January 2019


Park Hill High School is dedicated to creating a positive environment in which we prepare accountable students who are ready for college, careers, and life through empowerment, collaboration, and continuous improvement.


January 8 - Open House - 7:00 pm - Auditorium

January 10 - Mr. Park Hill - 7:00 pm - Auditorium

January 14 - PTSA Blood Drive

January 16 - Enrollment Night - 6:00 pm

January 21 - No School - Martin Luther King Day

February 2 - Sadie Hawkins Dance - 8:00 - Lower Gym

February 13 & 14 - Parent Teacher Conferences

February 15 - No School

February 18 - No School - President's Day

February 22 - STUCO Family Dance - 7:00 pm

March 11 - National Honor Society Induction - 7:00 pm - Auditorium

March 14 - End of 3rd Quarter

March 15 - No School - Teacher Work Day

March 18 -22 - Spring Break


It has been decades since I first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane. But I had a chance recently to return to that magical place. Some 50 years ago I was completely captured by the magical fantasy of Mary Poppins. Like most of America at the time, or at least the youngsters of that time and their parents, I couldn't get the words of those whimsical songs out of my head. The truth is we made no effort to put them aside; we sang them with great frequency.

I don’t believe it was a simpler time, but, rather it was just a simpler time of my life. 1964, when the movie came out, was a difficult time. America’s role in Vietnam was increasing rapidly; racial violence, including riots, could be seen on the news. The nation was in turmoil but for youngsters at the theater, Mary Poppins was a fantasy. A consuming fantasy.

The first movie’s setting took place at a difficult time. In the original movie Mary Poppins, Mrs. Banks remarks that “Pankhusrt has been clapped in irons again” as the protests of the women’s suffrage movement in Great Britain was underway. Europe was in the throes of economic hardship and World War I was at hand.

When P. L. Travers, who wrote the books on whom the character Mary Poppins was based, penned his first three works, it was a difficult time. The world was in the midst of the sweeping depression of the 30’s when is first book was released and the third book was released in 1943, during the Second World War.

But there I was, 1964, a difficult time, watching a movie taking place at a difficult time; a movie based on a character created during a difficult time. But Mary Poppins magically lifted us to a world of fantasy, of hope, and of love. As I watched Mary Poppins Returns it occurred to me…these, too, are difficult times. But I had, perhaps, the best seat in the theater. I sat behind a boy I guessed to be about six years old. He could not stay in his seat. Not because he was restless but because the magic of Mary Poppins made his feet want to dance and his hands want to clap. I couldn't help but wonder if those sitting behind me some fifty years ago enjoyed my manifestations of excitement at Mary Poppins’ first visit as much as I enjoyed this young boy’s manifestation at Mary Poppins’ Return.

The world outside is no less stressful, nor harsh. The violence of the world today and the animosity we see exhibited in our own nation and around the world is as stressful and harsh as ever. But for those who choose to see the good, for those who see the hope, there is always the opportunity to uplift one’s spirits.

The advantage of working in a school is working with young people. Their excitement, their optimism, and their bright hope for the future shows through every day. While they may not dance nor clap their hands, they are, as a whole, nonetheless uplifting and inspirational. Working with these youngsters truly makes being the principal at Park Hill High School the best job in Platte County.

And when the world is difficult, when you are witnessing behavior you cannot accept, when stress takes you to a place you just don’t know what to say, take a trip to 17 Cherry Tree Lane and remember what we learned so long ago, “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” … and then “Set about to make it right, spit spot.”


PHHS Second Semester Open House is Tuesday, January 8 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please join Dr. Kincheloe in the auditorium at 7:00 for the night's agenda and PTSA information. The counseling office will be open for your convenience. Please remember to ask your student for a copy of their second semester schedule. We hope to see you there!


Mr. Park Hill will be on Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale January 7-10 during lunch and at the door on the night of the event. Come join us for a wonderfully entertaining evening.
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Enrollment Night

Wednesday, January 16

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Library Media Center

Families will have the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions that include:

High School Enrollment

Northland Career for Advanced Professional Studies (NCAPS)

PH Professional Studies

Northland Career Center (NCC)

A+ Progam

Dual Credit

Advanced Placment (AP)

LEAD Innovation Studio


Coffee with Counselors

Friday, January 18

7:00 a.m.

Library Media Center

Metropolitan Community College Offerings


FAFSA Frenzy on January 22 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

A+ Informational Night on February 7 from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.


Park Hill High School Thespians are proud to present a theatre camp for children in 1st-5th grade on January 26. The cost of the camp is $35 per child, $15 for each additional sibling. The camp includes camp t-shirt and snack. Campers will participate in theatre games and learn songs and dances for a performance at the end of the day.

Check in begins at 9:45 a.m.

Performances for families will begin at 2:00 p.m.

For registation see below:



Current juniors will be required to have a Meningitis Immunization before the start of their Senior Year. Current juniors must be 16 years old to meet this requirement. If your student receive this immunization before the end of their Junior year, bring the documentation of receiving this immunization to the school nurse. See link to the 2018-2019 Missouri School Immunization Requirement info below.


Medication Reminder: 1 dose (2-4 pills) of an over-the-counter medication can be carried with a student in the high school as long as it is in a container that states what the medication is. Some medications that fall into this category are Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Midol, etc. No medications are to be carried in baggies. NO PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS ARE TO BE CARRIED WITH A STUDENT UNLESS APPROVED BY THE SCHOOL NURSE. If you want the school nurse to administer medications to your student a Medication Guidelines and Authorization Form needs to be completed and the medication must be brought to the Health Room. See link for the Medical Guidelines and Authorization Form below,


What happens if my student forgets his/her lunch at home and I bring it to the school?

You should text your student and tell him/her to pick up their lunch on their way to the cafeteria. Your student will eat the food during their regular scheduled lunch time.

What happens if my student is brought fast food from outside business?

You should text your student and tell him/her that their food is at the security desk in the front lobby and to come eat it during their regular scheduled lunch time. Your student may eat their food on the bench across from the security desk during your students' regular lunch shift.

What happens if I bring my student fast food and would like to eat lunch with him/her?

You should text your student and tell him/her that their food is here and that, during their regular scheduled lunch shift, you and your student can eat together on the bench across from the security desk.

Thank you for your understanding and helping to keep good order and safety in our school environment.


As we begin the New Year, I would like to share some important information with you regarding the A+ Scholarship Program. As you are aware, the State of Missouri funds the A+ Scholarship to all students who meet the following criteria:

· 2.5 cumulative G.P.A., weighted G.P.A by graduation. NOTE: 4-year colleges may have higher minimum G.P.A. requirement

· Attendance rate of at least 95% by graduation

· Complete 50 hours of A+ approved unpaid tutoring and/or mentoring

· Signed A+ Contract with Park Hill High School

· Good Citizenship (cannot accumulate 10 days OSS)

· Score Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I End-of-Course Exam

· 3 years enrolled in an A+ school

Currently, there are over 1,300 PHHS students enrolled in the A+ program. What does this mean monetarily to you as a parent? It signifies that the A+ Scholarship provides $2,000 for tuition at any Missouri community college. Also, some 4-year universities in Missouri offer their own A+ Recognition Scholarships for students that meet the requirements. That’s correct: if your child meets the criteria above, the State of Missouri will generously help you pay your child’s tuition. Clearly this is a win-win for families to mitigate the cost of college tuition, so we encourage all students to participate!

For a student to join the A+ Program, they must first attend an A+ workshop where they will learn about the requirements needed to complete the program and they will learn how to sign up for Mentoring & Tutoring (MAT) hours through Schoology. Likewise, students will learn of the financial incentives of the A+ Scholarship Program. Our first workshop of the year will be on January 17, 2019 from 2:45-3:45 in the cafeteria annex.

Seniors that are currently enrolled in the A+ Program need to be aware of the deadlines for meeting all requirements:

· April 5, 2019 A+ attendance appeals and documentation are due (if necessary)

· May 1, 2019 ALL Mentoring & Tutoring hours are due

· May 10, 2019 Final A+ Reflection due

Finally, for further information please visit the Park Hill High School A+ website at Select the “About Our School” tab and it will direct you to information regarding the program.


Ellen Reys & Victor Abundis or 816-359-6734


We invite you to join Dr. Kincheloe on the first Wednesday of every month for Donuts with Brad. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and have an informal discussion about Park Hill High School. Have you ever wanted to know more about testing, technology, how class sections are formed, scheduling, redistricting, etc.? Mark your calendar. Reservations are not needed.

All meetings are at 7:45 a.m. in the Front Trojan Conference Room.

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5:00 - 8:00 PM


February 28, March 1-2 at 7:00 pm

Park Hill High School Auditorium,

It's a dark and stormy night, and you've been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.


Park Hill High School offers free tutoring on Monday’s, Tuesday’s, and Thursday’s in the Library from 2:45 – 3:45 PM. Tutoring is available for all subjects throughout the course of the week. Transportation can be arranged on Tuesday’s and/or Thursday’s. Please speak to a counselor or administrator for transportation information. For more information please go to the following link.


Park Hill High School Class of 2019 will graduate on Sunday, May 19th at 5:30 pm at the Municipal Auditorium.

The senior year of high school is an exciting time for students and their families, especially the months of April and May, when many special events are planned to honor our graduates. We will keep you updated with all the information you need to know throughout second semester.


Parents and students, please pay close attention to your email for spring announcements concerning AP information. Additional resources from college board will be going home later in January. Below you will find the Spring 2019 AP exam dates as well as payment options. If you have any questions please contact your AP teacher in the building or the Adrian Singletary, the AP Coordinator.


The KC Scholars Scholarship Application is now open ( ) for current 9th and 11th graders. Additional funding from UMKC and MU will result in more Traditional Scholarships for 11th graders!

There are also many local scholarships available for our Seniors too! These are communicated to parents and students via email, the Class of 2019 Schoology page, Naviance, and Park Hill High School Scholarships Facebook page.

Please contact Sara Capra if you have not been receiving email updates or with any other questions regarding scholarships at

Here are a few scholarships to keep in mind:

  • The Park Hill Education Foundation Scholarship is due January 11th.
  • PTA offers four $500 Scholarships with applications due in April.
  • Information about the Chamber of Commerce/Excellence in Education Awards will be coming out soon, as well as three renewable opportunities from the Masonic Scholarship Fund of Missouri.