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    Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter
    July 5, 2017 edition
  • News & Notes
    Wiegers named new HHS Principal
    Mark Wiegers Mark Wiegers is the new principal at Harrisonville High School.

    Mr. Wiegers comes to Harrisonville from Cameron High School where he has served as principal for three years. Prior to that he was the assistant principal for two years. He taught science and social studies for 16 years in the Warrensburg, North Kansas City, and Independence School Districts before going into administration.

    Mr. Wiegers has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and an education specialist degree in secondary administration from the University of Central Missouri.

    He is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals and he has served on the Board of Directors for the Cameron Chamber of Commerce.

    Mr. Wiegers is married to Angela and they have four children.

    Mr. Wiegers began his duties on July 1. He replaces Jason Eggers who is the new Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Operations.

    HES students honored for support of veterans
    HES teachers & students present a check Harrisonville Elementary School students were recently honored for their work to support veterans.

    The Heartland Honor Flight recognized Mrs. Leslie Culpepper and Mrs. Tina Perne’s third grade classes for raising funds to support their work. Over the past two years, the students have raised more than $3,200 for the organization which takes veterans on day trips to Washington DC to visit the war memorials.

    On June 21, representatives from the classes and their teachers attended an event hosted by the Heartland Honor Flight at the Kauffman Foundation. Pictured are BACK ROW: John Doole, President of Heartland Honor Flight; Uncle Sam; Leslie Culpepper, and Tina Perne and FRONT ROW: Eden Thayer, Trenton Shrout, Conner Peeples, and Elizabeth Pruett.

    The students raised the money by hosting the Liberty Kids Store each spring. The Liberty Kids Store features patriotic products including pencils, dog tags, temporary tattoos, red, manicures, and much more. The store was open to HES students before and during school for two days and to guests during the school’s annual art fair and ice cream social. The students set up and manned the store - taking money, counting change, and answering shoppers’ questions. Prior to hosting the store, the students learned about the Heartland Honor Flight through a presentation by community member and Heartland Honor Flight volunteer Ed Roberts. 
    New staff welcomed; participate in tour of town
    a group of new teachers scan a code a the library  
    New teachers and administrators in the Harrisonville School District took part in a scavenger hunt as part of a New Teacher Social in early June. During the social, teachers met district administrators, learned about available curriculum resources, talked with their building principal and enjoyed dinner. At the end of the event, the participants were divided into teams and went on a scavenger hunt throughout the community. The teams visited all district schools, the Cass County Public Library, the Cass County Historical Society, the community garden, the Cass County Health Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the Harrisonville Animal Shelter, the Harrisonville Community Center, City Park, Rockford One-Room Schoolhouse, the Burnt District Monument, and the Cass County Courthouse. At each stop, the team scanned a code, watched a video about the location, and answered questions.

    Pictured: Kyle Crutchfield, HHS ELL scans the QR code at the library as his team - Lisa Mitchell, Harrisonville Elementary first grade; Aaron Dalton, Cass Career Center assistant director; and Amber Coble, Harrisonville Middle School special education watch.
    Residency Verification set for August 1
    The district will host the annual Residency Verification event on Tuesday, August 1 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Harrisonville High School.    All families are asked to provide proof of residency prior to the start of school each year.  The district will once again offer online residency verification.  An email will be sent to all families in mid-July with additional information about both online procedures and the event on August 1.
    Golf team to host camp for middle school students
    The HHS Golf team will be sponsoring a middle school camp at Country Creek Golf Club July 21 from 8-11 a.m. Beginner and advanced training will be available. This camp will be an introduction to high school golf. Anyone going into 6-8th grade can attend. Participants need to have at least a driver, a putter, and a couple of irons to play, but interested students can attend and observe if they wish to. Skills that will be covered include putting, chipping, short and long iron play, and driver training. There will also be a skills competition for those who wish to participate.The camp is $5 payable to HHS. For more information, email brad.barbee@harrisonvilleschools.org. 
    Homecoming shirts on sale now
    Homecoming is set for September 15 and in order to get the shirts on time, orders will be due August 18 (just a few days after school starts). Therefore, the shirt order forms are now available!  The form is below.
    Homecoming Shirt order form  
    Bright Futures News
    Thank You
    Thanks to all who came out for the Hurts Donut event which benefitted the Just4Me summer food program.  Hurts Donuts Springfield brought two "emergency" donut vehicles to Harrisonville on Wednesday, June 21.   Supporters and donut lovers stood in line (some for 4 hours) to get the famous donuts.
    Shout Outs
    • to the volunteers who helped pack boxes for the second Just4Me delivery of the summer - Heather Eickhorst & friends & Caldwell family.
    • to the Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene for helping with the second Just4Me delivery.
    • to the First Christian Church for the donation of bags & bags of socks & underwear
    Points of Pride
    Congratulations to...
    • Harrisonville High School cheerleader Brielle Martinez-Kurzweil who was named All American at a National Cheerleading Association camp at Lee's Summit High School in early June. Five additional HHS cheerleaders were nominated for All American - freshmen Ryleigh Wylde and Kylee Huttinger, sophomore Layne Anderson, junior Janelle Caswell, and senior Lacey Williams.
    • brielle  all american candidates
    • Wildcat soccer players Eleanor Dick and Payton Sandy who were named to the Class 3 All-State teams! Eleanor was named to the Second Team and Payton was named to the Honorable Mention Team.
    • Braden Danner who finished 4th at 170 lbs in the Junior Division and Nonnie Justice who finished 5th at 128 lbs in the Schoolboy Division in early June at the Southern Plains Regional National Tournament held in Dodge City, Kansas. Nonnie also won the 126-132 Middle School Girls Division at the Southern Plains Wrestling Tournament. This highly competitive tournament had wrestlers from 14 different states from across the midwest.
    • the four HHS students who recently returned from Girls State on their selection to and participation in the program - Kaylee Tieman, Audrey Welhoff, Hannah Bartlett (first photo) and Baylie Woolsey (left in second photo). Missouri Girls State is a weeklong program held at the University of Central Missouri which teaches civics through the creation of city, county, and state level government.
    • Girls State participants  Baylie Woolsey
    • Fourth grader Ayden Cunningham who had the opportunity to "officially" being the July 2 Royals baseball game by announcing "Play Ball" before the game.
    • ayden at Royals game
    Photos from Around the District  
    Junior participates in Missouri Scholars Academy
    Peyton Holden  
    Harrisonville High School junior Peyton Holden recently returned home from the Missouri Scholars Academy at the University of Missouri. The Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week long residential program for 330 of Missouri’s academically talented students. Selection into the Missouri Scholars Academy is based on test scores, grade point average, and essays.
    Students attend leadership seminar
    HOBY participants
    Harrisonville High School students Peyton Zaring, Sam East, and Haley Holden recently returned from the Hugh O’Brian State Leadership Seminar at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. The students were selected by the HHS staff for this opportunity. The Leadership Seminar is “designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community.” The students were sponsored by the Harrisonville Public School Foundation. 
    Student enjoys mingling with celebrities
    robbert cornforth and eric stonestreet  
    Robbert Cornforth had the opportunity to take selfies and meet celebrities at the bowling event which was part of Big Slick KC - a multi-day event to raise funds for Children's Mercy Hospital.  Pictured above is Robbert with Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family.
    FFA members participate in national conference
    FFA members & vicky hartzler  
    Students from across the nation attended the 2017 Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) this summer in the nation’s capital. The conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization sponsored by Monsanto and CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

    Max Allen, Alexis Taylor, Lauren Burlingame, Clint Rhodes and Savannah Timmons members of the Cass Career Center FFA Chapter, attended June 13-17.

    The week-long program helps FFA members improve their leadership skills and prepare for leadership roles in their chapters, communities and future careers. They spent time in workshops, seminars, and small groups to work on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals and undergo comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters.

    They attended sessions on developing authentic leadership, serving their communities and participated in civic engagement. They also participate in service learning events such as helping pack meals for needy people.

    “Students who attend Washington Leadership Conference learn their purpose, how to value people, how to take action and the importance of serving others,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. “They leave with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, communities and their country.”

    The National FFA Organization coordinates WLC, which attracts participants from across the country. This summer, more than 2,000 FFA members attended one of the conference’s six week-long sessions.

    Students also increase their understanding of the nation’s heritage with visits to the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima, Vietnam Wall, the Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt memorials and other historic sites in Washington, D.C. A highlight on Thursday was a visit to the office of Missouri representative Vicky Hartzler (pictured).
    SkillsUSA members travel to Nationals
    skillsusa members who competed  
    Two Cass Career Center SkillsUSA members headed to national competition in Louisville, KY, June 20-24, to compete in the Career Pathways Showcase contest.  Four CCC students and one advisor also attended to volunteer in the 2017 SkillsUSA National Courtesy Corps. Students set up for contests, opening and closing ceremonies, and many other jobs necessary to make the week-long event a success.
    Show choir members attend camp
    show choir camp attendees
    Eight Harrisonville High School students recently returned from show choir camp at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The weeklong camp included singing and dancing and came to a conclusion with a performance for parents and guests. Attending the camp were Madeline McGee, Eavey Bevan, Andrea Farren, Libby East, LaNae Eggers, Riley Mathew, Collin Caldwell, and Rylee Read. Also pictured is HHS choir director Kip Mathew. 
    Wildcat football players leave their "print"
    wildcat football players who helped with paw print painting  
    Last week, Wildcat football players spent a morning giving back to the community by painting paw prints on Halsey Street leading to McEowen Elementary School.  The team worked with the Harrisonville Street Department to complete the project.
    Hix plays in celebrity softball game
    Coach Hix turns a double play  
    HHS baseball & softball coach Dave Hix joined Frank White, John Mayberry, Dennis Leonard, Sluggrrrrr, Jim Eisenreich, Jaime Bluma, Holly Starr and many other stars who came out to play in the 1st Annual Bats, Balls and Brews Celebrity Softball Game presented by Brewbakers Belton on June 15.
    HHS student attends Student Council camp
    Bronson Lee  
    Harrisonville High School sophomore Bronson Lee attended the Missouri Association of Student Councils' Summer Leadership Workshop in June at William Woods University.
    HES students' work unveiled
    Mrs. Henderson talks about the process to create the piano  
    The piano painted by Harrisonville Elementary School students was "unveiled" and auctioned off at the recent Harrisonville Keys to Community event. Art teacher Rachel Henderson led the efforts with her students and explained the process during the event.
    Wildcat soccers hosts youth camp
    wildcat soccer camp  
    Wildcat soccer players and coaches hosted a youth soccer camp during three mornings in mid-June.  The camp included skill development and games and was held at Memorial Stadium.
    Wildcats in Belize
    wildcats post in Belize in front of a ruin  
    Several Harrisonville High School students took the trip of a lifetime in Belize. The students were part of an EF tour and visited ruins, a butterfly garden, a zoo, and a local elementary school as well as going snorkeling and zip lining. 
    Cheerleaders attend camp, host car wash
    cheerleaders perform a stunt at camp  
    The HHS cheerleaders have had a busy month.  First, the team attended camp at Lee's Summit High School where they worked on stunts, cheers, and chants.  In late June, the team hosted a car wash at DLS Tire.
    New art at HHS
    wildcat art  
    A new piece of artwork created by HHS students is now on display in the HHS Commons Area.
    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
    August 1 - Residency Verification, HHS, 3:30-7:30 p.m.
    August 14 - Meet the Teacher Night
    August 16 - First Day of School 
    For a full calendar of events, click here

    Partner Organization News & Notes 
    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 met on Tuesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington.  Items on the agenda included:
    • Approval of the 2017-18 budget
    • Approval of dairy products & fuel bids
    • Approval of contract with Athletic Booster Club for use of Big Blue 
    The full agenda for each meeting is posted the Friday before at the following link - http://www.boarddocs.com/mo/hcass/Board.nsf/Public  
    Board participates in MSBA training
    Harrisonville Schools board members participated in a board development workshop sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association on June 8.  The workshop emphasized the results of board member responses to the Board Self-Evaluation instrument.  The BSE measures board practices and attitudes correlated by research to high student achievement.  
    The workshop stressed the importance of setting high expectations and providing support for continuous improvement related to student achievement, high quality staff, clean & safe facilities, involving the community in the educational process, and other topics related to effective board governance.  
    The Board recognizes the value of ongoing professional development to improve outcomes for students.  
    Based on research, this is one of a series of workshops designed to equip local school board members with the skills and knowledge necessary to function as effective education leaders in their communities.