First of all, I wanted to apologize for the wild last couple of weeks of school which has started with community day needing to be rescheduled multiple times.  I do think that this is one of those events that we need to do each and every year so that we can not only show our community our appreciation for everything they do for our school but also our students feel pride in what they accomplish and see the importance of giving back.  Our last possible date for this event will be on Monday, May 9, starting at 9 am and ending at 11 am.  

We have several field trips over the next two weeks starting with the 5th grade going to St. Joe on Friday, May 6, to tour the Missouri Western campus and going through the Walter Cronkite museum.  Sixth grade going to the Schlagle Museum in Kansas City on Tuesday, May 10.  Our 7th grade is going to Lecompton to witness the beginnings of Bleeding Kansas on Thursday, May 12.  The 8th grade will be headed to Leavenworth to see Fort Leavenworth and witness the underground railroad.  All of these trips are made possible by our PTO, parent-teacher organization, that allows our students to go on these educational trips.  We want to thank these parents and teachers that go above and beyond for our students.  

We will have our 5/6th grade awards at noon on Friday, May 13, on the playground to recognize our students that earned perfect attendance, A/B honor roll, and our 6th-grade mentors for the next school year.  We would also like to thank Everest Tire and Oil for sponsoring an ice cream truck that will provide our students, staff, and parents some ice cream at 1130 am.  Our 8th-grade students will practice for 8th-grade promotion (8th-grade promotion is on Friday, May 20, at 6 pm in the gym at EMS) at 130 pm followed by our 7/8th grade awards ceremony on the 13th at 230 pm.  Community members are welcome to attend this event that celebrates our young men and women for the accomplishments they made throughout the year.  

Thank you for the patience and support that you have given our students throughout this year of returning to normal.  

I take pride in living in this great community,

Travis Torkelson