Friday, August 23, 2019
We Belong
Superintendent Update

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! Whether this is your child’s first or thirteenth year with us, rest assured there is a special place for each student in the Hallsville School District. As we begin another year, the district faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Education maintain focus on our children and their success. Student learning, social development, mental health, and safety are high priorities for our district.

Humans are social beings, and all social beings must experience a sense of belonging in order to flourish and grow to their full potential. To that end, several district goals are focused on ensuring students feel connected to their school, their teachers, and their peers. Positive relationships serve as strong motivators for each of us. At school, these motivators increase the likelihood that students will fully participate in their own educations and maximize their potential for success.
As we saw with the wonderful “Paint the Town Purple and Gold” initiative, Hallsville is a community where people demonstrate care, compassion, and support for their friends and neighbors, children and adults alike. Over the first week of school, our faculty and staff have been busy establishing environments focused on both academic excellence and quality relationships, ensuring that each student feels safe and accepted within their classrooms and school. Our fall semester activities and athletics teams—from softball to band, Spanish club to football—are ramping into full swing, providing abundant opportunities for cooperation and fun in pursuit of common goals. In addition, our local community groups are gearing up for their own fall sport and club offerings.
Headed into this new year of growth, the Hallsville School District is committed to assisting each student find a unique reason to engage with school. The schools’ administrators, teachers, and staff are dedicated to helping your child discover a place where he or she belongs.
John Downs
Superintendent of Schools
Back to School 
First week back 

The first full week back to school was a success! Students and teachers were eager to meet old and new friends and get back into a schedule and routine. Please check the school calendar for important upcoming dates and events.

Friday, August 23: School Picture Day PreK-12
Thursday, August 29: Middle School Back to School Dance
Friday, August 30: No School, Faculty PLC Day
Monday, September 1: No School, Labor Day
Welcome New Faculty & Staff
2019-2020 New Faculty

Please welcome new staff for the 2019-2020 school year.  
Front Row: Jake Enlow (4th), Jamie March (MS Special Education), Leah Cox (2-5 Music), Barbara Hirsh Mozingo (Speech Implementer), James Staton (5th), Emily Clark (1st), Hannah Morse (2nd)
Middle Row: June Van Le (3rd), Katy Crane (7th Math), Carly Crawford (4th), Claire Garcia (Secondary Spanish), Teresa Brewer (HS Math), Lauren Arnold (2nd)
Back Row: Jillian Fletcher (Primary Special Education), Matt Boyer (HS Counselor), Caleb Martin (Ag Science), Justin Conyers (Body Conditioning), Melissa Kuseliauskas (Secondary Art) *Not pictured Travis Kincade (HS P.E.)
Board of Education 
August Meeting Highlights

The Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, August 19. The Board agenda included a tax rate hearing, MACC dual credit agreement, Launch program for virtual instruction, New Teacher Academy, school safety, and bond construction updates. A full recap of the meeting can be found here .

The next regular session meeting is Monday, September 16, at 6:00 p.m. Board of Education meeting agendas are available on the school district website by date .

Any questions or comments can be forwarded to .
School Pictures
Friday, August 23

School Picture Day was today! School photos are used on IDs, in our student information system, in the yearbook, and for media releases.  

Parent Question: I forgot to prepay for my child’s portrait. Will I still be able to order?
Yes, in order to receive free shipping to the school, families have approximately 48 hours after Picture Day to order online at using our school’s unique Order Code. Shipping and handling charges may apply for orders placed more than 48 hours after Picture Day

You can still order pictures at using your child's building code:  

Hallsville Primary 39431P
Hallsville Intermediate 39431D 
Hallsville MS 39430S
Hallsville HS 39430D

Retakes will be on Thursday, September 26. 
Thank you Hallsville Community!
Painting the Town Purple and Gold

Thank you to everyone in the Hallsville community for making our first annual “Paint the Town Purple and Gold” a success! The outpouring of support from families, local businesses, and churches was seen all over town. We look forward to this event growing each year, and welcoming all Indians back on the first day of school.
Gerbes Rewards
Link your Gerbes Plus Card to our school!

Do you already shop at Gerbes for your groceries and use your Gerbes Plus card to earn discounts and fuel points? If so, those purchases can earn Community Rewards for our local school. 

Last school year, the Gerbes Community Rewards program donated $2,619 to Hallsville schools thanks to your support. Donations helped to support our attendance incentives, water bottle refill stations, student rewards, and student community services projects. We were able to do all of this with just 161 families signed up for the program!  

If you are already shopping at Gerbes, please consider signing up for this wonderful program that provides support to Hallsville teachers and students.

Bond Construction 
August Update

The most recent monthly update from SM Wilson was presented for review at the board meeting on Monday, August 19. Board action was requested on the following change orders: (1) changes to SM Wilson project personnel previously accepted by the Board; (2) adjustment to the Guaranteed Maximum Price reflecting the three alternates previously approved by the Board; and (3) acceptance of a GMP credit associated with a casework materials substitution. The board elected not to accept bid alternates on storm water routing.  
Each month, SM Wilson provided a detailed progress report on construction updates. These reports are available on the district’s website under Bond Updates . To read the most recent update, Progress Report #5, click here .  
Athletics & Activities
Middle and High School Fall Schedules

Fall sports schedules are out! To stay up to date on Athletics and Activities, check out their websites below. You can also access the websites via the Hallsville app under “Athletics.” 

Girls Golf
Cross Country
You can also view the new Athletics & Activities calendar online.   The calendar lists all games for the season and will be updated throughout the year. The calendar is coming soon to the app, too.  
School & Community Events
Be Involved!
Hallsville Youth Opportunities & Events

Do you have a 1 st  – 5 th  grade boy interested in Cub Scouts? If so, please join us – Hallsville Pack 12 Cub Scouts - Tuesday, August 27 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Tribble Park in Hallsville. Dinner and snacks will be provided. You will learn about Cub Scouts, our Pack, and ask questions about what we do, what the costs are, and what your future scout will learn. Mark your calendar for August 27!

Girls in grades 2-5 are invited to bring someone special to the 3rd Annual "Light of My Life" dance hosted by the Varsity Cheerleaders. Grab your cowboy boots and step out for a great night of food and dancing.

Middle school students! Grab your dancing shoes and join Hallsville Middle School at the Back to School dance hosted by HMS Cheer on Thursday, August 29 in the Secondary Cafeteria. The dress is casual and there is a $3 admission fee.

If you would like your community event or student club posted on Peachjar and on the ENews, please email
Upcoming Events

Join the Hallsville Farmers' and Artisans' market on Saturday at Tribble Park from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Local produce is available in addition to hand-made items.

The Hallsville Food Pantry takes place the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Hallsville Baptist Church. Food is provided at no cost for families in need. Please see the above link for what to bring.

You can view all Peachjar flyers here or by individual building here.

If you would like your community event or student club posted on Peachjar and on the ENews, please email
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Hallsville School District
421 East Highway 124
Hallsville, MO 65255

Phone: 573-696-5512
Fax: 573-696-3606
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