FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mayor Pro Tem and Parkview High School alum Ken McClure will officially kick off a year-long celebration of Parkview’s 60th Anniversary at Friday night’s football game versus the Kickapoo Chiefs. The ceremony will take place at halftime, which is likely to be around 7:30 p.m. at JFK Stadium. Joining current Parkview Principal Eric Ramsey for the ceremonial kickoff will be Parkview’s four living former principals: Judy Brunner, Dr. Daniel Beach, Michael Kohr and Chance Wistrom. A group of Parkview High School Alumni is organizing a year’s worth of celebrations, to take place the entire 2016-207 school year. Matt Hudson, former Parkview assistant principal and class of 1996, is leading the effort. “So many people in our community have graduated from Parkview, or have ties to Parkview. Since we have such an active group of alumni, we thought it would be fun and important to take time to recognize the great faculty, staff, students and alumni who have helped shaped good things in our community during or after their years at PHS,” Hudson said. “We have been pleasantly surprised at the overwhelming response we are already getting” Hudson said it’s not too late to join the planning teams. Contact the groups at [email protected] to learn more. The group has a website: parkview60th.org or parkviewalumni.org and a Facebook page: Parkview High School’s 60th Anniversary. Tentative plans and organizing committees include: Launch Events: •HiVike (Welcome Back) Aug. 25, 2016 •Partnering with the “Mother of All Reunions” Committee. Graduates of the classes of 1960-1969 are invited to one, “Mother of All Reunions” reunion Sept. 17, 2016. •Recognition of current Parkview students who have other generations in their family who are Parkview alumni. Leadership Series: Looking for Parkview graduates to serve as speakers on the topic of leadership at the following events: •Open House – Tuesday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m. •HiVike (welcome back assembly) – Thursday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. •Parkview Homecoming Assembly – Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. •Veterans Day Assembly – Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. •Winter Homecoming (February) •Scholastic Tea (mid-April) •Heritage Assembly – Thursday, April 20th at 9:45 a.m. •Basketball Game & Final Event – Friday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. •Hall of Fame Recognition and Memories Assembly (early May) •Classroom visits throughout the year Endowment Building / Leadership Scholarship: The endowment team is currently working to raise funds to support the Viking Endowment Fund and to help establish funding for the Parkview Leadership School Scholarship. Marketing Team: The Marketing team is currently looking for stories to share about student, faculty and staff experiences at Parkview. Please send ideas to Cora Scott at [email protected] Big Event: Heritage Assembly – Thursday, April 20th at 9:45 a.m. Basketball Game & Final Event – Friday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. ### For more information, contact Matt Hudson at 849-6479 or [email protected] or Cora Scott at 417-380-3352 or [email protected] Details can be found at http://parkviewalumni.org or http://parkview60th.org or on Facebook.