Message from the District Office August Board of Education Report
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to review, set, and approve the tax rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Dr. Hanson made a recommendation to approve the operating levy at 3.1881 and the debt services levy at 0.5600. The Board approved and set these tax rates for 2015.
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, August 21, at 6:10 p.m. for the regular board meeting. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular July meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
As we start another school year, I feel it is important to remind students and drivers to be safe when traveling to and from school, especially in school zones. I have spoken to parents and school faculty who expressed their concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety. Our patrol officers, school faculty, and I have observed drivers using cell phones, eating, grooming, and engaging in other distracting activities while they are driving through school zones and school drop-off lanes.
Distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of accidents. Not only are we seeing an increase of distracted driving incidents but with more and more children and young adults possessing and using digital devices, we are seeing an increase of injuries due to “distracted walking.” It is important that children and young adults understand the importance of exercising pedestrian safety: using crosswalks, obeying traffic signals, and paying attention to traffic and other hazards.
I'd like to welcome you back to Monett Middle School! We are welcoming new staff and new seventh grade students to our school that promotes responsible, respectful learners!
This year we have some new class offerings for students. First, all students will have a communication arts and a mathematics elective that is based on their performance. Students who are at or above grade level will be provided an enrichment class, which extends their learning of new concepts rather than continue to review mastered material. Students who are below grade level will enroll in a skills class. This class provides extra time and support in the areas that they are performing below grade level. I believe it is the middle school's obligation to promote students to grade level performance.
The 2014-2015 school year at MHS opened with faculty and staff welcoming a record 698 students into the building. That is the largest first day attendance in MHS history! As of Monday, August 18th, the “on the books” enrollment stands at 724 students: 197 freshmen, 193 sophomores, 171 juniors, and 163 seniors.
Students were greeted on day one with an orientation to the new modular (MOD) schedule. Students spent time in each of the five resource centers: (math, social studies, communication arts, science, and library) as well as in the new large group instructional area. The day was spent learning about the logistics of the new schedule and what to expect when classroom instruction began on Wednesday.
Scott Regional Technology Center welcomes students, parents, business, industry, and higher education to a great new school year. We are very excited about getting students back this year and developing new partnerships. This year we hope to see more and more of our students on internships and/or jobs throughout the communities we serve. As we prepare our students for all kinds of post-secondary work, we are constantly adding and/or changing our curriculum, adding dual and articulated credit, and exploring new ideas from our advisory councils to help us better serve the needs of our students and communities.