Message from the District Office Brad Hanson, Superintendent
With this edition of Cub Pride, I hope to provide some clarification (or clear up some confusion) concerning our existing FEMA safe room located at Monett Elementary and the soon-to-be completed FEMA safe rooms at Monett High School and Monett Middle/Intermediate School. We are currently in the middle of severe weather season, and I have had several patrons inquire over the past week, thus providing the impetus for this clarification.
Currently, the only FEMA safe room operated by the Monett R-1 School District that has been approved for public use is the gym located at Monett Elementary School (located off of County Road and Learning Lane in the western part of our city). This storm shelter has been designed for use of patrons living within a ½ mile radius during all tornadic events (tornado warnings). This would include both warnings that occur when school is in session and those warnings that occur outside of regular school hours. FEMA safe rooms are designed to withstand tornado events at the highest (F5) levels and would certainly be considered the safest places to take cover in the event of an imminent tornado. * It should also be noted that the City of Monett also operates a FEMA safe room shelter located in the Marshall Hill area.
School personnel at Monett Elementary School monitor severe weather in the southwest Missouri area and make preparation to open the shelter when tornado watches are issued for our area. When the tornado sirens are activated for the Monett community, this MES shelter is opened for public use. Patrons need only to proceed to the safe room and enter through the exterior doors on the northwest corner of the gym to utilize the facility. The hopes are that all people living in the ½ mile radius would have time to move to the shelter in a safe and timely manner should the sirens be activated. It is certainly our hope that the patrons in the Monett Elementary School area would feel comfortable in using our safe room in the event of a local tornado warning.
Our other two FEMA safe rooms are currently still under construction and not open for official public use. We have been advised by SEMA to wait until the construction is completed within the interior portion of each of these safe rooms and the handicapped accessibility entrances and emergency generator capabilities for both facilities are 100% complete. We anticipate the completion of these requirements taking place sometime in the next couple of months. The school district will announce on its website and local news outlets as well as sending out notification by mail to patrons in a similar ½ mile radius from each facility when the facilities are ready for use by the public.
We are blessed as a school district and community to have had the access to these federal grants that have provided us the opportunity to build facilities that will provide the safest possible refuge for our students and the general public in the area of each of these safe rooms. Let’s hope the severe weather steers clear of our area, but at the same time, be thankful and aware of the safety opportunities that we have available to us!
If you have further questions about FEMA shelter use, please do not hesitate to call the Monett R-1 School District Central Office at (417) 235-7422.
Reflecting upon articles written about the Monett R-1 Nursing/Health Department, nearly all of them involve topics involving physical health and wellness. Physical well being, however, is not the only health component about which we are concerned in education. Rather, as educators, we often refer to the education of the “whole child.” Educators are concerned not only about physical and mental/intellectual development but socio-emotional development/health as well, and for a change, this week’s Cub Pride article focuses on the latter.
Our country thrives on competition. Nothing draws crowds more than a sports event when a local team strives for the title of district or state champions. Tickets to the Super Bowl can cost many hundreds of dollars for the popular football event. In our culture, kids age five or younger are taught to compete in basketball, soccer, or T-ball games.
While winning and individual achievement does build self-esteem in children and teaches them that with practice and commitment often comes success, sometimes the desire to be “number one” comes at the price of kindness. When the desire to win overrides good sportsmanship, behaviors such as bullying and vandalism can occur, and these negative behaviors can have both short-term and long-term adverse or damaging effects on a youngster’s personal, educational, and career successes as well as on the stability of his/her interpersonal, social, and family relationships, which ultimately impact one’s personal happiness.
The Monett High School ForInspiration and Recognition of Science andTechnology (FIRST) Robotics team FRC 5730, “The Professionals,” are on their way to the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. The team’s journey to the championships began at the beginning of the school year when a group of students worked to bring robotics to the high school. Throughout most of the school year, the team was busy making a business plan, fund-raising, designing, and building their robot to compete in the game Recycle Rush in Oklahoma City.
The team competed with their robot at the Oklahoma City Regional at the end of March. While at the regional competition, the team was able to meet and work with other teams and judges, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. At the competition, The Professionals competed against 60 other teams. The Professionals teamed with other Midwest teams to play the Recycle Rush game in which robots move recycle totes, trash cans, and litter to designated locations of the playing field in order to score points. Although The Professionals did not win their regional, they qualified for the world championships by winning the All Star Rookie Award for their hard work and innovation.
With the help of the Monett R-1 School Board and many local sponsors, The Professionals will travel to St. Louis to compete against 600 other teams at the world championships. In St. Louis, the team will work with and compete against teams from all around the world. The robotics students will also have the opportunity to meet national sponsors, attend workshops and conferences, and learn about a multitude of scholarships for FIRST students.
Click here to visit the Monett High School Webpage. Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, April 10, 2015MHS - 9th Grade Baseball at
Springfield Catholic MHS - Girls Soccer at Ozark Shootout
through April 11th MHS - Boys Tennis at Carl Junction Saturday, April 11, 2015MHS - Baseball wraps up play in
Sunday, April 12, 2015 MHS - FBLA State Conference at
Springfield through April 14th
Monday, April 13, 2015 MCP - Book Fair through April 17th MHS - 9th Grade Baseball at Seneca MHS - National Honor Society
Induction Ceremony MHS - Boys Tennis at Carl Junction
Tuesday, April 14, 2015MES - Kindergarten Music Concert MMS - Track at East Newton MHS - Baseball at Seneca MHS - Golf at Cassville MHS - Girls Soccer with Carl Junction MHS - Boys Tennis at Clever MHS - Track at Nixa
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 MES - PreK/Kindergarten Screenings MHS - Large Band Ensemble
at Webb City MHS - JV Golf at Mt. Vernon Thursday, April 16, 2015District - Board of Education Meeting MES/MCP - ELL PAC Family Night MCP - 4th Grade Field Trip MMS - Monett Trck Meet MHS - Dual Credit English Field Trip to
Missouri State University MHS - Choir Large Ensemble
at Webb City MHS - FFA State Convention through
April 18th MHS - Baseball with Mt. Vernon MHS - Boys Tennis with Reeds Spring MHS - Track at East Newton Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org