The C-2 View

January 2023

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Raytown Quality Schools 2023 Bond Proposal Would Address Immediate Structural Needs and Enhance District High School Arts and Activities Spaces

The Raytown Quality Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to place a no tax increase $35 million bond and a no tax increase levy transfer on the ballot for the upcoming April 4, 2023 election. If approved, the bond would address immediate structural repair needs, allowing for updated arts and activities spaces at both district high schools, Raytown South High School and Raytown High School.

At RSHS, approval of the no tax increase bond would allow the district to move forward with a two-part plan to build a modern performing arts center and an auxiliary gym. The proposed modern performing arts center will be a new facility on the high school campus that will include a technology and competition space with the capability to project a large screen, provide flexible seating with tiered platforms, and serve as a modifiable space for multiple class and activity use throughout the school day.

Bond funds would also support a new and updated auxiliary gym at both high schools, on par with the school districts in the metropolitan area. An auxiliary gym is essential to accommodate sports and activities at each high school and provide the district the opportunity to host sports tournaments. Learn more about the no tax increase bond and levy transfer here.

Three Raytown High School Students to Compete in Missouri State Leadership FCCLA Conference

Congratulations to three Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Raytown High School students, Phenix W., April A., and Chase D., for advancing to the Missouri State Leadership FCCLA Conference.

The students recently competed in the Region 14 STAR Events regional-level competition, where they presented on a topic of their choosing related to Family and Consumer Sciences. Students were recognized for the proficiency and achievement of their project, which required multiple leadership skills. They each received a gold medal for their presentation and will compete in state, which takes place from Sunday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 14.

Congratulations to tenth grader student Danyka G., who received a bronze medal for her career investigation presentation on becoming a pediatrician. Click here for more information on the conference. Good luck RHS students!

Westridge Elementary Receives Donations from Former Student

Westridge Elementary received a welcomed surprise from a former Westridge student who wanted to give back to his community! Former Westridge student, Kevin P., surprised current administrators with boxes of school supplies for students.

The donations were part of the Eagle Project that Kevin worked on for the last year, in which he collected physical and monetary donations for supplies. Supplies included notebooks, pens, crayons, markers, and even some play-doh!

Little Blue Elementary Participates in the Great Kindness Challenge

As part of the national Great Kindness Challenge, which took place from Monday, Jan. 23 through Friday, Jan. 27, Little Blue Elementary students and staff participated in events each day to help spread kindness throughout their school community.

Events included participating in the challenge kindness checklist, individual classroom challenges to complete 100 acts of kindness, competing in a door decorating contest, and more. Way to go, Mustangs!

Three Trails Students Learn the Answer to the Question "What is Water?"

Thanks to Partnership with Kansas City Water

The district’s youngest learners received valuable water education lessons thanks to an ongoing partnership with Kansas City Water.

Lessons included learning the connection between water and daily habits and how those habits impact the quality of water, learning how water is affected when it rains due to increased trash and water pollution, learning how KC Water cleans the drinking water every day, and playing a hands-on activity where students created and compared a “sad” polluted landscape with a “happy” clean planet landscape.

One of the main goals of the program is to create knowledgeable environmentalists at a young age who know what it means to be good stewards of water and the importance of protecting water.

Raytown Schools Wellness Center Receives Brand New Cardio Equipment

If you haven't checked out the Raytown Schools Wellness Center yet, now is a good time! The Wellness Center received a small makeover with the addition of brand-new cardio equipment last week.

The new cardio equipment includes brand-new treadmills, self-powered treadmills, stair steppers, and more. This equipment took the place of older equipment, such as used treadmills and ARC Trainers. There have also been more classes added to the group fitness schedule. Learn more about the Wellness Center, including pricing, offerings, perks, and more, by clicking here.

January 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.

The January Ray of Hope honoree, who was recognized at the January 9 Board of Education meeting, is Raytown South High School senior Caleb P. Meet him in the video below!

January Recognitions:

  • National Mentor Month – Recognized nationally every January to celebrate the dedicated mentors whose guidance, insight, and positive examples set children on the path to a successful education journey.

  • January is Data Privacy Month To recognize and educate on the importance of data privacy, which refers to how data is collected, shared, and used.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day A federal holiday in the U.S. marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year.

Spring 2023 Community Education Classes Now Open

Are you familiar with Raytown Quality Schools Community Education?

The commitment of RQS Community Education is to offer a wide variety of educational, recreational, and personal growth experiences for the community. Community education classes give patrons great choices that are all offered at a minimal cost. The district adds new classes every fall and spring. Check out the Spring 2023 brochure to view and sign up for classes of interest now!

Board of Education Vacancy

The Raytown C-2 School District announces a Board of Education vacancy. Residents who are interested in the vacancy should apply at the superintendent’s office located at 6608 Raytown Rd., Raytown, MO. Applications will be accepted until April 6, 2023, at 4 p.m. The appointee will serve in the position until the April 2024 school board election. For more information, contact Rachel Johnston, Board Secretary, at 816.268.7000.

Upcoming Events:

  • Board of Education Meeting: Monday, Feb. 13
  • No School: PK-12 Parent-Teacher Conf. Window | Thurs., Feb. 16 - Fri., Feb. 17
  • Harvesters Food Distribution: Sat., Feb. 18 (RSECC)
  • No School: Presidents Day | Mon., Feb. 20
  • Board of Education Academic Night: Thurs., March 2, 6 p.m.