Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter - October 16
District staff canvasses community; still time to provide feedback
During the past week, student and staff volunteers spent time asking community members for their input through a door-to-door campaign. Since the first of October, the district has been gathering feedback in the form of responses to its Blueprint Survey from staff, students, parents, and community members.
The information provided by survey respondents will be used to form the foundation of the district’s strategic plan - 3-5 goals for the next five years. The survey is linked below. Parents will also have the chance to complete the survey at Parent-Teacher Conferences this week. The survey will be open through Oct. 18.
As of this morning, 1,107 people had completed the survey including 251 staff, 530 parents, 133 students, and 193 community members.
Results will be used by the Blueprint Committee made up of staff, parents and community members to develop goals. Survey results will also be shared via the district website, this newsletter, and social media.
Parent-Teacher Conferences set for tonight, tomorrow
The district will host Parent-Teacher Conferences tonight and tomorrow. There will be no school tomorrow or on Friday.
Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, Harrisonville Elementary School, McEowen Elementary School, and Harrisonville Middle School will hold conferences today from 4-8 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Harrisonville High School & Cass Career Center will host conferences tonight from 4-8 p.m.
Royal Regiment Marching Invitational
North Callaway, 1 p.m.
Butler, 1:15 p.m.
Sherwood 1:30 p.m.
Forsythe, 2 p.m.
Lafayette, 2:15 p.m.
Holden, 2:30 p.m.
Odessa, 3:15 p.m.
Raytown, 3:30 p.m.
Lee's Summit, 3:45 p.m.
Smith Cotton, 4 p.m.
The Royal Regiment will perform in exhibition at 4:15 p.m. with awards to follow.
Admission is $8 per adult (12 and over) and $5 per child; 3 and under is free.
HHS to present The Addam's Family
Harrisonville High School will present The Addams Family October 31-November 2 at 7 p.m. in the HHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7/adults and $5/students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.onthestage.com/show/harrisonville-high-school-theatre/the-addams-family-53124.
Districtwide food drive set for Oct. 28-31
Students and staff in the Harrisonville School District will soon be collecting food for the annual food drive. This year’s drive is once again being conducted in conjunction with the HHS Drama Department’s Trick or Treat so Tots Can Eat program.
HHS Drama Club members will be “trick-or-treating” for donations on the evening on Oct. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the neighborhoods around the high school.
The school drive will take place the week of October 28-October 31 at all district buildings. The district is seeking business, church, or organization partners for each building. Community groups are invited to collect food and partner with one of the district schools. If you’re interested in being a food drive partner, please contact Jill Filer at 380-2727, ext. 1224.
The week’s theme centers on the Trick or Treat holiday with the focus on different parts of the meal for each day’s donations. Monday, October 28 is the Monster Main Dishes (tuna, pasta, beans), Tuesday, October 29 focuses on Scary Sides (canned fruits and vegetables, rice, macaroni), Wednesday, October 30 centers on Ghostly Goodies (cake/cookie mixes, sugar, flour, jello); and Thursday, October 31 is Creepy Kids Food (baby food, cereal, oatmeal).
Individual community members interested in participating may drop off donations at any district building or any Bright Futures Blue Barrel.
Donations will also be collected as the admission fee at the Trunk-or-Treat on the Square on Sunday, October 27 from 3-5 p.m.
All donations will be given to the Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry sponsored by the Harrisonville Ministerial Alliance.
Veterans, senior citizens invited to annual events
Local senior citizens are invited to the annual Senior Citizens’ Thanksgiving Banquet on Monday, November 25 hosted by the Harrisonville High School Student Council. The banquet will take place in the HHS gymnasium beginning at 5:30 p.m. After the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, entertainment will be provided by the HHS Jazz band and the show choir, Music Makers. Questions? Contact Emily Terwilliger - firstname.lastname@example.org.
District presents first Kudos to Cats
Becky Campbell, ECC principal
Kristi Grey, HES para
Jeanne Thomas, HES special education
Lea Fitzgerald, HES para
Jessica Larcom, HES para
Geriann Boyd, HES secretary
Brian Graber, HES counselor
Linda Hipp, HHS nurse
Amy Kump, HHS science
Emily Terwilliger, HHS social studies
Samantha Greife, Maintenance
Jeremiah Jacobs, HHS SRO
Aron Wilburn, HHS para
Cheryl Osborne, HHS secretary
Ben Johnson, HHS band
Amy Schloss, HMS PE
Jamie Crutchfield, HMS comm arts
Lisa Elifrits, HMS math
Nominations for Kudos to Cats recognition are open on an ongoing basis and staff will be honored monthly. To nominate a staff member, go to this link - https://forms.gle/MkaXH7CAwnNzDTfz9.
Volunteers sought for Oct. Breakfast Buddies event
Thanks to the Bright Futures volunteers who took part in the September Breakfast Buddies event at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center. The next event is Oct. 24 and we're looking for volunteers! Come & enjoy a book & donuts with our kindergarteners! Here's the sign up link - https://www.signupgenius.com/…/20f0d45abab22a5f58-breakfast1
New Collection Underway
Points of Pride
- Congratulations to the HHS Students of the Month for October - Jessi Buerge & Brodie Rogers. Learn more about them here - https://youtu.be/g6h79flzDEM
- Congrats to the Royal Regiment - 1st in division and 2nd overall out of 18 bands at Odessa on Saturday.
- Congratulations to the Cass Career Center FFA Horse Judging Team who placed 1st at the Northwest Missouri State University Contest. Skyler Lite was named 1st high individual of the contest, Hannah Dinges 3rd, Presley Reynolds 4th, and Harley Sipple 12th. There were 19 teams and 89 individuals from Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.
- Congrats to the Lady Wildcat tennis players who ended the season strong with 4th place finishes at individual districts - Morgan Evans, 4th place singles & Caitlyn Costner and Tabi Davis, 4th place doubles!
Congrats to the JV volleyball team on bringing home 1st from the Adrian Tournament on Saturday.
Congratulations to CCC auto tech teacher Don Dickerson, HES 3rd grade teacher Jerico Burasco, and McEowen 4th grade teacher Doug Hurley for earning perfect attendance for the 2018-19 school year.
Congratulations to the Harrisonville High School students who brought home top finishes from their first speech competition at Blue Springs. Freshman Gael Rios placed 12th in Storytelling; sophomore Charlize Keeney placed 7th in Prose; and freshman Caroline Ocheskey placed 4th in Prose.
Congrats to the Wildcat volleyball C team for bringing home 2nd from their tournament on Saturday.
Congratulations to the Wildcat Cross Country team for bringing home top finishes from Midway on Monday. Varsity and JV boys brought home first. Individual medalists included: Kaylee Harp, 1st varsity girls; Allie Grimes, 2nd varsity girls, Aja McGowen, 8th varsity girls; Conner Blixt 1st varsity boys, Alex Barta 4th varsity boys, Tommy Baker 5th varsity boys, Josh Dreyer, 11th varsity boys, Jaxon Mensching, 13th varsity boys; and Ethan Otis, 1st JV boys; Nick Saffels, 2nd JV boys; Connor Everhart, 3rd JV boys; Garett Peterman, 4th JV boys; and Payton West, 5th JV boys.
Congratulations to the students from Harrisonville Early Childhood Center who won awards at the school's September assembly. Click here to read more.
Congratulations to the HES students honored at their recent assembly. Click here to read more.
Congratulations to the McEowen Elementary students who were honored at the September Positive Action Assembly. Click here to read more.
Congrats to the Harrisonville High School Cheerleaders on getting 1st place in the Log Cabin Parade.
Congratulations to our Lady Wildcats tennis team on a great performance at conference tennis! The team earned third and many brought home singles & doubles medals! Those competing included Morgan Evans, 2nd place #3 singles; Kara Lemmer, Menda Schroeder, Abby Overbay, 1st place #3 doubles & 2nd place #6 singles; Kaelin Holden, 1st place #3 doubles; Caitlyn Costner, first place #1 singles & third place #1 doubles; & Tabitha Davis, 3rd place #1 doubles and #2 singles.
- Each week, HHS students and coaches/sponsors are featured on the Sonic Locker Room Radio Show. The show airs on Mondays at 4:45 p.m. on 1030 AM or you can listen to archived shows online at www.soniclockerroom.com. This week's show features Wildcat soccer.
- The district's Art in our Community program seeks to recognize our students for outstanding work in the visual arts. Several area businesses are participating in this program including 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). Artwork is rotated monthly and is posted on the district Facebook page - www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchools.
Photos from Around the District
Youth Football Recognition Night
The Wildcat football team recognized the youth football teams prior to Friday night's game. The teams were introduced on the track and then lined the tunnel for the Wildcats' run out.
As a conclusion to their unit on Community Helpers, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center kindergarten students participated in a Community Helper Parade (due to weather, it was an in-school parade only this year for their kindergarten friends). The students dressed as their favorite helper including veterinarians, bakers, teachers, and more. Prior to the parade, students did a presentation to their classmates about their helper.
It was a small, but mighty group for the district's fall Retiree Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 7. The attendees heard about the work to develop our district blueprint and our community survey. They also had the opportunity to ask Superintendent Mensching questions. The spring luncheon will be on Monday, March 2.
Youth Football Recognition Night
Mini Cheer Clinic
Over 140 Wildcats participated in the HHS cheerleaders' mini clinic last week which culminated in a performance at halftime of the football game.
ECC kindergarten students took a walking field trip to the public library last week for story time.
Student Art Show
Artwork from students in grades K-12 was on display during the Log Cabin Festival. Over 150 pieces were part of the show which was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
Mini Cheer Clinic
Board of Education
October Board of Education Meeting
The Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the district's Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington. Agenda items included:
- Recognition of the HHS October Students of the Month - Jessi Buerge & Brodie Rogers
- A report from Bright Futures Advisory Board chair Bill Kirkemo on the organization's activities
- Recognition of an anonymous donation of more than $29,000 for the wrestling program and football helmets
- Approval of the addition of a District Behavior Coach
The full minutes from each meeting are available here.
Videos of past meetings are available at this link - https://www.harrisonvilleschools.org/Page/940.
Supporting Our Own
FFA members are currently selling fruit, meat, and cookie dough. The sale ends on Oct. 29. See any FFA member or contact Jason Dieckhoff at email@example.com.
The Wildcat soccer team will be carhopping at Sonic on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All tips will be used to fund tournament meals, senior gifts, and the end-of-the-year banquet.
Senior Mania 2020 (the annual post-graduation event) is offering driveway paw printing painting. The prints are $15 each. To place an order, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and address.
PTO collects Box Tops for Education. This program is changing from a "clip & turn in" program to a "download & scan" program. You can now download the Box Tops app, choose a school, & simply scan your receipt each time you shop. See the flyer below or go to https://www.boxtops4education.com/newbtfe for more information.
Oct. 16-17 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (see info above)
Oct. 17-18 - No School
Oct. 22 - CCC Fall Advisory Committee Meeting, 6 p.m.
Oct. 24 - HMS & ECC Picture Retake Day
Oct. 24 - ECC Breakfast Buddies, 8:30 a.m.
Oct. 24 - Parents As Teachers Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC
Oct. 24 - PAT Blockfest, 6 p.m., ECC
Oct. 25 - Preschool Preview Day (four-year-olds & parent/guardian), ECC
Oct. 25 - HES Picture Retakes
Oct. 25 - McEowen Positive Action Assembly, 9:15 a.m.
Oct. 26 - Royal Regiment Invitational, 1 p.m.
Oct. 26 - ACT, HHS, 8 a.m.
Oct. 28-31 - Districtwide Food Drive
Oct. 29 - FFA fundraiser ends
Oct. 30-Nov. 2 - FFA National Convention
Oct. 31 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC
Oct. 31 - ECC Terrific Citizen Assembly, 3 p.m.
Oct. 31-Nov. 2 - HHS presents The Addams Family
Nov. 1 - No School, Staff Professional Development
ECC, HES & McEowen Book Fairs - Nov. 5-7
Band Benefit Concert - Nov. 7
HMS Veterans Day Assembly - Nov. 8
Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Banquet - Nov. 25, HHS
Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 27-29
Community Events & Flyers
Check out our Community Flyers page on the website - click here. This page is updated regularly and current flyers are linked below.