Message from the District Office Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent
Yesterday we officially held the grand-opening/ribbon-cutting ceremonies for our two new FEMA facilities. Although there still remain a few “punch list” items to be ironed out, we are making full use of both facilities. As I reflect over the entire process of making these facilities a reality beginning in Fall 2012 when the FEMA grants were awarded to us, through the next several months of design, and then the last fourteen months of construction, I realize there are many people to whom we owe dearly for their commitment and expertise to the completion of these facilities.
First, we should all take time to thank our Monett R-1 Board of Education. Collectively, they had the foresight and vision to begin obligating funds years ago in preparation for these facilities. They realized a need within the school district, capitalized on the availability of federal funds to make it all happen, and then allowed school personnel to work collaboratively with our architects to make sure we were able to design facilities that would meet our needs now and into the future.
Speaking of architects, over the past decade we have developed a great professional relationship with our friends at Sapp Design & Associates. They were initially hired to design the Scott Regional Technology Center almost a decade ago and have since designed Monett Intermediate School and Monett Elementary School along with our two recent FEMA projects. The construction firm, R.E. Smith, has also served as the general contractor for each of these major building projects this past decade.
Monett R-1 Health Services Kristen Earnest, RN, Lead Nurse
Monett R-1 School District’s 2015-2016 school year is well underway! The Health Services Staff has had an active start highlighted by multiple changes.
I would like to start by introducing myself; I am Kristen Earnest, the new lead nurse at Monett R-1. I am very excited to start my career with the district and as a school nurse. I have a background in ICU and medical/surgical nursing. I have enjoyed working with the students so much and appreciate everyone offering help and answering my numerous questions!
With the start of fall comes the start of health screenings. We began the Cardiac Kids Program with 5th graders at MIS this week on September 8th, measuring the height, weight, blood pressure, and checking for warning signs of diabetes. We are so grateful to Cox Monett for all they do to sponsor this program. Student volunteers from Scott Regional Technical Center assisted with the screenings, and we appreciate all of their hard work.
All campuses will begin vision and hearing screenings as well this month. These screenings are great tools to assist students and their families in identifying and treating any vision or hearing issues that might affect learning.
The Student Health Services staff members are very excited to be working with the students and staff this year! We welcome any and all feedback, concerns, or suggestions.
Monett Central Park Elementary School Jennifer Wallace, Principal
The start of the school year at Central Park has been absolutely wonderful! Our teachers put in a lot of time and effort prior to the start of school, ensuring a smooth transition for our students, and our third and fourth graders arrived excited and eager to learn. Teachers spent the first eight days teaching Positive Behavior Support (PBS) expectations, building a positive culture in their classrooms, and working on developing positive, caring relationships with each of their students. During this time, students took baseline assessments in both reading and math. The data from these assessments helps teachers know where students are in their learning process and assists them in preparing customized lessons for their students.
Parent Night was held on Tuesday, September 1st. This was a great way for teachers and parents to partner to support student learning. Teachers discussed the essential learning outcomes and academic skills that will be taught and assessed throughout the school year, curriculum, daily routines, and classroom expectations. Thank you to the ninety-six families who attended Parent Night!
Two new additions to CPE this year are our weekly celebration assembly held each Monday morning (7:55-8:15), “The Luau,” and our school Facebook page. During the Luau, staff and students gather together to watch our Marvelous Monday Message (MMM)-a short video with celebrations for the week, positive character words, fun facts, birthdays, PBS expectations, and weekly news. This assembly and the CPE Facebook page are great ways for us to showcase the positive things going on at CPE and to celebrate our successes. We would love for you to join us for “The Luau,” and you can find the weekly MMM on the Monett CPE School Fusion website.
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, September 11, 2015MHS - Football with Mt. Vernon
Homecoming Festivities MHS - Softball at Ozark Tourney MHS - Monett Girls Tennis Tourney
Saturday, September 12, 2015 MHS - ACT Test MHS - Softball at Ozark Tourney MHS - Monett Boys Swim/Dive
Meet at Monett YMCA MHS - JV Volleyball at
Aurora Tourney MHS - Varsity Volleyball at
Ash Grove Tourney
Monday, September 14, 2015 MES - "Cubs on the Move" MMS - Volleyball at Mt. Vernon MHS - 9th Grade Football with Joplin MHS - JV Football at Mt. Vernon MHS - Softball at Nevada MHS - Girls Tennis at Republic MHS - Volleyball at Crane
Tuesday, September 15 , 2015 MMS/MHS - Monett Cross Country
Invitational MHS - FCCLA Regional Workshop
at Carthage MHS - National FFA Officer Visit MHS - Boys Soccer at
Springfield Central MHS - Softball with Seneca MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team
at Springfield MHS - Girls Tennis with
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 MHS - English Lit/Comp
George Washington Carver
Thursday, September 17, 2015 MIS - 5th Grade Cardiac Kids MMS - Cross Country at
McDonald County MMS - Football with Mt. Vernon MMS - Volleyball at Cassville MHS - Boys Soccer with
Springfield Hillcrest MHS - Softball with Bolivar MHS - Girls Tennis with Mt. Vernon