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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter - March 20, 2019

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District, Foundation seek awards nominations

The Harrisonville School District is seeking nominations for its end-of-the-year awards.

The Educator of the Year Award is presented to a teacher who has had a special impact on students in the district. The Educator of the Year receives a $500 grant from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation for use in his/her classroom.

The Support Staff Employee of the Year is designed to show the district’s appreciation for its support staff employees. Any non-certified employee in the district can be nominated for this award. This includes secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, food service personnel, maintenance, nurses, etc. This winner of this award will receive $100 from Sherwood Community Bank.

The Outstanding Community Involvement Award recognizes a Harrisonville Schools staff member for his/her involvement in the community. The winner will receive a cash award of $100 sponsored by Community Bank of Harrisonville.

Winners of all awards will be recognized during the district’s End-of-the-Year Celebration. They will also be recognized on plaques at the district's Administrative Office and banners at their schools.

Nominations can be made on-line at

Nominations for all awards are due March 29, 2019.

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Preschool enrollment begins in April

Harrisonville Early Childhood Center’s four-year-old preschool program is changing for the 2019-20 school year. Children will attend preschool for five half-days per week and there will be approximately 80 openings for students.

The ECC preschool program is free and enrollment is based on a first come, first serve basis. Students who are already enrolled in the three-year-old program will have the opportunity to pre-enroll for next year beginning Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 a.m. at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, 500 Polar Lane.

New four-year-olds students can begin the enrollment process on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 a.m. No appointment is necessary. Parents of new students should bring a certified copy of the child’s state issued birth certificate and his/her current immunization records. The parent/guardian should also bring his/her driver’s license. Preschool screenings for new students will be held on April 18 - these appointments will be scheduled when parents come to enroll. To enroll, students must be four years old before August 1, 2019.

The 2019-2020 four-year-old morning session will run from 8:50-11:20 a.m. and the afternoon session will run from 12:50-3:20 p.m. All transportation is provided by the parent/guardian.

ECC is also rolling out a new program for three-year-old students. The school will host monthly Preschool Preview Days during the 2019-20 school year. These events will provide students and parents (or other adult) with the chance to be in a classroom/school setting. They will participate in story time and centers in the preschool classrooms. Students will be able to get a feel for the classroom, and parents will get ideas for helping their students prepare for school life in their homes. The events will be held during morning and afternoon sessions and an adult must accompany the child. For more information on Preschool Preview Days, visit the ECC website -

In addition, three-year-olds will be encouraged to participate in the Parents as Teachers weekly playgroup and monthly evening activities.

All families of three-year-olds (by Aug. 1) are encouraged to complete the form at this link - - to be added to the email list for Preview Day and PAT event reminders.

Families with questions can call 380-4421 for additional information.

Foundation presents checks to schools

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation and Harrisonville School District recently received a check for the proceeds from the Major Saver fundraiser held earlier this year. Students sold the restaurant and entertainment discount cards and the proceeds from the sales are split equally between the Foundation and the participating schools.

The overall proceeds totaled $14,456.25. Harrisonville Early Childhood Center earned $1,440; Harrisonville Elementary received $3,875.75; and McEowen Elementary earned $1,921.50.

This year’s participating businesses included Paradise Park, 54th Street, Price Chopper, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kurzweil’s, Apple Barrel (in Sapp Brothers), Qdoba, Burger King, Brew Daddy’s, Mazzio’s, The Garage, Brewbakers, Houlihan’s, Dunkin’ Donuts (in Sapp Brothers), Sonic, Captain D’s, Dairy Queen, Mod Pizza, Little Pig BBQ, Forged by Fire and Aaron’s Family Fun Center.

The Foundation will use its portion to fund its programming which includes the Excellence in Academics program, teacher grants, and Advanced Degree Teacher Initiatives.

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Bright Futures Notes

  • Thanks to Harrisonville PTO, the Parks family & friends, and Cass Career Center for packing backpacks this month.
  • This month's Blue Barrel collection is....books (new or gently used). Donations can be dropped off at any blue barrel location or any school throughout the month of March.

District Points of Pride

  • HHS seniors Kelsey Campbell and Jaydn Wilson have been named the March Students of the Month. Learn more about them here -

  • Four Harrisonville High School business students are headed to State after earning top places at the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) District Contest on February 5 at the University of Central Missouri. Those headed to State are Carson Crowley, Mia Cardenas, and Haley Holden (Team) who earned 1st Place in Sports and Entertainment Management; Hannah Kreimeyer who earned 4th place in Accounting II; and Crowley who was a Wildcard Winner in Accounting I. Others competing and earning awards at district contest were Connor Blentlinger, Ayllip Khieu, and Hannah Kreimeyer, 3rd Place, Digital Video Production and Khieu, 4th place, Spreadsheet Applications. State FBLA will be held April 14-16 in Springfield.

  • Ten Harrisonville High School band students were selected and took part in the Missouri River Valley Conference Band on March 6. The members of the MRVC Band are the top students in the conference and are nominated by their band directors. HHS students participating in the MRVC Band were Landen Laizure, Alex Sheldrake, Dillon Pippin, Brad Cox, Andrew Collins, Kaitlin Sheldrake, Selah Norman, Taylor Kelley, Kenna Hawley, and Savannah Timmons. The MRVC Band rehearsed throughout the day and presented a concert that night. The event took place at Oak Grove High School.

  • Harrisonville Middle School has named Students of the Month for January and February in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. January honorees are sixth graders Kayleigh Norris, Bryar Gipson, Cooper Elifrits, and Mackenzie Covey; seventh graders Eli Getz, Lucas Stafford, Alyssa Cox, and Jordis Scanlon; and eighth graders Alex Barta, Arianna Darling, Gael Rios, and Lucy Thomas. February honorees are sixth graders Brierly Hasek, Nathan Reynolds, Josiah Sims and Haley Wood; seventh graders Karissa Sweet, Taylor Scheib, Alexander Davis, and Chloe Fitzgerald; and eighth graders Allie Grimes, Taylor Hembree, Max Werner, and Cody Carson.

  • Harrisonville Middle School sixth grader Audrey Coffey earned first runner-up at the Cass County Spelling Bee on March 13. The bee included students from the Belton, Midway, Pleasant Hill and Raymore-Peculiar School Districts and was held at the Ray-Pec Administrative Services Center. Coffey qualified for the Cass County Spelling Bee after winning the district spelling bee in mid-January. She is the daughter of John and Laura Coffey.

  • Wildcat winter athletes were named to the MRVC All-Conference Teams including GBB - Bailey Kliewer, 1st Team; GBB - Brecken Moreland, 2nd Team; GBB - Mandi Bundt, Honorable Mention; BBB - Bryce Jenkins, Honorable Mention; BBB - Brodie Rogers, Honorable Mention; and Wrestling - Sam East, 1st Team.

  • Wildcat winter athletes also earned 2019 Academic All-Conference honors by earning a 3.5 or better and a varsity letter including Girls Basketball - Bailey Kliewer, Brecken Moreland, Mandi Bundt, Arden Middaugh, Natalie Gibbs, and Kylie Meeks; Boys Basketball - Bryce Jenkins, Carson Crowley, Landon George, Evan Filer, Jacob Poisal, Jake Tieman; Wrestling - Sam East, Gage Weber, Jayme Gray, Austen Cesonis, Nonnie Justice, Trevor Campbell, Melaina Beacher, Katie Fitzgerald, Braeden Elifrits, Casen Hayes, and Carson Miller; and Cheer - Elisabeth Ellsworth, Jenna Hart, Brielle Martinez, Alexis Royal, Cameron Setzer, and Harley Sipple.

  • HHS wrestlers earned additional honors including Sam East was named the Class 3, District 3 Wrestler of the Year; Nonnie Justice was named the Missouri state Female Wrestler of the Year for 2018-19 and the Class 3, District 3 Girls Wrestler of the Year; and, Sam, Nonnie and Trevor Campbell were were all named Academic All-State!

  • The Cass Career Center Pedal Car Challenge Team brought home a third place finish from the 59th Annual O-Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Show in Kansas City. The team consisted of students from both the welding and automotive technology programs at CCC and included Nick Bunger, welding, Harrisonville; Cole Lampkin, welding, Raymore-Peculiar; Gage Ripperger, automotive technology, Harrisonville; Lucas Hobbs, automotive technology, Raymore-Peculiar; and Dylan VanGilder, automotive technology, Raymore-Peculiar.

  • ECC honored students at their monthly Terrific Citizens Assembly. Read more here.

  • HES honored students for January & February achievements in early March. Read more here.

  • Harrisonville is once again 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 spring sports with Activities Director Brent Maxwell.
  • 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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Photos from Around the District

Board of Education

March Board of Education Meeting

The Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the school district Admin Office, 503 S. Lexington.

The Board meeting agenda will be posted here the Friday before the meeting.

Videos of past meetings are available at this link -

Mar. 18-22 - Spring Break

Mar. 26 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., Admin Office

Mar. 28 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

Mar. 28 - HHS Pre-Contest Choir Concert, 7 p.m., HHS PAC

Mar. 29 - McEowen Positive Action Assembly, 2:35 p.m.

Apr. 2 - Spring Pictures, HMS

Apr. 2 - McEowen Author Visit

Apr. 3 - Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

Apr. 3 - 5th Grade Transition Day, HMS

Apr. 4-6 - Large Ensemble Contest, HHS band & choir

Apr. 4 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

Apr. 4 - 5th Grade Transition Day, HMS

Apr. 4 - ECC Awards Assembly, 2:45 p.m.

Apr. 4 - HES Awards Assembly, 3 p.m.

Apr. 4 - McEowen Try the Instrument Night, 4-7 p.m.

Apr. 5 - HES Career Day

Apr. 8-12 - National Library Week

Apr. 8 - HMS Fine Arts Night, 5-8 p.m.

Apr. 8 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m., McEowen

Apr. 9 - McEowen Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HHS PAC

Apr. 11 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

Apr. 11 - HES 1st Grade Music Program

Apr. 12 - ECC Breakfast with Books, 8:30 a.m.

Apr. 13 - ACT, 8 a.m., HHS

Apr. 13 - Prom, Beck Events Space, 8-11:30 p.m.

Supporting Our Own

CCC FFA Metal Signs

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Senior Mania Yearbook Fundraiser

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Wildcat Baseball Fan Gear

Go to to check out Wildcat baseball fan gear.