Wednesday, February 26, 2020
School Calendar
Dates to Remember

2/27 Kindergarten & 2nd Grade Winter Concert 
3/2  Blood Drive at HHS
3/3  Parents as Teachers: Music & Movement Event
3/4  Hallsville K-5 Art Show
3/6  No School, Faculty PLC Day
3/16 Board of Education Meeting
3/18 & 3/19 Intermediate: Donuts with Dear Ones
3/19 Spring Conferences
3/20 No School, Faculty PLC Day
3/23-3/27 Spring Break 

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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 ./
2020-2021 School Calendar
Board Approved 

The 2020-2021 District Calendar was approved at the February Board meeting. The first day of school for students next year is Tuesday, August 25, 2020, and the last day of school is Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Inclement weather dates were selected to reclaim potential lost instructional hours prior to state testing and alleviate having make-up dates after Memorial Day weekend. PLC days were also placed near the end of quarter dates to allow for data team collaboration as well as to provide a more consistent calendar option. 
You can always view the district calendar here:           
Congratulations, Mrs. Jackson
Hallsville Primary School names new principal

We are pleased to announce that Chelsea Jackson has been selected as the new principal of the Hallsville Primary School for the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Jackson will work with Mrs. Jimerson, who is retiring at the end of this school year, to ensure a smooth transition in leadership and will officially start as principal on July 1.  

Mrs. Jackson has been the Elementary Assistant Principal since 2018, has served as the summer school administrator, and made significant improvements to our induction program for new teachers. 

Prior to her administrator role in Hallsville, she was an elementary teacher at Columbia Public Schools and held various leadership roles such as PBIS chair and was a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee.

“Every day I walk into the primary school, and I am overwhelmed by the amount of love and support that is shown to every student and staff member. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that has been established and creating new memories as the building welcomes the addition of second grade students next year with the completion of the district’s bond construction,” states Mrs. Jackson.  

John Downs, Superintendent of Hallsville Schools, states, “We are extremely fortunate to have Mrs. Jackson as our next leader of Hallsville Primary School. The relationships she has already formed with primary students, families, and staff will only strengthen as she transitions into this new role.”  
Board Highlights
February Meeting

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

Adam Ronnfeldt , HHS social studies teacher, was recognized for his work on the implementation of the high school’s new missing work program ICU. When presented with opportunities to help, Adam is always willing to do what is asked and what is needed.

Codi Campo s, Intermediate school counselor, is in her second year within the district and has melded seamlessly into the district and school. Codi is an advocate for students and shoulders much of the burden that comes from her role within the school.

The board approved the Special/Supplemental, Gifted and Talented, and Career Education programs. Each evaluation outlines goals, sources of data, evaluation results, evidence of change over two years, program strengths and concerns. Program concerns for additional staffing needed for the Special/Supplemental and Career Education were specifically discussed.

In January, selected high school students participated in a focus group with members from the Boone County Community Service Department. The goal of the focus group was to gain feedback from youth to inform a future Request for Proposal for programs related to youth issues. Questions asked included gathering ideas about how to improve youth experiences in Boone County and what youth want decision-makers to know.

Preparations are being made for the second-grade relocation to the primary building. Routines and schedules are being evaluated to best meet the needs of our new population in 2020-21. Second-grade teachers have also had the opportunity to spend a day at the primary to view their schedules and meet with staff.  

Ty Sides, the Safety Coordinator for the district, discussed the dangers of vaping and the increased use in middle and high school students. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that 12.4% of eighth-graders, 10.8% of tenth-graders, and 13.1% of twelfth-graders have vaped marijuana. Marijuana wax and concentrates can be hard to detect and carry very little odor so it can be hard to tell if a student is vaping marijuana, especially if they are using a high-quality vape pen. The administration and staff are committed to continuing to provide vaping education to students.  

I n 2019, the District created a proposal for Category 2 E-rate funding to complete smaller-scale network infrastructure improvements at Hallsville High School and Hallsville Primary School. All aspects of this project were let for competitive bid in accordance with federal E-rate requirements and state statute. CDW won the bid for equipment. Steel-Nett won the bid for the installation of cabling. Details on each aspect of the project are provided online. Pending USAC approval, E-rate funding is anticipated at 70% of the total project, leaving the district’s financial responsibility at $5,324.01, which would be included in the FY21 budget. This project would be completed during the 2020-2021 school year. 

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

Any questions or comments can be forwarded to .
2nd Annual Community Concert Fundraiser
Indian PRIDE Bands

Join the 6th-12th grade bands for a night of music and desserts this Saturday, February 29 in the HHS West Gym! This is the 2nd annual community concert sponsored by the Indian Pride Band Boosters.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing a new baritone saxophone and quad drums, as well as additional percussion equipment. More information on purchasing tickets can be found here .  
Spring into life. Give Blood.
HHS Blood Drive

The FCCLA and FBLA are hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, March 2 in the HHS cafeteria from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or you can reserve a donation time online here !  
February Update

The February 2020 report presented to the board outlined updates on the construction progress for gymnasium and second-grade classroom wing. The main roofing system and exterior walls have all been completed. Main overhead mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are continuing to be installed. Restrooms are progressing with rough-in activities, and interior finishes in the second-grade wing will begin soon.  
Board action was requested on the following change order: (1) updated gymnasium floor graphics, (2) change from oil-based to water-based gym floor sealant, and (3) addition of audio-visual infrastructure in second-grade classrooms. Change orders to the gymnasium floor will allow for summer maintenance to only take 24-48 hours to complete, as opposed to the 9 days it takes now. It will also allow the floor and markings to keep the original color. 

Additionally, SM Wilson has requested Board approval of pay application #7, also included in the update. Klingner has reviewed and approved the pay application, and will certify with signature in advance of the Board meeting.
State Wrestling
Carpenter, Huddleston, & Pemberton Medal
The HHS wrestling team concluded their season this past weekend at the MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships. When all was said and done, the boys walked away with two 3rd place finishes and a 6th place finish. 
Gavynn Carpenter finished third in the state at Class 120 with a 48-3 record, including 30 pins. Gavynn defeated multiple returning State medalists over the course of the tournament. Gavynn fell in the quarter-finals to a four time state medalist and eventual State finalist but rebounded by dominating a returning State bronze medalist in the consolation semi-finals, then beating a returning 4th place medalist for third place. Gavynn's only three losses this season came to State finalists and champions. In addition he pinned multiple State champions, including giving the Class 2 120 State champ his only loss of the season. 
Andrew Huddleston capped off a phenomenal season with a third place finish at the State Tournament at Class 1 152 pounds and a 46-3 record. Andrew lost a tightly contested match in the semi-finals to three time State finalist and returning state champion, Ross Arch, of Palmyra. Andrew then dominated two very good wrestlers on the backside of the bracket, including a returning bronze medalist. Andrew finishes as a four time State Qualifier, a one time State bronze medalist, and a one time State Champion. Andrew also ended with a career record of 176-33, going 98-6 over the past two seasons. 
Lucas Pemberton finished the season 36-4 and sixth in State at Class 1 160 pounds. Lucas ended the regular season a perfect 31-0. His three losses at State came by a combined total of four points to some very good wrestlers. In order to secure his medal, Lucas dominated a previously unbeaten opponent from Valle Catholic. Lucas finished his career as a three time State Qualifier with 133 career wins.
Donuts with Dear Ones
Primary & Intermediate Families
It’s time to celebrate with donuts all the great people in your child’s life! Whether you are a mom, dad, aunt, uncle, or special friend, you’re invited to come up and have breakfast with us! 

Hallsville Intermediate School 
7:30-8:05 a.m.
2nd-5th Grade: Wednesday, March 18 & Thursday, March 19

Hallsville Primary School 
7:30-8:10 a.m.
Kindergarten: Tuesday, April 7 
1st Grade: Wednesday, April 8

To assist OPAA!, please register ahead of the event!
The cost is $1.60 per guest which can be paid in advance to Hallsville Schools. Students will be charged their regular breakfast price through their lunch account on that day.
Hallsville FFA 
Area IV Proficiency Selection
Congratulations to Karsyn West, Sydney Simmerman, and Tanner Johnson on their Area IV Proficiency Selection first place finishes!  Area IV Proficiency Selection is the result of a student's work-based experience and record books. The application includes 6 short essay questions, a financial portion, and pictures of their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) with captions. Each student’s application will move on to state competition and the final results will be announced at the State FFA Convention in April.  
Karsyn West- 1st Place Beef Production Entrepreneurship
Karsyn currently operates a small Simmental and Sim-Angus cattle business within her family’s farm. Through her experience and ownership of her business, West has set future goals and acquired new skills and interests that continue to drive her. She has become very accustomed to assisting with the vaccinations, worming, and general care of the herd. This has led Karsyn to have an interest in science and veterinary fields as well as a broadened view of what the agricultural field entails. 
Sydney Simmerman- 1st Place Poultry Production Entrepreneurship
Sydney currently operates a poultry business focusing on raising chickens and selling their eggs to friends and family members. Her family has owned chickens for most of her life, and they have been in the business for a few years. This learning experience has been beneficial for Sydney as it has assisted her with learning entrepreneurship and caring for these animals.
Tanner Johnson- 1st Place Ag Sales Placement
Tanner is a dedicated worker at Powder Horn Guns and Archery. The countless hours that he has put into the job has allowed him to gain the experience and skills essential to the production and marketing of agricultural products. Tanner is an archery technician and has become knowledgeable in filling out federal firearm paperwork. This experience will allow Tanner to take advantage of career opportunities offered in the sales field. 
Reserve your yearbook now!
On sale until March 13
Yearbooks are now on sale! Elementary books are $15 and high school books are $40. Order form links are below, which also include information on how to order online. Orders must be turned in by Friday, March 13.  
The elementary book (PreK-8) will be delivered in May before school is out for the summer. The high school book will be available during registration the first week of August 2020. Seniors or senior parents will be able to pick up books during registration or in the high school office. The later delivery date on the high school book is due to coverage of spring sports and events, such as Prom and Graduation.
School & Community Events
Be Involved!  
Hallsville Youth Opportunities & Events

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

Join the Hallsville Twister Hockey League for their free “Learn to Play” clinics in March! Students ages 5-17 are able to register, and clinics are held near the fairgrounds at the Whitney Briggs Memorial Hockey Arena. To register, “like” Twister Hockey League on Facebook and send them a message to reserve your child’s spot! 

Read to Succeed
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. To register online, go to and enter the following codes: 
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 paper reading logs sent home with students must be submitted by April 13.  
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

Leap into Spring BINGO night! The Hallsville Historical Society is hosting a BINGO night on Saturday, February 29 at the Hallsville Community Center. They will begin serving a light dinner at 5:00 p.m. and Bingo will begin at 6:00 p.m. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about becoming a member! 

The Hallsville Parents As Teachers Program is hosting a free Music & Movement event on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. for families and children from birth to age 5. Enjoy a night of storytelling, hands-on activities, and a light meal. Children will also receive a free book! Please RSVP Karen Smith, Hallsville PAT Coordinator, at 573.696.5512 ext 631 or to reserve your space! 

The annual K-5 Family Art Night & Art Show is on Wednesday, March 4 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Hallsville Intermediate Commons. Students’ artwork will be on display, and there will be hands-on art activities for students and families! Follow the Elementary Fine Arts Department on Facebook to stay up to date on activities! 

The Hallsville Food Pantry will take place on Tuesday, March 24 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 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! 

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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