Message from the District Office Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent
The last week of October (26th - 30th) will mark our annual parent-teacher conferences for the Monett R-1 School District. These conferences have traditionally been set after first quarter report cards so that teachers can provide quality feedback about students’ progress to parents. In years past, each of our buildings has conducted parent-teacher conferences in various formats designed to best meet the needs of parents. With the sheer amount of technology available to us in this day and age, we continue to make changes in our conferencing processes that we hope will create the most effective partnerships between parents and teachers.
This fall each of our elementary buildings (MES, CPE and MIS) has committed to start parent-teacher conferencing earlier than our designated parent-teacher conference week. It is our hope that we can reach out earlier (especially at these levels where conferencing is typically done with one classroom teacher) to parents to establish the connection with parents that we hope will benefit student growth and learning. MMS and MHS will continue to utilize the arena conferencing format that they have used in recent years to provide parents with a convenient means of visiting with all teachers on a particular student’s schedule. These arena conferencing sessions have been set for the week of October 26th-30th.
Our ultimate goal in this process is to initiate a partnership between home and school that serves to enhance student learning by providing as much information as possible about the learning activities children are exposed to each day. Although the “official” parent-teacher conferences serve a solid purpose, it is also our hope that all parents will connect with their child’s school and teacher at all times throughout the school year.
October is designated nationwide as Disability Awareness Month. The title refers to “disability” awareness, but I would like to focus on “ability” awareness. The motto of Monett School District, “Student Focused . . . Future Driven” refers to ALL students. All students have the ability to learn and grow academically and socially. Social growth sometimes takes a backseat to academics but is equally important to success in life. These skills are sometimes referred to as soft skills, which are necessary essential skills for success in the community and the workplace. The following skills are most desired by potential employers:
Communicating - This is perhaps the most common entry on person specifications for job vacancies and for good reason. Skilled communicators get along well with colleagues, listen and understand instructions, and put their point across without being aggressive. They can change their style of communication to suit the task in hand – this can be invaluable in many different situations, from handling conflict to trying to persuade a customer of the benefits of buying your product. If you’ve got good communication skills, you should be able develop constructive working relationships with colleagues and be able to learn from constructive criticism.
Making decisions - There are different styles of decision making, but the important thing is to be, you guessed it, decisive. Gathering all the important facts, seeking advice, looking at the big picture, considering alternatives, being aware of repercussions – these are all things that contribute to good decision. Things to be wary of are indecision and making snap decisions. Continue reading update from the Special Services Department.
GO CAPS Monett Greater Ozarks Centers for
Advanced Professional Studies
Rebecca Merriman, Go Caps Monett Director
GO CAPS Monett is an innovative approach to education that immerses Monett High School students within industry to make education relevant. Our inaugural year finds our program with fifteen juniors and seniors eager to test-drive their future careers.
This year two “strands” (or classes) are being offered: Technology Solutions and Engineering & Manufacturing. One unique aspect of GO CAPS is the off-site classrooms where student learning takes place, embedded within the field that students are learning. Jack Henry & Associates is the host site for our Technology Solutions students, and EFCO Corporation hosts our Engineering & Manufacturing strand. Students are treated with the responsibility expected of actual employees by providing their own transportation to and from the site, communicating professionally with both their instructors and their business clients, and dressing in business casual attire every day.
The year began with professional “Boot Camp” – giving students the opportunity to learn and understand the professional expectations required for this course. The host companies provided New Employee Orientation, exposing them to “real world” expectations in the workplace and providing detailed tours of their companies. Students practiced formal presentation skills, developed a 30-second elevator pitch, collaborated in teams using effective project management skills, and learned the value of professional writing skills through emails and thank you notes. The development of professional soft skills will be an integral aspect of this program throughout the entire year.
While learning takes place within their embedded classroom, students work on real-world client projects provided by businesses throughout the community. This semester students will work directly with business leaders on projects at MDC Technology Group, IMEC, CoxMonett, WinTech, MEA Financial group, Monett Metals, and at their host sites, EFCO Corporation and Jack Henry & Associates. They will also be partnering with non-profits, such as the Monett Youth Baseball & Softball League, and hope to continue more service-oriented work. Click here to continue learning about GO CAPS Monett.
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, October 9, 2015MES - 2nd Grade Classes visit
the Discovery Center MHS - District Softball Championship
Game at Monett MHS - Football with Clinton
"Senior Night" MHS - Speech/Debate at
Saturday, October 10, 2015 MMS - 7th Grade Big 8 Volleyball
Tourney at McDonald County MMS - 8th Grade Big 8 Volleyball
Tourney at Mt. Vernon MHS - JV Boys Soccer at
Willard Tourney MHS - JV Volleyball Tourney at
Fair Grove Tourney MHS - Band at Branson
Marching Festival MHS - FFA Annual Chili Supper
Monday, October 12, 2015 MES- Kindergarten Community Helper
Field Trip MES - Cubs on the Move Activity MMS - Big 8 Cross Country Meet MHS - Cross Country at Cassville MHS - JV Football at Joplin MHS - Boys Soccer at Bolivar MHS - Volleyball at McDonald County Tuesday, October 13 , 2015 MES - Kindergarten Community
Helper Field Trip MES - 1st Grade Classes visit
the Nature Center MHS - Boys Soccer with Webb city MHS - Volleyball with Mt. Vernon Wednesday, October 14, 2015 MES - Kindergarten Community
Helper Field Trip MHS - FCCLA Regional Meeting
Thursday, October 15, 2015District - First Quarter Ends District - Board of Education Meeting MES - Big Event Color Run MMS - Football at Seneca MHS - Academic Team Meet at MHS MHS - Boys Soccer with Neosho MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team
at Joplin MHS - Volleyball at Lamar