Heroes Team News

Welcome to the Heroes Team!

Important Information

NWEA Testing Dates:

March 6th- Math

March 7th- Reading

March 8th- Language Arts

March 13th- Science

Spring Break- March 19th-23rd

Continue to check Schoology for assignments and tests!

Parent Orientation Presentation

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Welcome to the Heroes!

Heroes Team Teachers

Special Education:

Ms. Amanda Benjamin is the Special Education teacher on the Heroes team. She brings four years of teaching experience. She taught her first three years in Saint Joseph, MO and last year in Park Hill. She attended MWSU for her BA in Elementary Education and Special Education. She also attended NWMSU where she obtained her MA in Educational Leadership and her Specialist in Superintendency. Ms. Benjamin has a beagle puppy named Millie. She also loves to travel and spend time with her niece Isla, and her nephews, Aiden and Evan.

Language Arts :

Miss Tara Caligiuri will be teaching Language Arts this year. This will be her third year teaching. She comes to us from Prairie Point Elementary. In May of 2015 she graduated from MWSU with her BA in Elementary Education. She is working on her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction through UCM and will graduate in December. Miss Caligiuri is recently engaged and excited to become Mrs. McCune in March! She enjoys watching Netflix, eating Chipotle, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog, Toby!

Social Studies:

Mr. Brett Fleshman will be teaching social studies this year. He brings ten years of teaching experience to the team. He is from Kirksville, MO and attended NWMSU, where he earned a BA in Elementary Education, a Master's degree in Educational Leadership, and a Specialists degree in Superintendency. Mr. Fleshman is also one of the Lakeview Lady Lynx basketball coaches. He has an English bulldog named Stella. He is also an avid Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals, and MU Tigers fan. He also really enjoys playing golf.

Science: Ms. Christy Muehl (pronounced like “meal”) will be teaching science. She brings 17 years of teaching experience to the team. Ms. Muehl has lived in KC her entire life. She earned her BA in Elementary Education from Park University and her Master’s degree in Education from Webster University. She has an energetic ten year old son named Ivan and a very silly rescue dog named Louie. Ms. Muehl enjoys being a sports mom, knitting, and other crafty activities. She is also a huge Royals baseball fan.


Mrs. Cindy Rietzke will be teaching math. This will be her 29th year of teaching in Park Hill. Mrs. Rietzke is from Woodbine, KS. She played volleyball and basketball while getting her degree in Education from Marymount College in Salina, KS. She and her husband Tracy have 2 daughters: Kylie, 24, and Morgan, 23. In her free time, she enjoys time with family, wedding planning with her oldest daughter who will get married in June 2018, as well as supporting her husband who coaches college volleyball.


Mrs. Cheryl Toby will be teaching reading. This will be her 10th year of teaching and her 10th year at Plaza. Mrs. Toby grew up in the Park Hill School District and has lived in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri. She earned her BA in Elementary Education from Park University and her Master’s degree in Education from Arkansas State University. She and her husband Pat have two sons, Nick (28) who lives in Germany and Ben (24) who lives in Colorado. She also has a playful Westie named Maggie. Mrs. Toby loves to read, cook, hike, and garden.

Scholastic Book Orders

Shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub

September Book Orders: Mrs. Toby's Class Activation Code - 19C9E

Due Date: Friday, September 8

Each month, your child will have the opportunity to bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or bring your order form and payment to Mrs. Toby.

With Scholastic Reading Club:

· Every book you buy earns FREE books for our classroom library

· You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child

· You'll find the best values on a variety of formats

How to Order Online:

1. VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub

2. ENTER the Class Activation Code – 19C9E

3. SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs

4. SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

5. All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

Teacher Contact Information

Ms. Amanda Benjamin: benjamina@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Miss Tara Caligiuri: caligiurit@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Mr. Brett Fleshman: fleshmanb@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Ms. Christy Muehl: muehlc@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Cindy Rietzke: rietzkec@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Cheryl Toby: tobyc@parkhill.k12.mo.us

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