Subject: Cub Pride September 23, 2016
Date to send: 9/23/2016 at 1:00 PM


 Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven

Message from the District Office 
Mr. Brian Hunter,  Board of Education Member

Lots of "Firsts"

First day of school 2016:

          It’s been a few months since you gave me the opportunity to serve on the Board of Education. It’s been action-packed, with me feeling more like the student on a crash-course, learning the verbiage, budget, procedure, and acronyms as fast as I can, in hopes of bringing value to the district instead of constantly trying to play catch-up my entire term.  While I’ve been an involved parent for quite some time at Monett R-1, there’s a lot more to operating the district than what we see as parents day to day. It’s pretty hard for all parents, teachers, and administrators to agree on everything, but I’ve observed a lot of good people in the school district who are trying to do a good job, and very proud of what they do. If you ask me, that’s a good recipe for a great school district.
          This year is a first for me, and I realize it’s a first for every student excited or apprehensive (I have one of each) about starting a new school year.  For many there are a lot of firsts starting the new school year, and for others, a comfortable familiarity with things.  After hearing feedback from parents and teachers, the district has put a drug testing program into place, while this is a first for Monett, many think it was overdue and necessary with the unfortunate availability of drugs to our kids.  With about 90% of students signed up in high school, it looks like we are off to a good start.  A lot of thanks to the administrators who worked hard to answer parent questions, explain their vision, and make revisions to policy based on feedback to produce a fair and unbiased program.
           We also have some new teachers this year, and I would like to welcome them, they have spent a lot of time learning about Monett and getting ready for the new year.  While we welcome the new teachers, we are committed to the retention of teachers. I think this was demonstrated recently with overwhelming support of the salary proposal, submitted by Community Teachers Association (CTA), without modification.  Retaining teachers brings a lot of value... 

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What's Happening at Monett Intermediate:
Ms. Cherie Austin, Principal

Adventure Awaits!

           Whew! Things have already been busy here at Monett Intermediate School!  If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter (like/follow us!!) you can see all of the great learning already taking place.
          Fifth grade has been learning about plants. They took a walking field trip to the community gardens behind the police station. Then they researched fall plants and have recently begun planting. We are all excited to see what comes out of our raised beds!
          Sixth grade students have been busy learning about vortices in science. They have had a great time trying to make these vortices with two liter pop bottles and "debris’" 


          Just a reminder: students should be reading every night at home. The best way to get better at reading is to practice, practice, practice. An easy way to help your student is to say,...

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Monett R-1 Departmental Updates: 
Ms. Alex Severs, District Wellness Coordinator


       The 2016-2017 school year marks the start of year four for the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) grant.  Within the month of September HSHC has already had a fantastic kick off!  Our Healthy School Wellness Committee meetings have kicked off.  Programs such as Cubs on the Move, Cubs on the Run, Morning Mile, Walk Across America and Walk to School are in full swing.


         This past week marked our 7th Walk to School week. Monett R-1 partners with the Missouri Foundation for Health, Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Initiative and PedNet to implement the Safe Routes to School Program. The goal of this program is to encourage walking and bicycling to school in order to increase overall health, minimize traffic issues and congestion, as well as assist in reducing environmental repercussions which occur when the majority of the school population is driven to school.  At Monett R-1, we are always looking for ways to have a positive impact on our students and our community outside the classroom.
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Upcoming Calendar Events
Monday, September 26
5:30 p.m. Volleyball

4:30pm Varsity Girls Tennis (District Team Tennis) vs College Heights (Monett North Park)
6:00pm Freshman Football vs. Cassville 
6:00pm JV Football @ Cassville
Tuesday, September 27
​Kindergarten Field Trip

5:30 Volleyball

4:00pm JV/V Cross Country @ Lamar Invitational
4:30pm Boys Swimming & Diving (Monett Duel) Monett YMCA
5:00pm 9/JV/V Volleyball vs. Seneca  
5:00pm V/JV Softball vs. McDonald County
5:00pm V/JV Boys Soccer @ College Heights
Wednesday, September 28
Kindergarten Field Trip
Cubs on the Move
Thursday, September 29
Kindergarten Field Trip

5:30 p.m. Football
5:30 p.m. Volleyball

4:30pm JV/V Boys Soccer vs. Ozark
5:00pm V/JV Softball @ East Newton
6:00pm JV/V Volleyball @ Aurora
Friday, September 30
9:00am Varsity Tennis (Individual District Tournament) @ Joplin
3:00pm Softball @ Carthage Tournament vs. Joplin 
5:30pm  Band Boosters Tailgate Party (practice field west of Burl Fowler Stadium)
7:00pm Varsity Football vs. McDonald County (Homecoming)
Saturday, October 1
Softball @ Carthage Tournament
Freshman Volleyball @ Nixa Tournament 
9:30am vs. Republic
11:00am vs. Branson
11:45am vs. Kickapoo

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