Raytown South High Junior Isaac Barkley and Raytown Central Middle 8th
grader Anna Ryan were recently recognized as 2014-2015 Missouri PTA Reflection winners.
Barkley placed second in the High School Music Composition division. He submitted a composition entitled The Journey, created to be performed by the string orchestra at Raytown South High. The Journey is Barkley’s second composition performed by the orchestra, and it was inspired by his desire to tell a story through the music and express different emotions listeners could relate to and explore.
Ryan placed third in the Middle School Literature Division. Her piece entitled The World Would Be a Better Place If… explored this year’s Reflections theme by examining how taking the time to see the world through someone else’s eyes could improve our lives and have a positive impact on the world.
The Missouri PTA Reflections program celebrates and recognizes student achievement in the arts. Each year, students submit original work based on the specific theme outlined for the year. The 14-15 theme was, “The world would be a better place if…” and students were encouraged to create art that captured their hope for the world around them.
I am sorry to say I have neglected RaytownOnline.com for a couple of weeks. The effort to deal with the election, and the advent of yard and garden work left me exhausted and needing a break. I have fined myself a months salary for my neglect ($0.00) and have a lot of news to post to catch up.
Jackson County Parks + Rec activities
heat up with the weather
Boat rentals start on April 15
APRIL 7, 2015 (JACKSON COUNTY, MO) – With the weather heating up, so is the activity at Jackson County Parks+Rec.
Spring softball is already underway. The 250 camp sites around Longview, Blue Springs and Jacomo lakes opened for rental on April 1st and boat-rental season starts April 15.
“Our parks and lakes are great places to spend any day of the year,” said County Executive Mike Sanders, “but especially now that spring is here.”
Each campground offers full-hookup (i.e., electric, water and sewer service) sites for Recreational Vehicles, as well as basic sites for tent camping. Some offer electric service only. Other amenities include showers and restrooms, picnic tables and fire grills. The cost ranges from $17 to $28 a day.
“Our campgrounds will attract visitors from all across the nation,” said Parks + Rec Director Michele Newman. “For the people in our metropolitan region, Jackson County camping is a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors—with some modern amenities readily available and without having to venture too far from home.”
While the campgrounds are closed during the winter, the county’s extensive network of trails are open year-round for hiking and bicycling. Fishing is another activity with no off-season in Jackson County. Fishermen are welcome to try and reel in the big one any day of the year at Longview, Blue Springs and Jacomo lakes.
But when the weather warms up, so does the angling.
On a warm morning in March, Longview Lake Marina administrator Dave Bass (yes, that’s his real name) kept answering a phone that rang regularly with fishermen inquiring about the conditions.
“It’s still a little early for bass and walleye, but the crappie are biting,” Bass told a caller. “Come on out.”
Duane Kline of Peculiar, Mo., was sitting on a five-gallon bucket on the dock, his pole pointing down into an empty boat slip, and he confirmed Bass’ appraisal, saying he had caught and released two dozen crappie that morning. Kline fishes once or twice a week throughout the year, sometimes bringing his boat to Longview or Blue Springs Lake.
“They do a good job here,” Kline said. “They keep the marinas up. They’re friendly.”
Bass noted that Longview Lake Marina has a new fueling system, with two new gas pumps, installed last summer. He’s getting ready for the high season, hiring more than a dozen temporary workers at the marina. They work in the marina store, rent out boats, keep the parking lot clean – even dress in buccaneer garb and stage make-believe boardings for pirate parties on the water.
“Jackson County simply has some of the finest public marinas in Missouri,” County Executive Sanders said. “They offer all the services anyone getting on the water could possibly want.”
The county offers pontoon boats for rent at Lake Jacomo, Longview and Blue Springs lakes. Longview and Blue Springs lakes allow private boats with unlimited horsepower, including speedboats. Jacomo Lake has a 25 HP limit, so slower-moving paddle boats, kayaks, canoes and fishing boats are also offered for rent at its marina.
Each marina stocks a full line of fishing gear—rods, reels and lures of all types, plus live bait. They sell one-day fishing licenses for $7. Annual licenses for Missourians cost $12. For out-of-state residents, it’s $42 a year. The marinas also carry food, drinks, sunscreen—virtually everything a person would need to enjoy a day on the water or the shore.
County park rangers patrol the parking lots and the water. The Missouri Highway Patrol’s water patrol division patrols the water, too, on busy weekends.
And the lakes do get busy when the weather warms up. Jim Dickerson, a park ranger in the Kansas City district office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said that in 2014 counters showed more than 1.1 million vehicles visited Longview and Blue Springs Lake parks. Those lakes were built by the Army Corps. Jacomo was built by Jackson County itself, opening in 1959. Longview Lake opened in 1986, and Blue Springs Lake followed a couple of years after that.
From 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, Lake Jacomo will host the 34th annual Kids Fishing Derby. Free events on the beach just off Colbern Road include casting clinics, fishing demonstrations and contests with prizes.
The busiest day of the year at Longview is July 4, when the annual Big Bang fireworks display draws thousands of people to the water and the shore.
“We’re going to shoot off the largest firework shell in the nation,” said County Executive Sanders. “This year’s display will be bigger and better than last year. It’s just going to be amazing.”
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Kansas City Xtreme Wrestling (KCXW) and the Xtreme Wrestling Center (XWC), a professional wrestling training school serving the entire Kansas City metro area, will present their first double show on May 9 at the Pierson Community Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
“Since launching in August, the Xtreme Wrestling Center has become quite the hub for professional wrestling in Kansas City. Students such as The Riegel Twins and Derek Philips will be joining industry veterans like Angel Medina and Kyle King on the same stage,” said Jordan Rogers “It’s been a privilege to work with these talented performers, and we can’t wait for the rest of Kansas City to see them, too.”
Shows start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The community center is located at 1800 South 55th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66106. Tickets are $10 General Admission and $15 Ringside. Kids 10 and under are half-price, as are active duty military and Veterans.
Featured performers include: Angel Medina, The Riegel Twins, Darrien Sanders, “Smooth as Satin” David Cattin, Kyle King, JD Blak, Tommy Snow, Lady Pride, Captain Shabam and more.
KCXW is seeking to bring the family tradition of Pro Wrestling back to Kansas City by providing affordable wrestling entertainment in the KC area. Sponsored by the Xtreme Wrestling Center and run by Marine Veteran President Jordan ‘Smiley’ Rogers, KCXW is blazing a new trail in Kansas City Pro Wrestling.
About Kansas City Xtreme Wrestling
Kansas City Xtreme Wrestling (KCXW) has an office at 11513 E 63rd St., Raytown, MO which is co-located with the Xtreme Wrestling Center. KCXW is a Pro Wrestling promotion which is now running events out of Kansas City. For more information, visit www.KCwrestling.com and www.prowrestling.training, email us at booking@KCwrestling.com or call President Jordan Rogers at (816) 286-8579
In the recent city election, a few of the candidates relied on the age-old political tactic of “promising a free lunch” when discussing the need for street repairs in Raytown. Most reasonable people would agree that we need safe streets that are free from potholes, and curbs and sidewalks in many of our neighborhoods. To be fair, the candidates didn’t say anything actually would be free, they just failed to mention the potential financial cost of their promises. Then again, they didn’t actually promise anything specifically, they just complained about the status quo for the most part. The target of their complaint is the use of light-weight aggregate instead of mill and overlay in street repair.
Not very exciting, but please stick with me and keep reading to get the facts. Yes, mill and overlay makes a nicer surface and last 50% longer, but that process costs more than 3 times as much as aggregate. This is a simple allocation-of-resources problem. If you have $15 and 5 kids, you can buy one of them a steak and four of them go without dinner, or you can feed all five a hamburger.
In the past 5 years, the city has fixed 110 lane miles of streets using a combination of the two methods. If only mill and overlay was used, that number would have been 63 lane miles. To have completed the entire 110 miles with the more expensive method, taxes would have to be raised, or other programs would have to be cut. There is no free lunch.
The city spends about $830,000 a year on streets. To do all mill & overlay would cost almost a million dollars more. So the next time politicians promise steak instead of hamburger, they need to also tell us where the money will come from.
At the request of RaytownOnline, the City of Raytown supplied the cost data on paving, some of which appears below.
Street Maintenance Program Costs
The City of Raytown maintains 331 lane miles. We use the transportation sales tax and some City revenue to pay to upkeep our streets. Over the last five (5) years the City has spent $833,600 per year for this service. These costs also include sidewalk and curb repair, striping as well as handicap ramps which is a federal law requirement under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). We have to be in compliance with this law.
To understand the numbers you need to know how the Public Works Department determines costs. A lane mile is a unit of measurement used by Public Works Departments for determining progress of maintenance programs. One lane mile is the width of one lane (12 feet) by one mile (5,280 feet). If you have a two lane street then that would be two lane miles. A turn lane also counts as a lane mile.
The two tools the City of Raytown uses are Light Weight Aggregate Seal and Mill and Overlay. The cost per lane mile and life cycle of each tool is:
Cost per Lane Mile Life/Treatment
Light Weight Aggregate $21,542/Lane Mile 7 to 10 years
Mill and Overlay $66,176/Lane Mile 10 to 15 years
In the last five years, we have been able to complete Light Weight Aggregate on 70 lane miles and Mill and Overlay on 40 miles, in total 110 lane miles have been treated, or 33% of all the roads in Raytown using both tools. It is prudent to use the most appropriate tool at the proper time. Using the Light Weight Aggregate treatment stretches the life of the street and allows us to keep our roads in a manageable condition.
The program begins May 18 and lasts until July 31, 2015!
Guidelines for Children Birth through 5th grade
Listen (Children 0-6)
Share 24 books with your Listener to earn a free book. Up to three (3) prize books may be earned over the summer.
Read (Children 6-11)
Readers earn a prize book for every 360 minutes they read or listen to a book. Up to three (3) prize books can be earned over the summer. Be sure to log your minutes online.
Children are encouraged to read independently at their own reading level.
Children can continue to log their reading or listening after attaining all three levels.
Every Listener and Reader that completes three summer reading logs will be entered into their branch’s drawing for a LeapPad Ultra Prize Pack or Kindle Fire HD 7.
To receive prizes, visit any Mid-Continent Public Library branch (except Midwest Genealogy Center). Library staff can access the participant’s online reading log.
You can start logging on May 18th.
Sign Up / Log Your Books
Guidelines for the Group Summer Reading Program
Contact your local branch for more details!
Interested in contributing to the Summer Reading Program Fund? Find out how.
Contact your Library Branch if you have any questions.
The Kansas City Education Resource Consortium and Mid-Continent Public Library are currently performing a study that has shown a positive connection between summer reading participation and fall reading test scores. Find out more!
Find out about the Teen Summer Reading Program!
Thursday at 11:00
Sign-up for one hour of hands-on basic internet instruction. This one-on-one instruction offers very beginning instruction for those who want to learn about the computer. Learn how to use a mouse and keyboard. Also, learn about various browser tools you can use in searching the internet. Available by appointment only. For adults.
Raytown High School music students recently competed at the District level. Those who received I’s will advance to compete at the state level.
Mosha Clyma, Grace Givens, Caleb McCarroll, and Alex Sons all received ones on their solos.
In the Madrigal category, Tristen Caudle, Emma Drace, Zach Kujath, Julianna McCarroll, Melody Olvera, Alejandro Reliford, Alex Sons, and Hannah Treat received I ratings.The trio of Emma Drace, Julianna McCarroll and Hannah Treat also received a 1.
Vocal Soloists who received a “2” rating were as follows: Madilyn Baker, Leigh Ann Beam, Tristen Caudle, Emma Drace, Raheem Fielder-Bay, Raynesha Green, Demetrius Hampton, Mikiah Hulme, Zach Kujath Julianna McCarroll, Melody Olvera, Eva Perez, and Hannah Treat.
A sextet of Madilyn Baker,Leigh Ann Beam, Stephenie Borja, Caleb McCarroll, Clint Wallace, and Gi Gi Willett, and a Miscellaneous Ensemble consisting of Jordan Atkins, Shirley Betancourt, Machelle Carman, Raheem FIelder-Bey, Elana Harris, DaeSean Jones, and DeAngela Warren received a 2 rating.
Other 2 ratings were the Double Quartet of Jonathan Castillo, Tristen Caudle, Jonathan Castillo, Richard Jones, Kujath, Isaiah Mayfield, Alejandro Reliford, and Alex Sons; the Double Quartet of Dillon Gercone, Raynesha Green, Demetrius Hampton, Mikiah Hulme, Dominic Marchese, Kaylnn Murray Jordyn Poynter, and Chris Sadler; and the Sextet of Maria Beam, Raynesha Green, Mikiah Hulme, Kaylnn Murray, Eva Perez, and Jordyn Poynter. The vocal musicians are taught by Alex Kolster.
Orchestra students who earned a I rating are as follows: Hannah Steele, piano solo; Viviana Olvera Sydney Middleton, and Skylar Thompson, violin solos; Melody Olvera and Ashton Yoder, cello solos; Brianda Taylor, string bass solo; and Anisah Marshall and Sydney Middleton, violin duet.
The following students received a 2-Outstanding rating at the district festival this weekend: Sophie Miles, Asha Berry and Sage McKenna, violin trio; and Hannah Steele, Samantha Carroll, Antiana Richardson, and Demetrius Hampton, string quartet. Orchestra students are taught by Amy Sadler.
The following instrumental music students received a 1 rating and are eligible to attend State Solo and Ensemble in May: Emma Drace and Hannah Treat, horn solos; Jarrell Lee, baritone sax solo; Jon Marple, oboe solo; Matthew Maynard and Nathan Verhulst, trumpet solos; Rachel Miller, flute solo; Rachel Miller, Madeline McCready, and Katie Rock, flute trio; Adriana Albor, Nathan Verhulst, Matthew Maynard, trumpet trio; Alex Bearden, Shannan Lewis, Spencer Beaman, Jordan Patrick, and Joe Straws, marimba solos; and Evalynn Lomax and Spencer Beaman, snare solos.
Those who received a 2 rating were: Adriana Albor, Fred Farrand, and Kelly Miller, trumpet solos; Emma Schoolcraft, Katie Rock, and Madeline McCready, flute solos; Kevin Johnson, tenor sax solo; Raheem Fielder-Bey, baritone solo; Simone Jones, clarinet solo; Raheem Fielder-Bey, Trent Lindley, Kelly Miller, baritone trio; Nathan Verhulst, Jon Marple, Trent Lindley, Isabella Liggett, Raheem Fielder-Bey, andTroy Oberholtz, brass sextet; Truman Steehn, Alexis Andonie, and True McKenna, trombone trio; Jon Hernandez and Dante Woods, snare solos; Earl Bradshaw and Evalynn Lomax, marimba solos; and Madison Barrett, piano solo.
Instrumental music students are under the direction of Joseph Hill.
Students from Raytown South High School attended the annual Missouri Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference, March 22- March 24, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia. The delegates from across the state represented the more than 11,500 members of Missouri FCCLA.
This year’s student-developed conference theme was “Camp Leadership” The conference featured speakers and workshops on topics such as preparing for college and careers, leadership skills, anti-bullying programs, and technology’s impact in education, careers, and on the family. In addition to leadership training, honors and recognition, more than 700 students participated in 30 competitive events, including early childhood education, entrepreneurship, culinary arts, fashion design, career investigation, chapter service learning projects and sports nutrition.
Janelle Dempsey earned a Gold Ranking, State Champion, and a berth to the National Leadership Conference in July in Fashion Design. Helene Slinker, Alyssa Jones, and Vinka Martinez earned a Gold Ranking, State Champions, and a berth to the National Leadership Conference in July in Life Event Planning.
Helene Slinker, Alyssa Jones, and Vinka Martinez
Taelor Ingram and Jasmine Pope competed in Illustrate Talk and earned a Silver ranking. Maia Lewis, Krystal Mayberry, and Zaria Akins competed in Chapter Service Project Porfolio and earned a Silver ranking. The group’s sponsor is Jenna Adkins.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for young men and women enrolled in family and consumer sciences education courses. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and social issues. The Missouri association ranks fifth in the nation in membership with more than 11,500 members. There are more than 350 FCCLA chapters across the state.
The Raytown Police Department will be hosting free CERT training, beginning June 5, 2015. The training provides an excellent opportunity to learn about preparing yourself and your family for a variety of emergencies and disasters that could affect our community. Training includes basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The program culminates with a mock disaster exercise where the participants put CERT skills to use. For more information about CERT, please visit http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps.
Classes will be held on:
Friday, June 5, 2015: 6:00 pm to 10 pm-Raytown PD Station-10000 E. 59 St.
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm-Raytown EMS-10020 E. 66 Tr.
Friday, June 12, 2015, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm-Raytown PD Station-10000 E. 59 St.
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm-Raytown FD Station 1-6020 Raytown Trafficway
Participants must be 17 years old, or older and will be required to complete an enrollment form and a background check.
For an enrollment form, or more information, contact Melanie Lanigan at 816-737-6022, or email@example.com.
The Raytown High School Theatre department will perform Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo on April 16, 17 and 18 at the high school.
Set in Buffalo, New York in the 1950s, Moon Over Buffalo is a high energy comedy. The plot involves a family of actors trying to put on a play for a big movie director, Frank Capra. Throughout the show, identities are confused, actors are misplaced, and bringing Murphy’s Law to life, anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
“As the director of this wild show, I have really enjoyed watching these actors grow and use their comedic talents to tell such a fun story,” Director Katie Kolster said.
Performances begin at 7:00 at the Robert B. Atkins Performing Arts Center, 6109 Blue Ridge Blvd. Tickets are $5 for students. Adult tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Due to the limited number of seats available, advance ticket purchase is suggested. Those interested in attending may call the high school at 268-7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
The turnout this year was very large. Nice weather may have had something to do with that. Hear is a short video of one of the age groups gathering plastic eggs, stuffed with candy.
Raytown South Middle School students are mimicking the moves of local gardeners, as they once again break ground in their school garden.
Initially started with funding from a Raytown Educational Foundation Grant in 2011, by sponsors Heather Reardon and Kevin Easley, the garden is now in ints 4th year and several hundred students have been involved with planting, weeding, watering and harvesting throughout the years.
The school has partnered with Kansas City Community Gardens since 2011. The first year KCCG came out and students helped build 4 raised beds. Teachers Nancy Booth, Kristie Hudson, Kelcey McCauley and Natalie Kane all have students from their Advisory classes helping this year.
“The farm-to-table movement has been ?really big the past several years in the food industry. I saw the school garden as a way for kids to learn about where their food comes from-that to grow a potato you plant a potato and to grow peas you plant a pea,” Reardon said.
“I also wanted our kids to have the opportunity to try new foods they may never have had before. I have found kids are a lot more interested in trying new things when they have been involved in the process from the beginning-planting the seed, watering, weeding, etc. They have a lot of pride and become protective of what they grow.”
Reardon takes students out a few times a week to do maintenance, and they use some of the harvested items for cooking in her Family and Consumer Science classes. This year they have planted spinach, broccoli, carrots, Swiss Chard, rainbow chard, mustard greens, green onions, radishes, arugula, sugar snap peas, and purple potatoes, all of which should be ready for harvest by the end of the school year.
Items not used in the cooking classes are for the students to take home and enjoy, and when there has been a surplus, the gardeners have donated the fresh produce to Raytown Emergency Assistance Program.
“The garden has not been without problems,” Reardon said. “The first year, we had geese eating the produce and students were outraged!”
Some years the group has planted over the summer-tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, but maintaining the garden becomes a struggle when school is out, according to Reardon.
“I would love to make it more of a community garden and have parents come and help on a rotation over the summer, and then they would keep what they grow.”
Several basketball players in the Raytown School District have recently earned post-season honors.
Raytown High girls basketball players Kyessence Collins and Dajanae Wilson were named to the All-District First Team. Collins and Wilson were also named to the All-conference 1st team. Camryn Kuehl was named Academic All-State. The Lady Jays are coached by Jan Handley.
Raytown High boys basketball players Jailen Gill, Brandon Sublett, and Derrick Walker were named to the All-District First Team. Gill was also named the Conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Walker, Sublett and Will Nelson were named All-Conference 2nd team, and John Burton was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. The Bluejays are coached by Cody Buford.
Raytown South girls basketball players Bre Carter and Virja Lewis were named to the All-District First Team. Carter and Lewis were also name to the All-Conference 2nd team, and Diamond White was named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention team. The Lady Cardinals are coached by Aaron Ihm.
Raytown South boys basketball players Tyrone Gibbs, Bryan Trimle and Elijah Childs were named to the All-District First Team. Gibbs was also named All-Conference First Team. Childs and Trimble were named All-Conference Second Team. Cardinal coach Brad Oestreich was named Conference Coach of the Year.
RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
Thursday, April 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 speakers will be
MO State Senator 11th District
Executive Director, Jackson County Democratic Committee
Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue
President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431
Jackson County Executive
Jean Peters Baker
Jackson County Prosecutor
The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Marlene DeVilbiss as the Director of Human Resources. Devilbiss will begin her duties July 1, and replaces Dr. Steve Shelton, who has been named Associate Superintendent of Operations.
DeVilbiss has most served since 2012 as Principal at Eastwood Hills Elementary in Raytown. She has also been the Director of Federal Programs and Extended Learning, an Instructional Coach and a reading teacher in the district.
“Although I will miss working with the staff and families at Eastwood Hills, I am excited to take on this new challenge. I look forward to serving the Raytown School District in a different capacity,” DeVilbiss said.
DeVilbiss was the 2014 Distinguished New Principal award winner from the Kansas City Elementary Suburban Principal Association. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her Masters in Reading Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her Specialist in Elementary Administration from the University of Central Missouri, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri- Kansas City.