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    Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter
    May 16, 2018 edition

    In this issue...
    • Last Day of School - May 24
    • Seniors graduate, earn scholarships
    • Community invited to celebrate award winners, retirees
    • Bright Futures to collect school supplies all summer
    • HHS theatre students nominated for Cappies
    • ECC, HES, McEowen honor students
    • Athletes qualify for sectionals, state
    • HMS students win grant
    • McEowen students present check to Children's Mercy
    • 2nd annual grad walk through schools
    • Kindergarten students visit CCC
    • CCC students get real-world experience
    • FFA members honored at banquet
    • New artwork at HHS, HMS
    • Board of Education approves salaries
    • Community flyers offer freebies, library summer schedule, and new run club
  • News & Notes
    Last Day of School
    The last day of school for the 2017-18 school year is Thursday, May 24.  It will be a half day for students.  HMS students will be released at 11:55; HHS will dismiss at 12:08; and ECC, HES, and McEowen students will be released at 1:14.

    Class of 2018 earns diplomas, scholarships
    graduates with arms around each other Harrisonville High School presented diplomas to 204 seniors at commencement exercises on Friday, May 11. The Class of 2018 graduation included the Pledge of Allegiance led by Class President Susanna Tracy, the National Anthem by Hannah Bartlett, a student address by Lanie Carl and a solo by John Coday.  The senior members of the choir also performed.

    During the ceremony, Principal Mark Wiegers recognized those students who completed high school with a GPA over 4.0.  From those students, he announced that Audrey Welhoff had earned the distinction of Honor Graduate.

    Also, during the ceremony, the HHS Boy and Girl of the Year were named.  Each month, the HHS staff selected one boy and one girl as Students of the Month.  From that group, the faculty selected Nick Laughlin and Baylie Woolsey as the 2018 Boy and Girl of the Year.  

    Pictures from graduation are posted on our Facebook page - click here.  You can also watch the graduation ceremony here - https://youtu.be/aNsyZPRwruk.

    seniors enlisting in the military were recognized Harrisonville High School seniors were also honored during the Senior Excellence in Academics Ceremony, a joint effort of Harrisonville High School and the Harrisonville Public School Foundation on May 10.  Recognitions during the event included Excellence in Academics recipients, as well as scholarship winners. The daytime assembly was attended by the entire HHS student body, parents, and community members.

    The Foundation’s Excellence in Academics program honors students who complete the year in the top 15% of their class.  Those seniors honored as first-year Excellence in Academics recipients were John Coday, Jackson Crowley, Kelsie Donovan, Evan Dumont, Malia Morgan, Bethany Nichols, Dakota Ponder, Lacey Williams, and Baylie Woolsey.  Second year recipients were Jack Charlton, Mara Davis, Kelsi Knoche and Kurt Poisal. Those earning the honor for the third year were Tara Barnard, Caelen Johnson, Nick Laughlin, and Noah Mills.

    The four-year recipients were presented $500 scholarships from the Foundation and included Victoria Bratcher, Kyleigh Brown, Lanie Carl, Karsen Cesonis, Bethany Cox, Jack Dahn, Hannah Gibbs, Mallory Kimbell, Chrysalin Martin, Drake Mathews, Nick McCleave, Anna Saffels, Mason Scrivener, Kayla Stewart, Kaylee Tieman, Audrey Welhoff, Seth Wiebusch, and Ryan Wilson.

    Harrisonville High School seniors are eligible to receive over $2.2 million in scholarship monies over the next four years through scholarships presented at the event.  In addition, 84 students qualified for the A+ program which, if utilized, totals $889,000.

    Those entering the military were recognized and are pictured above.  For additional pictures, visit the district Facebook page - click here.

    To read more about the scholarships and other awards presented, click here.

    Community invited to district's End-of-Year Celebration
    The Harrisonville School District will honor retirees and award winners at it's End-of-the-Year Celebration on May 25 at 11 a.m. in the Harrisonville High School Performing Arts Center.    The community is invited to the event.
    District retirees include Marla Brown, McEowen Elementary; Nancy Cummings, Harrisonville Elementary; Tela Gough, Harrisonville Elementary; Stewart Hendrickson, Cass Career Center; Mark Hollingshead, Cass Career Center; Loretta Kroesen, Harrisonville Middle School; Tina Perne, Harrisonville Elementary School; Curtis Norris, Maintenance; Wanda Ohler, Harrisonville High School; Lori Saffell, Harrisonville Elementary; and Darla Six, McEowen Elementary.

    The Harrisonville Public School Foundation will honor the district's Educator of the Year.  Finalists for this include Brian Bliss, Harrisonville High School Communication Arts; Lisa Hern, Harrisonville Elementary School music; and Justin Sharp, Harrisonville High School math.

    The district's Support Staff Employee of the Year will also be named.  Finalists include Cheryl Bearden, McEowen Elementary School principal’s secretary; Jennifer Beavers, district social worker; Kathy Eckert, Harrisonville High School accompanist; and Robin Kroenke, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center long-term substitute.

    Retirees will also be honored at building-level receptions which are open to the public.  McEowen Elementary will host a reception on Thursday, May 24 from 2-4 p.m.  Harrisonville Elementary School's reception will be Wednesday, May 16 from 4-4:45 p.m.

    Bright Futures News
    School Supplies collected throughout the summer
    Bright Futures will be collecting school supplies all summer long in its blue barrels.  This collection provides school supplies which are distributed to students in need at the Bright Futures Back-to-School Fair in August.

    This year, Bright Futures Harrisonville distributed over 300 backpacks of school supplies to children in the community.  

    Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at any Blue Barrel location - Community Bank of Harrisonville, Commerce Bank, Cass County Public Library-Harrisonville Branch, Schroeder Chiropractic, Harrisonville United Methodist Church, Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene, Cornerstone Community Church, Heartland Baptist Fellowship, Crossroads Assembly, Brick House Coffee, Quality Auto Repair, and the school district admin office, 503 S. Lexington.

    The most needed school supply items include 1” binders, 5-subject dividers for binders, composition notebooks, TI-30-XII scientific calculators, dry erase markers, highlighters, wide-ruled notebook paper, zippered binders, plastic school boxes, post-it notes, glue sticks, scissors, crayons-24 count, and markers.

    Shout Outs

    • to those groups/organizations/businesses who have provided and will provide breakfast for our high school students taking Advanced Placement exams.
    • to this month's Partner & Volunteer of the Month that are a bit different...there are no actual awards presentations or pictures as these are some of the "silent" partners. First, a shout out to the Volunteer of the Month - the one called "shoe fairy" - who takes care of shoe needs when they arise (usually within a couple of hours). The Partners of the Month are senior parents who donated money left in their grad's lunch account to students in need who have negative balances. 
    • to donors who helped ensure a graduate had appropriate shoes & slacks for the graduation ceremony.
    • to Girls on the Run, the Harrisonville United Methodist Church youth group, and ServPro for packing backpacks this month.
    • to the Harrisonville United Methodist Church - the April Partners of the Month! The church has "adopted" the Wildcat Academy and provides monthly attendance and birthday incentives, hosts mock interviews and a graduation party for students, and provides positive adult role models for the students!
    Points of Pride
    Congratulations to...
    • HHS golfer Peyton Holden who qualified and played in the State Tournament this week.
    • HHS track athletes Kaylee Harp and Bethany Cox who qualified for the sectional track meet by earning top places at the district meet.  Harp took 2nd in the 200, 1st in the 400 and 2nd in the 800 and Cox earned 4th in the high jump.
    • Harrisonville High School theatre students who have earned several nominations from the Kansas City Cappies organization for their work on theatre productions this year.    HHS students garnered seven nominations. Those nominated for their roles in Shrek include Peyton Holden, Male Vocalist; Cody Jones, Comic Actor; Rebekah Bartlett, Supporting Actress; and John Coday, Supporting Actor. In the Cappies Critic category, Jayden Osborn and Michael Schuhler were nominated for Female & Male Critic and the entire HHS team received a nomination for Critic Team. The KC Cappies will be presented during a gala on May 26 at Lee’s Summit High School. The Cappies, "Critics and Awards Program," is a program through which high school theatre and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers. At the end of the year, the student critics vote for awards that are presented at a formal Cappies Gala.
    • HHS drama students and cappies nominees
    • Harrisonville Middle School seventh grade students in the Harrisonville Academically Talented (HATS) program who were awarded first place and a $3,000 grant from Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (HUEE) during a luncheon on May 2. The students entered a public service announcement contest that included the creation of a video PSA to build  awareness about energy wasting habits and how to correct those habits in the home and/or school. The students’ video can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchools/videos/10156756184988072/.  Students involved in the project are pictured and include Caroline Ocheskey, Libbie Lundeen, Cort DeVenney, Charlie Sturgeon, Max Weber, Elizabeth Allen, Jaelynne Bundt, Menda Schroeder, McKinzie Parks, and Kale Weber.  Representatives from HUEE are pictured on the back left and right.
    • students pictured with check
    • the HHS Students of the Month for May - Kelsi Knoche and Cody Jones.  Click here to read about them.
    • Kelsi and Cody
    • the award winners from Harrisonville Early Childhood Center for April.  Click here to read more.
    • the April McEowen Positive Action Assembly award winners.  Click here.
    • the HES award winners for April.  Click here.
    • the HHS teachers honored with the CATS (Creative, Active, Thankful and Supportive) awards for April and May by Student Council.  The April winners were C - Ms. Bruns; A - Mr. Bebout; T - Mrs. Osborne; and S - Mrs. Terwilliger.  The May winners were C - Ms. Bristow, A - Mr. Jacobs, T - Mrs. Chenoweth, and S - Mrs. Bliss.
    • the Wildcat baseball players named Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 4 Academic All-State - Joe Bowers, Jack Charlton, Landon George, Drew Mulvey, Scott Schmidt, Brian Schrock, and Mason Scrivener! The team was also #5 on the list of the MHSBCA Class 4 Academic All-State Teams.
    • Harrisonville Elementary School staff and students who received a special surprise from Hawthorn Bank recently. Hawthorn Bank representatives participated in the school’s career day in April and based on that participation entered into a contest with the Missouri Bankers Association “Teach Children to Save” award. They won a $250 grant from the MBA which the local bank matched. Representatives from the bank were on hand at an all-school assembly to present a $500 grant to the school. 
    • check presentation from hawthorn bank to HES

    Sonic Locker Room Radio Show
    Each week a sport or activity is featured on the Sonic Locker Room Radio Show.  We are proud to be one of 17 metro high schools to be a part of the program.  The Harrisonville Wildcats edition airs on Mondays at 4:45 p.m. on 1030 AM or you can listen to archived shows online at www.soniclockerroom.com.  This week's show features HHS Activities Director Brent Maxwell.

    Art in Our Community
    Student artwork is on display in our community thanks to the Art in Our Community program.  Each month, student creations can be seen at Commerce Bank, Community Bank of Harrisonville, Country Club Bank, the library, Brick House Coffee Bar, Schroeder Chiropractic, the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce and the school district administrative offices.

    Photos from Around the District 
    Seniors participate in second annual Grad Walk
    senior jon barnett gives high fives to kindergarten students lining the halls
    For the second year, the graduating seniors from Harrisonville High School paraded through the district for the Grad Walk.  Students lined the halls and some even made signs to congratulate the Class of 2018.
    McEowen students present check to Children's Mercy
    McEowen students present a check to children's mercy hospital
    Students at McEowen Elementary School made sure their hard work added up to something special for children in need.

    The students participated in math-a-thon in January and raised more than $4,600 for Children’s Mercy Hospital.  The students collected pledges based on the number of problems completed in a math booklet.

    Thirty-seven students who each raised over $100 each had the opportunity to travel to Children’s Mercy Kansas to present the check on May 15.

    During the visit to the hospital, the student talked with the Children’s Mercy Transportation Team and toured the inside of their special ambulances. They also met Hope, one of the hospital’s therapy dogs.

    The students rode to the hospital on Big Blue thanks to the generosity of the Harrisonville Athletic Booster Club.

    The funds raised are designated for the Child Life program at Children’s Mercy in memory of Cade Filer.  Child Life’s purpose is to help the children who are spending time at CMH continue to be children. Child Life also provides education for both the child and family to help them feel more at ease with medical procedures.

    Over the last eight years, McEowen students have raised over $36,000 for Children’s Mercy Hospital.

    The math-a-thon was organized by McEowen Counselor Taylor Chandler and teacher Missy Eddleman. 

    Student Council hosts final blood drive of the year
    Mr. Anderson gives blood
    The Harrisonville High School Student Council collected 53 units of blood for the Community Blood Center during the school’s third blood drive of the year.    

    Many students and faculty from the high school participated in donating blood as well as a few members of the Harrisonville community.  Fifty-seven donors registered to give blood.

    Student Council member Brecken Nickel chaired the drive and Baylie Woolsey was the co-chair.  The blood drive was held on May 4th.

    HHS students participate in mock interviews
    mock interview with student at a table across from two community members

    Harrisonville High School students gained valuable work experience thanks to the generosity of community members.  The students enrolled in the spring semester Personal Finance class participated in mock interviews with volunteers from local businesses.  

    Each student had a 20-minute mock interview.  They were required to dress in formal work attire and were asked a series of questions an individual might see during a typical job interview.  The students received immediate feedback on their interview and resume at the end of the interview.  

    Participating community members included Ashley Franklin – Hawthorn Bank, Gabe Sweitzer – Sherwood Community Bank, David Hoffman – University Missouri Extension, Aaron Smith – Car-Mart, Travis Jones – MODOT, Kristie Fisher – Hawthorn Bank, Cameron Chenoweth – American Family Insurance, Ron Highley – Farm Service Agency, David Coffelt – Coffelt Land Title, Cindy Warner – Warner Law, Lori Watson – Edward D Jones, Wendy Hall – FCS Financial, Aaron Aurand – Crouch, Spangler & Douglas, Shelly Micano – Family Center, Tammy Politte – CASCO, George Morse – Edward D Jones, Dakoda Sikes – Hope Haven, Roger Raffety – Cass County Assessor office, Sam Cardenas – Hope Haven, and Steve Croy – State Farm Insurance.

    The volunteers were coordinated by Kristie Fisher and the Harrisonville Kiwanis Club.

    Kindergarten students visit Cass Career Center
    kindergarteners listen as an EMT student talks about helping patients using a dummy
    Harrisonville Elementary School kindergarten students took a field trip to Cass Career Center on Wednesday, May 9.  The kindergarteners were taken on a tour of the school by CCC students. The younger students visited the EMT, Fire Science, Criminal Justice/CSI, Welding, Automotive, Marketing and Construction Technology programs.  The visitors had the chance to try on trade and technical uniforms and participate in activities.

    Sixth graders get new perspective of the square
    students look up at the courthouse from across the street as historian David Atkinson tells them about its history
    Harrisonville Middle School sixth graders enjoyed a historical tour of the square thanks to Cass County Missouri Historical Society member David Atkinson. Last week the students visited the square and learned about the buildings, people, and history of Harrisonville.

    CCC students get real-world experience with mock accident
    the accident scene
    Students from four CCC programs participated in a Mock Accident exercise to practice their first responder skills on May 2. CCC EMT Academy students conducted patient assessments and transported to a pop-up Emergency Room where Health Science students took over patient care. CCC Fire Science Program students suppressed a car fire and assisted with patient transport. CCC Criminal Justice/CSI Academy students protected the scene and assisted as needed.

    FFA members honored at annual banquet
    ffa members
    Over 300 people attended the 69th annual Cass Career Center FFA Banquet held April 27th at Harrisonville High School. Parents, members, and guests enjoyed a smoked brisket, turkey and pork meal while watching FFA members receive recognition for a successful year of activities and competitions.

    Master of Ceremonies and FFA President Nick McCleave called the banquet to order at 7 p.m. The Honorary Chapter FFA degree was bestowed upon David Coffelt, Vicky Keefer, and Cliff Kirk for their help and support of the FFA Program.

    State FFA Vice President Rhiannen Schneider gave an inspirational talk to FFA members about what she learned about her experiences in FFA and encouraged members to take advantage of opportunities in the organization.

    Over $8,000 in scholarships were given to eight graduating seniors who will be continuing their education next year. Winners of the FFA Achievement Scholarship were: Ryan Jeppesen, Will Johnson, Nick McCleave, Kurt Poisal, Marquise Schrock, and Andrew White.

    The Crop Production Services Scholarship was presented to Nick McCleave. The Stanley and Marjorie Gardner Scholarship went to Andrew White. The Todd’s Automotive Mechanics Scholarship also went to Andrew White. The James & Mamie Famuliner Memorial Scholarship went to Ryan Jeppesen. The Cass County Farm Bureau Scholarship went to Nick McCleave. The CGK Improvement Scholarship went to Kristopher Taylor.

    Nick McCleave was announced as the winner of the John & Wanda Foster Ag Scholarship and the Samuel A Sloan, Evelyn Sloan, and Beulah Sloan McCoy Scholarship through the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.

    Taylor Anderson, Harrisonville senior, was the recipient of the Larry Reece Memorial Award. Nick McCleave was announced as the Outstanding Student in Conservation.

    Keigan Rowe of Harrisonville High School, received the Chapter Star Farmer Award, sponsored by Cass County Farm Bureau, for his cattle herd. The Chapter Star Agribusiness Award, sponsored by USDA Farm Services went to Meadow Vassar. The Chapter Star in Placement, sponsored by Golden Valley Tractor of Harrisonville, went to Andrew White.

    Britini Bronson, Ray-Pec High School junior, was announced as the Star Greenhand, sponsored by FCS Financial. Harrisonville Senior, Nick McCleave, was announced as the DeKalb Outstanding Senior.

    Winners of Proficiency Awards for their Supervised Ag Experience Projects were: Taylor Anderson (Landscaping Management Placement), Carilyn Bachman (Specialty Animal Production Ownership), Colt Bonham (Diversified Livestock Production Placement), Andy Brizendine (Ag Mechanics Design & Fabrication Ownership), Britini Bronson (Beef Production Placement), Hailey Brunner (Ag Processing Placement), Lauren Burlingame (Home & Community Development), Nicholas Bunger (Landscaping Management), Samantha Cahill (Vegetable Production), Caroline Campbell (Ag Communications), Maecy Claiborne (Vegetable Production), Brent Craig (Ag Sales Placement), Cody Dickerson (Food Services), Lucas Filer (Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance), Kyle Fiore (Wildlife Management Placement), Emma Fischer (Small Animal Production & Care Placement), Jared Ford (Home & Community Development), Reagan Gibler (Forage Production), Hunter Hawkins (Turfgrass Management Placement), Emily Hegendeffer (Small Animal Production & Care Ownership), Slater Helt (Ag Sales Ownership), Ashley Hetherington (Diversified Livestock Production), Bryson Highfill (Forest Production Management Placement), Madison Hoffman (Ag Education), Clinton Howser (Goat Production), Ethan Inman (Ag Processing Ownership), Ryan Jeppesen (Natural Resource Management Placement), Will Johnson (Diversified Ag Production), Dustin Jones (Ag Services Ownership), Ethan Kohl (Forest Product Management Placement), Skylar Lite (Equine Science Ownership), Kayla Maguffee (Poultry Production), Michelle Marrs (Specialty Animal Production Placement), Nick McCleave (Wildlife Management Ownership), Jake McMahan (Dairy Production Placement), Margarett O’Malley (Veterinary Science), Kurt Poisal (Beef Production Ownership), Presley Reynolds (Equine Science Placement), Clint Rhodes (Swine Production Ownership), Jake Robbins (Diversified Crop Production Placement), Keigan Rowe (Diversified Agriculture Production), Keese Schrock (Outdoor Recreation), Jordan Shore (Diversified Horticulture), Harley Sipple (Outdoor Recreation Placement), Bailey Snyder (Ag Mechanics Design & Fabrication Placement), Kristopher Taylor (Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Placement), Savannah Timmons (Food Services), Meadow Vassar (Specialty Crop Production), Julia Wehmeyer (Poultry Production), Andrew White (Ag Services Placement), Dylan Young (Natural Resource Management Ownership), and Garrett Yaryan (Turfgrass Management Ownership).

    Garrett Yaryan, Clint Rhodes, and Emily Hegendeffer each received special recognition and a medal for being the top three in fundraising.

    Scholastic medals were presented to: Josie Anderson, Trevor Campbell, Brent Craig, Nathanael DeVenney, Hannah Dinges, Ethan Kohl, Kurt Poisal, Jake Robbins, Jordan Shore, Harley Sipple, Emma Wernex, and Andrew White.

    Leadership medals were presented to: Cayse Bradshaw, Hailey Brunner, Lauren Burlingame, Jared Ford, Madison Hoffman, Ethan Inman, Will Johnson, Michelle Marrs, Autumn Self, Marquise Schrock, Drew Swigart, and Kristopher Taylor.

    Both Judging Team and Trapshooting Team awards were given out to members who participated in these events. The Cass Career Center FFA had over 54 students participate in either judging or trapshooting competitions this year.

    At the conclusion of the evening, the 2018-2019 officers were announced. Officers for the next school year include: President Ethan Kohl, Vice President Harley Sipple, Secretary Madison Hoffman, Treasurer Ethan Inman, Reporter Caitlyn Wimsatt, Sentinel Britini Bronson, Chaplain Lauren Burlingame, Parliamentarian Savannah Timmons, and Historian Caroline Campbell.

    The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. 

    New artwork at HHS
    students working on the mural
    the finished mural
    Life Skills students, along with a few others, created a mural in a hallway at HHS as part of their art class with Mrs. Bathgate.

    Heroes in our schools
    high school lunch ladies dress in capes and hero costumes
    Friday, May 4 was School Lunch Hero Day and the district celebrated the heroes in our school cafeterias.

    HMS students create art from recycled items
    two artists with mural
    Check out the mural made by using recycled bottle caps. It was created by HMS 8th graders Kaylee Turner and Piper Foreman. This mural will be located in the HMS library.

    Additional pictures from all events are posted on our district Facebook page (a Facebook account is not required to view) - www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchools 
    Upcoming District Events
    May 16 - HES Retirement Reception, 4-4:45 p.m.
    May 17 - McEowen Field Day
    May 24 - Last Day of School, 1/2 day for students
    May 24 - McEowen Retirement Reception, 2-4 p.m.
    May 25 - District End-of-the-Year Celebration, 11 a.m., HHS Performing Arts Center
    June 4-29 - Summer school
    June 15 - CCC PN Graduation, 7 p.m., HHS PAC
    For a full calendar of events, click here

    Supporting Our Own
    Summer camp opportunties
    a list of youth camps  soccer camp info  theatre camp info

  • Board of Education
    May Meeting
    The Board of Education met on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington.  Agenda items included:
    • Approval of salary schedules for 2018-19 which include a 3% raise for all employees
    • Recognition of student accomplishments including...
    • Four kindergarten students who earned 99% attendance for the year.
    • 7th grade Harrisonville Academically Talented Students - HATS students who won a $3,000 grant from HUEE for a PSA they created on energy conservation.
    • Three Harrisonville High School freshmen who earned a KC Scholars program College Savings Acct/March Award.
    • And two HHS juniors who earned $50,000 scholarships from the KC Scholars program. 
    • Approval of contracts with the Booster Club for the Big Blue buses.
    The full agenda for each meeting is posted the Friday before at the following link - http://www.boarddocs.com/mo/hcass/Board.nsf/Public.  You can also visit this link to see board action immediately following the meeting.
    In addition, videos of the Board meetings are posted on our website a few days after each meeting. Go to https://www.harrisonvilleschools.org/Page/940.