Message from the District Office David Beckett, Board of Education Member
If there was a phrase dictionary and you looked up the phrase “What is Best for Kids,” you would find a picture of retiring MIS principal Peg (Bryan) Winfrey. After faithfully working for Monett R-1 school district for almost 20 years, Peg thinks it’s time to retire.
I am very proud of her and I say, “Great for her, sad for Monett R-1.” Peg has been the perfect example of what a principal should be. Her ability to lead is reflected in her faculty. If you come to work for her team, there’s a high percentage you will be there for a long time. Her staff has a very low turnover-- one of the lowest in the district. Peg has always led by example. She didn’t expect you to do anything that she wouldn’t do. You always saw her working side by side with her teachers.
What is “Best for Kids Technology” has been at the forefront in the way of teaching and learning in Peg’s career. Peg has readily embraced technology but has always been quick to remind teachers that devices are just a tool, not a substitute for a good teacher.
It’s so important to have great relationships with all students. Monett is fortunate to have tremendous leaders in the Monett School system. Everyone is unique in his or her own way, but Peg has that certain way about her that sets her apart from others. If you visit with Peg, she will tell you that her dream has always been to be a mother and to be able to stay at home with her children. Now, her dream is about to come true. She has always been a mother for her 400 students she has each year.
Monett R-1 English Language Learners Daphne Hensley, ELL Coordinator
During third quarter, our K-12 English Language Learners take an annual assessment, the ACCESS for ELLs. The test is utilized to monitor students’ progress in acquiring English in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It is aligned with our English Language Development Standards and is invaluable in identifying students’ current levels of language proficiency and in providing teachers with data to personalize instruction to meet students’ academic language needs.
Traditionally, ACCESS has been given in a paper/pencil format. This school year changes have been made to the assessment; it is being offered via online delivery to students in grades 1st-12th. Students now use laptops to interact with online items and are allowed a large number of additional features. One important aspect of the online offering is that it is an adaptive test, meaning students progress through the test based on their performance on select items. This adaptation makes for a more specialized assessment.
The benefits of administering the assessment online include the following:
Increased student engagement
Standardization of the test-taking experience
Built-in accommodations appropriate for individual student needs
Simultaneous administration of multiple grades and tiers
Scott Regional Technology Center David Miller, Director
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month.Schools across the nation are celebrating the successes of their students and staff in CTE programs.At Scott Regional Technology Center, we are proud of the students and staff who make up our CTE institution and want to thank them for their hard work and dedication to CTE.Most high schools in this area have CTE classes in Business, Family and Consumer Science, and Agriculture.The rest of the CTE classes in which student enroll are typically at a Career and Technical Center like Scott Tech.With 14 different programs from which to choose, Scott Tech has a class for everyone to gain Career and Technical skills.
Career and technical education (CTE) prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities.These careers may require varying levels of education—including industry-recognized credentials, post-secondary certificates, and two- and four-year degrees. CTE is offered in middle schools, high schools, area career and technical centers, community and technical colleges, and other post-secondary institutions. CTE is at the forefront of preparing students to be “college- and career-ready.” CTE equips students with core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities; employability skills (such as critical thinking and responsibility) that are essential in any career area; and job-specific, technical skills related to a specific career pathway.
Within CTE, occupations and career specialties are grouped into Career Clusters. Each of the 16 clusters is based on a set of common knowledge and skills that prepare learners for a full range of opportunities. Further specialization is achieved through comprehensive Programs of Study, which align academic and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of secondary and postsecondary courses, and lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the post-secondary level or an associate or baccalaureate degree.