Subject: Cub Pride - October 31st, 2014
Date to send: 10/31/2014 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


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.

Continue reading update on House Bill #1490.

Monett R-1 School Safety
Officer Jay Jastal, School Resource Officer

     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.

Continue reading more from the School Resource Officer Jay Jastal.

Monett Middle School
Dr. Apostol, Principal

 What's Happening In the Middle?

     Monett Middle School celebrated Red Ribbon Week the week of October 27-31.  Each spirit weekday was "Dr. Seuss" themed, and we asked students to participate in each of the spirit days.

     On Monday, we asked students to wear their pajamas to class.  "With a butterfly kiss, and a ladybug hug, sleep tight little one like a bug in a rug.” Give hugs and kisses, not drugs!
     Tuesday was considered Hat Day.  “You can think anything that you wish…so put on your thinking cap and be smart about not doing drugs!”

     Students celebrated Twin Day on Wednesday by dressing up like their twin.  “Today you are you, that's truer than true”...Find someone to dress like you!

     On Thursday, we challenged the students to dress fun, mixed up, or crazy.  “Why fit in when you were born to STAND OUT!”   Don't follow the crowd; don't do drugs!

Continue reading update from MMS Principal Dr. Apostol.

Upcoming Calendar Events

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, 2014  MHS - Cross Country at
                                                             District Meet      
                                                  MHS - FFA National Convention
                                                             Louisville, Kentucky                                                    MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team at
                                                             SWMO Swim Championships
Monday, November 3, 2014   MMS - 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
                                                             Volleyball Tourney

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