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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  


    This Just In

    There is no school on Monday, May 27.  

    Our last day of school is Thursday, May 30th.  It will be an early release day. 



    Congratulations to the following Fort Osage students who made the Touch of Class Choir for the 2019-2020 school year: Jonathan Barker, Kelsie Clark, Malcolm Davis, Hunter Duncan, Annah Garrison, Truman Gouldsmith, Kyle Gross, Brooklynn Hendrix, Sione Lauaki, Aidan McWilliams, Alexandria Manton, Alexis Parton, KJ Pau, Lealani Pese, Aubri Stewart, Harley Vassholz, Sadie Waller, Katelyn Ward, Daylie Waters, Morgan Watkins, Jabari Watson, and Taylor White.  There is a mandatory parent and student meeting on May 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school choir room.  


    Aniya Henson, Fort Osage High School student, is a semifinalist for KC SuperStar.  KC SuperStar is an “American Idol” style high school singing competition that serves as the major fundraiser for the Jewish Community Center.  After auditions and semifinals, the top 10 kids move on to the finals, and the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.  Admission to the June 3 7:00 p.m.  semifinals is free, although people are encouraged to bring canned or paper goods for the Jewish Food Pantry.  


    Around the District 

     Tee off to help Fort Osage students and teachers in the Fort Osage Education Foundation Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 10th at Winterstone Golf Course.  The cost is only $90 per player and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, two drinks, and 18 holes of golf!  New this year is a flighted tournament and a women's only flight.  You can get complete details at


    You are invited to celebrate the retirement of Terri Jordon at an open house at Osage Trail Middle School on Thursday, May 23rd from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please stop by and thank her for her 23 years of service to the district, wish her well and enjoy some cake! 

    Indian Trails would like to invite you to honor our retirees: Felicia Akins Barton, Mary Fugate, Sue Marrone, and Lori Thornburg on May 23rd from 4 pm - 5 pm in the Cafe at Indian Trails.
    Fire Prairie invites you to help celebrate the retirement of Nancy Winslow on Tuesday, May 21 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  For complete details visit

    Fort Osage High School soccer is hosting a Youth Soccer Camp July 15-19 for boys and girls in grades K-5 (as of August 2019).  The $20 cost includes a Soccer Camp shirt and basic skills instructions.  For complete details visit  


    Fort Osage is hiring bus drivers.  Come join a great team with flexible schedules, competitive pay, and paid training.  You can learn more at or give us a call at 816-650-7004.  


    You are invited to help celebrate the career of Mike Pantleo, Director of the Career and Technology Center.  A retirement party is being held at The Vault in Buckner, MO on May 23, 2019 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.


    Help us celebrate the retirements of Tim Krickle and Carol Bolin, Career and Technology Center teachers on May 29, 2019 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Career and Technology Center.  


    Fort Osage is pleased to offer free meals for kids and teens ages 18 and younger this summer.  Adults may purchase a meal.  Free summer meals kick off on June 3 at McCoy Park with lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Look for more details and locations as we get closer to summer.  


    Our Double-Snow-Day-Tournament-cancellation left the Fort Osage High School speech and debate team both disappointed and with a $7,000 budget shortfall from missed entry fees. You can help by making a donation at  The money raised will help us send Nicole Overbay and Aleesa Hill to the 2019 NCFL Grand National Tournament in Milwaukee, WI over Memorial Day weekend, as well as provide the necessary funds to start our season next year--tournament entry fees, travel expenses, literature, and team resources. 


     Around Town 

    Family Fued Fun is back in Buckner thanks to the Buckner Festival in the Valley.  Join the tournament on Sunday, May 19 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Buckner Municipal building. The cost is $20 for a team of five.  For more information or to sign up visit  
    Plans are underway for the 50th Buckner Festival in the Valley parade on Saturday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m.  Start thinking about your parade entry today!  You can register for the parade at
    The 2nd Annual Prime Basketball Camp is planned June 4-6 for girls ages 6 to 11 and June 11-13 for boys ages 6-11.  High school players from around the surrounding area will help students to develop their basketball skills.  Camp is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Blue Springs Fieldhouse.  The deadline to register is May 25th.  The cost is $50.  You can find out more at or contact Adam Miller at 816-645-3163 or  
    Eight scholarships totaling $8,000 ($1,000 each) are available to student volunteers in grades 9-12. Students who reside in Missouri, attend a high school in the state, and plan to continue their education at an accredited college, university, or vocational school are eligible. Students volunteers must show how they worked to improve their community. This initiative is sponsored by the Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) with financial support from Bayer. The deadline for entries is May 23, 2019.  You can access the application online at
    Shawn Ashby, retired teacher, taught and coached for over 30 years in the Fort Osage School District.  He suffered a severe stroke, leaving his left face, shoulder, arm, hard, side, leg and foot severely impaired.  He is in inpatient rehabilitation in Nebraska.  Family and friends have set up a go fund me to help with medical expenses and equipment for his home when he returns.  If you are interested in making a donation visit

    Research shows that students can lose 2.6 months’ worth of math skills over the summer. Beginning June 17, students will have the opportunity to keep their math skills sharp by participating in the Missouri Summer Math Challenge. They can earn badges for mastering math concepts and earn a certificate to celebrate their accomplishments when the challenge ends on July 26.  Parents can register their child at .    


    Alumni News 

    The class of 1979 is hosting a 40th Reunion on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Park Ridge Communities (4309 NE Park Ridge Boulevard Lee's Summit, MO 64064).  Prepay $25 - $30 at the door.  More details to come.

    The Fort Osage Education Foundation and Fort Osage Alumni Association are working jointly on an effort to increase alumni and overall community engagement.  Part of this effort includes gathering contact information for participants willing to take a few minutes to complete a very brief, online form.  Who should participate?  All alumni, relatives of students (former/current), district employees (former/current), local businesses, and other interested parties in our school community.  Please complete form at:

    Benefits you receive: 

    *Alumni newsletter

    *Dates for school community events (class reunions, alumni banquets, golf tournaments, Fall Barn Bash, Veterans Day Salute, and more)

    *Business sponsorship opportunities at events

    *See what alumni are doing today

    *Hear inspiring testimonials about the impacts student scholarships and teacher grants are having in the community

    *Giving opportunities to support students and staff in the district

    All information is kept strictly confidential.



    Just For Staff


    Phoenix Nail Lounge is running a Teacher Apprecation Week special from May 6-9 and May 13-16.  For details visit


    The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation offers classroom grants for resources, leadership, research, or materials used by an active Missouri classroom teacher.  A minimum of 98 $500 grants will be awarded in August.  The deadline to apply is June 30th.  For complete details, visit


    S.T.E.M. Education Day at the T-Bones is coming up on Thursday, August 22.  Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and first pitch is at 11:05 a.m.  Complete details can be found at


    We all do what we can to exercise and eat right in order to stay healthy, but being healthy isn't a reason not to have life insurance.  If the unexpected happens and someone depends on you financially, life insurance is an important topic.  Did you know Farmer's Insurance offers a discount on home and auto insurance for all employees of the Fort Osage School District?  To learn more visit