Park Hill HS Parent Newsletter

Home of the Trojans

September 9, 2022

School Information

School Hours

7:50 a.m. - 2:58 p.m.


Dr. Brad Kincheloe

Assistant Principals

Dr. Deborah Miller

Dr. Corey Willich

Dr. Shiloh Dutton

Ms. Elisha Smith

Mr. Tom Garth

Message from the Principal

I have yet to hear a single person wish they had learned less in high school.

Upcoming Events

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Signs of Suicide (SOS) Parent/Guardian Webinar

Join us on Wednesday, September 14, 6:00-7:15 PM, to learn more about the suicide awareness and prevention program Park Hill uses to teach students how to recognize signs and symptoms in themselves and others to reduce the risk of suicide. Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a universal screening program that includes a student training on what to look for in themselves and in their peers, as well as an opportunity for them to request to speak to a counselor or social worker about themselves or others. Taylor Cline, Youth Suicide Prevention Specialist at Tri-County Mental Health Services, will share information about suicide and the Signs of Suicide program. There will be a 45 minute presentation with plenty of time for questions. The webinar will be recorded and available after the scheduled time, but we encourage you to join us live to get your questions answered.

Register for the webinar by clicking here. You can access the recorded version by visiting the Student and Family Support page on the district website and scrolling down to Parenting in Challenging Times Webinar pull-down menu.

Contact Dr. Andy Schuerman with any questions ( or 816-359-5652) about the Signs of Suicide program.

Homecoming Parade

This year’s homecoming theme is "There's no place like home(coming)" from the Wizard of Oz. The designs for this year’s floats are to reflect the theme “ There's no place like home(coming).” To be eligible for a place in the parade, you must complete this form and pay a $15.00 entry fee to Ashley Hendrickson/Nathan Willett, Student Council Sponsor's, by Friday, September 23rd. The parade will begin around 5:00 PM on Friday, October 7th. You must arrive at 4:30 PM in the parking lot at Prairie Point. You CANNOT arrive before 4:30 PM, as we must give the elementary school ample time to clear the school. If you are able to walk to Prairie Point from Park Hill, please do so, otherwise, ride your float to the parade starting point. Do not expect to find parking anywhere near Prairie Point. The parade will start at Prairie Point Elementary School, turn east on Belvedere, and north on Congress. It will conclude at the Park Hill High School east parking lot.

All floats in the parade are eligible to be entered into the float contest. The winning float is chosen based on: 1.) Originality 2.) Regulation to chosen theme 3.) Use of color 4.) Overall impression *Another winner will be selected for the most spirited*

Please turn the money in to Ashley Hendrickson.
Checks for the entry fee of $15.00 may be made out to Park Hill High School.

We are still looking for convertibles, golf carts, or trucks if you have one you would be willing to let us use or drive it for us. Contact Ashley Hendrickson or Nathan Willett at 359-4110.

PSAT Registration Information

The PSAT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be offered to sophomores and juniors at PHHS on October 12th, 2022. If you would like more information, please visit the PSAT website, or contact your student's counselor (contact information below).

This test is for sophomores and juniors. It is only offered on October 12th, and no other date during the school year. For juniors, it is the test to qualify for National Merit Scholarship designation. For sophomores, the test is for practice and students will not be eligible for scholarship consideration. However, the results will provide students with AP potential feedback (a list of AP courses that might be appropriate for the student based on this test).

Click here to register for the PSAT. After registration closes, a $20 fee will be added to your student's Infinite Campus account, where you can pay online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

Please sign up as soon as possible because we only offer a limited number of tests which are available on a first come, first serve basis.

PHHS Counselor Contact Information by Student Last Name

Darcy Lucas (A - Ce)

Jamie Lisi (Ch - Gi)

Amy Morais (Gj - K)

David Mesh (L - O)

Janie Smith (P - Sn)

Janna Cash (So – Z)

LEAD Counselor Contact Information

Amanda Shanks (LEAD A - K)

Rachel Colvin (LEAD L - Z)

Help Keep Park Hill High School Safe

Partnering with our families and community is key to keeping our campus safe. If you see or hear something, say something. There are two great ways to report safety issues anonymously. Park Hill High School utilizes Sprigeo ( to investigate issues of bullying, suicide, self-harm, school threats, and drugs/vaping among others. Sprigeo tips are sent directly to the administrative team at PHHS. Park Hill also partners with the Greater Kansas City Crimestoppers. You can submit a Crimestoppers tip anonymously via the tips hotline, website, or the P3 Tips app (available in the App Store and on Google Play).

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As you mark items off of your "to-do" list for back-to-school, please consider the following important items:

  • Yearbooks are available for online orders NOW at! The price of this year's book is $70 through September 13, after which, the price will increase to $75. While we are trying to keep the cost down as much as possible, material, printing, and shipping expenses are, unfortunately, echoing what is going on around the country.
  • November 22- Senior salutes are due to the site. Prices vary depending on page size. Please register your ad at! The Troyian staff will design your salute with pictures and text that you provide through the order process.
  • January 27 is the absolute last day to pre-order a yearbook! After this date, any available books will be sold "first come, first served."
  • Yearbooks will be distributed at the end of the school year in mid-May.
  • Please consider following us on Instagram @ParkHillYearbook for updates, sneak peeks, and a look at the book in progress!

If you have any yearbook-related questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your time and consideration, we truly appreciate your ongoing support!

Michael Sweney

Photography, Publications Advisor


Coffee with Dr. Kincheloe

TIME: 8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m.

WHERE: PHHS Lobby Conference Room

Join Dr. Kincheloe in the lobby conference room for an informal discussion about Park Hill High School. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions about our school philosophy, how class sections are formed, technology, testing, community connections, or whatever is on your mind. Drop by and share your thoughts and concerns. We’ll keep the coffee hot for you.









Counselor's Corner

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Mental Health Resources

Click here for mental health resources.

Trojan of the Week

Our Leadership Council was really excited to award Mike McDonald the Trojan of The Week!

Mr. McDonald is someone our players feel goes above and beyond the call of duty and is always showing great pride in their job and in our school.

Congratulations Mike!!! We will send a Football T-Shirt your way as a small token of our gratitude.

Keep Dominating!

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Technology Information

For any issues with your laptop please contact the Technology Help Desk: 816 - 359 - 5000.

Parent Schoology Access Video Tutorial

Schoology Parent Log-in

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Video Tutorial

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Log-in

District staff and students can call or chat with the Help Desk Monday-Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also submit a Help Desk ticket online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 816-359-5000

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