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  


Congratulations to the Fort Osage High School speech and debate team who competed in the Raytown South Varsity and Lee's Summit Novice Tournaments.  Bringing home varsity awards were Nate Holthe, Breck Wiley, Sydney Martin, and Jessica Long.  Bringing home novice awards were Marissa Peaslee, Miche'la Lemons, D'Angelo Talbot, Elayna Bostwick, Jessica Tribble, and Tyler Smith.  
Congratulations to Caleb Winslow, Fort Osage High School student, who was the winner of the Buckner Memorial Post VFW 8101 Voice of Democracy Program.  Caleb will receive a certificate, $25 ITunes gift card, a check for $50, a backpack, a notebook, and a medal.  His entry is now forwarded to the District 5 contest.  

Congratulations to Haley Daugherty, Osage Trail Middle School student, who was the winner of the Buckner Memorial Post VFW 8101 Patriot's Pen program.  Haley will receive a certificate, $25 ITunes gift card, a check for $50, a backpack, a notebook, and a medal.  His entry is now forwarded to the District 5 contest.  

Around the District 

Looking for that perfect gift for your friend of family member that has everything?  Perhaps you have a loved one in a residential care center or nursing home that could use a little Christmas cheer.  Do you need a unique gift for your business?  Consider hiring the Fort Osage High School choirs to make this season special.  Students will carol on December 18 and 20 in the Independence and Blue Springs area.  Click here for complete details or to sign up.  

Need help with wrapping gifts this year?  All Wrapped Up Giftwrapping Service is provided by E-Studies Independence Center DECA Students.  They are open during regular mall hours.  Prices range from $3 to $15 and up depending on the size.  Drop off and pick up service are available.  Visit them or contact Carol Bolin at  

Have your children outgrown their clothes or did Santa bring some new ones?  Do you have
stuff you just need to get out of your house?  The Blue Hills 4th grade class will be doing a clothing donation drive with Red Racks on Saturday, January 17, 2015, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Bring your items to Blue Hills on January 17.  All proceeds go to help fund the annual trip to Jefferson City.

 Each year Osage Trail Middle School holds a Career Day for 8th grade students.  The success is due in large part to the willingness of volunteers to speak with students.  If you are interested in coming to talk about your career, please
click here.  Career Day is March 26, 2015 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Mark your calendars for the next Athletic Booster Club meeting on December 17 at 6:30 p.m.  The focus of the meeting will be helping you sign your student athlete up for the NCAA and NAIA Athletic Eligibility Clearing house.  There is no cost for the meeting, but registration fees do apply for the online sign-up.  

The Fort Osage High School Cheerleaders are selling chances for a t-shirt quilt at all winter sports games.  If you are not able to attend a game, but would like to purchase a ticket, you can contact Diana Rice at  The chances are 1 ticket for $1 or 6 tickets for $5.  The quilt will be awarded during the 1/2 time of the Courtwarming game.   

Have some online shopping to do this holiday season?  You can shop from your favorite stores and Fort Osage can benefit without any extra cost to you.   Click here to start shopping.  

The Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry is visiting the Fort Osage School District on Thursday, December 18.  Registration is from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Harmony Heights Baptist Church.  

The Fort Osage Speech and Debate team will host the 2015 Fort Osage Indian Kickoff Classic on January 9 and 10 and are in need of judges to help make the tournament a continued success.  Come be a part of a great weekend of speech and debate.  You can sign up at    

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.  The focus for December is Anxiety.  Anxiety disorder: A chronic condition characterized by an excessive and persistent sense of apprehension, with physical symptoms such as sweating, palpitations, and feelings of stress. Treatments include the comfort offered by understanding the condition, avoiding or desensitizing exacerbating situations, and medications.  ----The Mayo Clinic  Learn more at FOSD’s Disability Awareness Site at

Just For Staff

Fort Osage is looking for someone to run the summer paint crew.  Prior painting experience is preferred.  Contact Dave Swearingen if you are interested at or 650-7211.    
Century Link is offering a technology grant up to $5,000 per grant. Competitive grant is open to teachers employed by a public or private school.  Apply online at  The deadline to apply is January 2.  Get full details at or contact Ann Jarrett at or 1-800-392-0236.  

Shop and save at Sam's Club this holiday season.  Fort Osage staff are invited to shop through December 31, 2014, with a special day pass.  Click here for details.  

 Around Town

Mid-Continent Public Library Buckner Branch has several activities coming up this week.  December 18 is Storytime for Families at 10:00 a.m.  At 6:30 p.m. on December 18 is Teen Creativity night.  The library will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.  January 5 is the first Adult Book Group of 2015.  The book is The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee, by Marja Mills.  At 2:00 p.m. on January 7 the library is hosting Downloading eBooks for Kindle.  Learn how to use MCPL's OverDrive to download eBooks.   For more information on any of the programs above, contact 816-650-3212.

Tristan, a 6th grader at Fire Prairie, was nominated and selected to participate as a Student Ambassador with the People to People Organization.  In addition to earning college credits, Tristan will be traveling to Canada for 12 days in the summer of 2015.  To help with the cost, Buffalo Wild Wings in Independence will be hosting a fundraiser night.  Click here for the coupon to help support Tristan on December 17.  

The Gifted Association of Missouri District B Teacher Workshop is being held on February 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The session is entitled Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education.  Click here for complete details.

The Independence Park Trot 5K run/walk is taking place May 2 at 8:00 a.m. at Waterfall Park.  There is no registration fee to participate.  This free event includes a kids' fun run and food.   Click here for complete details.    

Alumni News

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

The class of 1965 is looking for lost classmates to invite them to the next reunion.  If you have contact information for: Sue Bay, Elizabeth Brockmeyer, Judy Brown, John Cooper, Diana Curtis, Janice Dagley, Anita Dewitt, Tom Downs, Marilyn Durbin Jenkins, Sharon Fanning, Mike Ford, Charles Freeman, Frank Gibson, Lois Dian Gordon, Michael Hamilton, Glenda Howell, Kay Killingsworth, Nancy Leighton, Jerry Mallicoat, Gary McCrorey, Glenda Newell, Cheryl Ryan, Ferra Sandlin, Jerry Sharp, Mitchell Smith, or Jerry Young please let the class know.  You can contact Corrine (Dieckman) Twiehaus at 816-650-5602 and leave a message.  

For Sale

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.  Asking price is $110,000.  To learn more contact Chet Meierarend at 816-690-7653.  

Girls size 1 Roper Boots for sale.  Never worn.  Paid $75 asking $50.  Click here for a photo.  Contact Stephanie Smith at or 650-7019 if you are interested.