Raymore Update 02/10/2016

Where We Celebrate All Especially the Small!

Quote of the Week

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Upcoming Dates

2/9-2/10 Sped Collab

2/10 Faculty Meeting

2/11 RTI Collab

2/17 Dr. Monsees Meeting about the April Bond Issue 4:10

2/18 SAT

2/19 Major Saver Assembly & Movie Night

3/15 Remember to sign up for McDonalds Night


District wide our third graders will be taking a math assessment on the computer called the Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) . This online assessment will allow our third graders to become familiar with the tools and format they will use as they take the MAP test this spring. We have been asked to have our grade 2 & 4 teachers visit third grade classrooms during one of the diagnostic sessions to get a "feel" for the online tools and format, as well as the type of content contained in the items. Our third graders are scheduled to take the CDT next week startingTuesday 2/16.

Second and fourth grade teachers, please check the CDT schedule for the time/date/teacher you will need to observe. The following is the schedule:

CDT 3rd Gr Math Schedule


  1. Make sure you have your conferences scheduled on the shared doc for Feb. 15. If you need anything, please let Melissa or Jennika know. Specials teachers are scheduling conferences as well in case you have any parents ask.

  2. Don’t forget to send students to the office to celebrate “Positive Office Referrals”. :)

  3. Feb. 17: 1. PLC Onsite Training-Julie will meet with your teams. Please have your data cycle information up to date and consider questions or feedback you would like from her.

  4. Dr. Monsees will be here at 4:10 pm to discuss the April Bond Issue and answer questions. I encourage all to attend so we are informed.

  5. Feb. 19: PTA Family Movie Night - doors open 5:30 pm, movie begins at 6:00 pm

MAP Dates

As of right now barring no snow days and no changes coming from the state, it looks like our MAP testing dates will be April 25-May 13. Again, this will remain unless we have snow days or hear something different from the state.

PLC Exemplary Schools

Eagle Glen and Raymore Elementary honored for Professional Learning

Eagle Glen Intermediate School and Raymore Elementary School were among 16 Missouri schools named Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools for outstanding performance in implementing professional learning. The schools, which promote cultures focused on collaborative learning while effectively using data to increase student achievement, were recognized on Jan. 26 during the Powerful Learning Conference at Lake of the Ozarks.

Read more, including a list of all schools honored: http://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/schools-be-recognized-professional-learning

For more information, check out the Missouri Professional Learning Communities site: http://www.moplc.org/exemplary-schools.html

Restricted Movement

  • Thank you for taking restricted movement so seriously. It protects your students from seeing and it protects the dignity of the student having a problem. Thank you so much.
  • Practice with your students what the expectations are for restricted movement. Students must go into the closest room when they hear the announcement. Students are still walking in the halls, leaving classrooms, hiding in the restrooms, etc. The restriction will be lifted as soon as possible. Please remember restrictive movement can be used for various reasons not just behavior. We may need to use it for illness, emergencies, etc. Therefore, it is mandatory that you teach students the importance of going to the nearest classroom and clearing the hallways. As a teacher you should open your door and check the hallway for any students. The door should then be closed and students remain in class until further notice. We really appreciate your help with ensuring we follow through with this expectation and take it seriously.

Substitute Plans for BSAT/SAT

Please prepare sub plans for the time frame that you are gone to BSAT/SAT. Please make sure your lesson plans should consist of the instructions to the activity, even if it seems clear, that the students are completing while you are gone and some extra work for them to do when they get done. Also, include a roster, daily schedule, and emergency procedures. Thank you.


  • Monitoring recess is crucial to the safety of our students. Please choose a section for each of you on duty to monitor.
  • If there is a sub please have them go out with whoever is on duty. There should never be a sub and a teacher. If you are going to be absent and you have recess duty, ask a colleague to fill in for you. The sub is an extra set of eyes but doesn't know students plan.

April Bond Issue

Bond Issue on April Ballot: Ray-Pec voters on April 5 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. The Board on Dec. 17 unanimously approved placing the bond issue on the ballot. The general obligation bond issue is necessary to fund the improvements outlined in the District's Long Range Facility Plan. In introducing the measure, 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 plan includes the most aggressive timeline possible to resolve the two-building high school situation.
Read more: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/index.aspx?NID=1035

From Lisa Hatfield

A Team Ray-Pec subcommittee has been working to draft proposed changes to our employee leave policies beginning July 1, 2016. Below you will find a link to a voice over power point that was created to provide all staff background information regarding this work. We are asking you to listen to the power point and then provide your feedback by completing a very short survey at the end of the power point. This feedback will be utilized by Team Ray-Pec to make final recommendations for a policy change.

In addition to the link, I have attached a copy of the power point without the voice over part because unfortunately the power point seems a bit blurry when viewing the video.

The video is a bit longer than I had hoped.....15 minutes....but I felt the information provided was important. The survey should take you less than 2 minutes after viewing the video. Thank you in advance for your feedback and as always please contact me if you have any questions.

Proposed Changes for Employee Leave Policies Video

Feedback Survey

Office referral

If you are making an office referral you need to use the google form. At this time, please do not use the office referral on ProTabula.

Use this office referral form




Please make sure you are filling out Protabula data. This information is so important for documentation. If you need support with this please let Melissa know. We may not discuss students that do not show up in the Top Ten Data. Thanks for your assistance.

Panther Cub Academy


Wishing Well

Wishing Sherri well as she embarks on her new treatments. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Wishing Mr. Bradley well during his healing process. Wishing Judy peace and patience during this time also.

Wishing everyone wellness! Take your vitamins!

Hallway Expectations and Dismissal Expectations

Please talk about these areas during your morning meetings!

  • Hallways are becoming a tricky spot during arrival and dismissal. Please remind your students that they are to walk on the blue tile, single file, with a smile.
  • Please remind car riders that they are to walk to the library on the blue tile. When entering the library their voices should be off or at a whisper so their names can be heard. They need to sit where the adults can see their eyes, not behind the tables. As the crowd clears they need to move forward toward the carpet area however they may still sit in the chairs.


  • Forward emails regarding dismissal changes to both Karla and Renee.

  • Please remember to be at specials door :35 after to deliver & :30 to pick up.
  • Fridays --jeans with Ray-Pec spirit wear.
  • Classroom doors should be locked at all times and the magnet should be used to allow flow in and out of classrooms. However, we are aware there are some doors that are tricky to get to stay shut when using magnets. We do have a couple of other options we can try to help solve this problem. If you need help with this situation, please see Melissa asap and we will problem solve.
  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:25 a.m.

  • It is our district and building expectation that all staff reply to communication (email and phone calls) with within a 24 hour time frame.
  • If you have any pictures of great things going on in your classroom or family, please send them to Melissa. I would love to share with others in our Weekly Staff Update.
  • Call or text Jennika & Melissa if you're going to be unexpectedly absent (after 4 pm day before). 816-550-4434 and 816-868-9856
  • Call or text Jennika or Melissa if you will be in the building on the weekend! The lounge/workroom will be open for access to copiers.
  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • Looking for previous copies of our Weekly Staff Updates? If so, these can be found on our Raymore Tigers Weebly site under "For Staff" & then click on "Raymore Update".


As a professional learning community, we commit to three big ideas:

  1. Focus on Learning
  2. Build a Collaborative Culture
  3. Focus on Results

We answer four questions:

  1. What do we expect our students to learn? (Goals/Expectations)
  2. How will we know they are learning? (Assessment)
  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? (DI Intervention)
  4. How will we respond if they already know it? (DI Extension)

To fulfill our mission & vision:

  • M: Preparing each student for a successful and meaningful life
  • V: Turning today's learners into tomorrow's leaders

With these commitments:

  • We are committed to consistency & accountability for each student's success.
  • We are committed to a system of support for students and adults.
  • We are committed to a safe, trusting and collaborative environment.
  • We are committed to best practices.
  • We are committed to high expectations for learning, behavior and citizenship.
  • We are committed to quality communication & positive relationships with all stakeholders
  • We are committed to effective communication regarding student progress.
  • We are committed to data-driven decision making.
  • We are committed to use of appropriate channels for communication.
  • We are committed to a guaranteed (consistent) and viable (doable) curriculum.
  • We are committed to maintaining fiscal responsibility while improving student achievement