Message from the District Office Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent
This has been another wonderful start to a school year! With a little more than a week under our belt things seem to be running very smoothly. This is the direct result of the preparedness and dedication shown by our teachers and staff, as well as the leadership displayed by our building principals. Thank you for your hard work and making sure that every day counts!
For the next two weeks in Cub Pride, I want to take some time to remind everyone about our theme for the year “Point A to Point B…Make it EXTRAORDINARY!” and dig just a little deeper into how this should impact our daily work. This week I want to emphasize Point A and the journey it takes to get to Point B.
I shared with staff during our opening session that this refers to student growth and can often be thought of as the beginning of the school year (Point A) and the end of the school year (Point B). This sounds relatively simple, but it is the processes that we use in getting from Point A to Point B that determines our success as measured by the amount of growth each individual student makes. This student growth can occur academically, physically, socially, and behaviorally.
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to review, set, and approve the tax rate for the 201516 fiscal year. Dr. Hanson made a recommendation to approve the operating levy for 3.1849 and the debt service rate for 0.5600 cent. The Board approved and set the tax rate.
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, August 20, at 6:05 p.m. for the regular board meeting. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular July meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Paying the bills
Clearing Activity Accounts
Approving 201415 ASBR
Approving Facility Usage Agreement for PAC
Approving Board Policy BBFA
Setting Tuition Rate ($8,300)
Employing Classified Personnel (Amber Barrett, Kaitlynn Nickell, Donna Ridinger, Leah Mitchell, Carly Renfro, Victoria Walker, Julie Southard)
Stacey Blessing and Mary Bush presented to the Board how they have changed the way their classrooms look and how they personalize learning for each of their students. They are incorporating flexible scheduling throughout the day so students have ownership in what their day looks like. These two ladies are stepping outside the box, thinking creatively, and focusing on how to best prepare their students to find success in the 21st century. Mrs. Blessing and Mrs. Bush are fourth grade teachers having 1:1 iPad classrooms this year.
Monett R-1 Athletic Department Daryl Bradley, Athletic Director
The fall sports season is off and running. We have had a busy summer, and it continues into fall. I’m proud of all the work our coaches and student athletes have put into the offseason. We hope the hard work will translate to success on and off the field this year. I am especially proud of the way our student body has come together to support our student athletes at the fall sports pride night and at the football jamboree. I’m excited about the continued culture change that is occurring in our kids.
Promoting sportsmanship has always been a focus for our administration at MHS. We want to promote an opportunity for a fun, positive cheering experience for everyone. The students are cheering loudly for our teams without being negative towards the other team and officials.
The Monett R-1 School District is continually trying to improve everything we do, and athletics is no exception. We have implemented a few changes at Burl Fowler Stadium that we hope will improve upon the great things that we are currently doing. The new no tobacco use policy throughout the district is a great step towards our healthy wellness initiative. While the policy change will be an adjustment, we trust our patrons to recognize and respect the district’s desire to support the wellness initiative.
We are off to a great start for the 2015-16 school year! It was great to see all of the smiling faces on the first day of school. The theme this year for Monett R-1 is “Point A to Point B. . . Make it EXTRAORDINARY!” As Dr. Hanson stated, this refers to student growth and personalized learning for each student in an effort to meet his/her individual needs.
Personalized Learning is important for all students. I am excited to see this shift in thinking from education’s stance 10-20 years ago. Even with personalized learning, there are times when a student has specific needs that should be addressed in another way. These services and supports are provided to students who meet specific criteria for each of the programs within the Special Services Office. Those programs include Early Childhood Special Education, Parents as Teachers, Special Education K-12, Gifted Education, Section 504 Compliance, and Homebound Instruction.
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, August 21, 2015 MES - Wear Purple/Spirit Day MHS - Football at Seneca MHS - Girls Tennis with Aurora Saturday, August 22, 2015 MHS - Boys Soccer with Carthage
Monday, August 24, 2015 MHS - 9th Grade Football at Strafford MHS - JV Football with Seneca MHS - Softball with Willard
MHS - Girls Tennis with Carthage MHS - Volleyball at Carthage
Tuesday, August 25, 2015MHS - Boys Soccer with Republic MHS - Softball with Buffalo MHS - Boys Swimming/Diving at
Springfield - Fosters Naratorium MHS - Girls Tennis with Nevada MHS - Volleyball at Diamond
Thursday, August 27, 2015MHS - Boys Soccer at Branson MHS - Softball with Republic MHS - Girls Tennis at Lamar MHS - Volleyball with