Counselors Corner

March Edition

CAREER EXPLORATION OPPORTUNITIES: Military Service Academy & MO Police Department Youth Night

Military Service Academy Event

Has your son or daughter ever expressed interest in serving our country?


What about possibly making a career in our military?

Have they thought about attending one of our prestigious U.S. Service Academies and getting their education paid for?

If any of these questions apply to you, I'm hosting an event that you might find helpful. Students, family, and friends are all welcome to attend my Military Service Academy Information Day.

The application and selection process to attend a U.S. Service Academy is very competitive and requires students to be meticulous. This event presents the perfect opportunity for you and your children to gain the knowledge and expertise needed to submit a quality application for consideration to receive a nomination from me and ultimately an appointment to one of our U.S. Service Academies.

This free, public event will take place on Saturday, April 4th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Smith-Cotton High School Library (2010 Tiger Pride Blvd., Sedalia, MO 65301). As a part of the information day, middle and high school students and their families will have the opportunity to visit with me and representatives of the following service academies:

  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  • University ROTC programs
  • Representatives from U.S. Senators Roy Blunt's and Josh Hawley's offices

While RSVPs are not required, they are appreciated. Feel free to let us know if you'll be attending by following this link. For additional information on this event, please contact my Harrisonville office at (816) 884-3411. I am looking forward to meeting with interested students and their families during this exciting event.

Event: Congresswoman Hartzler's Military Service Academy Information Day

Date: Saturday, April 4th

Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location: Smith-Cotton High School Library



Yours in service,

Vicky Hartzler
Member of Congress

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CAREER DAY @ Holden Middle School

Friday, April 17th, 8am

Holden Middle School

We will have several presenters available to students this day to explore a variety of careers. More details to come soon!
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MAP Testing

MAP testing will begin the week of April 27th. Please make sure your student has headphones before then. More detailed information to come!
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Enrollment for 20-21 School Year

5th Grade Students: Mr. Weldon (band instructor) will be meeting with 5th grade students in late March or early April to introduce them to instruments and talk about opportunities for band. Also around that time, Mrs. Cowden will be visiting the Elementary School and 5th Grade students will visit the Middle School. We will talk about transitioning to Middle School and about selecting classes. An email will go home to parents with more specific information as that time approaches. We will also be scheduling a 6th Grade Transition Parent's Night.


6th & 7th Grade Students: Counselors will be visiting with students in mid-April to discuss exploratory classes they can select for the following school year. We will send out an email to let parents know when this occurs so you know when to expect paperwork to come home. We will also have students pick out their locker for next year!


8th Grade Students: Freshman enrollment was Monday, March 2nd at the High School. You should have already received paperwork about enrolling your student for Freshman Year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dan Conner. He is our 8th and 9th Grade counselor.

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Advisory Class: Counseling Curriculum

Students in all grade levels recently completed academic units on Disability Awareness and Healthy Boundaries. Some Advisory time in the upcoming weeks will be dedicated to MAP preparation, student enrollment, and career day activities. We will also be doing a unit on Coping Strategies and Mindfulness Techniques.