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    Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter
    July 11, 2018 edition

    In this issue...

    • Community invited to Sundaes with the Superintendent
    • District seeks substitute teachers
    • Online residency begins on July 16
    • Bright Futures collecting school supplies
    • Students attend leadership camps
    • CCC SkillsUSA members compete at nationals
    • McEowen students' piano now on display
    • Dance, cheer, show choir attend camps
    • Football to host cardboard boat races
    • Booster club to host Kickoff Party
  • News & Notes
    Community invited to meet new superintendent, family
    Harrisonville Schools invites the community to welcome Mr. Paul Mensching and his family to the Wildcat family.  The district will host “Sundaes with the Superintendent” on Thursday, July 12 from 4-6 p.m. in the Harrisonville High School Commons.  The event is open to all.
    Mr. Mensching meets community members Mr. Mensching began his duties as superintendent of schools on July 1.  During his first week, he met with district administrators and spent time getting to know community members (pictured).  He toured the hospital and attended the Chamber's First Friday Coffee event.  Prior to his first "official" week, Mr. Mensching participated in the Board of Education's annual retreat and took a facilities tour with district administrators.

    Online residency verification begins July 16
    In an effort to ensure that students living in our district receive the education they deserve, the Harrisonville School District will be continuing the Residency Verification program.

    As part of a continuing effort to tighten Harrisonville Schools residency requirements, all families are asked to provide proof of residency each year as part of the enrollment process.  This annual requirement will help ensure that students who are not residents of the school district are not attending our schools, therefore saving the district money.

    Residency can be verified with one of the following:
    • A current, original utility bill that is no more than 30 days old.  The bill must be in the resident's name, and no final or disconnect notices will be accepted.  Utility statements include gas, electric, and water. Those items that will not be accepted are telephone, cable, and other statements.    Please make sure the utility statement includes your name and address.  
    • A rental/lease agreement including names of all occupants, dates of agreement and the name, address, phone number and signature of the landlord.
    • A contract to build or purchase a home within the Harrisonville School District reflecting a possession or closing date within 90 calendar days of the first day of school attendance.

    Residency documentation must be provided before the first day of school for students to attend class that day. Residency verification can be completed in any of the following ways:

    • You can e-mail your proof of residency to residency@harrisonvilleschools.org through August 1. Please be sure the scanned document includes your name and address.  Also, please include your name and your students’ names and grades in the e-mail portion.
    • You can bring your residency papers to the Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington, from 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-3:00 p.m.
    • You can take your residency documents to any school building beginning July 23 during normal school hours.
    • You can attend the Residency Verification event on Thursday, August 2 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Harrrisonville High School.
      • Please note:  If you complete residency verification prior to Aug. 2, you do not need to attend the August 2 event.
      • The Parent Portal will be opened on July 30 so that class placement and schedules will be available. 

    Harrisonville Highlights coming to mailboxes next week
    The district's patron newsletter - Harrisonville Highlights - will be coming to all residents next week in the mail.  The July edition includes back-to-school information for parents, a calendar of the 2018-19 school year, a feature celebrating the 30th anniversary of PTO trash bag sales, a community calendar of events for August through October, and information on new district staff.
    In addition, the newsletter includes a special pull-out section outlining the courses available this fall through the Cass Career Center Community Education program.  Course offerings fall in many areas including healthcare occupations, computers and business, safety, health and fitness, food enthusiasts, photography, needlework and sewing, arts and crafts, and hobbies and enrichment.
    Substitutes Needed
    The district is looking for substitute teachers for the upcoming school year. Substitutes must have a Missouri Substitute Teaching Certificate which requires a minimum of 60 college hours and pass a background check. To apply to be a substitute, visit our website - https://www.harrisonvilleschools.org/Page/75

    Bright Futures News
    Community Bank to host drive for school supplies, online donation option open
    Community Bank of Harrisonville, in conjunction with Bright Futures Harrisonville, will host the annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive July 23-31.  This drive provides school supplies which are distributed to students in need at the Bright Futures Back-to-School Fair in August.

    Last 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 throughout the month of July - 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, 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.

    Monetary donations are also accepted.  Checks can be mailed to Bright Futures, 503 S. Lexington, Harrisonville, MO 64701.  Please include school supplies in the memo line. Or you can make a donation online at https://harrisonvillepublicschoolfoundation.networkforgood.com/projects/55223-bright-futures-school-supply-drive-2018
    Points of Pride
    Congratulations to...
    • HHS senior Michelle Marrs who was crowned the 2018 Cass County Fair Queen on July 7.  
    • michelle marrs with crown, sash, & flowers
    • the two Harrisonville High School seniors who participated in Girls State at the University of Central Missouri, June 24-30. Madison Page, daughter of Dawn page, served as the Police Chief for Cronin City and she was on both the Dewitt County Central Committee and the Federalist Party State committee, and Trinity Register, daughter of Michael and Rachel Register, was the Social Media Director for Boone City and a member of the Federalist Party State committee.
      madison and trinity

    • To the two Harrisonville High School seniors who participated in Boys State at the University of Central Missouri, June 16-23.  Ethan Kohl, son of Jake and Paula Kohl, served at the Minority Leader of the House and Gage Weber, son of Jeff and Jauna Weber was a Benton County delegate, firefighter, and juror.  
      ethan kohl gage

    • Harrisonville High School juniors Rebekah Bartlett and Rosalee Chartier who recently attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy which was held June 24-27 at William Woods University. The academy is a training program for high school sophomores and juniors who exhibit a desire for community service. Developed by some of Missouri's top professional educators, the curriculum is designed to identify and enhance the qualities of Servant Leadership for each participant, train them on how to successfully implement a service project, and inspire them to live a lifetime of "Service Above Self." In addition, participants are exposed to all the programs and values Rotary has to offer. Established in 1992, Missouri RYLA Academy has trained and inspired more than 2500 students statewide. Each year the Harrisonville Rotary Club sponsors participation in RYLA. Bartlett is the daughter of Paul and Angie Barlett and Chartier is the daughter of Preston and Heather Morgan.

    • Harrisonville High School sophomore Elizabeth Bostic recently returned from a leadership conference hosted by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. Leadership in Practice brings together high school students from around the state for a four-day session designed to provide them with the opportunity to learn characteristics of excellent leadership, entrepreneurship and life skills so they can apply those skills in their own lives when they return to their schools and communities. During the program, Bostic’s team earned the Entrepreneurship Challenge. The event was held June 24-27 at Westminster College in Fulton. Elizabeth is the daughter of Don and Rose Ann Bostic.
      elizabeth bostic

    • Four Cass Career Center SkillsUSA members competed at the National SkillsUSA conference at the end of June in Louisville, KY.  Coltin Smith, Gabrielle Stoddard, Jenna Wyatt, and Haley Ohrenberg competed in firefighting (Smith) and Crime Scene Investigation (Stoddard, Wyatt, and Ohernberg).  The students qualified by earning first at the State SkillsUSA conference in early April.
      crime scene qualifiers firefighting qualifier

    Photos from Around the District
    Students design piano for Keys to Community program
    McEowen piano
    The newest edition to the Keys to Community program was designed and created by students at McEowen Elementary School.  The piano is now on disply at Sapp Brothers Truck Stop.  This piano is number eleven to be donated to the Keys to Community project and then painted by local artists. It is the second one to be painted by art students in Harrisonville Schools. Students at Harrisonville Elementary School (HES) also painted a piano several months ago and it remains in the school cafeteria.

    David Jefferies, art teacher at McEowen Elementary, explained that he wanted this to be a true collaboration among every McEowen student. So both 4th and 5th grade students designed at least one - 1/4 of a circle and several designed more than one. So every student at McEowen took part in this creation. Mr. Jefferies said that he did very little but present them with the idea...they took it from there. He described the art process like this.

    “Several students glued the circles to the piano and sealed it with Modge podge... like a giant Decoupage project. The small DOTS on the circle are a result of a conversation with a few students as to how to solve some artistic problems…(-we had several left over designs and several left over spaces. None of which 'fit' the space - So we cut smaller circles and started filling in the negative space.) Wha la! A dotted motif began to appear. We should call it "Dotted Notes."

    Dance team holds camp
    dance team posed photo
    The Harrisonville High School dance team hosted a home dance camp from June 27-29th at HHS. The camp was provided by staff from the National Dance Association. While attending camp, the team learned four new routines and worked on dance technique. Four members of the team were named All-American Nominees. They were Lacy Dunsworth, LaNae Eggers, Co-Captain Ireland Slover, and Captain Grace McLaughlin. Slover and McLaughlin were both awarded All-American honors and qualified to attend a special event and performance later in the year with other All-Americans from around the country. The team received a “1” or Superior rating on their team dance and won a bid to perform at Nationals in Orlando.

    HPD visits summer school
    uxo and the officer talk to students
    On the final day of summer school, students were treated to a couple of special guests - Officer McCullough and Uxo from the Harrisonville Missouri Police Department visited! Officer McCullough talked about being a police officer, how to become a police officer and the parts of his uniform.

    HHS students attend show choir camp
    group photo
    Eight Harrisonville High School students participated in show choir camp at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in mid-June. The camp included singing and dancing and came to a conclusion with a performance for parents and guests. Attending the camp from HHS were Libby East, Audrey Barnes, Madeline McGee, Riley Mathew, LaNae Eggers, Joey Fernandez, Hayden Ream and Braeden Elifrits.

    Cheerleaders host camp
    cheer camp group photo
    The Harrisonville High School cheerleaders recently hosted a home camp with the National Cheerleading Association.

    Forty-one cheerleaders from HHS attended the camp from June 18-20 at Harrisonville Middle School. Cheerleaders from Adrian also participated.

    During the camp, 15 HHS cheerleaders were nominated for All American honors. They were Jadea White, Layne Anderson, Brielle Martinez, Emily Sullivan, Alexis Royal, Ashlee Ellis, Ashlyn Ripperger, Harley Sipple, Maizy Szudarski, Jenna Hart, Kylee Huttinger, Janelle Caswell, Zia Johnson, Taylor Fordyce, and Josie Anderson. Martinez and Szudarski were named an All American on the final day of camp.

    In addition, the HHS blue squad earned the Herkie Award for most spirited squad.

    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
    July 16 - Residency Verification opens (check district website for more info closer to date)
    July 17 - Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m.
    July 28 - August 5 - Fall Sports Dead Week
    August 2 - Residency Verification Night, 3:30-7:30 p.m., HHS
    August 14 - Meet the Teacher Night, all schools
    August 16 - First Day of School
    For a full calendar of events, click here

    Supporting Our Own
    Wildcat Football Cardboard Boat Races
    boat race info
    Click here for full details
    2018-19 Kickoff Party hosted by Athletic Booster Club
    kickoff party flyer
    Summer camp opportunties
    a list of youth camps   
  • Board of Education
    June & July Meetings
    The Board of Education met on June 26 and will meet on July 17 at 7 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington for its regular monthly meetings.

    Prior to the June meeting, the Board held the annual budget hearing during which Director of Business Services Kathy VanGorkom provided an overview of the 2018-19 budget and answered questions from Board members.

    During the regular meeting in June, the Board approved the budget for the 2018-19 school year which includes $26,733,703 in projected expenditures and $25,789,593 in projected revenue.  The projected fund balance at the end of the 2018-19 school year for the combined General Fund and Teachers Fund is $5,405,155 or 20.22%.

    The Board also approved meal prices for the 2018-19 school year as follow:
    Breakfast (K-12) - $1.60
    Lunch (K-5) - $2.55
    Lunch (6-12) - $2.80

    In other action, the Board approved bids for dairy (Sunnyside Dairy) and fuel (MFA Oil Company) and the contract with the City of Harrisonville for School Resources Officers at HMS and HHS.

    Two expenditures approved during the meeting were an HVAC unit for McEowen Elementary and an accessible playground item for Harrisonville Elementary School.  The HVAC unit will replace a unit that quit at the end of May. The playground equipment will be paid for through Harrisonville Elementary School activity funds - Box Top, Cash for Trash, and Capri Sun collection and Major Saver proceeds - saved over the years.  The equipment will provide students with disabilities access to playground equipment, but can also be used by all students.

    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.