Message from the District Office Brad Hanson, Superintendent
Monett R-1 Family,
I wanted to take this time to thank you for your thoughts and prayers over the past few weeks. Although I didn’t make a big announcement of things prior to its occurrence, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in December. On March 2, I underwent surgery to remove the organ in hopes of having a complete cure. The pathology report post-surgery was very good and indicated that the cancer seemed to be contained entirely in the prostate, which was certainly the news I had hoped to hear.
This week I have been able to transition back to the office and begin the process of getting back to a normal schedule. Everyone (including the doctor) is encouraging me to take it slow and easy, and I am doing my best to heed their advice. Being away, however, was not easy! I have been fortunate that I have never had to be away from the office or the classroom for an extended period during school time during my educational career.
As many of you know, the thoughts and prayers of friends and loved ones are powerful during trying times. Once again, I am very glad to be back and am so thankful for your thoughts and prayers. I am looking forward to a full recovery this spring! Monett R-1 Technology Melody Paige, Director
How We Do Business
We’ve just recently passed our three-year anniversary with 1:1 at Monett High School. We are reaching the end of two years of 1:1 at Monett Middle School, and we are nearing the three-month mark of 1:1 laptops at Monett Intermediate School. Don’t forget, too, that our elementary schools have 2:1 iPads and are experimenting with 1:1 iPad classrooms. As we walk through the hallways of these campuses, what is actually occurring with such ready access to technology? Are things really any different?
One example of individualized learning is in Ms. Stadter’s ELL classroom at the high school. Several of her students are non-English speakers. While our intermediate school students are using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish, these high school students benefit from the program by using it to strengthen their English skills.
Several students at Monett Middle School and Monett High School are taking online courses such as Intro to Spanish, Computer Literacy, U.S. History, Algebra I, and Health using materials supplied by a web site called Edgenuity. One student at the middle school mentioned he especially liked taking Algebra I in this manner because he can learn at his own pace. Another student said it wasn’t her favorite way to take a class, but it was a good learning experience.
Spring is finally among us! What better reason than beautiful weather to get out and do something active! On Saturday, April 25th, the Annual MES PTO Cub Run 5k/1 mile walk will take place right here in Monett at Monett Elementary School. Join us for post-race refreshments, prizes, and fun! Register now, spread the word to friends and family, and start training soon for those 3.1 miles. You can find a link to the Couch to 5k program on the Monett Elementary PTO, Monett Elementary, and Monett R-1 Healthy Schools Facebook pages.
Need one more reason to sign up? The fundraising! The PTO is a parent-driven volunteer organization that works to support the teachers, administrators, and students of MES. PTO plans events and activities that will strengthen the relationship between parents/students and the teachers/administrators, with their overall goal to support school enrichment programs. Fundraising efforts throughout the year are used primarily for field trips, field day, and teacher appreciation events. Their successful Fun Fest is a great family night with carnival-like games, prizes, and food. The third annual Cub Run is planned to engage the entire Monett R-1 District and Monett community in a healthy, active event. Other projects coordinated by PTO include the bi-annual Scholastic Book Fair and Box Tops for Learning as well as providing volunteers for other special events as needed. All proceeds from the race will support the MES PTO and the MES campus.
Who: MES PTO When: Saturday, April 25th, 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Where: Monett Elementary School What: All 12 and under participants receive FREE entry. All 12 and under who participate in either the 5k or 1 mile walk will receive a finisher’s medal! Race Registration: $20 per person until April 10th will guarantee you a T-shirt; additional shirts or 12 and under shirts are $10. Website link:http://mescubrun.weebly.com/ Sponsorship Opportunities: To learn more contact Jason Hunt, firstname.lastname@example.org or Erin Hunt email@example.com
Saturday, March 21, 2015MMS/MHS - Music CubFest MHS - Baseball at Purdy Triangular MHS - Girls Soccer at
Fair Grove Tourney
Monday, March 23, 2015 MES - Book Fair this week. MES - Cub on the Move Activity MHS - 9th Grade Baseball
with Mt. Vernon MHS - Girls Soccer at Bolivar
Tuesday, March 24, 2015MCP - 4th Grade Music Program at MMS MMS - Parent Teacher Conferences MHS - Golf with Purdy and Galena MHS - Track at Neosho SRTC - Transition and Resource Expo
Thursday, March 26, 2015 MHS - FFA at Crowder Aggie Day MHS - Baseball at Marshfield MHS - Golf with Mt. Vernon MHS - Girls Soccer with Carthage MHS - Track at McDonald County SRTC - State Skills USA Contests
Friday, March 27, 2015District - Early Dismissal -
Parent Teacher Conferences MHS - Band District Solo/Ensemble
Contests at MSSU MHS - Baseball at Ash Grove MHS - Congress Big 8 Tourney MHS - Girls Soccer with Marshfield