HMC-1 School Messenger

September 2021 Newsletter

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Welcome Back HMC-1!


We were excited to kick off the 2021-22 school year under our green health status. We have so many great things to learn and fun activities to do this year…let’s get to work! Watch this video to see all schools welcome back their students.
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September Applause Applause Honorees


Congratulations to our three Dobbs Elementary September Applause Applause honorees!


Jakori D. is a third-grade student who is a great leader in the classroom, the hallways and the playground. He is always willing to lend a helping hand to his classmates and his teacher. He always participates in class discussions and activities.


Mathania A. is a first-grade student with a kind heart who is always willing to help her classmates. She is a leader in the classroom, always maintaining a positive attitude, setting a good example for her peers, reading stories, and helping to problem solve when needed.


Janessa W. is outstanding in and out of the classroom. When her peers were asked who they thought was an all-around leader, one student quickly responded "Janessa without a doubt.” Janessa comes to class everyday prepared to accept any challenges or experiences with grace and dignity. She always maintains a positive attitude. In her free time, she likes to do hard math, read lots of books, play cards, and sing. Some of her hobbies are rock collecting, making jewelry, and designing t-shirts.

HMC-1's Day of Perfect Attendance


We’re less than a week away from HMC-1’s Day of Perfect Attendance! Take part in our Day of Perfect Attendance, on Wednesday, September 29, by being present and on time to school. Strong attendance has a positive impact on your child's success! Attendance every day throughout the year is vital to student achievement. Many schools will be hosting exciting events and contests that your student won't want to miss out on!


Click here to learn from Superintendent Yaw Obeng why attendance matters.

Get the skills you need to pass the HiSet and GED for FREE!


HMC-1 is excited to partner with Literacy KC to offer FREE adult HiSet and GED classes at Burke Academy (11115 Bennington Ave., Kansas City). Click here for more information and check out the upcoming sessions:

  • Monday, Oct. 4 and Wednesday, Oct. 6, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 10, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Help Wanted!


HMC-1 Nutrition Service

Full and part time jobs are available with HMC-1’s Nutrition Service team! View the open positions available here. Why work for Nutrition Services in the Hickman Mills C-1 School District?

  • Regular hours Monday through Friday with supportive management
  • Off weekends, holidays and school breaks - including summer!
  • Uniform provided by the district including shirts, head covering, and safety shoes
  • Fun family atmosphere
  • Leadership that is concerned with the whole person
  • A chance to make a difference in the community


If you have any additional questions, please call 816-316-7104.


The Apple Bus Company Transportation

Are you or someone you know a qualified driver? Then here’s your opportunity to work with the Apple Bus Company! As a school transportation professional, you value the importance of transporting students safely to and from school. Call 816-315-0888 for more information.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 through October 15 every year, traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

Honoring Nelly Concepcion


As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to honor Nelly Concepcion, a Hickman Mills C-1 School District employee of more than 26 years. Nelly worked closely with HMC-1's English Language Learner families, and was an amazing resources and support system, committed to guiding families even following her retirement. Nelly passed away earlier this month. Nelly's dedication to HMC-1 and our ELL families will be greatly missed by the community.

HMC-1's Literacy Plan


The Hickman Mills C-1 School District is committed to ensuring all students achieve proficiency in reading by third grade.

Click here to review our reading brochure and learn about HMC-1's birth through third grade literacy plan.

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Our partners at Community Assistance Council are one of the many organizations available to provide you supports including free food, free home essentials such as diapers and hygiene items, well-being and mental health supports, and so much more.


There are various community organizations that are available to support you with free resources and support. Click here for a full list of resources near you.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Board of Education Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 23 | 6 p.m.
  • Hickman Mills Community Day: Saturday, Sept. 25 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • No School: Thursday, Oct.28 & Friday, Oct.29

  • Hickman Mills Educational Foundation Gala & Silent Auction: Friday, Nov. 5 | 5 p.m.