What might my future hold?
You’re never too young to think about what you’ll be when you grow up. But for kindergarten students in Harrisonville, it’s no mere mental exercise.
At a field trip to Cass Career Center on May 9, the kindergartners followed Career Center students on a tour through study areas that included the EMT, fire science, criminal justice/CSI, welding, automotive, marketing and construction technology programs.
The visitors tried on trade and technical uniforms and participated in activities.
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Belton chooses Teacher of the Year, other honorees
Elizabeth Hart, who teaches special education at Kentucky Trail Elementary School, is the Belton School District’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.
Hart, who has worked in the district for seven years, was honored at a year-end event along with three other award winners: Deanna Crowe-Charles, Cathy Cisetti and Josh Martinez. Also acknowledged were retiring employees and those reaching milestones in service with the district.
Fellow teacher Lisa Riley described Hart as “the epitome of great character and spreads it wherever she goes.”
“Her job is not always easy, but you would never know it because of her positive attitude and focus on the positives in life,” she said.
One parent said that with Hart as his teacher, her son is always eager for school.
“He comes home every day telling me about her and stuff he learned,” the parent wrote. “Ms. Hart has been amazing with our son by being so caring and patient with him and has opened his mind so much that we are all so impressed and astonished by his progress.”
About the other award winners:
▪ Martinez, a custodian at Belton Middle School/Freshman Center, won the Support Staff of the Year Award. He has been with the district four years.
One teacher said the school’s cleanliness has improved dramatically since Martinez arrived and “his positive attitude towards his job is unlike any other.” Another teacher said that when he receives requests, Martinez makes each of his colleagues feel like they are his top priority. She said he often arrives hours before the rest of the staff to make sure other staffers have what they need and the building looks its best.
▪ Crow-Charles, who teaches second grade at Gladden Elementary, was named Rookie of the Year.
She was described as a “highly effective first-year teacher” who connects with families through social media and adjusts her approach based on feedback from veteran colleagues. She was awarded a building grant to create a Collaborative Critical Thinking Library at Gladden.
▪ Cisetti, who teaches third grade at Gladden Elementary, won the GEM Award (Going the Extra Mile).
A nine-year district employee, Cisetti teaches at the same school she attended as a child. She was described as an instructional leader with a strong sense of mission, a love for her school and “a passion for teaching the whole child.”
Ray-Pec musicians earn gold at state contest
A number of Ray-Pec High School band and choir students earned the top rating late last month at the state music competition.
Instead of numbered ratings, students this year were given gold, silver or bronze medals for their performances. Those earning gold medals:
▪ Trombone quartet: Doug Adolphson, Blake Wagner, Dianna McGinn and Michael Staudinger.
▪ Trumpet solo: Zane Brown.
▪ Alto sax solo: Miles Goodwin.
▪ French horn solo: Luke VanDyne.
▪ Mallet solo: Tammy Yang.
▪ Multi percussion: Jacob Buerge.
▪ Bass clarinet solo: Mikaria Craig.
▪ Double quartet: Rebekah Scott, Song Waltz, Tayler B. Bates, Katie Clewell, Vito Brattin, Logan Daniels, Jacob Elliott and Jacob Joslyn.
▪ Senior trio: Sarah Scott, Song Waltz and Chely Stratton.
▪ Mixed quartet: James Kelley, Kylie Hansen, Chely Stratton and Robbie Keays.
▪ Vocal solos: Katie Clewell, Kylie Hansen, James Kelley, Sarah Scott and Song Waltz.
Harrisonville singers bring home gold
Harrisonville High School musicians traveled to the state music contest last month, and these students came back with gold medals.
▪ Vocal soloists: Rebekah Bartlett, Brianna Chiodini, Skylar Lite, Carolyn Schrock and Sierra Skinner.
▪ Women’s trio: Rebekah Bartlett, Sierra Skinner and Hannah Bartlett.
▪ Men’s trio: Peyton Holden, Alek Baker and Nick Austin.
Creekmoor principal leaving for Lee’s Summit
Students at Creekmoor Elementary School will be guided by a new principal next year because Jerrod Fellhauer is leaving to become principal at Underwood Elementary School in the Lee’s Summit School District.
Fellhauer had been principal for seven years at Creekmoor, which is in the Raymore-Peculiar district.
Farm becomes a learning laboratory for toddlers
Harrisonville Parents as Teachers concluded the 2017-18 year with a May 1 field trip to Moreland Dairy Farm.
Families could learn about farm life, feed the calves and explore the farm.
Parents as Teachers is open to all Harrisonville district families with children below school age. For information, visit the Harrisonville Parents as Teachers Facebook page or call 816-380-4421, ext. 2804.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to the Democrat