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Cub Pride Article (March 23, 2017) by Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent
Recap of FEMA Safe Room Usage from March 9
We were reminded earlier this month that severe weather season is upon us and how blessed we are as a community to have access to the various FEMA safe room shelters at our disposal. The tornado warnings Monett experienced on the evening of Thursday, March 9, came without much advance warning. In fact, I do not believe that we had experienced an official tornado warning (where sirens were going off in the City of Monett) for well over a year!
During the tornado warning of March 9, we accommodated approximately 500 local community members in our three district-approved FEMA shelters. As superintendent of schools, I was so happy to see that our plans for making the FEMA shelters available to the public were carried out according to plan and with very little delay or hesitation. That is certainly what you plan for, but you just never know how things will spring into action until an actual warning event occurs.
One of the few snags or questions that we experienced on the evening of the 9th is what to do with people wanting to bring pets into the facilities. In tense weather episodes, many people are very passionate about the welfare of their pets, and this is very understandable. FEMA policy specifically states that pets, unless prior approved for medical reasons, are not to be allowed within the confines of the FEMA structures. As a district, however, we have made the decision to allow people to bring their pets to the shelters as long as they are confined to a carrier or portable kennel in which the pet may be contained.
As a reminder, the Monett R-1 School District operates three “official” FEMA shelters for public use at any time, day or night, 365 days a year: the Monett Elementary gymnasium, the Monett High School Performing Arts Center and the Monett Intermediate/Middle School cafeteria complex. When a tornado siren is sounded in the City of Monett, our staff will quickly spring into action to open the facilities and welcome those in need of cover and a place for safety. Our policy is also to keep the shelters open until the danger of impending storms has passed.
On the evening of March 9, we also accommodated another 40-50 patrons at our recently completed safe room structure at Central Park Elementary. We do need to remind the community that this structure was basically built for the safety of students, teachers, staff, and visitors to the building during the school day. This safe room has never been planned for use as an anytime, day or night, 365 day a year open access shelter. On the evening of the 9th, we had administrators and teachers still working in the building when the sirens sounded, and we quickly made the decision to accommodate those neighbors who came by to ask if they could use the structure for cover. We just want to emphasize to those who live around Central Park that there may not always be someone available to open the doors to that facility; therefore, plans should always be made to get yourself and your family to the MIS/MMS shelter (just a few short blocks away).
Although we hope that we never have to use these facilities for the actual purposes for which they were designed, it is comforting to know that we do have these facilities at our disposal should we need them. In the future, we hope that you will continue to utilize our shelters in the event of a tornado warning. If you can safely heed the warning sirens and travel to any of our shelters in a 5-minute window, your movement to one of our shelters will most certainly provide you the safest place to ride out a potentially dangerous storm. If you have any questions as to your use of the shelters, please do not hesitate to call our Monett R-1 Central Office at 235-7422.
Monett Middle School Students present program at Board of Education meeting:
Dr. Jonathan Apostol, MMS Principal, introduced five students:
Madison Williams, Victoria Soriano, Benjamin Brown, Josue Cavazos,
and Daniel Geiss who represented Monett Middle School at the First
Annual Digital Citizenship Summit at the Southwest Center for Educational
Excellence. The students gave a great overview of the summit to the
Monett R-1 Board of Education recognized Mrs. Cantwell's class for raising $1,222.50 for "Saving the Manatees"!
Pictured representing Mrs. Cantwell's 3rd grade class
are (l) Mackenzy Cutbirth and (r) Hannah McDonald
with Mrs. Cantwell and Mrs. Jennifer Wallace, Principal.
Board Recognized Dah Wah, Monett Intermediate Student, for accomplishing the craft of crochet during Genius Hour; pictured at center with (l) Mrs. Latricia Davis, teacher and (r) Mrs. Cherie Austin, MIS Principal:
Board Recognized Kelli Sangston for placing 20th at State Girls Swim and Dive Competition (pictured below with Coach, Dan Janssen:
Pizzazz Poms Recognized at Board of Education Meeting for placing 3rd in State Hip Hop and 5th in State Pom as well as individual events:
Press Release: Stephanie Heman Named New Monett High School Assistant Principal for 2017-2018 School Year
The Monett R-1 School District Board of Education has named Stephanie Heman as the new Monett High School Assistant Principal for the 2017-18 school year. Mrs. Heman rose to the top of a field of 41 applicants for the assistant principal position. She had previously served 9 years as a high school assistant principal in the Webb City School District as well as 17 years with the Aurora School District as a high school teacher and coach. Mrs. Heman will replace Caysie Turner, who accepted the lead principal position at Crane High School for the 2017-18 school year.