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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 Riley Messer, Fort Osage High School student, who finished in International Extemporaneous Speaking and on her quarterfinalist showing in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.  

The Fort Osage Career and Technology Center students were the runner-up winner of the Project Warmth.  They will be featured on the KCTV Project Warmth TV Special on December 4 from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.  

Congratulations to Maggie Boley, student at Blue Hills Elementary, who finished 15th in the 9-year-old girls category in the Cross Country National Youth Championships in Nashville, TN.  Her performance helped her team, the Brocaw Blazers, finish second.  Maggie also qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics National Championships in July for her 11th place finish in the 1500 and 28th in the 800.  

Around the District 

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.

The Fort Osage High School Student Council is competing against Belton High School in "Sock it to Belton." This is a competition between the two schools to see who can collect the most new packages of socks for Caring Communities and St. Mark's United Methodist Church.  Socks will be collected December 1 and 2.  Admission to the December 2nd home basketball game is free with two pairs of new socks.  

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 Ag Science classes from the Career and Technology Center are growing Poinsettias.  They make a great gift for anyone.  Click here for more information or click here to place your order.  

 Join Fort Osage Project Grad for a Christmas Carnival on December 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the high school gym.  Santa will be there from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  There will be a cake walk, santa shop, multiple vendors, a candy station, and pictures with Santa.

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 Fort Osage Caring Communities Giving Trees are going up at schools around the district.  If you would like to adopt a child for Christmas, here is your opportunity.  Tags will be available at each school from November 17 to December 12.  Take a tag, buy a gift, and return it by December 12.  Click here for complete details.

Project Grad is hosting a pancake breakfast on December 13 at Applebee's located at the Independence Center from 8:00-10:00 a.m.  It is a perfect time for close parking space for shopping and a great breakfast for a great cause.  For $7 you will receive pancakes, softdrink/OJ/milk, and 2 sausage links.  Proceeds to benefit the graduation celebration for the class of 2015.   

Mark your calendar for December 8 at 6:30 p.m. and help to plan Project Grad for the class of 2015.  Any parents or community members who want to be involved are welcome to attend.  Meetings are held in the Fort Osage High School media center. 

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.

Three Fort Osage High School students have been selected for choral honors that involve travel.  Now you have the opportunity to help a student to achieve their goals.  Adopt-A-Singer allows you to not only make a donation directly to a student, but earn perks in return.  Click the students name to see their adoption sheet:  Halsey Shelley, Alexis McGowan, and Christian Lauaki.  

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.  Chris Cakes will begin at 5:30.  Prizes will be awarded.  Click here for complete 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.  The focus for November is Spina Bifida.  
What is Spina Bifida?

Spina Bifida literally means “split spine.” Spina Bifida happens when a baby is in the womb and the spinal column does not close all of the way. Every day, about eight babies born in the United States have Spina Bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine.   

Just For Staff

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.

The Scholastic Books Fairs Holiday Warehouse Book Sale starts December 10.  Click here for complete details.  

 Around Town

Mid-Continent Public Library Buckner Branch has several activities coming up this week.  The library will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 27.  December 1 at 7:00 p.m. is the Adult Book Group.  This month's book is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  Copies are available at the branch.  

Come support Girl Scout troop 1826 at their pancake breakfast on Saturday, November 29 from 7:30-10:30 a.m.  Tickets are just $5 per person and will include 3 pancakes, 2 sausages, and a cup of coffee or orange juice.  Orange Julius will also be available for a small fee.  Join the fun at 14300 E. 32nd Street in Independence (across from the old YMCA near 32nd and Noland).  Contact Sharan with any questions or to purchase tickets at 816-695-1803 or  

Nathaniel Dance, age 16, is missing and was last seen on October 19 in Independence.  If you have any information on his location, please contact the Independence Police Department.  Click here for more information.

Alumni News

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.

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, Barbara Brown, Judy Brown, John Cooper, Diana Curtis, Janice Dagley, Anita Dewitt, Tom Downs, Marilyn Durbin, Sharon Fanning, Mike Ford, Charles Freeman, Emily Garcia, Frank Gibson, Lois Dian Gordon, Michael Hamilton, Eldis Haskins, Glenda Howell, Gary Hurst, Kay Killingsworth, Deborah Kirkpatrick, George Krosen, Nancy Leighton, Jerry Mallicoat, Anita Malott, Gary McCrorey, Ray Mitchell, Marcella Mizer, Glenda Newell, Cheryl Ryan, Ferra Sandlin, Jerry Sharp, John Siegrist, Mitchell Smith, Paulette Sopher, Jerry Young, or Pat Zuber please let the class know.  You can contact Corrine (Dieckman) Twiehaus at 816-650-5602 and leave a message.  

In Your Thoughts
Mrs. Lois Parker, former Fort Osage teacher, passed away.  Many Fort Osage friends will remember Mrs. Parker as the junior high English teacher.  

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.