Subject: Cub Pride - April 22, 2016
Date to send: 4/22/2016 at 12:00 PM

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Message from the District Office
April Board of Education Update
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Tuesday evening, April 19, at 6:00 p.m., for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular March Board of Education meeting were approved.  The current Board then moved to adjourn the meeting.
Dr. Hanson called a new meeting to order and announced the results of the April 5th election.  The Board reviewed the certified election results.  Patty Leach, Board Secretary, administered the oath of office to Keith McCracken and Brian Hunter.  The Board took nominations for board president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.  The Board moved and approved the following Monett R-1 School Board officer positions: 
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
Board Program and Recognition
Dr. Hanson recognized Susie Gasser, MES Principal, for being named the Southwest Missouri Elementary Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals.  Dr. Hanson and the Board congratulated her on all of her accomplishments and thanked her for her dedication to Monett R-1.
Mrs. Judy Seawel and Mrs. Teena Fare introduced the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) to the Board.  This new strategy is designed to increase oral and written expression and addresses oral expression, written expression, vocabulary comprehension, defining and describing, stating functions of objects, categorization, and similarities and differences.  EET is being implemented for the IEP students who receive language therapy and 5th grade students who participate in READ 180. The READ 180 students also receive EET instruction for written language.

Continue reading update from the April Board of Education Meeting.

Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

Monett R-1 Wellness Initiative
Alex Severs, Wellness Initiative Coordinator

          During the week of April 11th through the 14th, Monett R-1 hosted its fifth Walk-to-School Week.  The first Walk-to-School event started in the fall of 2014, and each event has continued to grow through additional routes, additional supports, additional attendance, and this past walk, with additional infrastructure changes.  Monett R-1 along with both the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities members cannot thank the City of Monett enough for their support in creating better walking environments for our students.  Additionally, we would not have the successful walks we have without the help from our fire and police as well.
     The April 2016 Walk-to-School Week included four routes:  two new routes and one with a whole new infrastructure.  During this week, we added the route that met at Arc of the Ozarks off Airport & Woodland Ridge.  This particular area was one we had missed in the past, and as we continued to grow Walk-to-School, this was an area we wanted to bring in.  Another route we added was 9th Street and Broadway. Previously, students had met behind the Chamber, but with the newly installed sidewalks up 9th Street from the City, we altered the previous route to this location.  Lastly, the route from Cox with the destination to CPE, MIS, and MMS has newly installed sidewalks and painted crossings from the City of Monett, making this route easier to maneuver.
     Monett R-1 has continued to partner with the Missouri Foundation for Health, Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative and PedNet to implement these Safe Routes-to- School Program.  The overall goal of these walks is to encourage walking and bicycling to school to increase overall health, minimize traffic issues and congestion as well as assist in reducing environmental repercussions, which occur when the majority of the school population is driven to school. The big picture goal has been to grow these walks into a means of transportation to and from school for students.
     Although we were only able to get three days of walking in, participation continued to grow over the three days.  We started with 99 students, moved to 112, and ended with 130, totaling 341 students for the week.


Monett R-1 Special Services Department
Teena Fare, Director

Parenting is always a challenge.  Parents of students with special needs often have different or additional challenges.  To support our students with special needs, we also must support their families.  The term “Information is Power” is one that comes to mind in this instance. The article below provides some tips and suggestions for parents in meeting the unique needs of your child. The full article can be found at Thank you for all that you do!

20 Things Every Parent of Kids with Special Needs Should Hear
by Dr. Darla Clayton, PsyD, The Mobility Resource

1) You are not alone. 
There may not be anyone else with the same constellation of symptoms as your child, but there are people with the same challenges as my kid, but I have a strong network within each separate diagnosis.  We have made wonderful friends and have found—and I hope provided—a great deal of support within each of these.  I just have to pop onto one of my Facebook groups, and I’m immediately reminded, I’m not alone.

2) You, too, deserve to be cared for. 
We are placed in a position of caring for others nearly constantly; however, you still need and deserve to be cared for.  That entails asking friends or family to bring a meal by every now and then, or going for a pedicure, or a date night, or whatever else you enjoy doing.  Whatever makes you feel special and taken care of, take the time to enjoy it; you are worth it!

3) You aren’t perfect—and that’s ok!
No one is perfect.  We all make mistakes.  We can wallow in our goof-ups or move on!  Try to shift your thinking…maybe there was a good reason you missed that appointment that you were sure was on Tuesday but apparently was on Monday.  Maybe your kiddo had a tough day at school and just needed the night off.  Who knows?  But beating yourself up isn’t going to change the situation, so try to move on.

4) You are a superhero.  
You may not leap buildings in a single bound or run faster than a speeding bullet, but you are a superhero nonetheless.  Every day you manage situations that a regular parent would think are impossible.  You stretch tight muscles, remember pills, inject and infuse medicine.  You hold hysterical children during horrendous medical procedures. You deal with tantrums and meltdowns and most often manage not to have a tantrum or melt- down yourself.  You encourage your child to do things doctors told you they would never do but you never gave up hope.  You are a therapist, nurse, doctor, friend, and confidante.  You are no regular parent.

Continue reading "20 Things Every Parent of Special Needs Should Hear".

Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, April 22, 2016  MES - PreK and Kindergarten Screenings
                                      MES - 2nd Grade Field Trip
                                      MCP - 3rd Grade Field Trip to MSSU Play
                                      MMS - Track Meet at Pierce City 
                                      MHS - FACS Class Fashion Show
                                      MHS - Baseball with Springfield Parkview
                                      MHS - Boys Tennis at Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, April 23, 2016  MHS - Prom
                                          MHS - JV Baseball Tourney at Mt. Vernon

Sunday, April 24, 2016  MHS - FBLA State Conference
                                                   through April 26

Monday, April 25, 2016  MES - Cubs on the Move Activity
                                         MMS - Track at Cassville
                                         MMS/MHS - Band Concert in the PAC
                                         MHS - 9th Grade Baseball with
                                                    Logan- Rogersville
                                         MHS - Big 8 Golf Championships
                                                    at Seneca
Tuesday, April 26, 2016  MHS - GO CAPS Ambition Exhibition
                                                     in the PAC
                                         MHS - Baseball with Lamar
                                         MHS - Monett Track Meet/Cub Relays
Wednesday, April 27, 2016  MHS - Monett Boys Tennis Tourney
Thursday, April 28, 2016  MHS - 4 State Honor Band
                                           MHS - Forensic Follies in Commons
                                           MHS - Community Forum in PAC
                                           ​MHS - Baseball at Cassville        
                                           MHS - Golf Big 8 Championships
                                                      at Lamar 
                                           MHS - Girls Soccer with Willard
                                           MHS - Monett 9th/10th Grade Track Meet

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