Subject: Cub Pride - March 6th, 2015
Date to send: 3/6/2015 at 12:00 PM

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Message from the District Office
Mike Dawson, Assistant Superintendent


     Two years ago Monett R-1 was accepted as a recipient of the i3 National Writing Project.  The National Writing Project began in 1974 at the University of California and has grown to nearly 200 university sites in all 50 states.  The grant has made it possible for many of our 5th -12th grade Monett R-1 English Language Arts teachers to partner with the Ozark Writing Project at Missouri State University with ongoing, job-embedded professional development.  Monett R-1 was the only school district in the Southwest Region selected for this powerful professional development opportunity. 

      The specific goals of the grant have been to improve middle and high school teachers’ practice in the teaching of academic writing and to improve student academic writing achievement.  Specifically, the grant has aimed to pursue the following:

·      Increasing the amount of time spent on writing instruction and the number of extended writing assignments

·      Increasing the use of research-based instructional strategies

·      Increasing the use of writing-to-learn strategies

·      Improving the quality of writing assignments aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards

·      Improving middle and high school student writing achievement

·      Increasing the number of teacher leaders

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Monett R-1 School Safety
Officer Jay Jastal, School Resource Officer

     With the recent weather, we have been finding it hard to believe spring is not far off.  Unfortunately, with spring also comes the chance of severe weather events such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding.  

     According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events across the United States with losses exceeding $1 billion each.  These events killed 109 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.

     The NOAA and our local Emergency Management Administration suggest being prepared for severe weather and taking a few simple steps, such as having a disaster supplies kit, obtaining a NOAA weather radio and creating a Family Emergency Plan could help save your life.

     March has been designated National Severe Weather Month and on Tuesday, March 2nd, a statewide tornado drill was conducted.  Locally, we will be testing our severe weather sirens on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.  This is a change from previous testing on the first Monday of the month.

     To help understand the severe weather alerts, the following is taken from the local Emergency Management Tornado Siren Policy:


(1)   The Outdoor Warning Sirens may be activated with approval given by:

a.     Emergency Management Director or designee

b.     Fire Chief

c.     On-duty communications personnel

d.     Upon request of the National Weather Service

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Scott Regional Technology Center
Jason Smith, Embedded Credit Instructor

Scott Tech Students Are Preparing for a Competitive Job Market

       Competing for a job is no longer just against local competition.  Technology has made applying for a job across the nation or even across the world extremely easy. For years, teachers, architects, writers, photographers, and artists have used portfolios to showcase their skills and qualifications.  Because of recent advances in technology and the increasingly competitive job market, professionals in all fields are creating portfolios.  Scott Tech students are creating career portfolios to showcase their skills, accomplishments, and future goals to compete in an ever-changing global arena.
       Students at Scott Tech create a printed portfolio or use Google Sites to create an e-portfolio to showcase their work, qualifications, and skills.  Every program at Scott Tech makes its portfolio unique to fit its industry.  Every portfolio will have a biography page, résumé, and examples of work, but not every student portfolio will be the same.  Each portfolio will be as unique as the individual.  Benefits of a career portfolio are the visual representations of skills, achievements, and projects.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words is a video worth?  A portfolio can have links to videos, letters of recommendation, scanned copies of certifications, and many other artifacts showing evidence of work, skills, and accomplishments.  Career portfolios should not replace résumés, but they can make your résumé come alive.
(Jason Smith is the Embedded Communication Arts teacher at Scott Tech.  He has been very instrumental in developing a program by which all seniors can earn an elective Communication Arts credit in their specific programs at Scott Tech.  He put together the template for the electronic portfolios used in many of our programs.)

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Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, March 6, 2015   MHS - Jazz Band at PSU Jazz Festivval
                                       MHS - Speech/Debate at District One Act
                                       and Reader's Tourney through Saturday,
                                       March 7th
                                       MHS - STUCO March Madness Games

Tuesday, March 10, 2015  MES - First Grade Music Concert
                                            MHS - YEP Wiffle Ball Tourney
Friday, March 13, 2015  District - No School - March Break
                                        MHS - FFA at East Newton CDE Contests 
                                        MHS - Speech/Debate - NFL District
                                                   Tourney through Saturday, March 14

Monday, March 16, 2015  District - School is in Session
                                           Make-up Inclement Weather Day

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - District - School is in Session
                                             Make-up Inclement Weather Day

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