Subject: Cub Pride - January 8th, 2016
Date to send: 1/8/2016 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


Message from the District Office
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent
     Happy New Year 2016!  As we begin the second semester of the 2015-16 school year, I believe it is appropriate to reflect upon our theme that was established in August when we began the school year.  This year’s theme is “Point A to Point B…Make It Extraordinary.”   In other words, our challenge as a district is to assist in making each child’s learning journey an extraordinary one! 
     New Year’s resolutions are often commonplace during this time of year, and I believe this annual reflection towards “improving” one facet or another of a person’s life is very applicable to this year’s district theme.  My challenge to everyone involved in the process of educating our district’s children is to take some time this January to reflect about your own “Point A to Point B” journey in facilitating the best learning experience for those students you encounter.  The second part of this challenge is to make a resolution to improve at least one thing in the next few months that will make a difference in the lives of children and make their learning experience extraordinary.

Continue reading Dr. Hanson's message.

Monett R-1 Building Administrators

Monett Elementary School
Becky Potter, Instructional Coach


Focus on the Positive

     The Focus Room is expanding!  This year we welcome Julie Southard to the focus room.  Mrs. Southard is a familiar face around MES, as she was a substitute teacher for many teachers in the Monett district.  Mrs. Southard brings a wealth of new and creative ideas for the Focus Room and our PBS program.
     The Focus Room has a variety of uses.  Many students come to take tests, to check in for attendance or behavior goals, or as a less distracting place to finish classwork or to learn problem- solving strategies.  We also reteach PAWS expectations and help students make good choices.

     Each quarter students have the opportunity to earn their way to the Big Event by making good choices.  Ask your child to tell you about the PAWS expectations.  You can also find the behavior matrix with the expectations at following link: Behavior Matrix

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Monett Central Park Elementary School
Jennifer Wallace, Principal


     Happy 2016!  Central Park teachers welcomed back students with a review of our Positive Behavior Intervention Support program expectations.  We spent the first few days practicing routines in the hallway, classroom, lunch, and recess.  PBIS helps students stay focused on making good choices and decisions, which is a great way to begin again in 2016!
     During second semester, CPE students will be reviewing and learning new skills to help them succeed on the Missouri Assessment Program Spring 2016 test.  Several weeks will be used to schedule test-like practice questions to help students solve problems and to use various strategies when trying to decide the correct answer choice.  This spring will be the second time our third and fourth graders will be taking the Missouri Assessment Program test electronically.  We have been practicing using our laptops and learning keyboarding to help ease the stress of taking the assessment online. 
     We are looking forward to a fabulous second semester at Central Park Elementary!  We wish you much happiness and success in 2016!

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Monett Intermediate School
Peg Winfrey, Principal


        Happy New Year!  At MIS, we are excited to begin our second semester of school.  We are amazed at how quickly the first semester passed.  We are so pleased with the academic growth of our students and know that part of this academic growth is due to our students’ decisions to meet MIS behavior expectations. 
     During second semester, we look forward to helping our students progress even more academically by setting personal learning, attendance, and/or behavior goals.  We know that when we set goals and develop action plans to meet these goals that progress is sure to take place.  
     So, as Pete the Cat would say, "Let's get our Rockin' School Shoes on" and have a great second semester learning at MIS.

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Monett Middle School
Dr. Jonathan Apostol, Principal


What's Happening in the Middle?

      I hope that our families have had a wonderful and restful Christmas break!  Tuesday, January 5, marked the first day of the second semester and students returning to school!  Hallways will again have sounds of student voices, and classrooms will be alive with learning.  The cafeteria will again be bustling with students' stories of Christmas break and excitement for a new semester!  What a blessing it is to return to classrooms to see the exciting things that students are doing!

     The special thing about New Year’s and the beginning of second semester is that “with the new year, comes new resolutions and beginnings.”  Students resolve to study better and improve their grades so that they can be on the honor roll. Others resolve to improve their relationships with their friends. In the end, students want to make things “anew” in their lives.
    This resolve is no different with teachers, too.  Teachers want to do what's best for students and improve their craft in their classroom.  They also want to establish the climate of “success for all” of their students.  I share with you a quote by Carl Bard that reminds of us new beginnings and new endings for the second semester at Monett Middle School:

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now on and make a brand new ending.

     From the faculty and staff at MMS, welcome back!

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Monett High School
David Williams, Principal

     A new year and a new semester have begun at Monett High School.  I hope that both students and staff enjoyed the winter holiday break and the extra time with their families that the time off allowed.  First semester was fast and exciting, and it’s hard to believe we are already at the midpoint of the school year.
      I’d like to welcome all students back and invite parents and patrons to come and enjoy our after-school competitions and programs.  I’m looking forward to continued successes for our students on the basketball court, wrestling mat, theater stage, and academic competitions!

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Scott Regional Technology Center
David Miller, Director

Welcome to 2016!

     Welcome back to Scott Regional Technology Center.  We are excited about the start of the second semester.  Our students and staff have had a nice long break, and we are now ready to return to work.  The second semester is a very exciting time for students.  Our seniors are working in internships and readying for their future.  Juniors are taking more responsibility in the classrooms and continuing to learn curriculum.  Back to school brings two major events in January for Scott Tech students and staff.  Focus on the Future and Sophomore Tours are the events in January that take a lot of preparation and time.  Following are the descriptions of our events.  Thank you for supporting these events and our students.

Sophomore Tours
     On January 19th and 20th, Scott Regional Technology Center will host Sophomore Tours.  The tours allow area 10th graders the opportunity to explore our various career and technical programs.  Students representing fourteen different high schools will be allowed to visit programs of their choice to explore and ask questions.  This important event is hosted over a two-day period without our current sending school juniors and seniors.  Without our current students on campus those two days, teachers are afforded the opportunity to focus on the sophomores and engage them in conversation about their programs.

Focus on the Future
     This month there is one activity that we feel is one of our best for giving students the opportunity to look into their future.  This event, Focus on the Future Day, is scheduled January 14th.  During this day, students from all of our sending schools have the opportunity to visit with approximately 60 different business, industry, and college representatives.  These representatives set up tables and booths in our commons area, and students visit with these representatives to determine interest levels and gain insight into what the business or industry offers to employees.  There are several businesses or industries every year hiring employees now or sometime this spring, and Focus on the Future gives students the opportunity to apply for jobs and/or have an initial contact for potential future employment.  College representatives are on hand to help students determine levels of higher education available and program specific requirements.

Click here for more information on these upcoming events at
Scott Regional Technology Center.


Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, January 8, 2016  MHS - Band at District Contest
                                         MHS - Speech/Debate at
                                                    Carthage/Webb City Tourney
Saturday, January 9, 2016  MHS - Band at District Contest
                                              MHS - Speech/Debate at
                                                         Carthage/Webb City Tourney  
                                              MHS - 44th Annual Monett Wrestling
Monday, January 11, 2016  MES - PBS Bootcamp
                                                         Polite and Respectful Day
                                              MMS - Boys Basketball with Aurora
                                              MHS - Academic Team at Mt. Vernon
                                              MHS - Girls Basketball with Carl Junction

Tuesday, January 12, 2016  MES - PBS Bootcamp
                                                          Act Responsible Day
                                               MMS - Boys Basketball at Cassville 
                                               MHS - Boys Basketball at
                                                          McDonald County  
                                               MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team at        
                                                          Springfield Fosters Natatorium                                           
Wednesday, January 13, 2016  MES - PBS Bootcamp
                                                               Work Hard Day

Thursday, January 14, 2016  MES - PBS Bootcamp
                                                            Stay Safe Day
                                                 MHS - College/Financial Aid Night
                                                 MHS - Girls Basketball at Aurora 
                                                 MHS - Wrestling at Carl Junction
                                                 SRTC - Focus on the Future Day

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