|Subject: ||Cub Pride - March 27th, 2015|
|Date to send: ||3/27/2015 at 12:00 PM|
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,
- If you look closely at both projects, you will see work being done at all stages of the construction spectrum. I noticed the continued digging of foundation and footings (which are normally beginning events of construction) being built at the entrance of the MMS/MIS project. I noticed the installation of metal studs and walls that outline the four new classrooms these two projects will provide for our students on the two campuses (normally associated with the middle level of construction). Finally, I noticed painting going on within the interior of the MHS performing arts center (normally associated with end of construction activities
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.
- Know where your children are. Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house and give them a time to check in or to be home. When possible, have them leave a phone number of where they will be.
- Help children learn important phone numbers. Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address and your work and cell phone numbers. If they have trouble memorizing these, write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times. Tell your children where you will be and the best way to reach you.
- Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads? Do you want them playing in alleys or abandoned buildings? Are there certain homes in your neighborhood that you don't want your children to go to?
- Get to know your children's friends. Meet their parents before letting your children go to their home, and keep a list of their phone numbers. If you can't meet their parents, call and talk to them. Ask what your children might do at their house and if they will be supervised.
- Choose a safe house in your neighborhood. Pick a neighbor's house where your children can go if they need help. Point out other places they can go for help like stores, libraries, and police stations.
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:
- For before-school drop off, we have asked parents to drop off their student on Scott Street, either south of the gymnasium or the south building. Parents may also drop off students in the north parking lot on campus and allow their student to walk to the gymnasium.
- For after-school pick up, we have asked parents to pick their student up south of the gymnasium or alternate locations while keeping the north parking lot clear for handicap parking and bus traffic.
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
MCP - Academic Celebrations
MHS - Band District Solo/Ensemble
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
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 MMS - School Play
MHS - FFA at SW District CDE Contests
MHS - 9th Grade Baseball with
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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