SEPTEMBER 1, 2012                                                  Brashear, Missouri



The Adair County R-II School year began on Tuesday, August 14 for teachers and staff with an in-service beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Classes resumed for students on Wednesday, August 15. 


Breakfast and lunch will be served each day.  Breakfast prices remain at $.85 for students K-6, $1.10 for students 7-12, and $1.35 for adults.  Lunch prices have increased to $1.95 for students K-6, $2.35 for students 7-12, and $2.85 for adults.  Milk can still be purchased for 30 cents a carton.  Free and reduced price meals will be available 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:


Justine Bane has been employed to teach Kindergarten.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hannibal-LaGrange University.  Justine is a native of LaPlata where she lives with her parents and siblings.  She will be coaching varsity girls basketball.


Emy Nutt has been hired to teach third grade.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in Social Science and Language Arts from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL.  Emy enjoys dancing, fishing, swimming, playing volleyball, and spending time with her family.


Kyle Robuck has been hired as our K-12 physical education and 9th grade health teacher.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Central Methodist University.  Kyle will be coaching fall and spring baseball, softball, and varsity boys basketball.  He comes to us from Northeast R-IV School in Cairo where he was a substitute teacher, head coach for JV softball and baseball, and head coach for varsity softball.


Candace Hettinger has been hired as our high school secretary.  She is a 2005 graduate of Brashear High School.  Candace is the proud mother of two daughters, Emma and Aubree, and enjoys watching them grow and learn new things.


Michelle Noble has been employed as a special education paraprofessional.  She is a native of Iowa and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.  Michelle enjoys working with others, cross stitching, and cooking. 


Willard Colegrove began working May 1, 2012 as our new maintenance director/head custodian.  He resides in Kirksville with his wife and children.  Willard has been self-employed the last several years doing glazier glass and door repair and home maintenance.   


Please join us in welcoming these new employees to our district.




Breakfast each day includes milk and juice.  Students may  choose cereal instead of the breakfast item offered.  The following items are offered daily for students to choose from in lieu of the main lunch entrée:  yogurt or a WOWBUTTER® (peanut butter replacement) and jelly sandwich.


September 3–7

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Cereal, toast or Pop tarts/Tacos, lettuce, refried beans, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Wednesday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Hot pocket, tater tots, vegetable, peaches, chocolate cake, milk

Thursday: French toast sticks, syrup/Hot ham & cheese, chips, vegetable, fruit, pumpkin bar, milk

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


September 10-14

Monday: Biscuits & gravy/Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, peas, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast pizza/Sub sandwich, chips, cooked carrots, apple slices, cheesecake, milk

Wednesday: Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast/Lasagna bake, garlic bread, cottage cheese, vegetable, strawberries, white cake, milk

Thursday: Cinnamon roll, fruit/Turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches, brownie, milk

Friday: Bagel or Muffin, fruit/Corn dog, tater tots, vegetable, applesauce, pumpkin bar, milk


September 17-21

Monday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Walking taco, lettuce, refried beans, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Sausage, egg, cheese, biscuit/Tenderloin, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, pears, pumpkin bar, milk

Wednesday: French toast sticks, syrup/Mr. Ribb, mashed potatoes, vegetable, fruit, cake, milk

Thursday: Pancake, syrup, sausage/Chicken quesadilla, lettuce, rice, fruit, banana bread, milk

Friday: Donut, fruit/Chili cheese dog, fries, carrot sticks, applesauce, ice cream, milk


September 24-28

Monday: Breakfast pizza/Chicken patty, mashed potatoes, green beans, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk

Tuesday: Biscuits & gravy/Nachos, lettuce, vegetable, fruit, cheesecake, milk

Wednesday: Waffle, syrup, sausage links/Spaghetti, bread stick, cottage cheese, vegetable, fruit, brownie, milk

Thursday: Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast/Grilled cheese, soup, vegetable, fruit, pumpkin bar, milk

Friday: Sausage, toast/Fish, macaroni & cheese, corn, applesauce, apple crisp, 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:

Shelly Shipman, Homeless Coordinator

Adair County R-II School

205 West Dewey Street

Brashear, MO 63533

Telephone (660) 323-5272 ext. 10




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.




Brent and Shirlene Hettinger for their donation

to the scholarship fund

in memory of Jacky Kite.


Todd and Traci Hill & family for their

donations to the scholarship fund

in memory of Jacky Kite, Beryl Cragg,

Beth Jeffries, and Madeleine Crockett.


Jackie Church, Tammy Whitlow, Lonnie and Kim Salter & family, Rhonda Fisher, and

Northeast Missouri Cooperative Services

for their donations to help send

Ashton Wolter to the National

Leadership Conference June 30-July 3 in

San Antonio, Texas.  FBLA would also like to thank all those who purchased Krispy Kreme doughnuts in support of Ashton’s travels.


David Bethel, Ed.D. and Jeff Romine, Ph.D., CPA, Investment Advisor Representatives for Financial Planners of Missouri and Educator Specialists with Ameritime, Inc. for donating CashFlow 101 (A Financial Education Game) to the business department.




Karen Armstrong from the Missouri Department of Conservation will present “Who’s Out At Night”, an afternoon program on Saturday, September 8th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. for school age children and their families at the Adair County Public Library.  Find out what animals come out at night!


A Mario Kart Wii Tournament for students in grades 3-5 will be held on Saturday, September 22nd from 1:00-3:00 p.m.




Busy Bees met for the first time on Tuesday, August 21.  Busy Bees is a preschool program for children in our district ages 3-5 years old.   Busy Bees will meet again this year on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 8:15-11:15   a.m. in the Parents as Teachers (PAT) classroom. 


The annual preschool screening was held on Monday, August 20.  If you were not contacted for a screening appointment or would like more information about our preschool program, please call Ms. Jill Mason at 323-5272 ext. 33 or e-mail




All eligible students in grades 9-12 that have not signed an A+ Agreement and want to be in the program, need to do so.  I encourage all 9-12 students to get the information and discuss it with their parent/guardians.  The students can come to my classroom and get a brochure and the agreement to take home.  Parents if you would prefer I mail this information home, please let me know.  You can also access all the information from our website.  Just go to our homepage, click on Administration and Departments then on A-Plus Program in the third column.  You can reach me at or 660.323.5272 ext. 15.




It's time to stock the Birthday Pantry!  Please donate prepackaged, nut free snacks for children who are unable to bring a treat on his or her birthday.  This provides a place for students to pick out a special birthday treat for his or her classmates.  We would also like to make the pantry available for teachers when students forget snacks on their snack day and also for special class rewards.  Treats my be dropped off in the Elementary Office, sent with your child (labeled "Birthday Pantry") or you may contact Lisa Fisher at or Sara Erwin at to make pick-up arrangements.  Thanks for making the Birthday Pantry a success!







The new year has started and we are setting our sights on the future!  We have been working hard this summer to get our classrooms, buildings, and school ready for the 2012-2013 school year.  This is going to be an EXCITING year!


As with anything, change happens.  Not good or bad, just different.  We wished some important members of the Brashear School Community “good bye and congratulations” on their retirement. Jackie Church, Teri Crandall, Linda Moore, George Moots, and Betty Stephens all retired at the end of last year.  They were all tremendous assets to our school and they will be missed, but we wish them the best during their retirement.  Amy Feeney, Rhonda Fisher, Fran Lambert, and Heath Schneider all chose to resign from Brashear to take on different adventures, and we wish them only the best in all of their careers.  We welcome new faces during this school year:  Justine Bane, Kindergarten; Willard Colegrove, Maintenance; Candace Hettinger, High School Secretary; Michelle Noble, Paraprofessional; Emy Nutt, 3rd Grade; and Kyle Robuck, K-12 PE.  Becky Thomas will serve as our Title I Reading teacher.  Change always happens!


Another BIG change this year is in our food service program.  Change always happens, sometimes because of mandates and regulations.  With the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, as a National School Lunch Program we were required to make changes to our program, as did many other school districts.  As a result, all of our lunches must meet guidelines as directed by these programs.  Some examples of changes implemented are:  each lunch served must contain 1 fruit, 1 vegetable (per week must contain a dark green, red/orange, beans/peas, and starch), 1 cup of milk, 1 grain, and 1 meat/meat alternate.  Calorie intake must be considered.  Students are separated by grade to determine calorie intake; K-5 range between 550-650 calories, 6-8 range between 600-700 calories, and 9-12 between 750 and 850 calories.  As part of the National School Lunch Program, we were also required to increase our lunch prices, as were many districts within the state.  We are anticipating a required increase for next school year as well.  Even with all of the changes to our program, our wonderful food service staff is working hard to provide not only a healthy lunch that meets the required standards, but also a good tasting, hearty and filling lunch.  The mandated changes for the Breakfast program will take affect with the 2013-2014 school year.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call (660.323.5272) to talk or set up a conference.


Some other changes are also happening here at BES/BHS.  We have started a new program during our “Tiger Time” with our 7th – 12th grade students.  Each student is assigned a house.  Each house contains 15 to 17 students (at least 2 students from each grade), and each house has 2 faculty advisors.  During “Tiger Time” students will still be able to work on homework, but there will also be team building exercises, house competitions, and activities also scheduled.  One goal of our program is to strengthen self-worth for all students by giving them a support group of students they can “belong” to and go to for help.  We will also be working towards building school spirit and school pride during “Tiger Time”.  Faculty advisors will be actively involved with their “houses” and also provide support for all students in their “house”.  We are excited to get this program up and going and we are looking forward to positive outcomes.


Within the past week, we received confirmation from DESE that our district has once again met all 14 out of 14 MSIP standards.  This is our 8th year in a row!  Congratulations to our students, faculty and staff, parents, and patrons of our district.  An accomplishment like this takes a group effort and support from the whole school community.  So, CONGRATULATIONS…and THANK YOU!!!


It truly does take a village to build a child and the Brashear Community is a GREAT village!


Shelly Shipman





Thirty-four junior and senior high students submitted artwork to the NEMO Fair last summer.  Champion winners were Meredith Thomas-2, Jacob Bleything, and Joe Clarkson.  Reserve champion winners were Nichole Wagster, Katie Sweet, Mandy Taylor, and Skylar Housman.  Grand champion winners were Kylie Williams and Brianne Hart.  Other exhibitors included Nichole Wagster-Blue; Alexa Acton-Red, 3 Blue; Marshall Goff-Red; Katie Sweet-Red, Blue; Meredith Thomas-2 Blue; Sidney DeBie-Red; Ashley Moncrief-Red; Abigail Kerby-Blue; Shelby Watson-Red; Skylar Housman-Blue; Jacob Bleything-Red, Blue; Joe Clarkson-2 Blue; Kyle Bowen-Red; Jackie Sidenstricker-Red; Trevor Love-Blue; Mechelia Potter-Red; Tristan Borron-Red; Cassy Graham-Red; Caitlee Hall-Blue; Mandy Taylor-Red, 2 Blue; Tyler Watson-Red; Colton Bowen-Red; Ashley Watson-Blue; Colt Acton-Red; Abigail Kerby-Red; Andy Clarkson-Blue; T.J. Harrelson-Red; Breann Turner-Red; Kaitlin Guffey-Blue; Erin Bradshaw-Red; Saydie Potter-Blue; and Morgan Taylor-2 Red.  Congratulations to art instructor Becky Hazen and her students for a job well done!




Mission:  To develop and foster the responsibility of our students and provide assistance to students who need help completing assignments and learning to manage the work load of our high school schedule.


What:  Students will receive a HOT Sheet for any assignment which is not completed on time.  The HOT Sheet assignment may be completed during Tiger Time or during a HOT Relief Period.  HOT Sheets may be assigned a second time for the same assignment if the assignment is not passing or if the teacher determines that the student can perform at a higher level than he/she did on the completed assignment.  Any HOT Sheet assignments that are not completed after 2 HOT Relief Periods may become a zero for that student.


When:  HOT Relief Periods will be on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:15 p.m.  However, students will be free to leave as soon as their HOT sheet assignment is completed and they have permission from their parent/guardian.


Who:  Any Student with incomplete HOT Sheets received on Tuesday and Wednesday will stay for the HOT Relief Period on Thursday.  Any Student with incomplete HOT Sheets received on Thursday, Friday, or Monday will stay for the HOT Relief Period on Tuesday.




U.S. Cellular is once again offering students a chance to win $150,000 for their school and whatever project they feel their school needs.  The Calling All Communities campaign is returning September 14th - October 21st for its fourth year.  Voters must visit their local U.S. Cellular store during the voting period to pick up a voting code, and then enter in all requested information online at to place one vote for the school of their choice.  New to the campaign this year will be an interactive microsite housed on their website that enables voters not only to place a vote, but make suggestions on how prize money could be used and encourage other school community members to participate in the campaign.  To participate, voters must be 18 years of age or older at time of entry.  The school receiving the most community votes will receive $150,000 and the next 17 schools with the most votes will each receive $50,000 to use any way they choose. 


For more information about U.S. Cellular and past Calling All Communities campaigns, visit or




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.




On Tuesday, October 2nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Brashear PTC will receive 10% of the sales at Colton’s Steakhouse in Kirksville.  This includes curbside service too.  So plan to enjoy a delicious meal and know that you will be supporting our playground fundraising drive.  We raised $325 last May.  Be sure to tell your friends and family!





















































3 No School—Labor Day

4 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

4 SB/BB w/ Novinger—There 5:00 p.m.

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

7 Grandparents Eat w/ 1st Grade—Here 12:10 p.m.

7 SB/BB w/ LaPlata—There 5:00 p.m.

8 Marching Band to Knox County Corn Festival—There 9:00 a.m.

10 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

10 V/JV SB w/ Scotland County—There 5:00 p.m.

11 Patriot Day

11 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

11 SB/BB w/ Atlanta—Here 5:00 p.m.

14 Early Dismissal—Teacher In-service—1:03 p.m.

14 SB/BB w/ Green City—Here 5:00 p.m.

17 Citizenship Day

17 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

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

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

18 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

18 BB/SB w/ Bucklin—There 5:00 p.m.

21 SB/BB w/ Bevier—Here 5:00 p.m.

22  Schuyler County V Softball Tournament—There TBA

24 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

24 Junior/Senior Parent Night—Here 6:00 p.m.

25 Busy Bees—Here 8:15-11:15 a.m.

25-27 OLSAT 8 for Grades 2 & 7—Here TBA

27 V/JV Softball w/ Green City—There 5:00 p.m.

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

29 Marching Band to Celebration of Nations at Rolla—There TBA

29 Knox County Softball Tournament—There TBA


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