Message from the District Office Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent
This week (February 1st – 5th) is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). During this week, we focus our attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within our school district and how students are positively impacted as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
Here is a list of just some of the ways our school counselors have a positive impact on our students:
Helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents
Working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world
Focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational, and career development
Working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system in which students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves
Seeking to identify and utilize community resources that can assist students and their families
"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options, and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."
The Monett R-1 School District is blessed to have a very dedicated and highly effective group of school counselors. Each of our school counselors is a certified, experienced educator with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.
I hope you will join me in thanking Leslie Henry, Monett Elementary School; Ryan Smith, Central Park Elementary; Marla Cantwell, Monett Intermediate School; Sheila Gravett, Monett Middle School; Kara Tinklepaugh, Monett High School; Beth Nation, Monett High School; Anessa Brown, Scott Regional Technology Center; and Lori Woolfolk, Scott Regional Technology Center, for their outstanding work within their respective buildings and grade levels to help meet the unique needs of the students within the Monett community.
Monett R-1 Departmental Updates
Monett R-1 Health Services Kristen Earnest, RN, BSN
The winter months bring colds and flu, but 2016 is well under way, and we have some exciting upcoming events in the health services department!
In the month of February, members of our nursing staff will be attending a Youth Mental Health First Aid training facilitated by Dr. Kimberly Fielding with Will’s Place Project. This training will introduce staff to warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and the importance of early intervention. Following this class, staff will attend the Southwest Missouri Association of School Nurses meeting.
We have several upcoming events on all campuses at Monett R-1. At MES, the nursing staff will be assisting with kindergarten screenings. Vision and hearing assessments will be performed during the screening process.
We are excited for an upcoming dental clinic. Access Dental will be coming the week of March 14th. They will perform dental screenings and provide referrals when needed. They will be applying fluoride varnish to students K-12 who have parental permission to participate in the program. The cost is free to students.
The fifth grade students at MIS will be participating in a scoliosis screening the month of March to promote spine health. These students will also be receiving education on personal hygiene and body development.
We appreciate all of the support our department has received during the winter months. We received very generous donations of clothing, shoes, coats, and personal hygiene supplies. These gifts help us better serve the students and families in our school district and assist them with completing a great school year! Again, we look forward to hearing any ideas or suggestions to better serve Monett students.
Monett R-1 Central Park Elementary School Jennifer Wallace, Principal
Mr. Carter and Mrs. K. Brown began implementing a Team Teaching approach in their classroom when we returned to school in January. Team teaching refers to two general education teachers combining their classes and sharing responsibility for instruction. Strong team teachers provide seamless instruction for their students. Both teachers come to a mutual agreement that they are equals in the classroom, and students perceive both teachers as invaluable members of the classroom community.
Because team teaching uses a blend of both teachers’ expertise, students should see many benefits:
Having two minds facilitate a classroom community allows students to connect with different personalities.
Team teaching allows more opportunities for small group, one-to-one learning, and stronger modeling during lessons.
The co-planning process encourages the teachers to bounce ideas off each other in order to deliver the strongest, most creative lessons. When students experience their teachers working together, they understand the power of respect amongst peers.
Students have the opportunity to develop more friendships, and the culture created in the classroom provides social benefits for them.
Teaching moves on even when one teacher is absent.
At Central Park Elementary School, we always strive to do what is best and most beneficial for our students. Research shows Team Teaching to be effective in many ways, and we are excited to offer this experience to some of our third grade students. We are committed to ensuring each student’s success, and we encourage student and parent feedback as we embark on this new journey at CPE.
Saturday, February 6, 2016MHS - ACT Exam MHS - Varsity Wrestling at
Oak Grove Tourney MHS - JV Wrestling at Nixa Tourney MHS - Speech/Debate at
El Dorado Springs Tourney Monday, February 8, 2016 MES - Cubs on the Move Activity MHS - FBLA Week MHS - Men's Choir Field Trip Tuesday, February 9, 2016 MHS - FBLA Dodgeball Tourney
Thursday, February 11, 2016 MCP - Valentine's Parties MHS - Boys Basketball at Seneca MHS - Girls Basketball at Seneca MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team at
SWMO Championships SRTC - SW District SkillsUSA
Friday, February 12, 2016 District - No School
February Break MHS - Speech/Debate at
Crowder Tourney MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team at
SWMO Championships MHS - District Wrestling Tourney