ADAIR COUNTY R-II NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 Brashear, Missouri
CLASSES RESUMED AUGUST 18TH
The Adair County R-II School year began on Tuesday, August 17 for teachers and staff with an in-service beginning at 8:30 a.m. Classes resumed for students on Wednesday, August 18.
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:
Erin Moots has been employed as a 7-12 math teacher. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education from Elmira College—Elmira, NY and received her Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from William Woods University. Mrs. Moots has taught math in the Knox County R-I, Macon R-I, and LaPlata R-II school districts. Most recently, she was employed at LaPlata R-II as their Parents as Teachers educator.
Kevin Terry has been hired as Library Media Specialist and At Risk Teacher. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri State University and his Master of Arts degree in Library Science from Lindenwood University. Prior to returning to teaching, Mr. Terry worked for 26 years in customer service at AT&T. In addition to his duties in the library and classroom, he will be coaching the junior high girls and boys basketball teams.
Paula Clarkson has been hired as a cook. She had been subbing for us in the kitchen in years past. Paula is a graduate of Adair County R-II High School and attended Truman State University. Paula is actively involved with running the concession stands for Boosters.
Jayd Frazier has been hired to coach our varsity boys basketball team. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Management with a minor in Coaching from
Hannibal-LaGrange College. While at HLG, Jayd was a member of the junior varsity/varsity basketball and varsity swim teams. He is currently employed by the Kirksville Aquatic Center as a supervisor/lifeguard and Frazier Farms.
Please join us in welcoming these new employees to our district.
Breakfast each day includes milk and juice. Students may also choose cereal or pop tarts 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 peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Wednesday: Cereal, toast/Spaghetti, bread stick, cottage cheese, lima beans, pears, pumpkin bar, milk
Thursday: Omelet, toast/Mr. Ribb, mashed potatoes, green beans, pineapple, apple crisp, milk
Friday: Biscuits & gravy/Hot dog, chips, carrot sticks, applesauce, Oreo® pudding, milk
Monday: No School
Tuesday: Apple or cherry strudel sticks/Buffalo wings, rice, lettuce, mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk
Wednesday: Sausage, toast/Nachos, lettuce, carrot sticks, pears, banana bread, milk
Thursday: Breakfast pizza/ Ham & cheese hot pocket, tater tots, green beans, peaches, chocolate cake, milk
Friday: Long john/Pizza, corn, pears, jello, ice cream, milk
Monday: Biscuit, egg, sausage, cheese/Fish sandwich, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk
Tuesday: French toast sticks, syrup/Tacos, lettuce, refried beans, pears, peanut butter bar, milk
Wednesday: Pancake, syrup, sausage/Garlic cheese bread, ravioli, lima beans, pineapple, brownie, milk
Thursday: Breakfast bites, syrup/Chicken strips, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches, pumpkin bar, milk
Friday: Muffin, fruit/Stuffed crust pizza, corn, apple slices, jello, milk
Monday: Biscuits & gravy/ Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, peas, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk
Tuesday: Waffle, syrup, sausage links/Lasagna bake, garlic bread, cottage cheese, green beans, peaches, chocolate cake, milk
Wednesday: Cinnamon roll/Taco casserole, lettuce, refried beans, pears, cheesecake, milk
Thursday: Omelet, toast/ Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, strawberries, white cake, milk
Friday: Bagel, scrambled eggs/Hot ham & cheese, chips, carrot sticks, applesauce, no bake cookie, milk
Monday: Donut, fruit/Chicken sandwich, mashed potatoes, green beans, mandarin oranges, cookie, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast pizza/ Walking taco, lettuce, refried beans, peaches, brownie, milk
Wednesday: Bacon, toast/ Corn dog, tater tots, lima beans, pineapple, peanut butter bar, milk
Thursday: French toast sticks, syrup/Tenderloin, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, pears, pumpkin 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
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.
Kirksville Rotary Club for donating a subscription of Rotary Magazine to the library in honor of Kirksville’s Ray Klinginsmith, Rotary International President 2010-2011.
Daniel Carpenter, high school paraprofessional, for donating his time and skills to
reconstruct the 15 year old paper cutter
that had nearly made its “last cut” and transform it into a beautiful, fully functional paper cutter that is better that any new one we
could have ordered.
Freeman Foundation for the generous
donation of custom designed and built art
storage cabinets and table tops. Thank you to Brandon Crandall and Brandon Wheeler for the excellent design and workmanship that make these items both beautiful and practical. The Brashear Art Department will enjoy them for many years to come.
Travis Freeman and Teri Crandall for their
donation to the Adair County R-II High School FBLA supporting their participation at the
State Leadership Conference in Columbia last April. FBLA would also like to thank Matt and Cheryl Reeves & family, Lonnie and Kim Salter & family, Eddie and Carla Stewart & family, Rhonda Fisher, Lisa Fisher, Linda Moore, Betty Stephens, and Don Wilburn for their
donations to help send Tabitha Killen to the National Leadership Conference held
July 14-17 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mark and Rhonda Fisher for their donation of materials on Down’s Syndrome Awareness. The collections includes a couple of children’s books, a DVD exploring the speech of children with Down’s Syndrome, a couple of books for parents and/or teachers, and Rhonda’s favorite book Gifts 2, How People with Down’s
Syndrome Enrich the World.
BUSY BEES NEWS
Busy Bees is a preschool program for children in our district ages 3-5 years old. This year Busy Bees will meet on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 8:30-11:00 a.m. in the Parents as Teachers (PAT) classroom. Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2010 to be enrolled for the current school year.
Busy Bees will meet for the first time on Monday, September 13. For more information, please call Mrs. Toni Tuggle at 323-5272 ext. 33 or e-mail toni_tuggle@brashear
We would like to thank the following individuals for their donations to our scholarship fund.
In memory of Robert Elsea
Brent, Shirlene & Kayla Hettinger
Josh Hettinger and Sarah Klipp
Travis, Julie & Kaden Hettinger
Dennis and Diane Bradley
In memory of Travis Freeman
Jerry and Martha Reese & family
Todd and Traci Hill & family
John and Chris Horton & family
Kelley and Jackie Church
Robert and Janis Keough
Kathy Elsea & family
Caroll and Peggy Hills
Tom and Colleen Primmer
Bill and Evelyn Kellison
Ricky and Denise Brown
Dennis and Diane Bradley
John and Louise Freeman
In memory of Woodrow Sykes
Dennis and Diane Bradley
In memory of Marsha Shahan
Kelley and Jackie Church
Donations were also made to the library in memory of Travis Freeman. Thank you to. . .
Bob and Brenda Kelsey
Noel Lee and Lana McClanahan
David and Jeanne Clark
Jim and Denice Winkleman
TITLE I SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
The goal of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 is to ensure that all children in this country receive a quality education. Under NCLB, each state is required to assess all schools to determine if each school has made adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward meeting the academic testing standards and additional measures set by the state. AYP decisions are based on the results of state testing in communication arts and math and the school’s attendance rate or graduation rate. If the school has not made AYP for two consecutive years, it is considered “in need of improvement.”
Based on the results of the 2009-2010 academic testing in communication arts and math and the school’s attendance rate or graduation rate, your child’s school, Brashear Elementary, did not make adequate yearly progress for the following reasons:
1. In grades 3 – 6, MAP scores in the area of Communication Arts did not meet the state minimum level of 67.4% of students in Proficient/Advanced levels. Our results were 45.9% in overall student population grades 3-6.
2. In grades 3 – 6, MAP scores across the State also did not meet the state minimum level. The State overall in Communication Arts grades 3 – 6 scored 53.6% of students in Proficient/Advanced levels.
Data is collected on the student population as a whole and also on subgroups within the building. Subgroups are those groups designated by DESE. These groups are counted when the group has 30 or more students within that group. (Free/Reduced; IEP students; etc.)
Because of this designation, the school is considered to be in Level 1 of School Improvement and must develop a plan for improvement. One important component of this plan will be parent involvement in both the development and implementation of the plan.
“School Choice” is also an option for those districts with two or more buildings serving the same population of students. This choice is not available for our district because we only have one elementary building in our district and therefore we are unable to offer public school choice.
We encourage you to become involved with your child’s school to support school improvement. If you would like to become more involved in your child’s school, please consider the following: attend student/parent involvement nights, maintain communication with your child’s teacher, and serve on parent/school committees. Other activities will be planned in accordance to our School Improvement Plan.
2010 ADOPT A CHILD CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Sign up begins October 1, 2010 for the 2010 Annual Adopt-A-Child Christmas Program. The annual Adopt-A-Child Christmas program is sponsored by the Kirksville Fire Department, KTUF Radio Station, and the Adair County Family Support Division. This program is designed to provide a special Christmas gift for some 300+ children in Adair County ages 0-16 who otherwise, in some cases, might not have a gift. Past practice has allowed children ages 0-11 to receive gifts while children ages 12-16 go on a shopping spree.
Who Qualifies: Adair County children whose families qualify for Food Stamps.
When to Sign Up: You may start signing up October 1, 2010, for the Christmas program at the Adair County Family Support Division Office located at 1612 North Osteopathy in Kirksville or call (660) 785-2440. The party dates will be announced closer to the event in December. Children 0-11; have list of 3 gift choices available ($25 max. each choice).
Further questions may be directed to Teresa Attebery at the Kirksville Fire Department at (660) 665-3734.
MDHE LAUNCHES FAFSA TRAINING MODULE
Beginning September 2, 2010, Missouri students and parents in search of a step-by- step guide for completing the U.S. Department of Education’s application for student financial assistance may access the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s newest training module, Seven Steps to Applying for Financial Aid, via the MDHE website.
Complete with an overview of documentation needed to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the 2010-2011 academic year, Seven Steps to Applying for Financial Aid provides a clear and concise explanation of terms and processes that often confuse individuals new to the world of financial aid. In addition, Seven Steps to Applying for Financial Aid goes hand in hand with information provided in The Source—the MDHE’s premier go-to resource for federal and state financial aid programs.
Students and parents should be advised that the Seven Steps to Applying for Financial Aid training module will be updated in January 2011 to reflect the 2011-2012 FAFSA. For those students or parents who need additional assistance after viewing the 2011-2012 version, the MDHE encourages you to visit the Missouri Association for Financial Aid Personnel’s Wuz Up website to locate a FAFSA Frenzy event in your area. FAFSA Frenzy makes applying for financial aid easier by providing students and parents with free help filling out the FAFSA and is set to take place at various locations throughout the state on Sunday, February 13. For additional information regarding Missouri’s 2011 FAFSA Frenzy program, please log on to www.dhe.mo.gov/fafsa_completion.html.
Training modules set to follow Seven Steps to Applying for Financial Aid include: Life of a Loan, National Student Loan Data System Access and Planning for Financial Success.
If you have any topics that you would like to see covered in an MDHE training module, please contact Lesley Hendrix, MDHE training services coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
ü 2 SB w/ Macon County—There 5:00 p.m.
ü 3 Early Dismissal-Teacher In-service—12:45 p.m.
ü 3 JV/V Softball w/ LaPlata—There 5:00 p.m.
ü 6 No School—Labor Day
ü 7 SB/BB w/ Novinger—There 5:00 p.m.
ü 9 JV/V Softball w/ Canton—Here 5:00 p.m.
ü 10 Grandparents Eat w/ 1st Grade—Here 10:45 a.m.
ü10 Kindergarten Grandparent Gathering—Here 2:00 p.m.
ü 10 SB/BB w/ LaPlata—There 5:00 p.m.
ü 11 Patriot Day
ü 11 Schuyler County JV Softball Tournament —There TBA
ü 13-17 SAT10 for Grades 6-11 and OLSAT 8 for Grades 2 & 7—Here TBA
ü 13 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.
ü 14 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.
ü 14 SB/BB w/ Atlanta—Here 5:00 p.m.
ü 16 Herff Jones Presentation for Seniors/Sophomores—Here 11:00 a.m.
ü 17 Citizenship Day
ü 17 SB/BB w/ Green City—Here 5:00 p.m.
ü 18 District Choir Auditions at Moberly—There 7:00 a.m.
ü 20 All School/Senior Picture Day—Preschool at 8:00 a.m.
ü 20 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.
ü 20 JV/V SB w/ Marion County—Here 5:00 p.m.
ü 21 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.
ü 21 SB/BB w/ Bucklin—There 5:00 p.m.
ü 23 Herff Jones Orders Taken—Here 3:00 p.m.
ü 23 SB/BB w/ Bevier—Here 5:00 p.m.
ü 25 Schuyler County V Softball Tournament—There TBA
ü 27 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.
ü28 Busy Bees—Here 8:30-11:00 a.m.
ü 30 Elementary Awards Assembly—Here 2:45 p.m.
ü30 JV/V Softball w/ Green City—There 5:00 p.m.