Message from the District Office Mike Dawson, Assistant Superintendent
Summer School? With so much snow the past few weeks, it’s hard to imagine that summer is just around the corner. With so many activities for families that include sports camps, swim lessons, and travel plans, it is hard to make summer school a priority. What if class time and learning could be more flexile? This summer Monett R-1 will be expanding our summer school offerings to better meet the needs of our students and families. Students at all levels will have the opportunity to enroll in traditional seated classes, blended, and on-line courses (secondary only).
Traditional Summer School: This looks the most like our regular school year and will operate from June 1st through June 25th, meeting Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. All students will be served breakfast and lunch free of charge.
Blended Summer School: This structure allows students to meet with a teacher once a week for direct instruction and view additional instructional videos throughout the week independently for “anytime, anywhere learning.” For example, students enrolled in Personal Finance or elementary blended learning will meet with their assigned teacher once a week for instruction and to check-in with each student to ensure course objectives are being met. Think of it as super tutoring. After meeting with the teachers, students will be required to watch videos and complete different projects. Student level and course credit offered will determine how often the course will meet throughout the summer. Please check out our summer school website on our district homepage for more details. We believe this blended learning approach will be more family-friendly, promote independent learning skills, and increase student achievement.
On-Line Learning: This is reserved for secondary students only (8th through 12th) with over 90% of instruction being delivered through an on-line learning portal. Students will be required to watch instructional videos, submit assignments, and take exams on-line to receive high school credit. Teacher support will be provided through on-line office hours.
How will all this learning take place during a week? Monett is committed to supplying all blended and on-line learners with a MacBook Air laptop computer as a tool to create, complete, and submit assignments “anytime, anywhere.” The computer will also be a tool to communicate with teachers and to collaborate with other students. To learn more about each learning structure, the details of each design, and to register, please visit our new summer school website. Paper applications are available in English and Spanish at each school office.
Summer School registration officially opens today and runs through May 1st. Visit the "Summer School" link on the left sidebar of monett.schoolfusion.us. Don’t miss this opportunity to extend your learning! This is just another example of how Monett R-1 is Student Focused and Future Driven.
The Monett athletic teams continued the success from the fall. We had our highs and lows, but every team competed night in and night out. The senior leadership and the outstanding leadership from our coaching staffs contributed to the success in the winter. We are grateful for their leadership, dedication, and hard work through the years and are excited to see where the seniors go from here.
The boy’s basketball team had a very successful season. The varsity finished with a record of 15-11, marking the first time in the last decade that the Monett boys have finished with a 15-win season. In all three of the regular season tournaments, the Cubs won two games (6-3 overall in tournaments), finishing 3rd in two tournaments and 5th in the other. The JV finished the season at 13-8. They played in the championship game of both tournaments in which they participated. They won the Cassville JV tournament and finished as the runner-up in Monett's JV Tournament. The freshman team improved dramatically as the season progressed and finished with a record of 7-12. Although the season didn't end the way the varsity team hoped, I am very proud of the boys' efforts throughout the year and how hard they worked. The future looks bright for the Monett boys basketball program!
The girl’s swim team had a great year, surpassing expectations in only its second season. The team had a dual record of 14-4 and placed 4th of 20 teams in the SWMO regional meet. Monett qualified the first individual to the state meet: Shay Dalton, 100 Free (36th place). Monett also qualified the first relay to state: 200 Medley Relay - Lauren Bass, Rosa Fulton, Alex Bahl, and Shay Dalton (27th Place). We are very proud of how the girls competed this season. They showed that despite being from a small school and a small team, we CAN compete at the highest level.
The wresting team continued its winning ways, placing 7th at the state tournament. The team finished with an 18-3 dual record. The team placed high in every tournament that they entered: 2nd place (12 teams) at the Carl Junction Classic; 5th place (24 teams) at the Harrisonville Tournament; 2nd place (24 teams) at the Diamond State Duals; 3rd place (12 teams) at the Monett Tournament; and 2nd Place (16 teams) at the Branson Tournament. The team won the Class 2 District 3 tournament, qualifying ten individuals for the state tournament. We had five state placers: Freshman Joel Barrientos, 6th place; Junior Sean Jastal, 3rd place; Senior Jaron Beeson, 5th place; Senior Wesley Abramovitz, 3rd place; and Senior Jacob Negre, state-runner up. The future is bright for the wrestling program; we will have ten returning starters back for next year with some talented incoming wrestlers who could contribute immediately.
I have always believed that you are never too old to learn if you take advantage of learning opportunities when they come along. Have you heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Well, this “old dog” learned some new tricks and was reminded of some “old tricks” that have been stored in my memory bank.
I had the privilege of attending the 42nd Annual Conference on the Young Years this past weekend for the first time. WOW! Early Childhood educators know how to put on a conference! The Friday Keynote Speaker was Dr. Rebecca Isbell. Her topic was “Putting the Pieces Back Together Again: Inspiring the Whole Child for Today’s World.”
I have included an excerpt from her session, more information about Dr. Isbell, and resources you can explore if you are interested in additional information.
Putting the Pieces Back Together Again: Inspiring the Whole Child for Today’s World
It is time to reevaluate our programs for young children and work to ensure that the “whole” child is being nurtured and supported. We must provide opportunities for young children to develop to their full capabilities in each domain. Let’s explore some of the essential elements of quality programs for young children and the teachers who work with them each day.
New research and brain scans support what we in early childhood knew: young children are in a period of critical cognitive development. During this period, they are able to think, explore, and investigate the world around them in concrete and meaningful ways.
Young children need…
Concrete experiences and related materials.
Active learning that engages their mind with real experiences.
Choices that encourage thinking and problem solving.
Activities, projects, and possibilities that relate to their interests.
Play that enhances language, collaboration, and socio-dramatic involvement.
A range of activities that allows each child to find a way to be successful.