News from RStar

Week of September 3rd

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Want to Recognize A Staff Member?!

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NWEA MAP Testing

We know that children learn better—and faster—when teachers have a clear picture of what each student knows and what they are ready to learn next.

That’s why our assessments react to each student’s answers. In the testing world, this makes our tests “adaptive,” or personalized to measure the needs of every student.

  • If your child answers a question correctly, the test follows up with a more challenging question.
  • If your child answers incorrectly, the test follows up with an easier question.

Adaptive tests make it possible for teachers to pinpoint what each child needs in order to learn best. At NWEA™ we help teachers understand your student’s unique learning needs—because every student matters.

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MAP Parent Resources

Click HERE to read more about MAP Assessments

What are DIBELS?

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.

DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

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Library/MakerSpace Support

Help/Volunteering Wanted

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!
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A Change to Volunteer Support

MVP (My Volunteer Pal) 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:

  • Mentoring

  • Serving as a lunch buddy

  • Classroom or school volunteer

  • Sharing special talents or career interests

  • Tutoring

  • Being a friend who listens

  • Overnight chaperones for USD approved field trips

  • Chat ‘n Chew

  • Watch Dogs

  • SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS


Steps to Become an MVP Volunteer (please do these steps in order):

  1. Complete an online MVP application.
  2. Attend a MVP training session. Combined training and fingerprint screening dates are offered on Tuesdays (see schedule below)
  3. Drop-in fingerprint screening is available at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st St., on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30a.m. to 12p.m. and from 1p.m. to 4p.m. Finger prints can only be done AFTER attending a training session.


E-mail volunteer@smsd.org or call (913) 993-8750 for more information.

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MVP Volunteer Application

We would LOVE to have you be an MVP for our school!

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Sign-Up to Receive our Digital Flyers

Make sure you have signed up through PeachJar to receive our digital flyers. This is how we distribute community flyers for upcoming events and information.

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Food Services

Click this button for more information about SMSD food services

Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Click here for our Breakfast and Lunch menus

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Need a Car Pick-Up Sign?

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DS Bussing Information

Click this button for more information on Bussing.

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Join Our PTA Family!

Greetings Rising Star families! I hope you all had a fabulous summer! I wanted to thank you for your contributions to Rising Star PTA last year. We are excited for another year and hope you will continue to support the students, faculty and staff at Rising Star Elementary. As we’re all rushing around preparing for back to school and all the chaos and to-dos this time of year, we wanted to give you an opportunity to get one more thing crossed off your list before school starts! We are excited to have an easy, user-friendly way for you to sign up for PTA. Simply use the link below. Payments can be made by using Pay Pal or by sending cash or check to the address provided on the link. Again, we thank you for your past and future support!!

Want to Help with Chat-N-Chew?

PTA sponsors Chat & Chew 4 times each school year for grades 2-6. Students read a preselected book and spend lunch discussing with their classmates.

Adult volunteers are needed to host each Chat & Chew session. Sign up for one or all sessions.


All materials are provided.


  • October 16(2nd), 17(3rd), 18(4th), 19(5th/6th)
  • December 11(2nd), 12(3rd), 13(4th), 14(5th/6th)
  • February 26(2nd), 27(3rd), 28(4th), March 1(5th/6th)
  • April 9(2nd), 10(3rd), 11(4th), 12(5th/6th)

Want to be a Room Parent??

Room parents are needed to plan, organize and run 2 class parties each year: Halloween & Valentines Day.


Room parties are organized by grade and planning time is allotted after the PTA general meeting on September 11 at 7:00pm (Halloween planning) and January 15 at 7:00pm (Valentine planning). These are suggested planning times, however planning can be done at other times.


Please sign up to be a room parent coordinator or a room helper:


  • Parent Coordinator: Be the contact for your student's classroom regarding all party planning and supplies. Attend the 2 planning sessions & each room party. Organize parents in your student's classroom to assist during each party. Communicate party plans with your student's teacher.
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West is Best Scholarship Fund

West is Best Scholarship Fund was founded in 2012 to provide financial assistance to students to participate in after school sports or scouts. Recipients must live or go to school in the SM West attendance area. Over the years, we have provided over 520 scholarships totaling over $56,000 to area youth in all grades, K-12, at all West-area schools. For more information or our scholarship forms, please visit our website at www.westisbestscholarshipfund.com.

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