Bearcat Bulletin

December 15, 2017

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Student Showcase at Board of Education Meeting

The Hermann Middle School students shared their coding skills during the December Board of Education meeting. Students used coding skills to command Ozobot Evos robots. 12 Ozobot Evos were purchased with the help of a $1000 donation from Moore Gear's 30th Anniversary Celebration. The Ozobots are available to students through the Makers Space room in the Library.

Gasconade Co Teachers Association to Give $300 Scholarship

GCTA is now accepting applications from High School Seniors planning to go into the education field. If students are interested in the scholarship guidelines they may contact Mrs. Kate Schannuth or Mrs. Pazdera at HHS.

Economics Texts Are Added to HHS as a Curriculum Resource

The Economics class at HHS is transitioning from the Business Department to the Social Studies Department in the Spring 2018 semester. To support the standards of learning for this class, the District has purchased new textbooks "Understanding Economics 2018". Additional online resources will be provided for the next six years to support student learning in this course.

Students Participate in Special Olympic Bowling Event

We had 12 students participate in the annual Special Olympic Bowling event on December 1, at Thunder Alley in Owensville, Missouri. Seven students from the elementary and five students from the middle school attended. Our athletes brought back several gold and silver medals and were extremely proud, as are we all, of their accomplishments on this day. More importantly, all of our athletes and volunteers had a good time.

HHS Students Qualify for Missouri All-State Choir

Hermann has two students in the 2018 Missouri All-State Choir - Brenna Jones and Daniel Berliner. Hermann also had four students qualify as alternates for the State Choir - Alyssa Chaney, Sam Holland, Justice Kiderlen, and Bailey Whithaus. This is not only the highest number of students Hermann has ever had qualify, but also the highest amount of students out of all of the school's participating in the district choir.

Early Learning Programs at Hermann Elementary School

The early learning team at HES is beginning to investigate the need for expansion of our full day preschool program. A great deal of interest in the preschool program has been expressed by parents of preschool students, with five 4-year-olds remaining on the waiting list. We have developed a list of needs and space considerations, along with estimated costs, for an additional section. We plan to contact the Gasconade County Health Department for birth records to compare with our PAT list of four-year-olds to determine a number that may need to be served. Calls to local daycares to check numbers may also be made. Your input is important as the District moves forward in determining the needs of our students. If you would like to provide input you may email Mrs. Brune at

Lady Bearcats Bring Home the Trophy

The Varsity Girls basketball team won the championship of the Montgomery County Tournament.

Allison Stiers (MVP) and Brooke Grosse were named to the Montgomery County AllTournament Team.

Way to go, Ladies!

Congratulations JV Lady Bearcats

The JV Lady Bearcat team won the championship of the 16th annual Hermann JV Girls Basketball Tournament.

Congratulations, ladies!

District Assessing Need for Wireless Internet Access for Student Use for Homework

The District is researching an Education Broadband program to supply students filtered, off-campus broadband Internet access. Kajeet is a company that provides mobile Smart Spots that are accessible through either Verizon or AT&T. The goal of this project is for all students to have equal access to the Internet in order to complete digital assignments for school.

The District is in the research phase of this project. We have obtained two SmartSpot devices on a trial basis at no cost. These devices have been distributed to employees and families living in a variety of communities within our school district in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the devices around the district. If these devices provide coverage in our district, district administration will move to phase 2, a survey of parents and students to determine the need for Broadband Internet access for the purpose of school-related work. Finally, if there is a need for Broadband Internet access, the District administration will determine the financial impact to the budget and create a plan for implementation.

An additional resource for students is known as a SmartBus. In this scenario, a bus is equipped with a wireless Broadband Internet device for student use. All accessibility on the SmartSpots and SmartBuses are filtered so that the data used is for educational purposes. For example, social media would not be allowed accessibility. A SmartBus would allow students on long bus rides, either routes or trips, to complete homework while on the bus.

The estimated one-time cost for (10) SmartSpot Moblie Hotspots is approximately $1,000-$1600, $100-$160 each, with the annual 10-month accessibility plan cost of $2,100 ($210 each/annually). The long-term sustainability plan for SmartSpots is $2,100 per year for 10 devices.

The estimated one-time cost for equipment for a SmartBus is approximately $1,240, with the annual 10-month accessibility plan cost of $475. The long-term sustainability plan for each SmartBus for three years is $475 each year.

We are in the very preliminary review of this Broadband option for our students. We will continue the research and bring additional information forward as it is obtained. We believe if we choose to move forward, we would do so in a multi-tiered approach beginning at Hermann High School.

Student Adviser to the Board of Education

Ms. Jessica Rood was the 2017 Student Adviser to the Board of Education. She served in this capacity representing the students of the Gasconade Co. R-I District. In honor of her service to the Board of Education, People's Savings Bank President, Todd Witthaus will present Jessica with a scholarship at the January Board meeting.

Hannah Bader has been elected by her peers as the Student Adviser to the Board of Education beginning in January 2018.

Facility Improvements Continue in 2018

The Board of Education has approved the Request for Purchase to move forward in replacing a portion of the roof on Hermann Middle School. The RFP sets forth the specific project and deadlines of the project to be completed beginning May 24, 2018. Community members may review the RFP on the Board Meeting listing on the District website.

Gasconade Co. R-I School Board Member Filing

Members of the Gasconade Co. R-I School Board are elected at large to three-year staggered terms. Two seats are up for election in 2018. The general election will be held on April 3, 2018. Missouri School Board candidates must be at least 24 years old, a U.S. citizen, and Missouri resident for one year preceding the school board election, and physically reside in the Gasconade Co. R-I School District.

Candidates must declare an intent in person and in writing beginning on December 12, 2017 and ending at 5:00 pm on January 16, 2018. Candidates may file at the District Superintendent's Office at 170 Blue Pride Drive in Hermann, Missouri between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

To vote in Missouri, one must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and a Missouri resident. Voters may register to vote in the April 2018 election by March 7, 2018.

Questions regarding the election may be presented to Dr. Tracey Hankins, Superintendent or Mrs. Becky Whithaus, Board President.


Elected/Expire Member Name

04-15 04-18 Mark Brooks

04-15 04-18 Kevin Stiers

04-07 04-19 Mike Pratte

04-16 04-19 Dot Schoening

04-17 04-20 Jeff Englert

04-08 04-20 Craig Schannuth

04-14 04-20 Becky Whithaus

Advance Refunding of 2010C Bonds Complete

The Board of Education passed a resolution to complete an advanced refunding of the 2010 Bonds in order to save interest. The Bonds were successfully sold and will save the district a minimum of $229,543. We would like to extend our gratitude to People's Savings Bank for their participation in the purchase of a part of these bonds.