February 1, 2005 Brashear, Missouri




Local school board members are dedicated citizens who carry out the truest form of representative government—volunteer public service.  School board service is perhaps the purest expression of grassroots democratic principles upon which our nation was founded.


In these challenging times, school board members are called upon to be the policy makers for our school district and are often called upon to make tough decisions.  The week of January 23 through January 29, 2005, has been declared School Board Recognition Week by the Missouri School Boards’ Association.  It’s a time for educators and citizens across the state to salute these unpaid volunteers who serve public education on behalf of their communities.  It seems fitting that at least once a year we thank them for their time and dedication.


Being an effective school board member is no easy task.  Lay school leaders need to be knowledgeable about many complex educational and social issues.  Board members govern individual school districts, establish local policies, approve educational programs, provide necessary physical facilities, hire the superintendent, and share in costs by raising necessary local funds along with state funds to operate district educational programs.


School board members’ service ensures that decisions about our public schools are made as close to the needs of our children and communities as possible.  Further, our local board members serve as examples for our young people of the excellent tradition of volunteering that is a hallmark of our society.


School board members face challenges every day.  For their untiring personal dedication and commitment to public service, let’s give our school board members a hand.


Doug Clarkson, President

6 Years Service

Kenneth Crandall, Vice President

6 Years Service

Roger Thompson, Secretary

2 Years Service

Curtis Gordon, Treasurer

3 Years Service

Brent Hettinger, MARE Delegate

4 Years Service

Brad Smith, Member

5 Years Service

Matt Reeves, Member

1 Year Service




We would like to thank the family of Richard Coy for donating memorials in support of the Brashear Athletic program.  A trophy case will be purchased in memory of Richard as a tribute to his dedication and unwavering support of the athletes of this school.


Pat Coy

Robert & Lisa Athon & Family

Craig & Lora DeBie & Family

Justin & Lisa Coy & Family

Lee & Jennifer O’Brien & Family




National Honor Society is selling Valentine Balloons as a service project and fund-raiser.  The four different options this year include: a stuffed cow or bear with a helium filled balloon and candy for $5, a stuffed cow or bear with the balloon for $4, a stuffed bear or cow with candy for $4, or a balloon and candy for $3.  The stuffed cows and bears are new this year and they will be on display at the school.  They are also in a limited supply so place your orders as soon as possible.  They will be available for purchase from February 1 through February 11.  (Sorry, no orders will be taken after Friday, February 11.)  They will be delivered to students at the end of the day, February 14.  NHS members will have a table set up in the elementary and the high school each morning.


Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to pay for the NHS induction ceremony and to help defray the cost of the group’s trip to the New Theatre Restaurant in Kansas City.




Kirksville Area Technical Center has numerous community education classes available to the public.  Enrollment began Monday, January 17 and classes for the spring session begin February 5, 2005. 


Courses will be offered in the following areas:

   Health Occupations        Computers

   Business                        Technical

   Youth Classes                Personal Enrichment


You may register in person or by phone at the Community Education Office at the Kirksville Area Technical Center, 1103 South Cottage Grove, Kirksville, MO, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The phone number is 660-665-2865.


For a listing of courses available, you may contact Kirksville Area Technical Center or the High School Office at Adair County R-II.




The Adair County R-II 76th Annual Invitational Tournament will be held from Monday, January 31 through Friday, February 4 at the Brashear High School Gymnasium.  We will host teams from Douglass, Macon County, and Novinger.  The game schedule will be as follows:


Monday, January 31

5:00—Novinger vs. Douglass—Boys

6:30—Brashear vs. Macon County—Girls

8:00—Brashear vs. Macon County—Boys


Wednesday, February 2

5:00—Brashear vs. Douglass—Boys

6:30—Macon County vs. Novinger—Girls

8:00—Macon County vs. Novinger—Boys


Friday, February 4

5:00—Douglass vs. Macon County—Boys

6:30—Brashear vs. Novinger—Girls

8:00—Brashear vs. Novinger—Boys


First team listed will be the home team.  Admission fees for the tournament will be $2.00 for students, $3.00 for adults with a maximum of $8.00 per family.  The family rate is for parents and children only.  It does not include grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.  Admission for senior citizens will be $1.00.  We hope to have good community support, as we always have, for the tournament games.  We wish for each team to play their best, and may the best team win!




This year we have had five candidates file for the three available positions on the Adair County R-II School Board.  Those who have filed include Angela Shultz, Danny Harrelson, incumbent Curtis Gordon, incumbent Douglas Clarkson,  and Traci Hill.  Please remember to vote on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 for your local Board members.  If you are not a registered voter, the last day to register to vote in the general election is Wednesday, March 9. 




We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kenny and Teri Crandall for their generous monetary donation to the Girls Athletic Teams and the Library in honor of Travis and Lucia Freeman.


Recently books have been donated to the library in the memory of loved ones who have passed on.  These include:  Stranger in the Woods, donated in memory of Richard Coy by Frank and Vicki Collop and Mike and Sara Erwin; Room for a Little One, donated in memory of Leroy Erwin by Frank and Vicki Collop and Mike and Sara Erwin; Picasso, My Grandfather, donated in memory of Mary Jolene Delaney Long by the Charlene Fisher Family; Bob Mathias donated in memory of Richard Coy by the Charlene Fisher Family; The Puppy Owner’s Manual donated in memory of Ronald Person by the Charlene Fisher Family; America’s Historic Trails donated in memory of Jerry Gudehus by the Charlene Fisher Family; Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President donated in memory of Leroy Erwin by the Charlene Fisher Family; and Anchor of Liberty, donated by the Ann Haynes Chapter of DAR.


Books make a lasting tribute to the memory of our loved ones.  If there is someone that you would like to memorialize in this way, please contact Denise Brown, Library Media Specialist at 323-5272 extension 39.



January 30—February 5, 2005


Earthquake! - Drop, Cover and Hold! Then Look UP!


When you feel an earthquake, DROP under a desk or a sturdy table. Stay away from windows, bookcases, file cabinets, heavy mirrors, hanging plants, and other objects that could fall. Watch out for falling plaster or ceiling tiles. Stay under COVER until the shaking stops. HOLD onto the desk or table.  If it moves, move with it. If you exit a building LOOK UP before you leave the building to make sure you will not be hit by falling debris, bricks or building ornaments. Running outside a building is a good way to become an earthquake casualty.


Here are some additional tips for specific locations:


¨        If you are in a HIGH RISE BUILDING and not near a desk or table, move against an interior wall, and protect your head with your arms. Face away from windows. Do not use the elevators.  Do not be surprised if alarms or sprinkler systems activate.


¨        If you are OUTDOORS, move to a clear area, away from trees, signs, buildings or downed electrical wires and poles.


¨        If you are on a SIDE WALK NEAR BUILDINGS, get into a building’s doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster, and other debris.


¨        If you are DRIVING, slowly pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.


¨        If you are in a CROWDED STORE OR OTHER PUBLIC PLACE, do not rush for exits.  Move away from display shelves with objects that could fall on you.


¨        If you are in a WHEEL CHAIR, stay in it. Move to cover, if possible, lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms.


¨        If you are in the KITCHEN, move away from the refrigerator, stove and overhead cupboards.  (Take time now to anchor appliances and install security latches on cupboard doors to reduce hazards.)


¨        If you are in a STADIUM OR A THEATRE, stay in your seat or get under it if possible, and protect your head with your arms. Do not try to leave until the shaking is over. Then leave in a calm, orderly manner.


After an earthquake, be prepared for AFTERSHOCKS, and plan where you will take cover when these occur.


For more information on Earthquake Preparedness, go to:




Tryouts were held recently for the upcoming academic bowl seasons.  Varsity team members include Bridget Clarkson, Danny Clarkson, Tyler Killen, Kale Moore, Brent Platz, and Amanda Powell.  Junior high team members include Josiah Belzer, Anthony Chambers, Courtney Clarkson, Jeremy Clay, Adriene Mountain, Christina Scudder, and Caroline Slavin.


Congratulations to the following members of our 5th & 6th grade academic bowl team on placing 1st at the Scotland County R-I Annual       S.P.R.I.N.T. Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament:  Andy Belzer, Stephanie Elsea, Jay Scudder, Sydney Slavin, Chloe Sykes, and Nick Thomas.

Congratulations to Tabitha Killen—12th Chair Flute, Alexis Harrelson—17th Chair Clarinet, and Katie Stewart—3rd Chair French Horn on their Junior High District Honors Band audition results.  They will rehearse and perform in concert on Saturday, February 19th at Centralia High School.  The concert begins at 5:00 p.m.




I recently received a complimentary report from a basketball official regarding the boys basketball game between Brashear and Marion County that took place during the North Shelby Tournament.   Since it is a short report, I have decided to reprint it in its entirety:


“During the North Shelby Tournament, I had the pleasure of officiating an outstanding 7th place boys basketball game between Marion County & Brashear.  The overtime game was well played, well coached and hard fought by both teams.  It was a pleasure to hear nothing but words of encouragement from the players on the court and from the benches and the stands.  I don’t recall a game of such noteworthy conduct by all those involved.  Both schools should be proud of the effort and commended for the actions of all those present representing their school.”  


I also applaud our patrons efforts to maintain a positive attitude and to set such a fine example of sportsmanship for our young people to follow.  Thank you for your continued support.


Rick Johnson

High School Principal




Welcome to Jenny Pringle in the counseling office.  Jenny is a Truman student working on her Master's of Counseling.  Jenny will be doing a portion of her internship here this semester and will be here most Thursdays and Fridays working from the counseling office under my supervision.  Many of the students know her as Miss Jenny from the after school program. 

There is a lot going on in the counseling office the month of February.  The 7th - 11th is National School Counseling Week.  We will spend the week talking to the students about what counselors do and how they can be helpful to a variety of different people.  This week also gives me the opportunity to thank all of the faculty, staff, and community for their support of the counseling program.


February is also the month where students are given the opportunity to job shadow.  This year grades 5 and 10 will be shadowing.  Watch for more information to come out on this.

Mrs. Grissom

K-12 Counselor




Interest in the Tiger Pride Before- and After-School Program has exceeded our greatest expectations.  The program is currently serving around sixty students.


This program, funded by a federal grant, provides an extended school day for the participants.  The goals of the program include providing a quality program in a safe environment that will lead to improved academic achievement and performance.  In addition, it is the intent of the program to decrease at-risk behaviors, help students further develop social skills, and provide literacy and other skill development opportunities for families.

Students enjoy a variety of activities as evidenced by these “quotes from the kids”.


“I liked it when we made MISSOURI with play dough.”  1st Grader.


“Tiger Pride is a great program.  …In Tiger Pride, we first have a snack.  Then, we either do an activity or recess.  Also, on Wednesdays, you can go to a French class.  We also have fun field trips.  Sometimes we read about something, and we learn a lot.  I think everyone should join and have fun at Tiger Pride!”  5th Grader.


“It was fun to study beavers and make beaver lodges.”  4th Grader.


“Tiger Pride is a good enrichment program.  We have done many games such as Bring Home the Bacon, Witch’s Broom, The 10 Presidents, and many more.  My favorite was The 10 Presidents.  6th Grader.


“I liked to make scarecrows.”  1st Grader.


“In Tiger Pride, you will never get bored.  There is plenty to do.  Let’s see, field trips to farms, Wal-Mart, and you get to go fishing.  Many visitors come—even astronomers!  You will have the time of you life.”  5th Grader.




Breakfast each day includes milk and juice.  The following items are offered daily for students to choose from in lieu of the main entrée: yogurt, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or salad bar (students in grades 7-12 only).


February 1-4

Tuesday: French toast sticks, syrup/Chicken taquitos, lettuce, peaches, apple crisp, milk

Wednesday: Sausage patty, toast/Hot ham & cheese, chips, baked beans, cookie,  milk

Thursday: Waffle, syrup/Chili or potato soup, cheese slice, veggies & dip, pumpkin bars, milk

Friday: Cereal, toast/Mozzarella sticks, marinara sauce, corn, lettuce, ice cream, milk


February 7-11

Monday: Omelet, toast/Chicken strips, broccoli w/ cheese sauce, fruit cocktail, brownie, milk

Tuesday: Biscuit, gravy/Hamburger on bun, french fries, applesauce, cookie, milk

Wednesday: Bacon, hash brown/Chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit, milk

Thursday: Pancake, syrup/Tater tot casserole, hot rolls, peas, pudding, milk

Friday: Cinnamon roll/Grilled cheese, vegetable soup, fruit, cookie, milk


February 14-18

Monday: Sausage link, toast/Hot dog on bun, sauerkraut, cottage cheese, cake, milk

Tuesday: Donut, fruit/Tenderloin on bun, chips, cooked carrots, cherry delight, milk

Wednesday: French toast sticks, syrup/Chicken breast, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, fruit, milk

Thursday: Biscuit, sausage patty/Nachos, lettuce, applesauce, cookie, milk

Friday: Egg mcmuffin w/ cheese/Pizza sandwich, corn, peaches, brownie, milk


February 21-25

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Cereal, toast/Country fried steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, fruit, milk

Wednesday: Ham slice, toast/Sloppy joe, tortilla chips w/ cheese sauce, fruit, rice krispie treat, milk

Thursday: Scrambled eggs, bacon/Tacos, lettuce, cheese, refried beans, fruit, milk

Friday: Bagel, cream cheese, fruit cup/Chicken patty, potatoes, corn, ice cream, milk


February 28

Monday: Biscuit, gravy/Fish, macaroni & cheese, strawberries, white cake, milk














































Jan 31-Feb 4

Adair County R-II 76th Annual Invitational Tournament




Girl Scouts Meeting in Cafeteria


6:30 p.m.


5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball w/ LaPlata


6:00 p.m.


NHS Induction


2:30 p.m.


Varsity Basketball w/ Marion County


6:00 p.m.


Group Picture Day




Varsity Basketball w/ Atlanta


6:00 p.m.


Busy Bees


9:00-11:00 a.m.


K-6 Valentine’s Parties


2:00-3:00 p.m.


Varsity Basketball w/ Bucklin Senior Recognition Night


6:00 p.m.


10th Grade ASVAB


8:45 a.m.


Hoops for Heart


3:30-4:30 p.m.


Varsity Basketball w/ Marion County


6:00 p.m.


Early Dismissal Teacher In-service


12:45 p.m.


5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball w/ Mary Immaculate


6:00 p.m.


Early Dismissal Teacher In-service


12:45 p.m.


Varsity Basketball w/ Novinger


6:00 p.m.


NEMO JH District Honors Band Rehearsal


9:00 a.m.


NEMO JH District Honors Band Concert


5:00 p.m.


No School/President’s Day




5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball w/ Novinger


6:00 p.m.


Salt River 4-H Meeting


7:00 p.m.


6th/7th Grade Physicals




Varsity Basketball w/ North Shelby


6:00 p.m.


6th/7th Grade Physicals




5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball w/ Mary Immaculate


6:00 p.m.


CMU Music Festival at Fayette




Elementary Awards Assembly


3:00 p.m.


Varsity Basketball w/ Macon County


6:00 p.m.


Homecoming Dance


9-11 p.m.


Tri County Conference Band Auditions


 1:00 p.m.


5th/6th Grade Girls Basketball w/ Mary Immaculate


2:00 p.m.


Busy Bees


9:00-11:00 a.m.


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