Message from the District Office Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent
It looks like Punxsutawney Phil was right, and we are enjoying an early spring! Believe it or not, summer will be just around the corner, and that means summer school! With so many activities for families that include sports camps, swim lessons, and travel plans, it is sometimes hard to make summer school a priority. That’s why Monett R-1 is committed to providing flexible summer school options for our students and families. Students at all levels will have the opportunity to enroll in traditional seated classes, blended, and on-line courses (secondary only).
Traditional Summer School: This looks the most like our regular school year and will operate from May 31st through June 23rd, meeting Monday through Thursday (the first week will meet Tuesday through Friday) from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. All students will be served breakfast and lunch free of charge.
Blended Summer School: This structure allows students to meet with a teacher once or twice a week for direct instruction and to view additional instructional videos throughout the week independently for “anytime, anywhere learning.” For example, students enrolled in Personal Finance or elementary blended learning will meet with their assigned teacher once or twice a week for instruction and to check-in with each student to ensure course objectives are being met. Think of it as super tutoring. After meeting with the teachers, students will be required to watch videos and complete various projects. Student level and course credits being offered will determine how often the course will meet throughout the summer. Please check out our summer school website on our district homepage for more details.
On-Line Learning: This is reserved for secondary students only (8th through 12th) with over 90% of instruction delivered through an on-line learning portal. Students will be required to watch instructional videos, submit assignments, and take exams on-line to receive high school credit. Teacher support will be provided through on-line office hours.
So how will all this learning take place during a week? Monett is committed to supplying all blended and on-line learners with a MacBook Air laptop computer as a tool to create, complete, and submit assignments “anytime, anywhere.” The computer will also be a tool to communicate with teachers and to collaborate with other students. To learn more about each learning structure, the details of each design, and to register--please visit our new summer school website. You may register your student for summer school by visiting either the district webpage (http://monett.schoolfusion.us/) or the webpage of your child’s school. The summer school link is on the left side of the screen and has registration forms for both traditional and blended classes.
Summer School registration officially opened March 1st and runs through May 1st. Don’t miss this opportunity to extend your learning. This is just another example of how Monett R-1 is Student Focused and Future Driven. Monett R-1 Departmental Updates
Monett R-1 Parents as Teachers Program Teena Fare, Director
The Monett Parents as Teachers (PAT) Affiliate vision is that all children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential. Services are provided to children ages prenatal-5 to provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children to reach their full potential during the critical early years of life. This helps to provide the foundation for success in school and in life.
Parents as Teachers Goals:
Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices.
Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues.
Prevent child abuse and neglect.
Increase children’s school readiness and school success.
Spring Group Meetings Scheduled
Monett Parents as Teachers conducts a group meeting for their families and children each month. The remaining spring group meetings are listed below. Your Parent Educator will keep you informed of these events and any others that may be scheduled in the future.
Story Time at Monett Library - Wednesday, March 23rd, 11:15 a.m. Story time at Monett Library - Wednesday, April 13th, 11:15 a.m. Music and Movement at Monett Elementary School - Wednesday, May 4th, 10 a.m.
Monett R-1 Elementary School Sarah Garner, Assistant Principal
“Getting Ready for Preschool and Kindergarten”
Students entering kindergarten or preschool at Monett Elementary have an opportunity to take part in the DIAL-4 Screening. The results of this screening are one of the measures used to help sort the students into appropriate classrooms. Please find questions and answers to the most commonly asked questions about the screening below.
My child has a summer birthday, and I am concerned that he/she is not ready for Kindergarten. Will this screening tell me if my child is ready for Kindergarten?
No. This is a screening, not a readiness assessment. The best person to discuss your child's readiness for Kindergarten is your child's pre-school teacher and your pediatrician.
What screening tool is used?
The DIAL-4 is the developmental screening used by the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District. It is designed to measure the most fundamental or basic concepts that are acquired by young children.
What areas does the screening examine?
The DIAL -4 examines three major areas: Motor: Catching, jumping, hopping, skipping, building, thumb and finger motor skills, cutting, copying, and name writing. Concepts: Identification of body parts, colors, rapid color naming, counting, positions, concepts (big/little), and shapes Language: Personal data, articulation, objects and actions, letters and sounds, rhyming and I spy, problem solving, and intelligibility.
Does the screening examine any other areas?
Yes. The screening operators take behavioral notes. For example, screening operators note how willing the child is to separate from the parent/caregiver. These observations may be used to explain individual variations in the way children approach the tasks given in the screening. Operators also note if the child has English as a second language or if he/she exhibits speech patterns that may need to be examined more closely.
Does my child need to wear anything special for the screening?
Yes. Children should wear loose, comfortable clothing. They should wear sneakers because they will be asked to hop and jump; this is difficult to do in other types of footwear.