We closed out the 2021-2022 school year on Thursday, May 19. It’s hard to believe this school year has already ended. I want to thank our students, staff, parents, and community members for an incredible year. On Sunday, May 22, 138 outstanding students earned their diploma from Cassville High School. Family and friends were fortunate to celebrate with these seniors on this exceptionally beautiful afternoon. Many people, most importantly our families and educators, have supported these students along their journey from preschool to graduation. Our graduates are leaving us prepared and ready to participate in a democracy, positively improve our community, and enter a career or extend their education. I hope they are also leaving Cassville R-IV Schools fulfilled, connected and thriving. Together (two campuses serving 1900 students) we have accomplished great things this year. Thank you to our families, the community, local business supporters, and many others who helped our schools and the district make so many gains.
If you have a student coming back to Cassville R-IV Schools in the fall, we will be working hard over the summer to prepare for a great 2022-2023 school year. We will be adding exciting new educational opportunities for students in all of our buildings. We anticipate many maintenance and safety upgrades to be completed to our buildings and grounds at all of our schools. We also will begin two extensive projects on our grounds this summer: 1) the elementary playground projects will be close to completion by the time school begins in August, and 2) the baseball/softball turf projects will begin in early July with a projected softball field completion in early September and a baseball field completion later in the winter. With construction and supply chain uncertainties, it is difficult to have definitive timelines with few guarantees on any projects, but we will remain optimistic this summer. We will keep you informed about project progress throughout the summer when significant milestones are achieved. Beyond these projects, our staff will also be preparing all buildings and classrooms, participating in trainings, and creating the conditions conducive for student success for the 2022-2023 school year. Building on this year’s positive accomplishments, we look forward to greeting your child on the first day of school on Tuesday, August 23. We additionally look forward to getting to know you better and partnering to ensure your child’s story, strengths, and needs are known and supported.
Over the summer months, district leadership will make contact with you and provide opportunities for families to engage and ask questions. This information will be communicated on our website and through social media. If you have not already, please connect with us via Facebook under “Cassville Public Schools” or Twitter under “CassvilleSchools”.
I hope you have the opportunity this summer to spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones. I will be doing the same and taking some time to rejuvenate this summer in preparation for next school year. It is a privilege to serve you, your children and this district. If you ever have questions, please contact me by phone at 417-847-2221 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Merlyn Johnson
Cassville R-IV Superintendent
Combined, the Cassville High School Class of 2022 was awarded $1,114,298. Our local community has generously provided $59,650 in scholarships to these students. The University amount earned was $1,054,648
Before leaving campus for summer break, the Cassville Community Teachers Association (CCTA) celebrated the end of the school year with their annual awards and recognition for wildcat staff. During the celebration, several staff members were recognized for their accomplishments.
Jody Cavness will return to his alma mater to become the new assistant principal at Cassville High School. Cavness has completed nine years in education. Most recently, he has served as a principal at neighboring district Wheaton R-III.
“Wheaton will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Cavness. “This school district and community have been so good to my family and I over the last six years.”
After graduating from CHS in 2008, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University.
In 2016, he began his tenure at Wheaton as a social studies teacher and coach and was selected as principal at the junior high and high school in 2021. Prior to his time at Wheaton, he was a physical education and health teacher at East Lynne School.
“I am excited to begin a new chapter as a wildcat again,” said Cavness. “I truly appreciate the administration and Board of Education with their faith in me for the opportunity to be a part of this district. I look forward to meeting the staff and students and reuniting with the community I grew up in."
Cavness will be joining the wildcat leadership team in July.
“We are excited to welcome Mr. Cavness back to his home district and are eager for him to join our Cassville R-IV team,” stated Dr. Merlyn Johnson, Cassville R-IV Superintendent.
“He brings a tremendous amount of passion for school improvement and believes in working hard to provide exceptional academic and extracurricular opportunities for all students. Relationships with students, families and staff have been an extremely important part of Mr. Cavness' career in education, and we can't wait for him to bring that to our high school family.”
Cavness and his wife, Jordan, have 2 daughters, Jaelyn and Jessa.
The Barry County OACAC Center invites all students in Barry County to sign up for the 2022-23 School Readiness Fair!
Cassville Alumni Association invites all CHS Alumni to join your fellow wildcat alums for an in-person banquet on Saturday, May 28 at the Cassville High School Commons Area.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. It is $15 for a CHS alumni member to attend and $10 for non-alumni. The additional $5 fee for alumni members will be used for the annual CHS Alumni Scholarship. Cash or check payment will be collected at the door.
Please RSVP for the event by clicking here to view our Facebook event page or call the school district at 417.847.2221. Your RSVP will help us tremendously when planning for dinner.
We look forward to celebrating our wildcat alumni family soon!
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The Mercy School Based-Clinic will be open for reduced, summer hours, beginning Tuesday, May 31. During the seated, summer school session, May 31-June 24, the clinic will be open Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 a.m. The clinic will close for the summer at 9 a.m. on June 23.
If you have questions concerning summer school, please contact your building level office via phone or email Mrs. Glidewell, Summer School Director, at email@example.com.
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