Message from the District Office Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent
Over the past two weeks in Cub Pride, I have attempted to explain the thought process behind this year’s theme “Point A to Point B…Make it EXTRAORDINARY!” During that time, I shared with you our definitions for student growth and personalization as well as explaining the importance of identifying each student’s Point A (the starting point) and the key factors that lead to extraordinary growth. This week I want to finish this explanation with the end (Point B) in mind.
A student’s Point B is flexible in terms of time and directly relates to the initial goals that have been set and the formative assessments that have been taken along the way to measure the progress toward meeting that goal. For instance, teachers might choose to measure growth in terms of the mastery of one particular skill. This process may only take a few weeks for most students, yet in another instance you might think of the journey from Point A to Point B to be over an entire school year. As an entire district, we should also look at students’ journeys from Point A to Point B being their entire K-12 preparatory experience. In any of these examples, short-term or long-term, the procedures that I have outlined for identifying starting points and moving effectively toward effective student growth are the same.
Monett R-1 School Safety Jay Jastal, School Resource Officer
Back-to-School Safety From (N.S.C., 2015, "Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road")
According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4-to-7-years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:
Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian even if you have the right of way.
Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be no matter who has the right of way.
MES students and staff have been busy the first eight days of the 2015-16 school year! We have practiced, practiced, and practiced everything from how to walk down the hall, how to dump our lunch trays, how to clean up our spaces at the end of the day, how to get on the bus, how to come in from recess, and more! For approximately one-third of our children, these last eight days have been their first experience with the institution of “school”! There is a lot to learn before we even start on the ABCs!
Each year some of our bus drivers spend their first day of school showing our preschool and kindergarten students appropriate bus expectations. Each class practices how to get on and off the bus safely and learns what appropriate behavior looks like on the school bus. We are thankful for our bus drivers who are willing to take the time to help us teach students how to be safe!
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, August 28, 2015 MHS - Football at East Newton Saturday, August 29, 2015 MHS - Boys Soccer at Branson Tourney
Monday, August 31, 2015 MHS - 9th Grade Football at Webb City
Tuesday, September 1, 2015MCPE - Parent Night MHS - Softball at Webb City MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team
at Carthage MHS - Girls Tennis at Clever Thursday, September 3, 2015MHS - Boys Soccer
with Logan-Rogersville MHS - Softball at Cassville MHS - Girls Tennis with Neosho MHS - Volleyball with Reeds Spring
Friday, September 4, 2015District - No School
Teacher Professional Development MHS - Girls Tennis with
MHS - Football with Lamar
Saturday, September 5, 2015 MMS - Cross Country at Neosho MHS - Cross Country at
Monday, September 7, 2015 District - No School - Labor Day