This photo by Ray-Pec High School student Jenna Bundy was an assignment completed at home for her art class with Teacher Stephanie Pugh. To see other works by students in Photo I, Photo 2, and Design/Digital Media classes, check out the District Facebook page.
Teacher and Support Staff annual awards announced
Teacher Kiley Brown and Custodian Glenda Whitaker selected
Congratulations to 2020 Teacher of the Year Kiley Brown and Support Staff Employee of the Year Glenda Whitaker!
Brown teaches first grade at Bridle Ridge Elementary School. Whitaker is the day lead custodian, also at Bridle Ridge Elementary School.
A small group of District administrators surprised them in person this morning with the news. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was no banquet event this year.
As winners, Brown and Whitaker each receive a $500 cash award, a desk award, and banners for their school. Their photos will be displayed at the Administrative Services Center.
In addition, Brown will receive a Teacher of the Year ring from Balfour, and will be the District's nominee for Missouri Teacher of the Year.
Whitaker will receive a bracelet from Noe's Jewelry. Brown, Whitaker, and all of the finalists will receive a plaque and items donated by local businesses.
Kiley Brown is 2020 Teacher of the Year
Judges commented on Brown's "heart for kids"
Kiley Brown has worked for the District since 2012 teaching first and second grades. Also, during the 2018-2019 school year, she taught general education in the Compass Program.
She was nominated for the award by Teacher Alexandra Tompkins, who said: "She is an excellent example of a superior educator. She works tirelessly every single day to make sure her kids get the best education possible. She is also the most calm, compassionate, and loving teacher I have ever met."
A former student said this: "If you have something you're struggling with, Mrs. Brown will see it and give you the help you need. If you feel like learning is boring, she'll find a way to make it fun. She works really well with all kids, and she doesn't even get mad or yell."
Teacher of the Year
Glenda Whitaker is Support Staff Employee of 2020
Whitaker says she is still learning every day
Glenda Whitaker has been working as a custodian in the Ray-Pec Buildings and Grounds Department for 23 years.
"When I came to Ray-Pec to work as a custodian, I felt that I found my work home, where I not only get to do what I like to do, which is clean, but I also get to learn and work with the kiddos," she said.
She has been nominated for this award three times, and was also a finalist for the award last year.
This year, she was nominated by Angie Chamberlain and three students. One student said: "Ms. Glenda keeps the school clean, and that is really nice of her. She makes me laugh and lets me help her clean the table at lunch. I love having a turn to be her helper!" Read more: Support Staff Employee of the Year
Summer School offered in 2-week sessions
Several schedule options available during June and July
Online registration is now open for Summer School 2020! To accommodate your family's summer schedule, you can sign up for two-week sessions or register for two full months.
June Session is virtual
The District's June Summer School session will be completely virtual and is offered June 3 to 30.
July Session tentatively planned for in-person classes
The district hopes to offer an in-person Summer School session from July 6 to July 30, if circumstances allow. A virtual session will be offered if we are unable to provide in-person classes.
For questions about Summer School, please email
For details about course offerings, July locations, and schedules:
Stadium and playgrounds closed again
This week, the District opened up some common areas for our community to use. Unfortunately, many children and adults did not follow social distancing at the stadium or playgrounds, so these areas will again be locked and off limits to the public.
Ray-Pec schools are closed through the end of the school year
In-person classes are suspended through the end of the school year.
To-go breakfast and lunch is available at no charge to any Ray-Pec resident age 18 and younger. Weekend meal assistance is also available. Meals
Children who turn 5 years old before Aug. 1, 2020, are eligible to attend kindergarten in fall 2020. Please complete the Kindergarten RSVP form for the school your child will attend: Kindergarten information
Shull Early Learning offers several Prekindergarten Programs for students who turn 4 years old before Aug. 1, 2020. PreK information
Ray-Pec High School is tentatively scheduling commencement for the Class of 2020 at 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Panther Stadium. In case of inclement weather, Saturday, July 18, is the back-up date.