Subject: Cub Pride - April 8, 2016
Date to send: 4/8/2016 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
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Message from the District Office
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent

      After a brief one-year hiatus from construction projects, the Monett R-1 School District will once again partner with R.E. Smith Construction for the construction of two additional classrooms at Central Park Elementary.  These two classrooms will be built to FEMA specifications to provide students and staff at CPE a safe shelter in the event of a tornado.  After the completion of the two FEMA shelter projects that serve students at MIS, MMS, MHS, and SRTC along with the previously constructed shelter at MES, CPE was the only campus within our school district without a storm shelter.
      As with the other campuses, the Board wished to tie a building-level need to the building of the FEMA structure.  At CPE, that need was identified as the congested area between the kitchen serving line and the actual cafeteria.  Over the years, office space has been built in that area, leaving quite a maze for students to move through as they pick up and return their trays.  Eliminating those office areas would certainly be an easy fix, but finding space for these people to relocate was quite difficult in a building that is near capacity.
     The Board settled upon building a safe room structure that would house the music and art classrooms.  By moving these classrooms into the new structure, the two vacated structures will provide more than enough room to relocate the offices in the cafeteria area as well as providing the potential for some additional classroom space.  When the project is completed (Spring 2017), our music and art classrooms will be much improved, with each classroom gaining some valuable square footage.  In addition, the cafeteria area will take on a new look with the demolition of the old office spaces.
     The new FEMA structure housing the art and music classrooms at CPE will be located on the east side (playground side) of the 4th grade wing.  A corridor will connect the main building to the new structure along the area where students exit the building in the 4th grade hallway to the playground and will parallel the east wall of those classrooms in that hallway (see drawing of facility plans). This project is currently out for bid, and we are hopeful that the costs associated for this project will come in at an acceptable level so that construction can begin this summer.


     As with any construction process, especially those that go on when school is in session, there will most certainly be some distractions and interruptions to the educational process.  We have weathered the storm in these issues with the assistance of our partners at Sapp Design and R.E. Smith to make these issues as minimal as possible, and we expect the same beginning next fall when students return to school at CPE.
     Thank you for allowing us to continue to improve our facilities and the safety of our staff and students!         

Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

Monett R-1 Health Services
Kristen Earnest, RN, BSN, Lead School Nurse

     As the 2015-2016 school year approaches an end, the Monett R-1 Health Department would like to inform you about an immunization change being made for the 2016-2017 school year.

     State law and health regulations require students to be properly immunized and provide immunization verification to attend school unless they have an appropriate exemption card on file.  Children attending school must be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella.  The new addition for the 2016-17 school year includes the addition of the meningococcal vaccine.
     The meningococcal vaccine, or MCV, will be required for both incoming 8th and 12th graders.  For the incoming 8th grade students, one dose of MCV is required along with one dose of Tdap.  For incoming students in 12th grade, two doses of MCV are required unless the first dose was given to a student who was 16 years of age or older, in which case only one dose will be required.
     Several options are available locally for students in all grades to obtain any needed immunizations.   Students with private insurance that provides immunization coverage are encouraged to see their medical provider.  Students with Medicaid, private insurance that does not provide vaccination coverage, or students without insurance can contact the following facilities: 
     -Cox Care Mobile is available locally on a weekly basis.  To find out its location and weekly schedule, please call 417-269-5437.  The Cox Care Mobile will be at Monett Middle School on May 17th.  Staff will be able to provide 40 incoming 8th grade students with immunizations that day.  Please watch your mail for more information on this opportunity!
     -The Barry County Health Department is open Monday-Wednesday from 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  You can contact them at 417-354-8402.
     It is important to have your child’s immunization record with you when obtaining vaccinations from any facility. 

Continue reading update from the Health Services Program.

Monett R-1 Intermediate School
MIS Students:
Kylee Bell, Cameron Wallace, Jenna Spencer, & Allyson Inman


     During science class, we were learning about the distribution of water on Earth.  We learned that only 1% of Earth’s water is available to drink.  Then Mrs. Powers asked us how we felt about wasting water. Kylee Bell, our #Watersavers chairman, said that it was unfair that we waste water and that kids our age are dying because they don’t have fresh water to drink.  So the next week, Mrs. Powers said if we see a need we should try to meet the need and she asked if anyone wanted to work on a water project. #Watersavers was formed by these students:  Allyson Inman, Marcus Young, Alondra Arreola, Cameron Wallace, Kylee Bell, Jenna Spencer, Jazmin Villa, Emelly Vail, Caleb Hoffman, and Jake Hoyt.   
     At first, we did not know what to do, but after some brainstorming and lots of researching, the ideas started to flow.  #Watersavers worked from September to February and met every Thursday and Friday during our recess time.  We wanted to raise money to build a freshwater well in Africa.  We decided to have a fundraiser, and we had our ideas approved by Mrs. Winfrey.  We needed some funds to begin our fundraiser so we presented our idea to First State Bank, and they donated $300 to help us get started.  We were stunned! We were able to begin our fundraiser! Our fundraiser included a popcorn day, gumballs, and beef jerky sticks.  We designed our own t-shirts and sold them also.  We also had family members, church families, local businesses, and other kids donate money to our fund.
     #Watersavers ended the fundraiser in mid-February, and our fundraiser total was $1,396.33. This was enough money to build 3 and 1\2 wells in Malawi, Africa.  Our starting goal was $400. We were amazed and very thankful.  The wells will be built in September or October of this year.  Each village has about 150 people, so our wells will give about 600 people fresh water for a lifetime.  After the wells are built, we will get pictures of the villagers as they first use their new well.  Thank you to everyone who helped us raise money for #Watersavers.  

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Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, April 8, 2016  MES - 2nd Grade Field Trip
                                    MHS - Boys Tennis with Carl Junction
Saturday, April 9, 2016  MHS - ACT Exam
                                         SRTC - JROTC 5K Run

Monday, April 11, 2016  District - Walk to School Week
                                        MES - Cubs on the Move Activity
                                        MMS - Quiz Bowl at College Heights 
                                        MHS - Powder Puff Games  
                                        MHS - 9th Grade Baseball with Seneca  
                                        MHS - Girls Soccer at Marshfield
Tuesday, April 12, 2016  MCP - Third Grade Field Trip
                                         MMS - Track Meet at East Newton 
                                         MHS -  Baseball with Seneca
                                         MHS -  Golf at Nixa
                                         MHS -  Girls Soccer at Carl Junction
                                         MHS -  Boys Tennis with Clever
                                         MHS -  Track at Nixa
                                         SRTC - Advisory Dinner

Wednesday, April 13, 2016  MCP - Third Grade Field Trip   
                                               MMS - Art & Photography Club
                                                           Field Trip
                                               MHS - State Large Band Ensemble
                                               MHS - Big 8 JV Golf Touney at Monett
Thursday, April 14, 2016  MES -  2nd Grade Field Trip 
                                           MMS - Monett Track Meet
                                           MHS -  Band Trip through April 17th
                                           ​MHS - Baseball at Mt. Vernon              
                                           MHS - Girls Soccer with
                                                       McDonald County      
                                           MHS - Boys Tennis at Reeds Spring 
                                           MHS - Track at East Newton

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