News & Notes
Erholtz, Eggers to take on new roles
The Board of Education met in closed session on May 23 and approved changes to the administrative structure in the district.
The Board accepted the resignation of Director of Academic and Student Services Dr. Steve Ritter who will be going to Sherwood as the Superintendent.
Assistant Superintendent Dan Erholtz will be moving into that position that will now be the Assistant Superintendent of Academic and Student Services.
The Board also approved the transfer of Harrisonville High School Principal Jason Eggers to Erholtz’s position of Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources & Operations.
Both will assume their new positions as of July 1st.
Staff, community honored at district end-of-the-year awards; DeVenney recognized as Educator of the Year
The Harrisonville School District recently recognized several year-end award winners at the district’s end-of-the-year ceremony.
Harrisonville High School social studies teacher Eric DeVenney was named the Educator of the Year, Harrisonville High School Student Services Secretary Becky Fields was recognized as the Support Staff Employee of the Year, Harrisonville Elementary School art teacher Rachel Henderson was recognized with the Outstanding Community Involvement Award, and Kara Costner was named Volunteer of the Year.
DeVenney just completed his 17th year of teaching at HHS. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and a specialist’s degree from the University of Central Missouri.
DeVenney was selected for the honor by a panel of judges from outside the community who interviewed four finalists. The finalists were chosen by the Harrisonville Public School Foundation and district administration selection committee from nominations received from parents, students, and Harrisonville Schools’ staff members.
Nominations for DeVenney said, “Mr. DeVenney believes that every student has unlimited potential and works with each of them to help them recognize their strengths. He has stern but gentle guidance. He truly thinks of the students as his family and is invested in their futures.”
The Harrisonville Public School Foundation presented DeVenney with a $500 grant. He also receives a plaque and a ring from Josten’s. He is eligible for the Missouri Teacher of the Year program.
Fields was also selected by a panel of outside judges from five finalists. She is in her eighth year in the district. She’s served as a paraprofessional at Harrisonville Elementary School and the attendance secretary at McEowen Elementary. She is currently the student services secretary at Harrisonville High School.
Her nominations cited the following.
“Becky does her job quietly and efficiently and with a smile on her face. She accomplishes so much, so quickly.”
Fields received a $100 award from Sherwood Community Bank. In addition, she will be recognized with a plaque in the district office, and a banner at her school.
Rachel Henderson was recognized with the Outstanding Community Involvement Award sponsored by Community Bank of Harrisonville.
She received a $100 award from Community Bank, a plaque in the district office, and a banner at her school.
Henderson is the art teacher at Harrisonville Elementary School. She and her students at HES worked with the Keys to Community program, an initiative to place painted pianos around the community “as a way to encourage conversation and connection.” The students selected a water theme for their piano and painted it with designs created by the students. The piano will be unveiled during a public event at the Chamber of Commerce on June 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (see below for more information)
Finally, Kara Costner was honored as the district’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. Costner has served as an officer for PTO for many years and has also volunteered at the building and district level with Bright Futures Harrisonville. One nomination said, “Every time she enters the school she has a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Specifically at McEowen, she has helped secure supplies for our Star Station, volunteered to read with students during our all-school read, helped with her son’s classroom parties, and so much more.”
The award winners were recognized during a ceremony on May 24. The ceremony also included the recognition of the district’s retirees by the Board of Education.
District retirees honored at reception, awards ceremony
The Harrisonville School District honored four employees who retired at the end of the year during a retirement reception and awards ceremony. The four retirees have a combined 135 years in education with 93 in Harrisonville. The retirees include Jerry Foerschler, Alternative School; Susan Lamb-Bearce, McEowen Elementary School; Shelly Maddox, Harrisonville Elementary School; and AnnettaMarie Snowden, Harrisonville High School.
Board of Education President RJ Knox, Vice President Tina Graef, and members Bing Schimmelpfenning and Gina Smith presented the retirees with bells at the district’s End-of-the-Year Celebration.
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.
Soccer, Music Makers to host youth camps
The Wildcat soccer team will host a camp for kids on June 13-15 at Memorial Stadium. The camp is open to youth entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Click here for more information
The Blue Note Show Choir Camp will be June 26-30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly. The camp is open to 2016-17 4th-7th graders. The cost is $75 per student, $125 for 2, or $150 for 3 or more per family. The fee includes a camp t-shirt, supper each night Monday-Thursday, and ice cream for all on Friday! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Click here for registration form - https://goo.gl/forms/kPlfgi1PNeNqWeVX2
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 email@example.com.
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.
HMS honors students at last day assembly, talent show
Harrisonville Middle School honored numerous student accomplishments and showcased student talent during an assembly on the last day of classes on May 24.
A boy and girl from each team at HMS was selected as the Students of the Year. The honorees included sixth graders Libby Lundeen, Carson Yantzi, Peyton Ritter, and Cort DeVenney. Seventh grade Students of the Year were Connor Everhart, Kayla Schuhler, Venessa Butler, and Kenneth Reed. Students of the Year for eighth grader were Madison Ritter, Trevor Campbell, Colleen O'Reilly, and David Rios.
Those students earning Perfect Attendance for the 2016-17 school years were also recognized. They were Katie Fitzgerald, Mackenzie Metcalf, Aaron Brines, Kaylee Turner, Madalyn Ritter, Brayden Carver, Cody Waughtal, Mason Evans, Connor Everhart, Lauren Durnell, Jake Brines, Steven Crump, Andrew Cecil, Conner Blixt, Siddh Bharucha, Alex Barta, Bailey Breeland, Garrett Brown, Karter Jones, and Brady Waughtal.
Eighth grader Cody Waughtal was also honored for perfect attendance for all three years at HMS.
Eighth graders who maintained Principal’s Honor Roll status throughout their three years at HMS were also honored. They were Kaci Johnson, Kara Lemmer, Adam Fools, Riley Mathew, Cody Waughtal, Sawyer Lundeen, Erison Maxwell, Kadin Lacy, Brayden Talley, Hanna Scott, Madalyn Ritter, River Riley, David Rios, Hunter Baker, Hannah Bentley, Emily Gray, Elizabeth Bostic, Josie Anderson, Mary O'Reilly, Jacob Williams, Selah Norman, Colleen O'Reilly, Autumn Self, Cameron Setzer, Drew Swigart, Kitty Truman, Dakoda Tye, Nathanael DeVenney, Trevor Campbell, Jaden Boyer, Lacy Dunsworth, George Frees, Autumn Justice, Walker Holden, Grace Kirkemo, and Monte Schroeder.
One of the annual awards at the HMS End-of-the-Year assembly is the Katie Rios Scholarship presentation. The scholarship is presented to an 8th grader for disbursement at the time of his/her graduation from HHS in memory of Katie Rios. This year’s recipient was David Rios.
The Donna Pfautsch HATS Scholarship was also presented. Like the Rios Scholarship, it is presented to an 8th grader for disbursement at the time of his/her graduation. The HATS Scholarship is awarded to an 8th grade HATS student on the academic excellence; diverse personal, academic, and community interests; a love for learning; and use of talent, imagination, and teamwork to accomplish goals, address challenges, and solve problems. The 2017 recipient was Nathanael DeVenney.
In addition, the school honored the students of the month for April and May. The sixth grader honorees were Alexis Walker, Libby Lundeen, Brady Waughtal, Charles Sturgeon, Trenton Kirby, Peyton Ritter, Gael Rios, and Lucy Thomas. Seventh grade students of the month were Casen Hayes, Ella Shelton, Drew Appleman, Morgan Evans, Jaxon Morris, Venessa Butler, Kenneth Reed, and Piper Foreman. The eighth grade honorees were Kara Lemmer, Cole Hart, Ian Briggs, Madalyn Ritter, Mary O'Reilly, Brianna Semler, Ethan Murray, and Corbin Callison.
Schroeder Chiropractic presented the Healthy Attitude award to sixth grade teacher Dena Cooper and the HMS staff named Lisa Elifrits as the Teacher of the Year.
The assembly also included talent acts between awards’ presentation, as well as a slideshow created by the yearbook staff. Those performing at the assembly included Tayler Szudarsky, Kinsley Brannon, Libbie Lundeen, Emily Brewer, Alexis Walker, and Kenzie Metcalf. In addition, the sixth grade choir sang the national anthem and the Wildcat Chorale and jazz band performed.
Bright Futures News
- to the volunteers from CCC and SkillsUSA who helped pack boxes for the first Just4Me delivery of the summer.
- to the Harrisonville Rotary Club for helping with the first Just4Me delivery.
- HMS students Baylee Russ and Maddie Ritter who were named the Student Ambassadors for the Month! Advisory Board Chair Bill Kirkemo recognized them at the middle school's end-of-the-year assembly.
- to Gabrielle Vaughn for bringing the Buddy Bench idea to the Bright Futures Council at HES and thanks to our partners - Stafford & Stafford Insurance & the Cass County Health Department - for your generosity in making the buddy bench a reality! See link to NBC Nightly News story above.
- to the district admin office staff who packed the last weekend backpacks for the year.
- to all who helped with our "summer book fair" events at each school. Thanks to our generous donors, we had tons of books for students who might not have access to books over the summer to choose from. During the final weeks of school, students were able to visit their libraries and select books to take home.
Points of Pride
- the students who earned perfect attendance for the 2016-17 school year. At Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, one kindergarten student earned the honor - Leo Jiang.
Nine Harrisonville Elementary School students made it to school every day. They were Chandler Wright, Byron Smith, Jonathan Pieratt, Coby Lacy, Lillian Wade, Kailen Ruth, Keller Johnson, Krystal Hegendeffer, and Declan Fitzgerald.
McEowen Elementary honored ten students for perfect attendance. They were Brenten Beaver, Roberto Chavez, Jaxon Hyatt, Anthony Coffelt, Jayda Evans, Preston Baker, Isabelle Roepke, Cayden Ritter, Desarae Baker, Zayda Jones, Aylitta Khieu, and Katlyn Valencia.
At Harrisonville Middle School, one student was recognized for perfect attendance all three years of middle school - Cody Waughtal. Those earning perfect attendance for the 2016-17 year were Katie Fitzgerald, Mackenzie Metcalf, Aaron Brines, Kaylee Turner, Madalyn Ritter, Brayden Carver, Cody Waughtal, Mason Evans, Connor Everhart, Lauren Durnell, Jake Brines, Steven Crump, Andrew Cecil, Conner Blixt, Siddh Bharucha, Alex Barta, Bailey Breeland, Garrett Brown, Karter Jones, and Brady Waughtal.
Harrisonville High School students earning perfect attendance include Amber Barta, Victoria Bratcher, Samantha Cahill, Ashley Costner, Caitlyn Costner, Carson Ervin, Emily Hegendeffer, Ayllip Khieu, Chase Laizure, Ryan Maher, Drake Mathews, Rachel McNeece, Colton Slayden, Chaz Smith, and Shay Smith.
- the Harrisonville Elementary School Principal's Choice art winners! First grader Elizabeth Chambers, third grade Charlee Wylde and second grader Emerson Corley (absent) were honored during an assembly on the last day of school.
- Harrisonville Middle School 8th graders Connor Blixt, Brayden Talley, and Sean Caruthers, who took 1st, 2nd & 3rd during the Last Day 5K at Harrisonville Middle School. Students, staff, parents, and community members participated in the fourth annual event. The event raised approximately $2,000 for the physical education department and technology within the building. The top three adults were Jesse Larcom, 1st; Kara Costner, 2nd; and Dena Cooper, 3rd. Sponsors for the event included True Wildcat sponsors Harrisonville Daylight Donuts, Family Center Farm & Home, Hometown Flooring, and Schroeder Chiropractic. White sponsors were Commerce Bank, Johnson’s Towing, Absolute Health Chiropractic, Harrisonville Family Medicine, and Del's Dashboard Deli. Highley Appreciated Awards donated the medals.
- the Girls on the Run participants who took part in the 5K at Arrowhead Stadium on May 18! The fall Girls on the Run team registration will open August 12th for girls in 3rd-5th grade. The group will practice M/W 4-5:30 at HES starting September 11th. For more information, contact Becky Sumner - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- HHS 2017 graduate Austin Campbell who was named the 2017 KC Star Scholar-Athlete from Harrisonville High School.
- HHS freshman Kaylee Harp who finished 8th at State Track in the 800. She also qualified for State in the 400.
- The Wildcat baseball team will have three representatives in the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Senior All Star Series in the Class 4 game. Brandon Eickhorst, Joe Snooks and Keegan Hix were selected by baseball coaches from across the state. They will be playing on the Blue (West) team vs. the Red (East) team. The four games in the series will be played at US Ballpark in Ozark, Mo. on June 10. The Class 4 game will start at 4:00 p.m.
Photos from Around the District
HHS students attend Blue Star Awards Ceremony
Harrisonville High School drama students and their teacher AnnettaMarie Snowden attended the Blue Star Awards Ceremony on May 25. HHS was nominated for _____
Elementary students complete reading challenges
Students at Harrisonville Elementary School and McEowen Elementary School were recognized for their reading achievement.
Second grade students were challenged to read 50 Caldecott award books, third graders had to read all Great Kids Can Read nominated books, and fourth and fifth graders were honored for reading at least ten Mark Twain books.
Sixteen second graders met the challenge and received a hard cover copy of the 2017 Caldecott Award book, Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe. They were Anna Tews, Madisyn Tye, Jocelyn Courter, Julianna Blowers, Emerson Corley, Molly Melzer, Bethany Sharp, Addison Corniels, Isabella Marshall, Kensley Osborn, Declan Fitzgerald, Carter Cole, Manny Henriquez, Quinn Julien, Malachi Schroeder, and Nickolas Kirkemo.
Two third graders completed the Great Kids Can Read nominees and received hard cover copies of the book of their choice. They were Abbey Coffey and Megan Lalman.
All students who meet the Caldecott or Great Kids Can Read challenge earn a pizza party and are recognized at the HES End-of-the-Year Assembly.
Twelve Mark Twain nominees are chosen each year by the Missouri Association of School Librarians. McEowen fourth and fifth graders who read all 12 nominees and five previous Mark Twain winners are named Mark Twain readers. The 26 students who completed the challenge earned a pizza party and were recognized at McEowen’s Accent on Achievement ceremony. They were Jasmine Vance, Hannah Green-Wright, Emma Coffey, Ann O'Reilly, Quincy Carter, Cayden Ritter, Kaden Turner, Ayllita Khieu, Emily Barta, Maggie Schaub, LeAine Caruthers, Haylee Mayberry, Kayleigh Norris, Katlyn Valencia, Chloe Jackson, Chloe Fitzgerald, Callie Shoemaker, Kenzie Meeks, Audrey Coffey, Hailey Bagby, Cooper Appleman, Riley Minsky, Brenten Beaver, Luke DeVenney, Benjamin Costner and Tyler Herriman.
HHS students help at food pantry
A group of students from Harrisonville High School helped sort and stock the 2000+ pounds of food received by the Shepherd's Staff Food Pantry from their Spring Food Drive. The students volunteered on the morning of May 22.
McEowen students raise funds for Children's Mercy
Students at McEowen Elementary School made sure their hard work added up to something special for children in need.
The students participated in math-a-thon in February and raised more than $6,000 for Children's Mercy Hospital. The students collected pledges based on the number of problems completed in a math booklet.
Forty-eight students who each raised over $100 each had the opportunity to travel to Children’s Mercy to present the check on May 16.
During the visit to the hospital, the students talked with the Children’s Mercy Transportation Team and toured the inside of their special ambulances. The students rode to the hospital on Big Blue thanks to the generosity of the Harrisonville Athletic Booster Club.
The funds raised are designated for the Child Life program at Children’s Mercy in memory of Cade Filer. Child Life’s purpose is to help the children who are spending time at CMH continue to be children. Child Life also provides education for both the child and family to help them feel more at ease with medical procedures.
Over the last seven years, McEowen students have raised over $32,000 for Children’s Mercy Hospital.
The math-a-thon was organized by McEowen Counselor Laura Partridge and teacher Missy Eddleman.
Upcoming District Events
June 30 - Last Day of Summer School
August 1 - Residency Verification, HHS, 3:30-7:30 p.m.
August 14 - Meet the Teacher Night
August 16 - First Day of School
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).