In partnership with the City of Cassville Police Department (CPD), the Cassville School District welcomes Officer Zack Thompson as the Cassville R-IV School Resource Officer(SRO).
As the SRO, Thompson’s primary goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of the student body along with promoting positive relationships between youth and law enforcement. He will spend time at all four campuses across the district, serving as a resource to students and faculty, patrolling parking lots and hallways, coordinating traffic control at the junction of Y Highway and Highway 37 and monitoring the cross-walk at the intersection of Main Street and 14th Street.
The SRO is also available to assist in the case of a medical emergency and will serve as security during sporting events that take place on campus.
“When the SRO position became available in the spring, Officer Thompson spent some time researching the job,” said City of Cassville Chief of Police Dana Kammerlohr. “He came to me and said he would love the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”
Thompson is a Cassville native and has worked with the CPD for nearly two years, however, he has been in law enforcement for almost three years. Before his employment at CPD, he worked for the City of Branson Police Department.
“Student and staff safety is a top priority and our partnership with the City of Cassville to support our safety goals is very important,” stated Dr. Richard Asbill, Cassville R-IV Superintendent. “We appreciate Officer Thompson and his efforts to keep our school safe and build relationships with our students.”
In addition to coordinating the DARE program for sixth grade students, Thompson will be involved in the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club at the high school and the Youth Advisory Board.
He will attend the Missouri School Resource Officer training in Jefferson City this October. The training is 40 hours and is provided by the Missouri Police Chief’s Association. Thompson also has plans to attend the DARE program training in September.
The SRO on duty is on campus Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and can be reached by calling Cassville High School at 417.847.3137.
“He seems to be a great fit for our students and school staff. He does a great job interacting and working with students of all ages,” said Kammehlor.
As we work to improve continued student safety morning student drop-off will be facilitated through the circle drive each morning beginning at 7:40. As with our afternoon pick-up, we will be using the four designated circle drive spots for parents to pull their cars into. School personnel will be present to open the car doors, greet students, and direct them into the building.
Parents are asked to be sure and give their morning hugs, kisses, and last minute directions prior to pulling into the circle drive. Parents will be remaining in their vehicles as school personnel receive the students. This will allow parents more efficient navigation through the circle drive and morning drop-off procedure.
Parents are still welcome to park in the parking lot if they wish to walk their students into the building. This will only affect those who are dropping their students off.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Primary School office at 847-2445.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)’s National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held June 30-July 4 in Anaheim, California. More than 8,700 participants from across the country gathered together to attend leadership and program trainings, hear national speakers, meet youth leaders from across the nation, participate in Competitive Events, and explore college and career options.
Over 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events at NLC. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Both youth and adults work together in managing the events and serving as evaluators of the participants. Students develop real world skills participating in STAR Events.
Events aim to support student development of knowledge and skills by enhancing the classroom experience and career pathway initiatives by equipping students with employable skills and industry insights needed to thrive in the 21st century. In order to advance to the national level in a STAR Event, members first compete at the district and state level. Ten Cassville FCCLA members were among those who advanced to national STAR Events competition.
Jordyn Stafford and Josie Guevara competed in Chapter Service Display and received a gold medal and 2nd place ranking in the event. Brody Barbee, Emilee Mann, and Lily Love competed in Chapter in Review Display and received a gold medal and 3rd place ranking in the event. Alyzea Meyers competed in Nutrition and Wellness and received a gold medal and 4th place ranking in the event. Dalia Phelps and Mary Hayse competed in Digital Stories for Change and received a gold medal and 6th place ranking in the event. Lexi Yockey and Samantha Sparkman competed in Focus on Children and received a silver medal in the event. In addition to the STAR Event competitors, Zac Acheson, Missouri FCCLA State Vice President of STAR Events attend the conference and completed his training to serve as a state officer this year.
The success of these students and the opportunity to travel to this conference was made possible through the generosity of local business donations, school funding and the community support of the organizations various fundraising activities.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national 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 over 175,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, 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. Our local Cassville FCCLA chapters has 155 members in grades 6-12. For more information you can contact Samantha Cosper, Cassville High School FCCLA Adviser or Ann Ellis, Cassville Middle School FCCLA Adviser.
I am very excited for this year’s Football Alumni Night. We would like to recognize players from 1980 through 1984 football seasons. (Graduating classes of 1981-1985) This year’s alumni night will be August 30th vs Aurora. That is week one this season. Thank You for being a part of what I hope is a great night.
The community of Cassville has embraced football and Wildcat Nation has become an amazing 12th man for us over the years. That support stems from the great alumni we have here in Cassville. Friday night is just a small way for us to show how much we appreciate the tradition that has come before us.
We will begin our Alumni festivities with Check in at the North end zone between 5:45-6:15. The North End Zone will be yours to watch the game and relive the old Glory Days. We will have food and drinks for you as well. During our Pregame warm-up you are more than welcome to come down on our sideline and get an up close look at this year’s team. Around 6:35 we would like to recognize you before the crowd.
If you are interested in participating in this years alumni night please RSVP by August 12th to firstname.lastname@example.org with the year you graduated, positions you played, and your jersey number. Thank You again for being a part of Friday night. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in person!
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