SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 Brashear, Missouri




The Adair County R-II School year began on Tuesday, August 18 for teachers and staff with an in-service beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Classes resumed for students on Wednesday, August 19.


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 employee:


Steven Kerr has been employed as our 7-12 social studies teacher.  Mr. Kerr received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Political Science from Culver-Stockton College in May 2009.  He was a four-year member of the Culver-Stockton football program.  Mr. Kerr will be assisting Knox County R-I with their middle school football team.  He and his wife Samantha are making their home in Kirksville.


Please join us in welcoming him 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 will be available in the district office for public viewing during business hours.




Busy Bees will meet for the first time on Monday, September 14, 2009 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 Mrs. Toni Tuggle at 323-5272 ext. 33 or e-mail




Thanks to the generous donations of the friends and family of Carol Chambers, the Adair County R-II Library now has over 50 new books in the library. These books represent all genres and cross all reading levels.  The books chosen were the complete sets of the Missouri State Book Awards for 2009-2010. These include nominations for the Missouri Show Me Award, the Missouri Mark Twain Award, the Missouri Truman Award, and the Missouri Gateway Readers' Choice Award. 




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 1-4

Tuesday: Egg omelet, toast/Tacos, lettuce, refried beans, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Wednesday: Bacon, hard boiled egg, toast/Garlic cheese bread, roasted potatoes, vegetable, fruit, brownie, milk

Thursday: Sausage, egg & cheese biscuit/Spaghetti, lettuce, cottage cheese, strawberries, white cake, milk

Friday: Long john, fruit/Pizza, corn, pears, jello, ice cream, milk


September 7-11

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Hot ham & cheese pockets, tater tots, lima beans, mandarin oranges, no bake cookie, milk

Wednesday: Cinnamon roll/Sub sandwich, chips, corn, pears, pumpkin bar, milk

Thursday: Biscuits & gravy/Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches, chocolate cake, milk

Friday: Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast/Hot dog, chips, baked beans, applesauce, cookie, milk


September 14-18

Monday: French toast sticks, syrup/Hot ham sandwich, tater tots, baked beans, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Sausage, toast/Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, sweet potatoes, applesauce, brownie, milk

Wednesday: Breakfast pizza/Mr. Ribb, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches, peanut butter bar, milk

Thursday: Pancake, syrup, sausage/Hamburger, fries, vegetable, strawberries, white cake, milk

Friday: Biscuits & gravy/Taco casserole, lettuce, vegetable, fruit, Oreo® pudding, milk


September 21-25

Monday: Cereal, toast/Nachos, lettuce, carrot sticks, mandarin oranges, no bake cookie, milk

Tuesday: Muffin/Chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, blueberry cake, milk

Wednesday: Biscuits & gravy/Hot dog, chips, vegetable, fruit, pumpkin bar, milk

Thursday: Pop tarts/BBQ pork, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, peaches, chocolate cake, milk

Friday: Donut, fruit/Pizza, corn, pears, jello, ice cream, milk


September 28-30

Monday: Apple or cherry strudel/Walking taco, lettuce, refried beans, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Waffle, syrup, sausage links/Tenderloin, fries, baked beans, peaches, chocolate cake, milk

Wednesday: Breakfast pizza/Ravioli, garlic bread, peas, cottage cheese, pears, banana bar, 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. . .


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

2)      Shop and save with Smiles for Education products throughout the store.

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


Registration forms are available in-store or are available to download at




Last spring students in grades 4-6 participated in the Adair County Soil & Water Conservation poster contest.  The theme was “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.”  Local winners are as follows:



4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Soil Paint


Caitlee Hall

Abigail Kerby

Allison Thompson

Sidney Sykes


Brianne Hart

Kylie Williams

Gabe Thomas

Kourtney Arnold


Saydie Potter

Skylar Housman

Chance Hill

Damien Zajac


Kacie Mihalovich

Tyler Findling




Other Adair County schools participated in the contest as well.  Judges chose two posters out of the winning posters from all the schools to proceed to the state poster competition.  Abigail Kerby’s poster was chosen as Adair County’s overall winner and was sent to the Missouri Association of Conservation District’s Poster Contest.  She received a gold medal.  Sidney Sykes received a silver medal for her poster that placed 2nd in the overall soil paint category.


Twenty-eight students exhibited artwork at the NEMO Fair last July.  Champion winners were Megan Taylor, Austin Alexander, Hannah Bishop, Sydney Slavin, Katie Smith, Rose Cloud, Justin Hazen, Kelsey Hocker, Alexa Acton and Kayla Snelling.  Reserve champion winner was Johnathon Perry.  Other exhibitors were Miranda Creason-2 Blue; Mary Coy-Blue; Morgan Taylor-3 Blue; Megan Taylor-2 Blue; Amanda Horton-Blue; Johnathon Perry-Blue; Olivia Wheeler-Blue; Nicole Wagster-Red, Blue; Austin Alexander-Blue, White; Trae Treasure-Blue; Paige Longano-Blue; Natasha Findling-Red; David Walker-Blue; Hannah Bishop-3 Blue; Sydney Slavin-Blue; Katie Watson-Blue; Katie Smith-2 Blue; Jordan Berry-Blue; Rose Cloud-Blue; Justin Hazen-Blue; Stephanie Elsea-Red; Angela McKim-Red; Kelsey Hocker-Blue; Alexa Acton-2 Blue; Meredith Thomas-Blue; Nikkie Moncrief-Red; Dakota Williams-Blue; and Kayla Snelling-Blue.

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




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

3 SB/BB w/ Macon County—Here 5:00 p.m.

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

7 No School—Labor Day

8 SB/BB w/ Novinger—Here 5:00 p.m.

9 Renaissance Breakfast

10 JV/V Softball w/ Canton—There 5:00 p.m.

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

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

11 SB/BB w/ LaPlata—Here 5:00 p.m.

12 Schuyler County JV Softball Tournament —There TBA

14-18 SAT10 for Grades 6-11 and OLSAT 8 for Grades 2 & 7—Here TBA

14 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.

14 Junior-Senior Parent Meeting—Here 6:00 p.m.

15 SB/BB w/ Atlanta—There 5:00 p.m.

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

17 Citizenship Day

18 SB/BB w/ Green City—There 5:00 p.m.

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

21 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.

21 JV/V SB w/ Marion County—There 5:00 p.m.

22 JV/V SB w/ Bucklin—Here 5:00 p.m.

23 SB/BB w/ Bevier—There 5:00 p.m.

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

26 Schuyler County V Softball Tournament—There TBA

28 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.




The district would like to thank all of the volunteers who donated their time and efforts at our work days on August 12-13.  Your help was greatly appreciated as we completed last minute projects around the school before classes began. 


We would also like to thank the First United Methodist Church of Kirksville, United Way of Adair County, VFW Men’s and Women’s Auxiliary, Salvation Army, Quota Club, Elenora Houghton Memorial, Davena McKim, Cassy Graham, and Lonnie & Sandy Osborn for their donation of school supplies for our students.


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