|Subject: ||Cub Pride - August 26, 2016|
|Date to send: ||8/26/2016 at 12:00 PM|
Student Focused...Future Driven
Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent
Message from the District Office
If you’ve read some of my other articles, you already know that I come from a family of educators. Both of my parents were teachers as well as two of my sisters. I even married a girl whose parents were teachers! It’s a family business. Along the way, I’ve had a number of books passed down to me. One of my favorites is Calkin’s New Object Lessons: A Manual of Elementary Instruction for Parents and Teachers, published in 1870. The binding is falling apart, and some of the pages are loose, but I love to think about the number of teachers who have worn out that binding planning for the upcoming school year. More impressive are the beginning teachers who held it tight as a survival guide to get through their first year! Inside, you will find sections that range from teaching students to read to teaching them how to tell a brown horse from a chestnut horse (it’s all about the legs, mane, and tail if you’re curious). But it isn’t just what to teach. It’s also how to teach, complete with detailed examples and a discussion of why the lesson should be taught that way—all in a 5”x7” book about an inch thick.
Today the list of what a student needs to know and be able to do looks quite a bit different and a lot longer than it did in 1870. In 1996, DESE released the first set of state standards that included 40 academic and 33 process standards. Fast forward 20 years… 6th through 8th grade mathematics alone contains over 80 standards. If we were to teach all of the current K-12 standards to mastery, it would take approximately 23 years! So how do we ensure that our students are prepared? We have to prioritize.
When we select the most important standards, our Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs), we look at each standard through the following five criteria established by the Marzano Research Labs:
We also look at the standards from a “three circles” perspective. Is the standard important for daily life, the next grade level, and is it assessed? The more criteria the standard meets, the higher it moves up the list. By the end of the process, we will have identified the 12 to 15 most essential standards for students to master in a specific content at a specific grade level.
- Endurance – Does this knowledge or skill stand the test of time? Is it important beyond a class period or course?
- Leverage – Does this knowledge or skill cross over into other subjects?
- Readiness – Is this knowledge or skill required for the next grade level or course? Does it prepare students for learning that is to come?
- Teacher judgment – Is this knowledge or skill essential in the eyes of the teacher?
- Assessment – Will this knowledge or skill be assessed at some point in the future? Is it on the MAP/EOC, ACT, SAT etc.?
Sounds simple enough, but teachers doesn’t always agree on which standards meet which criteria. Often, this process leads to deep and impassioned conversations about what is essential for students to know and be able to do. And it should! There is great value in looking deeply at what we are teaching and coming to an agreement about which of those things are absolutely essential for students to learn. If we don’t, we run the risk of focusing on things that are nice for students to know, instead of focusing on what students need to know.
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Monett High School
David Williams, Principal
Bring the Roar!
As a Monett High School family consisting of students, faculty, staff, parents and community members, we will make our voices heard louder than ever this year. We will continue to strive for excellence in the classrooms, ball fields, gyms, and concert and theater halls. Our students have already heard their voices heard in the stands against California last Saturday night. I know that roar of student support at games will just continue to get louder. Clubs are stepping up and promoting a positive atmosphere at school, and the difference is visible. Our students are more involved than ever in bringing the roar in support of our teams.
The roar will be heard in newspapers, online, and other media as our accomplishments grow and broadcast throughout the area. We will take pride from where we have come, but we will never rest on our desire to be better...to be the best!
Monett High School, Bring the Roar!
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Monett School Resource Officer
Officer Jay Jastal
As we start a new school year, I would like to once again remind drivers to help keep our roadways safe for our students. With new health initiatives resulting in more and more children walking and riding bicycles to and from school, drivers must be extra cautious and avoid dangerous distractions in areas where children may be walking or riding their bikes.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. In Missouri, we now have laws prohibiting the use of electronic communication devices for some classes of drivers.
Speeding drivers add to the dangers for pedestrians and cyclists. Speed limits are established to reduce accidents and to protect citizens and must be obeyed. Slowing down and paying attention while driving, especially in and around school zones, will help ensure the safety of our children.
In the coming weeks, the Monett Police Department and other law enforcement agencies will be kicking off the Child Passenger Safety campaign, the goal of which is to increase the use of seatbelts among children. Law enforcement officers will be out looking for seatbelt violations and enforcing seatbelt law.
Slowing down, paying attention, and avoiding distractions will go a long way in keeping our children safe.
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Upcoming Calendar Events
Friday, August 26, 2016: HS Football at Logan-Rogersville 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 27, 2016: HS Boys Soccer at Branson Invitational
Tournament 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 29, 2016: V/JV Girls Tennis vs. Carl Junction 4:30 p.m.
V/JV Softball vs. Kickapoo 5:00 p.m.
JV Football w/Logan Rogersville 6:00 p.m.
Freshmen Football @ Marshfield 5:00 p.m.
JV/V Volleyball vs. Crane 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016: JV/V Girls Tennis vs. Clever 4:30 p.m.
Boys Swimming & Diving @ Carthage 4:30 p.m.
JV/V Volleyball @ Sarcoxie 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 1, 2016: JV/V Boys Soccer vs. Nixa HS 4:30 p.m.
JV/V Girls Tennis @ Neosho 4:30 p.m.
JV/V Softball vs. Cassville 5:00 p.m.
Frosh/JV/V Volleyball @ Reeds Spring 5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 2, 2016: District-wide: No School - Teacher Professional
JV/V Girls Tennis vs. College Heights 4:30 p.m.
Varsity Football @ Mt. Vernon 7:00 p.m.
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