Thursday, November 21, 2019
School Calendar
Dates to Remember

11/21 Car Seat Checkup sponsored by Parents as Teachers 
11/21 - 11/23 HHS “Newsies” Musical 
11/25 Middle School Math Bee
11/25 - 11/26 Primary Thanksgiving Feast
11/26  Intermediate Talent Show
11/27-11/29 NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break 
12/3 Community Forum: Exploring the Four Day School Week
12/6  NO SCHOOL, Faculty PLC Day 
12/8  HMS & HHS Band and Choir Concerts
12/9  1st & 3rd Grade Winter Concert

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 .
Disney’s Newsies the Musical
HHS Fine Arts Department 

Opening night is tonight! Join the Hallsville High School drama students for the opening night of “Newsies” the Musical. The musical is held at Hallsville Baptist Church and the cost is $2 for children and $3 for adults.  Please note the updated performance time on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. 
Showtimes:  (Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show)
Thursday, November 21 @ 7:00 p.m. 
Friday, November 22 @ 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday, November 23 @ 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. 
Cost: $2 for children & $3 for adults
Photo Credit: Jonathan Meyers
HHS Activities & Athletics
Fall and Winter Updates

It has been an exciting few weeks for our students involved in athletics and activities! Please join us in celebrating and supporting our students, athletic teams, and activity groups! 

  • Join us on Saturday, November 23 at 1:00 p.m. as our Hallsville High School football team competes in the State Football Quarterfinal game against Clark County! Gates open at 11:45 am and admission is $7 per individual (ages 6 and over). No season or senior passes are permitted.

  • Congratulations to the Hallsville High School Varsity Cheerleaders for placing second at the Missouri State Cheerleading Championships!  

  • Congratulations to Jacob Vogt and Trevor Phillippe for making the All-District Jazz Band! They will audition for All-State in December.

  • Congratulations to Jayden Allen on being a Cross Country State Qualifier. 
To stay up to date on events, you can now view the athletic calendar in the Hallsville app! Just click “Athletics” on the right hand side. For updates, follow our Facebook page @HallsvilleAthleticandActivities. You can also follow these winter sports on social media: HHS Wrestling , Lady Indians Basketball , Hallsville Varsity Cheerleaders , HMS Cheerleaders .
Exploring a Four Day School Week 
Community Forum 12/3

Please join us for an Exploring a Four-Day School Week Community Forum on Tuesday, December 3 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Hallsville Intermediate Commons. 

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 first report to the Board at the November meeting. The study group will host the forum to present general information on the four day school week, as well as host round table discussions on different topics to gather additional stakeholder feedback.  

The district has created a web page to provide updated information on the exploration of the four day school week. Information provided includes study group members’ names, meeting presentations, draft calendars, research, and other pertinent information. The updates are available at the following address: 
Raising the Beam

Hallsville Primary students celebrated this week as one of the final steel beams in the classroom gymnasium was put in place. Preschool, kindergarten, first grade students, and staff decorated the beam with purple and gold handprints which was then raised and placed on the mezzanine level of the gym. The beam will still be visible when the gym is complete.

Hallsville Primary principal, Karen Jimerson, spoke to the students before the beam was raised, noting the importance of this new space and how they were leaving their mark on Hallsville Primary School. Students will have the opportunity to not only have physical education classes in the gym, but also their Shining Star Assemblies, concerts, and other celebrations throughout the year. In addition to the gymnasium addition, the second grade classroom wing addition will be home to the current first grade class next year! 
Board of Education
November Highlights

Below are highlights of items discussed during the open session of the Monday, November 18 Board of Education Meeting. The full agenda with document links is available on the district website. 

Sherri Briedwell , Hallsville Intermediate and Primary media specialist, was recognized for her outstanding job of honoring the military veterans in our community on Veterans Day.

Jessica Cobb , Hallsville Intermediate secretary, started working for the district at the beginning of the school year, and she has embraced this new role and has made the transition seamless for our intermediate families.

The auditor presented their annual report findings for the June 30 end of year. The district had the best reading attainable and is working on an area of deficiency regarding segregation of duties over financial reporting. The funds balance at the end of 2019 was 33.25%

Candidate filing for the Hallsville Board of Education opens December 17, 2019, at 8:00 AM and closes January 21, 2020, at 5:00 PM. The three terms expiring April 2020 are Jon Bequette, Craig Stevenson, and Shanda Nichols. They all will be three year terms.

All high school students participated in small group presentations led by Officer Andy Evens with the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes unit. The presentation focused on cyberbullying and sexting awareness. The Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force offers presentations as a means of crime prevention through education for schools and other community based programs. 

After recent increases in instances of lung disease and deaths related to vaping/e-cigarette usage, it is becoming increasingly important for students to understand the dangers associated with the use of these devices. To help Hallsville students understand the risks, Matt Cooley, Secondary Assistant Principal, created a district cessation course with the goal of better-educating students who are caught using or in possession of these devices on school property. Implementation of the cessation course will begin next semester.  

The Intermediate School continues to make strives in its PBIS program. The PBIS team was established in 2016 and began a formal partnership with MU in 2017. The main goals of the team are to analyze behavior data each month, determine areas of need, and determine how to reteach the desired behaviors when needed. Progress and positive changes are being seen regarding behavior expectations, common language, response to students, and documentation procedures throughout the building. PBIS assists in fostering a positive and safe school environment focused on students and their learning. 

A CSIP goal for the district is to develop and retain great teachers and provide quality, embedded professional development opportunities for them. New teachers recently completed their first round of reciprocal observations, allowing them to spend time in an experienced teacher’s room focusing on classroom management and other instructional skills. 

To read the full highlights of the board meeting, click here.
HHS Senior Renee Conklin 
Signs to the University of Tennessee at Martin
Congratulations to HHS Senior, Renee Conklin, on signing to the University of Tennessee at Martin for equestrian. The Skyhawk Equestrian team is nationally ranked in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Farnam team rankings and has been ranked in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship (NCEA) top-10 national polls. Renee is looking forward to continuing her education, studying Agriculture Business, and competing with other athletes at the collegiate level.
Renee has dreamed of being a college equestrian since she was 13 when she found out about the program and is excited about competing as a Division I athlete. Athletic Director, Brad Blakemore, spoke at her signing, stating, “When you get the chance to continue your education, and in one of the areas of your passion that you have outside the classroom, it is a wonderful thing. You get the chance to further yourself in something that you love and appreciate, and spend time and energy invested in.” 
Annual Thanksgiving Feasts
Community and Student Lunch 

Hallsville Primary invites you to lunch at school! We will be having our annual Thanksgiving Feast with the choice of chicken patty or glazed ham with all the trimmings.  Please RSVP online here using the register button and pay at the door when you arrive.  The cost is $2.85 for adults and children (not enrolled in school). Specific grade level times can be found on the RSVP link
  • Kindergarten Feast: Monday, November 25
  • First Grade Feast: Tuesday, November 26
Congratulations Coach Koeneke
Hallsville Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year

The Hallsville Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce Coach Barry Koeneke as the Educator of the Year! Coach K and his wife Sara both joined the Hallsville School District staff in 1975. Coach K started his teaching career at Hallsville teaching elementary P.E., as well as being named the head baseball coach. Throughout his career at Hallsville, he has also coached boys and girls basketball and was also a bus driver until 2016. Although no longer in the classroom, having retired from teaching in 2007, Coach K will enter his 45th season as the head coach of the Hallsville High School Baseball Program in the Spring of 2020 and will do so with 1,157 games coached and a 684-473 record.
Please join us at the Chamber Dinner on Monday, December 2nd to celebrate and honor the accomplishments and all the efforts of all the award recipients who help make Hallsville the wonderful city it is!
Cost for the dinner is $20/person and will be held at the Hallsville Community Center. Please RSVP by November 25, by emailing Hanna Rustemeyer at or calling 573-817-8824.
Reception for Coach K & Baseball Program
Enshrinement into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

The reception honoring Coach Barry Koeneke and the Hallsville High School Baseball Program for their recent enshrinement into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 28, at 1:00 p.m. The HHS basketball game against Sturgeon has also been rescheduled for December 28. It will be played at 2:00 p.m. Please continue to check the ENews, Athletics and Activities Remind messaging, and social media for updates. 
If you have pictures you would like included in the slideshow shown that evening, please email them to
 November Bond Construction Updates

The November 2019 report presented to the board outlined updates on the construction progress for gymnasium and second-grade classroom wing. Board action was requested on the following change orders: (1) cutting of concrete piers to allow for gymnasium floor installation, and (2) a credit on the furnishing and installation of fire-rated glazing. Additionally, SM Wilson has requested Board approval of pay application #4, also included in the update. Change orders would be funded from the district's contingency. Details are included in the monthly update document linked below.

The district has created a web page to provide bond construction updates. It is available on the district page here:
School & Community Events
Be Involved!
Hallsville Youth Opportunities & Events
Hallsville Intermediate Talent Show
The Hallsville Intermediate Talent Show for grades 2-5 is scheduled for Tuesday, November 26 at 9:00 a.m. We look forward to the showcase of talent this year from hula-hooping to dancing! Families and community members are invited to attend! 

Hallsville Intermediate is hosting a parent show night and Q&A Session of Sheltered Reality on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the intermediate commons. Sheltered Reality is a non-profit organization using music education that reaches various audiences. Several topics are presented which include: personal empowerment, success at living out life dreams, anti-bullying and other character education topics. This is a unique, percussive approach to sharing music with others and impacting others in a positive way. Please consider joining us to learn more about the program! 

All Boone county middle and high school students can enter the “Look Around Boone: 2nd Annual Creative Contest” by creating visual and performing arts, educating students about mental health.  Look Around Boone is a community collaborative working to reduce mental health stigma while encouraging Boone County youth, adults and families to address social, emotional and behavioral concerns by accessing supportive services. 
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

Car Seat Checkup Event
Safe Kids Columbia in partnership with Hallsville’s Parents as Teachers is hosting a car seat inspection event today, Thursday, November 21 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Hallsville Primary. Nationally certified technicians can help you learn how to properly install your car seat. The car seat check is free and open to the community.  

Join the local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi as they host “Pretty in Pearls”, a mother and daughter tea party on Saturday, November 23rd. The tea party, open to girls ages 4-12, begins at 10:00 a.m. at Red Top Church. All proceeds will go towards adopting local families in need during the holiday season.  

City of Hallsville Donation Drive 
The City of Hallsville annually collects donations to purchase clothing and toys for local families in need. If you are interested in making a donation or purchasing items, please contact City Hall at 573-696-3885. Donations and gifts are requested by Friday, December 13 to give the elves enough time to go shopping! 

The City of Hallsville is supplying food to those in need on Saturday, December 21 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at City Hall while supplies last. To arrange delivery or to be added to the pickup list, please call City Hall at 573-696-3885. Those signed up will take priority.  

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. For new families to our district, you can also reserve and pick-up books from the Locker’s To-Go located at Prengers.  

The Hallsville Food Pantry will take place on Tuesday, November 26 and Monday, December 23 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! 

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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