HMC-1 School Messenger

October 2021 Newsletter

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October is National Principals Month


Throughout the month of October, we are celebrating our outstanding principals for National Principals Month! Through visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student, principals guide and support their schools in ways large and small every day. It is our honor to recognize the hard-working, dedicated principals of HMC-1. As we continue to face new challenges presented by COVID-19, our principals remain focused, devoted, and eager to help their school succeed.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month!


National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and connects communities around the world to help prevent bullying. This past year, the worldwide pandemic and a growing movement for racial equity and social justice have highlighted the need to unite communities for a better future. It is more important than ever to join together in creating a world that is kinder, more accepting, and more inclusive. Click here to learn more.

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October Applause Applause Honorees


Congratulations to Truman Elementary’s SHINE and EPIC students for being recognized as this month’s Applause Applause honorees!

Truman’s SHINE group is an all-girl group, and EPIC is an all-boys group, of fourth and fifth grade students. Each group meets for five weeks with Truman’s Family School Liaison, Mrs. Traci Pettis-Johnson.

These two groups were created to empower fourth and fifth grade scholar participants to be their authentic, best selves. The groups engage in relevant topics which promote self-worth, leadership, and the importance of being a positive influence for their family, school and community. In collaboration with parents and district and community role models, the SHINE and EPIC groups strive to build students up and create in them the ability to be goodwill ambassadors who honor education and motivate others to be the best that they can be.


Meet all of our Applause Applause honorees here.

Staff Recognitions

HMC-1 Assistant Principal Receives Administrator of the Year


Congratulations to one of HMC-1’s very own, Ruskin High School Assistant Principal Chris Barker, for being honored as the Missouri Council of Career & Technical Administrators School Administrator of the Year!


Mr. Barker has been an assistant principal at Ruskin for seven years. When Mr. Barker began at Ruskin, one of his goals was to expand access and resources to post-secondary opportunities for students. He worked closely with Herndon Career Center, a career and technical high school, to ensure the academic success of students throughout their high school education career and beyond.


We couldn’t be prouder to have Mr. Barker form part of the HMC-1 team, serving as a role model and support for our high school students. Read more here.

Teresa Tanner MO-CASE Recognition Award


A huge congratulations and round of applause to HMC-1’s Director of Student Services, Teresa Tanner, on her recent recognition from the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education.


This is Mrs. Tanner’s 29th year with HMC-1. In her current role as the Director of Student Services, Mrs. Tanner finds innovative ways to conduct professional development for paraprofessionals. She continues to be an instruction leader to a wide variety of staff ranging from paraprofessionals, special education teachers, therapists, to assessment team members. Thank you, Mrs. Tanner, for putting our students first. Read more here.

'We Heart Teachers' Warford Elementary Awardee!


Congratulations to Amy Potter, Warford Elementary third grade teacher, for being recognized as one of Arvest Bank’s 'We Heart Teachers' awardees!


As a 26-year teaching professional, Mrs. Potter provides leadership to both her students and fellow professionals. On a daily basis, she strives to instill life-long values in her students, while also serving as a mentor to new and current teaching professionals in HMC-1. Read more here.

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 session:

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

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Hickman Mills Educational Foundation Virtual Auction


Mark your calendar! The Hickman Mills Educational Foundation (HMEF) invites you to the virtual auction! This will be HMEF's official kickoff event for the year, raising thousands of dollars to benefit the Hickman Mills C-1 School District – and they need your support!

For the health and safety of our community, the event has transitioned from an in-person auction to a completely virtual auction. The virtual auction will take place from Monday, November 1, 2021 beginning at 6 a.m. through Monday, November 8, 2021 ending at 6 p.m.

Click here to visit the auction site and get more information, as well as to see what items will be available for auction.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • No School PK - 2: Monday, Oct. 25
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, Oct. 27 & Thursday, Oct. 28
  • No School: Thursday, Oct.28 & Friday, Oct.29

  • Board of Education Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 28 | 6 p.m.
  • Hickman Mills Educational Foundation Virtual Auction: Monday, Nov. 1 at 6 a.m. through Monday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.

  • No School: Friday, Nov. 12