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.
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!
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.
Click here to visit the Special Service Department webpage. Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, December 4, 2015MHS - 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