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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


    You are invited to come hear Dr. Jason Snodgrass, Superintendent of Schools, share information regarding the District's finances, academic performance, bond project updates, and more. Lunch will be provided. This event is made possible thanks to the Fort Osage Education Foundation. Please RSVP by January 11 by contacting Stephanie Smith at or 816-650-7019.  Seating is limited.  Can't join us in person? You can stream the event live at  


    The last day of school has changed due to snow days taken.  The last day of school is now Tuesday, May 21st.  May 17th will be a full day of school and May 21st will be an early release day.  Please keep in mind any additional days of school missed due to weather will again change the last day of school.  



    Cler-Mont Elementary PTO was awarded a $500 Excellence in Education award from Charlie's Car Wash.  


    Congratulations to Von Young and Ty Baker, Fort Osage High School seniors, who signed their letters of intent to play football at Missouri State.  You can watch the signing day ceremony at


    Around the District  

      Save the Date!  Fort Osage High School will be hosting a rising 9th grade parent night on February 6, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  This is an open house event for current 8th grade students and families to meet the 9th grade teachers, principal, counselor, coaches, and learn about the classes, sports, clubs, and activities at Fort Osage High School.  For more information visit


     On January 11 and 12 Fort Osage High School will host its annual invitational speech and debate tournament.  Adult volunteers are needed to judge the over 500 student competitors.  A judge orientation will be held and sample ballots will be provided.  Get more details at or to sign up to be a judge visit  Any Kohl's employees who might be interested/willing to helping, will also help our team earn a donation from Kohl's by volunteering for 3 hours of service at our tournament.  


    The Environmental Science class at Fort Osage High School is selling ties and bowties to raise money for projects around the school.  The ties are $15 and bowties are $20.  You can place your order by contacting Mr. Terhune at  You can see the tie design 1 at , tie design 2 at and you can see the bowtie design at


    Residents of the district who wish to serve one of the three-year terms on the Board of Education may file their candidacy at the Gragg Administrative office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday on the dates and times listed below: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 8:00 a.m. through Friday, December 21, 2018 Noon and Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. through Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m.  Candidates must be resident taxpayers of the district, must have resided in Missouri for one year preceding the election, and must be at least twenty-four years of age.  The three-year terms of Mrs. Sharon Dankenbring and Mr. Tim Brown expire in April 2019.  The annual election date will be Tuesday, April 2, 2019.  


    Fort Osage Adult Education is back and ready to help you reach your career goals or learn a new skill! This semester we are offering BOTH our Firefigher 1 & 2 and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) classes. We are also offering Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) to round out our certification courses. We are also offering MIG (wire) welding and TIG welding! Space is limited in these classes so go online today and enroll. You can find our full course offerings at or call 816-650-7183 or email  


    Fire Prairie PTO is having a Restaurant Fundraiser at Chipotle. When you eat at Chipotle(Independence) from 4-8 p.m. on January 22nd, you are helping out the PTO. Fire Prairie PTO will receive 33% of the sales that night. In-Store Purchases only. Make sure you show the flyer!  You can print the flyer at


    KFOI Sports will bring live coverage of the following Fort Osage High School 2018-19 Winter Sporting events:

    Jan. 11 – Boys Basketball v Ruskin, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 14 – Girls Basketball v Grain Valley, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 17 – Girls Basketball v NKC, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 7 – Girls Basketball v Chrisman 7 p.m.
    Feb. 8 – Boys Basketball v Chrisman, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 11 – Girls Basketball v Raytown, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 19 – Girls Basketball v Oak Park, 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 19 – Boys Basketball v Oak Park, 7 p.m.

    Post-season coverage of any sport is TBD based on location and arrangements with host schools.Please note that in the case of inclement weather broadcasts may be postponed or cancelled.  Fans, family and alumni unable to attend these events can watch them online or on mobile devices with an all access pass at schools/fort-osage-high- school-independence-mo.  Viewers can purchase a subscription to the NFHS Network by visiting subscribe/retail. You can also sign up for a free Basic Membership to access On Demand content. Live sporting events require a monthly pass (30 days) for $9.95 or a season pass (120 days) for $30. Viewers can also take advantage of Fort Osage’s exclusive offer of $49.95 for a yearly pass by clicking on the blue “Subscribe” button under the “Support This School” heading in the upper right corner of the web page. A portion of your purchase price goes back to the students of Fort Osage High School.



    Around Town

    The Rockin'B Mercantile is offering a 10% discount to students and staff with an ID throughout the month of January.  Stop by for some coffee, tea, smoothies, lunch, and baked goods.  
    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. 
      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. 

    Enrolling now! Henrich U. S. Taekwondo Self-Defense lessons can help improve your child's grades, focus, respect, confidence, and physical fitness. 6 weeks! $99.00.  Ages 3 to adult. Cardio Kickboxing $4/class.  Call 816-257-0001 to sign up or for more details visit


    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting Otaku Club on Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m.  Celebrate anime.  Teens.


    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting Wild Animals Make Bad Pets on Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m.  Join the Lakeside Nature Center staff for a lesson about behaviors that make wild animals less than perfect pets.  All ages are welcome and registration is required.


    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting Using Find My Past – Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m.  This beginner level class focuses on search tips as well as the types of records that are found in  Adults.  Registration is required.

    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting Read to a Pet on Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m.  Read to some very good listeners – Pet Partners registered therapy pets.  These special animals will be available for 10- minute reading sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence.  Space is limited, do registration is a must.  Call the branch for more information.


    January promotion for All Year Round Heating and Cooling LLC is now available (applys to full system installs only). At the end of the month all of our installation customers from the month will be put into a drawing. One lucky customer will receive back 50% of the money that they spent on the installation, no matter how much the installation cost, no questions asked.  Be sure to like and follow our page as we will be running similar promotions throughout the year!  Call now to schedule your free estimate 816-368-1362.  Financing is available.


    Alumni News 

    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.



    In Your Thoughts

    Bill Lieb's mother passed away January 4.  


    For Sale

    Beautiful registered black Labrador puppies will be ready for a forever home January 12. Puppies have had their first round of shots and dewormed. They are held daily and well socialized. Mom is a chocolate and dad is a yellow lab with hunting experience and farm raised. Both parents are great with children. Call Linda at 456-5207.


    P90x3 complete DVD workout set and guidebook for sale.  Retails for $100.  Asking $50.  Contact Stephanie Smith at 650-7019 or if you are interested.  


    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!

    February 13, 2019-benefits the Fort Osage Education Foundation
    March 7, 2019-benefits Indian Trails Student Lighthouse Team
    April 16, 2019-benefits CTC Skills USA
    May 1, 2019-benefits Fort Osage National Honor Society


     Did you know that Farmers Insurance offers a discount on home and auto insurance for all employees of the Fort Osage School District?  Do you know whether your homeowner or renter insurance policy covers your home and personal belongings with replacement cost value or actual cash value?  Margie Andrist would love the opportunity to ensure your insurance and financial needs are covered.  For more information, visit