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Friday, May 6th, 2022
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School Calendar: Dates To Remember
  • Wednesday, May 11th: Full Day | Dismissal at 3:10PM
  • Monday, May 16th: School Board Monthly Meeting | 6:30PM
  • Wednesday, May 18th: 2PM Early Dismissal
  • Sunday, May 22nd: High School Graduation | 1:30PM
  • Wednesday, May, 25th: Full Day | Dismissal at 3:10PM
  • Thursday, May 26th: Full Day | Dismissal at 3:10PM
  • Friday, May 27th: Last Day of School | 12:30PM Early Dismissal
Note From The Superintendent

Dear Southern Boone School District Family,

I would like to take a moment to provide an update on the Ranken Technical College construction project. This past week, the Southern Boone School Board of Education approved the construction bids related to the new Ranken Tech campus in Ashland. Over the next several weeks, you begin to see construction activity taking place at the location of the new campus on Perry Avenue, next to Salter Lawn Service. I am very excited about this project and the opportunities it will provide to the juniors and seniors at the high school, as well as adults throughout Mid-Missouri.

This project has been in the works for many years. I want to thank all those who have contributed to the workforce development fundraising campaign. The committee is very close to its $3 million goal. We have received major contributions of $250,000 by several businesses in the region who see the value of a technical college in our community and the impact it will have on their businesses' ability to hire highly skilled employees. The rate of contributions has been extremely humbling to witness. It reminds me of the blessings of our community and how uniquely special it is to live and work in Southern Boone. Thank you for your support of the Ranken Tech project.

You can learn more about the Ranken Technical College project at

Finally, thank you to the parents, Southern Boone County PTA, Southern Boone School Board of Education and the entire community for the support and generosity that you’ve shown this week to our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. This type of recognition sets our school district apart from other districts in Mid-Missouri.

Thank you for everything you do for our students, staff and school district! Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!


Christopher Felmlee
Superintendent of Schools

May 2-6, 2022: Teacher Appreciation Week
This week has been Teacher Appreciation Week. This is a special time to honor the individuals who lend their passion and skills to educating the children in our community.

Teachers continue to show up each and every day, from the time students get off the school bus, to the time they arrive safety at home each afternoon. While there have been many challenges along the way, educators have been and continue to be committed to ensuring that students have the tools they need to reach their full potential.

We're all aware that times have been tough, but our teachers are tougher. We want to celebrate, acknowledge and appreciate the daily sacrifices teachers make for every child in our schools. For many of them, teaching is heart work. Teachers touch the hearts of students in a special way and make a lasting difference in their lives.

We honor all teachers in our school district for going beyond the call of duty to make a positive impact on our student's learning and development. Thank you to our amazing teachers and everything they do for our students, our schools and our community.

Southern Boone Announces New Activities Director

The Southern Boone School District announced this week that Trent Tracy has been named as the district’s new Activities Director. Tracy succeeds Dale Long, who has served in the position since July 2019. Tracy will begin the transition immediately and will take over as Activities Director on July 1st, 2022.

With Tracy becoming the new Activities Director, he will be leaving his position as head football coach for Southern Boone. The search for a new varsity head football coach will begin immediately.

The Southern Boone School District has over 20 MSHSAA varsity sports, fine arts and numerous other clubs and activities.

Free Meals For All Students Ending

As the 2021-2022 school year comes to an end, so will the free meals for all students in the Southern Boone School District. For the past two school years, the federal government has funded a program that provided free meals to all students at school throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year, Congress declined to continue funding this program.

Parents are asked to fill out the 2021-2022 free and reduced meal application before the end of this school year if you have not already filled out an application for this school year. You can turn in the completed form to your child’s school office or central office. If your family does qualify for free or reduced meals this will give you a 30-day grace period at the start of the 2022-2023 school year to complete another application for next school year.

The school district is encouraging all families to fill out an application. Even if you think your family won’t qualify, your application can help the school district in many different areas including federal funding and qualifying for grants.

This change will also affect summer school. Unfortunately, there will be no free meals for students at summer school in July. If you have a child(ren) attending summer school that might qualify for free or reduced meals, you will need to complete a 2021-2022 application.

Starting July 1, 2022, the 2022-2023 free and reduced meal application will be available on the school district’s website. Even if you fill out and turn in the 2021-2022 application, you will need to complete the 2022-2023 application for next school year as well.

Completing an application is the only way to be considered for free or reduced meals.

If you have any questions regarding free or reduced meals or need assistance with filling out an application, please call Southern Boone Central Office at 573-657-2147.

Changes to 2021-2022 School Calendar

The Southern Boone School District has made a few changes to the remainder of the 2021-2022 school calendar. Due to the school district taking a snow day on Friday, March 11th, the following changes have been made to this year’s school calendar.

  • Wednesday, May 11th will be a full day, with dismissal being at 3:10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 25th will be a full day, with dismissal being at 3:10 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 26th will be a full day, with dismissal being at 3:10 p.m.

The last day of school will be on Friday, May 27th, with early dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Southern Boone Launches New App And Website
The Southern Boone School District is excited to launch a new app for smartphones and a redesigned mobile-friendly website. On the app and website, you can read the latest news, find staff contact information, view upcoming events, and see other important announcementsThe new app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, by searching for Southern Boone School District. Along with the release of the new app, the school is also debuting its new and improved website.

Download the app for Android:

Download the app for iPhone:

Learn more about the new app by watching this YouTube video:

New mobile-friendly website:
Ashland Police No Longer
Directing Traffic At Intersection

The Ashland Police Department announced this week that due to an accident involving a police officer before school at the intersection of Henry Clay Boulevard and Liberty Lane, effective immediately, police officers will no longer be directing traffic at the intersection (in front of the primary school).

Ashland Police will continue to have an officer stationed at the intersection to help pedestrians cross the street.

The Southern Boone School District is encouraging parents that drop off their child(ren) at the primary and/or elementary school to allow for extra time and be patient while traveling through the intersection. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Friday, May 6th, 2022: School Lunch Hero Day
Friday, May 6th is School Lunch Hero Day! The Opaa! food services staff serve around 1,800 breakfasts and over 5,000 lunches a week at Southern Boone School District.

"These lunch ladies and food dudes are truly my heroes every day!" said Faith Calvin, Opaa! Director of Nutrition Services at Southern Boone. "They've encountered countless issues over the past several years, many of which we could have never predicted. They have graciously dealt with supply chain issues, canceled grocery trucks, food shortages, and staff shortages and they have continued to show up day after day for our students."

Many of these staff members are at school before the sun rises to prepare breakfast and then get right to work making hundreds of hot healthy lunches every day.

"They work in a "behind the scenes" role but they are an essential part of the school day," said Calvin. "I could never express my gratitude and appreciation for these hardworking individuals enough. They are an amazing group of people and I feel so blessed to work beside them each and every day!"

Thank you to the Opaa! food services staff for everything they do for our students at Southern Boone!
Here is information about the district calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.
Here are highlights from the Southern Boone School Board of Education monthly meetings.
Here are monthly updates on the construction of the expansion and renovation project at the middle school.
Voters in the Southern Boone School District approved the $3 million no-tax-increase bond issue during the April election.
School News and Views
Mrs. Amelunke Named Mid-Missouri
Elementary Counselor of the Year
Primary School Counselor Mrs. Amelunke was presented with the Mid-Missouri School Counselor Association's Elementary Counselor of the Year Award on Friday, April 29th during the Primary School's PBS Assembly. Congratulations, Mrs. Amelunke!

Kindergarten May Day Baskets
Mrs. Hartman and Mrs. Francis’ kindergarten classes delivered May Day baskets earlier this week to neighboring houses. This is a tradition that many residents in our community look forward to each year.
2022 Southern Boone High School Prom
Southern Boone High School's 2022 Prom was on Saturday, April 30th at Timber Ridge Barn outside of Jefferson City. Anderson Pipes was crowned Prom Queen and Lee Gentges was crowned Prom King. Congratulations!

Sunday, May 1st, 2022 was National School Principals' Day. We are very thankful for our principals and the work they do each day for our students, staff, schools and community.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 was National Administrative Professionals’ Day! Thank you to our Administrative Professionals for everything they do for our students, school buildings and our entire district. They keep our offices organized, efficient and running smoothly every single day.
Nutrition Services Director Earns 3rd Place In Recipe Contest

Congratulations to Faith Calvin, Opaa! Director of Nutrition Services at Southern Boone School District, for receiving 3rd place with her Philly Mac & Cheese in Opaa's company-wide recipe contest in Oklahoma. 300 schools in 7 states participated in the contest.
Other School Announcements

Lady Eagles Basketball Camp: June 6-8th
ImageThe 2022 Lady Eagles Basketball Camp will be June 6th, 7th and 8th for students in 1st-8th grade. Cost is $40 per camper. For more information, contact Damon Wren at

Southern Boone Youth Baseball Camp: May 23rd-25th

For more information and to register, contact Brian Ash at
Southern Boone Youth Softball Camp Registration
2022 Southern Boone Youth Softball Camp will be held Tuesday, May 31st - Thursday, June 2nd at the high school softball field. Cost is $30 and early sign-up includes a t-shirt. Early sign-up deadline is May 13th.

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