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  News on the Go

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  

This Just In
Fort Osage is partnering with the Independence Health Department to offer free flu shots for students during the school day.  There is information and permission slips going home for families at Elm Grove, Blue Hills, Cler-Mont, and Indian Trails today.  Next week information will go home for Fire Prairie, Lewis and Clark, Buckner, Osage Trail, and Fort Osage High School.  This is voluntary, but if you wish to participate you will have to complete paperwork and return it to school.  


Congratulations to Alexis McGowan, Fort Osage High School junior, who was selected for the Missouri All-State Choir.  Only eight students per voice part are selected for this prestigious honor.  Alexis will perform with other All-State Choir members in January at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference at Tan-Tar-A.  She is the first FOHS choir member to be selected to All-State Choir in 11 years.  

Seth Corson, Fort Osage High School 9th grade student, won 3rd place Intermediate in the First Annual Heritage Skate Competition.    

The Indian Trails Student Lighthouse Team won 1st place in the Youth Division/School Club-School Organization category in the Independence Halloween Parade.  

Around the District 

Don't miss the fun tonight, Wednesday, October 29, at the Fort Osage Haunted House from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Admission is $2 or two canned goods per child.  All proceeds will be donated to Harvesters.  This is for students K-4th grade.  There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, games, and concessions will be available for purchase.  

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.  

Project Grad is selling heavy duty trash bags for $10 a roll.  Orders can be placed at the following email or contact Sachia at 816-805-4815.  Orders will have approximately 2 week turnaround time.  Click here for complete details.     

What better way to commemorate your Fort Osage High School senior than to purchase a dedication, honoring him/her forever?  Parents, relatives, and/or friends may purchase a senior dedication that will appear in the special section of the 2015 Indian Legends yearbook.  Hurry, the deadline is Friday, October 31.  Click here for more complete details.  

Fort Osage and LINC Caring Communities are pleased to offer Fort Osage families Holiday Assistance, food and gifts.  To qualify, families must meet certain income restrictions and volunteer for three hours at a Fort Osage elementary school or LINC event before December 7th.  Click here to get signed up.    

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 Band Booster Club is hosting a Bingo Fundraiser on December 5 at 6:00 p.m.  The cost is $10 per person.  Prizes will be awarded.     

Fort Osage High School is hosting a recycling fundraiser October 27-November 4 (kitchen and household appliances, copper, aluminum, farm scrap, bicycles, Christmas lights, electric motors, brass, oily scrap).  There will be a collection from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on October 31 at the high school.  There is another community drop off on November 4 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. as well.  Money raised will go towards improvement projects in the courtyard such as pergola over deck, picnic tables, outdoor classroom seating, shed for storage, etc.  Click here for complete details.    

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 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.  

Tired of selling items, but want to help the choir?  DirectBuy of Johnson County will pay our choir department $100 just for attending an Open House Tour.  You need to call 1-866-327-7491 to set up your no obligation appointment.  Mention you are sponsoring the Fort Osage High School choirs and the choir will get $100.  

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

Don't forget that benefit paperwork needs to be turned in by November 7 to Laura Ford.  If you have questions on what you need to do, contact Laura at or 650-7021.

One of our staff members, Erin Jones from Blue Hills, was in a serious dune buggy accident in Oklahoma.  A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the family with medical costs.  Click here to read more of their story and learn how 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.

If you have a 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th grader girl that loves volleyball and wants to play competitively come to an informational meeting on November 6 from 7-8 p.m. at Indian Trails Elementary School.  If you have questions, contact Amber Murdock at  

Fort Osage music teachers, Nathan Gearke and Lori Myron, will be performing with Ancora Chorale (along with former teachers Michelle Scherer and Paulette Resch).  Performances are Saturday, November 1 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, November 8 at the Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, and November 9 at the Merriam Christian Church.  All performances start at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free to all Veterans.  Tickets are available at the door or at  

The Buckner United Methodist Women are hosting the Homespum Harvest on Saturday, November 1.  Come join the fun with a chili dinner and silent auction from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Click here for complete details.   

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.  

East Side Baptist Church invites the community to Trunk or Treat on October 26 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Visit their website at for complete details.  

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.  

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.

Mid-Continent Public Library Buckner Branch has several activities coming up this week.  October 30 at 10:00 a.m. is storytime for families.  at 7:00 p.m. on October 30 you can create a new look for your home.  Registration is required for the new look for your home.  November 1 at 2:00 join the fun as Mad Science catapults into Newton's three laws of motion.  This program is geared towards ages 6 to 13.  Registration is required.  

On Monday, November 3, the Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting the Adult Book Group at 7:00 p.m.  There will be discussion on books to be considered for 2015.  

Krispy Skreams are ghoulishly good.  Come in costume to your local Kristy Kreme on October 31 and get a free doughnut.  

The Fort Osage Mat Club is a youth wrestling program for children 4 years old through 8th grade.  Sign ups are taking place on November 3 and November 10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Fort Osage High School multi-purpose room.  Click here for complete details and fees.  

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 October issue of the Alumni Newsletter is now available.  Click here to view the October issue.

Bethany Bashioum, 2006 Fort Osage graduate, was one of two newspaper journalists to receive the 2014 William E. James/Missouri Outstanding Young Journalist awards from the Missouri Press Association.   

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.