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    Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter
    November 15, 2017 edition
    In this issue...
    • District earns 100% Project Lead the Way recognition
    • Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Banquet set for Nov. 20
    • Soccer team makes history
    • HMS hosts veterans assembly
    • Staff gives back to community
    • Bright Futures Adopt-a-Family, Holiday Store
    • Elementary assemblies honor students
    • HHS Students of the Month honored
    • Cross Country, golf, football wrap up seasons
    • All-District Band named
    • Photos - Shrek, DARE, Girls on the Run, Tea with Fi, Job Fair, Ag Community Service
    • Upcoming Calendar of Events
    • Community Flyers
    • Board of Education agenda items for 11/21
  • News & Notes
    District earns 100% recognition
    kindergarten students pose with the district's 100 percent PLTW banner
    Harrisonville Schools has been honored as a 100% district with Project Lead the Way. This means that the district provides Project Lead the Way opportunities for all students, grades K-12. PLTW provides hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) learning. Harrisonville is one of only 45 districts in the state that are designated as 100%.

    Student Council to host annual Thanksgiving Banquet
    Local senior citizens are invited to the annual Senior Citizens’ Thanksgiving Banquet on November 20, 2017 hosted by the Harrisonville High School Student Council.

    The banquet will take place in the HHS gymnasium beginning at 5:30 p.m.  After the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, entertainment will be provided by the HHS Jazz band and the show choir, Music Makers.  

    There is no RSVP needed for this event.

    Transportation will be provided for those who need it. Contact Jeannie Wearing  at 380-3273, ext. 6245.   

    Local businesses and community members make this event possible. Donations are being accepted at three levels - $20/turkey, $50/dinner, and $100/event. Donations should be made payable to HHS Student Council, 1504 E. Elm, Harrisonville, MO 64701.  

    If you have questions, contact Jeannie Wearing at 380-3273, ext. 6245 or jeannie.wearing@harrisonvilleschools.org

    Soccer team makes first-ever appearance in State Final 4
    wildcat soccer
    The Harrisonville High School varsity soccer team made their first-ever trip to the Class 3 State Final 4 this weekend in St. Louis. The team brought home a fourth place finish. They faced Washington in the semifinals and lost a hard fought double OT game, 4-3 on Friday, Nov. 10. They fell to Republic in the third place game, 3-2 on Saturday, Nov. 11. The team finished the season 25-5 and set the record for the most wins in a season and the longest winning streak, along with several individual records. The team earned the MRVC title with a 9-1 record in conference play and the district title with a 1-0 win over Belton.  In addition, they were tournament champs at Smithville and Oak Park.  Prior to their trip to State, the team was recognized with a proclamation from the City of Harrisonville. Team members include FRONT ROW: Connor Blentlinger and Seth Wiebusch; MIDDLE ROW: Ben Riffle, Dalton Lawson, Craig Ward, Kobe Norris, Jack DeVenney; Brody Pitts, Logan Johnson, Devin Schrock, Dalton Schrock, and Brennan Travis; and BACK ROW: Coach Dan Coleman, Tyler Falkenburg, Jonathan Barnett, Evan Filer, Monte Schroeder, JT Overturf, Ethan Kohl, Karsen Cesonis, Jonathan Buerge, Marquis Schrock, Alex Bearden, Ashton Gray, and Coach Debbie Brandenburg.

    HMS hosts veterans recognition assembly
    middle school choir performing Harrisonville Middle School honored veterans with a special assembly which was attended by the entire student body on Friday, November 10.  All local veterans were invited to the event.

    The keynote address was provided by Harrisonville High School alumni Andy Cecil, who is an Army veteran.

    Also during the event, HMS principal Chris Grantham presented Matt Berasko with the Veteran’s Community Project with a check for $1500 raised by students at the school.  The Veteran’s Community Project is an organization building a tiny house community in Kansas City for homeless veterans. The students had a coin war to raise the funds.  

    The event also included remarks by HMS principal Chris Grantham; performances by the school’s audition choir, the Wildcat Chorale; the National Anthem performed by the HMS 8th grade band; and readings by students Dayton Hoffman, Kale Weber, Elizabeth Allen, Emilie Gilmore, Nathan Lyon and Kayla Schuler.

    During the assembly, veterans were thanked for their service and each stood during the choir’s performance of a military song medley.  The Wildcat Chorale also performed the song, Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones, while a PowerPoint was played which included pictures submitted by students and staff of their relatives who have or are serving.

    The Color Guard at the event was made of up students in the Civil Air Patrol including Melaina Beachner, Austin Evans, Alex Sheldrake, and Tyler Crawford.

    The event closed with the playing of “Taps” by HMS band student Shawn Holzer.

    Guests at the assembly were welcomed by a flag display around the front driveway of the school provided by the Patriot Guard.

    Following the ceremony, guests were invited to a reception in the school’s cafeteria with refreshments provided by the school’s Family and Consumer Science students.

    Staff gives over 500 hours during Day of Service
    two staff members wash a police car More than 200 teachers, staff, and administrators from the Harrisonville School District spent the afternoon giving back to their community.   The event is an effort to thank the community for their ongoing support of our schools & students.  They provided more than 525 volunteer hours.

    During the Staff Day of Service on November 3, staff members fanned out across the community to help with a variety of projects including painting picnic tables & hanging Christmas lights at the city park; yard work and clean-up at Casco Area Workshop, Inc., the Harrisonville Fire Department & Harrisonville Senior Housing; putting up holiday decorations, cleaning, and doing laundry at Harrisonville Animal Shelter; stuffing dental supply bags at the Cass County Dental Clinic; preparing for the Thanksgiving dinner at Our Lady of Lourdes - Harrisonville; moving & organizing a new classroom at Headstart; sorting, laundering and organizing at the Cats Basement; sorting and shelving book donations for Bright Futures Harrisonville; sacking groceries and goods and other odd jobs at Price Chopper & Sutherlands; painting at Eagle Creek Church Harrisonville and Cornerstone Community Church of Harrisonville; cleaning at St. Peter's Episcopal Church; washing police cars and cleaning out the garage at the Harrisonville Police Department; cleaning buses at Durham School Services; working at the Shepherd's Staff Food Pantry; painting nails and helping with social activities at Crown Care Center; and painting, cleaning, and organizing at Harrisonville Trade Fair.

    The district will host another Day of Service in April with the senior class. More information will be available in March.

    Bright Futures News
    Holiday Store donations now being accepted
    Bright Futures will sponsor a Holiday Store in conjunction with the Christmas on the Square event on Saturday, December 9. The store will offer children the opportunity to “buy” a gift for a parent, teacher, or family member.

    Bright Futures is looking for donations to help stock the store. Suggested items include trinkets, knick-knacks, candles, mugs, holiday decor, coasters, figurines, and wrapping paper. Donations are being accepted at any Bright Futures Blue Barrel location - Commerce Bank, Community Bank of Harrisonville, Cass County Public Library, Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene, Harrisonville United Methodist Church, Cornerstone Community Church, Heartland Baptist Church, Brick House Coffee Bar and Eatery, Quality Auto Service & Repair, Schroeder Chiropractic, and all district schools.

    The Holiday Store will be open from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 at Harrisonville Middle School.  Tickets to shop in the store are 25 cents each.

    Final call for "adopters"
    Bright Futures Harrisonville is looking for families, organizations, churches, and other groups interested in helping a family in need this holiday season.  The Adopt-A-Family program which is in its eighth year, matches families with generous adopters in our community.

    Groups who adopt a family will be provided with a wish list, along with clothing sizes.  Adopted families will be asked to give two ideas in the following categories: Something You Want, Something You Need, Something to Wear, Something to Read & Something to Eat. Adopters will be asked to provide a minimum of one item from each category (within reason).

    If you are interested in adopting a family, please email Jill Filer at  jill.filer@harrisonvilleschools.org or call 380-2727, ext. 1224 and indicate the family size you would like to adopt (small: 1-2 children, medium: 3-4  children, large: 5 or more children) by November 17.  

    Adopters will receive the family’s wish list by Thanksgiving and will be asked to deliver the presents the week of December 11.

    Shout Outs
    • to the Kiwanis Club and the youth group from the First Baptist Church for packing backpacks.
    • to the donor who provided nap towels for kindergarten students as requested on the Bright Futures Harrisonville Facebook page.
    • to all who participated in the Fall Council Conference which provided the opportunity for council members from each school to share and learn together.  

    Points of Pride

    Congratulations to...
    • Harrisonville High School Cross Country runner Kaylee Harp on her 34th place finish at State in a field of 165 competitors.
    • kaylee with Coach Gibbs
    • the Wildcat football team for earning the District Championship with a 24-21 win over Grain Valley.
    • the HHS Students of the Month for November - Baylie Woolsey and Nick Laughlin.  Read more here.
    • nicholas laughlin and baylie woolsey
    • the HES students honored at the school's monthly assembly.  Read more here.
    • the ECC students honored at the school's monthly assembly.  Read more here.
    • the McEowen students honored at the school's monthly assembly.  Read more here.
    • the musicians named to the All-District Band.  One HHS musician was selected to the All-District Jazz Band - Zach Austin earned third chair trombone. The HHS musicians selected for the All-District Honor Band include Kenna Hawley, second chair tenor saxophone; Austin, third chair trombone; Trinity Register, fourth chair tuba; Selah Norman, fourth chair flute; and Michael Dah, fifth chair trombone.  Two additional students were selected to the All-District Honorable Mention Band.  They are Parker Rowland, 8th chair trumpet and Landen Laizure, alternate trumpet.
    • all district band members
    • Harrisonville High School Special Olympics athletes competed in the KC Metro Area Bowling Tournament at Premier Bowl in Raytown on Sat., Nov. 4. Gold Medalists included Krista Britt, Will Charlton, Deserae Chiles, Kyla Heppler, and Elijah Skoropat. Silver Medalists included Hailey Callahan, Joe Puryear, and Sylvia Thrift. Derek Bedsaul received a 4th place ribbon in his division. 
    • the Wildcats participated in the Pajamin' for Gannon event and raised over $1300 for the cause which supports families with children battling cancer.  Students & staff raised the funds through PJ and Hat Days on November 1 & 2.
    • the Wildcat golf team on a record-breaking season with many team and individual accomplishments. Season accomplishments include....
      Lanie Carl, 18-hole record 88 (set at sectionals)
      Lanie Carl, 9-hole record 41
      Jillyan Talmage, District low score of 89
      Jillyan Talmage, Conference champion
      Lanie Carl, Conference 5th place
      Lanie Carl and Jillyan Talmage qualified for secitonals out of our district
      Kelsie Donovan and Ali Dickey tied for 9th at the Ray-Pec Tourney
      Kelsie finished 6th and Ali finished 8th at the William Chrisman Tourney
      The team set a record for a 9-hole match team score of 179 vs. P Hill
      The team set a record for our 18-hole team score of 391 at districts
    • the three Cass Career Center FFA members who participated in the Area Fall FFA Speech Contest on Thursday, November 2nd at Adrian High School. Meg O'Malley placed 2nd in the Horse Industry Division, Harley Sipple placed 2nd in the Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives Division, and Emma Wernex placed 3rd in the Sheep Division. O'Malley and Sipple advanced to Districts on November 8th at UCM. 
    • FFA speech contest participants
    • HHS broadcast students who have been working in partnership with the Harrisonville Police Department to produce "commercials" for the HPD's Shop with a Cop event.  Check our Facebook page for the videos.

    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 Students of the Month from 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  
    HHS drama department presents Shrek
    shrek, played by Baker; donkey, played by coday; and fiona played by chiodini
    Audiences were treated to the musical Shrek on Nov. 2-4 in the HHS Performing Arts Center.  The musical played to a packed house each night.  Additional pictures are posted on the district Facebook page - www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchools.

    DARE begins at HMS, McEowen
    fifth grade class pictured with DARE officer Mikelson
    McEowen fifth graders and HMS sixth grader started DARE this month. The DARE instructors are the Harrisonville Missouri Police Department School Resource Officers from HMS & HHS - Officers Mikelson & Jacobs.
    Girls on the Run celebrates end to fall season with 5K
    group photo of girls on the run participants
    Harrisonville Elementary School’s Girls on the Run participants completed their Celebration 5K on Saturday, November 4 at Children’s Mercy Park.  

    Girls on the Run is a 10-week program for girls in 3rd through 5th grades.  The program’s purpose is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.  Using a well-researched curriculum, life lessons are taught through the use of fun interactive games combined with training for a non-competitive 5k race. Topics include: getting rid of negative self-talk, how to deal with bullying, gossip and peer pressure, nutrition, making healthy choices and much more.

    Those participating in the Celebration 5K are pictured and include FRONT ROW:  Baylee Jackson, Maddie Eggers, Shelbie Anderson, Alivia Bullock, Angela Derner, Bethany Sharp Emily Mercer, and Coach Becky Sumner; MIDDLE ROW:  Sarah Torres, Elizabeth Pruett, Morgan Burger, Elizabeth Violett, Isabelle Clark, Kaylee Clark, and Amy Tabora-Diaz; and BACK ROW:  Coaches Josh Sumner, Katie Collett, Maria Derner, and Jauna Weber.

    Students attend job fair
    group photo of job fair attendees
    Student in Mrs. Wyzard's Life Careers class at Harrisonville High School traveled to Mid America Nazarene University for Disability Mentoring Day on November 2.  Students had the chance to talk with potential employers and learn about job opportunities.  Students attending included Kyla Heppler, Ryan Troup, Chase Smith, and Marquise Schrock.

    Families enjoy Tea with Fi
    wide shot of tea party on stage
    As part of the Harrisonville High School production of Shrek, the drama department hosted Tea with Fi on Friday afternoon. Children enjoyed a tea party and photos with Princess Fiona and the fairies on the Performing Arts Center stage.

    Ag students participate in community service project
    two ag students paint a rail
    On Thursday, November 2 all Agriculture students at the Cass Career Center participated in a community service project at North Park in Harrisonville. Students painted boards and railings on the pole barns and boards used in horse shows for trail and jumping classes.

    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
    Nov. 17 - HES Fall Parties, 2:45 p.m.
    Nov. 20 - Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Banquet, HHS, 5:30 p.m.
    Nov. 21 - Kindergarten Fall Parties
    Nov. 22-24 - No School, Thanksgiving Break
    Nov. 27 - McEowen Positive Action Assembly
    Nov. 29 - ECC Terrific Citizen Assembly
    December 1 - HES Awards Assembly
    December 2 - Fantasia
    December 5 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC
    December 5 - HMS Winter Band Concert, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center
    December 7 - 3rd Grade Music Program, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center

    For a full calendar of events, click here

    Supporting Our Own
    Shop with a Cop
    The Harrisonville Police Department will once again host Shop with a Cop on December 16 for children in our community.  They are looking for donations to support this event.  
     shop with a cop info flyer
    Athletic Booster Club
    The Athletic Booster Club welcomes all parents.  The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  The meetings are at 6:30 p.m. at HHS (enter through the Commons doors). 
  • Board of Education
    The Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington.  Agenda items will include...
    • Student recognition - CCC Criminal Justice/CSI Students
    • School Board Candidate Filing Timeline
    • Donation Acknowledgement
    • 2017-18 Transportation Routes
    • Belcher Scholarship Selection Committee
    • Cass County Kids First Legislative Priorities
    • Establish Date & Time for Personnel Performance Review for December 2017
    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.