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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter
April 19, 2017 edition
News & Notes
Seniors give back during Day of Service today 
seniors building a playground platform at a local daycare Nearly 180 Harrisonville High School seniors completed more than 500 hours of community service in just one morning as part of the third Senior Day of Service today.

Community members submitted nearly 30 “jobs” for the seniors. The projects included working with students at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, cleaning up the community garden, helping the library get ready for summer reading, washing police cars, painting picnic tables at the park, cleaning up the city pool, landscaping and yard work at residences, planting flowers at the animal shelter, unloading and sorting donations at the Cass County Dental Clinic, organizing and shelving food at the food pantry, spring cleaning at a couple of churches, painting parking lot stripes at Hope Haven, painting at the North park ball fields, and building a playground area at a local preschool.

Students were able to sign up for the job they wanted a week before the event. The Day of Service began with the students meeting at the high school’s Performing Arts Center where they were organized into their jobs and loaded onto buses or began walking to their job site.

a senior girl paints Each group of students was supervised by a school staff member and at least one community member.

The students spent the morning at their job and then were transported to the Elks Lodge for lunch provided by the Harrisonville Rotary Club.

Fox 4’s Sean McDowell provided coverage for the project taking video and doing interviews at several job sites.

Durham School Services donated the buses for the day.

April 19 was the statewide ACT Day for high school juniors and HHS sophomores and freshmen prepared for end-of-course exams. The Senior Day of Service provided the Class of 2017 with the opportunity to give back to the community which has supported them throughout their days as Wildcats.
Many more pictures are posted on the district Facebook page - 
Bell, Shelton, Schimmelpfenning sworn in as Board members
 Board of Education  swearing in
At last night's Board of Education meeting, the Board certified the election results from the April 4th election and Board members Chris Bell, Nancy Shelton and Bing Schimmelpfenning were sworn in by Board secretary Susan Brooker (right).  The Board then held its annual reorganization meeting at which RJ Knox was elected President; Tina Graef was elected Vice President; and Chris Bell and Nancy Shelton were elected MSBA delegate and alternate, respectively.  Pictured above is the Board of Education - Bing Schimmelpfenning, Tina Graef, Chad Reynolds, Nancy Shelton, Chris Bell, Gina Smith, and RJ Knox.  Prior to the reorganization meeting, Superintendent Frank Dahman thanked outgoing Board member Darold Shelton for his service.
Cass Career Center FFA to host annual plant sale
Plant sale informational fleyr  
Elementary students raise funds for Honor Flight
students present check to honor flight rep Harrisonville Elementary School third graders in Mrs. Culpepper and Mrs. Perne’s classes learned both economics and charitable lessons through the annual Liberty Kids Store. The students raised over $1,650 for a veterans program.

The Liberty Kids Store featured patriotic products including pencils, dog tags, temporary tattoos, patriotic manicures, and much more. The store was open to students before and during school for two days and to guests during the school’s annual art fair and ice cream social. The students in Mrs. Culpepper and Mrs. Perne’s classes set up and manned the store - taking money, counting change, and answering shoppers’ questions.

The students donated the funds to the Heartland Honor Flight, an organization which takes veterans on trips to Washington, DC to visit the war memorials.

Gail Roberts, a volunteer with Heartland Honor Flight, accepted the check from the third graders at an all-school assembly. 
Bright Futures News
Just4Me hosting Prom Through the Ages fundraiser this Saturday
In preparation for their 7th 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. 2017's fundraiser comes in an unique form; an adult prom... and we invite you to join us and spread the word!

Prom Through the Ages will be held this Saturday, April 22 from 7-11 p.m.  The event combines a night of fun and fundraising for everyone in our community, celebrating proms and dances from every decade. With a mix of music running throughout the night, both a live band and a dj will deliver your favorites from every era. Ticket donation levels are $40 for one/$75 for two and tickets will be available online - as well as at the school district admin office.

DRESS: We're celebrating proms from all decades, so feel free to dress as formal or fun as you'd like, in the attire from your favorite age (or just the age you already have an outfit for)!

Remember, tickets are tax deductible (if you need a receipt, they will be available at the door) and for a great cause, so please help us spread the word! Check out the event on Facebook -
Shout Outs
  • to Harrisonville Schools staff who participated in a Wildcats Helping Wildcats Jeans Day last Thursday and raised $645 for the Neosho School District and specifically Goodman Elementary School, which was hit by a tornado last week.  Community members also donated hygiene items which were delivered with the funds over the weekend.
  • to Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene for chalking positive messages on the front sidewalk of McEowen Elementary School for the first day of MAP testing at the school.
  • to the March Partners of the Month - Stafford & Stafford Insurance and the Cass County Health Department for funding a Buddy Bench at Harrisonville Elementary School.
  • to the March Student Ambassador of the Month Gabrielle Vaughn who came up with the idea of the Buddy Bench.
  • to the first grade class from Harrisonville Christian School for a basket of hygiene items and notes for our Wildcats Helping Wildcats drive for Neosho!
  • to Mrs. Pauley's class for packing backpacks this week.
  • to Cub Scout Pack 100 Wolf Den (second graders) who collected hygiene items as a service project. They donated the items to Harrisonville High School.
Points of Pride
Congratulations to...
  • Harrisonville High School foreign language students who brought home awards from a regional film festival in early April.
    Students in French III earned recognition for their film, "L'Indice dans le Livre"-- "The Clue in the Book” at the University of Central Missouri Foreign Language Film Festival on April 7. The film was honored for Best Use of Language, Intermediate Level; and second place for Best Ensemble Cast in a French Film, Best French Film-Intermediate Level, and Best Mystery-Intermediate Level.  Students involved in the making of the film included Yvette Brooks, Brianna Brown, Randi Buerge, Alexis Castor, Evan Dumont, Genesis Register, Matteo Schaller, Mariah Selman, Audrey Welhoff, and Hannah Wilson.  Watch the film on YouTube -
  • Harrisonville High School senior Wyatt Maxwell who was honored with the 2017 Missouri Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship which is awarded to only 15 students in the state!  The award honors students for demonstrating academic achievement, leadership in school activities, community service and commitment to high standards of citizenship.  Maxwell was recognized at a luncheon on Monday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.
  • the Wildcat golf team on their 3rd place finish in the MRVC East/West Conference Tournament. Peyton Holden tied for first with 78 and was co-medalist. Other Wildcat scores include Josh V.-95, Nick L.-96, Dillon-104, Nick M.-110.
  • the 2017-18 Harrisonville High School Silver Sensations! Team members are Tara Barnard, Jaden Boyer, Taylor Cook, Lacy Dunsworth, Emily Gray, Jenna Hart, Kelsi Knoche, Izzy McCune, Grace McLaughlin, Ireland Slover, Amy Tracy, and Susanna Tracy.
  • the Harrisonville High School students who have been named to the Missouri All-State Show Choir! They are Sierra Skinner, Sydney Graves, Susanna Tracy, Lily Maxwell, John Coday, Alek Baker, Peyton Holden, and Steven Lafferty.
  • the HHS Student Council Executive Board for the 2017-18 school year - 
    President of the Student Body: Audrey Welhoff
    Vice-President of the Student Body: Lanie Carl
    Secretary of the the Executive Committee: Nick Laughlin
    Public Relations Officer for the Executive Committee: Haley Holden
  • the ECC kindergarten students honored at the school's monthly assembly. Click here to read more.
  • three Harrisonville High School students who participated in the State FBLA contest in Springfield April 2-4. Garrett Lukenbill competed in Business Law, Nick McCleave competed in Accounting II and Agribusiness, and Cheyenne Yates competed in Accounting II.
  • the HES students honored at the school's monthly assembly.  Click here to read more.
  • Three Cass Career Center SkillsUSA students who will be heading to national competition in June after earning gold at the state contest in early April.  The welding team of Blake Vrem and Nathan Krum from Raymore-Peculiar High School and Thomas Eglehoff from Belton High School earned first place at the Missouri SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Conference and will compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 20-24, 2017.
  • the Job Olympics medalists from Harrisonville High School and Harrisonville Middle School! They competed April 6-7 in Belton and brought home a ton of medals.  HHS students earning medals included Kyndel VanderEcken, bronze in Level 1 Child Care and bronze in Level 1 Place Setting; Sylvia Thrift, gold in Level 1 Job Interview, silver in Level 1 Place Setting, gold in Level 1 Hostess, and silver in Level 2 Silverware Rolling; William Charlton, gold in Level 1 Computer Application, gold in Level 1 Food Prep, and gold in Level 1 Hanging Clothes; Wyatt Curtis, silver in Level 1 Stocking Shelves; Kyrklind Mangan, gold in Level 1 Car Detailing; gold in Level 3 Restaurant Hostess, bronze in Level 2 Health Occupations, and gold in Level 2 Interview; Kyla Heppler, silver in Level 3 Child Care; gold in Level 2 Place Setting; gold in Level 2 Laundry, and gold in Level 2 Health Occupations; and Krista Britt, gold in Level 2 Stocking Shelves, gold in Level 1 Place Setting; bronze in Level 2 Restaurant Hostess; and bronze in Level 1 Interview.  HMS students earning medals were Hailey Callahan, three gold, one bronze, and one participation; Aaliyah Bales, two gold, two silver, and one participation; Deserae Chiles, one silver, two bronze, and two participation; Cierra Hook, two gold, two silver, and one participation; and Sarah Wild, five participation.  HHS sophomore Kyrklind Mangan also earned one of the event’s top awards, the Logan Gray Award. The Logan Gray award is in memory of a Pleasant Hill student and recognizes a student who shows pride in his/her school, supports and participates in extracurricular activities, works hard to improve performance, encourages peers to do their best, and has a positive and uplifting attitude. Each school attending Job Olympics could nominate one student for the award and those students completed an interview process with special education administrators.
  • HHS job olympics participants   HMS job olympics participants
Sonic Locker Room Radio Show
Harrisonville High School sports and activities are the focus of a weekly radio show - the Sonic Locker Room Radio program. The Harrisonville Wildcats edition airs each Monday at 4:45 p.m. on 1030 AM and all shows are archived at    
Art in Our Community
Art created by Harrisonville Schools students is now on display in local businesses through the Art in our Community program. The Art in our Community program seeks to recognize students in grades K-12 for outstanding work in the visual arts. The artwork is selected by art teachers and then distributed for display for a month at several area businesses including the Cass County Public Library, Community Bank of Harrisonville (291 Hwy), Commerce Bank, Country Club Bank, Garden Gate Floral, Schroeder Chiropractic, the District’s Administrative Office (503 S. Lexington), and the Board of Education Room (503 S. Lexington). 
Photos from Around the District  
HHS students volunteer at Harvesters
Harvesters volunteers
Harrisonville High School SADD & Key Club members traveled to Harvesters to volunteer on April 13.
FFA members participate in mud run with lawn mowers 
a four-wheeler going through a mud course  
Before the April FFA Meeting, the Cass Career Center FFA held it's annual Lawn Mower Mud Run. Congratulations to Ty Cook and Matthew Morrison for winning their horsepower classes. The event was coordinated by FFA members Kyle Fiore and Jared Ford. 
HES hosts Career Day
a police officer talks to students at career day
Harrisonville Elementary School hosted Career Day on Thursday, April 13. Students had the opportunity to listen to classroom speakers and also went outside for the Careers on Wheels.

The classroom speakers included Tim Mikelson, Harrisonville Police Department; Brad Teeter, engineer; Amanda Anderson, National Tire & Battery; Ross Glazner, Brick House Coffee; Martha Schroeder, Schroeder Chiropractic; Gabe Schnelle, CenturyLink; Shawna Walker, Harrisonville Animal Control; Nate Bascue, Auto Truck Group; Kyla King, healthcare; Cherie Davis, zookeeper; Monique Marcum, karate instructor; Steven Valentich, Cass County K9 officer; and David Butt, firefighter.

Careers on Wheels participants included the Matt Moreland, farmer (tractor); Matt Melzer, food delivery truck; Preston Morgan, KCPL; Chad Jones, Westfall Trucking; Mark Neufeld, ATM repair; Harrisonville Fire and EMT; Daniel Morris, Morris Fabrication and Repair. 
Sixth graders to support Honor Flight
Ed Roberts talks to sixth graders about his Honor Flight experiences  
Retired teacher and Heartland Honor Flight volunteer Ed Roberts talked to Harrisonville Middle School sixth graders about the Honor Flight which takes WWII, Vietnam & Korean veterans to Washington DC to see the monuments. The students will be writing notes and letters of appreciation for mail call on the upcoming flight.
Sixth graders visit museums
sixth grade students in the gifted program visited KC museums  
Sixth grade HATS students visited the Kemper Museum of Modern Art and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on April 12. Those enjoying the day were Charlie Sturgeon, Max Werner, Menda Schroeder, Elizabeth Allen, Jaelynne Bundt, Lexie Torres, Kale Weber, Cort DeVenney, McKinzie Parks, Libbie Lundeen.
FFA hosts day of fun at ECC
A preschool student pets a goat held by an FFA member.  
On April 12, Harrisonville Early Childhood students had the chance to learn about farm animals at a petting zoo, plant a seed, and learn about where food and other items come from during classroom presentations - all provided by members of the Cass Career Center FFA.
Art Club hosts Cupcakes & Canvas
participants paint the background of their canvas
The Harrisonville High School art club hosted Cupcakes & Canvas last week as a fundraiser. Participants painted a picture of a hot air balloon under the guidance of HHS art teacher Melissa Chaney & art students. Participants also enjoyed colorful cupcakes. 
Food service department hosts Royals spirit day
an hhs baseball player talks with HES students at lunch  
The district's food service department hosted a Royals Spirit Day on April 10 to celebrate the Royals' Home Opener. Students & staff wore Royals' apparel and prizes were awarded for the most spirited. The Wildcat baseball seniors visited ECC, HES, & McEowen to pass out ice cream and chat with students.  All students enjoyed a special baseball-themed lunch.
HHS presents The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple cast  
Harrisonville High School presented The Odd Couple during the first week of April.  There were two casts - a male and a female cast that performed on different nights.
Kindergarten students participate in annual Community Helpers Parade
kindergarten students walked around the playground for the parade  
As a conclusion to their unit on Community Helpers, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center kindergarten students participated in a Community Helper Parade. The students dressed as their favorite helper including veterinarians, bakers, teachers, and more. Prior to the parade, students did a presentation to their classmates about their helper.
District hosts legislators, area school boards, administrators
cass county kids first breakfast  
The District hosted school district administrators and school board members from around the county at the Cass County Kids First breakfast on April 7 at Cass Career Center. The breakfast provided an opportunity for district representatives to talk with state legislators.
McEowen kicks off MAP testing with "rockin'" assembly
drumline performs in the McEowen gym  
McEowen students enjoyed the Harrisonville High School drumline, a teacher dance contest, and a teacher lip sync battle during their "Rock the MAP" kick-off assembly.
Elementary students share HATS projects
a gifted student talks to her classmates about her project on pandas   
Elementary students in the Harrisonville Schools’ gifted program showcased projects for the parents, classmates and other guests in early April.

The 38th Annual HATS (Harrisonville Academically Talented Students) Sharing of Independent Studies and Invention Convention was held at McEowen Elementary School.

Third and fourth grade HATS students presented their Invention Convention and fifth graders presented their Independent Study projects. Invention Convention challenges students to be inventors. They search for something that bugs them or a need that demands a solution, then they seek to solve the challenge and build a prototype. Independent studies are in-depth research projects in which the students choose a topic and spend both class time and personal time collecting information. All students then create a media display based on their research.

Students displaying Invention Convention projects included Ben Wooten, Super Board Scooter; Quincy Carter, Bob the Bunny’s Batter Shield; Audrey Coffey, Super Desk Top; Marc Derner, MP Wall Grapple; Lucas DeVenney, Gorilla Gripper; Brigham May, Water Launcher; Mason Reece, Wash Bomb; Gavin Sartain, Ultimate Marker; and Bennett Sturgeon, Portable Desk Charger.
Independent Study Investigations included Grace Atkinson, Giraffes; Eddie Eastland, Duck Tape; Kylee Hastings, Battle of Gettysburg; Hannah Green, Disney Animation; Dayton Hoffman, Digital Photography; Chloe Jackson, Roanoke Colony; Ayllita Khieu, Red Pandas; Kayla Mason, Blue Bunny Ice Cremm; Karter Johnston, Quidditch; Kyle Malkmus, Pompeii; Eli Norman, Harry Truman; Marina Parks, History of Electricity; and Brooklyn Rhoney, Starbuck’s.
Eighth graders take part in Model UN
model un participants  
Harrisonville Middle School eighth grade HATS (Harrisonville Academically Talented) students attended the Metro Kansas City Model United Nations Conference at Johnson County Community College on April 5. The students served as delegates from Australia, Italy, and Peru on three general assembly committees, solving the problems of the world. The students had the opportunity to collaborate and caucus with students from around KC -- to develop, debate, and vote on resolutions. They practiced parliamentary procedure, public speaking, and came away with an appreciation for the daunting task the real United Nations faces in getting countries to work together to address human rights, economic development, and conflict resolution around the world.

Pictured are the HMS participants including Nolan Medlin, Jake Ward, Nathanael DeVenney, Kaci Johnson,Erison Maxwell, Josie Anderson, Mary O'Reilly, Walker Holden, River Riley, Hudson Johnson, Selah Norman, George Frees, Colleen O'Reilly, Hunter Baker, Jacob Allend Brayden Talley, and Jacob Williams. NOT PICTURED:  Monte Schroeder. The HATS teacher is Laura Frees.
Additional pictures from all events are posted on our district Facebook page (a Facebook account is not required to view) - 
Upcoming District Events
April 19 - Senior Day of Service
April 24 - Preschool Enrollment, 6 p.m., ECC
April 26-29 - Robotics at World Championships, St. Louis
April 26 - Administrative Professionals Day
April 27 - First Grade Music Program, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center
April 28 - FFA Banquet, 7 p.m., HHS MPR
April 28 - State Solo & Ensemble Contest
May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week 
May 1 - CCC Awards Night, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center
May 1 - McEowen Awards Assembly, 3:05 p.m.
May 2 - HMS Band Concert, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center
May 2 - PAT Playgroup at Moreland Dairy Farm, 9:15 a.m.
May 3 - ECC Breakfast with Books, 8:15 a.m.
May 4 - ECC Art Fair/Reading Night/Ice Cream Social, 6 p.m.
May 5-6 - FFA Plant Sale, Cass Career Center
May 5 - McEowen Civil War Day
May 5 - HES Awards Assembly, 3:15 p.m.
May 5 - Mr. Wildcat Pageant, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center 
May 6 - Music Mania, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center 
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).
Senior Mania
Upcoming meetings are as follows:
April 26th @ 7pm HHS Commons
May 3rd @ 7pm HHS Commons
May 11th @ 7pm Harrisonville Community Center  

Supporting Our Students
FFA sells Wildcat plaques, desktop pieces 
FFA fundraiser flyer  
Board of Education
The Board of Education met on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington.  Agenda items included:
  • Student Recognition from ECC - kindergarten students shared lessons from their counseling curriculum with their counselor Becky Sumner
  • ECC kindergarten students demonstrate a counseling lesson
  • Appointment of Harrisonville Public School Foundation Trustees
  • Approval of six FFA members and a sponsor to attending the National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer
  • A report from Academic Booster Club President Pattie Styron
The full agenda for each meeting is posted the Friday before at the following link -  
Community Flyers & Events
Be 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...
Summer Reading Program, June & July activities
Youth Football Camp, 4/22
Community garden plots available
Beekeeping Class, 4/25, 6:30 pm, Library
Teen Crafternoon, 4/20, 3:30 p.m., Library
Fictitious Dishes Teen Program, 5/18, 3:30 p.m., Library
Spring Craft Show, Community Center, 4/8, 10-4
Free Sports Physicals, 4/19, 5/2
Cass Regional Boots & BBQ, 4/29