December 1, 1998 Brashear, Missouri


There will be three seats open for the Board of Education election on April 6, 1999. The incumbents are David Aldridge, Mary Magruder and Russell Noe. Those elected will serve three-year terms. The first day for candidates to file is Tuesday, December 22, 1998 at 8:00 a.m. The last day for candidates to file will be Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 5:00 p.m.

A candidate must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the Adair County R-II School District, have resided in the state of Missouri for at least one year preceding the election, and be at least 24 years of age.

Candidates must file a campaign expenditure affidavit and agree to obtain 16 hours of credit in school boardmanship within 12 months of the election.

Interested candidates may pick up filing materials at the Superintendent's office beginning at 8:00 a.m. on December 22, 1998 until noon. The office will be closed December 24 and 25. We will be open on December 28, 29 and 30 from 8:00 a.m. to noon then we will again close on December 31 and January 1. Regular office hours will resume on January 4. On January 19, 1999, the office will be open until 5:00 p.m. for filing purposes. Questions? Call the Superintendent's office at 323-5272 during regular business hours.

Citizens have until Wednesday, March 10, 1999 to register to vote in the April general election.


We're gonna fight tonight for Brashear High

Our team is on the road to win

Our team is on the road to a victory

And our hearts are in a spin


To the team we pledge our loyalty

To the team we'll fight right back

To the Senior (Junior) High more honor be

'Cause we wear the orange and black




The annual Christmas Program/P.T.S. Program will be held on Thursday, December 17, 1998 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. All the elementary students will be involved in the program as well as the high school choir and band. The public is invited to attend.


Christmas break will begin at the close of a regular school day on Friday, December 18 and will continue through January 3, 1999. School will resume at its regular time on Monday, January 4, 1999. *NOTE: We will not dismiss early on Friday, December 18.


Congratulations to the Junior High Basketball teams. The boys were Conference Champions with a record of 7-1. They placed 1st in the Atlanta Tournament and 2nd in the Green City Tournament. Congratulations also goes to the girls for their Consolation win in the Atlanta Tournament and a 2nd place finish in the Green City Tournament.

The following students received band and choir honors. Jason Taylor, Lacy Church, Meghan Salter, Amanda Elsea, and Chassie Potter were selected to the 1998-99 Tri-County Conference Band while Tabitha Saner was selected to the Tri-County Conference Choir. Ashlee Erwin was selected to participate in the Truman State University Honors Band.

Two students were winners in the 1997-98 Poetry Contest for the Heartland's Young Poets. Jenny Elsea's poem Me in the 6th Grade and Kristin Osborn's poem Advice were both selected for publishing in September 1998.


Weather related school dismissals are a winter concern. As always, listen to your local radio and television stations for information on "No School" or "Early Dismissal" announcements. We will broadcast on KIRX/KTUF/KRXL (Kirksville), KRES (Moberly), KLTE (Kirksville), and KMEM (Memphis) radio stations. We will also broadcast on KTVO (Kirksville) television. We will notify these stations as soon as possible when a weather related dismissal decision has been made.



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).


Tuesday: Donut/Turkey ala king*, corn, beets, fruit, jello

Wednesday: Ham/Chicken patty*, green beans, hominy, fruit, cake

Thursday: French toast/Nachos*, lettuce, tomatoes, fruit, brownies

Friday: Toast & jelly/Beef stew*, corn bread, white beans, apple crisp


Monday: Pancake/Mr. Ribb*, baked potato, peas, fruit

Tuesday: Sausage/Chicken tetrazzini*, corn, fruit, cookie

Wednesday: Scrambled eggs/Shaved turkey on bun*, green beans, beets, fruit, brownies

Thursday: Biscuit & jelly/Hot dog*, kraut, carrots, fruit, cake

Friday: French toast/Chili or vegetable soup*, crackers, celery/carrot sticks, fruit, cookie


Monday: Biscuits & gravy/Chicken nuggets*, corn, beets, fruit, rice krispie treat

Tuesday: Muffin/Turkey*, gravy, hot rolls, sweet potatoes, fruit

Wednesday: Donut/Spaghetti*, meat sauce, green beans, hominy, fruit, jello

Thursday: Waffle/Ham*, potatoes, peas, fruit, cookie

Friday: Breakfast pizza/Tacos*, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, fruit, pudding


1*2* 3*4*5*
67*8* 91011*12
131415* 1617*18* 19
2021*22* 23*24*25* 26
2728*29* 30*31*

1-5Novinger Tournament TTBA
7Financial Aid Meeting H7:00
8Varsity Basketball w/ Wyaconda H6:00
11Varsity Basketball w/ Novinger H6:00
11Christmas DanceH 9-11
15Varsity Basketball w/ LaPlata T6:00
17PTS Meeting/Christmas Program H7:00
18Varsity Basketball w/ Linn Co. H6:00
21Varsity Basketball w/ Schuyler Co. H6:00
21 - January 1 NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break
Classes Resume on January 4, 1999


Reflecting on the happenings of this past week, I am once again reminded of the importance of relationships. I have witnessed people pulling together and reaching out in loving support. I am reminded of a quote by Dinah Shore, "Trouble is part of life and if you don't share it, you don't give the people who love you the chance to love you enough."

Nationwide surveys of satisfied persons indicate one common factor: a mission, purpose, or chief aim in life. People can work for a paycheck and be part of the "Thank goodness it's Friday" group. Or, you can live your life for something larger, more grand, and more important than the petty pace of those who are simply "putting in time". The real joy in life, at any job, is that of being used for a mighty purpose.

When I think about the importance of how we view what we are doing, I am reminded of the following story. Two stonecutters were at work and were asked what they were doing. In a complaining voice one said, "I'm cutting stone". The other beamed and said, "I'm building a cathedral". Same job, but one is part of a grand purpose, the other is not. A vision without tasks is a pipe dream. A task without vision is drudgery. A vision with tasks can move the world. Imagine the vision behind the pyramids of Egypt or America's moon landing project. Here's how George Bernard Shaw said it:

This is the true joy in life

the being used for the purpose.

Recognized by yourself as a mighty one

being a force of nature.

Instead of a feverish little clod of ailments

and grievances complaining that the world

will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to

the whole community and as long as I live it is

my privilege to do whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die.

For the harder I work, the more I live.

I rejoice in life for its own sake.

Life is no brief candle to me.

It is a sort of splendid torch

which I've got a hold of for the moment

and want to make it burn as brightly

as I can before handing it on to future generations.

We have a staff dedicated to serving the youth of our community. The staff at Adair County R-II School District has adopted the following mission statement: We believe that in a democratic society, education must help the student realize his or her worth as an individual and should lead him or her toward becoming a productive member of society. Strong emphasis must be placed upon democratic values which are important for an effective and satisfying personal and social life.

Dr. Joyce Montgomery

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