Subject: Cub Pride - May 6, 2016
Date to send: 5/6/2016 at 12:00 PM

  Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


Message from the District Office
Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent

            A few weeks ago I was at a meeting of area curriculum director, and we were asked to introduce ourselves by sharing how and/or why we became teachers.  One by one we each shared our stories and a single, common thread emerged.  Each of us was brought into the education profession by someone who had earned our respect, who had inspired us to be more, who had challenged us to look beyond ourselves.  In short, each of us had been called to the profession by another teacher.
            Some of us met our teacher in elementary school, high school, or even college.  We unknowingly walked into a classroom and before we realized it, we were on the path to becoming a teacher.  Some of us grew up with our teacher as our parent or grandparent, inspired on a daily basis.  Teaching became something that was a part of us and our families.  But in each case, we were brought to the profession by the inspiration of those who came before us.
            But teachers don’t just inspire their students to become teachers.  They inspire them to be business owners, welders, doctors, engineers, builders, and a host of other careers.  Teachers inspire their students to be active in their communities, search for answers to difficult questions, appreciate the past, and work toward their futures.  Every day generations of students are prepared to take their place in the world by a relative handful of dedicated, passionate teachers.
            As we come to the end of Teacher Appreciation Week, Dr. Hanson and I would like to thank you for your inspiration and dedication.  Your commitment to providing a world-class education to every student is one of the reasons Monett schools have gained a reputation for excellence not just in southwest Missouri but across the state.  It is our privilege to serve with you.


Monett R-1 Departmental Updates

Monett R-1 GO CAPS Program
Rebecca Merriman, Coordinator


     On Tuesday, April 26, GO CAPS students hosted the first inaugural MISSION: Innovation event at the Performing Arts Center – an evening to celebrate success, recognize partnerships, and ignite passions.  A business exhibition showcased the businesses and project work done collaboratively with GO CAPS students.  The highlight of the evening was hearing individual student presentations about their Passion Projects.

     Student work during the school year has incorporated many elements leading to this event: career exploration; relevant, engaged learning through business partner projects; the development of professional soft skills; and the confidence and ability to identify and pursue one’s passion.

     Passion projects were introduced to students last fall as an opportunity for them to pursue an area of personal interest.  They were given four very simple criteria: to have a passion for it and make it personal; to help someone, a group, or the community; to have a tangible and measurable goal they’re working toward; and to work with a mentor within the community.
     These projects were designed to fuel their innovative thinking and utilize the professional skills that have been emphasized all year to see a project to completion.

     Ashley Bryand combined her passion for seeing people smile with her career goal of becoming a dental hygienist.  She launched Saving Smiles – a campaign to raise dental supplies for children in Mbita, Kenya.  She created a website, information flyers, and worked closely with her pastor and youth pastor at First United Methodist Church to raise awareness and supplies.  Working with the SHARE Africa organization, Ashley looks forward to receiving pictures of her supplies being delivered to children in Mbita.

Continue reading about the success of year one of Monett GO CAPS.

Monett R-1 Elementary School
Susie Gasser, Principal 

           Project LINC

     Exciting change is coming to MES for the 2016-17 school year!  Project LINC is underway, and we have moved from the planning phase to the implementation phase!  What is Project LINC?  LINC stands for Learning in Neighborhood Communities.  Currently, Monett Elementary averages about 650 students in grades preschool through second grade each year.  Grades kindergarten through second grade are housed in three separate wings of the school.  Preschool is currently housed in the wing with 1st grade, although the classes are not all close to one another.  Through Project LINC, the classroom will be reconfigured to create three small “neighborhoods or communities” within one large school building. 
     Why would we want to change something that seems to be working fine?  It’s true, that the way our school is currently configured seems to be working “fine.”  But what if we could change some things that made learning opportunities better for students?  What if we could tweak what we know as the “norm” and go from “good to great”?  What if we had a system that created more personalized learning opportunities for all students?  In a nutshell, this is the goal for Project LINC!  Each wing of the school will house a PK-2nd grade “community” that will function similar to a smaller neighborhood school on a daily basis but will also enjoy the opportunities afforded by being part of a larger community as well. 

Continue reading the exciting benefits of Project LINC.

Monett R-1 Central Park Elementary School
Jennifer Wallace, Principal
      “Surf’s Up!” and we’re catching the last waves of learning at Central Park Elementary for the 2015-16 school year!  We are winding down the year by celebrating the completion of end-of-year assessments in MAP, summative assessments, post-checks, Developmental Reading Assessments, and reviewing the final data to celebrate the progress each student has made while in third and fourth grade this year. 
     The last two weeks are filled with activities such as The Big Event, where students will be spending half the day at North Park playing with friends and having lunch and jumping and playing on inflatables that our local YMCA has graciously loaned us.  In addition, students will be rewarded with a trip to B & B Monett Plaza 8 Theater to celebrate their MAP efforts.  Our CPE fourth graders will also be attending a culminating field trip that aligns with their unit of study on Laura Ingalls Wilder.  All of these activities are rewards for the hard work and recognized growth in learning for CPE students. 
     We will miss our fourth graders as they move onto MIS next year and send them best wishes for a successful year in fifth grade!  We look forward to welcoming our new third graders as they join us at Central Park Elementary next year.  Central Park Elementary wishes you a safe summer and looks forward to another great year where we “Work Together, Learn Together, and Succeed Together!” 

Click here to visit the Central Park Elementary webpage.

Monett R-1 Intermediate School
Peg Winfrey, Principal

     What a wonderful school year we have experienced.  Our students have been such a joy!  They are well behaved, love to learn, and have demonstrated growth in their academics.  Due to their good choices, we have had numerous opportunities to celebrate their successes, and the celebrating is not over.  We have weekly video celebration videos, which have included individual and group celebrations, quarterly “Purple/Gold” celebrations, and numerous classroom celebrations. 

     We have taken students on field trips to Crystal Bridges Art Museum, to Missouri Southern State University to see a play, to Drury University to work with the Drury music department, and have field trips planned for later in the month to travel to see the Chinese Acrobats in Branson, and Smallin Caves in Ozark, Missouri.

     It’s time to say good-bye to all the students, parents, teachers, and staff I have had the pleasure of working with over these past eighteen years.  I think of the many things I have learned, the people who have inspired me, the people who have challenged me and made me a better person, and the children who have made me laugh and cry.

     I leave you with my “Top Ten Memories” of my time at MIS (I have more than ten but must limit my thoughts.)

10.       Being made into an ice cream sundae with Mrs. Swarens as a reward for students meeting a learning goal
9.         Staying on the roof for 24 and then 42 hours in order to celebrate students meeting their reading goal and for their MAP scores
8.         Being duct-taped to the wall
7.         Being made into a human hot dog as a reward for students making their MAP goal.
6.         Moving into our newly recycled building
5.         Completing a marathon with several MIS students!
4.         Saying the Pledge of Allegiance with the entire student body and staff
3.         Watching students play “Human Hungry Hippo” during one of our many celebrations 
2.         Our two flash-mob videos—“Gotta Keep Reading” and “Happy”
1.         Every school morning—greeting and talking with students, teachers, and staff.  You made every day at MIS a wonderful part of my life.  I will always remember my days with you!

     I am one of those blessed people allowed to do what they love for many years.  It is true what they say….if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. 

     I leave with you one of my favorite sayings… Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.—Marjorie Hinkley

Click here to visit the Intermediate School webpage.

Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, May 6, 2016  MHS - All Sports End of Year Banquet
                                   MHS - FFA Greenhouse Sale
                                   SRTC - Scott Tech Day Celebration                                    
Saturday, May 7, 2016  MES - 5K/1Mile Cub Run
                                       MHS -  FFA Greenhouse Sale
                                       MHS -  Baseball with Billings/Reeds Spring

Monday, May 9, 2016  MES - Cubs on the Run Activity
                                     MHS - Senior Honor Assembly
                                                 Performing Arts Center
                                     MHS - Golf Sectional Tourney at Marshfield
                                     MHS - Girls Soccer with Aurora (Senior Night)
                                     MHS - Boys Tennis District Team Tourney
                                                at Carl Junction (Joplin)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016  MHS - Spring Fling
                                        MMS - Baseball at Marshfield
                                        MHS - Girls Soccer at Logan-Rogersville
Wednesday, May 11, 2016  MES - PreK & Kindergarten Screenings

                                              MHS - Baccalaureate 
                                                         Performing Arts Center

Thursday, May 12, 2016  MES - Field Day
                                          MHS - Warm Fuzzy Day
                                          MHS - Baseball at Logan-Rogersville
                                       ​   MHS - Girls Soccer at Republic

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