Raymore-Peculiar School District News

Sept. 7, 2018
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Elective teachers from both Ray-Pec and Harrisonville high schools and middle schools had an opportunity to collaborate during the professional development day on Sept. 4 to share common practices, and discuss course offerings and programs.
Foundation to present Distinguished Alumni Award
Two Ray-Pec High School graduates selected for 2018 honor
The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation announces two recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award: Shara (Clevenger) Brice and Danielle (Gowing) George. The award recipients have excelled in their careers and have given back to their communities.They will be honored on Sept. 14 at a special luncheon, at a tailgate party sponsored by the Foundation, and at the Homecoming Football Game.

Shara (Clevenger) Brice
Shara (Clevenger) Brice
Shara (Clevenger) Brice graduated with the Class of 1987. Shara served as a class officer all four years of high school. She was editor-in-chief of The Panther Times.  She attended Girls State and the first Missouri Scholars Academy. As a student, Shara led initiatives which resulted in weighted classes and Project Graduation being introduced to Ray-Pec.  With her sister, Alisa Quest, she founded Cheerbringers of America in 1984, and Foxwood Springs Intergenerational Academy in 1989. 

Shara graduated from William Jewell College in 1991, and was honored as America's Top 20 "All-USA Academic Team" by USA Today in 1991. She earned her graduate degree at UMKC, where she received the Arthur Mag Fellowship. The Missouri Jaycees selected Shara as the Missouri Citizen of the Year in 1991.

Shara married Rev. Jonathan Brice and moved to England in 1992. She developed the Epping Forest Council for Voluntary Service to support 700 voluntary organizations. Shara established Ascension Eagles in 1996, the London Cheerleading Academy in 2002, and Talent Central UK in 2010.

In 2005, Shara was awarded MBE (Member of the British Empire), an honor rarely bestowed upon non-Nationals. She was named 2009 "Citizen of the Year" by the London Borough of Newham and the 2010 "Woman of the Year" for the United Kingdom. In 2012, she was selected to carry the Olympic torch for the London 2012 Games.

Shara now lives in Aspen, Colo., where Rev. Brice is Rector of Christ Episcopal Church. Since 2012, Shara has served as Colorado's Chapter Leader for Our Community Listens (OCL).  Read more

Danielle (Gowing) George
Danielle Gowing George
Danielle (Gowing) George attended Ray-Pec schools from kindergarten through graduation from Ray-Pec High School in 1994.

Danielle learned about the importance of community involvement and "giving back" from her mom, Patsy Gowing, who owned an accounting firm and was a Realtor involved in the Chamber of Commerce. When Danielle was in college at Kansas State University, her mother passed away from breast cancer.

After college, Danielle began a career in sales and management, which continued until about 7 years ago. At that time, she decided to pursue her dream of running her own business to offer the flexibility of working from home while raising her children. She has a Healthy Meal Planning Consulting business. She also attends the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a Board-Certified Integrative Health Consultant.

Twenty months ago, at the age of 40 and having daughters ages 6, 4, and 2, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Danielle has used this life-altering experience to help others. While undergoing cancer treatment, surgeries, and medication, she continued to maintain her business and care for her family. She began helping other women in other areas, including breast cancer. She has become an advocate for self-care for women to be proactive with their health. In addition to family health coaching, she is writing a book about coping with trauma. She is beginning to schedule public speaking events for local companies and their employees.

In the future, she plans to create a program for pre-teen and teenage girls to deal with the pressure of society. She and her husband, Adam George, and three daughters, lives in Overland Park, Kan. Read more
Homecoming football game is Sept. 14
Help cheer the Panthers to victory over the Belton Pirates
(Picture by Victor Carr from Aug. 31 game)
The Homecoming football game is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Panther Stadium. Ray-Pec will host Belton. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for students. Residents ages 55 and older may show I.D. for free admission.

Tailgate party
The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation will host a tailgate party from 5 to 6:30 p.m. outside the stadium. All alumni and staff are invited to stop by the Foundation tent for a hotdog and beverage before the game.

Special recognition
Special recognition at the game will include the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award (see more information above) and the Homecoming royalty candidates.

Adult supervision
Please remember that students in grades K-8 must be accompanied by an adult while attending District evening activities. Students are expected to remain in the stands during the game unless utilizing restroom or concessions. Middle school students will have a designated section at the south end of the bleachers for home football games. 
Homecoming theme is "Shipwrecked"
Many activities planned during Homecoming Week
The Homecoming theme this year is Shipwrecked!

Homecoming King and Queen
Candidates for Homecoming King and Queen and underclass nominees for Royalty will be announced Friday, Sept. 7.

Theme t-shirts will be available during Homecoming week for $15. The shirt is vintage yellow with black print. For information or to pre-order, contact contact  cheryl.gray@raypec.org

Homecoming Week Spirit Days
  • Monday, Sept. 10 - Hippie/Tie Dye Day
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11 - College Day
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12 - Hawaii/Tourist Day
  • Thursday, Sept. 13 - Vine Days
  • Friday, Sept. 14 - RPHS Spirit Day! 
The Homecoming dance is from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in the high school Dome gym. Tickets are $10 and will be available for sale during all high school lunch shifts Sept. 10 to 14. 
Annual College and Career Fair set for Sept. 11
Includes representatives from 85 colleges, military branches, and unions
The High School Counseling Department presents its annual College and Career Fair on Sept. 11. 
  • Seniors may attend from 8:19 to 9:08 a.m. 
  • Juniors may attend from 9:13 to 10:02 a.m. 
The event will include 85 representatives from area 2-year and 4-year colleges, technical colleges, military branches, and local Unions. Parents are welcome, but must sign in first in the front office.