Dragon News for Families

Jones Center ~ September 2020

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Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

Thank you so much for all of your cooperation and flexibility with our arrival and dismissal procedures. As our road construction circumstances change, our procedures may change as well, but we will do everything that we can do keep everyone well informed, and ultimately as safe as possible! In regard to safety, please remember:

  • Do not go around other vehicles waiting in the car pickup/dropoff line, especially if the buses have already arrived. I know you are busy and have places to go, we do our best to get the kids out to you ASAP.
  • It is especially not safe when buses have arrived and cars are trying to squeeze by them to be at the front of the car line.


Our school, like others across the district, is participating in an important district initiative. It is called Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). As of last Friday, we have had over 1,900 Dragon Dollars redeemed from students who have exemplified the identified common expectations throughout the building of:
  • be safe,
  • be respectful and
  • be responsible

As a community we created a behavior matrix to outline for the students what it looks like to be safe, respectful and responsible across all areas in our school.

As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students mindful of the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:

  • Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
  • Provide students with more praise than correction.
  • Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
  • Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
  • Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
  • Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.

The PBIS Program also utilizes an incentive system to reward students who demonstrate these expectations. Every adult at school has Dragon Dollars available to recognize students on a daily basis. Students are working toward individual incentives as well as building wide rewards.

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Health and Safety News from Nurse Melissa

Thank you all for sending your students to school with masks! Please be sure that your student always comes to school in a mask that fits. This means that the mask should cover the students nose and mouth without falling down. We are able to provide 2 washable cloth masks to each student and we will hand these out to students as needed. Our goal is to keep all students safe and learning AT school!

Don't forget that if you would like to have any over the counter medications, like ibuprofen or inhalers available to your child, please reach out and let me know so I can get the correct authorization forms signed. Don't forget to screen your students for symptoms before sending them to school. If you have questions on what is a COVID symptom vs. allergies or something else, feel free to call me.

Nurse Melissa Coleman



Flu Shots for Students

The Platte County Health Department is offering flu shots for all middle and high school students at the Congress Middle School gym from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 21. Please fill out this form, attach a copy of your insurance card and return to your child's school nurse by October 7.

If your child is unable to get their shot on October 21, the Platte County Health Department is offering drive-thru clinics at the Riverside fire department on October 8, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Platte City Middle School on October 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These Drive Thru Clinics are open to children over the age of 9 as well.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

The Park Hill School District announced that there is additional lunch and breakfast funding for the 2020 school year. At this time all students will be receiving free meals until the funding runs out. See the Park Hill website for all of the details.

NWEA Assessments

All students (both in person and online) will be taking the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress Assessments in the next few weeks. These assessments are used to help teachers identify specific student learning needs to guide the instruction provided to students. These diagnostic assessment will determine each child's learning level in Reading and Math. Our online learners will be receiving an email with more details on the assessment process. Children do their best in school when they are well rested and have had a healthy breakfast. This is especially important on an assessment day!

Resources from Mrs. Mickie

Dental and Vision Care through LevelUP Kids

LevelUp Kids, Inc., provides free, comprehensive dental and vision care to children who do not have access to these services. The care is provided by licensed dentists, optometrists, and assistants in our home office.

Jones Center students have an upcoming opportunity to participate in these services. Our school is scheduled for dental services on October 15th between 8:00 - 2:00. We can transport your child to their appointment and bring them back to school. All you have to do is sign them up! Electronic links to sign up for dental and vision services is below.

Dental - October 15th

Vision - scheduled upon need

Please reach out to Mrs. Mickie if you have specific questions about the program, heiterm@parkhill.k12.mo.us


Day of Hope

Day of Hope information is attached to this newsletter as well as embedded below. Please note you must register for the event prior to October 24th. If you are not registered, you will not be able to attend this year's event.
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Free Clothing for Park Hill Students

The Park Hill Clothing Center would like to thank all of the families who have contributed to our facility. For anyone not familiar with the clothing center there is more information here: https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/parent_resources/pta_clothing_center

There have been some changes due to Covid-19. The biggest change is that we must limit the number of people in the building. Therefore if you need to “shop” (the clothes are free) please sign up for a time slot using the link above.

Volunteers are greatly needed! We have been fortunate to have received numerous donations, however, we’ve had a difficult time hanging up all of the incoming clothes with very few volunteers. If anyone has 1-2 hours to contribute we would greatly appreciate it. The above link also has a link for volunteers. New dates are periodically added so keep checking back.

Thank you for all of your help!

-The Park Hill Clothing Center


Mark Your Calendars!

October 1st: PTA Meeting, Zoom

Meeting ID: 936 0943 5127

Password: 569815

Support PTA

Five Easy Ways to Support PTA

  1. Join! Call Ms. Thurston for more information, 359-4510.

  2. Attend a meeting! Our next one is October 1st. (Virtual-zoom link above). We meet once every quarter.

  3. Volunteer to Serve! We have several vacancies on our Executive Board.

  4. Collect BoxTops. Box Tops are now collected by scanning receipts by using the Box Tops app.

  5. Shop on AmazonSmile. It’s Amazon, but better! Shop at smile.amazon.com, choose PTA Missouri Congress Russell Jones Education Center PTA, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to PTA.

Contact us! We’re here to answer your questions. Please contact Donna Jean @ djean@park.edu.

Park Hill Education Foundation

Park Hill Education Foundation Community Breakfast

Come Together Towards Tomorrow and join us for the Park Hill Education Foundation Virtual Community Breakfast. This edition will feature several broadcast journalism students in–front and behind the cameras. AND don’t miss . . . an EXCLUSIVE interview with Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent. Click here for more information.

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Health Guidelines for Students and Staff

Students and staff who are feeling sick must stay home. Parents will self-assess students for Covid-19 symptoms. Staff will self-assess for Covid-19 symptoms daily. Staff and students will stay home if they have a fever of 100.4 F or greater. All members of our Park Hill family will follow these guidelines to screen for symptoms of COVID-19, and must stay home if ill.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Loss of taste or smell

Nominate a Staff Member for the Park Hill STAR Award

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.
Nominate a Park Hill Star!

Use this link to nominate an awesome Jones Center staff member as a Park Hill Star!

Health and Safety Guidelines

We are taking every precaution we can to try and keep our students and staff safe during these times. Our building health and safety precautions can be found here.

School Information

School Phone: 359-4510

Student Hours: 7:30 - 2:00

Office Hours: 6:45 - 3:15

Principal: Dr. Tara Kalis

Social Worker: Mickie Heiter, 359-6336