Raymore-Peculiar School District News

Oct. 30,  2019
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Students from the RPHS Daily Grind coffee shop distribute candy at the annual Trunk or Treat on Oct. 28. Due to inclement weather, the event was moved indoors.
Please review procedures for inclement weather
District uses many methods to notify about school cancellations
When necessary, the District may delay the start of school, cancel school, or release school early due to inclement weather.  The decision to close school or delay the opening of school will be made as close to 5:30 a.m. as possible to allow time to communicate this decision before most students prepare for the school day.

In the event of a school cancellation, early release, or late start, the District will use all available media to communicate effectively:
  • We will use the SchoolMessenger service to send a telephone message to all employees and student families .
  • A text message will be sent via Textcaster. You can sign up here.
  • An email will be sent to all subscribers of RP Update, the district's electronic newsletter. You can subscribe by sending a message to rp.update@raypec.org.
  • Information will be shared on local TV stations (4, 5, 9, and 41).
  • An update will be available via the district information line at 816-892-3988.
  • The announcement will be posted on the district websiteFacebook page, and via Twitter.
More information:  Inclement weather procedures
High School to present play Lost in Yonkers
Neil Simon play was awarded Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize
Ray-Pec High School announces its production of Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize winning play Lost in Yonkers. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 8, and 9, and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office line, 892-3999 extension 2400. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Lost in Yonkers  is rich in comedy, yet wrestles with the most painful family scar - what happens to children in the absence of love. During World War II, two young brothers are sent to live with the formidable Grandmother Kurnitz. A refugee and widow, Grandma Kurnitz has hardened her heart to the world, and has crippled her children with her coldness and cruelty. One of her children is Bella, a woman who is in her mid-30s, but still very child-like. Bella's search for love leads her to more heartache and an unforgettable showdown with Grandma. The play was awarded the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991.  Cast and crew
Board approves audit of District finances
Auditor praises District's financial health
The Board of Education on Oct. 17 approved the audit of the District's finances for the year ended June 30, 2019.  Brad Steele, CPA and partner from Westbrook & Co., P.C., presented a summary report. The District had a clean opinion on its financial statements, compliance with laws and regulations, and internal control over financial reporting.

Steele complimented District staff on preparation for the audit and cooperativeness, as well as willingness to implement suggestions for improvement made during the audit. He recognized the Board's commitment to strong financial planning and management.

Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Byous said, " This reflects the efforts of our staff and administrators every day to ensure our financial policies and procedures are followed with fidelity."   Read more
RPHS honors students for academic achievements
Awards include Lamp of Learning, academic letter, and top 10 percent of class
Principal Steven Miller welcomes guests for the ceremony.
Raymore-Peculiar High School last week honored students for academic achievements earned during the 2019-2020 school year.

Students in grades 10-12 were recognized for achievements such as earning an Academic Letter, receiving the Lamp of Learning award, placing in the top 10 percent of their class, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Scholarship.

 List of awards