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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        

    State Football Playoff Information
    Fort Osage High School football will take on Francis Howell on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium at the University of Missouri.  
    Tickets are $10 and must be purchased online at
    Sideliner Sports will broadcast the Fort Osage Indians State Championship Football Game Friday Night on 1160AM, 99.3FM and 100.5FM KCTO. Kickoff is at 7 pm with Pregame on air at 6:40 pm.  If you would be interested in being a sponsor of this broadcast, call Tony Wrisinger at 816-810-6557 or by email at . A contribution to the Fort Osage Athletic Booster Club will be made with each sponsorship. 
    T-Shirts are for sale today and tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Fort Osage High School office.  Cash, check and cards are accepted.  

    SPECTATOR PARKING: Most spectator parking is going to be located at Truman’s Landing off of Providence Road southwest of the stadium • MU will be running three (3) or four (4) shuttles from this lot to the east side of the stadium. • The shuttle will run both before and after the game • Please be aware Providence is a very busy road if spectators choose to walk from this lot  There will be an ADA lot on the east side of the stadium just west of the Hearnes Center (Lot J)  There will be very limited first-come, first-served parking in other lots surrounding the stadium Stadium Map


    The Games will be streamed at  MSHSAA.TV will produce all championship games for $15 for all championship games • Downloads available for purchase after the championships conclude

    This Just In
    The Fort Osage High School boys basketball game vs Excelsior Springs that was scheduled for Friday, December 2 has been moved to Thursday, December 1.  Game times are still the same.  
    The December breakfast and lunch menus are posted in our mobile app and online at
    Congratulations to Nora McDaniel, Fort Osage High School and Career and Technology Center student, who has been selected as a Blue Springs Police Department student intern.  Nora and three other students from the CSI/Law Enforcement program at the CTC at Fort Osage will begin their paid internships in January after winter break. 
    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has awarded the Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage with grant dollars to further support their programs.  The grant’s funds must be used to enhance or extend area career centers’ capacities to increase students’ knowledge and skills needed to gain employment in current or emerging fields, continue their education, or re-training for new business and industry opportunities.  
    Around the District   
    Fort Osage is hiring positions on both our classified and certificated staff. You can learn about all the open positions on our website at Open positions include school nurse, health room paraprofessional, substitute teacher, and bus drivers. Follow along with our HR department on our new Twitter account @FortHires.  Stay up to date on openings, benefits of working at Fort and snapshots of the great people who work in all departments here. 
    Santa will be making a stop at Campus Grounds on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Stop in for a free photo.  For more details visit
    The Fort Osage School District seven director board will have three openings on the April 4, 2023, election ballot.  Residents of the district who wish to serve a three-year term on the Board of Education may file their candidacy at the Gragg Administrative office starting December 6.  Complete details can be found on our website at  
    Do something unique and give the gift of music to friends and family this Christmas.  Touch of Class will carol to your loved ones at their home or business on Saturday, December 17th.  For complete details visit

     #ICANHELP delivered a powerful presentation on the importance of digital safety to over 700 students at Fort Osage High School. The presentation highlighted how students and adults can maintain a positive digital footprint and become “Digital First Responders”: people who are prepared to handle cyberbullying, harassment, and other forms of abuse as soon as they arise.

    Around Town
    Enviro-Duct Air Duct Cleaning LLC is offering $25 OFF dryer vent cleaning through November for Fort Residents!!! (Roof exhausts not included) It's important to have your dryer vent cleaned yearly to prevent lint fires! Call or text to schedule with us today 816-719-1538 or visit us at
    The Kansas City Zoo VolunTEEN program creates accessible opportunities for young adults to develop sustainable lifestyles and human perspectives.  This program promotes the personal and professional development of teenagers to become empowered community leaders with experienced workplace values.  Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 season.  For more details, or to apply, visit
    A Hudson St. Christmas is taking place on December 3 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in downtown Buckner.  The Christmas parade starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by school choirs at 6:30 p.m. and the Mayor's Christmas Tree lighting at 7:00 p.m.  For complete details visit
    MSBA's CES encourages all K-12 students to enter the Show-Me I'm Worth Stopping For Contest.  Students can create fun video, audio recording, or posters about the importance of stopping when the school bus stop arm is up.  First prize is $1,500.  The deadline to enter is December 9, 2022.  For more information visit

    Keeping up with good oral hygiene isn’t just self-care, it’s a necessity. New patients can get an exam, x-rays, and a cleaning for just $88 at Dental Depot Blue Springs! Schedule an appointment by texting CLEAN88 to 417-246-4871. Disclosure: No cash value. Other restrictions may apply. See office for more details. Visit to learn more about Dental Depot. 

    Henrich U. S. Taekwondo offers Martial Arts for Children, Teens, and Adults! Call  816-257-0001 to learn more about the December Special : $99.00/Free uniform, includes private lesson, 6 week course. Ages 4 and up! Discipline-Respect-Confidence. Classes instructed by Fort Osage graduate, Master Paul Henrich. find us at

    Fort Family Tech Tip
    Did you know there’s a way to instantly see all internet activity on your kid’s district-issued Chromebook? Simply download the Securly Home App. Securly automatically filters inappropriate content, flags alarming activity (self-harm, bullying, etc.) and gives you a real-time glimpse of what your child is doing online. Learn more:
    COVID-19 Community Information
    If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or booster, you can use the CDC vaccine finder at to find a location near your home or Fort Osage. 

    The Jackson County Health Department offers COVID-19 testing each week.  To register or to check locations, visit  

    If you need help finding or setting up a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you can call: The Jackson County Health Department at (816) 404-6415. Phone lines operate Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m; MARC’s vaccine registry helpline at 816-421-4980 or 1-800-593-7948. Phone lines operate Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or 311.

    Just for Staff
    Fort Osage School District has access to TicketsatWork, the leading Employee Perks & Discount program in the Nation! Whether you’re taking a trip, planning a staycation, or having fun at home with family and friends, TicketsatWork has something for everyone! We want to make sure you are familiar with all the latest brands, services, and savings you have access to. TicketsatWork is your one-stop shop for savings on products, services, and experiences, with new deals added weekly. It's free and simple to enroll.  Please contact for enrollment information.
    Yard deSIGNS Blue Springs is offering staff $20 off any yard signs at checkout on their website  Please email to get the code required for the discount.   
    The Board of Education approved an Early Notification of Intent to Retire Incentive for Employees who plan on retiring at the end of the 22-23 school year.  All staff were sent an email with complete details.  Please contact the Human Resources office with any questions.