HMC-1 School Messenger

April 2021 Newsletter

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March is Women's History Month!


Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor and commemorate women’s contributions in American history.


Throughout the month of March, we are recognizing women who have made history in Kansas City. Kansas City has been home to many extraordinary women. Pioneers. Activists. Entrepreneurs. Artists. Some were born here, others came and never left, but all helped shape our city into what it is today. Click here to view the extraordinary women from Kansas City we’ve highlighted to date.

Welcome Back to School - Yellow Status


On Monday, March 15, HMC-1 transitioned to the Yellow Health Status after months of planning and fine-tuning of health and safety measures. We want to thank HMC-1 students, staff and parents for their tireless work, commitment and support to making this unprecedented school year a success. It has been a challenging year to date but HMC-1 scholars have persevered.

The safety and health of all students and staff remains a top priority. It is a strongly-held belief throughout the district and community that with thoughtful planning and well-implemented proactive measures, HMC-1 can provide a welcoming environment for students to continue to learn and grow.

Thanks to our partners at Truman Medical Centers/University Health (TMC/UH), hundreds of HMC-1 staff received the first dose of the vaccine today, with the second dose scheduled to be administered on Thursday, April 8.

Click here to view our full Return to Learn plan and learn more about the Yellow Health Status.

HMC-1 Yellow Status Nutrition Service Update


Students will receive meals during in person report days, but may be required to eat in classrooms. Families may pick-up Fresh Harvest Meal Kits at designated sites on Wednesdays throughout the district. For virtual learning students (option B), a five day meal package will be issued while in person students (option A) will receive a three day meal package. PreK-2nd will receive a one day meal package when they leave school on Tuesday.


Visit our Nutrition Services page for more information.

HMC-1 Yellow Status Transportation


Transportation will be provided on days that students are reporting to the school building. Masks will be required on the bus. You can find your student's bus schedule here.
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KC Star Scholar Athlete


Congratulations to Ruskin Seniors Jayda S., Javon H., and James N. who have been nominated for consideration as the 2021 Kansas City Star Scholar Athlete.


The annual Kansas City Star Scholar-Athlete awards program, now in its 38th year of recognizing the best of the best in Kansas City-area young people, is always special. Student-athletes are evaluated 45% on their athletic prowess, 35% on academic achievements, 10% on participation in activities apart from sports and academics, such as community service and student government, and 10% on overall impact on their respective school’s environment.


The overall male and female winners earn trophies and typically are invited to throw out the first pitch before a Royals game at Kauffman Stadium. Good luck to our Ruskin seniors! We thank you for representing Ruskin and HMC-1 in such a great way.

Ruskin Eagle Basketball Students Honored


The many Ruskin Eagle student athletes performance in the Conference and Districts did not go unnoticed. Please join us in congratulating a few of our Eagles and basketball honorees on their wonderful achievements this season.

All Conference:

First team - Elijah C.

Second team - Chinedum I.

Second team - Donald B. Jr.

Honorable Mention - Jalen D.

Honorable Mention - Joshua W.


All District Team:

Elijah C.

Donald B. Jr.

Joshua W.

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Congratulations to our three March Applause Applause Honorees!



Aiyanna B. is a fifth grader at Truman Elementary. Aiyanna's bright smile lights up any room she enters. Her intellect is inspiring, her creativity is shared with confidence, and her positive attitude is contagious. Aiyanna has been recognized twice as Truman’s weekly High Five winner for exemplifying good character and has also received the 2nd quarter Library Award for sharing her love of reading. Aiyanna is the Truman Spelling Bee winner, competing in the next phase where advanced to the Clay-Jackson County Spelling Bee. Aiyanna is part of an elite girls group at Truman called 'SHINE' which is defined as (smart, honest, inspiring, nice and empowering). This will not be the last time Aiyanna will SHINE!


The coaches of Truman’s Lego League Team, the Robocats, nominated fourth grade students Furqan K. and Mateen A. Furqan and Mateen have exhibited strong work ethic, creativity, responsibility and teamwork in Lego League and beyond. They both attended all 12 meetings, even working outside of designated meeting times, showing great dedication and ingenuity. Furqan K. has been recognized as a High Five Character Recipient twice this year and received the 2nd quarter award for outstanding mathematician and scientist. Mateen A. received the outstanding reading and writing award 1st quarter and exemplifies the character traits of a Truman Scholar each day.

Three HMC-1 Elementary Schools Earn Lego League Awards!


Congratulations to three HMC-1 elementary schools for earning Lego League awards! On Saturday, March 13, HMC-1 students participated in a Live Q&A session with Lego League judges as the final event. Three of the seven HMC-1 elementary schools earned awards for their projects.


First Lego League is a city wide challenge for students ages 9-16. Students were presented with the challenge question: Explore opportunities to play and be active! How do we use our creativity to be more active? How can we motivate our community to be more active? They worked in small teams at each elementary school with the support of a First Lego League coach to research the challenge question, identify possible solutions, create a presentation to share their findings, and pitch their final product. Congratulations for all of your hardwork!

Ruskin's 2021 Spring Musical is here!


'A Chorus Line: High School Edition,' Ruskin's 2021 Virtual Spring Musical, is open to the public in just one week and the best part is, you can watch the musical from the comfort of your own home! The production will be streamed LIVE each evening from the Ruskin stage at 7 p.m., beginning Thursday, March 25 through Saturday, March 27. 'A Chorus Line' is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway performers, the show features one powerhouse song and one dance number after another. Click here for more information.

HMC-1 Virtual Family Summit


HMC-1’s virtual Family Summit took place on Saturday, March 6. Though the event looked different than it had in the past, it was equally a success.


More than 35 community organizations and partners participated in the virtual resource fair,

more than 30 children and adults received free wellness services from Swope Health through our in-person wellness fair, and 25 amazing prizes were distributed to families who registered with support from our partners Local Investment Commission (LINC).


We want to once again thank all of our wonderful partners and community organizations for helping to make this event a success. The virtual Family Summit presentations are still available. Click here to view them.

My Hope Campaign


Each week on our social media platforms and website, we have featured a hope from a student or staff member as part of our “My Hope” campaign. Click here for a list of all of our My Hopes.

Upcoming Events

  • Board of Education Meeting: Thursday, March 18, 6 p.m.
  • Neighborhood HMC-1 School Board Candidate Forum: Tuesday, March 23, 6 p.m.
  • Board of Education Working Meeting: Thursday, March 25, 6 p.m.
  • Spring Break - No School: Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2