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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
    The Fort Osage School District invites you to attend the State of the District Address on Friday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Career and Technology Center.  For complete details visit  
    The Board of Education approved the 2023-2024 school year calendar.  The first day of school will be Wednesday, August 23, and the last day is Friday, May 24.  You can find the complete calendar at
    The Fort Osage School District holds open interviews (no appointment needed) every Thursday from 9:00-11:00 at our new Central Office. There are currently openings for paraprofessionals, bus drivers / monitors, food service staff, child care workers, custodians and substitute teachers. Some positions are part time and others are full-time. Visit our website for a full list of openings!
    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. 
    Fort Osage High School Tribal Review episode 12 is ready to view 
    Tomahawk Sports Talk Episode 1 is ready to view
    The Fort Osage School District seven director board will have three openings on the April 4, 2023, election ballot.  Filing has closed and the District has six candidates running for the three open seats. Candidates are: Mr. Kyle A. Leeds, Kelly K. Scott (incumbent), Mr. David L. Shrout (incumbent), Mr. Dustin Ray Schnakenberg, Mr. Kress Cambers, and Ms. Stephanie R. Watson. The District has posed a series of questions to each candidate.  Their responses will be shared out with staff and the community closer to the election.
    You can purchase a Fort Osage High School yearbook at  Enter code 3771 as the school code and then search by your student's name.
    The February Scholarship Bulletin is available at
    You can purchase your Fire Prairie Yearbook now!  For complete details visit
    Around Town
    Fort Osage Youth League opened sign-ups for spring volleyball for grades 3-7.  Complete details, and the sign-up form can be found at
    Open baseball practice for 14U A/AA Indians Competition Team will be held in February.  For complete details visit
    Henrich U. S. Taekwondo offers Martial Arts for Children, Teens, and Adults! Call  816-257-0001 for information on the Family Discounted Rates. January Special : $99.00/Free uniform, includes private lesson, 6 week course. Ages 4 and up! Discipline-Respect-Confidence-Physical Fitness  Classes instructed by Fort Osage graduate, Master Paul Henrich. Find us at
    Central Bank of the Midwest is offering a scholarship for graduating seniors.  Completed scholarship packets should be submitted to, by February 28, 2023.  Please direct any questions to the email address above as well. You can access the application at
    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting Tween Book Group: The Baby-Sitters Club by Raina Telgemeier - Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. Join us for a discussion of Tween reads. This month we will be discussing The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea adapted by Raina Telgemeier. Discussion and activities will focus on business skills and babysitting. Titles are typically available at the branch one month before the discussion. Ages 10 and up.
    The Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene hosts a Food Pantry on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  
    The Class of 1973 mark your calendars for a 50th class reunion on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at the Buckner Town Hall.  More information to come.
    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.

    Fort Family Tech Tip
    A new year means new habits! Did your family make any resolutions? This tech tip could help your family develop better screen time habits in 2023. As kids and teens spend more time on devices than ever before it can affect their well-being. It is important to help your child balance their time on devices with other activities to help them learn and grow. Here are some strategies for helping your whole family develop a healthy relationship with screens: Set limits, choose age-appropriate, high quality content, watch and play together when you can, treat tech as a tool, not as a treat, be a family of media critics, and be a role model. Learn more about these six tips from Common Sense Media:
    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.
    Avila University offers Master's and Certification Programs for teachers.  To learn more, visit
    Fort Osage has partnered with the KC Zoo to offer 2023 discounts to staff.  For details, please email to receive our company code and information.