Subject: Cub Pride - December 19th, 2014
Date to send: 12/19/2014 at 1:00 PM

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Message from the District Office
Brad Hanson, Assistant Superintendent

     What a wonderful time of the year!  The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons always serve to remind us of the tremendous amount of blessings for which we should be thankful as well as reminding us of the true spirit of giving to those less fortunate than ourselves.  The Monett R-1 School District certainly has a tremendous amount for which to be thankful!  The partnerships we have with our local business and industry as well as local community members provide for virtually every need we have within the district.  I would also be remiss without mentioning the hundreds of hours of volunteer work many of our community members provide for our schools each and every day.  Simply put, your giving nature makes everything that we do possible!
     This month I would like to highlight some ways that Monett R-1 staff and students “give back” to the community during this holiday season.  Our district counseling staff has identified over sixty families for the adopt-a-family program.  Within this program, local business and community members can join with Monett R-1 staff to provide Christmas gifts for families in need of assistance.  Included within this program is the shop-with-a-cop program that combines the efforts of the Monett Police Department with generous community donations to provide a Christmas shopping experience for an additional twenty-three students in our school district.

Continue reading Dr. Hanson's Christmas Message.

December Board of Education Report

School Calendar Hearing
     The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday, December 18, at 6:50 p.m., to hold a School Calendar Hearing to review and receive public comments regarding the proposed 2015-16 school calendar.  After public comments and discussion, the Board voted and approved the 2015-16 calendar.
     The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, December 18, at 7:00 p.m., for the regular board meeting.   The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
     Minutes from the regular November meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
Consent Agenda
     The consent agenda was approved, including the following items: Continue reading report from December Board of Education Meeting.

Monett R-1 Athletics and Activities
Daryl Bradley, Athletic Director

     The holiday season is here, and it reminds me to truly think about what matters most.  The holidays, regardless of your faith, is a time to gather with family and friends to exchange gifts, enjoy good fellowship, and reflect on the previous year and look forward with hope to the next.  The 2014-15 fall activities will be unforgettable for some time.  We had a monumental fall, and we believe that this is just the beginning of continued success.
     The Monett High School fall athletic teams took home three district titles and two state trophies.  Fall sports all-state players were announced recently, and these athletes and their families will be recognized by the Monett R-1 Board of Education on Thursday, December 18, at 7:00 p.m.

Continue reading end of semester update from Monett R-1 Athletic Director.

Monett Middle School
Dr. Apostol, Principal

Chain Links Provide Christmas Presents for Families

     When you ask most students about Christmas time, many of them talk about what they are going to receive; however, when you ask a Monett Middle School student about the chain links during Christmas time, they talk about what they are willing to give.
     Every year our 7th and 8th grade students donate money to help fund Christmas presents for deserving families. For every 25 cents donated, a chain link is created. This year, however, staff members have also become involved in the chain link competition.  Once the money is collected, the Monett Middle School Student Council students and sponsors will purchase the gifts that students wished for Christmas, wrap the presents, and prepare them for delivery to families this week. These activities help remind students about the true meaning of Christmas and their willingness to give than to receive.

Continue reading update from the Monett Middle School.

Monett High School
David Steward, Principal     

Historic First Semester Comes to a Close

     Today MHS students and teachers completed an historic semester at Monett High School.  Following nearly a year of research and planning, MHS became the first public school in Missouri to implement a flexible modular schedule for its students.  While the first semester certainly has had its challenges, overall the implementation has gone well.  Students continue to benefit from the opportunity to get support from teachers during the school day as a result of the shift in schedule design.  Both teachers and students seem to have adjusted to the logistics of the schedule and have settled into a bit of an educational rhythm.

Continue reading update from the Monett High School.


Scott Regional Technology Center
David Miller, Director

     The close of the first semester is always a busy and hectic time for students and staff at any school, and Scott Tech is no exception. Students are busy with turning in final work, taking TSA tests and/or preparing for final tests, and anxiously waiting their time off from school.  Instructors are busy with grading, preparing for finals, posting final grades, awaiting last minute instructions, preparing second semester activities, and much more.  The building staff is constantly changing chairs around and setting up the commons for all kinds of activities. They are also working on various  end-of-semester cleaning, report writing, and break preparation.   On top of all the hustle  and bustle in our building, we have fourteen sending schools to take into account when trying to finalize the semester. These are just some of the things that keep Scott Tech busy this time of year; there are many more that could be mentioned.

Continue reading update from Scott Regional Technology Center.


Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, December 19, 2014  District - 2nd Quarter Ends
                                               Early Dismissal for Christmas Break
                                               MHS -
Boys Basketball with Hollister
                                               MHS - Varsity Wrestling at
                                               Harrisonville Christmas Tourney

Saturday, December 20, 2014  MHS - Girls Basketball at
                                                    Walnut Grove Tourney through
                                                    December 30th.
                                                    MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team host
                                                    Monett Invitational at YMCA
                                                    MHS - JV Wrestling at
                                                    McDonald County JV Tourney
                                                    MHS - Varsity Wrestling at 
                                                    Harrisonville Christmas Tourney
Monday, December 22, 2014  District - Christmas Break through
                                                  Friday, January 2nd, 2015. Classes
                                                  resume Monday, January 5th.

Monday, December 29, 2014  MHS - Wrestling at Springdale
                                                  Tourney through December 30th
                                                  MHS - Boys Basketball at Berryville   
                                                  Tourney through December 31st
Saturday, January 3, 2015  MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team
                                                          at Springfield

Monday, January 5, 2015  District - Classes Resume
                                            MMS - Boys Basketball at
                                                        Cassville Shootout through
                                                        Thursday, January 8th.
                                            MHS - Girls Basketball at Nevada
Tuesday, January 6, 2015  MHS - Boys Basketball at Reeds Spring
                                             MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team at

Thursday, January 8, 2015  MHS - District FFA Greenhand
                                               MHS - Boys Basketball with Spokane   
                                               MHS - Wrestling at McDonald County

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