Shull Shark News Bites

February 5, 2016

Top Selling Student & Principal for the Day, March 1, Kasia!

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Cookie Dough Delivery UPDATE

PTA THANKS YOU for your generosity!! This year's cookie dough fundraiser was one of the most successful yet with total sales reaching over $14,000! PTA receives 50% of those sales and will use 10% of their portion for cash for the candy bar pull and classroom pizza parties.

Cookie Dough Delivery is Scheduled for March 1
(please note this is a date change).

Cookie dough will be available for pick up after school on March 1, through the back (north) doors. If you are able to wait until after car rider dismissal ends at 4:00 to pick up your items, it will create less congestion and a safer pick up process for everyone.

Important Calendar Events

There is NO Say NO! Club February 9

There is NO Minsky's Night February 10

February 12 - Early Release at 1:15 p.m.

  • be sure to call the office or send a note with your child if their transportation will be changing on this day

February 15 - No SCHOOL

February 16 - School Resumes

February 18 - Major Saver Kick Off

February 25 - 3rd Grade Dental Screenings

February 26 - 2nd Grade Field Trip

March 1 - Cookie Dough Delivery - pick up after school (students get prizes at delivery)

  • volunteers to help with cookie dough are needed!

March 4 - No School

March 8 - PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the library

Cookie Dough Sales Ice Cream Party Winners

Congratulations to the following students for earning top cookie dough selling spots in their class: Abby, Audrey, Camden, Madelyn, Carson, Kasia, Brock, Alexis, Isabella, Royce and Gavon (not pictured Talan).

An additional congrats to Mrs. Kiger's and Mrs. King's classes for winning pizza parties!

The students pictured below will enjoy an ice cream party with Dr. Mattingly on March 1!

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Candy Bar Pull for Cash Winners

Teacher & Support Staff Employees of the Year Nominations

The Ray-Pec School District seeks nominations for Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year

The Ray-Pec School District is seeking nominations for the 2016 Teacher of the Year and the 2016 Support Staff Employee of the Year.

A banquet is scheduled for April 6 to honor finalists in both awards programs.

Anyone may nominate a teacher by submitting a letter of nomination by Feb. 29. A candidate must:

  • Be a full-time teacher
  • Librarians and counselors are eligible for the award
  • Be returning to teach in 2016-2017 in the District
  • Have completed three or more years teaching at Ray-Pec
  • Be effective and innovative in the classroom

For the Support Staff award, you may nominate a full-time or part-time employee who has worked at least one year for the District. Examples of employees eligible for the award include those from the following areas: accompanist, accounts payable, buildings and grounds, child care, child nutrition, crossing guards, lunch monitors, media assistants, paraprofessionals, Panther Cub Academy, payroll, safety and security, secretaries, teacher aides, and technology employees.

Send letters of nomination for teachers or support staff employees to:

Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year/Support Staff Employee of the Year program, Administrative Services Center, P.O. Box 789, Peculiar, MO 64078 or to Michele Stidham, Communication Director, at or

Google Expeditions

Second, third and fourth grade students participated in Google Expeditions Thursday. Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom. Google worked with teachers and content partners from around the world to create more than 100 engaging journeys. Students navigated through oceans and visited U.S. monuments and land forms.

Turn in Box Top & UPC Labels by February 12

Please remember to cut out labels along the dotted lines. This enables PTA to receive your labels and send them immediately for reimbursement without having to spend additional time cutting around the dotted lines of each label.

To Learn How Box Tops Support Education, click HERE

PTA graciously thanks you for your donations!

School Board Approves the 2016-2017 School Calendar

The School Board on Jan. 28 approved the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.

The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, with Preview Day for 5th, 7th and 9th graders on Aug. 15. For winter break, students will be dismissed early on Dec. 20. Classes are not in session Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. School resumes on Jan. 4, 2017.

Spring break is scheduled from March 20-24, 2017. There are two possible make-up days for inclement weather: Feb. 21 and April 17.

The last day of school is an early release on May 23, 2017.

Any additional make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.

View and print the calendar:

Check Out What's Happening in Art Class on Miss Pfaff's Art Twitter Feed @pfaffart

Bond Issue on April 5 Ballot

Ray-Pec voters on April 5, 2016, will consider a $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to address space needs throughout the District. The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees emphasized that the bond issue will not require an increase in the tax levy.

In addition to the high school expansion, other elements of the plan include:

  • North high school building becomes second middle school
  • Modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen to serve grades K-5
  • Convert Shull Elementary into an Early Childhood Center
  • Maintenance projects throughout the District

The Long Range Facility Plan, which was unanimously approved by the Board on Sept. 24 after a yearlong development process, addresses the majority of space needs anticipated by the District over the next 8 to 10 years.

The plan includes the most aggressive timeline possible to resolve the two-building high school situation, addresses the near-capacity enrollment challenge at the middle school, creates less transitions overall for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade and will finally allow our district to offer a variety of early learning choices for families with pre-schooled aged children.

Join My Text Message Remind Group!

I regularly send text messages to remind you of important events, cancellations, or school changes. Signing up is easy!

To sign up to receive important school text reminders:

  1. open text messaging on your phone
  2. enter the phone number 81010
  3. type this in the body of the text: @sharksrock
  4. send the text!