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.
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.
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
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.
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.
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.
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, 2014MHS - 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, 2014District - Christmas Break through
Friday, January 2nd, 2015. Classes
resume Monday, January 5th.
Monday, December 29, 2014MHS - Wrestling at Springdale
Tourney through December 30th MHS - Boys Basketball at Berryville
Tourney through December 31st
Saturday, January 3, 2015MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team
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
Conference MHS - Boys Basketball with Spokane MHS - Wrestling at McDonald County Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org