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Tiger Baseball Fundraiser: Hats For Sale

Fort Scott Tiger Baseball
is having a hat sale fundraiser
just in time for the perfect
Christmas gift!
Click here to order.
These hats are a new, top quality style with a leather
Tiger Baseball emblem.
These styles & more included
on the link above.
Orders received on or before Monday, Dec. 9 are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas.
Tiger Baseball
THANKS you in advance
for your support!
Coach Josh Regan & Team
Click here to email Josh with
questions or for more info.

Youth to perform in January

Fifth graders Lanie Jackson, Lillian Jackson, Jackson Montgomery, Icysis Reeder, Madi Davis, Karlee Hereford, Michaela Morrell, and Javon Steadman were nominated by Eugene Ware Elementary Music Educator MJ Harper to participate in Southeast Kansas Music Educator’s Association Elementary Honor Choir.

This event will take place in Frontenac on Saturday, January 18th. Students meet after school once a week and on
their own to prepare the five pieces and are eager to perform with their counterparts throughout the district.
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Contact: MJ Harper, 620-719-6633,

Christmas Caroling by 4th and 5th Grade Students Dec. 3

Eugene Ware Youth Choir, under the direction of MJ Harper, will spread holiday cheer on Tuesday, December
3rd at 1 PM and 6 PM.

Presbyterian Village, Country Place, and the Board of Education will be serenaded in the
afternoon by 40 performers in 4th and 5th grade that rehearse once a week after school.

These young singers
will also carol during the Fort Scott Christmas Parade in the evening

Time for the Fall Extravaganza, Buy Local Nov. 25

Georgia Brown of Sunshine Boutique visits with customers during Fall Extravaganza in a prior year.

FREE childcare and an evening of shopping are offered Nov. 25.

The 10th Annual Fall Extravaganza is next Monday from 5-8 p.m. in the Fort Scott Middle School gym and commons areas. The school is located at 1105 E. 12th Street. The childcare is provided by Fort Scott High School PRIDE.

Don’t miss this opportunity to check out local crafters and businesses.

Homemade articles of cloth and wood, jewelry, locally made food items and other local small business offerings can be found at the event.


With over 60 vendors, there should be something for everyone on the holiday gift list.

There will be a full meal for sale from the 8th-grade Washington Workshop students,  and chances to win raffle prizes.

There will also be six $25 cash prize giveaways:

1) Every adult who comes to our event will be allowed to add a middle school child’s name into a drawing. At the end of the night, two student names will be drawn and those students will win $25 cash!

2) Every USD 234 employee who attends will have a chance to be entered into a drawing. At the end of the night, four names will be drawn and those employees will win $25 cash!

The event is sponsored by the FSMS VIPs, which is the parent group at the middle school.
  “This is one of about five fundraisers we do every year to raise money for our school,” Stephanie George, coordinator for the event and a middle school teacher. “Teachers and students benefit.  Every year we look at the needs of them both and decide what to do with the money.”
”  In past years, we have purchased laptops and iPads for student and teacher use, we have given money to the science teachers for lab supplies and to the music teachers for sheet music and instruments, and we give money each year to the teachers to purchase school supplies at the start of the year.  We also pay for software that the district wasn’t able to afford when budgets were cut years ago:  we have paid for Accelerated Reader (a reading supplement) for over five years now and we pay for video subscriptions that teachers want like Flocabulary and BrainPop.”
“The first year of our event was 2009,” George said. “We had 29 vendors and we held it all in our commons.  By year 3, we had so many vendors we had to expand into our gym.  This year we have 69 spots sold, plus a few booths manned by middle school student groups (Washington Workshop and the 8th Grade Technology Class), which is bigger than last year by one vendor.”
Approximately 400 people from the community come to shop during the event each year, she said.
. Fall Extravaganza 2017.


Uniontown FFA Places 5th at Nationals

 Left to Right: Haydon Schaaf, Clay Brillhart, Makenzee Franklin, Nich Hathaway, Scott Sutton.


The Uniontown FFA Livestock Judging team placed 5th at the National FFA Livestock Evaluation contest held on October 30th and 31st in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Uniontown represented  Kansas at the national event after earning the opportunity with their state championship win this past May at the Kansas FFA contest.


Haydon Schaaf, Clay Brillhart and Nick Hathaway led the team with their gold division finishes.

Makenzee Franklin was also on the team and landed in the silver division.

On day one of the contest members had to place three keep/cull classes of livestock and complete a written exam on their own.

They were then paired up and had to complete a team breeding and marketing activity.

On day two each member had to place eight livestock classes and talk four sets of reasons.

The team is coached by Uniontown FFA Advisor Scott Sutton.


Franklin and Hathaway are freshmen at Fort Scott Community College. Franklin is on the livestock judging team at FSCC and Hathaway is on the meat judging team there.

Schaaf is a freshman at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma and is on their livestock judging team.

Brillhart is a junior at Uniontown High School.


Talking Tigers Take 2nd

FSHS Talking Tigers competed at Independence High School Saturday, November 16.
The Talking Tigers placed 2nd overall.
In the open division Mark Adams and Hannah Vann placed 8th with a 3-2 Record, Elizabeth Ngatia and Zoe Self placed 4th a 3-2 record and Jorden Willard and Jessden Kiwan placed 3rd with a 4-1record.
In the JV division Landon Doherty and Thade Yates placed 3rd with a 4-1 record.
In the novice division Gavin Warfield and Isaiah Self placed 3rd with a 5-0 record.
Congratulations on your success Tigers!
Submitted by Angella Curran

No Parking on Clay Street For Those Picking Up West Bourbon Elementary Students

Effective December 1, 2019, as ordered by the City of Uniontown in agreement with USD#235, there will be no parking on Clay Street between Third and Fifth Streets.

This decision was made in light of a near accident and with the safety of all our walking students in mind.

Signage has been ordered and will be posted as soon as it arrives.

We would ask for your compliance with this decision despite the inconvenience it may cause.


West Bourbon Elementary students who are being picked up will be required to enter the gym and be picked up along the east side of the building.

Adequate supervision is available to ensure that students are picked up in a safe and timely manner.

Students who are walking home will be escorted to Clay street.


Submitted by Uniontown City Clerk Sally Johnson.

USD 234 Minutes of Nov. 11

Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met on Monday November I l, 2019, at
the Board of Education office for their regular monthly me€ting.
President David Stewart opened the meeting. The board approved the official agenda.
The board also approved the consent agenda as follows:

A. Minutes

B. Bills and Claims

C. Payroll, October I8, 2019: 51,407,823 .37

D. Financial Report

E. Bond Proceeds Reconciliation

F. Activity Fund Accounts

G. Parent/Teacher Conference statistics

H. Extended Trip request

Stephanie George reported on the Tenth Annual VIP Fall Extravaganza that will be held
on Monday, November 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Fort Scott Middle School Gymnasium
and Commons Area.

Board members heard the following reports:

o Audit report from Terry Sercer with Diehl, Banwart, Bolton

o KNEA report from Stephanie George, KNEA President

o School report – Mike Trim, SRO Officer

o Administrators’ reports

Superintendent Ted Hessong welcomed the newly-elected board members who were in
attendance and then provided information on the following items:

Bus safety meeting

o Framework for Growth for Southeast Kansas workshop

o Special Education update .

Early Release activities

o Community Foundation awards that were given to USD 234 teachers and students o Kansas Recognition Program o Academic calendar

o District website
Gina Shelton, Business Manager, discussed the audits, gym equipment bids, open
enrollment sign-up, and benefits language.

Board members approved a roof payment, the purchase of high school gym bleachers,
and the 2020 audit contract with Diehl, Banwart, Bolton.
Board members shared comments and then went into executive session to discuss
personnel matters for nonelected personnel and returned to open meeting.

The board approved the following employment items:

A. Early retirement request from Russ Gordon, Winfield Scott art teacher, effective
June l, 2020

B. Leave of absence request from Andi Heckman, preschool teacher

C. Leave of absence request from Glenda Cooper, Winfield Scott cook

D. Leave of absence request from Angela Christy, Winfield Scott paraprofessional

E. Employment of Michelle Johnson as a Eugene Ware paraprofessional for the 2019-20
school year

F. Employment of Mary Chapman as a middle school paraprofessional for the 2019-20
school year

G. Employment of Erica Clark as high school assistant cheer sponsor for the 2019-20
school year

H. Employment of Lane Bohlken as high school assistant softball coach for the 2019-20
school year

I. Adjustment in a work agreement for Moriah Dillow, Winfield Scott paraprofessional,
from a five-hour workday to a six-hour workday for the remainder of the 2019-20
school year

J. Employment of two additional high school team leaders for the 2019-20 school year

The board adjourned.

Self/Ngatia Take First in Debate

This weekend Fort Scott took a small group of six debaters to Shawnee Mission East High School and did quite well.
Zoe Self and Elizabeth Ngatia had an 8-0 record and took first place in the KDC division.
Hannah Vann and Kinsley Davis had a 2-3 record and learned a lot from being up north and debating bigger schools.
Shekhar Gugnani and Neil Gugnani also went 2-3 and gained some great experience.
Submitted by Angella Curran

FSHS Presents Elf – The Musical

Fort Scott High School invites everyone to embrace their inner elf by seeing Elf – The Musical this fall.

Elf – The Musical; with a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar, and lyrics by Chad Beguelin; is presented at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, 14, and 16 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Fort Scott High School Auditorium.

Music Theatre International describes the show this way: “Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.”

Buddy is played by energetic junior Noah Martin. His family includes Walter Hobbs (junior Sage Hill), Emily Hobbs (senior Addy Labbe), and Michael Hobbs (sophomore Brian Stumfoll). Buddy falls for Jovie, played by senior Mesa Jones. Other notable characters include the money-hungry boss Mr. Greenway (senior Dominic Cannon), the Macy’s manager (senior Jo Goodbody), and spirited office secretary Deb (played by senior Madi Toth).

The company is comprised of three separate ensembles of elves, office workers, and NYC citizens bringing the total cast to nearly forty students. Another twenty-some students work backstage to bring the show to life. The show is directed by FSHS Theatre Director Angie Bin and the music directed by FSHS Choral Director Emily Elliott. FSHS Alumni Taylor (Schilling) Qualls and DeLynn (Drake) Abati are Assistant Directors and Choreographers for the production.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and available at the FSHS Office and Common Ground. Seating is limited, so audiences are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Elf – the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Eugene Ware Youth Choir to perform Veterans Day Assembly

Eugene Ware Youth Choir, under the direction of MJ Harper, will perform a Veterans Day Assembly at 8 AM on Monday, November 11, 2019, at Eugene Ware Elementary Gymnasium.

Families and veterans are invited to attend and sing along with the National Anthem, “Military Medley,” “TAPS,” and “Sing America Sing.”

Eugene Ware Youth Choir is made up of 40 performers in 4th and 5th grade that rehearse once a week after school to share the magic of music and prepare to share it with the community.

For more info contact: MJ Harper, 620-719-6633,

FSHS Talking Tigers Win 2nd

FSHS Talking Tigers competed at Parsons, placing 2nd as a team overall.
In the novice division Isaiah Self and Emily Degruson placed 6th with a 4-1 record and Anna Laubenstein and Zoe Newman placed 8th with a 3-2 record.
In the JV division Thade Yates and Landon Doherty placed 3rd with a 3-2 record and Sage Hill and Hannah Vann placed 7th with a 2-3 record.
In the open division Shekhar and Neil Gugnani placed 2nd with a 4-1 record, Jonie Antonio and Khris Patel placed 5th with a 3-2 record, Jessden Kiwan and Cody Dean placed 6th with a 2-3 record, and Madi Toth and Kinsley Davis placed 7th with a 2-3 record.
Congratulations Talking Tigers!


Submitted by Angella Curran