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Welcome to your weekly Fort Osage newsletter.  Information is updated weekly on Wednesdays.  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Smith, Director of Public Relations at  


Congratulations to the Fort Osage High School band for their outstanding performance at the Lee's Summit North competition.  The students came home with outstanding field percussion, outstanding visual performance, outstanding music performance, and outstanding general effect awards.  They took 1st place in the Black division.  This Saturday they travel to MU for the MU Champion of Champions competition.   

Around the District 

Fort Osage High School invites you to participate in Celebrate my Drive through October 24.  Each Day go to and take a safe driving pledge.  Aside from being a good role model, you can help Fort Osage be in the running for $100,000.  Take the pledge today.

CTC is hosting a college fair on October 27 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Participating colleges, universities, trade, and technical schools will be in attendance.  Here are just a few that will be in attendance: Graceland University, KC Electrical JATC, Blue River Community College, Missouri Western University, Park University, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Rockhurst University, Military branches, and many more.  
Join us for our first F.A.C.T. (Families and Communities Together) night on October 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Fort Osage High School.  There will be a short session with Jane St. John from Missouri Family to Family at UMKC Institute for Human Development.  There will be some activities for families to set goals and learn about supports in our community for individuals with special needs.  Parents of students with special needs of all ages are highly encouraged to attend.  Click here for complete details.   

The Fort Osage School District and the Fort Osage Alumni Association would like to honor Veterans at a special event on November 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Osage High School.  Fort Osage alumni, community members, and family members of Veterans or those currently serving are invited to attend our Alumni Veterans Salute.  Click here for complete details. 

Parent involvement is key to a student's success in school.   Fort Osage encourages parent involvement.  Click here to learn more.  

DECA is selling Chiefs tickets to raise funds to help students with the cost of competitions and conferences.  The tickets are upper level seats for $35 for games on December 14 or 28.  Contact Carol Bolin at or Tracy Hastings at if you are interested.  

Mark November 10th at 6:30 p.m. on your calendar and come and help plan the 2015 Project Grad event for students.  

The Fort Osage High School National Art Honor Society is participating in Project Pere Noel.  For $5 you can purchase a pair of custom painted shoes for yourself, a friend, or a student in need.  Shoes will be filled with candy and delivered prior to the holiday break in December.  Click here to place your order.
You won't want to miss this Boot-Scootin' good time at the first Red Barn Bash, a boots and blue jeans benefit for the Fort Osage Education Foundation.  Entertainment will be provided by Fort Osage Alum and Country Music Artist Noe Palma.  Complete details can be found at or by clicking here.  Tickets are on sale now for $20 and include your dinner, two drinks, and the band.  

The Fort Osage High School Basketball team is hosting an Alumni Basketball Game on October 18 for any Fort Osage Alumni who would like to participate (former player or not).  The cost is $20 and includes a t-shirt.  All proceeds go to support the basketball program.  Click here to register online.  Click here for the flyer.  

Pink Out Week is being held October 14-17.  Fort Osage High School Student Council will be selling t-shirts for $10 during lunch shifts as well as at the varsity soccer, volleyball, and football games.  Student Council is looking for cancer survivors in our community to publicly recognize for their strength.  If you are a survivor or know a survivor, please contact Fran Burnett at or Cheenia Wanamaker at     

Fort Osage is proud to announce the launch of NFHS Network at Fort Osage High School.  Fort Osage Broadcasting will live broadcast athletic and activities during the school year.  You can view the live broadcasts pay-per-view and on-demand by going to and searching for Fort Osage High School.     This week you can catch 
Varsity Soccer v Staley Oct. 15 6:30 p.m.Varsity Volleyball v Liberty North Oct. 16 6:30 p.m.; Varsity Football v Raytown October 17 at 7:00 p.m.

The Fort Osage Food Service Department is hosting a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament on Saturday, October 25 at Side Pockets in Blue Springs to raise money for their national convention.  Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. and the tournament starts at 7:00 p.m.  Click here for complete details.  

The 2nd Annual Craft Fair Extravaganza is taking place on November 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fire Prairie Upper Elementary School.  Beautiful hand-crafted items and delicious baked goods will be for sale.  This is a perfect time to do your Christmas shopping.  Click here for more details.  

The Fort Osage High School wrestling team is hosting a dodge ball tournament on November 8 at noon.  Teams of five can sign up beginning at 11:45 a.m. in the commons area at the high school.  The cost is $10 per player.  Prizes will be awarded to 1st through 3rd place finishes.  

Help support the Fort Osage Food Service Department at McTeacher Night on Tuesday, October 28 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the McDonald's at I-70 and 7 Highway.  

The Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry is coming to Fort Osage October 16.  Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Harmony Heights Baptist Church.  Contact Tracy Luna at for more details.    

Disability Awareness

The Fort Osage School District feels that one month is not enough to celebrate disability awareness and make an impact.  It's an on-going process.  Therefore, each month will focus on a disability area with web-based, comprehensive early childhood through high school resources for parents, students, and staff. 
October is focused on Down Syndrome. Did you know? People with Down Syndrome: Are living in their communities with some support; Are often fully included in school with their typical peers; Are going to college more frequently; Are employed as artists, actors, child care workers; Enjoy healthy relationships and some get married.  Learn more by clicking here.

Just For Staff

Open enrollment for benefits will take place on October 15 and 16 at 2:45 and 4:30 in the High School Performing Arts Center.  

It is Educator Appreciation Week at Barnes and Noble October 11-19.  Here are a few extra's you get this week:
*25% discount on personal and classroom book purchases, music, movies, and tech gear.
*A sweepstakes drawing for a $500 Barnes and Noble gift card
*Open October 11 in Independence at 8:00 a.m. just for educators and again on October 18

This and That

The Fire Science program at the Career and Technology Center needs vehicles for extrication practice and state testing.  The vehicles can be damaged and do not need to be operational, but it would be helpful if most of the window glass was still intact.  A letter acknowledging the donation for $500 per vehicle will be given.  Contact Tim Krickle at 816-650-7246 or 816-510-4415 if you can help. 

 Around Town

The 5th Annual Fall Craft Fair will be held November 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene.  Click here for more details on the event or for how to become a vendor.  

Wolf Den Cub Scout Pack 383 of Independence is hosting a book drive for Children's Mercy Hospital.  We are collecting children's and adults books.  Contact Angela Farmer at 816-854-9261 or to donate.  

Join in the fun at the Trunk or Treat Fall Festival at the Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene.  The event will take place on October 31 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Click here for details.  

Building Champions Bruins U14 AAA/Major baseball team is holding a golf tournament fundraiser on Sunday, October 19.  The cost is $75 per person.  Registration starts at noon with a 1:00 p.m. start time.  Click here for more details.

Join in the Chili Cook Off and Dinner on October 25 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Church of Santa Fe.  Chili dinners are $7 and include a dessert and drink.  Cash prizes will be awarded for the best chili.  All proceeds go to the Zach McSwain Keratoconus Foundation.  Click here for complete details.  

Free Flu Fridays are here.  The Jackson County Health Department is offering free flu shots to healthy adults ages 19 and over, regardless of insurance status.  The shots are available from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at 313 S. Liberty in Independence.  No appointment is necessary.  Go to and complete the pre-registration form to bring with you.  Click here for complete details.  

Early Education is now enrolling.  The Independence School District's Early Education is now enrolling for fall.  Services are provided throughout the Independence School District boundaries at 16 different locations.  To learn more about how to apply, please contact one of our two Early Learning Centers at: Hanthorn 816-521-5485 or Sunshine Center 816-521-5526.

October 16 is Storytime for Families at the Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library at 10:00 a.m.  Singing, playing, reading, and writing for all ages.  Registration is not required. 

October 16 is Attracting and Feeding Wild Birds at the Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library at 7:00 p.m.  Bring song, color and life to your yard.  Join in the fun to learn what types of feeders and food will attract wild birds.  Registration is required. 

Join in the fun at the Trunk or Treat Carnival on October 25 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Pleasant View Christian Church.  Click here for complete details.  

Thursday, October 16 is Teen Creativity at the Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library at 6:30 p.m.  Express yourself!  No registration is required.  

In home daycare in the Fort Osage School District has openings.  Mindee Snider has cared for children for 16 years.  Contact her at 816-796-8241 or 816-590-6262 or email  

The first of three public hearings on the progress of education standards work groups under HB 1490 is schedule for Monday, October 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the State Board of Education meeting room at 205 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO.  In addition to the meeting, you can make comments by emailing or complete an online survey at  All comments will be posted on the Department's website.  

Alumni News

Please join us at Fort Osage High School on November 11 at 1:00 p.m. for the Alumni Veterans Salute to honor those who have served.  Click here for complete details. 

Calling all alumni, we are looking for you.  Click here to complete the online form.  

The class of 1994 is starting to plan their reunion.  Find them on Facebook or complete our online directory form to stay up to date. The class will meet at 5:30 on October 17th for a tour of Fort Osage High School followed by the football game vs. Raytown. October 18 the class is meeting at Lunar Bowl at 7:00 p.m. with a DJ and cash bar.    

The Fort Osage High School Basketball team is hosting an Alumni Basketball Game on October 18 for any Fort Osage Alumni who would like to participate (former player or not).  The cost is $20 and includes a t-shirt.  All proceeds go to support the basketball program.  Click here to register online. Click here for the flyer.     

Check out the latest alumni newsletter by clicking here.  

For Sale

Old, probably 1930-40, Emerson upright piano in fair to good shape with bench for sale.  All ivory keys, cabinet very plain, tone is good, and right peddle has a hole worn in it.  Asking $160.  Purchaser would be responsible for moving.  Contact Angela Sorenson at or 816-587-8539 if you are interested.  

Singer treadle sewing machine that is in great shape and still sews.  Asking $350.  Purchaser is responsible for moving.  Contact Angela Sorenson at or 816-587-8539.  

Christmas is fast approaching and there are no better gifts than personalized Thirty One Bags.  Thirty One offers great products for prices.  Check out to check out monthly specials or contact Angela Farmer at 816-854-9261 or  

Beautiful ranch home located in quiet neighborhood on almost a half an acre fenced lot with mature trees and a huge outbuilding for sale.  This two bedroom, two bathroom house is located at 305 Chicago Avenue in Sibley.  Learn more at MLS # 1907952 or contact Chet Meierarend at 816-690-7653.