Bearcat Bulletin

March 12, 2018

New Superintendent of Schools Named

Dr. Scott A. Smith is named Gasconade County R-1 School District Superintendent for the 2018-2019 school year.

Dr. Smith will join the Gasconade County R-1 team on July 1, 2018, as the new Superintendent of Schools. This announcement follows a special board meeting that was held on Saturday, March 3rd. Dr. Smith brings 20 years of teaching and leadership experience to Gasconade County. His recent experience includes his service the past five years as assistant superintendent of the West Plains R-VII School District.

Prior to his tenure as assistant superintendent, he served as principal of the West Plains Middle School for five years and South Fork Elementary school for three years. Dr. Smith began his educational career in 1998 as an elementary teacher and coach in Neelyville, MO, and later Doniphan, MO.

Dr. Smith received his Doctorate degree in educational leadership from Saint Louis University (SLU) in 2013, after previously earning his Educational Specialist degree from Southeast Missouri State University. His undergraduate degree is from Arkansas State University.

Dr. Smith will join the Hermann community along with his wife of 12 years, Amanda, and their three daughters.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as Superintendent of Gasconade County R-1,” said Smith. “As I have met the board, administrators, community members and toured the school facilities, I have been thoroughly impressed! Having grown up in a small town in southern Missouri, I appreciate the sense of community and pride for the school system. I believe Gasconade County will be a great fit for myself and my family.”

Smith serves on the board of the West Plains Optimist Club where he chairs the oratorical/essay scholarship program. He is also a member of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Association of School Administrators, and Missouri Association of School Business Officials. In addition, he is involved in the 4H program and assists with youth athletic programs.

Dr. Smith will begin his transition to Gasconade County by attending board meetings and district events, as his availability will allow, before his official start date of July 1, 2018.

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Coach Todd Anderson Resigns as Head Girls Basketball Coach

Coach Anderson's resignation as the head girls basketball coach was accepted by the Board of Education with regret. Mr. Anderson has been a part of the girl's basketball program at Hermann High School for twenty years. His leadership in the program will be greatly missed.

Mr. Anderson will remain a Bearcat, serving as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director of HHS.

Board approves Teaching Contracts

The Board of Education approved the contracts of probationary teachers in the District for the 2018-19 school year. We are pleased to report that at this time all probationary teachers will be returning to the District. We wish Angela Walters the best as she retires from the District.

District Website and Mobile App

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Important Dates

March 14 HHS & HMS Band Concert

March 29 April 2 - No School, Spring Break/Easter

April 12 Board of Education Meeting

April 14 Jr. & Sr. Prom, Valentine Hall

May 4 Special Olympics

May 17 Last day of school for students

May 18 Last day of school for teachers

May 29 First day of summer school

HHS Student News by Hannah Bader

● FFA week was very successful for the Hermann FFA Chapter, with 47 pies on pie day, 100 pork steaks sold for lunch, numerous supporters for the luncheon, a very entertaining super farmer contest, and many trucks and tractors to show off. The FFA would like to thank everyone for their support.

● DECA will be sending 8 students to Kansas City on March 11-13th to compete at state competition. Below are the state qualifying competitors. -Community Service Project Team: Maddy Leavy, Tessa Eldringhoff, and Peyton Schafer -Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan Team: Sabryn Englert, Ellie Englert, Maddy Leavy -Principles of Finance: Bailey Whithaus -Professional Selling Event: Tom Hagedorn -Marketing Communications: Tim Byers

● On Friday, February 16th, 36 students participated in FBLA districts at Westminster College in Fulton. FBLA has 18 students advancing to state. This year is the first year that the club has had a Parliamentary Team and a Banking and Finance team compete at districts; and this year they advanced to state on a Wildcard--a wildcard means that there high test scores alone qualified them to attend state! State FBLA will be April 8 -10th in Springfield MO.

● 5 students will be attending the StuCo State Leadership Convention March 8-10th which will be held at Lebanon High School. Student Council is also working on activities with other high school organizations to promote the program "Starts with Hello".

● HHS Drama Club would like to invite you to attend their spring comedy, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon on March 22, 23, and 24.

● The speech team will be sending 7 students to compete at districts in Camdenton on March 3rd.

● National Honor Society visited Hermann Elementary on February 28th, Dr. Seuss Reading Day, to read to students to honor Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Hermann Middle School News by Hannah Bader

This month at HMS, the student of the month was granted to students with the trait of self-discipline. Anna Wright (5th), Melanie Rohling (6th), Itera Christian (7th), and Charlotte Ervin (8th) were all winners of student of the month.

The 7th and 8th grade volleyball girls won their game on February 27th against Washington Middle School.

The student council had their second meeting on the 28th, and they talked about GRIT. HMS had a great day participating in Missouri Read-In day on March 9th.

HHS Career and College Fair

Scheduled for Thursday, March 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Mrs. Pazdera is coordinating the event. Many colleges, vocational schools, technical institutes, military, businesses, and labor union representatives will be in attendance. Students and parents are invited to attend and visit with these representatives.

HHS Bearcat Memorial

The Bearcat Memorial began in the fall of 2007 as a way of honoring local people who had made significant contributions to the school, city, state, and nation. Previous honorees have covered that entire range and have included both military and civilian backgrounds. The previous Bearcat Memorial Honorees include:

2007 1st Lt. Steven Bezold, Carol Binkholder, Lnc. Cpl. Erik Heldt, Charlie Page

2008 James T. Shaw, M.D.

2009 Jody Stiers-Herbst, Matt Lampkin

2010 Don Gosen, Sr., G. W. Heying, Imogene Story Meyer, Nan Sellenschutter,

2012 Elmer Danuser, Art Draper, Earl Hauser

2013 Chris Arand, Elvira Bohl

2014 Sylan “Bud” Krone, Leroy & Janet Lerbs

2015 Leon Toedeman & Missy Frink

2016 Anna Kemper Hesse & Clara Eitmann Messmer

2017 Ralph Sellenschutter and Charles Eitzen

The selection process includes review by a panel of Board and community members who make recommendations to the Board of Education. Honorees are inducted into the memorial each fall following the nomination process. The Board of Education considers inclusion in the Bearcat Memorial to be the highest honor bestowed in the district.

Two inductees are were approved by the Board of Education at the March 8th meeting, Landon Grosse and Ken Lerbs.

Voices Heard

On Tuesday, February 27th, Justin Klocke from Senator Claire McCaskill’s office came to visit with high school students. About 65 high school students and several staff spent nearly an hour with Justin discussing school safety initiatives at the national level. Students were able to ask questions about potential legislation and how that will affect student safety.
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Summer School 2018

It is time to begin planning for Summer School 2018! Where does the time go? Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to participate in the summer program to be held at Hermann Elementary School. The dates of this year's Summer School are May 29-June 22.

HHS Student Registration/Scheduling

Mrs. Pazdera is meeting with all high school students about scheduling for next year. St. George and R-2 students will shadow high school students on March 22nd. Freshman Orientation took place on February 20th.