Subject: Cub Pride -December 4, 2015
Date to send: 12/4/2015 at 12:00 PM

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Message from the District Office
Dr. J.D. Roberts, Board of Education Member

     First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the patrons of the Monett School District for entrusting me to help lead our wonderful school district.  With that being said, I would like to highlight some of the requirements necessary when considering service on our Monett R-1 School Board.
     In preparation for the next school board election in April, candidate filing opens December 15, 2015.  School board service carries with it a serious responsibility to the patrons and students of our district.  A board member becomes responsible for multi-million dollar budgets, taxpayer trust, employment issues, and most important of all, providing a quality education to our students in the district. 
     Section 162.291, RSMo, requires a director of most school boards to be a citizen of the United States, a resident taxpayer of the district, a resident of Missouri for one year preceding the election, and be at least 24 years of age.  In addition, candidates must file all necessary disclosure reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission.  They must be current on all state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes, and real property taxes on the candidate's residence.  They must also be free of certain criminal convictions.  They cannot be a registered sex offender or required to register as a sex offender.  They cannot have been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri law or an offense in another state that would be considered a felony in this state.  Further, a candidate cannot have been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under federal law.  Furthermore, there a certain restrictions related to a candidate’s eligibility as it relates to financial and personal conflicts of interest with the district.  Employees of the district may not sit on the Board of Education.  These rules are spelled out in greater detail on the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) website.

Continue reading message from Board of Education Member, Dr. J.D. Roberts.


Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

Monett R-1 Wellness Initiative
Alex Severs, Wellness Coordinator


     As the holidays quickly arrive and with New Year’s just around the corner, this is a wonderful opportunity and time of the year to be healthier as individuals, as families, and as a district.  At Monett R-1, we shared a day full of education, counseling, resources, screenings, fitness demonstrations, giveaways, excitement, and entertainment. This health expo was a beneficial event for employees, spouses, and retirees of all ages and levels of health and physical activity.

     Improving our health remains an important topic of discussion both locally and nationally.  We were pleased once again to partner with Cox Health to make the Monett R-1’s Health Fair a success.  Cox provided us with the staff and expertise to administer HRA screening, coaching, and more. This year’s expo was held on Monday, November 30th, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with Cox blood draws beginning as early as 7:00 a.m. at the MIS/MMS FEMA shelter, and all screenings taking place in the middle school FACS room.

     Throughout the event, participants had the chance to win door prizes and other donated products. Upon entry into Health Fair, all attendees received a bag filled with many different flyers regarding the 20-plus vendors and an extra incentive. This event allowed employees to experiment with health activities that they may have wondered about but never tried such as Tae Kwon Do (for the WHOLE family!), Zumba, and yoga. For those looking for a bit of relaxation on their journey to better health, they visited our two spa vendors, Studio 502 and Perfect Images!

     Thank you for kick-starting the New Year by attending our 2nd Annual Monett R-1 Employee Health Fair!     

Click here to visit the Monett R-1 Wellness Initiative webpage.

Monett R-1 Special Services Department
Teena Fare, Director


Students with Disabilities and Technology: Pro or Con?

     With the increase of technology in education, there is ongoing discussion as to whether technology is appropriate for students with disabilities.  As Monett R-1 continues to increase the use of technology by students and staff, these discussions sometimes arise.  There are still challenges, but the positives outweigh the negatives by students having access and using technology devices.  Technology can increase their independence and teach basic technology and communication skills that will be needed throughout their lifetime.

     According to an article from Learn NC, most students with disabilities can and do benefit from technology in the classroom.  Incorporating technology increases students’ motivation to learn and personalizes lessons to a student’s individual needs.  Even the students with the most severe and profound disabilities can use assistive technology to join a classroom of typical students, and their potential can be reached in ways we didn’t have before.

     The links below contain additional information on this topic.
​“Inside the Special Education Classroom: How Tech Can Help Students with Special Needs”
    by Stacey Humienny

“How Do Special Education Students Benefit from Technology?”
   by Kris Zorigian and Jennifer Job

Click here to visit the Special Service Department webpage.
Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, December 4, 2015  MHS - Monett Speech/Debate Tourney
Saturday, December 5, 2015  MMS - Wrestling at Seneca
                                                  MHS - Band All State Auditions
                                                  MHS - Boys JV Basketball Tourney
                                                              at MMS 
                                                  MHS - Monett Speech/Debate Tourney
                                                  MHS - JV Wrestling at
                                                             Frontenac Tourney
Monday, December 7, 2015  MMS - Girls Basketball with
                                                            East Newton
                                                MMS - Wrestling with Republic 
                                                MHS - Academic Team at Lamar
                                                MHS - Monett 9th Grade Boys
                                                            Basketball Tourney at MMS  
                                                MHS - Girls Basketball with Joplin                                                                                               
Tuesday, December 8, 2015  MMS - School Play  
                                                 MHS - Boys Basketball at Neosho
                                                 MHS - Key Club Blood Drive  
                                                 MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team Meet
                                                             at Monett YMCA
                                                 SRTC - 8th Grade Tours
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - MIS - Christmas Choir Concert
                                                      MMS - Girls Basketball at
                                                                  McDonald County
                                                      MMS - Wrestling with Ozark     
                                                      MHS - Monett 9th Grade Boys
                                                                 Basketball Tourney at MMS
                                                      MHS - Wrestling at Webb City
                                                      SRTC - 8th Grade Tours


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