Online Registration opens Monday, July 29!
 
To complete the online registration for returning students, parents will complete the demographic and health information update forms for their students through the PowerSchool Parent Portal using their Powerschool username and password.  Read more .
 
If you do not have internet access or if you would like a Smithville staff member available to answer questions when completing the online registration forms, stop by our schools:
  • Elementary Schools, August 1 & 2, 8 a.m-4 p.m.
  • Smithville Middle School & Smithville High School, August 1 & 2, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
BACK TO SCHOOL DATES
For a list of back-to-school dates by building, click the link below. The first day of school for the 2019-20 school year is Thursday, August 15.

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
Click the link below to access school supply lists for all schools. And remember to mark you calendar for Missouri's Sales Tax Holiday! It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2, and runs through Sunday, August 4.

SAVE TIME! VERIFY RESIDENCY BY EMAIL
Email acceptable documentation and completed Proof of Residency Form today!
 
All new families to the district and families with incoming Kindergarten, 4th grade, 7th grade and 9th grade students are required to provide proof of residency. In addition, verification of residency will be required anytime there is an address change, regardless of grade level.
 
Parents have the option to submit proof of residency by email. Send acceptable documentation and the completed Proof of Residency Form to residency@smithville.k12.mo.us .
 
 
For address changes, please complete the Student Demographic Address Change Form  and return it to the Smithville School District Office. Residency documentation will be required to verify the new address.
INNOVATION LEARNING - BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Click the links below to learn more about before and after school care at our elementary schools.

Click here if your child will attend Eagle Heights Elementary School
Click here if your child will attend Horizon Elementary School
Click here if your child will attend Maple Elementary School
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ATHLETES - DEADLINE AUGUST 5
Attention Parents/Guardians of Middle School and High School Athletes:

We wanted to update you on several changes that will be occurring due to new rules from Missouri High School Activities Association (MSHSAA). 

Effective immediately all Pre Participation Physicals that are current will now be valid for two calendar years. 

Example: Physical is performed and dated on October 18, 2018 is now valid until October 17, 2020. It will expire on October 18, 2020. Therefore it is imperative that you are aware of the date of your child's physical as there is a chance now that your son/daughters physical could expire during their season (These dates can be found in your athlete's Privit account). An athlete is/will be considered ineligible should this occur. 

MSHSAA will continue to require that all other paperwork (Pre Participation Medical History, Consents, Concussion information, etc) be filled out on an annual basis for participation. 
As a reminder all of this information is performed through our Privit system. 

Privit will re-open for the 2019-2020 school year in early July. You will receive an email when it is back open. Paperwork and current physical must be on file prior to the beginning of your athletes sport season to be deemed eligible. For Fall Sports this must be completed by August 5th for both High School and Middle School Athletes. 

If your athlete needs to obtain an updated physical, your Privit account must be filled out first. You will then print your Pre Participation History Form and a blank copy of the physical from Privit. These items will then be taken to your physician appointment for your physical. It is imperative that you use the forms on Privit as many physician offices are still using the old MSHSAA paperwork. You will then scan and upload the ONE PAGE Physical Form (the one that the physician signs and dates) into your athletes Privit account. Please review your scan once it is uploaded to verify that it is legible in order for us to clear your student athlete.  For full instructions for Privit, click here

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Gini Fite, Athletic Trainer  fiteg@smithville.k12.mo.us.

Sincerely,
Gini
Saint Luke's $25 Offer for Back-to-School & Sports Physicals
A new school year and news sports seasons are just around the corner. A physical exam is an essential part of children’s health care, and it ensures they’re ready to participate in the activities they enjoy.

Stop by one of the 13 Saint Luke’s Convenient Care clinics, where no appointment is ever needed. They’re open evenings and weekends to provide convenient, affordable, high-quality care. A $25 offer for back-to-school and sports physicals is available now through Sept. 9.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION - AUGUST 14
IMMUNIZATION CLINIC & BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIRS
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These are the highlights from the July 17th meetings of the Smithville School District Board of Education (BOE).
CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS
The Board approved the following consent agenda items:
  1. Approve Bills for Payment 
  2. Building Automation / HVAC controls service agreement
  3. Approval of Contract for Master Planning Services / Facility Assessment
  4. EEAB Policy Revision - Third Reading
  5. Supplemental Pay for July 2019
  6. Contract Service Agreements
COMMUNICATIONS
John Hansbrough shared a thank you note with the Board of Education for the plant sent honoring his mother.
Board Priorities Update
  1. SSD Finance 101 meetings began July 16. Related to this topic, the district has contacted Excellence K12 to explore conducting a community survey as we have done several times in the past. This survey would be random and scientific and would include questions on communication, finance management, and random student drug testing among other topics. This would provide a more accurate “pulse” on our community’s stance on these topics. We are in the discussion phase only. Participation would depend on agreement on a fee that works within our budget. Dr. Schuetz hopes to provide more information to the Board at an upcoming meeting.
  2. DLR has completed onsite visits to facilities throughout the district. These visits will help inform an updated Master Building Plan which will be presented to the Board.
  3. The cabinet will begin a process we call "rounding" where every single staff member will meet with one cabinet member at some point during the school year. There are no unimportant jobs in our profession so everyone will have an opportunity to participate. Questions will be provided to staff in advance, and the same questions will be asked of each staff member. The feedback will be used to gauge the climate and culture of the district.
Mr. Krueger provided the board of education with an update on major summer projects. The middle school flooring project which included new carpet in the administrative office area, a couple hallways, and new VCT in the commons is 80% complete and should wrap by Friday. The new sidewalk project at Eagle Heights is 95% complete, all asphalt in the district has been crack filled, sealed and painted. District staff are 75% complete with concrete repairs on the main drive, and showers are 95% resurfaced in the HS main gym locker rooms. The stadium turf base mat installation is scheduled to begin Monday, July 22nd and all work shall be completed by August 5th.

Preliminary before board of equalization assessed valuation data has been received from Clay, Platte, and Clinton County. Preliminary data suggest an overall increase of 7.53% over last year (5.81% from reassessment and 1.72% from new construction). Based on this data, preliminary calculations have been done to determine the 2019 tax rate which will be presented at the August 21st BOE meeting. Secondly, Mr. Krueger shared a new feature on the district’s business and finance website. Interested parties are now able to not only access the district’s current and previous budget documents and audit documents, but now can access current year expenditures, revenues, and the district’s check registry to date. These will be posted following BOE approval of financial statement each month and will begin in August. The district has posted FY19 documents as a sample.

Gini Fite, the district athletic trainer, provided the BOE with a short presentation on safety in sports highlighting the safeguards and programs the district has put into place to protect students, including but not limited to, training all coaches and sponsors in CPR and first aid, a weather monitoring station, and emergency action plans.

Finally, Mr. Krueger referenced an information flyer highlighting the district’s new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which began on July 1st and allows staff 24/7/365 access to several work-life services.
Dr. Kratofil presented the summer school participation and attendance data to the Board. 628 students participated in the K-8 program with an average attendance of 79.5%. 490 high school students participated in online courses, physical education or credit recovery.

The targeted school improvement plan for the upcoming school year was presented to the Board. Strategies include restructuring student support and additional professional development for staff. The middle school must meet the performance target for two of the next three years to lose this designation.

Advanced Placement scores for 2019 have been released. Dr. Kratofil highlighted the performance of AP Language students, 70.3% of whom scored a 3 or above, AP Psychology students, 75.0% of whom scored a 3 or above, and AP Research students, 90.9% of whom scored a 3 or above. As additional data become available, some of the AP Research students will be identified as AP Capstone graduates. The teachers of these courses are Angela Perkins, Joelie McCrary and Dave Kratofil, respectively.

The district is already actively involved in our partnership with the research group, EAB. Dr. Kratofil, Dr. Rena Hawkins and Ms. Denise Harwood attended a conference last week in which the research on student behavior and elementary reading were presented. In addition, the district has accessed research on Career Readiness, and EAB has conducted a brief study of Random Student Drug Testing. The company will conduct unlimited research projects for the district to help guide decision-making and identify best-practices in all areas of district operations.
PROGRAM EVALUATIONS
The recently completed CSIP was presented to the Board. Highlights of this plan include:
  • District teachers and administrators continue to improve programs so that the diverse needs of our students are met in the areas of early childhood, gifted, special education, and at-risk.
  • All staff have been trained in Kagan Cooperative Learning which promotes student engagement, critical thinking and soft skills. In addition, a structure to sustain this training through our Kagan Coaches has been utilized for several years with great success.
  • The Board and administration have endeavored to move all salaries into the top 10 in the Kansas City Metro in an effort to remain competitive with neighboring school districts.
  • We continue to recruit high quality applicants and continue to refine our processes for supporting them in and out of the classroom.
  • District-wide employee recognition programs have been implemented and sustained including the Board of Education Recognition Dinner, the Excellence in Education sponsored by the Northland Area Chamber of Commerce, and Teacher and Support Staff of the Year.
  • Leadership opportunities in grades K-12 continue to be a focus and priority in every building in the district.  
  • In grades 7-12, we have 1:1 technology. We are working toward 1:2 technology in all other grade levels.
  • Technology integration is supported by Technology Facilitators in each building who provide ongoing support and training to their colleagues.
  • Additional space has been provided to meet the present and future needs of our students and staff. 
  • Communication with all stakeholders is a priority and is strategically addressed at the district and building levels. 

Russell Fries asked about the items marked as “not started”. These were action steps that surpassed our capacity in regards to staff and facilities. Even though specific action steps were not accomplished, the district made progress in all of these areas as specified by the objectives and strategies.

Mr. Krueger presented the Facilities and Grounds Program Evaluation to the Board.  Highlights include the systems in place for maintenance and the vision established for future planning.
OLD BUSINESS
During the month of May, we received $2,150,857.33; making a total of $30,306,504.19 received since July 1, 2018.

Expenditures for May were $2,377,805.34 making a total of $32,460,919.24 expended since July 1, 2018.

Random Student Drug Testing
Dr. Schuetz provided the research presented on this topic by EAB, the research firm with which we are partnering.  Not surprisingly, the research is not conclusive on this topic. To gather additional data, Dr. Schuetz has emailed school districts in Missouri who utilize Random Student Drug Testing; approximately 90 emails have been sent and 34 have currently responded.  Of those who have responded, 80% have reported that they have seen a positive impact from this practice. The survey remains open until next Wednesday; final results will be shared with the Board. As noted previously in these highlights, a survey of the community is being considered to gather more local data.

Research:

This topic was tabled from the June meeting. At this point, none of the financial workshops have been held so we have no additional information on this topic to share. Dr. Schuetz recommends tabling the topic again so that more feedback can be collected. Mr. Krueger demonstrated additional information that has been made available to the public via the Business & Finance page of the district webpage including Revenue to Date, Expenses to Date, and Check Register to Date; this information will be updated monthly. In addition, there is a link for patrons to post questions related to business and finance. The responses to these questions will be posted for public access as well. The Board decided to table this topic for a future meeting until additional information can be collected.
NEW BUSINESS
The Board approved the contract with Miller-Donnelly Agency for the district’s property, auto and liability insurance. 

The Board approved the policy revision.

The Board approved the first reading of these policy revisions. The final reading and a vote on these policies will take place at the September Board meeting.

The Board approved personnel items as presented which included approving a stipend for Girls’ Wrestling and adjustments to the 2019-20 Extra Duty Salary Schedule.

Miscellaneous
Back-to-School Dates:
Back-to-school luncheon/Vendor Fair, August 9 - 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Convocation, August 9 - 1-3 p.m.
Teacher Workdays/PD August 9, 12, 13
Flex Workday August 8, 14
Back to School Nights, August 12: SHS 4:30-6:30 p.m., SMS 5-7 p.m.; Elementary Schools August 13: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
First Day of School, August 15
State of the Community Dinner, September 12

The meeting adjourned at 9:02 PM. 
SSD Finance 101
Community Engagement Events
SSD is hosting a series of brief walkthroughs as a means to inform patrons how their tax dollars go to work in our schools, answer questions related to the condition of our finances, and learn where we may promote more transparency in regard to the handling of your tax dollars. Click the link below and pick one of nine remaining dates/times to get signed up for a brief, one hour overview and feedback session:  http://bit.ly/2LmHgKp .
YOU'RE INVITED...
Join us for the Inaugural Smithville State of Our Community Dinner on Thursday, September 12 at Smithville High School. This event is for all Smithville area citizens. The event will feature a dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and an education program beginning at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive to register and for a reception at 6 p.m. The cost of this event will be $10 per person.

We are excited for this night of information and community building as the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Smithville, the Smithville School District, and Public Safety Agencies serving Smithville highlight achievements, and discuss opportunities and challenges ahead.

Make your reservation by contacting the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce at 816-532-0946 or at smithvillechamber.org or purchase your tickets online here, http://bit.ly/2xyWi7z .
CELEBRATION
Smithville's Future Business Leaders of America Results from the 2019 National Leadership Conference
Smithville FBLA recently traveled to the 2019 National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX. Nine Warriors attended the National Competition meaning they won first at the District Competition and then placed in the top four at the State Competition.

Robbie Schwind won the marquee award of the organization, Future Business Leader!

Smithville's Chapter received 12th in the nation for their display of the American Enterprise System with out Green Tie Affair event. Cara Braithwaite, Elise Denney, and Ashley Frey wrote a 15-page business report and presented their way through competition to garner this award.

The following students were also competitors at National's:
Baylie Edwards Van Pelt and Riley Kochanowicz, Social Media
Sydnee Flowers, Public Service Announcement
Sam Arnold and McKinley Hopkins, Entepreneurship

All nine of these Warriors represented Smithville as top-notch National competitors and future business leaders!

Way to go, Warriors!
FUNDRAISERS & EVENTS
Cross County Team Fundraiser
The high school cross country team will again host the 3rd annual Lunartic 5k on Saturday, August 17 at 8:30 p.m. on the beautiful trails of Smithville Lake. Registration is now open at  lunartic5k.com . You can also find our event on Facebook .

This event is a fundraiser for the cross country team and proceeds will fund a travel meet to Missouri Southern in Joplin, MO - the Southern Stampede! The number of athletes we take is determined by the proceeds from this event.

The Lunartic 5k is managed by the student athletes who help before the event with registration, promotion, packet pickup, set up and clean up as well as on course during the event serving as course monitors, aid station, and cheer leaders for the many participants.

This is a family friendly event and one you will want to return to each year!
DISTRICT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
We are frequently approached by members of the business community wanting to promote their business to the staff of the Smithville School District. We appreciate the services local businesses offer to our community and staff and would like to work together to promote businesses while supporting the students and staff of Smithville School District.
 
For this reason, we provide a format to assist in the promotion of businesses through our District sponsorship program. The sponsorship dollars will assist in providing staff and student activities, services, or awards in addition to creating ways for you to share and promote your business and services.
 
Sponsorship and support of the District is available at various levels – bundled or separately. 
 
To learn more about our sponsorship program, click here .
IMPORTANT DATES
  • July 29 - Online Registration Opens
  • August 12 - Back-to-School Night for Smithville Middle School & Smithville High School
  • August 13 - Back-to-School Night for Elementary Schools
  • August 15 - First Day of School
  • August 21 - Board of Education Meeting
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