Message from the District Office Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend some time listening to Ken O’Connor speak on the importance of accurate and reliable grading systems. I know, it doesn’t sound all that exciting, but he asked us to answer a question that has been rolling around in my mind ever since. Mr. O’Connor asked us how our current grading practices made the mission statements of our schools come alive. Go ahead and read that last sentence again, I’ll wait…
When we think about being Student Focused – Future Driven, we often think about technology, personalization, “real world” learning experiences, or global perspectives. And we do all of these things well. Every week I see students engaged in authentic learning that challenges them to apply what they have learned. Next year we will be 1:World in all of our classrooms K-12. There is no doubt that our mission statement is alive and well in the resources we provide, the opportunities we present to students, and the way we teach in the classroom. But back to Mr. O’Connor…what about our grading practices? Are they Student Focused – Future Driven?
This creates a number of questions in a traditional grading system. Do we include practice attempts in the final grade? Do we average grades or use the most recent attempt to determine how well a student understands the material? Should behavior be included in the grade? Do we accept extra credit? Can students resubmit an assignment or retake a test? Are tests more important than homework and therefore worth more points? What is the difference between a B+ and an A- other than 2 percentage points? These are all important questions and the list goes on and on.
Monett R-1 Food Services Helen Wink, Aramark Food Service Director
As we have all read, breakfast is a very important part of the day. It stimulates our brain to retain information and gives our bodies fuel to perform at our best. Recently, Dr. Apostol and I met with two separate groups of students to get feedback regarding our breakfast program. Some of the things we discussed were the choices and what students would like to see on the menu. An in-depth discussion was held regarding the reasons why students may not be eating breakfast at school. Overall, the consensus was that time is the greatest obstacle. For those students riding the bus to school, there simply is not time to eat before class started, as the cafeteria is on one side of the street and the majority of students had classes on the other side. Another reason is that it is too early for some students, and they did not feel hungry until mid-morning. The availability of the second-chance breakfast allow students to get a breakfast between periods and eat it in the classroom or on the way to their next class. These second-chance breakfasts are put together to provide the required components to the students to make a healthy meal (grain, fruits, and dairy).
The process of getting this started has been a challenge to our kitchen staff at the middle/intermediate kitchen with the need to provide an extra person to move the grab-n-go station from the gym at 8:00 a.m. to the middle school auditorium and get it set up for students. As always, the ladies have stepped up and pulled together to make this happen for our students. The ability for students to get a breakfast up until 9:30 a.m. has been a positive experience. The possibility of getting some breakfast carts has been entertained, and there are grants that may help with this. The numbers show that before the program started, 38 middle school students out of 373 were eating breakfast at our middle school. After implementing the grab-n-go/second-chance breakfast, the average number of students now eating breakfast in our middle school has increased to an average of 165 per day, with no changes in our lunch numbers. Continue reading update from Food Service Director, Helen Wink.
Monett R-1 High School Beth Nation and Kara Tinklepaugh, Counselors
Monett High School seniors have been busy filling out college scholarship applications! MHS students pursuing a post-secondary education are fortunate to have the opportunity to apply for 34 local scholarships. These scholarships are available to all graduating seniors from area businesses, foundations, and families. Seniors have one month to fill out as many scholarship applications that fit their various high school activities or college major and/or career path.
The scholarship process varies from scholarship to scholarship. Some applications require essays on a given topic, and some applications require short answer responses, giving the scholarship committee insight into the students’ long-term goals. A few applications are looking for the student to show character and integrity by defining admirable qualities in another person. Regardless of a student’s major or career path, there is a local scholarship that fits the individual needs of any MHS graduating senior.
Money awarded to recipients helps pay for an array of expenses, such as tuition, books, room and board, and a variety of classroom materials. The community’s outpouring of generosity gives Monett High School students the opportunity for higher learning without the burden of borrowing large sums of money to pay for their education.
We truly appreciate each of the local businesses, foundations, and families! Many of our students wouldn’t be able to afford college without the kindness of the Monett community and its citizens.
Saturday, April 2, 2016MHS - District Band Solo/Ensemble
Contests MHS - Monett Baseball Tourney SRTC - State SkillsUSA Contests
Monday, April 4, 2016 MCP - Book Fair through April 8th MHS - Golf at Bolivar MHS - Girls Soccer with Rogers Heritage Tuesday, April 5, 2016 MMS - Monett Track Practice Meet MHS - Baseball at Carthage Tourney MHS - 9th Grade Baseball with Parkview MHS - Golf with Aurora & Cassville MHS - Girls Soccer New Covenant
Academy MHS - Track at Neosho MHS - Boys Tennis at Webb City SRTC - National Technical Honor Society
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 MHS - Business Contest at MSSU Thursday, April 7, 2016 MHS - National Honor Society Induction MHS - Golf at Cassville MHS - Track at Aurora Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org