September 1, 2004 Brashear, Missouri



The Adair County R-II School year will begin on Monday, August 23 for teachers and staff with an in-service beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Classes will resume for students on Tuesday, August 24.


Breakfast and lunch will be served each day.  Breakfast prices remain at $.75 for students and $1.00 for adults.  Lunch prices remain at $1.50 for students and $2.00 for adults.  Milk can still be purchased for 20 cents a carton.  Free and reduced price meals will be offered upon submission of a qualifying application for those meals.  Applications will be sent home with your child(ren) on the first day of school.  Please complete and return the application as soon as possible if you think your family may qualify for the program.  Note: Keep in mind that you may complete an application at any time during the school year or submit a change if your financial situation changes.


Kindergarten snacks will be 40 cents a day.  This cost is not covered by the free and reduced meal application.  Parents are encouraged to pay for snacks at the beginning of each month.


Parents, please expect packets of forms to be sent home with your student(s) the first day.  You will be receiving free/reduced meal applications, emergency cards, insurance applications, and other important forms.  Go through them the first evening and complete all the ones that need to be returned to the school. 




There have been several changes to the bus routes for the upcoming school year.  Larry Billington (Bus 35), John Shahan (Bus 36), Teri Crandall (Bus 37), and Cletus Pickles (Bus 38) will be driving for us again this school year.  However, many students have been reassigned to different routes.  Your driver will be contacting you with approximate pick-up and drop-off times.  If you do not hear from a driver, please contact the school at 323-5272. 




Busy Bees will meet for the first time on September 13 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Parents as Teachers (PAT) classroom.  Children who are three and four years of age are eligible for this program. 


Our annual preschool screening will be on Monday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the PAT room.  We recommend that all children ages 3-4 be developmentally screened.  This screening includes hearing, vision, height, and weight.  If your child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, the annual Kindergarten Registration and Screening will be held in May 2005.  Therefore, you do not need an appointment for your child at this time.  If you are interested in learning more or need to schedule an appointment, you may call the school at 323-5272. 




The Red Cross Blood Drive

or originally scheduled for

Thursday, August 26 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the high school has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date in September.




Our website provides you  with a variety of valuable information such as daily bulletins, updated calendar, handbooks, board policies, etc. 


Be sure to visit us at





Lindsey Dersch has been hired to teach in our fifth grade classroom this year.  She will be replacing Mrs. Thomas who will serve this year as a STARR teacher.  Lindsey received her Bachelor of Science Degree in English and her MAE from Truman State University.


Jamie Tipton has been employed as our health and K-12 physical education teacher.  Jamie received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education from Central Missouri State University.  He is a native of Putnam County and has served four years in the United States Army.  Jamie will be coaching fall and spring baseball. 


Matt Copeland has been hired to teach 7-12 English.  He comes to us from Truman State University where he was an Assistant Football Coach and activity instructor.  Matt received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and his MAE from Truman State University.  He will be coaching junior high and varsity basketball and will serve as our athletic director.


Rick Johnson will be our new high school principal and transportation director.  He comes to us from Adair County R-I in Novinger where he has worked for the past twelve years most recently as 7-12 At Risk Coordinator and Athletic Administrator.  Rick and his wife Teresa have two children, Shelton and Preston, who will be attending Brashear Elementary.


Melanie Crandall has joined our district and will be working as a half-time paraprofessional in the elementary resource classroom.  She is a May 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History.


We are also thrilled to welcome back a familiar face.  Miss Donna Bond will serve as a half-time paraprofessional in the first grade classroom.


Please join us in welcoming these employees to our district.




The district must ensure that students and/or their guardians are informed about asbestos inspections, reinspections, surveillance, response actions and post-response action activities at least once a year.


The most recent Asbestos Reinspection is available in the district office for public viewing during business hours.




Brashear Ag Service for their donation of flowers, plants, and mulch.  Much of the landscaping done this summer has been due to their generosity.


Opal Bly for her donation of record albums many dating back from as early as the 1940’s.


David & Kathy Erwin & family for their donation of the book, The Three Questions in memory of Ted Green.


Adair County R-II School faculty & staff for their donation of the book Cardinal Nation in memory of Ted Green.


Northeast Missouri Administrators for their donation of the book, Jack Buck and money toward a scholarship in memory of Ted Green.




The Brashear Athletic Boosters are now accepting donations for the Lady Tigers State Championship Billboard.  Donations can be mailed to the school Attn: Paula Clarkson.


The Boosters will be offering the Back 2 Back championship apparel again this fall.  Order forms will be available in the elementary and high school offices.  They will also be selling white short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts.  These screened shirts will feature a small tiger logo w/ “Tigers” below.  Order forms will be going home with your child(ren) soon.    




The Adair County R-II School District has been awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.  This grant will be used to implement a before- and after-school learning program for students in grades K-6 at the Brashear Elementary School.


The 21st Century Community Learning Center program is a part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  The purpose of this program is to create community-learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children to meet State and local student standards in core academic subjects, to offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of the participating children.


The Adair County R-II School District is very excited about the programming that can be offered from the strong partnership formations with various organizations in the area.  Collaborative efforts between Truman State University (and it’s entities such as the Center for Student Involvement) and the district has produced some extremely unique possibilities that has the potential to be mutually beneficial to the students of the district as well as to the students at Truman State University. 


Additionally, the Kirksville YMCA is committed to providing a strong Character Development program in the school as well as a companion element of the program that would reinforce the Character Development curriculum outside of the school setting by providing monthly Parents’ Nights Out.  During Parents’ Nights Out, the YMCA would provide childcare, healthy snacks and a movie that reinforces the character fundamentals taught during the 21st CCLC program. 


The district is also fortunate to have partnered with the A. T. Still University of Health Sciences and the Still National Osteopathic Museum and the University of Missouri Outreach and Extension, as well as the Missouri Department of Conservation who have made outstanding offers of on-site educational programming, opportunities for field trips, team building activities, and tutoring services.  Additional on-site programming offers have come from partners such as the Adair County Health Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Adair County Public Library.  Offers of volunteers and mentors have come from the Brashear Community Bible Church, Brashear United Methodist Church, and Brashear National Honor Society. 


If you would like your child to be involved in this program, contact the school at 660-323-5272.  The cost of the program is $10 per week for one child and $5 per week for each additional child in the family.  The program is free to those students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.  More details about the program will be available following the Gab Sessions at 7:00 p.m. on August 30 (for grades K-3) and August 31 (for grades 4-6).




PTS officers are still needed for the 2004-2005 school year.  All of the current officers will be stepping down from the Board.  If no one volunteers, PTS may cease to exist.


Please contact Robin Taylor, Elaine Scudder, or Brenda Killen if you are interested in becoming a member of the Board.  Interested parties may also contact the school at 323-5272.




All public schools are required to provide a free and appropriate public education to all students with disabilities, including those attending private/parochial schools, beginning on the child’s third birthday through age twenty (20), regardless of the child’s disability.  The public school assures that to comply with the full educational opportunity goal, services for students three (3) through twenty-one (21) will be fully implemented by 1999.  Disabilities include:  learning disabilities, mental retardation, behavior disorders/emotional disturbance, speech disorders (voice, fluency, or articulation), language disorders, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically/other health impaired, multiple disabilities, deaf/blind, autism, early childhood special education, and traumatic brain injury.


The public school assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri’s First Steps Program.


All public schools are required to provide parents the right to inspect and review personally identifiable information collected and used or maintained by the district relating to their children.  Parents have the right to request amendment of these records if they feel the information is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their children.  Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  You may contact your local district, if you wish to review the requirements provided in FERPA.


The public school has developed a Local Compliance Plan for implementation of Special Education and this Plan is available for public review during regular school hours on days school is in session in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.  The Local Compliance Plan is a written narrative which describes the district’s plan for compliance with the requirements for identifying and serving all students with disabilities.  Included in this plan are the policies and procedures which the district must follow regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention, and destruction of personally identifiable information.  The plan also describes the assurances that services are provided in compliance with the requirement of 34 CFR 76.301 of the General Education Provision Act.


Public schools in the State of Missouri are required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities or suspected disabilities from birth through age twenty (20) who reside in the district or whose parent/legal guardian resides in the district.  This census is compiled as of May 1 each year.  This information is treated as confidential and submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Information to be collected includes:  name of each child, parent/legal guardian’s name/address; birth date and age of each child; and each child’s disability or suspected disability.  Should the district fail to submit an annual census, the State Board of Education may withhold state aid until the census is submitted.  If you have a child with a disability or know of a child with a disability who is not attending the public school, please contact your school district.


This notice can be provided in languages such as Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, and Vietnamese or any other language as may be necessary.




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).


August 24-27

Tuesday:  Cereal w/ toast/Hamburger, french fries, cheese slice, ice cream bar, milk

Wednesday: Biscuit & gravy/Chicken nuggets, cottage cheese, jello, green beans, milk

Thursday: Omelet, toast/Sub sandwich, chips, apple, cookie, milk

Friday: Waffle, syrup/Pizza, corn, peaches, cookie, milk


August 30-September 3

Monday: Sausage patty, toast/Tenderloin on bun, baked beans, watermelon, cake, milk

Tuesday: Scrambled eggs, toast/Baked potato bar, chili/cheese sauce, lettuce, mandarin oranges, milk

Wednesday: Breakfast pizza/Nachos, lettuce, fruit, cookie, milk

Thursday: Bacon, hash brown patty/Hot dog on bun, scalloped potatoes, applesauce, ice cream cup, milk

Friday: Donut/Garlic cheese bread, carrots w/ dip, lettuce, peaches, milk


September 6-10

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Breakfast bites/Chicken nuggets, corn, fruit cocktail, spice cake, milk

Wednesday: Bagel, fruit/Tacos, lettuce, cheese, refried beans, milk

Thursday: Long john/BBQ chicken sandwich, broccoli w/ cheese sauce, fruit, cookie, milk

Friday: French toast sticks, syrup/Spaghetti, bread sticks, lettuce, fruit, milk


September 13-17

Monday: Egg mcmuffin/Burritos, lettuce, fruit, brownie, milk

Tuesday: Blueberry muffin, fruit/Grilled cheese sandwich, fruit, peas, pudding tart, milk

Wednesday: Bacon, toast/Tater tot casserole, green beans, strawberries, cookie, milk

Thursday: Cinnamon roll/Fish, macaroni & cheese, raw veggies, cherry delight, milk

Friday: Biscuit, sausage patty/Mr. Ribb, baked potato, spinach, ice cream cup, milk


September 20-24

Monday: Pancake, syrup, sausage link/Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, fruit, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast burrito, salsa/Corn dog, tater tots, fruit, rice krispie treat, milk

Wednesday: Scrambled eggs, toast/Creamy chicken bake, peas, pears, ice cream, milk

Thursday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Hamburger on bun, cheese slice, french fries, cheesecake, milk

Friday: Cereal, toast/Pizza, corn, peaches, cookie, milk


September 27-30

Monday: Donut/Chicken patty, carrots, banana, cake, milk

Tuesday: Omelet, toast/Hot ham & cheese, chips, cottage cheese, peaches, milk

Wednesday: Biscuit & gravy/Meatloaf, potatoes, peas, fruit, milk

Thursday: Breakfast pizza/Nachos, lettuce, fruit, cookie, milk























































20 New Teacher Orientation

23 Teacher/Staff In-Service

24 First Day of School

24 JV/V Softball w/ Scotland County—There 5:00  p.m.

25 Sophomore Ring and Senior Announcement Presentations—Here 8:00 a.m.

27 SB/BB w/ Linn County—Here 5:30 p.m.

28 Atlanta Varsity Softball Tournament—There TBA

30 K-3 Gab Session—Here 6:00-7:00 p.m.


31 Sophomore Ring and Senior Announcement Orders will be taken—Here 8:00 a.m.

31 4-6 Grade Gab Session—Here 6:00-7:00 p.m.


2 SB/BB w/ Macon County—There 5:30 p.m.

6 No School—Labor Day

7 SB/BB w/ Novinger—There 5:30 p.m.

9 JV/V Softball w/ Canton—Here 5:00 p.m.

10 SB/BB w/ LaPlata—There 5:30 p.m.

11 Schuyler R-I JV Softball Tournament—There TBA

13 Busy Bees—Here 9:00-11:00 a.m.


13 Open House/MAP Recognition/Book Fair—Here 7:00 p.m.

14 SB/BB w/ Atlanta—Here 5:30 p.m.

16 Early Dismissal—Teacher In-Service 12:45   p.m.

17 Early Dismissal—Teacher In-Service 12:45   p.m.

17 SB/BB w/ Green City—Here 5:30 p.m.

20 Senior Picture Day

20 Preschool Screening—Here 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

20 JV/V Softball w/ Marion County—Here 5:30 p.m.

21 SB/BB w/ Bucklin—There 5:30 p.m.

22 Junior Magazine Sales Begin

24 School Picture Day—Preschool at 8:00 a.m.

24 SB/BB w/ Bevier—Here 5:30 p.m.

25 Schuyler R-I Varsity Softball Tournament—There TBA

27-Oct. 1 SAT9 for Grades 6-11 and OLSAT for Grades 2 & 7

27 Busy Bees—Here 9:00-11:00 a.m.

27 JV/V Softball w/ Knox County—There 5:00 p.m.

30 JV/V Softball w/ Green City—There 5:30 p.m.


Old Newsletters