Sierra Lacy, Junior at Cassville High School, has been accepted into the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. Lacy will attend the academy this summer on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield.
The Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA) is a three-week summer residential program for highly motivated student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing and music.
The Academy offers an intensive schedule of classes in interdisciplinary and discipline-specific arts, and a wide range of co-curricular activities. MFAA is conducted with the support and cooperation of Missouri State University, and is funded through program fees, grants, endowments, scholarships, and private donations.
"Sierra shows such promise as an artist with a voice," said Teall Williams, CHS Art Teacher. "She is empathetic of her fellow humans and visionary in her art with a great supporting work ethic.”
Students who attend MFAA are automatically enrolled in IDS101/Interdisciplinary Seminar at Missouri State University at no additional cost, and receive three hours college credit upon successful completion of the MFAA program. This credit is generally transferable to any college or university program.
“It has been a pleasure to see Sierra grow as an artist this year,” said Williams. “I could not be more proud that she has been chosen for the honor of MFAA at Missouri State University for 2017!"
In an effort to increase student safety, Eunice Thomas Elementary will institute a new pick-up procedure beginning on Wednesday, March 29 for those students that are picked-up at the end of the school day.
Parents will no longer enter the building to pick up their students in the cafeteria. They will be asked to pull into one of four different pick-up zones in the circle drive outside of the Primary cafeteria door. Once a vehicle is stopped, staff will call for students to exit the building to load into their vehicle.
“Our number one priority at Eunice Thomas Elementary is student safety,” stated Mrs. Catherine Weaver, principal at Cassville Primary. “We believe our new pick-up method will not only provide a safe option for our students and staff, it will also be more convenient for parents. Parents will no longer be required to get in and out of their vehicles like we have done in the past. The new method will also drastically reduce the foot-traffic on crowded streets and intersections during such a busy time of day.”
Vehicles will form a single file line entering the circle drive that will run parallel to the front of the school building and down Kid Cat Drive (or 14th Street). After vehicles have lined-up along 14th Street, parents are encouraged to curve the line to run along Park Street.
Four vehicles at a time will be allowed to enter the loading zone and park in a designated loading space. Once all students are in their vehicles safely, all four vehicles will exit. Cars will not be permitted to exit until all four cars are loaded and ready to depart. All four cars will depart at the same time.
“Similar pick-up methods have worked well at our Intermediate School as well as during summer school,” said Weaver. “We believe this is the best and safest option for our students and staff. We know there will be a transitional period as we all adjust, but we are optimistic given a little time, it will be a better system for all of us.”
All parents that pick-up their child will be provided with a permit that must be displayed in the right hand front dashboard of their vehicle. The permit will serve as proof of permission for the driver to pick up that specific student. Individuals needing to pick up students who do not possess the pick up permit will need to park in the parking lot and obtain a temporary permit from primary office staff.
If parents are currently picking up an Intermediate student with your Primary student, parents should wait to get into line until 3:15 as Intermediate students arrive later to the Primary building.
If parents arrive before their Intermediate student arrives, the parent will be asked to circle around and re-enter the line again so that traffic flow may continue.
“We know this will take some getting-used to for all of us,” said Weaver. “We encourage our parents and community members to be patient with us as we make this transition. If we are all considerate and courteous of each other, this process will be much smoother for everyone.”
Mrs. Carolyn Bowen was selected by the Cassville R-IV music department staff as the recipient of the 2017 Music Advocacy Award.
The Music Advocacy award has been award annually for nearly 15 years to one individual in the Cassville community that is committed to the Cassville R-IV Music Department.
"Carolyn has been an instrumental figure in the success of our Arts programs at Cassville Schools," stated Mrs. Mary Richmiller, CHS Choral Director. "As a musician herself, she has participated in various choirs for over 60 years. Starting in high school here at CHS as well as in large group choir and various vocal ensembles and was the Majorette for the Drum Core."
Bowen has also participated in the First Baptist Church Choir and has served as the manager for the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce "The Show" for 25 years.
"She is personally committed to our Arts program's success and continuity, and without her help, guidance and participation we would not be able to do as much as we do for the students at Cassville," said Richmiller.
Bowen is also an elected member of the Cassville Board of Education.
Cassville FCCLA members Coleman Hoppes, Kaylyn Bryant, and Robert Elliott attended the Missouri Career and Technical Education Legislative Day in Jefferson City on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.
This day is designed for students to spend time at the State Capitol advocating for Career and Technical Education. Students bring projects that they've completed in their local programs to display in the rotunda.
In addition, they make appointments with their area legislatures to meet one-on-one to share their personal learning experiences and explain the impact Career and Technical Education has had on them in preparing for college and career. Our students met with Representative Scott Fitzpatrick and left materials for Senator Sater sharing their experiences from Family and Consumer Sciences and FCCLA: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Students were accompanied by Cassville FCCLA Adviser, Samantha Cosper. This trip was made possible by funding from Freedom Bank of Southwest Missouri.
The Cassville Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) attended the regional competition at Missouri Southern State University. TSA was established this year at CMS and is led by co-sponsors Mr. Jake Forste and Mr. Robbie Artherton.
Lexi Yockey placed third in prepared speech, Ryan Yang, Shaun Gorham and Kasen Holman placed third in video game design, Jaycie Ertel placed third in children’s stories, Quixote Gautney-Lopez placed third in forensic technology, Samantha Sparkman placed second in photography design and Zane Mebrouer placed first in technology essay.
TSA membership is open to any student enrolled in Project Lead the Way courses of Robotics, Design Models or Introduction to Computer Science, as well as the non-PLTW courses of Publications and Wood Tech.