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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter - March 6, 2019

News & Notes

District hosts Community Conversation #2

Calendar update

As of today, students have missed 11 days of school during the 2018-19 school year. Ten days were missed due to inclement weather and one day was missed due to a water main break at McEowen.

The state passed legislation several years ago that requires schools to make up every day missed due to inclement weather until you miss the seventh day. At that point, one day must be made up for every two days missed until 14 days are missed. After the 14th day missed, no more days are required to be made up.

This means that as of today, we are required to make up eight days for inclement weather and one day for the water main break. The last day of school is now May 31 and it's a half day for students.

District hosts retiree luncheon

The district hosted the Spring Retiree Luncheon on Monday. The event included a legislative update and finance information presentation by Superintendent Paul Mensching, as well as lunch.

The fall event will be held on Monday, Oct. 7. The luncheons are open to all district retirees. For more information, contact Jill Filer at 380-2727, ext. 1224 or

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Academic Booster Club presents grants

The HHS Academic Booster Club awarded two grants recently. The HHS Science Department received a grant to take 48 students on a field trip to Missouri Southern University (Joplin) Cadaver Lab. This is a big event for students that are in Anatomy and Physiology classes. They will be able to work with pre-med students and gain hands-on experience.

Another grant was presented to the HHS Yearbook staff. The grant will be used for Walsworth Spring Inspiration Day at Union Station, KC. Students will learn new layouts, techniques, and designs for the yearbook.

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Bright Futures Notes

  • Nine volunteer leaders from Bright Futures Harrisonville attended the 2019 Engage Conference hosted by Bright Futures USA in Blue Springs last week. In addition to attending the conference, Bright Futures Co-Coordinators Jennifer Beavers & Jill Filer presented break-out sessions and served on discussion panels and Bright Futures leaders Bill Kirkemo, Cheryl Osborne, and Natalie Johnson hosted round table discussions.
  • Thanks to Harrisonville Police Department for packing backpacks last week.
  • Thanks to the Harrisonville Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff's Office for being a part of High Five Friday at McEowen recently.
  • Thanks to Brick House Coffee for hosting Bright Futures Day and to all those who visited on that day.
  • Thanks to the volunteers who helped with the McEowen AR pancake celebration.
  • 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....books (new or gently used). Donations can be dropped off at any blue barrel location or any school throughout the month of February.

District Points of Pride

  • Harrisonville Middle School students are headed to a statewide science competition after earning a top spot at the regional competition. The HMS Science Olympiad team brought home second place from Regional Science Olympiad held at the University of Central Missouri on March 2 and several individuals earned medals as well. Team members include Cort DeVenney, Kale Weber, Charlie Sturgeon, Menda Schroeder, Elizabeth Allen, Jaelynne Bundt, Kaden Turner (7th grade pit crew), McKinzie Parks, Elizabeth Lundeen, Gael Rios, Chloe Jackson (7th grade pit crew), Marina Parks (7th grade pit crew), Danika Knight (7th grade pit crew), Max Werner, and Caroline Ocheskey. Those earning individual honors included Menda Schroeder and Max Werner: 4th place in Battery Buggy; Jaelynee Bundt and McKinzie Parks: 3rd place in Anatomy and Physiology; Menda Schroeder and Max Werner: 4th place in Circuit Lab; Gael Rios and Caroline Ocheskey: 3rd place in Density Lab; McKinzie Parks and Max Werner: 3rd place in Disease Detectives; Cort DeVenney and Kale Weber: 3rd place in Dynamic Planet; Elizabeth Allen, Caroline Ocheskey, and Cort DeVenney: 2nd place in Experimental Design; Charlie Sturgeon and Max Werner: 3rd place in Fossils; Cort DeVenney and Charlie Sturgeon: 3rd place in Game On; Caroline Ocheskey and Jaelynne Bundt: 3rd place in Meteorology; Jaelynne Bundt and Max Werner: 2nd place in Potions and Poisons/ Kale Weber and Gael Rios: 1st place in Road Scholar/ Elizabeth Lundeen and Marina Parks: 4th place in Roller Coaster; Kale Weber and Charlie Sturgeon: 1st place in Solar System; McKinzie Parks and Elizabeth Lundeen: 2nd place in Thermodynamics; and Elizabeth Lundeen and McKinzie Parks: 1st place in Water Quality. The HMS Science Olympiad team will compete at state at Westminster College in Fulton on April 27. They compete as part of their involvement in the gifted program which is taught by Laura Frees.

  • The HHS Music Makers came home with a third runner-up trophy from the Jefferson High School Show Choir Competition in Cedar Rapids, IA this weekend! On Feb. 23, they earned a first runner-up finish at Carthage. Forefront earned third place in their division at Carthage.

  • Harrisonville High School sophomore Nonnie Justice was chosen as the KMBC 9 Athlete of the Week last week and featured on the news on Thursday.

  • HHS student Rhyse Dickey was named the CCC Student of the Month for February. She's a part of the marketing program at CCC.

  • The Harrisonville High School jazz band and jazz combo brought home top honors from the Central Missouri Jazz Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23. The combo - a student-led group - earned a 1 rating and musicians Kaitlin Sheldrake, Landen Laizure, and Zach Austin were honored with outstanding soloist awards. The combo is made up of Austin, Laizure, Sheldrake, Brad Cox, Michael Dahn, Selah Norman, and Eli Parris. The jazz band is a class at HHS under the direction of Ben Johnson.

  • HHS seniors Connor Blentlinger & Logan Johnson signed letters of intent on Feb. 21 to continue their academic & soccer careers in college. Connor is attending Rockhurst University and Logan is going to Culver-Stockton College.

  • The HHS Reader's Theatre cast earned 3rd at MRVC League Championships, with their original piece, The Moral Compass and Halle earned 3rd for Best Actress. The public is invited to see the reader's theatre on March 12 at 7 p.m. in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

  • Harrisonville High School recently held auditions and announced cast members for the spring play, Rashomon. Cast members include Max Allen, Priest; Noah Collins; Woodcutter; Aramis Wyrick, Wigmaker; Michael Schuhler, Bandit; Joey Lasure, Husband; Breezy Semler, Wife; Danielle Lasure, Mother; Lydia Newman, Medium; Clinton Howser, Deputy and Understudy for Husband; Brooklyn Fools, Understudy for Wife, Mother, and Medium; Caleb Baker; Understudy for Wigmaker and Deputy; Garrett Brown, Understudy for Woodcutter and Priest; and Steven Lafferty, Understudy for Bandit. Rashomon, a play by Fay and Michael Kanin (based on two Japanese stories Rashomon and In a Grove written by Akutagawa Rynosuke,) is a bizarre saga of the court hearings to find out who killed a Samurai warrior. Performances of Rashomon are scheduled for April 25-27 at 7 p.m. in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

  • HHS senior Sam East was chosen to represent Team Missouri for the KC Metro Classic which featured wrestlers from the KC Metro Area in a Missouri vs. Kansas dual. The dual was held last night at the KCK Community College.

  • The Cass Career Center hosted the annual Monopoly Tournament benefiting the Jerry Tabb Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a CCC senior every year. Local bankers, community members, school board members, CCC instructors, and students came together to spend a day of fun and (mostly) friendly competition. Thank you to our volunteer bankers from Commerce Bank Harrisonville, Community Bank of Raymore, Sherwood Community Bank, Country Club Bank, and Hawthorn Bank. Special thanks to Coffelt Land Title, Kurzweil's Country Meats, and Harrisonville Kiwanis for their support!

  • McEowen honored students at its monthly Positive Action Assembly on Feb. 22. Read more here.

  • Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Kristi Meeks & Director of Special Services Annie Knox presented to education professionals from around the state at the Learning Forward conference this week.

  • 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

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

Mar. 7 -9 - HMS presents Mary Poppins, Jr. , 7 p.m.

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.

Mar. 11 - PAT Messy Play, 6 p.m., ECC

Mar. 11 - Pre-Festival Band Concert, 7 p.m.,. HHS PAC
Mar. 12-14 - ECC, HES, & McEowen Book Fairs

Mar. 12 - McEowen Dodgeball w/Dads

Mar. 12 - HES Family Night/Art Fair/Ice Cream Social, 5-7 p.m.

Mar. 12 - CCC Spring Advisory Committees, 6-8 p.m.

Mar. 12 - Cupcakes & Canvas, HHS, 6 p.m.

Mar. 12 - An Evening of Reader's Theatre & One-Acts, 7 p.m., HHS PAC

Mar. 14 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

Mar. 14 - Kindergarten Music Program, HHS PAC

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 - HMS Fine Arts Night

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

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

Supporting Our Own

HMS Presents Mary Poppins Jr.

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HMS Blood Drive

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CCC FFA Metal Signs

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