If a student plans to particpate in 2020 Smith-Cotton athletic and/or activity summer events, their parent or guardian must compete the permission form that is linked on the Athletic Director's web page: https://www.sedalia200.org/site/default.aspx?DomainID=60
While Gov. Mike Parson has lifted the statewide stay-at-home order, the six-foot social distancing requirement remains in place. Additionally, the governor has endorsed local control to counties. Pettis County Health Center Administrator Joann Martin is taking a conservative approach as we are seeing more confirmed cases in our county.
All Missouri schools remain closed for this academic year, but we have two tentative items to share with you. Please keep in mind that health and safety protocols can change, and that can alter plans we are sharing here.
-- Pickup of student items will be the week of May 18-22. Specific details will be sent via email by your building principal. Pickup for the Pettis County Early Childhood Center and grades K-4 will be done on a drive-through basis. Students’ belongings will be bagged and tagged with their names; parents will drive up to receive their student’s bag. For grades 5-12, students will be allowed to enter the building to retrieve their items. We will enforce social distancing and we request that all students follow health protocols. Parents/guardians will not be allowed to enter buildings. During pickup times, students can pay fees, return books, etc.
-- Online credit recovery courses will be offered for high school students, along with Personal Finance, Health and Physical Fitness done online. Depending on health and safety requirements, we may offer summer programs at the elementary level starting in July and running into early August. The focus will be on essential concepts (ELA, math, literacy) that students missed during the school closure. A determination on summer elementary programs will be made in late May.
As a reminder, Prom was rescheduled to July 16 and Commencement to July 18, but as we noted above, health and safety protocols will affect what those activities will entail.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging time. The welfare of our students and staff members is at the forefront of all of our decisions, and in many cases we are reliant on other entities to provide guidance before we can chart our own course.Please stay safe.
Steven G. Triplett
Superintendent, Sedalia School District 200
Stacy Curry, currently an assistant principal at Smith-Cotton High School, has been named the principal at Smith-Cotton Junior High effective at the end of the current school year. The promotion was approved by the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education in closed session Monday, March 9.
A Smith-Cotton graduate, Curry taught one year in Warrensburg before returning to Sedalia for the 1993-94 school year as a science teacher at the middle school. She transferred to S-C High as a science teacher in 1997. Curry has been an assistant principal at Smith-Cotton High School since 2015, with a primary focus on the Freshman Academy.
Superintendent Steve Triplett said, “Ms. Curry has solid foundations in curriculum and administration. Her experience at the high school has prepared her well for this new challenge, which I know she will take on with professionalism and a student-centered mindset.”
Jason Curry, currently principal at Smith-Cotton Junior High, will be promoted to assistant superintendent for Sedalia School District 200 at the end of the 2019-20 school year. The move was approved by the district’s Board of Education in the closed session of the Feb. 24 board meeting.
Curry, a 1995 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, holds an associate’s degree from State Fair Community College (1997) and a bachelor’s degree in physical science from the University of Central Missouri (2001). He earned a master’s degree in administration in 2008 from William Woods University and his education specialist degree in administration in 2013, also from William Woods.
He joined the Sedalia 200 district as a health and physical education teacher at S-C High in January 2002. He became an assistant principal at Smith-Cotton Junior High in 2009 and was promoted to junior high principal in 2013. He also served as the Smith-Cotton boys soccer head coach from 2002-2009.
Dr. Nancy Scott, who joined Sedalia School District 200 in 2003 and has served as assistant superintendent since 2008, has informed the Board of Education that she will retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Dr. Scott began her Sedalia 200 career as Special Services director, serving in that role from 2003 to 2008, when she was promoted to assistant superintendent. Her current duties include human resources, student support services, McKinney-Vento homeless grant programs, English Language Learner programming and other issues.
“I want to say my 17 years in Sedalia have been enjoyable and I hope productive for the district,” Dr. Scott said. “Sedalia School District 200 is very blessed to have a Board of Education, administrators and staff who put the needs of the students first when making decisions.”
Smith-Cotton senior Hunter Sparks was selected as the recipient of the Sedalia 200 district-level John T. Belcher Scholarship. Sparks will receive $250 and move on to the regional level of the statewide scholarship program, which is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards Association.
According to the MSBA website (mosba.org), MSBA FutureBuilders “established the scholarship program in memory of John T. Belcher, who was instrumental in developing innovative financing programs for Missouri school districts. The learning environment for thousands of Missouri’s public school students improved as a result of his work.”
Each year, one student in each of MSBA’s 17 regions receives a $1,000 scholarship. From the regional winners, a statewide recipient is selected and awarded an additional $1,500. Applicants are judged on their academic performance, extracurricular activities and an essay.
Congratulations to the Smith-Cotton JROTC all-female Raider team, which captured the national championship in Molena, Ga. Results of the meet are as follows:
Physical Team Test: 2nd Place Trophy
5-Kilometer Run: 1st Place Trophy
Gauntlet: 1st Place Trophy
Rope Bridge: 1st Place
National Champion Trophy: 1st Place Trophy
JROTC instructor LTC Harry Cunningham said, “The Raiders conducted themselves in a very appropriate manner throughout their stay in Georgia, and represented Smith-Cotton High School and the City of Sedalia in a professional manner. We are very proud of their conduct.”
On Wednesday evenings, our notification system contacts parents of children whose meal balance is less than $5 but not at zero. We want to clarify some points about these calls:
-- If the balance is at zero, we assume that the child does not participate in the meal program so there is no need to contact the parent.
-- We notify those with positive balances below $5 to provide a head's up that within a few days additional funds will need to be added.
-- If you want to avoid these calls, either take your child's balance to zero or keep it above $5. The Parent Portal is now open, and through it parents are able to check their students' meal balances.
Pre K-5th grade: free breakfast and $1.90 lunch (afternoon Pre-K students get free lunch)
6th-12th grade: breakfast $1.15 and lunch $2.00
At the elementaries and middle school, students receive breakfast at no charge. Free and reduced-price lunches will be provided to those whose family income qualifies. A family application will be sent home with each child in their back-to-school packet of forms. We need one application per family/household returned for approval even though each student will receive one. If you have received a letter stating you are already approved for free/reduced lunches, you do not need to complete the application. Applications are available at all district buildings and may be completed and returned to any Open House or during the first week of school.
At the junior high and high school, applications for free and reduced-price meals will be sent home with each child in their back-to-school packet of forms. We need just one application per family/household returned for approval even though each student will receive one. If you have received a letter stating you are already approved for free/reduced lunches you do not need to complete the application.
MEAL PROGRAM PAYMENTS
Payment to student lunch accounts may be handled with the following options:
● Online payments can be made through the Parent Portal or the district website via the RevTrak system.
-- Cash, check or money order may be sent with and delivered by your student to the cafeteria in the morning before lunch shifts begin. One check could be sent for multiple students if you note amount to be applied for each child and their school. Online payments can be made through RevTrak at https://sedalia200.revtrak.net/
-- A check or money order may be mailed to the school to the attention of the cafeteria. One check could be sent for multiple students if you note amount to be applied for each child and their school.
-- For Smith-Cotton High School, parents/guardians who choose to personally deliver payment must do so in the cafeteria between the hours of 8:20 and 11 a.m. Payment may not be dropped off at the high school office. Please feel free to call the high school cafeteria at 660-851-5380 with any questions.
Just a reminder to all parents of upcoming 8th and 12th grade students: They must be up-to-date on their immunizations before school starts or it will delay their first of day of school. Missouri law requires all 8th graders provide proof of a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) 1 dose and MCV (meningococcal) 1 dose. All 12th graders need to provide proof of 2 doses of MCV (meningococcal), unless the first dose was administered on or after the date when the student reached 16 years of age. If you have any questions about your student's immunizations status, please contact your student's health care provider or your student’s school nurse.
SCJH Nurse Laura Beth Fisher, LPN
SCHS Nurse Michelle Muths, LPN
Casey Smith, RN
Nurse Health Coordinator
The district has received the 2019 state assessment scores. Student scores will be available through the Parent Portal on September 24. If you have questions, please check with your building counselor.
The Parent Portal (link above) is now open for the current school year. We encourage all parents to access the portal to ensure they know how to access grade, attendance and other information about their student(s). Be sure to select the Parent Tab to log in.
If you don't recall your password, you can enter your email address and the system will send you a prompt to reset it. Once you are logged in, please go to the Menu button at the top left and select Update Household Data. Next to Household Parents, click the Edit link, then click the + symbol next to the name of the parent whose data you are checking/updating. Make the needed changes then click Save at the bottom right of the page.
If other changes are needed (Household address, Student data, Emergency contacts), click on the return to list icon at the bottom of the page.
Having a current phone number and email address listed in the Parent Portal is vital - this is the data our Parent Notification system uses to contact you with weather delays/cancellations, attendance calls and other school-related information. If you don't recall which email address you used or if that email address is no longer active, please contact your school's administrative assistant for help.