News on the Go

  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 

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 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.  

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.  If you have questions, contact Amber Murdock at  

The Fort Osage Mat Club is a youth wrestling program for children 4 years old through 8th grade.  Sign ups are being held November 3 and 10 from 6:30-8:00 in the Multi-purpose room at Fort Osage High School.  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.  

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 23 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. 

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.  

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.  

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.