Nixa Public Schools

January 24, 2013


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Below you will find news and information for and from Nixa Public Schools.   

JTSD Lottery Enrollment Closes Friday  

The Enrollment Request Process to enter the John Thomas School of Discovery lottery ends Friday at 11 p.m.  For more information or to fill out the Enrollment Request Form, visit  


Nixa Invitational Tournament This Weekend

The 86th Annual Nixa Invitational Boys Basketball Tournament will be held starting Thursday, Jan. 24 through Sat. Jan. 26 at Nixa High School.

Nixa wishes to thank our lead sponsors, Empire Bank and Price

Cutter,for helping put on such a quality tournament.

This year's tournament consists of four teams that were in the final four in their respective classes last year. 

The Nixa Invitational will be held at Nixa High School January 24-26 and will feature teams from Billings (ranked #1 in Class 2), Eugene, Harrisonville, Hogan Prep Academy, Kickapoo, Mount Vernon, Willard, and the Nixa Eagles (ranked #1 in Class 5). 


To view and download the bracket click HERE.

Get Your Tickets for Drury Basketball 

On Saturday, February 2, Drury Basketball invites all Nixa fans to watch former Eagle standouts Abby Bracker and Bethanie Funderburk playing for the Lady Panthers at 3:00 p.m., and Ben Fisher and Kameron Bundy playing for the Panthers at 5:15 p.m.


Drury would like to extend a special offer to all Nixa fans for this game. All kids can attend for free, and parent tickets are just $5 each.  Drury expects a sell-out crowd that night, so they are coming to the Nixa Invitational Tournament tonight to have tickets available.  Get yours before they are gone!

Congratulations Brent Dunn! 

Congratulations to board member Brent Dunn who was named 2012-13 Executive of the Year by The Hawthorn Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. 

Academic Hall of Fame Nominations

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Do you know a Nixa graduate who excelled academically and has gone on to be a positive role model for the students

of Nixa Public Schools? Then nominate them for the Nixa Academic Hall of Fame.

For more information on nominations and to download the nomination form click HERE.


 The deadline to submit a nomination is March 1, 2012.


Nixa VFW Post 6758 Gives Inman a Flag

Inman receives a flag from Nixa VFW Post 6758 for our new FEMA gym.
Mr. Al Michel and Mr. Harold Singer (members of VFW post) presented the flag to Dr. April Hawkins (principal), Coach Andrew Boyce (Physical Educator), and students: Emily Lambton, Kenzie Haney, and Jayden Blount.

Summit ALERT Students + Rubik's Cube = Abraham Lincoln 



The Summit Intermediate ALERT students did a Rubik's cube math project.  The students studied problem solving and critical thinking skills used to solve the Rubik's cube.  After completing the unit the students used 225 Rubik's cubes to create a mosaic. The end project was an amazing mosaic of Abraham Lincoln.  

Extended Learning Opportunities 


The highschool is excited to offer extended learning opportunities for Nixa High School students every Thursday.

  • Need help with your core classes?
  • Need extra time to work on your assignments?
  • Need help with a project, paper, lab, or homework?
  • Need a place for your study group to meet?
For more information click HERE.


JTSD Family Dinner and a Movie Night 

JTSD will be holding a Family Dinner and a Movie Night Friday, Jan.25. 

They will be showing the movie "Brave". 

The movie will be shown in the gym at 6:00 pm and entry is free. 

Bring a chair, blanket, sleeping bag, etc. Wear your pajamas and get one free popcorn!


Bring your own dinner or let us cook for you.

Dinner for Donations- served from 5:30-6:45pm
  • Nacho Bar or Corn Dog Plate
  • both come with Tea or Lemonade
  • Cash donations fund PTA activities
**additional concessions available for purchase



Summit's Night at McDonald's


Summit Intermediate's "McDonald's night" will be Monday, Jan. 28.  Teachers and staff will be working McDonalds that evening and invite all students and families to come out and see your teachers' work.  



These evenings are a great, easy way to support nixa schools while simply eating dinner.  

Nixa Iron Chef

The Nixa Iron Chef Cold Sandwich Competition is brought to you by the Nixa Schools Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). 

This event will be held at the 
Mathews Elementary on Feb. 2, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are invited to come watch the 16 teams compete and join in on the activities. 

There will be plenty to do, so bring the entire family!  


For more information click HERE.  

District Dual -- Mark Your Calendars


Be sure to mark your calendars for the District Dual against Ozark on March

21 in Nixa!    


We will be playing volleyball, basketball, and dodgeball.  There will also be other games. 

If any faculty is interested in participating please contact Amanda Ritter at

Order Your Yearbook Today 


Make sure to order a copy of your school's yearbook. The deadline to order is March 1 for all PreK-6th grade schools.

for more information.  



Koffee to Discuss Safety/Security/Crisis plans  

February's Koffee with Kleinsmith will be a discussion of safety, security, and crisis plans in our schools - presented by Chief School Resource Officer McConnell and Director of Communication Zac Rantz.

Please join us for this important discussion on Tuesday February 12, 2013.

For a full list of Koffee dates and topics click HERE

Project Graduation Car Raffle Tickets 

Project Graduation is funded through many events and activities, but the majority of the funding is generated through the car raffle!! Currently, we have not collected enough money to pay for the cost of the car, much less make a profit on the fundraiser. Please help us do the following to ensure that we have the funds to provide the best project graduation possible for our 2013 grads:

  • If you have tickets that have been sold, please return those as soon as possible to Vance or Heather Jenkins.
  • If you have NOT sold any tickets, please pick some up and try to sell a minimum of 10.
  • Generate renewed excitement about the raffle to help increase ticket sales-the drawing is to be held on Tuesday, February 19 during halftime of the varsity basketball game at Nixa High School.
  • We are encouraging all tickets to be sold and turned in by January 31.

Tickets can be returned to or picked up at:

Jenkins CPA, LLC

106 Sherman Way      

Vance Jenkins: 417-766-4366

Congratulations Women's Swim Team 

This past weekend the Women's swim team finished 4th against some of the top teams in the state at the City of Roses Invitational in Cape Girardeau.  The 200 Medley relay team of Hanna Shook, Anna Brinck, Page Hill, and Maris Moon finished 3rd.  Elle Moon finished 5th in the 50 free with a new school record and state qualifying time.  Hanna Shook finished 11th.  Maris Moon finished 5th in the 100 fly and set a new school record. Anna Brinck was 6th in the 100 free.  Maris Moon was 7th in the 500 free. The 200 free relay of Hanna Shook, Elle Moon, Paige Hill, Anna Brinck finished third. Hanna Shook was 15th in the 100 Back. Elle Moon was 4th in the 100 breast and Anna Brinck was 7th in the 100 breast.  The 400 free relay of Maris Moon , Elle Moon, Elle Peck and Paige Hill finished 3rd with a state qualifying time.
Tuesday night the Women's swim team won the Central Ozarks Conference Championships.  Nixa won all three relays.  Paige Hill was a double winner in the 200 free and 100 Butterfly.  Elee Moon was also a double winner in the 100 free qualifying for state and the 100 breaststroke.  Hanna Shook won the 100 backstroke.  

Way to Go Nixa Basketball 

  Thank you for all your support for our Basketball players and team.

I was extremely proud of our players this past weekend at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions.

They represented our school and all of Missouri with class and dignity. 

Thursday night our team played outstanding basketball and defeated the #1 ranked team from Kentucky 62-53.

The win was bittersweet, as two time all state player Jalen Norman suffered a possible season ending knee injury early in the 3rd qtr.

Friday night we faced the #1 ranked team in the nation in Montverde Academy, Florida.  Despite a tremendous effort the we were defeated 61-78.

Saturday our team played #22 ranked team in the nation in St John Bosco, California.  We again lost 63-73.

Our players came together and battled.  This team is determined to reach our goals despite the injury to Jalen.

Our players understand that playing this national level competition will only make our team better.


Congratulations to Austin Ruder.  In Saturdays game he surpassed Zach Towe as the schools all time career 3 pt leader.  His five trays gave him 231 for his career.

Towe had the record of 229 set from 1995-1999.  Austin is an outstanding young man.  He is a dedicated athlete and student.

In November he signed a letter of intent to attend and play Basketball at Missouri State University.


This week we host the Nixa Invitational Tournament.

We open up on Thursday at 7:30 vs Eugene (14-3).


Thanks again for your continued support!


Jay Osborne  

Athletic Text Message Alerts   

Would like to get text messages of the final scores and news updates of the varsity games basketball games?  Use the link below to sign up.

Please note, you can sign up for several sports, but we are only using the score alerts for the high school varsity boys and girls basketball games.

We will work to add more sports, so sign up for as many as you would like alerts for and we will add them as we can.  

Do You Have a Story to Tell?  

Do you have a great or interesting story about a teacher or student that needs to be told?  We want to hear about it.  Email us at 

Origami Owl - Nixa Special 

During the rest of January and all of February Alicia Lehman, independent designer with Origami Owl will give Nixa residents 10% discount while giving 10% back to Nixa Public Schools when they mention seeing this on QuickNews.

Check out her website and Facebook.

Contact Alicia by email at or by phone at 417-830-5958. 


Zac Rantz, communication coordinator
Nixa Public Schools



In This Issue
JTSD Lottery Enrollment Closes Friday
Nixa Invitational Tournament Bracket Released
Get Your Tickets for Drury Basketball
Congratulations Brent Dunn
Academic Hall of Fame Nominations
Nixa VFW Post 6758 Gives Inman a Flag
Summit ALERT Students
Extended Learning Opportunities
JTSD Family DInner and a Movie Night
Summit Night at McDonald's
Nixa Iron Chef
District Dual--Mark Your Calendars
Order Your Yearbook Today
Koffee to Discuss Safety/Security/Crisis plans
Project Graduation Car Raffle Tickets
Congratulations Lady Eagles
Way to Go Nixa Basketball
Athletic Text Message Alerts
Do You Have a Story to Tell?
Origami Owl - Nixa Special
Nixa In The News
   Nixa In The News

In Case You Missed It

Swim & Dive Team Works Hard HERE

Wrestling Dominates, Defeats HERE

Nixa Xpress/CC Headliner:

Canada native finds teaching home in Nixa HERE

15 Questions with Sunny Kaye HERE

Eagles top seed at Nixa Inviational Tournament this weekend HERE

Nixa speech and debate place at Winter Classic HERE 


Velliquette not afraid to set sights high HERE  

Nixa education leaders press on with lobbying HERE 



Espy Elementary's "Pennies for Patients" Fundraiser Surpasses Goal HERE   


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