The C-2 View

April 2023

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Thank you, RQS community!

The Raytown Quality Schools ‘Our Children, Our Investment’ zero tax increase bond issue, to address the immediate needs for updated arts and activities spaces at both district high schools, passed! We are grateful to the RQS community for your support. Click this link to view the thank you video featuring students and Superintendent Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox.

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Annual Support Staff Employee of the Year Breakfast Celebration

In early April, Raytown Quality Schools held its annual Support Staff Employee of the Year breakfast.

The breakfast honored and celebrated the 20 outstanding Building Support Staff Employees of the Year for the 2023-24 school year, and the 2023-24 Support Staff Employee of the Year was announced. Meet all of the honorees by clicking here.

Congratulations to Juliette Genteman, Library Media Clerk at Little Blue Elementary, for being named the 2023-24 Support Staff Employee of the Year! Juliette is upbeat and kind, always helpful and doing everything she can to support her school community. Her energy and joy is contagious, and she spreads that throughout the library, the classroom, the hallways. She is passionate about helping students explore the world through reading, and prides herself on making the library an inviting, beautiful space to relax, show kindness, and promote creativity.

Inaugural Sparkle Empowerment Conference Leaves Girls in Grades 4 - 12 'Sparkling'

In early April, Raytown Quality Schools girls from across the district sparkled, as they joined the district in the inaugural Sparkle Empowerment Conference!

The conference, led by Superintendent Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox at the RSECC building, was the first of its kind in the district. It brought together girls in grades 4 - 12 to hear and learn from leaders in the Kansas City area and leave with life lessons. The conference was created to empower students with knowledge on a variety of topics including resume writing, interview skills, etiquette, internet safety, college preparedness, mental health, dressing for success, learning about various career opportunities such as construction and architecture, and so much more.

Watch this video to hear directly from students about their experience at the conference, and why they're already asking to attend the second conference.

Westridge Elementary Caring for Kids 'Dream Big' Contest Winners

Caring for Kids held a ‘Dream Big’ contest where students were asked to write an essay, poetry, or use art to express their big dreams. This year, two Westridge Elementary students were the winners in two separate categories. Congratulations to fifth grader Collin G. who was chosen as the winner for his essay submission, and third grader Jaylene B., who won for her artwork. Their hard work, determination, and perseverance shined through and helped them win in their category.

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Twelve RQS Seniors Earn Distinguished Missouri Seal of Biliteracy

A huge congratulations to the twelve graduating high school seniors who earned a Distinguished Missouri Seal of Biliteracy (SoBL) for the Spanish language. The SoBL is awarded to graduating high school students in districts with a DESE-approved program, who have demonstrated achievement in English, a language other than English, and sociocultural competence.

The twelve students include Raytown High School students Marilyn A., Isabella H., Shawn H., Yesli L., Amanda M., Jobani P. Luke T., Gabriel V., and Nya Vargas, and Raytown South High School students Dana D., Kimberly B., and Judith O. Read more about this tremendous honor here.

Raytown Central Middle School Student Hosts Youth Basketball Clinic

Eighth grade student at Raytown Central Middle School, Talia D., recently held a youth basketball clinic for district elementary girls from Blue Ridge Elementary, Norfleet Elementary, and Robinson Elementary. Talia took complete leadership and initiative in her efforts to make this a successful clinic for all students involved, from the planning, coordinating, and organization. Way to go, Talia!

RHS Students Participate in Future Business Leaders of America Conference

Congratulations to Raytown High School’s Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter for excelling to the State Leadership Conference, which took place from Sunday, April 16 through Tuesday, April 18,

Raytown High School’s chapter, which consisted of senior, Amya W. and juniors, Arrionna A. and Olivia S., participated in two events. Throughout their time at the conference, the RHS students engaged in over 45 various specialized leadership academies led by professional trainers in various topics such as exploring all types of leadership styles, learning various communication techniques, strategizing time and stress management, and much more. What an amazing experience for these students. Congratulations, and way to make us all proud!

Ray of Hope Award - April 2023

April Ray of Hope Honorees

Let's give it up for the April Ray of Hope honorees, the Raytown High School Lady Bluejays. This recognition follows their historic win at the Missouri State High School Activities Association state tournament. Their hard work, dedication, and perseverance shined through the entire season. They placed third at the MSHSAA state tournament in class 6, defeating Eureka High School 67-53. This is the first time a RHS basketball team has ever placed at the state tournament.

District Finance Department Receives Meritorious Budget Award

Congratulations to Raytown Quality Schools for receiving the 2022-23 Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. The district has been participating in the MBA program for two years, a true reflection of the district’s commitment to fiscal integrity. Program participation enhances school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget.

RQS Transportation Department Receives Outstanding School Bus Safety Recognition

Congratulations to the fantastic RQS Transportation Department for their recent recognition from the Missouri State Highway Patrol!

Every year, every bus in the district’s fleet is inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. They check the ins and outs of all buses on the fleet – from air brakes, to windshield wipers, to engines – all with the goal of ensuring our students have the safest rides in town. This year, the district got a near perfect score of 98.5 percent on the inspection, thanks to the team of two mechanics and one mechanical assistant who have done an amazing job with routine maintenance.

Board of Education Members for the 2023-24 School Year

Congratulations to the newly sworn in Raytown Quality Schools Board of Education members. The new board members are Michael Watson and Madelyn Renee' Douglas, and Rick Moore, current board member who was re-elected. Nodie Newton III was appointed to the board vacancy position and will serve in the position until the April 2024 school board election.

For the 2023-24 school year, Alonzo Burton will serve as president and Michael Watson will serve as vice president of the board. Meet all of the board members here.

Enroll Now for the District's Summer Enrichment Program and Summer School

Enrollment for the district’s summer enrichment camp (K-8) and summer school (9-12) is still open to families! Enrollment will be open from now through Friday, May 5. Click here to enroll, and click here to get more information.

April Recognitions:

  • National Assistant Principals Week, April 3 – 7: Celebrating and recognizing all RQS amazing Assistant Principals, for their continuous hard work and dedication in helping to lead district schools, playing a critical role in the lives of students, and ensuring student success.

  • Paraprofessional Appreciation Day, April 5: To recognize, celebrate, and honor all RQS Paraprofessionals who provide invaluable services and are essential partners in a student's education journey.

  • Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, April 24 – 28: A time to recognize, appreciate, and advocate staff who work with students during out-of-school hours. A special thank you to the district’s Great Expectations Before and After School program, who day in and day out work to provide wonderful experiences to all student participants.

  • National School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, April 25: Recognizing the dedicated district bus drivers and aides for their hard work and commitment to transporting students safely to and from school every day.

  • Administrative Professionals Day, April 26: Dedicated to recognizing and applauding the work of administrative personnel: receptionists, secretaries, administrative assistants, executive assistants, personal assistants, and customer support, among other administrative support professionals.

Upcoming Events:

  • Board of Education Meeting: Monday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.
  • High School Graduation: Sunday, May 21
  • Projected Last Day of School: Friday, May 26