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March 10, 2017

No School Days and Early Dismissal Days
March 10
Early Dismissal - 3rd Quarter Ends
March 20-24
No School - Spring Break
April 14
No School - Good Friday
May 24
Early Dismissal - Last Day of School
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Baseball Jamboree
  
Varsity Baseball Jamboree (Away) at Excelsior Springs High School today, March 10 starting at 4:00 p.m. 

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Tradition of Excellence
Our employees are dedicated, and go above and beyond to ensure we are successful here in the Smithville School District. This year, we launched an employee recognition program to recognize our employees for all that they do for our students, and for one another. 

Tradition of Excellence awards is presented to employees each month. Nominate an employee by completing the following nomination form here.
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Important Date Change to Senior Cap and Gown Delivery
The date for the delivery of Senior Cap and Gowns has been changed from March 9 to March 10 from 10:50 am to 1:00 pm during lunch. Please note this change and plan accordingly.
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Smithville High School Theatre Presents

The Smithville Theatre Company will perform John Bishop's Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 in the Performing Arts Center on March 9, 10, and 11 at 7:00 p.m. Musical in name only, the production is reminiscent of murder mystery spoof films like "Murder by Death" or "Clue."  Our story finds a group of actors, singers, and songwriters as the guests in the Von Grossenkneuten mansion in December of 1940. When the mansion is snowed in, what was supposed to an audition quickly turns into a murder fest for the Stage Door Slasher. While everyone is a suspect, the workings of a Nazi plot significantly raises the stakes.

The large cast of characters is definitely an oddball mixture.  There is a wealthy aristocrat with a love of intrigue, played by Abby Berger.  There is also an acerbic composer (Jake Wolfe); a pompous, name-dropping director (Trevor Jones);  and a lyricist with a perchance for drama, (Elizabeth Blackwell). There is also a butler from Brooklyn (Lucas Seloover), an airheaded Broadway producer who speaks "divoonly"(Katie Kaminski), a shifty Irishman (Alex Kratofil),  and a psychotic and humorless German maid (Stone Kobylski).   Rounding out the cast is the comic looking for his big break (Nevin Voth) and the sassy, smart Broadway dancer who falls for him (Angel Edwards).
 
**The play contains all the slapstick elements classic to the murder mystery spoof genre. The witty (or idiotic) banter is amusing; but the physical comedy is what will garner the heaviest laughs from the audience.  Though the piece is a comedy, it does contain adult humor and innuendo and is not suitable for small children.**  
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Smithville Band Boosters Trivia Night Throwdown

 When: Monday, March 13
Time: 7:00 p.m
Where: High School Cafeteria - Snacks will be provided!

Benefits Smithville Instrumental Music Program.

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We're bringing Mobile Mammography to YOU!

Mobile Mammography (3D) is going to be available on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29 from 7:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m at Smithville School District.  We would like to invite the community to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.  

Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

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Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Blood Drive

On Tuesday, April 4 from 8:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will host a Spring Blood Drive in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at the High School.

Registration will be held from March 27 through March 31, during the third block lunch shifts in the cafeteria.  For questions or concerns please contact Officer Claire Prindable at SRO@smithville.k12.mo.us.

A link is provided below for online registration convenience. Please note that Smithville High School is located on page 2 of the site selection platform.

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Seniors - Please Mark your Calendar
Your Class of 2017 group photograph is schedule for Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 a.m.   All graduates are eligible to be in this photo (including Early Grads).  Students that attended Smithville Schools from Kindergarten through Senior Year will have a second photo together.  
Please be on time.  You will pay for pictures at the time of the photo.  Order information will be in the office April 3.
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First Impact Safe Driving Presentation

First Impact Safe Driving Presentation
April 12, 2017
6:30-8:00 pm 
Performing Arts Center (PAC)
For parents of new drivers and new drivers themselves

First Impact is a traffic safety program that educates parents about Missouri's Graduated Driver License (GDL) law as well as provides them with the tools they need to monitor, coach and support their new teen driver.
 
Missouri GDL law is a three-step licensing system. The purpose is to ease teens into licensure so that they can build skill in an environment that minimizes those things that are shown to cause the greatest risk for new drivers.
 
Research confirms that GDL laws have been instrumental in reducing teen crashes by 20 to 40%.
Register online at  https://www.firstimpactmo.org/events
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Academic Letter Ceremony
Seniors receiving an academic award and their parents will be invited to attend a ceremony on Friday, April 21 at 7:10 a.m.  
Seniors not participating in this ceremony are not to be at school until 8:00 a.m on this morning to allow ample parking for our visitors.
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AP Testing Schedule is below

AP Psychology: Monday, May 1 @ noon
AP Spanish Language: Tuesday, May 2 @ 8:00
AP English Literature: Wednesday, May 3 @ 8:00
AP US Government: Thursday, May 4 @ 8:00
AP United States History: Friday, May 5 @ 8:00
AP Biology: Monday, May 8 @ 8:00
AP Physics C Mechanics: Monday, May 8 @ noon                       
AP Calculus AB/BC: Tuesday, May 9 @ 8:00
AP English Language: Wednesday, May 10 @ 8:00
AP Comparative Government: Thursday, May 11 @ 8:00
AP World History: Thursday, May 11 @ 8:00
AP European History: Friday, May 12 @ 8:00
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Missouri Association of Student Councils
Congratulations to the Varsity Scholar Bowl Team for placing 4th out of 16 area schools at the Maple Woods Scholar Bowl.  
Team members were:  Mike Warren, Andrew Crouse, Alexander Drake, Regan Fish, and Savannah Pate.  The team is coached by Mr. Shawn Logan.
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Missouri Association of Student Councils
We have three new additions to our growing list of Distinguished Student Leaders representing Smithville High School. 

This recognition is the culmination of four years of dedication to everything Student Council and to making a difference in the lives of their peers, school , and community.  

Congratulations to Eliza Baber, Sydney Durbin, and Nick Hartman.   

In the five years that the Missouri Association of Student Councils have offered this honor, we have now had 28 students meet the requirements of a pretty rigorous application process and review.  

These Distinguished Student Leaders will be honored this weekend at our State Convention in St. Louis.

Thanks, Mrs. Petra Williams
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Being Bullied? Do You Know Someone Who Is?
Many people who are bullied don't feel comfortable telling an adult at school what is happening.  They fear that the bully will retaliate; some are too ashamed to admit the truth, and others do not want to be a snitch.  
However, reporting bullying is one of the most important (and courageous!) things you can do to make bullying stop.
When you tell school officials about a bullying situation, not only do you help yourself, but you also help other students who are in need.  If you are not willing to talk to a teacher for yourself, try doing it for someone else.  Instead of "telling on" the bully, you might express concern for the person being targeted.  Despite what some may say about being a "snitch", alerting a teacher, counselor, or principal is not an act of cowardice; it is an act of bravery.

At Smithville High School, there are a few different ways to report bullying.  No matter which way you choose to report bullying, the important thing is that school officials are made aware of the problem so that something can be done about it. 
 
If you have been the target of bullying or have witnessed the bullying of a Smithville student, complete this form; it will automatically be submitted to Mr. Chris Heslinga. These reports can be made anonymously.  

Another way that you can report bullying is by talking with a teacher, counselor, or principal.  Once a report is made, a course of action will be decided.  Remember, after the first report, if the bullying has not stopped, it is very important to continue reporting the problem.
Nurse's Corner with Debbie

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an awareness campaign in March each year. The theme for the 2015 to 2017 campaign is: Not Alone. 

The Not Alone campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available.

Asthma Camp
2017 Camp Catch-Ya-Breath  June 16 - June 18, 2017

Camp Catch-Ya-Breath is a weekend camp that helps children age 7-13, learn about their asthma and how to control it.  Respiratory therapist, physicians and nurses teach children about asthma, avoiding triggers, how to take medications properly and how to follow an asthma action plan.  This fun-filled weekend is packed with activities such as swimming, nature hikes, and crafts... all under the guidance of qualified personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment.   
The objective of Camp Catch-Ya-Breath is to help children with asthma take control and live life to its fullest.  Through education and mentoring, camp staff provides children with the tools necessary to manage asthma symptoms.  Specially trained respiratory therapist physicians, and nurses provide medical supervision while also providing a fun environment for learning about asthma. 
Thank you!
Debbie Wilmes, RN
Nurse Coordinator
Smithville School District
Counseling Center News
General News:
Woods Chapel United Methodist Church will be hosting their 13th annual Prom Boutique from March 8-11. Over 3000 dresses to choose from including shoes and accessories. Check them out on facebook and Instagram for hours and directions: @WCCPromBoutique17.

Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak Street KCMO, will be hosting their annual Blessed Dress Prom Boutique on Friday, March 24 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All are welcome to shop for over 3000 free prom dress - sizes 0-24. Shoes, purses, and jewelry also available. Follow them on social media at #BlessedDressKC.

Kansas State University will be hosting their annual All-University Open House on Saturday, April 1. Learn about student organizations, living options, and all nine academic colleges. For more information or to rsvp, visit www.k-state.edu/openhouse/.
The I-35 Cattlemen's Association will be awarding two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors with an interest in agriculture. Applicants must live in Clay or Clinton counties. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 17.
The University of Kansas Air Force ROTC program will be hosting an open house on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00-12:00 at the KU Military Science Building. For more information or to RSVP, call 785-864-4676 or email: afrotc@ku.edu.

Scholarships:

The Missouri Bankers Foundation will be awarding seven $1000 scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors who plan to pursue banking and banking-related careers. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is March 10.
The Smithville R-II School District Foundation will be awarding several scholarships to SHS seniors. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is March 10.
Are you a female leader at SHS (grades 9-11) who is looking for an opportunity to expand your experiences in philanthropy, civic engagement, public service, team-building, and networking? The Women's Foundation of Kansas City is accepting applications for its Girls Leadership Program Class of 2017-2018. More information and online application is available at www.womens-foundation.org/girlsleadership. Deadline to apply is March 18.
Septagon Construction Company based in Sedalia, MO will be awarding one $500 scholarship to a senior who plans to pursue a construction, engineering, or architecture related degree. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is March 24.
The Mayor and Mrs. Charles D. Hitchborn Scholarship will award a $5000 scholarship (paid over 4 years) to one SHS senior who plans to major in Public Administration or Political Science and/or enter into a career of public service. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.  Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is March 29.
The Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas City will award several $2000 scholarships to high school seniors in the KC metro area who plan to pursue a degree in the automotive field. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and show evidence of community service or work experience during high school. Apply online at www.growyourgiving.org/scholarships/automobile-dealers-greater-kansas-city-scholarship by March 31.
The Missouri Courage Scholarship will award up to $15,000 to MO seniors though three awards: Rural Courage Award, Missouri Courage Award, & Trans Courage Award. Applicants must demonstrate their willingness to work for change in their community to advance the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, & Asexual (LGBTQIA) people and other groups who have historically faced discrimination. Apply online at courage-scholarship.org by March 31.
George Williams Shelter Insurance in Smithville will be awarding two $2000 scholarships to SHS seniors. Applicants must demonstrate participation in school and community activities. Application can be found on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is March 31.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at the University of Central Missouri will be awarding a $1000 High Scholastic Achievement Scholarship to an African-American high school senior. Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and plan to attend a 4-year university in the fall. This scholarship may be used at any university. Contact Jamie Braden at xtoscholarship2017@gmail.com for an application. Deadline to apply is March 31.

MCC-Maple Woods will be awarding the FIRST Robotics and Leadership Grant scholarships again this year. Applicants for the FIRST Robotics scholarship must have participated in SWAT. Applicants for the Leadership Grant must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, demonstrate leadership in school or the community, and must not be planning to use A+ funding. See your counselor for an application for these scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 1.

Are you a leader in the class of 2020? If so, you may be interested in attending the Missouri Chamber of Commerce's Leadership in Practice summer forum at Westminster College in Fulton, MO from June 25-28. Experience presentations by top business leaders, challenging simulations and activities, and lessons in global, economic, civic, and personal leadership. Cost is $250. Apply at http://mochamber.com/workforce/leadership-in-practice/ by April 1.
The Northwest Missouri Financial Women will be awarding two $500 scholarships to senior females who plan to obtain a business or finance degree. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 1.
The Smithville chapter of the Sons of The American Legion Squadron 58 will be awarding one $1000 scholarship to an SHS senior. Applicants must have a parent or grandparent who served in the military, and must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 1.

The Northwest Missouri Financial Women will be awarding two $500 scholarships to senior females who plan to obtain a business or finance degree. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 1.
The Platte Valley Bank STAR Scholarship will award one $1000 scholarship to a graduating senior at SHS. STAR stand for Students That Achieve Regardless, so students who have demonstrated an ability to "excel against adversity" are encouraged to apply. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 3.
Opaa! Food Management will again be awarding the $1000 Kenneth L. Short Memorial Scholarship to one graduating senior in Missouri who plans to pursue a career in the food service or hospitality industry. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 7.

The Bill K. Payne Scholarship will award $250 to one SHS senior. Applicants must be in the top 25% of the class, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate participation in extra-curricular activities. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 7.
The C.F. "Colonel" and Lou Kindred Scholarship will award either one $500 or two $250 scholarships to SHS seniors. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate participation in extra-curricular activities. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 7.
The Clay County Farm Bureau will be awarding one $500 scholarship to a high school senior. Applicants must live in Clay County and have a parent who has been a Clay County Farm Bureau member for at least 3 years. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 8.

The Clay County Farm Bureau will be awarding one $500 scholarship to one graduating senior. Applicants must be Clay County residents and parents must have been a member of the CCFB for at least 3 years. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 8.

The Smithville Masonic Lodge will be awarding the $500 Joe Q. Edwards Memorial Masonic Scholarship to one SHS senior. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and school/community involvement. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 14.

The Missouri branch of the American Legion will again be offering six different scholarships to high school seniors in MO. Most scholarships require applicant to be a descendant of a veteran and/or have attended Missouri Boys/Girls State. Applications are available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 20.

The Dr. Robert D. & Patricia J. Williams Scholarship will award up to four $500 scholarships to SHS seniors. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate participation in extra-curricular activities. Preference will be given to seniors who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout or the Girl Scout Gold Award. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 21.

The Smithville Lions Club will award two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors at SHS. Applicants must demonstrate community service and school activities. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 28.
The Smithville Rotary Club will be awarding three $1000 scholarships to SHS seniors. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and honors. Application is available on the high school website under counseling center scholarships. Deadline to apply is May 1.
Attention Sophomores: Are you a high achieving student interested in business and leadership? If so, you could be selected to attend the 2017 Missouri Leadership Seminar to be held June 9-11 at the University of Central Missouri. This seminar is free to selected students. See your counselor for more information.

Truman State University will again be hosting two summer programs: STAPH (Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health) and The Zombie Scholars Academy. Both programs will run from June 18-25. For more information, visit staph.truman.edu
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Smithville High School
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Smithville, MO 64089
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