Frequently Asked Questions about the

    Warriors Explore Summer Program


    What is the focus of the Warriors Explore Summer Program?

    The Smithville R-II School District is committed to educating and enriching students.  The Warriors Explore Summer Program is a great way to offer an interdisciplinary, extended-learning opportunity for students of the district.  The summer program enriches and advances topics and standards that are perhaps taught in the regular school year but explored and expanded upon more during the summer session.


    When and where will the program be held?

    The program will begin June 6, 2018 and end July 3, 2018.

    *Dates could be changed based on the number of days missed due to inclement weather.    

    Changes will be announced if this occurs.

      *Grades 4-8 will be housed at the Smithville Horizon Elementary and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

      *Grades K-3 will be housed at Eagle Heights Elementary and will run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

    Dates by week for summer school:

    Week 1  June 6 to June 7

    Week 2  June 10 to June 14

    Weeks 1 and 2 students will be assigned the first set of courses.

    Week 3  June 17 to June 21

    Week 4  July 1 to July 3

    Weeks 3 and 4 students will be assigned a different set of courses.

    **NOTE:  Many of the courses will change after the first two weeks.


    Will transportation be provided to and from the program?

    Yes, transportation will be provided for any student who qualifies for transportation during the regular school year.  However, bus routes may be modified and may vary from routes during the regular school year. Transportation information will be sent to those families who require transportation as soon as the plan becomes available.


    What will my child(ren) do each day?

    The academic courses in each program are created to be interdisciplinary and theme-based. In Kindergarten, students will be enrolled in a self-contained classroom so they can get to know their teacher, the school, and procedures that will be expected when “real” school starts.  The content learned will help students get a head start on literacy and math.

    In grades 1-4, students will have three hours of interdisciplinary learning that includes Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies in the morning.  After lunch, these students will explore three fun-filled courses that are a little more relaxed in nature but still interdisciplinary and core or exploratory driven. Some classes will last 10 days and others will last the entire 20 days of the program.

    Students attending in grades 5-6 will have all four classes for the full 20 days and students in grades 7-8, will enjoy two exploratory courses per day that last 10 days. These are also theme-based and incorporate interdisciplinary learning including Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Family and Consumer Science, and Physical Education.


    Will breakfast and lunch be served each day?

    Yes, students will be served breakfast and lunch using the same system provided during the regular school year.  Breakfast $1.70   Lunch $2.35    Milk $ .45


    Library Services

    We are happy to announce that this summer we will have a Library/Media Specialist in each of the summer program buildings.  The Horizon Elementary and Eagle Heights libraries will be open two or three afternoons a week for students attending summer school. The number of afternoons the library will be open depends upon the building.  


    How do I enroll my child?

    Simply visit this Website, and fill out and submit the electronic summer school application. The application link will also be available on the district website and as well as each of the building’s websites.  


    What if I still have questions?  Where can I call?

    If you still have questions regarding the Warriors Explore Summer Program please contact the Smithville R-II School District office at 816-532-0406 and they will transfer you to a district representative who can answer any question(s) you may still have.


    Here Are a Few New Ideas From You

    We interviewed students that attended the program last summer and read every parent and teacher survey.  We want you to know, we’ve heard your voices.

    • Students enjoyed having recess or break time every day. We will continue to offer this.
    • Students liked having access to the library and books to read! Our libraries will be open for check out.
    • We will offer smaller weekly prizes so more students can win when they have perfect attendance for the week.  Students would like to enjoy pizza/movie parties, or popcorn parties, or even have the snow cone truck stop by one day and treat those students that had perfect attendance for the week.


    Student Incentives for Perfect Attendance

    Weekly Drawing:

    The Primary and Middle-Level programs will have weekly drawings or parties for perfect attendance.  Students having perfect attendance for the week will be eligible for a drawing and great prizes.