Students get their hands dirty in the school garden teaching younger generations about where their food comes from and then eat delicious, school-grown vegetables, giving students a true seed-to-fork experience that fosters a new appreciation for fresh vegetables.
Pictured, second grade students visited the Agricultural Education Greenhouse, located at Cassville High School (CHS), for plant science lessons with greenhouse high school students and FFA members. Second grade students, along with their high school mentors, planted carrots, corn, cucumbers and okra.
FFA members tended to the garden over the summer and harvested the vegetables. The vegetables were donated to community members. This past week the greenhouse class harvested the carrots planted last spring, totaling 32 pounds of carrots, from the school garden. The carrots were then donated to the CHS cafeteria staff to be used in our students daily meals.
CHS students also presented a composting bucket, payed for by a 2018 Cassville Community Foundation Grant received by the Career and Tech instructors. The composting buckets will be used by the cafeteria staff for a disposal container for the organic material leftovers while prepping the vegetables for cooking. The containers will be collected by greenhouse students and the organic materials will be composted throughout the year to create organic fertilizer that will be used on the school garden next spring. Cassville Community Foundation Grant funds provided allowed our Career & Technical Education department to collaborate between departments to take students on a field trip to learn about sustainable living. In addition it provided funds that were used to begin a composting program that allows our high school kitchen staff, food science and food and nutrition labs to recycle and reuse food scraps that would otherwise be thrown out.
Employees at Arning Companies are given the opportunity to "dress-down" on Fridays by contributing to the Casual Friday for Charity (CFFC) fund. Arning has chosen to donate money raised through the CFFC program to the Cassville R-IV Backpack Program.
The Bright Futures Backpack Program provides nonperishable food items to children in the district that may need food assistance over the weekend. Bright Futures, established at Cassville Schools in 2011, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing community members together to focus on the success of children.
Through the CFFC fund, Arning employees were able to gift the program $550.
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.
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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