September 21, 2018

(** = New Message, Yellow Highlighted items are for today, Red Highlights are important schedule changes, Blue Highlights are coming soon)

Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Friday, 9/21: EARLY OUT 1:15pm Homecoming, Parade starts at 2:15pm / Monday, 10/8: NO SCHOOL Teacher In-Service

Bus/Van Schedule:
Friday, 9/21: EARLY OUT 1:15pm
Saturday, 9/22: MS SB @ Cameron - 7:30am
Saturday, 9/22: Carrollton Band Day @ Carrollton HS - 6:15am
Monday, 9/24: V/JV & MS SB vs Maysville @ Stage Coach Park - 4pm
Tuesday, 9/25: V SB @ Milan - 2:30pm
Tuesday, 9/25: V XC @ Krug Park in St. Joe - 2:15pm
Thursday, 9/27: MS SB vs S. Harrison @ Stage Coach Park - 4pm
Thursday, 9/27: V SB GRC Crossover - TBA
Friday, 9/28: V FB @ Maysville - 4:15pm

Sports & Activities News:
UPCOMING HOME GAMES:
Friday, 9/21: HOMECOMING V FB vs Gallatin - 7pm (There will be a
Free Will Donation Tailgate Dinner from 5:30-7pm in the Multi Sponsored by the Educational Foundation)
Monday, 9/24: MS FB vs Gallatin - 5:00pm followed by JV FB at 6:30pm
Monday, 9/24: V/JV & MS SB vs Maysville - 5:30pm
Thursday, 9/27: MS SB vs S. Harrison - 5:30pm

**Results from Activities 9/20/18:
Softball with the sweep in Polo vs Winston! Varsity wins 10-0 and JV wins 8-2

The Athletic Booster Club will be purchasing Senior Banners for all senior athletes to be hung in the HS Gym. All Senior athletes that are or plan to compete in a sport this year and are interested in this need to sign up in the HS Office by Friday, 9/21. Pictures date will be announced soon.

FCA Shirts are now on sale for $13. Forms are in the HS Office or with Mrs. Grooms. The deadline has been extended to Thursday, 9/27.


FBLA meeting will be held on Monday, 9/24 during 8th hour. Students will be released by intercom.

Next FCA meeting: Wednesday, 9/26 in the HS Gym from 6:30-7:15pm Come join us for fun, games, and fellowship!

The Athletic Booster Club now has on Online Store for Polo Panther Apparel and Accessories! It will be available throughout the school year but changes to apparel may be made at anytime. Go to
https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/ to order now! Sales happen periodically, so check for coupon codes! Items will ship directly to you for only $6.95 per order of FREE shipping if you spend $125 or more. We also have Lanyards on hand for $5 each and Blankets on closeout for $25 each. See Michele Sales in the HS Office or check out the Booster Club table at some of the home games.

HS StuCo meetings will be every Thursday 8th hour. Students should check in to their class and then be released directly to Mrs. Ross.

Please note that per HB-300 regulations, MSHSAA has released its annual Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report regarding the impact of student athlete concussions and head injuries and the efforts that have been made to minimize damages from school sports injuries on the MSHSAA website. This report is located by going to https://www.mshsaa.org/resources/pdf/201718IYSBIReport.pdf.

Announcements:
NHS applications are available for pickup from Mr. White. Students must be a junior or senior with a GPA over 3.0, active in extracurricular activities and have held or currently hold a leadership position in an organization. Meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month in his room at 8am.

Senior Meeting in Mr. Williams room 5th hour through lunch Thursday, 9/20. The Counselors will be providing pizza for lunch. Seniors - email Mrs. Walker at walkeram@polo.k12.mo.us for your preference on the kind of pizza.

Senior Magazine sales have begun. The website to order online is http://bit.ly/polohighschool, ask a senior for their flyer if you'd like to order directly.

Yearbook Sales are now available on the Polo R-VII website.

Congratulations to the following Homecoming Candidates:
Seniors: Shelby Copeland and Joseph Hilburn / Maddy Baughman and Gunner Keller / Mariah Clevenger and David Harris
Juniors: Rhiannon Jetton and Earl Cory
Sophomores: Brooke Boydston and Gavin Fitzwater
Freshman: Mary Copeland and Andrew "Austin" Stone 

Parade floats: Any group (team, etc) wanting to have a float in the parade & homecoming candidates will need to email Mrs. Ross at rossre@polo.k12.mo.us what type of vehicle (size) and who the driver will be! Students cannot drive a float. Please be ready to line up at 2:00pm on the block around the Ag Shop.

Spirit Competitions: Overall winner will receive pizza for their class! Sponsors need to supervise Float Building and Sidewalks. MS will work on Sidewalks, Posters and Stadium Cup decorating only.
Sidewalks (7th - 12th Grade) - Stuco will provide each class with sidewalk chalk. Each class will be given 12 spaces of sidewalk to decorate starting at the stop sign on the corner up to the gates of the stadium. Each group area will be labeled on Friday morning, 9/21 and you will do them this day to be completed by 2pm. Sidewalks should be theme related & should cover most of the sidewalk.
Posters (7th - 12th Grade)  - Each class needs to make one poster to be hung up at the football game off the back of the bleachers. Posters need to be vertical & need to go with the theme.
Floats (9th - 12th Grade) - Please email Mrs. Ross who will be driving the float by Friday, 9/14. Float construction will be on Friday, 9/21. Sponsors/classes will get all of Friday morning to work on floats and sidewalks. Students can begin to gather materials and things for float construction and start constructing items but cannot begin building on the actual float until Friday morning. Locations: Seniors - New Ag Shop, Juniors - Morton Building by Preschool, Sophomores - Back of Old Ag Shop, Freshman - Open Face Barn by the Preschool. Class Sponsors will need to be there at the beginning and the end of the parade. Float drivers should park the floats for display along the parking lot directly next to the track.


Dress Up Days for Homecoming Week 9/17-9/21: (Theme: There is no place like Homecoming!) Dress up days competition: students will vote on teachers and teachers will vote on students in a Google Form 8th hour each day. Winners will be announced the following morning. We will have a Spirit King & Queen this year. You must win a dress up day to be in the candidate pool for King & Queen. Spirit King & Queen will be announced at lunch on 9/21.
Friday: "Oz the great and powerful" Spirit Day

Spirit winners:
Monday, 9/17 Spirit winners  were Buck Cline & Kallie Heil and for Teachers it was Ms. Hill and Mr. Green!
Tuesday, 9/18 Spirit winners were Will Sweetland and Abby Bolling and for Teachers is was Mrs. Ross and Mr. Endicott.
Wednesday, 9/19: Spirit winners were Wyatt Segar & Taylor Wagner tied with Lilly Gentry & Chloe Gilbert and for Teachers, females were Mrs. Rardon & Mrs. Fragola and males were Mr. Pickrell & Mr. Ross
**Thursday, 9/20: Spirit winners were Jason Swope and Peyton Bowman and for Teachers Mr. Endicott and Mrs. Grooms
Keep up the school spirit and don't forget to vote 8th hour!

Homecoming Day: Attendance will be taken 1st hour. Students and teachers will be released to their designated areas. Sponsors will take attendance at their area every hour. This is designed to be sponsor and student driven. If a volunteer parent is approved by a sponsor, they will need to come to the HS Office to get a visitor pass.

Pep Rally will be on Wednesday, 9/19 at 7:30pm in the HS Gym. Attendance will also go towards Class Competitions. Bon Fire will follow the Pep Rally in between the football field and the track. Pep Rally will be at 2:15pm on Friday, 9/21.

The Homecoming Dance will be from 10pm to Midnight on Friday, 9/21. ALL Guests MUST be pre-approved through the HS Office. Slips were due 9/19. If your guest has not been approved you will be notified from the office or at the door if you did not sign them up.

Class Rings and Graduation Supplies: There will be a meeting for Sophomores and Seniors in between the lunch shifts (12:07-12:33) in two locations (Commons & Library) with Jostens on Tuesday, 9/25 to go over options and how to order Class Rings and Graduation Supplies. Orders will be due Wednesday, 10/3 before school from 7:45-8:15am in the HS Commons. Votech students will need to turn orders in to the HS Office the day before.

Teacher of the Month nominations are now available for Polo 7th - 12th grade students. Students are encouraged to nominate teachers at Polo High School that go above and beyond. Students may nominate by filling out a form in the HS Office or by emailing Mr. Pickrell at pickrellj@polo.k12.mo.us.

The following students need to turn in the Enrollment Forms listed below to the HS Office ASAP:
Enrollment Verification Forms:
7th Grade: Pieper, Lucas
8th Grade: Norton, Gavin
Juniors: Fesmire, Tyler; Nickell, Dalton

Handbook Forms:
7th Grade: Pieper, Lucas
8th Grade: Norton, Gavin
Freshman: Carr, Luke
Sophomores: Romero, Angelina
Juniors: Fesmire, Tyler; Gomez, Selena; Nickell, Dalton
Seniors: Barnett, Hunter

Medical Forms:
8th Grade: Norton, Gavin
Sophomores: Leeper, Rosemary
Juniors: Fesmire, Tyler; Nickell, Dalton

Please be aware that the Polo R-VII School District will NO LONGER have the School Reach PHONE CALLS. We have switched systems called TextCaster. TextCaster will send text and/or emails only. This system will NOT automatically have you added from our school database and you must register online in order to receive any further Panther Alerts. We will have Chromebooks set up at Registration and Open House for your convenience to use for this registration process. There are currently two links on our school website polo.k12.mo.us. At the start of the school year you will see a link on the front page to the right under Registration Dates Sign up for TextCaster, our new School Messaging System. There will be a permanent link at the top of the website under the District links TextCaster. Thank you for your cooperation!