Message from the District Office Mike Dawson, Assistant Superintendent
Standards and Assessment - Oh, my! - House Bill #1490 – Update
During the last legislative session, House Bill # 1490 emerged as a compromise to the controversy surrounding the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While the common core provides a framework to guide instruction, it sparked a national debate as another form of government overreach. This debate reached a number of state legislative bodies, with some preventing the common core implementation.
The Missouri General Assembly created a structure and timeline in HB #1490 to review all the Missouri Learning Standards (MLS) that comprise English language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics learning expectations. The State Board of Education signed on a Common Core partner for both English Language Arts and Math in 2009 with full implementation slated for 2014-15. Science and Social Studies adopted the Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and Course Level Expectations (CLEs). To clarify, standards set the goal for each student at each grade level or course. Curriculum is how teachers reach the goal. Districts teach to the same goals, but each district has local control on which tools to use in meeting the standards.
Red Ribbon Week: Promoting a Healthy, Drug-Free Life
Over the last few years, we have seen an alarming increase in the number of states proposing legislation to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use. Currently, 23 states allow marijuana to be prescribed for medicinal use. Initiatives seeking to legalize marijuana are popping up across our country.
Voters in Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia may soon join Colorado and Washington as the first states to fully legalize recreational marijuana (pot) for adults.
In 2004, Columbia, Missouri, voters backed a pair of measures seeking to "liberalize” local pot laws. One law stated, “People found in possession of fewer than 35 grams of marijuana should not be arrested but, rather, ticketed.”
Last year the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted to establish a citywide marijuana ordinance that reduces penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana to a small fine.
This year during an overhaul of the state’s criminal code, jail time for first-time offenders caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana will be eliminated starting in 2017.
A pro-legalization group in Missouri called “Show-Me Cannabis” is looking forward to the November 2016 ballot to push the legalization of marijuana.
Friday, October 31, 2014 District - No School -
Teacher Professional Development MHS - FFA National Convention
Louisville, Kentucky MHS - Football with Cassville MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team at SWMO
Swim Championships Saturday, November 1, 2014MHS - Cross Country at
District Meet MHS - FFA National Convention
Louisville, Kentucky MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team at
SWMO Swim Championships Monday, November 3, 2014MMS - Girls Basketball Tourney at
Triway Tourney through
Friday, November 7th Tuesday, November 4, 2014 MES - All Pro Dad Meeting MHS - District Band Auditions Thursday, November 6, 2014 MCP-3rd Grade Music Program
at MMS Gymnasium MHS - STUCO Spike Wars
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