Subject: Cub Pride -December 18, 2015
Date to send: 12/18/2015 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
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Message from the District Office
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent


     Christmas Break is here!  It seems like just yesterday that we were kicking off the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, and now we are halfway through with its completion.  The holiday season always brings forth a multitude of examples of giving that bring true meaning to the season.  This year is certainly no different.  I wanted to mention two programs that I have witnessed recently that truly exemplify the spirit of giving with our school community.
     The first is our assistance with the Shoebox for Soldiers campaign.  This is a program in which our Monett High School FFA students work with area veterans to put together care packages for soldiers who are deployed in other parts of the world away from their families during this holiday season.  Donations from the local community provide the money for the various items in the care packages.  In addition, our FFA students write letters to these soldiers and ask elementary students to create Christmas cards to provide these soldiers with an uplifting message from home.  This year over 80 shoeboxes were filled and distributed!

Continue reading Christmas message from Dr. Hanson, Superintendent.

December Board of Education Update

School Calendar Hearing
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to hold a School Calendar Hearing to review and receive public comments regarding the proposed 2016-17 school calendar.  After public comments and discussion, the Board voted and approved the 2016-17 calendar.
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, December 17th, at 6:10 p.m. for the regular board meeting.   The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular November meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:  
Board Program and Recognition  - Monett Intermediate School
Mrs. Peg Winfrey, principal at Monett Intermediate School, and Mrs. Melissa Powers and Ms. Amber Bledsoe, teachers at MIS, presented the MIS Robotics program to the Board.  The MIS Robotics is an after-school program offered to students during Genius Hour.  Ten students worked for twenty-six hours using six Lego Mindstorm kits and learned how to build and program a variety of robots.  Students and our two coaches, Ms. Bledsoe and Mrs. Powers, have had a wonderful, powerful learning experience.
Mr. David Williams, Monett High School principal, recognized senior Christopher Smith for receiving and accepting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  This is the first time since 1977 that a member of Monett’s graduating class has received an appointment to the Naval Academy.  (Randy Burke, son of Dale and Sharon Burke, MHS Class of 1977 was the previous recipient.)  The process of applying to the Naval Academy is unique in that it requires a nomination from either a Congressman or United States Senator.  The nominations require more letters of recommendation, resumes, essays, applications, and interviews by committees. After applying to Billy Long, Roy Blunt, Claire McCaskill, and Vice President Joe Biden, and the Academy itself, Christopher underwent three interviews, prepared five applications, requested a dozen letters of recommendation, submitted five resumes in five different formats, made numerous trips to Springfield for medical examinations, optometry examinations, and blood draws, traveled by himself on two occasions to Annapolis at the invitation of the Academy, and prepared lots of other paperwork.  The Monett R-1 School District should rightfully be proud of Christopher’s accomplishment, as it reflects highly upon the dedication of the faculty, staff, and administration in their objective to provide the finest possible education to the students in its schools.
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Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

Monett R-1 GO CAPS
Rebecca Merriman, Coordinator


     GO CAPS students successfully built and launched our website: We’re proud of their work and excited to share the success of GO CAPS.
     Our students have wrapped up an extremely busy semester full of business projects, client presentations, and industry tours.
     Engineering and Manufacturing students have worked on three team projects this quarter with local businesses.  These real-world projects taught students important elements of different manufacturing processes as they interacted with the business client.
     The team worked with IMEC to update their Kanban inventory system to better reflect actual part usage.  These numbers are helping IMEC today by giving their production leaders an accurate number for parts they need to have stocked and ready to use.
      EFCO’s Product Design and Development team has worked with students to analyze blueprints in order to calculate cut-depth tolerances for more than 200 drawings.  Students were shown an in-depth look at the manufacturing process in order to understand the relevance of this project as it relates to quality on the production floor.

Continue reading update from the Monett GO CAPS Program.

Monett Middle School
Dr. Jonathan Apostol, Principal

What's Happening in the Middle?
    Monett Middle School is blessed to have such wonderful students!  During the last part of November, homeroom students competed in a canned food drive to donate to Crosslines.  Our students donated more than 1,300 canned food items, and our NJHS students boxed them for delivery to the local pantry.  Most recently, our 7th and 8th grade students donated money for the annual holiday baskets.  Our goal was to raise $1,000 for the students the school has adopted. Every link represented 25 cents and, again, our students exceeded that goal, raising MORE than $1,000!  Our 7th grade totaled 2,676 links, and 8th grade totaled 1,983 links!  Staff members were also a part of donating towards the holiday baskets!

     This season of giving is truly represented from our students and staff at Monett Middle School! From students who are donating their birthday money to those in need to students finding the special present for our students’ holiday baskets…those actions show how much we care!  I'm reminded of a part of the story, "The Grinch That Stole Christmas" when the Grinch finally understood the meaning of Christmas.  "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

     May each of you have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!  Enjoy the holiday season with family and friends!

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Monett High School
David Williams, Principal


Monett High School Parents, Students, and Patrons,
It’s hard to believe the first semester is almost over.  Monett High School students are taking their finals this week, and everyone is looking forward to time with their families over the holiday break. Once second semester gets rolling January 5th, we have lots of prep work happening to get everyone ready for the 2016-2017 school year!
Students will be enrolling for their 2016-2017 classes during advisory in January and February. Advisors will walk students through the enrollment process with the goal of finishing by February 10th.
The counseling department will hold the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Frenzy on February 28th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the high school commons for current seniors and their parents.  A completed FAFSA is required for anyone wishing to receive financial aid to help pay for college so make sure to attend this informative event.
GO CAPS - Monett will expand to offer Education and Health Care strands in addition to our current Technology Solutions and Engineering & Manufacturing strands.  GO CAPS students spend half of their school day off campus working on projects while embedded with local businesses.  Contact the counseling office for more details on this exciting program!
Blended Learning Academy continues to meet with the goal of developing blended course offerings for the next school year.  Blended classes will be a mix of seated and online curriculum specialized to meet students’ individual needs.  A list of blended course offerings will be announced over the coming weeks.
Have a safe and happy holiday break!  We look forward to seeing all of you in January    
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Scott Regional Technology Center
David Williams, Director


     The close of the first semester is always a busy and hectic time for students and staff at any school.  Scott Tech is no exception.  Students are busy with turning in final work, taking TSA tests, preparing for final tests, and anxiously waiting their time off from school.  Instructors are busy with grading, preparing for finals, posting final grades, last minute instructions, preparing second semester activities, and much more.  The building staff is constantly changing chairs around and setting up the commons for all kinds of activities.  They are working on all kinds of end-of-semester cleaning, reports, and preparing for the break.   On top of all the hustle and bustle in our building, we have fourteen sending schools to take into account when trying to finalize the semester.  These are just some of the things that keep Scott Tech busy this time of year. 
     At Scott Tech, however, we like to focus on the joy and happiness of the season.   No matter how busy we get, we always want to remember the people who make it possible for us to work with students every day.  This year we are emphasizing getting our students out into the community through internships.  We are grateful for community members that allow our students to be able to come to their place of business and truly “Learn a Living”.  We say thank you to all the business, industry, and higher education institutions that work with instructors and students to truly “prepare students for an ever-changing world.”  We are grateful for our sending schools and the students they share with us.  We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments and expect great things from them.  We thank the parents for supporting us and trusting us with their students each day. 
     I want to personally say “thank you” to the great staff of instructors, office personnel, teacher aides, and custodians who make this building run daily.    We are truly blessed, and in this Christmas season, we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, December 18, 2015  District - Early Release
                                              MHS - Boys Basketball at Hollister
                                              MHS - Varsity Wrestling at
                                                         Harrisonville Tourney
Saturday, December 19, 2015  MHS - Girls Basketball at
                                                               Walnut Grove Tourney
                                                    MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team Meet
                                                               at Monett YMCA
                                                    MHS - Varsity Wrestling at 
                                                                Harrisonville Tourney

                                                    MHS - JV Wrestling at
                                                               McDonald County Tourney
Monday, December 21, 2015  District - Christmas Break through  
                                                                  January 1, 2016
Friday, December 25, 2015  Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 28, 2015  MHS
- Boys Basketball at
                                                             Berryville Tourney
Friday, January 1, 2016  Happy New Year!
Monday, January 4, 2016  District - No School
                                            Teacher Professional Development
                                            MMS - Boys Basketball Shootout
                                                       at Cassville
                                            MHS - Girls Basketball with Sarcoxie

Tuesday, January 5, 2016  District - Classes Resume

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