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    Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter
    January 10, 2018 edition
    In this issue...
    • District emphasizes importance of attendance
    • Board candidate filing closes Jan. 16
    • Major Saver sales kick off
    • Winter Homecoming shirt orders due Jan. 19
    • Young Rembrandts classes begin Jan. 23
    • HHS yearbook now accepting senior photos
    • Bright Futures Day at Brick House set for Jan. 16
    • HES names award winners
    • Carl, Dahn selected HHS Students of the Month
    • Wrestlers bring home 1st place
    • All-District band students perform
    • CCC FFA members attend Greenhand Conference
    • Video students receive recognition
    • HHS student completes Eagle Scout project in library
    • Elementary students complete Winter Reading Bingo
  • News & Notes
    District emphasizes importance of attendance
    Over the next few weeks, the district will be providing parents with information which emphasizes the impact school attendance can have on a student’s academic success. The "Be Here" initiative will provide explanations, tips, information, and resources to help parents ensure their student has every opportunity for success by being in school every day.

    During the winter months, sickness is often the main reason that students miss school, so to begin "Be Here", we are sharing information on how to ensure our children stay healthy especially during the winter months.

    • Encourage Handwashing - Did you know that kids who wash their hands at least four times a day experience 24% fewer sick days due from colds, the flu, & similar illnesses and 51% fewer sick days due to stomach ailments?
    • Discourage Sharing of Personal Items - This includes utensils and water bottles, but at school, it also includes pencils, scissors, etc.  
    • Model and Teach Proper Cough & Sneeze Technique
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
      • Put your used tissue in the wastebasket.  Wash your hands.
      • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
    • Dress Children Appropriately - Our elementary students will go outside for recess whenever weather permits. This means they will be outside when it’s cold.  Be sure your child has his/her coat, hat, and gloves on wintry days.  If you need assistance with winter apparel, please contact Bright Futures at brightfutures@harrisonvilleschools.org 
    School attendance can have a major impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
    Board candidate filing closes Jan. 16
    Candidates for the Board of Education may file for office through Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. The election is Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Board members whose terms expire are RJ Knox and Chad Reynolds.
    Major Saver sales to begin this week
    major saver card The Harrisonville Public School Foundation is once again offering Major Saver cards for sale through students in grades K-5.  Students will receive the sales packets on Thursday, January 11th and will sell the $15 Buy One, Get One Free offer cards until Wednesday, January 24th.  Proceeds from the sales of the discount cards directly support the participating schools and the activities of the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.  Last year, the Foundation and participating schools raised more than $16,000 through the sale of Major Saver cards.

    The 2018 participating businesses include: Paradise Park, 54th Street, Price Chopper, The Exit Room, Mazzio’s, Houlihan’s, Sonic, MOD Pizza, Captain D’s, Burger King, Randazzo’s Pizza and Pasta, The Little Pig BBQ, Brewbaker’s Bar and Grill, SPIN! Pizza, Forged By Fire, Aaron’s Family Fun Center, Dairy Queen, The Garage, McDonalds, Donna’s Diner, and Pizza Hut.

    Major Saver cards can also be purchased online at www.majorsaver.com.  Customers may purchase Major Saver cards from any participating communities and the sale will be credited to Harrisonville Schools and to the student that the buyer is supporting.  All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer.

    Another option this year is the Major Saver app which can be downloaded on Android or iOS devices.  Once you download the app, you can purchase a Major Saver card for any community and it will be available right on your phone.  The sale can also be designated to any student in our schools.

    Cards are also available for purchase at the District Administration office, 503 S. Lexington from 7:30-4 p.m. daily through January 24.

    Major Saver cards make great gifts for employees, new customers, and current clients.  For more information, contact the Harrisonville Public School Foundation at 380-2727, ext. 1224.

    The proceeds from the card sales are split between the participating schools and the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.  The Foundation will use its portion to fund programming including teacher and district grants, the Excellence in Academics program, Advanced Degree Teacher Reimbursement, and student scholarships.

    HHS will host Winter Homecoming Feb. 9
    Winter Homecoming is set for Friday, February 9.  The theme for this year is "Aloha Cats." The event will include a spirit week, coronation of king and queen, and a pep rally.  The HHS Student Council is taking orders for Winter Homecoming shirts through January 19.  Click here for shirt pricing.  Click here for the order form.
    Young Rembrandts KC classes now forming; begin Jan. 23
    The Young Rembrandts- KC MO art classes for winter are now forming! These classes are open to students in grades 1-8. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 23. Go to www.youngrembrandts.com/kcmo to enroll.
    HHS yearbook now accepting senior photos
    Senior photos for the Harrisonville High School yearbook will be accepted until February 14. Please electronically submit senior photo in JPEG format. The yearbook staff needs permission from the photographer (even if it is a family member) to use the photo and the photo cannot contain any watermarks (the marks that professional photographers put on their photos). The best photos are ones that show the subject from the waist or shoulders up. Photos should be submitted to Hannah Wilson at Wilson7471@harrisonvilleschools.org.
    Bright Futures News
    Bright Futures Day at Brick House Coffee
    Bright Futures Day on Jan. 16 at Brick House Coffee

    Blue Barrel Collection:  Classroom Snacks
    This month's blue barrel collection is for classroom snacks.  
    Cheese/Peanut Butter & Crackers ➜ Fruit Snacks ➜ Granola Bars ➜ Cereal Bars ➜ Jello/Pudding Cups ➜ Goldfish/Snack Crackers ➜ Animal Crackers
    Barrels are located at all schools and the following locations:  Brick House Coffee, Quality Auto Repair, Schroeder Chiropractic, library, Commerce Bank, Community Bank of Harrisonville, Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene, Harrisonville United Methodist Church, Heartland Baptist, Crossroads Assembly, and Cornerstone Community Church.
    Shout Outs
    • to the 7th grade girls basketball team and the HHS special education department for packing backpacks recently.
    • to the donor who provided an alarm clock for a McEowen student.
    • to our two new McEowen Lunch Buddies who will begin this month.  We are still in need of two more!  Lunch Buddies are positive adult role models who come and spend 45 minutes, twice a month with their student. They eat lunch, play games, read, chat, etc. If you have questions or would be interested, please contact Jill Filer at 380-2727, ext. 1224.
    • to the volunteers who helped serve hot chocolate for McEowen's reading celebration.
    • to all the volunteers in our Make-a-Cake program who help provide a personalized birthday cake for children who might not get one.  To learn more, search on Facebook for Make a Cake for Kids.


    Points of Pride
    Congratulations to...
    • HES students honored at the monthly assembly on Jan. 5.  Read more here.
    • HHS January Students of the Month - Lanie Carl & Jack Dahn.  Read about them here.
    • Jack and Lanie
    • the Wildcat Wrestling team on winning the 57th annual Joe Crouthers Invitational at NKC this weekend! Individual medalists included:
      1st - Braden Danner, Sam East & Nick Kruse
      3rd - Brayden Talley
      4th - Joey Lasure
      5th - Drake Mathews, Trevor Campbell & Jamie Gray
      6th - Clint Rhodes, Gage Weber & Austen Cesonis 
      8th - Ethan Danner
    • wrestling team poses with first place plaque
    • Special Olympics athletes who brought home gold in Team Skills and silver in 3-on-3 at the Special Olympics basketball competition at Belton on Saturday.
    • special olympic team skill participants
    • special olympics 3-on-3 participants
    • the CATS winners for the month of December as presented by the HHS Student Council. The awards seek to recognize staff that are the most creative, active, thankful and supportive at HHS. The students and staff voted on the following winners for December: Creative=Megan Bathgate, Active=Ben Johnson, Thankful=Julie Zaring, Supportive=Eric Devenney. 

    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 Wildcat swimming.

    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 Chirpractic, the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce and the school district administrative offices.

    Photos from Around the District  
    CCC FFA members attend conference
    FFA members who attended the greenhand conference
    Twenty-five Cass Career Center FFA Greenhands (first-year members) attended the Greenhand Motivational Conference at the Missouri State Fairgrounds yesterday. The conference helps members discover opportunities in FFA as well as training members in proper goal setting. Cass Career Center FFA member Nick McCleave, who serves as Area President, helped facilitate the conference. 
    HHS musicians perform
    all district band members
    Harrisonville High School band students performed as part of the All-District band on Saturday at UCM.
    HHS video students recognized by police department
    honored students with certificates
    Detective Steve Nichols of the Harrisonville Missouri Police Department presented letters & certificates of appreciation to the Harrisonville High School broadcast students and their teacher, Jake Kohl, who helped with the creation of the Shop with a Cop marketing videos. If you missed the videos, you can see them on the Harrisonville Schools or Harrisonville Missouri Police Department Facebook pages.
    HHS library gets updates
    karsen and friends pose with chalkboard-painted circulation desk
    Harrisonville High School senior Karsen Cesonis (far left) and some of his friends from Troop 3 spent a few days of break working on Karsen's Eagle Scout project - updates & improvements to the HHS Library Media Center. They added shelves at the end of each bookcase for computers/electronic card catalogs and a yearbook display shelf behind the circulation desk. They also turned the circulation desk into a chalkboard with paint and painted the conference room.
    Students enjoy holiday party
    students attending the party pose for a photo
    Prior to winter break, students from Mrs. Ginther's class at Harrisonville High School attended the annual Friends of Special People Christmas Party. 
    Kindergarten students enjoy day of crafting
    a kindergarten student presses sugar cookie dough
    Harrisonville Early Childhood Center kindergarten students enjoyed a day of crafts as part of the annual "Old Fashioned Christmas" at the school. The students made ornaments, cookies, and treats.
    ECC hosts family event
    a kindergarten student counts cotton balls or popcorn
    Prior to winter break, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center hosted the annual "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies" family event as part of their monthly Breakfast with Books event. Activity stations at the event included graphing, story retelling, marshmallow words, holiday tangram math, popcorn math, and popcorn sight words.
    Elementary students play reading bingo
    a student reads to her stuffed animal in bed
    Over winter break, elementary students were encouraged to read for BINGO with the Wildcat Reading Challenge.  Challenge boxes included...read in bed, read in pillow fort, read with a flashlight, and read to a stuffed animal.  Students returned the bingo sheets for small prizes after break.
    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
    Today - College & Career Wednesday
    January 11 - Major Saver Sales Kick-Off, ECC, HES & McEowen
    January 11 - HES Family Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
    January 13 - Show Choirs compete at Rock Bridge
    January 15 - No School
    January 16 - Harrisonville Parents As Teacher Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC
    January 16 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., Admin Office
    January 20 - Show Choirs compete at Pleasant Hill
    January 22 - Parents As Teacher Wild & Wacky, 6-7 p.m., ECC
    January 23 - Parents As Teacher Wild & Wacky, 9:15 a.m., ECC
    January 24 - ECC Breakfast with Books, 8:30 a.m.
    January 26 - District Spelling Bee, 1 p.m., HMS
    January 26 - McEowen Positive Action Assembly/All-School Read Kick-Off, 2:30 p.m.
    For a full calendar of events, click here

    Supporting Our Own
    Milk & Cookie Parties by District Nutrition Services
    The district's Nutrition Service Department (cafeteria) can provide Milk & Cookie Parties! You can order hot, fresh cookies for your child's birthday right from the school kitchen! See the flyers below for additional details!
    milk and cookie order form
    Senior Mania to host event at Texas Roadhouse
    senior mania night at Texas Roadhouse on january 15
  • Board of Education
    The Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington.  Agenda items will include....
    • HES student recognition
    • Partner organization report from Harrisonville PTO
    • Recognition of board members for School Board Recognition Week
    • Review of the Guidance & Counseling program
    • Appointment of Board Members to Attendance Committee
    • Approval of Crisis Go App
    • Approval of District Dyslexia Coordinator
    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.