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Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.
Congratulations to Park Hill High School senior Ari Staggs and Park Hill South seniors, Sophia Nguyen, Ryan Kempton and Tessa Mitchell for being selected as Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Would you like to spend time driving our students and athletes to practices, games and events? Or know someone who would?
The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) recognized our district for excellence in budget presentation with the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for 2022–2023.
Our Director of Human Resources, Dr. Linda Kaiser, was named the Missouri Association of School Personnel Administrators (MOASPA) Human Resources Administrator of the Year!
Our technology department successfully renewed its CoSN Trusted Learning Environment Seal.
Congratulations to our school nurses, recently named National Certified School Nurses (NCSN) by the National Board for the Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN).
Ysabella Olsen, a junior at Park Hill South High School, was elected to represent the State of Missouri as the HOSA - Future Health Professionals Vice President of Membership.
Congratulations to Park Hill South High School student Lucy Hamilton for being recognized as a 2022 winner of The University of Missouri's Creating Original Music Project; a statewide competition that recognizes Missouri students (K-12) who compose original works in a variety of musical styles.
Congratulations to Park Hill High School 2021-2022 girls volleyball team for earning the Team Academic Award from the United States Marine Corps and the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the seventh year in a row
Dr. Mike Kimbrel is now the Park Hill School District superintendent. In this video message, he shares with the Park Hill community his vision as this new school year begins.
We are hiring full-time and part-time support staff positions. Join our team and be a hero for our students. Our pay begins at $15.29 an hour.
Rouida Siddiqui, an incoming senior at Park Hill South High School, recently earned recognition as a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar.
The Park Hill School District PTA clothing center earned the Pinnacle Award at the Northland Community Foundation Breakfast from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. The Pinnacle Award celebrates philanthropy in the Northland.
Students from Park Hill High School earned honors from the Kansas City Cappies for their work in the school play and musical. Phoebe Monsees, Jalen Mack and Alessandra Rossi won awards for “The Addams Family” costumes; Urielle Gabriel won a female dancer award for “The Addams Family”; Sarah Gabriel won a female critic award; and Dillon Potts won a male critic award.
Fifteen Park Hill High School and Park Hill South High School DECA students earned recognition at the State Career Development Conference. Milkey Sarbessa from Park Hill High School was elected to serve as the Missouri State DECA president for the 2022-2023 school year, and Faith Moise was elected to serve as a Missouri representative leader.
Students from Park Hill South High School participated in the MSHAA One-Act Play competition at the state level. The Park Hill South theater program took first place in the preliminary round and fourth place in the final round for their piece, “Elephant’s Graveyard.”
Twenty-seven Park Hill School District students earned awards from the KC Scholars program this year. This program, started by the Kauffman Foundation, awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 a year to students across the region, including students from across the Park Hill School District.
Students from Park Hill High School and Park Hill South High School received nominations and awards for Starlight Theatre’s Blue Star Awards.
Thirteen students from across the Park Hill School District earned honors in the state and national SkillsUSA competition through the Northland Career Center.
Park Hill and Park Hill South high schools’ robotics teams, the Trobots and Electro-Magnetic Panthers, competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
Park Hill South High School's HOSA Chapter (future health professionals) competed in the annual Missouri State Leadership Competition. Students who placed in the top three will advance to the International Leadership Conference this summer.
The Park Hill School District Board of Education received the 2022 Governance Team Award.
Eleven Park Hill School District elementary and middle schools earned Awards of Excellence from the Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support program for exemplary teaching and reinforcing behavioral expectations.
The Park Hill High School and Park Hill South High School yearbook staffs received the Gallery of Excellence award from the Walsworth Publishing Company.
Journalism Educators of Metropolitan Kansas City (JEMKC) gave awards to Park Hill School District students at their awards ceremony. JEMKC honored top journalism programs on both sides of the state line.
The Park Hill High School bowling team, the Bowling Trojans, won the district championship tournament for the fifth year in a row.
Nine schools in the Park Hill School District received the Grade A Food Safety Excellence Awards for 2021 from the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department.
Park Hill and Park Hill South high school students on the newspaper, yearbook and broadcast staffs brought home awards from the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association and Missouri Journalism Education Association’s 2022 Journalism Day.
Sid Suvarna, a recent graduate from Park Hill South High School, is a National Merit Scholar. Approximately 1.5 million students entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, and only 7,500 students earned National Merit Scholar awards.
Park Hill School District Board of Education Vice President Kimberlee Ried earned Master Board Member Certification from the Missouri School Boards’ Association.
The 2022 Missouri Scholars Academy chose six students from across the Park Hill School District to attend its summer program at the University of Missouri.
The Park Hill School District Council PTA earned the National PTA Healthy Bodies Nutrition Education Project grant.
Union Chapel Elementary earned the national “No Place for Hate” recognition for the second year in a row from the Anti-Defamation League.
John Sedler, retired teacher, coach and athletic director from Park Hill and Park Hill South high schools, earned the 2022 Tom Colwell Lifetime Achievement Award from the DiRenna Awards program.
Park Hill High School junior Ari Staggs and Park Hill South High School junior Ryan Kempton achieved perfect ACT scores recently, which, according to ACT, puts them in the top less-than-one-percent of test takers.
The LEAD Innovation Studio building earned major awards for sustainability and for a collaborative design process. Hollis + Miller architects recently earned the John Shaw award for their work on LEAD.
Four students from Park Hill High School and Park Hill South High School in the Park Hill School District earned recognition in Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the class of 2022.
Joshua Marchbank, head coach of the Park Hill High School boys soccer team, received the Missouri Class 4, Region 4 Public School Coach of the Year award from the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association.
Twenty-five students from Park Hill High School and Park Hill South High School, including students at the LEAD Innovation Studio, earned spots in the Missouri Boys State and the Missouri Girls State summer programs.
Voters passed no-tax-increase propositions I and N, and they elected Daryl Terwilleger and Shereka Barnes to the Board of Education.
The Missouri School Public Relations Association named Park Hill School District Communication Content Specialist Mickie Plummer-Shepheard the 2022 New Professional of the Year.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars program selected five Park Hill School District seniors as candidates for one of the nation’s most prestigious recognitions.
Three Park Hill School District seniors advanced to finalist standing in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The Missouri School Public Relations Association named Park Hill School District Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd as its 2022 Administrator of the Year.
Eleven Park Hill School District middle and high school students earned honors in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Honor Band festival.
Two Park Hill South High School soccer players earned spots on the Missouri All-Academic Soccer team.
The counseling teams at Congress Middle School and Walden Middle School in the Park Hill School District earned the national RAMP award.
If bad weather, temperatures or road conditions make it unsafe for students to get to school, we will call an AMI distance learning day. If we run out of the five AMI days allowed by the state, we will call a snow day.
Read more about the eight candidates that are running for our two open Board seats.
Dozens of Park Hill School District band and orchestra students competed against students from schools throughout the Kansas City region to earn positions in the All-District orchestras and bands.
Park Hill South High School boys swimming and diving coach Tim Busenhart earned the 2020-2021 Missouri and Section V Coach of the Year awards from the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Two students from the Park Hill School District earned the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award at the school level.
Our teachers, administrators and support staff have gone above and beyond this year, and we want to thank them for everything they do.
The Park Hill High School cheerleading team won the 5A small state championship!
Four Park Hill High School students earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognitions programs.
Sasha Kalis is the Clay Platte Region of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals' Exemplary New Principal.
Nathan Carrillo from Park Hill High School earned top honors in the QuestBridge National College Match program.
Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd announced that she asked the Board of Education not to extend her contract.
The counseling teams at Congress Middle School and Walden Middle School in the Park Hill School District earned the Dr. Norman C. Gysbers Nationally Recognized Missouri Program award from the Missouri School Counselor Association.
Park Hill South High School senior Mudia Reuben earned the 2021 Otis Taylor award.
The yearbook program at Lakeview Middle School in the Park Hill School District earned the 2021 National Yearbook Program of Excellence award at the bronze level from Jostens.
Dozens of Park Hill School District choir students competed against students from schools throughout the Kansas City region to earn positions in the All-District choirs. All-District orchestra and band auditions will take place in November.
Park Hill High School and Park Hill South High School’s 2020-2021 boys and girls soccer teams each earned the Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches Association, which honors teams for maintaining at least a 3.25 GPA. Nationwide, 282 teams earned the honor, and PHHS and Park Hill South are two of only 31 schools to have two teams earn this award.
Director of Nutrition Services Ronda McCullick earned the School Lunch Champion award through the United States Department of Agriculture.
Hawthorn and Renner elementary schools earned the 2020-2022 National PTA School of Excellence award.
A 2021 Park Hill South High School graduate earned honors at the international HOSA: Future Health Professionals competition.
Justin Ford, journalism teacher at Park Hill High School and Park Hill South High School, is one of three teachers to win the Journalism Education Association’s Special Recognition Broadcast Adviser award this year.
Eight Park Hill School District seniors earned National Merit recognition.
Park Hill South High School boys swimming and diving coach Tim Busenhart earned the 2020-2021 Coach of the Year award from the Missouri State High School Activities Association.
Because of food and labor shortages, our Nutrition Services department can no longer provide birthday treats after Friday, Sept. 17. We will start allowing families to send birthday treats if they want to do so, as long as they come from our list of treats that contain none of the major allergens.
We are trying to do the right things to take care of our students, our staff and our community. From our award-winning students and staff to our innovative programs, this report highlights why families continue to move here to join our Park Hill family.
Two Park Hill School District students earned places among the Kansas City Star Scholar Athletes for their academic, athletic and community achievements.
Six students from across the Park Hill School District earned honors in the national SkillsUSA competition through the Northland Career Center.
The 2020-2021 Park Hill High School volleyball team earned the United States Marine Corps’ and the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Award.
Our Park Hill School District support services and transportation centers earned an award for sustainability for the architects who designed them.
Renner Elementary English language development (ELD) teacher Marcy Schumacher earned the prestigious WIDA Fellow award for the 2021-2022 school year.
The Walden Middle School building earned major awards for sustainability and for a collaborative design process.