Raymore Update 02/3/2016

Where We Celebrate All Especially the Small!

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"Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it's safe or certain." --Anonymous

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Congratulations to Raymore Elementary: Exemplary Professional Learning Community!

Upcoming Dates

2/4 BSAT

2/5 Conscience Discipline Pop-In

2/5 Staff dinner at Hickory Pit in Lee's Summit

2/9 Faculty Meeting

2/9-2/10 Sped Collab

2/10 Faculty Meeting

2/11 RTI Collab

2/17 Dr. Monsees Meeting about the April Bond Issue 4:10

PLC Exemplary Schools

Eagle Glen and Raymore Elementary honored for Professional Learning

Eagle Glen Intermediate School and Raymore Elementary School were among 16 Missouri schools named Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools for outstanding performance in implementing professional learning. The schools, which promote cultures focused on collaborative learning while effectively using data to increase student achievement, were recognized on Jan. 26 during the Powerful Learning Conference at Lake of the Ozarks.

Read more, including a list of all schools honored: http://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/schools-be-recognized-professional-learning

For more information, check out the Missouri Professional Learning Communities site: http://www.moplc.org/exemplary-schools.html

2015 Business of the Year

Ray-Pec honored as "Business of the Year"

The Raymore-Peculiar School District was named the 2015 Business of the Year by the Raymore Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees during the Jan. 26 Chamber meeting. The award recognizes the success of a local business and its support of the Chamber and the entire community. The Chamber also honored Robin Noe of Noe's Jewelry as 2015 Chamber Person of the Year.

Restricted Movement

  • Practice with your students what the expectations are for restricted movement. Students must go into the closest room when they hear the announcement. Students are still walking in the halls, leaving classrooms, hiding in the restrooms, etc. The restriction will be lifted as soon as possible. Please remember restrictive movement can be used for various reasons not just behavior. We may need to use it for illness, emergencies, etc. Therefore, it is mandatory that you teach students the importance of going to the nearest classroom and clearing the hallways. As a teacher you should open your door and check the hallway for any students. The door should then be closed and students remain in class until further notice. We really appreciate your help with ensuring we follow through with this expectation and take it seriously.

Substitute Plans for BSAT/SAT

Please prepare sub plans for the time frame that you are gone to BSAT/SAT. Please make sure your lesson plans should consist of the instructions to the activity, even if it seems clear, that the students are completing while you are gone and some extra work for them to do when they get done. Also, include a roster, daily schedule, and emergency procedures. Thank you.


  • Monitoring recess is crucial to the safety of our students. Please choose a section for each of you on duty to monitor.
  • If there is a sub please have them go out with whoever is on duty. There should never be a sub and a teacher. If you are going to be absent and you have recess duty, ask a colleague to fill in for you. The sub is an extra set of eyes but doesn't know students plan.


Our fabulous lunchroom monitors will be giving out 7 Habit tickets for "Seek first to understand, then to be understood" The cafe is extremely loud. The students are struggling with lights off/voice off so instructions can be given. The focus is that it is a win/win because when they turn out the lights and everyone gets quiet quickly the longer they will have to talk to their friends. Thanks for taking the time to review.

Thank you Mrs. Wratney for all of your help and support.

Anna Hart and Chiquita Ekwue will be our new lunch monitors. Mrs Ekwue would like to be called Ms. Chiquita. Please make them feel welcome. Please review the lunch expectations. The cafe is extremely loud. The students are struggling with lights off/voice off so instructions can be given. Thanks for taking the time to review.

April Bond Issue

Bond Issue on April Ballot: Ray-Pec voters on April 5 will consider a $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to address space needs throughout the District. The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school. The Board on Dec. 17 unanimously approved placing the bond issue on the ballot. The general obligation bond issue is necessary to fund the improvements outlined in the District's Long Range Facility Plan. In introducing the measure, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees emphasized that the bond issue will not require an increase in the tax levy. In addition to the high school expansion, other elements of the plan include:
North high school building becomes second middle school
Modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen to serve grades K-5
Convert Shull Elementary into an Early Childhood Center
Maintenance projects throughout the District
The plan includes the most aggressive timeline possible to resolve the two-building high school situation.
Read more: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/index.aspx?NID=1035

Office referral

If you are making an office referral you need to use the google form. At this time, please do not use the office referral on ProTabula.

Use this office referral form




Please make sure you are filling out Protabula data. This information is so important for documentation. If you need support with this please let Melissa know. We may not discuss students that do not show up in the Top Ten Data. Thanks for your assistance.

Panther Cub Academy


Wishing Well

Sympathy is extended to Trisha Rains on the passing of her great grandmother.

Wishing Sherri well as she embarks on her new treatments.

Wishing Penny Barbarisi well during her surgery . Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Wishing Mr. Bradley well during his healing process. Wishing Judy peace and patience during this time also.

Wishing everyone wellness! Take your vitamins!

Conferences in February

Conferences will NOT be called at-risk conferences. Conferences will be held on February 15th.

Positive Office Referral

We have created a positive office referral ticket that you may give to your students. Here is the plan: Write the students name on the referral, check their positive act, send with them to office, office staff will provide praise, and the student takes that home to show their family or you may post them in your room. Just a quick positive act for those who work so hard and go unrecognized sometimes. I will have the tickets copied and in your boxes.

Hallway Expectations and Dismissal Expectations

Please talk about these areas during your morning meetings!

  • Hallways are becoming a tricky spot during arrival and dismissal. Please remind your students that they are to walk on the blue tile, single file, with a smile.
  • Please remind car riders that they are to walk to the library on the blue tile. When entering the library their voices should be off or at a whisper so their names can be heard. They need to sit where the adults can see their eyes, not behind the tables. As the crowd clears they need to move forward toward the carpet area however they may still sit in the chairs.


  • Forward emails regarding dismissal changes to both Karla and Renee.

  • Please remember to be at specials door :35 after to deliver & :30 to pick up.
  • Fridays --jeans with Ray-Pec spirit wear.
  • Classroom doors should be locked at all times and the magnet should be used to allow flow in and out of classrooms. However, we are aware there are some doors that are tricky to get to stay shut when using magnets. We do have a couple of other options we can try to help solve this problem. If you need help with this situation, please see Melissa asap and we will problem solve.
  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:25 a.m.

  • It is our district and building expectation that all staff reply to communication (email and phone calls) with within a 24 hour time frame.
  • If you have any pictures of great things going on in your classroom or family, please send them to Melissa. I would love to share with others in our Weekly Staff Update.
  • Call or text Jennika & Melissa if you're going to be unexpectedly absent (after 4 pm day before). 816-550-4434 and 816-868-9856
  • Call or text Jennika or Melissa if you will be in the building on the weekend! The lounge/workroom will be open for access to copiers.
  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • Looking for previous copies of our Weekly Staff Updates? If so, these can be found on our Raymore Tigers Weebly site under "For Staff" & then click on "Raymore Update".


As a professional learning community, we commit to three big ideas:

  1. Focus on Learning
  2. Build a Collaborative Culture
  3. Focus on Results

We answer four questions:

  1. What do we expect our students to learn? (Goals/Expectations)
  2. How will we know they are learning? (Assessment)
  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? (DI Intervention)
  4. How will we respond if they already know it? (DI Extension)

To fulfill our mission & vision:

  • M: Preparing each student for a successful and meaningful life
  • V: Turning today's learners into tomorrow's leaders

With these commitments:

  • We are committed to consistency & accountability for each student's success.
  • We are committed to a system of support for students and adults.
  • We are committed to a safe, trusting and collaborative environment.
  • We are committed to best practices.
  • We are committed to high expectations for learning, behavior and citizenship.
  • We are committed to quality communication & positive relationships with all stakeholders
  • We are committed to effective communication regarding student progress.
  • We are committed to data-driven decision making.
  • We are committed to use of appropriate channels for communication.
  • We are committed to a guaranteed (consistent) and viable (doable) curriculum.
  • We are committed to maintaining fiscal responsibility while improving student achievement