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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter - February 6, 2019

News & Notes

District's score on state report card increases

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the Annual Performance Report (APR) for school districts across the state on Friday. The district is pleased to report an increase of more than 5% - the 2018 APR is 92.5% (the 2017 was 87.1%).

The report is based off information from the 2017-18 school year.

This is the sixth year of APRs released for the Missouri School Improvement Program 5 (MSIP 5). The purpose of this school district report card is to “distinguish performance of schools and districts in valid, accurate and meaningful ways so that districts in need of improvement can receive appropriate support and interventions, and high-performing districts can be recognized as models of excellence.”

The APR shows how well school districts are meeting the performance standards which consists of:

  • Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and End of Course (EOC) tests

    • Academic Achievement

    • Subgroup Achievement

  • ACT, SAT, COMPASS, ACT WorkKeys, and ASVAB scores

  • Successful completion of advanced courses

  • Career education placement

  • College placement

  • Graduation rates

  • Attendance rates

Harrisonville earned 111 out of 120 possible points earning a 92.5%. For the 2016-17 school year, the district earned 122 out of 140 or 87.1%. There's a change in the number of points possible because last spring's science testing was a field test so no points were available in science (typically 20 points).

In each of the categories measured, the district’s scores are as follows:

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Courtwarming festivities set for next week

Courtwarming activities will take place at Harrisonville High School Feb. 11-15. The theme for this year is "Wildcat Carnival" and activities will include a spirit week, pep rally, and coronation.

Candidates for king and queen are pictured and include FRONT ROW: Kelsey Campbell, Grace McLaughlin, Lily Maxwell, Emma Parker, Chloe Spencer, and Cassidy Spencer and BACK ROW: James Fuller, Ayllip Khieu, Logan Johnson, Brecken Nickel, Gage Anderson, and Tate Cardinal. The King and Queen will be crowned at the basketball game on Feb. 15. The Wildcat basketball teams will be playing Oak Grove with JV boys and varsity girls at 5:30 p.m. and JV girls and varsity boys to follow. JV games will be played in the auxiliary gym and varsity will be in the main gym.

The coronation, as well as the HHS Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame induction and the Wildcat Basketball Hall of Fame induction, will take place between the varsity girls’ and varsity boys’ games at approximately 6:45 p.m.

HHS will host the annual shopping cart parade and pep rally on Friday morning beginning at 8 a.m.

Spirit days at HHS will be as follows: Monday-Under the Big Top (hat day); Tuesday-Like a Circus (mismatch day); Wednesday-Act the Part (meme day); Thursday-The Greatest Showman (circus character day); and Friday-The Main Event (blue and white day).

Davidson to be inducted into Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame

A Harrisonville High School graduate will become the fifty-second alum inducted into the HHS Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame during Courtwarming activities at HHS on February 15.

Denise (Massie) Davidson, HHS Class of 1981, recently retired after more than 30 years in law enforcement. From her beginnings as a dispatcher for the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Davidson rose through the ranks from corporal, to detective, to detective sergeant to lieutenant, to captain. She was the first full time female patrol deputy.

She received training and was a member of the Metropolitan Area Major Case Squad; she’s a graduate of the FBI Command Leadership Program - “Law Enforcement Executive Development Association;” and she’s also a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Program – “Women’s Leadership Institute.”

Davidson has served as a member of the Cass County Child Fatality Review Board and conducts victim advocacy programs. Davidson has conducted many of the advocacy programs with Kim Case, an abduction and rape victim, whom Davidson interviewed following her ordeal many years ago. Case said, “The compassion and professionalism showed to me during the long interviews that took place after I escaped from my captors changed my life. The most important words that have ever been spoken to me were uttered by then Deputy Davidson that day; ‘I believe you, this is not your fault.’ Those words freed me to trust again.”

Davidson was honored with the 2017 Enoch B. Morelock Award in recognition of her outstanding moral character, service to law enforcement and her community. The prestigious law enforcement award is presented annually by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee.

Her community work includes serving as member and chair of the American Cancer Society - Cass County Relay for Life and board member for Hope Haven of Cass County, Blue Notes Booster Club, Harrisonville Athletic Booster Club, the Nazarene Church Daycare, and Bright Futures Harrisonville.

Davidson is married to Gary and they have four grown children, along with four grandchildren.

Davidson will be honored during a public reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the HHS library on Feb. 15 and introduced to the community between the JV and varsity Wildcat basketball games that night at approximately 7 p.m.

Inductees are selected based on their significant contribution to their community or their field of work. Nominations are accepted continuously with the deadline for consideration each year on October 31.

For more information, contact the Harrisonville Public School Foundation at 380-2727, ext. 1224.

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Make-up days set for end of May

Classes have been canceled four days this year so far - Nov. 27, Jan. 14, Jan. 17, Jan. 23, and Jan. 30. The make-up days are May 20-24. The last day of school is a half day for students.

Districts hosts Chamber First Friday Coffee

The Harrisonville School District welcomed the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce for their monthly First Friday Coffee on Friday. The event was held in the HHS auxiliary gym. Guests were greeted by students in grades K-12 who talked about programs and organizations in their schools. The district food service department provided breakfast and Superintendent Mensching welcomed the visitors and introduced administrators.
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Bright Futures Notes

  • Mark your calendars for Bright Futures Day at Brick House Coffee on Feb. 26.
  • Bright Futures will host a drive at the Feb. 19 Wildcat basketball games to collect soap, shampoo, and deodorant. All those who bring donations to the game will get in free.
  • For the third year, the HHS Bright Futures Council is organizing a field trip to the WCC Prom Boutique where prom-goers can pick out a dress, shoes, & accessories for free. Contact Cheryl Osborne at 380-3273, ext. 6222 or to refer a student or for more information.
  • This month's Blue Barrel collection is....Soap, Shampoo & Deodorant. Donations can be dropped off at any blue barrel location or any school throughout the month of February.
  • Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 4100 and the Harrisonville Kiwanis Club for packing backpacks recently.

District Points of Pride

  • Congratulations to our HATS students who competed the Warrensburg Science Olympiad Invitational on Saturday! They competed against 40 other teams from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa. Dayton Hoffman and Danika Knight earned medals with a second place finish in Write It, Do It. Other top finishers included Charlie Sturgeon and Max Werner, 7th place in Fossils; Cort DeVenney and Charlie Sturgeon, 9th place in Game On; McKinzie Parks and Libbie Lundeen, 9th place in Thermodynamics; Libbie Lundeen and McKinzie Parks, 8th place in Water Quality; and Kayla Mason and Chloe Jackson, 8th place in Dynamic Planet.

  • Congratulations to the Harrisonville High School show choirs on their first competition performances of the season at Smith Cotton on Saturday. Director Kip Mathew tweeted, “Forefront got its first taste of the crazy world of competition and performed well. Music Makers finished 4th runner up overall."

  • Congratulations! We have our first ever girls’ wrestling state qualifiers! Alana Lopez earned 3rd place at 110 and Melaina Beachner took 2nd place at 116. Nonnie Justice is the District champion at 126. These Wildcats will wrestle in the state tournament in Columbia.

  • Congratulations to these five Harrisonville Middle School band students who were selected to participate in the annual Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival held the weekend of January 18th. Nationally recognized guest conductors and UMKC faculty hosted a full schedule of concerts, master classes, and professional clinics including a finale concert by the students on January 20. Pictured are Alyssa Cox, Charlie Sturgeon, Arianna Darling, Kayla Mason, Olivia Dyer.

  • Congratulations to HHS senior Bailey Kliewer on scoring her 1000th career point at Pleasant Hill on Friday night.

  • Harrisonville Early Childhood Center recognized students during its monthly Terrific Citizens Assembly. Read more here.

  • McEowen Elementary School recognized students at its monthly Positive Action Assembly. Read more here.

  • Members of the Cass Career Center SkillsUSA chapter competed at the 2019 West Central District SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Conference on Saturday, Feb. 2. Medals were awarded for written, skilled/technical, occupationally-related and leadership competitions. Those earning top rankings at the District Contest were Automotive Service Technology - 3rd place, Katherine Dameron, Belton; Basic Health Care Skills - 3rd place, Camryn Pruitt, Adrian; Carpentry - 1st place, Ethan Countryman, Harrisonville; Carpentry Tech Info - 1st place, Ethan Countryman, Harrisonville; Crime Scene Investigation (Mock) - 1st place, Gabby Stoddard, Belton, Haley Ohrenberg, Ray-Pec, Mikayla Bond, Archie; Criminal Justice (Mock) - 3rd place, Jonhenry Jackson, Adrian; Criminal Justice Tech Info - 1st place, Brittni Kilton, Belton; Criminal Justice Tech Info - 3rd place, Gabby Stoddard, Belton; EMT (Mock) - 1st place, Megan Hall, Adrian, Todaja Weakley, Lee's Summit; EMT (Mock) - 3rd place, Caleb McCommon, Lee's Summit West, Erin Wylie, Lee's Summit; EMT Tech Info - 1st place, Caleb McCommon, Lee's Summit West; EMT Tech Info - 2nd place, Megan Hall, Adrian; EMT Tech Info - 3rd place, Erin Wylie, Lee's Summit; Firefighting (Mock) - 2nd place, Hunter Nelson, Adrian; First Aid/CPR - 1st place, Tabitha Davis, Harrisonville; First Aid/CPR - 3rd place, Caleb McCommon, Lee's Summit West; Job Interview - 2nd place, Bryce Hennessy, Ray-Pec; Job Interview - 3rd place, Camryn Pruitt, Adrian; Job Skill Demo A - 1st place, Ethan Mills, Belton; Job Skill Demo A - 3rd place, Katelynn Jungling, Ray-Pec; Medical Terminology - 2nd place, Blake Wagner, Ray-Pec; Medical Terminology - 3rd place, Todaja Weakley, Lee's Summit; Prepared Speech - 1st place, Caleb McCommon, Lee's Summit West; Residential Wiring Tech Info - 1st place, Dakota McConnell, Adrian; Residential Wiring Tech Info - 2nd place, Charles Noah, Ray-Pec; and Welding Fabrication - 2nd place, Travis Schipper, Midway, Marshall Wilson, Belton, Cole Penn, Ray-Pec. Students qualifying for the State SkillsUSA will travel to State Technical College in Linn, Missouri on April 4-6.

  • Harrisonville is once again 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 the the HHS Show Choir Invitational.
  • 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).

Photos from Around the District

100th Day of School Celebration - 100-year-olds, 100 items on a shirt & "100" hats

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Board of Education

January Board of Education Meeting

The Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the school district Admin Office, 503 S. Lexington.

The Board meeting agenda will be posted here the Friday before the meeting.

Videos of past meetings are available at this link -

Feb. 7 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

Feb. 7 - Sweet Sounds Dessert Concert, 6 p.m., HMS gym

Feb. 8 - ECC Breakfast with Books, 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 8 - HES Awards Assembly, 3:00 p.m.

Feb. 9 - HHS Show Choir Invitational, All Day, HHS

Feb. 9 - Last day for McEowen Math-a-thon

Feb. 13 - 8th Grade Parent Night, HHS PAC, 6 p.m.

Feb. 14 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

Feb. 14 - ECC, HES, McEowen Valentine's Parties

Feb. 15 - Courtwarming, HHS

Feb. 16-23 - FFA Week

Feb. 18 - No School (President's Day)
Feb. 19 - Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., Admin Office

Feb. 19 - Transition Fair, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Ray-Pec High School (see flyer below for more info)

Feb. 20 - Sport Physical Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., HHS

Feb. 21 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

Feb. 22 - McEowen Positive Action Assembly, 2:35 p.m.

Feb. 22 - McEowen Family Movie Night, 6-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 27 - PAT Wild & Wacky, 6-7 p.m., ECC
Feb. 27 - AP/Dual Credit Info Night, HHS, 6-7 p.m.

Feb. 28 - PAT Playgroup, 9:15 a.m., ECC

Feb. 28 - HES 2nd Grade Music Program, 6 & 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center

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Supporting Our Own

Dessert Concert

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HHS Student Council partners with local business for cancer fundraiser

Come support the HHS Student Council and Coffelt Land and Title as they raise money for the Jimmy V Foundation. The Stand Up to Cancer Talent & Variety Show is Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. There will be a silent auction with amazing donations, the talent/variety show featuring acts from around Cass County, and goodies provided by local vendors. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy V Foundation. Tickets are $15 for individual/$25 for two and $5 for kids 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased from any HHS Student Council member or at Coffelt Land Title.
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Senior Mania Trivia Night

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Dodgeball Tournament

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Cupcakes & Canvas

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The Mattress Sale

Do you need to replace a bed in your home? Now is the time! The Harrisonville Band Program is hosting a one day Mattress Sale at Harrisonville High School on Sunday, February 24th from 10AM-5PM. There will be 28 floor models on display for you to try from name brand companies like Simmons Beautyrest. All beds are brand new, available in all sizes, and come with factory warranties! There will also be pillows, mattress protectors, frames and even adjustable bases available as well! Best of all, prices are less than retail stores! Mention this announcement and receive free delivery with any mattress purchase!
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Wildcat Robotics Team Shirts

Support the Harrisonville High School robotics team with the purchase of a cool Wildcat t-shirt. All sizes available. $15/each. Link to online order form -

CCC FFA Metal Signs

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