April 1, 1999 Brashear, Missouri


The Adair County R-II School (Brashear) will conduct its annual kindergarten registration on Wednesday and Thursday, April 28 and 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Brashear Elementary School building.

All district children who will be five years old before August 1, 1999 are eligible to register for kindergarten.

Parents of kindergarten age children must bring the following: (1) the child's official state-issued birth certificate-the hospital or county issued birth record is not acceptable; (2) the child's up-to-date immunization records; and (3) the child's social security card. The above mentioned records must be on file before the child may attend kindergarten in the fall.

Kindergarten aged children will have a vision,

hearing, height, weight, and general health assessment at the time of registration so you must bring your child when you register. Also at the time of registration, an appointment will be made with you for a developmental assessment of your child after school is out in May.

Please call the school at 323-5272 and make an appointment to register and screen your child for kindergarten. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may have to wait to register.


The Adair County R-II School (Brashear) will

conduct its annual preschool screening on Wednesday and Thursday, April 28 and 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Brashear Elementary School building. We recommend that all district children ages birth to kindergarten age be developmentally screened. This screening includes hearing and vision (if old enough), height and weight, general health, and a developmental assessment at no charge to the parent.

Please call the school at 323-5272 to make an

appointment. This screening will take about one hour to complete so please allow sufficient time when scheduling your appointment.


Please note that on April 1 we will be dismissing at 1:15 p.m. for Easter/Spring Break. Please make sure arrangements have been made for your child/children. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 6.


The Adair County R-II School District is pleased to

announce that John S. Baker of Atlanta, Missouri has been chosen by the Board of Education as the new Secondary Principal for the 1999-2000 school year. Mr. Baker is currently teaching computer aided drafting and design at the Moberly area vocational technical school. He formerly taught at Hannibal and was employed for five years as the Director of Training and Quality at Walsworth Publishing Company in Marceline.

Mr. Baker attended Oak Grove Elementary School

in rural Macon County and graduated from Atlanta High School. He attended college at Truman State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts Education. In 1987 he received a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary School Administration from Truman State.

While at Moberly he has served three years on the

Professional Development Committee and currently is Vice Chairman. He is the lead VICA advisor at Moberly Area Vocational School.

Mr. Baker and his wife Carol live in Atlanta. They

have three children, Tracy and husband Tim Morris of Muscoutah Illinois, Chris and his wife Peggy (Hall) and their two children Jacob and Katlyn of Atlanta, and Robin a senior at Atlanta High School. His family attends the First Baptist Church in Atlanta where he is a member and teacher of the adult Sunday school class.

We want to welcome John Baker and his family to

our community and wish David Tramel much success with his new position in Atlanta.


Recently Mrs. Opal Funk donated a copy of the 1922-23 version of the Brashear Public School handbook to the library. One of the sections in the handbook addresses the question "Why Seek an Education?" The essay that follows lists three reasons:

  1. Because it brings success.
  2. Because it brings happiness.
  3. Because it pays.

Isn't it amazing how those three reasons apply to today's world just as they did three-quarters of a century ago?

A heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Funk for providing this treasure to the library.


Tuesday, April 6, 1999 is election day. Patrons of

the Adair County R-II School District will be voting to elect three school board members.

Incumbents Mary Magruder and David Aldridge have filed for reelection. Other candidates who are seeking a seat on the Board include Kenneth Crandall, Monte Fisher, Douglas Clarkson and Mark Moyer. A sample ballot appears below.


The following students are now published poets in the Anthology of Eleventh Grade Poetry: Bobbi Bradley "Cloud", Sara Heath "Ocean Life" and Ashlee Erwin "Champions". Senior Jaimee Mountain also had a poem selected for publication. Her work titled "January Snow" will be published in A Celebration of the Heartland's Young Poets. The poems are chosen on their literary merit, creativity and social awareness. Our teachers and students should feel honored as there were thousands of entries in these contests. The fact that we have students who were accepted makes a strong statement about our school. Being published represents a lot of talent, hard work and dedication from our teachers and these students.

Brooke Salter was the winner of our local spelling bee held on February 24. Second place went to Drew Moyer and Katie Thudium received third place. We would like to thank PTS for donating the cash prizes and High Five Sports Cards for contributing the medals.

Tami Sack was named to the all-tournament team at the Schuyler County Junior High Academic Bowl Tournament held on March 23, 1999.

The following students have received recognition for their accomplishments during the basketball season. Girls 1st Team All Conference honors were received by Sara Collop, Amber Dailing and Ashlee Erwin. Boys 1st team All Conference honors were received by Shaun Crandall and Zac Erwin. Boys 2nd team All Conference honors were received by Casey Housman and Trevor Mills. Second Team All District honors were received by Ashlee Erwin and Shaun Crandall. First Team All Area honors were received by Ashlee Erwin. Honorable Mention All Area honors were received by Shaun Crandall and Amber Dailing.


With our new lunch program up and running we would like to remind parents that you may now send any amount of money for your child/children's breakfasts and lunches. The computer will then take that amount and apply it accordingly. Once your child's balance falls below $5.00 we will print statements so that you will know it is time to send more money. These statements will be sent home with the students. Parents of elementary students should look for these statements in your children's book bags. It will be your child's responsibility to see that you receive these statements. It is important to remember that only three charges will be permitted for breakfast and lunch. After that your child will not be allowed to eat breakfast and will receive a brown bag lunch for dinner.


The cafeteria is in need of substitute cooks. If you are interested, please call the school at 323-5272.



Breakfast each day includes cereal, milk, juice or fruit. New regulations mandate the main entree for the day must be placed on each tray (designated by * in daily menu).


Thursday: Ham/Chili or vegetable soup*, crackers celery/carrot sticks, fruit, cookie




Tuesday: Biscuit & gravy/Chicken patty*, corn, beets, fruit, cake

Wednesday: French toast/Mr. Ribb*, baked potato, peas, fruit

Thursday: Sausage/Shaved ham on bun*, green beans, hominy, fruit, cookie

Friday: Breakfast bites/Taco casserole*, lettuce, chips, tomatoes, fruit

APRIL 12-16

Monday: Pancake/Country fried steak*, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, fruit

Tuesday: Scrambled eggs/Pizza*, corn, spinach, fruit, cake

Wednesday: Donut/Turkey & noodles*, cottage cheese, green beans, fruit, brownie

Thursday: Muffin w/ jelly/Spaghetti*, meat sauce, lettuce, fruit, cookie

Friday: Ham/Hot dog on bun*, potato salad, carrots, fruit, raisin cluster

APRIL 19-23

Monday: Breakfast bites/Burger on bun*, french fries, peas, fruit, cookie

Tuesday: Breakfast pizza/Nachos*, lettuce, tomatoes, fruit, brownie

Wednesday: Waffle/Turkey*, gravy, corn, fruit, hot rolls

Thursday: Toast w/ jelly/Garlic cheese bread*, green beans, beets, fruit, cake

Friday: French toast/Beef stew*, corn bread, white beans, slaw, apple crisp

APRIL 26-30

Monday: Biscuit & gravy/Tenderloin on bun*, baked beans, slaw, fruit, jello

Tuesday: Sausage/Chicken nuggets*, macaroni & tomatoes, peas, fruit, cake

Wednesday: Donut/Tacos*, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, fruit, pudding

Thursday: Scrambled eggs/Sub sandwich*, corn, fruit, cookie

Friday: Pancake/Corn dogs*, green beans, beets, fruit cobbler

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1Kirksville Varsity Quad T4:00
1Early Dismissal for Easter/Spring Break 1:15
2NO SCHOOL - Easter/Spring Break
5NO SCHOOL - Easter/Spring Break
6Classes Resume
6Kirksville Junior High Quad T5:00
8Baseball w/ Atlanta H5:00
10North Shelby Relays - Varsity & Jr. High T9:30
12Evenings in Education H7:00
13Baseball w/ North Shelby T4:30
14PTS Meeting - Spring Concert H7:00
16Baseball w/ MilanT 5:00
17District Academic Bowl TTBA
17NEMO Varsity Relays at Kirksville T9:00
20Green City Relays - Varsity & Jr. High T11:00
21Baseball w/ Wyaconda T5:00
22Linn County Relays - Varsity & Jr. High T9:00
23Baseball w/ Novinger H5:00
26Baseball w/ Knox County H4:30
Apr 26-
May 14
Terra Nova Testing HTBA
27Atlanta Varsity Relays T1:20
28-29Kindergarten/Preschool Screening H9-3:00
29Atlanta Junior High Relays T1:20
29Scotland County Varsity Relays T4:00


I welcome the sunshine dancing into my office today. What a lift spring brings after the long gray winter days. Some people have a way of bringing sunshine into our lives. I have enjoyed so much having the opportunity to visit with some of our senior citizens at our ballgames. You have been so gracious in filling me in on your fascinating history.

Beulah Housman has shared so many pictures with me-pictures of the school before it burned and even pictures of the school as it was destroyed by fire on December 9, 1925. She also brought in a map of the Brashear Town Square in 1913.

I have especially enjoyed her copy of Announcement of the Brashear Public School 1922-23. The following is taken from page 17 entitled "Worth Memorizing."

Bear in mind that the good name of any organization depends upon the character of its individual members. Be choice in your selection of intimate companions.

Be prompt and regular in attendance at all places where you are expected to be. A reputation for so doing is above price.

Give special attention to the laws of health and your physical well-being. The body is the temple in which the spirit dwells.

Be courteous to everyone, especially to teachers and fellow-students. Feel free to counsel with your teachers; regard them as personal friends.

Remember that the student is not simply preparing for life, but is now having a life, which is as important and significant as that of later year.

Do not undervalue church privileges. Remember church attendance while a student will add much to your personality and influence for good.

Remember your agreements. Be honest with the school as with an individual. Meet all obligations promptly.

Have the courage of your convictions and stand firmly and kindly for the right. School life affords many opportunities for exercising this element of character. Be helpful to your fellow students.

These words were drafted some 76 years ago but they are still relevant. We still need to recognize that our students are not simply preparing for life, they are living their life right now. As educators we are here not only to teach students how to count but what counts. Many students never really do their best work. They only do what it takes to get a good grade. I truly believe that once students experience the satisfaction of being involved in high-quality learning, they will not be content doing just enough to get by.

Again, I look out the window and see the beautiful sunshine and I am reminded we all need to slow down and take a big deep breath and enjoy life. Television journalist Dan Rather once asked a 106-year-old man to disclose his secret of long life. The old man rocked back and forth in his chair before answering. Finally he replied, "Keep breathing."

Dr. Joyce Montgomery

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