Message from the District Office Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent
Here we are at the close of another school year. I say this every year, but I do really believe that the years seem to move by much more quickly the older I get! When we first gathered as a Monett R-1 family back in early August, I set the theme for the year as “Under Construction…Creating Customized Learning.” This theme obviously coincided with the two major construction projects (MHS performing arts safe room and the MIS/MMS cafeteria safe room).
It is interesting that as we draw to the end of this school year, we are also drawing to the conclusion of both of these projects. I’ll have to admit that these projects have consumed a tremendous amount of my time and thought over the past school year! This past week I have taken time to reflect upon how the construction process truly compares to the work we do on a daily basis to construct quality learning opportunities for each of our students. In this article, I would like to share one of these reflections that I will be sharing with our Monett High School seniors as they graduate this evening.
Our construction projects have been touched by many different types of tradesmen, each offering a unique craft to the overall building process. On many days over the past year, you could stand back from the construction process to observe excavators, masons, painters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, and flooring specialists all working on their own and in concert with each other to make sure that our finished product is one that will meet our approval.
During the spring semester, Monett R-1 Healthy Schools Healthy Communities has been focusing on “Springing” their way into health. We have had many great challenges, programs, and events to help us achieve this goal!
Cubs Walking to School: During the month of April, we “Walked to School” with all K-8th grade campuses participating from two different drop-off locations and three walking routes. Each day the numbers continued to grow! The biggest participation day, Thursday the 23rd, involved 210 students! The four-day total numbered 492 students and 165 parent and community volunteers.
Weight Loss Wars: The results are in!!! 91 employees completed the 12-week challenges. Eighty-four of those employees lost weight with a total of 794.3 pounds. The average percent loss for the district was 4.1%. The total percent change for the district was 377.9%.
Health Activity Day: Monett Middle School and Monett Intermediate School will host a Healthy Activity Day/Fair with a variety of presenters for our students on May 14th for MMS and May 15th for MIS. The concept of this fair is to enlighten our students about healthy choices they can apply as they enter adolescence and young adulthood, as well as give them the opportunity to learn about different activities that they otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience during a normal school day.
For the first time at Monett Middle School, students will be involved in the inaugural Health Fitness Day. Students will not only listen to presenters, but will also become active learners. Activities include personal safety, martial arts, exercise, and weight loss. (The latter involves a teacher’s own personal journey, as Mr. Borgmann will share with students his journey of weight loss.)
Students will participate in some lifetime activities including golf and bowling and will also learn how to make healthy substitutions while cooking and making healthy snacks. We are hoping that students will find an activity in which they would like to involve themselves more regularly.
We are excited to provide this active engagement opportunity for our students and look forward to making this available in the future! Thank you to Amber Holman, Lisa Essley, Patty Bounous, and the Wellness Grant for coordinating this for our MMS students!
What a year it has been at MHS! We have experienced achievements by individuals, teams, groups, and a building as a whole during the 2015-16 school year. Those successes are too numerous to mention individually, but to put things in perspective, the following is a brief summary:
Multiple Team District Championships
Multiple Individual District Championships
Multiple State Champions in Speech/Debate/Drama, FBLA, FCCLA
A member of the All-State Orchestra
A National Merit Finalist
A Missouri Scholars 100 honoree
Two teams into the state semifinals
Artwork displayed at the State Capitol
Multiple All-State selections across sports and activities
All ensembles received I ratings at state competition
Numerous national qualifiers
None of these accomplishments happens without a significant amount of hard work, sacrifice, and leadership. Students and teachers alike have worked with and for one another like never before, and the results show. What a great year from a competitive standpoint!
Scott Regional Technology Center David Miller, Director
Scott Tech students received scholarships and awards at the 19th annual Recognition Nights held May 5th and May 7th at Scott Regional Technology Center. Forty-Seven students received Passport portfolios. To meet the requirements for this honor, a student must complete one of the fourteen programs and maintain a ‘B’ average both years while missing no more than six days in attendance per school year during the course of the program.
Seniors recently completed the National Career Readiness Test. Twelve earned a Gold classification; 85, Silver classification; and 56, Bronze classification. These credentials will prepare students for the workforce.
Several scholarships were issued in addition to the credentials and honors received in each program:
Colton Pippin, a Passport recipient and Diesel Tech Student, received a Mac Tool box from Fabick/CAT. This was the 9th toolbox issued to a Scott Tech graduate. He was also the recipient of a $400 Scholarship issued by the Associate Vice President of CTE at Crowder College and a $300 Scholarship from Cassville Cruisers.
True Evans, a Passport recipient and Welding Technology student, went home with a Welding machine, welding tool kit, a $1500 Scholarship from Missouri Welding Institute, and a $300 scholarship from Cassville Cruisers.
Jessica Perez, a Passport recipient and Health Occupations student, received an $800 Scholarship from the Associate Vice President of CTE, Crowder College.
Loni Johnson, a Passport recipient and Childcare Careers student, was awarded the $1000 National Technical Honor Society/Jon H Poteat Scholarship.
Sydney Michael, a Health Occupations student, was the recipient of a $300 scholarship from Crowder College Associate Vice President of CTE.
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, May 15, 2015 MES - First/Second Grade Field Day MCP - MAP Celebration MMS -AR Trip and Yearbook Bash MHS - 2015 Commencement Services Saturday, May 16, 2015 MHS - Class 4 District 6 Track Meet
at Carl Junction
Monday, May 18, 2015MMS - Dodgeball for Heart Tourney
and Field Day MHS - Golf State Championships at Bolivar MHS - District Baseball at Seneca
Tuesday, May 19, 2015MES - First Grade Field Trip MMS - Awards Assembly and Field Day MHS - Girls Soccer District Tourney
hosted by Monett
Wednesday, May 20, 2015MES - First Grade Field Trip MCP - Academic Celebration MMS - Fairy Tale Network MHS - YMCA Reward Trip Thursday, May 21, 2015 District - Board of Education Meeting Friday, May 22, 2015 District - Last Day of School - Early Release MIS - Awards Assembly