Subject: Cub Pride - March 27th, 2015
Date to send: 3/27/2015 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


Message from the District Office
Brad Hanson, Superintendent  

     It is hard to believe that after this week we have only 38 days left in the 2014-15 school year.  That means that we have completed nearly 80% of the school year!  If you recall, our theme for this school year has been “Under Construction,” comparing the process of our two construction projects with our daily task of constructing valuable learning experiences for each of our students.  It is fitting that when we started the school year in August only the base foundations had been formed for both building projects, and as we near the end of this school year, we are closing in on completion of both projects as well.
     As I walked through the building projects last week (see pictures below), I couldn't help but reflect once again on how this process of building construction parallels the work we do to educate the students of the Monett R-1 community.  Here are the thoughts that came to the forefront as I compared the last few months of a school year to the completion stage of the two building projects:
                How does this compare to our work in the classroom?  Even at this late stage in the school year, 
              we have various types of learning activities going on that include new learning opportunities, 
              learning activities designed to build on previous learning, and learning activities designed to put the
              final touches on various learning objectives.  In addition, each of our students faces learning 
              opportunities each day with different levels of readiness.  This requires us to vary our approach, or 
              personalize, the learning (similar to the different levels of construction) based upon what will work  
              best to optimize the learning for each student.

Continue reading Dr. Hanson's update on the construction projects.

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

       It is good to see the signs of spring arriving, and with the outdoor activities associated with warm weather, we will also see increased pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle traffic.

     We are fortunate to have a relatively low crime and accident rate in our community, but it never hurts at this time of year to remind ourselves to be safe and aware of what is going on in our community.

    The Monett Police Department is offering these tips for residents to help keep our families and neighborhoods safe.

Neighborhood Safety and Crime Prevention Tips

     The following crime prevention tips are recommended by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Monett Police Department.

Child Safety

Continue reading for more neighborhood crime and safety tips.

Monett Middle School
Dr. Apostol, Prinicpal

Ninth Street Closure - Action Research
     Parents and patrons may have noticed that for the past two weeks, Ninth Street has been closed from 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This action research project allowed school and city officials to see how car traffic would be impacted during the before-school drop off and the after-school pick up.  More importantly, this closure was to see how student safety would be improved as students were able to walk across Ninth Street before, during, and after the school day without vehicle traffic.
     Since the beginning of the extended closure, we have had an opportunity to educate our drivers about locations to drop off and pick up their students.  Videos have been placed on the district and middle school websites, and informational letters were sent home with students. The goal was to provide notice for parents regarding the changes and how to make adjustments for the safety of our students.  The following is a summary of the adjustments for before and after school procedures:
     Thanks to the education of our parents and patrons, student drop off and pick up has improved the safety of our students on the middle school campus.  Our students are safer because of the adjustments you have made for our students.  In the next couple of weeks, parents and patrons will have an opportunity to provide us feedback with the extended Ninth Street closure.  Please take time to share with us data that will help us make important decisions about the street closure during the school day.  Thank you again for putting student safety first!

Click on the following link to complete the survey to collect requested data regarding 9th street closure.   
Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, March 27, 2015  District - Early Dismissal
                                                        Parent/Teacher Conferences
                                        MCP - Academic Celebrations
                                        MHS - Band District Solo/Ensemble
                                                   at MSSU
                                        MHS - Big 8 Congress Tourney
                                        MHS - Baseball at Ash Grove   
                                        MHS - Girls Soccer with Marshfield

Saturday, March 28, 2015  MHS - Baseball with Pierce City
Monday, March 30, 2015  District - Board of Education Meeting
                                           MES - Cub on the Move Activity    
                                           MHS - FFA at SW District CDE Contests
                                           MHS - Baseball with Bolivar
                                           MHS - Golf at Webb City Tourney
                                           MHS - Girls Soccer at McAuley
                                           MHS - 9/10 Grade Track at
                                                      McDonald County

Tuesday, March 31, 2015  MMS - School Play
                                            MHS - FFA at SW District CDE Contests
                                            MHS - 9th Grade Baseball with
                                                       McDonald County
                                            MHS - Girls Soccer with Aurora 
                                            SRTC - NTHS Induction Ceremony

Wednesday, April 1, 2015  MHS - Business Classes at
                                                         MSSU Business Contests
                                              MHS - Boys Tennis at Mt. Vernon
Thursday, April 2, 2015  MHS - FFA Barnyard at MES
                                         MHS - 9th Grade Baseball at Lamar
                                         MHS - JV/V Baseball with Webb City 
                                         MHS - Golf at Cassville Tourney
                                         MHS - Girls Soccer at Fair Grove
Friday, April 3, 2015  District - No School - Easter Break
                                    MHS - Monett Baseball Tourney

Saturday, April 4, 2015  MHS - Monett Baseball Tourney

Monday, April 6, 2015  District - No School
                                                   Teacher Professional Developement

Tuesday, April 7, 2015  District - School is in Session
                                                    Inclement Weather Make-up Day

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