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Cub Pride Article 
Board of Education Report


May 18, 2017

 
The Monett R-1 School District Board of Education met on Thursday evening, May 18th, at 6:00 p.m.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular April Board of Education meeting and the May special meeting were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Pay Bills
  • Approve Guidance/Counseling Program Evaluation
  • Approve the Fund 1 to Fund 4 Transfer (7%)
  • Approve Property/Casualty and Workers Comp Insurance Bid
  • Approve Common Student Handbook Revisions
 
Board Recognition and Program
     David Williams, MHS Principal, introduced members of the MHS Robotics Team.  MHS students Jonathan Hughes, Payton Houts, and John Rausch described the program and their recent accomplishments.  The following MHS students are members of the robotics team: Ashton Massardo, Shane Pass, John Rausch, Donavan Smith, Karsyn Ballay, Ashley Bryand, Naman Desai, Madissen Brannon, Garret Gunter, Payton Houts, Trevor Kingrey, Jonathan Hughes, Nathan Arnall, Blake Pachner, Karina Salas, Maggie Sisney, Cian Morris, Spencer Bryand, Chris Simmons, and Jacob King.
 
     Cherie Austin, MIS Principal, and MIS teachers Penny Smith and Amy Green presented information on the Champion Creatively Alive Children grant for Creative Leadership Grant Award for 2016-2017.  Through this grant, MIS received $2500 and various Crayola products.  The teachers have created mobile Makerspace carts that range from art carts to construction carts.  The students love them!
 
Administrative Reports
            In administrative reports, Superintendent Brad Hanson presented updates and information about the following:
  • Legislative session wrap-up
  • Building-level written report
 
Old Business
Review of Summer Project List
            Dr. Hanson updated the Board concerning summer projects including the Fieldhouse renovation project and work at E. E. Camp.  Renovation work at E. E. Camp uncovered electrical issues that were in need of extensive repair.  The Board approved the recommended repairs.
 
Curriculum and Instruction
            In the area of curriculum and instruction, Dr. Evans, Assistant Superintendent, reported the final Tutoring, Enrichment and Mentoring (TEAM) report to the Board of Education.  This past year 68 Monett teachers logged over 3,100 hours providing after-school intervention, mentoring, and enrichment opportunities to small groups of students assisting with increasing student achievement.
            Dr. Evans also presented the Back-to-School Workshop schedule highlighting the new teacher induction program and the opening meeting dates.  The first general meeting with faculty and staff has been scheduled for August 9th.  The first day for students is August 15th.
 
New Business
CTA Salary and Benefits Consideration 2017-18
            The Community Teachers Association (CTA) Salary and Welfare committee members shared a few long-term goals that included maintaining a competitive base salary, providing incentives to retain experienced teachers, incentivizing pursuance of higher education, providing incentives for healthy choices to increase wellness, and increasing the reimbursement for unused sick leave.  The Board will consider the proposal and make a final decision at the June meeting.
 
Review Parking Lot Repair/Sealing Bids
            Dr. Hanson updated the Board concerning bids received for parking lot projects.  The Board approved Dr. Hanson’s recommendation to accept the bid from APAC for work at Burl Fowler Stadium and Springfield Sealing and Striping for repair and sealing projects.  Work will begin this summer.
 
Review 1:1 Technology Purchase
            Dr. Hanson reviewed the options to purchase student and teacher devices.   Board approved Dr. Hanson’s recommendation to purchase student iPads for MMS, CPE, and MES.
 
Update on Random Drug Testing Program
            David Williams, MHS Principal, and Jonathan Apostol, MMS Principal, provided the Board with an update of the random drug testing program at MMS and MHS.
 
Review MHS and MES Student Handbooks, MSBA Policy Revisions and District Wellness Plan
            The Board received student handbooks from MES and MHS, a Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) policy revision to consider, and the District Wellness Plan.  The Board will conduct a 30-day review before making final recommendations.
 
Set Dates for June Board Meeting and Budget Work Session
            The Board will meet for a budget work session on June 13th to study the proposed budget for 2017-18.  The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting was set for June 29th.  The July board meeting was set for July 18th.
           
Closed Session
 
When the Board returned from closed session:
 
            The Board approved the classified employment list for 2017-18.
 
            The Board approved the extra-curricular assignment list.
 
            The Board accepted the resignations of Julie Dalton, Delana Munsterman, and Lynne Cowherd.
 
            The Board approved to employ Jeff Piepenbrink, MIS/MMS ISS; Sara Todd, MIS SPED; Jordan Schoppenhorst, CPE 3rd grade; and Keather Bumgarner, MMS English, for the 2017-18 school year.

Cub Pride Article, May 5, 2017
Dr. Jeff Carr, 
Board of Education Member 

Giving Back to the Community
 
     First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time out of his or her busy schedule to go out and vote in this year’s school board election.  I want to give special thanks to those constituents who had enough faith in me to cast a vote in my direction.  I will do my best to represent the voice and sentiment of this community.
     I am not a native of Monett.  I was born and raised a Houn Dawg in Aurora.  I attended SMSU and Park College for my undergraduate studies after high school.  I then continued my education at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City where I received my Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree.  I married my wife, Kelley, two weeks out of college, and we moved to Tulsa to start our careers.  When we were making more permanent decisions about our future, we decided to move back to this area.  I took an associate position with Dr. Jerry Weber here in Monett in 1994.  Kelley and I took several things into consideration when making the decision to live in Monett versus our hometown of Aurora.  With children in our near-future plans, the school district was one of the reasons we chose Monett as our home.
     This community has not only made our family feel welcome but has supported us in our careers.  As I stated in the Monett Times, I feel that it is my responsibility to give back to the community that has given so much to our family.  The future of small communities and their success is closely related to the education of its students.  It may not be obvious for those who grew up here, but Monett is a shining example of that fact.  I cannot think of a better way for me to give back to this community than to serve on the school board as one of its representatives to help make this district the best it can be for our students and faculty.  Thank you again for that opportunity.
Cub Pride Article - April 28, 2017
Mr. Jim Randall, Board of Education Member 

      

     If you asked my old classmates from kindergarten through 12th grade whether they thought I would ever run for the Monett R-1 School Board, I would guess their answers would be somewhere between "Yeah, I really doubt that" to "Oh my gosh, no!"  And they would be right, judging by the person and student I was during that period of time.  Notwithstanding that I was heavily involved in athletics and notwithstanding that I was elected Student Body President at Monett High School, I'll have to admit that I was a bit of a rebel.  Like a lot of students, I thought I already knew quite a lot more than my teachers and parents.  Fortunately, time and experience taught me that my youthful notion was, quite simply, wrong.
 
     After Monett High School, I attended and graduated from Missouri State University (then SMSU) and earned a bachelor’s degree in history.  I went on to law school at Ave Maria School of Law, then in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  My learning experiences deepened, but particularly during one summer while I was in law school, I was given the opportunity to be a summer volunteer at the South Bronx Educational Foundation (SBEF) in Bronx, New York.  That program was designed to teach inner- city kids about acquiring personal virtues through applying themselves to learning basic subjects like math, science, history, English, etc.  For a person living here in Monett, conditions in the South Bronx were almost unimaginable.  It is extremely poor.  Many there don't speak English or speak it poorly.  Juvenile crime is rampant.  Drugs and teen pregnancy are everywhere.
 
     I learned two important lessons during my time in the South Bronx.  One, that teaching is much, much harder than I had ever thought.  I gained a true appreciation for what teachers do for every student.  Second, I discovered that to do a good job while being in a position of authority requires that you genuinely care about those under your authority.  Whether it's teacher/student, boss/employee, attorney/client, you have to care about those for whom you bear responsibility, or you won't do a good job for them.  
 
     I care about Monett and the people in Monett.  I care about the students here in this town and that they become successful in life.  I feel a great deal of responsibility to those who voted for me and even those who did not and for the educational needs of their children.  While I still have a great deal to learn about the school system here, I look forward to working with parents, teachers, and students to ensure that the kids coming out of the Monett school system are well prepared to take on the coming challenges in their lives.  

 
Cub Pride -April 21, 2017
Board of Education Report

April 18, 2017

 
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Tuesday evening, April 18, at 6:15 p.m., for the annual reorganization meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular March Board of Education meeting were approved.  The current Board then moved to adjourn the meeting.
 
Dr. Hanson called a new meeting to order to announce the results of the April 4th election.  The Board reviewed the certified election results.  Lonna Norman, Board Secretary, administered the oath of office to Darren Bass, Jeff Carr, and Jim Randall.  The Board took nominations for board president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.  The Board moved and approved the following Monett R-1 Board of Education officer positions. 
 
Dr. Darren Bass, President
Mr. A.J. Bahl, Vice-President
Mrs. Lonna Norman, Secretary
Mrs. Tracy Wimberley, Treasurer
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Library/Media Program Evaluation
  • English Language Learner (ELL) Program Evaluation
  • Adult Education Program Evaluation 
  • Approve GOCAPS Affiliate Contract
  • Approve Surplus Property Bids
  • Employ Classified Personnel
 
Board Program and Recognition
Mrs. Susie Gasser and Dr. Jonathan Apostol introduced Monett students who displayed artwork for the Youth Art Month at the state capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri.  The following students were recognized:  
            Monett Middle School:  John Cabrera, Emily Swanson, Lupe Medrano, Melanie Hernandez
            Monett Elementary School:  Yvette Romero, Blessing Kpaw, Justin Arias, Brennon Booth
 
Mrs. Jennifer Wallace introduced CPE's Odyssey of the Mind groups who competed in Rolla on April 1st.  Both teams placed first in their division and qualified for the world competition being held in Michigan.  Caiden Doty won a special award for his creativity during the spontaneous problem.  Congratulations to Mrs. Meng, Mrs. Blessing, Mrs. Deffendall and the fourth grade Odyssey of the Mind students!
 
Central Park Elementary students from Ms. Holbrook's class and some of Mrs. Dalton's ELL students have been working on a PBL project focusing on making sure the Monett community is prepared should it be hit by a tornado.  Several students presented their PBL project findings at the school board meeting.  They have started a Facebook page and an Instagram account, have published an article for the Monett Times, and have created an informational flyer to update the community about the tornado shelters and how to best prepare for this type of disaster.
 
 
Dr. Apostol recognized students from the Monett Chapter of the Student Council who received the Honor Council Award during the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) recognition of  statewide councils meeting the criteria needed to earn the Honor Award.  Receiving the award on behalf of the MMS Student Council were Cameron George (8th grade) and Molly Poole (7th grade).  Amy Barker, Student Council advisor for Monett Middle School, was selected as Advisor of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year.  Mrs. Barker was selected among other advisors representing Student Councils of the Southwest District of MASC. 
 
Mrs. Austin introduced Mrs. Rachel Murad, MIS Music teacher, and members of the MIS Ukulele Club.  This new club was created when Mrs. Murad purchased 35 “ukes” for MIS 6th graders.  The club meets after school to tune and learn how to play the instrument.
 
Administrative Reports
Dr. Hanson updated the board on a variety of topics that included:
  • A legislative update
  • An overview of current budget revenue and expenditures and provided a projection for the 2016-17 budget.
  • Upcoming calendar dates including the GO CAPS Showcase and graduation activities
  • Building level reports
 
Old Business
Facilities and Action as Needed
 
Review of Summer Capital Projects List
Dr. Hanson provided the Board with an update of renovation projects at the Burl Fowler Stadium field house, E.E. Camp Gymnasium, and CPE as well as flooring renovations at MES and MMS and parking lot improvements at Burl Fowler Stadium.
 
Update on Curriculum and Action as Needed
Teacher Induction Program
Dr. Evans, Assistant Superintendent, provided a review of the innovative approach that Monett has adopted for welcoming and training new teachers.  The first day of training is scheduled for June 16th at Scott Regional Technology Center. 
 
Summer School Program
Dr. Evans provided an update regarding the planning, preparation, and budget proposal for summer school.  Currently, over 400 students have registered for summer school.  Summer school will be held at MES, MIS, and MHS.  Any child participating in summer school will be served a free breakfast and lunch.  The Board approved the summer school application required by the state and the proposed summer school budget.
 
Standards Based Learning
Dr. Evans also provided the Board with an update of the work that has been accomplished throughout the district as we transition to Standards-Based Learning.
 
New Business
Review of the Common Student Handbook Revisions for 2017-18
Dr. Hanson presented the Common Student Handbook revisions to the Board for their review.
 
Review of 2017-18 Lunch Prices
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure sufficient funds are provided for lunches served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals.  This requirement ensures that the federal government is not subsidizing the cost of meals for students who do not qualify for assistance.
 
Under the current 2017-18 Weighted Average Price Calculator, Monett R-1 is required to raise the price of lunch 10 cents at all levels.  It was not necessary to raise the price of breakfast at any level.  The Board approved the new lunch and breakfast prices.
 
Review of Roofing Maintenance Bids
Dr. Hanson reviewed the bids to provide roofing maintenance for the district.  Per Dr. Hanson’s recommendation, the Board approved the bid submitted by John Jamieson Roofing.
 
Special Meeting Date
Dr. Hanson requested the Board schedule a special meeting on May 1st to review bids for summer projects.  The Board approved the special meeting date.
 
Review of UMB Signatories for Safe Deposit Box
Dr. Hanson updated the Board regarding signatories for the district UMB Safe Deposit Box.  Dr. Hanson recommended that the signatories be changed to Brad Hanson, Lonna Norman, and Missy Caldwell.  The Board approved the recommendation.
 
Review of SRO Contract w/City of Monett for 2017-18
Dr. Hanson reviewed the current contract with the city to jointly fund the School Resource Officer for the 2017-18 school year.  The Board approved the contract for 2017-18.
 
TIF Board Nomination
Dr. Hanson requested that the Board of Education nominate two members to serve on the TIF Board.  The Board approved the nominations of Keith McCracken and Brian Hunter to the TIF Board.
 
MSBA Delegate Nomination
Dr. Hanson requested that the Board of Education nominate one member to serve as the MSBA Delegate.  The Board approved the nomination of Keith McCracken as MSBA Delegate.
 
Closed Session
When the Board returned from closed session:
 
The Board accepted the resignations of Lindsay Overton (CPE SPED), Beth Garrett (SRTC Graphic Communications), Caitlin Holbrook (CPE), Elizabeth Boxell (MIS), Alycia Bradshaw (MIS SPED), and Tom Hubbard (MHS SPED) effective at the end of their contracts.
 
The Board approved to employ Elizabeth Stotlemeyer (Speech Language Pathologist), Alejandra Gomez (MES), Christina Jennings (MHS), Jennie Hickinbotham (CPE), Andrew Brown (CPE), and Melissa Creed (CPE SPED) for the 2017-18 school year. 

Cub Pride Article
Brad Hanson, Ed. D, Superintendent

April 13, 2017
 
 
     Once again, many of our campuses will be busy this summer with construction projects and other capital improvements.  The Monett R-1 Board of Education approved in March a little over $1.5 million in capital improvements that will continue to improve our existing facilities and ensure they will meet the needs of our students into the future.  This project coincides with another $300,000 in HVAC improvements currently underway at MHS.  Many of these projects are coming at the end of a five-year capital improvement plan initiated in the 2012-2013 school year.
 
     The construction theme for this summer will be mainly focused in HVAC and athletic/physical education facility improvements.  Below I will highlight the work that will go on this summer:
 
HVAC - As I mentioned earlier, we currently have a very large HVAC project going on at MHS.  The units being replaced are those larger units that serve the MHS commons area and gymnasium.  Because of the extreme difficulty in getting to these units (which are located above the stage area in the commons), we were hoping to save this work for the very end of the MHS HVAC replacement schedule.  Unfortunately, these units did not cooperate.  The units quit working late last fall, and it become evident that we would have to move this project at the top of the list.  Work to replace these units began last month and is scheduled for completion right before graduation.
 
In addition to the MHS project, the Board has also approved to add HVAC service to E.E. Camp Gymnasium at MMS as well as to the Burl Fowler Stadium field house.  These two facilities are the last Monett R-1 facilities that serve students daily that do not have air conditioning.
 
Athletic/Physical Education Facilities - In addition to the HVAC projects, the Board has also approved a complete renovation of the Burl Fowler Stadium field house.  The field house is obviously not a facility that many of you have visited; however, this facility was in much need of a facelift.  The work that will be completed will provide us a facility of which we can be proud for years to come.
 
Similar to the field house, the Board has also approved the renovation of the dressing room areas at the E.E. Camp Gymnasium and Central Park Elementary.  These are also areas many seldom see but are areas that have been neglected for many years.  These renovations will bring our locker room facilities up to code and areas that will be more functional for the future.
 
In addition to these locker room upgrades, E.E. Camp Gymnasium will also be getting new lighting.  For those who have attended games in that facility over the past several years, you have more than likely noticed how dark that facility has been.  The new LED lighting fixtures will most certainly light things up and be a welcome addition.
 
Gym floors have been on our capital improvement lists for several years.  Gym floors must be sanded and refinished basically every ten years to ensure a district is able to get the full life expectancy out of the floor.  The Board has approved the sanding and refinishing of both the MHS and MMS floors this summer, along with the addition of a new wood floor to the Central Park Elementary gymnasium.  The new wood surface at Central Park will be a great benefit to CPE physical education classes as well as providing another quality gym for volleyball and basketball practices and games throughout our district and community.
 
     This is certainly a lot of work that is scheduled for completion between May 19 and August 15!  We ask that you once again be patient with any disruptions these projects may cause to your normal summer schedule.
 
     The Board of Education will be planning facility tours again this summer/fall to begin compiling a new list of capital improvements that we can begin to focus upon over the next five years.  If you have items that you would like to be considered, please do not hesitate to let your building principal know so we can take a look as we begin planning for the future.




Cub Pride Article - April 7, 2017
Michael Evans, Ed. D, Assistant Superintendent


    The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) will be in full swing in the coming weeks.  The MAP assesses students in grades three through eight in Communication Arts and Mathematics and Science in grades five and eight. The high school will administer End-of-Course (EOC) exams for a handful of subjects that include Algebra 1, English 2, Biology, and American Government.  The assessments are designed to measure students’ achievement of the standards that have been taught at each particular grade level or course.
 
     All MAP Grade-Level Assessments will be administered online.  Online assessments offer unique ways of assessing content and standards that are difficult to assess using paper-and-pencil tests.  For example, listening can be assessed easily in an online assessment using a text-to-speech feature that allows students to listen to a reading passage and replay it as many times as they wish before responding to an associated set of questions.  Additionally, online assessment allows for supports and accommodations that effectively meet a wide range of student needs.  For example, a student has the ability to use a magnification feature within the system to enlarge an item.  Another advantage of online assessments is that districts will receive student scores more quickly than in the past. 
 
     Parents can preview the MAP Grade-Level Assessment administration system and the item types included on each assessment by reviewing the practice tests and tutorials that are available in the Missouri Assessment Program portal, called eDIRECT.  Parents can access practice tests and tutorials by going to the MAP Grade-Level Assessment website http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/grade-level and clicking on Grade-Level Online Tools Training in the "Quick Links" box.  The login or password necessary to review practice tests or tutorials is provided on the login screen, but users must utilize Google Chrome.
 
     I want to take a moment and thank our teachers and support staff for planning and preparing our students for success on these assessments throughout the school year.  They align their respective curricula to meet the expectations of the state standards, regularly monitoring the progress of students in an effort to identify students who are meeting expectations and those who need additional support.  Our teachers continue to find ways to ensure that all students have the best opportunities for success.  Furthermore, I want to thank our technology department for their time and effort to ensure that all our student computers and school labs are ready for this on-line assessment. 
 
     Ultimately, teachers will use the data they receive to reflect upon their instructional practices and analyze results at the student level.  The conversations that ensue between grade-level and departmental colleagues are the driving force behind creating a culture of continuous improvement.  The state will use the assessment scores as a factor in determining our accreditation, which has been above average for several years.  We take pride in these exams, understand their importance, and use their results to improve our performance. 

Cub Pride - March 31, 2017
Mr. A. J. Bahl, Board Member

     I am writing this as I travel with my family from St. Louis and the youth wrestling state championships.  There are a couple of thoughts at the front of my mind that I can’t seem to shake, so I will try to share them with you. 
     The first is that it is clear that spring has arrived, as leaves are popping out and flowers are blooming.  It is a time of renewal, and spirits seem lifted.  We are shaking off the doldrums of winter and are excited by what the future holds.  The second thought involves the pride I have for the boys I spent the weekend with.  I have been fortunate to be able to coach some of our boys in the spring of their lives, and I am excited for what their future holds.  It has been a privilege to work closely with them and watch them grow and develop.  To watch them define their goals and work so hard to achieve them.  To see them struggle against their limitations and expand their capabilities.  It is an arduous journey that these boys charted for themselves, and they choose to keep moving forward.  The physical demands are significant and perhaps the least considered.  The pressure to perform is real and palpable.  The emotional roller coaster can be torturous.  Over the past two days, I witnessed adults scream for joy as well as break down in tears watching their efforts.  It is the journey through this environment that makes me so proud of our young boys.  For how they learn and adapt.  How they pick themselves up and do not back down.  How they push through the challenges and uncertainties and discover more about themselves.  When teachers speak of the rewards of teaching, this must be what I am feeling.  If you see these boys, congratulate them.  Trust me, you would be proud of them. 
     Monett and our schools offer so many of these activities for our kids, and there is something for every type of child.  These activities are important to their education and development, like intense little laboratories of life where so many valuable lessons are learned.  Encourage your children or grandchildren to be involved in extracurricular activities.  If you are unsure of what is offered or what to choose, talk to a teacher, coach, or counselor.   
      Spring also means we have an election coming soon.  Make sure to do your part on Tuesday, April 4th, and vote to select our next school board members.  Three seats are open, and one of those is being vacated by long-time board member Dave Beckett.  The person elected to fill the seat will have very big shoes to fill.  I have learned much from Dave by being able to serve with him.  He loves Monett and cares deeply for our schools.  Monett has had an excellent school board because good people, like Dave, have taught others how it should be.  Thank you, Dave.     

Cub Pride - March 24, 2017
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. 



Cub Pride - March 17, 2017
Board of Education Report


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The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, March 16th, at 6:00 p.m. for the regular board meeting. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular February Board of Education meeting were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • District 403b Plan revisions
  • District 457 Plan
  • Athletic training contract with CoxHealth
  • Career and Vocational Program Evaluation
  • Co/Extracurricular Program Evaluation
  • Employ classified personnel
 
Board Recognition and Board Program
Dr. Jonathon 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.  Students learned about Digital Citizenship and its impact on students, teachers, and schools.  From their learning, students established a project to present to the students for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students proposed to teach students digital responsibility at MMS and ways to provide incentives for appropriate behaviors to be eligible for the activities available to students.
 
Mrs. Jennifer Wallace, CPE Principal, recognized the efforts of Mrs. Cantwell’s 3rd grade class.  Mrs. Cantwell's class held a fundraiser and raised $1222.50 for "Saving the Manatees."  They sold popcorn and lemonade for two weeks from 1:30-1:45 to CPE students and staff to accomplish this.
 
Mrs. Cherie Austin, MIS Principal recognized Ms. Dah Wah.  Dah participated in our Genius Hour and learned how to crochet.  Once she learned this, she ran with her knowledge and has created blankets, hats, and even stuffed animals.
 
Mr. David Williams, MHS Principal, recognized members of the MHS dance team and Kelli Sangston of the Monett swim team.
 
Administrative Reports
Dr. Hanson updated the board on a variety of topics that included:
  • Upcoming legislative session
  • Student request – 4 day week
  • Alumni football game
  • MSBA Regional Meeting –April 11th
  • Reorganization meeting – Tuesday, April 18th   
  • Building level written reports
 
 
Old Business
 
Facilities and action as needed
Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on summer facilities projects that included dedicated capital improvement money for parking lot improvements, HVAC replacement, security upgrades, carpet and flooring replacement, and renovations to the daycare facility.
 
Dr. Hanson reviewed the CTS renovation bids for projects that include improvements to the field house, MMS gym and locker rooms, MHS gym, CPE gym and locker rooms, and the maintenance building.  The Board approved the bids.
 
Dr. Hanson also reviewed bids for the purchase of a new lawnmower.  The Board approved the bid from Race Brothers.
 
New Business
Dr. Hanson reviewed the underwriting agreement with LJ Hart & Company for the refunding of Series 2013 Bonds.  Dr. Hanson recommended the Board approve the agreement.  The Board approved the recommendation.
 
Dr. Hanson reviewed the parameters resolution to refund $5,035,000 of the Series 2013 Bonds.  Dr. Hanson recommended the Board approve the parameters resolution.  The Board approved Dr. Hanson’s recommendation.
 
Dr. Hanson reviewed employee insurance plans and rates for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Board approved the plans and rates.
 
Closed Session
When the Board returned from closed session:
 
The Board accepted the retirement of Dolly Johnson and the resignations of Melissa Lankford, Leslie Mareth, DeAnn Crawford, Elizabeth Stotlemeyer, and Dusty Haynes effective at the end of their contracts.
 
The Board approved to employ Becky Land, Amanda Mayne, Kayla Roderman, Ashlyn Hilton, Jennifer Pendergraft, Brenda Maciel-Ramirez, and Wesley Page.
 
The Board approved to employ all probationary to tenure certified personnel as presented for the 2017-18 academic year. 
 
The Board approved to employ all probationary certified personnel as presented for the 2017-18 academic year.
 
The Board approved to employ Stephanie Heman as MHS assistant principal for the 2017-2018 school year.



Cub Pride Article (March 3, 2017) 
By Dr. Darren Bass, Board of Education Mem.
 
         
 
 
Telemedicine Coming to Monett Intermediate/Middle Schools
 
     Whether it’s because of time or finances, sometimes it’s a challenge for parents to connect ill children with proper healthcare.  That’s why, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health, CoxHealth is bringing healthcare to the students. Soon, sick kids can be seen right at school via telemedicine for acute ailments such as sore throats, chronic coughs, and the flu.
 
     Over a three-year period, CoxHealth will place mobile telehealth carts in six elementary schools—Cassville, Forsyth, Monett, Mountain Grove, Ozark, and Reeds Spring—across six counties in order to connect select children with providers via telemedicine.  The providers include nurse practitioners aboard the C.A.R.E. Mobile, a mobile pediatric clinic sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  Parents will be able to participate in the visit either in person or by phone or video using a smartphone (or other video-enabled device) without having to leave work or home. 
 
     The service is voluntary and is completely free while this method of healthcare is piloted.  If a diagnosis is made, prescriptions will be sent to each family’s preferred pharmacy.  CoxHealth has plans to partner with other agencies to provide financial support for medications for those in need.  
 
     This program is currently being introduced to communities, and kids will gradually begin being seen during the 2017 spring semester; however, the program won’t be completely in full swing until the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.  Over time, this grant will also allow CoxHealth to offer specialty care, behavioral health, and family practice.
 
     We are asking parents of Monett Intermediate/Middle School (5th – 8th grade) students to please be watching for an information sheet and permission slip to come home with students sometime in March.  In addition, an informational meeting will be held by CoxHealth at the Monett Intermediate School Library on Tuesday, March 21st, at 5:30 p.m.

Cub Pride - February 24, 2017
Board of Education Report

February 20, 2017

The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Monday evening, February 20, at 6:00 p.m. for the regular board   meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular January meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Approve February Ridership List
  • Approve Early Childhood Program Evaluation
  • Approve Parents as Teachers Program Evaluation
  • Food Service Program Evaluation
  • Approve Surplus Property Bid
  • Employ Classified Personnel
 
Board Program and Recognition
The February board program was presented by Scott Regional Technology Center.  February is Career and Technical Education month.  After competing in District SkillsUSA and DECA contests, some of our students took on the challenge of creating a Career and Technical Education (CTE) presentation for the Monett Board of Education.  The students introduced themselves and outlined some history of CTE.  They presented this along with a video of Scott Tech students working and performing some of our everyday activities.  The students told board members the reason why they believe CTE has been of great value to them and answered questions for board members.  The activity sponsors Mrs. Jill Fannin for DECA and Ms. Beth Garrett for SkillsUSA also reported on district and state competitions for the organizations.  Students presenting for SkillsUSAwere Deedra Howard, Audria Conn, Natalie Wages, and Brianna Vanderlaan; Alejandra Rivera presented for DECA.
 
Administrative Reports
     Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on a variety of topics that included:
  • Legislative Update
  • Chamber Dinner (March 9th @ SRTC)
  • Date for Special Board Meeting (Tuesday, April 18)
  • Spring MSBA Regional Meeting (April 10th at Carl Junction)
  • Apple Briefing (April 11 – 13)
  • Building Written Reports
 
Old Business
Facilities and Action as Needed
     Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on summer facilities projects that included dedicated capital improvement money for parking lot improvements, HVAC replacement, security upgrades, carpet and flooring replacement, and renovations to the daycare facility.  The Board approved the summer project list.
 
Curriculum
     Dr. Evans, Assistant Superintendent, provided the Board a review of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) exam that will be administered between April 24th and May 12th to student in grades three through eight.  The exam will measure content knowledge and skills in English Language Arts, Math, and Science.  Science is only administered in grades five and eight.  The 2017 MAP will be the same assessment as the 2016 MAP. 
 
New Business
     Students in Ms. Holbrook’s and Mrs. Dalton's Central Park Elementary classes divided into two different "paths" for a project-based learning activity to answer our driving question:  How should our community prepare for a tornado?  Each path had its own question to answer.  Students were able to choose the path that most interested them.  The two paths’ different questions were 1) How can we develop a relationship with the Convoy of Hope?  and  2) How can we inform the Monett community about the FEMA shelters and encourage people to use them?
 
     One of the first steps was to find a large parking lot that Convoy of Hope could use to set up their relief efforts.  Students chose the Monett High School parking lot due to its size, proximity to FEMA shelters, and nearby housing.  The Board approved the students’ request to use the high school parking lot.
 
     Dr. Hanson reviewed the request from Central Park Elementary related to project-based learning.  The Board approved the request.
 
     The Board approved May 19th for graduation commencement for the Class of 2017.
 
     Dr. Hanson reviewed the performance contracting bid from CTS for HVAC repairs at Monett High School.  The Board approved the bid.
 
     Dr. Hanson reviewed the transportation services bid.  The Board approved a two-year contract with Gale Webb Transportation for transportation services.
 
Closed Session
When the board returned from closed session:

The Board accepted the resignations of Caysie Turner, Nathan Luper, Ashton Botts, Kellen Hoover, and the retirement of Bob Crain.
 
The Board approved the hire of the Monett R-1 administrative team.

Cub Pride - January 20, 2017 
Board of Education Report


January 19, 2017

Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, January 19th, at 6:00 p.m. for the regular board meeting.   The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular December meeting of the Board of Education and 2017-18 Calendar Hearing were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Homeless Program Evaluation
  • Gifted Program Evaluation
  • CoxHealth Telemedicine Program Agreement
  • Change Order Request #11 – CPE Project
  • Employ Classified Personnel
 
Board Program and Recognitions
            Mrs. Susie Gasser, MES Principal, Mrs. Jennifer Wallace, CPE Principal, along with teachers and students from Monett Elementary School and Central Park Elementary demonstrated ST Math and Dreambox for the Board.  ST Math and Dreambox are computer-based math programs that increase personalization for students and provide reports that help teachers know how students are performing in mathematics.  Classroom teachers have piloted the programs to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each program.  Mrs. Gasser also recognized eight MES students who have made enough reading progress in Cub Club tutoring to exit.
M
r. David Williams, MHS Principal, introduced MHS student Arabella McEntire.  As part of her Drury DC Intro to Leadership class, Arabella created a school newspaper, The Cub Chronicles.  She enlisted the help of her peers and oversaw the creation and implementation of the club and newspaper.
Dr. Hanson and the administrative team also recognized the Monett R-1 School Board for their service to the school district and the community. 
 
Administrative Report
Dr. Hanson updated the Board on the current Legislative session and discussed various bills that may impact schools in Missouri and provided information about Board candidate filing.  Dr. Hanson also presented a request from the Monett High School Choir regarding an upcoming trip.  Lastly, the Board reviewed building level written reports.
 
Old Business
Facilities and Action as Needed
Dr. Hanson updated the Board on the progress at Central Park Elementary.  There are still a few remaining punch list items to complete, but art and music classes are currently being held in the new facility.  Dr. Hanson also provided the Board an update on proposed facilities projects around the district.
 
Curriculum
Dr. Evans reported on the first semester of TEAM, a program that provides teacher-directed before or after-school tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment opportunities to improve student achievement.  Teachers apply to TEAM and make a commitment of 25 or 50 hours of assistance.  Currently, the district has 74 teachers who have logged over 1,700 hours in the first semester.  Dr. Evans also provided the Board with an update on the proposed day care program. Following a brief discussion, the Board approved the Monett R-1 Daycare program.
 
New Business
Dr. Hanson provided a mid-fiscal year report to the Board concerning the FY17 budget.

Closed Session
When the Board returned from closed session, they approved a contract extension for superintendent Dr. Brad Hanson through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
 
The Board also accepted the resignation of Christie Hermansen (MMS English Teacher).

Cub Pride Article -  January 13, 2017
Michael Evans, Ed. D, Assistant Superintendent
 
 


           Welcome back and Happy New Year!  It’s a time for both reflecting on the year that has been and setting goals for the year in front of us.  As I look at the “to-do” list that lives on the whiteboard by my desk, I am realizing that I’ve added more items to the list than I’ve checked off.  But, in fairness, many of the things on the list will take years to accomplish, and I’m comfortable with that.  But that doesn’t mean things aren’t moving forward, so I thought I would update you on how my list is going.  After all, a number of you are helping me!
            One of the items at the top of the list is SBL, or Standards Based Learning.  You know, ELOs, proficiency scales, assessments, etc.  We have made a lot of progress here.  Over the last eighteen months, we have narrowed our curriculum by selecting the most important content and skills for students to master and have written proficiency scales that describe what mastery looks like.  This work has been completed from kindergarten through eighth grade, and the high school isn’t far behind.  In another eighteen months, we will likely have ELOs and scales in place throughout the district and will have created a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all of our students that is aligned from kindergarten through graduation.
            Speaking of alignment, that’s another project on the list.  The math department was the first group to start this work, followed by communication arts. These vertical teams have been working to ensure that our ELOs are aligned both horizontally and vertically even as the state changes standards, assessments, and expectations.  While this work will never be truly finished (remember, “there is no finish line”), I am confident that by the end of the school year, we will have an aligned curriculum in both mathematics and communication arts.  What about science and social studies?  No worries, they will start this work very soon.
            Let’s stay on the curriculum theme and take a look at the center of the white board, “Define the 4.”  There are a lot of questions that surround the 4.  What exactly is “above and beyond” the standard?  If it says “independently,” does the teacher still help?  Fortunately, the proficiency scale vertical team has taken on the challenge of answering these questions and more.  The “Level 4 FAQ” is in its final draft and should be released within the next few weeks.
            That’s quite a bit of progress, none of which could have happened without your help!  Yes, you!  You have helped in each step of this process from writing ELOs and proficiency scales, to asking the tough questions, or maybe serving on a vertical team.  You have been willing to think about learning in new ways and to take risks in your classroom for the benefit of your students.  You have seen each obstacle as an opportunity, and I am humbled by your commitment to the students of Monett.  Thank you for keeping Monett R-I Student Focused… Future Driven

Cub Pride - December 16, 2016 
Board of Education Report


December 15, 2016
 
School Calendar Hearing
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to hold a School Calendar Hearing to review and receive public comments regarding the proposed 2017-18 school calendar.  After public comments and discussion, the Board voted and approved the 2017-18 calendar.
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The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, December 15th, at 6:10 p.m. for the regular board meeting.   The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular November meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Approve Surplus Property Bids
  • Approve A+ Program Evaluation
  • Approve Technology Program Evaluation
  • Employ classified personnel
 
Board Program and Recognition  - Monett Special Services and Monett High School
Mr. David Williams, MHS Principal, introduced Miss Emily Krueger, a senior at MHS.  Emily organized a charity dodgeball tournament at Monett High School on November 22nd as part of her online Dual Credit Introduction to Leadership and Development course through Drury University. Proceeds from the tournament, just over $1200, were donated to the Memory Project, which provides students in Colombia, South America, with healthy nutrition and early childhood education.  Monett High School art students also participated in the Memory Project by providing portrait drawings of each of the Colombian children based upon photographs provided by the Memory Project.

Mr. Williams also recognized the MHS Football and Boys Soccer teams.  Under Head Coach Cristobal Villa, the MHS soccer team finished second in the state with an overall record of 19-7-1.  Head Coach Derrek Uhl led the MHS football team to a state championship with an overall record of 14-1.  This is the first state football championship for Monett since 1977.

Mrs. Cherie Austin, MIS Principal, and MIS teacher Sonja Kew introduced students from the MIS mathematics team.  The team placed first at the annual Cassville Tournament and has won numerous other awards throughout the season.

Ashley Cupps (MIS), Mrs. Sherwood (MMS), and Mrs. Johnson (MHS) provided the Board with a description of the Monett R-1 recycling program.  This is a great program that allows students to learn employment and life skills as well as valuable academic skills.
 
Administrative Reports
Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on a variety of topics including the transportation RFP, Board candidate filings, and building level written reports.
 
Old Business
Dr. Hanson updated the Board on the progress at Central Park Elementary, the HVAC work at MHS, and the Field 4 Partnership Project.  Dr. Hanson also reviewed the current list of capital projects for the 2017-18 school year.

New Business
  • Dr. Hanson reviewed bids for Performance Contract Services.  The Board approved moving forward with negotiating a contract with CTS.
  • Dr. Evans updated the Board regarding the Monett Day Care program and presented preliminary costs for upgrading facilities as well as annual operating expenses.
  • Dr. Hanson reviewed the Big 8 Conference expansion, which will bring six additional schools into the Big 8 Conference. The Board approved a motion to endorse the expansion of the Big 8 Conference.
 
Closed Session
When the Board returned from closed session, they approved the motion to hire Mrs. Deb Wycuff as MES Assistant Principal for the 2017-2018 school year.

Cub Pride - December 2, 2016 
Michael Evans, Ed. D, Asst. Superintendent






              I can be a creature of habit.  When I get ready to work on a new project, develop a new idea, or even write an article, I typically start in the morning.  I’ll fix myself a cup of coffee and open my laptop, where I am greeted by the current list of waiting updates that I usually ignore, choosing to put them off until tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow…the same thing is true for my cell phone, Blu-ray player, game console, tablet, etc.  On a daily basis, I am reminded of the need to “update to the latest version,” and I delay.  Sometimes I don’t even get asked!  I just open Google and find new features have replaced the old ones I was familiar with. Nothing is static.  Everything is fluid, and it can be challenging.
            Kevin Kelly suggests, in his book The Inevitable, that we are entering a time of “becoming” rather than destination.  Everyday our apps, operating systems, and devices are slowly changing, slowly improving, slowly becoming.  But they never reach a final destination or version, and the process is deceptively subtle.  Little changes today create new issues tomorrow that lead to new changes the next day and so on.  Before we realize it, everything has changed. What does this have to do with education? A lot, actually.
            Since its colonial beginnings, public education in America has gone through three major eras or reforms.  The first was the common school movement, which
saw the shift from small, rural schools that provided personalized education to larger, urban schools designed to educate large numbers of students.  This was followed by the progressive era, which saw reformers like John Dewey push back against the industrial model of education but with limited success.  We are currently in the standards era, which is characterized by high-stakes testing, accountability, and standardized curricula.
            While I am tempted to call this current era version 4.0, I don’t think we are really beyond version 2.2.  Why?  Because much of the change that has happened since the common school movement (version 2.0) has not been significant enough to consider it a completely new version.  In many schools, the industrial model is alive and well, and the current standards era has reinforced this model; however, change is on the horizon.  Certainly not sweeping, overnight change that will move us from version 2.2 to 4.0 by next year but steady, continuous improvement.  As Mr. Kelly would say, an era of becoming.
            Some of these changes, say 1:1 technology, are like the requests from our devices to update to the latest version.  We can ignore them for a while, but we know at some point, we will have to click yes.  But most changes will be more like Google updates:  small shifts in the way we do things that over time lead to another question, that leads to another small shift, and another, and another…constantly changing, never static, never finished.  To quote an old Nike ad, “There is no finish line.”
             So, here is the question.  What changes will you make today to move your classroom closer to version 4.0?  Maybe a new PBL project?  How about experimenting with a proficiency scale?  Or maybe a student-generated assessment? I promise, whatever change you decide to make will create a new question, which will lead to another small change, and a new question.  But that is what makes this moment in education so exciting!  And the best part of all?  It is our students who will reap the benefit.


Cub Pride - November 17, 2016 
Board of Education Report

November 17, 2016
 
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, November 17th, at 6:04 p.m. for the regular board meeting.   The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular October meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Approve Federal Programs Evaluation
  • Approve MSBA Policy revisions
  • Approve Co-curricular stipends
  • Approve District Lau Plan
  • Employ Personnel
 
Student Recognition / Board Program – Central Park Elementary
 
     Mrs. Wallace recognized Vayla Smith as the elected president of Central Park Elementary  (CPE) at the first CPE presidential election held on November 8th.  Dayannara Ibarra was recognized as the first elected vice-president of CPE.
 
     Mr. David Williams, MHS Principal, recognized Mr. Jacob Furry.  Jacob gained a chair on the 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles at the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) conference last week in Dallas, Texas.
 
     Central Park Elementary has four fourth-grade teachers who are team teaching this year.  Stacey Blessing and Erin Meng make up one of the teams, and Denise Deffendall and Jillian Loos complete the second team.  Students in these two classes spend their day with both teachers, and the teachers share responsibilities in teaching all fourth-grade Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs).  The classrooms include flexible seating, and students have the opportunity to choose when they complete their "must do" work for the day (flexible scheduling).  Because team teaching uses a blend of both teachers’ expertise, students should see many benefits:
 
  • More students allow for more accurate differentiated instruction.
  • Teachers can create more 1-on-1 time with students.
  • Students will develop more friendships.
  • Expert teachers promote enriching curriculum.
  • The culture creates positive social benefits for children.
  • Teaching and learning continues even when one teacher is absent.

Administrative Reports
  • Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on a variety of topics, including updates from the recent election and the potential for the Governor to withhold funds.  He also invited the Board to attend the all-staff Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday, December 21st.
  • Building level report

Old Business
 
Facilities and Action as Needed
     Dr. Hanson updated the Board regarding ongoing facilities projects, including the CPE project as well as the status of the HVAC systems at Monett High School.  The Board approved change order #10 for the Central Park project. 
 
     Dr. Hanson also reviewed the five-year facility project plan.  This list will be prioritized as the budget continues to be developed and finalized this spring. 
 
Update on Curriculum and Action as Needed
     Dr. Mike Evans provided the Board with an analysis of 2016 MAP/EOC data.  He shared the results of a comparison of cohort data with area schools and schools from around the state.
 
New Business
 
Review UMB Organizations Resolution and Agreement
     The Board reviewed and approved the UMB Organizations Resolution and Agreement.
 
Review of 2015-16 Audits
     The Board reviewed and approved the FY 2016 audit.  The Board also approved the use of The CPA Group to conduct the district’s annual audit.
 
Review Options for 2017-18 School Calendar
     The Board reviewed different calendar options for the 2017-18 academic year.  The options will be sent to faculty for review before being submitted to the Board for approval.  
 
Approve Board Candidate Filing Dates
     The Board approved the Monett R-1 Board of Education candidate filing dates for December 13, 2016, through January 17, 2017, for an April election of three school board seats. 
 
Closed Session
When the Board returned from closed session, no action was reported.

Cub Pride - November 11, 2016
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent  

    


     More than likely, you have noticed the construction going on at Central Park Elementary School over the past several months.  Construction continues to move along on schedule as we create two additional classroom spaces for CPE that will also serve as safe rooms (FEMA shelters) for our students in the future in case of a tornado.  This project will finalize our safety commitment to provide a safe room structure available to every student in the Monett R-1 School District.
 
     Unlike the FEMA gym at MES, the Performing Arts Center at MHS, or the MMS/MIS cafeteria, this safe room will house two classroom learning spaces for our music and art classrooms at CPE.  Both classrooms will provide their respective programs additional space/size to enhance the learning environment.  By vacating their existing classrooms in the CPE building, this will also allow other programs to gain valuable space within this building.
 
      In addition to the two-classroom safe room project, much work was completed inside the existing CPE facility this summer to improve the roof supports in several areas and to eliminate some of the recurring roof leaksIf you have driven by recently, you have probably noticed that the new structure is in the dry; therefore, we are reaching the home stretch of construction.  We are hopeful this project will be completed sometime in the next few months, and we can begin the planning phase for moving into this new section of CPE.
 
      The Monett R-1 Board of Education is currently exploring options for its next smaller-sized construction project that could begin as early as this coming summer.  We hope to complete those discussions before Christmas in order to begin the process of designing and bidding that will enable construction to begin next summer.  Stay tuned for future information on this topic.
 
       Facility improvements are a vital process in keeping facilities up-to-date and effective for student learning.  Although some of the buildings in our district are more than fifty years old, the district’s past and present maintenance and renovation of these facilities have ensured that these facilities will continue to serve the needs of our school community.
 
       We look forward to the completion of our current CPE project this spring and opening  the new facility for all to see!

Cub Pride - November 4, 2016
Dr. Michael Evans, Asst. Superintendent          





          We are rapidly entering the time of year when we stop to give thanks, exchange gifts, and break bread with family and friends.  As this season ramps up with programs, events, and shopping, I want to encourage you to give the gift of reading to your family.  Reading to and with children has a number of benefits that extend beyond the classroom.  Children who read have an increased vocabulary, better communication skills, and advanced logical thinking.  Aaron Kinnari, Founder of Read Notebooks, stated, “…a book has the power to spark curiosity, introduce innovation, and open opportunities.”  Unfortunately, many homes don’t have access to good literature to reap the benefits of reading.  
           To help bridge this gap and provide this gift of reading, the district has partnered with Capstone Learning in order to provide each K-6 child full access to a digital library called myON Reader.  Each student has his/her own “library account” with access to over 3,000 digital books that are based on his/her reading level and interests.  For some students, that might mean a lot of books about science, animals, and vehicles.  For other students, it might mean adventure stories, history, or humor.  Students can access myOn Reader at school or at home from any internet device.  So far this year, Monett students have spent 2,445 hours completing over 13,000 books in myOn.
           As this busy season begins to take shape, ask your child about his/her myOn account.  Have him/her show you his/her book list and most importantly, have him/her read you a book.  The gift of reading opens doors, inspires the imagination, and will last much longer than the latest toy.  Some of my fondest memories include reading with my parents and reading with my daughter.  If you need help accessing your child’s account, please contact your child’s classroom teacher for more information.  We hope that myOn will be the gift that keeps on giving.



Cub Pride - October 28, 2016
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent




     The last week in October has typically been set aside by school districts for fall parent-teacher conferences.  Traditionally, these conferences coincided with the end of the first quarter grading period and gave teachance to review student progress through the first quarter of the school year.  Over the past few years, we have tried to move these initial parent-teacher conferences to an earlier time in the school year, especially in our elementary grades (K-6).  We believe that by establishing an effective communication link between school and home provides the best support for students in their learning journey.
 
     If you have middle and high school students, you will note that we have maintained the more traditional approach to parent-teacher conferences—not because we don’t want to reach out at an earlier time but because most of our teachers have more than 150 students in their class load for which they are responsible.  Our arena-style parent-teacher conferencing provides a “one-stop shop” process for parents to visit with teachers to get, hopefully, the most out of the allotted time.
 
     I would also like to mention one trend that I am seeing more often within our school district that I firmly believe will pay huge dividends in student learning for the future.  This is the practice of involving students in the parent-teacher conference process.  When students are allowed to lead this process, they can articulate their learning strengths and weaknesses and express to their parents what they need to become proficient in a variety of learning goals.  I believe this process fosters ownership of learning for students and also enhances the communication between school and home.
 
     Our ultimate goal in this process is to initiate a partnership between home and school that serves to enhance student learning by providing as much information as possible about the learning activities children are exposed to daily.  Although the “official” parent-teacher conferences serve a solid purpose, it is also our hope that all parents will connect with their child’s school and teacher at all times throughout the school year. 
 
     Here are three easy means of staying connected on a regular basis with the progress of your child and the important events at your child’s school:
 
  1. Get enrolled with the PowerSchool Parent Access portal – The parent access portal into our student information system allows you to view current grades, attendance, lunch account balances, along with several other items that can keep you alert to what is going on at school with your child.  If you registered your children online this fall, you already have access to this parent portal!  If you have questions concerning how to utilize this tool, feel free to contact your building level secretaries, and they will be happy to assist.
 
  1. Check to see if your child’s teacher has a classroom webpage – Many of our teachers maintain webpages on our district website or through other classroom management platforms such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Edmodo, and Moodle.  These webpages or sites not only allow student anytime/anywhere access to assignments and resources for learning, but they also provide parents with a view into the classroom.
 
  1. Use our district website and “app” – Our school district website can be accessed at monett.schoolfusion.us.  Each building has a separate page on the website, and many of our teachers also maintain pages on the site that provide valuable information for students and parents.  We have also created a district “app” that can be viewed on Apple or Android mobile devices.  This app also contains general school district and specific building level information including calendars, contact information, and other easy links to our actual website.  Simply search for “Monett R-1” in your app store to sign up for free access to this app.
Cub Pride - October 21, 2016 
Board of Education Report

October 20, 2016
 
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, October 20th, at 6:03 p.m. for the regular board meeting.   The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Approve Minutes
Minutes from the regular September meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Approved 1st Semester Bus Ridership List
  • Approve SPED Program Evaluation
  • Approve 504 Program Evaluation
  • Approve Transportation Evaluation
  • Approve Surplus Property List
  • Employ Classified Personnel
 
Board Program and Recognitions – Monett Elementary School  
Mrs. Brockman, Mrs. Godsey, and Ms. Hanson presented an overview of the components of project based learning units and showed a comparison of "traditional" teaching and learning vs. "project" based teaching and learning. They also highlighted a current project that some of our first grade students are involved in to better demonstrate the structure of project based learning. In this project students will be assessed over 8 essential learning outcomes.  
 
Administrative Reports
 
     Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on a variety of topics that included the following:
  • Budget information from the Missouri Association of School Administrators
  • Discussions within the Big 8 Conference regarding possible movement among area conferences
  • A grant from Cox Health that will provide Monett students access to tele-medicine services
  • A request from the City of Monett to support efforts to widen and improve the intersection at 9th and Cleveland
  • A discussion of EdLeader 21 and the profile of a Monett R-I graduate
  • Celebration of Schools – 11/14/16
  • Building level written reports
 
Old Business
 
Facilities and Action as Needed
            Dr. Hanson updated the Board on progress at the Central Park Elementary construction project and presented a necessary change order. The Board approved the change order per Dr. Hanson’s recommendation. Dr. Hanson also updated the Board regarding improvements to the Softball field and reviewed the Capital Projects Plan with the Board.
 
Update on Curriculum and Action as Needed
In the area of curriculum and instruction, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Evans provided the Board an overview of the Annual Performance Report (APR) for Monett in which he highlighted changes at the district level.  Specific scores were not discussed during the presentation as APR results are embargoed until November 7th pending final review by DESE. Dr. Evans also presented conference rankings related to performance on the MAP and EOC exams.
 
New Business
 
MSBA (Missouri School Board Association) Conference Review
Board members shared highlights from attending the MSBA Conference.
 
Building Improvement Plans
This fall, building-level improvement teams met to create goals to increase student performance, improve teacher quality, and increase parent involvement to name a few areas of focus.  Susie Gasser, MES Principal, Jennifer Wallace, CPE Principal, and Dr. Jonathan Apostol, MMS Principal, presented their building improvement plans to the board.
 
MSBA Policy Revisions
Dr. Hanson updated the board on specific policy revisions presented by the Missouri School Board Association. 
 
Review of the 2016 District Audit
The auditor submitted their initial findings from the audit this summer and indicated that no major issues were reported.  The Board will have until the next Board meeting to approve the audit.
 
Closed Session
When the Board returned from closed session they accepted the retirement of Mrs. Susie Gasser, Monett Elementary School Principal, effective the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The board hired Mrs. Sarah Garner, MES Assistant Principal, as the Monett Elementary School Principal for the 2017-2018 school year.

Cub Pride - October 7, 2016
Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent
  
    
            Over 240 years ago, the founding fathers formed a vision for education in America.  They believed that citizens of the new republic needed to able to read and write well enough to participate in the new government and to be able to do enough arithmetic to participate in the growing economy.  While the three Rs are still important today, there is an additional set of skills that our students need to participate and compete in the 21st century: the four Cs.
             The first of the four Cs is critical thinking.  This is the skill that allows us to take different ideas, arguments, and pieces of information and come to our own conclusions.  If you’ve ever cautioned someone not to believe everything he/she sees on the internet, you are talking about critical thinking.  But that’s not all.  Critical thinking helps us understand complex systems and find innovative solutions to problems we’ve never encountered before.
            Communication is the second of the four Cs, and we communicate all day, everyday.  Whether in person or through technology, we are able to connect in ways never before possible.  How well our students can express their thoughts and ideas through writing, speaking, and even multi-media will have a direct impact on their futures as well as their ability to read, listen to, and understand the thoughts and ideas of others.
            The third of the four Cs is collaboration.  Many times our first thoughts about collaboration turn to the ability to work well with others, and that is an important piece.  But collaboration also means we work together in a way that draws on the strengths of each team member and that we have a shared responsibility for the results of the work.  The idea that all of us together can accomplish more than one of us alone is the essence of collaboration.
            Creativity is the last of the four Cs and continues to grow in importance with each passing year.  But what is creativity?  Sir Ken Robinson defines creativity as “the process of having original ideas that have value,” and goes on to say that, “[It] is as important in education as literacy and … should [be treated] with the same status.”  Creativity allows us to not only create new ideas, but also refine and innovate existing ideas.
            The four Cs, like the three Rs, are essential to the success of our students.  Our challenge as educators will be to deeply infuse them into our curricula, classrooms, and culture.  The four Cs should not be something extra that we do or “another thing” that we have added, but simply the way we “do school” as we continue to be student focused and future driven.


Cub Pride -  September 23, 2016
Mr. Brian Hunter, Board of Education Member


Lots of "Firsts"

First Day of School 2016:
     


            It’s been a few months since you gave me the opportunity to serve on the Board of Education. It’s been action-packed, with me feeling more like the student on a crash-course, learning the verbiage, budget, procedure, and acronyms as fast as I can, in hopes of bringing value to the district instead of constantly trying to play catch-up my entire term.  While I’ve been an involved parent for quite some time at Monett R-1, there’s a lot more to operating the district than what we see as parents day to day. It’s pretty hard for all parents, teachers, and administrators to agree on everything, but I’ve observed a lot of good people in the school district who are trying to do a good job, and very proud of what they do. If you ask me, that’s a good recipe for a great school district.
            This year is a first for me, and I realize it’s a first for every student excited or apprehensive (I have one of each) about starting a new school year.  For many there are a lot of firsts starting the new school year, and for others, a comfortable familiarity with things.  After hearing feedback from parents and teachers, the district has put a drug testing program into place. While this is a first for Monett, many think it was overdue and necessary with the unfortunate availability of drugs to our kids.  With about 90% of students signed up in high school, it looks like we are off to a good start.  A lot of thanks to the administrators who worked hard to answer parent questions, explain their vision, and make revisions to policy based on feedback to produce a fair and unbiased program.
         We also have some new teachers this year, and I would like to welcome them, they have spent a lot of time learning about Monett and getting ready for the new year.  While we welcome the new teachers, we are committed to the retention of teachers. I think this was demonstrated recently with overwhelming support of the salary proposal, submitted by Community Teachers Association (CTA), without modification.  Retaining teachers brings a lot of value to our kids through consistency, professional development, and experience.  Retaining all of our teachers will not be possible in all cases, as all organizations suffer from some amount of turnover, but we will continue to look for ways to attract and retain the best teachers in the future. Retaining the best teachers is vital for many reasons, but as we work to perfect essential learning outcomes (ELO’s), and proficiency scales, consistency, and experience is very important to the success of our kid’s progress.
            Not everything is new, we do have some exciting things that we continue to work on and improve.  This summer we made some long deserved improvements to the classrooms and lunch area at Central Park.  We also have a storm shelter under construction at Central Park which will not only provide a safe place for severe weather, but will also add some classrooms at that location. While the board is constantly managing facility improvements, educational improvements are the real focus of the district.  This is the second year of the very successful GO CAPS program, where we have seen close to a 150% increase in participation over last year.  Another exciting educational improvement is the utilization of flexible seating and the team teaching approach that is being implemented within several of our classrooms in grades K-6.  This type of instruction personalizes learning and fosters collaboration between students and teachers.  It is our hope that this model of instruction will continue to be successful and have a future impact on resource time at the high school, making this very important part of mod scheduling more productive.  As I said before, we’re not perfect, but looking for ways to improve, and sharing best practices among good teachers and administrators is a good recipe for a great school district, one that I’m proud to be a part of.

Cub Pride - September 16, 2016
Board of Education Report

 
     The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday, September 15, at 6:05 p.m., for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
     Minutes from the Tax Rate Hearing and regular August meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
     The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Approve Transportation Routes and NO Additional Expense Numbers
  • Approve Local Special Education Compliance Plan
  • Approve FEMA Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Approve MSBA Policy Revisions
  • Approve Surplus Property List
  • Approve Health Services Program Evaluation
  • Employ Personnel
 
Board Program and Recognitions
 
            Mrs. Rebecca Merriman, GO CAPS coordinator; Mr. Marty Lewis, engineering and manufacturing; Mrs. Peg Winfrey and Mrs. Kim Newbold, teacher education; Mrs. Meagan Strong, medicine; Mrs. Marlena Driscoll, technology; and students from the GO CAPS program presented an update to the Monett R-1 Board.  GO CAPS is off to a successful second year serving students at Monett High School.  An innovative educational experience, GO CAPS gives students an opportunity to "test drive" their future careers.  By merging industry and business with education, students attend class within embedded classrooms at off-site business partner locations.  GO CAPS believes relevant experiences lead to engaged learning.  Four courses are offered for the 2016-2017 school year: Engineering & Manufacturing, Medicine & Health Care (inaugural year), Teacher Education (inaugural year), and Technology Solutions.
            Mr. Tony McBroom, Director of Facilities and Grounds, updated the Board regarding maintenance projects around the district.
 
Administrative Reports
 
Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on a variety of topics that included the following:
 
  • Governor’s withholdings
  • Update on the voluntary drug testing program at MMS and MHS
  • Dr. Hanson and the administrative team shared their experiences during a recent visit with local Hispanic community leaders.
  • Building Written Reports: The Board reviewed building level reports.
 
Old Business
 
Facilities and Action as Needed
            Dr. Hanson updated the Board regarding construction progress at Central Park Elementary, surveillance system upgrades, the marquee sign project at MIS/MMS, and parking lot improvements.
 
Curriculum and Instruction
In the area of curriculum and instruction, Assistant Superintendent Mike Evans reported to the Board information regarding changes to the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and district testing results.  The data presented tracked the progress of cohorts of students as they progressed through the school district. This is the third consecutive year in which students have taken a new version of the MAP.  Dr. Evans also provided the Board with the results of the child care survey along with the next steps in the process of possibly providing child care service for district employees.
 
New Business
  • Review administrative team goals
  • Review budget revisions
  • Review MHS Building Improvement Plan
  • Review SRTC Building Improvement Plan
  • Review MIS Building Improvement Plan
 
 
Closed Session
     When the Board returned from closed session, they employed Rachel McCabe, MIS teacher, for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.  Following closed session, Dr. Hanson invited the Board to attend the Celebration of Schools at Missouri Southern State University on November 7, 2016.







September 15, 2016
 
     The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday, September 15, at 6:05 p.m., for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
     Minutes from the Tax Rate Hearing and regular August meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
     The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Approve Transportation Routes and NO Additional Expense Numbers
  • Approve Local Special Education Compliance Plan
  • Approve FEMA Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Approve MSBA Policy Revisions
  • Approve Surplus Property List
  • Approve Health Services Program Evaluation
  • Employ Personnel
 
Board Program and Recognitions
 
            Mrs. Rebecca Merriman, GO CAPS coordinator; Mr. Marty Lewis, engineering and manufacturing; Mrs. Peg Winfrey and Mrs. Kim Newbold, teacher education; Mrs. Meagan Strong, medicine; Mrs. Marlena Driscoll, technology; and students from the GO CAPS program presented an update to the Monett R-1 Board.  GO CAPS is off to a successful second year serving students at Monett High School.  An innovative educational experience, GO CAPS gives students an opportunity to "test drive" their future careers.  By merging industry and business with education, students attend class within embedded classrooms at off-site business partner locations.  GO CAPS believes relevant experiences lead to engaged learning.  Four courses are offered for the 2016-2017 school year: Engineering & Manufacturing, Medicine & Health Care (inaugural year), Teacher Education (inaugural year), and Technology Solutions.
            Mr. Tony McBroom, Director of Facilities and Grounds, updated the Board regarding maintenance projects around the district.
 
Administrative Reports
 
Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on a variety of topics that included the following:
 
  • Governor’s withholdings
  • Update on the voluntary drug testing program at MMS and MHS
  • Dr. Hanson and the administrative team shared their experiences during a recent visit with local Hispanic community leaders.
  • Building Written Reports: The Board reviewed building level reports.
 
Old Business
 
Facilities and Action as Needed
            Dr. Hanson updated the Board regarding construction progress at Central Park Elementary, surveillance system upgrades, the marquee sign project at MIS/MMS, and parking lot improvements.
 
Curriculum and Instruction
In the area of curriculum and instruction, Assistant Superintendent Mike Evans reported to the Board information regarding changes to the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and district testing results.  The data presented tracked the progress of cohorts of students as they progressed through the school district. This is the third consecutive year in which students have taken a new version of the MAP.  Dr. Evans also provided the Board with the results of the child care survey along with the next steps in the process of possibly providing child care service for district employees.
 
New Business
  • Review administrative team goals
  • Review budget revisions
  • Review MHS Building Improvement Plan
  • Review SRTC Building Improvement Plan
  • Review MIS Building Improvement Plan
 
 
Closed Session
     When the Board returned from closed session, they employed Rachel McCabe, MIS teacher, for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.  Following closed session, Dr. Hanson invited the Board to attend the Celebration of Schools at Missouri Southern State University on November 7, 2016.

 

Cub Pride Article September 2, 2016
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent

 

 
What is a proficiency scale?
 
One of the fundamental units of creating a true standards-based approach to student learning is the development of proficiency scales.  Our Monett R-1 administrative team worked this summer to come up with a simple definition of what we believe exemplifies the true meaning of what a proficiency scale is and should do.
 
“Proficiency Scales provide a path for mastering the things that students must know and be able to do.”
 
This week I would like to take a deeper dive into this definition in hopes of providing each reader more clarity and understanding to what an effective proficiency scale should look like, what it should do for each segment of our population, and the purpose for doing all of this work.

 
  1. Clarity and Consistency – Proficiency scales should provide clarity and consistency for Monett R-1 staff, students, and parents in what we believe is essential for all students to learn and, more importantly, how proficiency skills will measure whether the student has reached proficiency towards meeting that standard.  This language should be written simply enough so that students at that respective grade level can understand the expectations placed in front of them.
 
  1. Used by all segments of the school population – Typically, curriculum documents are most utilized by teachers and administrators.  We have tried to improve in the area of sharing our curricular objectives with parents and the community over the past several years.  Proficiency scales provide a very simple means of providing that transparency to other teachers, grade levels, and parents about what is taught and how each particular skill is measured.
 
The primary segment of the population that proficiency scales can significantly impact, however, is students!  Students begin to reflect on their own learning development, and they begin to set goals towards meeting proficiency within the selected standard when they utilize proficiency scales.  One of the most impressive things I have witnessed during my term as superintendent of the Monett School District is a group of 5th grade students explaining their proficiency scales with our Board of Education and articulating why they were currently rated below proficiency and what work it would take for them to achieve proficiency in the future.

 
  1. Who owns the learning? – This is the bottom line!  How do we effectively provide an environment that facilitates ownership of learning within students?  If we can create a tool (proficiency scale) that provides students a readable, understandable road map to learning proficiency for our defined essential skills, we give them the ability to define for themselves where they are in their learning journey and, hopefully, the motivation to continue to press forward towards proficiency and mastery.  Isn’t this what we want for our graduates?  For each graduate to be a self-guided learner who is prepared for the future that awaits him/her.
 
Please understand that the development of quality proficiency scales is very hard work and will not be accomplished overnight!  The push for the creation of this standards-based learning tool cannot be to fulfill a task that has been handed down from above; it has to be viewed as the creation of a tool that can be utilized by students to assist their own learning.



Cub Pride Article August 26, 2016
Dr. Michael Evans, Asst. Superintendent





             If you’ve read some of my other articles, you already know that I come from a family of educators.  Both of my parents were teachers as well as two of my sisters.  I even married a girl whose parents were teachers!  It’s a family business.  Along the way, I’ve had a number of books passed down to me.  One of my favorites is Calkin’s New Object Lessons: A Manual of Elementary Instruction for Parents and Teachers, published in 1870.  The binding is falling apart, and some of the pages are loose, but I love to think about the number of teachers who have worn out that binding planning for the upcoming school year.  More impressive are the beginning teachers who held it tight as a survival guide to get through their first year!  Inside, you will find sections that range from teaching students to read to teaching them how to tell a brown horse from a chestnut horse (it’s all about the legs, mane, and tail if you’re curious).  But it isn’t just what to teach.  It’s also how to teach, complete with detailed examples and a discussion of why the lesson should be taught that way—all in a 5”x7” book about an inch thick.
             Today the list of what a student needs to know and be able to do looks quite a bit different and a lot longer than it did in 1870.  In 1996, DESE released the first set of state standards that included 40 academic and 33 process standards.  Fast forward 20 years… 6th through 8th grade mathematics alone contains over 80 standards.  If we were to teach all of the current K-12 standards to mastery, it would take approximately 23 years!  So how do we ensure that our students are prepared? We have to prioritize.
 
            When we select the most important standards, our Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs), we look at each standard through the following five criteria established by the Marzano Research Labs:
  • Endurance – Does this knowledge or skill stand the test of time?  Is it important beyond a class period or course?
  • Leverage – Does this knowledge or skill cross over into other subjects?
  • Readiness – Is this knowledge or skill required for the next grade level or course?  Does it prepare students for learning that is to come?
  • Teacher judgment – Is this knowledge or skill essential in the eyes of the teacher?
  • Assessment – Will this knowledge or skill be assessed at some point in the future?  Is it on the MAP/EOC, ACT, SAT etc.? 
            We also look at the standards from a “three circles” perspective.  Is the standard important for daily life, the next grade level, and is it assessed?  The more criteria the standard meets, the higher it moves up the list.  By the end of the process, we will have identified the 12 to 15 most essential standards for students to master in a specific content at a specific grade level.
 
           Sounds simple enough, but teachers doesn’t always agree on which standards meet which criteria.  Often, this process leads to deep and impassioned conversations about what is essential for students to know and be able to do.  And it should!  There is great value in looking deeply at what we are teaching and coming to an agreement about which of those things are absolutely essential for students to learn.  If we don’t, we run the risk of focusing on things that are nice for students to know, instead of focusing on what students need to know.



Cub Pride Article August 12, 2016
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent

 

      Welcome back to the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year!  Our theme for this year is “Focus on Learning.”  If this theme sounds familiar to you, you are correct!  This was the theme I used to begin the 2012-13 school year.  So the question becomes “Why the repeat?”  This year I chose to focus on the fundamental components of a standards-based learning approach, more commonly called standards-based grading
 
     Unfortunately, for most people the “grading” portion of this approach, along with the potential changes to the manner in which grades are reported that we have all been accustomed to in our own experience with education, sometimes creates anxiety and angst simply because it is different.  I shared with our faculty and staff, however, that our focus as a district should begin with the fundamental components of the standards-based approach to student learning:  making LEARNING, rather than grading, the ultimate target.
 
     The first fundamental component of a standards-based approach to student learning is that of prioritization of standards.  In the Monett R-1 School District, we call these ELOs (Essential Learning Outcomes).  You might ask, “Why would we prioritize standards and choose some standards over others?”  The fact is that it would take over twenty years to effectively teach the K-12 learning standards that have been placed before us over the past several years.  What ends up happening is that we focus on covering material more than taking the time to allow students to learn at deeper levels.  When we prioritize standards at each grade/course level, we ask three critical questions:  Is this standard essential for life?  Is this standard essential for the next grade level?  Is this standard essential for our standardized test?  This yearly collaborative effort between teachers at all grade levels helps define what our learning focus for the year will be and, most importantly, what we want all students to master.
 
     The second fundamental component of a standards-based approach to student learning is that of developing Proficiency Scales.  Proficiency scales are road maps that define proficiency for learning of each standard.  These scales should be written in terms that students understand in order that they can articulate what their learning is and where they are in their progress towards meeting proficiency.  I shared with faculty and staff that proficiency scales are a “game changer.”  In my thirty plus years of education, I have not seen anything in curriculum planning that has the potential to more positively impact student learning and student ownership of their own learning than proficiency scales.
 
     The third fundamental component of a standards-based approach to student learning is that of developing quality means of gathering Evidence of Learning.  Typically, this is called assessment, but assessment most often makes us think of teacher-generated, paper/pencil exams.  Our goal here is to find a variety of ways for students to show their learning and to make assessment a tool that is utilized by students just as much as it is for teachers.  Instead of just assessing learning and then reporting the grade, this process becomes assessment for both student and teacher learning that guides future instruction and student work and leads to proficiency in learning.
 
     I used the visual of an iceberg (see below) to remind our faculty and staff that the grading/reporting portion of the standards-based approach is what normally gets all of the attention.  I challenged our faculty and staff to turn their focus on the fundamental portions of the standards-based learning approach (similar to the part of the iceberg under the water) to ensure that we continue to have a strong foundation in impacting student success in their learning journey.
 
 
 
Let’s renew our “Focus on Learning” in an effort to continue to be “Student Focused and “Future Driven” in 2016-17!
 
Have a great school year!

Brad Hanson, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools

Cub Pride -  May 20, 2016
May Board of Education Report
May 19, 2016

The Monett R-1 School District Board of Education met on Thursday evening, May 19th, at 6:00 p.m.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular April Board of Education meeting and the May special meeting were approved.
 
Consent Agenda 
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Pay Bills
  • Approve Guidance/Counseling Program Evaluation
 
Board Recognition and Program
Dr. Hanson recognized Mr. Doug Childress for his six years of service on the Monett School Board. 
Dr. Hanson thanked him for his dedication to the students of Monett R-1.
           
Mr. David Williams, MHS Principal, and Mrs. Kristy Sivils, MHS Agriculture, recognized members of the Monett FFA Chapter for their accomplishments at state level competition.  Mr. Williams also recognized the chapter for being ranked in the top 10% in the state, making them a Gold Emblem FFA Chapter.

Dr. Jonathan Apostol, Monett Middle School Principal, recognized the following MMS student accomplishments:
  • Youth Art Month - Every year, art teachers across the state of Missouri were able to submit artwork for the State Capitol.  Amy Barker, MMS Art teacher, submitted two student pieces for display at the capitol.  Chloe Bartz and Emily Mondragon were selected to represent Monett Middle School.
  • Josten's Photo Selection - Abby Patton's photo was one of 5,000 student entries across the nation to be placed in Josten's photo book.  Of the 5,000 entries submitted, only 50 of the entries made the book. 
  • Alisa Moua - Monett Middle School hosted the Big 8 Art Show.  Entries from 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were submitted in different categories.  Of all the entries, Alisa Moua was selected as Best of Show.  Additionally, Alisa's work was selected as the Principal's Art Award and will be displayed in the Monett Middle School main office for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • MMS Student Council – The MMS Student Council has been recognized as Honor Council for its work this school year, and this is the 11th time it has received this prestigious award.  The award is criteria based, and if a school meets all of the prescribed criteria, that school receives the award.  The Honor Council Award, established to honor student councils that have a comprehensive program that promotes student activities and student leadership, is the highest honor that the Missouri Association of Student Councils bestows upon one of its members.
 
Teena Fare, Special Education Director, recognized the district’s speech-language therapists:  Morgan Hastings, Judy Seawel, Suzanne Sloan, Elizabeth Stotlemeyer, and Carrie Zahn.  The month of May is nationally recognized as Better Speech and Hearing Month.  The theme this year, Communication Takes Care, accurately reflects the work of the Monett R-1 Speech-Language Department throughout the school year.  The therapists work continuously to serve students who require therapy services and to provide support to teachers in promoting better speech and language skills within the classroom for all students. 
 
Second grade students from Ms. Forrest's, Ms. Holbrook's, and Mrs. Chapman's classes presented the results of their work on a project-based effort to determine how to use one of the "old" MES buildings to make it useful for learning.  Students have spent the last three months researching viable plans for renovating one of the deserted buildings that previously housed MES students.  Students interviewed school officials, the general contractor in charge of building the new MES building, and an architect from Kansas City to gain relevant information before completing their research.  The project encompassed a total of nine grade-level learning standards and seven of the nine were assessed through the work on this project.  All project-based units provide a strong focus on critical-thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication and must include a public audience component for presentation of the final product. 
 
Administrative Reports
In administrative reports, Superintendent Brad Hanson presented updates and information about the following:
  • Legislative session wrap-up
  • Federal Guidelines for Transgender Restroom Usage
  • Building-level written reports
 
Old Business
Review of Summer Project List
Dr. Hanson updated the board concerning improvements at Central Park Elementary, HVAC projects at Monett High School, security updates, and parking lot repairs/improvements.
 
Curriculum and Instruction 
 In the area of curriculum and instruction, Dr. Evans, Assistant Superintendent, reported the final Tutoring,    Enrichment and Mentoring (TEAM) report to the Board of Education.  This past year 77 Monett teachers logged over 3,400 hours providing after-school intervention, mentoring, and enrichment opportunities to small groups of students assisting with increasing student achievement.  The end-of-the-year survey indicated that over 95% of the teachers believe TEAM made a difference in providing the “extra” help/enrichments students needed.
 
Dr. Evans also presented the Back-to-School Workshop schedule highlighting the new teacher induction program and the opening meeting dates.  The first general meeting with faculty and staff has been scheduled for August 10th, and students’ first day is August 16th.
 
New Business
CTA Salary and Benefits Consideration 2016-17
The Community Teachers Association (CTA) Salary and Welfare committee members shared a few long-term goals that included maintaining a competitive base salary, providing incentives to retain experienced teachers, incentivizing pursuance of higher education, providing incentives for healthy choices to increase wellness, and increasing the reimbursement for unused sick leave.  The Board will consider the proposal and make a final decision at the June meeting.
 
Review Substitute Teacher/Paraprofessional Pay Scale
Dr. Hanson presented the 2016-2017 substitute teacher/paraprofessional pay scales to the Board.  The Board approved the pay scales.
 
Review Property/Casualty and Worker’s Compensation Broker Bids
Dr. Hanson shared the Property/Casualty and Worker’s Compensation Broker Bids.  The Board approved the bid from Connell Insurance.
 
Review Parking Lot Repair/Sealing Bids
Dr. Hanson updated the Board concerning bids received for various parking lot projects.  The Board approved Dr. Hanson’s recommendation to accept the bid from APAC.  Work will begin this summer.
 
Review Construction Testing Services
Dr. Hanson presented the construction testing services bids for CPE and parking lot improvements.  The Board approved Dr. Hanson’s recommendation to accept the bid from Terracon.
 
Review MSBA Policy Revisions 
The Board received a number of Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) policy revisions to consider.  The Board will conduct a 30-day review before making final recommendations.
 
Review of Random Drug Testing Policy
Dr. Hanson, Mr. Williams, and Dr. Apostol updated the Board regarding the proposed Random Drug Testing Policy. 
 
Set Dates for June Board Meeting and Budget Work Session
The Board will meet for a budget work session on June 16th to study the proposed budget for 2016-17.  The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting was set for June 30th. The July board meeting was set for July 18th.
 
Review 1:1 iPad Purchases 
The Board approved Dr. Hanson’s recommendation to purchase iPads for MES and CPE.  This purchase is part of a larger pilot that will provide a 1:1 device for every student in the district.
 
Closed Session
 
When the board returned from closed session:

The Board approved the classified employment list for 2016-17.
 
The Board approved the extra-curricular assignment list.
 
The Board accepted the resignations of Caressa Blankenship and Deb Hamilton.
 
The Board approved to employ Lori Schmidt, Process Coordinator; Tom Hubbard, MHS Special   Education; and Brandice Shores, MES ELL.


Cub Pride - May 6, 2016
Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent

 

            A few weeks ago I was at a meeting of area curriculum director, and we were asked to introduce ourselves by sharing how and/or why we became teachers.  One by one we each shared our stories and a single, common thread emerged.  Each of us was brought into the education profession by someone who had earned our respect, who had inspired us to be more, who had challenged us to look beyond ourselves.  In short, each of us had been called to the profession by another teacher.
 
            Some of us met our teacher in elementary school, high school, or even college.  We unknowingly walked into a classroom and before we realized it, we were on the path to becoming a teacher.  Some of us grew up with our teacher as our parent or grandparent, inspired on a daily basis.  Teaching became something that was a part of us and our families.  But in each case, we were brought to the profession by the inspiration of those who came before us.
 
            But teachers don’t just inspire their students to become teachers.  They inspire them to be business owners, welders, doctors, engineers, builders, and a host of other careers.  Teachers inspire their students to be active in their communities, search for answers to difficult questions, appreciate the past, and work toward their futures.  Every day generations of students are prepared to take their place in the world by a relative handful of dedicated, passionate teachers.
 
            As we come to the end of Teacher Appreciation Week, Dr. Hanson and I would like to thank you for your inspiration and dedication.  Your commitment to providing a world-class education to every student is one of the reasons Monett schools have gained a reputation for excellence not just in southwest Missouri but across the state.  It is our privilege to serve with you.





Cub Pride - April 29, 2016
Dr. Darren Bass, Vice-President, Board of Education



Update on the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Initiative

     The Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Initiative is now in its third year in Monett.  This effort, funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, is focused on reducing childhood obesity by 5% over the next 5 years, specifically in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.  The success of this initiative depends on the partnerships with key stakeholders in the Monett community— specifically, the Monett R-1 School District.

     In a town that is as tightknit as Monett, the school is the hub of community activity.  The partnership with the school has increased the exposure of events and programs that CoxHealth has available to children within the community.  For example, during this grant period, we have increased the reach of our Cardiac Kids program in Monett and have increased participation in our Committed to Kids program.  Both of these programs are focused on cardiac health and weight management in children.   

     Along with the partnership that CoxHealth has with the Monett school system, we have also strengthened partnerships with other important community stakeholders such as the City of Monett, Monett YMCA, Barry County Connections Coalition, Clark Mental Health Center, Barry & Lawrence County Health Departments, MU Extensions, Missouri State University, Missouri Southern State University, and countless community residents and volunteers. 

     One of the most important components in this program that would not be possible without the relationship with the school is the involvement of community volunteers.  One of the goals of this program is to create a connected community with a focus on improving the health and well-being of its residents.  By working closely with the school system, CoxHealth is able to reach more families through children and gain more community buy-in on this ongoing effort.  The children in Monett are so eager and willing to learn what it takes to be healthy, and that is spreading to parents and other community members. 

     The Monett Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Initiative would not have the success it has achieved without the partnership with school and community partners.  The following items are a representation of the work that has been done in this community through the funding provided from the grant and the partnerships that have developed working together to improve the Monett community:
  • Over 400 pounds of produce harvested in the first year of the Monett Community Garden.
    • Greater than 500 hours of volunteer work to maintain garden
  • Multiple successful walk-to–school events
    • Over 350 participants in last event, April 2016
  • New workout equipment installed at Monett South Park
    • Frisbee Golf Course installed at South Park
  • CATCH Curriculum integrated to YMCA after school programs
  • Over 10 families received free entrance to Committed to Kids Program
  • Revival of the Monett Area Farmer’s Market
    • Will be able to accept EBT payments late Summer 2016
  • Created the Monett Bicycle and Pedestrian Council
    • Working with city officials on bicycle and pedestrian safety issues
    • “Share the Road” signs will be installed on Cleveland this summer
  • Donated to the City of Monett, with a match by the City, new sidewalks on walking-to- school routes
    • Routes along Scott and 9th street already completed
  • Monthly cooking classes with Missouri University Extension
    • Over 20 participants each class – classes fill up in less than a day once advertised
  • And more!
     Thank you for your interest in this initiative and for taking the time to gain a better understanding of the work that has been done thus far.  We are excited for the continued work in the upcoming years of the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities project that will work on making the Monett community and the Monett R-1 School District a healthier place to live. 




Cub Pride - April 22, 2016
April Board of Education Report


The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Tuesday evening, April 19, at 6:00 p.m., for the regular board meeting. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular March Board of Education meeting were approved.  The current Board then moved to adjourn the meeting.
 
Dr. Hanson called a new meeting to order and announced the results of the April 5th election.  The Board reviewed the certified election results.  Patty Leach, Board Secretary, administered the oath of office to Keith McCracken and Brian Hunter.  The Board took nominations for board president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.  The Board moved and approved the following Monett R-1 School Board officer positions: 
 
Mr. Ken Gaspar, President
Mr. Darren Bass, Vice-President
Mrs. Patty Leach, Secretary
Mrs. Tracy Wimberley, Treasurer
Mrs. Missy Caldwell, Signator for District Business
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • 2016-17 SRTC Tuition Proposal
  • Common Student Handbook Revisions
  • Library/Media Program Evaluation
  • English Language Learner (ELL) Program Evaluation
  • Adult Education Program Evaluation 
 
Board Program and Recognition
Dr. Hanson recognized Susie Gasser, MES Principal, for being named the Southwest Missouri Elementary Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals.  Dr. Hanson and the Board congratulated her on all of her accomplishments and thanked her for her dedication to Monett R-1.
 
Mrs. Judy Seawel and Mrs. Teena Fare introduced the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) to the Board.  This new strategy is designed to increase oral and written expression and addresses oral expression, written expression, vocabulary comprehension, defining and describing, stating functions of objects, categorization, and similarities and differences.  EET is being implemented for the IEP students who receive language therapy and 5th grade students who participate in READ 180. The READ 180 students also receive EET instruction for written language.
 
Administrative Reports
Dr. Hanson updated the Board on a variety of topics that included the following:
  • A legislative update regarding the current status of the foundation formula, transfers, and tax cuts
  • Property & Casualty Insurance and Workers Compensation RFP
  • CPE Sanitary Sewer Conveyance
  • An overview of current budget revenue and expenditures and projection for the 2016-17 budget
  • Upcoming calendar dates including a visit from Senator Ashcroft at MHS (April 22); Care to Learn launch (April 26); CAPS Showcase (April 26); 50th Anniversary Celebration for SRTC (May 2); drug testing forums and graduation activities
  • Building level reports
 
Old Business
Facilities and Action as Needed
Review of Central Park Project
Dr. Hanson updated the Board concerning the timeline for the addition of a FEMA-rated storm shelter and other improvements at Central Park Elementary.
 
Review of Summer Capital Projects List
Dr. Hanson also provided the Board with a timeline for summer facilities projects that include camera updates, roof repairs, and parking lot repairs.
 
Update on Curriculum and Action as Needed
Teacher Induction Program
Dr. Evans, Assistant Superintendent, provided a review of the innovative approach that Monett has adopted for welcoming and training new teachers.  The new approach has been well received by new staff as a path to being more prepared for opening day.  The first day of training is scheduled for June 17 at Scott Regional Technology Center.  
 
Summer School Program
Dr. Evans provided an update regarding the planning, preparation, and budget proposal for summer school. Currently, over 600 students have registered for summer school.  Due to construction projects at the high school this summer, summer school will be hosted at Monett Elementary (Jump Start thru 2nd), Monett Intermediate (3rd thru 6th), and Monett Middle School (7th thru 11th).  Any child participating in summer school will be served a free breakfast and lunch.  The Board approved the summer school application required by the state and the proposed summer school budget.
 
MES Classroom Proposal
Mrs. Susie Gasser, MES Principal, presented her proposal to reconfigure MES from one large PK-2nd grade building into three smaller PK-2nd grade “neighborhoods.”
 
New Business
Health Insurance Renewal
Dr. Hanson reviewed the 2016-17 Health Insurance rates.  Currently, Monett R-1 pays $460.00 per/ month per/certified employee for health insurance.  The district currently offers three different plans.  The Board approved the new rates for the three different plans as presented (PPO 1500 – grandfathered to existing employees only, HMO, HSA 2600, and HSA 4000).
 
Review of 2015-16 Lunch Prices
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure sufficient funds are provided for lunches served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals.  This requirement ensures that the federal government is not subsidizing the cost of meals for students who do not qualify for assistance.
 
Under the current 2016-17 Weighted Average Price Calculator, Monett R-1 is required to raise the price of lunch .10 cents, and breakfast meals will increase by .05 cents at all levels.  The Board approved the new lunch and breakfast prices.
 
Review of Random Student Drug Testing Plans
David Williams, MHS Principal, updated the Board regarding plans to institute a random drug testing policy at Monet High School.
 
Review of SRO Contract w/ City of Monett for 2016-17
Dr. Hanson reviewed the current contract with the city to jointly fund the School Resource Officer for the 2016-17 school year.  The Board approved the contract for 2016-17.
 
Review SCC Contract w/ Clark Center for 2016-17
The Board approved Dr. Hanson moving forward with hiring Matt Houck as a full-time employee with Monett R-1 next school year.  This arrangement will allow the district more flexibility with Mr. Houck’s time, especially during summer hours.
 
TIF Board Nomination
Dr. Hanson requested that the Board of Education nominate two members to serve on the TIF Board.  The Board approved the nominations of Keith McCracken and David Beckett to the TIF Board.
 
Special Meeting Date
Dr. Hanson requested the Board schedule a special meeting on May 2nd to review bids for projects at CPE. The Board approved the special meeting date.
 
Closed Session
When the Board returned from closed session:
 
The Board accepted the resignations of Mary Bush (CPE), Courtney Wright (Vocal Music), Zac McGee (MHS Speech/Debate), Ryan Smith (CPE Counselor), Brandie Maddox (MHS ELA), April Phillips (Process Coordinator), and Kris Besch (CPE) effective at the end of their contracts.
 
The Board approved employment of Lynne Cowherd (MMS ELA), Cristin Janssen (MES), Chelsea Wagner (MHS ELA), Elizabeth Boxell (MIS), Kerri Cloud (CPE), Lacey Berry (CPE Counselor), Olyvia Behnke (MHS Art), Meagan Strong (MHS CAPS), and TJ Lakin (MHS Speech/Debate).


Cub Pride - March 25, 2016
Doug Childress, President, Monett R-1 Board of Education
 
 
   Spring is finally here!  It is a time of new life, warmer weather, and house cleaning.  This Sunday we celebrate Easter, marking the end of Holy Week, and the remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  For some, it is simply a time of celebration with days off from work and school, chocolate bunnies, and jellybeans. I did a little digging and came up with a few fun facts: Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over; 76% of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first; the White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year, and this tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.

     For Christians, Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ three days after his death.  It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year. Churches throughout our community host Easter services and would welcome you to attend. Please take the opportunity to connect with family and friends to celebrate your freedom and faith.
 
     We are very blessed to live in a community that supports our schools.  Too often, communities don’t, and it ultimately impacts student learning and the educational environment.  The system in Monett is a role model system for how community, city, and public schools can and should work together.  We don’t always agree, but we usually get it right in the long run.  You are very much appreciated, and we thank you.  Without your support, we simply couldn't make things happen.  Our Monett R-1 Board of Education is  a great group of individuals serving voluntarily of their time and talent.  They make our children’s education a top priority, and they ensure students and teachers have the very best tools and environment with which to learn and educate, and they do this with passion.  We’ve had a good run, made many improvements, and made changes that will benefit student lives for decades.  You have a phenomenal educational leadership team of which our community can be proud.
 
     Looking ahead, Dr. Hanson and his administrative team are doing things we only dreamed about doing just a few short years ago.  Technology will--and must--continue to have its place in our educational system.  We all agree, though, it will never be a substitute for a quality educator.  You can also look forward to many ongoing facility renovations and improvements in the works, and you will soon see more policy and action taken to address the social issues challenging our students.  Being a teacher, administrator, or board member is hard work.  Take the time to thank them for their dedication and service.
 
     With election season upon us, primaries are bringing voters to the polls nationwide.  In the media, we have witnessed a political showdown in the past few months.  It has been electric to say the least.  For me, it has been a quick six years representing you on the Monett R-1 Board of Education.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board in service to our students and community.  I have been fortunate to serve two terms, and I thank you for your support.  After careful thought and consideration, I decided it was time for someone else to lead.  I am pleased to pass on my seat, knowing progress will continue.  Monett will be voting for two school board positions this April.  I urge you to exercise your right to make a difference by casting your vote.


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Cub Pride - March 18, 2016
March Board of Education Report


The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, March 17th, at 7:00 p.m. for the regular board meeting. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular February Board of Education meeting were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Career and Vocational Program Evaluation
  • Co/Extracurricular Program Evaluation
  • Surplus Property List
  • Surplus Property Bids
  • Employ Classified Personnel 

Board Recognition and Board Program
Sarah Garner, MES Assistant Principal, Daphne Hensley, ELL Director, Maure Watson, MES ELL teacher, Brenda Burgherr, MES ELL teacher and Nikki Ross, MES ELL teacher, introduced a group of K-2 ELL students.  The students presented digital portfolios to individual board members that demonstrated their language skills at the beginning of the year compared to end of 3rd quarter.  The portfolios were created on iPads utilizing the SeeSaw app.
 
Administrative Reports
Dr. Hanson updated the board on a variety of topics that included the following:
  • Legislative update
  • HSHC grant application
  • MSBA Regional Meeting hosted by Monett R-1 on April 11th.
  • Board reorganization meeting – Tuesday, April 19th
  • Insurance rates
  • Building level written reports 
Old Business
Facilities and action as needed
Review of Central Park Project
Dr. Hanson updated the Board concerning the addition of a FEMA-rated storm shelter and other improvements at Central Park Elementary.
 
Review of Summer Capital Projects List
Dr. Hanson also provided the Board an update on summer facilities projects that included camera updates and parking lot repairs.
 
New Business
Review of Student Handbook Revisions for 2016-17
The principals provided the Board a consistent K-12 discipline handbook that will be reviewed over the next 30 days before final action is taken in April.  Building handbooks will be presented throughout the spring as they are revised.
 
Review MHS Canopy Bids
Dr. Hanson reviewed the bids for improvements to the canopy at Monett High School.  Dr. Hanson recommended the Board approve the base bid of $38,058 from Stiles Construction.  The Board approved the recommendation.
 
Random Drug Testing Program
David Williams, MHS Principal, Dr. Jay Apostol, MMS Principal, Daryl Bradley, Athletic Director, and Jay Jastal, School Resource Officer, presented information regarding a random drug testing program.  The Board requested that Mr. Williams, Dr. Apostol, Mr. Bradley, and Officer Jastal continue exploring this program.
 
Closed Session
When the Board returned from closed session, the following occurred:
 
The Board also approved to employ all probationary to tenure certified personnel as presented for the 2016-17 academic year.  
 
The Board also approved to employ all probationary certified personnel as presented for the 2016-17 academic year.
 
The Board accepted the resignations of Sharilyn Webster (MHS teacher) and Robert Cook (MHS teacher) effective at the end of their contracts.
 
The Board approved to employ Gabrielle Martin (MIS Special Education teacher), Laura Bahl (MHS Special Education teacher), and Chance Chapman (Scott Regional Technology Center teacher).

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Cub Pride - February 19, 2016
February Board of Education Report


The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, February 18th, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular January meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Approve February Ridership List
  • Approve Surplus Property Bids
  • Approve Early Childhood Program Evaluation
  • Approve Parents as Teachers Program Evaluation
  • Approve MSBA Policy Revisions 

Board Program and Recognition
David Miller, Scott Regional Technology Center Director, and Anessa Brown, SRTC, spoke with the Board regarding the SRTC internship program.  She has done a tremendous job growing the program and placing interns in businesses around Monett and our sending school towns.  Students presented information to the Board about what they do during their internship and how they have benefited from being able to experience skills they learned at Scott Tech in a real work environment.
 
Colonel (Ret) Chad Sparks, SRTC, Misty Calhoun, Monett Elementary School teacher, and members of the JROTC program described their work with second grade classes through Junior Achievement.  The lessons introduce students to the intersection of work readiness and early elementary grades’ social studies learning objectives, including how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community's success.  The instruction is divided into five lessons: what a community is and its careers, goods and services, business and taxes, government, and money.  Currently, twenty-five cadets visit Monett Elementary second grade classes monthly.  By teaching these classes, the cadets benefit in several ways.  One is the unit’s service learning project for the year.  Each year Cadet Command requires each program to conduct a community service project.  Junior Achievement is a way for each cadet to give back to the community.
 
Administrative Reports
Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on a variety of topics that included the following:
  • Legislative Update
  • Transportation Fuel
  • MHS Awning Project
  • Bus Software
  • Chamber Dinner (March 3rd @ SRTC)
  • Date for Special Board Meeting (Monday, March 7th)
  • Spring MSBA Regional Meeting (April 11th)
  • Building Written Reports 

Old Business
Facilities and Action as Needed
Dr. Hanson reviewed Requests For Qualifications for GeoTechnical Engineering Services.  The Board approved Terracon to provide the necessary engineering services.

Dr. Hanson also provided the Board an update on summer facilities projects that included dedicated capital improvement money for improvements at Central Park Elementary, continuation of the HVAC projects at MHS, resurfacing of parking lots, the awning project at MHS, security upgrades, and various roof repairs.  The Board approved the summer project list.
 
Curriculum
Assessment Update

Dr. Evans, Assistant Superintendent, provided the Board a review of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) exam that will be administered between April 19th and May 13th to students in grades 3 through 8.  The exam will measure content knowledge and skills in English Language Arts, Math, and Science.  Science is only administered in grades 5 and 8.  The 2016 MAP will be very similar to the 2015 MAP even though it is a new assessment. 
 
New Business
Set Graduation Date – May 13th, 2016
The Board approved May 13th, 2016, for graduation commencement for the Class of 2016.
 
Food Service Program Evaluation
Aramark provided an update of the food service program.  The Board approved the food service program evaluation.
 
Review MES/CPE Technology Request
The Board approved the MES/CPE technology request.  This will allow MES and CPE to pilot devices while creating a 1:1 environment at both campuses.
 
Closed Session
When the board returned from closed session:
The Board accepted the retirement of Peg Winfrey, Monett Intermediate School Principal and the resignation of Kathryn Barnum. 
The Board approved the hire of the Monett R-1 administrative team for the 2016-17 school year.
The Board approved a special meeting for March 7th, 2016.


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Cub Pride - February 5, 2016
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent
 

     This week (February 1st – 5th) is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).  During this week, we focus our attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within our school district and how students are positively impacted as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
 
     Here is a list of just some of the ways our school counselors have a positive impact on our students:
  • Helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents
  • Working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world
  • Focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational, and career development
  • Working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system in which students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves
  • Seeking to identify and utilize community resources that can assist students and their families 
     "School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options, and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.  School counselors are integral to student success."
 
     The Monett R-1 School District is blessed to have a very dedicated and highly effective group of school counselors.  Each of our school counselors is a certified, experienced educator with a master's degree in guidance and counseling.  The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.
 
     I hope you will join me in thanking Leslie Henry, Monett Elementary School; Ryan Smith, Central Park Elementary; Marla Cantwell, Monett Intermediate School; Sheila Gravett, Monett Middle School; Kara Tinklepaugh, Monett High School; Beth Nation, Monett High School; Anessa Brown, Scott Regional Technology Center; and Lori Woolfolk, Scott Regional Technology Center, for their outstanding work within their respective buildings and grade levels to help meet the unique needs of the students within the Monett community.

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Cub Pride - January 29, 2016
A. J. Bahl, Board of Education Member

 


        The week of January 24th - 31st has been deemed School Board Appreciation Week, and in that spirit, I offer my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all who have served or are currently serving on school boards for our area school districts.  A prosperous community requires many people to serve in many different roles, and participating in the governance of a school district is an important one.  Our school system is a cornerstone of the community.  It is critical to the future success of our children and the progress of nearly every facet of our communities.  It is, therefore, imperative that members of our communities have a voice in and give direction to the operations of our schools.  Whether you have considered participating on a public board or maybe never given it much consideration, I hope that the next couple paragraphs might help you appreciate, and hopefully, participate in the process.

        There is no doubt that things move faster these days, most notably, the accumulation and communication of information.  According to Amy Beth Quinn’s “Did You Know,” there is more unique information generated each year now than was generated in the previous 5,000 years.  Our kids today will have access to more information in a week than a person had in a lifetime in the 18th century.  The most common jobs being filled by young adults graduating school today didn’t even exist when they entered school.  This pace continues to accelerate, and we must have an educational system that can prepare our kids to adapt to and succeed in this environment.  To meet this challenge our teachers and administrators need the support and participation of the patrons in the community, and this is facilitated through an effective school board.

        We are fortunate to live in a great community full of fantastic people, but we are not without many of the problems that grab national headlines and fill time these days during presidential debates.  The common challenges of poverty, substance abuse, economic growth and job creation, a capable workforce, and disease name a few of those challenges that trouble our nation and affect our local community as well.  Leaders suggest many solutions, but a common theme entwined in all of them is education.  Much of our hope of minimizing these problems lies in effectively educating people to improve their condition and the condition of those around them.  Every day our schools’ professionals  focus on improving education.  Perhaps you have a contribution to make as well.

         I hope that these couple of thoughts may have kindled an appreciation of the importance of our educational systems.  For others, perhaps it reinforced beliefs you already had.  Our school board plays an important role in this process and relies on people in our community--people like you-- to be effective.  Whether you might consider running for a school board position, share your ideas or concerns with a school board member, or simply make it a priority to vote in the upcoming election to select the next board members, your involvement is important.  It is also greatly appreciated.

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Cub Pride - January 22, 2016

January Board of Education Report


The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, January 21, at 6:00 p.m. for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular December meeting of the Board of Education and 2016-17 Calendar Hearing were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Homeless Program Evaluation
  • Gifted Program Evaluation
  • Approve MSBA Policy Revisions 
Board Program and Recognitions
Dr. Jonathan Apostol, MMS Principal, and Amber Tinsley, MMS teacher, introduced the Board to the MMS Robotics Club.  The club is in its inaugural year at Monett Middle School and meets on Tuesday afternoons.  The Robotics Club placed 18th of 24 teams at the first event in Camdenton on December 19th.  On January 9th, the group traveled to St. Louis to compete and placed 13th out of 35 teams.  The Robotics Club members are made up of the following 7th and 8th grade students:   David Alvarez, Jonathan Hughes, Nathan Arnall, Cian Morris, Jack Goodman, Mason Turben, Jordan Garrison, Diego Soriano, Joe Bricker, Sawyer Myers, and Ben Verstraete.
 
Dr. Apostol and Todd Borgmann, MMS Band Director, recognized the following students who auditioned and qualified for the middle school All-District Band on January 8th.   Dr. Apostol also recognized Mr. Borgmann for being named the Outstanding Young Music Instructor for the 2015-2016 school year by the Missouri Music Educators Association.
 
7th Grade:
Hailee Sitton - 11th Chair Flute
Melanie Cruz - 9th Chair Clarinet
Emily Shaw - 10th Chair Clarinet 
Jewelia Willoughby - 16th Chair Clarinet 
Jared Canales - 1st Chair Alto Saxophone
Tyler Preston - 2nd Chair French Horn
Diego Soriano Vargas - 2nd Chair Tuba
 
8th Grade:
Autumn Portillo - 12th Chair Clarinet
Jacob King - 4th Chair Baritone
Blake Pachner - 5th Chair Tuba
 
David Williams, MHS Principal, and Phillip Soule, MHS Band Director, recognized the following students who qualified for All-District Band, All-District Jazz Band, All-Conference Band, All-District Orchestra, and All-State Band. 

All-District Honor Band
Cristin Jones
Alexis Brannon
Alex Ragsdale
Jacob Furry
Brian Agans
Jesus Rodriguez
 
All-District Jazz Band
Valentin Vizcaino
Brian Agans
 
All-District Orchestra
Cassidy Pachner
 
All-Conference Band
Natalie Wages
Marlene Canales
Jacob Morley
Sarah Thomas
John Schupbach
 
All-State Band
Jacob Furry
Alex Ragsdale
 
Dr. Hanson and the administrative team also recognized the Monett R-I School Board for their service to the school district and the community. 
 
Administrative Reports
Dr. Hanson updated the board on the current Legislative session and discussed various bills that may impact Missouri schools.  He also discussed an article describing the school funding formula in Missouri.  Dr. Hanson presented SISFIN, a financial management software program, to the Board.  Recently, Dr. Hanson has been investigating a number of financial management software programs in an effort to streamline district operations.  Dr. Hanson also provided information about Board candidate filing that concluded this past Tuesday.  The district will have three candidates (Brian Hunter, Sean Kelley, and Keith McCracken) for two vacant spots on the Board in the upcoming April election.  Lastly, the Board reviewed building level written reports.
 
Old Business
Facilities and Action as Needed
Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on proposed facilities projects around the district that included projects at Central Park Elementary School, various roof repairs, gym floor replacement, and improvements to the awning at Monett High School.
 
Curriculum
Dr. Evans reported on the first semester of TEAM, a program that provides teacher-directed before or after-school tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment opportunities to improve student achievement.  Teachers apply to TEAM and make a commitment of 25 or 50 hours of assistance.  Currently, the district has 74 teachers who have logged over 1,900 hours in the first semester.
 
New Business
Dr. Hanson reviewed Construction Management Agency bids with the Board.  Dr. Hanson recommended the Board approve R.E. Smith Construction, based upon their qualifications, as the Construction Management Agency for an upcoming project at Central Park Elementary School and for Dr. Hanson to enter into contract negotiations with R.E. Smith Construction for that service.  The Board approved the recommendation.
 
Lastly, Dr. Hanson reviewed the FY 16 budget revisions with the Board and recommended the Board approve the revisions.  The Board approved the recommendation.
 
Closed Session
When the Board returned from closed session, they approved a contract extension for Superintendent Dr. Brad Hanson through the end of the 2018-2019 school year.  The Board also extended Robert Cook to full-time status for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year and accepted the retirement of Rick Stewart.

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Cub Pride - December 18, 2015
December Board of Education Report



School Calendar Hearing
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to hold a School Calendar Hearing to review and receive public comments regarding the proposed 2016-17 school calendar.  After public comments and discussion, the Board voted and approved the 2016-17 calendar.
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The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, December 17th, at 6:10 p.m. for the regular board meeting.   The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular November meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
 
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Paying the bills
Approve Surplus Property Bids
Approve A+ Program Evaluation
Approve Technology Program Evaluation 
Board Program and Recognition  - Monett Intermediate School
 
Mrs. Peg Winfrey, principal at Monett Intermediate School, and Mrs. Melissa Powers and Ms. Amber Bledsoe, teachers at MIS, presented the MIS Robotics program to the Board.  The MIS Robotics is an after-school program offered to students during Genius Hour.  Ten students worked for twenty-six hours using six Lego Mindstorm kits and learned how to build and program a variety of robots.  Students and our two coaches, Ms. Bledsoe and Mrs. Powers, have had a wonderful, powerful learning experience.
 
Mr. David Williams, Monett High School principal, recognized senior Christopher Smith for receiving and accepting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  This is the first time since 1977 that a member of Monett’s graduating class has received an appointment to the Naval Academy.  (Randy Burke, son of Dale and Sharon Burke, MHS Class of 1977 was the previous recipient.)  The process of applying to the Naval Academy is unique in that it requires a nomination from either a Congressman or United States Senator.  The nominations require more letters of recommendation, resumes, essays, applications, and interviews by committees. After applying to Billy Long, Roy Blunt, Claire McCaskill, and Vice President Joe Biden, and the Academy itself, Christopher underwent three interviews, prepared five applications, requested a dozen letters of recommendation, submitted five resumes in five different formats, made numerous trips to Springfield for medical examinations, optometry examinations, and blood draws, traveled by himself on two occasions to Annapolis at the invitation of the Academy, and prepared lots of other paperwork.  The Monett R-1 School District should rightfully be proud of Christopher’s accomplishment, as it reflects highly upon the dedication of the faculty, staff, and administration in their objective to provide the finest possible education to the students in its schools.
 
Mrs. Susie Gasser, principal at Monett Elementary School, recognized Matthew Weston and Lavern Frazier.  At the beginning of the school year, Matthew began helping Mrs. Frazier in the cafeteria.  His job responsibilities include wiping tables, collecting trays, etc.  He has taken it upon himself to start "training" a student in a different class who is fairly new and speaks very little English to help as well.  He has also appointed himself the "bathroom discipline monitor" during lunch and has been known to run into the office to let us know if someone in the bathroom is misbehaving or making fun of someone.  He has really taken on a leadership role!
 
Administrative Reports
 
Dr. Hanson submitted a video for the Board to review entitled, “The Myth of Average.”  Dr. Hanson also updated the Board on the Virtual Learning Day proposal recently submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  At this time, DESE has denied the proposal.  Additionally, Dr. Hanson briefly discussed the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  This reauthorization, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), modifies a number of important aspects of No Child Left Behind and provides states with more authority to establish systems of accountability.  Dr. Hanson also provided information about Board candidate filing.  Lastly, the Board reviewed building level written reports.
 
Old Business
 
Dr. Hanson presented the facilities list and asked the Board to review the possible long-range projects during the next month.  Dr. Hanson also reviewed the current list of capital projects for the 2016-17 school year.
 
New Business
 
Dr. Hanson reviewed surveillance camera bids to add additional cameras at Monett High School.  The Board approved the bid submitted by Net-Watch for $6,107.65.  Dr. Hanson also reviewed various MSBA policies with the Board.
 
Closed Session
 
When the Board returned from closed session​

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Cub Pride - December 4, 2015
Dr. J.D. Roberts, Board of Education Member

 


     First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the patrons of the Monett School District for entrusting me to help lead our wonderful school district.  With that being said, I would like to highlight some of the requirements necessary when considering service on our Monett R-1 School Board.
 
     In preparation for the next school board election in April, candidate filing opens December 15, 2015.  School board service carries with it a serious responsibility to the patrons and students of our district.  A board member becomes responsible for multi-million dollar budgets, taxpayer trust, employment issues, and most important of all, providing a quality education to our students in the district. 
 
     Section 162.291, RSMo, requires a director of most school boards to be a citizen of the United States, a resident taxpayer of the district, a resident of Missouri for one year preceding the election, and be at least 24 years of age.  In addition, candidates must file all necessary disclosure reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission.  They must be current on all state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes, and real property taxes on the candidate's residence.  They must also be free of certain criminal convictions.  They cannot be a registered sex offender or required to register as a sex offender.  They cannot have been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri law or an offense in another state that would be considered a felony in this state.  Further, a candidate cannot have been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under federal law.  Furthermore, there a certain restrictions related to a candidate’s eligibility as it relates to financial and personal conflicts of interest with the district.  Employees of the district may not sit on the Board of Education.  These rules are spelled out in greater detail on the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) website.
 
     To file as a candidate, you must pick up a packet from the superintendent’s office.  This packet contains step-by-step instructions and all of the required paperwork necessary for candidate filing.  If elected, a board member is also required to complete 16 hours of MSBA-approved board member orientation and training within one year of his/her election.
 
     Personally, I can say that my service on the Monett R-1 School Board has been one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experiences in my adult life.  There has been a lot to learn, and I think that for the first year of service, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of information and budgetary complexities that were presented.  Thankfully, we have excellent administrators and peers within our board who made those transitions easier.  Board service isn't for everyone, but if you have an open mind, no hidden agendas, and truly want what is best for the students of our district, then you have what it takes to be an effective leader of our district.  If you need more information, I encourage you to visit with Dr. Hanson or any of the board members.  Also, the Missouri School Board Association website is a valuable source of information and can be found at msbanet.org.


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Cub Pride - November 20, 2015
November Board of Education Report


The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, November 19th, at 6:00 p.m. for the regular board meeting.   The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Minutes from the regular October meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
 
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Approve Federal Programs Evaluation
  • Approve MSBA Policy Revisions
  • Approve Surplus Property Bids
  • Approve Cooperative Sponsorship for Swimming/Diving with Pierce City 

Student/Staff Recognition and Board Program – Central Park Elementary
 
The board recognized Mrs. Carrie Smith, EFCO Monett R-I Teacher of the Month, and thanked her for her dedication to her students.  Board member Ken Gaspar thanked the entire team at Monett Elementary School for the support they show to their students who are struggling with situations both in and out of school.
 
One of the goals of the Monett R-1 School District is to personalize learning for each and every student.  Teachers are utilizing a variety of resources to accomplish this goal.  All of the teachers at Central Park Elementary use Lexia (reading) and ALEKS (math) to help personalize learning for our students.  Students access these apps using iPads or laptops.  Mr. Josh Carter invited five of his students to demonstrate to the school board how he utilizes Lexia to address the reading needs of his students. 
 
Amy Sampson (MHS) and Kristi Berger (MIS) provided the Board with a brief presentation describing their recent trip to Europe.  During the 28-day journey, Ms. Sampson and Ms. Berger visited over 30 holocaust sites in 10 countries.  They are using their experiences to help their students better understand The Diary of Anne Frank, Schindler’s List, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. 
 
Administrative Reports
 
Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on a variety of topics including a proposal to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the use of Virtual Learning Days.  Virtual Learning Days would allow Monett students to continue their learning online when school is canceled due to inclement weather.  If approved by DESE, these days could be utilized in place of “make-up” days at the end of the school year.
 
Dr. Hanson also updated the board regarding the closure of 9th Street during the school day.  The city council will make a final decision regarding the closing on Friday, November 20th. 
 
Old Business

Update on Curriculum and Action as Needed
Dr. Mike Evans, Mrs. Peg Winfrey, and Dr. Jay Apostol provided the board with a review of Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO), proficiency scales, and assessment.  This work has become the primary focus across the district and will continue to drive curriculum development in the Monett R-I School District.
 
Facilities and Action as Needed
Dr. Hanson updated the board regarding ongoing facilities projects including security upgrades, the purchase and installation of additional security cameras at Monett High School, and the Request for Qualifications for Construction Management Agency process at Central Park Elementary.  Dr. Hanson also reviewed the five-year facility project plan.  This list will be prioritized as the budget continues to be developed and finalized this spring. 
 
New Business
 
Review of 2014-15 Audits
The Board reviewed and approved the FY 2015 audit.  The Board also approved the use of The CPA Group to conduct the FY 2016 audit.
 
Review Options for 2016-17 School Calendar
The Board reviewed different calendar options for the 2016-17 academic year.  The options have been sent to the faculty for review, and the final version will be presented to the Board for approval in December.  
 
Approve Board Candidate Filing Dates
The Board approved the board candidate filing dates for December 15, 2015, through January 19, 2016, for an April election of two board seats. 
 
Closed Session
When the Board returned from closed session, no action was reported.


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Cub Pride - October 23, 2015
Marty Scabarozi, Board of Education Member


“The Challenge of Balance”

     As a product developer for a food company, I come across a lot of interesting and new concepts, some which make it to market and some that don’t.  I should not have been surprised when Silicon Valley mentality was applied to the protein shake market.

     Elon Musk once said,  “If there was a way that I could not eat, so I could work more, I would not eat.  I wish there was a way to get nutrients without sitting down for a meal.”  So low and behold, a company has come out with an answer to that problem. 

     A ready-to-drink protein beverage was developed that is only available on-line, will be shipped to your door, and will sustain you for awhile (though eating just one food for long periods of time is never a good idea).  You don’t have to leave your house, cook, or even chew.  You can spend more of your time staring at a computer screen.  Enjoying a meal with family and friends is overrated anyway.

     As we lead the area and probably the state in technology access and applications, we are still balancing that with hands-on learning.  Our programs at Scott Tech, GO CAPS, FACS, music and arts, and just about every other class not only use technology, but also show our students that there is a physical side to learning.  It’s amazing our students can conference with other students, instructors, or professionals all over the world, but this is only a piece of education.  We recognize that some things need to be experienced by walking around and doing things.

     I am seeing more and more people in my industry who are great at the preliminary work:  researching, organizing meetings, setting up conference calls, sending emails reviewing what was said in the meetings and the conference calls, making check lists, running Excel sheets.  But there is a hesitance when it comes time to execute the plan.  Our district is actively pursuing programs that encourage students to come out from behind the computer screen and turn the research into action.

     A well-rounded education is not one dimensional.  Interpersonal relationships are important.  Hands- on work is important.  Good health and balance in your life are important.  So put down your phone and go out and enjoy a meal with family and friends.

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Cub Pride - October 16, 2015
October Board of Education Report


     The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, October 15th, at 6:00 p.m. for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
Approve Minutes
     Minutes from the regular September meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
     The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Pay the bills
  • Approve 1st Semester Bus Ridership List
  • SPED Program Evaluation
  • 504 Program Evaluation
  • Approve Surplus Property List
  • Approve Date for Board Retreat (Oct. 27)
  • Employ Classified Personnel 
Board Program and Recognitions – Monett High School       
      Shelly Asher talked with the Board about the at-risk student intervention program Project RISE.  At-risk students at the high school are being closely monitored and pushed farther than they knew they were capable.  These students continue to see success in the classroom, and attitudes about learning are changing.  As a result, the number of failing grades at the high school during the first six weeks has been reduced drastically compared to this time last year.
     Students from the GO CAPS Monett program shared with the Board their accomplishments for the first two months of this inaugural program.  Technology Solutions students created a video showcasing their first completed project, the GO CAPS Monett website, www.gocapsmonett.com. Engineering & Manufacturing students highlighted their experiences in GO CAPS, including professional skills learned, expectations of the program, and their business partner project.
 
Administrative Reports
      Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on a variety of topics.
 
Old Business
Facilities and Action as Needed
     In old business, the Board discussed the punch list for the new FEMA shelters, additional training related to the new access control system, and additional cameras as part of the new video surveillance systems at Monett High School.  Dr. Hanson also updated the Board concerning the progress of the new marquee sign at the high school and the additional parking lot at the corner of 8th and Scott.  As part of the discussion concerning the 8th Street parking lot, Dr. Hanson recommended the Board approve Anderson Engineering for Geotechnical Testing Services at the 8th and Scott location.  The Board approved this recommendation.

Update on Curriculum and Action as Needed
     In the area of curriculum and instruction, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Evans provided the Board an overview of the Annual Performance Report (APR) for Monett in which he highlighted areas of improvement at both the district and building levels.  Specific scores were not discussed during the presentation as APR results are embargoed until October 23rd pending final review by DESE.
     Dr. Evans also presented the District Professional Development Plan for 2015-16 for Board approval.  During a brief presentation, he highlighted the professional development focus for each building that includes data analysis, PBS (Positive Behavior Supports), literacy strategies, school safety, and instructional writing.  In addition, he noted the focus at all levels on the development of Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) and the Proficiency Scales.  Dr. Evans also shared the proposed budget, and the Board approved the adoption of the PDC Plan for 2015-2016.
 
New Business
MSBA (Missouri School Board Association) Conference Review
     Board members shared highlights from attending the MSBA Conference.
 
Building Improvement Plans
     This fall building-level improvement teams met to create goals to increase student performance, improve teacher quality, and increase parent involvement to name a few areas of focus.  Jennifer Wallace, CPE Principal, David Williams, MHS Principal, and Susie Gasser, MES Principal, presented their building improvement plans to the Board.
 
MSBA Policy Revisions
     Dr. Hanson updated the Board on specific policy revisions presented by the Missouri School Board Association.  These will be approved at the November meeting.
 
Draft Facility Plans
     Dr. Hanson presented the Board with a list of potential facility plans for review during the Board retreat.
 
Closed Session
     When the Board returned from closed session, they approved the hiring of Missy Caldwell for the district bookkeeper position effective July 1, 2016.


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Cub Pride - October 9, 2015
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent


     The last week of October (26th - 30th) will mark our annual parent-teacher conferences for the Monett R-1 School District.  These conferences have traditionally been set after first quarter report cards so that teachers can provide quality feedback about students’ progress to parents.  In years past, each of our buildings has conducted parent-teacher conferences in various formats designed to best meet the needs of parents.  With the sheer amount of technology available to us in this day and age, we continue to make changes in our conferencing processes that we hope will create the most effective partnerships between parents and teachers.
 
     This fall each of our elementary buildings (MES, CPE and MIS) has committed to start parent-teacher conferencing earlier than our designated parent-teacher conference week.  It is our hope that we can reach out earlier (especially at these levels where conferencing is typically done with one classroom teacher) to parents to establish the connection with parents that we hope will benefit student growth and learning.  MMS and MHS will continue to utilize the arena conferencing format that they have used in recent years to provide parents with a convenient means of visiting with all teachers on a particular student’s schedule.  These arena conferencing sessions have been set for the week of October 26th-30th.
 
     Our ultimate goal in this process is to initiate a partnership between home and school that serves to enhance student learning by providing as much information as possible about the learning activities children are exposed to each day.  Although the “official” parent-teacher conferences serve a solid purpose, it is also our hope that all parents will connect with their child’s school and teacher at all times throughout the school year. 
 
     The following are three easy means of staying connected on a regular basis with the progress of your child and the important events at your child’s school:
  •  Get enrolled with the PowerSchool Parent Access portal – The parent access portal into our student information system allows you to view current grades, attendance, lunch account balances, along with several other items that can keep you alert to what is going on at school with your child.  If you registered your children online this fall, you already have access to this parent portal!  If you have questions concerning how to utilize this tool, feel free to contact your building level secretaries, and they will be happy to assist. 
  • Check to see if your child’s teacher has a classroom webpage – Many of our teachers maintain webpages on our district website or through other classroom management platforms such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Edmodo, and Moodle.  These webpages or sites not only allow student anytime/anywhere access to assignments and resources for learning, they can also provide parents a view into the classroom.
  • Use our district website and “app” – Our school district website can be accessed at monett.schoolfusion.us.  Each building has a separate page on the website, and many of our teachers also maintain pages on the site that provide valuable information for students and parents.  We have also created a district “app” that can be viewed on Apple or Android mobile devices.  This app also contains general school district and specific building level information including calendars, contact information, and other easy links to our actual website.  Simply search for “Monett R-1” in your app store to sign up for free access to this app.

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Cub Pride - September 25, 2015
Ken Gaspar, Board of Education Member


     I am so fortunate to have the trust of the Monett patrons.  Serving as a member of your Board of Education has given me tremendous joy, unbelievable access to see the best in education, and an opportunity to make you proud of the Monett R-1 District.
 
     Two weeks ago my wife and I attended the ribbon cutting for the MIS/MMS FEMA shelter and cafeteria.  That facility is amazing!  The building’s main purpose is to provide refuge to children who occupy the intermediate and middle school buildings in the event of a dangerous weather event.  Secondary to this, the citizens of Monett are also invited to seek shelter.  The new cafeteria allowed us to convert the old cafeteria into classrooms for art, music, and FACS.  Immediately after this event, we repeated the grand affair at Monett High School.
 
     If you have not had an opportunity to visit the new Performing Arts Center, you are missing one of the most impressive assets the Monett School District has to offer.  Upon entering, your eyes are immediately drawn to the box office with its rich style and welcoming appeal.  The décor found within the lobby is well appointed and aesthetically pleasing.  Once you enter the grand hall, you are overcome with emotion over the opportunity that the students of our district will now be afforded. You completely forget that you have just entered a building whose primary design and purpose is to protect.
 
     Your Board of Education and the Monett R-1 administration have provided Monett’s children assurances unparalleled in Monett’s history:  protection and promise--the promise of greater opportunities, not just in the performing arts (drama, speech, debate, or music), but also in technology, the trades, in language, math, sciences, and sports.  It is difficult to argue the fact that the last ten years have been phenomenal. 
 
     The list of accomplishments, improvements, and future wishes is quite long.  We are in no way satisfied; there are a few more things we want to accomplish.  The purpose of all these endeavors is to provide the students of Monett the absolute best environment in which to learn, grow, and thrive.  Whether it is in the classroom, in the shop, on the field of play, or on the stage – our kids have the facilities, the technology,  and the educators, but above all, the opportunity to be the best they can be.  It is up to us parents and guardians to ensure they take full advantage of the prospects to make a rewarding, fuller life for themselves and become outstanding citizens of the world.  
 
     I am honored to be a part of this wonderful district.



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Cub Pride - September 18, 2015
September Board of Education Report


     The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday, September 17, at 6:10 p.m., for the regular board meeting.   The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
 
     Minutes from the Tax Rate Hearing and regular August meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
     The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Approving Transportation Routes and NO Additional Expense Numbers
  • Approving Local Special Education Compliance Plan
  • Amending Facility Usage Agreement
  • Approving MSBA Policy Revisions
  • Approving Health Services Program Evaluation 
Board Program and Recognitions
     Mr. David Williams, Monett High School principal, recognized Jacob Furry for being named First Alternate Trumpet for the All National Honor Band.  Dr. Hanson recognized James Lawrence of Webb Transportation for receiving the Exemplary Service Award from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
 
     Mrs. Gasser and Mrs. Garner, principal and assistant principal of Monett Elementary School, introduced a group of preschoolers who performed songs for the Monett Board of Education.  Currently, there are 90 students enrolled in the preschool program.  Sixty of these students attend full day.  An analysis of the data from last year’s DIAL scores and this year’s kindergarten benchmark scores shows that students who attended the MES preschool performed better, on average, than those who did not.  Quality preschool programs help students increase language skills, learn to solve problems, get along with others, and develop fine and gross motor skills.  Mrs. Gasser and Mrs. Garner thanked the school board for their continued support of the preschool program. 
 
     Mr. Dean Krogmeier and Mr. Randy Smith of CTS and Mr. Austin McCracken provided the Board with an update on the high school HVAC system upgrades.  Dr. Hanson informed the Board that the improvements would need to continue for a number of years until all of the units have been upgraded.  Dr. Hanson praised the team’s effort and work quality.  
 
Administrative Reports
      Dr. Hanson provided the Board an update on a variety of topics that included the following:
 
     Dr. Hanson discussed the article “A New Moment in Education” and the importance of changing the way we educate children. 

     Dr. Hanson provided the Board with the release dates for the 2014-2015 APR.  The preliminary APR report will be released to districts on September 21, 2015 with the final APR being released on October 21, 2015.

     The Board reviewed written building level reports. 

Old Business
Facilities and Action as Needed

    In old business, the Board discussed the punch list for the new FEMA shelters and was provided a demonstration of the new video surveillance systems at Monett High School, Scott Regional Technical Center, Central Park Elementary and Monett Elementary School.  Dr. Hanson also updated the Board concerning the progress on the access control system, the marquee sign, and the additional parking lot at the corner of 8th and Scott.  Additionally, Dr. Hanson presented a preliminary drawing for an awning at the main gate of Burl Fowler Stadium.
 
Curriculum and Instruction
    In the area of curriculum and instruction, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Evans provided the Board a report comparing the percentage of Monett students scoring proficient and advanced to those of surrounding school districts.  Comparisons were made with thirty various schools across Missouri, conference schools, and six area schools.  Dr. Evans also provided the Board with data that tracked the progress of cohorts of students as they progressed through the school district. 
 
New Business
Review Administrative Team Goals

     Over the summer and throughout the fall, the administrative team engaged in a number of conversations to craft their goals for the coming year.  The following two goals will focus on providing quality feedback to faculty and increasing parent/community involvement.  
 
     The administrative team will continue learning how to effectively deliver teacher feedback with an emphasis in student growth and personalization in instruction that will become more consistent throughout the district.

     The administrative team will ensure the success of all students by collaborating with families and other community members, responding to the diverse community interests and needs with the goal of increasing parent involvement and strengthening community partnerships. 
Building Improvement Plans

     Building level improvement teams met this fall to create goals to increase student performance, improve teacher quality, and increase parent involvement, to name a few areas of focus.   Mr. Miller, SRTC director, Dr. Apostol, MMS principal, and Peg Winfrey, MIS principal, presented and/or submitted their complete building improvement plans to the board.
 
Closed Session
     When the Board returned from closed session, no action was reported.  Following closed session, Dr. Hanson invited the Board to attend the Celebration of Schools at Missouri Southern State University on November 2, 2015.

     Meeting Adjourned

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Cub Pride - August 21, 2015

August Board of Education Report


     The Monett R-­1 School Board of Education met Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to review, set, and approve the tax rate for the 2015­16 fiscal year.  Dr. Hanson made a recommendation to approve the operating levy for 3.1849 and the debt service rate for 0.5600 cent.  The Board approved and set the tax rate.

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     Minutes from the regular July meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
 
Consent Agenda
     The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
  • Paying the bills
  • Clearing Activity Accounts
  • Approving 2014­15 ASBR
  • Approving Facility Usage Agreement for PAC
  • Approving Board Policy BBFA
  • Setting Tuition Rate ($8,300)
  • Employing Classified Personnel (Amber Barrett, Kaitlynn Nickell, Donna Ridinger, Leah Mitchell, Carly Renfro, Victoria Walker, Julie Southard)
 
Board Program
     Stacey Blessing and Mary Bush presented to the Board how they have changed the way their classrooms look and how they personalize learning for each of their students.  They are incorporating flexible scheduling throughout the day so students have ownership in what their day looks like.  These two ladies are stepping outside the box, thinking creatively, and focusing on how to best prepare their students to find success in the 21st century.  Mrs. Blessing and Mrs. Bush are fourth grade teachers having 1:1 iPad classrooms this year.
 
Administrative Reports
     Dr. Hanson reported to the Board this year’s district them: “Point A to Point B…Make it Extraordinary.”  In addition, he provided the Board with the article, “Grit and Resilience…Fear of Failure” and discussed how important it is for our students to learn resiliency.  The Board was also updated on the progress of the marquee and canopy project at Burl Fowler Stadium.  In the coming weeks, the Missouri Legislature will hold a special veto session.  Dr. Hanson addressed the possible implications of these actions for the Monett R­1 School District.  Lastly, he provided the Board with an example of the new MHS laptop backpacks.  These backpacks are being provided as an option to the laptop cases currently used.
 
Enrollment / Attendance Update
     Dr. Hanson shared first day of student attendance totals showing 2,229 in attendance, which was down from the previous year; however, our overall enrollment stands at 2,286, which is very similar to last year’s September count.  There has also been a slight decrease in enrollment at Scott Regional Technology Center.

Old Business
FEMA Project Update
     Dr. Hanson informed the Board that punch list items were being completed at both FEMA projects.  In addition, he recommended the Board approve change orders at the MHS Performing Arts Center and Monett Intermediate School.  The Board approved the requested change orders.
 
Review of Summer Projects
     Superintendent Hanson also provided an update on summer capital projects that included upgrading the HVAC system at the high school, the 9th  Street closure at the middle school, and security projects at various locations throughout the district.
 
Curriculum and Instruction
     In the area of curriculum and instruction, Assistant Superintendent Mike Evans reported to the Board information regarding changes to the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and district testing results.  The 2015 spring assessment represented the first time Missouri students were tested on new standards in English and mathematics.  The new standards raised the expectations for learning in Missouri.  The 2015 assessment was also the first online test administration for elementary students in grades 3­8.
 
Advanced Placement Results
     Mr. Williams also reported the results of the Advanced Placement exams for 2014­15.  Mr. Williams stated that MHS had 78 students take 114 exams, with 31% receiving a qualifying score.
 
New Business
Review Scott Regional Technology Vaccination Bids
     The Board approved Bruner Pharmacy for SRTC vaccination bids at $17.80 per student.
 
Review Parking Lot Bids
     The Board approved APAC for the construction of a parking lot at the corner of 8th  and Scott for
$108,495.
 
MSBA Policies
     Dr. Hanson directed the Board to specific MSBA Board policy revisions in their packets for a 30­day review.
 
Closed Session
     When the Board returned from closed session, they accepted the retirement of Patty Leach effective at the end of this school year.  Patty has been with the district for 28 years.

     Meeting Adjourned



 
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