Message from the District Office Mike Dawson, Assistant Superintendent
Childhood is an amazing period in our human development. Students learn how to connect letters and sounds to read complex text, how to play and share with other students, and discover how to solve complex problems. School can have a profound effect on assisting students with their developmental learning milestones; however, combining school activities with parent involvement activities strengthens our effect and demonstrates an increased daily attendance and, ultimately, improves student achievement.
When parents are involved in their school community by attending parent conferences, or cheering on the Cubs at local events, students take a more active role in their learning. Parent involvement communicates that school is valued and that the work being completed is worthy of our time and attention. Nothing is more powerful than creating a positive partnership with your child’s teacher to create an unbreakable learning bond between home and school. Once students see school and home on the same page and working together, kids are more motivated to take their learning to the next level. We want to thank you for being involved, showing your support, and attending our parent involvement activities.
This past fall the Monett R-1 Board of Education approved the district’s five-year strategic plan, which places an emphasis on parent and community involvement. The parent and community involvement vision statement reads, “The district will partner with families, businesses, and the community to promote active engagement to support the personalization of learning for all students.”
What a great January this has been! Compared to last year’s marathon of snow and cold temperatures, this month has felt almost balmy. Despite the good weather, however, the Health Services staff has seen more students from all campuses with flu or flu-like symptoms than last year. There are several possible reasons. The flu virus is a mutating organism, and apparently this season’s strain has proven to be less affected by current flu vaccines than in the past and has affected young people in large numbers. From a local standpoint, the many snow days taken last year may have kept students with the flu away from other classmates, allowing for less possibility of transmission. Although flu and other viruses such as the common cold are present year-round, winter is the season in which more people catch communicable respiratory diseases due to larger groups of people being confined indoors.
Disneyland has been in the news recently and not because of an exciting new thrill ride. In California and surrounding states, at least 70 people have contracted the measles, traced to unvaccinated employees of the popular theme park. The spread of measles occurs by exposure to droplets after coughing or sneezing. It is no longer common in the United States due to vaccines against this potentially serious infection. Parents who choose not to immunize their children for fear of side effects from the measles vaccine and other vaccines need to be aware of the potentially dangerous consequences of childhood diseases. Besides the rash and high fever, measles can cause serious side effects such as pneumonia, ear problems, or brain injury.
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 Monett Elemetary Webpage. Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, January 30, 2015 MCP-Snuggle-In and Read Day MHS -Band at TanTarA for
All State Ensemble Competition
through January 31st MHS - Rose Festivities - Boys Basketball
with Southwest Washburn
Saturday, January 31, 2015MHS - Big 8 Academic Team at
Carl Junction MHS - JV Girls Basketball at
Cassville Tourney MHS - Wrestling at Odessa Tourney
Monday, February 2, 2015 MMS - Boys Basketball with
East Newton Tuesday, February 3, 2015MES - PreSchool Parent
Involvement Night MMS - Boys Basketball with St. Peter's MHS - Boys Basketball at Webb City MHS- Wrestling with Bolivar
Thursday, February 5, 2015MMS - Boys Basketball at Mt. Vernon MHS - JV Boys Basketball at Cassville
Tourney through February 7th MHS - Girls Basketball with Mt. Vernon MHS - Wrestling with Joplin Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org