Message from the District Office Mike Dawson, Assistant Superintendent
Creating educational communities is about building partnerships between the school, the family, and the public to help students succeed. The foundation of a strong community is its ability to communicate, stay connected, share stories, and participate in an ongoing dialogue to make positive changes.
As a school district that is Student Focused and Future Driven, we recognize that the way people communicate is changing. Twenty years ago we relied on the newsletters, the nightly news, and a landline telephone to stay informed. Now our community surfs the web, sends text messages, and participates in live video conferences around the world. Through increased Internet access and Smartphone technology, we have become accustomed to real time information and staying connected to the things that mean the most to us. Continue reading about the release of the Monett R-1 district app for mobile phones. Special Services Teena Fare, Director
The school year is off to a great start! The “Under Construction…Creating Customized Learning” theme for the 2014-15 school year certainly pertains to the Special Services Department. “Creating Customized Learning” defines the types of services and supports provided to students who meet specific criteria for each of the progr ams within the Special Services Office. Those programs are Early Childhood Special Education, Parents as Teachers, Special Education K-12, Gifted Education, Section 504 Compliance, and Homebound Instruction.
Our staff is “Under Construction,” as we have several new staff members this year. I am included in the new staff members. I served as Special Services Director for Carl Junction R-1 Schools for ten years as well as teaching special education in Aurora prior to that. I will speak on behalf of all the new special education staff by saying “thank you” to the school district and the community for the warm welcome!
The ELL (English Language Learner) Department is off to great start in Monett R-1! As the number of primary languages spoken increases in our community and the number of students new to speaking the English language increases in our schools, we’re exploring ways to promote language development in a manner that seamlessly celebrates diversity and grows our students academically.
Dr. Hanson challenged teachers to find the connection between the world of construction and our daily purpose of educating students. This year the ELL teachers will focus on scaffolding learning while providing a framework for content. At MES this may include push-in small group support as well as our latest strategy, the 5-minute mini lesson. These mini lessons are brief but powerful re-teaching interactions for individual students.