OCTOBER 1, 2009 Brashear, Missouri




The elementary school will be celebrating National School Lunch week October 12-16.  Plan on eating with your favorite Brashear Elementary student during this week.  An adult lunch costs $2.75 and includes the main entrée, salad bar, as well as milk, water, or tea.


Please let us know the day before you are eating by sending a note with your child or giving us a call.  The schedule is as follows:


  Monday         Kindergarten    10:35-11:00

                        4th Grade         11:35-12:00

  Tuesday         1st Grade         10:45-11:10

                        5th Grade         11:40-12:05

  Wednesday    2nd Grade        10:43-11:09

  Thursday        3rd Grade        10:40-11:05

  Friday                        6th Grade         11:45-12:10


We are asking that you do not bring younger siblings, as they will have a hard time with the lunch schedule and procedures.  We are also asking that only one guest accompany your child for that day.




School will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, October 29th for parent teacher conferences.  Conferences are scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  If you have not already done so, please contact the appropriate office to schedule an appointment for your child(ren).  You will be able to pick up first quarter grade cards at the time of your conference.


Please note that we will not have school on Friday, October 30, 2009.




Pursuant to the requirements of state law 162.997-999-RSMo, the State Board of Education is required to appoint a surrogate parent as such time as it becomes evident that a child with a disability does not have a parent or a person acting as a parent to participate in matters dealing with the provision of special education.  For purposes of surrogate parent appointment, “parent” is defined as a biological parent, a guardian, or a person acting as a parent of a child including, but not limited to, a grandparent, a step parent, or a foster parent with whom the child lives.  The term does not include the State if the child is a ward of the State.  The term does not include a person whose parental rights have been terminated.


The local school district is given the responsibility to determine when a child with a disability who requires special education and who resides in the District is without a parent.  The District must notify the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of the need to appoint a surrogate parent.  Training for persons serving as surrogate parents will be provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the District.


If you are interested in volunteering to serve as a surrogate parent, more information can be obtained from the Districts’ surrogate parent contact person - the person responsible for the District’s special education program.




The students in grades K-6 are once again participating in the BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM which pays 10 cents for each Box Top coupon

from various grocery items. Thanks to all parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors who have contributed to this cause. Keep up the good work!




The following Brashear students scored proficient or advanced on the Spring 2009 State MAP/End of Course assessments. 



Andy Belzer     Algebra I

Jordan Berry    English II

Wendy Clarkson          Com. Arts

Miranda Creason          Com. Arts, Math, Science

Natasha Findling           Com. Arts, Math

Daisy Ledford  Com. Arts, Science

Angela McKim Com. Arts

Madeline Potter            Com. Arts, Math

Lindsey Powell Com. Arts, Math

Shelby Salter    Com. Arts, Math

Jay Scudder     English II, Biology

Sydney Slavin   English II

Katie Smith      Algebra I

Sam Smith        Math

Katie Sweet     Com. Arts

Meredith Thomas         Com. Arts

Dakota Walker English II

Dakota Williams           Math

Ashton Wolter  Algebra I

Kyle Bowen     Math

Andy Clarkson Com. Arts

Audrey DeBie  Com. Arts

Tyler Findling    Science

Allison Garrett  Math

Marshall Goff   Science

Ty Gottman      Com. Arts

Leah Grissom   Com. Arts, Math

Chance Hill       Math

Abigail Kerby   Com. Arts, Math, Science

Celia Kincaid    Com. Arts

Megan McHenry          Com. Arts

Bailey Moncrief            Com. Arts

Austin Perry     Math

Nicholas Perry  Com. Arts

Jacob Reeves   Math

Sidney Sykes    Com. Arts, Science

Zane Sykes      Com. Arts

Breann Turner  Com. Arts



Alexa Acton     Com. Arts, Math

Cynthia Anderson         Math

Jeremy Barnes  Com. Arts, Math, Science

Jordan Berry    Algebra I

Nick Bradshaw            Math

Joe Clarkson    Algebra I

Wendy Clarkson          Science

Elisabeth Cloud            Com. Arts, Math, Science

William Coy     English II

Sidney DeBie   Com. Arts, Math, Science

Stephanie Elsea            English II, Biology

Destiny Ferdig  English II

Nicholas Gordon          Com. Arts, Math

Kaitlin Guffey   Algebra I

Kelsey Hocker Com. Arts, Math, Science

Hayden Housman         Math

Marcus Jefferson          Com. Arts, Math

Heather Longano          English II

Paige Longano  Algebra I

Matt McCloud English II

Abby McKim   English II, Biology

Angela McKim Math

Gus Mihalevich Com. Arts

Ashley Moncrief           Com. Arts, Math

Nicole Moncrief           Com. Arts, Math

Dalton Mourton            Com. Arts

Rebecca Mullen            English II, Biology

Blake Pflum      Com. Arts, Math, Science

Dillon Redding  English II

Macy Rogers    Algebra I

Shelby Rogers  English II

Shelby Salter    Science

Sydney Slavin   Biology

Sam Smith        Com. Arts

Tristin Smith     Math

Kayla Snelling   Com. Arts, Math

Adam Songer   Algebra I

Amber Story    English II

Katie Sweet     Math

Chloe Sykes     Algebra I

Meredith Thomas         Math

Nick Thomas    Algebra I

Olivia Thompson          Com. Arts, Math

Dakota Walker Algebra I, Biology

David Walker   Com. Arts, Math, Science

Abigail Wheeler            English II

Dakota Williams           Com. Arts

Colt Acton       Com. Arts

Kourtney Arnold          Math

Jacob Bleything            Math

Kyle Bowen     Com. Arts

Andy Clarkson Math

Audrey DeBie  Math

Tyler Findling    Com. Arts, Math

Allison Garrett  Com. Arts

Marshall Goff   Math

Ty Gottman      Math

Cassandra Graham       Math

Lucas Grgurich Science

Abigail Hall       Com. Arts, Math

Caitlee Hall       Com. Arts

Chance Hill       Com. Arts

Sam Kerby       Com. Arts, Math

Celia Kincaid    Math

Dillon Klingsmith           Science

Morgan Magruder        Math

Hannah Mason Com. Arts, Math

Izaiah McCloud            Com. Arts, Math

Megan McHenry          Math

Harli Mihalevich            Math

Bailey Mihalovich         Com. Arts, Math, Science

Kacie Mihalovich          Math

Devin Morrison            Com. Arts

Travis Nilson    Com. Arts, Math

Nicholas Perry  Math, Science

Lauren Platz     Com. Arts

Saydie Potter    Com. Arts, Math

Hannah Reeves Com. Arts, Math

Jacob Reeves   Com. Arts

Vanessa Shultz Com. Arts, Math

Nate Stewart    Math

Rebecca Story  Com. Arts

Sidney Sykes    Math

Zane Sykes      Math

Mandy Taylor   Math

Gabe Thomas   Com. Arts, Math

Allison Thompson         Com. Arts, Math

Breann Turner  Math

Rhiannon Turner           Com. Arts, Math

Kimberlina Walitshek    Com. Arts, Math

Kylie Williams  Math

Damien Zajac   Math




After Prom will be having an indoor garage sale on October 31st from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Elementary Gym.  If you would like to rent an 8X6 space to sell your items, please contact Louise Smith ( The cost of rental is $20 (payable in advance) which includes advertising.  If you have special items you would like mentioned in the ad, please send details no later than Friday, October 23.  You will have access to the gym to set up your space on Friday, October 30th from 5-8 p.m.  Tables are available for an additional $2.00 rental.  Spaces are available first come, first served with a deadline of October 23rd.


We will also be hosting a Soup/Chili Supper on Halloween from 3-5 p.m.  You can feed your little ghouls and goblins before heading out for a night of trick o’ treating.  We will be serving chicken noodle soup & chili, crackers & cheese, relish tray, drink and dessert for $3.50 a person; free refills on soup and chili.  We are asking After Prom parents to bake 1 dessert item and have it delivered to the school on October 29th or the day of the supper.




After Prom will be sponsoring a hunter breakfast on November 14th from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. 


We will be serving sausage gravy & biscuits, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, juice and coffee.


Cost is $5.00 a person and for an extra $1.00 you can fill your thermos with coffee.




Community Education classes are available at Kirksville Area Technical Center.  Registration for Fall classes began on Monday, August 31, 2009.


Call 660-665-2865 or stop by the Community Education Office at KATC to enroll in classes.  The following classes are available:



            Accounting Fundamentals (ed2go)

            Medical Coding (ed2go)

            Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay (ed2go)



10/5     MS Word 2007 Level I

10/6     Absolute Beginners Computer Class (Also meets 10/8, 13 & 15)

10/7     Internet and Computer Safety for Adults (Also meets 10/8, 14 & 15)

10/7     MS Word 2007 Level II

10/8     MS Word 2007 Level III

10/12   MS Excel 2007 Level I

10/14   MS Excel 2007 Level II

10/15   MS Excel 2007 Level III

10/19   Power Point Level IV  

10/21   Power Point Level V

10/22   Power Point Level VI

11/2     Introduction to Digital Photography (Also meets 11/2, 4 & 15)

12/7     Home Electronics—Putting it all together! (Also meets 12/9 & 10)

            Keyboarding (ed2go)

            Creating Web Pages (ed2go)

            Introduction to Quickbooks 2009 (ed2go)


Personal Enrichment

                        A to Z Grant Writing (ed2go)

10/3                 Dutch Oven Cooking (rain date 10/17)

10/20               Student Organizing 101

10/21               Basic Home Organizing

10/27               Office Organizing 411

10/30-12/4                   Beginners Couples Country Dancing                             (Fridays)

11/4-12/16                   Basic Conversational Spanish I                                                 (Wednesdays)

                        Organize or Agonize (register at www.



Healthly Living

10/8                             Healthy Cooking—Eliminate Sugar, White                                Flour,  and White Shortening

10/15               Stress Relief

10/22               Using Essential Oils

10/29               Alternative Medicine



10/5                 ServSafe Food Safety in Spanish (Also                                     meets 10/12, 19 & 26)

10/22   Basic Food Sanitation in Spanish

10/27   5S or now 6S (safety)

10/29   Basic Food Sanitation

11/17   TPM or Total Productive Maintenance

11/30   Basic Food Sanitation

12/15   Basic Food Sanitation

12/15   Problem Solving or Root Cause Analysis


Youth Classes

10/13               Stranger Safety

10/29               Internet Safety

10/7 & 10/8     ACT Preparation Seminar (To enroll: www.                     or call 1.877.927.8378)


An additional 250 classes are available online.  You can take courses from the comfort of your home or office at the times that are most convenient for you.  Classes begin October 21, November 11, December 9, and January 20.  Please visit 

Gatlin Education Services provides KATC’s on-line career-training certificate programs’ content and materials.  To register call 660-665-2865 or e-mail


Kirksville Area Technical Center now has thousands of online courses from the world’s greatest authors and companies on nearly every subject imaginable!  Visit the KATC eLearning Center to find the largest selection of self-study online courses available.  Enroll anytime you like—study when you want!




Matt Caldwell for donating a signed copy of his book The Zamler’s Last Stand in memory of Carol Chambers.


Louise Smith for donating The Supreme Court of the United States; Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks; The Children’s March; I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree; The Book of Where; A Time for Freedom; The Life, Times and Treacherous Death of Jesse James; Systems for State Assessment; Borders and Frames; and Practicing to Take the GRE.


Kirksville JC Penney Store and Janet Gremaud for the generous donation of a large work table on wheels.  It is currently being used by the Industrial Arts Department.




As the winter season approaches, we are reminding parents and students to listen to the local media stations to check on “early dismissals” and/or “no school” bulletins.  This information will be given to KTVO television, KHQA television, WGEM television, KIRX radio, KTUF radio, KRXL radio, KLTE radio, KRES radio of Moberly, KMEM radio of Memphis, and KZBK radio of Brookfield.  These stations will present dismissal information as soon as decisions have been made.  Please do not call the school.




The playground committee is planning to sell cookbooks as a fundraiser.  We are looking for some really good recipes from the patrons of our district.  You can easily add your recipes using the website.

Contributor Name:  (your name)

Group name:  brashear

Contributor password:  zd3u2


It is really easy to add your recipes and you can see what recipes have already been added or who has added.  You can edit the recipes if you make a mistake up until the time that you click save.  Changes after that can be fixed by Martha Reese or Toni Tuggle.  We would like your recipes added by October 5 so that we can get the books back in time for Christmas delivery. 


If you would like to reserve a copy or copies of the cookbook,  please contact Toni Tuggle at 660.323.5272 ext. 33. 



All parents of Junior/Senior students are requested to attend.  We will be deciding on future fundraisers and making plans for after prom activities. Prom is scheduled for April 24th.




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 a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.


October 1-2

Thursday: Egg omelet, toast/Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, carrot sticks, pineapple, peanut butter bar, milk

Friday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Corn dog, tater tots, green beans, applesauce, brownie, milk


October 5-9

Monday: Sausage, egg, & cheese biscuit/Spaghetti, bread stick, vegetable, mandarin oranges, cottage cheese, cake, milk

Tuesday: French toast sticks, syrup/Grilled cheese, soup, carrot sticks, pineapple, peanut butter bar, milk

Wednesday: Cinnamon roll/Tacos, lettuce, refried beans, fruit, brownie, milk

Thursday: Biscuits & gravy/Hot dog, chips, vegetable, fruit, cookie, milk

Friday: No School


October 12-16 National School Lunch Week

Monday: Pop tarts/Chicken patty, macaroni & cheese, vegetable, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast pizza/Pepperoni hot pocket, potato wedges, vegetable, fruit, pumpkin bar,  milk

Wednesday: Pancake, syrup, sausage/Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches, chocolate cake, milk

Thursday: Cherry or apple strudel/Nachos, lettuce, vegetable, fruit, brownie, milk

Friday: Long john, fruit/Stuffed crust pizza, corn, fruit, jello, ice cream, milk


October  19-23

Monday: Muffin, fruit/Tenderloin, fries, vegetable, fruit, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Sausage, toast/Hot ham & cheese, tater tots, vegetable, fruit, pumpkin bar, milk

Wednesday: Waffle, syrup, sausage links/Mr. Ribb, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches, brownie, milk

Thursday: Scrambled eggs, bacon/Corn dog, potato wedges, vegetable, strawberries, cake, milk

Friday: Biscuits & gravy/Garlic cheese bread, lettuce, vegetable, fruit, Oreo® pudding, milk


October 26-30

Monday: Cereal, toast/Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, vegetable, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Hamburger on bun, fries, vegetable, fruit, cake, milk

Wednesday: French toast sticks, syrup/Walking taco, refried beans, lettuce, cheese, fruit, peanut butter bar, milk

Thursday: Donut, fruit/Ravioli, peas, pears, cottage cheese, banana bar, milk

Friday: No School




The Brashear Band needs your help!  We'd love to collect your unused

instruments!  We'll even fix them up and clean them for ourselves.  If you have an old instrument lying around that you'd like to loan or donate to the band program, please contact Mr. Jeremy Haupt at the school.  Most needed: trumpets, drums, cymbals.


Are you a Guitar Hero?  We’ll see!  Come

compete in the annual Brashear Band Guitar Hero Tournament at the school on Thursday,

October 8 at 7:00 p.m.

$5 to compete, $2 to watch!














































1 JV/V Softball w/ Green City—Here 5:00 p.m.

5 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00    a.m.

8-10 District Softball Tournament at LaPlata—There TBA

8 Junior Magazine Sales Begin

8 Read for the Record—Here 6:00-7:30 p.m.

8 Guitar Hero Tournament—Here 7:00 p.m.

9 No School—MSTA Conference

10 Truman State University Homecoming Parade—There 9:00 a.m.

12-16 National School Lunch Week

12 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00  a.m.

12 Early Dismissal—Teacher Inservice—12:45 p.m.

13 Hannibal Band Day—There TBA

14 11th Grade PSAT/NMSQT (Optional)

15-16 Green City Junior High Basketball Tournament—There TBA

18 Tri-County Conference Choir Practice—TBA

19 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.

19 Tri-County Conference Choir Tour—TBA

19 College Fair at Knox County—There 12:30 p.m.

19 Tiger Cub (3-4) Basketball Camp—Here 3:00-6:00 p.m.

19 JH Basketball w/ Atlanta—There 6:00 p.m.

20 First Quarter Ends

20 FBLA to Culver Stockton College—There 8:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

20 Tiger Cub (3-4) Basketball Games—Here 6:00 p.m.

21 Missouri Day

21 10th Grade PLAN Test

21 K-1 Lunch w/ the Principal

21 JH Basketball w/ LaPlata—There 6:00 p.m. 

22 2-3 Lunch w/ the Principal

23-31 Red Ribbon Week

23 4-6 Lunch w/ the Principal  

23 JH Basketball w/ Green City—Here 6:00 p.m.

24 Mizzou Homecoming Parade—There 9:00 a.m.

26 Busy Bees Halloween Party—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.

26 7th/8th Grade Basketball w/ Mary Immaculate—Here 6:00 p.m.

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

27 JH Basketball w/ Bevier—There 6:00 p.m.

28 K-6 Halloween Activities       Parade at 1:30 and parties from 2:00-2:55 p.m.

29 Early Dismissal—Parent/Teacher Conferences—12:45 p.m.

30 No School

30 District Student Council Meeting at Salisbury—There TBA

30 JH Basketball w/ Bucklin—Here 6:00 p.m.

30 Fall Dance—Here 8:30-11:30 p.m.




This month, thousands of college students are starting classes with tuition money from the state they earned through a program unique to Missouri.

High school students who complete the state’s A+ Schools Program earn two years of paid tuition at a public community college or an eligible career or technical school.  Many of the students who take advantage of the A+ schools program say they would not foresee higher education in their futures without it.

“It’s not just the money,” said Jocelyn Strand, director of A+ Schools at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  “A lot of these kids are first-generation college students.  We often hear that never before had someone told them that they could go to college or succeed in college.  Every A+ high school has an A+ coordinator who works with students and encourages them.”

As high school students return to school this month, Strand wants to encourage them and their parents to check out the A+ program.  She especially wants to alert ninth graders to the advantages of signing up sooner rather than later.

“The earlier students sign up for the program, the easier it will be for them to meet the state requirements and avoid the missteps that might make them ineligible,” Strand said.  “All four years of high school matter in determining eligibility.”

Drake Bradshaw, a spring graduate of Kirksville High School who is using his A+ award to attend North Central Missouri College in Trenton, is one A+ graduate who credits the program and his coordinator with his decision to attend college.

“School has never been my No. 1 priority,” said Bradshaw, who is majoring in agriculture.  “The A+ program is what motivated me to go.  I thought, ‘It’s free, so why not go; and maybe it will help me down the road.’”

In the past four years, nearly 50,000 high school students graduated with A+ eligibility.  The vast majority of students entering college through the A+ program are first-time, full-time degree-seeking students.  The state legislature appropriates about $25 million to the program each year.

“The A+ Program is a Missouri success story,” said Chris L. Nicastro, Commissioner of Education.  “Overall, schools that participate have lower dropout rates, higher GPAs, lower remediation rates, higher college entrance test scores, and a higher percentage of students continuing to postsecondary education.”

The first thing interested high school students and parents should check is whether their high schools are A+ designated.  Much more than a scholarship program, the A+ Schools Program is about school improvement, and high schools must meet requirements to receive the A+ designation.  These requirements aim to improve coursework rigor, to support at-risk students to lower dropout rates and to involve community stakeholders in the education process.  The program also requires schools to track objectives for each student, which generates data schools can use to keep improving.

Established by state law in 1993, the A+ program is open to all public schools.  Currently, 274 of Missouri’s 570 high schools are participating, and more than 100 other schools are in the process of seeking state approval.

Many schools seek designation because parents and students push for it.  Communities see an A+ school just down the road and don’t understand why their students shouldn’t have the same opportunities.

Students who take part in the A+ program must meet requirements for GPA (2.5 points or higher on a 4-point scale), attendance (an overall rate of at least 95 percent for grades 9 through 12) and good citizenship (standards are set by schools and so vary).  Students must also spend 50 hours doing district-supervised unpaid mentoring or tutoring (in many A+ schools, tutoring is offered as a course).  Once students earn the A+ award, they have up to four years after high school graduation to use the benefit; that means graduates who do not go straight to college still have time to use their A+ award.

“This program is really about empowering students, to set goals, to build skills, to be the best person that they can be,” said Roxanna Mechem, A+ director for the Rockwood School District.  “It allows us to interact with them in ways that give them ownership and voice in their own development and career aspirations.

To sign up for the A+ Program at Brashear High School contact Cheryl Reeves, A+ Coordinator at 660.323.5272 ext.15 or by email

All students 9-12 are encouraged to inquire about the A+ Program in order for the student to begin the path to eligibility.


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