you have earned college credit from MCC-Maple Woods through a dual credit class at Park Hill South, you must request to have a transcript sent to the college/university you plan to attend after you graduate. To request a transcript, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to:
  2. Log onto your myMCCKC account using your User ID & Password (if you do not know your User ID or Password, click on the respective Need User ID or Need Password link).
  3. After you log-in, find the Student Center Home where there is a pull-down menu that includes an option to request a transcript.

Did you take an Advanced Placement (AP) Class and

need to have ​your scores sent to your college?

​To have your scores sent to your college after you graduate high school: AP scores will be available online in mid July each summer. To get scores, student must sign up for a College Board account by going to

We encourage students to take this step now so they’ll be ready to access their AP scores in July. For more information, go to

Find colleges and universities that offer credit or placement for AP scores:

Skilled Trades = Job and Wage Growth

Park Hill South is a college preparatory high school, but not just for four-year degrees. “College” includes any type of postsecondary training. While our academic program is geared to Associate’s degrees and higher, we are committed to helping students find the right path for them, even if that is a certificate, career-technical, or skilled trade program. There are many high-paying job openings in these fields with no signs of this abating. See a recent story on NPR about these opportunities.

Along these lines, the Roofers Local #20 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center is seeking applicants for its apprenticeship program. Applicants must be 18 years of age and must get hired by one of their approved contractors; a list of them can be found at their website,, where you can also find more information. See their flier here.

For more information about skilled trades, visit Students can schedule a tour of the Builders Association Training & Education Center in order to be familiarized with the several labor union options there by contacting the Education & Training Center at 816-471-0880.

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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.

PHS Soccer Summer Camps: There will be no elementary or middle school soccer camps this summer due to field renovation projects at South. The high school girls camp has also been cancelled for this summer. The high school boys camp will still be held July 9th – 12th from 7:30 – 9:30 am; however, the camp location has been moved to Park Hill High School. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Farmer,

Girls Cross Country

All girls interested in running cross country next year need to pick up a summer running calendar from Coach J in A102 by Wednesday, May 23rd.

Boys Track and Field

The Park Hill South Boys Track and Field team had a great showing at the Class 5 District 8 Championships last Saturday. The team finished 3rd and many athletes qualified for the Class 5 Section 4 Championships this Saturday. Congratulations and good luck at Sectionals!

Sectional Qualifiers are:

Etinosa Reuben 4th Shot Put

Saadique Perkins 4th High Jump

Ben Owere 3rd Long Jump

Brandon Nardi 3rd Pole Vault

Ewan Frick 3rd 3200

Trey Rouse 4th 3200

Addison Snowball 2nd Shot Put

Ben Owere 2nd Triple Jump

Charles Warren, Ben Owere, Braeden Denney and MJ Walker 2nd 4x100 Relay

1st Place Finishers & District Champions are:

Chris DuPree 400

Ethan Mick, Quentin Worley, Christian Ludtke and Eli Guzman 4x800 Relay

Charles Warren, MJ Walker, Braeden Denney and Chris DuPree 4x200 Relay

Connor McCauley, MJ Walker, Ethan Mick and Chris DuPree 4x400 Relay

Summer Weights

Anyone interested in attending summer weights needs come to an informational meeting on Thursday May 24th at either 7:15 am or 2:45 pm in the weight room. If you have not done a final spring testing, you will also need to test your 3 core lifts on this date after school. The weight room will NOT be open the week of May 28th! Summer weights officially begins June 4th!!!!

Attached to this newsletter for Summer Weights is a Summer Meal Sheet to order lunches for the Summer.