The C-2 View

September 2022

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September Recognitions:

  • September is Attendance Awareness Month! Raytown Quality Schools teachers pack a lot of learning into every school day, and we will continue to prioritize consistent attendance for every student. Thank you to our wonderful schools that showcased September Awareness Month in their school buildings, highlighting the importance of attendance.
  • September 11, Emergency Personnel Appreciation Day. A day of acknowledging, with special gratitude and profound respect, all emergency personnel, including police, firefighters, ambulance personnel, emergency dispatchers, and more.
  • September 20, IT Professionals Day. Thank you to the Raytown Quality Schools Technology Department for working tirelessly, day in and day out, to provide essential support to the district.
  • September 26 - 30, Finance & Accounting Appreciation Week. Though the RQS Finance Department's work largely happens behind the scenes, they support every corner of the district. Thanks for all you do!

Save the Date: Cinder Restaurant Pop Ups

Have you heard of the district’s very own student-led restaurant, Cinder?

Cinder is the Herndon Career Center Institute of Culinary Arts student-led restaurant. The restaurant first opened in 2020 with a soft opening to the public. The district is thrilled to share that Cinder will have four gourmet pop-up dinner events hosted and created by the Herndon culinary students – the nation’s finest, young and upcoming culinary chefs!

Each dinner event will consist of a different menu, and a special guest chef. The four pop-up dates are as follow: Friday, October 14, Thursday, November 17, Thursday, January 26, and Friday, March 3.

Tickets are $45 per person and there are limited seats available. For more information, click here.

Raytown South High School Science Teacher Named Recipient of Nationally Competitive Fellowship

Congratulations to Raytown South High School Science Teacher, Aidan Link, for being the recipient of the Knowles Teaching Fellowship – a nationally competitive fellowship.

The Knowles Teaching Fellows Program is a five-year program that supports early-career, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics teachers in their efforts to become great teachers who lead from the classroom. Knowles Teaching Fellows have access to a comprehensive suite of benefits valued at more than $150,000, including stipends, grants for professional development, classroom materials, and National Board Certification, coaching and mentoring from experienced teachers and teacher educators, support for teacher leadership initiatives, and membership in a national community of nearly 450 math and science educators.

The fellowship accepts around 30 candidates for each cohort on a national level, Aidan being chosen as one of them for 2022. Congratulations Aidan on this tremendous recognition!

Raytown Quality Schools Celebrates College Colors Day

Every year, staff, families, students, and alumni celebrate College Colors Day to show school spirit and school pride, and also to excite students about their post high school journey.

Our schools celebrated College Colors Day with a twist by adding ‘careers’ to this event to support various post-secondary education paths. All secondary education staff were invited to wear either college or career apparel, and spend a minute of each class to discuss their ‘why’ and their successes post-graduation.

Bombas Socks Donates One Pair of Socks for all District Students and Staff

Thank you to our partners at Bombas Socks and the Community Service League for donating free Bombas Socks to every district student and staff member. We are grateful for partnerships like these for helping to put those smiles on our student and staff faces.

Superintendent Dr. Martin-Knox to Host Student Forums With all District Schools

Throughout September and October, Superintendent Dr. Martin-Knox is visiting various schools for a Q&A forum with students. The goal of the forums are to provide a space for students to add their voices to the conversation. It’s important to recognize that students have a unique perspective, and that their perspective should be welcomed alongside that of the adult perspective. Students have been eager participants, sharing their positive experiences and challenges, ranging from a variety of classes, sports and clubs, school spirit, and their hopes for the remainder of the year. Thank you to our student participants to date!

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Congratulations to the District Teacher of the Year and
District Support Staff Employee of the Year!

Each year, Raytown Quality Schools is proud to recognize one District Teacher of the Year and one District Support Staff Employee of the Year through a competitive selection process. This prestigious honor is awarded annually to the Raytown Quality Schools employees who demonstrate outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication to student success and well-being.

Congratulations to the 2022-23 District Teacher of the Year, Fleetridge Elementary Kindergarten Teacher, Michaela Whitmore, and 2022-23 District Support Staff Employee of the Year, Raytown Central Middle School Social Worker, Amy Guinn.

We would also like to congratulate all building teachers and support staff who were nominated. Thanks to each one of you for your continued dedication and being that ray of hope to our students and buildings.

To learn more about the annual district awards and meet the two honorees and building honorees, click here.

Thank you, RQS Care Clinic!

A great benefit of working for RQS is access to the on-site Care Clinic and the wonderful doctor, nurse, and clinic staff. We appreciate all they do in helping to keep us healthy. As a thank you for taking exceptional care of us, the clinic staff was treated to lunch. Thank you for your unparalleled service and being part of what makes RQS such a great place to work.

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Meet the Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Raytown Quality Schools is pleased to announce its Alumni Hall of Fame Class for 2022-23. The class includes six individuals who will join the ranks of other distinguished alumni during the November 4-5 Induction Weekend activities.

Inductees include Cindy Fee (Raytown High School Class of 1973), Barbara Hale Koirtyohann (Raytown High School Class of 1964), Ralph Monaco (Raytown High School Class of 1974), Kirt Mosier (Raytown High School Class of 1981), Kelly Ristedt (Raytown High School Class of 1981), and Dr. Andrew Wishy (Raytown South High School Class of 2000).

Click here for more information about 2022-23 Hall of Fame inductees and induction weekend activities.

Call for Nominees: 2023 Alumni Hall of Fame

Do you know an outstanding alum who should be considered for the Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame? Nominate them today! Nominations for the induction class of 2023 are due by Wednesday, February 1. For more information and to download the nomination form, click here.

Interested in Volunteering? Here's What You Need to Know

In compliance with the Missouri State Law, if you are interested in volunteering with a school, or want to join a student field trip, a thorough background check needs to be completed.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events:

  • No School - Professional Development Day: Wednesday, October 5
  • REF's Run For Excellence, Boo in 2022: Saturday, October 8
  • Board of Education Meeting: Monday, October 10
  • No School - Teacher Work Day: Friday, October 21
  • No School: Thursday, October 27 & Friday, October 28