Subject: Cub Pride - December 5th, 2014
Date to send: 12/5/2014 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
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Message from the District Office
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent

     This past week we have been reminded of the distinct possibility of winter weather that often disrupts our school calendar.  I thought it might be helpful for you to understand what goes in to making a decision of whether to cancel school on days when there is frozen precipitation on the ground.
     On days with frozen precipitation, school superintendents typically begin their day driving the school district roads around 4:30 to 5:00 a.m.  In addition, the National Weather Service frequently hosts conference calls with superintendents in our area prior to 4:30 a.m. to provide the latest outlook for weather and road conditions for the upcoming day.  Superintendents in our area communicate with each other during these snowy/icy mornings to share what is going on within their respective school districts and to assist each other in making these sometimes very difficult decisions.
     Ultimately, we like to make our Monett R-1 decisions between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. to give parents enough time to make plans for their children.  We also take into consideration the fact that our earliest bus routes begin at approximately 6:30 in the morning, and we have many teachers who commute to Monett each morning.  When conditions persist for several days, we often will make a decision to cancel school on the prior afternoon/evening.  If there doesn’t seem to be any chance of improved conditions for the following day, it often makes sense to go ahead and cancel school the afternoon/evening ahead of time to give parents even more time to plan.

Continue reading more about inclement weather policies for the Monett School District.

Monett Intermediate School and
Middle School Guidance Counseling

Marla Dunn, MIS Guidance Counselor

        It’s the holiday season – the time between Halloween and New Year’s Day.   We want the holidays to be happy for everyone, especially our children.   The calendar begins to fill until it seems there is a never-ending whirlwind of activities.  Family gatherings.  Shopping.   Christmas plays and concerts.  Parties.  Decorating.  Hanging lights.  More shopping.  Wrapping gifts.  Holiday baking.  Visiting Santa at the mall.  Last-minute shopping.  Go, Go, Go!  Run, Run, Run!  Exhausted yet?  Amidst all the hustle and bustle, it is important to set aside time to take care of our mental health. 
     These tips may help both parents and children recognize holiday anxiety and feel less stress.
Continue reading holiday stress tips from the Intermediate School Counselor.

Shelia Gravett, MMS Guidance Counslor

     During the month of November, MMS guidance lessons were geared toward career development, and students were introduced to the Missouri Connections online program.  Missouri Connections is a free program available to Missouri citizens and is funded by DESE and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development. This program ( supports the efforts of schools to implement the guidance program’s component of career exploration and development.
     Missouri Connections will be used in the middle school as one of the resources to encourage students to begin career exploration and to discover more about themselves through assessments and activities.  Students will learn about career paths and career clusters and will explore careers and learn about postsecondary options.

Continue reading how Missouri Connections is used at the Middle School.

Special Services Department
Teena Fare, Director

        During the first semester of the school year, I have had the opportunity to meet several families with students of all ages. This year has been no different than my previous years in public education in that parents and caregivers want to help their child succeed in school.  I found the following article by Dr. John H. Wherry on the Reading Is Fundamental website at  The article has some practical strategies that may help with school success. You don’t have to try them all, but I hope you can find a few to try with your child.

44 Proven Ideas Parents Can Use to Help Their Children Do Better in School
Making Time Count
1.  Put specific times on your calendar each week when you will spend time with your children.  During that time, focus your love and attention on your child.

2.  Use car time to talk with your children. There's no phone or television to interfere. No one can get up and leave, and kids know they really have your ear. 

3.  Plan to eat at least one meal together as a family each day. 

4.  Look for things to do together as a family.  Get everyone involved in choosing how to spend your time together. 

5.  Try giving children television tickets.  Each week each child gets 20 tickets.  Each ticket can be used for 30 minutes of TV time.  Any tickets remaining at the end of the week can be cashed in for 25 cents each.  Parents can still veto a certain program, of course.

Click here to continue reading suggestions to help your child succeed in school.

Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, December 5, 2014  MHS - Priscilla Bradford Speech  
                                                        Tournament at Monett

Saturday, December 6 2014  MMS - Wrestling at Seneca Tourney
                                                 MHS - Band at State Auditions  
                                                 MHS - Priscilla Bradford Speech
                                                            Tournament at Monett           
                                                 MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team at 
                                                            Springfield Meet 
                                                 MHS - Wrestling at Frontenac

Monday, December 8, 2014  MMS - Girls Basketball at East Newton
                                                MMS - Wrestling at Republic
                                                MHS - Monett 9th Grade Boys 
                                                Basketball through December 13th
                                                MHS - Girls Basketball at Joplin

Tuesday, December 9, 2014  MES - 2nd Grade Christmas Program
                                                 MHS - Boys Basketball with Neosho
                                                 MHS - 9th Grade Girls Basketball 
                                                 Tourney at Republic through
                                                 December 13th   
                                                 MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team Host
                                                            Meet at Monett YMCA

Wednesday, December 10, 2014  MHS - Miss Merry Christmas   
                                                        Coronation and Assembly

Thursday, December 11, 2014  MMS - Girls Basketball with
                                                                McDonald County
                                                    MMS - Wrestling at Ozark     
                                                    MHS - Girls Basketball with
                                                    MHS - Wrestling at Diamond

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