Beth Love will take over as principal at Harrisonville’s McEowen Elementary School in July. She replaces Julie Dahlstrom, who resigned about a month ago.
Love now works in the Warsaw School District, where she is the principal at two elementary schools. She also is the current vice president of the Central Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals.
Love spent her first seven years teaching in the Cass-Midway School District beginning in 2004. While at Midway, she was elected to serve as a Select Teachers as Regional Resources (STARR) teacher in the Central Regional Professional Development Center.
Love earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Graceland University. She holds a master’s in elementary education administration from the University of Central Missouri and is pursuing a doctorate from the University of Missouri.
The Harrisonville school board accepted Dahlstrom’s resignation on Jan. 30, effective the following day. Phil Rogers, assistant principal at Harrisonville Elementary School, was appointed temporary administrator of McEowen, which serves fourth through sixth grades.
Dahlstrom explained her departure this way: “Upon much personal reflection, I have realized my path lies in a different direction.”
Belton aims to ZAP notion ‘zero’ grades are OK
When asked to complete an assignment, some students simply choose not to. So what if their grades suffer?
This academic year, the Belton Middle School/Freshman Center aimed to change that mindset by instituting a program that’s been used successfully elsewhere: ZAP, or Zeroes Aren’t Permitted.
The initiative was launched after the Belton School District’s character education team attended a conference last summer at which other Missouri educators discussed how ZAP had changed the attitudes of teachers, students and parents toward grading, assignment completion and accountability.
Assistant Principal Laura Westhusin and teacher Cody Newman introduced the program to staff early in the year. The faculty had noticed a trend of students who weren’t turning in assignments on time or at all, which meant their grades didn’t reflect all they had learned.
After reviewing variations of the program used in other districts, the staff developed a plan they thought would fit their school culture. Parents were notified and the initiative was rolled out in early November.
At the beginning of each week, parents receive an email with a list of their child’s missing assignments. Although that information is always available online, the staff thought a targeted message could have greater impact.
Students have 2 1/2 days to complete the missing assignments. If they don’t, they report to their advisory class on Wednesday afternoon to work for about 45 minutes.
Those who have turned in all assignments can spend time with friends in the Commons, see a movie in the Forum theater or play sports in the gymnasiums. If they’re really ambitious, they can work on current assignments.
If work is still missing on Thursday, students stay after school. The school also provides homework help every day after school, and there’s a bus home for students who need it.
Officials say they’ve seen positive results so far.
“Students are increasingly aware of the importance of turning in work on time and how it impacts their grades,” Westhusin said in a news release. “They are also having more conversations with teachers about their learning. We have noticed more of our parents involved helping their children take accountability. It has been a positive experience on student success.”
DECA students headed to state
Two more Cass County school districts have identified students who qualified for the state-level competition in DECA, an international organization that focuses on marketing, management and entrepreneurship.
Twenty-two students from Belton High School will go to state based on their performance during a recent regional competition: Tyler Farrow, Nicole Dreiling, Bryan Ashbaugh, Trenton Edwards, Camille Ankenbrand, Brett Wallen, Tanner Streiff, Tristin Whitman, Sarah Spencer, Dakota Robinson, Logan Ferrari, Savannah Truitt, Gabby Stoddard, Lizeth Reyes, Julissa Chavez, Jazmine Thomas, Ayden Woods, Samantha LeValley, Heather Reeves, Calista Shafer, Dylan Christensen and Josh Fyffe.
A number of Ray-Pec High School students also made it to state from their regional, including Kobe Bennett and Maddie Eshleman after a first-place finish in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations Research.
Second-place finishers for the Panthers were Baylor Dunham in Financial Consulting; Maddie Welty in Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling; Andrew Burdick in Entrepreneurship; and Nolan Harshbarger in Food Marketing.
Third-place finishers were Lexi Stevens and Christina Sytkowski in Hospitality Services Team Decision Making, and Kobe Bennett in Hotel and Lodging Management. Bennett will compete in a different event at state.
Finally, Ray-Pec’s other state qualifiers were Matthew Houston in Professional Selling, Kyon Woods in Entrepreneurship, Allie Trageser in Hotel and Lodging Management, Kristen Heard in Marketing Communications, Faith Covey in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and Connor Phillips in Sports and Entertainment Marketing.
Sign up by March 2 for Safe Sitter class
The Cass County Health Department is offering a Safe Sitter course for young teens — students in sixth through eighth grades — on March 10.
The class, which costs $35, will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 300 S. Main St. in Harrisonville. The registration deadline is March 2.
Parents should call 816-380-8429 to reserve a spot for their son, daughter or babysitter.
Drama performances March 13 at Harrisonville High
The Harrisonville High School drama department will host an Evening of One-Acts and Reader’s Theatre at 7 p.m. on March 13 in the school’s Performing Arts Center.
The Reader’s Theatre is “The Way It Is.” Cast members include Max Allen, Cody Jones, Peyton Holden, Jacob Allen, Noah Collins, Michael Schuhler, Kaley Caldwell, Rebekah Barlett, Danielle Lasure and Beth Ellsworth.
The one-act is “The Women of Lockerbie.” Cast members include John Coday, Camille Ginnings, Reese Gowler, Matthew Hasenyager, Adalain Howser, Chase Laizure, Skylar Lite, Hailey Mahoney, Colleen O’Reilly, Mackenzie Rasnic, Breezy Semler and Sierra Skinner.
There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Democrat