Friday, October 31, 2014

GC-4 Science Night

GC-4 teachers came together for a night of science.  An event was held for all district science teachers gather information on a variety of science topics.  The collaboration is an effort to gain different ideas about fun ways to teach science in the classroom.  “Science Night” had a variety of science topics on the table that included Citizen Science projects, hover crafting, roller coaster design and more.

Grandview Varsity Football Team to Buy New Helmets with Generous Donation

The Bulldog football team would like to send a big thank you to Troy Reese Senior. Reese recently donated $3000 to the football team. The check was presented to Coach Andy Leech and members of the team this week.  Reese is a father of a football player and an Environmental Coordinator at Farmland. He is the recipient of an award at Farmland where he had the option to donate the money to a charity of his choice.  Leech says the money will help buy new football helmets for players.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

On Air Solutions Donates USB Robot Drives to Belvidere Students

Sixteen flash drives shaped like robots were handed over to Belvidere’s First Lego League team.  The drives were a donation from On Air Solutions. The purpose for the USB drives is to learn basic programming and watch videos downloaded onto them for the students.  The Belvidere Bobcats want to send a huge THANKS to On Air Solutions for its support!

First Lego League Robotics Scramble Competition Event Kicks Off

Grandview C-4 Elementary School students test their robotic skills at Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology.  That’s where the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Scramble was held October 18th. These scrambles provide opportunities for FLL teams to practice before the big final competition in November and December.  The schools that participated were Martin City, Butcher-Greene and Belvidere.  There was really no win or loss - it was all about learning and getting feedback from judges.

Annual Interscholastic Head Injury Report Now Available

The Missouri State High School Activities Association has released the 2013-14 Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report.  The report contains information about the impact of student athlete concussions and head injuries and the efforts that have been made to minimize damages from school sports injuries on the MSHSAA website. We encourage all GC-4 parents and students to review the report at the link provided.

Women In Design

Students from GHS attended the Women in Design--Kansas City Day of Shadowing. WiD--KC is a part of the American Institute of Architects Kansas City organization. Twenty of the high school’s female students went to three separate engineering firms in the area.  They had a chance to shadow women engineers there and experience some hands on learning while networking with role models in the field.  The girls were able to take tours around the office and view project renderings, documents that outlined project costs and important specifics. They even had a chance to work together on a little design of their own. Here are photos from HMN Architects of the event.  To learn more about Women In Design, please visit

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Math Relays

Grandview High School students are warming up for the annual Math Relays. GHS will host the annual Prep-KC Math Relays on Saturday, November 8th. The opening ceremony kicks off at around 8:30am and awards/recognitions will begin at approximately 2:15pm. This event will include over 500 students from area high schools. There will be representation from Honeywell, Cerner, Rockhurst, and KU at the event. G-C4 M
ath teachers will act as coaches and test proctors. GHS Pro Start will provide a hospitality room and CSD4 Food Service will provide lunch to all the students competing.

Up to 100 of our GHS, Grandview Middle School, and Martin City Middle School students will be in attendance, either showing off their math skills or volunteering their time. This is expected to be a great day of fun and learning in a friendly, competitive environment!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grandview C-4 Middle School Students Prepare to Fill the Engineering Gap through Grandview Ignite Event

Monday, October 20th, Grandview Middle School eighth graders were shown the tricks and the trades of engineering through Grandview Ignite.  The event is designed to get students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Honeywell hosted Grandview Ignite. Twenty engineers with the company worked  hands on with students to get them excited about STEM careers.

GMS is taking proactive steps to get their students interested in STEM careers by partnering with Honeywell and Prep-KC for the special Engineering Day.

Jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) will outpace non-STEM jobs significantly over the next 10 years according to the Commerce Department, yet the U.S. is failing to produce enough skilled STEM workers. If schools don't take immediate action, we will begin to see a dramatic decline in innovation and crucial research and development.

The event consisted of small groups of students rotating table to table, participating in hands-on demonstrations.  Martin City eighth graders will participate in the same event Thursday, December 11th from 8:30am-11:30am.

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Irika Sargent, a former Meadowmere Student and GHS Grad Co-hosted on "The Talk"

Grandview High School alum Irika Sargent had her own seat at the table of the daytime talk show "The Talk" this week.  Sargent is currently a news anchor at CBS4 in Miami.  Tuesday she joined hosts Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler, Julie Chen, and visited with the show's special guest.  Here's how the GHS alum describes the experience.

Monday, October 20, 2014

1st Place for the GHS Blue & Gold Brigade at Missouri Day Marching Festival

The Grandview High School Blue & Gold Brigade marching band took first place among all class 4A bands for the fifth year in a row at the Missouri Day Marching Festival in Trenton, Mo., Oct. 18.

The band and color guard received first place (highest point total) in Music, Marchi
ng and Maneuvering and General Effect categories for overall Field Show highest point total of the nine 4A bands. Grandview had the second highest Field Show point total out of all 36 bands in all classes.

The Blue & Gold Brigade drum line also place third in its class in the indoor competition.

The 110-member Grandview marching band and color guard is unique in that it is a completely volunteer activity - all practice time is mornings and evenings outside-of-school time - and that the band includes eighth-graders (this year 21).

Missouri Day was the last competition of the season for the Blue & Gold Brigade which place second in competitions at Missouri Western University (St. Joseph), Lee’s Summit North and Carrollton, Mo. earlier in the year. The Grandview C-4 director of bands is Danny Watring.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blue and Gold Brigade Comes in a Close Second at MoWest Invite

Marching band students took their musical talents to Missouri Western State University's Tournament of Champions. The Blue and Gold Brigrade Marching band took second place in the full band competition.  The band missed first place by .8 of a point. We are still proud of our Bulldog band members and their hard work! Congratulations!!

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Parents as Teachers Visits the Fire Station

Parents as Teachers invited parents to bring their children to the fire station.  The firemen talked to them about fire safety. The firemen put on their gear in front of the children.  They role modeled how they would sound and look in a fire as they searched for people in the burning home.  Families were given the opportunity to go inside the ambulance.  All of the children received fire fighter hats and a bag of treats about fire prevention month.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

College Night

The road to college is getting closer for Grandview High School seniors.  Many are already prepping for what’s to come with the help of the high school’s College Night.  The informational event took place Monday evening in the GHS library.  Dozens of seniors came out with their parents to learn about the college application process.  That process may include things like ACT dates, financial aid, scholarships, A+, and more. The school’s counselors and coordinators broke the information down for parents and students with hopes to make that road to college a little smoother.

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Congratulations to the Blue and Gold Brigade Marching Band

The drum line, color guard, and band had a strong showing at the Lee's Summit North Marching Invitational this past weekend. Check out these results!

Color Guard Indoor Show - Silver Division - 2nd Place 
Drum Line Indoor Show - Silver Division - 1st Place 
Band Field Show - Black Division - 2nd Place 

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat

The trick or treating got to an early start for theatre students at Grandview High School.  Several students headed out to nearby neighborhoods Tuesday night to going door to door, not to collect candy but canned goods.  It’s an effort for the Tot’s Eat community service project. GHS students JP Haley, Hope Lee, and Jessie Fuller collected a couple of bags of canned goods and non-perishable items that will be delivered to the Grandview Assistance Program.

“The students have a lot of fun dressing up and 'trick or treating,' and it’s a great way for them to make a difference in their own community.” said Rachel Taylor, Grandview High School’s Theatre Director.

This is an initiative theatre students (Thespians) across the United States are teaming up on to fight hunger in their communities.

College Application Fair Held at GHS

The college application process can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time.  The College Application Fair at Grandview High School is there to give students that extra support they might need to get those apps completed.  The fair was held in the high school's library.  Eleven schools were represented this year.  Students who attended not only got help but had their application fees waived and their transcripts sent. One-hundred and ninety-two seniors were able to complete at least one college application with many applying for two or three colleges.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

The New GC-4 App Is Here

The Grandview School District has officially released a new App for all parents, students and community members to download. Is is free and full of important information.

Click here for more information and to download.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

3rd Annual Bobcat Pride Day

This was the 3rd Annual Bobcat PRIDE Day for Belvidere Elementary.A day for students, parents, staff, and community to team together on projects to "beautify" the school and school grounds. This year they had around 25 people made up of students, parents, and staff meet at the school working on various projects such as: weeding, putting mulch in the flower beds, picking up trash around the school grounds, painting picnic tables and a cart for the backpack snack program, and painting a new kickball diamond on the lower playground.

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Save the Date - 6th Annual Trivia Night

The sixth annual Trivia Night will be on Thursday, November 13 at GHS.  This will be a great night to show off all those useless facts you know and compete in a friendly environment and just have a great time.  Trivia Night is a unique event that brings our community together. The event is put on by the Grandview Education Foundation.  Last year it raised almost $6000 through sponsorships, teams, and donors. The money raised went toward student programs, scholarships and staff grants.

This year’s goal is to have 50 tables. You can start lining up your team

of eight from your businesses, community organization, city government, family, friends, or GC-4 school or department.  Clever team names, “uniforms”, and table decorations are encouraged and rewarded!  There will be items raffled, door prizes, and a few items to bid on during our live auction.

Click here to download the form below to sign up as a sponsor, teamor donor. All are greatly appreciated! Sponsors and donors are recognized in a pre-show PowerPoint presentation and, along with teams, in the printed program.