Raymore-Peculiar School District News

Sept. 30, 2022

In this issue:

  • Dedication ceremony
  • LEAD Center open houses
  • Teaching award
  • Football game
  • Calendar

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During the dedication ceremony, Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle tells visitors about the opportunities offered at the Ray-Pec LEAD Center.

Dedication ceremony for new LEAD Center

The Raymore-Peculiar School District celebrated the opening of the Ray-Pec LEAD Center with a dedication ceremony on Sept. 27. The LEAD Center is located at M-58 and Foxridge Drive in Raymore. LEAD stands for Learning, Experiences, And Discovery.

During the event, four students, representing program areas now offered at the facility, spoke about what the LEAD Center experience means to them. (See below)

The LEAD Center is a unique facility that includes:

  • a computer-integrated machining program,
  • the Enterprise & Design program,
  • electrical studies,
  • a teacher academy program,
  • a space for special needs students, and
  • co-location with a business. 

Senior Jeri Walters is a student in the LEAD Center Teacher Academy. Jeri said she is learning to create and teach lessons and how to manage a classroom. She also is receiving practical experience in classrooms.

Senior Blake Kirby is a student in the Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing program. He talked about making friends, the value of learning the trade using equipment similar to the workplace, and the opportunities for his future.

Kai Eastwood is a senior in the Electrical Studies program. The hands-on learning opportunities provided in the program at the LEAD Center are beyond what might be covered in a traditional classroom.

Junior Mackenzey Spiller told how participation in the Enterprise & Design program is having a positive impact on her school and personal life. Through E&D, students work with business clients to solve real world problems.

Open house events at the LEAD Center

Would you like to visit and tour the new LEAD Center? These dates are scheduled for the public.

  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12
  • 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17

Due to space considerations, attendance is limited at each event. There is no charge to attend, but we are using an RSVP ticket system to keep track of the number planning to attend. Additional dates will be added as needed. Sign up here

Adam Segura honored with Outstanding New Teacher award

Congratulations to Adam Segura, theatre teacher at Ray-Pec East Middle School, on receiving the Outstanding New Teacher Award from the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (STAM) at its annual conference. STAM presents the award each year to someone in their third to fifth year of teaching. 

This is Segura's fourth year of teaching - all at Ray-Pec East Middle School. He has a bachelor's degree in speech and theatre education from the University of Central Missouri. Segura grew up in Shawnee, Kan., and graduated from Mill Valley High School,  where he was involved in every theatrical production during his four years there.

Segura was nominated for the award by Ray-Pec High School Theatre Teacher Dane Schnake, a past recipient of the award.

Tonight's Football Game

The Ray-Pec football team will host Lee’s Summit North at 7:05 p.m. tonight (Sept. 30) at Panther Stadium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with I.D. Fans age 55 and older are admitted free.

Attention, parents!

The Ray-Pec Athletic Department would appreciate your help keeping elementary students and especially middle school age students in the bleachers watching the game. All students pre-K thru 8th grade must be with an adult attending the game.

Please do not bring balls or other unnecessary items to the game, as they present a danger to those walking by not expecting to be hit with a ball or run into by an unaware student. Many of the students left to roam behind the bleachers are displaying character unbecoming of a Panther. We would like your help in keeping our stadium a place where Panther Pride is evident in the character we display to ourselves, our guests, and others. Thank you!

Watch the games online

Spectrum Sports will be televising the game. This week’s game will NOT be streamed on the Ray-Pec Activities YouTube channel.


  • No school on Monday, Oct. 3, to allow for staff planning and collaboration.
  • Parents of high school students: Important information about PSAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement exams can be found here.
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