Message from the District Office Ken Gaspar, Vice - President, Board of Education
I recently read an article that stated an oft-undeniable fact: “Parental involvement can make a difference in a child’s education.”
There are numerous studies that illustrate the importance of parents’ roles in their children’s education. Regretfully, there are equally large numbers of parents who have not bought into the notion.
Many parents oblige their child’s school by appearing at an annual or semi-annual meeting, but this event is merely a discussion between the parent and the teacher. The parent needs to be fully engaged with the most fundamentally important aspect of the child’s life: their education.
Parental involvement in their children’s education is typically stronger in the earlier years. A national study in 2012 showed that over 90% of kindergarten students had a parent attend at least one voluntary meeting with the teacher or event (e.g., music program). In middle school, that rate declined to 87% and declined further in grades 9-12 to 79%. Scheduled events showed an 89% participation rate in K-5, 71 % in grades 6-8, and just 57% in 9-12. The percentage of parents who volunteered for a committee or other type of school-related function included 56% in grades K-2, a decline to 51% in grades 3-5, a further drop to 32% in grades 6-8, and just 28% for grades 9-12.
At Monett R-1, we are so fortunate to have access to the latest trends in technology. Thanks to the tremendous support from our school board, administrators, and community, both teachers and students alike are able to use school-provided, top-of- the-line laptops or personal devices. Monett R-1 knows the importance of prepping our students for an ever-changing technological world.
While it’s a top priority that our students are well versed in a myriad of tech tools, it’s equally important that we teach our children to unplug – daily. This is a hard thing to do! Approximately 90% of cell phone users have admitted they couldn’t go a full day without checking their cell phone. Could you last a day without yours? Half a day? Did you know that the average person will spend four years of his/her life looking at his/her cell phone or personal device? Four years!
Before the end of 2014, students in grades 5 through 12 will have their own MacBook Pro laptop. This is an exciting time in education! While we recognize that the classroom landscape has changed, educators know one thing will never change: the importance of effective communication and healthy relationships in a child’s development. Setting our electronic devices aside and engaging in meaningful conversation and activities with our children has never been more critical.
Cub Club, an after-school tutoring program, is in full swing at MES. This year more than sixty MES students stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to sharpen their reading and writing skills.
Cub Club begins with a healthy snack and then students gather in small groups with an experienced teacher for sixty minutes of guided reading instruction. The additional instructional time allows students to practice phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing at a level based on their learning needs.
When students were asked, “Why do you like Cub Club?” some of their responses included the following:
“We get to read and do fun things!”
“We have a snack.”
“We do our letters.”
“We get to spell and write.”
Cub Club students are invited to attend based on reading assessments taken during regular class time. The district provides transportation home each Tuesday and Thursday. This program is an integral part of our intervention system to help struggling students in reading.
Friday, October 24 2014 District - No School -
Parent/Teacher Conferences MHS - Football with East Newton MHS - Softball Final Four at Springfield MHS - Speech/Debate at Diamond
Novice IE Tourney Saturday, October 25, 2014MHS - Band at UMC
Marching Festival MHS - FBLA Leadership Conference at
St. Charles MHS - Speech/Debate at
Neosho Monday, October 27 2014MHS - Academic Team Quad at Monett MHS - Boys Soccer District Tourney at
Burl Fowler Stadium Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MHS - FFA attends National
Convention in Louisville, KY
Thursday, October 30, 2014 MHS - FFA attends National
Convention in Louisville, KY MHS - Boys Soccer District Tourney
at Burl Fowler Stadium MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team at
Friday, October 31, 2014 District-No School -
Teacher Professional Development MHS - FFA attends National
Convention in Louisville, KY MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team at