Bishop Hogan Memorial School is a Catholic Elementary School in Chillicothe, Missouri... 660 646 0705
Our page updated Thursday, December 11, 2014.
Father Benjamin Kneib, Pastor






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Bishop Hogan won 1st place in the Non-Profit Organization Float Division in the 68th annual Chillicothe Holiday Parade
on Saturday, November 22, 2014, The theme was "Christmas in Paradise," and there were just over 80 entries.

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  • 12/12 Mass; Set up stage in gym
  • 12/15 1:15 grades 3rd-8th Christmas program practice on stage; Eagle's Wings 3:15
  • 12/17 9:00 All School practice for Christmas Program; Mass 5/6th
  • 12/18 Jeans & T-shirt for food; 7:00 Christmas Program for Prek-8th grades
  • 12/19 Mass
  • 12/22 No Eagle's Wings
  • 12/23 12:15 Early Dismissal for Christmas Break; End of Quarter
  • 01/05 School resumes
  • 01/09 Report cards go home

The 8th Grade class is selling $10 gift certificates for Washington Street Food and Drink.
These would make nice Christmas presents. If you are interested in purchasing some,
please talk to an 8th grade student or call the office! These will be available until January.
Use them to treat yourself to a nice meal!

St. Nicholas
Father Kneib visited each classroom and talked about St. Nicholas, whose feast is on Saturday, December 6.
St. Nicholas often left money anonymously for people in need. Although we weren't counting on any money
being left in our shoes, we left them out for St. Nicholas to drop in a few treats! We weren't disappointed!

Please know that Bishop Hogan does not always follow the Chillicothe Public School District calendar. We follow the schedule for Bishop Hogan.

It's that time of year when we are reminded of our many blessings and think about those who are struggling (even though we try to do this all year long!). We plan to adopt a family, maybe two, again this year. If you would like to help, we are collecting food items and money. We buy a turkey or ham, a few toys, an outfit, and needed items such as boots, hats, etc. If you are interested, you can send any of this to the office. Thank you.

On Saturday, November 22, the 1st & 2nd grade students rode the Bishop Hogan float in the annual Holiday Parade. We were number 62 in the line-up. Our theme was Every Day is Paradise with Christ in our Lives. (Nice job, Mrs. Holtzclaw, and all the parents who worked on the float).

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Bishop Hogan Memorial School students presented their 17th annual Veterans Appreciation Program Wednesday morning, November 12, 2014, at the school, followed by a luncheon in recognition and appreciation of military veterans. An estimated 40 veterans attended the program in addition to more than 60 community members. The program began with the posting of Colors by students CJ Pfaff and Logan Potts. Father Kneib offered the opening prayer. Pam Clingerman, curator of the Grand River Historical Society Museum, was the guest speaker for the program and provided information and displayed photographs of the various military uniforms and related items on display at the local museum. CJ Pfaff and Logan Potts gave a flag folding demonstration as fellow classmates explained the meaning behind each fold. The program also included a video honoring veterans and featuring photographs of veterans who are friends and family members of the school and student body. Uniforms on display at the museum include ones from the Civil War, Missouri Militia, World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. The program concluded with the singing of several songs, under the direction of music teacher Mary Garr, by first the Eagles Wings (an after school choir club offered for students in grades 3-8), followed by all students in grades 3-8, and students in grades kindergarten through second.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
Veterans and other community members gathered in the gymnasium of Bishop Hogan Memorial School
for a veterans appreciation program on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
The program included a musical tribute. See "American Tears" video at

We will have a Pizza Hut School Night every month. 15% of sales will go to Bishop Hogan Memorial School.

Every dollar counts at Bishop Hogan! Help us collect Box Tops, Campbell Soup Labels, Coke, Recycle Ink Jet

Registration and tickets for all students attending the March for Life trip has been paid for. Thank you everyone for all of your hard work. The 8th grade students are now working toward money for food and admissions to museums. Additional fundraisers are:
Students are selling $10.00 gift certificates for Washington Street.

The girls' coaches: Joyce Blattner and Julia Reeter. The boys' coaches: Teresa and Ted Hicks. The cheerleading coach: Kim Haakonstad. We want to thank these wonderful volunteers! Thank you for supporting Bishop Hogan Eagles!

Congratulations 1st Place Eagles in the Pleasant View Tournament

We would like to have a volunteer or volunteers to help with the SOAR/Scrip cards. Orders are placed on Monday mornings by 10a.m and cards arriving on Friday need to be sorted and placed in envelopes for customers. If you can help with either of these tasks, please let us know.

House of Prayer visit, October 3, 2014



It's hard to believe that this is already the first of December! Our 5th-8th graders have been typing their reports for the Daughters of American Revolution American History Essay Contest. The title is "A Child's Journey Through Ellis Island." Students spent several weeks researching information about Ellis Island, took notes, and are currently finishing up their compositions.

Students in Mr. John Locker's P.E. class have taken 5 different national fitness tests. Data from their results were entered into a program that shows students how close they are to qualifying for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Awards and the Presidential Physical Fitness Program Awards (one is more competitive). These will be sent home before Christmas. Students will set goals to work toward and retest their strength and agility in the spring. Mr. Locker does a nice job of promoting good physical health and teaching students life-long healthy behaviors.

On behalf of the 8th Grade class and their parents and Mrs. Tyree, we want to thank all the school families for their support of the fundraisers we held to help pay for the students' pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. in January. Everyone has been so generous and it is truly appreciated!

Grants: We were notified that we received a $2000 MFA Grant and a $375 Livingston County Community Foundation Grant for technology for the school. Yeah! In combination to a donation earlier by Jessica Miller, we will be able to purchase 2 iPads and some educational applications for each classroom. These will be well utilized in individualizing instruction for our students.

Library: Thank you, Brian Pfaff, Mary Pauley, and Angie Huwar! These three have been helping us enter new books into our library automated system and shelving books. We can still use more help if anyone has any time to give. We will teach you the easy process.

Oktoberfest: A huge thank you to everyone who was able to attend Oktoberfest. COMPLETE DETAILS WITH PHOTOS ARE ON THE ST. COLUMBAN WEBSITE

Oktoberfest Results - Raffle Winners, Booth Totals, Photos - Click Here

Preschool Roof:  We are currently working on getting bids for the roof of the Preschool Building (former Academy Building). Although it is not in the budget, it is something that is in dire need. The bad places in the roof are leaking through the third floor onto the second floor ceilings. The building serves our growing needs so it is important that we do the upkeep. Thank you for buying the pies from the 8th graders to support them in their journey to be part of the Walk for Life! They couldn't do it without the support of their school and parish family!!  -- Pam Brobst

Talent Show May 13, 2014


PE days are Tuesday and Thursday - Please remind your child to either wear or bring or bring tennis shoes to school on those days.

In cold weather, we want to remind you to dress your students in warm clothes. It is important for your children to wear long sleeve shirts, bring a warm winter coat, a hat, and gloves.

After school care is available from 3:00 to 5:00pm
$27.00 for one, $25 per child if have 2; $22 per child if have 3 or more.
Call the office with any questions 660-646-0705.

WILL CEI HURT PUBLIC SCHOOLS? - The Children's Education Initiative (CEI) will not reduce state funding to public schools. In fact, this education tax credit program allocates 50% of its benefits exclusively to public schools. The 10% reserved for special education will primarily benefit public schools. For more information. contact the Missouri Catholic Conference at 800-456-1679. Registration and Petition form information is also on our St. Columban website.

School will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. for early outs and for monthly in-service meetings. The dates and times will be listed on the annual school calendar, monthly calendar, Eagle's Nest and Church Bulletin. No lunch will be served on these days.

The Columbian Squires will be hosting the Dinner and a Movie program again in 2014. The programs are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For more information you can visit Help spread the word.

  • BIRTHDAYS: Nicholas Utter Dec 16; Belinda Bower 12/19; Jesus 12/25; Cole Huwar 12/27 


Photo by Father Ben at Christmas


Grandparents' Luncheon | House of Prayer 10/03/14Oktoberfest 2014 | Habitat Posters | Veteran's Day 11/12/14


Teachers 2013-2014 | Homecoming King & Queen 2013 | Preschool | Fire Prevention Week | Pet Blessing 10/04/13
Oktoberfest News & Photos 10/06/13 | Preschool Field Trip (October 2013) | Halloween 2013 | Veteran's Day 2013
Preschool Thanksgiving | Holiday Parade | Christmas Program | Missoula Children's Theatre | Catholic Schools Week 2014
Business Buddies | VFW Essay Contest | Conservation Posters 2014 | Elks Essay Contest 2014 | Dinner Auction 2014
Talent Show 05/13/14

8th Grade Graduates 2013 | Spring Talent Show 05/13/13
1st Communion 05/05/13 | Dinner Auction 04/27/13 | Trip to Exchange City 04/10/13
Shadow Stations 2013 | Soil & Water Winners
Catholic Schools Week 2013 | Missoula Children's Theatre 01/08/13 | Christmas Program 12 21 12
Christmas Parade 11/17/12 | Patriot's Pen Essay Contest | Halloween Party Parade 10/31/12
Octoberfest 2012 | Homecoming Parade 09/14/12 | Labor Day Assembly | Grandparents' Day
First Day of School 08/22/12 | Back to School Party 08/12/12

SOAR Gift Cards

We have these SOAR shopping cards in stock so be sure to pick them up before you go shopping: Hy-Vee, Target, Piggly Wiggly, Dominos, Hicks, Pizza Hut, Bejing, Subway, Taco Bell, or Walgreens.

47... That's how many days until Christmas - it is fast approaching! There is no better time for a Soar Card Drive than now. There will be order forms going home this week. Turn order forms back in by November 17 receive the cards in time for Black Friday shopping. Drive will continue through Christmas with another turn in deadline to receive cards by Christmas. This Drive is just one more way to benefit our AWESOME school.

They take any unused glasses to recycle. If you know of anyone needing free eye glasses or screening, contact the local Lions Club.

Nominate our school to win $4,500 in the Book It program. Please follow this link and fill out the appropriate information about yourself and the school.

If you have questions or concerns about Smart Tuition and your payment plan please contact the school office. We will help you any way we can. We are all just learning this process.

Please take a few minutes to sign up for Textcaster. This is an email/text messaging system that we now have available for parents and friends to get messages from our office. Getting messages out will be more efficient and timely when done through Textcaster. If possible, we would like to have every parent on this system. You can sign up by going to the Livingston County website or the City of Chillicothe's website. On the school notification page, you will find Bishop Hogan near the bottom. If you have not done this yet, please be sure to sign up. We are unable to use it until we have everyone on this program.

Cafeteria News
A la cart Items:

  • Fresh Fruit $ .25
  • Frozen Fruit Bars $ .50
  • Muffins $ .25
  • Cookies $ .25


Father Benjamin Kneib, Pastor -
Parish Office Manager - Kim Murrell
Pam Brobst, Principal -
Leslie Holland, Administrative Assistant -
Mary Higgins, Teacher Preschool -
Theresa Oakes, Teacher Preschool - Email Ms. Oakes
Toby Minnis, Kindergarten Teacher -
Terri Holtzclaw, Teacher Grades 1&2 -
Heather Davis
, Teacher Grades 3&4 -
Brooke Westcott, Aid for Grades 3&4
Joyce Blattner, Teacher Grades 5&6 -
Terri Tyree, Teacher Grades 7&8 -
Mary Garr, Teacher Music/Band -
John Locker, P.E. Teacher - Email Mr. Locker
Belinda Bower, Cook & Janitor -
Dorney Hecker, Maintenance

SCHOOL DROP OFF/PICK UP - Bishop Hogan Elementary School day begins at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 3:00 p.m. To pickup/drop off students, parents should pull into the school parking lot per this designated route: East on JFK, North on Easton, West on 10th, enter Parking Lot on North Side and circle around to the gym door. When entering the Preschool building, please use the North parking lot or Trenton Street. Parents will need to sign their preschool in and out each day. PLEASE USE CAUTION! The gym doors will open at 7:30 a.m. The doors will be locked after 7:50. Students arriving after 7:50 may come to the south side door where parents should drop off on the west side of the street (this will prevent students from having to cross the street). Students will be released from the gym door at 3:00 p.m.

Early Childhood Screening
The Chillicothe School District has a developmental assessment for all children in the R-II School District. School district personnel will conduct a FREE screening for children 3 months to four years old. This will include:
Hearing, Vision and Health Screening
Height and Weight Screening
Speech Assessment
Developmental Screening
Check of Immunization Records
Screening will take approximately one hour and parents will be with their child during this time. Call Garrison School at 660-646-1653 to schedule an appointment.

CJ Pfaff Won First Place in Division 1 of the 2013-2014 Missouri Elks Association Essay Contest on "What Does Veterans' Day Mean to Me?" Awesome Job CJ!

Livingston County Soil & Water Conservation District 2014 Class Poster Contest Winners 
Dig Deeper Mysteries in the Soil
4th Grade - 1st Place Connor Hobbs; 2nd Place Ellie Barnett; 3rd Place Carson Crawford
5th & 6th Grade - 1st Place Josie Reeter; 2nd Place Eli Cross; 3rd Place Mason Baxter

The 5th through 8th graders participated in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Essay contest. The Essay title this year was "The Lives of Children During the American Revolution." The students were asked to write an essay using historical facts and discuss how the war affected the lives of children. Maggie Pfaff was selected by the judges as the First Place winner in the 7th grade division. Her essay has been forwarded to the State American History Committee for further consideration. Maggie will be invited to read her essay at the Olive Prindle Chapter DAR meeting on Monday March 10th at 12:45 at the Grand River Historical Society Museum, 1401 Forest Dr., in Chillicothe. She will be awarded her certificate at that time. Congratulations to Maggie for her win.

FUND RAISING: Remember to send in your ink toner cartridges, Dominos Pizza proofs of purchase, Campbell Soup labels, Labels for Education, Box Tops for Education, Coke Reward Points, and aluminum cans. With your help we have earned :
$917.00 from Box Tops,
$511.00 from Ink recycling
$108.00 from pop can recycling
Thank you for your help. Please keep donating! These programs are ongoing.

LIKE US ON TARGET - This is an easy way to earn money for our school. When you are on Facebook, go here and vote for Bishop Hogan! After 25 votes, we will get $25.00 from Target and then $1.00 for each vote after that. Please share this with your family! We have already received a check for $42.19 from Target. Yeah!!

Citizens Bank has teamed up with Bishop Hogan to help us raise money. Every time you use your Citizens Bank & Trust Bishop Hogan Memorial school debit card, Bishop Hogan earns $ .05 at no charge to the customer. That doesn't sound like much but it really adds up. This last quarter we received a check for $115.95. Thank you to everyone that has a Bishop Hogan debit card and thank you to Citizens Bank for their support!

Pizza Hut - We will have the Pizza Hut School Night every 2nd Tuesday of each month. 15% of sales will go to Bishop Hogan Memorial School. Flyers will be sent home with the students. All we have to do is get our family and friends to order pizza for dinner that night. The flyers have to be turned in to Pizza Hut when you pick up your pizza.

Aluminum Cans - We are very fortunate to have Carole Hobbs picking up our cans and taking them to Hope Haven for us the third Tuesday of the month!!

Remember to send in your ink toner cartridges, Dominos Pizza proofs of purchase, Campbell Soup labels, Box Tops for Education, and aluminum cans.

We have purchased some new equipment for P.E. with our Coke Rewards' points. Mr. Locker has purchased two new whistles, a new soccer goal. and some huge dice for games in the gym. Please keep sending in your Coke Rewards' lids so that we can earn more points.

Remember to send in your ink toner cartridges, Dominos Pizza proofs of purchase, Campbell Soup labels, Labels for Education, Box Tops for Education, Coke Reward Points, and aluminum cans. With your help we have earned:
$917.00 from Box Tops
$511.00 from ink recycling
$108.00 from pop can recycling

The Labels for Education will be sent in this month, and we should get a check from them in May. Thank you for your help. Please keep donating! These programs are ongoing.

Dress your children appropriately for the winter temperatures, sweaters, crewneck sweatshirts, etc.

The portal website is where you can go through to shop to earn money for the school. Bishop Hogan gets money every time you purchase items through this portal with stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, and many others.

READ to SUCCEED - We are once again participating in the Read to Succeed program. This program is for grades Kindergarten through 6th. Your child must complete 6 hours of recreational reading to receive an admissions ticket to Six Flags.

If you would like to contribute to our Guardian Angel fund which is used for tuition assistance, please contact Kim Murrell at the St. Columban parish office (660-646-0190).
Our fund drive is going on now as we begin a new school year!

For additional information call: 
Bishop Hogan School office at 660-646-0705
Bishop Hogan Preschool at: 660-646-3070

Please make sure your accounts are current or contact the office to make payment arrangements. If you have any questions about your balances, please contact the office 660-646-0705.

Read the latest news....

  • NetSmartz - Computer Safety
    Parenting wired kids can be difficult if you didn't grow up with the same technologies. These resources can help. Smartphones, posting inappropriate pictures; stopping posts; meeting offline; secure passwords; webcams; sexting; and more. NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates. NetSmartz Goals: Educate children on how to recognize potential Internet risks; Engage children and adults in a two-way conversation about on- and offline risks; Empower children to help prevent themselves from being exploited and to report victimization to a trusted adult.

  • Diocese Appoints An Ombudsman - In June 2011, the diocese appointed an independent public liaison and ombudsman to field and investigate all reports of inappropriate behavior or sexual misconduct by clergy, employees or volunteers. To make a confidential report to the ombudsman, please contact Jenifer Valenti at (816) 812-2500. [Definition - Ombudsman - a person who investigates and attempts to resolve complaints and problems, as between employees and an employer or between students and a university.]

  • Fifth and Sixth Grade Food Drive - Fifth & Sixth Grade are still collecting non-perishable items for the food pantry. Thank you to Kristie Crawford for delivering to the food pantry. The school is still collecting 
    Hy-Vee receipts (no prescriptions can be on the receipts or gas receipts); Campbell Labels - Campbell Soup proof of purchase markers are on BIC merchandise - any BIC product (V8 we need the lids); Box Tops 4 Education. Don't forget old ink cartridges to recycle. No matter what size. We get money for these!

  • REMINDER: Students need to bring or wear tennis shoes on PE days (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

  • VIRTUS TRAINING - PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN is a requirement for all those who will be teaching, volunteering and working with our preschoolers, children and teens. This includes volunteers for room parties, driver for field trips, basketball volunteer, etc. For more information, please call the school office at 660-646-0705.

  • Weather: Please listen to KCHI 98.5 if there is no school - they will broadcast that information.

    In accord with government regulations, we are to notify parents of our students that in some of the building products present in our buildings, there is a small amount of asbestos. Bishop Hogan School has an Asbestos Management Plan that is available for inspection in the school office at Bishop Hogan Memorial School, 1114 Trenton, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. You may view this information during school hours when the secretary is present.

  • STAFF 2013-2014:
    Pastor - Father Ben Knieb
    Parish Office Manager - Kim Murrell
    Principal - Pam Brobst
    Preschool: Mary Higgins, teacher
    Paraprofessional for Preschool: Theresa Oakes
    Kindergarten: Toby Minnis
    1st/2nd grade: Alisa Grubaugh
    3rd/4th grade: Erica Baker
    5th/6th grade: Joyce Blattner
    7th/8th grade: Brian Murrell
    Music/Band/Computers: Mary Garr
    P.E.: John Locker
    Administrative Assistant: Leslie Holland
    Cook/Custodian: Belinda Bower

  • See our News Notes for additional information from the church and school office.

Read Our Most Recent Soaring Eagle (Alumni Letter) HERE (Spring, 2013 - PDF 135KB).

Pam Brobst - Principal
Leslie Holland - Admin. Assistant
TELEPHONE 660-646-0705
FAX 660-646-3070

1114 Trenton Street, Chillicothe, MO 64601

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