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    Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter
    March 7, 2018 edition

    In this issue...
    • Kindergarten enrollment
    • District seeks end-of-the-year award nominations
    • Snow day make-ups announced
    • Evening of Theatre set for 3/13
    • Bright Futures collecting books
    • Woolsey receives Presidential Service Award
    • HES, ECC students honored
    • FBLA members qualify for State
    • HMS Science Olympiad qualfies for State
    • HMS presents The Comic Book Artist
    • CCC hosts annual Monopoly Tournament
    • State Auditor visits HHS
    • Academic Booster Club presents grants
    • Retirees attend luncheon
    • Robotics travels to Dallas
    • Spinners perform at Globetrotters
    • Upcoming Events calendar
    • Fundraisers - Cupcakes & Canvas, Pop Sockets, Mattress Sale
    • And much more!
  • News & Notes
    Kindergarten enrollment info now available
    Harrisonville Early Childhood Center is making kindergarten enrollment easier with information, enrollment packets, videos and appointment scheduling all online.

    Parents of 2018-19 Harrisonville Schools kindergarten students can access enrollment information and videos and schedule their kindergarten enrollment/screening appointment at  www.harrisonvilleschools.org; click on Kindergarten Enrollment for 2018-19.

    For those who do not have Internet access or have additional questions, a Parent Information Night for parents of 2018-19  kindergarten students will be Thursday, March 22, 6-7 p.m. at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, 500 Polar Lane. Students are not required to attend this meeting.  Parents will be able to view the ECC informational videos, pick up an enrollment packet, ask questions, and sign up for a screening appointment.

    Enrollment and screening for Harrisonville kindergarten students for the 2018-19 school year will be held April 5-6 and April 9-11 at the Early Childhood Center.  Parents need to call the Early Childhood Center, 380-4421, after March 22 to schedule an appointment if they are unable to sign up online or cannot attend the Parent Information Night event.

    To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be five years of age before July 31, 2018 and must live in the Harrisonville school district.  Parents must bring a certified copy of the child’s state issued birth certificate and his/her current immunization records to enrollment. A proof of residency such as a current utility bill will be required in August.

    For more information, call 816-380-4421.

    District seeks nominations for end-of-the-year awards
    The Harrisonville School District is seeking nominations for its end-of-the-year awards.

    The Educator of the Year Award is presented to a teacher who has had a special impact on students in the district.  The Educator of the Year receives a $500 grant from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation for use in his/her classroom.

    The Support Staff Employee of the Year is designed to show the district’s appreciation for its support staff employees.  Any non-certified employee in the district can be nominated for this award.  This includes secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, food service personnel, maintenance, nurses, etc. This winner of this award will receive $100.

    The Outstanding Community Involvement Award recognizes a Harrisonville Schools staff member for his/her involvement in the community. The winner will receive a cash award of $100.

    Winners of all awards will be recognized during the district’s End-of-the-Year Celebration.  They will also be recognized on plaques at the district's Administrative Office and banners at their schools. 

    Nominations can be made on-line at www.harrisonvilleschools.org

    Nominations for all awards are due March 31, 2018.

    Snow make-up days announced
    As of today, students have missed six days of school this year - Aug. 22, Jan. 11, Jan. 16 and Feb. 20-22. The make-up days for these days will be on March 26-27 and May 21-24. As it stands now, May 24 will be the last day of school and will be a half day for students.
    HHS to host evening of theatre
    The Harrisonville High School Drama Department will host an Evening of One-Acts and Reader’s Theatre on March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

    The Reader’s Theatre is “The Way It Is” and cast members include Max Allen, Cody Jones, Peyton Holden, Jacob Allen, Noah Collins, Michael Schuhler, Kaley Caldwell, Rebekah Barlett, Danielle Lasure, and Beth Ellsworth.

    The one act is “The Women of Lockerbie” and cast members include John Coday, Camille Ginnings, Reese Gowler, Matthew Hasenyager, Adalain Howser, Chase Laizure, Skylar Lite, Hailey Mahoney, Colleen O’Reilly, Mackenzie Rasnic, Breezy Semler, and Sierra Skinner.

    There is no admission to the evening, but donations will be accepted.

    Bright Futures News
    Blue Light Special kicks off with feature on KMBC
    Officer Mikelson talks with students at HES during breakfast
    On Feb. 27, Bright Futures kicked off the Blue Light Special program with first responders from the Harrisonville Missouri Police Department & Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A enjoying breakfast and visiting with students at Harrisonville Elementary School. Making it even more special was a visit from KMBC 9's Martin Augustine KMBC who reported on the program.

    The Blue Light Special program is an open invitation to any uniformed first responder to enjoy breakfast or lunch at any of our schools any time.

    March Blue Barrel Collection
    Bright Futures is collecting new and gently used books for all ages during the March Blue Barrel collection.  These books will be sent home with students who may not have access to books over the summer.  Donations may be dropped off at any blue barrel location - Cass County Public Library, Commerce Bank, Community Bank of Harrisonville, Cornerstone Community Church, Community Center, Crossroads Assembly, Heartland Baptist, Nazarene Church, United Methodist Church, Schroeder Chiropractic, Quality Auto Service, Brick House Coffee, the admin office, and all schools.

    Just 4 Me fundraiser set for April 7
    Community members are invited to attend A Night of Masquerade on Saturday, April 7 from 7-11 p.m. at the Harrisonville Community Center. In preparation for the 8th season, Harrisonville Just4Me continues to ensure no child feels the pangs of hunger during the months of summer. Providing daily meals and snacks for the in-need youth of our community, Just4Me fills the void of food assistance felt during the months without the availability of free and reduced lunch programs, providing much needed nutrition and stability. Serving nearly 100 students each summer, Just4Me organizers and volunteers have to raise between $12,000-$15,000 each year to continue their work, with 100% of proceeds going directly to food purchases for our youth.

    A Night of Masquerade combines a night of fun and fundraising for everyone in our community. Ticket donation levels remain $40 for one/$75 for two and tickets are available for purchase online here or at Birdie's Boutique or The Girls Professional Fittings

    Shout Outs
    • to friends of Marina Parks and the Eggers & Costner families for packing backpacks over the past couple of weeks.
    • to Judy Wesemann and Karen Ferling for helping with the McEowen reading celebration on Friday.
    • to Trudy Goethe for making another fabulous Blue Barrel costume to promote our March Blue Barrel collection of books.
    • book worm costume
    Points of Pride
    Congratulations to...
    • the award winners from Harrisonville Elementary School for February. Click here.
    • the award winners from Harrisonville Early Childhood Center for February.  Click here.
    • HHS senior Baylie Woolsey who was honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.  The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.
    • bailey receives her award from HHS principal Mark Wiegers
    • the Harrisonville High School Jazz Band who performed at the University of Central Missouri Jazz Festival on Saturday, Feb. 24 and earned "I" ratings from all the judges.  The jazz band performed three selections - Kaleidoscope which featured solos by Landen Laizure and Kaitlin Sheldrake, Stormy Weather which featured solos by Kaitlin Sheldrake and Tori Bratcher, and High Maintenance which features solos by Zach Austin and Brad Cox. Four individual “Outstanding Musicianship” awards were presented to Zach Austin, Kaitlin Sheldrake, Luke Grimes, and Brad Cox.
    • the hhs jazz band on stage at UCM
    • the two Harrisonville High School FBLA members who have qualified for State contest by earning top places at the district contest. HHS senior Nick McCleave took first in Business Law and junior Ayllip Khieu earned first in Spreadsheet Applications.  Both will compete at the State FBLA contest in Springfield in April. Six students from HHS competed at districts at the University of Central Missouri on Feb. 13 and all of them earned medals.  McCleave also took second in Job Interview and Khieu took fifth in Digital Video Production. Senior Mallory Kimbell brought home fifth in both Publication Design and Social Media Campaign.  Senior Drew Mulvey earned fourth in Marketing and fifth in Engineering. Seniors Kurt Poisal and Lucas Filer were fifth in Digital Video Production.fbla district competitors pose for a photo

    • Harrisonville High School sophomore Michael Schuhler represented HHS at the 34th annual Shakespeare Competition Sunday, February 25 at the Kansas City Public Library. The competition is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union and the library.  Students from 13 high schools and one homeschool student competed at the event.  Each student qualified by winning an event at their school. The competition is open to students in grades 9 through 12.  Each student selects, memorizes, and presents a Shakespeare monologue and sonnet. All monologues are limited to 20 lines of verse or prose. By preparing a monologue and sonnet for public presentation, students bring Shakespeare to life in their own way and learn to express his works with understanding, clarity and feeling. High schools represented at the competition included Blue Valley High School, Center High School, Harrisonville High School, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Homeschool Student Competition, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Oak Park High School, Olathe, Northwest High School, Olathe South High School, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Rockhurst High School, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Spring Hill High School, and Summit Christian Academy.
      michael on stage speaking

    • A Harrisonville High School freshman who recently put his knowledge of brain function and structure to the test against high school students from around the Kansas City area. George Frees took part in the 11th annual Society for Neuroscience Kansas City’s Brain Bee on Jan. 27 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Frees made it through three rounds of the competition.  The top three finishers earned scholarships and the top finisher qualified for the national Brain Bee.

    • george in front of brain bee sign
    • Sixteen Harrisonville High School vocalists participated in the MRVC Choir on Sat., Feb. 24.  The event was hosted by HHS and included 140 singers from all the conference schools. Those HHS students participating included FRONT ROW:  Sydney Graves, Tara Barnard, Kaylee Tieman, and Sloan Bell; SECOND ROW:  Hannah Bartlett, Baylie Woolsey, Susanna Tracy, and Sierra Skinner; THIRD ROW: Hayden Ream, John Coday, Peyton Holden, and Joey Fernandez; and BACK ROW:  Alek Baker, Nicholas Austin, Brecken Nickel, and Steven Lafferty. The day started at 9 a.m. with rehearsals and ended with a concert at 4 p.m.  The guest clinician was Dr. Adam Zrush, director of choirs at the University of Central Missouri.  The program included Chester by William Billings, Lineage by Andrea Ramsay, Home On The Range by Andrea Ramsay and No Time by Susan Brumfield. The MRVC choir participants are selected by each school’s choir director.  HHS participants were selected based on interest, seniority, musical ability, and day-to-day attitude and behavior.
      group shot of participants

    • the Harrisonville Middle School students who have qualified for a state competition based on their performance at the regional event on February 24.  Two HMS teams competed at the University of Central Missouri in the Regional Science Olympiad. The top individuals in each event and top four teams at regionals qualify for State which will be held at Westminster College in Fulton on April 7. One of the HMS teams took fourth place at the event and three individuals qualified based on their first place finishes at regional competition.    Connor Everhart took first in Hovercraft and Kylie McGee and Madelyn Wilson earned first in Towers. Team members on the state-qualifying team include Venessa Butler, Makiah Clark, Madison Costner, Everhart, Katie Fitzgerald, Piper Foreman, Emily Joseph, Roman McDermed, Diego San Nicolas, Kayla Schuhler, Alex Sheldrake, Kaylee Turner, Wilson, and Collin Wyzard.

      Additional HMS regional participants included Audrey Barnes, Mary Beth Bronson, Lillian Davis, Samuel Hedges, Tyler Kimbell, Roman McDermed, Desta Mitchell, Jaxon Morris, Kenneth Reed, Carly Taylor, Jaelynne Bundt, and Elizabeth Allen.

      Those earning medals at regional competition included Kayla Schuhler and Connor Everhart, 3rd in Disease Detectives; Collin Wyzard and Venessa Butler, 3rd in Ecology; Katie Fitzgerald and Piper Foreman: 3rd in Fast Facts; Venessa Butler and Tyler Kimbell, 3rd in Herpetology; Piper Foremen and Katie Fitzgerald: 4th in Herpetology; Roman McDermed and Collin Wyzard, 4th in Microbe Mission; Katie Fitzgerald and Piper Foreman, 4th in Potions and Poisons; Connor Everhart: 2nd in Road Scholar; Kylie McGee and Makiah Clark, 4th in Rocks and Minerals; Makiah Clark and Madison Costner, 4th in Roller Coaster; Kaylee Turner and Madelyn Wilson,  3rd in Thermodynamics; and Kayla Schuhler and Madelyn Wilson, 2nd in Write It Do It.

    • the HHS Music Makers for finishing out their competition season with an 8th place finish (out of 20 competitors) at the Totino-Grace Spectacular in Minnesota.
    • music makers performing

    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 the February Students of the Month at HHS.

    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  
    HMS presents The Comic Book Artist
    middle school actors in a scene from The Comic Book Artist
    Harrisonville Middle School presented the play, The Comic Book Artist, March 1-3 in the school’s cafeteria. The play was about a young artist named Stanley Sappovitz who dreams of becoming a Comic Book Artist.  He is working at Wunder Comics (owned by DC Wunderman) as a janitor in hopes of working his way up to an artist. Mr. Wunderman invests in pens from Penelope that allow the characters his artists draw come to life.  When they believe they have the next great superhero in Dr. Shock Clock, they are surprised to find out that he is actually a villain. Stanley comes to rescue! He creates a motley group of superheros to help rescue the city.  Pictured above Bella Tracy, Kylee Hastings, and Arianna Grande have just been zapped by Star Guy’s (Drew Wright) Charisma Ray - a weapon that makes anyone fall at his feet in adoration.
    CCC hosts annual Monopoly Tournament
    one table at the monopoly tournament
    Cass Career Center hosted the annual Monopoly Tournament on Saturday, March 3 to raise funds for the Jerry Tabb Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded to a CCC senior each year. The event included three rounds of Monopoly and a lunch catered by Kurzweil’s Country Meats.  Local bankers from Commerce Bank, Community Bank of Harrisonville, Sherwood Community Bank, Country Club Bank, and Hawthorn Bank volunteered as “bankers” at each table. Winners at the event were Milton Genge, first place; Ryan Rushin, second place, and Gina Smith, third place. Sponsors for the event included Reece Nichols Smith Realty, Milton Genge, American Heritage Realtors, Neil and Janelle Vergoven, Harrisonville Police Department, All Natural Cleaning Service, Cass Regional Medical Center, Cynthia Warner Attorney-at-law, Randy and Rosemary Gentry, Steve D. Croy State Farm Insurance, O’Shaughnessy and Diamond Realtors, John A. Harris CPA, Signature Will & Trust, George Morse Edward Jones, Splash ‘N Dash Car Wash & Pet Wash, The Barber’s Edge, and Kurzweil’s Country Meats.
    State Auditor visits HHS, presents district with award
    state auditor speaks to HHS students about her job
    State Auditor Nicole Galloway, CPA visited Harrisonville High School on March 1 to talk to students about data security & her job as State Auditor. She also presented an award to the district for being proactive in having board policy in place addressing data security.
    Academic Booster Club presents grants
    josh bebout gets a check from ABC president Pattie Styron
    The Harrisonville High School Academic Booster Club recently presented grants to teachers at the school.  Those receiving grants included the following.
    • Josh Bebout for Nspire Lab Cradle which is a device that hooks into the classroom calculators allows students to collect data from real life situations and determine statistical patterns.
    • Amy Kump for servicing, cleaning and repairs on microscopes.
    • Ben Johnson for sheet music for solo and small ensemble contest.
    • Beth Keith for modern scripts for students to use in class for projects, as well as for auditions and competitions outside of class.

    HHS teachers apply for grant money and explain how the funds will be used.  Requests are granted contingent on availability of funds available. Academic Booster Club president Pattie Stryon presented the grants to the teachers.

    HMS students learn self defense, situational awareness
    hms students listen to the presentation
    Harrisonville Middle School students learned a bit about situational/stranger awareness and self defense during presentations in physical education class on Feb. 27.  The presentations were led by Victoria Crowder and Gary Norris, of Fighting Forward Self Defense.
    HHS artists create Reading Tree at ECC
    HHS artists pose in front of the reading tree mural
    Harrisonville High School artists recently used their talents to create a mural at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center. ECC library media specialist Jodi Fischer saw an idea for a reading tree mural and contacted HHS art teacher Melissa Chaney.  Five HHS students - Julia Wehmeyer, Emily Hegendeffer, Jordan Shore, Gwen Miller and Lauren Burlingame - worked on the mural. Once the HHS students were done, the ECC students added their handprints as the tree’s leaves with help from ECC art teacher Kristin Malone.  The HHS students returned to ECC to help with these finishing touches. The mural is located in the hallway between the art room and library at ECC.

    District retirees attend spring luncheon
    two seniors present their DECA project to the retirees
    District retirees enjoyed the Spring Retiree Luncheon at the district admin office on March 5. In addition to lunch, the retirees had the opportunity to hear from DECA members from the Cass Career Center who showed off their state-qualifying presentation and from middle school students who earned a trip to the State Science Olympiad competition. Following the program, retirees had a Q&A session with Assistant Superintendent Jason Eggers. The fall luncheon will be October 8. To be added to our retiree email list, please contact Jill Filer - jill.filer@harrisonvilleschools.org or 380-2727, ext. 1224.
    HMS students celebrate Read Across America Week
    middle school student reading a book to two kindergarten students
    Some HMS students celebrated Read Across America week last week with some fun activities including book "speed dating" in the library and reading to kindergarten students.
    Robotics team competes in Dallas
    group shot of robotics team
    The Harrisonville High School robotics team traveled to Texas to compete at the Dallas Regional FIRST Robotics competition this past weekend.  The team will compete again March 15-17th at the Greater KC Regional.
    Spinners perform at Globetrotters game
    spinners photo with one globetrotter
    The Harrisonville Spinners, a skills performance group for elementary students, performed during the pre-game festivities of the Harlem Globetrotters game at the Sprint Center on Feb. 24.
    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 - HHS Advisory Night, 3-8 p.m.
    Mar. 8 - Cupcakes & Canvas (HHS art club fundraiser), 6 p.m., HHS (tickets available in HHS office)
    Mar. 10 - SkillsUSA carhopping at Sonic, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Mar. 12 - No School
    Mar. 12 - HMS Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Mar. 13-14 - ECC & HES Spring Book Fairs
    Mar. 13 - Harrisonville Parents As Teachers Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC
    Mar. 13 - McEowen Instrument Rental Night, 3:50-6 p.m.
    Mar. 13 - HES Family Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
    Mar. 13 - An Evening of Theatre, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center
    Mar. 14 - College & Career Wednesday
    Mar. 14 - McEowen Spring Pictures
    Mar. 14 - Author Roland Smith visits McEowen
    Mar. 14-17 - HHS Robotics at Greater KC Regional competition
    Mar. 19 - HHS Choir Concert, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center
    Mar. 20-22 - McEowen Spring Book Fair
    Mar. 20 - McEowen Donuts with Dad, 8 a.m.
    Mar. 20 - Harrisonville Parents As Teachers Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC
    Mar. 20 - CCC Spring Advisory Meeting, 6 p.m.
    Mar. 20 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., Admin Office
    Mar. 20 - Kindergarten Music Program, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center
    Mar. 21- Kindergarten & Preschool Spring Pictures
    Mar. 21 - ECC Breakfast with Books, 8:30 a.m.
    Mar. 22 - McEowen Art Fair & Ice Cream Social, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Mar. 22 - Kindergarten (2018-19) Information Night, 6 p.m.
    Mar. 26-27 - Snow Make-Up Days
    Mar. 28-Mar. 30 - No School (Spring Break)
    For a full calendar of events, click here

    Supporting Our Own
    Cupcakes & Canvas set for March 8
    cupcakes and canvas flyer
    Blue Note Boosters sell pop sockets
    pop socket
    The Blue Note Boosters are selling pop sockets.  Several designs available including Wildcat, soccer, and basketball.  They are selling the pop sockets for $10/each.   Contact Debbie Osborn - dosborn73@gmail.com - to purchase.
    2nd annual Mattress Sale set for March 18
    mattress sale flyer
  • Board of Education
    March meeting
    The Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington.  
    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.