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Raytown Alumni Hall of Fame 2015

raytown_schoolsThe Raytown School District is pleased to announce its Alumni Hall of Fame Class for 2015.  The class includes six individuals who will join the ranks of other respected alumni on during the September 18 and 19 Induction Weekend activities.

Linda Rae Chappell is a 1965 graduate of Raytown South High School.  She is the owner and president of SpiritWorks Cheerleading and Dance Company, the former owner and president of Dynamic Cheerleaders Association, an educator and an author. Stephanie L. Davis is a 1995 graduate of Raytown High School. She is the CEO and Founder of The Advocate Group, the Co-Artistic Director/Founder of Unbound Collective, and a marketing and branding consultant, Social Terra.

Sgt. Major Kent Dolasky is a 1986 graduate of Raytown High School. He has served as the Commander of Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medals, and is an Incarnate Word University Alumni of Distinction Award Winner. Tim Dollar is a 1977 graduate of Raytown High School. He is an award winning trial lawyer, has served as the Special Assistant Prosecutor, Jackson County, Missouri, and is a Founding Partner, Dollar, Burns & Becker, LC.

Eddie Lee is a 1974 graduate of Raytown South High School. He is and internationally known cellist, performer, and teacher, is the Principal Solo Cellist of the Korean National Orchestra, and the Musical Director of the Ulsan Sinfonia Players (Professional Ensemble).  Trevor Vance is a 1985 graduate of Raytown High School. He is the Senior Director of Groundskeeping and Landscaping for the Kansas City Royals, a member of 15 Superbowl and 3 Pro Bowl grounds crews, and a civic-minded volunteer.

The six inductees will meet with students at the two district high schools, will be featured speakers at a luncheon, and will be introduced at the Raytown South vs. Raytown football game all on Friday, September 18; the formal induction is on Saturday, September 19.

This is the 11th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which began in 2005.

 

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Raytown Democratic Association Monthly Meeting

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

 

Our speaker will belevotaPaul LeVota
MO State Senator 11th District

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

August 20th

Mike McDonough
Raytown Mayor

 

September 17th

Bonnaye Mims
MO State Representative 27th District

Tom McDonald
MO State Representative 28th District

 

HOLD THE DATE

Saturday July 25th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
RDA Annual Picnic


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County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker Tweeting a photo of the audience  at the last Raytown Democratic Association meeting

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THE RAYTOWN ARTS COUNCIL announces their 2015 Summer Musical Cast “Brigadoon”

THE RAYTOWN ARTS COUNCIL

announces their 2015 Summer Musical Cast

“Brigadoon”

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Music by Frederick Loewe

DIRECTOR:  Ms. PATRICIA MCLAUGHLIN
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Mr. Ryan Sullivan
ACCOMPANIST:  Mr. James D. Walters
ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR: Mr. Eric Eckhoff
CHOREOGRAPHER: Ms. Kristen Sullivan
ASSITANT DIRECTOR: Ms. Pam Gieseke-Becker

Performance Dates & Location: July 17-18, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinee: July 19, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
Performances held at RAYTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
Robert B. Atkin Performing Arts Center @ Raytown High School
6019 Blue Ridge Blvd,   Raytown, MO 64133

Tickets will on sale beginning June 22nd, 2015 at the RAYTOWN HY-VEE STORE, 9400 E 350 Hwy (intersection of 350 Hwy & Gregory Blvd.), Raytown, MO, 816-358-9940 or online through our website. Ticket prices are: $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

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Seated: Caleb McCarroll. Standing: Sharon Sawaya, Julianna McCarroll, Kyrstin Stoneking, Madie Hill, and Bailey Shaw  in a scene from the musical of RAC’s BRIGADOON. Photograph by Sharon Propst, RAC Publicity.

 

THE CAST
Khalid Johnson as Tommy Albright; Hannah Fabean as Fiona MacLaren; Caleb McCarroll as Charlie Dalrymple; Israel Hanke as Jeff Douglas; Bailey Shaw as Jean MacLaren; Jim DeFries as Andrew MacLaren; Michael Rowe as Angus McGuffie; Pete Berney as Archie Beaton; Zach Kujath as Harry Beaton; Julianna McCarroll as Jane Ashton (NY); Madie Hill as Kate; Hannah Steele as Meg Brockie; David Fast as Mr. Lundie; Gabe Sawyer as Stuart Dalrymple;Julianna McCarroll as Maggie Anderson, Paul Lee as Sandy Dean; Kyrstin Stoneking as MacGregor and Sharon Propst as Frankie, the bartender (NY). Ensemble:  Shirley Johnson and Sharon Sawaya.

THE STORY OF THE SHOW
“Once in the Highlands, the Highlands of Scotland, two weary hunters lost their way.” It is this desolate situation which Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, two young New Yorkers, are contemplating when the curtain rises on a misty glen in Scotland. As the two exhausted men reflect on what they have forsaken in the States for their present predicament, a lift in the Highland veil reveals to them the awakening village of Brigadoon; a village which comes into being for only one day in each century.
The strained and strange greetings of the villagers bedecked in 18th century costumes, who have gathered in the market square to sell their wares and to discuss the final wedding preparations of Jeannie MacLaren and the boyish Charlie Dalrymple, are softened for Tommy by his encounter with Jeannie’s lovely sister, Fiona, and enlivened for Jeff by his reluctant entanglement with the maid, Meg Brockie.
The blissful occasion is momentarily tinged with gloom when the fate of Brigadoonis threatened by Harry Beaton, Jeannie’s rejected suitor. And Tommy, now burdenedwith the knowledge of Brigadoon’s secret and enraptured by the gentle charms of the beautiful Fiona, is confronted with the choice of remaining forever at the side of the Scottish lass or returning to the unsatisfying world familiar to him. At the close of the day he is still unable to commit himself without doubt or regret to Fiona and to Brigadoon, and leaves with Jeff for America.
Restless and unhappy in New York, Tommy finally yields to the haunting memory of Fiona and, guided by the faith and strength of his love, finds his way back to Brigadoon.
The misty mood of this Highland setting is strikingly complemented by bright 18th century costuming, contrasting the idyllic Brigadoon villagers with the malcontent young hunters. The fanciful flavor is augmented by superb choreography by Agnes de Mille which gracefully mingles the regional with the modern. An outstanding band orchestration by Philip J. Lang, as well as the standard orchestral accompaniment, offer a memorable resonance to the production.
Like Tommy, the audience delights in the whimsical loveliness of the Highlands, and it is with similar reluctance that they exit Brigadoon.

Show tunes include Almost Like Being in Love, The Heather on the Hill, There but for You Go I, Come to Me, Bend to Me, My Mother’s Wedding Day, I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean and Waitin’ for My Dearie.

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Julianna McCarroll, Hannah Fabean, and Bailey Shaw (seated);  Front Row: Sharon Sawaya, Hannah Steele, Khalid Johnson, Jim DeFries, Caleb McCarroll, Kyrstin Stoneking and Sharon Propst. Back Row: David Fast, Gabe Sawyer, and Israel Hanke. The musical cast of RAC’s BRIGADOON. Photograph by James. D. Walters, RAC Publicity.

 

Garage Sale Today and Tommorow

Scrapbook stuff. . . 
Electronics
routers, DVD Players, TV, Stereo equipment, Turntable
Fish tanks
Reptile habitat
Small Mammal habitat 
Graco Car seat bases
Skis
Christmas Trees
Formula (enfamiland similac gerber )
Suitcases
Lots of girls shoes Twinkle Toes, boots, name brand clothing
Lots of teenager/womens clothes sizes 0-10
Crafts & art supplies
Home office & computers
Lawn care & garden tools
wood chipper
Cameras & phones
Baby things & kids toys
Furniture & bedding
Home Interior
dishes
collectibles, 

LOTS of items priced under $1! Snacks & drinks available. 
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
10:00 am -5:00 pm
7215 Manchester Ave Kansas City Mo 64133

Thunderstorm and hail warning

Just in from the National Weather service. Severe thunderstorm, 60 mph winds and quarter size hail warning for Jackson County at 7:06 pm.

Tornado Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until midnight for Jackson County Mo.

Raytown is specifically mentioned on the NWS website ….

 

Event: Tornado Warning
Alert:
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY 
UNTIL 700 PM CDT... 
 
AT 636 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 
WAS LOCATED NEAR RAYTOWN...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH. 
HAZARD...TORNADO AND GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL. 
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. 
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT 
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE 
TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS 
LIKELY. 
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... 
BLUE SPRINGS...LAKE TAPAWINGO AND UNITY VILLAGE. 
THIS WILL IMPACT THE FOLLOWING INTERSTATES... 
I-70 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 11 AND 21. 
I-470 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 7 AND 16. 
TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED 
HAIL...1.75IN
Instructions: TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME…A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS…MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
Target Area:
Jackson

We All Want Good Teachers

Guest editorial by Nicole Nickens:

Teacher educators support higher standards for admission into teacher education programs, and value rigorous and valid assessment of education students.  However, much controversy has arisen surrounding interpretation of the initial results of the new tests for future teachers.

Faulty conclusions are based on low pass rates by prospective teacher candidates on a series of new standardized licensure tests called Missouri Content Assessments.

When a test produces a very high fail rate, a good educator doesn’t say, “My students are all stupid,” but rather, “I did not adequately help my students understand this content” or “This instrument is not a valid measure of the content/skills I intended to measure.”

The first groups administered the Missouri Content Assessments took a test that is not a valid measure of what they learned in their education programs because the curriculum in those programs was aligned to Praxis, the testing series formerly used for licensure.

This is like teaching your teen to drive an automatic, and then expecting him to drive a stick shift during his driver’s test. Your teen understands how to drive and may actually be skillful, but he won’t be able to show off those skills using unfamiliar equipment.

Blaming the test takers for a high fail rate is as incorrect as assuming that the high pass rate on the previous licensure test indicated the test was “too easy”. Does a high pass rate automatically mean a test is too easy?  Consider:

  • University of Missouri reports that in their Physical Therapy program, the licensure examination [ultimate] pass rate is 100 percent according to Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (2010, 2011, 2012).
  • Washington University in St. Louis boasts a 96 percent pass rate for Internal Medicine Board Exams 2012-2014.
  • In Missouri, 88.34 percent of candidates with a bachelor’s degree in nursing passed the NCLEX Exam.
  • For 2014, the first-time pass rate for the Missouri Bar Exam was 87.5 percent.

Using the logic of some state education leaders, it’s very easy to become a physical therapist, a doctor, a nurse or a lawyer in Missouri.

An alternate explanation for a high pass rate is that students must meet entrance criteria for any professional program in Missouri, including teacher education. Upon successful completion, they are well educated and thus well prepared for the exam.

Finally, there is no evidence yet to demonstrate these tests are technically sound in any way. The State Board also acknowledges biases against minority students, who represent the highest fail rates.

For these reasons, critics should step down. Teacher education is working hard to meet unreasonable timelines for implementing a system that is fraught with problems. We all want the same thing: quality education for all the children of Missouri.

Nicole Nickens lives in Lee’s Summit. She is a professor of Educational Psychology and department chair of Elementary & Early Childhood Education at University of Central Missouri and an executive board member of Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

This op-ed piece was written by one of my colleagues at UCM and also appears in the Kansas City Star today:

http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article25923097.html