Message from the District Office Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent
Last month we took a few moments to look at one of the tightest held traditions in education: the traditional grading scale. We learned from Rick Wormeli that grades should serve three purposes: to provide feedback, document student progress, and inform the instructional decisions of the teacher. We also learned that the traditional system does a poor job of meeting all three of these goals. After all, it is an arbitrary system that is more about efficiency than accuracy. So what are we to do? How do we develop a system that meets the goals described above? Believe it or not, the answer has more to do with learning than with grades, and that’s a point in our favor!
The first step in quality learning is deciding what we want students to know and to be able to do by the end of the course-- the Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs). I know this sounds pretty basic, but if we aren’t sure where we are going, how will we know when we get there? Sure, we can rely on outside sources like textbooks and online programs, but these are created to appeal to the largest audience possible. Textbooks and other programs can be powerful resources but should not be the driving force when we are developing ELOs for our students.
Monett R-1 Athletic Department Daryl Bradley, Athletic Director
The end of 2015 brings a start to 2016, and many coaches and athletes have made their New Year’s resolutions. Athletes may resolve to make strides to practice with more intensity or work more on individual skills. Coaches may want to resolve to try to be more patient, slow down, or simply take the time to enjoy more family time. My resolution this year is take each day one at a time, don’t forget what got me here, and to continue to work hard everyday. I attribute personal athletic and coaching successes to great coaches and teachers I had in my life. This is true for all of our coaches. As we move forward to a new year, I want to reflect on what participation in athletics has taught me:
Strength in my body and also in mind
Courage to take on every challenge
Knowledge that I’m not always in control
Evidence that I will reap what I sow
Discipline to do what the average person won’t
Love for the process of trying to become great
Respect for others who’ve been in my place
Teammates become family for they are more than friends; they are my brothers through thick and thin.
Connections with others
Confidence that comes from conquering fears
Passion galore in the form of laughter or tears
Unmatched work ethic to back up dreams
I encourage you to keep your resolutions as long as you can. I also encourage you to reflect on what has made you the person you are today and to look forward to a bright future.
Monett R-1 Special Services Department Teena Fare, Director
I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to the paraprofessionals at Monett R-1 Schools. The role of a paraprofessional is to assist teachers in supporting students in their learning. This oversimplified definition may make the job sound easy, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The role of each paraprofessional or “para” is determined based upon the responsibilities of each situation. This sometimes means working with a specific student throughout the day to provide the necessary supports for student success or may involve working in the same classroom throughout the day to support multiple students with a particular subject. Suffice it to say that our students and teachers rely on our paras a great deal. The care and compassion paraprofessionals display on a daily basis does not go unnoticed.
Thanks for everything you do!
Click here to visit the Special Service Department webpage. Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, January 15, 2016MMS - Boys Basketball with Reeds Spring
at MHS Gym MHS - Boys Basketball at Aurora MHS - Speech/Debate at Liberty Tourney Saturday, January 16, 2016MHS - Pizzaz Poms Dance Team hosts
"Lil Pizzaz Poms" Dance Clinic MHS - Speech/Debate at
Liberty Tourney MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team at
Carthage Invitational MHS - Wrestling at Branson Invitational Monday, January 18, 2016 District - No School
Teacher Professional Development MMS - Boys Basketball at Seneca MHS - 9th Grade Boys Basketball
at Cassville Tuesday, January 19, 2016 MES - MES Night at MHS Boys
Basketball Game MMS - Boys Basketball at Marionville MHS - Boys Basketball with Carthage MHS - Girls Basketball at Marionville
Tourney through Saturday MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team at
Springfield Fosters Natatorium SRTC - Sophomore Tours
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 SRTC - Sophomore Tours Thursday, January 21, 2016 District -Board of Education Meeting MMS - Boys Basketball with Lamar MHS - Boys Basketball begins play
in NEO Tourney through Saturday MHS - Wrestling with Seneca