Message from the District Office September Board of Education Meeting
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday, September 17, at 6:10 p.m., for the regular board meeting. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the Tax Rate Hearing and regular August meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Paying the bills
Approving Transportation Routes and NO Additional Expense Numbers
Approving Local Special Education Compliance Plan
Amending Facility Usage Agreement
Approving MSBA Policy Revisions
Approving Health Services Program Evaluation
Board Program and Recognitions
Mr. David Williams, Monett High School principal, recognized Jacob Furry for being named First Alternate Trumpet for the All National Honor Band. Dr. Hanson recognized James Lawrence of Webb Transportation for receiving the Exemplary Service Award from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Mrs. Gasser and Mrs. Garner, principal and assistant principal of Monett Elementary School, introduced a group of preschoolers who performed songs for the Monett Board of Education. Currently, there are 90 students enrolled in the preschool program. Sixty of these students attend full day. An analysis of the data from last year’s DIAL scores and this year’s kindergarten benchmark scores shows that students who attended the MES preschool performed better, on average, than those who did not. Quality preschool programs help students increase language skills, learn to solve problems, get along with others, and develop fine and gross motor skills. Mrs. Gasser and Mrs. Garner thanked the school board for their continued support of the preschool program.
Mr. Dean Krogmeier and Mr. Randy Smith of CTS and Mr. Austin McCracken provided the Board with an update on the high school HVAC system upgrades. Dr. Hanson informed the Board that the improvements would need to continue for a number of years until all of the units have been upgraded. Dr. Hanson praised the team’s effort and work quality.
Personalized learning and student growth are two critical pieces of the puzzle that make our school district stand out. Teachers across the district are continually looking for ways to differentiate their instruction to better meet the needs of their students.
This year we’re excited to announce our school district has purchased licenses for two new, award-winning online learning platforms for our K-6 campuses.
Lexia Reading provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in reading instruction and delivers norm-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer tests. Designed specifically to meet the most rigorous state standards, this research-proven, technology-based approach accelerates reading skills development, predicts students’ year-end performance, and provides teachers data-driven action plans to help differentiate instruction.
Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a math course. ALEKS then instructs the student about the topics he or she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions.
The new school year is off to a great start! Our sports teams are in full swing, and we have many wins to celebrate as a school and the prospect of post-season play for many of our teams. There have been lots of new things at MHS with this new year: the Back-to-School Dance on the field at Burl Fowler Stadium; the Homecoming "color" Dance also outside under the stars; the great new tastes offered at lunch through our new Aramark food service; new and creative ways of instruction and grading offered in many of our classes with the goal of individualizing learning for each student; and new student clubs aimed at giving students a bigger voice in their school culture. We hope to continue to offer new experiences for our Monett High School Cubs throughout this year and in the coming years!
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, September 18, 2015MHS - FTA Early Childhood Day at
Missouri State University MHS - Football at Cassville
Saturday, September 19, 2015 MMS - 7th Grade Volleyball Tourney
at MHS Gym MHS - Volleyball at
Monday, September 21, 2015 MHS - 9th Grade Football at Casville MHS - JV Football with Cassville MHS - Boys Soccer at
Springfield Catholic MHS - Girls Tennis at Webb City MHS - Volleyball at
Springfield Parkview Tuesday, September 22 , 2015 MMS - Volleyball with Aurora MHS - Cross Country at
Nixa Invitational MHS - Softball at Carl Junction MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team at
Springfield Fosters Natatorium MHS - Girls Tennis with
Thomas Jefferson MHS - Volleyball at East Newton
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 MHS - FCCLA Career Day at
Silver Dollar City
Thursday, September 24, 2015MMS - Football at Lamar MMS - Volleyball at Seneca MHS - Special Service Field Day MHS - Boys Soccer at
Willard Tourney MHS - Softball at Aurora MHS - Girls Tennis at Carl Junction MHS - Volleyball with Cassville