Shull Family Front Page

February 9, 2016

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Tuesday & Wednesday Video Announcements Are Working!

Here are the links to Tuesday's and Wednesday's video announcements. Sorry for the glitch this morning. Mrs. Kelch has worked her magic from afar and they are ready for viewing!



Valentine's Day Celebrations are Friday

Students and teachers will celebrate Valentine's Day in many ways. For a description of how each grade level is celebrating, click this link:

Here's a quick overview of Friday's schedule:

  • Kindergarten: 12:00-12:45 Parents are invited
  • 1st grade: 10:15-11:00 Parents are invited
  • 2nd grade: 12:15-1:00
  • 3rd grade: 12:15-1:00
  • 4th grade: 10:30-12:30

Coaching Kids Through Anger with Becky Bailey

Dr. Becky Bailey - Anger - Coach kids through it!

Greg Tang Math Strategy Training

Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Barbarick, Mrs. King and Mrs. Wooley will attend a full day Greg Tang math strategies conference this week. On Monday, King and Wooley will learn about, "The True Value of Place Value," and Tuesday, Barbarick and Rice will learn to, "Turn Fact Fluency Into Child's Play." Mrs. Van Sickle, Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Garrison also attended earlier this school year.

Greg Tang is a world-renowned mathematician famous for teaching arithmetic strategies to students in a visual and spontaneous way. He challenges and encourages children to use creativity and common sense to solve problems, rather than formulas and memorization.

Challenge your students to complete this Greg Tang Math Valentine Challenge!

Google Apps & MidWest Education Technology Community

Mrs. Kelch spent two days at the GAFE (Google Apps for Education) Summit last weekend in Kansas City focusing on deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning.

What are Google Apps for Education? Learn more here:

Mrs. Kelch in St. Louis and attending the MidWest Education Technology Community (METC) Summit. The summit provides a platform for both Digital Natives and Immigrants from across the nation to collaborate and reflect about innovative student learning and engagement strategies and creating optimal digital learning environments. To view a summary of the virtual experiences offered (notice our very own Jason Waltz is a lead facilitator!), click here:

Looking for a K-4 Opinion/Persuassive Writing Strategy to try? Introduce students to OREO!

OREO - Adventures in Writing Camp

Your Feedback About Shull's Transition Matters!

Your opinion about the potential transformation of Shull from an elementary to early childhood center is important.

Pending bond approval on the April ballot, big changes may be coming our way.

Please take a moment to respond to a few short questions to let me know how I can support you and how we can support our students and families together:

Top Selling Student & Principal for the Day, March 1, Kasia!

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Cookie Dough Delivery UPDATE

PTA THANKS YOU for your generosity!! This year's cookie dough fundraiser was one of the most successful yet with total sales reaching over $14,000! PTA receives 50% of those sales and will use 10% of their portion for cash for the candy bar pull and classroom pizza parties.

Cookie Dough Delivery is Scheduled for March 1
(please note this is a date change).

Cookie dough will be available for pick up after school on March 1, through the back (north) doors. If you are able to wait until after car rider dismissal ends at 4:00 to pick up your items, it will create less congestion and a safer pick up process for everyone.

Important Calendar Events

There is NO Say NO! Club February 9

There is NO Minsky's Night February 10

February 9 - all day grade level collabs w/ Jodi from BIST

February 10 - SAT Meeting 8:45-11:00 a.m.

February 11 - all day grade level collabs w/Kelch, Waltz & Pinney

February 12 - Early Release at 1:15 p.m.

  • PTA provides a potato bar lunch at 11:00 a.m.

February 15 - No SCHOOL

  • Everyone reports at 11:00 a.m.
  • 11:00am-1:00pm Conferences (bring your own lunch)
  • 1:00pm-2:20pm Professional Development
  • 2:20pm-ALL STAFF reports to Library Media Center with Dr. Monsees-Dr. Monsees will be speaking to the staff about the upcoming bond issue on the April ballot

February 16 - School Resumes

February 18 -

  • Major Saver Kick Off Assembly 3:15 p.m. - students will go back to class and dismiss from their classes
  • Vertical Team 4:00 p.m.
February 19 - Yearbook orders due

February 22 - All day SpEd/GenEd collab

February 23 - BLT at the Academy

February 24 - 7:30 am staff meeting

  • SAT Meeting 9:00-11:00 a.m.

February 25 - 3rd Grade Dental Screenings

February 26 - 2nd Grade Field Trip

March 1 - Cookie Dough Delivery - pick up after school (students get prizes at delivery)

  • 3:00 p.m. All students who earned candy bar pull go to [Location TBA]

March 4 - No School

March 8 - PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the library

Cookie Dough Sales Ice Cream Party Winners

Congratulations to the following students for earning top cookie dough selling spots in their class: Abby, Audrey, Camden, Madelyn, Carson, Kasia, Brock, Alexis, Isabella, Royce and Gavon (not pictured Talan).

An additional congrats to Mrs. Kiger's and Mrs. King's classes for winning pizza parties!

The students pictured below will enjoy an ice cream party with Dr. Mattingly on March 1!

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Candy Bar Pull for Cash Winners

Teacher & Support Staff Employees of the Year Nominations

The Ray-Pec School District seeks nominations for Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year

The Ray-Pec School District is seeking nominations for the 2016 Teacher of the Year and the 2016 Support Staff Employee of the Year.

A banquet is scheduled for April 6 to honor finalists in both awards programs.

Anyone may nominate a teacher by submitting a letter of nomination by Feb. 29. A candidate must:

  • Be a full-time teacher
  • Librarians and counselors are eligible for the award
  • Be returning to teach in 2016-2017 in the District
  • Have completed three or more years teaching at Ray-Pec
  • Be effective and innovative in the classroom

For the Support Staff award, you may nominate a full-time or part-time employee who has worked at least one year for the District. Examples of employees eligible for the award include those from the following areas: accompanist, accounts payable, buildings and grounds, child care, child nutrition, crossing guards, lunch monitors, media assistants, paraprofessionals, Panther Cub Academy, payroll, safety and security, secretaries, teacher aides, and technology employees.

Send letters of nomination for teachers or support staff employees to:

Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year/Support Staff Employee of the Year program, Administrative Services Center, P.O. Box 789, Peculiar, MO 64078 or to Michele Stidham, Communication Director, at or

Google Expeditions

Second, third and fourth grade students participated in Google Expeditions Thursday. Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom. Google worked with teachers and content partners from around the world to create more than 100 engaging journeys. Students navigated through oceans and visited U.S. monuments and land forms.

Turn in Box Top & UPC Labels by February 12

Please remember to cut out labels along the dotted lines. This enables PTA to receive your labels and send them immediately for reimbursement without having to spend additional time cutting around the dotted lines of each label.

To Learn How Box Tops Support Education, click HERE

PTA graciously thanks you for your donations!

School Board Approves the 2016-2017 School Calendar

The School Board on Jan. 28 approved the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.

The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, with Preview Day for 5th, 7th and 9th graders on Aug. 15. For winter break, students will be dismissed early on Dec. 20. Classes are not in session Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. School resumes on Jan. 4, 2017.

Spring break is scheduled from March 20-24, 2017. There are two possible make-up days for inclement weather: Feb. 21 and April 17.

The last day of school is an early release on May 23, 2017.

Any additional make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.

View and print the calendar:

Check Out What's Happening in Art Class on Miss Pfaff's Art Twitter Feed @pfaffart

Bond Issue on April 5 Ballot

Ray-Pec voters on April 5, 2016, 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. 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

On February 15, Dr. Monsees will address the entire Shull Staff about the bond issue. Plan to meet in the library at 2:20 p.m.

Risk Zone - Where LEARNING Takes Place!

Although doing things in your risk zone can feel uncomfortable and sometimes just downright scary, this is where OPTIMAL learning takes place.

Taking risks increases your productivity, propels your ability to handle future risks more successfully and models the value of learning for your students and peers.

What risks will YOU take this month?