Message from the District Office October Board of Education Report
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, October 15th, at 6:00 p.m. for the regular board meeting. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular September meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Pay the bills
Approve 1st Semester Bus Ridership List
SPED Program Evaluation
504 Program Evaluation
Approve Surplus Property List
Approve Date for Board Retreat (Oct. 27)
Employ Classified Personnel
Board Program and Recognitions – Monett High School Shelly Asher talked with the Board about the at-risk student intervention program Project RISE. At-risk students at the high school are being closely monitored and pushed farther than they knew they were capable. These students continue to see success in the classroom, and attitudes about learning are changing. As a result, the number of failing grades at the high school during the first six weeks has been reduced drastically compared to this time last year. Students from the GO CAPS Monett program shared with the Board their accomplishments for the first two months of this inaugural program. Technology Solutions students created a video showcasing their first completed project, the GO CAPS Monett website, www.gocapsmonett.com. Engineering & Manufacturing students highlighted their experiences in GO CAPS, including professional skills learned, expectations of the program, and their business partner project.
Monett R-1 Parents as Teachers Program Teena Fare, Director
The Monett Parents as Teachers (PAT) Affiliate vision is that all children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential. Services are provided to children ages prenatal to 5 to provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children reach their full potential during the critical early years of life. This helps provide the foundation for success in school and in life.
Parents as Teachers Goals:
Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices.
Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues.
Prevent child abuse and neglect.
Increase children’s school readiness and school success.
The following services are provided by Monett Parents as Teachers:
Screening Monett PAT offers free screenings of the development of your infants and young children. If you have a child who is age 3 months to 3 years of age, PAT has free annual screening services to offer you. In addition, they have group services for teen mothers and in-home visits for many children with an emphasis on children below age three and more at risk for school readiness.
Throughout the year, teachers learn about their students’ growth through both formal and informal assessments. One assessment that all teachers use at MES is the DRA-2 (Developmental Reading Assessment, 2nd Edition). This assessment is given individually to each student. The teachers have an opportunity to get to know their students as readers during these mini-reading dates. This one-on-one time is valuable for building relationships and learning about each child’s different needs and interests.
The DRA measures three areas of reading – reading engagement, accuracy and fluency, as well as comprehension.
Reading engagement includes the students’ attitudes towards reading. Your children will be asked about their favorite book, if they like to read alone, with a buddy or in a group, and whom they read with at home. Learning how a child views learning can help his/her, and what interests them gives the teachers valuable information when planning small group reading lessons.
Reading fluency and accuracy is also assessed. As students read the passage, the teachers time them and mark any errors. Teachers make notes of how students read - word by word, in phrases, and pauses reflected by punctuation marks.
Comprehension is a critical component to reading. By asking the child to retell the main events in the story, make connections with the characters and text, and understand why the author wrote the story, the teachers will be able to identify if the reader understands what he/she read. Students have an opportunity to reflect on the story and make self-to-text or text-to-text connections.
Monett Elementary School Lauralie Powell, Technology Integration Specialist
It’s not unusual for Monett Elementary to have visitors from neighboring schools. Already this quarter, two different school districts have visited our campus. Teachers and administrators from both Reeds Spring and Fordland schools were anxious to come see the great things our teachers are doing with iPads. Many schools in the area are just embarking on their journey with iPads in the classroom. Monett R-1 is at the forefront of teaching and learning, leading the pack with technology usage. iPads have become a natural part of our daily routine here at the elementary school.
What types of things do our guests see when they observe our classrooms? We saw Caitlin Holbrook's 2nd graders excitedly participating in a formative assessment using the Kahoot app. Caressa Blankenship's 1st graders submitted PicCollage assignments to their Google Classroom accounts. (That’s six year olds, uploading to their Google Classroom account – wow!) Emily Hanson’s 1st graders, Dean Ferguson and Amber Mashburn’s kindergarteners worked on a Nearpod assignment, giving the teacher live feedback on an informal assessment. Visitors were able to see students working independently on MyOn Reader, or Lexia during their work station time in Suzanne Cavnar and Laci Milford’s classes. In both MyOn and Lexia, students are reading and participating in unique activities specifically designed for each student. Misty Calhoun takes differentiation to a whole new level with her 2nd graders, as her students independently work through their individualized ‘must do’ lists using many different educational apps on their iPad to complete assignments. We were also able to see some darling “All About Me’ books Katy Chapman’s kindergarteners created using the app: Book Creator.
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, October 16, 2015District - No School
Teacher Professional Development MHS - Football at McDonald County MHS - Speech/Debate at Willard Tourney
through Saturday Saturday, October 17, 2015 MHS - Band at Reeds Spring
Sunday, October 18, 2015MHS - FCCLA State Conference
at Tan-Tar-A through Monday MHS - Holocaust Trip Presentation
by Monett R-1 Faculty
Amy Sampson and Kristy Berger at
Performing Arts Center
Monday, October 19, 2015 MIS -Red Ribbon Week
Sunglasses Day MHS - Dual Credit English Class
Field Trip to MSU MHS - Cross Country Big 8 Meet
hosted by Monett MHS - 9th Grade Football with
McDonald County MHS - Boys Soccer with Aurora MHS - District 10 Volleyball Tourney
hosted by Monett Tuesday, October 20 , 2015 MIS - Red Ribbon Week
Mustache Day MMS - School Dance MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Meet at
Monett YMCA MHS - District 10 Volleyball Tourney
hosted by Monett
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 MIS - Red Ribbon Week
Team Shirt Day MHS - District 12 Soccer Tourney
hosted by Monett SRTC - Sho-Me Crowder Day
Thursday, October 22, 2015MIS - Red Ribbon Week
Super Hero Day MMS - AR Field Trip Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org