Dr. Amanda Allen named Principal of North Middle School
Dr. Amanda Allen has been named as principal of North Middle School beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

Dr. Allen brings 20 years of middle school teaching and leadership experience to the role. She has served as assistant principal at South Middle School since the 2016-2017 school year and has been with Grain Valley Schools since 2013. She first served as a middle school math teacher and then as district instructional technology coach prior to being selected as assistant principal in 2016. Before coming to Grain Valley, Dr. Allen taught for the Raymore-Peculiar School District and Independence School District.

Dr. Allen replaces Theresa Nelson, who announced her retirement earlier this fall effective next summer. Mrs. Nelson has served as the principal at North Middle School since the school opened in 2010, and for 34 years overall with the school district.

Superintendent Dr. Marc Snow is encouraged by what Dr. Allen brings to school leadership. “Dr. Allen has proven herself as an effective leader through her investment in relationships. She understands the needs of middle school students and what it takes to engage students in their learning. Meeting the individual needs of middle school students can be challenging and Dr. Allen is committed to working with families and staff to address the needs of each student.”

Dr. Allen expresses her enthusiasm for the new opportunity. “I am grateful to the Grain Valley School District's Board of Education and superintendents for giving me the opportunity to share my passion for education at North Middle School. I have learned from the best and brightest leaders, teachers, coaches, and staff. Now, by harnessing the power of collaboration and developing a strong rapport with teachers, staff, students, and parents, I look forward to serving North Middle School."

A search for the South Middle School assistant principal role will begin immediately.

Results from our survey about the school late start on October 31.

Congratulations to the Grain Valley Eagles Boys Varsity Soccer team as they are District champions! The team defeated the East KC Bears last night 2 to 1 to claim the Class 3 District 14 championship.

The GVHS Eagles football team has advanced to the District Semifinals.  The Eagles will host the Grandview Bulldogs tomorrow night (11/8) at Moody Murray Field at Grain Valley High School.  Kickoff is at 7:00 pm.

The Eagles Cross Country team has three athletes that will be competing in the MSHSAA Cross County State Championships this Saturday, November 9th in Columbia, MO. Royce Fisher, Valerie Holcomb and Ella Casey will represent GVHS at the championships this weekend.
Grain Valley Assistance Council's Trivia Night November 9
The Grain Valley Assistance Council is hosting a trivia night to support their efforts to provide food, clothing, training, and other resources for individuals and families in need who live in our community. Trivia Night is November 9th in the commons at Grain Valley High School. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the trivia game starts at 6:30 and is over by 9:30. The cost is $100 per team of 8 players. Players must be 16 or older to play. No smoking or alcoholic beverages allowed. Just bring some goodies for your team to eat. Pop and water will be available for purchase. Reservations are required email janreding@earthlink.net BEFORE November 1st.
Next Wednesday, November 13th from 6-8 PM Grain Valley High School will be holding its very own STEM night! The event will host several companies and corporations, along with various experts in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM night will allow students, both under and upperclassmen to discover a plethora of career options as 60+ companies, colleges, and organizations will be in attendance.

The students and faculty of Grain Valley High School would love for all middle school and high school aged students along with their families to come discover STEM night. This is an amazing and unique experience for high school students, as they begin to explore different career options. We highly encourage everyone to come out and gain valuable insight related to STEM careers.

Veterans Day Celebrations
Students throughout Grain Valley Schools will observe Veterans Day honoring those who have served in the U.S. Military. Each school in the district has made plans to commemorate Veterans Day in their own way.

Any veterans in the community are invited to attend events at Stony Point Elementary, Matthews Elementary, and Grain Valley North Middle School. All other schools have special events planned for veterans with connections to students or staff at those schools.

Grain Valley High School will host a Veterans Wall on display in the Commons area on Monday, November 11. Photos of veterans submitted by students and their families will be on display. The day will begin with the playing of Taps. Students will also view a video and participate in class discussions on the significance of Veterans Day. A team of National Honor Society students will help tidy up an area veterans cemetery

South Middle School will host a Veterans Day Breakfast from 7:15 am to 8:00 am on November 11. Students will be inviting Veterans and/or Active-Duty Military Personnel who are significant in their lives to attend the Veterans Day Breakfast. The South Middle School band will perform during the Veterans Day Breakfast.

North Middle School will host a Veterans Day Assembly at 7:45 am in the gymnasium on November 11. Our Veterans Day assembly is organized and led by our Student Council representatives. It will feature a performance of the National Anthem. We will recognize those Veterans who are present. Student Council students will perform a skit around the book "America's White Table.” We will display student-created posters recognizing Veterans Day. We will close with a playing of Taps. All parents and veterans are encouraged to attend our Veterans Day assembly.

Matthews Elementary will host a Veterans Day Assembly on November 7 at 6:00 pm and again on November 11 at 9:40 am. All Veterans and community members are invited to attend our Veterans Day Assembly. The assembly will feature our fourth grade students. Following the music performance by fourth grade, there will be a slideshow to honor Veterans who have a connection to Matthews. All parents and Veterans are encouraged to attend our Veterans Day Assembly.

Prairie Branch Elementary will host a Veterans Day Assembly on November 11 at 9:00 am. Local Veterans and Active-Duty Military Personnel with connections to our school are invited to attend our Veterans Day Assembly. We will be joined by a representative from the Veterans Community Project, helping our students learn about ways they can give back to those who have defended our country. Students from Student Council, Student Lighthouse, and our Mustang Choir will also perform pieces designed to honor our armed forces.

Sni-A-Bar Elementary will host a Veterans Day Assembly on November 11 at 2:45 pm. The assembly will include songs and a presentation of colors by Scouts that attend the school. There will be classroom activities designed to honor Veterans. All Veterans and parents are encouraged to attend.

Stony Point Elementary will host a Veterans Day Assembly on November 11 at 2:15 pm. The assembly will feature a performance by the Honor Choir. All Veterans and parents are welcome to attend.

Summit Technology Academy to host open house events

Students and their families interested in learning about Summit Technology Academy and the school's nationally recognized, career-focused programs are invited to attend their upcoming open house events.

In addition to showcasing Summit Technology Academy, the events will include information about the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) program. Through this accelerated degree program, students are able to earn a bachelor's degree just two years after graduating from high school. The MIC program also reduces student debt thanks to the accelerated degree opportunity and MIC's paid internships with the metro area's top companies.

The open house nights, and back-up inclement weather dates are:

  • 6pm November 14 (inclement weather back-up is November 21)
  • 6pm January 9 (inclement weather back-up is January 16)
  • 6 pm February 6 (inclement weather back-up is February 10)

Teachers and current students will be available to answer questions about each course in the school's five career pathways -- engineering, human services and finance, arts and communications, computer science and health service. Summit Technology Academy includes high-school juniors and seniors participating in a half-day program as an extension of their high school.

An accelerated early college program breakout session will be presented at 6:45 to 7:15 pm in the event center. This program will focus on the Missouri Innovation Campus program.

To learn more about the open house events and to RSVP for the MIC program presentation, visit this link.

Important Dates
November 27-29
No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 20 - January 3
No School - Christmas Break

January 6
School resumes
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