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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter - October 16

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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.


Survey Link - https://harrisonvillesd.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_87aMmlf0odRlgvb


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

The Harrisonville High School Royal Regiment will host the first-ever Royal Regiment Invitational on Saturday, October 26 at Memorial Stadium. Ten bands are scheduled to compete at the event in three classes. The schedule is as follows:


Class A

North Callaway, 1 p.m.

Butler, 1:15 p.m.

Sherwood 1:30 p.m.


Class B

Forsythe, 2 p.m.

Lafayette, 2:15 p.m.

Holden, 2:30 p.m.


Class C

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

Harrisonville Middle School will host the annual Veteran's Day assembly on Friday, November 8 at 8 a.m. All veterans are invited to attend. Questions? Contact Linda Wise - linda.wise@harrisonvilleschools.org.


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 - emily.terwilliger@harrisonvilleschools.org.

District presents first Kudos to Cats

This week, the district recognized the first Kudos to Cats recipients. The Kudos to Cats program is a way for anyone to express gratitude to any Harrisonville Schools staff member who goes above and beyond what is expected. The first recipients were...


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.

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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

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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.

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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 jason.dieckhoff@harrisonvilleschools.org.


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 harrisonvilleseniormania@gmail.com 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.

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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


Take Note

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

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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.