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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter - July 10, 2019

News & Notes

Derner named Kansas City Regional Teacher of the Year

Harrisonville Middle School Spanish teacher Maria Derner, the district's 2019 Educator of the Year, has been named as one of six Kansas City Regional Teachers of the Year. Mrs. Derner will be honored at a luncheon in early August and is now eligible for the Missouri Teacher of the Year award.

Mrs. Derner has 29 years of teaching experience beginning with 15 years in Cali, Colombia. She has also taught in the Belton and Blue Valley School Districts. She has been at HMS for the past two years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. She has a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry and a specialist's degree in environmental education from University Santiago de Cali, Cali, Colombia. She earned her master's degree in Teaching English As A Second Language from Webster University.

The Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education sponsors the regional and state-level honors. Each school district may submit a nominee for the Regional Teacher of the Year honor. Nominations are also taken from the general public. The nominees must complete an application and essay questions. The state is divided into 10 regions and 34 Regional Teachers of the Year are chosen based on regional student population. The honorees are selected by a regional selection committee composed of individuals from the teacher organizations; administrator organizations; and higher education.

As a Regional Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Derner receives a $250 cash award and a plaque and will be honored at a luncheon. She will also be honored the Missouri Teacher of the Year banquet in Jefferson City in October.

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Residency verification opens July 15, New family registration begins July 22

Harrisonville Schools will begin accepting residency verification from current families on July 15 and the annual residency verification event will be held on Aug. 1 from 4:30-7 p.m. at HHS. A new addition to the residency verification event will be New Family Enrollment which will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 at HHS.

Residency can be verified with one of the following:

• A current, original utility bill that is no more than 30 days old. The bill must be in the resident’s name, and no final notices will be accepted. UTILITY STATEMENTS INCLUDE GAS, ELECTRIC, AND WATER. THOSE ITEMS THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED ARE TELEPHONE, CABLE, AND OTHER STATEMENTS. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE UTILITY STATEMENT INCLUDES YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS.

• A rental/lease agreement including names of all occupants, dates of agreement and the name, address, phone number and signature of the landlord.

• A contract to build or purchase a home within the Harrisonville School District reflecting a possession or closing date within 90 calendar days of the first day of school attendance.

Residency documentation must be provided before the first day of school for students to attend class that day. Residency verification can be completed in any of the following ways:

  • Families can e-mail the proof of residency to beginning July 15. Please be sure the scanned document includes your name and address. Also, please include your name and your students’ names and grades in the e-mail portion.

  • Families can take your residency papers to the Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington, from 8:00 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m. beginning July 15.

  • Families can take residency documents to any school building beginning July 22 during normal school hours.

  • Families can attend the Residency Verification event on Thursday, August 1 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at Harrisonville High School.

    • Please note: If you complete residency verification prior to Aug. 1, you do not need to attend the August 1 event.

    • The Parent Portal will be opened on Aug. 2 so that class placement and schedules will be available.

Representatives will be on hand in the Commons Area at Harrisonville High School, 1504 E. Elm, to accept proof of residency documents and answer questions on August 1 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Parents are asked to enter through the Commons Area/gym doors at HHS.

The Residency Verification event will also provide parents and students an opportunity to complete all back-to-school business in one place. High school students will be able to purchase parking passes, pick up yearbooks, and complete laptop paperwork. The food service company, bus company, and school nurses will be on hand to answer any questions.

New families to the district are invited to come to HHS from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Aug. 1. To enroll new students, the following documents are needed: Birth Certificate, Immunization Records, Proof of Residency (utility statement, lease agreement), Request for Records, and Court Orders (if applicable). Families can download necessary paperwork and the enrollment packet at Families can also call the individual schools to set up enrollment appointments beginning July 22.

For questions about residency verification, please call 380-2727.

District staff trained in trauma informed care

District staff members spent three days in early June learning at Trauma Informed Training provided by Truman Medical Center at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.

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Foundation Summer News

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation published its summer 2019 newsletter. Read about...

  • Plans to induct Denise Davidson into the HHS Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame on Sept. 6
  • Information & registration for the 2019 Catch the Spirit 5K Color Walk/Run on Sept. 14 - early registration due Aug. 30
  • Information & registration for the 2019 Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament on Sept. 13
  • The Foundation's senior scholarship and Excellence in Academics recipients
  • Spring teacher grant recipients
  • And upcoming class reunion information

Click here to read the full newsletter

The newsletter is emailed to all alumni who've completed the Foundation's alumni contact form online here -

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School Supply Drive underway

Community Bank of Harrisonville, in conjunction with Bright Futures Harrisonville, will host the annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive July 15-23. This drive provides school supplies which are distributed to students in need at the Bright Futures Back-to-School Fair in late July.

Last year, Bright Futures Harrisonville distributed over 300 backpacks of school supplies to children in the community.

Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at any Blue Barrel location throughout the month of July - Community Bank of Harrisonville, Commerce Bank, Cass County Public Library-Harrisonville Branch, Schroeder Chiropractic, Harrisonville United Methodist Church, Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene, Hawthorn Bank, The Vault, Cornerstone Community Church, Heartland Baptist Fellowship, Crossroads Assembly, Brick House Coffee, Quality Auto, and the school district admin office, 503 S. Lexington.

The most needed school supply items include 1” binders, 5-subject dividers for binders, composition notebooks, TI-30-XII scientific calculators, dry erase markers, highlighters, wide-ruled notebook paper, zippered binders, plastic school boxes, post-it notes, glue sticks, scissors, crayons-24 count, and markers.

Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks can be mailed to Bright Futures, 503 S. Lexington, Harrisonville, MO 64701. Please include school supplies in the memo line. Or you can make a donation online at

District Points of Pride

  • Seniors Rebekah Barlett and Savannah Timmons represented HHS at Missouri Girls State in late June.

  • Seniors Ethan Inman, Michael Dahn and Austen Cesonis represented HHS at Missouri Boys State in mid-June.

  • The Harrisonville High School cheerleaders recently hosted a home camp with the National Cheerleading Association. Thirty-eight cheerleaders from HHS attended the camp from June 20-23 at Harrisonville Middle School. The first two days of camp were for returning cheerleaders and focused on stunts, tumbling and jumps. The last two days were for new cheerleaders and focused on cheer technique and stunting. During the camp, all returning and five new HHS cheerleaders were nominated for All American honors. Three cheerleaders were named All-American including Kylee Huttinger, Cami Setzer, and Ashlee Ellis.

  • Two Harrisonville High School seniors - Austin Fisher and Karley Reynolds - are spending their summer completing basic training.

  • Congratulations to recent grad Sam East who will be continuing his education and wrestling career at the University of Missouri.

  • Eight Harrisonville High School students returned from show choir camp at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The weeklong camp, June 8-15, included singing and dancing and came to a conclusion with a performance for parents and guests. Attending the camp from HHS were Brooklyn Fools, Libby East, Braeden Elifrits, Avery Walton, Madeline McGee, Aja McGowen, LaNae Eggers and Riley Mathew.

  • Congratulations to recent grad Brecken Moreland who was named to Missouri Class 3 All-State, 2nd Team for soccer!

  • Three Harrisonville High School students participated in a leadership conference in June thanks to funding from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation. Colleen O’Reilly, George Frees, and Nathanael DeVenney attended the Hugh O’Brian State Leadership Seminar at Southeast Missouri State University, June 7-9. The students were selected by the HHS staff for this opportunity.

  • Harrisonville High School junior George Frees recently attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy which was held June 23-26 at William Woods University. Frees was named the Michael Beahon Service Above Self recipient at RYLA.

  • Harrisonville High School juniors Walker Holden and Hunter Baker participated in the 2019 Missouri Scholars Academy. The Academy is a three-week long residential program for 330 of Missouri’s academically talented students at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Summer School Fun

Wildcat Family Fun Ideas

Drum & Bugle Corp to make stop in Harrisonville

The Seattle Cascades Drum Corps will make a stop in Harrisonville starting this Sunday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 17. The group will be rehearsing at and around Memorial Stadium during daytime and evening hours. They will be finished rehearsing prior to 10 p.m. daily in accordance to local sound ordinances. Rehearsals are free and open to the public. The group is doing a full rehearsal/clinic designed to be educational from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. More specific schedules will be announced here as we receive them.
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Board of Education

June, July Board of Education Meetings

In June, the Board of Education held its annual board retreat (see photo below). Topics included finance, curriculum, facilities, strategic planning, & more.

The Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. Agenda items included:

  • Approval of a five cent increase in lunch prices as required by federal regulations.
  • Approval of the district's strategic planning process.
  • Approval of the 2019-20 budget.
  • Approval of a contract with the City of Harrisonville for School Resource Officers.

The July Board meeting will be Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at the school district Admin Office, 503 S. Lexington.

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

Videos of past meetings are available at this link -

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July 15 - Online Residency Verification Opens

July 16 - Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., Administrative Offices

August 1 - Residency Verification, 4:30-7 p.m. **New Family Enrollment, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

August 3-11 - Fall Sports Dead Week

August 12 - Meet the Teacher Night

August 13 - HES Popsicles with Principals on the Playground, 5-6 p.m.

August 14 - First Day of School

August 19 - First Day of Preschool

August 27 - Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., Administrative Offices

The 2019-20 school calendar is available by clicking here (scroll to the bottom of the page). The district's website calendar is being updated with school and district events throughout the summer. Some items to note...

  • Homecoming, Friday, Sept. 13
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, Wed. & Thurs., Oct. 16 & 17
  • No school on Oct. 16-17
  • Winter Break, Dec. 21-Jan. 6

Supporting Our Own

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

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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Contracted service providers now hiring

Two of our district's contracted service providers are now hiring! Check out the image below for information from Durham School Services.

ABBCO is hiring 2nd shift custodians, part and full time. Those interested can apply online and click on Join Our Team. Questions? Call ABBCO HR at (314) 771-3221 Ext 100.
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