Subject: Cub Pride - October 16, 2015
Date to send: 10/16/2015 at 12:00 PM

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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:
Approve Minutes
     Minutes from the regular September meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
Consent Agenda
     The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
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, Engineering & Manufacturing students highlighted their experiences in GO CAPS, including professional skills learned, expectations of the program, and their business partner project.

Continue reading update from the October Board of Education Meeting.


Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

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:
     The following services are provided by Monett Parents as Teachers:

     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.   

Continue reading update from the Parents as Teachers Program.

Monett Elementary School
Susie Gasser, Principal


     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. 

Continue reading update from Principal Gasser regarding reading assessments at MES.

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. 

Continue reading about technology use at the Monett Elementary School.

Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, October 16, 2015  District - 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
                                                           Marching Festival

Sunday, October 18, 2015  MHS - 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, 2015  MIS - Red Ribbon Week
                                                          Super Hero Day
                                                 MMS - AR Field Trip


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