Dr. Roger Barnes
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James L. Ruse
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District Office
1020 Old Hwy 36
Chillicothe, MO 64601
660-646-4566 (phone)
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Administrative Staff:
Secretary - Laura Schuler
Accounting - Kristi Newlin
Payroll - Angela Nagel

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Test drive fund-raiser generates $1,000 for Chillicothe R-2 District
A fund-raiser organized by Pat Thorne Lumber and Woody’s Automotive Group has generated approximately $1,000 for the Chillicothe R-2 School District and its athletic facilities.
The September 18 event held at Pat Thorne Lumber included a concessions stand, which generated funds for the district’s athletic department, and also offered an opportunity for Hornet supporters to test drive a Woody’s vehicle. In exchange for each test drive, the district received $20 in credit at Pat Throne Lumber to assist in the district’s maintenance expenses. There were 47 test drives taken between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Dr. Roger Barnes, Chillicothe R-2 Superintendent, said she appreciates the support shown by the community in their outstanding participation in the four-hour event, and to the two local businesses that teamed up to organize it.
“The Chillicothe community continues to show its strong dedication to the district and its students. We grateful to all those who helped make this fund-raiser such a success,” said Dr. Smith.

Educational Foundation “Prize Patrol” Awards R-2 Teachers Mini-Grants
Fourteen Chillicothe R-2 teachers have received mini-grants from the Chillicothe Educational Foundation to help fund innovative teaching strategies and implement successful programs in their classrooms.
Ed Douglas, president of the Foundation, accompanied by R-2 Superintendent Dr. Roger Barnes, presented the teachers with $500 checks Friday morning in their respective classrooms. Other Education Foundation members on hand for the presentations were Brenda Fellhoelter, Lindy Chapman, Inger Young, and Roger Wolf.
Those receiving mini-grants are: Angela Peterson and Kim Kieffer, high school special education instructors at the high school; Mary Pat Whiteside, high school English teacher; Kristi Clampitt, sixth grade teacher at CMS; Ashley Hawkins, CMS special education teacher; Melissa Englert, WINGS instructor; Billy McGraw, third grade teacher and Shelly Turner, elementary literacy coach; and Central School teachers: Terria Cox, Alexandra Long, Bryan McKay, Cortney Murphy, Savannah Phillips and Lacey Waters.
Dr. Roger Barnes said she enjoys accompanying Douglas on the mini-grant “prize patrol” every year to help recognize the winners of the grants and learn about their ideas to help R-2 students learn.
“The Foundation’s mini-grant program is a great way to help R-2 teachers implement exciting programs in our classrooms and make learning fun for the students,” Smith said. She added, “We are thankful for the foundation’s support.”

September 17, 2010 Student Service Projects
The Chillicothe R2 School District is seeking community service projects.  We know students who are connected with their community have a greater chance of graduation and for playing an active role in their communities as adults.
If businesses or industries have work our students can help with, please notify the superintendent’s office.  Last year, our students were able to help relocate library shelving and books, decorate Simpson Park for the Holiday of Lights Festival, and bell-ring for the Salvation Army.  A school supervisor will accompany the students as they work on the project.
Please let us know the type of work you have, your contact information, and the timeline for completion of the project.  My number is 660-646-4566 and my email address is lsmith@chillicotheschools.org.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Chillicothe R-II School District is off to a great start providing breakfast and lunch for over 2,000 students on a daily basis. - Press Release - September 1, 2010

     Many community members have asked what happens when a student’s lunch account has a negative balance.    According to Jim Ruse, Assistant Superintendent, the policy states a student may charge up to $10.00 in their account.  When the student hits a negative balance a letter and/or email is sent to the parents. If the account goes over $10.00 the student will still receive a meal, only it will not be the lunch meal for the day, it will be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk. 
Ruse said, “the policy may sound harsh at first; however, it is set up to remind students how to be responsible with their money.  The majority of the time the students have forgotten their money at home.”  If a student cannot truly afford their meal, Chillicothe R2 offers several options, including the Free and Reduced lunch program.  “The only problem with this system is parents are unaware they are eligible or forget to fill out the paperwork.”  Ruse says. 

     Ruse also urges any and all parents to fill out the Free and Reduced form online at www.chillicotheschools.org and return it to the secretary at each building or Pam Thompson at the High School .
     Another myth, according to Ruse, is that the students are segregated during the lunch period.  “There is nothing indicating participation in the Free and Reduced program.  In fact, the school is extremely grateful to those families for being in the program.  For every child enrolled in the program, Chillicothe R2 receives $3000.  Those students and families are essential to the survival of our district.”