News & NotesLove to Lamar donations delivered to Texas
The Harrisonville School District "adopted" the Lamar CISD in Houston following Hurricane Harvey with the intent of providing assistance in whatever way was needed. Lamar CISD requested backpacks and school uniforms and for the past two weeks students, staff, and community members have donated these items at our schools and football games. Over the weekend, three local men - Mike Johnson, Michael Culpepper, and Scylar Polk - drove to Texas to delivery the donations. Harrisonville grad Michelle (Angel) Buasri and her family live in the area and Michelle's children attend school in the Lamar CISD. The Buasri family met the delivery, took pictures, and helped unload. In addition to the requested items, some Wildcats made cards for the students in Lamar and volunteers enjoyed reading the cards upon delivery.Homecoming 2017 festivities include community rally, paradeHomecoming 2017 included a kick-off pep rally and volleyball tournament at the high school, spirit week at all schools, and a Friday filled with fun for all students. Friday began with the new daytime community pep rally at Memorial Stadium attended by all district students and community members. The rally included performances by the band, cheer, and dance teams; introductions of fall sports and candidates; and a teacher relay race. Friday afternoon brought the annual Homecoming parade with more than 50 entries decorated to the event's "Candyland" theme. The coronation of the king and queen took place before kick-off of the football game. Seniors Nick Laughlin and Mallory Kimbell were crowned king and queen; Joe Bowers and Anna Saffels were the runners-up. The day came to a close with a come-from-behind win during the final seconds of the game for the Wildcats. Students enjoyed the Homecoming dance on Saturday night.Pictures from all events are posted on the district Facebook page, as well as videos from the kick-off and communitywide pep rallies - www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchoolsPictured above are Homecoming candidates Susanna Tracy, Joe Bowers, Audrey Welhoff, Cody Jones, Mallory Kimbell, Nick Laughlin, Anna Saffels, Jasper Davis, Sloan Bell, and John Coday.Volleyball to honor first responders, militaryBurnt District Festival Queen Contest now seeking applications
The 2017 Burnt District Festival Queen contest is set for October 2 at 7 p.m. in the HHS Performing Arts Center. Contestants must be a sophomore, junior or senior in high school. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 22. The winner will receive $500 with the runner-up earning $200 and Miss Congeniality, $100. The Queen will preside over the 2017 Festival October 6-7. See the rules and application below in the Community Flyers section.Harrisonville vs. Grain Valley football game up for Hy-Vee Game of the WeekFriday night's MRVC clash between the Wildcats and the Grain Valley Eagles is one of four games vying for KMBC 9/Hy-Vee's Game of the Week honors. To vote for our game, you must visit the KMBC 9 Facebook page and like and share the game image.Jobs sought for Staff Day of ServiceHarrisonville School District teachers and staff will be participating in a Day of Service on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. Staff members will be going out into the community to give back. The district is currently looking for service projects - painting, filing/organizing, cleaning, yard work, etc. Any organization, business, church or individual who needs assistance is encouraged to submit a job. An online job submission form is available on the district website - www.harrisonvilleschools.org or you can call 380-2727, ext. 1224.
Bright Futures NewsBright Futures hosts annual breakfastBright Futures Harrisonville kicked off its 6th year with the annual Bright Futures Breakfast at Harrisonville Community Center on Wednesday, September 14.
The event included presentation of the Advocate of the Year awards, as well as four speakers who shared their experiences and challenged audience members to get engaged.
To begin the breakfast, Bright Futures Chair Elect Phil Miller recognized the Harrisonville Just4Me program - Vanessa Hargrave, Christie Mangan, and Shelly Jansen - as the group Advocate of the Year for their work with the providing food over the summer months. Volunteer Sam Crust was recognized as the individual Advocate of the Year for his work on the high school and Wildcat Academy councils and ongoing support of all Bright Futures initiatives.
Bright Futures Co-Coordinator Jennifer Beavers talked about the programs and success of Bright Futures over the past year. She shared a few stories about Bright Futures impact including helping an elementary student with hearing aids, a middle school student with a marimba and an alternative school student with post-secondary education.
Volunteer Sandy Bradshaw told about her involvement as a McEowen Lunch Buddy and coordinating the back-to-school fair haircuts. She talked about the support of her employer, Commerce Bank, which makes it possible for her to engage with Bright Futures.
Fourth grader Gabrielle Vaughn then shared how she engaged with Bright Futures partners to make her dream of a buddy bench a reality at Harrisonville Elementary School. She said, “Bright Futures is kind of like our community’s buddy bench. They serve as a way for our community to be a friend to our students.” Gabrielle went on to challenge those in the audience, “It starts with me and it starts with you. Let’s notice. Let’s dig a little deeper. Let’s ask some tough questions. Let’s follow through. Let’s truly care. Let’s get engaged and let’s stay engaged!”
Finally, Hope Haven Director Charlie Jennings talked about Hope Haven’s involvement as a Classroom Partner at McEowen Elementary. She said that they became a partner to give back to the community, but by the end of the year, they realized that the relationships made with the students gave them so much more than they could ever give.
To wrap up the event, Bright Futures Chair Bill Kirkemo called on the audience to get engaged and to encourage those in their circle of influence to get engaged with Bright Futures. He highlighted several programs including ECC Game Buddies, HES Study Buddies, McEowen Lunch Buddies, Service Learning, Work 4 What You Want, Make-a-Cake for Kids, and the building council as opportunities for involvement.
Bright Futures Harrisonville strives to help students achieve success by matching student needs with resources through partnerships between the schools and the community. Those partnership areas include faith-based, social/human services, businesses, and parents and volunteers are asked to give of their "time, talent, and treasure" to help children.
For more information on Bright Futures Harrisonville, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrightFutures or website - www.harrisonvilleschools.org/BrightFutures or call 380-2727, ext. 1224.Annual sock & underwear drive culminates on Sept. 29
Bright Futures will host the annual sock & underwear drive throughout the month of September. The drive will culminate with a joint collection between Bright Futures Harrisonville & Pleasant Hill at the varsity football game on Friday, September 29. Representatives will be on hand beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.Donations of new packages of socks & underwear can be dropped off at any time this month at any blue barrel location - Commerce Bank, Community Bank of Harrisonville, Cass County Public Library, Harrisonville United Methodist Church, Cornerstone Community Church, Nazarene Church, Crossroads Assembly, Heartland Baptist Church, Schroeder Chiropractic, Quality Auto Service and Repair, and any school.Lunch Buddies Needed
It's that time of year...we're working to match McEowen students with positive adult role models who can be their Lunch Buddy for the year. Lunch Buddies come to school twice a month (1st & 3rd Thursdays) and spend 45 minutes with a 4th or 5th grader. They enjoy lunch together and then play games, chat, or read. If you'd be interested in being a lunch buddy or would like more information, please call 380-4545, ext. 4222.Shout Outs
- to Vintage Elegance for inviting Bright Futures to be a part of their vendor event on Saturday and helping collect socks, undies, and school supplies for the Cats Basement.
- to McEowen Classroom Partner Serenity Care Hospice for inviting their students in Mrs. Johnson's class to participate in a veteran's recognition during pre-game of the Sept. 8 football game.
- to the donor who donated boots so our Cass Career Center Criminal Justice/CSI student could complete her uniform.
- to the staff of Cass Career Center and Rotary Club for packing backpacks during the first two weeks of September.
Points of Pride
- Audrey Welhoff and Mason Scrivener, the HHS Students of the Month for September. Read more here.
- Jillyan Talmage who was the MRVC Conference 1st place medalist with a 9 hole score of 42 and Lanie Carl on her 5th place finish at the MRVC conference golf meet on Monday with a score of 49! The team ended in 3rd in a rain shortened round.
- the Harrisonville High School Royal Regiment drumline on earning 2nd place in their division at the Drummit at the Summit competition on Saturday!
- the 2016-17 Cass Career Center PN Program class for achieving a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX for the 5th year in a row. This also makes 8 out of the last 10 years they have achieved such an incredible pass rate.
- the four 2017 inductees to the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame - Dudley Childress (represented by Laurence Smith), Bob Barrett, Fred Bouchard, and Michael Keck (represented by Charlotte Keck).
- the Wildcat soccer team on winning the Smithville Invitational! The Cats went 3-0 in the tournament and they are 11-1 on the season.
- Harrisonville High School sophomore Tatum Kelley who recently received an Award of Excellence certifying her successful completion of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. Kelley attended the Congress this summer in Boston. During the event, Kelley had the opportunity to learn from Nobel Prize winners, MIT professors, and recipients of the National Medal of Science.
- the HHS students named to the 2017 All-District Choir - Peyton Holden, Alek Baker, Hayden Ream, John Coday, and Sierra Skinner. Hannah Bartlett was selected to the 2017 11-12 Women's Honor Choir.
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 Royal Regiment.
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, Schroeder Chirpractic, and the school district administrative offices.Photos from Around the DistrictStudents participate in drillsAs the new school year gets underway, students and staff in the Harrisonville School District are practicing safety procedures. Each school takes part in drills on a regular basis. Pictured, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center teacher Heather Caldwell takes roll during a recent fire drill at the school. Kindergarteners also practiced tornado procedures the next day. For both drills, the students practiced exiting the classrooms quickly and quietly, listening to teacher instructions, and taking role once they reached their safe area.SkillsUSA hosts day of fun
Block students at the Cass Career Center spent a day participating in the 2017 SkillsUSA Kickoff last week. Students were teamed up to complete a series of team-building and SkillsUSA activities as well as learn more about becoming a member of SkillsUSA Missouri.DECA Day at the KOn Sept. 13, DECA students attended Career Day at the "K," to learn about careers in the Sports & Entertainment Marketing industry.Special assembly brings anti-bullying messageASA Action Sports brought their anti-bullying message to Harrisonville High School on Sept. 11. The show spotlights the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate Campaign and featured the world’s top professional BMX riders from the X Games who performed on a state-of-the-art half-pipe, while the emcee talked about bullying. Following the show, students could get autographs and take photos with the performers. The entire student body attended the event. The event was free for the school as the Marines sponsor the tour across the U.S.McEowen students thank first respondersMrs. Neal's class visited the Harrisonville Fire/EMT Department on 9/11 with breakfast and cards of appreciation.EMT students practice in new facilityEarlier this month, Cass Career Center EMT students got their first experience in the new ambulance box which was donated to the program last year. The box now has a permanent home at CCC so that students can use it during their training.Grandparents Day enjoyed by allGrandparents of kindergarten through third grade students enjoyed special events at their grandchildren's schools last week. They had the chance see their grandchild's classroom, play games, listen to stories, and enjoy snacks with their grandchild.Food Service Department sponsors Chiefs DayThe district food service department sponsored a Chiefs Day on Sept. 7 in honor of The Kansas City Chiefs season opener. Prizes were awarded for the Most Spirited student and staff member from each building and students enjoyed a tailgate-theme lunch.CCC Criminal Justice/CSI students put skills to use
During the first week of September, the traffic pattern at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center was changed to improve safety and traffic flow. The Cass Career Center Criminal Justice/CSI students came to ECC on the first couple of mornings to help direct traffic in the new pattern.HHS students attend conference
The Harrisonville High School thespian club officers attended the Missouri State Thespian Leadership Conference in Jefferson City in early September. They attended six different workshops about how to lead their troupe, fundraising, preparing their troupe for the State Festival in January, and more. Attending the conference are pictured and include Hannah Bartlett (Historian), Caitlyn Costner (Secretary), Cody Jones (President), Peyton Holden (Vice President), and Rebekah Bartlett (Treasurer). They were accompanied by sponsor Beth Keith.Additional pictures from all events are posted on our district Facebook page (a Facebook account is not required to view) - www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchoolsUpcoming District EventsSept. 20 - College Fair, HHSSept. 25 - Preschool Picture DaySept. 25 - McEowen Positive Action Assembly, 3:05 p.m.Sept. 26 - FFA Fundraiser begins - fruit, meat, cookie doughSept. 28 - ECC Assembly, 3 p.m.Sept. 29 - PreK and Kindergarten Picture DaySept. 30 - Royal Regiment at Carl JunctionSept. 30 - FFA Barnwarming Dance, HoldenOct. 2 - National Custodial Workers Recognition DayOct. 2 - Burnt District Queen Contest, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts CenterOct. 4 - PTO Trash Bag Pick-Up, 4:30-8 p.m., Family Center Loading DocksOct. 5 - PTO Trash Bag Pick-Up, 4:30-8 p.m., Family Center Loading DocksOct. 6 - HES Awards Assembly, 3:15 p.m.Oct. 7 - PTO Trash Bag Pick-up, 9-3 p.m., Family Center Loading DockOct. 7 - Burnt District Student Art Show, 12-5 p.m., Harrisonville ChamberOct. 7 - Burnt District Parade, 11 a.m.
For a full calendar of events, click here.
Supporting Our OwnAthletic Booster ClubThe 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 EducationThe Board of Education met on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington. Agenda items included...
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.
Partner organization report from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation
- Approval for Mr. Marshall Streit, FFA Advisor, and 11 participating FFA members to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis IN, on October 25-28, 2017.
- Approval of the audit report from Westbrook & Company
- Approval of the 2017-18 Comprehensive School Improvement Plan
- Approval of the School Resource Officer contract with the City of Harrisonville
Community Flyers & EventsCommunity Awareness Presentation
The Cass County Sheriff's Department is hosting an event on September 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Harrisonville Community Center. The event will include brief presentations on suicide, drug/alcohol abuse, teen dating violence, self harm, and eating disorders. The event is free to anyone. See the flyer below for more information.
Cass County Dental Clinic
Help your kids succeed in school by taking care of their oral health! Cass County Dental Clinic offers after-school and evening hours! Call 816-322-7600 (Belton) or 816-380-4000 (Harrisonville) today. Medicaid accepted! Discounts for uninsured*!
*Must qualify based on household size and incomBe sure to check out the Community Flyers page for events and opportunities at the link below. The webpage is updated on a regular basis. The flyers are also posted on the District App.
Current flyers include...