Virtual Backpack

  • 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        

    Around the District   
    What better way to commemorate your Fort Osage High School senior than to purchase a dedication in the yearbook.  Parents, relatives, and/or friends may purchase a senior dedication that will appear in the special section of the Indian Legends Yearbook.  The deadline is October 31, 2022.  For complete details visit    
    It is time to start preparing for the 3rd Annual Fort Osage Basketball Open on October 29 at Winterstone Golf Course.  Complete details can be found at
    Fort Osage is hiring positions on both our classified and certificated staff. You can learn about all the open positions on our website at
    Wanted Crafters/Vendors for the 7th Annual Project Grad Fall Vendor Event on Saturday, October 28th! Limited space still available! Booth Space is only $50. If you have questions please contact Laura Krevitz at To get registered please click
    Fort Osage High School will have picture retakes on October 13 in room 304.  Grades 9-11 will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  Seniors will be 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  After this date and time, there is no other way for anyone to get their photo included in the yearbook.  
    The October issue of the Fort Osage High School Scholarship Bulletin is posted at
    Around Town

    Registration is now open for Fort Osage Youth League basketball for ages K-7th boys and girls. To register please go to to signup. Thank you.

     Enviro-Duct Air Duct Cleaning LLC is offering 10% OFF Duct Cleaning for Fort Residents. Call or Text 816-719-1538 or email

    As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the President and Congress created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households up to $30/month (or $75/month for households living on Tribal lands) toward their internet bills, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price school meals under the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, within the last 12 months, including children who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, are eligible for ACP benefits. Families can check their eligibility, sign up, and find fully covered plans at (mobile-accessible and available in Spanish) or by calling 877-384-2575.

    Girl Scouts is the place to make new friends and a new troop is forming for kindergarten students.  For more information on how you can get involved visit

    West iNd Connection is hosting an Animal Allies Community Walk and Fall Market on October 22 from Englewood to the Liberty Lounge on the Indep Square. They are currently looking for vendors if you have items to sell (crafts, small business, etc.). There are lots of fun activities for kids (check out the Wiggles & Wags Family Fun Pack), a family fun zone, and an over 21 area too!  If you are interested in checking it out or applying to be a vendor, click this link.  If interested in attending, this is a free event.


    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.

    The Fort Osage Alumni Veteran's Salute is taking place on Friday, November 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Osage High School.  Please RSVP to Stephanie Smith at if you are able to attend.  
    Just for Staff
    Fort Osage staff received a discount on Friends of the Zoo Memberships.  Contact Stephanie Smith for full details. 
    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. If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Tickets at Work purchases, email by October 1.  
    Yard deSIGNS Blue Springs is offering staff $20 off any yard signs at checkout on their website at  Please email to get the code required for the discount.   
    Fort Osage Staff who would like to join Sam's Club can receive a coupon for money off your first purchase.  Please email for the offer.