Subject: Cub Pride - February 13th, 2015
Date to send: 2/20/2015 at 12:00 PM

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Message from the District Office
February Board of Education Report

     The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, February 19, at 6:00 p.m., for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
      Minutes from the regular January meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
Consent Agenda
     The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Board Program   
     Leslie Henry, MES guidance counselor, presented information to the Board of Education regarding the district backpack program.  The program is a ministry for the First Christian Church in Monett in partnership with Ozark Food Harvest.  Currently, the program serves 72 students from kindergarten through sixth grade.  The Ozark Food Harvest supplies the food, and the school distributes backpacks with about six weekend meals on Friday afternoon to qualifying students.  Funding for the program is provided through private donations, business partners, and grants.  Two weeks ago the backpack program was presented a check for $10,000 through the Drive to Feed program sponsored by Nutra Blend. 
Board Recognition
     Dr. Hanson recognized Monett Intermediate School students, staff, and administration for their selection as a 2014-15 Exemplary Professional Learning Community School for the state of Missouri.  The award recognizes MIS for its outstanding performance in implementing professional learning communities and student achievement.  Only fourteen schools from across the state were recognized for the exemplary effort.

Continue reading update from the Board of Education meeting.

Monett Middle School Library
Anne Bryan, Library Media Specialist

“There’s a Classroom in the Library!”
     Things look a little different in the MMS Lbrary this year.  Of course, we’ve always invited teachers to bring their classes to the library for library instruction, digital citizenship lessons, and research, but this year we have our very own classes…in the library!
     One of the classes is Library Science, an elective class open to 7th and 8th graders.  In this class, we study each section of the Dewey classes (100s, 200s, 300s, etc.) and then do a project about it.  For example, the 200s are religion books.  Students team with a partner or work alone, study an unfamiliar religion, (Shinto, Hindu, Jainism…) and then create a presentation to teach the rest of the class about it.  The 300s cover Social Sciences (law, government, customs, folklore), so we are studying a famous trial, Brown vs. Board of Education, the trial that fought the “separate but equal” doctrine and took away school segregation.  As we continue through the various Dewey classes, we’ll study the sciences, pets, sports, recreation and hobbies, literature, geography, and history.*

     My other class in the library is Book Club, a reading enrichment class geared toward those kids who are reading at or above grade level AND who love to read.  In this class, we talk about…books!  The students are paired up based on which book they most want to read from the list of Truman Nominated Books.  These pairs read the book and then create a book trailer to advertise the book.  (Book trailers are kind of like move trailers or previews).  In Book Club, we also have a novel that we read as a class and discuss.  I really like this—I love hearing their insights and opinions.  Students help create book displays and other projects to help other students know about the great books we have in the library.  There are other projects, and they are all about the books. 

Continue reading update from MMS Library.

Monett High School
David Steward, Principal
“Success Just Keeps on Coming”

     MHS experienced a tremendously successful first semester, and that success has continued into the early parts of the second semester.  This time of year is full of academic, forensic, and athletic competitions.  Each of these arenas has seen success in the past couple of weeks.
     First, on the academic side, the MHS Academic team competed in the Big 8 Conference Knowledge Bowl on Saturday, January 31.  Even though the team was short one member, it managed to finish fourth in the conference, and Andrew Rausch was selected as a member of the All-Conference First Team Knowledge Bowl.
     Next, on the forensic and theatrical side, the MHS Speech/Debate/Drama department also competed at the Big 8 meet, and for the 16th consecutive year, the Cubs are the Big 8 Champs!  Individually, the following teams or team members claimed conference championships: John Shupbach in Humorous Interpretation and in Storytelling; Cale and Kiersten Harper in Duet Acting; Tarek Masri Domestic Extemp; Hunter Williams in Foreign Extemp; and Elizabeth Hurst in Prose.
​      Finally, in the athletic arena, MHS had qualifiers for state competition this past weekend.  The Monett Cub Wrestling team claimed its second district championship in the past three years and had ten individuals qualify for state tournament competition.  The qualifiers include the following:  Joel Barrientos (1st at 106 lbs.); Sean Jastal (2nd at 120 lbs.); Kedric Brink (2nd at 132 lbs.); Garrett Bradley (4th at 138 lbs.); Jaron Beeson (2nd at 145 lbs.); Ian Meyer (4th at 160 lbs.); Wesley Abramovitz (1st at 182 lbs); Jacob Negre (1st at 195 lbs.); Gabe Pryor (2nd at 220 lbs.); and Angel Villalta (2nd at 285 lbs.).  Swimming qualifiers (the first in MHS swimming history) are Shay Dalton in the 100 free and the 200 Medley Relay team consisting of Alex Bahl, Lauren Bass, Rosa Fulton, and Shay Dalton.
     Best of luck to those who are still competing.  MHS looks forward to a great close to the second semester as well!

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Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, February 20, 2015 MES - PreK and Kindergarten Screenings 
                                            MHS - Boys Basketball at East Newton
                                            MHS - Jazz Band at Carl Junction 
- Speech/Debate at
                                                       Crowder Readers/One Act
                                            MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team
                                                        State Championships at
                                                        St. Peter's through Ferbruary 21st
                                            MHS - State Wrestling Tourney at
                                                       Columbia through February 21st
Monday, February 23, 2015  MES - Cub on the Move Activity
                                                MHS - FAFSA Frenzy
Tuesday, February 24, 2015  MHS - Boys Basketball at Cassville

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  MHS - STUCO Blood Drive
Thursday, February 26, 2015  MMS - Science Fair
                                                  MHS - Girls Basketball
                                                              at Reeds Spring

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