Spring sports are in full swing, flowers are beginning to bloom and Fort Osage School District is beginning spring break. Please enjoy time away from school recharging your battery and know you are appreciated. Thank you for making a positive impact at Fort Osage! I will look forward to seeing everyone return on April 2.
As we enter the last quarter of the school year it is a great chance to look back at recent student and staff successes. From academic competitions, to athletic events, to state award winners, to local fine arts contests, our students and staff members are shining stars. I am proud to be part of the Fort Osage School District. You can keep up to date on all our student's success in our weekly newsletter, on our social media accounts, or on our website. It is a great day to be a Fort Osage Indian!
Each spring the CEA runs our Teacher of the Year program to help recognize some of our outstanding teachers. The building winners prepare a portfolio and interview to become the District Teacher of the Year. I hope you will join us on April 12 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Central Office to recognize this year's building winners:
Sierra Jamis- Blue Hills
Joanne Lee- Buckner
Jessica Lewis - Cler-Mont
Colleen Simpson- Elm Grove
Kelsey Rowe- Indian Trails
Scott Tacke - Fire Frairie
Debra Fremouw- Osage Trail
Lisa Samson- Fort Osage High School
Tim Krickle- Career & Technology Center
Ten Fort Osage athletes traveled to St. Joseph this past weekend to participate in the Special Olympics Missouri State Indoor Games on March 16 and 17. The event was filled with several student athletes having fun competing in basketball and bowling. Congratulations to all who participated.
We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Operation Fort Pride event. On Saturday, April 21st students, staff, parents, and community members will come together to add pride to our schools. This year we will focus on Fort Osage High School and Blue Hills Elementary. We will be doing some outside landscaping and clean up. You can sign up to volunteer for Operation Fort Pride at https://goo.gl/forms/OCKa6VjHdk6kZK4Q2.
Stadium and Warehouse Freezer: The work for both projects has continued with a lot of concrete work being performed. Completion is scheduled for this summer.
Walking Trails and FPUE Playground: The work on the existing walking trails at Buckner, Blue Hills and the hard play area at the Fire Prairie playground will begin this spring.
Roof Tops: The bid for roof repairs at Fire Prairie, Blue Hills and the District Warehouse were approved at the February Board meeting. Work will be done this summer.
High School Breezeway: The bid was approved at the February Board meeting. Work will be done this summer and is scheduled to be completed before school begins next year.
Early Childhood Center: The footings have been poured and crews are working on storm water drainage and final grading. The project is on schedule.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the District's Health Screenings. If you were unable to attend you still have options to receive a wellness screening. Please see Laura Ford's March 20th email for details. Those who complete the health screening and take the Go365 Health Risk Assessment by April 1st will be entered into a drawing to win a Garmin VivoFit 3.
For those of you interested, a $20.00 gift card will be given away to one lucky winner for the FFA annual plant and vegetable sale. The sale takes place at the CTC green house (the North side of the CTC building) on Saturday, April 28. To enter send an email to email@example.com with "FFA" in the subject line. Entries will be accepted until 8:00 am on Monday, April 2.
Give away prizes are not purchased with District funds. Only Fort Osage employees are eligible to enter the drawing.
The District is receiving the Promising Practices in Professional Development Award from the Missouri Learning Forward organization this weekend at their annual conference. The award is being given as a result of the high quality professional learning going on all across the District. In the application, the PDC highlighted how activities including PD Cohort Groups, Literacy Labs and coordinated building and district PD efforts are leading to high levels of staff learning and positive impacts on student achievement. Fort Osage is truly a 'learning organization' from top to bottom, and this award recognizes the great work going on across the District to make this a reality. Here is a link to the video the district made to highlight our PD efforts for the recognition.