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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter - May 22, 2019

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District to honor retirees, end-of-year award winners

The community is invited to celebrate the district's retirees and end-of-the-year award winners. The annual End-of-the-Year Celebration will be Friday, May 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

The district's 2019 retirees will be honored by the Board of Education. The retirees include Joe Arthur, Juvenile Center; Brenda Chenoweth, HHS; Lisa Diel, HES; Pat Grah, HES; Jody Gilbert, HHS; Wayne Mance, Maintenance; Todd Mercer, Wildcat Academy; Brenda Moreland, McEowen; Sherry Richardson, Food Service; Tim Phelan, HHS; Bruce Scott, HHS; Martha Scott, HMS; David Staley, maintenance; and Sharon Westover, HMS.

The 2019 Educator of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year, as well as the Volunteer of the Year will be named.

Finalists for the Educator of the Year include Tammy Barker, Harrisonville Middle School library media specialist; Dena Cooper, Harrisonville Middle School social studies; Maria Derner, Harrisonville Middle School Spanish; Valarie Ellsworth, Harrisonville High School communication arts; and Marshall Streit, Cass Career Center agriculture.

Finalists for the Support Staff Employee of the Year include Janelle Davis, Human Resources and Benefits Coordinator; Kathy Eckert, Harrisonville High School accompanist; and Lea Fitzgerald, Harrisonville Elementary School paraprofessional.

The event is open to the public.

Class of 2019 graduates, celebrates

Harrisonville High School presented diplomas to seniors at commencement exercises on Friday, May 10. The Class of 2019 graduation included the Pledge of Allegiance led by Class President Peyton Zaring, the National Anthem by Peyton Holden, student addresses by Michelle Marrs and Tate Cardinal and a men’s trio performance with Alek Baker, Zach Austin and Peyton Holden. The senior members of the choir also performed.

During the ceremony, Principal Mark Wiegers recognized those students who completed high school with a GPA over 4.0. From those students, he announced that Peyton Holden had earned the distinction of Honor Graduate.

Also, during the ceremony, the HHS Boy and Girl of the Year were named. Each month, the HHS staff selected one boy and one girl as Students of the Month. From that group, the faculty selected Peyton Holden and Briseida Chavez as 2019 Boy and Girl of the Year.

The ceremony is available on YouTube -

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HHS, Foundation host annual Senior Excellence in Academics Ceremony

Harrisonville High School seniors were honored during the Senior Excellence in Academics Ceremony, a joint effort of Harrisonville High School and the Harrisonville Public School Foundation on the final day of class. Recognitions during the event included Excellence in Academics recipients, as well as scholarship winners. 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 seniors honored as first-year Excellence in Academics recipients were Sarah Burton, Kelsey Campbell, Emma England, Jenna Hart, Katelynn Hurla, Brecken Nickel, Kayson Roe, Chloe Spencer, and Cheyenne Taber. Second year recipients were Katie Collings, Hannah Kreimeyer, Grace McLaughlin, Brecken Moreland, Trinity Register, Alexis Royal, and Jillyan Talmage. Those earning the honor for the third year were Cassie McDonald and Jordan Shore.

The four-year recipients were presented $500 scholarships from the Foundation and included Jill Bachman, Madison Barnes, Zach Chaney, Briseida Chavez, Briana Chiodini, Haley Holden, Peyton Holden, Ayllip Khieu, Bailey Kliewer, Ethan Kohl, Lauren Lasure, Michelle Marrs, Lily Maxwell, Arjiana Owens-Gonzales, Gage Weber, and Peyton Zaring.

Harrisonville High School seniors are eligible to receive over $3.3 million in scholarship monies over the next four years through scholarships presented at the event. In addition, 65 students qualified for the A+ program which, if utilized, totals $713,700.

Students scoring a 30 on the ACT were recognized as being inducted in the HHS ACT Wall of Fame. Those students were Briana Chiodini, Peyton Holden, Ayllip Khieu, Lily Maxwell and Jordan Shore.

The Bright Flight Scholarships go to students who score a 31 or above and choose to attend a participating school. Those honorees were Peyton Holden and Ayllip Khieu.

Students who completed their high school career with a GPA of 4.0 or higher received gold honor cords for graduation and were honored. They were Jill Bachman, Madison Barnes, Zachary Chaney, Briseida Chavez, Briana Chiodini, Emilee Cox, Haley Holden, Peyton Holden, Ayllip Khieu, Bailey Kliewer, Ethan Kohl, Lauren Lasure, Michelle Marrs, Lily Maxwell, Arjiana Owens-Gonzales, Gage Weber, and Peyton Zaring.

To read a complete list of scholarships & recipients, click here.

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HHS students participate in first-ever Student PD Day

Students at Harrisonville High School participated in the first-ever Student Professional Development Day on Friday, May 17. Students could choose from nearly 40 classes based on their suggestions for life skills and hobbies that they would like to know more about.

Community & staff volunteers provided the presentations on a range of subjects from knitting to finance 101 to fire safety. The students had the opportunity to attend three sessions during the morning event.

Those presenting at the event included John Hoffman, Body Mechanics; Taylor Chandler, Playing a Guitar; Shanda Ryberg, First Aid; Ed Roberts, Golf; Heather Bristow, Basic Sewing; Jauna Weber, Cooking Practical Meals; Cassie Diehl, Balloon Animals; Sandy Bradshaw, Finance 101 (opening a bank account, paying bills); Lynn Laffoon, What Happens When You Turn 18; Bailey Wright, Cosmetology; Mikaila Livingston, Gardening; Jeannie Wearing, Orgami; Bill Shaumeyer, Fire Safety; Jesica Junge, Taxes; Lindsey Valeu, Survival Skills 101; Annie Knox, Taking Care of a Pet; Tina Graef, Credit; Sarah Czech, Identifying Accurate Medical Information; Cameron Chenoweth, Insurance; David May, What to do in an Emergency; Angela Boyd, Knitting; Wyatt Maxwell, Life After High School; Kyleigh Sullivan, Job Search, Application, Interview; Sgt. Bill Low, Defensive Driving; Sgt. Dyak, Armed Services; Brittney Sexton, Social Media; Kevin Ginnings, Basic Plumbing; Linda Hipp, Hands Only CPR; Daniel Jennings, Basic Car Maintenance; Adam Shelton, Coding/Programming; Don Dickerson, Changing Oil/Tire; Kristie Fisher, Finance 102 (loans, budgeting, buying a house); Kaitlin Holloway, Photography; Jake Kohl, Bill Kay, Justin Sharp, 3D Printing/Engraving; John Magoffin, Tie Tying; Stian Black, Strength and Functional Movement; and Angel Kailus, Yoga.

HES earns grant for fruit tree orchard

Harrisonville Elementary School has been awarded a grant through the Kansas City Community Gardens for the Giving Grove program. The grant will pay for a fruit orchard at the school.

The Giving Grove program “is an organization with the mission of helping the KC metropolitan and surrounding communities grow, harvest, and share healthy food by providing the resources needed to plant edible tree gardens at schools, churches, and other vacant land.”

The grant will cover the entire cost of trees, soil, and associated soil amendments, environment curriculum and orchard installation costs, and orchard maintenance tools.

On May 16, representatives from the group visited HES to determine the best location for the orchard. The pear and apple trees will be planted in October or November.

The Life Skills class at HES will then take over the job of caring for the orchard.

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Bright Futures Notes

  • Congratulations to the HHS art club - the April Student Ambassadors of the Month! The art club hosted a Cupcakes & Canvas event and the proceeds benefited Bright Futures.
  • Congratulations to the Volunteer of the Month for May - Renee Smith! Renee has organized breakfasts for our students taking AP exams. She coordinated with local businesses & churches to provide the food and serve it to the students each morning.
  • Throughout the summer, Bright Futures will be collecting school supplies for the Back-to-School Fair. Donations can be dropped off at any blue barrel location -

    Cass County Public Library, Commerce Bank, Community Bank of Harrisonville, Cornerstone Community Church, Community Center, Crossroads Assembly, Heartland Baptist, Hawthorn Bank, Nazarene Church, United Methodist Church, Schroeder Chiropractic, Quality Auto Service, The Vault, Brick House Coffee, and all schools.

District Points of Pride

  • Congratulations to the HHS musicians named to the Missouri All-State Show Choir. They are Michael Schuhler, bass; Riley Mathew, alto; and Amy Tracy and Carolyn Schrock, soprano. The students will be performing at the Missouri Choral Directors Association summer conference in Jefferson City mid-July.

  • Congratulations to HHS vocalist Leah Bartlett who was named to the 9-10 State Honor Choir. She will also perform at the conference in July.

  • Congratulations to HHS golfer Peyton Holden who finished his high school golf career at the State Golf Tournament last week in Columbia shooting a 79 & an 83 over the two days. He placed 33rd out of 88 golfers.

  • Congratulations to Mary O'Reilly and Marissa Worthley who have been named the 2019-20 Royal Regiment drum majors.

  • Congratulations to the McEowen students who completed the Mark Twain Reading Challenge - Isabella Marshall, Alivia Bullock, Nicholas Kirkemo, Anna Tews, Dyllan Hembree, Emily Mercer, Cheyenne Jones, Abbey Coffey, Jocelyn Courter, Hailey Hetrick, Bethany Sharp, Gabby Hankins, Zaylee Lindsey, Lily Feece, Brayden Johnson, Haylie Forrest, and Brezlynn Jones.

  • Congratulations to the Harrisonville Early Childhood Center students honored at the April awards assembly. Read more here.

  • Congrats to Cass Career Center Fire Science Student Katelyn Jungling who was the KMBZ Person of the Week - listen to the show here! She'll also be featured on the Fox 4 Reaching 4 Excellence segment during the 9:00 p.m. show today and online after 10:00 p.m. at

  • The Harrisonville High School Art Department hosted its eleventh annual art show during the first week of May. Earning the show's top award - Principal’s Choice - were Ian McKellen by Connor Truman; Animal Eye by Piper Foreman; and Scratch Art of Dog by Nick Saffels. Truman’s piece was selected as the overall winner and will be purchased by the school for permanent display at HHS. Judges viewed the works and selected first through fourth place winners in each of the art courses offered at the high school. In the category of Drawings, the following places were awarded: 1st Place- X Ray by Piper Foreman; 2nd Place Hallway by Mandy Landstrom; 3rd Place Flower by Tristen Boyer; and 4th Place- Hand Drawing by Sean Caruthers. In the Design category, awards went to 1st Place- TV by Alex Colwell and 2nd Place- Books by Josie Anderson. Art Fundamentals awards went to 1st Place- Scratch Art Dog by Nick Saffels and Self Portrait by Corbin Hall; 2nd Place- Self Portrait by Kelsey Wilson and Self Portrait by Michenzee Maguffee; 3rd Place- Color Wheel by Taylor Mathews; and 4th Place- Self Portrait by Noah Bourland and Color Wheel by Emily Heggendeffer. Those earning honors in Painting were 1st Place- Puppies by Adam Fools and House by Kathrine Dooley; 2nd Place- Portrait of Saylor by Mackenzie Morrow and Two Faces by Josh Dreyer; 3rd Place- Cabin in the Woods by Robert Spangler and Fox by Olivia Smith; and 4th Place- Disney by Emily Garido-Calva and Fries by Allison Quinn. Ceramics awards went to 1st Place- Stitch by Ben Riffle and Buddha by Eavey Bevan; 2nd Place Cheshire Cat by Danielle Lasure and Bust of a Dog by Lillian Capen; 3rd Place Bird by Ember Smith and Chicken by Maizy Szudarski; and 4th Place Horse by Austin Pearce. The “Faculty Top 10” went to Charcoal of Ian McKellen by Connor Truman, X Ray by Piper Foreman, Charcoal of Robin Williams by Jordan Shore, Ship by Connor Truman, Winter Scene by Connor Truman, Portrait by Emma England, Tree and Sunset By Kelli Carson, Water and Sky by Connor Truman, Woman with Water by Emma England, and Astronaut by Connor Truman. Senior Showcase awards were given for Figures by Jack DeVenney, Roses by Emma England, Chalk Pastel Drawings by Steven Lafferty, Oil Painted Space Scenes by Connor Truman, Woman in Gold Dress by Hailey White, Doorway by Jack DeVenney, The Flash by Cody Crawford, Self Portrait by Sam East, Bearded Woman by Hailey White, Ceramic Faces by Hailey White, Robin Williams by Jordan Shore, Ship by Connor Truman, and Wave Face by Emma England.

  • Congratulations to the 2019-20 HHS show choirs! The 2019-20 Forefront group includes Leah Bartlett, Kinsley Brannon, Jae Bundt, Makiah Clark, Chayah Cunningham, Beth Ellsworth, Aubrey Hall, Brooke Hopkins, Halle Kenney, Jo-e Shopper, Hannah Arnold, Melaina Beachner, Piper Coppedge, Lauren Dale, Brook Fools, Mandy Landstrom, Caroline Ocheskey, Madalyn Ritter, Sophia Sparks, Bella Tracy, Olivia Tribble, Maddie Wilson, Luke Burroughs, Charlie Crouser, Laden Phillips, and Logan Roberts. 2019-20 Music Makers include Audrey Barnes, Rebekah Bartlett, Tabi Davis, Libby East, Taylor Mathews, Jayden Osborn, Carolyn Schrock, Avery Walton, Haylee Bruton, Mackina Chamberlain, Maddie Costner, LaNae Eggers, Emily Gray, Aja McGowen, Madeline McGee, Serenity Rodgers, Riley Seaboldt, Amy Tracy, Kaley Caldwell, Kaelin Holden, Emily Joseph, Nonnie Justice, Skylar Lite, Riley Mathew, Greta Maxwell, Emily Nash, Jenna Schrock, Serena Stephens, Gabi Wilson, Elle Yoder, Colin Caruthers, Clint Howser, Nolan Medlin, Dalton Schrock, Michael Schuhler, Isaiah Bliss, Brad Cox, Braeden Elifrits, Cameron Hodge, Noah King, Dalton Lawson, Kyle Mensching, Dawson, Schrock, and Virgil Shaddox.

  • Harrisonville is 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 HHS grad & US Naval Academy appointee Briana Chiodini.
  • 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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Photos from Around the District

Board of Education

May Board of Education Meeting

The Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the school district Admin Office, 503 S. Lexington. Agenda items included:

  • Approval of salary schedules for the 2019-20 school year
  • Recognition of kindergarten students earning 99-100% attendance
  • Recognition of the HHS Students of the Month for May - Briana Chiodini & Max Allen
  • A report from the Drama Boosters
  • An update on the gifted program from HATS teacher Laura Frees
  • Approval to enter into a contract with OPAA! for food management services
  • Approval of the annual contract with the Athletic Booster Club for the use of the Big Blue buses

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

Videos of past meetings are available at this link -

May 23 - McEowen Accent on Achievement Night, 7 p.m., HHS PAC

May 24 - HES Field Day

May 27 - No School, Memorial Day

May 30 - HMS Awards Assembly, 1 p.m.

May 31 - HMS Last Day 5K, 8:30 a.m.

May 31 - End-of-the-Year District Awards Celebration, 2:30 p.m., HHS PAC

June 10-28 - Summer School

June 14 - Cass Career Center PN Graduation, 7 p.m., HHS PAC

June 25 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., Admin Office

June 29-July 7 - All Activities Dead Week

July 15 - Online Residency Verification Opens

August 1 - Residency Verification

August 3-11 - Fall Sports Dead Week

August 12 - Meet the Teacher Night

August 14 - First Day of School

Supporting Our Own

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Youth Camps

Middle School Volleyball Camp

July 15-16, 2019
7pm - 9pm
For students entering 6th-8th grade
Cost: $20 includes t-shirt to those who register by June 28th

Little Wildcats Volleyball Camp
July 15-16, 2019
5pm - 6:30pm
For students entering 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade
Cost: $20 includes t-shirt to those who register by June 28th

Youth Football Camp (see flyer below)
May 21-23, 2019
4:30 - 5:45 pm
For students currently in 3rd-6th grade
Cost: $25

Boys/Girls Youth Soccer Camp (see flyer below)
July 9th-11th
For students entering K-3rd grade - 8:30 am - 9:30 am ($20)
For students entering 4th-8th grade - 8:30 am - 10:00 am ($28)
Soccer CAMP T-SHIRT to those who register by June 14th

7-8th Grade Boys and Girls’ Tennis Camp
May 28th-30th from 4:30-6:00 pm
For boys and girls entering 7th or 8th grade
Cost: $15 includes t-shirt
Questions: or

Boys and Girls Golf - Grades 7-12
Dates: July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
Where: Hoots Hollow or Country Creek TBA
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Cost: TBD by course and bucket pricing
Notes: sessions will include skills clinic, range time, and hole play
Questions: or follow @HHSCatsGolf on Twitter

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