Message from the District Office Dr. J.D. Roberts, O.D., Board of Education Member
It is a little known fact, but serving on the Monett R-1 School Board has several benefits. Little did I know when I was first elected to serve just how rewarding this “Job” would be.
First, at each of our meetings, it must be written in the bylaws that we get fed. Sometimes this may take the form of a slice of pizza or a sandwich, but sometimes it entails a fine meal provided by our cafeteria staff or the students from the Culinary Arts class at Scott Tech. These are the meals I enjoy the most because it showcases the work that our students are capable of, and I get to try things like “reductions, tortes, and demi-glaces.”
Second, we have a front row seat to the exciting things that our teachers are doing to prepare our students for the future. We are fortunate to have such a passionate and dedicated faculty that pushes our students to greater heights, and it is rewarding to be a part of charting the path they take to achieve those goals.
Third, and no doubt the greatest compensation that we receive, is from our students themselves. At each of our meetings, we are treated to recognitions of our students’ achievements. These may be from special needs students meeting and exceeding a reading challenge or individuals who have excelled in a certain subject, sport, band, or speech and debate, to name a few. What I enjoy most is when we are treated to a program which highlights the enthusiasm and passion that our kids exhibit as part of their learning process. In each of these instances, I am entertained and sometimes in awe of the capabilities our students possess.
As part of our district vision to be “Student Focused and Future Driven,” Monett R-1 offers numerous supplementary programs to foster student learning. One of these programs is the Migrant Education Program. It is a federally funded program designed to meet the needs of children from migrant working families.
Why is there an identified program for these students? As their families move in search of work, these students have unique educational needs because their schooling can be frequently interrupted. Also, the No Child Left Behind Act holds migrant children to the same challenging state content and student performance standards as all children.
Who is eligible for Migrant Education support? Students who have moved so that a family member could obtain employment in fishing or agriculture may qualify. Their parents may be seeking work in poultry production, dairy, fruit and vegetable farming, or the fishing industry. The majority of our migrant families move to Monett for work in poultry processing. A small number come each year to work on local dairy farms.
What happens when someone is referred to the program? A home visit will be made to determine eligibility and to conduct an informal assessment. As with all students, district support may include after- school tutoring, credit recovery, language instruction, summer school, and child/family advocacy.
January is National Thank You Month. This is the perfect time for me to say “Thank you” to the Monett R-1 School District for making my first semester here so rewarding. Although I have been aware of Monett’s reputation as a great school for many years, my knowledge only scratched the surface of what happens in the district on a daily basis. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the district for providing the tools, resources, and supports necessary for the faculty and staff to meet the needs of all students. “Student Focused and Future Driven” is not just a slogan; it is a belief system. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of an organization that truly makes decisions based upon what is best for kids. This doesn’t mean “typical” kids or “regular” kids. This means ALL kids. THANK YOU, Monett R-1 School District, for putting students first!
Click here to visit the Special Services Webpage. Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, January 23, 2015 MHS - Boys Basketball continues play at
NEO Tourney through January 24th MHS -Girls Basketball continues play at
Marionville Tourney through
January 24th MHS - Speech/Debate at Parkview/Central
through January 24th
Saturday, January 24, 2015MHS - JV Wrestling at Kickapoo
Monday, January 26, 2015 MMS - Boys Basketball with
Carl Junction Tuesday, January 27, 2015MHS - Boys Basketball at Carl Junction MHS- Wrestling with Ozark/Central
Thursday, January 29, 2015MMS - Boys Basketball at Strafford MHS - Girls Basketball with
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