May 1, 2005 Brashear, Missouri



The Adair County R-II School (Brashear) will conduct its annual kindergarten registration on Monday, May 2, 2005, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Brashear Elementary School.


All district children who are 5 years old before August 1, 2005 are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2005-2006 school year.


Parents of kindergarten age children please bring the following for registration:

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


Please call the school at 323-5272 to schedule an appointment and/or receive further information.




The Adair County R-II High School graduation ceremony will be held in the high school gymnasium on Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 3:00 p.m.  The public is cordially invited to attend.


The sixteen seniors include Bruce Bishop, Ricky Bunch, Danny Clarkson, John Mountain-Cuculich, Bill Elam, Holly Hazen, Candace Hettinger, Travis Hettinger, Nathan Hewitt, Danielle Lowe, Dani Moyer, Brent Platz, Brooke Salter, Cody Salter, Samantha Stewart, and Meredith Thompson.   


The receiving line for the graduates will be in the cafeteria immediately following the ceremony.  In addition, National Honor Society will be hosting a punch and cookie reception.




The Adair County R-II sixth grade promotion ceremony will be held in the high school gymnasium on Tuesday, May 17,  2005 at 7:00 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend.


The twenty-two sixth graders include Christopher Brogan, Hayden Coin, Stephanie Elsea, Derek Head, Tyler Heimer, Amanda Horton, Shelton Johnson, Heather Longano, Abby McKim, Cortney Moncrief, Brandy Morrison, Zach Reeves, Justin Rigdon, Shelby Rogers, Melissa Rusk, Jay Scudder, Sydney Slavin, Cody Snelling, Amber Story, Dakota Walker, Abigail Wheeler, and Amber Wood.


A reception will be held for the students in the cafeteria following promotion.




The annual Awards Banquet will be held on Monday, May 9, 2005.  The banquet will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the elementary gymnasium with the awards ceremony to follow starting at approximately 7:00 p.m.  A silent auction will begin at 5:00 p.m.  Proceeds will go to support the Tiger Athletics.  Individuals or businesses wanting to donate items to be used for the auction may contact Matt Copeland at 323-5272 extension 41.


Each family attending the banquet is asked to bring two covered dishes and their own table service.  Drinks and some meat will be furnished by the Athletics Department.  The public is welcome to attend.




Yearbook sales began on April 1 and will continue through May.  This is the 57th edition of the BHS yearbook.  The number of yearbooks for the year is limited.  Plan to order a yearbook early in order to reserve a copy for you and your family.


Personalized yearbooks are no longer available, however, yearbooks without names may still be purchased.  Orders received through April 30 will be $42.  Yearbooks ordered on or after May 1 will be $45.  Please make your check payable to Adair County R-II School.




The Adair County R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, April 18, 2005, to swear in new members and reorganize.  The officers elected are as follows:  President, Curtis Gordon; Vice President, Doug Clarkson; Secretary, Roger Thompson; and Treasurer, Brent Hettinger.  Members are Traci Hill, Matt Reeves, and Brad Smith.




Lunch refunds will only be given to Seniors on their last day of school.  Karla will be sending home bills for those students with a negative balance in their accounts.  Any money remaining in your child(ren)’s account(s) will be carried over to the 2005-2006 school year.  Refunds will be given only if requested.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Renee or Karla at 323-5272. 




This summer your child can experience an exciting program at our school beginning May 24, 2005 and running through June 30, 2005.  The program is intended for all students who will be in kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall of 2005. Afternoon transportation will be available and breakfast and lunch will be served.  The before and after school program will be available to extend the school day.  Applications are still being accepted.




Congratulations to the Brashear Junior-Senior High Band for earning a state rating of Excellent (II) at the District Large Ensemble Music Festival on April 2 in Kirksville.  They performed three prepared selections as well as sight-read a new piece for a panel of music adjudicators.


Congratulations to David Anderson, Trumpet; Alexis Longano, Snare Drum; and Seth Wheeler, Snare Drum for earning Excellent (II) Ratings on their instrumental solos at the Solo/Small Ensemble District Music Festival held in Salisbury on April 9.  Jacob Shipman, Trumpet earned a Superior (I) Rating on his solo at that same festival and will be performing at the State Music Festival on April 29 in Columbia.


Congratulations to Stephanie Linhart and Katie Stewart for their selection to and performance in the 2005 NEMO District Junior High Honor Choir.  They joined 624 other 7th and 8th grade students from 39 Northeast Missouri schools for rehearsal and performance on April 26 in Moberly.


Education Funding In Missouri’s Small and Rural School Districts

Charged with Equivalent Demands for Accountability, Missouri’s Small and Rural School Districts Have Been Forced to Provide More For Less


Warrensburg, MO There are significant disparities in wealth between rural and the rest of Missouri. That disparity results in schools across rural Missouri that are forced to uphold the same student achievement and academic resource standards as all other schools, but they must do so with less property wealth, less family and household wealth, and higher tax levies.

In a state such as Missouri that relies on property tax as the basis for generating school funding, rural and small school districts must have a much higher tax levy in order to generate equivalent revenue per student. The average assessed valuation per student in rural school districts is 54% less than in non-rural districts--$51,628 compared to $79,542--and 50% less in small districts than in large districts--$50,054 compared to $75,263. This means that if the wealthiest suburban district in the state were to maintain a $3.20 levy, the tax levy in the poorest rural district in the state would have to increase to $63.92 in order to generate equivalent dollars per student…
…Rural Missouri constitutes an important part of the state. Nearly one-fourth of Missouri’s 897,000 students attend rural schools. More than 70,000 children are served by small school districts and more than 11,000 students attend small K-8 districts. Across Missouri’s small and rural districts, student achievement is higher; dropout rates are lower; access to advanced courses and comprehensive curriculums can be just as high; students exhibit less disruptive behavior; schools are safer; parent involvement is higher; and costs when computed on a "per graduate" basis are much lower.

In spite of all of the assets of small and rural schools in Missouri and their history of providing more for less—higher achievement at less cost—the inequities and inadequacy of current funding levels cannot be ignored.

In an effort to educate Missouri citizens, lawmakers, and others about the issues and assets of small schools, the Missouri Association of Rural Education has released The Value of Small Schools in Missouri: A Call To Informed Action. MARE also released eight weekly topic papers in August and September, each highlighting a separate educational issue.

The seventh in the series of topic papers released details the major issues surrounding school funding for Missouri’s small and rural schools…

…MARE’s series of topic papers show how small and rural schools provide a promising future for our children, but adequate and equitable funding are essential to keeping Missouri’s legacy of excellent small and rural schools in place. That’s our collective obligation!


To read more on this topic check out the following website:


Current legislation could negatively impact funding for small rural schools.  It is important for you to let your legislators know that adequate funding for rural schools is imperative.




Congratulations to the following students on winning first place with their projects at District Industrial Arts Contest on April 1:  Bruce Bishop, Trever Bunch, Courtney Clarkson, Tabitha Killen, and Cody Salter.  We also won first place in some expo events.  Magen Helm and Rachel Pruett won the paper towel event.  Stefanie McKim and Christina Scudder won the straw tower event.  Josiah Belzer, Danny Clarkson, Kellie Primmer, and Cody Salter won the high school tech bowl by answering all 100 questions right in just 6 minutes. Brandon Gordon, Adriene Mountain, Jacob Owen, and Caroline Slavin won the junior high tech bowl. 


Congratulations to the junior high academic bowl team on placing 1st at the Conference Tournament at LaPlata on April 9.  Josiah Belzer was the top conference tournament player.  Congratulations to the high school academic bowl team on placing 2nd at the District Tournament hosted by our school on April 16.   Danny Clarkson and Brent Platz were named to the All-District Team.


Congratulations to Dani Moyer and Brooke Salter for being named to the MOSports “Top Softball Seniors of 2005” list.




Members of the Adair County R-II Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter recently attended the 2005 Missouri FBLA Leadership Conference held on April 17, 18 and 19 in Columbia, Missouri.


FBLA is a career and technical student organization for all high school students participating in business programs.  Over 2,400 members and advisers representing 393 chapters throughout the state met to elect state officers, transact business of the state chapter, participate in leadership and career workshops, and compete in state leadership awards program.


Members representing the Adair County R-II FBLA Chapter in the state competitive leadership awards program were:  Josiah Belzer-Business Math, Christina Scudder-Introduction to Business Communications and Danielle Lowe-Accounting I.  Winning recognition at the state conference was: Josiah Belzer-2nd-Business Math.  Josiah competed against 39 other “best of the best” Missouri FBLA students from 20 different districts.  He will attend the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 24-27, 2005.  Martha Reese is the chapter adviser and accompanied the students to the conference.




FBLA would like to extend a special thank you to Brent and Shirlene Hettinger for their donation of rock to the FBLA courtyard and to Jackie and Kelley Church for their donation of plants to the courtyard.




Rick Johnson, high school principal, has created 3 beautiful items to be raffled off for our FBLA National Leadership Conference.  Rick has created

a wood birdhouse bench, chair and table set.  These items can be seen in the foyer between the high school offices.  The raffle tickets are $1 a chance and you can contact

Martha Reese for a raffle ticket or ask an FBLA member.  The items will be given away at the awards banquet on Monday, May 9.


The Brashear FBLA will once again be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  The doughnut orders will need to be placed by Tuesday, May 3 with delivery on Monday, May 9.  This time our fundraiser is to help send Josiah Belzer to the FBLA National Leadership Conference. We are very excited for Josiah and feel this is a wonderful opportunity for him to represent our school at the national level.  So if anyone would like to order a dozen or more of Krispy

Kreme doughnuts please let Mrs. Reese or an FBLA member know.


Monetary donations to help offset expenses associated with this trip to the FBLA National Leadership Conference will also be accepted.




If you are a parent of one of our students, you should have recently received a Counselor Newsletter home with your child introducing the idea of a Professional Therapy Dog.  I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you to respond to the survey included in that letter and ask any questions that you may have about the proposed therapy dog, if you have not done so already.


For those of you who do not have children or didn’t receive the letter and would like to know more information, I encourage you to contact me at school at (660) 323-5272 or via email at  In short, Professional Therapy Dogs are specifically trained and placed with professionals for motivational and interaction purposes.  These dogs work in schools, skilled care facilities, hospitals and similar settings.  By providing unconditional love and acceptance, these dogs can improve and increase results sought by professionals.  Dogs, by nature, are animals that accept and love unconditionally.  Many studies have shown that companion animals (i.e. therapy dogs) reduce feelings of isolation, add significantly to the social dimension of life, help one to focus attention outside one’s self, lower stress, and lower blood pressure.  In interviewing some people from schools that already have dogs, I’ve learned that they are wonderful self-esteem builders, de-escalators, and motivators for students.  Many schools introduce their dog as their “most valuable staff member”.  The dog is trained similar to that of a seeing-eye dog.  Their training is long and intensive.  I would then have to go to a week long training to learn how to handle the dog, to ensure that the dog and I are a good match, and to see that I feel the dog would be a match for our school.


Brashear faculty comments: 

“Great idea!” 

“A wonderful calming effect on students and faculty.”

“A positive motivator for behavior.”

“Exciting!  Cutting edge stuff!”

“A great asset to our school.”


Questions or comments I have about the professional therapy dog:



____ I think it is a good idea and would support it.


____  I’d like you to contact me with answers to my questions or for more information. 

Name: _______________________    Phone number: _______________________

Email: _____________________________________________________________


                                                                                                            Christy L. Grissom, LPC

                                                                                                            K-12 Counselor




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).


May 2-6

Monday: Omelet, toast/Hamburger on bun, cheese slice, french fries, fruit, milk

Tuesday: Cinnamon roll/Nachos, lettuce, pears, dessert, milk

Wednesday: Cereal, toast/Hot dog, chips, strawberries, ice cream, milk

Thursday: French toast sticks, syrup/Country fried steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, mixed fruit, milk

Friday: Sausage links, toast/Pizza, corn, peaches, cookie, milk


May 9-13

Monday: Pancake, syrup/Tenderloin on bun, chips, baked beans, pudding tart, milk

Tuesday: Biscuit & gravy/Chicken patty, cottage cheese, peaches, peanut buttter square, milk

Wednesday: Donut/Tacos, cheese, lettuce, fruit, cherry delight, milk

Thursday: Scrambled eggs, toast/Corn dog, tater chunks, broccoli w/cheese sauce, ice cream, milk

Friday: Bacon, hash browns/Garlic cheese bread, lettuce, fruit, cookie, milk


May 16-19

The salad bar will NOT

be available.

Monday:  Breakfast pizza/Ham & cheese on bun, carrots & dip, applesauce, spice cake, milk

Tuesday: Cooks’ choice/Fish, macaroni & cheese, strawberries, white cake, milk

Wednesday: Cooks’ choice/Cooks’ choice

Thursday:  Cooks’ choice/Hot dog, chips, apple, cookie, milk















































2 Kindergarten Registration—Here 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

2 Baseball w/ Marion County—Here 5:00 p.m.

3 Putnam County Varsity Relays—There 2:30 p.m.

3 Baseball w/ Macon County—There 5:00 p.m.

4 FBLA Field Trip to Chicago—4:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

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

6 Kirksville Junior High Relays—There 2:00 p.m.

6 4th Grade Famous Missourians Play—Here 7:00 p.m.

7 Conference Track Meet Junior High and Varsity at Kirksville—There 9:00 a.m.

9 Busy Bees Grandparents’ Picnic—Here 9:00-11:00   a.m.

9 Silent Auction/Awards Banquet—Here 5:00 p.m.

10 3rd Grade Field Trip to Memphis

10 Baseball w/ Schuyler R-I—There 5:00 p.m.

10 Girls Scouts Meeting in Cafeteria—Here 6:30 p.m.

12 5th Grade Field Trip to 1000 Hills State Park

12 Federal Programs Advisory Committee Meetings—Here 5:30 p.m.

13 Senior Class Field Trip to St. Louis—There TBA

13 4th Grade Field Trip to Hannibal—There 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

14 District Track Meet at Harrisburg—There 10:00    a.m.

15 Girls Scouts Banquet in Cafeteria—Here 5:00 p.m.

16-18 District Baseball at Novinger—There TBA

16 Elementary Field Day

16 Evening in Education End of Year Celebration Picnic at Brashear City Park—5:30-6:30 p.m.

16 Elementary Student Council Fun Night—Here 6:30-8:00 p.m.

16 Salt River 4-H Meeting in Cafeteria—Here 7:00 p.m.

17 Sixth Grade Promotion—Here 7:00 p.m.

19 Elementary Awards Assembly—Here 12:30 p.m.

19 Last Day of School—Dismiss at 12:45 p.m.

20-21 State Track Meet at Jefferson City—There TBA

22 Graduation—Here 3:00   p.m.





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