Subject: Cub Pride -November 13, 2015
Date to send: 11/13/2015 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


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.”

Continue reading message from Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Michael Evans.


Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

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!
  1. Get your flu vaccination.
  2. Avoid close contact with people when you or they are sick.
  3. If you are sick, stay home to prevent the spread of germs.
  4. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow.
  5. Frequently wash your hands.
  6. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent spread of germs.
  7. Get plenty of rest.
  8. Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.
  9. Clean frequently used or touched surfaces.
  10. 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. 

Continue reading about more services the Monett R-1 Health Department provides.

Monett Intermediate School
Peg Winfrey, Principal


     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. 

Continue reading update from MIS Principal, Peg Winfrey.
Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, November 13, 2015  MHS - FBLA Leadership Conference in
                                                          Charleston, South Carolina   
                                               MHS - Speech Debate at Nixa 
                                               MHS - Winter Sports Pride Night
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
                                                     MMS -  Girls Basketball with Seneca
                                                     MMS - Wrestling at
                                                                 McDonald County 
                                                     MHS - STUCO Golden Age Dinner


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