Message from the District Office Darren Bass, Board of Education Member
I am of the opinion that it is time for winter to go away! I am looking forward to spring time and being able to get back outside to return to a more active lifestyle. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice and one that we are responsible to encourage for our children. Cox Monett Hospital and Monett R-1 School District is very fortunate to have been awarded a grant through the Missouri Foundation for Health to impact the health of our children and our community. I would like to take a few minutes to remind you of the work that is being done.
The Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities (HSHC) initiative is currently ongoing in both Monett and Pierce City communities. Cox Monett is one of twelve organizations working with a respected school district on the issue of childhood obesity. This effort, funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), has the goal of decreasing childhood obesity by 5% over the next five years. Effort is underway to work with national, state, and local organizations to address childhood obesity in Monett. With these funds, efforts are focused on programming and infrastructure improvements to increase healthy eating, physical activity, and community involvement.
While this is currently a state-funded effort, the idea behind Healthy Communities started with the Center for Disease Control-funded efforts to create healthier communities with innovative policy changes to create environments that will “engage community members in healthful activities where they live, work, worship, play, and learn.” The ongoing HSHC efforts in Monett work under these same principles.
It is that time of the year when seniors are beginning to scramble and make final preparations for college and career opportunities. Seniors at Monett High School have been busy filling out college applications, filing their FAFSA, applying for scholarships, and looking for full-time jobs.
A variety of local scholarships will be available to students on Monday, March 2nd, and are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31st. This gives seniors four weeks to gather letters of recommendation and to fill out the required paperwork. Local scholarships are provided by community members and businesses and are available to all MHS students who choose to continue their education at a technical school, community college, or 4-year college/university. Monett students are fortunate to live in an area where its citizens and businesses support higher learning and are willing to give students monetary assistance to help get them to the next level. Thank you, Monett, for caring about kids and their futures!
The MIS team would like to thank all the parents and students who attended our technology training meetings. We realize that these meetings did not take the entire time and are planning on ways to make these training sessions more beneficial next year. Over 75% of the parents who attended these trainings indicated that the trainings were beneficial. When asked how these trainings benefitted parents and students, we received comments such as the following:
“Better understanding of how my child will use the computer, rules, and safety.”
“I have learned the steps that are being taken to teach my child Internet safety and how to help him better use his computer.”
“The importance of knowing what my child is doing with his computer.”
“I have benefitted because I know how she will be using the computer in class.”
“Opened up conversations about safety on-line. We appreciate the school taking technology so seriously.”
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, February 27, 2015 MHS - Speech/Debate at Neosho
through Saturday, February 28th Saturday, February 28, 2015 MHS - Pizzazz Poms Dance Team
State Championships SRTC - JROTC Spaghetti Dinner and
Silent Auction Sunday, March 1, 2015MHS - Choir Winter Concert at
New Site Baptist Church
Monday, March 2, 2015MHS - FFA at East Newton CDE Contests
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - MHS - Speech/Debate District One Act
and Reader's Tourney
Thursday, March 5, 2015MES - Kindergarten Dr. Suess Night Contact us at email@example.com