Subject: Cub Pride - January 16th, 2015
Date to send: 1/16/2015 at 12:00 PM

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Message from the District Office
January Board of Education Report

The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, January 15, at 6:00 p.m., for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular December meeting of the Board of Education and 2015-16 Calendar Hearing were approved.
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Board Program – Gifted
     Tracy Copening, Gifted Coordinator, introduced a number of third and fourth grade Central Park Elementary SEAquest Program students who attended Pioneer Day at Silver Dollar City on October 22nd. The day was designed for students to learn, appreciate, and interact as early pioneers. Students traveled through different learning stations that included stories from the blacksmith, schoolmarm, weaver, and general store workers to learn about life in the 1800s.  In addition, students analyzed primary documents to better understand the life and struggles of early pioneer life.  The field trip was well received by teachers, parents, and students.
     The Monett High School Robotics Club provided a demonstration of their robot for the Board of Education.  Club members expressed their enthusiasm and excitement for the project and thanked the district for this new opportunity.  Students are preparing for their first competition scheduled in March.

Continue update from January Board of Education Meeting.

Monett R-1 Wellness Initiative
Alex Hutchings, Coordinator
     Monett R-1 is striving to create a “Healthy U to Make a Healthy Us.”  The Monett R-1 School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect its employees and students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting a tobacco-free environment.  During the month of October 2014, the Monett R-1 District Level Wellness Committee presented an updated tobacco policy to the Monett R-1 Board of Education.  The Board agreed to take a 30-day review of the policy.  On November 20, 2014, the Board of Education approved the new tobacco policy that makes Monett R-1 completely tobacco free in all campus buildings and on all district property.  This includes but is not limited to the Burl Fowler Stadium as well as any other of the district’s facilities.
     To promote the health and safety of all individuals, the Tobacco-Free Policy emphasizes three specific areas: all tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and imitation tobacco or cigarette products.  This policy prohibits tobacco use of all employees, students, and patrons.  The superintendent and the Monett R-1 Board of Education are to be commended in taking this bold step of leadership that will provide our students and staff a safe learning environment.
     The Monett R-1 Tobacco-Free Policy (Board Policy AH) is available online at under District Board of Education Policies to all Monett R-1 employees, students, and the Monett community. The policy will become effective August 1, 2015.

Click here to visit the Wellness Initiative webpage.

Monett Middle School
Dr. Jonathan Apostol, Principal

     On January 9, band students across southwest Missouri traveled to Webb City Middle School and auditioned for the Junior High All-District band.  Students had received music selections that were to be played in front of judges. Students also had to play several different scales as written and memorized.  The scales varied from chromatic scale to Concert E-Flat Major, Concert C Major, and Concert C Minor. 
     Monett Middle School celebrates the following students for making it on the Junior High All-District Band!  Let's congratulate these students for a job well done!
7th Grade:
Autumn Portillo - 8th Chair Clarinet
Blake Wright - 8th Chair Trumpet
Blake Pachner - 3rd Chair Tuba
8th Grade:
Kaitlyn McCullough - 5th Chair Flute
Jesus Rodriguez - 2nd Chair Tuba
Brittain Cooper - 8th Chair Percussion

Click here to visit the Monett Middle School Webpage.

Monett High School
David Williams, Assistant Principal     


     It’s the start of a new semester at Monett High School, and there is activity all over campus.  Basketball, Lady Cub swimming, and wrestling seasons are well underway.  Robots are under construction by The Professionals, our new robotics club.  One student is preparing an anti-bullying message to spread the word about the effect that bullying has on both the bullied and the bully.  Other students are working ahead and graduating early; we had twelve December graduates and expect to have five three-year graduates this May.  The front office window is filling up with all of the various student sports and club awards and trophies!
     Students, teachers, librarians, office secretaries, paraprofessionals, and maintenance staff are all working hard at adapting to and improving the radical new MOD schedule we implemented at the beginning of this school year.  Mrs. Sharilnn Webster is a new addition to our teaching staff and is a welcome addition to our social studies department.  Our librarian, teachers, counselors, and building/district level administrators have developed a new ACT prep course for juniors who will be taking the ACT in the spring.  It’s also hard to miss the new performing arts center going up at the east end of our campus.  We are looking forward to moving in by the end of the school year.
     It’s a great time to be a Cub.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds!. 

Click here to visit the MHS webpage.


Scott Regional Technology Center
David Miller, Director

     Many people remember back to the days of high school when the counselors or teachers asked, “What do you want to do with your life?”  Many of us dreaded that question, not having any idea but feeling we had to pick our future in that one moment.  As we all know, it was not in a moment; the school had been training us for our future.  At Scott Tech, our process of preparing students for their future is  one of our major responsibilities. 
     There are many things we do to prepare students for their future.  This month there is one activity that we feel is one of our best for giving students the opportunity to look into their future.  We call it “Focus on the Future Day,” which occurs January 15th this year.  During this day, students from Monett and our sending schools have the opportunity to visit with around 60 different business, industry, and college representatives.  These representatives will set up tables and booths in our commons area., and students are allowed to visit with these representatives to determine interest levels and to gain insight into what the business or industry offers to employees.  There are several businesses or industries every year that are hiring employees either now or sometime this spring.  This gives students the opportunity to apply for jobs and/or have an initial contact for potential future employment. Colleges are on hand to help students determine levels of higher education available and program specific requirements. Program instructors develop classroom activities around what the students learn from the day.  Each program also has some specific business, industry, or college for students to visit.  Many of the attendees are on the advisory board for specific Scott Tech Programs. 
     As students take time to explore more about what they want to do with their lives, Focus on the Future Day puts them in touch with many potential employers and educators to help them make  better informed decisions.  Scott Tech would like to thank all of the representatives who help make Focus on the Future Day a great experience for students.

Click here to visit the Scott Tech webpage.

Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, January 16, 2015  MHS - Boys Basketball with Aurora

Saturday, January 17, 2015  MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team
                                                            at Carthage
                                                MHS - Varsity Wrestling at Branson
Monday, January 19, 2015  District - No School
Teacher Professional Development
                                              MMS - Boys Basketball with Seneca
                                              MHS - Girls Basketball at Marionville
                                              Tourney through Saturday, January 24   
                                              MHS - 9th Grade Boys Basketball
                                                         with Cassville

Tuesday, January 20, 2015  MMS - Boys Basketball with Marionville
                                               MHS - Boys Basketball at Carthage
                                               MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team
                                                          at Springfield 

Thursday, January 22, 2015  MES - 2nd Grade
                                                            Parent Involvement Night
                                                 MMS - Boys Basketball at Lamar
                                                 MHS - Boys Basketball at
                                                 NEO Tourney through Saturday,
                                                 January 24
                                                 MHS - Wrestling at Seneca


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