May 20, 2016 - Park Hill School District


Reminder of upcoming High School Visioning Feedback Sessions:

  • May 23rd - Park Hill High School (Media Center) - 3:00–4:30 p.m. and 5:30 –7:00 p.m.
  • May 24th - Park Hill South (School Commons) - 3:00–4:30 p.m. and 5:30–7:00 p.m.

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Upcoming Board Events/Opportunities

May 22 - 1:00 pm - PHS Graduation (Community of Christ)

May 22 - 5:30 pm - PHHS Graduation (Municipal Auditorium)

May 23 - 7:15 am - Board Officer Agenda Review

May 23 - 3:00 pm - High School Visioning Feedback Session (PHHS)

May 23 - 5:30 pm - High School Visioning Feedback Session (PHHS)

May 24 - 3:00 pm - High School Visioning Feedback Session (PHS)

May 24 - 5:30 pm - High School Visioning Feedback Session (PHS)

May 26 - 7:00 pm - Regular Board Meeting

June 03 - 1:00 pm - MSBA Board President Pre-Conference Workshop (Matt)

June 04 - 8:00 am - MSBA Leadership Summit General Session

June 04 - 3:45 pm - MSBA Delegate Assembly (Susan)

June 06 - 7:15 am - Board Officer Agenda Review

June 08 - 5:45 pm - CSDGKC Annual Dinner and Meeting (Independence)

June 09 - 5:00 pm - Board Study Session

June 09 - 7:00 pm - Regular Board Meeting

June 20 - 7:15 am - Board Officer Agenda Review

June 25 - 7:00 pm - Regular Board Meeting

Looking Ahead - School-Community-Professional Events (Dr. Cowherd)

Professional Studies Presentation/Proposal - St. Luke's North Hospital

High School Visioning Feedback Sessions (PHHS and PHS)

Superintendent Reading at Tiffany Ridge Elementary

Retirement Celebrations

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance - Transgender Students

As you are aware, public school districts across the country received joint guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice regarding transgender students.

The May 13, 2016 letter is provided below for your information and review. We will continue to monitor this ongoing issue and provide updates as they become available.

To: Cowherd, Jeanette
Subject: U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students

Dear Colleagues,

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance today to help provide educators the information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex.

Recently, questions have arisen from school districts, colleges and universities, and others about transgender students and how to best ensure these students, and non-transgender students, can all enjoy a safe and discrimination-free environment.

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex, including a student’s transgender status. The guidance makes clear that both federal agencies treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX.

The guidance explains that when students or their parents, as appropriate, notify a school that a student is transgender, the school must treat the student consistent with the student’s gender identity. A school may not require transgender students to have a medical diagnosis, undergo any medical treatment, or produce a birth certificate or other identification document before treating them consistent with their gender identity.

The guidance also explains schools’ obligations to:

  • Respond promptly and effectively to sex-based harassment of all students, including harassment based on a student’s actual or perceived gender identity, transgender status, or gender transition;
  • Treat students consistent with their gender identity even if their school records or identification documents indicate a different sex;
  • Allow students to participate in sex-segregated activities and access sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity; and
  • Protect students’ privacy related to their transgender status under Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

At the same time, the guidance makes clear that schools can provide additional privacy options to any student for any reason. The guidance does not require any student to use shared bathrooms or changing spaces, when, for example, there are other appropriate options available; and schools can also take steps to increase privacy within shared facilities.

In addition to the Departments’ joint Title IX guidance, the Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education also released Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students, a compilation

policies and practices that schools across the country are already using to support transgender students. The document shares some common questions on topics such as school records, privacy, and terminology, and then explains how some state and school district policies have answered these questions, which may be useful for other states and school districts that are considering these issues. In this document, the Education Department does not endorse any particular policy, but offers examples from actual policies to help educators develop policies and practices for their own schools.

Many parents, schools, and districts have raised questions about this area of civil rights law. Together, these documents will help navigate what may be a new terrain for some. Government resources for transgender and gender-nonconforming students are available here.

Thank you,

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

Park Hill Addressing New Missouri Learning Standards

The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the law that replaced No Child Left Behind, has affirmed that states will choose to adopt or develop the standards that each state feels best meets their students’ needs. Last month, the Missouri Board of Education adopted a new set of standards that are in harmony with ESSA. These standards are different than the previous standards which had been based on the Common Core standards. For most courses, aligning with these new standards will only require a half-day alignment meeting with a team of teachers. Other courses, including many of our science courses, will undergo complete curriculum revisions over the next couple of years. In cases where our current district curriculum is determined to be more rigorous than the new standards, the committees will likely decide to maintain the current expectations.

Retirement Celebrations

May 25 - 3:15 pm - Plaza - Judy Scheidhauer

May 26 - Noon - Lakeview - Terry Beasley / Victoria Burns / Lucy Reilly / Christine VanLeeuwen

Support Staff Update

The following listing of support personnel has occurred since 5-13-16:


  • Henderson, Marisah - Teacher Assistant (PHS) 8-8-16


  • Clampitt, Mary Jane - Food Service Substitute (Underground) 5-18-16
  • Mikulich, Ann Marie - Nurse I (Tiffany Ridge) 5-26-16
  • Plourde, Michael - Floater Custodian (Underground) 6-1-16