Message from the District Office Brad Hanson, Superintendent
This week (February 2-6) is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). During this week, we take time to focus our attention on the unique contribution our school counselors provide within our school district to assist students at all levels of development. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and to plan for success in the future.
Among many of the duties of the school counselor are assisting students in examining their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents. School counselors also partner with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world and focus on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational, and career development. Finally, school counselors work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system in which students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves.
The Monett R-1 School District is blessed to have a very dedicated and highly effective group of school counselors. Leslie Henry (Monett Elementary School), Ryan Smith (Central Park Elementary), Marla Cantwell (Monett Intermediate School), Sheila Gravett (Monett Middle School), Kara Tinklepaugh (Monett High School), Beth Nation (Monett High School), Peggy Spurlock (Scott Regional Technology Center), and Lori Woolfolk (Scott Regional Technology Center) each work within their respective buildings and grade-levels to help meet the unique needs of the students within the Monett community.
The Monett School District’s Food Service Department is proud of the role it plays in providing students with a nutritious meal each school day. Our goal is to provide food that appeals to a student’s tastes and meets the guidelines of the National School Lunch Program.
There are lots of exciting things going on in the kitchens here in Monett R-1 Schools.
When the students at Central Park Elementary returned from their holiday break, they found a special treat at the end of the lunch line…a fruit and vegetable bar! The students now make their own selections and serve themselves from the bountiful fruit and veggie choices on the bar. Our friendly staff encourages students to “Take what you like. Like what you eat. Eat what you take.”
Monett High School students now have the opportunity to enjoy milk and fruit-infused water or tea with their breakfast and lunch. According to the HHFKA, milk is required to be offered but may be refused by a student at either breakfast or lunch. On each campus, if students don’t like milk, we now offer water as an alternative healthy beverage at no additional charge. Students are allowed to take both milk and water if they choose.
The kitchen staff of the Monett Intermediate/Middle Schools had the privilege of moving into the new kitchen over our holiday break. They are enjoying the additional space and new equipment.
This past week in partnership with Alex and Patty from the Monett Wellness Team, we started Taste Test Tuesday at Monett Intermediate School. This is an opportunity for the students to sample a fruit or vegetable that they are not accustomed to eating. Our purpose in this program is to promote health and well-being by adding new and healthy choices to the diets of children. Healthy eating can be fun and TASTY! Taste Test Tuesday is now happening once a month at all of our elementary campuses.
Eighth grade students are making their final preparations for the Monett Middle School Science Fair! Students who participate must ensure that their project follows the steps of the scientific method:
1) Students establish the Purpose by Stating the Problem.
2) Students Research and Find Out More about the Topic.
3) Students create the Hypothesis and Predict the Outcome of the Problem.
4) Students Experiment and Develop a Procedure to Test the Hypothesis.
5) Students Analyze their Data Gathered from the Experiment.
6) Students Create a Conclusion by Comparing the Hypothesis to the Experiment's Conclusion.
The science fair will involve a presentation component, as the student will present his or her findings in the communication arts class. Additionally, students will prepare their findings using a digital medium. The MMS Science Fair is slated for the end of February! Please take time to see our students’ experiments in action!
Saturday, February 7, 2015MHS - ACT Test MHS - Pizzaz Pom Dance Team at
MSU Sugar Bears Invitational MHS - JV Wrestling at Nixa
Monday, February 9, 2015 MES - Cubs on the Move MMS - Big 8 Boys Basketball Tourney
through February 13th. MHS - FBLA Week MHS - Girls Basketball at Cassville Tuesday, February 10, 2015MES - All Pro Dads Meeting
Thursday, February 12, 2015MES - Valentine's Day Parties MCP - Valentine's Day Parties MHS - Girls Basketball with Seneca MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team at
SWMO Girls Swim
Championships in Springfield
through February 14th. Contact us at email@example.com