Thursday, December 17, 2015

Butcher-Greene Elementary Students Give More than 500 Potato Boxes to GAP

Students at Butcher Greene Elementary school participated in a food drive for the Grandview Assistance Program, GAP, in December as part of Project ECC (Enhancing Community Collaborations) led by UMKC.  Teachers Michelle Mosiman, Judy Robben, Cathy Christiansen and Tammy Anderson participated in the program to explore community collaborations and service learning projects that connected with curriculum.

The teachers challenged each classroom to donate a minimum of 20 boxes of potatoes to give to GAP. Surprisingly, the students exceeded that goal and one class actually donated 545 boxes!  Way to go Butcher Greene!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Meadowmere Mechanical Maniacs Head to FIRST Robotics Regional Competition

Robtotics students at Meadowmere aren’t far behind the GMS Techno Dogs as they both head to regionals.  The Meadowmere Mechanical Maniacs also qualified for the January competition. That’s the first in district history where there’s been two teams competing.  The Mechanical Maniacs won for Robot Performance this past weekend at Bingham Middle School in Independence.

The theme for FIRST Lego League this year is Trash Trek, so it’s all about recycling. The team had to build and program a Lego EV3 robot to complete mission that were related to reducing, reusing, and recycling.  The team was the first in the region to get 500 points or more in competition this season by earning 502 points in performance.

“Our students worked very hard on their robot game, presentation, and team work paid off. We are very excited to head to Union Station in January,” said Carrie McDonald, Meadowmere Mechanical Maniacs Coach.

The FIRST Lego League Championship will be at Union Station January 16th.

GMS Robotics Team Head to Regionals

Congratulations to Grandview Middle School teacher Jason Reese and GMS First Lego League Robotics Team for advancing to the Championship at Union Station in January. This is the first time a Grandview school has qualified for the Kansas City regional competition in Lego League robotics!
The GMS Techno Dogs robotics team competed at the local qualifying tournament.    During the competition the team presented a research project, completed a team building activity, and discussed the design of their robot and game strategy with judges.  In the afternoon the team got three attempts to score as many points as possible on the robot playing field. The team’s high score was 261 points, which was good enough for 14th place.  However, they were selected by the judges as having the most creative solution to the trash related project they worked on.  This award, plus finishing in the top half of robot game scores, qualified them for the Kansas City Regional Competition at Union Station January 16th!  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Thursday Dec. 3

PLEASE JOIN US!! The City of Grandview will be hosting is annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting event THIS THURSDAY, December 3 at the View Community Center. Mayor Leonard Jones will be reading ‘Twas the Night before Christmas” to all the little ones in attendance.  Several of our elementary school choirs will be showcasing their talent during the show.  Conn West, Butcher-Greene, Belvidere and Martin City will be spreading their holiday cheer with a few holiday songs, before the highlight of the event, the lighting of the tree.  Below is a schedule of their performance.   

Conn West 6:00p-6:15p
Butcher-Greene 6:15p-6:30p
Belvidere 6:30p-6:45p

Martin City 6:45p-7:00p

Conn West 5th Grader Wins Spelling Bee Second Year in a Row

Congratulations to Na’Kya Hawkins for winning the Conn West Spelling Bee Monday.  Hawkins won by spelling the word ‘iambic’ in the final rounds.  Fourth grader David Franklin didn’t make it easy for Hawkins.  Franklin took second place. Both were neck and neck for the last nine of 20 rounds!

Hawkins will go on to the divisional spelling bee to represent Conn West in February.  If she makes it five rounds she will go on to the Jackson County Bee.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GC-4 Superintendent Search Update

Results of the superintendent search focus groups and survey are posted on the home page of the district website,  This information will be used to develop interview questions for superintendent candidates.  

The Board of Education anticipates conducting interviews during the second and third weeks of January.  Representatives from the administration, certified and classified staffs, students, parents and community will participate in the interview process.  The Board hopes to make a final decision by the end of January or first part of February.

GMS Robotics Team Head to Regionals

Congratulations to Grandview Middle School teacher Jason Reese and GMS First Lego League Robotics Team for advancing to the Championship at Union Station in January. This is the first time a Grandview school has qualified for the Kansas City regional competition in Lego League robotics!

The GMS Techno Dogs robotics team competed at the local qualifying tournament.    During the competition the team presented a research project, completed a team building activity, and discussed the design of their robot and game strategy with judges.  In the afternoon the team got three attempts to score as many points as possible on the robot playing field. The team’s high score was 261 points, which was good enough for 14th place.  However, they were selected by the judges as having the most creative solution to the trash related project they worked on.  This award, plus finishing in the top half of robot game scores, qualified them for the Kansas City Regional Competition at Union Station January 16th!  

Good luck to GMS Techno Dogs!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Steve Robertson Named Athletic Director of the Year

Congratulations to Athletic Director Steve Robertson! He has been named the Kansas City Interscholastic Administrators Association (KCIAA) "Athletic Director of the Year".

He will be honored at the Missouri Interscholastic Administrators Association (MIAA) conference banquet in April, where the Missouri Athletic Director of the Year will be announced.

This is a wonderful & well deserved honor, and a great representation of the Grandview C-4 District!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Honeywell and Prep KC Event Ignite Excitement in Science and Technology Careers

Grandview Ignite makes learning about science, engineering, technology and math fun! Grandview C-4 middle school students had the opportunity to learn about STEM careers from Honeywell engineers.  More than a dozen Honeywell volunteers worked with small groups of students through hands-on demonstrations. The groups were divided by gender and rotated table to table partaking in a wide range of activities that explored civil, mechanical and computer science themed activities.  The event is aimed to get students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.

This was the second year for the annual event, which is sponsored by Prep KC.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

FMA Live! Forces in Motion Uses High Energy Hip Hop Production to Encourage Students to Explore Physics

Honeywell and NASA brought their award-winning, hip-hop physics education program, FMA Live! Forces in Motion, to Grandview Middle School Wednesday. The widely popular show brings hip-hop music, dancers, larger-than-life demonstrations and audience participation to illustrate how physics plays a role in everyday life. FMA Live! has been performed before 415,000 students in more than 1,100 schools from all 48 contiguous U.S. states, as well as in Mexico and Canada, since its creation in 2004.

The fall tour rolled into Missouri and Kansas, hosting several shows at local middle schools in Kansas City, Missouri, Grandview and Olathe.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Community Feedback Encouraged in GC-4 Superintendent Search Process

Community and staff input is highly valuable to finding Grandview C-4’s next superintendent. GC-4’s Board of Education would like to make sure the community has a say during the process.  

Consultants from the superintendent search firm McPherson & Jacobson will conduct a community focus group on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the GHS Library – 2300 High Grove Rd.

The feedback from the focus groups will be used to help BOE members identify characteristics the community would like to see in our district’s next superintendent. The information will be used by the search firm to look at candidates who are a good fit for the district.  Your input will also be used to form interview questions.

Several community members may also be selected to participate in interview panels. If you’re interested, you can submit your name during the community input focus group November 10.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

College Application Fair Gives Seniors a Chance to Apply Free of Charge

Signing up for college is fun and exciting but it can be a daunting and costly task.  Grandview High School made it easier for students to navigate through the process with a College Application Fair.  Fourteen area colleges met all GHS seniors in the library to tackle the process of applying for college free of charge.  All application fees were waived and students got their questions answered by college recruiters in a one-on-one setting. It’s a one of a kind event that helped students prepare for what’s next down the road to college.  Thank you to Prep-KC for sponsoring such a great event!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 GHS Homecoming King and Queen

GHS senior Alyssa Williams was nominated as Homecoming Queen Friday night. Alyssa is the daughter of Nicole Williams and Daniel McGonigal. Alyssa is a fourth year captain of the tennis team. She went undefeated in conference play three years in a row. She is also a member of FCA and HOSA. Alyssa plans to attend college to major in Child Psychology and hopes to one day become a clinical psychologist.
Senior Arlonn Tolson was announced Homecoming King. He is the son of Angea Guy. Arlonn is captain of the varsity football team and plans to play baseball for GHS this spring. Outside of school, Arlonn is a percussionist for his church. After high school, Arlonn plans on attending college to major in engineering mechanics.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Parents as Teachers Meet Up at the Fire Station

GC-4’s Parents as Teachers program held a successful outreach event with some help from ‘Sparky’ the fire dog Wednesday.  “Meet Me at the Fire Station,” brought out dozens of parents with little ones to the Grandview fire station on 14th Street.  Tiny tots got to take pictures with ‘Sparky,’ learn about the fire trucks and the equipment. They also had a little talk with firefighters about safety.  It was an unforgettable experience for parents and their children.

Belvidere Elementary Gets Creative with Family Literacy Night

Belvidere’s Family Literacy night wasn’t just about getting information on reading; it was about experiencing the magic reading creates.  The theme of the event was “Camp-Read-A-Lot.”  The gymnasium was covered with tents and activities that brought books to life.  There were stations of arts and crafts, that weren’t just fun but they had purpose. The activities helped with recognition, recall, building vocabulary and more.  Parents were encouraged to sit down and read to their kids, right there in the gym. Some students even sat inside tents, curled up with a flashlight and a good book.  “Camp-Read-A-Lot” was fun-filled and captured the importance of learning about literacy.

This Saturday, October 10th, Belvidere will be hosting a community walk. It starts at the school at 10am.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GHS Homecoming Game and Parade this Friday

The countdown to Grandview High School’s homecoming continues!  The homecoming parade is this Friday, October 9th at 1:15pm.  The parade will start at 10th and Main Street and continue down High Grove Road, ending at GHS.  An assembly at GHS will immediately follow the parade.  Friday night, it’s game time!  The Bulldogs will face the Platte County Pirates at 7pm.  The crowning of the Homecoming king and queen will take place during half-time.  Students and staff at GHS will be getting in the Bulldog spirit all week long, dressing up each day of the week for Spirit Week.  Here’s a list of themes:

Tuesday-Sports Day
Wednesday-Twin Day
Thursday-Dress to Impress Day
Friday-Blackout (Blue and Gold) Day

Happy homecoming and let’s go Bulldogs!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

State Line Walmart Donates School Supplies to GC-4

The State Line Walmart delivered some exciting news to the Grandview C-4 school district in the form of school supplies.  Employees selected our district to be the recipients of several pallets of schools supplies.  At the end of the 'back to school' season it usually selects a local organization to donate what's left to. GC-4 is proud to be on the receiving end of Walmart’s generosity.  Thank you State Line Walmart for supporting our district!

GHS Flag Pole, Place of Prayer for Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Grandview High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) joined high schools across the country Wednesday morning for a national day of prayer at the school's flag pole.  The event See You at the Flag Pole brought out local pastors and members of Grandview’s faith-based community to pray with students. The program also consisted of praise and worship and personal testimonials.  This is one of two spiritual events celebrated by FCA at high schools and communities nationwide.  The next one, Fields of Faith, is October 18th 7:00pm-8:00pm, at the GHS football field.   

Friday, September 11, 2015

Grandview Police Creates a “Move Toward the Badge” Initiative to Strengthen Community Relationship

The Grandview Police Department partnered with the Grandview School District to rollout the premier of a powerful recruitment video that shares personal stories of Grandview officers. The event brought high school students and officers together during a Pizza with Police lunch hour Friday.

“Move Toward the Badge” is a concept aimed to encourage trusting relationships between the community and local law enforcement.  This event is just one of the police department’s many community engagement programs that is proactive in forming positive relationships with the youth of the Grandview community. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and speak with officers one-on-one.

“We strive to make positive connections with the youth; we see this as a long-term investment both in their future and our City’s future. We hope the video resonates with our local students. The City of Grandview is blessed with a diverse community. It would be great if we could develop some “home-grown” police officers, students that we have had contact with in grade school, middle school, high school and beyond. ,” said Charles Iseman, Grandview Police Chief. 

The event was featured on NBC 41 Action News and KMBZ radio. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

There's an Easy Way to Stay Up to Date on GC-4's Board of Education

Find out what GC-4's Board of Education is up to anytime you want by using eBOARDsolutions. eBOARD allows you to get easy access to what's going on in the most current meeting, as well as past meetings and minutes.

You can access eBOARD from the district's homepage, then click BOE, and then click the eBOARDsolutions logo. Just like that, you'll have access to board policies, strategic planning, links to school sites and other important information.
Below is a link, you can copy and paste. It explains how to navigate the site. Once you're there you can also scroll over 'News' on the black menu bar to find more in-depth tutorials.

Friday, August 28, 2015

GC-4 Superintendent Announces Plans to Retire

The Grandview C-4 School District’s Board of Education announced today that Dr. Ralph Teran will retire from his position as Superintendent at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.  Dr. Teran has served as Superintendent of the district since 2006.   His dedicated leadership and strong commitment to student learning is best evidenced by significant improvement in student achievement.  As reflected in the district’s Annual Performance Report, the district scored in the Accredited with Distinction status for the past two years. 

Additional accomplishments include putting MacBooks in the hands of every high school student in the district, establishing Grandview High School as an A+ designated school, keeping the focus on instruction during difficult budgetary times, strengthening community and business partnerships, and substantial facilities improvements through the passage of three bond issues. 

“I am grateful to the Board of Education for being an outstanding collaborative team of seven caring, smart and dedicated leaders.  Likewise, Grandview C-4 staff members have impacted my life for the better in countless ways.  I am a better person and educator because of the great work they do,” said Teran.

The Board recognizes and appreciates the Superintendent for all he has done for our students and schools, and wishes him great enjoyment in his future endeavors.  The Board voted to accept Dr. Teran’s retirement during its meeting on August 27, 2015.  Because of the timing of his announcement, the Board is in the best possible position to conduct a diligent search to find the right candidate to continue the district’s leadership.  The Board has already met to discuss its search for the future leadership of the district and will continue to update the community as well as provide opportunity for input during the search process.

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOE Members Receive Blackberry Jelly from the C4 Community Garden

BOE President Wayne Terpstra and District Health Services Coor. Mary Rhodes
The C4 Community Garden was initiated in 2012 and has been growing strong ever since.  At
Thursday’s board meeting partners of the garden showed their appreciation to school board members for their support, by serving them up their own sample of blackberry jelly.  The jelly was made by GHS teacher Dana Bedwell who used fresh blackberries picked from the garden.

The garden is located at the district’s transportation and maintenance facility. Each growing season it provides fresh produce for district families.  Since the growing of the C4 Community Garden, Bedwell has helped put together another garden at the high school for students. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015-16 District Orientation: Encouraged and Inspired

More than 600 Grandview C-4 School District staff filed into the Grandview High School Auditorium Monday morning, for the annual District Orientation. All district departments including food service, transportation, maintenance, central office, teachers, and administrators kicked started the 2015-16 school year with the event themed, “What does GC-4 mean to you?”

Assistant Superintendent Kenny Rodrequez spoke to district staff about the importance of leadership and encouraged everyone to be great leaders within their respective roles.  Superintendent Dr. Ralph Teran challenged staff to focus on our district’s commitments to “think critically and creatively.”  He used an example of the work done by The Wright Brothers to drive home that point.

The orientation ceremony was the start of a great day that involved breakout sessions for every department.  It was also a great way to start the 2015-16 school year!  Let’s go Bulldogs!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New District Teachers take “Yellow Bus Tour”

It’s that time of year where many are gearing up to go “back to school.”  Not only are students getting ready but teachers too!

All new teachers in the Grandview C-4 School District were given a grand tour of their teaching grounds Wednesday. They all loaded up the yellow school bus and made stops at each district building.  

“The purpose of the tour is to give the new teachers a glimpse of the district and the community, let them see all of the schools in the district, and to allow them to meet all of the building principals,” said Karen Prickett, District Instructional Coach.

The “Yellow Bus Tour” has become somewhat of a tradition at New Teacher Orientation.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Who says a Cross Country Run Can’t be Fun

The GHS Cross Country team took a little time to enjoy “The View” while practicing this week.  The team competed in the Grandview Parks and Rec’s July Park Scavenger Hunt. That means they visited at least three Grandview parks, took selfies and used the #gvpr hashtag on social media.

 Not only did they get a free t-shirt for the cause, but they picked and ate blackberries at the Bus Barn, took pictures with the Dodo Bird at Meadowmere Park, played Frisbee at the Tails to Trails Dog Park, and more.

Head Cross Country Coach Dana Bedwell says being a part of the team is more than just running and sweating from point A to point B.

“There are so many fun things you can do in between the points while getting prepared to race a 5k,”
said Bedwell.

Students are encouraged to sign up and join the team. To learn more you can direct message Coach Bedwell on Twitter @DanaBedwell or email her at

Friday, July 10, 2015

GHS Interim Assistant Principal Announced for the 2015-16 School Year

Please join us in welcoming our latest administrative appointment.  Brian Rudolph has been named interim Assistant Principal at Grandview High School for the 2015-16 school year.  

Rudolph is a former GHS administrator and social studies teacher. He's been with our district for 12 years. 
Brian Rudolph
2015-16 GHS Interim Assistant Principal 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

City of Grandview Recognize GHS State Track and Field Championship Team

The Grandview High School Boys Track team received high honors from Grandview Mayor Leonard Jones at Tuesday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting. 

The team was given a proclamation from Mayor Jones, on behalf of the City, for winning the 2015 Track and Field State Championship. The girl’s team was also celebrated for its individual state champions and for placing fourth.

The boys’ team took home its fifth state title in a row at this year’s state track meet. Both teams ended up with six individual state champions.  One of those state champions includes Anglerne Annelus. She set two state records in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

GHS Parent and GC-4 BOE Member Named K.C.’s Father of the Year

J.P. Haley wrote an essay about his dad, Ron Haley, in his GHS english class one day.  The essay didn’t just get him a top grade on the assignment but it was submitted to the National Center for Fathering.  J.P.’s essay was picked as one of the top essays among more than 2000 entries.  During a Royals game this week Ron was chosen as Kansas City’s Father of the Year.  He was also chosen as a 2015 Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat honoree. Ron has two sons in the Grandview School District. He is also a Board of Education member for our district.  

The honor comes just in time for Father’s Day.  Click here to see Ron and J.P.'s interview about the award on 41 Action News.

GC-4 Receives Top Honors for Use of Website Software

GC-4 was the recipient of four Awards of Excellence given by eBOARDsolutions in June 2015.  eBOARDsoltuions is a web-based governance tool that uses online meetings, planning and evaluation software to help align the work of school boards and keep the focus on the goal of improving student learning.  The eBOARDsolutions Awards of Excellence program was created to showcase best practices in organizational leadership in the areas of strategic plan management, evaluation, meetings administration and communications.

GC-4 has been using eBOARDsolutions since January 2014 to communicate online school board policies and meetings with the community.  Our district took 1st place for Best Use of the software’s Evaluations Module, 2nd Place for Best Use of the Meetings Module, the Newcomer Award for Best Use of the Evaluations Module, and the Innovator Award for a unique use of the meetings module.

Grandview C4 BOE Receives Missouri Outstanding Board of Education Award

The Grandview C4 Board of Education was one of only five districts in Missouri honored as an Outstanding Board of Education in the category of Teaching, Learning and Assessment during the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) Leadership Summit on June 13, 2015.  The Board was recognized for their leadership over the past three years as the district has shown high academic achievement.  MSBA noted that "there is a tight alignment of building and department plans to the district strategic plan" and that "the Board continually reviews student achievement data to guide program and governance decisions." The Board received 97% of available points on their application.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Belvidere and Martin City Schools Receive Big Lots Grant

Martin City Big Lots Grand Opening
June 12, 2015
Big Lots celebrated its new Martin City store with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its grand opening Friday. GC-4 Superintendent Ralph Teran did the honors of cutting the ribbon for the cause.  The neighborhood store presented $2,000 checks to both Belvidere Elementary School and Martin City K-8 School. Principal Liz Means of Belvidere and Assistant Principal Jacqueline Spencer and Marci Simon of Martin City accepted the checks on behalf of the school.  

"The students of Martin City will greatly benefit from this generous donation which will ensure supplies will be available in their classes," said Martin City Principal Johnny Dodge.

The schools were chosen based on needs and because they are neighborhood schools to the store.

"Belvidere Elementary is overjoyed for the very generous donation by Big Lots!  Our Scholar Students will definitely benefit from the school supplies that the donation will provide.  We deeply appreciate the generosity of Big Lots and their investment into our Scholar Students and our school,” said Means.

Thank you Big Lots and welcome to the GC-4 community!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Interim Assistant Principals Announced for the 2015-16 School Year

Please join us in welcoming the following administrative appointments:

Ms. Jamie Russell, Curriculum & Instruction Department, Coordinator of Professional Development/Extended Learning, to interim assistant principal  at Grandview High School (GHS).

Ms. Dana Green, Missouri Options Coordinator and Transitions K-5 Counselor at CAIR, to interim assistant principal at Martin City.

Mr. Andy Leech, Project Lead the Way Teacher, GHS, to interim assistant principal at Martin City.

Jamie Russell
2015-16 GHS Interim Asst. Principal

Dana Green
2015-16 Martin City Interim Asst. Principal

Andy Leech
2015-16 Martin City Interim Asst. Principal

Monday, June 8, 2015

Grandview High School Alumni Jazz Band Members Reunite for “Once in a Generation Concert”

More than 20 GHS alumni musicians will be back at Grandview High School to perform a once-in-a-generation 7 pm concert June 21st. Musicians will include a graduate who’s played piano for Cirque du Soleil shows and lives in Montreal, Quebec, a GHS grad who teaches percussion in Seoul, South Korea, to name a few.  GHS graduates from 1989 to 2015 will travel from two other countries and five states to perform in the free concert.

 The event celebrates the rich legacy and supports the future of the Grandview C-4 school district jazz program. The public is encouraged to attend the concert.

The GHS alumni musician “Big Band” will also perform for 200 Grandview school district summer school students at 10 am, June 22 at Grandview Middle School and at the Missouri Bandmaster's Convention at Port Arrowhead that night. The GHS band directors over the last 30 years, Garry Anders, Bob Drummond and Danny Watring, will be conducting the musical pieces.

Funds raised through sponsorships of the program will help underwrite some of the concert costs and will help send student musicians to jazz clinics and camps to help continue the program’s excellence.

Grandview alumni musicians coming to make up the “Big Band” include:

Anthony Cooperwood, 1989 Grandview graduate, coming from Montreal, Quebec, will play piano.
Cooperwood has toured internationally as keyboardist/backup conductor with Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion (8 years); performed at Montreal Jazz Festival on keyboards and bass; performed on trans-Atlantic cruises;
He has a BA Music & Piano Performance (1993) and MA Education (1994) from Truman State; has taught elementary & high school music, presents lectures annually at teacher’s conference in Quebec.

DeAnthony Nelson, Jr., 2004 Grandview grad, coming from Seoul, South Korea, will play drumset.
Nelson teaches drums and percussion at Korean Art Conservatory in Seoul, serves as the music and sound director for Ruva Film, and performs regularly as a session drummer for various K-pop artists. He earned a BA, Pittsburg State University 2010.

The Grandview Alumni band directors are Garry Anders, who taught band at Grandview High School from 1983-2007 and taught at Missouri Valley College; Bob Drummond who taught at GHS 1984 – 2000, and Danny Watring who has been band director at Grandview from 1986 – 92 and 2006 to present. The directors have won multiple awards and served in state and national leadership roles as music educators. They have each directed college, community and church bands outside of their high school band experiences.

·        In addition to Montreal, Quebec, and Seoul, South Korea, other alumni musicians are coming from Los Angeles, Calif., Ann Arbor, Mich., and Bloomington, Ind., as well as Springfield, Mo., and the Kansas City region.
·        The oldest musician is Anthony Cooperwood (GHS 1989) and the youngest graduated from Grandview High School last month, Tim Ogutu on guitar.
·        Many play music professionally; all continue to play music in some capacity.
·        The directors have a total of 55 years teaching jazz and instrumental music at Grandview.
·        Grandview C-4 school district fields four competitive jazz bands – two high school and two middle school bands, plus a jazz combo – making it unique among school districts its size.

The two high school and two middle school jazz bands consistently receive 1 rating at festivals. Over the years, many students have qualified for all-state and all-district jazz bands. Many Grandview grads continue to play in college jazz bands and, as demonstrated with this alumni band, continue to play as jazz professionals. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

GHS Boys Track and Field Take Home Fifth State Title

State Titles, Broken Records, Bulldog Track and Field at it again

What a weekend, what a season for the Grandview High School boys and girls track and field teams!!  The boys’ team took home its fifth, yes fifth state title in a row.  The girls took fourth place overall.  But the celebration doesn’t end there. The teams ended up with six state champions!! 

Anglerne Annelus won in two events.  She even set two state records in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.  She broke KC Central High School’s, Muna Lee’s record that was set in 1999.  Annelus set the new records at 11.64 in the 100-meter dash and 23.47 in the 200-meter dash.  Annelus will be heading to UCLA next year to continue her success on the track.  She was also part of the girl’s winning 4x200 meter relay that included Amber Henderson, Sydnee Mitchell, and Irea Brown. 

Maliek Kendall, also won two events they include the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.  Cirr Davis took home the gold in the Triple Jump

"To have one state champion on our teams is wonderful, but to have our teams win six events, now that is amazing! These athletes are the best in the state of Missouri.  These are the student-athletes that every coach dreams of, they work hard in the classroom and on the track, and they volunteer in their community as well. Our coaching staff is extremely proud of these young men and women,” said Dana Bedwell, Head Girls Track Coach.

We’d also like to recognize the rest of the team’s All-State athletes, they include:

Loren Anderson, 2nd place in the 110-meter hurdles & 6th place Long Jump
Sydnee Mitchell, 2nd place in the 400-meter dash
Caulin Graves, 5th place 100-meter dash, 2nd place 200-meter dash
Michael Spears, 6th place 100-meter dash, 3rd place 4x100 relay
Miranda Carr, 7th place shot put
Hunter Pittman, 6th place pole vault
Timolin Dooley, 4th place girls 4x100 relay
Irea Brown, 4th place girls 4x100 relay
Amber Henderson, 4th place girls 4x100 relay
Anglerne Annelus, 4th place girls 4x100 relay
Verrell Garrett, 3rd place boys 4x100 relay
Deauntae Moss, 3rd place boys 4x100 relay
Maliek Kendall, 3rd place boys 4x100 relay

Way to go Bulldogs!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Boys and Girls Track Team Move on to State Championship

The Bulldog track and field teams are gearing up to head to state this weekend in Jefferson City. 

Prelims are Friday and finals are on Saturday.  This past weekend several members of the track team took home the gold as Sectional champions and qualified for state.  They include:

2015 Sectional Champs
Anglerne Annelus - 100 meter dash, and 200 meter dash
Sydnee Mitchell- 400 meter dash
Michael Spears- 100 meter dash
Maliek Kendall-110 meter dash (Loren Anderson, second place)
Cirr Davis- Triple Jump

2015 State Qualifiers
110 M Hurdles
Loren Anderson / Maliek Kendall
100 M Dash
Caulin Graves / Michael Spears
200 M Dash
Caulin Graves / Michael Spears
300 M Hurdles
Maliek Kendall
400 M Dash
Tyrone Kendall
Pole Vault
Hunter Pittman
Long Jump
Loren Anderson
Triple Jump
Cirr Davis
Sprint Relays (400,800,1600)
Maliek Kendall / Loren Anderson / Sonny Garrett / Dewayne Williams / Deauntae Moss / Michael Spears / Tre Manning / Caulin Graves / Tyrone Kendall

100 M Dash
Anglerne Annelus
200 M Dash
Anglerne Annelus / Sydnee Mitchell
400 M Dash
Sydnee Mitchell
Shot Put
Miranda Carr
Sprint Relays (400,800,1600)
Anglerne Annelus / Irea Brown / Timolin Dooley / Amber Henderson / Marissa Hood / Breonne Maltbia / Sydnee Mitchell / Tatyanna Moore

Also the boy’s 4x100 meter relay took first, and both boy’s and girl’s 4x400 meter relay won the meet as well.  Congratulations to all the athletes who qualified for state and we’re rooting for you this weekend!

Click here to view photos.

Free Meals this Summer

Grandview C-4 School District participates in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) offered by the MO Department of Health and Senior Services.  By participating in this program, we operate serving sites that are eligible to offer FREE meals to our summer school students.  In addition, anyone in the community under the age of 19-years-old can eat for FREE at any of the serving sites, even if they are not enrolled in summer school.

Friday, May 22, 2015

GC4-Administrative Announcement for the 2015-2016 School Year

We would like to announce some administrative changes in our district for the 2015-2016 school year.

Grandview High School Principal, Steve Scraggs has accepted a position in the Omaha Public Schools.  Dr. Scraggs will be the new principal of Burke, the district’s third-largest high school.  We wish Dr. Scraggs all the best in his future endeavors!

We are pleased to report that Grandview Middle School Principal Dr. Jennifer Price will take over as principal at GHS. Dr. Price has been appointed to the position as interim for the 2015-16 school year.

It is also our pleasure to announce that Martin City Middle School Assistant Principal, Jacqueline Spencer, will serve as the new principal at Grandview Middle School in replacement of Dr. Price.  Ms. Spencer will also serve as interim in the position for the 2015-16 school year.

In addition to the changes, we welcome Keri Collison as the High Grove Early Childhood Center Coordinator.  Collison has been the Special Education Coordinator at High Grove.

We are thankful these administrators will remain on the Bulldog team and will continue to do great work in our district.  Please join us in congratulating them!

Belvidere & Martin City Schools Will Receive Major Donation at Martin City Big Lots Grand Opening

During the grand opening celebration, Big Lots District Team Leader Dennis Strickland will present $2,000 to both Belvidere Elementary School and Martin City K-8 School. Principal Liz Means of Belvidere and Assistant Principal Jaqueline Spencer of Martin City will accept the checks on behalf of the school.

"The students of Martin City will greatly benefit from this generous donation which will ensure supplies will be available in their classes," said Martin City Principal Johnny Dodge.

The schools were chosen based on needs and because they are neighborhood schools to the store.
"Belvidere Elementary is overjoyed for the very generous donation by Big Lots!  Our Scholar Students will definitely benefit from the school supplies that the donation will provide.  We deeply appreciate the generosity of Big Lots and their investment into our Scholar Students and our school!  Thank you Big Lots," said Means.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is will be Friday June 12th.

High Grove Sends Off Preschool Students with a Celebration

It’s just the beginning for dozens of pre-school students who will be moving on from High Grove’s Early Childhood Education Center.  The school held its annual end of year ceremonies for Head Start, Early Head Start and Title IV students this week.  Fun was had by all!

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Drum Clinic at CAIR

Students at CAIR got a moving lesson from teacher Anthony Finger.  Mr. Finger held a drum clinic in the school’s gym Thursday afternoon.  The clinic had students moving in their seats as he shared the basics about drumming.  He also played a few songs that included American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, YYZ by Rush and Hot for Teacher by Van Halen. It was a rockin good time for everyone in attendance!

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Grandview Middle School Celebrates 8th Grade

Parents packed the GMS gymnasium Thursday morning to celebrate their eighth grade student.  The school held its annual GMS Recognition Celebration Program.  The program recognized about 200 or more students who will be leaving the school to continue onto Grandview High School.  The incoming freshman will be GHS’s class of 2019.  Congratulations 8th graders!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Grandview Education Foundation Delivers Teacher Grants

Recipients of this year’s GEF teacher grants could hear the clapping coming down the hall.  Members of GEF delivered each grant one by one to GC-4 staff in a ‘Publishers Clearing House’ kind of way.  Their “congratulations” balloons and letters brought smiles, even some tears to teachers.  Each grant recipient had to apply for the grants and explain what type of program the funds will be used for. Seven grants total were awarded out of 16 submissions.  GEF dished out more than $5600 for programs to benefit GC-4 students.

Here’s a list of the 2015-2016 grant award winners:
Karla Harris, Central Office: $250 (Martin City Lady Leaders)
Clark Vance, GHS: $250 (Project Lead the Way Civil Engineering)
Thomas Robins, Belvidere: $194.84 (Stop Bullies Book Club)
Robin Reich, GHS:$400 (Book Club)
Carrie McDonald, Meadowmere $571.75 (STEM Centers in the Library Media Center)
Daniel Huffman, Martin City: 960 (Science 4 US)
DeeAnn Moore, GMS and Cynthia Godwin, GMS: $3000 (GMS Makerspace)

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GHS Graduation Ceremony 2015

Grandview High School seniors painted the Independence Events Center blue and gold Monday night with their caps and gowns.  Two-hundred and fifty-two students made up the class of 2015.  Its salutatorian was Elder Valle Morales, valedictorian was Brandi Gentry, and class speakers were Ahmed Coleman, Mary Grace Wright, and Anglerne Annelus.  Family and friends filled the arena to celebrate the achievement of their student.  We wish each and every graduate the best in all of their future endeavors.  Congratulations to you all!

Here are some photos of the event.

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Arbor Day

CAIR students did their part to make a difference on Arbor Day.  Students planted several trees outside the school.  It is encouraged to plant and care for trees on the international holiday. Thanks to Suburban Lawn and Garden in Martin City, students were able to do that.  Five trees were donated by Suburban Lawn and Garden, including three maple trees and two red buds.  GC-4 appreciates your support!

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Belvidere Inducts More than 30 Students in National Elementary Honor Society

Thirty-four new members made their pledge to Belvidere’s NEHS for the 2015-16 school year. The students were recognized during a special ceremony in front of classmates and family.  The NEHS members were inducted for meeting criteria that included earning A’s and B’s and at least an 85% average or higher for one entire semester. They also had no more than one discipline referral, and students had to be in 4th or 5th grade.

Guest speaker at this semester’s ceremony was Reverend Chris Hicks, Pastor of the Belvidere Heights Baptist Church.  The school now has a total of 67 members in NEHS.

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