Subject: Cub Pride - October 2, 2015
Date to send: 10/2/2015 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


Message from the District Office
Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent

      There’s no doubt about it; education is changing.  We can spend a lot of time talking about the changes brought about by state and federal legislation, high-stakes testing, and the debate over curriculum standards, and those are important and profound changes.  But I’m talking about the changes we see happening everyday in the classroom…changes that reflect the changing needs of our students as we prepare them to enter a world where change, not stability, is the norm.
     Fifty years ago classroom technology consisted of a chalkboard, mimeograph copies, and, if you were really lucky, a filmstrip.  Take away the filmstrips and those purple copies and you can easily travel back another 150 years or more.  During this time, there were two primary sources of information: the textbook and the teacher.  Students sat in neat and orderly rows, were passive receivers of information, and then moved from one place to the next based on the ringing of a bell. 
     It was a system modeled on the efficiency of the Industrial Revolution and allowed for educating large numbers of students, preparing them for an industrial economy.  In many ways, the structure of public education in America has remained the same since the Common School movement of the 19th century.  Our current system of eight years of elementary school followed by four years of high school with instruction in math, science, English. and social studies was established by the Committee of Ten in 1892.  Even the Carnegie Unit, the system that awards credit to high school students, was developed and adopted in the early 1900s.

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Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

Monett R-1 English Language Learners
Daphne Hensley, ELL Director

Teaching Improves with Learning!
                                       How can I engage my students?
   How do I provide content to students in a way that they will understand it?
              What can I do to differentiate lessons based on individual needs?
                      What are appropriate resources to enhance learning?
     At any given time throughout the year, you will find Monett R-1 teachers asking themselves these questions.  The bottom line:  teachers are driven to seek better ways to meet the needs of their students.  Professional development is a critical piece for educators to personalize student learning and develop student growth.  While examining their own abilities and practices, teachers improve their instruction for the primary benefit of increased student learning.

     This year Monett is providing several opportunities for teachers to hone their skills.  One focus is targeted professional development in educating English Language Learners via a yearlong ELL Academy.  This professional development provides teachers the resources to foster a deeper understanding of our community and to share research-based teaching strategies that can be used in any classroom.  As the teachers meet after school for their own learning time, attention is given to lesson design, data analysis, and reflective thinking.

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Scott Regional Technology Center
Beth Garrett, Graphic Communications Instructor

    At Scott Regional Technology Center, we are faced with many unique challenges.  One of those challenges that we are focusing on tackling this year is instilling unity and pride amongst our students from fourteen area sending schools.

     Each month SkillsUSA Officers as well as faculty will focus on a themed lesson.  In September, we focused on “Finding Your Spark” and communicating with our  students about what makes them passionate or gets them fired up about learning and in life.  Students of the Month for September were selected based on the desire and passion teachers saw in them for their chosen program areas. 

     October’s theme is “Peer Pressure in Reverse,” encouraging students to form positive peer relationships, starting with simply, saying hello – and speaking when spoken to.

     We have amazing opportunities at our school and want our students to be as proud and excited as we are as educators – and this “spark” that we have started is beginning to spread like wildfire.  Unity is on its way to Scott Tech.

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Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, October 2, 2015  MHS - Football with Carl Junction
                                          MHS - Softball at Carthage Tourney
                                          MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team at Joplin
                                          MHS - Girls Tennis at District Tourney
                                                      in Joplin
                                          SRTC - JROTC Lock-In

Saturday, October 3, 2015  MHS - Band at Vahalla
                                                         Marching Festival
                                              MHS - Softball at Carthage Tourney
                                              MHS - Girls Tennis at District Tourney
                                                          in Joplin
                                              MHS - 9th Grade Volleyball at
                                                         Nixa Tourney
Monday, October 5, 2015  MHS - 9th Grade Football
                                                       with Carl Junction
                                             MHS - JV Football at Carl Junction
                                             MHS - Boys Soccer with Cassville
                                             MHS - Softball at Reeds Spring
Tuesday, October 6 , 2015  MES - First Grade Field Trip
                                                         to the Nature Center
                                              MMS - Power Hour Activity
                                              MMS - Volleyball at Joplin East
                                              MMS/MHS - Cross Country at              
                                                                   Springfield Catholic
                                              MHS - Boys Soccer at Willard
                                              MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team
                                                         at Springfield
Wednesday, October 7, 2015  MES - First Grade Field Trip
                                                              to the Nature Center
                                                   MHS - District Softball Tourney
                                                               at Monett

Thursday, October 8, 2015  MES - 2nd Grade Field Trip
                                                          to the Discovery Center
                                               MMS - Power Hour Activity
                                               MMS - Football with Aurora
                                               MMS - Volleyball with Marionville
                                               MHS - Boys Soccer at Marshfield
                                               MHS - District Softball Tourney
                                                          at Monett
                                               MHS - Volleyball at Carl Junction
                                               SRTC - SkillsUSA Fall Leadership


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