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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

    Just a reminder that Thursday is an early release day and there is no school on Friday or all next week for Spring Break.  Students report back on Monday, April 1.  


    A reminder that there will be school on Friday, April 19th to make up for days missed due to inclement weather.  April 19th will be an early release day.


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


    Fort Osage has an election for Board of Education members on the April 2, 2019.  There are four candidates running for two positions.  Registered voters in the district will have the opportunity to select two of the four candidates.  Those running, in order of filing, are: Tim Brown, incumbent; Sharon Dankenbring, incumbent; Chris Gross; and Grant Watkins Davis.  You can learn more about each candidate on our website at:



     Congratulations to the CEA Building Teacher of the Year winners:  
    Blue Hills-Melissa Hall
    Buckner-Margie Anderson 
    Cler-Mont-Alyx Fenton
    Elm Grove- Lori Huber
    Indian Trails- Michelle Brooker
    Fire Prairie-Paul Dial-Scruggs
    Osage Trail-Stephanie Nichols
    High School-Kim Meneses
    CTC-Ginger McCabe
    Congratulations to the Fort Osage High School choir students who participated in the District Vocal Music Solo/Small Ensemble contest.  Earning an exemplary gold and advancing to state on April 25th are: Solo: Jonathan Barker, Josie Boutte, Jade Fox, Truman Gouldsmith, Megan Hall, Nathan Le, Kiley Hoaglin, Megan Lyon, Lealani Pese, Aubri Stewart, Kailey Swenson; Ensembles: Women's Misc: Kyra Burns, Brooklynn Hendrix, Aimee Johnston, Megan Lyon, Angelina Lyons, Alexandria Manton, Harley Vassholz; Women's Trio: Josie Boutte, Megan Hall, Kiley Hoaglin; Women's Misc: Alyssa Clark, Kelcie Clark, Lauren Hahne, TJ Hines, Alexandria Manton, Sadie Waller, Morgan Watkins; Women's Misc: Navaeh Chavez, Holly Gouldsmith, Mallory Harp, Willow Hoyt, Arianna Keneally, Daylie Waters, Taylor White; Mixed Double Quartet: Jonathan Barker, Hunter Duncan, Truman Gouldsmith, Brooklynn Hendrix, Kiley Hoaglin, Megan Lyon, Saxon Lauaki, Aubri Stewart; Mixed Double Quartet: Josie Boutte, Jade Fox, Megan Hall, Nathan Le, Ben Long, Hannah Kavanaugh, KJ Pau, Cheyenne Stewart; Men's Trio: Jade Fox, Ben Long, Saxon Lauaki; and Men's Double Quartet: Hayden Astry, Jonathan Barker, Andrew Colyer, Hunter Duncan, Truman Gouldsmith, Sione Lauaki, Nathan Le, KJ Pau.  Earning outstanding silver ratings were: Solo: Gabby Boutte, Hunter Duncan, Brooklynn Hendrix, Aniya Henson, TJ Hines, Hannah Kavanaugh, Saxon Lauaki, Ben Long, KJ Pau, Cheyenne Stewart, Harley Vassholz, Katelyn Ward, Jabari Watson; Ensembles: Women's Misc: Gabby Boutte, Annah Garrison, Lily Gonzalez, Haley Titsworth, Kylee Tobin, Alexa Rivera, Haleigh Wison; Women's Misc: Brooklynn Bowling, Sam Downs, Abigail Hayton, Alexis Parton, Justice Simpson, Elaina Smith, Toese White; Mixed Double Quartet: Hayden Astry, Gabby Boutte, Andrew Colyer, Abby Johnston, Angelina Lyons, Aidan McWilliams, Kailey Swenson; Women's Misc: Amelika Acevado, Emmie Esch, Bella Ford, Chloe Hill, Desirae Holder, Arianna Reynolds, Sadie Waller; Men's Double Quartet: Raf Chinnery, Brandon Gregory, Mylan Harris, Aidan McWilliams, David O'Dell, Pati Tauiliili, Jabari Watson, Vyan Willard; and Women's Sextet: Talia Hinckley, Lealani Pese, Cheyenne Stewart, Kailey Swenson, Katelyn Ward, Morgan Watkins.  Earning Satisfactory bronze was Solo: Aidan McWilliams.
    Congratulations to Mr. Scott Moore, principal at Fort Osage High School, who was named one of the Administrators of the Year by the Missouri Association of Student Councils.  

    Around the District  


     Fort Osage High School Project Grad invites you to celebrate your senior and purchase These 18”x 24” corrugated plastic signs are weather and outdoor proof. Printed on one side with over 50 icon options. Choose 2 black & white icons for $18 OR 2 full color icons for $20.  The deadline to order is March 21.  You can get details at or place your order at


    If you love the Royals and the Red and White Brigade, you can see both in action.  On Wednesday June 12th the Red and White Brigade will be performing the National Anthem as the Royals take on the Detroit Tigers. The band is selling tickets for the game as a fundraiser.  For $12 a ticket you can have a seat in section 107 or for $25 you can have a seat in section 211 (both are on the third base side).  If you would like to order tickets, please email Erica Gregory at


    Robotics heats up this week with the first competition the Heartland Regional competition at Olathe South high school. The Fort Osage team competes at the Greater Kansas City Regional at Rockhurst High School (March 21 -23).and we know that not everyone can come watch. The event is live streamed at If you tweet or Facebook, post to the team Team 5801 CTC Inspire​ and wish them good luck! 


     The Fort Osage Volleyball team will be hosting their 6th Annual Youth Volleyball clinics this spring.  The clinics are open to boys and girls in grades K-7.  These clinics are for youth volleyball players, or for those interested in learning more about the game.  For complete details, or to sign up, visit  


    Do you need to replace a bed in your home?  Now is the time!  The Fort Osage Band Program is hosting a one day Mattress Sale at Fort Osage High on Saturday, April 13th from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  There will be 28 floor models on display for you to try from name brand companies like Simmons Beautyrest. All beds are brand new, available in all sizes, and come with factory warranties!  There will also be pillows, mattress protectors, frames and even adjustable bases available as well! Best of all, prices are less than retail stores!  Mention this announcement and receive free delivery with any mattress purchase!


    Calling the members of the class of 2019!  Want to help make Project Grad special?  Help design the tshirt and if your design is selected you can attend Project Grad for free.  You can look at complete details at  


    The second Fire Prairie Beginning Band Parent Meeting & Sign-Up Night at Fire Prairie is Tuesday, 4/4 at 7:00 PM at FPUE.  Students do not need to be in attendance.  For more information about joining the Band visit


    NAHS is ready to assist with your Spring Cleaning.  We are collecting shoes to donate to developing countries through a non-profit organization.  Shoes can be all styles, all sizes must be wearable with no holes.  If we can meet our goal of 100 bags, the non-profit organization will assist us with cost of printing Fort Osage t-shirts for all of next years rising Freshman Class.  NAHS focus is Better Together.  Creating unified t-shirts for all the Freshman students entering high school this fall is a way for the Class of 2023 feel a part of something bigger, connected, and welcome to FOHS.  You can drop off shoes in the Fort Osage High School art room or at the Fort Osage High School office.  To learn more, visit


    Fort Osage Adult Education is springing forward with a great April line up of classes! Come check out Say Cheese: Better Smartphone Photography to learn how to use your phone's camera to take professional looking photos! Our Essential Oils Make & Take is going to make some great daily use items using essential oils, call soon only a few spaces left in this one! The next cooking class with Tuscono's own John Stewart is Easter Dinner. Come learn to cook delicious side dishes, salad and desserts to go with Easter dinner or any celebration meal! April rounds out with Container Gardening and The Joy of Outdoor Cooking! For more information or to enroll online visit or call 816-650-7183. 
    Fort Osage Project Graduation invites you to take part in Egg My Yard.  For $10 a dozen, Project Grad will hid candy filled eggs in your front yard on April 20th.  A note from the Easter bunny will be left on the front door letting the recipient know how many eggs to gather.  To sign up or for more information visit  

     The Elm Grove Chess Team will be at Winnetonka High School on April 6th in the multi school district chess tournament.  Good luck to all those participating.  


    Join us on Monday, April 8, 2019, for the Annual FOHS Job Olympics Culver’s fundraising event from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at the Independence Culver’s location. Money raised is used to pay for our students to participate in the Annual Eastern Jackson County Job Olympics Competition on April 5th, 2019. Job Olympics provides our students an opportunity to show off their talents and job skills as they compete in job tasks and interviews. It provides an excellent opportunity for our students to show off their abilities and it can lead directly to gainful employment when managers become aware of the talents of our students.  Fort Osage students will be participating against students from Independence, Grain Valley, Blue Springs, and Raytown school districts. If you have any questions, please call or email Kristin Moore at, 816-650-7754.  We are very excited for this fundraising opportunity and would greatly appreciate your support! Thank you!


    Fort Osage seniors and parents it is time to sign up for Project Grad that will take place on May 10 from 9:45 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. on May 11.  Only those who sign up on the dates offered will be able to attend.  Sign ups will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. from April 8 to April 12th.  There will be one last opportunity on Saturday, April 13 from 12:00-2:00 p.m.  For complete details on cost and locations, visit



    KFOI Sports, a division of Fort Osage High School Broadcasting, will bring live coverage of the following Fort Osage High School 2019 Spring Sporting events (printable poster attached) on the NFHS Network:


    *Friday, March 22 – Baseball @ Willard v Lebanon, 5 p.m.

    *Friday, March 22 – Baseball @ Willard v Kickapoo, 7:30 p.m.

    *Saturday, March 23 – Baseball @ Willard v Willard, 9:30 a.m.

    *Saturday, March 23 – Baseball @ Willard v Grove (OK) 12 p.m.

    Friday, March 29 – Baseball v Oak Park, 4 p.m.

    Saturday, March 30 – Baseball Fort v Truman, 9 a.m., Truman v Van Horn 11 a.m., Fort v Van Horn 1 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 3 – Baseball v NKC, 4 p.m.

    Thursday, April 4 – Girls Soccer v NKC, 6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 10 – Track Invite, 4 p.m.

    Friday, April 12 – Baseball v Wm Chrisman, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 17 – Track City Championships, 4 p.m.

    Friday, April 26 – Baseball v Ruskin, 4 p.m.

    Thursday, May 2 – Girls Soccer v Wm Chrisman, 6:30 p.m.

    Friday, May 3 – Baseball v Belton, 4 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 7 – Girls Soccer v Belton, 6:30 p.m.

     Wednesday, May 8 – Baseball v Kearney, 4 p.m.



    Around Town 

    The Fort Osage Fire Protection District is offering free carbon monoxide detectors.  You can pick them up at District Station #1 (400 E. Monroe Buckner, MO) or call 816-650-5811 with any questions.  
    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting Storytime with families every Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Come share the early literacy experience with the whole family. Hear stories, sing songs, join in movement activities, and more. Bring the whole family, and make some great family memories at the Library! Designed for families of all ages. 
    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 Fort Osage Fire Protection District is offering quarterly hands-only CPR classes for members of the community.  Courses begin at 10:00 a.m. at Station #1 (400 E. Monroe Buckner, MO).  Dates are April 6, July 20, and October 12.  For questions or to register, call 816-650-5811.  
      The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library hosts play and learn time every Monday at 4:00 p.m.  Enjoy a special preschool playtime that is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. We offer stimulating and fun activities as well as an opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. The open playtime allows you to come and go as your schedule permits. 


    Jessica (Lutjen) Berry, Fort Osage class of 2006 is now in the real estate game and looking to help Fort Family members.  If you are looking to buy or sell a home, visit


     Comprehensive Mental Health Services is hosting a 5K on April 6, 2019 at the Truman Sports Complex.  Proceeds go to support the community, bring awareness, and keep the conversation going about suicide prevention and education.  There is a fun run for kids that day as well.  For complete details visit

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    Tis the season to show love and support for youth baseball! KC Reds 14u competitive baseball team is hosting a poker tournament April 6th at Sidepockets in Blue Springs, MO from 5:00-10:00 p.m. There is an early buy-in for $20 and buy-in the day of will be $25. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. There will also be a silent auction with some sports memorabilia (authenticity certificate included) as well as a 50/50 raffle. The address for Sidepockets is 1237 SW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO 64014. For early buy-in tickets call or text Michaela at (816)506-3984 or Shannon at (816) 401-7311.

    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.


    For Sale

    Nice seven-foot pool table.  Asking $500 and includes table, sticks, bridge, full set of pool balls, table/stick rack, chalk, powder block, 8-ball rack and 9-ball rack.  Made by Fischer and one-piece slate with no ball return.  Easy to set up.  For more details contact Jeff Ford at  To see a photo visit


    Just For Staff

      Jeans Days 2018-2019 to support Fort Osage students.  Your $5 donation helps to support groups, activities, and schools at Fort Osage all year long!

    April 16, 2019-benefits CTC Skills USA
    May 1, 2019-benefits Fort Osage National Honor Society


    On April 6th, Comprehensive Mental Health is sponsoring a 5K run/walk for suicide awareness and prevention.  Several Fort Osage High School students in the YAC, HOSA, and NHS groups will be volunteering time to help with the event. Now to find some Indian participants.  :) If any staff might be interested in putting together a team of four and entering, contact Patti Horner at  Complete details on the run can be found at


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