Subject: Cub Pride - May 8th, 2015
Date to send: 5/8/2015 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


Message from the District Office
Dr. Mike Dawson, Assistant Superintendent 

     Summer school registration is heating up.  Are you looking to earn high school credit so you can squeeze an extra elective into your schedule?  Are you looking for a flexible approach to meet the many demands of your summer schedule?  Are you looking for a way to sustain your child’s learning with collaborative, technology-integrated projects?  Summer School is your answer!  Don’t get left out!  Over 600 students have already enrolled from our exciting list of course offerings.  Students at all levels will have the opportunity to enroll in traditional seated classes and through an innovative-blended approach.  Below is a list of each of our offerings.  More information and registration links can be found by clicking the “summer school” tab on the left panel of the district homepage.
Jumpstart Kindergarten
     Students entering kindergarten in the fall will have an opportunity to attend Jumpstart Kindergarten during summer school.  This program allows incoming kindergarten students and their parents a chance to become familiar with Monett Elementary School.  In the past, this program has helped ease parents and students into the transition of a full day of school. Teachers also have an opportunity to get to know the needs of the students.  Jumpstart Kindergarten will operate from June 1st through June 25th, meeting Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  All students will be served breakfast, and lunch is free of change.
Traditional Summer School (K-8)
     Traditional Summer School is a great option for students who want to continue learning and stay current with the skills they've already been working on during the school year.  Traditional Summer School students are available to be in class all day Monday through Thursday each week for the month of June.  Students will participate in a variety of learning activities involving both outdoor exercise and traditional classroom experiences from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  All students will be served breakfast, and lunch is free of change.

Continue reading about additional Summer School 2015 opportunities.

Scott Regional Technology Center
Student Career Advising

Laurie Woolfolk, Advisor

     The year is quickly winding down at Scott Regional Technology Center with Recognition Night and Scott Tech Day being held this week.  Seniors from fourteen sending schools in fourteen programs at SRTC were recognized Tuesday and Thursday night at Recognition Night.  The following were recognized:  Outstanding Student recognition in each of the programs; National Technical Honor Society seniors received their cord for graduation, and SRTC Passport recipients (those who completed two years in the program, maintained a “B” average and missed no more than six days a year).  Local, college, and national scholarships were also presented to well deserving students.
     The state Breaking Traditions awards were recently held at the James C. Kirkpatrick Interpretative Center in Jefferson City.  Scott Tech Construction Technology instructor Brian Prewitt was presented the Breaking Traditions Educator Award for his outstanding work with non-traditional students in the construction field.  (A non-traditional student is one whose gender comprises less than 25% of the class or career field.)  Brian was nominated by two of his senior female students, Katherine Ball from Exeter, and Leona Evans from Cassville.  Katherine and Leona are both second-year construction students who state that Mr. Prewitt has made it a priority to ensure they were treated equally and no differently than any male student in the class, but he also made them feel that they could do anything they choose to be successful in life.  Katherine and Leona stated at the awards ceremony that “Mr. Prewitt is not only our teacher, but he is our friend.”  This is a very touching tribute to a teacher who models what good instruction is and a good person is as well.

Continue reading update from the SRTC Student Career Advisor.

Monett Elementary School
Elizabeth Short, Reading Interventionist


     My job as a reading interventionist at Monett Elementary School allows me to work with students who are having difficulty making progress in reading.  We use assessment data to determine the initial members of my groups, which usually consist of five students.  The group members will change throughout the year when we study the latest assessment scores.  Currently, I work with twenty-six kindergarteners.  Each kindergarten group meets for fifteen minutes each day.  First grade and second grade groups meet for thirty minutes each day.  I meet with thirty-three first graders and nine second graders. 
     The focus of kindergarten lessons changes throughout the year.  At the beginning of the year, I concentrate on students learning the name of each letter and the sound that it makes. Later we will learn how to blend the sounds to make words. We also focus on concepts of print, such as reading from left to right, what is a word or a letter, where do you start reading, and which way should you go.
     The first and second grade groups use a guided reading format developed by Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos, educators from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.  The lesson takes two days to complete. Typically, the teacher begins with students reading a familiar book while the teacher listens and records the mistakes.  This helps the teacher know which skills or strategies still need to be taught.  Next, a quick phonics lesson is presented and practiced. 

Continue reading update from the Monett Elementary School reading intervention specialist.

Monett Cental Park Elementary School
Annette Cozort, Principal     

                           Central Park “Rocks the MAP!”
     This past week marks the beginning of the Missouri Assessment Program at Central Park!  Teachers and students are glad the long-awaited time has arrived so our third and fourth graders can show off their knowledge of the grade-appropriate standards in English Language Arts and Math! 
     In keeping with our yearly tradition, we decided to do some great brain-based line dances to get us up and moving for MAP!  Each morning our students, teachers, and staff have been meeting at 7:40 a.m. in the gym to “rock and roll”!  A special thank you to Rachel Murad and Kellen Hoover for integrating line dances into daily curriculum to teach the skills needed for our “rockin’ good dances”!  Our teachers brushed up and practiced their line dancing skills, too, as part of our MAP prep!  It has been a fun and educational way to wake up our brains and get our bodies going before we begin our assessments! 
     After we finish with our MAP testing, Central Park will celebrate with our closing MAP celebration and have special snacks on Friday, May 15th.  We wish our fellow students and teachers at MIS and MMS much success on their MAP testing in the next couple of weeks as well!  ROCK the MAP!!! 

Continue reading update from the Monett Central Park Elementary School.


Monett Intermediate School
Peg Bryan, Principal

      Students in our fine arts programs have had several opportunities to shine during the month of April.  Mrs. Rachel Murad’s choirs have had opportunities to perform in several venues.  Twenty-seven MIS students travelled to Willard to perform in a Kodaly choir comprised of several local schools.  In addition, our MIS Cubpella choir performed for family and friends on April 16th in the MMS auditorium—we can’t wait for them to sing in our new performing arts center!  On April 17th, they visited local nursing homes and the Senior Citizens’ Center and performed for these audiences.   

     On Friday, April 24th, Mrs. Murad and her assistant director, Teresa Huntress, took the Cubpella choir (comprised of 47 students) to Drury University in Springfield to sing and be coached Dr. Allin Sorenson, Director of the Drury Music Department and conductor of the Drury Singers. They also worked closely with Drury students in a drum circle in the Music Therapy lab.

      Earlier this semester, Mrs. Green, our art teacher, took Taylor Southard, Kalysa McGuire, Kimberlee Parris, and Mikalya Bussell  to Jefferson City to display their art at the Youth Art-Month Capital Exhibit.  Mrs. Green also took several students’ art to the Big 8 Middle School Art Show in Lamar, and several students received honors on their art projects:

Continue reading update from Monett Intermediate School.


Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, May 8, 2015  MES - PreK/Kindergarten Screenings
                                   MMS - Gifted/STUCO Field Trip
                                   MHS -
Spring Fling Activities
                                   MHS - All Sports Banquet
                                   SRTC - Scott Tech Day         

Monday, May 11, 2015  MES - Cubs on the Move Activity
                                       MES - RIF Week
                                       MCP - 3rd Grade Field Trip
                                       MMS - Truman Voter and Reader
                                                   Selector Celebration
                                       MHS - Golf Sectionals at Washington
                                       MHS - Girls Soccer at Aurora
                                       MHS - Boys Tennis District Tourney
                                                  through May 15th    
                                       MHS - Senior Honors Assembly
Tuesday, May 12, 2015  MES - All Pro Dad's Meeting
                                        MHS - Baseball with Springfield Catholic
                                       MHS - Girls Soccer with Logan-Rogersville                                         MHS - Speech/Debate Banquet

Wednesday, May 13, 2015  MHS - Baccalaureate
Thursday, May 14, 2015  MES - PreK/Kindergarten Field Day
                                          MCP - 3rd Grade Field Trip
                                          MMS - Health Activity Day
                                          MHS - Baseball with Logan-Rogersville
                                          MHS - Girls Soccer with Republic

Friday, May 15, 2015  MES - 1st/2nd Grade Field Day
                                     MMS - AR Field Trip
                                     MMS - Yearbook Bash
                                     MHS - Commencement


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