Subject: Cub Pride - April 17th, 2015
Date to send: 4/17/2015 at 2:00 PM

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Message from the District Office
April Board of Education Report

The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, April 16, at 6:15 p.m., for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the Lease Purchase Hearing and regular March Board of Education meeting were approved.  The board then moved to adjourn the current board.
Dr. Hanson called a new meeting to order to announce the results of the April 7th election.  The Board reviewed the certified election results.  Patty Leach, Board Secretary, administered the oath of office to Dr. Jerry “JD” Roberts and Mr. A.J. Bahl.  The Board took nominations for board president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.  The Board moved and approved the following officer positions:
Mr. Doug Childress, President
Mr. Ken Gaspar, Vice-President
Mrs. Patty Leach, Secretary
Mrs. Tracy Wimberley, Treasurer
Consent Agenda
     The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Board Program
All Day Pre-School Program
            Mrs. Kassie DeLaSalle, pre-school teacher, updated the Board of Education on the progress of the pilot program that expanded one section of pre-school with an all-day learning option.  Mrs. DeLaSalle indicated that changing the pre-school delivery model from half-day to full day has allowed her to deepen the curriculum and has accelerated the school readiness of each child.  Many of the four-year-old students are fluently reading due to the focused learning that occurs from an all-day option. 
Board Recognition
     Mr. Steward, Monett High School Principal, introduced and congratulated FCCLA students Nathan Webb, Michael Childress, and George Fulton for their accomplishment as State Champions and qualification for national competition later this summer.  Dr. Hanson and Mr. Steward also thanked Susan Childress for her leadership of the FCCLA program.
     Monett Middle School and Monett High School student councils earned recognition as “Honor Councils,” the highest honor for a student council at the state convention.  The MMS officers were recognized at the meeting for their leadership and service: Maddy Lee, president; Janzten Scott, vice- president; Grace Wormington, secretary; and Grace Negre, treasurer.
Also recognized were STUCO sponsors Amy Barker (MMS), Kara Tinklepaugh (MHS), and Pam Schmidt (MHS) for their faculty leadership and service to STUCO.
Student Art Award
     Amy Barker spoke about the recent field trip that took K-12 art students to the Capitol to meet and talk with state representatives about the importance of art instruction.  Mrs. Barker recognized Maddy Lee, Middle School student, for being selected as an award-winning art student

  Continue reading update from the April Board of Education Meeting.

Monett Intermediate School
Peg Bryan, Principal

Written by sixth grade student, Kate Huntress

      Sixth-graders from Monett Intermediate School’s SEAquest class, taught by Miss Berger and Mrs. Copening, have come upon a new challenge.  Students interact and program robots called “Scribblers.”  Scribblers are small robots that are programmed through a computer system used to make shapes and eventually navigate through mazes.
      According to, “The Scribbler robot arrives pre-programmed with eight demo modes including light-seeking, object detection, object avoidance, line-following, and art. Place a Sharpie marker in the pen port and it will scribble as it drives.  The purpose of the program is to teach programming fundamentals.”  Students are using a lot of brain power with this program. The Scribbler instructor guide states, “They [students] make guesses and estimate and then use math to measure and calculate distances.  While programing, they learn troubleshooting and logic skills.”  This explains how these small little robots can stretch the brains of students in many different directions.
      Monett sixth grader Kimberlee Parris says, “I think the Scribbler Robot has affected my learning in a positive way because it is opening the doors to technology of this generation.”  She also notes, “I think the Scribbler Robots are fun to interact with because we’re learning how to program the robots and watching the end result is elating.”  
      Groups are now working on a project in which they compose a program that controls the robot’s movement through a student- created maze.  The class finds this enjoyable for many reasons.  Student Joseph Bricker says, “Programming the robots is fun because it actually gives me a chance to have some computer interaction at school while working with other kids.”
      All in all, students in Miss Berger and Copening’s class find the new experience exciting and enjoyable.  The robots have been a worthwhile investment for MIS’s creative thinkers.

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Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, April 17, 2015  MCP - 4th Grade Field Trip
                                      MHS - 9th Grade Baseball at Aurora      
                                      MHS - JV/Varsity Baseball with
                                                 McDonald County 
                                      MHS - Boys Tennis at Mt. Vernon Tourney 
Saturday, April 18, 2015  MHS - ACT Test
                                          MHS - Baseball at Willard with
                                                     Hillcrest and Willard
Monday, April 20, 2015  MES/MCP/MIS/MMS -
                                        Walk to School Week for grades
                                        PreK - 8th Grade through April 24th
                                         MES - "Cubs on the Move"
                                         MHS - Golf at Carthage
                                         MHS - Girls Soccer with McAuley
                                         MHS - Boys Tennis with Thomas Jefferson
                                         MHS - Track at Carl Junction

Tuesday, April 21, 2015   MMS - Track at Lamar
                                          MHS - Baseball with East Newton 
                                          MHS - 9th Grade Baseball at Mt. Vernon
                                          MHS - Girls Soccer at Hillcrest
                                          MHS - Boys Tennis with Carthage
                                          MHS - Track at Cassville

Wednesday, April 22, 2015  MHS - JV Golf at Aurora
Thursday, April 23, 2015  MMS - Track at Aurora
                                           MHS - Baseball at Carl Junction
                                           MHS - 9th Grade Baseball with Parkview
                                           MHS - Golf Big 8 Conference Tourney
                                                      at Seneca 
                                           MHS - Girls Soccer at Webb City
                                           MHS - Boys Tennis with Nevada 
                                           MHS - 9/10 Grade Track at Cassville

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