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English Landing Elementary School

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Friday, January 27, 2017

What's Happening at English Landing Next Week?

Monday, January 9, 2017 through Friday, January 27, 2017:

EL Media Center Makerspace Donation Drive! (See Message Below for Details!)

Second Semester Student Leaders

Second Semester Leadership Roles

Second Semester Leadership Roles began on Monday, January 23rd. We have 312 student leaders serving in 40 different leadership roles! Our student leaders are learning valuable leadership skills and contributing to English Landing in so many ways. Thank you to all of our student leaders!

A big thank you to our Student SMORE Leaders who took pictures each week to be included in the SMORE: Aidan, Eden, Candace and Sophia!

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Student-Led Conferences

Student-Led Conferences are just around the corner. English Landing will host Student-Led Conferences on February 9th to provide each student the opportunity to review his/her learning progress with his/her parents or family. This date is not listed on the 2016-2017 Park Hill School District Calendar because it is an event specific to our school. The English Landing teachers believe in the importance of empowering students to set individual learning goals and want to provide an opportunity for parents and families to visit their child's classroom and participate in this process. It is also really hard to believe that this school year is flying by so quickly! Parents and families haven't visited our classrooms to review learning progress since the end of the first quarter.

Please use the sign-up genius link your child's teacher emailed this week to schedule a time for your child's Student-Led Conference.

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Donation Drive for Basketball Game Basket Donations

Each grade level is preparing a theme basket for our 10th Annual English Landing Student/Staff Basketball Game which takes place on March 16, 2017 at Lakeview Middle School. Doors open at 6 pm and the game is played between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm.

2017 Theme Baskets:

Kindergarten - Sporting KC and Soccer FUN!

First Grade - Star Wars

Second Grade - Lego

Third Grade - Summer Fun!

Fourth Grade - Game Night

Fifth Grade - Royals/Chiefs Basket

Donations for the Theme Baskets can be sent to English Landing beginning Monday, January 30. More information will be coming soon about raffle ticket sales for the Theme Baskets listed above.

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Repeat: Spring Career Share Recruitment a Success!

If you were unable to attend the Career Share for the Gals and would like to visit your child's classroom for a career share visit during this second semester, please contact your child's teacher.

We look forward to seeing you again for a classroom visit on one of these following dates:

  • February 6, 2017
  • February 27, 2017
  • March 7, 2017
  • March 28, 2017
  • April 7, 2017
  • April 21, 2017

Thanks for participating in our Spring Career Share Recruitment!

Repeat: EL Media Center Makerspace Donations Drive Begins!

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Can you help us?

If you would like to donate to our English Landing Makerspace, please click on the following link:

Thank you for your support!

The English Landing Staff

Repeat: Plaza Middle School PTA Meeting

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Repeat: Park Hill School District News: No Tax Increase Bond Issue (April 4, 2017)

No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue:

Schools in the Park Hill School District are getting crowded.

Many families move to our community just to send their children to our schools, and this means we need to keep up with our growing enrollment.

For several years, we have been planning ahead to deal with this growth. We got feedback from the community, including students, staff and parents, to help the Park Hill Board of Education develop an enrollment-based long-range facility plan. The community told us that it was important to have enough classroom space in our schools, to maintain our existing buildings, to keep class sizes low and to have simple feeder patterns.

The long-range facility plan we created with all this feedback has enrollment targets. Since our enrollment continues to grow and hit those targets, we installed mobile classrooms at several schools this year. However, our community told us they do not want us to use these as long-term solutions to our crowding.

So, in keeping with the next step of our plan, as we hit our enrollment targets, the Board of Education decided to place a no-tax-increase bond issue question on the April 4, 2017 ballot. Voters will decide whether to take on an additional $110 million in debt to pay for facilities to accommodate our growth, including

  • A new elementary school
  • A new middle school
  • A high school innovation studio
  • A district warehouse and support services facility to support our classrooms and maintain our facilities
  • Improvements to existing facilities

If economic conditions leave enough proceeds from the bond issue, we would also

  • Build a transportation center, which could save us money on busing
  • Pay for maintenance projects in our existing facilities

It is possible to pay for these projects with no tax increase because of our Board’s careful money management and good financial stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Thanks to good financial management by the district, Park Hill is in a position to ask for a bond without raising taxes. This is a result of aggressively paying off existing debts and refinancing for better rates. Local commercial and residential growth has also helped by expanding the local tax base. Because of these factors, we have room in our state-set debt limit to take on additional debt with no tax increase. We will continue to carefully monitor our debt and interest rates in order to save taxpayer dollars.

Thanks to their conservative budgeting, we have enough room in our debt service levy to issue bonds to cover the cost of these new schools and projects with no tax increase.

For more information about Park Hill’s no-tax-increase bond issue, please visit the district’s website at

Paid for by the Park Hill School District – Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd

Remaining 2016-2017 Evening Grade Level Music Programs

Second Grade: Thursday, February 16, 2017: 7pm “Hats”

First Grade: Thursday, March 9, 2017: 7pm “Squirm”

Kindergarten: Thursday, April 13, 2017: 7pm “Baby Beluga”

2016-2017 Elementary School Hours

8:20am First Bell Rings and Students Go To Grade Level Classroom

8:40am Tardy Bell Rings and School Officially Begins

3:30pm Evening Dismissal

Save the Dates: 2016-2017 Park Hill Elementary Early Release Dates

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Park Hill STAR Awards

Park Hill Star Award

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!

Park Hill Star nomination form

English Landing Elementary School - Building School Improvement Focus Areas

District Vision

Building Successful Futures - Each Student - Every Day

English Landing Vision

Our vision is that all English Landing students will meet grade level expectations and demonstrate responsible citizenship.

English Landing Values

1. We will embrace a welcoming climate.

2. Safety will be a priority.

3. Students and staff will strive for excellence.

4. We will promote collaboration and community involvement.

5. Our school will model life skills.

6. Diverse cultures will be respected.

7. We will practice positive communication.

8. Our school will encourage leadership.

English Landing Strategic Focus Areas





English Landing 2016-2017 School Improvement Priority Goals

  • EL STAR testing results will display reading growth (on track or above) that increases from the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #7)
  • EL Students reporting through semester student surveys My Needs Are Being Met will increase fro 90.4% to 100%. (Indicator #17)
  • EL Families will report they are Involved in their Child's Education will increase from displaying the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #20)
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