LEAD Innovation Studio

Vol. 4, Issue 5 - September 18, 2020


LEAD Families,

Thank you to all who joined us for the live Meet Facilitator Evening, and those who took time afterwards to view the links to our staff videos to learn more about us, our courses, and what your students are working on.

We invest heavily at the beginning of the school year into "onboarding" our students to prepare them for success. School looks a little different at LEAD and we find that time we spend up front to explain that to students is time very well spent. As an example, here is a link to a presentation we take students through called "Making a Plan for Learning". I encourage our families to take a moment to check that out - it can be useful in conversations with your student to dig deeper and get more than the one word answer we often receive when asking our children about their day, or what work they have to do. This applies to our in person students and the processes we expect from them but also relates to the general approach we coach in all our students.

There are a number of important updates below, please be sure to check out information about: ACT testing for Seniors, Parent Onboarding, Picture day and more.

We are looking forward to another great week of learning on Monday!


Senior ACT Test: Tuesday, October 6th

The week of October 5-9, we will change our schedule to make it possible for all our seniors to take the ACT.

We provide this important benefit to all students, and the senior class missed out on it last spring due to the pandemic. We will need the whole building in order to physically distance the seniors, so the schedule change will need to affect everyone at our school. Tuesday, Oct. 6 was the only date option that ACT provided for us this fall to make up the test day, and they could not give us a Wednesday.

New Schedule (image of schedule below):

  • Monday, October 5 – A group in person, B group distance learning
  • Tuesday, October 6 – Seniors take the ACT, all other students distance learning
  • Wednesday, October 7 – B group in person, A group distance learning
  • Thursday, October 8 – A group in person, B group distance learning
  • Friday, October 9 – B group in person, A group distance learning

Thank you for your patience with another change, as we work to meet all our students’ needs.

Big picture

Week of 9/21 - 9/25 Schedule

Monday: In person day for last name A-K

Tuesday: In person day for last name L-Z

Wednesday: Distance learning day for all

Thursday: In person day for last name A-K

Friday: In person day for last name L-Z

Big picture

Meet our LEAD Team

Thank you to all who were able to attend our Virtual Meet the Facilitator Evening.

I shared the amazing first days of school we have enjoyed with both our in-person and online students. We are quickly settling in to the school year and are grateful for the patience and positivity of our students and families as we have begun the year. I have included a link to view the video from my presentation this evening: Kick-off Video.

Here is a link to view the videos from our LEAD facilitators and staff sharing information about your student’s courses and their roles at LEAD: Meet the Facilitator Night Video Introductions. Please note that near the bottom of the sheet, next to my name is a series of videos and resources to orient families to our program. If you are having any issues with accessing Summit, Schoology, Infinite Campus, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.


The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for many families. There are a number of resources available to students and families to help support you. If your family could benefit from resources at this time, please fill out this resource request form- https://forms.gle/yA9BPKqY9CzUwwqQ8 . I am happy to provide a paper form by request. All information received and any service provided is kept strictly confidential. You may contact Betsy Chociej, LEAD School Social Worker, at ChociejE@parkhill.k12.mo.us or at (816) 359-6417. I look forward to working with your family!

Thank you,

Betsy Chociej, LCSW

School Social Worker


The PSAT will be offered October 14th at the home high schools. This test is an optional test for sophomore and junior students looking for an opportunity to earn national recognition as a merit scholar. You will receive information by email from the home high schools on how to sign up. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Eisenmenger at eisenmengers@parkhill.k12.mo.us.


If you have requested a LEAD parking pass but have not received one yet, please make sure you have provided the following:

  • Copy of drivers license
  • Copy of Missouri registration
  • Copy of proof of insurance
These items MUST accompany the "Vehicle Registration Form" (link below).

Wednesday, September 23, parking will be open to sophomores if spots are available.

In order to pay for a LEAD parking sticker, please do the following: Go to Infinite Campus: select Fees → My Account→ Optional Payments → Add to Cart.Payment can be made online in Infinite Campus. Go to select Fees → My Account→ Optional Payments → Add to Cart.


To drive to off campus classes, LEAD students must submit the following permission slip. This includes music classes at the home high schools and other programs such as NCC, NCAPS, and MCC-BTC. This school year, LEAD students will not be allowed to transport other students at any time in their cars to any of these off campus classes or programs. Please email the completed form to OffieldA@parkhll.k12.mo.us


On October 19 and 20, Reed Portrait group will be here for student pictures. Those students who are in person will be photographed both of these days. Students who are fully online will have theirs taken after school hours on October 19. There will be a sign up coming soon to schedule an appointment. For those appointments, only students will be allowed in the building.


Students who purchased yearbooks last year should have received their yearbook this week. Students who are PH Online, may schedule a time to come pick up their yearbook after school hours. If you don't remember if you purchased a 2019-20 yearbook, or would like to purchase one, please email grahamt@parkhill.k12.mo.us. We do have extra copies of you would like to purchase a 2019-20 yearbook.

We are now selling 2020-21 LEAD yearbooks. You can purchase yours for $15 through Infinite Campus. To do this: select "fees" > My Account > Optional Payments > Add to cart.