Cassville R-IV is excited to welcome Se Hun Park, Mercy Athletic Trainer. Through a partnership with the district and Mercy, Park will provide full-time sports medicine services to Cassville athletes, including injury prevention, medical evaluations and recovery.
Depending on the hierarchy of coverage, Park will attend both practices and competitions in order to assist student athletes with medical needs that may arise. In the spring, he completed his masters degree in Athletic Training from Missouri State University.
While Park began his career at the University of Tennessee assisting with the lady volunteers rowing team, he recently completed his graduate work assisting the athletic trainer at both the Ozark School District and Glendale High School in Springfield. Welcome Se Hun! We are excited to welcome you to Cassville!
Mercy Cassville School-Based Clinic to Open September 5
In partnership with the Mercy, Cassville Clinic, the Cassville R-IV School district will offer an onsite open health clinic for students, staff and families Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. The clinic will be located in the main health services and nursing office location within Eunice Thomas Elementary and may be accessed by using the circle drive entrance next to the Eunice Thomas Elementary and Middle School cafeteria.
Longtime Mercy nurse practitioner Amanda Winfrey will see patients for a variety of reasons. These services will include such things as sports physicals, sore throats, urinary tract infections, bug bites and more.
“The school based clinic has been an idea we have been exploring for the last couple of years,” said Winfrey. “I am beyond excited Mercy and the school have made this dream a reality and I have been chosen to provide this service to the students, faculty and families!”
The school based clinic will open on Tuesday, September 5. An appointment is not needed, however, parents/guardians will be contacted prior to a student being treated.
The outreach clinic is not a free service and the patient's insurance will be charged according to the insurance plan they have in place and all copay requirements will apply.
Cassville R-IV School District Superintendent, Dr. Richard Asbill said having a health clinic onsite for students, staff and families will provide a convenient alternative for non-emergency healthcare needs.
“Our number one focus is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. The fact is, if you are not feeling well, it is hard to make learning a priority in the classroom,” said Asbill. “The onsite clinic is a team effort between Cassville R-IV and Mercy and we are excited to make this a reality for our district. We believe the clinic will ensure our school family has access to quality healthcare in a timely manner, allowing them to focus on learning and providing a quality education.”
The Mercy outreach clinic will be offered in addition to the DirectConnect Telemedicine service that is currently available for students and staff at Cassville Schools through a collaboration effort with Cox Health. DirectConnect is an alternative way to receive basic care for simple medical conditions via live, secure video consultations with a licensed nurse practitioner.
Kinder Academy program to begin during 2017-18 school year
Cassville R-IV School District is committed to early childhood education and has added a new program at Eunice Thomas Elementary that will begin during the 2017-18 school year. Kinder Academy is a transitional kindergarten class that will serve as the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for some of Cassville’s youngest wildcats.
After spending over two years researching and studying similar programs in both the Branson and Bolivar areas, Cassville Schools will be the first school in the Big 8 Conference to offer this service to its students.
“This is an important decision that will drive our educational goals now and into the future,” states Dr. Richard Asbill, Cassville R-IV Schools Superintendent. “After evaluating other local programs and evaluating the data, student needs, and community benefits carefully, the Board of Education, administration, and our faculty feel this will be a beneficial service for our youngest learners, allowing them the proper time to learn, grow and develop, ultimately leading to a successful educational path.”
The full-day course will offer both breakfast and lunch to students. Students will also expand their education outside of the traditional classroom by participating in daily special class curriculum such as music, art, library, technology and physical education.
Kinder Academy will accommodate 15 students and has reached capacity for the 2017-18 school year. Students were selected for the program after completing a screening process. The District’s hope will be growth and expansion as the program goals are met.
“According to Missouri state law, at five years of age a child must be properly placed within a classroom,” said Mrs. Catherine Weaver, Eunice Thomas Elementary Principal. “In the past, this law has created somewhat of a challenge for many families in our community. However, students in Kinder Academy will be gifted with an extra year for developing not only academic skills, but fine and gross motor skill development, social awareness skills, core strength and socio/emotional skill development.”
Kinder Academy’s curriculum will be aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards between pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.
The course will be taught by Mrs. Michelle Ramaeker. Ramaeker has over 14 years of experience in education and ten years’ experience teaching kindergarten at Cassville Primary.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to play a role in the success of our students in the new Kinder Academy program,” said Ramaeker. “I am looking forward to greeting my students the first day of school. It is a privilege to teach this course and I can’t wait to get started!”
“Michelle has a unique skill set that we know our Kinder Academy students will benefit from,” said Weaver. “We believe she is the right fit to lead this class.”
“While this school year is the inaugural year for this program,” stated Dr. Asbill, “we look forward to many years of success within Kinder Academy and at Eunice Thomas Elementary. We are committed to providing the best possible learning environment for our students and believe this is a step in the right direction."
July 2017 – Cassville FCCLA members joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members, and advisers at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, July 2nd-6th to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC). The conference provided students opportunities for listening to inspiring speakers, attending learning sessions, competing on the national level, and networking with other leaders. The theme of this year’s conference was “Unlimited Possibilities,” which inspired attendees to discover the unlimited possibilities within their reach while exploring career opportunities, developing leadership skills, and growing personally while making difference in their families and communities.
Coleman Hoppes was one of two Missouri candidates for National Office. He went through interviews with various committees and voting delegates, participated in networking sessions with business and industry partners, and addressed the delegation with a prepared speech. Coleman made it into the top 20 candidates, but unfortunatley was not chosen to serve as one of the ten national officers.
Kaylyn Bryant, Collin Pearman and Britney Nowak competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. Kaylyn and Collin received a gold medal in the event Digital Stories for Change. For this event they created a youtube video focused on highlighting the importance of making good financial decisions as a teen and promoting the FCCLA Financial Fitness program. Britney Nowak recieved a gold medal in the event Teach and Train. For this event Britney shadowed an elementary teacher. She researched the career of elementary teacher and went on to use her skills from the Teach and Train class at CHS to plan and teach a lesson to 3rd grade students. FCCLA STAR events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills. These students were among 4,200 STAR Event competitors in Nashville.
Students were accompanied by Cassville FCCLA Adviser, Samantha Cosper. The Cassville FCCLA chapter would like to send out a special thank you to the Cassville R-IV school, McDonalds, Starchman Insurance, and Les Jacobs Ford for their help and assistance. They would also like to thank the many businesses and individuals who helped us raise funds for this trip by attending McFCCLA Night and purchasing from our lunch delivery fundraiser. This trip would not be possible without your support.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective career and technical student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 164,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, in addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.
Cassville Middle School Volleyball Camp was held July 11-14.
Front row: Bailey Messbarger, Dorene Garner, Landry Parnell, Tanlie West and Ava O'Gorak.