Message from the District Office Ken Gaspar, Board of Education Vice-President
I am so fortunate to have the trust of the Monett patrons. Serving as a member of your Board of Education has given me tremendous joy, unbelievable access to see the best in education, and an opportunity to make you proud of the Monett R-1 District.
Two weeks ago my wife and I attended the ribbon cutting for the MIS/MMS FEMA shelter and cafeteria. That facility is amazing! The building’s main purpose is to provide refuge to children who occupy the intermediate and middle school buildings in the event of a dangerous weather event. Secondary to this, the citizens of Monett are also invited to seek shelter. The new cafeteria allowed us to convert the old cafeteria into classrooms for art, music, and FACS. Immediately after this event, we repeated the grand affair at Monett High School.
If you have not had an opportunity to visit the new Performing Arts Center, you are missing one of the most impressive assets the Monett School District has to offer. Upon entering, your eyes are immediately drawn to the box office with its rich style and welcoming appeal. The décor found within the lobby is well appointed and aesthetically pleasing. Once you enter the grand hall, you are overcome with emotion over the opportunity that the students of our district will now be afforded. You completely forget that you have just entered a building whose primary design and purpose is to protect.
Your Board of Education and the Monett R-1 administration have provided Monett’s children assurances unparalleled in Monett’s history: protection and promise--the promise of greater opportunities, not just in the performing arts (drama, speech, debate, or music), but also in technology, the trades, in language, math, sciences, and sports. It is difficult to argue the fact that the last ten years have been phenomenal.
Monett R-1 Wellness Initiative Alex Severs, Wellness Director
The Monett Healthy School Healthy Communities Initiative kicked off the start of the school year with a Walk-to-School Week September 14th through the 18th. A huge thank you is due all our parents, helpers, posts, volunteers, fire, police and so many more who made this past Walk-to-School Week so successful...we definitely grew as the week went on. We had a BLAST, and we hope you did, too!
Monday we had 42 students and 30 parents and/or volunteers.
Tuesday we had 73 students and 32 parents and/or volunteers.
Wednesday we had 120 students and 42 parents and/or volunteers.
Thursday we had 147 students and 37 parents and/or volunteers.
Friday we had 177 students and 45 parents and/or volunteers!!!!
That was a grand total of 559 students for the week!!!! Our mission is to teach kids important pedestrian safety skills and to create safer walking environments for everyone in our community. Walking to school is a great way for kids to exercise, and it also helps reduce traffic near schools.
Monett Intermediate School has been partnered with Cardiac Kids for thirteen years. Cardiac Kids was started as a grant with the purpose of helping to detect high cholesterol and other heart health factors in fifth graders. Cardiac Kids is now sponsored by Kohl’s, Cox Monett Hospital, and Children’s’ Miracle Network. Cardiac Kids involves teaching fifth grade students about heart-healthy practices and activities, including a voluntary blood draw and the opportunity for fifth graders and their families to participate in three family activity and cooking nights.
Our thirteenth annual blood draw involved 108 brave students. Following the blood draw, students were treated to a pancake breakfast. Students and their parents will receive a report of the blood test results within the next couple of weeks, and those students with high risk factors will be encouraged to follow up with their personal physicians.
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, September 25, 2015District - No School
Staff Professional Development MES - Family Fun Fest MHS - Football at Aurora MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team
at Carthage Invitational MHS - Girls Tennis at Big 8 Tourney
Saturday, September 28, 2015 MMS - 8th Grade Volleyball Tourney
at MHS Gym MMS/MHS - Cross Country at
East Newton Invitational MHS - Boys Soccer at
Willard Classic MHS - Softball at Centralia Tourney MHS - Band at Pride of the Ozarks
Monday, September 28, 2015 MES - All Pro Dad's Meeting MES - Cubs on the Move Activity MHS - 9th/JV Football with Aurora MHS - Girls Tennis at District
Tourney in Joplin MHS - Volleyball at Pierce City Tuesday, September 29 , 2015 MMS - Power Hour Activity MMS - Volleyball with East Newton MMS/MHS - Cross Country
at Lamar MHS - Boys Soccer with
College Heights MHS - Softball at McDonald County MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team at
Springfield Fosters Natatorium MHS - Girls Tennis District Tourney
in Joplin MHS - Volleyball at Seneca
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 MCP - All Pro Dad's Meeting MHS - College Fair Day MHS - Girls Tennis at District
Tourney in Joplin
Thursday, October 1, 2015MMS - Power Hour Activity MMS - Football with Cassville MMS - Volleyball with
McDonald County MHS - Boys Soccer with
Thomas Jefferson MHS - Softball with East Newton MHS - Girls Tennis at District Tourney
in Joplin MHS - Volleyball with Aurora