Subject: Cub Pride -January 15, 2016
Date to send: 1/15/2016 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


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.

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Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

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:      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.
     Go, Cubs!

Click here to visit the Monett R-1 Athletic webpage.

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!

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Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, January 15, 2016  MMS -  Boys Basketball with Reeds Spring
                                                        at MHS Gym 
                                           MHS - Boys Basketball at Aurora
                                           MHS - Speech/Debate at Liberty Tourney
Saturday, January 16, 2016  MHS - 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
                                                             "Senior Night"


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