Subject: Cub Pride - August 12, 2016
Date to send: 8/12/2016 at 2:00 PM

  Cub Pride

Student Focused...Future Driven


Message from the District Office
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent

    Welcome back to the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year!  Our theme for this year is “Focus on Learning.”  If this theme sounds familiar to you, you are correct!  This was the theme I used to begin the 2012-13 school year.  So the question becomes “Why the repeat?”  This year I chose to focus on the fundamental components of a standards-based learning approach, more commonly called standards-based grading
     Unfortunately, for most people the “grading” portion of this approach, along with the potential changes to the manner in which grades are reported that we have all been accustomed to in our own experience with education, sometimes creates anxiety and angst simply because it is different.  I shared with our faculty and staff, however, that our focus as a district should begin with the fundamental components of the standards-based approach to student learning:  making LEARNING, rather than grading, the ultimate target.
     The first fundamental component of a standards-based approach to student learning is that of prioritization of standards.  In the Monett R-1 School District, we call these ELOs (Essential Learning Outcomes).  You might ask, “Why would we prioritize standards and choose some standards over others?”  The fact is that it would take over twenty years to effectively teach the K-12 learning standards that have been placed before us over the past several years.  What ends up happening is that we focus on covering material more than taking the time to allow students to learn at deeper levels.  When we prioritize standards at each grade/course level, we ask three critical questions:  Is this standard essential for life?  Is this standard essential for the next grade level?  Is this standard essential for our standardized test?  This yearly collaborative effort between teachers at all grade levels helps define what our learning focus for the year will be and, most importantly, what we want all students to master.
     The second fundamental component of a standards-based approach to student learning is that of developing Proficiency Scales.  Proficiency scales are road maps that define proficiency for learning of each standard.  These scales should be written in terms that students understand in order that they can articulate what their learning is and where they are in their progress towards meeting proficiency.  I shared with faculty and staff that proficiency scales are a “game changer.”  In my thirty plus years of education, I have not seen anything in curriculum planning that has the potential to more positively impact student learning and student ownership of their own learning than proficiency scales.
     The third fundamental component ...Click here to continue reading Dr. Hanson's message and to visit the district webpage.

Monett R-1 Building Administrators

Monett Elementary School
Susie Gasser, Principal



     When you think about elementary school, some of the first things that may come to mind are reading, writing, and math.  While those core subjects are certainly our focus, students attending Monett Elementary School can look forward to so much more!  A number of additional learning opportunities will be sprinkled throughout any given school year with some of those opportunities focused on academics, some on social learning and adjustment, some on health and wellness, some on community service, and some on just plain fun!!  Below is just a sampling of some statistics  representing MES for the past school year (2015-16): 
11       The number of MES teachers completing one of the three Learning Academies offered by the Monett R-1 district (ELL, literacy, or technology)
12       The number of K-2 classrooms completing one or more project-based learning activities
11       The number of community agencies/businesses that partnered with MES in a learning event, provided support, or received support
                       -Lions Club (vision screenings/backpacks/Christmas party)
                       -Access Dental (dental screenings)
                       -Monett City Animal Shelter (project-based learning unit)
                       -American Cancer Society (project-based learning unit)
                       -Monett Community Kitchen (project-based learning unit)
                       -Monett Historical Society (project-based learning unit)
                       -Monett YMCA (Prime Time after-school care)
                       -Kiwanis (student performances at pancake supper)
                       -Monett Police Department (Eddie Eagle gun safety      
                        -EFCO (Christmas families)
                        -Ozarks Food Harvest (backpack program-This  
                          encompasses many local donors.)...

Click here to continue reading Mrs. Gasser's message and to visit the MES webpage.

Monett Central Park Elementary School
Jennifer Wallace, Principal


“Catch the Wave of Learning!”

     Central Park Elementary welcomes you to a great and exciting school year!  We would like to introduce you to and welcome our new Central Park staff:  Kerri Cloud, fourth grade teacher; Laura Bahl, special education teacher; Olyvia Behnke, intervention (including art therapy); and Lacey Berry, school counselor.  Caitlin Holbrook is joining us from MES as a fourth grade teacher, and Joanie Sipes is our new kitchen manager.  We also have several new paraprofessionals:  Paula Baker, Shelby Danley-McCracken, Andrea Hanson, and Marenda Henson.  We are excited to have all of these individuals join our CPE family!

     A lot of progress has been made at CPE over the summer break.  Work on our parking lot has begun, the cafeteria has been renovated, new carpet has been laid in the teacher's lounge, air conditioning and heat have been installed in the gym, and the construction crew continues to work 
on the new addition (tornado shelter) to the school.  We are so thankful and grateful for all the work that is being put into our building to make it safer and a better place for our students, parents, and staff.
..Click here to continue reading Mrs. Wallace's message and to visit the CPE webpage.

Monett Intermediate School
Cherie Austin, Principal

“Adventure Awaits!”

      The faculty and staff of Monett Intermediate School are excited for the 2016-2017 school year!  This is my first year as the MIS principal, and I am looking forward to getting to know the students, parents, and staff of this great place.  Our theme this year is “Adventure Awaits.”  There is adventure everywhere, and we plan to show students that every day can be an adventure through learning, reading, and helping others. 
     MIS has gone social!  Make sure to “like” our page on Facebook.  You can also follow us on Twitter @MonettIntermed1.  We plan to showcase the great things happening in our building as well as keep the community up-to-date on the happenings at MIS.  So make sure to check our social media outlets, including our webpage, often.
     Students and teachers at MIS will continue to use proficiency scales this year.  We are several years into this process and have seen great results with students.  Students are able to describe what they know, what they still need to work on, and even set goals for themselves.  There is nothing better than learners being in charge of their own learning!  Please be watching...
Click here to visit the MIS webpage.

Monett Middle School
Dr. Jonathan Apostol, Principal

What's Happening in the Middle?



    Middle School, I would like to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year!  We are excited to provide a personalized learning experience for students.  Our mission at MMS is to produce responsible, respectful learners, and we strive to do this every day for our students.  A great thanks is due our MMS Student Council members who helped craft our theme for this year: “Live Aloha!”  In the Hawaiian language, "aloha" may mean love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness, or grace.  Living Aloha! is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. 
     Thank you to our parents who met at the informational meetings throughout the summer regarding proficiency scale implementation for this school year.  Our staff has worked diligently this past year and into this summer to make the transition.  Proficiency scales will be able to provide you detailed information about students’ academic progress and learner behaviors.  I invite you to review the website PowerPoint about proficiency scales and questions posed during the meetings.  Don't hesitate to call or email if you have any questions. 
     This year...
Click here to continue reading Dr. Apostol's message and to visit the MMS webpage.

Monett High School
David Williams, Principal

     Welcome back to your school, Monett Cubs!   I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer full of outdoor activities, relaxation time, catching up on sleep, and lots of family time.
It has been a busy summer at Monett High School.   I can honestly say that I am ready to see our building full of students again. We have spent the past few months getting the building ready for another school year.  While it’s been great to get caught up with planning and paperwork, the job is a boring one without the students here to remind me of why we are in this business: the students themselves.    
     This year we will continue our mission of being student focused.  This is YOUR school!  We are here to ensure that you receive the best education possible while enjoying all of the experiences that go along with being a high school student.  We hope to continue to create an environment where CUB PRIDE is growing and our stands are full of cheering fans both at home and away.  
I encourage all of our students to be vocal about ideas they have to improve our school community.  After all, Monett High School is YOUR school.

Click here to visit the MHS webpage.

Scott Regional Technology Center
David Miller, Director

Preparing Students for an Ever-Changing World!

     Scott Regional Technology Center welcomes students, parents, business, industry, and higher education to a great new school year.  We are very excited about getting students back in our building this year and developing new partnerships.  This year we hope to see more and more of our students on internships and/or jobs throughout the communities we serve.  As we prepare our students for all kinds of post-secondary work, we are constantly adding and/or changing our curriculum, adding dual and articulated credit, and exploring new ideas from our advisory councils to help us better serve the needs of our students and communities.
     Scott Tech hosted our 2016-17 new students and their parents on August 11th and will host a second session this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. , August 12th, for our annual New Student Orientation.  We ask that all students new to Scott Tech attend one of the meetings with a parent or guardian.  New students’ orientation allows the students and parents the opportunity to visit with program instructors, fill out necessary paperwork, and find out general information about the student experience at Scott Tech.  

     We are looking forward...Click here to continue reading Mr. Miller's message and to visit the SRTC webpage.

Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, August 12, 2016  -      MHS SB Jamboree 4:30 p.m.  (here)
                                                                        MHS FB Jamboree 7:00 p.m. (here)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016  -   First Day of School!
                                                  MHS: Boys Soccer Jamboree     

Thursday, August 18, 2016 -   District: Tax Rate Hearing and
                                                   Board of Education Meeting 

Friday, August 19, 2016 -         MHS: Girl's Tennis at Aurora 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 -    MHS: School Football Game w/  
                                                   California HS (Home game) 7:30 p.m.    

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