Message from the District Office Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent
There are a number of things in education that we accept as being the best practice but rarely challenge or question its designation as such. We continue forward because on the surface, it appears to be a legitimate practice or that is the way it has always been done, so why rock the boat? One of the most familiar of these is the traditional “A” through “F”, 100-point grading scale. We accept this system because it is familiar; everyone knows that an “A” is great and a “D” is just getting by. Unfortunately, we never ask many questions. Why are there five divisions? Why is the lowest division (F) a larger range than all of the other divisions combined? Or most importantly, what does a grade really mean, and is there a better way?
The answers to the first two questions are actually pretty easy. The five-division system is purely arbitrary and is a by-product of the Industrial Revolution. During the late 1800s, both Harvard and Yale experimented with the use of letter grades to classify students, with varying degrees of success. But if you want to send a thank-you card to the school that created the grading system with which we are all so familiar, you need to address it to Mount Holyoke. In 1897, the university adopted a five-letter system that was tied to a 100-point scale. Students who scored below 75 were considered to have failed the course and received a mark of “E”, not “F”. Why 75 and not 60, 65, 80, or 50?
Monett R-1 English Language Learners Daphne Hensley, ELL Coordinator
THE IMPACT OF VISUAL LITERACY
During the month of November, secondary level language students explored the theme of “thankfulness.” Mr. Valencianos’ MMS students were asked to consider the things that they most appreciated and how those things impacted the students’ daily lives. Students then created digital collages to provide pictures that reflected their “thankfulness.” A wonderful compilation of those images was shared with family members at our fall Parent Activity Night.
Ms. Stadter’s MHS students examined their role models, those family members who have positively impacted their decisions and choices as young adults. Individual students then produced short videos with memorable text “thanking” the most influential person in their lives. A whole-class, generated video was then presented to parents in the new Performing Arts Center.
The Monett Elementary after-school tutoring program, Cub Club, now has over sixty students enrolled this year. With fifteen certified teachers as tutors, Cub Club has proven to be an enjoyable learning extension of a student’s day – an extension that provides intervention and support in reading and writing.
Students in Cub Club have been identified as needing support in reading and writing through classroom assessments, teacher observation, and the school-wide reading assessment, DRA. Upon an invitation to attend Cub Club, students stay one to two days a week and receive targeted instruction in reading and writing at their level. Cub Club students practice phonics skills, participate in guided reading, and build comprehension strategies in a small group setting. Students who make grade level progress in reading will be allowed to exit Cub Club in order to allow other students to attend.
Monett Central Park Elementary School Jennifer Wallace, Principal
It’s a season of helping others in our community and celebrating at Central Park during the month of December. Giving is the heart of Christmas! Central Park has been conducting a food drive and a shoe (new/gently used) and sock drive for those who made need assistance during the holiday season. Boxes and boxes of non-perishable items and canned food have been donated and will be taken to Crosslines on December 18th to support their program. The shoes and socks being collected will be dispersed to all schools in the district to help students who are in need of these two items. Thank you, students and parents, for your generosity!
Third and fourth grade students will celebrate their academic success with our 2nd quarter academic celebration, The Big Event, on December 17th. This special afternoon recognizes every student at Central Park for reaching individually set learning goals and making academic growth in any subject area. Students will choose a movie to watch and will also have a snack during this time. We are proud of our students for all of their accomplishments. Way to go!
Monett Intermediate 6th Grade Student Council raised money for Crosslines Ministries by hosting Pumpkin Wars. The council members painted or carved pumpkins, which were displayed in the 6th grade hallway. All students enthusiastically voted with pennies for their favorite decorated pumpkin. To make things interesting, contributions of nickels, dimes, quarters, or dollars were counted as negative votes for the receiving pumpkin, making strategy a fun part of the contest.
Students in Mrs. Cupp’s life skills and math classes graciously counted all money collected and calculated votes for each pumpkin entry. A total of $266.74 was collected. The pumpkin decorated by Victoria Soriano earned the most votes, but she agrees; the real winner is Crosslines.
Click here to visit the Monett Intermediate School webpage. Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, December 11, 2015MIS - Annual Choir Caroling Tour MHS - Boys Basketball at Marshfield MHS - Girls Basketball with Hollister MHS - Speech/Debate Big 8 Tourney
at Seneca Saturday, December 12, 2015 MMS - Girls Basketball Big 8 Tourney
at Mt. Vernon MHS - ACT Exam MHS - Monett 9th Grade Boys
Basketball Tourney MHS - Speech/Debate Big 8
Tourney at Seneca MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team at
Winnetonka Swim Meet MHS - JV Wrestling at
Harrisonville Tourney MHS - Varsity Wrestling at
Carl Junction Tourney Sunday, December 13, 2015 MMS/MHS - Christmas Choir Concert
Monday, December 14, 2015 District - Performing Arts Center
Time Capsule Burial MIS/MMS/MHS - Band Concert MHS - Girls Basketball at Neosho Tuesday, December 15, 2015 District - Board of Education
Candidate Filing begins at 8:00 am MHS - Miss Merry Christmas
Assembly MHS - Boys Basketball with Diamond MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team at
Springfield Thursday, December 17, 2015 District-Board of Education Meeting MES - 2nd Grade Music Concert MMS - Parents Night Out hosted
by Robotics Group MHS - Girls Basketball at Carthage Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org