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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter - August 21, 2019

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HHS students honored at annual Excellence in Academics Assembly

More than 200 Harrisonville High School students were honored for their academic achievement at an assembly on August 20. The Excellence in Academics Assembly recognized students who earned an academic letter and those who earned the Excellence in Academics medallion during the 2018-19 school year. The assembly was co-sponsored by the Harrisonville Public School Foundation and the HHS Academic Booster Club. The daytime assembly was attended by the entire HHS student body, parents, and community members.

The Foundation’s Excellence in Academics program honors students who complete the year in the top 15% of their class. Those students receive the Excellence in Academics medallion.

Those first year recipients of the Excellence in Academics honor were Audrey Barnes, Isaiah Bliss, Anna Brauer, Andrew Bullock, Cheyenne Cesonis, Maria Cesonis, Isaac Chiodini, Makiah Clark, Macie Collings, Braeden Elifrits, Connor Everhart, Katie Fitzgerald, Piper Foreman, Bryce Jenkins, Emily Joseph, Mandy Landstrom, Sawyer Lundeen, Greta Maxwell, Kylie Meeks, Nolan Medlin, Isaac Mills, Jaxon Morris, Ethan Murray, Joshua Pesek, Logan Quinley, Kenneth Reed, Jace Reynolds, Nicholas Saffels, Brian Schrock, Jenna Schrock, Kayla Schuhler, Hanna Scott, Chloe Shepard, Kaylee Turner, Jacob Ward, Emma Wernex, Alyssa Wilson, Hattie Wilson, and Katelyn Young.

The students earning the Excellence in Academics honor for the second year were Josie Anderson, Hunter Baker, Jaden Boyer, Garrett Brown, Jessi Buerge, Trevor Campbell, Lillian Capen, Nathanael DeVenney, Adam Fools, George Frees, Kaelin Holden, Walker Holden, Taylor Kelley, Grace Kirkemo, Kara Lemmer, Riley Mathew, Selah Norman, Colleen O´Reilly, Mary O´Reilly, Elizabeth Reece, Hannah Reynolds, Parker Rowland, Cameron Setzer, James Tieman, Kathryn Truman, Cody Waughtal, and Jacob Williams.

Third-year Excellence in Academics recipients were Austen Cesonis, Mackina Chamberlain, Caitlyn Costner, Carson Crowley, Michael Dahn, Ethan Danner, Kathrine Dooley, Evan Filer, Emma Fischer, Landon George, Kaylee Harp, Aliyah Hasam, Madison Hoffman, Ethan Inman, Tatum Kelley, Maria Messer, Jayden Osborn, Karley Reynolds, Presley Reynolds, Michael Schuhler, Seth Steinbrook, Maria Styron, and Amy Tracy.

Those students earning academic letters, Lamp of Learning pins, and Student Scholar pins for the 2018-19 school year were honored. Students earning a 3.5 or higher grade point average received an academic letter certificate. Students earning a 3.75 or higher received a "Lamp of Learning" pin in addition to their letter certificate.

Students who earned the highest honor by completing the year with a grade point average of 4.0 or higher received a letter certificate, "Lamp of Learning" pin, and a "Student Scholar" pin if it was the first year they had earned the honor. If they had earned the "Student Scholar" pin in a prior year, they received a bar.

In total, 212 students were honored for lettering.

Students who have scored a 30 or higher on the ACT test received certificates and will be inducted into the HHS ACT Hall of Fame. Those honorees included Hunter Baker, Carson Crowley, Walker Holden, Colleen O´Reilly, Elizabeth Reece, and Michael Schuhler.

Five students were recognized for earning top scores on an Advanced Placement exam last spring. They were Lillian Capen, Mackina Chamberlain, Natalie Gibbs, Colleen O´Reilly, and Parker Rowland.

K-5 parents invited to Parent Info Nights

Parents of elementary students are invited to the 2019 Parent Information/Title I Night which is set for Wednesday, August 28. Harrisonville Elementary School’s event will be at 5 p.m.; ECC’s event begins at 6 p.m. and McEowen Elementary will host parents at 7 p.m.

During Parent Information Night, classroom teachers will provide information on what students will be learning this year, expectations, and how parents can help. At McEowen, parents will meet with the student’s pod of teachers. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions. Each school’s session will last no longer than 45 minutes so that if parents have students in multiple buildings, they can get to the next one.

Child care will be provided at each school.

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Staff kicks off school year with recognitions, laughter

Harrisonville Schools staff members kicked off the 2019-20 school year with reflection, gratitude, and laughter at the district’s opening meeting on Friday, Aug. 9

The meeting began as Superintendent Paul Menshing welcomed his “kindergarteners” (AKA building principals) to school for the first day. During their carpet time, Mr. Mensching talked about many of the things that impact our happiness such as celebrating together, having fun, family, reflection, gratitude, kindness, and laughter. The program included videos, dancing, and a performance by members of the KC Improv Company.

Mr. Mensching wrapped up the event by sharing part of the book, “The Boys in the Boat.” He expressed his appreciation of being in the Wildcat boat with everyone in the room and encouraged staff to row together to be the best for students.

As part of the celebration and acts of kindness portion of the program, the Harrisonville Public School Foundation presented Maria Derner a $500 grant as Educator of the Year and $100 Amazon gift cards to first year teachers. Those honorees were Leeann Hayes, Katie Lipps, Scarlett McMullen, Mason Saffels, Jim Lumpkin, and Mike Zaring.

The district expressed gratitude to those celebrating service anniversaries in the district at the event as well.

Those earning the 10-year recognition were Kathy VanGorkom, Roseann Bostic, Mike Diggs, Leslie Culpepper, Michael Culpepper, Greta Riffle, Christy Graves, and Janelle Davis.

Eleven staff members are celebrating 15 years of service to the district and they include Brian Graber, Jennifer Gunderson, Martha Harrigan, Erica Gilbert, Cheryl Bearden, Catie Miller, Amanda Teeter, Jamie Garrison, Stacy Ricey, Marla Jeppesen, and Sharon Wright.

Eric DeVenney, Kip Mathew, Kelly Wernex, Sally Holman, and Ruth Davis were honored for 20 years of service and Lisa Moore, Kari Bliss and Dianne Cowan earned their 25-year recognition.

After the Opening Meeting, staff members participated in the first-ever vendor fair with over 25 businesses and organizations providing booths with resources and information as well as give-aways and raffle prizes. Following the fair, staff enjoyed lunch provided by Thyme for Seasoning catering.

2nd annual Boat Races feature winners & sinkers

The second annual cardboard boat races brought the community to City Park on August 11 to see which boats would take the title - Champion or Titanic. Winning the event was the boat captained by football player Jace Reynolds. The Titanic Award went to the boat captained by football player Carson Crowley. Winning the Judge's Award was the soccer team and earning the People's Choice was one of the volleyball team's boats. Nearly 20 boats competed in the event which is hosted by the Wildcat football team. All boats must be constructed of cardboard and duct tape. Additional pictures are posted on the district Facebook page -

Foundation announces Homecoming events - golf tournament, tailgate & color run

Golf Tournament

Team and individual openings are available for the Harrisonville Public School Foundation’s Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament on Friday, September 13, 2019.

The Tournament will be part of the Harrisonville High School Homecoming festivities and will take place at Hoots Hollow at Country Creek Golf Course beginning at 8 a.m. on September 13.

Registration and payment is available online at or forms can be picked up at the district’s administrative offices, 503 S. Lexington. Registration is $80 per golfer or $320 per team which includes green fees, a cart, and a buffet lunch following the tournament.

The Tournament will be played as a four-person scramble with two flights. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams in each flight as well as for closest to the pin and longest drive.

The Foundation is also looking for Tournament sponsors. Three levels of sponsorship are available; True Wildcat ($1000), Royal Blue ($500), and White or Tee/Green ($100).

Alumni Tailgate

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation invites Harrisonville High School Alumni to attend the 2nd annual Alumni Tailgate as part of Homecoming 2019.

The event will take place on Friday, September 13 from 5-7 p.m. in the parking lot northeast of the stadium. It is free to alumni and their families and will include hot dogs, chips, cookies and a drink.

Although RSVPs are not required, alumni are asked to complete an online form for the Foundation’s planning purposes. The form is located at

The Wildcats will take on Blue Valley Northwest in the Homecoming football game which kicks off at 7 p.m. The coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen will take place prior to the game at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Color Run

The 2019 Catch the Spirit 5K walk/run will once again be a “colorful” event. The Harrisonville Public School Foundation will host the annual event for the 12th time on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. at Harrisonville High School.

The 5K's $25 pre-registration fee includes a T-shirt. Late registration (after Aug. 30) does not include a T-shirt and is $30. The Foundation also has a family plan available - any elementary student can register for $15 with an adult registration. The family plan includes a T-shirt if completed by Aug. 30.

At various stations on the 5K route, participants will be showered with colored powder which is made of non-toxic colored cornstarch. 5K-goers can also participate in a color toss at the end of the race (see photo for a look at last year's color toss). Participants can also choose to not participate in the color fun by running or walking on the opposite side of the street when you reach a color station.

Sponsorships for the event are also available at the $100, $500, and $1000 levels. Sponsor names or logos will be printed on the back of the event T-shirt.

Race proceeds benefit the Christina Collins Memorial Scholarship and the Foundation. The scholarship is awarded each year to a student in the Peer Helpers group in memory of 2006 HHS graduate Christina Collins.

Registration and sponsorship commitment forms can be completed online here -

Payment can also be made online here -

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Bright Futures to host annual breakfast event

Please join us for the 2019 Bright Futures Community Breakfast on
Tuesday, August 27, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Harrisonville Community Center | 2400 S. Jefferson Parkway

Help us celebrate our successes and hear about our plans for this year and beyond as we continue to positively impact our children's lives.

Learn how you can be a part of our efforts to give of your time, talent & treasure to ensure our children have every opportunity for success.

RSVP by completing this form -

Questions? Call 816.380.2727 x1224

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Photos from Around the District

Board of Education

August Board of Education Meeting

The Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. at the district's Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington.

The Board meeting agenda is posted here the Friday before the meeting.

Videos of past meetings are available at this link -

August 23-Sept. 13 - PTO Trash Bag Sales, see any K-5 grade student

August 27 - Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., Administrative Offices

August 28 - Parent/Title I Information Nights, HES-5 pm, ECC-6 pm, McEowen-7 pm

August 30 - HMS Picture Day

September 2 - No School - Labor Day

September 4 - HES Picture Day

September 5 - Parents As Teachers Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

September 6 - ECC Grandparents Day

September 9 - Harrisonville PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m., ECC

The 2019-20 school calendar is available by clicking here (scroll to the bottom of the page). The district's website calendar is being updated with school and district events throughout the summer. Some items to note...

  • Homecoming, Friday, Sept. 13
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, Wed. & Thurs., Oct. 16 & 17
  • No school on Oct. 17-18
  • Winter Break, Dec. 21-Jan. 6