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Harrisonville Schools E-newsletter
March 15, 2017 edition
News & Notes
Kindergarten enrollment set for later this month
Harrisonville Early Childhood Center is making kindergarten enrollment easier with information, enrollment packets, videos and appointment scheduling all online.

Parents of 2017-18 Harrisonville Schools kindergarten students can access enrollment information and videos and schedule their kindergarten enrollment/screening appointment beginning March 22 at; click on Kindergarten Enrollment for 2017-18.

For those who do not have Internet access or have additional questions, a Parent Information Night for parents of 2017-18 kindergarten students will be Thursday, March 30, 6-7 p.m. at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, 500 Polar Lane. Students are not required to attend this meeting. Parents will be able to view the ECC informational videos, pick up an enrollment packet, ask questions, and sign up for a screening appointment.

Enrollment and screening for Harrisonville kindergarten students for the 2017-18 school year will be held April 5-7 and April 10-11 at the Early Childhood Center. Parents need to call the Early Childhood Center, 380-4421, after March 30 to schedule an appointment if they are unable to sign up online or cannot attend the Parent Information Night event.

To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be five years of age before August 1, 2017 and must live in the Harrisonville school district. Parents must bring a certified copy of the child’s state issued birth certificate and his/her current immunization records to enrollment. A proof of residency such as a current utility bill will be required in August.

For more information, call 816-380-4421.

Meet the Teacher Night for 2017-18
There was a slight change to the 2017-18 school calendar which was sent out last month.  Meet the Teacher Night is now Monday, August 14.  Click here for a printable version of the calendar 
Ticket reservations now open for HHS production of The Odd Couple in April
The online reservation form for the HHS production of The Odd Couple is now open.  There are two casts for the play and the each cast will present at different performances. The shows will be April 6-8 at 7 p.m. each night and April 8 at 2 p.m.  Reserve your tickets by clicking here.

The cast for Thursday, April 6 and Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m. includes Cody Jones, Oscar; Peyton Holden, Felix; Chase Robinson, Murray; Matt Hasenyager, Roy; Clinton Howser, Speed; Michael Schuhler, Vinnie; Mackenzie Rasnic, Gwendolyn; and Gabrielle Wilson, Cicely.

The cast for the Friday, April 7, 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 8, 2 p.m. shows includes Skylar Lite, Olive; Sarah Bartlett, Florence; Caitlin Costner, Mickey; Rebekah Bartlett, Renee; Calah Hargis, Sylvia; Hannah Bartlett, Vera; Chase Laizure, Manolo; and Hunter Carlton, Jesus.

The crew for all performances includes Addie Howser and Chase Robinson, stage managers; Chase Laizure, backstage manager; Garrett Lukenbill and Kaleb Gangelhoff, crew managers; Hunter Carlton and Jon Carlton, sound; and Natalie Navaroli and Hunter Hawkins, lights.
Jobs sought for Senior Day of Service
Harrisonville High School seniors will be participating in the third annual Day of Service on Wednesday, April 19 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The school is currently seeking “jobs” for the students to complete during the event. Projects could include painting, yard work, sorting/organizing, landscaping, or reading/visiting with children or seniors.

This is the third year for the event. Some of last year’s projects included painting at Cass County Public Library, the Bohl Activity Center, the ECC playground gazebo, and the First Baptist Church; doing yardwork at residents' homes, the parks, the First Christian Church, Golden Years, Hope Haven of Cass County and Harrisonville Senior Citizen Housing; sorting & stocking shelves at the food pantry; working with students at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, Harrisonville Elementary School, and HeadStart; cleaning up and building additional plots at the Community Garden; talking and interacting with residents at Crown Care and Golden Years; building a memorial garden at Cass Community Living; and painting murals at McEowen Elementary School and the Harrisonville Animal Shelter.

Any organization, business, church or individual who needs assistance is encouraged to submit a job. An online job submission form is available on the district website - (Senior Day of Service Job Submission Form) or you can call 380-2727, ext. 1224.
Nomination period open for staff awards
The Harrisonville School District is seeking nominations for its end-of-the-year awards.

The Educator of the Year Award is presented to a teacher who has had a special impact on students in the district. The Educator of the Year receives a $500 grant from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation for use in his/her classroom.

The Support Staff Employee of the Year is designed to show the district’s appreciation for its support staff employees. Any non-certified employee in the district can be nominated for this award. This includes secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, food service personnel, maintenance, nurses, etc. This winner of this award will receive $100 from Sherwood Community Bank.

The Outstanding Community Involvement Award recognizes a Harrisonville Schools staff member for his/her involvement in the community. The winner will receive a cash award of $100 sponsored by Community Bank of Harrisonville.

Winners of all awards will be recognized during the district’s End-of-the-Year Celebration. They will also be recognized on plaques at the district's Administrative Office and banners at their schools.

Nominations can be made on-line at

Nominations for all awards are due March 31, 2017.
HMS to host Fine Arts Night tomorrow
hms to host fine arts night on March 16
Bright Futures News
Harrisonville named Bright Futures Affiliate of the Year
Bright Futures reps accept award Bright Futures Harrisonville has been recognized as the top Bright Futures affiliate in the nation. At the Bright Futures USA Community Engagement Conference in early March, Harrisonville was named the Affiliate of the Year for 2017.

At the Evening of Champions on March 2, Bright Futures Harrisonville Advisory Board members Bill Kirkemo, Kevin Shelton, and Deb Welhoff accepted the Affiliate of the Year Award - the premiere award of the night. Bright Futures Harrisonville was also a finalist in the Partner of the Year category (Commerce Bank) and the Evan Yoder Spirit of Service Award (Shelley Jansen and Vanessa Hargrave). Bright Futures USA is composed of more than 50 affiliates around the United States.

Bright Futures Harrisonville was recognized for working to meet students’ needs through a variety of programs; striving to build awareness and educate the community regarding the initiative’s mission and students’ needs; and making a concerted effort to grow opportunities for service learning.
Annual Book Drive taking place this week
Bright Futures Harrisonville is sponsoring its annual Book Drive to help provide books for students over the summer months. New or gently used books can be dropped off at any blue barrel location - Commerce Bank, United Methodist Church, Schroeder Chiropractic, Cornerstone Community Church, Cass County Public Library, Nazarene Church, Community Bank of Harrisonville, Crossroads Assembly, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Heartland Baptist Church, and all schools.
Shout Outs
  • to the First Baptist Church youth group and the Harrisonville Kiwanis Club for packing backpacks over the last couple of weeks.
  • to the volunteers who helped at last night's HES Family Night event.
Points of Pride 
Congratulations to...
  • the Lady Wildcat basketball team on winning the first District Championship in over 30 years!  The Cats defeated Clinton for the title.  They played Osage in the sectional game and lost.  Congrats on a great season!
  • girls basketball celebrates a district title
  • McEowen honors students at Positive Action Assembly.  Click here.
  • HES names Wildcats of the Month. Click here.
  • ECC recognizes award winners for February.  Click here.
  • HMS Students of the Month for third quarter honored.  Click here.
  • Harrisonville High School senior Austin Campbell who was named Academic All-State at the Missouri Wrestling Association's Spring Banquet in Columbia this weekend. For this award, Austin had to place in the top six at the Missouri State Tournament and maintain a 3.5 GPA. He is the 20th Harrisonville wrestler in program history to receive this award. 
  • austin campbell with coach Eric DeVenney
  • Harrisonville High School junior Nick McCleave, who was recently selected to serve as Area FFA President in the Missouri FFA Association for the 2017-2018 school year. Area officers work together throughout the school year to help develop leadership conferences for FFA chapters, help with the District Agriculture Fair, and the Missouri State Fair. These students will have the opportunity to learn advanced leadership through the Area Officer Institute, a two-day intensive leadership workshop held at Camp Rising Sun at the Lake of the Ozarks in June.  To become an Area Officer, each student is selected by their local FFA chapter to interview. As part of the interview, each candidate takes a test over FFA history and customs, parliamentary procedure, and interviews in front of 40 high school students. The top applicants are then chosen amongst the 25 schools in the area.
    Nick McCleave
  • Harrisonville Middle School student Tyler Kimbell who competed at the Cass County Spelling Bee last week and earned second place. This is the second year Tyler has competed at the county bee.
  • tyler kimbell with his 2nd place trophy
  • the Harrisonville High School Prom King & Queen candidates! They are Connor Adams, James Chiles, Dalton Hayden, Keller Hayes, Ellis Liles, Shelby Wiseman, Randi Buerge, Kristen Fields, Sammie Poyner, Baylee Streit, Kelsey Youngblood, and Jazmyn Zielenski.  Prom is set for April 1.
  • the HHS Music Makers.  To wrap up the competition season earlier this month, the group traveled to Chicago to compete at the Heart of America-Chicago Festival. The group brought home 4th runner-up in the Championship Division. The competition was held at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. 
  • Music Makers before leaving Chicago
  • the Cass Career Center DECA students who have qualified for international competition in Anaheim, California at the end of April.  Jake Holden and Brennan Travis earned fourth in Business Law and Ethics Team Decision at the state DECA conference.  Kayla Stewart, Jazmyn Zielenski, and Chrysalin Martin made the top 8 in Buying and Merchandising Operations Research, also qualifying them for international competition.
  • jake holden and brennan travis on stage  girls on stage
Sonic Locker Room Radio Show
Harrisonville High School sports and activities are the focus of a weekly radio show - the Sonic Locker Room Radio program. The Harrisonville Wildcats edition airs each Monday at 4:45 p.m. on 1030 AM and all shows are archived at    This week's show features the February and March Students of the Month from HHS.
Art in Our Community
Art created by Harrisonville Schools students is now on display in local businesses through the Art in our Community program. The Art in our Community program seeks to recognize students in grades K-12 for outstanding work in the visual arts. The artwork is selected by art teachers and then distributed for display for a month at several area businesses including the Cass County Public Library, Community Bank of Harrisonville (291 Hwy), Commerce Bank, Country Club Bank, Garden Gate Floral, Schroeder Chiropractic, the District’s Administrative Office (503 S. Lexington), and the Board of Education Room (503 S. Lexington). 
Photos from Around the District  
Robotics team competes in Texas, this week in KC
the robotics team in Lubbock texas
The Harrisonville High School robotics team traveled to Lubbock, Texas in early March to compete at the Hub City Regional as part of the international FIRST Robotics Competition. The team brought home the Creativity Award and lots of experience to help them as they compete at the Greater Kansas City Regional this weekend at the Business & Technology Campus of the Metropolitan Community College.

Team members who traveled to Lubbock included Hunter Carlton, Bronson Lee, Nate Chance, Mr. Justin Sharp, coach, Alec Chance, Zach Walsh, Sumo Kretzschmar, Lance Kidd, Tate Chiodini, Dawson Truman, Gabriella Wheeler, Jessi Reece, Chase Laizure, Jared McGee, Jack Johnson, coach, and Mrs. Jenny Wickstrom, coach.

The Greater Kansas City Regional is open to the public and will take place March 15-18.
HHS students participate in conference band
all conference band participants
Eleven Harrisonville High School band students participated in the All-Conference band on Saturday, March 4 at Oak Grove High School. The students practiced all day and then performed a concert under the direction of Mr. John Bell.

HHS participants included Kaitlin Sheldrake, Genesis Register, Brad Cox, Tori Bratcher, Micheal Dahn, Chrysalin Martin, Josh Brown, Jill Bachmann, Connor Truman, Kenna Hawley, and Dillon Pippin.
Key Club members attend conference; Dahn elected to position
key club members who attended the state conference
Members of the Harrisonville High School Key Club, along with their sponsor, attended a state conference recently. Nick McCleave, Matison Julian, Dr. Roseann Hoffman, Hannah Willson, and Jack Dahn took part in the 70th Annual Mo-Ark Leadership Conference for Key Club in Springfield, MO March 9-11. Key Club is the student club for Kiwanis and the Harrisonville Kiwanis Club helped sponsor the trip.

While at the conference, HHS student Jack Dahn was elected Lieutenant Governor for District 1.
SADD presents at statewide conference
SADD members who presented at the state conference
Harrisonville High School members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) hosted a session during the 13th Annual Speak Hard Conference in Jefferson City. The students led a session titled, “A Mock Accident Construction.” HHS SADD members attending the conference included Chloe Spencer, Jessi Buerge, Maddie Hoffman, Karsen Cesonis, Caelen Johnson, Austin Schaub, Mr. Joe Dahman, sponsor, Sam East, Keegan Hix, Aubrey Valentich, Dustin Lee, Kaden Wilson, and NOT PICTURED: Dr. Roseann Hoffman, sponsor.

The conference was held March 7-8. Also, while in Jefferson City the students met with Representative Donna Pfautsch.
SADD sponsors seatbelt campaign 
SADD members paint buckle up messages in parking lots  
The Harrisonville High School SADD chapter held a seatbelt campaign the first week of March.  To kick off the week, members painted "buckle up" and "arrive alive" messages in parking lots and at exits at HHS.  SADD then passed out Smarties and Dum Dum candy to students as they arrived at school later in the week based on if they were wearing their seatbelts.  The activities culminated with a seatbelt check which found a better than 10% increase in the number of students wearing their seatbelts from a check in the fall.
HMS collects blood for American Red Cross
HMS teacher candee knox gives blood
Harrisonville Middle School hosted a blood drive on Monday benefitting the American Red Cross.  Twenty-six units of blood were donated. 
Additional pictures from all events are posted on our district Facebook page (a Facebook account is not required to view) - 
Upcoming District Events
March 15-16 - ECC, HES, McEowen Spring Book Fairs 
March 16 - HMS Fine Arts Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Click here for flyer on event
March 16 - McEowen Family Night, Art Fair, Ice Cream Social, 6-7:30 p.m.
March 21 - Kindergarten Music Program
March 21 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., Admin Office 
March 23-29 - Spring Break
March 30 - Kindergarten Information Night for 2017-18, 6 p.m., ECC
April 1 - Prom
April 6-8 - HHS presents The Odd Couple
April 6 - HES Art Fair/Ice Cream Social
April 10 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m., McEowen
April 13 - HES Career Day
April 14-17 - No School
April 18 - PAT Wild About Animals, 6-7 p.m., ECC
April 18 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., Admin Office
April 18 - McEowen Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HHS Performing Arts Center
April 19 - Senior Day of Service
For a full calendar of events, click here

Partner Organization News & Notes 
Athletic Booster Club
The Athletic Booster Club welcomes all parents.  The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  The meetings are at 6:30 p.m. at HHS (enter through the Commons doors).
PTO meeting schedule
The final PTO meeting of the year is set for April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at McEowen Elementary.  All parents of elementary students are invited to attend. 
Royal Guard Band Boosters hosting mattress sale
Do you need to replace a bed in your home? Now is the time! The Harrisonville Band Programs are hosting a one day Mattress Sale at Harrisonville High School on Sunday, March 19th from 10AM-5PM. There will be over 20 name brand models to choose from. Simmons Beautyrest, Southerland, and Comfortaire are just a few of the brands offered! All beds are new, made to order, 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! Financing options are available. Mention this announcement and get a free set of sheets with any bed purchase! All purchases benefit our students!
mattress sale flyer  

Senior Mania
Upcoming meetings are as follows:
March 29th @ 7pm HHS Commons
April 12th @ 7pm HHS Commons
April 26th @ 7pm HHS Commons
May 3rd @ 7pm HHS Commons
May 11th @ 7pm Harrisonville Community Center 
Also, here's a way to support Senior Mania if you have hail damage...
flyer for senior mania fundraiser  
Board of Education
The Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices, 503 S. Lexington.  Agenda items will include:
  • Student recognition - Coach Gibbs and HHS Lady Wildcat Basketball team
  • Certified Personnel Review
  • Summer School Update
  • 2017-18 Capital Projects
  • Board Policy Revisions
  • Setting the date for the Annual Board Organizational Meeting
  • Asphalt Bids
  • 2017-18 Health Insurance Benefit
The full agenda for each meeting is posted the Friday before at the following link -  
Community Flyers
Be sure to check out the Community Flyers page for events and opportunities at the link below.  The webpage is updated on a regular basis.  The flyers are also posted on the District App.
Current flyers include...
Teen Movie Matinee - E.T., 3/16, 3:30 p.m., Library 
Straw Bale Gardening, 3/21, 6:30 p.m., Library