FEBRUARY 1, 2009 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 25 through January 31, 2009, 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.


Brad Smith, President

9 Years Service

Doug Clarkson, Vice President

10 Years Service

Curtis Gordon, Secretary

7 Years Service

Traci Hill, Treasurer

4 Years Service

Matt Reeves, Board Delegate

5 Years Service

Brent Hettinger, Member

8 Years Service

Roger Thompson, Member

6 Years Service




This year we have had two candidates file for the two available positions on the Adair County R-II School Board.  Those who have filed include incumbent Brad Smith and incumbent Roger Thompson.


The district will not hold an election since the number of candidates who have filed for the Board is equal to the number of positions available.




The Adair County R-II School District wishes to extend our sympathy to the family of Carol Chambers.  With her passing, the school, community, and her family have lost the presence of a woman who was truly dedicated to children and the ideals of education. 


Mrs. Chambers devoted 17 years of dedication, determination, and spirit to this school district.  It is fitting that we pay tribute to her and accept the generous gifts of the community in her honor.


In recognition of these gifts we offer the following thank you to:


The family of Carol Chambers for establishing a memorial to the library in her honor.  The donation was generous and will provide numerous books for the library.


Other donations in memory of Mrs. Chambers include:


David & Kathy Erwin—Library

Jerry, Martha & Fisher Reese,

Kale and Kiley Watson—Scholarship

Jessica Hill and Todd Hill Family—Library

Dennis & Diane Bradley— Library/Scholarship

Doug & Paula Clarkson—Scholarship

Robert & Kathy Elsea—Library




Yearbook sales are continuing.  This is the 61st edition of the BHS yearbook.  The number of yearbooks ordered for the year is limited.  Plan to order a yearbook in order to reserve a copy for you and your family.


Yearbooks bought during the month of February will cost $55.  All yearbooks purchased after February 27 will cost $60.  Personalized yearbooks are available for an additional $5.  Please make your check payable to Adair County R-II School. 




The Adair County R-II 80th Annual Invitational Tournament will be held from Monday, February 9 through Saturday, February 14 at the Brashear High School Gymnasium.  We will host seven teams from Atlanta, Knox County, Macon County, Marion County, North Shelby, Novinger, and Putnam County.  The tournament brackets are included with this mailing so you can find game times, etc.


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 also ask you to remember our tournament is centered around winning, as is true in any competition.  More important than winning, however, is the attitude with which the fans and athletes approach the game.  As fans we must do our best to set a good example for those around us.  Cheer for your favorite team in the spirit of the game and leave the officiating to the officials who are trained for the task.  We wish for each team to play their best, and may the best team win!




The Adair County Public Library marks the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln with a program for the entire family on Saturday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m.  Storyteller Jo Ho from Overland Park, Kansas will tell true stories about Lincoln by portraying the memorable women in his life—Nancy Hanks, Sally Lincoln, Sarah Bush Johnston, Mary Todd Lincoln and more.  Learn about the wisdom and wit of our 16th president.




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 or peanut butter and jelly sandwich.


February 2-6

Monday: Cereal, toast/Ham & cheese stromboli, french fries, vegetable, fruit, peanut butter bar, milk

Tuesday: French toast sticks, syrup/Walking taco, refried beans, vegetable, fruit, rice krispie treat, milk

Wednesday: Breakfast pizza/Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, fruit, cake, milk

Thursday: Egg omelet, toast/Grilled cheese, soup, vegetable, fruit, no bake cookie, milk

Friday: Biscuit & gravy/Ravioli, roasted potatoes, vegetable, fruit, dessert, milk


February 9-13

Monday: Muffin, fruit/Corn dog, tater tots, cooked carrots, mandarin oranges, dessert, milk

Tuesday: Donut, fruit/Tater tot casserole, garlic bread, vegetable, fruit, apple pie, milk

Wednesday: Sausage, toast/Nachos, lettuce, vegetable, fruit, brownie, milk

Thursday: Sausage, egg, cheese & biscuit/Ham & cheese hot pocket, french fries, vegetable, strawberries, white cake, milk

Friday: Pop tarts/Pizza, corn, fruit, jello, cookie, milk


February 16-20

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Spaghetti, garlic bread, vegetable, fruit, cottage cheese, pumpkin bar, milk

Wednesday: Biscuit & gravy/Chicken sandwich, mashed potatoes, corn, peaches, chocolate cake, milk

Thursday: Breakfast pizza/Mr. Ribb, roasted potatoes, green beans, fruit, dessert, milk

Friday: Long john, fruit/Hot dog on bun, chips, vegetable, fruit, cookie, milk


February 23-27

Monday: Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast/Tenderloin on bun, cheesy potatoes, vegetable, fruit, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Cinnamon roll/Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, vegetable, fruit, brownie, milk

Wednesday: Waffle, syrup, sausage links/Sub sandwich, soup, carrot sticks, fruit, cake, milk

Thursday: French toast sticks, syrup/Chicken & cheese crispito, rice, vegetable, fruit, no bake cookie, milk

Friday: Apple or cherry strudel/Stuffed crust pizza, vegetable, fruit, jello, ice cream, milk




We would like to thank: 


Kenny Shaw for his donation of Stanley’s Christmas Adventure

Gale & Rosalee Rusk for their donation of several books including Stargirl, Officer Buckle and Gloria, and Twelve Tales from Aesop


Books and scholarship donations 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 the school at 323-5272.





Developments in cell phone technology in recent years have resulted in enhanced communication opportunities.  However, the use of cell phones in schools poses increasing risks of school disruptions, bullying, criminal activity, and academic dishonesty.  In recent weeks we have seen a tremendous rise of students using their cell phone during the day.  Students will send or read a text message while the teacher is not looking, during bathroom breaks, changing in the locker room, or even out in the open.  More students are not seeing this as a problem when there are some parents that are condoning them to break board policy.  Please press upon your children that if they bring their cell phones to school that they must be turned off and are not to be seen or heard during the instructional day.  If they drive they should leave their phones in their vehicles.  If we suspect that your child has been using his/her cell phone, we have a right to search the student.  Cell phones that are found on will cause disciplinary actions.  Refusal to turn in cell phones upon request will result in ISS or OSS.  What we are trying to stop are those students that are trying to get around the policy.  It is not our goal to become the cell phone police or to unfairly target those students that abide by the policy and have their cell phone off and do not have them out during the day.



There has been some confusion with part of the cell phone policy.  The confusion has been over the meaning of the phrase “similar electronic devices.”  Similar electronic devices would include anything that could receive or transmit data wirelessly.  Examples include but are not limited to an iTouch®, PSP®, and Nintendo DS®.  Although listening to music on MP3 player type devices is still allowed (at the teacher’s discretion), students need to self regulate what they bring to school.  Students that have questions about a particular electronic device can bring that device to the office so I can make a determination.  Students please be aware that a teacher that sees someone with earphones has the right to see what is connected to the earphones even if the cord leads to a pocket.

                                                                                                Jeff McHenry

                                                                                                High School Principal               




There will be changes to the Tiger Pride Before & After-School program beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.  These changes are necessary as the 21st CCLC Grant draws to a close!  We have been so thankful for the time and effort spent over the past five years to secure and coordinate this wonderful grant for our school!  Hopefully families have experienced and seen the value of its services!


Tiger Pride will continue, but it will look different without federal funding.  A group of parents and staff have been meeting to plan for the program after the grant.  We will be meeting again on February 17th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (light snacks and childcare will be provided) and we would love to have interested parents attend to give their ideas and input.  Our plan is to create a proposal for the Board of Education by April so there will be time to inform families about the services available to them during the 2009-2010 school year.


Please be a part of this important process.  Contact Wendy Kerby at 323-5272 ext. 39 with any questions/concerns or to RSVP for the meeting!




The students in Mr. Copeland's General Science class recently were awarded certificates from Arizona State University's Rock Around the World program.  The program is a unit of NASA's Mars Space Flight Facility which is operated by Dr. Phil Christensen in Tempe, Arizona.


The students were recognized for their contributions that have "added to the knowledge of Mars and the Solar System by contributing a unique rock sample."  The students conducted research and selected a rock at the nearby North Fork of the Salt River.  The students compiled research related to latitude and longitude, as well as geographic location technologies.  The rock sample sent to the ASU research team was catalogued, photographed, and analyzed with a special spectrometer that will assist NASA researchers during the rover missions currently taking place on the red planet.


In order to view the rock analysis, check out the website at and enter the rock identification code: RATW09233.  The students in the class are:  Tyler Heimer, Johnathon Perry, Michael McKim, Ryan Ferdig, Justin Rigdon, Elizabeth Sheets, Richard Coy and Trae Treasure.







































1 5th & 6th Grade Girls Basketball w/ Schuyler County—There 5:00 p.m.

2 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00   a.m.

2 Varsity Basketball w/ Knox County—Here 6:00 p.m.

3 6th Grade Girls & 5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball w/ Kirksville—Here 6:00 p.m.

4 Daisy/Brownie Girl Scouts Meeting—Here 3:00-5:00 p.m.

5 Junior/Senior Financial Aid Night—Here 6:30 p.m.

6 Sophomores to KATC—There 11:45 a.m.

9-14 Adair County R-II 80th Annual Invitational Tournament—Here

9 Busy Bees Valentine’s Party—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.

9 6th Grade Girls Basketball w/ Kirksville—There 6:00 p.m.

11 10th Grade ASVAB

11 Early Dismissal –Teacher In-service—12:45 p.m.

12 5th Grade Girls and 5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball w/ Knox County—There 6:00 p.m.

13 K-6 Valentine’s Parties—Here 2:00-2:55 p.m.

14 TSU Honor Band—There TBA

14 NEMO JH District Honors Band Rehearsal and Concert at Macon—There TBA

14 6th Grade Girls and 5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball w/ LaPlata—There 8:00 a.m.

14 Jump for Heart—Here 10:00  a.m.-12:00 p.m.

16 No School/President’s Day

16 Varsity Basketball w/ Milan—Here 6:00 p.m.

17 NHS Induction—Here 2:00 p.m.

17 Varsity Basketball w/ Bucklin—Here 6:00 p.m.

18 Lunch w/ the Principal  K-1

18 Daisy/Brownie Girl Scouts Meeting—Here 3:00-5:00 p.m.

19 FBLA District Contest at TSU—There TBA

19 Lunch w/ the Principal  2-3

19 Student Council 1st Annual Dodgeball Tournament—Here 3:30-5:30 p.m.

20 Lunch w/ the Principal  4-6

20 Varsity Basketball w/ Novinger—There 5:30 p.m.

  Two quarters of B Boys will be played.

21 5th & 6th Grade Girls and 5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball w/ Green City—There 6:00 p.m.

22 Girl Scouts Thinking Day Activity—Here 1:00-4:00 p.m.

23 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00    a.m.

24 Varsity Basketball w/ North Shelby—There 6:00 p.m.

25 5th & 6th Grade Girls and 5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball w/ Novinger—There 6:00 p.m.

25 Varsity Basketball w/ Linn County—Here 6:00 p.m.

25 Senior Recognition Night

26 5th & 6th Grade Girls Basketball w/ Kirksville—Here 6:00 p.m.

26 PAT Group Activity—Here 6:00-7:00 p.m.

27 Elementary Awards Assembly—Here 2:45 p.m.

27 Varsity Basketball w/ Macon County—Here 6:00 p.m.

27 Homecoming Dance 9:00-12:00 p.m.

28 - March 7 District Basketball Tournament at LaPlata—There TBA


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