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.
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.
Remember routines. For parents of small children, this is especially good advice. During the holidays, children will find their routines disrupted. They are often dragged along on shopping trips or taken to special events. They stay up past bedtime and eat too many holiday goodies. When a routine is broken, stress can result. A well-rested child will be much happier on a trip to the mall than one who is in need of a nap.
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 (missouriconnections.org) 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.
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 www.rif.org. 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
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