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September 28, 2018                                           Vol. V, Issue I
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Gates: Regional Teacher of the Year
Kori GatesHMC-1's District Teacher of the Year, Kori Gates, was named a Kansas City Regional Teacher of the Year. Out of over 14,600 teachers in Kansas City, Missouri, Gates was one of the top 18 nominees. 

Gates teaches kindergarten at Ervin Early Learning Center, where she strives every day to help students know they are safe, loved and welcomed.  As a student, Gates struggled with mathematics yet, today, she is a leader and participant in HMC-1's Make Math Matter grant.  Through this grant involvement she has not only helped unpack standards and create meaningful learning experiences, she has presented at conferences, mentored others, and developed math labs to meet the needs of young learner, like her, who may struggle with math. 

Congratulations to Ms. Gates!

 
Orchestra Debuting Music by World-Renowned Composer, Conductor
In fall 2018, Ruskin Orchestra students will have a distinct opportunity to debut new music from Kirt Mosier, a world-renowned composer and conductor. Mosier has visited Ruskin High School as a guest conductor many times in the past and works well with the students. His 2018 appearances include Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, and multiple locations throughout the United States.

Along with debuting the musical piece, Ruskin's orchestra has also been asked to submit a recording for publication when the new music becomes available worldwide.

"This is an honor and credit to our students, administration, and community. We are proving everyday that we can achieve success," Lazell Williams, orchestra director said.

The music number will headline the orchestra's December concert, scheduled fo
r December 11, 2018.
 
It's a Carnivale! Annual Gala & Auction
Carnivale Gala & Silent Auction

The Hickman Mills Educational Foundation's Gala and Silent Auction is their biggest fundraiser of the year. This year's Gala is November 2, 201,8 at the Armacost Car Museum in Grandview. Money raised goes directly towards scholarships for graduating seniors, classroom improvements, and unique field trips, all of which help create a positive educational environment for HMC-1 scholars.

Tickets are $40 each, or a table for 10 may be purchased at $350. Sponsorships are also available.

For more information, to purchase a ticket, or become a sponsor, visit the Gala's Eventbrite website.
 
Lopez Serves on Non-Profit Board
Headshot of Emily LopezRuskin High School senior Emily Lopez has received the honor of participating on the 2018-2019 Junior First Hand Ambassadors Board. Lopez is one of only 17 juniors and seniors serving on the board, with the goal of serving the community in various capacities. This is the first time in five years a Ruskin student has been invited to serve.

“We volunteer at places, such as Harvesters and Wayside Waifs, at least once a month,” Lopez said. “Our main focus is planning ways to help the community.”

First Hand Foundation is the non-profit arm of Cerner Corporation. Over the summer, Lopez took part in Cerner’s summer internship program.

 
Crittenton Recognizes Day of Peace
September 21 was the United Nation's International Day of Peace. Students and staff at Crittenton's day school recognized the day by coming together for a community lunch and learning symbols of peace. They also brainstormed how they could help bring peace to others around them, such as keeping open communication and utilizing learned strategies to resolve conflict.

10th grader Nila Woodward (pictured above) created a wall display of peace symbols and how to say "peace" in several languages. Students also tried their hand at crafts that featured symbols of peace.
 
Attendance Campaign Ends; Need for Continued Engagement is Ongoing
95% attendance September 26, 2018Throughout September, HMC-1 held the "Let's Be Present...Attendance Matters" campaign, reminding students, parents, and guardians that attendance is of utmost importance. Concluding the campaign was HMC-1's Day of Perfect Attendance on September 26. We are pleased to say the district's attendance was 95 percent. 

We thank all families for their support, and encourage everyone to keep the momentum going. Continue emphasizing the importance of being at school and always doing the best job possible.
 
Sports Schedules Now Available Online
Ruskin football playerSupport your Eagle athletes! Fall sports are wrapping up and winter sports will begin soon. Schedules are now available online through the Greater Kansas City South Suburban Conference website.

It's not too late to cheer on cross country, girls tennis, softball, volleyball, football, and soccer. #GoEagles
 

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Upcoming Events
No School
Sept. 28

Ruskin High School Homecoming
Sept. 28

Title I Advisory Meeting
Oct. 1, 4:30 pm

Night of Healing
Oct. 6, 7:00 pm

Dining for Dollars - Educational Foundation Fundraiser
Oct. 9, 5:00-10:00 pm at Blue Moose - Red Bridge

Half Day for Students
Oct. 10

Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 17 & 18

Half Day for Students
October 18

Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry
Oct. 18, 4:00 pm

HMC-1 Board of Education Meeting
Oct. 18, 6:30 pm

No School
October 19

LINC Family Night at Ruskin's Football Game
Oct. 19, 5:00 pm tailgate

No School
Oct. 22
 
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