January, 2021

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From the Principal's Desk...

We want to welcome all of you back! We were excited to see all of you as we certainly missed you and we feel the first week was a successful one. It's always an adjustment after a long break. It was good to see the faces of the many students who returned to the building from remote learning. I was so proud of the entire student body and their behavior upon return. Among the many things the pandemic has taught us, one of those is that children are resilient, able to adjust and have genuine concern for their neighbors. We also want to thank the Mask Up Campaign for providing each of our students a packet of five new, comfortable and stylish masks.

Students have received their new laptops. We are very thankful for this. Students will be assigned the same device each year. This should instill pride and the desire to take care of these new Dell laptops. The upkeep of the device will be a direct reflection of the care students take for their property.

Attendance and communication about a student being absent is essential. We must hear from you the morning your child is going to be absent to excuse it. If we do not receive contact, the absence becomes unexcused. State law requires us to turn a student in to the county attorney for truancy when a student reaches three unexcused in a row, 5 in a semester or 7 in a school year. Students are allowed 10 excused absences in a semester. Quarantine does not count as part of that ten. Medical appointments with a note do not count toward the 10-day cap. Once a student reaches 10 absences excused by the parent/guardian, that student will require a medical note in order to be excused. You can notify us that your child will be gone through phone or email.

Free breakfast and lunch have been extended through the remainder of the school year. Menus are available on the school website, PowerSchool and in the Student Bulletin.

Thank you for sending us your most precious gift. If the school can be of assistance in any way, please reach out.

Amber Toth

Fort Scott High School, Principal


1005 S. Main Street

Fort Scott, KS 66701

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The Official FSHS Attendance Policy

Absences/Tardiness: Parents/guardians are asked to call the office whenever a student is absent (speak only with an adult). If a parent/guardian is unable to call, a signed note should be sent with the student when he/she returns to school. If parents make no contact with the office, the absence is considered unexcused (after 48 hours). Students with unexcused absences will not be allowed into class without an admission slip from the office. In addition, students with unexcused absences are subject to disciplinary action, as well as notification to the county attorney. Students who miss school may be asked to present documentation, i.e., doctor’s note, etc.

Excused/Unexcused Absences:

The definition of an “excused absence" includes the following:

• Personal illness;

• Health-related treatment, examination, or recuperation;

• Serious illness or death of a member of the family;

• Obligatory religious observances;

• Participation in a district-approved or school- sponsored activity or course;

• Absences prearranged by parents and approved by administration; and

• Students of active duty military personnel may have additional excused absences at the discretion of the principal for visitations relative to leave or deployment.

All absences which do not fit into one of the above categories may be considered an unexcused absence. A student serving a period of suspension or expulsion from the district shall not be considered inexcusably absent.

Examples of Unexcused Absences:

• Car trouble before school or after lunch with no parent confirmation

• Oversleeping without a parent phone call

• Remaining on school grounds and not reporting to assigned class

• Being late to class more than 10 minutes without a documented excuse

Ten-Day Cap on All Absences

Absences documented by doctor notes are not subject to a 10-day cap. After a student misses 10 days in any class, he/she must make up the missed time and you will receive a letter notifying you of this. Example: If a student misses a full period of time on the eleventh day of absence, the student will need to make up one hour of time, etc. Students may make-up this time in detention. Please contact the office for details on how to make this up.

Extracurricular Attendance Policy:

Students who miss any class for any reason without prior approval are ineligible to participate in activities (practices games, programs, banquets, etc.). Activities that require participation for a grade are not subject to this policy.


Truancy is defined as any three consecutive unexcused absences, any five unexcused absences in a semester, or seven unexcused absences in a school year, whichever comes first. School year means the period from July 1 to June 30. Students who are absent without a valid excuse for a significant part of any school day shall be considered truant.

School Messenger:

If a student is reported as unexcused at any time during the day, an automated call will be sent at 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to the parent/guardian. Parents should call the school office to clear up any mistake that may have been made or to discuss the unexcused absence.

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A Reminder from FSHS Nurse Reynolds:

Please check your student's immunization records. There are still several needing the meningitis vaccine or booster shots to stay current. Your help is greatly appreciated.

I would like to echo Principal Toth's gratitude for those associated with the Mask Up Campaign. We appreciate our students being diligent in wearing masks correctly, observing safe social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene.

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Upcoming School Events

Monday, January 18th: No School, USD 234 Professional Development Day, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 27th: Progress Reports computed

Wednesday, February 3rd: Early Release Day: FSHS students will be dismissed @1:01 p.m.

Monday, February 15th: No School, President's Day


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Former Longtime Head Coach Honored

Before the Friday, January 8th tip-off of the first Tiger Varsity Basketball home game of 2021, Athletic/Activities Director Jeff DeLaTorre was awarded a plaque commemorating his twenty years of leading the program. During his tenure, Coach Del led the team to two state championships and more than 270 victories!

Friday night's game did not disappoint! In his home debut, Coach Heffern's Tigers went on to claim a thrilling victory over longtime rival, the Pittsburg Purple Dragons, 53-to-49!

Below, from left: Pittsburg Basketball Head Coach Jordan Woods who was a member of both State Championship teams; Coach Jason Young; Athletic/Activities Director DeLaTorre;

Boys Basketball Head Coach Clint Heffern

FSHS Tiger Dance Team Performance

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While members of the FSHS Tiger Cheer and Dance teams didn't get to show their Tiger Spirit at Willard, they did cheer the Kansas City Chiefs to a 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium!

Tiger Basketball Schedule*

1/11 FR @ Iola Tournament, Iola Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

1/12 V/JV/FR @ Coffeyville, 4:30 p.m.@

1/14 GIRLS ONLY @ Home vs Pittsburg (make up games), 5:30 p.m., JV; 7 p.m., V

1/15 V/JV/FR Home vs Independence, 4:30 p.m.

1/16 JV @ Uniontown Tournament, Boys & Girls, 9 a.m.

1/21-23 V @ Frontenac Tournament, TBA

1/25, 27, 28 JV Boys @ Eldorado Springs Tournament, TBA

1/26 V/JV/FR @ Labette County 4:30 p.m.

1/29 V/JV/FR Home vs Parsons 4:30 p.m.

2/5 V/JV/FR Home vs Chanute (Homecoming) 4:30 p.m.

2/9 V/JV/FR Home vs Louisburg 4:30 p.m.

2/12 V/JV/FR Home vs Labette County 4:30 p.m.

2/16 V/JV/FR @ Pittsburg 4:30 p.m.

2/19 V/JV/FR Home vs Coffeyville 4:30 p.m.

2/23 V/JV/FR @ Independence 4:30 p.m.

2/26 V/JV/FR @ Parsons 4:30 p.m.

3/2-6 V/JV/FR Sub-state TBA

3/10-13 V/JV/FR State TBA

*updated 1/10/2021

Tiger Wrestling Seniors' Night Scheduled for Thursday, January 21st!

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Sitting, from left: Maxi Leon; Jasper Allison; Cody Geiger; Cedrik Martin; Mackenna Fountain;

Piper Zimmerman; RyeLee Cagle, Maria Coronado; MaKaylae Rusk; Leonardo Leon

Kneeling, from left: Gabe Guilfoyle; Zoe Newman; Jacob Stinnett; Jed Nash; Alex Heaton;

Kyle Mitchell; Taylor Parsons; Mishken Milton; Gabby Rusk; Shawn Barrager


not pictured: Dylan Bell; Bryce Guss; Annelise Hall; Jaylee Roark;

Natalie Robertson; Brylie Schaub; Sutton Shelden

In other wrestling news:

Saturday, January 9th: competing at Olathe South, Varsity boys took fourth as a team.

Senior Coby Burchett and freshman Jasper Allison remain undefeated.

Head Coach: Alvin Metcalf, Jr.

Assistant Coaches: Tyler Bell; Dakota Hall; Kathi Hall; Alvin Metcalf, Sr.

Managers: Aura Brillhart; Jayden Clark; Jenny Heckman; Tobyn Schubert; Madison Sheehy

Tiger Wrestling Schedule*

1/11 JV Mixer @ Frontenac, 4 p.m.

1/14 G Mixer @ Chanute, 4:30 p.m.; V/JV @ Effingham-Atchison County, 5 p.m.

1/15 G @ Basehor Linwood Tournament 4 p.m.

1/16 V Wrestling: SEK Tournament @ Chanute, 11 a.m.

1/16 V @ Basehor Linwood, 9 a.m.

1/18 G Wrestling: SEK Tournament @ Coffeyville, 3 p.m.

1/21 V/JV Dual @ Home vs. Columbus, Frontenac/Seniors' Night, 5:30 p.m.

1/22 V/JV/G Quad @ Paola, 5 p.m.

1/25 JV Mixer @ Frontenac, 4:30 p.m.

2/5 G District Tournament @ TBA

2/6 V District Tournament @ TBA

2/12 V Regional Tournament @ TBA

2/13 G Regional Tournament @ TBA

2/19 G Sub-State Tournament @ TBA

2/20 V Sub-State Tournament @ TBA

2/26 G State @ Salina

2/27 V State @ Salina

*updated Sunday, 1/10/2021

Tiger Boys Swimming Schedule

1/14 @ Winfield- Southwestern College, 4 pm

1/20 @ Osawatomie- Ozone Sport Facility, 4 pm

1/28 @ Blue Valley West, 4 pm

2/2 @ Coffeyville, 3:30 pm

2/10 League Meet @Osawatomie- Ozone Sports Facility, 4 pm

2/18-20 State Meet @ Topeka- Capitol Federal Natatorium, TBD

Below, from left: Bobby Kemmerer, Junior; Oliver Witt, Senior; Sam Mix, Senior

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The FSHS Boys Swim Team started the season off strong! They have combined for 11 first place finishes, 5 second place, 2 third and fourth place and fifth and sixth place finishes in their first 4 meets. The team has placed in the top 6 in 22 out of 24 possible events with 11 of those being first place finishes. These Swimming Tigers have recorded personal best times, several state consideration times and are looking for their first state qualifying times during the secon half of the season.

KSHSAA updated its Boys Top 30 Regular Season All Classes list on 12-18-2020.

Fort Scott Tiger Bobby Kemmerer is ranked #17 in the 50 Freestyle in all classes and #4 in 5A-1A division. Bobby is also ranked #22 in the 100 Breaststroke in all divisions and #9 in 5A-1A division.


FSHS FOUR-SPEAKER TEAMS: Kinsley Davis, Lillian Collins, Sam DeLoney, Trent Toth, Anna Hall, and Regen Wells

FSHS TWO-SPEAKER TEAMS: Neil Gugnani and Shekhar Gugnani, Ashton Nave and Jade Russell, David Jones and Thade Yates, Isaiah Self and Gavin Warfield and alternate Anna Laubenstein!
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The Junior class will be sponsoring the Junior/Senior Prom on May 8th, 2021 (provided that Covid 19 plans can be followed). Committees are starting to meet to plan this event. Please check emails for invitations to sign up and information on how you can help.

Junior Parents:

An email was sent to juniors who did not sell Krispy Kreme Donuts ahead of winter break. They have until January 15th to pay 50.00 to attend. If not paid by this date the fee goes up to 75.00 until February 16th. And after that it is 100.00 for juniors to attend prom. This increase in price is so that we have money to purchase supplies sooner rather than later. IF you have questions please contact Ms. Lewis.



Remember to check the bulletin board outside the counselor’s office for scholarship opportunities. Some deadlines are here before you know it. Most have early spring deadlines.

Be checking your email for a form to vote on senior T-shirts. Seniors who paid for prom or sold candy bars will get a shirt for free. Others can order for $20.00/shirt.

If I can be of any assistance please let me know.

Ms. Bert Lewis, sponsor of Senior and Junior Classes

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Scholars' Bowl News

We are off to a good start this season, having competed in five tournaments, to date.

Tournament Schedule:

Junior Varsity

January 7th - Paola

January 20th - Louisburg


January 11th - Wellington and Frontenac

January 12th - Uniontown

January 13th - Paola

January 14th - Fort Scott home meet

January 16th - Iola

January 19th - Pittsburg

January 20th - Prairie View

February 4th – Regional

February 13th is State and FSHS is hosting!

----Ms. Lewis, Scholars' Bowl Coach

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We would like to give a big THANK YOU to the Kiwanis and Pioneer Kiwanis for their help and continued support this year.

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Paris! Provence! Barcelona!

The FSHS Global Culture & Diversity Club is organizing a European Spring Break for 2022!

Students will experience diverse cultures, try new foods, participate in unique traditions, practice speaking their Spanish/French with locals and acquire valuable life skills as they visit iconic landmarks in these global meccas for art, culture, and fashion. During our three days in Paris, students may look forward to visiting the Arc de Triomphe, shopping at Parisian markets, floating down the Seine River, exploring the Louvre, Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, the Catacombs, and more! Our itinerary includes two days to explore Avignon, Provence, and Carcassonne where we will visit the Papal Palace (the world’s largest Gothic edifice), the Pont du Gard (world’s tallest Roman bridge-aqueduct), Nîmes (famous for its well-preserved Roman remains and 1st-century amphitheatre), and La Cité ( a famous medieval citadel)!

During our three days in Barcelona, students will visit Park Güell, Las Ramblas, the Picasso Museum ... and did I mention an evening of flamenco dancing?!?

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Whether your student is a senior preparing to go to college or an underclassman with a desire to see history and art come to life, this will be a trip of a lifetime, promised to provide an unparalleled educational experience. Well-behaved parents are also permitted (and encouraged!) to travel with us.

There is a $200 discount for anyone who enrolls by Sunday, January 31st, and a 100% money-back guarantee through Saturday, May 1st, should you change your mind.

To learn more about this trip, watch life on tour, visit www.eftours.com/2435286hr, email group leaders Polly Mayberry at polly.mayberry@usd234.org or Amy Harper at amy.harper@usd234.org, and/or visit the FSHS travel page.


We finish this month's Tiger Newsletter with educational artwork recently posted in the hall of our Science Wing.


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