Friday, September 20, 2019
School Calendar
Dates to Remember

9/26  Picture Retakes (PreK-12)
9/27  NO SCHOOL, Faculty PLC Day
9/28  Homecoming Parade
9/30-10/4  Homecoming Week Activities
10/3  Community Flu Clinic
10/4  Homecoming Football game

The school and athletic and activities calendar in its entirety can be viewed on the school website or in the free Hallsville Schools' app available in Google Play and the iTunes App Store .
Homecoming 2019
Events & Activities 

Join our Hallsville Indians as they take a "Road Trip" across the United States for Homecoming Week! Homecoming Week kicks off on Saturday, September 28 with the Homecoming and Fall Fest Parade and ends Friday, October 4 when our Hallsville Indians take on the Blair Oaks Falcons at 7:00 p.m. for the 2019 Homecoming game! A full list of Homecoming events can be found below! 

Saturday, September 28:  Homecoming Parade, 9:00 a.m. 
The parade will begin at Hallsville Primary and end near the Hallsville Fairgrounds. A map of the route is available here

Youth groups wishing to participate in the parade, please contact Elaine George at

Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 4: Student Spirit Days 

Wednesday, October 2:   
Quarterbackers Pig-Skin Pig Out , 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Hallsville Primary
Powder-Puff Game , 7:00 p.m., HHS football field
Community bonfire & pep rally following Powder-Puff game

Friday, October 4:  
Hallsville vs. Blair Oaks, 7:00 p.m. 
Coronation at half-time. 
All-District Choir

On Saturday, September 14th, eleven high school choir students auditioned for the All-District Choir. Six out of the eleven students made the All-District Choir and will represent Hallsville at their concert in November. Three seniors, Madeline Gresham, Cole Nowlin, and Ralph Waltz will also audition for All-State Choir in November. If you see the following students, please congratulate them on their success.
Cole Nowlin, Ralph Waltz, Madeline Gresham, Zac Gresham, Madelyn Ganley, & Jackson Morton  
Bond Construction Update

The September 2019 report presented to the board outlined updates on the construction progress for gymnasium and second-grade classroom wing. Good progress has been made with the gymnasium concrete foundations and classroom storm sewer work. SM Wilson is also working on critical long-lead items and prioritizing material procurement so we can meet the schedule constraints on the project. Board action is requested on the following change orders: (1) soil moisture remediation at the northwest corner of the gymnasium site; and (2) installation of alternative routing of existing stormwater from the kitchen area roof. Both change orders would be funded from the district's contingency. Details are included in the monthly update document.

Links are now included where you can now view a live video feed and updated photos from SM Wilson!
Board of Education 
September Highlights

Below are highlights of items discussed during open session at the Monday, September 16 Board of Education Meeting. The full agenda with document links is available on the district website , and a full recap can be found here .  

  • Chelsea Jackson, Elementary Assistant Principal, was recognized for her work in applying for and receiving a Missouri Partnership for Educational Renewal grant. The grant will support the district’s first and second-year teachers through on-site professional development, as well as training for new teacher mentors.
  • Justin Nichols, Transportation Department, & Cunningham Performance were recognized for receiving a 100% rating with no defects identified during an unscheduled bus inspection from the Highway Patrol. The district appreciates the steps taken to ensure our buses are safe for all our students.  
  • Kari Yeagy, Communications Director, was recognized for including a “Be Involved!” section on the district’s website or and ENews. This section details ways that students K-12 can become involved in school and community events and organizations.
Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch spoke about her legislative priorities and work in Jefferson City. She also presented the district with a new United States flag. 

2019-2020 Preliminary Enrollment Numbers :  The district’s August headcount, ADA, and the number of students who attended at least one day in August were presented to the board for review. Last year, it was estimated that student enrollment would increase by around 30 students, and based on August data, this estimate is accurate. 

District Assessment Plan .  The district assessment plan serves as a general guide to the implementation of student testing within the district. The assessment plan is reviewed annually and approved each year by the Board of Education. 

District Curriculum Updates:  MSIP standards require that the district implement a written curriculum for all of its instructional programs. These curricula must be approved by the Board of Education. Our goal is to always maintain MSIP compliance by offering Board-approved curricula to students.

Four-Day School Week.  In recent years, the district has received consistent feedback from parents and teachers that the district should explore a four-day school week. We are initiating a study to determine if this is a viable option for our district. We began by surveying the staff to assess the level of interest and found significant support; as such we will move forward with surveying parents and students. If we see similar support, we will convey a study group committee to discuss options and create a proposal for the Board. 

HHS Science Credit. Scott Daly, HHS principal, presented the board with an updated policy (first reading) regarding science credit; allowing 3 Ag Science credits to waive 1 science credit. The state passed a law allowing schools to use this credit waiver for students so they could have more career/technical courses in their schedule. HHS will use this credit waiver for any student that has passed Ag I, II, and their choice of either Horticulture or Advanced Animal Science. If approved next month, the policy will go into effect this year, and HHS counselors will work with students to audit transcripts of impacted students.  

Transportation . The installation of new bus cameras is completed. Eighteen of our buses now have four interior cameras and one stop-arm camera.  

Gravy with Great People . OPAA! Food Management served 1,195 breakfasts last week during Gravy with Great People at the intermediate and primary schools. The board was excited about the name change from Gravy with Grandparents because it allowed a way for students to bring in other special guests. The district is committed to being more inclusive this year when hosting family events.  

School Safety : A district safety meeting will take place on October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the HHS conference room. The meeting is one of many that will take place this year to update and review district safety plans and prioritize next steps and needs. 

Policy Updates: Policy and regulation updates were presented for a first reading. During last year’s legislative session, an education bill was passed that included a number of statutory changes. A complete list of policy and regulation updates provided by Missouri Consultants for Education can be found here .  

Category 2 E-Rate Project. In 2018, the District created a proposal for Category 2 E-rate funding to complete critically needed network infrastructure improvements throughout campus, including increasing the bandwidth and cabling throughout all four campus buildings. The project was again presented and approved with updated expenditures. This project will allow the district to continue purchasing mobile technology that will be supported with additional bandwidth.  

Board of Education meeting agendas are available on the school district website by date .  The next regular session meeting is Monday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m.

Any questions or comments can be forwarded to .
School pictures have arrived! 
Sending home today

School pictures have arrived and are being sent home today! Please look in your child’s backpack for your orders.  

Inside your child’s picture package you will find a re-order slip. You can use this slip and the order codes listed below to order additional prints or photo gifts at If you have other questions, please check out the FAQs page to learn more. 

You can still order at using your child's building code:  
Hallsville Primary 39431P
Hallsville Intermediate 39431D 
Hallsville MS 39430S
Hallsville HS 39430D

Retake Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 . If your child would like a retake, you'll need to send the original picture package back to school with your child. Questions? Email 
Team Up, To Clean Up
Hallsville 2nd Annual Community Event

The Team Up, to Clean Up event is this Sunday, September 22nd! Please join the City of Hallsville in this annual event to help keep our city clean! Students, parents, and community members are welcome to volunteer and should arrive at Tribble Park by 9:45 a.m. for their assignment. This is a great way to give back to our community!  
Flu Shot
Flu Clinic
Thursday, October 3

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department is once again offering a free flu vaccine for children 6 months to 18 years of age. On Thursday, October 3, students can receive the flu vaccine during school hours. Community members can come to the Intermediate commons from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. to receive a flu vaccine. The cost is $25 for adults; free for children 6 months to 18 years of age. Insurance is accepted. 

In order for your child to receive a flu vaccine at school, they must return a signed consent form to their school nurse by November 1. 
School & Community Events
Be Involved!
Hallsville Youth Opportunities & Events

HYBA 5th & 6th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball
The Hallsville Youth Basketball Association (HYBA) is a non-school sponsored organization for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls. Our objective is to have enough participation for one or more boy(s) and girl(s) team in each grade. 
Practice will begin in October with at least 6 weeks of skills development followed by games in December, January and February against teams of equal grades from other communities. 
Registration will be held on Sunday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 29th in the North Gym from 3:00-5:00. Coaches will run drills and have controlled scrimmages for the kids both days. 
The HYBA will have a parent meeting on September 29th, 2019 after the open gym time in the North Gym. All parents are encouraged to attend. More information can be found on Peachjar by clicking the title link above, or at .  

On Sunday, September 22, join the City of Hallsville for their 2nd Annual Team Up to Clean Up event. Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash and clean up Tribble Park. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Tribble Park by 9:45 a.m. for their assignment. We hope to see everyone there! 

Join The Food Bank of Central & Northeast Missouri for their bi-monthly “Kids Helping Kids Day” on Saturday, October 19. This event allows children as young as 4 to volunteer and make a difference in their community. Sessions include a visit from Buddy the Backpack and a tour of the Warehouse. Sign up here .  
Children ages 9 and older are welcome to serve anytime with a parent/guardian. Kids Helping Kids Days allow children ages 4-12 to serve along with parents/guardians. A ratio of 1 adult per 2 children is preferred. 

Are you interested in joining the Hallsville Go-Getters 4-H Club or Clover Kids? Come out to the Hallsville Fairgrounds on Monday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more.  Hallsville 4-H is open to students ages 8-18. Students must be 8 years of age by January 1, 2020. Clover Kids is open to students ages 5-7. 

Join the Orr Street Studios for their Second Saturdays for Kids! On Saturday, October 12, kids ages 5-15 can journey into space and explore art, music, and more. This event is free to the community.  

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

Upcoming Events
Community Events & Resources

Hallsville Fun Fest  
Join the Hallsville Optimist for their 1st Annual Co-Ed Kickball tournament October 18, 19, & 20! Adults and students in grades 9-12 are invited to create teams of 8-12 players. Money raised will go towards a new baseball scoreboard.

Join the City of Columbia for the 2019 Fire Prevention Week Kick-Off Party on Sunday, October 6 from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Enjoy family games, a fire truck exhibit, and safety presentations! There is no cost to attend.  

Join the Hallsville Optimist for their 1st Annual Co-Ed Kickball tournament October 18, 19, & 20! Adults and students in grades 9-12 are invited to create teams of 8-12 players. Money raised will go towards a new baseball scoreboard.

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 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. 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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