May 1, 2008 Brashear, Missouri




Mrs. Grissom, with complete funding from State Farm Insurance company, sponsored the national “Save A Life” Tour at BHS on Monday, April 28.  The “Save A Life” tour is a high impact national campaign that promotes alcohol awareness and demonstrates the debilitating results alcohol consumption has on the motor and nerve centers of the human body.


The new state-of-the-art Simulation Experience immersed the students in a realistic and virtual drinking and driving situation.  They thought and felt like they were driving a car while intoxicated.  This is the very same technology used to train police and military personnel.  The driver began the experience “sober”.  Then the controls were adjusted so the student began to feel as though they were driving drunk.  They began to lose control of the road, their focus became blurred, and they were tested with every element of Mother Nature’s tricks.  When the simulation experience concluded, the student was left to remember those feelings of lost control and panic for the rest of their lives.


To further enhance the devastating consequences of drinking and driving, there were 8’ x 10’ monitors that displayed not only the driver’s point of view, but also the point of view from high over head in a helicopter, as if the entire incident were being captured on live television news.  There was even an actual casket displayed on scene to further drive home the finality of a drunken driving death.


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The Adair County R-II High School graduation ceremony will be held in the high school gymnasium on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.  The public is cordially invited to attend.


The fifteen seniors include David Anderson, Josiah Belzer, Tiffany Blake, Jeremy Clay, Jessica Hill, Tyler Horton, Hailee Kelsey, Alexis Longano, J.J. McFarland, Michael (Tony) Raine, Christina Scudder, Monika Shaver, Jacob Shipman, Kale Watson, and Cassandra Wood.   


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.


Good luck Seniors in all your future endeavors!




The Adair County R-II sixth grade promotion ceremony will be held in the high school gymnasium on Tuesday, May 20,  2008 at 7:00    p.m.  The public is welcome to attend.


The twenty-one sixth graders include Alexa Acton, Cynthia Anderson, Joey DeSonia, Natasha Findling, Marcus Jefferson, Angela McKim, Gus Mihalevich, Christopher Miller, Ashley Moncrief, Nicole Moncrief, Madeline Potter, Tiffany Rigdon, Sam Smith, Tristin Smith, Kayla Snelling, Katie Sweet, Meredith Thomas, Lilly Tonkinson, Nichole Wagster, Olivia Wheeler, and Dakota Williams.


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




The following surplus items will be offered for sale via the Internet in May.  To access the online auction website, go to our home page at and click on District Items For Sale At GovDeals Auction.


Offered for sale:


·         For Sale:  1 Bathroom Partition Stall (Blue Laminated Particle Board - 59" X 36"); 3 Bathroom Partition Stalls (Tan Metal - 96" X 85"); 2 Standard Rectangular (20" X 18") Lavatory and Faucets; 2 Aqualav 19" Round Lavatory & Faucets; 3 Standard 16" Tankless Toilets; 3 American Standard 16" Tank Toilets; 1 Blue Vanity Countertop (60” X 22")


·         Assorted Copier and Printer Supplies:  7 cartridges of Ricoh Type 670 Copier Toner; 2 Quill Printer Ribbons (fits Epson FX80, MX70, MX80, & RX80 and IBM 5152 printers); 7 Printer Ribbons for Apple Imagewriter, NEC PC8023A; 1 Epson Ribbon Cartridge, #7753; 1 Apple C Printer Ribbon Cartridge, DMP 1330/A; and 5 Nu-kote Ink Jet Refill Kits, RF20.


·         Assorted Collectible Books and Texts:


(Title, Copyright Date, Notes)

Poetry of the English Renaissance, 1929,        M.           Brashear

Negro Poets & Their Poems, 1935    

British Poetry & Prose Revised; 2 Volumes, 1938

Select Poems of Robert Browning, 1887          

Bacon Essays, 1914            

A New Anthology of Modern Poetry, 1938   

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, 1936

When Knights Were Bold, 1939       

Modern British Poetry:  Mid-Century Edition, 1950      

Ideas & Forms in English & American Literature,          1929       

Shakespeare for Young Actors, 1957              

The Hidden You:  Psychology in your Life, 1966          

Ways to Improve Your Personality, 1965       

Custom Tailoring for Homemakers, 1964         

The Turn of the Tide:  a History of the War Years,        1957       

The Story of Design, 1963 

Sewing Without a Pattern, 1971       

King of the Dragsters: the Story of Big Daddy (Don)   Garlits, 1970          

ESP:  Extrasensory Perception, 1967

Inside Europe:  War Edition, 1940    

Kon-Tiki:  Across the Pacific by Raft, 1966    

History of England, 4th Ed., 1957     

The Trimtab Factor, 1984   

Global Insights – People & Cultures  (2 books),             1994       

Literature & Language Arts (3 books), 1997


Additional information and pictures are available on the GovDeals website.  The auction will be open from May 6, 2008 through May 16, 2008.


All items sold AS IS WHERE IS.  Adair County R-II School reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to withdraw from sale any of the items listed.  The date and time for inspection of the items is scheduled for May 6, 2008 through May 16, 2008, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:00 p.m.  Please call 323-5272 to set up an appointment for viewing the items.




The Tiger Pride Before & After-School Program has had a wonderful year!  Our enrollment has steadily increased and students' families report good experiences!  Thank you for supporting this program as it is a valuable service to families!


If your child is to attend the summer school program and will be coming early or staying later for the after-school program, they need to be enrolled in Tiger Pride.  If your child is not currently enrolled, please contact Mrs. Kerby and an enrollment packet will be provided.


We would like to thank the Adair County YMCA for helping Tiger Pride host a movie/games night on Monday, April 21.  There were 11 children in attendance and they had a great time playing, snacking and watching a movie.  The YMCA is one of our Community Partners and we are extremely thankful for their gracious support!


Please remember that there will be no Tiger Pride on the last day of school (Wednesday, May 21) to allow staff to begin preparing their space for the fast approaching Summer School program.


Tiger Pride is licensed by Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services.  They are asking for your feedback on the State's Child Care Regulation's existing rules.  You are invited to attend one of five focus groups being offered throughout the state during the month of June.  If you would like to attend and need more information, please contact Mrs. Kerby for details.




The annual Awards Banquet will be held on Monday, May 5, 2008.  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. 


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 November 1 and will continue through May.  This is the 60th edition of the BHS yearbook.  The number of yearbooks for the year is limited.  Plan to order a yearbook 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 for $60.  Please make your check payable to Adair County R-II School.




Sports physicals are required under the guidelines of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) prior to participation in school sporting activities.  Sports physicals are provided free of charge at the Adair County Health Department, 660-665-8491.  They are performed on Wednesdays and are by appointment only.  Physicals can also be performed by your family physician.  Physical forms can be obtained from the High School Office, Nurse’s Office, or at Please return completed forms to the school prior to participation in activities.


                                                Nurse Sheri




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 2008-2009 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. 




Attendance at summer school is important in order for your child to gain the full benefit of the experience.  In an effort to encourage students’ attendance at Summer School this year, we will award a $20 Wal-Mart Gift Card to students with 95% or better attendance.


Enrollment for summer school is still open.  Classes will begin May 27, 2008 and run through June 25, 2008.  The program is intended for all students who will be in kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall of 2008.  The before and after school program (Tiger Pride) will be available to extend the school day.  Afternoon transportation will be available after the Tiger Pride program and breakfast and lunch will be served.  Applications are still being accepted.




The Adair County R-II Board of Education met in special session on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, to swear in new members and reorganize.  The officers elected are as follows:  President, Brad Smith; Vice President, Doug Clarkson; Secretary, Curtis Gordon;  Treasurer, Traci Hill; and Board Delegate, Matt Reeves.  Members are Brent Hettinger and Roger Thompson.




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.


May 1-2

Thursday: Sausage, egg & cheese biscuit/Chicken patty, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches, cake, milk

Friday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Cheese stuffed crust pizza, corn, lettuce, fruit, cookie, milk


May 5-9

Monday: Sausage, toast/ Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, vegetable, fruit, peanut butter square, milk

Tuesday: Biscuit & gravy/ Sub sandwich, chips, vegetable, strawberries, white cake,  milk

Wednesday: Cinnamon roll/Grilled cheese, soup, vegetable, fruit, brownie, milk

Thursday:  French toast sticks, syrup/Tenderloin on bun, cheesy potatoes, vegetable, fruit, cake, milk

Friday: Cereal, toast/Hot dog on bun, fries, vegetable, fruit, cookie, milk

May 12-16

Monday:  Pop tart, fruit/Ravioli, garlic cheese bread, broccoli, fruit, rice krispie treat, milk

Tuesday: Egg omelet, toast/Walking taco, refried beans, lettuce, fruit, ice cream, milk

Wednesday: Pancake, sausage/Chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches, chocolate cake, milk

Thursday: Muffin, fruit/Chicken patty, macaroni & cheese, vegetable, fruit, pumpkin bar, milk

Friday: Donut, fruit/Pizza, vegetable, fruit, cookie, milk


May 19-21

The salad bar will NOT

be available.

Monday: Cook’s choice/BBQ hot dog on bun, chips, carrot sticks, apple, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Cook’s choice/Cook’s choice

Wednesday: Cook’s choice/Cook’s choice




Thank you to: 


The family of Betty Hammons for their donation of the shelter to the ballpark.


Dennis and Diane Bradley for their donation to the scholarship fund in memory of Betty Hammons.


Travis Freeman for his donation to the Adair County R-II High School FBLA supporting their participation at the State Leadership Conference in Columbia.


Also thank you to Travis Freeman for his donation of LCD projectors to the Art Room and Library.


Mark & Rhonda Fisher for their donation of Ballparks Yesterday and Today in memory of Weldon Tague.


Aden Zentz for his donation of Bugs, Bugs, Bugs. 

Louise Smith for her donation of Mystery of Mars and Voyager.  Both of these books are signed by Astronaut Sally Ride.


Jeremy Haupt for his donation of Over in the Meadow.

Jack and Evelyn Thomas for their donation to the Junior High and Varsity Academic Bowl Teams.


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.




Two Adair County R-II School classes have been recognized for high performance on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests for the spring of 2007.  The 2006-07 sixth grade at Brashear Elementary were named one of the top ten schools (with an enrollment less than 250) in math with 80% of the students scoring “Advanced” or “Proficient”.  The 2006-07 eleventh grade at Brashear High School ranked 2nd out of the top ten schools in communication arts with 80% of students scoring “Advanced” or “Proficient”.


The Top-Ten List is a list of schools in each of three categories (schools with less than 250 students, schools between 250 to 500 students, and schools with more than 500 students) whose students represent the top ten schools in percent of students scoring at the “proficient” and “advanced” levels on the spring state achievement test otherwise known as the MAP test. 


The “proficient” and “advanced” level is a standard set by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as the “gold” standard or the benchmark established as the desirable achievement level for all students.


Those in the past that have been recognized for this honor are:

·         Spring 2006 – Grade 3 Communication Arts and Math, Grade 10 Math

·         Spring 2005 – Grade 8 Math, Grade 11 Communication Arts

·         Spring 2004 – Grade 7 Communication Arts, Grade 8 Math and Grade 11 Communication Arts

·         Spring 2003 – Grade 7 Communication Arts, Grade 8 Math

·         Spring 2001 – Grade 3 Science, Grade 7 Communication Arts, Grade 8 Math, Grade 11 Communication Arts

·         Spring 2000 – Grade 7 Communication Arts, Grade 7 Science

·         Spring 1999 – Grade 3 Science


For a complete Top-Ten List, go to




Congratulations to the high school academic bowl team for finishing second at the District Tournament on Saturday, April 12.  Josiah Belzer was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.


Congratulations to the following students who won first place at District Industrial Arts contest at Moberly on Friday, April 18:  Nick Bradshaw, Joe Clarkson, Hayden Coin, Ryan Ferdig, and Morgan Taylor.  These students are eligible to compete at the State Industrial Arts contest on Friday, May 2 at Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.


Congratulations to Tabitha Killen for placing first in Introduction to Business Communications at the Missouri FBLA State Leadership Conference.  Tabitha is eligible to compete at the National FBLA Leadership Conference.  This conference will be held on June 26-29 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Christina Scudder placed fourth in Accounting and ninth in Technology Concepts.  Jay Scudder placed sixth in Introduction to Business Communications and tenth in Introduction to Technology Concepts.


The 4th and 5th graders recently participated in the conservation poster contest sponsored by the Adair County Soil and Water Conservation District.  The 4th grade winners were 1st place-Kourtney Arnold, 2nd place-Skylar Housman, and 3rd place-Mandy Taylor.  The 5th Grade winners were Allison Thompson-1st place, Chance Hill-2nd place, and Abby Hall-3rd place.  Kourtney also won first place overall for the county in 4th grade and her poster will advance to state competition.


Calendar of Events


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

2 State Industrial Arts Contest at Lake of the Ozarks—There TBA

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

3 District Track Meet at Kirksville—There 9:30 a.m.

3 Macon MS/JH Music Festival—There TBA

5 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.

5 Lunch w/ the Principal K-1

5 Awards Banquet—Here 6:00 p.m.

6 Lunch w/ the Principal 2-3

6 Baseball w/ Schuyler R-I—Here 5:00 p.m.

7 Senior Trip to Chicago

7 Lunch w/ the Principal 4-6

8 1st/5th Grades to 1000 Hills State Park

8 Spring Concert—Here 7:00 p.m.

9 Kindergarten Circus—Here 2:00 p.m.

9 Baseball w/ Canton—There 5:00 p.m.

10 Sectional Track Meet at Mokane—There TBA

12 Busy Bees Parents/Grandparents Picnic—Here 9:00 a.m.

12-14 District Baseball at LaPlata—There TBA

16 4th Grade Famous Missourians Play—Here 7:00    p.m.

16-17 State Track Meet at Jefferson City—There TBA

17 Band to Worlds of Fun Festival of Music—There TBA

18 Graduation—Here 3:00   p.m.

19 Elementary Field Day

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

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

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

27 Summer School Begins—8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.




Thank you to the International Reading Association at Truman State University for their donation to the library.  IRA members Micah Lindsey, Robin Chamberlin, and Kristina Rieman presented Mrs. Denise Brown with a check for $360 to be used to purchase books and several autographed books by author Ruby Harris.  The Truman IRA held a silent auction to raise money for area schools.


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