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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  

Around the District  

The Fort Osage Education Foundation, FORCE, is launching a Capitol Campaign to raise $500,000 in 3 years to help support the academic and athletic needs in the district.  Come learn more about the plan on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School commons.

It is time to tee off for Fort Osage students and staff at the 20th Annual Fort Osage Golf Tournament on Friday, June 27th at Winterstone Golf course.  This is a great opportunity to give back to Fort Osage and enjoy a day on the golf course.  Breakfast and lunch are included and prizes will be awarded.  You can register as a team, bring along clients and friends, or sign up as an individual.  Click here for complete details.  

Buckner Elementary School invites you to come celebrate Patrick Farnan as he says goodbye to the tie!  The open house retirement celebration will take place May 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Buckner Elementary.  In order to help decorate for the open house, Buckner is in need of ties.  You can send in your old ties for the open house and then they will be donated to the Community Services League.  Click here for complete details.  

The Fort Osage FFA Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, May 3 at the greenhouse.  Hours and details on the sale will be coming soon.  

Buckner Elementary is hosting a Colorwonderful Food Drive April 21-26 to help families in the community.  Click here for details on how you can make a donation.  

Fort Osage Caring Communities is pleased to offer a 2014 summer camp for students entering grades K-6 from July 7-31.  Summer camp is offered Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Blue Hills Elementary School.  Click here for more details.  

Calling all Royals fans, if you want to attend games this season, you can purchase a ticket package worth over $600 for only $39.99 and help out kids.  Contact Bridget Washam for details at or 650-7095.  

Are you ready for summer school?  Enrollment is open for families interested in attending the Fort Osage Summer Academy.  Enrollment packets are available at each school or by clicking here.  New this year: application received by May 9th will guarantee bus transportation on the first day of summer school.  If applications are received after May 9th, parents will need to contact transportation at 650-7200 to make arrangements.  

Do you plan to go to Project Grad Night?  Sign-ups will take place on April 17 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the high school commons.  Students must be accompanied by a parent to sign the release if you plan to attend the event after graduation.  If you plan to bring a guest, the guest parent must also come to complete the release form.  

The Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry will be coming to Fort Osage on Thursday, April 17 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  


Congratulations to Fort Osage High School/Career & Technology Center students Nikki Harvey, Alex Siefker, and Chad Sutton who received the High Schools that Work Award of Educational Achievement.  

Congratulations to Nehemiah Deason, Fort Osage High School student, who was cast in the production of The Sound of Music at Starlight this summer.  

Congratulations to Halsey Shelley, Fort Osage High School student, who was cast in the production of The King and I this summer with the Met.  

Congratulations to Sam Culver, Chase Matlock, Jeremy Behler, Caroline Keeper and Kyra Vermeland, Fort Osage High School students, who placed 1st in the State Competition of Destination Imagination. 

Congratulations to the Fire Prairie and Osage Trail students who completed in the Extempore competition.  Jeremiah Phillips earned a first place medal in checkers.  The team of Brandon Zwicke, Travis Darr, and Michael Dieckmann won third place ribbons in the Showtime arena.  The team of Dalton Neale, Jeremiah Phillips, Braden Pottberg, Nelson Miranda-Gomez, and Timothy Wardlow won first place medals in the Fine Tuning arena.  

Congratulations to Rachael Frazee, Buckner Elementary School teacher, who won a Tools 4 Schools award.  

Around Town

A Chili Supper and Silent Auction Benefit is being held for Connor Dessent, a Fort Osage High School student seriously injured in an automobile accident in December 2013.  All proceeds from the April 26 event will go directly to help the family with Connor's care and to make their home accommodate Connor and his needs.  Join in the event from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Mary's High School gym at 600 N. Liberty St. Independence, MO 64050.  Click here for complete details.  For more information, contact Kathleen Jackson at or Chris Neidt at

Care Connection is a free, online directory dedicated to providing seniors and their caregivers with easy access to quality information and resources to maintain one's independence or provide the best care available.  Click here to visit the site and access this valuable resource.  

The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library has a few events coming up.   Story-time for Families will take place on April 17 at 10:00 a.m.  Teens Creativity will be held on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. with crafts, movies, games and more.  For more information on these or other upcoming events, contact the library at 650-3212.

Join in the Help Hope Live for Jim Hebblethwaite Trivia Night with silent auction on May 2nd at The Cove Clubhouse.  The Trivia Night will benefit the Midwest/West Stem Cell Transplant Fund.  Cost is $150 per table of eight or $25 per person.  Click here for complete details on how you can make a difference.  

Make this summer one that your kids will never forget with Jacomo Day Camp for students ages 6-13.  There will be exciting Outdoor Activities each week.  For more information, call 229-8980 or email  

Girl Scouts is hosting a yard sale on Saturday, May 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Second Baptist Church.  Come support your local Girl Scout troops.  If you have questions, contact Charla Richey at 796-6227 or

The Eastern Jackson County Track Club is holding sign-ups April 22nd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the East Side Baptist Church.  Click here for details or to register.   

The 2nd Annual Improvalooza will be held on Friday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fort Osage High School Performing Arts Center.  Come see live Improv and support Fort Osage High School students who will be competing at Destination Imagination in late May.  Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students.  Purchase your tickets early for a $1 discount from any Destination Imagination team member or at the high school office.  

Girls Scouts is offering Day Camp June 16-18 at Camp Prairie Schooner.  Click here for details.  

Spring is finally here and that means it is time to start golfing.  The 3rd annual IAFF local 781 Good and Welfare Golf Tournament is rapidly approaching.  Money raised goes to student scholarships in the Independence and Fort Osage School Districts.  Click here for complete details on the June 9th event.

The Grain Valley Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol would like to invite the students of Fort Osage to their open house on April 28th.  The Civil Air Patrol is a civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.  Click here for complete details.  

A Mobile Household Special ABOP Collection Event is being held on Saturday, April 19 from 8:00 a.m. to noon for Jackson County Residents.  Click here for a complete list of acceptable waste.  

The Independence Park Trot Walk/Run is a free event for families on Saturday, May 3 at Waterfall Park in Independence.  Click here for complete details on joining in the fun.  

The Buckner 2nd Annual Smoke Out In the Valley is taking place on June 21 and 22 in downtown Buckner.  Get your entry in early to guarantee a space.  Click here for complete details or call 816-699-3454.  

Lunar Bowl is proud to be offering a free 4-week Bowling 2.0 program starting April 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  This free program is designed upon knowledge and best practices from across the industry.  The first 30 minutes takes place in a classroom setting with a video lesson.  The final hour takes place on the lanes.  Call Lunar Bowl at 816-220-7722 or email to register.  

Looking for a place for your next event, Lunar Bowl is the place to go.  Lunar Bowl can accommodate any event such as fundraisers, class reunions, family reunions, graduation parties, birthday parties, church and school lock-ins, company events, and more.  For more information, contact Tina Short at 816-220-7722 or email  

The Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry is coming to the Heart of God Fellowship in Buckner on April 14 and 29 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  There are absolutely no qualifications to receive food.  

For Sale

1978 Chevrolet Corvette 25th Anniversary Edition for sale.  Automatic, 2-tone silver with black interior and t-tops with 78,000 miles.  Asking price $9,250.  To view photos to to, item #251452742795.  Call or text David at 816-786-0502 for more information.  

Super 3 bedroom, 3 bath, ranch style home with open floor plan for sale.  Wood floors throughout, completely updated kitchen with granite countertops, HVAC new is 2012, large screed porch perfect for entertaining, mature landscaping with apple tree, neutral colors and decor, dining room built-ins, updated electrical.  Home sits on huge level lot.  Home is located at Crysler and 40th Street just north of I-70.  Asking $129,000.  For more information, click here or come to the open house on March 30 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Rental house in the Fort Osage School District is for rent at 1316 Viking Drive.  Asking $880 per month with trash included.  Three bedrooms, one and a half bath.  No pets.  $900 deposit.  Contact Daniel at 651-4135 if you are interested.  

2007 Heritage Softail Classic for sale. Excellent condition. 28,294 miles. 96 ci 6-speed. New battery. Comes with owner's manual. $10,500. Call or text Bryan Osborne at 816-769-1088 for more information. To view photos, visit Craigslist posting

Just for Staff

Details on the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun staff discount can be found in the staff workroom on the website, were emailed out to all staff, or can be found by contacting Stephanie Smith at

Fort Osage staff can receive a special discount on Schlitterbahn tickets.  Contact Stephanie Smith for the promo code or visit the staff workroom.  

Alumni News

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. Plans so far include a tour of Fort Osage High School on October 17th followed by the football game vs. Raytown.   

The classes of 1977,1978, and 1979 are planning a reunion for August 16, 2014.  The reunion is scheduled from 6:00-11:00 p.m. at Town Pavilion (1111 Main Kansas City, MO).  For more information, please contact the committee at  You can also follow along on Facebook at FOHSClasses of 77/78/79 Reunion or call Debra Barnett at 816-868-8513.  

The Class of 1984 is planning their 30 year reunion for July 25-27, 2014.  Mark your calendars to attend and look for more details as the dates get closer.  

This and That

15 year old student at Fort Osage High School is seeking babysitting jobs.  Very good with kids.  Contact Lisa at 816-678-9305 if you need a sitter.  

Spring is here! Time to think about those landscaping projects, whether it is to update what you have or design and build something new. Call Josh Terhune at the high school to get a free estimate. Perfect T Landscaping for all of your outdoor needs! Call 816-261-4684 or email



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