Message from the District Office November Board of Education Report
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, November 20th, at 6:00 p.m. for the regular board meeting. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular October meeting of the Board of Education and the November 6th Board Retreat were approved.
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Paying the bills
Federal Programs Evaluation
Approve District Wellness Plan
Approve Surplus Property List
Student Recognition/Board Program
Dr. Jay Apostol, principal of Monett Middle School, along with a number of MMS students presented information to the Board of Education regarding their attendance at the Expanding Your Horizons event hosted by the University of Missouri Science and Technology at Rolla. The event was designed and geared specifically for female students toward STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) pathways. Students shared their reflections from the breakout sessions and commented that the event opened their eyes to new math and science career opportunities.
Who decides what's for lunch?
Where's our regular white pasta? Where's the salt? How come we have skim milk now instead of whole milk? Why are things changing, and who gets to decide what's on the menu, anyway?
These are excellent questions, and we, here in the kitchens, get them a lot. Students are always surprised to learn that Opaa's Wellness & Nutrition staffs are actually required to design school menus based on federal and state nutritional guidelines that dictate weekly quotas for the following:
and many others
Opaa's food nutritionists use computer analysis to evaluate individual food items. Then they must mix and match food items to come up with appealing meals that meet requirements across a week's worth of menus.
It's a real juggling act because while Opaa! is responsible for keeping our school district in compliance with federal and state guidelines, we're also dedicated to providing tasty offerings that please students and drive participation in the lunch program. Our Wellness & Nutrition experts do a phenomenal job in striking the right balance.
With the help of our instructional technology specialists Melody Paige and Lauralie Powell, MIS teachers have been developing the six "Mission Packs." These Mission Packs contain the student competencies that students will be expected to master to demonstrate their readiness to care for and use a laptop computer. These Mission Packs address such competencies as how to care for your computer, how to be safe while using the Internet, how to efficiently conduct Internet searches, and how to log-in and use the instructional programs and resources that will be used in their classrooms.
We anticipate that it will take three to five weeks for students to complete this training. (Our goal is to begin our Mission Pack training after our Thanksgiving Break.) During this time, they will have access to the laptops during the school day. Following this student training and the three required parent trainings, there will be opportunities for students to take the laptops home for specific homework assignments.
As we begin the implementation of our laptop program, please make sure to let us know if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or compliments!
Friday, November 21, 2014 MHS - Speech/Debate at
Clayton/Ladue Tournament Saturday, November 22, 2014 MMS - Wrestling at Branson MHS - Football with
John Burroughs MHS - Speech/Debate at
Clayton/Ladue Tournament MHS - Speech/Debate at
Crowder College IE
Tournament Monday, November 24, 2014MHS - Girls Basketball with Willard
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 MMS - Girls Basketball with Lamar MMS - Wrestling at Webb City SRTC - Childcare Career Program
hosts Father's Feast Wednesday, November 26, 2014 District - No School
Thursday, November 27, 2014District - No School
Friday, November 28, 2014District - No School
Monday, December 1, 2014District - No School
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