Friday, January 24, 2020
School Calendar
Dates to Remember

1/25 Courtwarming Game & Coronation
1/27 - 1/31 Super Bowl Spirit Week
2/4  Board of Education, Special Session Meeting
2/7  No School, Faculty PLC Day 
2/17 School in session, Inclement Weather Day Make-Up
2/18 Board of Education Meeting 

For more information on events and to view flyers, visit the school website or download the free Hallsville Schools' app available in the Google Play and the iTunes App Store .
2019-2020 Calendar Update
Amended Calendar & Make-Up Days
At the January Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 21, the board approved an amended calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. The board approved the conversion of Presidents' Day (2/17/2020) to a student attendance day as a means to reclaim lost instructional time earlier in the year due to school closure for inclement weather. The amended calendar moves the final inclement weather day originally scheduled for May 28 to Monday, February 17, 2020. The amended calendar can be found here . Inclement weather make-up days used so far are listed below. 

2/17: School in Session, Inclement Weather Make-Up Day #1
4/10: School in Session, Inclement Weather Make-Up Day #2
4/13: School in Session, Inclement Weather Make-Up Day #3
5/21: School in Session, Inclement Weather Make-Up Day #4 (Tentative last day of school for students, 12:30 p.m. dismissal)
Super Bowl Spirit Week

Join us for a week of dress up days leading up to the Super Bowl!  

K-8 Dress Up Day can be viewed here ! Monday we kick off with “Mahomes Monday: Wear a headband or hair in a mohawk! 

High School students should follow the HHS Student Council Instagram page for dress-up days!  @HallsvilleStuCo
Board Highlights
January Meeting

Below are highlights of items discussed during the open session of the Tuesday, January 21 Board of Education Meeting. The full agenda with document links is available on the district website.  

Erin Snelling was recognized for being selected as the Region 2 Director for the Science Teachers of Missouri board of directors, and she was also accepted into the Wipro Science Education Fellow program at the University of Missouri. The Wipro program trains educators to build leadership skills and teach excellence within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Erin was also invited by the Advanced Placement Program to serve as an AP test reader this summer. These are 3 great examples of how Erin is committed to her profession and making science education better across the entire state. We appreciate her dedication to professional development and her association. 

Rachael Nichols, Sarah Browning, Sheena Bryant, Ashley Ladd, Shauna Woods, and Betsy O’Day were recognized for opening their classrooms and hosting student teachers this school year. Education students from Columbia College, Central Methodist, and the University of Missouri partner with the district to complete their student teaching and are provided mentorship and support by our excellent staff.  
Laura Kabrick was presented with a check for $5,000 from the Columbia Metro Rotary Club for the grant she applied for in September of this year. The funds were used to purchase 12 student Chromebooks, 2 desktop computers, one teacher Chromebook, and a secure Chromebook cart to house the computers. Laura teaches special education in the area of math, and the computers are used daily by all of her students. 
In recent years, the district has established and maintained a technology budget to pay for equipment replacement, expansion, and other improvements. The technology committee—a group of teachers, library media specialists, principals, IT staff, and parents—agreed on the prioritization of certain goals: functional presentation displays in each classroom, increased student access to mobile devices, and replacement of outdated and malfunctioning equipment. The board approved the purchase of additional technology for classrooms, which can be found here , representing a portion of this year's budget allocation.

The district administers perceptual surveys on school climate to students at specific grade levels, their parents, faculty, and staff. Summary results are provided with this program evaluation and are available online here under item G. Climate survey data are analyzed on an annual basis and used by administrators and faculty teams to set building and district improvement goals. Discussions were held on how to provide support for our EL students and their teachers.  

The high school recently implemented an ICU database to help track missing work. This is an academic support system for students and a communication tool for teachers and parents. The program is based on the book Power of ICU.

The Injury Prevention/Trauma Outreach Coordinator for our local Level One Trauma Center in mid-Missouri has contacted the district. They will supply Public Access Bleeding Control Kits to all schools in Boone County through a $5000 gift from Boone Electric Community Trust. Soon, there will be “Stop the Bleed” kits in the middle and high school. Staff will be trained on using the kits in February. 

School board filings closed at 5:00 p.m. on January 21 for three available positions with three-year terms each. Incumbents Craig Stevenson, Shanda Nichols, and Jon Bequette filed. Since there were only three candidates, elections will not be held on April 7. Each candidate will be sworn in and the board will reorganize at their April meeting. 

To read the full highlights of the board meeting, click here . The next regular session meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m . A special session board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 4, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the 2020-2021 school calendar. 
Exploring a Four-Day School Week
Updated Information

In October, a study group was formed to explore four-day school week options and present informational updates to the Board of Education. Representatives from the study group made their third report to the Board at the January meeting. The report included results from parent and staff surveys sent out at the beginning of January. The presentation can be viewed here , and full survey results are available here under the “January 2020 Survey.”.  

Harrisburg Superintendent Steve Combs also attended the meeting to provide an overview of his district’s four-day school week calendar and answer questions from board members.   

The board will hold an open special session meeting on Tuesday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m. in HHS Room 222 to discuss the 2020-2021 school calendar.  
Kindergarten Registration
Class of 2033

Kindergarten registration will be held on April 13 and 14 for all children who will be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2020 and will be entering Kindergarten in August 2020. More information, including documents to bring with you, can be found here .  
Summer School 2020
June 1 - June 19

Save the date for Summer School 2020! 
Summer School will run Monday through Friday, June 1 - June 19. Kindergarten Jumpstart will be a half-day program and take place June 1- June 12. 

High school students must be in attendance 14 of the 15 days of summer school to receive high school credit.  Registration information will be available during the spring!
International Thespian Society
HHS travel to Kansas City

This past weekend, nine Hallsville High School students involved in the International Thespian Society traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to attend the Missouri State Thespian Conference after winning a grant offered through the association to assist newer troupes with costs. At this conference, close to 3,000 Missouri students were able to attend workshops hosted by professionals in the business, as well as watch three productions put on by area high schools that were invited to perform. Students in attendance were Kaelyn Brooks, Bryce Cloud, Izzabella Chacon, Madeline Gresham, Grace Herbold, Abbey Lauffer, Cole Nowlin, Ralph Waltz, and Kalea Zielinski.
Cole Nowlin and Madeline Gresham were selected to perform in the All-State Closing showcasing a medley of songs from the musical Chicago . Students were accompanied by their troupe director Melissa Williams (HHS – Theatre/Speech) and Asst. Troupe Director Susan Henke (HHS – Choir). Students will be able to take the knowledge gained from attending the 2020 conference and apply it to curriculum development, teaching underclassmen, as well as implementing techniques for future productions such as the spring show, Peter and the Starcatcher .
Hallsville Youth Coalition
Update and Survey

The Hallsville Youth Coalition was established in September 2016 with support from the Boone County Youth Coalition or YC2. The mission of the Youth Coalition is to provide support to the youth of our community so they can be safe and productive citizens. The coalition is made up of parents, teachers, counselors, students, city government leaders, members of community organizations and churches, and groups that provide services to our youth. We welcome anyone who would like to join our group to attend our meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

The Youth Coalition would like your input to determine the programs and activities that would be most beneficial to the youth of Hallsville. Please take a few minutes to complete a survey for us. It will help us tremendously to make decisions for future activities. The survey can be found at:

The coalition has helped provide presentations to students and parents on self-esteem, marijuana use, vaping, and cyber-bullying. The Coalition has also helped establish the Hallsville Food Pantry and the annual sports equipment swap. The survey will help determine future programs and events.
Bond Construction Updates

The January 2020 report presented to the board outlined updates on the construction progress for the gymnasium and second-grade classroom wing. SM Wilson is working to enclose the roofing systems and exterior walls for the gym and classroom additions. Work has continued inside the existing school for the electrical, fire alarm and mechanical systems that feed the new buildings. They are looking forward to the exterior enclosure of the gymnasium and classroom addition in preparation for the interior finish activities. Board action is requested on the following change order: (1) addition of steel angles at brick pilasters, and (2) additional heating units in the second grade wing mezzanine. Additionally, SM Wilson has requested Board approval of pay application #6, also included in the update.

At the district's request, SM Wilson and Klingner have developed estimates for six additional facilities projects identified as priorities by the Board of Education. The estimates were provided for review . Funding available for project completion includes (1) the remaining proceeds from the sale of and premium on the 2018 general obligation bonds, (2) interest income from the investment of bond proceeds, and (3) surplus from the capital projects fund reserve. 
Read to Succeed
Six Flags Tickets

Students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade have the opportunity to earn a ticket to Six Flags through their Read to Succeed Program. Students must read at least six hours at home to earn a ticket. If they log more hours, they have the opportunity to earn awards such as discounts on other tickets. There are two ways to register for the program, online or returning reading logs being sent home soon.  

To register online, go to . Enter the following codes to register your child: 

Intermediate: 8BRKJ (will be prompted to then enter child’s teacher)
Primary: PX4K6 (will be prompted to then enter child’s teacher)
Middle:  JFB12 (teacher name, Sue Bryan)

All online registration and reading hours must be submitted by April 13.  

If you prefer to complete the paper reading log, please return the logs to school before April 13. Tickets will be available in the middle of May. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sherri Briedwell at .
School & Community Events
Be Involved!  
Hallsville Youth Opportunities & Events

HHS Cheerleading Clinic (Rescheduled)
Registration for the annual HHS Cheerleading Clinic for future cheerleaders is STILL open! The clinic, originally scheduled in January, has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 15 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the HHS West Gym. The clinic is open to boys and girls in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. If you registered for the clinic in January, you do NOT need to complete an additional registration form.    

Students will have the opportunity to learn cheers, tumbling, dancing, and stunting. They will also perform at the Monday, February 17 HHS Girls Basketball game. Registration is due by Tuesday, February 11, 2020. For more information, email Coach Williams at .  

Middle School cheerleading tryouts are February 24-28 and are open to current 6th and 7th graders. A parent meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Intermediate Commons to discuss practices, summer camp, and other pertinent information. All students trying out must have a current physical on file with the Athletic and Activities Office prior to attending tryouts.  

Registration is now open for Hallsville Summer Little League! You must register online, and the link is available by clicking the flyer link above. Little League is open to boys and girls entering kindergarten next year through 8th grade. Please email Erika Wildenhain at with any questions.  

Join the Runge Nature Center in January to participate in a wide range of events and activities from eagle watching to fly tying. All events are free, however, registration is required for most events. You can preview the flyer of events on Peachjar (link above) or register for events here .
All events listed above can be viewed on Peachjar by clicking the purple event title. 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 .
Upcoming Events
Community Events & Resources
The Hallsville Food Pantry will take place on Tuesday, January 28 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. Dates for each month are also posted on the district’s calendar which can be found online here or on the app! 

The annual Hallsville PTO Trivia Night is Saturday, February 1 at the Bob Lemone building! Gather your team and come out for a great night of food, trivia, and silent auction items. Money raised goes directly back to the school to support technology, student experiences, and scholarships. You can still register your team through next week! Just email . or mail your registration to the school. More information is available by clicking the flyer link above.   

You can visit the Bookmobile on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at City Hall from 1:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dates through February are listed on the district calendar. You can also reserve books online and have them delivered to “Hallsville Library-To-Go Lockers” located inside Prengers. You will receive an email when your books are available, and you scan your library card at the lockers to pick them up! 

Columbia Orthopaedic Group and PEAK Sport and Spine is hosting a sports physical day on Saturday, February 15 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. No appointments are necessary.  

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, MO 65255

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