Subject: Cub Pride - September 16, 2016
Date to send: 9/16/2016 at 1:00 PM



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Message from the District Office:

September Board of Education Update
September 15, 2016

     The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday, September 15, at 6:05 p.m., for the regular board meeting.  The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
     Minutes from the Tax Rate Hearing and regular August meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
Consent Agenda
     The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:  
Board Program and Recognitions
            Mrs. Rebecca Merriman, GO CAPS coordinator; Mr. Marty Lewis, engineering and manufacturing; Mrs. Peg Winfrey and Mrs. Kim Newbold, teacher education; Mrs. Meagan Strong, medicine; Mrs. Marlena Driscoll, technology; and students from the GO CAPS program presented an update to the Monett R-1 Board.  GO CAPS is off to a successful second year serving students at Monett High School.  An innovative educational experience, GO CAPS gives students an opportunity to "test drive" their future careers.  By merging industry and business with education, students attend class within embedded classrooms at off-site business partner locations.  GO CAPS believes relevant experiences lead to engaged learning.  Four courses are offered for the 2016-2017 school year: Engineering & Manufacturing, Medicine & Health Care (inaugural year), Teacher Education (inaugural year), and Technology Solutions.
            Mr. Tony McBroom, Director of Facilities and Grounds, updated the Board regarding maintenance projects around the district.

Continue reading update from September Board of Education Meeting:

What's Happening at Monett Elementary School:
Ms. Susie Gasser, Principal

Learning in Neighborhood Communities
     This year MES has reconfigured nearly the entire building in an effort to reduce the number of transitions students experience throughout their school lives and to increase the opportunities to build lasting relationships with other students as well as staff.  This project has been dubbed “LINC,” or Learning in Neighborhood Communities.  While most larger towns and cities have “neighborhood” elementary schools sprinkled throughout their districts, Monett has opted to stick with the “grade span” schools.  Both models have advantages and disadvantages of their own, making it difficult to decide if one is significantly “better” than the other; however, one difficulty we have heard consistently  from parents is that the number of transitions our students experience between preschool and graduation can be difficult for many of them, particularly the youngest demographic of students.  Since neighborhood schools are not an option for us at this time, we have chosen to create “neighborhoods” within our own walls!  Previously, each of the three main hallways contained a single grade level.  This year each hallway houses a mixture of PK through 2nd grade classes.  The plan is that students will remain in that same community throughout their entire career at MES.  Music and art classes have been moved to a more centralized location closer to the commons in an effort to even the travel time between all classes.
     Prior to making this transition, MES faculty and staff had a lot of work to do to determine if this dream of creating neighborhood schools within the walls of a large, grade-span school should become and could become a reality.  We found that there isn’t a lot of research to review regarding neighborhood schools versus grade span schools.  Most research similar to this topic has been done on middle level grades.  Much of the research regarding elementary schools has been anecdotal in nature, therefore leaving us with little reliability and validity.  Our quest for research study was somewhat short-lived, so we turned our attention to collaborating with stakeholders.
     The months of January and February... 

Continue reading Ms. Gasser's article:

Monett R-1 Departmental Updates:

Monett R-1 Technology Department
Ms. Lauralie Powell, Technology Instructional Specialist

     At the beginning of each school year, we often field questions from families about appropriate “screen time.”  Rest assured your child’s teacher is providing a healthy balance of online learning mixed with hands-on activities, group work, and one-on-one time with the teacher.  It’s such a pleasure to walk through the classrooms and see a wide variety of activities taking place.
     If you’re like me, you might be struggling to manage screen time at home as well.  I wanted to share with you a few tips I’ve run across.
Recommendations for Technology Usage:  
     Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, encourages parents...

Continue reading Ms. Powell's article:
Upcoming Calendar Events
Monday, September 19
4:30pm JV/V Soccer vs. Springfield Catholic (Monett South Park)
4:30pm JV/ V Girls Tennis vs. Webb City (Monett North Park)
5:00pm V/JV Softball vs. Carl Junction 
6:00pm Freshman Football @ Aurora
6:00pm JV Football vs. Aurora 
Tuesday, September 20
3:30pm JV/V CC at Nixa Invitational
4:30pm Boys Swimming & Diving @ Hillcrest Duel (Fosters Natatorium - Spfd)
5:00pm 9/JV/V Volleyball vs. East Newton
Wednesday, September 21
Varsity Softball - Ozark Tournament Conclusion
Thursday, September 22
FB vs. Lamar 5:30 p.m.
VB vs. Seneca 5:30 p.m.

5:00 V/JV Softball vs. Aurora
6:00pm JV/V Volleyball vs. Cassville
Friday, September 23
Annual Fun Fest

5:00pm Varsity Soccer at Willard Tournament vs. Bolivar
7:00pm Varsity Football vs. Cassville 
Saturday, September 24
Varsity Softball @ Centralia Tournament
10:30am Varsity Boys Soccer @ Willard Tournament 

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