Raymore-Peculiar School District News

Dec. 7, 2018
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8th graders 
Aidan Starforth, Connor Moreland, and Andrew Brokaw presented their Pull Toy Projects during the 2nd annual STEAM Expo on Nov. 13. The students are in the Automation and Robotics Class at Ray-Pec South Middle School.
Project Lead the Way offers STEAM opportunities
District plans to expand offerings at elementary school and high school
Student Brennon Ross created a wristlet safety device. At night, an arrow lights up to point the correct direction to go.
Fifth graders are learning about the transmission of infection and how to find the source of the outbreak. Eighth graders are designing and building devices to increase safety. (One project is pictured at right.) High School students are developing apps.
These activities and more are taking place in Ray-Pec classrooms as part of Project Lead the Way (PLTW).

PLTW modules and courses emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math. The program is available for all grade levels, and in the Ray-Pec School District, implementation began with classes in the middle schools and high school in the three major pathways: Computer Science, Engineering, and Biomedical Science. Currently, Ray-Pec offers full course loads in each pathway at the middle schools.
Expanding PLTW is an important action step in the District's Strategic Plan. During a Nov. 8 special meeting, the School Board heard about those plans.
At the elementary schools, one fifth grade module, "Infection Detection," was implemented this fall. Expansion plans includes modules for grades K-4. 
The District also proposes expanding the course offerings at the high school. RPHS Project Lead the Way Programming
School Board candidate filing begins on Dec. 11
Two positions are available with 3-year terms
Qualified persons interested in running for a position on the Ray-Pec School Board are invited to file to be a candidate in the April 2, 2019 election. You may file at the Administrative Services Center, located at 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar.

Filing will begin at 8 a.m. Dec. 11, and will continue during the district's regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday. Filing will not occur on days that the school district's offices are closed due to inclement weather or on these holidays when the district's offices are closed: Dec. 24 and 25, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019. Filing will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2019.

There are two (2) positions available with three-year terms. Board members whose terms expire in 2019 are Susan Edmonsond and Bill Lowe.   Board Candidate Filing
Share your feedback on the school calendar!
District seeks your opinion as it plans calendar for 2019-2020
The District Calendar Committee is currently constructing a draft calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. 

This link takes you to a brief survey on various calendar topics:  2019-2020 Parent/Guardian Calendar Survey

Please respond by Dec. 17. We greatly appreciate your input in this important process!
Winter Break
Schools dismiss early on Dec. 21
Ray-Pec schools will dismiss early on Friday, Dec. 21, for Winter Break. Here are the early dismissal times:
  • Ray-Pec High School at 11:46 a.m.
  • Middle Schools: 11:50 a.m.
  • Elementary schools: 1:05 p.m.
School is not in session for students Dec. 24 through Jan. 4. Staff return to work on Friday, Jan. 4. Classes resume for students on Monday, Jan. 7.