Distinguished Principal of the Year
Sni-A-Bar Elementary principal Dr. Carrie Reich has been named the Kansas City Suburban Distinguished Principal of the Year. This is Dr. Reich's eighth year as principal at Sni-A-Bar Elementary School. She will be honored at a reception with the other honorees from across the state in March.

School Board Recognizes Swimming & Diving State Qualifiers
At their workshop on December 6, the School Board recognized Wyatt Huffman, Eli Hendricks, and Jack Lane for their accomplishment of qualifying for the State Swimming & Diving Meet. Eli Hendricks was also recognized for placing fourth at State in the Boys 1-Meter Diving event. Coach Kara Liddle spoke about the success of these three boys and their team in the first season with a swimming & diving team for GVHS.
2019-2010 District Calendar Survey Results
We invited all parents, guardians, and team members to participate in a survey last month to inform the development of the 2019-2020 district calendar. More than 1700 people registered their input. The results of the survey are below and have been used to draft a school year calendar that includes a week-long spring break in March and replaces our four late-start days with two full day professional development days for teachers. The School Board is expected to take action on the 2019-2020 calendar at their business meeting on January 17.




Board Adopts Bond Issue Ballot Language for April 2 Vote
At a workshop Thursday night, the School Board adopted language for a $7.5 Million bond issue to be placed on the ballot for April 2, 2019 to allow for an addition of 1 1/2 classroom wings onto North Middle School and for other possible improvements in the school district. When North Middle School was built in 2010 it was designed with an eventual addition in mind. Passage of this bond issue does not require raising the district tax levy rate. We will share more details on the scope of the work when it becomes available. Ballot language: "Shall the Board of Education of the Grain Valley R-V School District of Jackson County, Missouri, without an estimated increase in the current debt service property tax levy, borrow money in the amount of Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($7,500,000) for the purpose of providing funds for the site development, construction, renovation, equipping, and furnishing of a middle school addition; to complete other repairs and improvements to all school facilities; and issue bonds for the payment thereof? If this proposition is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the School District is estimated to remain unchanged at $1.7000 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of real and personal property."
Grain Valley Kindergarten teacher contributes to state publication
An article by Prairie Branch Elementary Kindergarten teacher Crystal Woodin  has been published in the winter issue of Something Better, a Missouri NEA publication. Mrs. Woodin writes about students' need to be hands-on with their learning and to be engaged in learning experiences that challenge them to think critically. Click here to read her article in the winter issue of Something Better. Click here to read her article in the winter issue of Something Better.
             
Winners of a KC Scholars scholarship can earn up to $10,000 per year, renewable for five years! The KC Scholars application window is now open until March 1 for all area high school juniors that meet certain criteria. At least 250 scholarships will be awarded in our area. Grain Valley juniors have received this lucrative scholarship each of the past two years!

KC Scholars also offers Adult Learner Scholarships for residents aged 24+. Up to $5000 per year is available for adults with some college, but no degree, or for those with an associate's degree who wish to complete a bachelor's degree. At least 200 of these scholarships will be awarded in our area!

High school freshman who open a 529 college savings account may be selected for the KC Scholars Match and Incentives Program where they can earn up to $7000. Up to 500 529 accounts will be seeded with $50 and at least 50 will be selected for the match program.

Click here for the application and for more information.
https://kcscholars.org/
Father/Daughter Valentines Dance, hosted by the City of Grain Valley
Little girls and their daddies or grandpas will enjoy an evening full of fun. Dancing, refreshments and prizes will make this date one to remember. Each couple will also receive a special keepsake picture. Pre-purchase your tickets; there are a limited number available.

*The last day to register will be Monday, January 28!
Ages: Daughters K - 12th Grades
When: Saturday, February 2 ~ 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Grain Valley Community Center
Fee: $18.00 Per Couple / $7.00 For Each Additional Daughter
Registration: Click Here To Register Online

Important Dates

January 21
No School - Martin Luther King Day

January 29
2 hour Late Start

February 18
No School - President's Day

February 28
2 hour Late Start
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