Message from the District Office Dr. Darren Bass, Vice-President, Board of Education
Update on the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Initiative
The Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities Initiative is now in its third year in Monett. This effort, funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, is focused on reducing childhood obesity by 5% over the next 5 years, specifically in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. The success of this initiative depends on the partnerships with key stakeholders in the Monett community— specifically, the Monett R-1 School District.
In a town that is as tightknit as Monett, the school is the hub of community activity. The partnership with the school has increased the exposure of events and programs that CoxHealth has available to children within the community. For example, during this grant period, we have increased the reach of our Cardiac Kids program in Monett and have increased participation in our Committed to Kids program. Both of these programs are focused on cardiac health and weight management in children.
Along with the partnership that CoxHealth has with the Monett school system, we have also strengthened partnerships with other important community stakeholders such as the City of Monett, Monett YMCA, Barry County Connections Coalition, Clark Mental Health Center, Barry & Lawrence County Health Departments, MU Extensions, Missouri State University, Missouri Southern State University, and countless community residents and volunteers.
One of the most important components in this program that would not be possible without the relationship with the school is the involvement of community volunteers. One of the goals of this program is to create a connected community with a focus on improving the health and well-being of its residents. By working closely with the school system, CoxHealth is able to reach more families through children and gain more community buy-in on this ongoing effort. The children in Monett are so eager and willing to learn what it takes to be healthy, and that is spreading to parents and other community members.
Monett R-1 Speech Pathology Department Speech Pathologists: Morgan Hastings, Judy Seawel, Suzanne Sloan, Carrie Zahn
The month of May is nationally recognized as Better Speech and Hearing Month! This year’s theme is Communication Takes Care. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the focus on communication in our school district. The care provided through speech and language therapy by our SLP staff is an asset to our district as well as our community. The benefits of speech and language intervention for our students and their families are well worth our focus throughout a student’s educational experience. The Speech-Language Pathology Department is privileged to celebrate throughout the month of May by helping teachers promote better speech and language skills within the classroom.
The Monett R-1 School District has a growing Speech-Language Therapy Department with five Speech Language Pathologists: Judy Seawel, Carrie Zahn, Suzanne Sloan, Morgan Hastings, and Elizabeth Stotlemeyer.
It is the goal of our department to facilitate the emergence of well-spoken, articulate members of society from the Monett School District who are able to enter higher academic arenas or areas of chosen work ready to meet the challenges and live a fulfilled, productive life.
As a developing department, we would like to thank teachers and administrators for their continued support and collaboration in helping students reach their full potential.
Monett R-1 English Language Learners Department Daphne Hensley, Coordinator
Big Vocabulary = Big Learning
Summer time is just around the corner! You might even be posting a countdown of the number of days left in school; however, summer doesn’t have to mean taking a break from learning. Consider continuing your children’s education by expanding their vocabulary in creative ways.
Research studies have shown a solid link between deep vocabulary development and achieving success in school. Susan B. Neuman, a University of Michigan professor in early literacy states, “Words reflect concepts and content that students need to know.” The acquisition of vocabulary builds skills in communication, reading comprehension, and writing. Thus, vocabulary development is essential year round.
Here are some inspirational tips to increase vocabulary over the summer:
1. Keep your children talking.
Oral language is foundational. Have your children talk about their daily activities such as going swimming with friends or playing outside with the dog. Let them share about the things they observe. Conversations can be about grocery shopping at Walmart, car trips, or spending time with grandparents. Ask your children open-ended questions such as “What do you think about…?” or “Why do you think…?” And, don’t forget to discuss your daily activities with them too.
2. Read to your children.
Reading builds visualization and higher-level thinking skills. By reading to your children, you are modeling that learning. Feel free to read in your backyard, at the park, or at the lake. Read books that are of interest to both you and your kids. Be sure to talk about the words or ideas in the story that they did not understand. Also, do read aloud in your native language. This builds background knowledge and fosters cultural connections.
3. Get your children reading.
Knowing vocabulary is key to understanding written text. The more words children read and discover, the better the reading comprehension. Let your children choose what they want to read. They may be interested in comic books or magazine articles. Something as common as reading the back of the cereal box can even benefit them.
Continue reading for more tips to increase vocabulary over the summer. Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, April 29, 2016MHS - Baseball at Republic MHS -FFA Banquet at SRTC MHS - Night of One Acts in the
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