Subject: Cub Pride -January 22, 2016
Date to send: 1/22/2016 at 12:00 PM

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Student Focused...Future Driven


Message from the District Office
Update from January Board of Education Meeting 

The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, January 21st, at 6:00 p.m. for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular December meeting of the Board of Education and 2016-17 Calendar Hearing were approved.
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Board Program and Recognitions
Dr. Jonathan Apostol, MMS Principal, and Amber Tinsley, MMS teacher, introduced the Board to the MMS Robotics Club.  The club is in its inaugural year at Monett Middle School and meets on Tuesday afternoons.  The Robotics Club placed 18th of 24 teams at the first event in Camdenton on December 19th.  On January 9th, the group traveled to St. Louis to compete and placed 13th out of 35 teams.  The Robotics Club members are made up of the following 7th and 8th grade students:  David Alvarez, Jonathan Hughes, Nathan Arnall, Cian Morris, Jack Goodman, Mason Turben, Jordan Garrison, Diego Soriano, Joe Bricker, Sawyer Myers, and Ben Verstraete.
Dr. Apostol and Todd Borgmann, MMS Band Director, recognized the following students who auditioned and qualified for the middle school All-District Band on January 8th.   Dr. Apostol also recognized Mr. Borgmann for being named the Outstanding Young Music Instructor for the 2015-2016 school year by the Missouri Music Educators Association.

Continue reading update from the January Board of Education Meeting.


Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

Monett R-1 School Safety
Officer Jay Jastal, School Resource Officer


Keeping Our Teenagers Safe and Helping Them Make the Right Choices
Each year an average of 4,300 deaths of people under the age of 21 are attributed to excessive alcohol consumption.  Health risks and risky behavior associated with alcohol consumption include smoking, fighting, reckless driving, high-risk sexual activity, and other elicit drug use.  Studies have shown adolescents are much more likely than adults to engage in risky behavior.

 What Parents Can Do
  (From DARE America)

  1. Be your kids’ greatest fan.  Compliment them on all of their efforts, the strength of their character and their individuality.
  2. Get your kids involved in adult-supervised after-school activities.  Ask them what types of activities they’re interested in, and contact the school principal or guidance counselor to find out what activities are available.  Sometimes it takes a bit of experimenting to find out what your kids are best suited for, but it’s worth the effort-feeling competent makes kids much less likely to use drugs.
  3. Help your kids develop tools they can use to get out of alcohol or drug-related situations.
  4. Get to know your children’s friends and their parents.  Call them and check to make sure they share your views on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  5. Call kids’ parents if their home is to be used for a party.  Make sure that the party will be alcohol-free and supervised by adults. 
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Monett R-1 Elementary School
Sarah Garner, Assistant Principal


Why Preschool?  10 Great Reasons!
     Preschool provides a foundation for learning both socially and academically that will help your child succeed in elementary school and life.  Research has shown that students who attend a high quality preschool are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, be employed, and own a home later in life.  But, what does preschool offer your child right now?   
  1. Preschool is an opportunity for growth.  Preschool offers an opportunity for a child to learn to share and follow directions.  It allows their “world” to grow to include new friends and teachers. 
  2. Preschool prepares children for kindergarten.  Students have an opportunity to expand their language development, which will help in pre-reading skills in kindergarten.  What may look like play is intentionally designed to create opportunities for students to use new vocabulary or skills.
  3. Preschool promotes social and emotional development.  Young children learn how to become a friend, play with others, and take turns.  They also are able to build relationships with other trusting adults. 
  4. The preschool environment is structured.  Classroom space is organized to encourage social interaction and minimize congestions and conflicts.  The day is organized in different parts:  calendar, centers, and small groups.
  5. Children get to make choices.  What center do I want to go to?  What do I want to build today?  Student choice is an important component of a high quality preschool program.
  6. Children learn to take care of their own needs.  Children feel better about themselves when they are encouraged and taught to become independent and help the classroom community.  This is done through classroom jobs, putting on their own coats, washing their hands, and taking care of their own bathroom needs.
  7. Preschool promotes language and cognitive skills.  Between the ages of 3-5, a child’s vocabulary grows from 900 to 2,500 words, and their sentences become longer and more complex.  This is fostered through shared reading, conversations in centers, and playing with friends.
  8. Preschool teachers nurture a child’s curiosity.  Preschool students have an active imagination and enjoy learning through make-believe.  The dramatic play center is a big hit for your children to act out their own stories.
  9. Preschool activities boost pre-math and literacy skills.  Students sort objects at the sensory table, play with puzzles, write in the writing center, and sing songs.  All of these activities support reading and math.
  10. Children make friends and have fun!
To schedule a preschool or kindergarten screening, please call the Monett Elementary office at 417-235-3411.  Screenings take about an hour.  Please bring your child, your child's shot record and a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
Screening Dates:
          February 17th and 19th
          March 16th and 18th
          April 20th and 22nd
          May 11th and 13th
          June 15th and 16th

Click here to visit the Monett Elementary School webpage.
Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, January 22, 2016  MHS - Boys Basketball at NEO Tourney
                                           MHS - Girls Basketball at
                                                       Marionville Tourney  
                                           MHS - Speech/Debate at
                                                      Parkview/Central Tourney
Saturday, January 23, 2016  MHS - Academic Team Meet
                                                           at Cassville
                                                MHS - Boys Basketball at NEO Tourney
                                                MHS - Girls Basketball at
                                                           Marionville Tourney
                                                MHS - Speech/Debate at 
                                                           Parkview/Central Tourney 
                                                MHS - JV Wrestling at
                                                           Kickapoo Tourney
Monday, January 25, 2016  MES - "Cubs on the Move" Activity
                                              MMS - Boys Basketball at Carl Junction
Tuesday, January 26, 2016  MHS - Boys Basketball with
                                                          Carl Junction  
                                               MHS - Wrestling at Ozark
Thursday, January 28, 2016  MMS - Boys Basketball with
                                                             McDonald County 
                                                 MHS - Girls Basketball at
                                                             McDonald County   
                                                 MHS - Wrestling at Neosho


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