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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter - April 17, 2019

News & Notes

Reminder: No school on Thursday or Friday, April 18-19

Board of Education thanks Smith, welcomes Sexton

During last night's reorganization meeting of the Harrisonville Board of Education, Superintendent Paul Mensching recognized outgoing Board member Gina Smith for her service to the Board. Smith served one three-year term on the Board.

Two seats were open on the Board of Education and two people filed, so no election was necessary. Brittney Sexton and Tina Graef were sworn in to those seats. This is Sexton's first term on the Board and Graef's second.

The Board then elected officers. Graef was elected President and Chris Bell was elected Vice President. Doug Meyer will serve as MSBA delegate and Doug Alexander will be the alternate.

New visitor management system in use beginning Monday

A new visitor management system will be used in all Harrisonville school buildings beginning Monday. The district currently has buzz-in entries at all schools and requires visitors to show a photo ID. This new system allows for an additional layer of protection and safety for students and staff.

Currently, when a guest visits a Harrisonville school, he/she shows photo identification and signs in and out on a paper log. The Raptor Visitor Management system will go one step further and scan the visitor’s photo ID to check him/her against the sex offender registry and, beginning next August, the district’s own Student Information System. It will also print a visitor badge with the visitor’s name on it to wear while they are in a school during school hours. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

Superintendent Paul Mensching said, “Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times. The Raptor system allows us to track visitors, contractors and volunteers in our schools, as well as manage student checkout. Raptor conducts a limited background check against the national database of registered sex offenders. It does not check criminal or traffic history. Raptor also checks our student information system to make sure you are permitted to check out a student.”

Valid ID options include all state-issued IDs, driver’s licenses, military IDs, a social security card, a green card, or some other form of government-issued identification that has name and date of birth.

“We understand this may cause some brief inconvenience for guests when visiting our schools, but the time it takes to show ID and receive a visitor badge should be about the same as signing in on a paper log. By working together we can meet our goal to increase safety and security for students and staff,” said Superintendent Mensching.

For more information on the Raptor Visitor Management System, visit the district website at

District announces finalists for end-of-the-year awards

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation, along with the Harrisonville School District, has named finalists for the district’s Educator of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards.

Finalists for the Educator of the Year include Tammy Barker, Harrisonville Middle School library media specialist; Dena Cooper, Harrisonville Middle School social studies; Maria Derner, Harrisonville Middle School Spanish; Valarie Ellsworth, Harrisonville High School communication arts; and Marshall Streit, Cass Career Center agriculture.

Finalists for the Support Staff Employee of the Year include Janelle Davis, Human Resources and Benefits Coordinator; Kathy Eckert, Harrisonville High School accompanist; and Lea Fitzgerald, Harrisonville Elementary School paraprofessional.

Each of the finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges from outside the school district. The Harrisonville Schools Educator of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year will be announced at the district’s End-of-the-Year Celebration on May 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Harrisonville High School Performing Arts Center. The community is invited to the event.

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HHS juniors, seniors witness dangers of drunk, distracted driving

Harrisonville High School students participated in the biennial mock crash event on Friday, April 12 as part of pre-prom activities. The event, a production of the HHS SADD chapter in partnership with local agencies, featured a presentation by the Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Andrew Bell and a “live” mock crash scene.

Local agencies including the Harrisonville Fire Department/EMS, the Harrisonville Police Department, Dickey Funeral Home, and LifeFlight, participated in the mock accident. Busy Bee Salvage donated the cars.

Harrisonville High School juniors and seniors participated in the event.

When students left school for the day, they found notes written by McEowen Elementary School students on their cars in the parking lot. The notes encouraged the high school students to have fun and make good decisions on Prom night.

For additional photos, visit the district Facebook page -

Foundation presents spring teacher grants

Teachers and students in the Harrisonville School District recently received more than $2,300 in grants from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.

Throughout the 16 years of the teacher grant program, nearly $97,000 has been presented to teachers. The goal of the program is to enhance the education of Harrisonville students by encouraging and recognizing new educational approaches and concepts that are not currently funded by the district.

Teacher grants were awarded to the following:

  • Nicole Potter, Harrisonville High School, for a garden to market project. The Life Careers students will create and maintain a garden to grow vegetables which the students will then sell at the Farmer’s Market. (Pictured below)

  • Beth Keith, Harrisonville High School for a summer community theatre program. The Wildcat Players, along with community participants, will put on a theatrical performance in the park.

  • Elizabeth Rudell, Harrisonville High School for a book to read as a supplement for To Kill a Mockingbird. The grant will be used to purchase a contemporary book - The Hate U Give - to be read in conjunction with the classic.

  • Shelby Doll, Briana Hasek, and Tara Drabant, Harrisonville Elementary School, for document cameras for use in their classroom. Document cameras provide a tool to project student work, textbook pages, science experiments, math manipulatives, and more for full class discussion and viewing.

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Summer school applications due today

The Harrisonville School District will be offering summer school to students entering grades K-6. Summer School is set for June 10-28. The district will run bus routes to centralized pick-up and drop-off locations based on enrollment.

Incoming kindergarten students will go to Summer School at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Kindergarten students can be picked up at the centralized bus locations, but after-school busing for kindergarteners will only be to the Harrisonville Community Center and approved local daycare centers. All other students must be picked up at ECC.

Incoming 1st-6th Graders will attend Summer School at McEowen; the hours are 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The Community Center will once again offer after-school care for a fee. The district will provide transportation to the Center.

Enrollment information is coming home with elementary students this week. You can complete the paper application or you can register online at

Kindergarten enrollment for 2019-20 now underway

Harrisonville Early Childhood Center is making kindergarten enrollment easier with information, enrollment packets, videos and appointment scheduling all online.

Parents of 2019-20 Harrisonville Schools kindergarten students can access enrollment information and videos and schedule their kindergarten enrollment/screening appointment at; click on Kindergarten Enrollment for 2019-20.

Families who do not have Internet access or have additional questions can visit Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, 500 Polar Lane, to pick up an enrollment packet, ask questions, and sign up for a screening appointment. The school is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Enrollment and screening for Harrisonville kindergarten students for the 2019-20 school year will be held April 29-May 3 at the Early Childhood Center. Parents can call the Early Childhood Center, 380-4421, to schedule an appointment if they are unable to sign up online.

To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be five years of age before July 31, 2019 and must live in the Harrisonville school district. Parents must bring a certified copy of the child’s state issued birth certificate and his/her current immunization records to enrollment. The parent/guardian should also bring his/her driver’s license. A proof of residency such as a current utility bill will be required in August.

For more information, call 816-380-4421.
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Bright Futures Notes

District Points of Pride

  • Congratulations to the Harrisonville High School April Students of the Month - Emma Parker & Collin Caldwell! Learn more about them -

  • Seniors Autumn Eason & Jaydn Wilson were crowned Prom King & Queen. Candidates for queen include Eason, Madison Barnes, Arjiana Owens-Gonzales, Briana Chiodini, and Trinity Register. King candidates are Christian Cooper, Wilson, Sam East, Erick Schrock, and James Gray.

  • The Silver Sensations named the 2019-20 dance team. Members include Amy Tracy, Ireland Slover, Emily Gray, Izzy McCune, Jaden Boyer, Lacy Dunsworth, LaNae Eggers, Riley Mathew, Annabella Attebery, Ellie Yoder, Haylee Bruton, Alexis Walker, Bella Tracy, and Sophia Johnson.

  • Congratulations to the Harrisonville High School choirs for earning top ratings at MSHSAA State Large Ensemble Contest at Paseo Academy on April 6. Serenata and Forefront earned Outstanding ratings. Music Makers earned an Exemplary rating.

  • Congratulations to our concert band on earning “Exemplary" ratings from all judges at large ensemble contest on April 5.

  • Congratulations to Harrisonville High School senior Destini Blair on signing her letter of intent to cheer at Ottawa University.

  • Harrisonville High School students competed in an art show at the Harrisonville library sponsored by the Harrisonville Fine Arts Association. Students competed against artists from Raymore-Peculiar, Archie, Sherwood, and the Harrisonville Christian School. First through fourth place awards were given for each grade level. HHS students earning awards included Hailey White, 2nd place for Ceramic Bust; Eavey Bevan, 4th place for Ceramic Buddha; Lillian Capen, 2nd place for Ceramic Dog Bust; Sydnee McCollum, 4th place for Ceramic Coil Vase; Danielle Lasure, 1st place for Ceramic Coil Vase; Vanessa Butler, 1st place and Special Merit for Chicken; Hannah Kreimeyer, 4th place for Scratch Art Butterfly; Connor Truman, 4th place for Coffee Painting; Alex Colwell, 4th place for Cassette Tapes; Piper Foreman, 3rd Place for Spine X Ray; Nick Saffels, 2nd place for Scratch Art Dog; and Ethan Murray, 3rd place for Still Life.

  • Harrisonville Early Childhood Center honored students at its monthly assembly. Read more here.

  • Harrisonville Elementary School recognized students at the school's monthly awards assembly. Read more here.

  • A Cass Career Center SkillsUSA student will be heading to national competition in June after earning gold at the state contest in early April. Katelynn Jungling, a Raymore-Peculiar senior, earned first place in firefighting at the Missouri SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Conference and will compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 24-28, 2019. Thirty-seven students traveled to State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, Missouri, to participate in the Missouri SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference April 4-6. The conference was attended by more than 2,500 students, teachers, representatives of business, industry, education, and government. During their stay, students participated as voting delegates for their chapters, elected state officers, conducted the business of the organization, met with business and industry representatives and heard from officials. Additional CCC students earning awards at the conference are pictured and included Katherine Dameron, Automotive Technology, Belton - 3rd place Mobile Electronics Installation; Bailey Novovesky, Health Science, Adrian - 3rd place Health Science Career Pathways Showcase; Amy Avendano, Criminal Justice/CSI, Belton - 3rd place Human Services Career Pathways Showcase; Gabby Stoddard, Criminal Justice/CSI, Belton - 3rd place Human Services Career Pathways Showcase; Caleb McCommon, EMT, Lee's Summit West - 3rd place Prepared Speech, Dakota McConnell, Construction Technology, Adrian - 3rd place Residential Construction Wiring Technical Information; Ethan Countryman, Construction Technology, Harrisonville - 3rd place Carpentry Technical Information; Hunter Nelson, Fire Science, Adrian - 3rd place Firefighting; Katelynn Jungling, Fire Science, Ray-Pec - 1st place Firefighting and 2nd place Job Skill Demonstration A; Bryce Hennessy, Criminal Justice/CSI, Ray-Pec - 3rd place Criminal Justice; Shaylee Broockerd, Criminal Justice/CSI, Belton - 3rd place Human Services Career Pathways Showcase, Blake Wagner, Health Science, Ray-Pec - 3rd place Health Science Career Pathways Showcase and Gabrielle Brockman, Health Science, Ray-Pec - 3rd place Health Science Career Pathways Showcase.

  • Harrisonville is part of the Sonic Locker Room Radio Show. Each week, a district activity is spotlighted on the show which airs at 4:45 p.m. on Monday on 1030 AM. All shows are also archived online at for the year. This week's show focuses on Wildcat golf with Coach Morehead, Peyton Holden & Truman Dickey.
  • Our students' artwork is displayed each month through the Art in the Community program. The artwork can be viewed at Country Club Bank (S. Commercial location), the Cass County Public Library, Community Bank of Harrisonville (291 Hwy), Commerce Bank, Brick House Coffee Bar & Eatery, Schroeder Chiropractic, the Chamber of Commerce, and the District’s Administrative Office Lobby and Board of Education Room (503 S. Lexington).

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Job Olympics Competition & Send Off

Harrisonville High School students recently brought home numerous medals from a regional competition. However, before they left for competition, they enjoyed a rousing send-off led by Wil'e Wildcat and cheering friends.

Students brought home nine gold, ten silver, and two bronze medals at the Job Olympics on Friday. The Job Olympics challenged students to perform specific tasks which exist in a real job setting.

Those earning medals from HHS were Car Detailing Level 2 - Shawn Courtney, Silver; Car Detailing Level 3 - Tyler Williams, Silver; Child Care Level 2 - Sylvia Thrift, Gold; Computer Applications Level 2 - Sarah Wild, Bronze; Concessions Level 1 - Trenton Struckle, Silver; Custodial Level 2 - Sarah Wild, Silver; First Aid/ Health Assessment Level 1 - Wyatt Curtis, Silver; First Aid/ Health Assessment Level 2 - Will Charlton, Gold; Interview Level 1 - Trenton Struckle, Gold; Laundry Level 1 - Trenton Struckle, Silver; Laundry Level 2 - Kyla Heppler, Silver; Laundry Level 2 - Sylvia Thrift, Gold; Place Setting/ Bussing Level 3 - Tyler Williams, Gold; Restaurant Host Level 2 - Desarae Chiles, Silver; Restaurant Host Level 3 - Tyler Williams, Gold; Restaurant Prep Level 1 - Wyatt Curtis, Silver; Restaurant Prep Level 2- Will Charlton, Gold; Sacking Groceries Level 2 - Meghan May, Silver; Sacking Groceries Level 2 - Kyla Heppler, Gold; Stocking/Facing Groceries Level 1 - Wyatt Curtis, Bronze; and Stocking/Facing Groceries Level 2 - Meghan May, Gold.

The Job Olympics is open to any special education student enrolled at Belton, Ray-Pec, Cass Midway, Pleasant Hill, or Harrisonville High Schools. The event was held on April 12 in Belton and was organized by the Northern Cass County Cooperative.

Board of Education

April Board of Education Meeting

The Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the school district Admin Office, 503 S. Lexington. Agenda items included...

  • Approval for CCC Director Jeanette Flanner to take two students to international DECA competition in Orlando.
  • Recognition of the DECA international qualifiers - Madison Barnes & Amy Tracy and SkillsUSA national qualifier Katelynn Jungling
  • Recognition of the HHS Students of the Month for April - Collin Caldwell & Emma Parker
  • A report from the Academic Booster Club provided by Pattie Styron
  • Approval of a change in start/end times for HMS for the 2019-20 school year
  • Approval of a contract to build a fire rescue tower training facility at Cass Career Center by Custom Container Living, Inc.
  • Approval of a contract with ABBCO for facility management services

The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. The Board meeting agenda will be posted here the Friday before the meeting.

Videos of past meetings are available at this link -

Apr. 18-19 - No School

Apr. 23 - PAT Wild About Animals, 6 p.m., ECC

Apr. 24 - Administrative Professionals Day

Apr. 24 - ECC Art Fair/Kiwanis Reading Night, 6:30 p.m.

Apr. 25-26 - State FFA Convention

Apr. 25-27 - HHS Spring Play, Rashomon, 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center (see flyer below)

Apr. 26 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m.

Apr. 27 - McEowen Positive Action Assembly, 2:35 p.m.

Apr. 29 - HMS Choir Concert, 7 p.m., HHS PAC

Apr. 30 - HMS Band Concert, 7 p.m., HHS PAC

May 1 - School Principals Day

May 1-8 - HHS Art Show, PAC Lobby

May 1 - FFA Banquet, 6 p.m., HHS Cafeteria

May 2 - PAT at Moreland Dairy Farm, 9 a.m.

May 2 - HHS Band Concert, HHS PAC, 7 p.m.

May 3-4 - FFA Plant Sale (see flyer below)

May 3 - HES Awards Assembly, 3 p.m.

May 4 - Music Mania, 7 p.m., HHS PAC

May 6-10 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6 - CCC Awards Night, 7 p.m., HHS PAC

May 7 - HHS Choir Concert, 7 p.m., HHS PAC

May 8 - School Nurse Day

May 8 - ECC Monthly Assembly, 2:45 p.m.

May 9 - HHS Senior Excellence in Academic Ceremony, 8 a.m., HHS Gym

May 10 - Graduation, 7 p.m., Memorial Stadium

Supporting Our Own

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Egg My Yard

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FFA Plant Sale

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5K for Health

The Cass Community Health Foundation supports the Cass County Dental Clinic which has a location in Harrisonville serving our children.
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