News From RStar512
Week of April 29th
Class Placement Requests
Towards the end of the year, our staff will be working together to establish class rosters for the next school year. Our class placement process will be a team effort done with great care. Our intention is to carefully balance classes according to:
Boy-girl ratio in all classes at a given grade level
Academic ability levels in all classes at a given grade level
Social-emotional development in all classes at a given grade level
Special learning needs in all classes at a given grade level
Near equal class sizes as possible in all classes at a given grade level
Social dynamics between students
As you can see, there are many considerations when making class placements to achieve a balance. We use a team approach to our decision, and as always parents are part of this team. If you have information you wish to share about your child, it will be added as one of the many pieces of information for consideration in placement.
If you have any input relative to student class placement, please put it in writing addressed to the principal no later than May 10, 2019. For questions regarding this process please contact the Rising Star office or Mrs. Darby at 913-993-4500.
Thank you for your support with this process.
Principal Rising Star Elementary
Want to Recognize A Staff Member?!
MVP Trainings NOW AVAILABLE at Rising Star!
Are you interested in becoming a My Volunteer Pal (MVP) at Rising Star? We are now offering training sessions at Rising Star that are flexible with your schedule! If you would like to schedule a training, please click here: https://goo.gl/forms/Lv7lJ8rLuFQmuONp2
The My Volunteer Pal (MVP) program is the volunteer program for all Shawnee Mission Schools. MVP connects adult volunteers with students ages Pre-kindergarten to age 18. Volunteer Pals choose from a range of in-school activities, including:
* School Field Trips
* Serving as a Lunch or Recess Buddy
* Weekly or Monthly Classroom Volunteer
* Chat ‘n Chew
* After-School Program Volunteer
Volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, and all activities take place on school grounds during school hours, with the exception of field trips.
If you’re unsure if you need MVP training, or if you have further questions, please direct questions to RyanWilson@smsd.org for help!
Are you interested in helping or volunteering in the Rising Star Library and MakerSpace? If so, please fill out the form below, and Mr. Wilson will contact you to set up your visits! We have lots of fantastic volunteer opportunities available!
Yearbook Message from PTA
Yearbook Orders made Prior to April 10
Earlier this month, a parent volunteer had her vehicle broken into. Among the items taken was an envelope containing completed yearbook order forms and payments.
If you had ordered a yearbook via paper order form handed into the office prior to April 10, please email our yearbook chairs at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, student's name/teacher/grade, and the item ordered, if possible. This does NOT affect any orders made online.
We are very sorry for any difficulty this may cause. You may direct any questions to the yearbook email address above.
Thank you for your patience,
Rising Star PTA
Future Chat 'n Chew Dates
Chat & Chew Books & Dates
Books can be found in our Rising Star Library, in most teacher’s classrooms, at the Johnson County Library & of course on Amazon or in brick & mortar stores. If you choose to purchase the books for your student, please consider donating them at the end of the year so that we can have more copies available to lend out each year. Donated books can be given to Mr. Wilson in the library. Thank you!
*Chat & Chew Party: Those students who have read & attended at least 3 Chat & Chew book sessions are invited to bring their lunch & their favorite book to share with their peers.
(Chat & Chew is held in the classroom during the student’s lunch period)
SM West Lady Viking Youth Hoops Camp
Sponsored by VTC
Who: girls entering grades 1st grade thru 8th grade – players will be separated by both age and ability level.
When: June 3-6 (1:30pm-3:30pm)
Where: Shawnee Mission West High School – Aux Gym
Cost: $60 (payable to VTC, WALK-INS Welcome) – Scholarships are available – Don’t let cost be an issue.
Contact Coach Rabbitt for scholarship information.
PARENT PERCEPTION SURVEY
The Kansas State Board of Education launched a new vision for education – Kansas leads the world in the success of each student. This vision focuses on identifying and addressing the unique needs of each student. A key piece of this vision is helping students to explore and identify their passions while graduating them with the skills needed to be successful in the workforce and in life. To better address, the needs of current and future students, the Kansas State Department of Education is surveying parents and guardians of children 18 years of age or younger about their current perceptions about various post-high school opportunities. In other words, how do you as a parent or guardian define success for your child? Please take five minutes to complete the following survey, answering questions in respect to your oldest child who is today 18 years old or younger. Thank you in advance for your participation in this short survey and for all you do to help our state prepare the next generation of Kansas children for tomorrow’s workforce. Click the link to begin the survey now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DJ5HB5T
Sincerely, Dr. Randy Watson Kansas Commissioner of Education
2019-2020 Transfer Applications Accepted March 1 to April 30
The Shawnee Mission School District will accept transfer applications beginning at 8 a.m. March 1, 2019, through 5 p.m. April 30, 2019.
Click here for Transfer Procedure information. Links for electronically submitting applications will become available at 8 a.m. on March 1, 2019 on this page.
Please note that the Board of Education adopted the following considerations as part of the district transfer policy on Jan. 14, 2019.
- Siblings of current District Transfer students receive first priority consideration.
- In-District students of employees will receive the second priority consideration.
- In-District Transfers are reviewed first in the order they are received.
- Remaining transfer requests are considered in the order they are received.
Transfer students will not be required to apply for readmittance annually. This includes students who are moving from sixth grade to seventh grade and students moving from eighth grade to their freshman year of high school.
The full transfer policy can be read here.
Current transfers (of any grade level) do not need to - and should not - reapply for transfer.
West is Best Scholarship Fund
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