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Park Hill Stars Graphic

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.

National Merit Semifinalist text on a blue background

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. 

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Would you like to spend time driving our students and athletes to practices, games and events? Or know someone who would? 

Meritorious Budget Award graphic

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.

Graphic with photos of the National Certified School Nurses

Congratulations to our school nurses, recently named National Certified School Nurses (NCSN) by the National Board for the Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN).

Creating Original Music

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.

Volleyball Academic Award 2022

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

PTA award

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.

KC cappies

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.

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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.

one-act play

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.”

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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.

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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.

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The Park Hill High School and Park Hill South High School yearbook staffs received the Gallery of Excellence award from the Walsworth Publishing Company.

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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.

photo of Sid Suvarna

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.

graphic of Ari Staggs and Ryan Kempton

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.  

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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.

photo of Josh Marchbank

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.  

graphic for boys and girls state

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.

election results

Voters passed no-tax-increase propositions I and N, and they elected Daryl Terwilleger and Shereka Barnes to the Board of Education. 

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The U.S. Presidential Scholars program selected five Park Hill School District seniors as candidates for one of the nation’s most prestigious recognitions.

national merit finalists graphic

Three Park Hill School District seniors advanced to finalist standing in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

graphic with snowflakes that says AMI Distance Learning Day

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.

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Two students from the Park Hill School District earned the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award at the school level.

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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.


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. 

Park Hill School District Student Musicians Earn Honors

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 School District Soccer Teams Earn National Academic Award

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.  

New Birthday Treat Guidelines graphic

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.