Message from the District Office Dave Beckett, Board of Education Member
A Long Time Coming
Thirty years of waiting is about over, and Monett High School students will finally have their own Performing Arts Center. Somewhere in the 1970s, the old high school building on 9th street was torn down and along with it, the auditorium. The 1920s old auditorium complete with balcony had a capacity of approximately 200 people. Since then the music department, speech & debate programs, and band ensembles at Monett High School have had to use other performance venues. The City of Monett has been gracious enough to offer the city hall auditorium for various performances. We were grateful for this accommodation, but currently, the City Hall Auditorium is inadequate.
The FEMA shelter at Monett High School is rapidly nearing completion. This is truly a multi-purpose building and will also serve as a storm shelter not only for our students but also for the community in the event of serious storms. Inside the shelter will be a Performing Arts Center with a state-of-the-art sound system, theatrical lighting, as well as acoustical enhancements. This facility will also be able to offer a classroom for the music department, speech & debate program, and band ensembles. These programs have been extremely competitive despite the lack of a campus venue they can call their own. With this facility, I can envision more students wanting to be a part of these groups, which will enhance the programs even more.
In addition, the school can use this facility for student assemblies and baccalaureate. All schools within the district will also be able to schedule special events. There will be ways that the community will be able to use the Performing Arts Center as well.
Monett Parent Educators Hold Annual Advisory Council Meeting
Parent educators Irene Cavazos and Cathy Semerad met with advisory council members at a meeting held April 24, 2015, at the Monett Chamber of Commerce. Attendees were Patty Ireland and Guadalupe Meza, OACAC/Monett 1 HeadStart; Jeanne Ann Camp, children’s librarian at Barry Lawrence County Library; Officer Jay Jastal, School Resource Officer/Monett Police Department; and Dr. Elizabeth Lucore, physician at Family Practice and Obstetrical Medicine.
Following welcome and introductions, Irene and Cathy shared information on Monett Parents as Teachers updates for the current year. The new curriculum, Foundational Curriculum, is in its second year of use. Parent educators shared some information on the focus of the “8 Foundational Visits” and on the emphasis of family strengths and protective factors, family well-being, and development-centered parenting. Educators also reported data on numbers of families served including approximately 26 current families receiving personal visits this school year with approximately two-thirds meeting some high needs criteria. Educators provided information on preschool and kindergarten screenings of 115 screenings since January 2015 with additional dates scheduled May 6th and 8th and June 10th and 12th.
Parent educators also provided summaries of some of the twelve group meetings held this school year and a report about some of the workshops attended at Conference on the Young Years.
Spring is officially here and so is the hustle and bustle of the end of another school year. The MHS Prom was held this past weekend, which seems to always bring added excitement and signify the closing of another school year. Students’ energy and enthusiasm has also been evident in the library as well. They are finishing year-end projects and research along with trying to finish reading that favorite series of books before they leave for the summer.
With our new MOD scheduling at the high school this year, the library is one of the resource rooms students may choose to work when they have open time in their schedule. Any time during the day, you will see the library full of students working, studying, researching or checking out books. It has been nice to see some new faces checking out books this year. Many students who didn’t take the time to visit the library previously now find themselves available to come in, saying things like, “I haven’t read a book for fun since middle school” or “I forgot how much I enjoyed reading a good book.” Of course, as a librarian, I love to see that interest revived! It opens the door to talk to many students about books, authors, genres, and movies based on specific books.
Reading can be a relaxing escape for kids and adults alike. If you get the chance, pick up a book and get lost in it! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Remember this quote by Joseph Addison: “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
Happy Spring from the MHS Library!
Click here to visit the Monett High School Library Media Center webpage. Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, May 1, 2015MES - 2nd Grade Field Trip MHS - State Band Solo/Ensemble Contests
at University of Missouri MHS - Baseball with Republic MHS - 9th Grade Baseball at Seneca MHS - Track at Mt.Vernon Saturday, May 2, 2015MHS - State Band Solo/Ensemble Contests
at University of Missouri MHS - FFA Banquet
Sunday, May 3, 2015 MHS - Choir Spring Concert in Commons
Monday, May 4, 2015 MEP - RIF Week MHS - "State of the Cubs" Assembly MHS - Forensic Follies in the Commons MHS - District Golf at Marshfield MHS - 9th Grade Baseball with Neosho MHS - Girls Soccer with Fair Grove MHS - Boys Tennis at Springfield Greenwood
Tuesday, May 5, 2015MEP - Kindergarten Field Trip MMS - Big 8 Track Meet at Mt. Vernon MHS - Baseball at Aurora MHS - Girls Soccer at New Covenant MHS - Boys Tennis at Mt. Vernon SRTC - Recognition Night Wednesday, May 6, 2015 MES - Kindergarten Field Trip MES - PreK and Kindergarten Screenings Thursday, May 7, 2015MES - Kindergarten Field Trip MHS - Baseball at Reeds Spring MHS - Baseball with Cassville MHS - 9th Grade Baseball at Carl Junction MHS - Boys Tennis with Neosho MHS - Big 8 Conference Track Meet
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