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Newsletter 02/14/2019

Weekly Newsletter 02/14/2019
Hello Warrior Strong Families and Happy Valentine’s Day! This weather is going to drive us to attend school year round with the way we are going! I would love to skip spring all together and go right into summer at this point:) I know it seems strange with all of the snow days but we are almost at the mid-term. The actual date for the mid-point grading is February 28th and the end of quarter is March 21st. We cannot push that date back due to dates set by the state and the fact that we’ve started so late. Please help your student stay on top of their academics as this quarter has been a hodgepodge of snow days. Due to snow days, attendance is even more important this semester. Students who miss school are already more likely to not do as well in the classes they miss but with snow days added they are more at risk of falling behind. We hope that students are making healthy choices and getting enough rest so they have every opportunity to be at school and have success! Let’s hope the current forecast of snow this weekend isn’t too bad!
#WarriorSTRONG #StaySTRONG2ndSemester #NoMoreSnow.
Your Proud Principal,
Dr. Platt
Monday’s Matter
This is a good time to talk about Grit. Lately with the inconsistent schedule due to snow days, this is a perfect opportunity to fight through the tough times and tackle the tasks you don’t feel like doing. This video will challenge students to take on the tasks that are more challenging or difficult FIRST and to pay attention to what their self-talk is saying. Many times we avoid the tasks that are hard, scary or that challenge us. This will refocus our thinking on building GRIT! 
Here are the steps to the video:
Please visit the website Link.
Click on Login. Username: smithvillestaff Password: finishstrong2018
Scroll down to Season 5: Episode 14: Grit
Here are the critical thinking questions. 
Critical Issues
In this article it states that 3.6 million high school and middle school students are now using e-cigarettes/vapes. It saddens me that the tobacco industry is targeting our kids and it seems to be working. This article also stated that nicotine can be more addictive than cocaine, heroin or opiates and is one of the most addictive substances. Not to mention how it affects the developing brain of adolescents. Please talk to your kids about this issue and share the details. Many parents aren’t even aware of the students who are using vapes and e-cigarettes. It is NOT healthier than a regular cigarette and can even cause more harm.
Warrior Shout outs:
Coaches Schlimm and Gaiser are very proud of the team’s fourth place finish overall. The girl’s swim team swam their first blue division conference at Lee’s Summit Aquatic Center February 1st -2nd. 
Congratulations to the Smithville JV Scholar Bowl Team for taking Third Place in
the Savannah JV Quiz Bowl Tournament on Saturday, Feb 2nd. 
Girl's Wrestling wins Districts in their first season. The SHS Girls Wrestling Team captured the Class 1 District 4 Championship with 5 wrestlers qualifying for state!
Mrs. Small's AP World History students had a wonderful field trip last week to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. We studied the continuities and changes in art from Egyptians to the Renaissance period. We also analyzed a piece of Renaissance work and researched historical connections between the art and our classroom learning. 
Boy's Wrestling has 5 wrestlers who have qualified for state! Way to go! They will compete at the Missouri State Wrestling Championship next weekend in Columbia MO.
We had 12 Archers Shoot in the Warrior Shoot Out this weekend. Kierstin Beshears, Joey Engle, Laney Hancock, Siera Hind, Aidan Iorio, Delani Leary, Hailey Mueller, Rylen Messer, Conor Littleton, Eli Grusenmeyer. Raven Brown, & Pun did a great job representing us+
Congratulations to our Warrior Fest King and Queen:
Warrior Fest King: Cooper Barnes
Warrior Fest Queen: Laura Alexander
Also congratulations to the 2019-2020 Executive Board Team
President: Rylee Ambroson
Vice-Presidents: Molli Atkinson and Eastlyn Koons
Treasurer: Cody Curry
Secretary: Corinne Harwood
Communications Director: Rachel Maples
Spirit Director: Skylar Brooks
Historian: Delaney Odneal
At-Large Representative: Jaedra Hopkins
Change of Date!
The Son's of the American Legion Breakfast to benefit the Smithville FFA Chapter during National FFA Week, has been cancelled for Saturday February 17th, 2019 and rescheduled for the Saturday February 23rd, 2019. The location and times will remain the same 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
Buy A Senior Tribute for the 2018-2019 Yearbook!
We know you are so proud of your teen’s accomplishments. Tell them how great they are by purchasing a Senior tribute in the Smithville High School yearbook.
Use a tribute to congratulate your graduating Senior or even acknowledge a special academic or athletic achievement during the school year. An ad in the yearbook allows you to recognize your Warrior with photos and words. While the yearbook lets your student remember all the special people and events from
the school year, the personal touch of an ad will make the book that much more special for them.
Senior tributes are available in a variety of sizes and prices. Tributes are easy to order through
If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact the yearbook staff at
Danielle Martin
Adviser, Smithville Media Network
Spring Sports are coming!
Please remember to have your sports physical turned in and your online Privit completed.
No School-
Friday, February 15th.
Teacher Meetings
Prom season will be here shortly. Our 2019 Prom & After Prom locations have been picked!
Date: May 4th, 2019
PROM will be at: The View at Briarcliff
AFTER PROM will be at: Main Event 8081 NW Roanridge Road, KC,MO
We are working on many Fundraisers... to help offset the cost of our students attending Main Event. Please help out! 
Clothing Collection and Bake Sale to help support After Prom. 
We are collecting gently used items on Saturday March 16th, from 9am to noon at the Smithville High School parking lot. Please place donated cloth items in garbage bags and other household items in cardboard boxes.
We also have discount cards for Purchases or Rentals from Tip-Top-Tux in Zona Rosa. 
Print this out and bring into the store with you..
We are currently fundraiser with ShopWithScrip -you shop and SHS After Prom receives a percentage from the money spent through this web site. If you haven’t signed up…NOW is the time. ScriptNow cards (E-Cards) are a fast and easy and they are available to use right now from your cell phone. That means you can use them for everyday shopping at Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target & many other stores. Not all stores have e-cards but most do otherwise you can order plastic gift cards and they will ship them to us monthly. The After Prom Committee receives them we will bring them to you.
Enrollment number: 194242FC61362
SHARE this with your family and friends! All donations will support SHS 2019 AFTER PROM event and prizes for our students. 
We really appreciate all your support!
Student Fees
Please check your student's Power School account and pay outstanding fees thru the online RevTrak system as soon as possible. Fees were not collected at the beginning of the year due to online registration. Second semester fees for new classes will be added the week of February 11th
After Prom T-shirt Design Contest for High School Students
There will be a t-shirt design contest and an award for the winner with a prize. Designs must be submitted by February 19 on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper, sent by email. 
Students will be going to Main Event this year. Designs can have any of the following themes (or create your own): “Get your glow on”, “Light up the night”, “Let’s glow crazy”, or “Playing the Night Away”.
If you have any questions you may contact Mary Foster or Erica Cutler-Deen by email.
Send ideas to:
Mary Foster:
Erica Cutler-Deen:
Random Student Drug Testing Public Forum
We Want Your Feedback!
An exploratory committee comprised of various individuals including coaches, parents, community members, school staff, healthcare providers, member of local resource agencies, district administration, and a lawyer have been meeting monthly to research current policy and practice related to random student drug testing.
A public forum will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria. The forum will include an informational session and structured small group discussion. Please register if you plan to attend to ensure appropriate space and resources are available.
The feedback collected during the forum will be considered when preparing a recommendation for the Board of Education.
Upcoming Events:
February 15- NO SCHOOL
February 18 - Inclement Weather Make-up Day, school will be in session
February 25: Start of Track and Field
February 25: Girls Soccer practice/tryouts begin
February 28- March 2nd-Smithville High School Theatre Presents "Leaving Iowa"
Laura Edwards - Administrative Assistant
Smithville High School
816.532.0405 Fax 816.532.4193
645 S Commercial, Smithville, MO 64089