SEPTEMBER 1, 2008 Brashear, Missouri




The Adair County R-II School year began on Tuesday, August 19 for teachers and staff with an in-service beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Classes resumed for students on Wednesday, August 20.


Breakfast and lunch will be served each day.  Breakfast prices will be $.85 for students K-6, $1.10 for students 7-12,  and $1.35 for adults.  Lunch prices will be $1.85 for students K-6, $2.25 for students 7-12, and $2.75 for adults.  Milk can be purchased for 30 cents a carton.  Free and reduced price meals will be offered upon submission of a qualifying application for those meals.  Applications were sent home with your child(ren) on the first day of school.  Keep in mind that you may complete an application at any time during the school year if your financial situation changes.  Kindergarten snack milk will be 30 cents a day.  This cost is not covered by the free and reduced meal application.  Parents are encouraged to pay for snack milk at the beginning of each month.


With the new school year, we would like to welcome the following new employees:


Former high school principal Don Wilburn assumed the role of superintendent on July 1, 2008.  Mr. Wilburn received his Master of Education in Secondary Administration from William Woods University and his Education Specialist from Northwest Missouri State University.  He comes to Brashear from Cainsville R-I where he served as superintendent, high school principal, and half-time elementary principal since July of 2004.


Melissa Salgado-Valtierrez has been employed as an English/Spanish teacher.  Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Buena Vista University.  She comes to our district from LaPlata R-II where she taught 7-9 communication arts.   


Shelley Wood has been employed as a math teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from Hannibal-LaGrange College and a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.  Shelley comes to our district from Knox County R-I where she taught 6th grade math and science.


Daniel Carpenter has been employed as a paraprofessional.  He will be assisting Miss Wood in the high school resource room.  Daniel served as a substitute paraprofessional for our district throughout the 2007-2008 school year.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Drury University.  


Toni Tuggle has been employed as our Parent Educator for our pre-school program.  The program provides services to expectant mothers, parents with children birth to 3 years of age, and 3-5 year olds.  Mrs. Tuggle will devote a portion of her workweek to the Parents as Teachers program and also continue her duties as a classroom paraprofessional.


Please join us in welcoming these employees to our district.




Charles and Paulette Reeves for their donation of railroad ties to be used in our parking lots


Jeremy Haupt for his donation of The Red Pony, The Jazz Man, and Raggin’


Neva Sleeth for her donation of several books including: The Teacher’s Night      Before Christmas, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and The Christmas Box


Jerry & Martha Reese and family for their donation of Santa Fe Art and Grant Wood in memory of Lucia Freeman


The Classes of 1949-1957 for their donation to the scholarship fund


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.




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 will be available in the district office for public viewing during business hours.




Busy Bees will meet for the first time on Monday, September 15, 2008 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. in the Parents as Teachers (PAT) classroom.  Children in our district ages 3-5 years are eligible for this program.  For more information, please call Toni Tuggle at 323-5272 ext. 33 or e-mail


We will be holding Pre-School Screenings on Monday, September 8, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Please call the school to set up an appointment.




Would you like to be kept informed of how your student is doing in class over the Internet?  Last year our new student information system allowed parents to keep track of their child's grades, lunch accounts, and attendance.  Those that used the system were pleased with having the access to what their child was doing at school.


To get access to this information you will need to fill out a use of technology agreement.  You can pick up a technology use agreement from either the high school or elementary office.  If you signed up last year you do not need to fill one out again.  If you forgot your password you can contact the office to have it resent.  With your help we can keep your child on the track to success.




Developments in cell phone technology in recent years have resulted in enhanced communication opportunities.  However, the use of cell phones in schools poses increasing risks of school disruptions, bullying, criminal activity, and academic dishonesty.


As a result, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, student cell phones, digital cameras and similar electronic devices shall be turned off and are not to be seen or heard during the instructional day, and are banned in dressing areas at all times (home and away).


Violation of this policy beginning with the 2008-2009 school year will result in parents having to pick the device up on the first offense, while the second offense will result in parents having to pick up the device and a detention. Third and subsequent offenses will result in in-school suspension and parents having to pick up the device.


Telephones are available in school offices for parents to contact their student for legitimate reasons.




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.


September 1-5

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Sausage, toast/Mr. Ribb, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, fruit, cheesecake, milk

Wednesday: French toast sticks, syrup/Pepperoni & cheese stromboli, vegetable, fruit, brownie, milk

Thursday: Muffin, fruit/Hamburger on bun, french fries, vegetable, fruit, cookie, milk

Friday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Pizza, corn, fruit, jello, ice cream, milk


September 8-12

Monday: Breakfast pizza/Chicken patty, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, peaches, chocolate cake, milk

Tuesday: Biscuit & gravy/Tacos, refried beans, lettuce, fruit, rice krispie treat, milk

Wednesday: Scone, fruit/Turkey roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, strawberries, white cake, milk

Thursday: Pancake, syrup, sausage/Spaghetti, cottage cheese, vegetable, fruit, peanut butter bar, milk

Friday: Apple strudel, bagel half/Corn dog, tater tots, carrot sticks, fruit, cookie, milk


September 15-19

Monday: Donut, fruit/Tenderloin on bun, cheesy potatoes, vegetable, fruit, apple crisp, milk

Tuesday: Waffle, syrup, sausage link/Walking taco, refried beans, lettuce, fruit, brownie, milk

Wednesday: Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast/Grilled cheese, soup, vegetable, fruit, cookie, milk

Thursday: Cinnamon roll/Chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, peaches, pumpkin bar, milk

Friday: Pop tart, fruit/Stuffed crust pizza, corn, lettuce, fruit, no bake cookie, milk


September 22-26

Monday: Long john, fruit/Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, peas, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Sausage, egg & cheese biscuit/Hot ham & cheese, chips, corn, pineapple, cheesecake, milk

Wednesday: Breakfast pizza/Nachos, lettuce, carrot sticks, pears, pumpkin bar, milk

Thursday: Egg omelet, bacon, toast/Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, peaches, cake, milk

Friday: Biscuit & gravy/BBQ pork on bun, roasted potatoes, vegetable, fruit, brownie, milk


September 29-30

Monday: Cereal, toast, fruit/Garlic cheese bread, roasted potatoes, vegetable, fruit, fruit tart, milk

Tuesday: Sausage, toast/Ham & cheese hot pocket, french fries, corn, apple slices, rice krispie treat, milk




If you are homeless and going to school, let the school know about it.  Being homeless and going to school would be hard for any child regardless of age or grade level. Many things that you normally would not have worried about before become issues, such as transportation, space to do homework and school attendance. Some families are afraid to let their child’s school know that they are in between places for fear of being judged or, even worse, being reported to DFS.


There are some things you should know about being homeless and going to public school:

There are laws that protect your child’s rights and your rights as a parent to be treated as any other participant of the Adair County R-II School.

The school district has a program to help homeless families with resources to help your child stay on track and can direct you to agencies that can help you during your period of homelessness.

It is your choice to let the school district know that you are homeless.

The school district, like any other agency that mandates reports, must have a reason to call DFS. Homelessness, depending on the circumstances, is not grounds to make a DFS report.


Homeless students have the right to:

Be enrolled without a birth certificate, immunization record or other required documentation.

Attend the school that he/she attended before the family lost its home.

Be transferred to a school closer to where he/she is staying now.

Get assistance with free transportation to and from school.

Have access to materials such as books and supplies to ensure an equal opportunity to participate in school.

Receive any special services that he/she might need.  These services include:

                        1.         Special education

                        2.         Bilingual services

                        3.         Gifted and talented education services

                        4.         Free lunch and breakfast program

                        5.         Counseling services

                        6.         Before and after school programs

                        7.         Tutoring services                                                      

Attend school free of judgment.


Parents and guardians of homeless children have the right to:

Be involved in your child’s education.

Be notified of and involved in any decision that your child’s school makes regarding his or her social or academic career.

Request a Student Alert team meeting for your child and include people of support. These may be a social worker or counselor from an agency you are working with or someone that has tutored your child at an after school program.


For More Information Contact:

Don Wilburn, Homeless Coordinator

Adair County R-II School

205 West Dewey Street

Brashear, MO 63533

Telephone (660) 323-5272




Our local Hy-Vee store is participating in "Smiles for Education".  


To participate, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. . .


Each week, register your school and student (K-12).

Shop and save with smiles for education products throughout your Hy-Vee store.

Ten winners will be selected each week.  The winning student receives a white Macbook® laptop computer and the school receives $5,000.


Registration must be completed at your local Hy-Vee store.




Congratulations to the Brashear Band for winning 1st Place in the High School Class A division at the Worlds of Fun Festival of Music on May 17, 2008!  We're so proud of you!


Do you have any unused musical instruments or equipment gathering dust?  Help the Brashear Music Department!  Donate your instrument or equipment to the music department!  Bring your donations to Mr. Haupt in the Music Room.  We'll take care of repairs and cleanings!  Thanks!


Any parents, family members, or community members who are interested in purchasing a Brashear Band shirt, please contact Mr. Haupt ASAP with your name and size.  Cost will be $10.




Thirty-one students exhibited forty-three pieces of artwork at the NEMO Fair last July.  Champion winners were Miranda Creason, Hailee Kelsey, and Daniel Smith-2.  Reserve champion winners were Miranda Creason and Matt Thomas.  Other exhibitors were Daniel Smith-2 Blue; Trae Treasure-2 Blue; Matt Thomas-Red, Blue; Ashley Watson-Red; Macy Rogers-2 Blue; Hayden Housman-Red; Jeremy Barnes-Blue; David Walker-2 Blue; Morgan Taylor-Blue; Daniel Anderson-Red; Robert Sapp-Blue; Daisy Ledford-Blue; Tiffany Blake-2 Blue; Sidney DeBie-Blue; Jesse Kelsey-Blue; Austin Alexander-2 Blue; Matt Sweet-Blue; Cody Raine-Blue; Danielle Hoskin-Red; Justin Mihalevich-Blue; Shelby Salter-Red, Blue; Brittany Miller-Blue; Angela Miller-Red; Wendy Clarkson-Red; Blake Pflum-Blue; Olivia Thompson-Red; Nick Bradshaw-Blue, Red; and Jeremy Clay-Red.


Congratulations to art instructor Becky Hazen and her students for a job well done!




We would like to thank everyone who made it possible for us to participate in the       National FBLA competition.  We participated in tests and workshops that were offered by FBLA.  We also enjoyed sightseeing around Atlanta, Georgia.  Thank you for allowing us to represent the Brashear FBLA chapter at Atlanta.


Thanks again,

Tabitha Killen & Christina Scudder




Adair County R-II has enrolled in the DIRECTV4Schools fundraising program for the 2008-2009 school year.  Through DIRECTV4Schools, our school will receive a cash contribution for every new, existing or returning DIRECTV customer who commits to a year of DIRECTV satellite television service using our school code.


Unlike traditional fundraising efforts, DIRECTV4Schools is designed to be easy to implement and administer, greatly simplifying the process for schools and parents.  There are no orders to take, no money to collect, and no products to deliver.


To participate, simply call (888) 388-4724, use our school code of A1436 and sign up for DIRECTV today.  Our school will receive $100 for each new customer who orders and activates DIRECTV service and $50 for existing or returning customers who extend their current commitment to DIRECTV for one year.  Please share this information with your family and friends that may not have students in our school but would like to help out the school.


With the help of families like yours, DIRECTV4Schools is an easy way for us to raise the funds we need for the special programs, equipment, and events that enrich our students learning experiences.  Please help us spread the word by encouraging your friends and family to call (888) 388-4724 and subscribe to DIRECTV using our unique school code (A1436).


For more information on this program, please visit




Welcome to the 2008-2009 school year!  Tiger Pride is in full swing and it's good to be back with the students!  If you're not familiar with Tiger Pride, we provide care for children before school from 7:00-8:00 a.m. and after school from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  This is more than just childcare!  We provide nutritious snacks, fun physical activities, homework help and professional care!


If your child has been enrolled in Tiger Pride, there are no new forms to complete!  Contact Mrs. Kerby if there are any changes in your contact information or with care giving needs for your child.  You can send a note in your child's planner, call me at 660-323-5272 ext. 39 (leave a message at this Library extension if I'm not at the school yet) or e-mail me at  If you need to reach me from 3:00-5:00 p.m., you can call the Tiger Pride cell phone number which is (660) 216-8075.


A procedural change from last year is that children cannot be picked up from the parking lot.  A family member or designated person needs to come inside the school, get the child and sign the attendance-sheet kept on the purple clip-board.  Please let us know if the "going home" arrangements for your child changes!


To enroll your child in Tiger Pride, please request an enrollment packet!  We'd love to have your child/children with us!                                                     


                                                                                                            Wendy Kerby

                                                                                                            Tiger Pride Director




All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, and children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.  The Adair County R-II School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction.  Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, mental retardation/intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.


The Adair County R-II School District 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 First Steps program.


The Adair County R-II School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians.  Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child.  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).


The Adair County R-II School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA).  This plan may be reviewed during regular school hours on days school is in session in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.


This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.














































1 No School—Labor Day

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

4 SB/BB w/ Macon County—There 5:00 p.m.

5 Grandparents Eat w/ 1st Grade—Here 10:45 a.m.

5 Kindergarten Grandparent Gathering—Here 2:00 p.m.

5 JV/V Baseball w/ LaPlata—There 5:00 p.m.

9 SB/BB w/ Novinger—There 5:00 p.m.

9 MS SB w/ Highland—Edina 5:00 p.m.

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

11 MS SB w/ Milan—There 5:00 p.m.

11 MS Football w/ North Shelby—There 6:00 p.m.

12 SB/BB w/ LaPlata—There 5:00 p.m.

13 Schuyler County JV Softball Tournament —There TBA

13 MS SB Tournament at Kirksville—There TBA

15 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.

15 JV SB/BB w/ Atlanta—There 5:00 p.m.

15 MS SB w/ Brookfield—Edina 5:00 p.m.

16 Junior Magazine Sales   Begin

16 SB/BB w/ Atlanta—Here 5:00 p.m.

16 MS SB w/ Scotland County—Edina 5:00 p.m.

17 Citizenship Day

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

18 Herff Jones Presentation for Seniors & Sophomores—Here 8:00 a.m.

18 MS SB w/ North Shelby—There 5:00 p.m.

19 SB/BB w/ Green City—Here 5:00 p.m.

20 MS SB Tournament at Schuyler County—There TBA

22 All School/Senior Picture Day—Preschool at 8:00 a.m.

22 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.

22 V/JV SB w/ Marion County—Here 5:00 p.m.

22 MS SB w/ Kirksville—There 5:00 p.m.

23-26 SAT10 for Grades 6-11 and OLSAT for Grades 2 & 7

23 JV/V SB w/ Bucklin—There 5:00 p.m.

23 MS SB w/ Putnam County—Edina 5:00 p.m.

23 MS Football w/ North Shelby—Edina 6:00 p.m.

25 Herff Jones Orders Taken—Here 11:00 a.m.

25 MS SB w/ Schuyler County—There 5:00 p.m.

25 MS Football w/ Schuyler County—There 6:00 p.m.

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

26 SB/BB w/ Bevier—Here 5:00 p.m.

27 Schuyler County V Softball Tournament—There TBA

29 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.

30 MS SB w/ Clark County—There 5:00 p.m.


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