Subject: Cub Pride - March 14th, 2014
Date to send: 3/14/2014 at 12:00 PM

ImageMessage from the District Office 
Mike Dawson, Superintendent

        Last May the State Board of Education approved a new evaluation system for teachers, principals, and superintendents with the primary purpose to promote professional growth in effective practice that ultimately increases student performance. The underpinning of the evaluation system focuses on formative feedback and uses multiple pieces of data to promote continuous improvement.   Missouri Commissioner of Education, Dr. Nicastro, stated, “An effective evaluation system provides teachers and school leaders with feedback that will contribute to their development and performance throughout their careers.”
        With the State Board’s approval, districts were given the autonomy to adapt the state’s model, purchase a model from an outside source, or develop a model at the district level. The only requirement was that regardless of the model, it had to include the seven essential principles of effective evaluation and be fully implemented for the 2014-15 academic school year.

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This Week's Building Level and Departmental Updates

Monett Central Park Elementary School
Annette Cozort, Principal



        Central Park is excited to announce the fourth graders’ performance, "A Race to the Finish!" (a tale of the “Tortoise and the Hare”) on Tuesday, March 25th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Monett Middle School gym. "A Race to the Finish" is a charming, witty, and whimsical mini-musical based on Aesop's most popular fable "The Tortoise and the Hare." This famous race is recreated between the slow and steady turtle and the over-confident rabbit. It features five unison and two-part songs with a simple script for elementary-age performers."

        It will be high quality entertainment featuring two-part singing, costumes, and even a tango! Students have been hard at work memorizing speaking and singing parts as well as figuring out that slow and steady does, indeed, win the race. Many thanks to Mrs. Green, who has pitched in and helped students make masks, noses, ears, and set pieces in addition to her art curriculum!

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Monett Technology Integration
Lauralie Powell, Technology Integration Specialist
        On February 19, 2014, four very talented Monett art students were able to show off their hard work at our state capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. The 5th grade art students, Hattie Mae Depee, Sidney Parrigon, Yesenia Ramierez and Taylor Southard were accompanied by their art teacher, Mrs. Amy Green and Lauralie Powell, K-6 Technology Instructional Specialist.  Julie Southard, Sheri Depee, and Cathy Parrigon also attended the event.
        MOREnet (The Missouri Research and Education Network) supports the now annual Show-Me TechKnowledge Day, hosted in the capitol’s rotunda. Missouri school districts are invited to showcase student projects that utilize significant computer or Internet resources and demonstrate the value of the technology investment the State has made in building the high speed MOREnet network.
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Monett R-1 Health and Wellness
Alex Hutchings and Patty Bounous, Co-Directors

       It has been a busy few months for the Wellness Initiative teams. The champions have been hard at work conducting their first round of wellness committee meetings. All turned out very successfully with great ideas introduced to increase the health and well being of our children. Together, with each champion and wellness committee, action plans have been drafted for each campus based on the inventory assessment results and the ideas expressed at each building level meeting.
       The preliminary work has been completed and based on those results, the action plans are designed to promote a greater amount of nutritional opportunities via revamping of rewards and educational opportunities. As well as a greater amount of physical activity for students and staff through track improvements, fitness equipment installment, improvement and increase of brain breaks, and before and after school program enhancements. Some of these enhancements include offering a new variety of options before and after school such as Zumba, clogging, yoga, step aerobics, walking clubs, and weight training.

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Upcoming Calendar Events

March 14th, 2014
District - School is in session -
                Early Release

MHS - FFA Competition at
                                  East Newton
MHS - STUCO State Conference at Imperial

March 15th, 2014
MHS - FFA at McDonald County CDE Contests
MHS - STUCO State Conference at Imperial

March 17th, 2014
District - School is in session all day

March 20th, 2014
MHS - National Honor Society Induction

      For detailed campus calendar events,  
            click on the following links:

         Monett Elementary School (Pre-K to 2nd)
Central Park Elementary (3rd and 4)  
Intermediate School (5th and 6th)
Middle School (7th and 8th)
High School (9th to 12th)
Scott Regional Technology Center