Homecoming week observed by Prairie Home students
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Prairie Home Prairie Home
Nancy Lacy Kixmiller
Last week was Homecoming week. The theme was Dr. Seuss and dress-up days got everyone into the spirit of things: Monday – Thing 1 & Thing 2 (Twins Day); Tuesday – Let’s all be Zairs with Crazy Hairs (Crazy Hair Day); Wednesday – Oh, the Places You’ll Go (Career Day); Thursday – Be Something You’re Not (Opposite Day); Friday – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Black Fish (Red and Black Day). The sophomores won the poster contest with “A person's a person, no matter how small. But if you're an Eagle, you're the smallest of all.”
Friday night, the Panthers took on the Jamestown Eagles in the Homecoming game. The Lady Panthers triumphed in the first game of the evening. After a hard fought game, the Panthers fell to the Eagles in the last game.
Finally, it was time for the coronation of the Homecoming Royalty and the 2013 Princess and Prince, Kristen Peterson and Kyler Fairfax crowned the 2014 Princess and Prince Kurstin Leonard and Austin Small. Sage Eichenburch and Nina Cherry were eighth grade members of the court. Candidates for Homecoming Queen and King were Brandie Bell and Wyatt Borghardt, freshmen; Ruthy Daniel and Ben Stock, sophomores; Josey Wright and Sam Distler, juniors; and Krista Small and Michael Porter, seniors.
The Geography Bee was held Jan. 8. Winners were Enoch Turner, first place; Sage Eichenburch, second; Austin Hatfield, third. They will represent Prairie Home at the CCAA Geography Bee at Malta Bend in February. Other students who qualified for the conference Geography Bee were Ryan Small, Allen Haslag, Kassen Lock, Austin Alpers and Colton Wells.
Area farmers have the opportunity to help Prairie Home Schools. Do you farm 250 acres of soybeans and/or corn? How about 40 acres of open field vegetables (defined as peppers, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, cucumbers, melons, watermelons, spinach, squash, pumpkins, sweet corn, lettuce, peas and garden beans) . Then you may be able to nominate Prairie Home School for a grant worth up to $25,000 for math or science education. America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to help farmers positively impact their communities and support local school districts. Specifically, the program gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their community to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance education in the areas of math and/or science. For more information visit the website: http://www.americasfarmers.com/recognition-programs/grow-rural-education/
The Helping Hands 4-H met Monday, Jan. 13. County visitors to the meeting were Teen Council leader, Anne Pfeiffer, and members Jake and Rosie Lenz from Zion 4-H. They presented information about opportunities for teens in 4-H and about camps for younger members. They also led the club in some fun team-building activities. Our members reported on some of the camps and workshops they have attended and encouraged others to try them. The February meeting activity will be making handmade Valentine's cards for those living in senior housing.
The Board of Education met Wednesday night. Old business centered on discussion of whether membership in Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) would be more beneficial than membership in Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE). MSBA made a presentation outlining membership in their organization. After learning of the legal services MSBA provides to members, savings on utility bills, and the purchasing power a member of MSBA enjoys, the Board voted to join MSBA.
New business included looking at bus bids from three different companies. The Board decided on a 2010 used Bluebird bus offered by Central States Bus Sales. Some board members and a bus driver are going to inspect the bus prior to purchase and, if everything checks out, the new bus should arrive this summer.
A draft of the 2014 - 2015 school calendar was presented and discussed. The draft will now go out to staff for feedback. The Board plans to hear any suggestions and adopt the 2014-2015 calendar at the Feb. 19 Board meeting.
One important topic the Board is working on is the Facility or Building Use Policy. Members from the Athletic Booster Club were present to share their concerns to the Board. The Board recognized their concerns and appreciated the input. After a lengthy discussion on the school district's liability for outside organizations who use the building as well as insurance requirements, the policy discussion was tabled. No changes will be made to the current policy or way the use of the building is handled until after consulting with MSBA and its legal counsel.
The final new business topic discussed was a proposal to share a resource officer with other Cooper County schools. The Board discussed the issue and did feel the need to take action at this time.
The School Board meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the school library. The next meeting is Feb. 19. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Jan. 22 - FCCLA Regional Star Events at PHHS at 4 p.m.; varsity girls and boys Basketball at LaMonte at 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 23 – Prairie Home City Council at 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 - Varsity girls and boys basketball vs. Russellville at 6 p.m.
Jan. 27 – Feb. 1- CCAA Conference Tournament and CCAA Art Show at Higbee
Feb. 3 - Varsity girls and boys basketball at Higbee at 6 p.m.
Feb. 4 - Varsity Girls and boys basketball vs. Otterville at 6 p.m.
Feb. 6 – High School Math Contest at Jamestown at 4 p.m.; k-5 Math Night at 6:30.
Feb. 7 – School early dismissal at 12:45; Winter sing-a-long at 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 – United Methodist Motorcycle Enthusiasts at 3:30 p.m. in the Prairie Home United Methodist Church; PHUMC Yyouth at 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 10 – Helping Hands 4-H at 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 – Clover Kids; CCAA Geography Bee at 4 p.m. at Malta Bend
Feb. 14 - Varsity girls and boys basketball vs. Pilot Grove at 6 p.m.
School Menu - Jan. 22 – 29
Jan. 22 – breakfast burrito.
Jan. 23 – sausage gravy with biscuits.
Jan. 24 – french toast sticks.
Jan. 27 – scrambled eggs.
Jan. 28 - oatmeal.
Jan. 29 – breakfast pizza.
Jan. 22 - ham stromboli or turkey club sandwich, baked beans, fruit mix.
Jan. 23 - spaghetti with meat sauce or baked ham, bread stick, fruit, carrots.
Jan. 24 – cavatini or chef salad, green beans, french fries, fruit mix, chocolate pudding.
Jan. 27 - chili with beans, grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, corn, fruit.
Jan. 28 - turkey wrap or cherry blossom chicken, Seasoned rice, black beans, fruit.
Jan. 29 - sloppy joe and sweet potato fries or ham and beans, corn, fruit.
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