MARCH 1, 2012     Brashear, Missouri



February is traditionally a quiet month in the music program, but we have been hard at work behind the scenes.  The MSHSAA State Large Group Festival will be held on Friday, March 23 at Hannibal-LaGrange College.  Our Concert Band (grades 7-12) will present "Rough-Riders",  a march by Karl King, and "Laramie: A Western Overture" by David Shaffer.  The band has been working on perfecting their parts since before Christmas, and several guest clinicians have been out to Brashear to give their musical insights.  We are grateful to these guests, which have included faculty from the Truman Music Department, for offering their services to our school free of charge.


High school band members have also been busy preparing solos and small ensembles for their festival on Saturday, March 31, at Kirksville High School.  Junior high band has been focusing on sight-reading skills, and learning their parts for the contest pieces.  6th grade band has been working on tuning their instruments on their own, using their ears, as well as the chromatic scale.  5th grade band has been working on expressive playing, as well as reading music.


The general music classes have been learning a lot as well.  Kindergarten and 1st grade classes have been learning musical listening skills, and performing and recognizing fast, slow, loud, and soft.  2nd and 3rd grade classes have been learning new songs and decoding simple rhythmic patterns.  4th grade has begun their "Recorder Karate" program, in which students can earn 9 different "belts" by playing progressively more difficult pieces on their recorders.  It is still early, but we already have 1 orange belt, 5 yellow belts, and 10 white belts in our class of 20 students.  5th and 6th grade classes have been training their ears to hear, read and write rhythms and tonal structures.  The 8th grade general music class has been working with "trash can" drums to learn rhythm reading, writing, as well as listening and improvisation.


Jared Shulse




The Elementary service project for Pennies for Patients was a HUGE success.  They raised over $700 for kids with cancer!  The winning class was fourth grade with $159.42 followed by Kindergarten in a close second with $158.27!  First grade was close behind, also raising over $100 with $119.26.  All three of these classes will be receiving a bronze pennant for raising over $100.  The fourth grade class will be receiving a pizza party as well.  What an amazing show of kindness and caring for those in need!


Mrs. Grissom




The Brashear PTC met on Friday, February 17th  at 5:30 p.m. to discuss donations received to date for the playground and possible fundraisers.  There were only 4 members present.  It was reported that we have $7,901.89 in the playground fund.  Our goal is $25,000.  The PTC will be hosting a Spaghetti Supper on Monday, March 26th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Book Fair and Author Night.  Cost of the supper is $5.00 ages 13 and up, $3.00 ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free.  The meal will include: spaghetti, garlic bread, lettuce salad, dessert, and drink.  We are asking for dessert donations and volunteers are needed to work from 5:15-7:00    p.m.  If you would be able to work a 30 minute shift and/or donate a dessert, please contact Lisa Fisher at 323-5272 ext. 22 or Sara Erwin at 323-4920.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  We need lots of support to reach our goal!


PTC would like to thank the following for their donations to the Playground Fund during the month of February:

Josh & Sarah Hettinger—Friend

Travis, Julie & Kaden Hettinger—Friend

Kayla Hettinger—Friend




Kirksville Area Technical Center has community education classes available to the public.  Courses will be offered in the following areas during the months of March through June:  Computers/Business, Health Occupations, Food Safety and Miscellaneous.


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


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.




Congratulations to the following students who qualified for state competition at the District 3 FBLA contest on Thursday, February 16:  Ashton Wolter placed first in Accounting I and first in Personal Finance; Nick Thomas placed first in Business Procedures and first in Sports Management; Dakota Williams placed first in Cyber Security; Chance Hill placed second in Business Math; and Joe Clarkson placed second in Cyber Security.  These students will compete at the State Leadership Conference in Columbia April 22-24.  The following students placed in the Top Ten at district contest:  the Banking and Financial Systems team of Chandi March, Shelby Salter, and Ashton Wolter, 2nd; Katie Smith, Business Communications, 3rd; Madeline Potter, FBLA Principles and Procedures, 3rd; Shelby Salter, Accounting I, 4th; Alexa Acton, Introduction to Business Communications, 4th; Angela McKim, Business Law, 6th; Chloe Sykes, Business Procedures, 6th; Chance Hill, Introduction to Technology Concepts, 6th; Jeremy Barnes, Technology Concepts, 6th; Dakota Williams, Business Law, 7th; Allison Thompson, Introduction to Business Communications, 7th and Introduction to Business, 8th; Sam Smith, Hospitality Management, 8th; Joseph Woods, Economics, 9th; Chandi March, Health Care Administration, 9th; Hayden Housman, Technology Concepts, 10th; and Taren Treasure, Hospitality Management, 10th.




Dear Patron,


In order to ensure that we are providing our community with comprehensive education services, we are asking you to complete this survey and return it to the school.  We would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to respond to this survey.  Your input is valuable to the improvement of our school system.  You may drop this off at the school or mail it to Adair County R-II School, 205 West Dewey Street, Brashear, MO 63533.


Indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement by marking an “X” in the appropriate box.







1.  I am aware that adult education courses are available through Kirksville Area Technical Center.






2.  I have considered taking adult education courses.






3.  I  have participated in adult education courses through Kirksville Area Technical Center.






4.  The Adair County R-II School District needs to offer adult education courses at Brashear.






5.  I would be willing to pay a fee for adult education courses at Brashear.









Breakfast each day includes milk and juice.  Students may choose cereal instead of the breakfast item offered.  The following items are offered daily for students to choose from in lieu of the main lunch entrée: yogurt or peanut butter and jelly sandwich.


March 1-2

Thursday: Cereal, toast or Pop tarts/Sub sandwich, soup, chips, pineapple, brownie, milk

Friday: Biscuits & gravy/Pizza, corn, applesauce, jello, banana bread, milk


March 5-9

Monday: Waffle, syrup, sausage/Corn dog, tater tots, peas, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Tenderloin, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, pineapple, cheesecake, milk

Wednesday: Long john, fruit/Walking taco, lettuce, refried beans, pears, ice cream, milk

Thursday: NO SCHOOL



March 12-16

Monday: French toast sticks,  syrup/Chicken fingers, macaroni & cheese, green beans, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast casserole/Garlic cheese bread, ravioli, vegetable, fruit, cheesecake, milk

Wednesday: Sausage, toast/Hot dog, chips, carrot sticks, applesauce, cookie, milk

Thursday: Breakfast pizza/Hot pocket, tater tots, vegetable, fruit, apple crisp, milk

Friday: Donut, fruit/Grilled cheese, soup, peas, applesauce, brownie,  milk


March 19-23

Monday:  Breakfast bites, syrup/Nachos, lettuce, peas, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Biscuits & gravy/Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, fruit, pumpkin bar,  milk

Wednesday: Cinnamon roll, fruit/Hamburger, fries, vegetable, fruit, cheesecake, milk

Thursday: Breakfast burrito/Tater tot casserole, lettuce, green beans, pineapple, cake, milk

Friday: Bagel or muffin, fruit/Lasagna bake, garlic bread, cottage cheese, carrot sticks, applesauce, banana bread, milk


March 26-30

Monday: Breakfast pizza/Spaghetti, bread stick, peas, cottage cheese, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Pancake, syrup, sausage links/Chicken patty, mashed potatoes, vegetable, fruit, cake, milk

Wednesday: French toast sticks, syrup/Hot ham sandwich, fries, vegetable, fruit, brownie, milk

Thursday: Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast/Chicken fajitas, lettuce, rice, vegetables, pears, pumpkin bar, milk

Friday: Long john, fruit/Pizza, corn, applesauce, jello, no bake cookie, milk




March Madness

Take a break during Spring Break and come to the Adair County Public Library from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Activities are as follows:

Tuesday, March 6: Guitar Hero Wii for grades 4-6

Wednesday, March 7: Super Smash Brothers Wii for Teens & Tweens grades 7-12

Thursday, March 8: Mario Kart Wii for grades K-3

Friday, March 9: Movie & popcorn, ages 2-12


Ceilidh Dance Fever

Join members of the Ceilidh Dance Club on Thursday, March 15 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to learn Irish dance steps and listen to Irish Tall Tales.


Read Across America

Join members of TSU’s chapter of the National Education Association as they celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday on Saturday, March 17 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. 




A huge thank you to all of the parents and local business people who helped make Adair County R-II Schools Job Shadow Day a success.   Fifty-one students from grades 5, 7 and 10 were out on the job last week. 


Job Shadow Day is sponsored by America’s Promise, National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Junior Achievement and American Society of Association Executives and is a day dedicated to giving young people across America Job Shadowing experiences.  Job Shadowing enables kids to shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes through a normal day on the job, providing an up-close look at how the skills learned in school are put into action in the workplace.


Students returned from their Job Shadowing experience enthusiastic and with a better understanding of how the skills learned in the school environment are used in the “real world” work place.  We appreciate the effort put forth by the parents, mentors and businesses involved in making this a successful learning experience for these students.


Following is a list of businesses and/or people who donated their time to this project.


Joanne Kincaid – Adair County R-II School

Heath Schneider – Adair County R-II School

Dr. Kamra M. DeFries, DDS

Cheri Newman - Jungle of Joys Pet Shop

Darrin Mihalovich – Mark Twain Rural Telephone Co.

Wes Blankenship – Sykes Farms

Tracy Bender – Grooming Corner

Lisa Fisher – Adair County R-II School

Troy Sizemore – Arment Car Care

Christy Sizemore – LaPlata Nursing Home

Shelly Shipman – Adair County R-II School

Sonny Findling – Sonny’s Collision Center

James Eitel – Eitel Farms

Mike Elam – Truman State University

William Pennington – Lighthouse of Love Ministries

Albert Zentz – Zentz Farms

Kate Sandefur – Kirksville Child Development Center

Randall Shahan – Shahan Electric

Betty Stephens – Adair County R-II School

Renee Reeves – Adair County R-II School

Ryan Taylor – Colton’s Steakhouse & Grill

Cheryl Reeves – Adair County R-II School

Anna Nelson – Adair County R-II School

Diane Ramierez – Truman State University

George Moots – Adair County R-II School

Carla Ausmus – First Choice Orthotics & Prosthetics

Julie Stutsman – Bangert Farm Store

Bonnie Bowen – Wal-Mart Supercenter

Keith Turner – LaPlata C & R Supermarket

Cynthia Mara – Wal-Mart Supercenter

Judy Austic – Adair County R-II School

Jo Sullivan – Rider Drug Inc.

Leah Odzinski – Kirksville R-III School

Tim Murphy – Action Cycles

Lori Goodwin – Dr. Robert D. Collinge, DDS

Curt Blakely – Truman State University

Carol Fordyce – Sullivan County Memorial Hospital

Steve Sutton – Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store

Davena McKim – Sullivan County Memorial Hospital

Jill Moncrief – John W. Gillum, CPA, LLC

Bill Mallet – MoDOT

Taira Byrn – Giggles and Grins Learning Center

Jeff Brawner – Brawner Insurance Agency

Bill Borron – Kirksville Brake and Muffler

Dana Thompson – Farm Service Agency

Amie Shahan – Color Me Red

SFC Bradley Young – Army National Guard




Thank you for all of your continued support of our students!


Christy L. Grissom

K-12 Counselor














































2 Knox County Tournament of Minds-Grades 5-7—There 4:30 p.m.

3 Tri-County Conference Band Practice at LaPlata—There 8:00 a.m.

4 5th/6th Grade Girls & Boys Basketball w/ Green City—There 2:00 p.m.

5 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

5 Tri-County Conference Band Tour—LaPlata 9:00    a.m.; Atlanta 10:30 a.m.; Bevier 1:30 p.m.

6 Third Quarter Ends

6 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

6 Academic Bowl w/ Bevier & Atlanta—Here 4:00 p.m.

7 Academic Bowl at LaPlata—There 4:00 p.m.

8-9 No School—Spring Break

12 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

12-17 5th/6th Grade Basketball Tournament—Here TBA

13 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

13 Academic Bowl at Macon County—There 4:00 p.m.

14 FBLA Field Trip to Kansas City—There 6:00 a.m.

16 Early Dismissal—Teacher In-service—Here 1:03 p.m.

19 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

19 Lunch w/ the Principal K-1

19-24 Knox County 5th/6th Grade Basketball Tournament—There TBA

20 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

20 Lunch w/ the Principal 2-3

20 Academic Bowl w/ Linn County & Green City—Here 4:00 p.m.

20 Baseball w/ North Shelby—There 5:00 p.m.

21 Upward Bound Campus Visit Day—There 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

21 Lunch w/ the Principal 4-6

22 Talent Show—Here 6:30   p.m.

23 District Band at Hannibal-LaGrange College—There TBA

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

24 TCC Academic Bowl Tournament/Art Show at Macon County—There TBA

25 5th/6th Grade Girls & Boys Basketball w/ LaPlata—Here 3:00 p.m.

26 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

26 PTC Spaghetti Supper—Here 5:30-6:30 p.m.

26 Evening in Education-Author Night/Book Fair—Here 5:30 p.m.

27 Spring Picture Day—Here

27 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

27 Knox County Varsity Relays—There 3:30 p.m.

27 Baseball w/ Linn County—There 5:00 p.m.

28 Atlanta Junior High/Varsity Relays—There 12:00 p.m.

28 Baseball w/ Knox County—There 5:00 p.m.

29 Kirksville Varsity Relays—There 4:00 p.m.

31 District Solos/Ensembles at Kirksville High School—There TBA


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