LEAD Innovation Studio

Vol. 4, Issue 7 - October 2, 2020

Facebook Updates

We have begun posting images of students in action and their displayed work in the building, as well as student recognitions. Please be sure to check them out on our Facebook page!


LEAD Families,

We are entering our final week of 1st quarter, with the last day of the quarter coming Thursday, October 29th. Grade cards will be available in the parent portal on Friday, Nov. 6 by 4pm. This is a great time to check in with your student on progress and work to complete work ahead of the end of the quarter.

October 29th is a very important date for another reason as it marks the opening of the enrollment window for the spring semester. We know this is a big decision and are here to support by providing information in any way we can. Please reach out with questions you may have about in person or online learning. Here are a few things to know about LEAD students' options:

- The window runs from 10/29-11/13

- Students will remain in the same mode unless families choose to change modes in the window.

- More information can be found here: Park Hill Website

- Students choosing PH Online are not guaranteed to have LEAD teachers. PH Online includes students and staff from all 3 district high schools.

- Students choosing PH Online still have access to our staff - including mentors, counselors, administrators. All LEAD students, Online and In-person are expected to join weekly meetings with mentor groups on Wednesdays.


Grades/ Checking Progress for your Student

Please see details below for in-person and online grade and progress monitoring:

In-Person: to check your student's progress for in-person learning, please go to Summit to see your student's dashboard. If you do not have log on information - please let us know and we can get that to you. You can also ask your student to show you their Summit dashboard - the "year" view gives a great snapshot. To learn more about what to look for (and questions to ask your student) view the brief parent onboarding videos below.

Online: to check your student's progress for online learning you need to view student grades in Infinite Campus. Some select classes have had some technical issues with grades posting from Schoology - we are working to resolve that. If you don't see grades entered in Infinite Campus, you can see progress in Schoology. We can support with parent access to both Infinite Campus and Schoology if needed - in the meantime, your student can show you their Schoology and Infinite Campus information.

As always - please monitor your student's progress, ask them about their goals and plans, and reach out with questions or concerns to your student's facilitator, mentor, counselor, or administrator. Mrs. Graham can support with questions regarding access to any of the platforms (grahamt@parkhill.k12.mo.us).

Special Schedule Week of 10/5-10/9

Please note that all seniors will be on campus Tuesday, 10/6 for ACT testing.

There will not be instruction that day for any students grades 9-12. Our staff will be engaged with proctoring the ACT exams.

Buses will run on Tuesday for seniors.

L-Z students will attend class on Wednesday, 10/7 - shuttles will run that day as they normally would on Tuesdays.

Please see the graphic below for your alpha day and your schedule.

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Senior ACT Test: Tuesday, October 6th

The week of October 5-9, we will change our schedule to make it possible for all our seniors to take the ACT.

We provide this important benefit to all students, and the senior class missed out on it last spring due to the pandemic. We will need the whole building in order to physically distance the seniors, so the schedule change will need to affect everyone at our school. Tuesday, Oct. 6 was the only date option that ACT provided for us this fall to make up the test day, and they could not give us a Wednesday.

New Schedule (image of schedule below):

  • Monday, October 5 – A group in person, B group distance learning
  • Tuesday, October 6 – Seniors take the ACT, grades 9-11 do not report to school.
  • Wednesday, October 7 – B group in person, A group distance learning
  • Thursday, October 8 – A group in person, B group distance learning
  • Friday, October 9 – B group in person, A group distance learning

Thank you for your patience with another change, as we work to meet all our students’ needs.

For a detailed account of ACT Test Day, click on the link below (ACT Communication for Seniors).


If your student is taking an AP class this semester it is time to sign your student up for the AP test. The two home high schools do this differently so please read the following for your students home high school. We are only signing up for AP classes that are taking place this semester. If you student is taking an AP class second semester the sign up will take place during second semester.

  1. Park Hill South: Please have your student bring a $95.00 check for each AP test they want to take to Sarah Eisenmenger (LEAD Assistant Principal). South requires students to pay in advance. If your student does not turn in a $95.00 check to Mrs. Eisenmenger by Nov. 2nd they will not have a test ordered.
  2. Park Hill High School: Students fill out a commitment form by next Friday, October 9th. Students will get the form from their AP Teacher, this form has also been emailed. If the student does not fill out the form, they will not take the AP test. Park Hill High School then adds the $95.00 fee to the students Infinite campus account.

If you have any questions or need financial assistance please contact Mrs. Eisenmenger at eisenmengers@parkhill.k12.mo.us


Hello, my name is Melody Villalobos and I am the A+ Liaison for our A+ LEAD students. All of the A+ documentation and volunteer hours go to home high schools and are documented there, but I am here at LEAD to make sure that all families get the information they need, and that any paperwork your student brings to school gets to the home high school efficiently.

To get access to important documents and updated A+ information from both schools, please encourage your student to join the A+ LEAD group on Schoology. To join, please do the following:

  • Open Schoology
  • Click Groups
  • To the right, click My Groups and then click Join
  • Enter this Code GCJ4-52XD-8975F
  • I will approve and then you and your student will have access to the group and the information.

Freshmen A+ families, after you have signed and returned the A+ agreement, your student will need to sign up for a training with their high school. They must complete the training before they can begin their volunteer hours. You will find information and links to those trainings in the A+ LEAD group. You can also find that same information at your home high school's website.

For more information:

PHHS students

PHS students

Please feel free to reach out to me at villalobosm@parkhill.k12.mo.us with questions.

How to get A+ hours in the time of Covid 19

As the school year gets underway, many students and parents are starting to stress a little bit about how to acquire the necessary 50 A+ hours needed to receive the A+ scholarship at the end of Senior year. Below are some suggestions to help students and parents plan:

  1. Check the postings from PHS (Dr. Owens) and PHHHS (Mrs. Reys) weekly. Although there many not be as many opportunities right now, checking weekly will help your student sign up quickly when they do become available. PHHS students should check their PHHS A+ Scholarship program COURSE in Schoology, and parents of PHS students should be receiving emails from Dr. Owens about A+ opportunities. Please email Melody Villalobos if you do not have access to those things.
  2. A quick way to get 12.5 hours is to do a Job Shadow! Approval of the job shadow must occur before the student participates. Information about Job Shadow requirements can be found on the LEAD A+ schoology group.
  3. As a Junior or Senior, students can accumulate 40 hours if they participate in the following programs, so you may want to plan on enrolling in one (or more) of these courses!

  • Child Growth and Development : 10 hours
  • Aspiring Educators: 40 hours
  • NCAPS/Aspiring Professionals: 12.5 hours (this counts as a job shadow)

Also remember that there are many more summer opportunities to work within the elementary schools and with Adventure Club. Those hours will be posted in the spring.

Again, if you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at villalobosm@parkhill.k12.mo.us.

Melody Villalobos

Missouri Options and English Facilitator

LEAD Innovation Studio, Park Hill School District


The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for many families. There are a number of resources available to students and families to help support you. If your family could benefit from resources at this time, please fill out this resource request form- https://forms.gle/yA9BPKqY9CzUwwqQ8 . I am happy to provide a paper form by request. All information received and any service provided is kept strictly confidential. You may contact Betsy Chociej, LEAD School Social Worker, at ChociejE@parkhill.k12.mo.us or at (816) 359-6417. I look forward to working with your family!

Thank you,

Betsy Chociej, LCSW

School Social Worker


ATTENTION STUDENTS! LEAD is excited to offer Clubs for the 2020-2021 School year. Clubs will run on the following dates:

Oct 13 and 15

Nov 10 and 12

Dec 8 and 10

Jan 12 and 14

Feb 9 and 11

March 9 and 11

April 13 and 15

May11 and 13

Club meetings will last until 4:15 pm on the days listed above. If you are a car rider please have your ride here by 4:15 pm. If you need to take the bus, you will sign up by October 5th using this form https://forms.gle/o8jnCTBunC1uo6oCA

The bus will not be at LEAD until 4:50 pm on those dates (they are still running their elementary routes). You will come to the commons at 4:15 pm to wait for your bus to arrive to LEAD. You can work on homework while you wait 😊

Please understand that you must sign up each time you need a ride. The link will reappear in our announcements for you to do so. You must sign up by the date listed. If you do not sign up in time, you will not be able to ride the bus. The reason it is so far in advance is that we have to give the bus company notice so they can plan the routes.

Now for the fun part… To sign up for a club, please either see the sponsor or email the sponsor and tell them you would like to join. See below for the sponsor’s name and a description of the club.

  • Freshmen Leadership Club- Freshmen can participate in the Chick-fil-a leader academy where they focus on learning how to become a better leader through monthly sessions, and will design and implement service projects at least once each semester. See Mr. Blanton to join!
  • Yearbook-We will produce and publish the LEAD yearbook (May need teacher recommendation to join.) See Mrs. Farber for more information.
  • Literary Magazine-We will produce and publish the LEAD literary magazine. See Mrs. Farber for more information.
  • GSA-Student-Run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. See Ms. Van Bleisem to join!
  • AP Research-Students enrolled in Spring Semester AP Research to get started on their Research projects, practice skills, and getting things done in preparation for final paper and presentation by April 30, 2021. See Mr. Motta to join.
  • Gaming-We meet to play video games, board games, and card games. See Mr. Motta to join!
  • Interact Club-Within this service club students will have the opportunity to interact and give back to the community. Ideas include: pen pals with nursing home, adopt a spot on school grounds, and hygiene products drive collection. See Ms. Carter to join!


The PSAT will be offered October 14th at the home high schools. This test is an optional test for sophomore and junior students looking for an opportunity to earn national recognition as a merit scholar. You will receive information by email from the home high schools on how to sign up. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Eisenmenger at eisenmengers@parkhill.k12.mo.us.

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If you have requested a LEAD parking pass but have not received one yet, please make sure you have provided the following:

  • Copy of drivers license
  • Copy of Missouri registration
  • Copy of proof of insurance
These items MUST accompany the "Vehicle Registration Form" (link below).

Parking spots are now available for sophomores. Please follow the process above to purchase a parking pass. All forms can be submitted to Mrs. Graham in the front office. If you have electronic copies of the above documents, please email them to grahamt@parkhill.k12.mo.us.

In order to pay for a LEAD parking sticker, please do the following: Go to Infinite Campus: select Fees → My Account→ Optional Payments → Add to Cart.


To drive to off campus classes, LEAD students must submit the following permission slip. This includes music classes at the home high schools and other programs such as NCC, NCAPS, and MCC-BTC. This school year, LEAD students will not be allowed to transport other students at any time in their cars to any of these off campus classes or programs. Please email the completed form to OffieldA@parkhll.k12.mo.us


On October 19 and 20, Reed Portrait group will be here for student pictures. Those students who are in person will be photographed both of these days. Students who are fully online will have their photo taken after school hours on October 19. Fully online LEAD students should sign up for an appointment here. This is only for students who are LEAD/PH Online students (siblings attending other buildings will not be photographed at LEAD). Only students will be allowed in the building for these appointments.

Seniors who have not yet had their senior portraits taken, please call Reed Portrait Group at 816.436.5550 to schedule an appointment. These must be done by November 30 in order to make it in the yearbook. You can also have cap and gown pictures taken at this appointment.

If you would like to order pictures you may bring your order on picture day payable with cash or check. You may also order online through Monday, Oct. 22.

Please note the following info:

· Color backgrounds are not available to purchase online

· Add-ons are only available by purchase of a portrait package

· If you have more than one student at this school, you will need to complete each child's order with payment info each time

To order online, click here or download the form (below).

Parent Advisory Meeting

At LEAD we operate a parent advisory committee in lieu of the PTAs which our parents are invited to join at the home high schools. This is an open quarterly meeting with our principal, Dr. Stanley.

Our 1st quarter meeting will be held at 7pm on Monday Evening 10/19. The current plan is to hold that meeting via Zoom (link to be shared).

If you would like to submit topics or questions, please use this link: Parent Advisory Topic/ Question Form. You will need to submit requests by 10/15. An agenda will be shared in the 10/16 newsletter.

Upcoming Dates

-October 6th: Senior ACT - No in person classes

-October 7th: L-Z in person - no Wednesday zoom calls

-October 14th: PSAT

-October 19th: 7pm Parent Advisory Committee

-October 19th/ 20th: Picture Day at LEAD

-October 29th: End of First Quarter