Message from the District Office February Board of Education Report
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, February 18th, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., for the regular board meeting. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular January meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Paying the bills
Approve February Ridership List
Approve Surplus Property Bids
Approve Early Childhood Program Evaluation
Approve Parents as Teachers Program Evaluation
Approve MSBA Policy Revisions
Board Program and Recognition
David Miller, Scott Regional Technology Center Director, and Anessa Brown, SRTC, spoke with the Board regarding the SRTC internship program. She has done a tremendous job growing the program and placing interns in businesses around Monett and our sending school towns. Students presented information to the Board about what they do during their internship and how they have benefited from being able to experience skills they learned at Scott Tech in a real work environment.
Colonel (Ret) Chad Sparks, SRTC, Misty Calhoun, Monett Elementary School teacher, and members of the JROTC program described their work with second grade classes through Junior Achievement. The lessons introduce students to the intersection of work readiness and early elementary grades’ social studies learning objectives, including how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community's success. The instruction is divided into five lessons: what a community is and its careers, goods and services, business and taxes, government, and money. Currently, twenty-five cadets visit Monett Elementary second grade classes monthly. By teaching these classes, the cadets benefit in several ways. One is the unit’s service learning project for the year. Each year Cadet Command requires each program to conduct a community service project. Junior Achievement is a way for each cadet to give back to the community.
Monett R-1 Wellness Initiative Alex Severs, Wellness Coordinator
Building a Healthier Future has been the theme of Healthy Schools Healthy Communities since its launch in 2013. The Missouri Foundation for Health began this grant encouraging all parties-- parents, teachers, staff, family, and community-- to build not only a healthier future for our children but also for ourselves. Each year has shown huge success not only through the data collected but also through observation of the mindset around all six of our campuses.
Six months into year three of this five-year initiative, here is a look back on several of our successes. From 2013 to 2015, Barry and Lawrence Counties have targeted 49 strategies towards a healthier future. Examples include changes in school policy, walk-to-school events, employee wellness fairs, and Farm to School. There have been 179 Healthy School Healthy Community related meetings. Volunteers have donated 1,877 hours of their time to help move Barry and Lawrence County forward. In an effort to increase our opportunities for and knowledge of physical activity and healthy eating, Barry and Lawrence Counties have offered one-time events and multi-week programs. Over 12,658 children and adults have been reached through these programs and events. There have been 66 total events and programs administered.
With the overall goal of this Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative to lower the percent of obese and overweight children by 5% in 5 years, we show a success towards this feat. The percentage of Monett students who were overweight decreased from 18.1% to 17.5% between winter 2013 and spring 2015. While there is still work to be done, there are positive signs of progress in both Barry and Lawrence Counties. The following are just a few examples of the many great programs and events we have administered here for Monett Healthy Schools between 2013 and 2015: The Morning Mile, Cubs on the Move, Employee Health Fair, Taste Test Tuesdays, Walk Across America, Cubs on the Run, Catch a Teacher, Weight Loss Wars, and Boot Camps.
Monett R-1 Intermediate School Peg Winfrey, Principal
Since February is the “Month of Love,” I decided to ask students to share what they loved most about Monett Intermediate School. Here are some of their responses:
“How many privileges we have as students, and how great the staff is!” Kaylee Herald, 6th Grade
“You (Ms. Winfrey), purple gold card reward, education, Morning celebration, water fountain fillers for water bottle, music, laptops, teachers, friends, library, and how we can chew gum.” Ruby McMillen, 5th Grade
“I love the teachers at MIS.” Dalia Rueda, 5th Grade
“What I love is that at MIS people are nice and kind.” Daven Madrid, 5th Grade
“Teachers, after school programs, MIS singers, and the fun dress up days.” Katy Johnson, 5th Grade
“The food, fun, laptops, specials, and the teachers.” Zach Roetta, 6th Grade
“The teachers are hard working, kind, and helpful.” Nicole Majors, 6th Grade
“Well, what I love about MIS is that we have very nice teachers and we get to play out at recess.” Eric Mendez, 5th Grade
“I love having so many kinds of things to eat at lunch and that we get to choose where we sit in the lunchroom!” :) Madelyn Hatfield, 5th Grade
“The teachers!” Layla House, 6th Grade
“What I love about MIS is that we have wonderful teachers to learn things that we didn't know before.” Kandealyn Price, 5th Grade
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, February 19, 2016MES - PreK and Kindergarten Screenings MHS - Jazz Band at The Junction MHS - AP Music Theory visits SBU MHS - Speech/Debate at Joplin Tourney MHS - Boys Basketball with East Newton
Rose Festivities MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team State
Championships at St. Peters MHS - Wrestling State Tourney at
Columbia Saturday, February 20, 2016MHS - Jazz Band at UCM Festival MHS - Speech/Debate at
Joplin Tourney MHS - Girls Swim/Dive Team State
Championships at St. Peters MHS - Wrestling State Tourney at
Monday, February 22, 2016 MES - Cubs on the Move Activity MHS - Girls Basketball with Cassville Tuesday, February 23, 2016 MHS - Boys Basketball with Cassville
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 MHS - STUCO Blood Drive
Thursday, February 25, 2016 MHS - Girls Basketball with
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