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Students Last Day Changed

Monday, March 3, 2014 Kearney R-I Schools were closed due to inclement weather. That was our 6th day missed for inclement weather. That means that our March 24, 2014 PD is now an academic day with students and our last day for school will be Friday, May 30th with an early release for students.

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High School Summer School Enrollment Now Available

Enrollment is now open for any High School student needing to take core credit recovery classes, personal finance, health or driver's education.

2014 Kids Club Summer School Enrollment Form

Click the link below to learn more and sign up.

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Summer School (Incoming Kindergarten - 5th Grade)

The Kearney R-1 School District is pleased to have the opportunity to offer a summer school program for our students entering Kindergarten through 5th grade! If you prefer to enroll online, click on the following link: Online Enrollment.

2014 Kids Club Summer School Enrollment

The program will be 20 days in length beginning on Monday, June 2nd and will run through Friday, June 27th. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Students who will be in Kindergarten through 5th grade for the 2014-2015 school year from all four elementary buildings will be attending the summer program at Dogwood Elementary.

Bus transportation will not be available this summer. To take advantage of this program, parents/guardians will need to be able to drop students off at Dogwood between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. and pick them up at 3:00 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by OPAA! at the current prices. (Breakfast - $1.60; Lunch - $2.10; Milk - $.35) Menus will go home with students on the first day of summer school.

The Kids' Club before and after school child-care program will be available at Dogwood during summer school. There is a charge for this summer program. Interested parents may print a Kids' Club enrollment form from the district website at http://www.kearney.k12.mo.us. Space is limited.

To enroll your child in the 2014 summer school program, please complete the attached enrollment form and return to your child's elementary school by Tuesday, May 20th.

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SUMMER OF INNOVATION...THE FUTURE INSPIRED

Summer of Innovation-Enrichment Program for Students. Enrollment begins March 3rd and runs through May 1st

2014 Kids Club Summer School Enrollment Form

Please see flyer and click below for the list of enrichment opportunities.

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PLTW Certification for STEM Education Program

Students from Certified PLTW Schools May Receive College Admissions Preference, College Credit, and Scholarships at PLTW Affiliate Universities

Kearney High School & Junior High announced today that it has received national certification for its Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program that it has been offering since 2014. PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation's leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life biomedical science projects. PLTW also prides itself on high-quality professional development of its teachers and an engaged network of business, community and university partners to give students the fullest experience.

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Missouri Scholars Academy Participants

A huge congratulations to Kody Jones and Andrew Wilmes who have been chosen to participate as one of the 330 scholars of this year's Missouri Scholars Academy. Founded in 1985, the Missouri Scholars Academy was established to provide educational experiences and enrichment opportunities which differ significantly from those provided in the more traditional high school setting. The Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week academic program for 330 of Missouri's gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school. The academy reflects Missouri's desire to strive for excellence in education at all levels. The program is based on the premise that Missouri's gifted youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential.With a carefully selected faculty and staff, a specially designed curriculum that focuses on the liberal arts, and a variety of stimulating extracurricular activities, the academy enables students to be part of a unique learning community.

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National Champions!

Congrats to the Kearney high school power lifting team! The power lifting team won the national championship this weekend in Oklahoma city! Wow what a great accomplishment. Please let our student/athletes know how proud we are if you see them. Nice job Kearney bulldogs!

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Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Winners

The following Southview students won awards in the Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Their art work will go on tour around the state of Missouri. They competed against hundreds of students their age in the state of Missouri.

2nd Place - Austin Bullock

Honorable Mention - Ella Meadows, Ali Collins, Jeter Mauzey, Ian Acosta, Mackenzie Panuco

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High School Senior Selected For State Academic Honor

High school senior Sam Oxandale of Kearney R1 High School has been selected for the 2014 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2014. The announcement was made by David Schwarzenbach, principal at Kearney R1 High School. Students will be recognized at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO, on Sunday April 27, 2014.

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Robotics Competition

Kearney High School FIRST Robotics Team 2345 competed in the Greater Kansas City Regional at the Metropolitan Community College Business and Technology Center on March 14th and 15th. March 13th was a day set aside to do final assembly on the robot and test the robot on the field. After many trials and tribulations, the robot passed inspection and made it to the field at the very end of the day. On Friday, the competition involving 58 teams from Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri began. The competition was tough with many robots losing parts and/or breaking during the competition. After qualifying rounds on Friday, Team 2345 was in 35th place. However, on Saturday, the team roared to life and finished the day placing 20th out of the 58 teams. The team design of the robot included pneumatics and a belt drive system (versus a chain drive system). Both were both new experiences for the team members and provided a steep learning curve for everyone! Our team is larger than ever and was able to participate in more than "just the game". The team posted safety posters around the arena, had a bulldog mascot representing the team, and had a student ambassador volunteer for the KC FIRST organization during the competition. Thank you to the community for supporting our team throughout the year. We look forward to next year!

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Congratulations to Kearney's NCAPs Class of 2014

Last week, 30 Kearney High School students were selected to attend NCAPS during the 2014/2015 school year. The Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies is rapidly becoming a most respected and meaningful opportunity for students to engage in advance professional studies.

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First Place in Creating Original Music Project

Kudos to Brandon Thibodeau who recently WON 1ST PLACE in C.O.M.P. (Creating Original Music Project) with a piece titled " A Collaborative Conversation." This competition is sponsored by the University of Missouri to provide K-12 students in Missouri schools the opportunity to write original works in a wide array of musical styles and to present these pieces to their schools and at a music festival at the University of Missouri-Columbia on April 19, 2014.

A special thanks/congratulations to Jamie Heil for taking the time practice, rehearse, record, and perfrom this work with Brandon. (it is challenging for both parts!! ) They will go to Columbia in April to perform together at the awards ceremony.

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WWII Veteran Visits American History Class

Ira Hunter, a WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946, recently visited students in Dan Miller's American History class. Mr. Hunter stated that his involvement was in the "ETO" or European Theater of Operations. He was directly involved in the Battle of the Bulge and also at Normandy, two or three days after D-Day. At 90 years old, he is still very sharp and loves coming to talk to students. Thank you to Mr. Hunter for continuing to inspire and educate our young adults!

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Chamber Choir performed at Carnegie Hall

Congratulations to teacher Jason Elam and the KHS Chamber Choir on being selected as one of the TOP choirs in the nation to sing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall! They performed there on Tuesday, March 18th. This is quite an honor for our school and community to be represented in such an incredible way! Something like this is not easy to attain on a NATIONAL level, as many years of work and dedication have gone into preparing/training those young people to perform at such a level.

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2012-2013 District Report Card

Recently, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released 2012-13 district report cards. The report cards provide data collected during the 2012-13 school year. For additional information related to Kearney School District's report card, visit...

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KHS National Honor Society Hosts the MANHS State Convention

This past week KHS National Honor Society hosted the MANHS State Convention March 4-5, 2014 at Tan-Tar-A Resort. As the president school, KHS NHS led the state convention and facilitated breakout sessions for the over 250 high school and junior high school attendees. The convention was led by president Holly Burns and vice-president Aneisha Ford. We had 37 members of the KHS Chapter attend and facilitate the breakout sessions; it was a great success and we are very proud of our KHS NHS students.

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KHS Wins Fourth Place at Ninth Annual Academic WorldQuest

Kearney High School earned fourth place at Academic WorldQuest, an international knowledge competition hosted by the International Relations Council in the Kansas City area since 2006. Other winners included Rockhurst High School (first), Lawrence High School (second), and Olathe North High School (third). The 4-member Kearney team bested 13 other regional high schools during the competition on February 22 at the Indian Creek Technology Center. The competition included 10 rounds of diverse questions about international affairs, ranging from cybersecurity to the United Nations.

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Thinking Outside the Desk

Trading textbooks for tools, swapping worksheets for hands-on tasks and exchanging classrooms for offices and production lines, students enrolled in the first year of the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies are taking their studies beyond the walls of their schools and into the professional working world.

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RevTrak Online Payment System

NEW for Parents!
RevTrak Online Payment System
Beginning January 2014

Parents can now purchase lunch for their students online!


The Kearney R-1 School District provides parents and easy way to make payments for their students. We have established a secure Web Store, powered by RevTrak at no cost to the School District. Our Web Store offers parents a convenient payment option when adding money to their student's food service account. Online payments can be made using a VISA, Mastercard or Discover credit or debit card. A 3.61% processing fee will be added to your total purchase.

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All-State Band

After having the first 2 attempts at live auditions cancelled due to "Old Man Winter", we had 26 kids spend the first day of break recording their All-State Band auditions so that they could be mailed in. Those results were posted yesterday and Kearney received 7 All-State Honors. Congrats to the following list of honorees:

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KHS Student Council Volunteers at Ronald McDonald House

KHS Student Council volunteered some of their time Saturday, January 4th, at the Ronald McDonald House.

KEF Contributes to NHS Fundraising Efforts

The KHS National Honors Society (NHS) was elected as the President School for the 2014 NHS Convention. The upcoming convention will be held at Tan-Tar-A / Lake of the Ozarks March 4th and 5th 2014. The KHS members have been working for a little less than a year to raise approximately $10,000 for this event and have the honor to represent the more than 500 NHS. The group has currently raised approximately $8000.

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Kearney H.S. Senior Receives IRC Scholarship

Annual awards recognize area students and promote international education

The International Relations Council (IRC) has awarded the 2013-2014 Eliot S. Berkley Award to Therin Showalter, a senior at Kearney High School. Kathleen Harding, a senior at Olathe Northwest High School, is first runner-up. Both students were honored at the IRC's Berkley lecture on December 12.

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Coach and Player of the Year

Coach Jones and KHS senior, Brock Broughton have been named the 2013 KMZU Coach and Player of the year for the Class V Division! This month they will be presented with a plaque from KMZU.

Additionally, many of our Bulldogs made the All-Conference Team, click here to see the list of players.

Please join us in congratulating our players and coaches for their accomplishments this year. It's a great day to be a Bulldog!

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National Merit Scholarship Students Recognized for Achievement

The school board recognized KHS students Megan Barratt and Matthew Sebelski at their November Board Meeting for being Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program. Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although these two students will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). "The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC.

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Kearney Students on the Radio

Listen to radio ads that feature Kearney High School students! These were written with the help of Kearney SADD students and the voices are KHS seniors Chandler Gallagher and Madison Uhlman. These messages are in response to some of the recent reports of an increase in underage drinking at bonfires and on party busses. The Kearney Holt CAN coalition paid for 1/2 the on-air time and they will be played on the following radio stations.

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Kearney Student Named to The Scholastic All American (SAA) 2013 Team

USA Swimming was proud to recognize Madison Strathman for her achievements both in the classroom and in swimming during the 2012-13 year. The Scholastic All American (SAA) 2013 team is composed of 1360 swimmers. Madison's recognition is a compliment to her swimming ability and academic prowess and a credit to her coaches, teachers and parents for their support. The SAA 2013 team includes 734 girls and 626 boys. Achieving a 3.5 GPA in Academic Subjects and meeting the 2011 Junior National Bonus Standard for pool swimming or competing in the USA Swimming National Open Water Championships or in one of the desigated Disability Meets is a great achievement. A letter from Bruce Stratton, President of USA Swimming, and certificate can be viewed here.

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KHS Students Attend Google Glass Class

Students enrolled in the Computer Science & Software Engineering class at the KHS were introduced to Google Glass Wednesday, October 23rd. "Susan Woehrman, PLTW (Project Lead The Way) Partnership team member, was able to coordinate a visit from Darrin Clawson, the CEO of Engage Mobile to demonstrate Google Glass to the 24 students," says Mary Howard, the PLTW Engineering Instructor and KHS Algebra II teacher. She went on to say, "students recently completed building their first App for android devices. They were very excited to hear that they would be able to see Google Glass and hear from a leader in the industry about how it works and how its Apps are built." Many students dressed in slacks and a tie to show professional respect for this business and technology leader. Mr. Clawson wore the titanium framed, no lens glasses during the presentation and gave it swipe and voice commands to take photos, post photos to social media websites, take video, send email, and make phone calls. He provided examples of practical applications in the business world and encouraged the students to seek creative solutions using Google Glass for different industries. During and after the presentation the students asked innovative questions such as "is it possible to use the motion of your head to scroll through menus on Google Glass?" and "Could it be used to assist the blind become more mobile?" Several students had ideas for Apps for the Google Glass. One idea discussed was a translator function. Mr. Clawson shared an example of a practical function for two surgeons. A surgeon in the US could call the best surgeon in the world, who is in China and only speaks Mandarin. The surgeon in China could watch what the surgeon in the US while he operated and at the same time, the surgeon in the US could see the surgeon in China in the small Google Glass window above his right eye. If the translator App was installed, it could allow each surgeon to speak in their native language and be translated appropriately. After the class was over and students were dismissed, several stayed and many more students and teachers filtered in from other classes making sure not to miss the opportunity to see Google Glass. The Kearney Courier attended and was able to document this occasion as well. Google Glass has only been distributed to 800 technical companies in the nation and is not currently available to the public. With the future possibilities for Wi-Fi technology, Phase III of the district's Infrastructure plan is under way and sets the ground work for a district wide Wi-Fi solution, allowing for the BOYD initiative to launch district wide.

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Kearney Students Honored for Perfect Scores on State Tests

October 17th, the Kearney R-I School Board recognized students who achieved perfect scores on 2013 Missouri Assessments. The board recognized 55 students who earned perfect scores on end-of-course (EOC) exams, and three students who earned perfect scores on Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests. Sam Meade and Aria Luft are fourth grade students at Southview Elementary and achieved a perfect score on the third grade math MAP test. Megan Stansil is a sixth grade student at Kearney Middle School and perfect score on the fifth grade math MAP test. Lauren Alden, Brevan Ellefsen, Brandon Lee, Chloe Gillespie, Max Molling, Claire Allen, and Tanner Steele received a perfect score on the Algebra I EOC exam. Conner Keim, Kayla Ousley, Makenzie Schulta, Esther Totten, Andrew Wilmes, David Wolf, Richard Bowles, Kody Jones, and Nicole Kerwin received a perfect score on the English I EOC exam. Ashley Coonfield, Dakota Hayes, Ryan Hoffman, Cameron Karn, Conner Keim, Hope Vickery, Andrew Wilmes, Dawson Goepferich, Kody Jones, and Eric Tubaugh received a perfect score on the Geometry EOC exam. Carter Lloyd, Rachel Wright, and Connor Allen received a perfect score on the Algebra II EOC exam. Zachary Wathen, Salem Cowley, Morgan Drigalla, Katy Plogher, Marissa Wilson, Connor Allen, Nicholas Entrop, Alli Barker, Benji Barnes, Bronsan Coley, Nathan Johnson, Shelby Luttrell, Sarah Piburn, Heather Schrivener, Rachel Wright, and Dakota Zimmerman received a perfect score on the Biology I EOC exam. Carter Lloyd, Luke Milum, Sarah Piburn, Bethanny Williams, Jessi Allen, Faris Hamdi, Tyler Long, Grant Mitton, Matthew Sebelski, and Mason Shoemaker received a perfect score on the American History EOC exam. Each fall, our seven-member school board provides certificates at the October meeting to students who earn a perfect score on Missouri assessment tests. It is certainly an honor to celebrate their success.

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PowerSchool Single Sign-On Information

PowerSchool's Parent Portal provides real-time access for parents and students to grades, attendance, assignments, and more. We are pleased to announce the release of Parent Single Sign-on for our Kearney School District Families. Parent Single Sign-On is a feature that improves the way you log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Now, each parent can set up their own account and link multiple students in their family.

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KHS National Honor Society is Announced President School

Congratulations to the KHS National Honors Society (NHS) for being nominated and elected as the President School for the 2014 NHS Convention. This is a great honor as there are 30 schools that participate in the NHS program within the state of Missouri. The upcoming convention will be held at Tan-Tar-A / Lake of the Ozarks March 4th and 5th 2014. That gives the KHS members a little less than a year to raise approximately $10,000 for this event and have the honor to represent the more than 500 NHS members across the state.The purpose of the NHS convention is to enhance leadership skills, learn about service opportunities and meet other NHS members in Missouri. The Kearney High School NHS will represent an energetic, active, friendly and meaningful "Oh the Places You'll Go" theme for the 2014 convention. In addition to setting a theme, the 90 KHS members will run elections, activities, breakout sessions, provide treat bags and supplies as well as fund the Tuesday night entertainment. The students are currently focusing on fundraising for this event. Ideas you may see are a Parents Night Out, Middle School Fun Night at the high school, car washes and McDonald's Fundraisers. These students are working towards representing the Kearney school district at a state level, if you see the students in their gray NHS shirts; they are fundraising and will appreciate your support.

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DISTRICT AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Kearney High School has received the No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Award.
The program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels.
This is such an honor for KHS to be recognized by the US Department of Education.

Kearney R-I School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, or employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For further information regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Kearney R-I School District's Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, 1002 South Jefferson, Kearney, MO 64060, (816) 628-2653
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