HMC-1 School Messenger

April 2021 Newsletter

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COVID-19 FREE Vaccinations


Are you still in need of a COVID-19 vaccine? Thanks to a partnership with the KCMO Health Department, HMC-1 is hosting free vaccination appointments at Smith-Hale Middle School to anyone 16 years or older, from Tuesday through Friday.


WHO: KCMO Health Department

WHAT: FREE COVID-19 Vaccinations

WHERE: Smith-Hale Middle School, 9010 A Old Santa Fe Road, Kansas City, Missouri, 64138 (do not go to the old school Smith-Hale school on Longview Road)

WHEN: Open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

HOW: Click here to reserve your spot

Ruskin High School Graduation Ceremony


HMC-1 is excited to announce information for the Ruskin High School Class of 2021 commencement ceremony! The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Children's Mercy Park.


For information including know-before-you-go, parking, and more, click here. We look forward to working together to make this a wonderful, memorable ceremony for our graduating seniors!

Summer School Applications


Applications for summer school are now available on the district website!


This year, HMC-1’s summer explorations will offer two summer school sessions. You have the opportunity to join the in person session, virtual session, or both. Session one is the in person session, which runs from June 7 – July 2. Session two is the virtual session, which runs from July 5 – July 30.


Interested in either of these sessions? The last day to submit an application is Friday, April 30. Get more information here.

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April Applause Applause Honorees


Congratulations to our April Applause Applause honorees, the Ruskin girl’s soccer team!

The girl’s soccer team took first place in the Winnetonka tournament on Saturday, April 3, making it the first big win for the team.


“This group of young ladies is the hardest working group of soccer athletes I have ever coached,” said Coach Megan Codilla. “They have so much fire in them to be better every day. The comeback from not playing last year has motivated them to play hard every single practice and game.” Congratulations ladies!

Learn about SHINE, Truman's Elite Girl Group


Truman Elementary is home to one of the most unique student groups, SHINE. SHINE is an all-girl group with a vision of empowering fourth and fifth grade girls to be their authentic selves.


In the group, each girl decides her personal definition of the word SHINE. They engage in relevant topics which promote self-worth, leadership, and make an impact in their family, school and community.


“Being in the SHINE girl is like a family to me. I trust them. I listened to past stories and they encourage me to do better. They encourage me to be a leader in the future.” - fifth grade member Beynoce M.

“SHINE means a lot to me. I enjoy our special guests, especially when they talk about life lessons. SHINE is getting me ready for what’s coming in the future. Being a SHINE girl means power.” - fifth grade member Lavion H.

Read more about this elite girl group here.

2021 Show Me Careers KC District Team Acceptance


A group or five Ruskin staff members will be participating in an exciting professional development experience set to take flight this summer.


The Ruskin team will represent HMC-1 in the 2021 Show-Me Careers KC program, a professional development program for educators, counselors and administrators to learn firsthand about relevant career pathways in today's business and industry settings.


The program is hosted by the Missouri Chamber Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation. Participants of the program will partake in virtual site tours, receive curriculum development and facilitation support, and learn to apply their learning into the 2021-22 school year.


Congratulations to the Ruskin team on their second year in a row to be accepted into the program! This! Thank you for your continued dedication to bringing hands-on, real-world learning experience to students!

April Celebrations


The month of April called for many celebrations. This month we celebrated and honored:


  • HMC-1 Assistant Principals during National Assistant Principals Week (April 5–9)
  • HMC-1 Media Specialists during National Library Appreciation Week (April 4-10)
  • HMC-1 Paraprofessionals during National Paraprofessional Appreciation day (April 7)


We want to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to these various groups for your commitment to students, staff and the entire HMC-1 community. We appreciate you!

Ruskin Blood Drive


Ruskin High School and Community Blood Center are teaming up on Thursday, April 29, to host a blood drive in our community. The blood drive will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Ruskin’s Multi-Purpose Room, 7000 E 111th Street.


In Kansas City, 1 in 3 people will need a blood transfusion. Your blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives in our community. Click here to view available donation appointments.

Become a part of our HMC-1 family!


Our Operations and Maintenance Department is currently accepting applications for various custodial positions available throughout the district! As an HMC-1 custodian, you’ll:


  • Earn anywhere from $26,751 - $37,041 a year depending on experience and qualifications
  • Be guaranteed 40 hours a week
  • Have great retirement benefits
  • Receive 15 vacation days and 12 leave days on your first year, then 20 vacation days and 12 leave days every year after that
  • Have off on most Holidays, and during Winter Break
  • Always have opportunities for growth throughout the district
  • Provide a healthy learning environment for students
  • So much more!


Start your journey with us now! Access the full application here.

Ramadan 2021


Ramadan takes place this year from Monday, April 12 through Wednesday, May 12. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, and is considered one of the holiest months of the year for Muslims. Muslims observe the month of Ramadan as a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship to Allah, or God. During Ramadan, Muslims fast, abstain from pleasures and pray to become closer to God. It is also a time for families to gather and celebrate.

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Upcoming Events

  • Music Department Virtual Concert & Fundraiser: Saturday, April 24, 4 p.m.
  • Ruskin Blood Drive: Thursday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Ruskin High School Graduation: Thursday, May 13, 6:30 p.m.
  • Last Day of School: Friday, May 28