From the Office of the Superintendent
By Ashley Groepper
Hello! I hope this newsletter finds you healthy, happy & warm! I’m certainly looking forward t the warmer temperatures they’ve been talking about recently. My daughter Allee keeps insisting she is wishing for enough snow to build a snowman this year, but I certainly will not be upset if we do not see any more snow this year! I’m eagerly looking forward to spring this year!
Last week we celebrated a Tiger’s Tale, Fairytale/Cartoon Homecoming. I’m so glad we were able to host Homecoming activities with zero interruption from snowy weather! I always enjoy the whole school assembly, skits, ball games and the crowning of our Royal Court! While we weren’t able to fill the stands this year as in other years, it was nice to be able to stream our activities and still allow our students the opportunity to experience an exciting Pilot Grove Homecoming. I’m sure our high schoolers were all exhausted after a busy week, but they work so hard to put out high quality performances and we all enjoy them! Just another fun part of our Pilot Grove traditions. I’m currently working on the district calendar for the 2021-22 school year and will publish it as soon as we have Board approval. Missouri statutes continue to require schools to begin school no earlier than 14 days prior to Labor Day but also continue to allow districts to build in hours to the calendar to prevent the need for “make up” days due to inclement weather. I will take statues into consideration as well as traditional scheduling for our District when I present the final calendar for Board approval.
Board filing has ended and there were two candidates for two vacancies which eliminates the need for an election in April. Angie Rentel and Cara Hoff were the candidates that filed and will begin serving their terms starting in April.
In our November edition of the Tiger Roar, I provided an update on a few projects we had going on through access to County CARES Grant funds. All projects related to those grant funds have been completed and our district was able to access the following list of needs through the use of $158,484 of County CARES Grant funds:
Install 9 water bottle filling stations throughout the district, install touchless flushing toilets in the commons, touchless handwashing in all bathrooms, expand our wi-fi capabilities, purchase PPE and sanitization items, purchase over 100 Chromebooks to allow the district to be 1:1 with technology for all students, install a heat recovery dishwasher in the kitchen for better sanitization, purchase technology supports for use distance learning is necessary, professional development for staff members related to distance learning, intercom system to reach the nurse for pick up of ill students and many other resources to assist district operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you for your continued support of our District, students and staff. If you have any concerns, please give us a call.
Elementary Principal News
by Lindsay Leonard
January has breezed by us and we are looking forward to all February has in store for us! We will already be celebrating the 100th day of school in early February! We will spend the day enjoying many fun activities in classrooms focused on the number 100!! While we look forward to celebrating 100 days of learning together, each day we celebrate our hard work and commitment to making great choices and being an excellent member of our school family and community. I’m proud of each and every student and their ability to be the best they can be each day!
Valentine’s Day will be celebrated on February 12th. Students are welcome to bring in valentines for their friends. Each classroom will have a celebration planned with different activities so be sure to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions. If passing out candy with your valentines, please be sure the item is prewrapped and store bought. The school will provide snack and drink for all classes.
We will be sending in another T-shirt order for Spirit Wear for those who want to place an order. Information on t-shirts will be online and in the Tiger Roar. Orders will be due February 24th. It usually takes about 2 weeks for us to get the order in. If you have any questions, please contact the Elementary Office.
We are excited to get to utilize our new STEM LAB! Over Christmas Break, we transformed our computer lab into our very own STEM lab! The students have been able to explore all the neat tools and learning resources. Mrs. Tetteton has even incorporated a lesson that goes along with the book Doll-E. Students will then create a robot similar to Doll-E. The students are enjoying this unit and we can’t wait to see their robots!
Don’t forget about the Box Tops App! You can scan your receipt and any items that contain a box top will go toward our school rewards points. You will just have to selects Pilot Grove Elementary. Box Tops need to be submitted by March so the sooner you get them to school, the better! We will continue to collect Box Tops even after the March submission deadline.
Here are a few dates to remember for elementary activities in February:
- Feb. 8- 100th Day of School
- Feb. 12- Valentine’s Day Parties 2:00
- Feb. 15-Presidents Day- NO School
- Feb 24- Spirit Wear Orders Due
- Feb. 28- Elementary Monthly Awards Assembly- 8:30am
If you have any questions please give me a call 660-834-4115 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Secondary Principal's Desk
by Randy Glenn
We’ve made it through January! Our goal upon return was to make it to Homecoming - and we did just that! Students and staff were able to pull together and get posters and skits completed, we held our all-school assembly, and had the Academic and Tug-o-war competitions. It was nice to see some of the normal activities taking place, even though they were held non-traditionally. The students certainly appreciated getting to experience the activities and we ended the celebration with our traditional Homecoming Dance. I think it is fair to say that we all enjoyed the week!
We are in the middle of 3rd quarter and we continue to set our sites on the state assessments (unless you are a senior, and they have their sites set on May 14th!). Teachers have worked diligently to incorporate technology, students are accessing lessons and completing online learning. Google continues to be a great resource and teachers are working to incorporate new methods or implementation regularly. We will be administering the state assessments, but we know they will not be for accountability measures at the state level. It will inform our instruction and let teachers know where there may be gaps in instruction.
With activities, we know we have strong community support and appreciate everyone’s understanding of how we have to host events. We are trying to make things accessible to our fans through different outlets (i.e., Facebook, announcements, newsletter, text messages, live-streaming, etc.). Technology is great, when it works, but we also do not have the resources available like much larger schools. We know it can be frustrating at times, but hope you realize we are trying to do our best with the limited resources we have. If you notice something isn’t working or can be improved upon, please reach out and be constructive. Let’s work together for a solution!
- ●Download our app (Pilot Grove C-4) to stay current with events and announcements
- ●No School Monday, February 15th.
- ●Third Quarter ends Friday, March 12th.
- ●Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, March 18th.
- ●No School Friday, March 19th.
- ●Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!
News from the School Counseling Office
by Gay Baer
In order to better serve the needs of all of the students, I will be available on Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. During this time, students may work on completing and typing scholarships, using the computer for scholarship searches, or using various ACT/Accuplacer/ASVAB test preparation programs that are available.
As a reminder, many college and universities have early admission deadlines for application and scholarships. Be sure to meet any deadlines of colleges that senior students are interested in to qualify for admission and scholarship. If you have any questions on admission and scholarship deadlines, feel free to contact me.
MFA Oil Scholarship – This scholarship is sponsored by our local MFA Oil Company and will be given to a senior at Pilot Grove High School. MFA Foundation Scholarships are offered to high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of member-level customers of MFA Agri Services Centers, MFA Oil Company Bulk Plants and Propane Plants, and other MFA agencies. The amount of the scholarship is $2000 and is applied toward the student’s freshman year of college. Please see the instructions for submission that are in a separate document. Online application submission deadline is February 15, 2021.
Cooper County Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Scholarship – The Cooper County AFA chapter has announced their Leadership and Academic Scholarship. This award provides for a $3200 academic scholarship as well as $1250 leader development award to attend the AFA Leaders Conference the fall of your freshman year of college. The application process has two steps. The first step is to submit an application online at www.agfuture.org/scholarship. Please note the application is not complete until you continue through the last page of the application and receive an email confirmation. The online application must be submitted by February 17, 2021. The second portion of the application is to submit on academic/school letter of recommendation, two personal/professional letters of recommendation, an official transcript and documentation of your ACT score. This information must be submitted to Mrs. Baer by February 10, 2020.
West Central MASA Scholarship – This scholarship is sponsored by the West Central Missouri Association for School Administrators and is open to students planning to major in education. Completed applications are due to Mrs. Baer on March 1, 2021.
Co-Mo Electric Lineman Scholarship – Co-Mo Electric Cooperative is sponsoring a Lineman Scholarship for individuals to attend training at State Technical College. Please see Mrs. Baer for additional information and an application. Completed applications are due to Mrs. Baer on March 1, 2021.
Abbot & Fenner Scholarship – The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship, students will need to writ as essay on the topic listed below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent via email to email@example.com.
Topic: Describe your educational, career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. More information can be found at abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php. Application submission deadline is June 12, 2021.
Farm Kids for College Scholarship – This scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to pursue agriculture-related degrees at an accredited college or university. National Farmers will announce three national scholarship winners in the spring of each year. The applicants must submit two brief essays, two letters of reference, official transcripts, GPA and ACT scores. Completed applications are due to Mrs. Baer on February 9, 2021.
Pilot Grove Class of 1969 Scholarship - The Pilot Grove Class of 1969 has established a scholarship program for Pilot Grove High School Seniors. The $500 scholarship will be awarded every May to a high school senior who has been accepted to an accredited university, college or post-secondary vocational program for the Fall following graduation. Applicants will be judged on: Academic work (GPA); 2 letters of recommendation; community/volunteer activities; and a personal essay. Completed applications are due to Mrs. Baer on March 15, 2021.
Pilot Grove C-4 Alumni Scholarship – The Pilot Grove C-4 Alumni will award two $250 scholarships. This scholarship will be for seniors who will graduate in the year the scholarship is presented and plan to continue their education at an approved and accredited college or university. Consideration will be given to students who have made significant contributions to the school and/or community. Completed applications are due to Mrs. Baer on March 15, 2021.
Mutual Insurance Scholarship – The local Mutual Insurance Company is accepting scholarship applications through an online application. Eligible students must be a graduating high school senior living in and attending a Missouri high school. Students must have successful admission to a college, university, community college, or vocational school in Missouri. Completed scholarship applications with a high school transcript and photo must be submitted online at https://www.mamic.net/mamic-scholarship/ by Monday, March 1, 2021.
Missouri 4-H Foundation Scholarships – The Missouri 4-H Foundation offers educational scholarships for 4-H youth and former 4-H members pursuing post-secondary study. More than sixty scholarships are available ranging from $500 to $2500. One scholarship application allows the applicant to be considered for any available scholarship, subject to the conditions specified by the donor. Scholarship applications must be submitted online at https://extension.missouri.edu... by Monday, March 1, 2021.
Dates to Remember:
*ESA Foundation Scholarships—February 1, 2021
Cooper County Health Improvement Corporation Scholarship February 4, 2021
Farm Kids for College Scholarship—February 9, 2021
Cooper County AFA Scholarship supplements to Mrs. Baer February 10, 2021
Project 21 Scholarship—February 12, 2021 *MFA Oil Scholarship—February 15, 2021
*Cooper County AFA Scholarship online submission February 17, 2021 *Mutual Insurance Companies (MAMIC) Scholarship March 1, 2021
*Missouri 4-H Foundation Scholarships—March 1, 2021
Co-Mo Electric Lineman Scholarship—March 1, 2021
West Central MASA Scholarship—March 1, 2021
Masonic Grand Lodge Scholarship—March 1, 2021
*State Fair Community College Scholarships—March 1, 2021
*FCS Financial Scholarship—March 1, 2021
Pilot Grove Class of 1969 Scholarship—March 15, 2021
Pilot Grove C-4 Alumni Scholarship—March 15, 2021
*B. Davis Scholarship—May 22, 2021
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship—June 12, 2021
*BigSun Scholarship—June 19, 2021
*NOTE: This date is the online submission deadline.
**NOTE: This date is the actual scholarship deadline and not modified by Mrs. Baer.
www.fastweb.com – Free scholarship search engine.
www.number2.com – Online free ACT Preparation.
www.scholarships.com/link - Provides a college and scholarship search as well as various resources.
www.studyguidezone.com – Provides study information for a variety of tests including the ACT and COMPASS.
www.testprepreview.com - Provides study information for a variety of tests including the ACT and COMPASS.
DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER
The following TV and radio stations will be notified should we close school, due to snow or inclement weather: (Whenever possible, those announcements will be made by 6:30 a.m.). Please go to the school’s website to sign up for Textcaster for instant cancellation alerts.
NBC-8 TV, Channel 8 KWRT AM 1370 (Boonville) ABC-17 TV, Channel 17 KCLR FM 99.3 (Columbia) KRCG-13 TV, Channel 13 KMMO FM 102.9 (Marshall) KMZU FM 100.7 (Carrollton)
“SNOW ROUTES” means buses will run on blacktop only.
“ONE HOUR DELAYED START” means school will begin at 9:07 a.m., with cereal and milk available for those wanting breakfast.
“TWO HOUR DELAYED START” means school will begin at 10:07 a.m., with no breakfast being served.