Subject: Cub Pride -November 20, 2015
Date to send: 11/20/2015 at 12:00 PM

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Message from the District Office
November Board of Education Meeting
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, November 19th, at 6:00 p.m. for the regular board meeting.   The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular October meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:  
Student/Staff Recognition and Board Program – Central Park Elementary
The board recognized Mrs. Carrie Smith, EFCO Monett R-I Teacher of the Month, and thanked her for her dedication to her students.  Board member Ken Gaspar thanked the entire team at Monett Elementary School for the support they show to their students who are struggling with situations both in and out of school.
One of the goals of the Monett R-1 School District is to personalize learning for each and every student.  Teachers are utilizing a variety of resources to accomplish this goal.  All of the teachers at Central Park Elementary use Lexia (reading) and ALEKS (math) to help personalize learning for our students.  Students access these apps using iPads or laptops.  Mr. Josh Carter invited five of his students to demonstrate to the school board how he utilizes Lexia to address the reading needs of his students. 
Amy Sampson (MHS) and Kristi Berger (MIS) provided the Board with a brief presentation describing their recent trip to Europe.  During the 28-day journey, Ms. Sampson and Ms. Berger visited over 30 holocaust sites in 10 countries.  They are using their experiences to help their students better understand The Diary of Anne Frank, Schindler’s List, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. 

Continue reading update from the November Board of Education Meeting.


Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

Monett R-1 Technology Integration
Lauralie Powell, Technology Integration Specialist

Professional development is the continuous process of acquiring new knowledge and skills that relate to one's profession, job responsibilities, or work environment.  Over the years, Monett R-1 has offered a variety of professional development opportunities for employees.  We’ve seen what began as a “one size fits all” approach to professional development slowly transform into a more personalized approach to learning.
Monett R-1 is offering a series of four different “Learning Academies.”  Select teachers from each campus have signed a contract committing to participate in an additional twenty-five hours of targeted professional development during the 2015-2016 school year.  These hours take place outside of the regular school day.  Participating teachers have agreed to improve their classroom instruction by implementing skills and concepts learned through participation in the particular academy for which they’ve registered.  During regular professional development time throughout the school year, academy participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and skills learned with their fellow colleagues as well.
Ten middle and high school classroom teachers (grades 7-12) have been meeting with Melody Paige as part of the Technology Academy.  This academy focuses on blended learning models that expand learning beyond the confines of the classroom.  Teachers involved are discussing ways to help students access online learning and how to create opportunities for collaboration online.    

Continue reading about technology integration in the Monett R-1 School District.

Scott Regional Technology Center
Anessa Brown, Career Services Advisor


     The Career Services office at the Scott Regional Technology Center campus offers a broad range of services to assist students, parents, educators, and employers.  Ms. Brown provides guidance on career choices through internships and higher learning opportunities and is currently serving her sixteenth year with the Monett R-1 School District.
     One of the duties of this office is to oversee articulation and dual credit agreements with higher education institutions.  Scott Tech has college credit opportunities in nearly all of fourteen programs offered.  Career Services facilitates college appearances at Scott Tech events, such as Focus on the Future Day coming up in January 2016, as well as coordinating field trips for students to visit various post-secondary learning institutions.
     Recently, Ms. Brown and other instructors took a group of students on an overnight trip to State Technical College in Linn, Missouri, and Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri.  State Tech is highly regarded for its heavy equipment and diesel programs as well as its electrical distribution program.  Ranken Technical College is known for its high performance automotive program as well as its partnership programs with Ford, Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota.
     The Career Services office coordinates all internship and job shadow opportunities for Scott Tech students.  The internship program provides local business and industry an ongoing pipeline of future full-time employees.  Internships provide students numerous perks; they gain experience, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes, learn about a field, and assess their interests and abilities.

Click here to visit the Scott Regional Technology Center webpage.
Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, November 20, 2015  MHS - Boys Basketball host Jamboree 
                                               MHS - Speech/Debate at Lebanon
Saturday, November 21, 2015  MMS - Wrestling at Branson
                                                    MHS -  Speech/Debate at Lebanon
Monday, November 23, 2015  MMS/MHS - ELL Parent Activity Night
                                                  MMS - Girls Basketball at
                                                              Reeds Spring
                                                  MHS - Girls Basketball at Willard
Tuesday, November 24, 2015  MMS - Girls Basketball at Lamar
                                                   MMS - Wrestling with Webb City
Wednesday, November 25, 2015  District - Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 27, 2015  District - Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 30, 2015  District - No School
                                                  Staff Professional Development
                                                  MMS - Girls Basketball with
                                                              Carl Junction
                                                   MHS - Varsity Boys Basketball at
                                                              Carthage Tournament    
                                                   MHS - Monett JV Boys Basketball 
                                                   MHS - Varsity Girls Basketball at
                                                              Carl Junction Tournament
                                                   MHS - JV Girls Basketball at
                                                              Willard Tournament


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