Message from the District Office Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent
Over the last two years, there has been a lot of conversation and controversy surrounding the adoption of the Missouri Learning Standards (aka, the Common Core State Standards). Many saw the new standards as another example of government overreach with some state legislatures blocking the adoption of the standards altogether. What has been lost in the conversation and controversy is the purpose of standards, whether the Common Core or the current proposed Missouri Learning Standards.
The idea of statewide standards is a relatively new idea in the state of Missouri. Prior to 1996, there were no true standards in Missouri that described what students should know and be able to do when they completed a certain grade level. These decisions were left to the teacher and/or, more frequently, the textbook publisher. More often than not, as students moved from one school district to another they discovered they were either ahead, behind, or studying something completely different.
In 1996, Missouri launched the first set of state standards. The Show-Me Standards consisted of over 70 standards that described what students should know and be able to do upon graduation from a Missouri high school. The 40 knowledge standards covered Communication Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Health/Physical Education. The remaining 33 process standards established a set of skills of which all students should demonstrate proficiency prior to graduation. The expressed goal of the Show-Me Standards was to increase the “established higher expectations for students throughout the Show-Me State.”
Monett R-1 Health Services Kristen Earnest, RN, Lead School Nurse
With fall among us, we are quickly approaching what is considered the peak of flu season. While we know the flu hits the Ozarks every year, the strain, severity, timing, and length of the season cannot be predicted. With that in mind, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has some recommendations to keep your family healthy and your students in school!
Get your flu vaccination.
Avoid close contact with people when you or they are sick.
If you are sick, stay home to prevent the spread of germs.
When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow.
Frequently wash your hands.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent spread of germs.
Get plenty of rest.
Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.
Clean frequently used or touched surfaces.
Visit your physician regularly.
Twenty-Three staff members participated in the Flu Immunization Clinic this year held on the Monett Middle School Campus!
Besides preparing to combat flu season, the Monett R-1 Health staff have been screening students of all ages for vision and hearing loss. A student’s ability to see and hear well can directly affect his/her performance in the classroom. At the current time, we have referred over 120 students for further testing for either vision or hearing needs. We would like to thank the Lions Club and Walmart, for assisting with vision screenings. We would also like to thank the Lions Club for providing eye exams and glasses to our student s when needed.
Student-led conferences are student-driven conferences between the student, parent(s), and teachers. Students use student-led conferences to share with their parents their learning strengths, challenges, SMART goals, personal learning data, and their action plans for improving their learning. At Monett Intermediate School, students have been participating in student-led conferences for several years in a face-to-face format. Last year we had a few parents who were unable or unwilling to attend a parent-teacher conference, so we took the conference to them in digital format. This was the start of a practice that continued long after the traditional fall conferences. Digital student-led conferences became a fun and effective way for students and teachers to share student successes, information about the student’s learning, and the accomplishment of their SMART goals.
Due to the success of digital conferences that we had during the 2014-2015 school year, we decided to offer digital conferences this school year as an option to our traditional student-led parent-teacher conference for fall conferences. All parents are given the opportunity for a traditional face-to-face conference in addition to the digital conference. In addition, there are times when the teacher will request a face-to-face conference.
At Open House this year, parents were given the opportunity to select the type of conference they wanted to have with their child and their child’s teacher(s). Parents were able to choose from a traditional face-to-face, digital, phone, or email conference. Most parents selected the traditional face-to-face, but after they watched the digital conference, we had very few parents request a face-to-face. Why is this? We believe it is because their child was able to share their learning, goals, and action plans so effectively with them.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 MHS - FBLA Leadership Conference
in Charleston, South Carolina MHS - Speech Debate at Nixa MHS - School Play/Musical
Sunday, November 15, 2015 MHS - School Play/Musical
Monday, November 16, 2015 MMS - Wrestling at Seneca Tuesday, November 17, 2015 MCP - 3rd Grade Veterans Day
Music Program MMS - Girls Basketball at Mt. Vernon MMS - Wrestling with Carl Junction SRTC - 8th Grade Tours Thursday, November 19, 2015 District -Board of Education
Meeting MMS - Girls Basketball with Seneca MMS - Wrestling at
McDonald County MHS - STUCO Golden Age Dinner