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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         



    Congratulations to Fort Osage High School student Bobby Rose earned 5th place in International Extemporaneous speaking at the Speech and Debate District competition and is a national qualifier to the NSDA tournament in June.  

    Congratulations to Fort Osage High School student Keegan Maples who has been selected to compete in Dramatic Performance in the NCFL Grand National Tournament in late May.  

    Congratulations to the Fort Osage High School Wind Ensemble who received an Exemplary rating and the Fort Osage High School Symphonic Band who received an Outstanding rating at the Instrumental State Music Festival.  

    Congratulations to Aliyah Ayala who was recognized as the KMBC 9 Athlete of the Week for her soccer career.  

    Around the District  

    The last day of school is Tuesday, June 1st.   

    If you are unable to attend the graduation for the class of 2021 you can stream it live at  

     The Fort Osage Education Foundation will be hosting their annual Golf Tournament on June 7 at Winterstone Golf Course.  Register today online at  Sponsorships are also available.  For registration details visit  Sponsorship details can be found at

      The Fort Osage Athletic Booster Club will be hosting their annual 11th Golf Tournament on August 6, 2021 at Winterstone Golf Course.  Save the date and look for more information coming soon!
    Fort Osage will hold a number of Summer Sports Camps coming up.  For complete information visit   
     The Fort Osage High School theatre department is collecting clothing, coats, bedding and linens to give to the disabled veterans. They will earn $.15 a pound. So clean out those closets, bag up your unwanted items and bring them to school by Thursday, May 13th. The group will deliver them to the DAV. Thank you for your continued support. 
    The Fort Osage Career and Technology Center is accepting applications for a Cybersecurity/Networking instructor beginning in August 2021. The Cybersecurity Networking teacher will perform duties related to student success by utilizing classroom and laboratory instruction, industry certification preparation, work-based learning, internships and Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s). Instruction and curriculum are utilized through the Cisco Networking Academy Network and other curriculum resources/initiatives. You can learn more about this position at
    The Fort Osage High School soccer program is hosting a youth soccer camp June 21-24 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for boys and girls in grades K-5.  You can learn more at
    The Fort Osage High School soccer program is hosting a camp to help girls in grades 6-12 develop technical and tactical soccer skills.  The camp is June 21-24 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and July 6-9 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  Learn more at
    Join in the celebration for Trudy Dowhower's retirement on Thursday, May 27 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Woodland Early Childhood Center.  
    By order of the President of the United States, effective immediately, May 9 through May 15, 2021 is now declared Police Week, with May 15 being Peace Officers Memorial Day. The United States flag at all state and government offices and all public buildings will be flown at half-staff on May 15 in honor of Peace Officers Day.

    Around Town  

    Free Food Boxes are available on May 16 and May 23 at the Independence Athletic Complex located at 17800 Salisbury Rd.  You can learn more on Facebook at

    Fort Osage Youth League (FOYL) is looking for 2 Volleyball Coordinators (Volunteers) to join our Non-Profit group to be responsible for the administration and coordination of our Volleyball program. If you have spare time that you'd like to donate to the kids, have great knowledge and passion for the sport, then we NEED you! Please contact Nichole Parker as soon as possible, as our season will be underway in no time! Email: or Cell: 816-616-9658.

    The 10th Annual IAFF Good & Welfare Annual Golf Tournament is just around the corner and teams are filling up.  Join the fun at Winterstone Golf Course on Saturday, June 5th.  For more information or to register, visit

    The Buckner Festival Committee is holding a Community Scavenger Hunt on May 22 at Heisler-Burns Park.  The hunt is open to all ages.  There is a $15 entry fee and prizes and giveaways will be awarded.  For complete details visit  

    MCPL branches are open for independent browsing and checkout. Also, you may pick up available holds inside the branches. Please check the Library's website for current services and hours.
    Henrich U. S. Taekwondo offers Martial Arts for Children, Teens, and Adults.  Call  816-257-0001 to learn about the Spring Special : $99.00/Free uniform, private lesson, 6 weeks of lessons.  Discipline-Respect-Confidence Classes instructed by Fort Osage graduate, Master Paul Henrich. find us at
     Thrive Nutrition, a brand new Herbalife Shake/Tea shop opened in Buckner.  Check them out at or stop by 326 S. Hudson St.  
    Fresh, local and raw honey available. Mr. T's Bees is locally owned by Mr. Terhune, who teaches at the high school. Please visit for a complete price list.  Wax is also available.  If you have a business that would like to stock honey, please contact Mr. Terhune at 816-261-4684. 
    Are you searching for programs and activities for your child for when they aren’t in school? This Activity Guide is a free online resource to help you discover local and affordable summer and after-school learning opportunities in Kansas City, MO.  This guide is launched with funding support from The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to promote out-of-school time learning with a focus on improving access for children and youth from under-resourced families.  You can learn more at
    Vance Brothers is looking for help this summer. Experience is preferred but not required. Background in Construction and/or Manufacturing is helpful. Degree – None! We will train. High School diploma or GED is preferred but not necessary. Full Time Position $17.00 - $18.00 an Hour depending on experience. Day shift Monday through Friday year-round. May through September alternating weekends (usually just ½ day on Saturdays).  Learn more at

    The Emergency Broadband Benefit to be offered soon through the FCC will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible families and households who are struggling to stay connected during the COVID19 pandemic. Eligible households can also receive a discount of up to $100 for the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Applications can be submitted beginning on May 12th.  Households can apply in three ways: Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process; Go to to apply online and to find participating providers near you; Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742.  To learn more about the program and see if you qualify, visit FCC - Broadband Benefit.


    COVID-19 Community Information

    The Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri is scheduling individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Buckner.  To register for an appointment visit  

    The City of Independence has multiple, upcoming vaccination clinics available for anyone that lives or works for Missouri.  It generally takes less than 30 minutes to receive your shot at our site, from waiting line to waiting after you received your shot.

    If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you can use the CDC vaccine finder at to find a location near your home or Fort Osage.   

    LINC is helping those interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine.  Call or text 816-256-5003 for an appointment.   

    The Jackson County Health Department has COVID-19 vaccine appointments available. All clinic opportunities on the community events calendar

    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.

    To schedule an in-home vaccination appointment, please call 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. Operators will take down your information and connect you with your local emergency medical services to schedule an in-home appointment.


    Fort Osage Alumni

    The Fort Osage High School Class of 1971 is holding their 50th Class Reunion on Saturday, September 18 from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Buckner Town Hall (32 S. Sibley St., Buckner, MO 64016).  Please RSVP with number of people attending on or to Steve Costigan at
    Did you miss getting a yearbook in high school? If you are searching for old yearbooks, feel free to email for availability and cost.


    Just for Staff

    Fort Osage teachers can apply for a $500 classroom grant from the Missouri Retired Teacher Foundation.  The applications are due June 30th.  You can get complete details at
    Have you checked out the Health Bites videos that are shared by our Wellness Coordinator? The latest Health Bites can be heard at
    Nicholas Erker, Fort Osage High School art teacher has been selected as the first solo artist in a series of art exhibitions in Independence co-sponsored by Community Services League and the Englewood Arts District.  The exhibition opens on June 10 at 7:00 p.m. and runs through August 12th at the BlendWell Community Cafe located at 10725 E. US 24 Highway in Independence.  You can learn more at

    Do you have friends, neighbors or family members who are K-12 teachers and need funding to bring their creative teaching programs to life?  If you do, invite them to apply for $140,000 in annual grant dollars available through the Voya Unsung Heroes® program.  Eligible educators with innovative ideas can get more information by visiting the Unsung Heroes website and submitting an application by June 1, 2021.