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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter - February 20, 2019

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HHS celebrates Courtwarming

HHS seniors Logan Johnson and Lily Maxwell were crowned Courtwarming King and Queen during the rescheduled Courtwarming coronation last night. Seniors James Fuller and Emma Parker were the runners-up.

HHS rescheduled its Courtwarming activities to yesterday after Friday's snow day. The day started with the annual shopping cart parade followed by the pep rally. The pep rally included candidate introductions, a competitive game of student vs. teacher dodgeball, and performances by the dance team (with senior boys), Winter Guard, cheerleaders, and jazz band. Wrestling Coach DeVenney also recognized our two undefeated wrestling State Champions. Pictures from both events are posted on the district Facebook page, as well as video from the pep rally -

Following the pep rally, the candidates took a bus tour including stops at McEowen Elementary, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, and Harrisonville Christian School.

Prior to the varsity girls' and boys' basketball games last night, the candidates for royalty were introduced and the winners announced. Pictured below are Kelsey Campbell, Ayllip Khieu, Grace McLaughlin, James Fuller, Lily Maxwell, Logan Johnson, Emma Parker, Brecken Nickel, Cassidy Spencer, Tate Cardinal, Chloe Spencer and Gage Anderson. The flower girl and crown bearer were Madelyn Malone and Hunter Dubray.

The theme for the 2019 event was Wildcat Carnival.

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Wildcat wrestlers make history

Two Wildcat wrestlers not only brought home State Championship titles but completed their seasons undefeated.

Senior Sam East earned the State title in the 182 lb class to cap off a perfect season with no losses.

Sophomore Nonnie Justice became the first girls' wrestler to bring home a state championship. She finished 26-0 with 26 pins at 126 lbs. She pinned her opponent in the championship final in 35 seconds.

Also earning a top finish at State was sophomore Trevor Campbell who brought home the 6th place medal at 195 lb. Unfortunately he broke his arm in the final match and was not allowed to finish the match.

Other HHS wrestlers competing at State included Jayme Gray, Gage Weber, Melaina Beachner, and Alana Lopez.

Board approves new visitor management system to improve safety

During its February meeting last night, the Board of Education approved the purchase of a a new visitor management system for the district. The district safety committee looked at several systems to improve the management and review of visitors to our schools. The board approved a bid from Raptor Technologies.

This new system will require all visitors who wish to enter a school building during the school day to swipe their driver’s license. The system produces a visitor badge with the date, location of event or meeting and their name and photo.

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 offender. 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.”

The district hopes to have the system in place this spring. Additional information on the system will be sent to parents prior to that time.

Physical Night rescheduled for Monday

The annual Physical Night originally scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at HHS.

The event is open to all students who plan on participating in a spring sport this year or a sport or activity during the 2019-20 school year. Physicals are good for one calendar year.

Students should pick up a physical form in the HHS Activities Office or HMS office before the event and bring the completed form with them to the event. The physical form is also available on the district website -…/h…/filedownload.ashx…

Physicals will be $5 and all activity participants must have a physical on file prior to participating in their activity.

Students celebrate National FFA Week

The Cass Career Center FFA Chapter is celebrating National FFA Week, February 16-23. This year's FFA National Week theme is "Just One."

The CCC chapter has planned several activities including a ski trip, breakfast, a bowling tournament, the annual "Drive Your Tractor to School" day, a field trip to the Western Farm Show, and a food drive.

The agriculture program at the Cass Career Center is unique because students from Lee’s Summit, Harrisonville, and Raymore-Peculiar attend twelve different agriculture classes. The twelve different classes range from Ag Power & Mechanics, Plant Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Conservation of Natural Resources, and Agribusiness Management.

The Cass Career Center FFA chapter is celebrating their 70th year. The chapter has 125 members from five different high schools. Through various leadership camps, workshops, and experiences, FFA members gain knowledge and skills to help them grow.

The leaders within the Cass Career Center FFA Chapter include the officer team: Ethan Kohl-President, Harley Sipple-Vice President, Madison Hoffman-Secretary, Ethan Inman-Treasurer, Caitlyn Wimsatt- Reporter, Britini Bronson- Sentinel, Savannah Timmons- Parliamentarian, Lauren Burlingame- Chaplin, and Caroline Campbell-Historian.

Throughout the year, the chapter participates in many leadership development activities including: State FFA Leadership Camp, National & State FFA Conventions, Area Leadership Conference, the Greenhand (first year member) Motivational Conference, Washington Leadership Conference, FFA Speech Contests, and Career Development Contests.

The chapter also donates over 400-man hours of community service to surrounding communities. Projects this year include decorating for town festivals, petting zoos, picking up trash in the park, painting shelter houses at the park, and rebuilding structures at North Park.

FFA’s purpose is to create the next generation of leaders in an industry that affects everyone, agriculture. FFA members at the Cass Career Center are advised by Mr. Jason Dieckhoff and Mr. Marshall Streit, Cass Career Center Agriculture Instructors.

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District to host Community Conversation #2

As part of its efforts to gather input from staff, parents, and the community, the Harrisonville School District has started hosting Community Conversations twice each year. The first event was in November and the district will host the next one on March 5 from 6-7 p.m. in the HHS library.

The event will include an overview of the district finance and facilities by Superintendent Paul Mensching and there will be time for questions and answers as well.

This event is open to all. Please RSVP to Jill Filer at 380-2727, ext. 1224 or for planning purposes.

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Retirees invited to spring luncheon

The Harrisonville School District will host the spring luncheon for district retirees on Monday, March 4, from 11:30-1 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington.

The luncheon will include an update on finance and facilities from Superintendent Paul Mensching, as well as time for questions.

The district is asking for RSVPs by Thursday, Feb. 28. Those interested can call 380-2727, ext. 1224 or email to RSVP.
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Bright Futures Notes

  • Thanks to all who donated to our Good Clean Fun drive at last night's Courtwarming basketball games. All donations will be given to our partner, Hope Haven.
  • Mark your calendars for Bright Futures Day at Brick House Coffee on Feb. 26.
  • Thanks to Hawthorn Bank for hosting your classroom partner - Mrs. Eisel's class - for a field trip to the bank. Students learned how to fill out a deposit slip and make a deposit, saw several sizes of safe deposit boxes in the vault, and observed how the drive through works.
  • Thanks to the Classroom Partners who assisted with Valentine's parties at McEowen Elementary School.
  • For the third year, the HHS Bright Futures Council is organizing a field trip to the WCC Prom Boutique where prom-goers can pick out a dress, shoes, & accessories for free. Contact Cheryl Osborne at 380-3273, ext. 6222 or to refer a student or for more information.
  • This month's Blue Barrel collection is....Soap, Shampoo & Deodorant. Donations can be dropped off at any blue barrel location or any school throughout the month of February.
  • Thanks to the Johnson family for packing backpacks last week.

District Points of Pride

  • Seniors Gage Weber & Jill Bachman were selected by the HHS staff as Students of the Month for February. Read more about them at this link and watch them here.

  • Six Wildcats swimmers qualified for State this past weekend! Emily Joseph competed in the 50 free and 100 backstroke. Two relays qualified for State including the 200 medley relay with Briana Chiodini, Kaylee Harp, Gracie Wood and Emily Joseph and the 200 free relay with Briana Chiodini, Kaylee Harp, Makiah Clark, and Emily Joseph. Grace KIrkemo traveled as the alternate.

  • Eleven Cass Career Center DECA members have qualified for state competition. The students competed at the district competition in Independence on Feb. 13. Students competed in both written & role play events, focusing on Hospitality Marketing, Event Management, Business Services, Merchandising, Finance, & Marketing Research. Fourteen students received either trophies or medals in their events. Those qualifying for State are Peyton Zaring, Haley Holden, Michael Schuhler, Ethan Danner, Rhyse Dickey, Anastasia Ray, Elizabeth Bostic, Madison Barnes, Amy Tracy, Madison Hoffman, and Sydnea Crawford. District awards went to Peyton Zaring and Haley Holden, 2nd Place Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making; Michael Schuhler and Ethan Danner, 3rd Place Business Services Operations Research; Sydnea Crawford and Madison Hoffman, 4th Place Marketing Management Team Decision Making; Elizabeth Bostic and Kara Lemmer, 4th Place Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making; Rhyse Dickey and Anastasia Ray, 3rd Place Integrated Marketing Campaign Event; Grace McLaughlin and Cassidy Spencer, 4th Place Hospitality & Tourism Team Decision Making; Elizabeth Bostic, 1st Place Apparel & Accessories Marketing Individual Role Play; Michael Schuhler, 1st Business Finance Series Individual Role Play; Ethan Danner, 5th Place Food Marketing Individual Role Play; Madison Barnes, 1st Place Hotel & Lodging Management Individual Role Play; Amy Tracy, 6th Place Hotel & Lodging Management Individual Role Play; Rhyse Dickey, 5th Place Marketing Communication Individual Role Play; and Peyton Zaring, 2nd Place Quick Serve Restaurant Management. The state competition will be March 24-26 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

  • 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 Wildcat boys' basketball.
  • 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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Board of Education

February Board of Education Meeting

The Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the school district Admin Office, 503 S. Lexington.

Agenda items included:

  • A report from HMS principal Chris Grantham on plans to move to a junior high concept

  • Approval of a trip to the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. in June for 11 FFA members and sponsor.

  • Approval of an EF Educational Tours trip to Switzerland and France for 10 high school students and two teachers in June.

  • Approval of a Memorandums of Understanding with Science City for computer science resources and training and Metropolitan Community College for early college opportunities

  • A report from the Cass County Health Foundation on the organization’s work

  • Approval of tuition rates for the 2019-20 school year

  • Approval of a bid from Powers Trenching & Excavating for water main replacement at McEowen Elementary School

  • A report regarding the proposal of a fire training tower at Cass Career Center

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

Videos of past meetings are available at this link -

Feb. 21 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

Feb. 22 - McEowen Positive Action Assembly, 2:35 p.m.

Feb. 22 - McEowen Family Movie Night, 6-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 25 - Physical Night at HHS, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 27 - PAT Wild & Wacky, 6-7 p.m., ECC
Feb. 27 - AP/Dual Credit Info Night, HHS, 6-7 p.m.

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

Feb. 28 - HES 2nd Grade Music Program, 6 & 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center

Mar. 1 - Breakfast with Books, ECC, 9:15 a.m.

Mar. 1-3 - Music Makers to Jefferson Invitational in Cedar Rapids, IA

Mar. 2 - CCC Monopoly Tourn, 8 a.m.

Mar. 4 - Spring Retiree Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Admin Office

Mar. 5 - Community Conversation #2, 6 p.m., HHS

Mar. 5 - McEowen Spring Picture Day

Mar. 5 - ECC Terrific Citizens Assembly, 2:45 p.m.

Mar. 5 - HHS Advisory Conferences, 3:30-8 p.m.

Mar. 7 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

Mar. 8 - 1/2 Day for Students

Mar. 8 - HES Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.

Mar. 11 - HMS Blood Drive, 12:30-5:30 p.m.

Supporting Our Own

Dessert Concert - Rescheduled

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Dodgeball Tournament

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Cupcakes & Canvas

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The Mattress Sale

Do you need to replace a bed in your home? Now is the time! The Harrisonville Band Program is hosting a one day Mattress Sale at Harrisonville High School on Sunday, February 24th from 10AM-5PM. There will be 28 floor models on display for you to try from name brand companies like Simmons Beautyrest. All beds are brand new, available in all sizes, and come with factory warranties! There will also be pillows, mattress protectors, frames and even adjustable bases available as well! Best of all, prices are less than retail stores! Mention this announcement and receive free delivery with any mattress purchase!
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CCC Monopoly Tournament

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HMS Blood Drive

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CCC FFA Metal Signs

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