Subject: Cub Pride - March 25, 2016
Date to send: 3/25/2016 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
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Message from the District Office
Doug Childress, President, Monett R-1 Board of Education

     Spring is finally here!  It is a time of new life, warmer weather, and house cleaning.  This Sunday we celebrate Easter, marking the end of Holy Week, and the remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  For some, it is simply a time of celebration with days off from work and school, chocolate bunnies, and jellybeans. I did a little digging and came up with a few fun facts: Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over; 76% of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first; the White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year, and this tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.
     For Christians, Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ three days after his death.  It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year. Churches throughout our community host Easter services and would welcome you to attend. Please take the opportunity to connect with family and friends to celebrate your freedom and faith.
     We are very blessed to live in a community that supports our schools.  Too often, communities don’t, and it ultimately impacts student learning and the educational environment.  The system in Monett is a role model system for how community, city, and public schools can and should work together.  We don’t always agree, but we usually get it right in the long run.  You are very much appreciated, and we thank you.  Without your support, we simply couldn't make things happen.  Our Monett R-1 Board of Education is  a great group of individuals serving voluntarily of their time and talent.  They make our children’s education a top priority, and they ensure students and teachers have the very best tools and environment with which to learn and educate, and they do this with passion.  We’ve had a good run, made many improvements, and made changes that will benefit student lives for decades.  You have a phenomenal educational leadership team of which our community can be proud.

Continue reading message from Board of Education President, Doug Childress.

Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

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

     With spring here and the warmer weather it brings with it, we are starting to see people come out of hibernation and enjoying outdoor activities once again.  Children and adults will be outside riding bikes, running, and playing.

     Law enforcement asks drivers to be extra vigilant when driving during warmer weather when pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists are on the roadways.  Paying attention to the posted speed limit and the road and not using cell phones, eating, or being preoccupied by other distractions while driving greatly reduce the chance of an accident. Lowered visibility due to the blinding sun in the mornings and evenings can make it difficult to see hazards.  Slowing down and wearing glare-reducing eye wear can help identify hazards.                                                                
     During the current and upcoming months, law enforcement will be taking part in annual Seat Belt Campaigns as well as looking for distracted drivers, speeding, and other driving violations.   

REMINDER:   Missouri Revised Statutes require the use of seatbelts and prohibit anyone twenty-one years of age or younger from texting and driving.  
     I would like to remind citizens of some summer safety tips they can use to prevent becoming a victim.  

Summer Safety and Crime Prevention Tips

Bike Theft Prevention Bike Safety Tips Continue reading safety tips from Officer Jastal.

Monett R-1 Central Park Elementary School
Jennifer Wallace, Principal


     Happy Spring!  Central Park is excited that spring has arrived and that we will soon be outside enjoying the warmer temperatures.  In the next few weeks, we will be getting ready for state testing, field trips, and end-of-year activities.  It’s an extremely busy time as we head towards the end of the school year.
     It is field trip time for both third and fourth grade students.  Third grade will begin with a trip to George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri, on April 12th and 13th.  This is the birthplace of George Washington Carver as well as the childhood home of this famed scientist, educator, and humanitarian.  Established in 1943, it is the first unit of the National Park Service dedicated to an African American.  Third grade students will learn about this famous Missourian prior to taking their field trip.
     All of our students will have the opportunity to attend a play at Missouri Southern State University this year.  They will journey to Joplin on April 20th (3rd grade) and April 22nd (4th grade) to watch the performance of Commedia Princess and the Pea.  This will be the first time many of our students have ever watched a play, and we are excited for them to have this opportunity!
     Fourth grade will be heading to Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri, in May to learn about her life and times.  Prior to this field trip, students read and learn about Laura as a child.  They are excited to see where she lived and can relate to the adventures they read about by seeing her actual home.  Additional information about what classes are assigned to attend on each date along with pertinent information will be coming home soon with fourth graders. 

Continue reading update from CPE Principal, Jennifer Wallace.
Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, March 25, 2016  District - No School - Easter Break
                                        MHS - Baseball with Ash Grove
Sunday, March 27, 2016  Happy Easter! 

Monday, March 28, 2016   District - No School - Easter Break
                                            MHS - Baseball with Bolivar 
                                            MHS - Golf at Seneca   
                                            MHS - Girls Soccer with Bolivar 
                                            MHS - Track at McDonald County
Tuesday, March 29, 2016  District - No School
                                            Teacher Professional Development 
                                            MHS - 9th Grade Baseball at
                                                       McDonald County     
                                            MHS - Girls Soccer at Aurora

Wednesday, March 30, 2016  District - Classes Resume 
                                                  MHS - JV Golf at Lamar 
                                                  MHS - Boys Tennis at Mt Vernon

Thursday, March 31, 2016  MMS - Quiz Bowl at Thomas Jefferson 
                                              MHS - Baseball at Webb City      
                                              MHS - Golf at Webb City 
                                              MHS - Girls Soccer with Fair Grove    
                                              MHS - Boys Tennis at
                                                          Thomas Jefferson 
                                              MHS - Track at Carthage
                                              SRTC - SkillsUSA State Contests

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