Message from the District Office: Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent
Over 240 years ago, the founding fathers formed a vision for education in America. They believed that citizens of the new republic needed to able to read and write well enough to participate in the new government and to be able to do enough arithmetic to participate in the growing economy. While the three Rs are still important today, there is an additional set of skills that our students need to participate and compete in the 21st century: the four Cs.
The first of the four Cs is critical thinking. This is the skill that allows us to take different ideas, arguments, and pieces of information and come to our own conclusions. If you’ve ever cautioned someone not to believe everything he/she sees on the internet, you are talking about critical thinking. But that’s not all. Critical thinking helps us understand complex systems and find innovative solutions to problems we’ve never encountered before.
Communication is the second of the four Cs, and we communicate all day, everyday. Whether in person or through technology, we are able to connect in ways never before possible. How well our students can express their thoughts and ideas through writing, speaking, and even multi-media will have a direct impact on their futures as well as their ability to read, listen to, and understand the thoughts and ideas of others.
The third of the four Cs is collaboration. Many times our first thoughts about collaboration turn to the ability to work well with others, and that is an important piece. But collaboration also means we work together in a way that draws on the strengths of each team member and that we have a shared responsibility for the results of the work. The idea that all of us together can accomplish more than one of us alone is the essence of collaboration.
Creativity is the last of the four Cs and continues to grow...
Monett R-1 Special Services Department Mrs. Teena Fare, Director
October is designated nationwide as Disability Awareness Month. The title refers to “disability” awareness, but I would like to focus on “ability” awareness. The motto of Monett School District, “Student Focused . . . Future Driven,” refers to ALL students. All students have the ability to learn and grow academically and socially. Social growth sometimes takes a back seat to academics but is equally important to success in life. These skills are sometimes referred to as soft skills, which are necessary essential skills for success in the community and the workplace. The following skills are most desired by potential employers: Communicating- This is perhaps the most common entry on person specifications for job vacancies and for good reason. Skilled communicators get along well with colleagues, listen and understand instructions, and put their point across without being aggressive. They can change their style of communication to suit the task in hand – this can be invaluable in many different situations, from handling conflict to trying to persuade a customer of the benefits of buying your product. If you’ve got good communication skills, you should be able develop constructive working relationships with colleagues and be able to learn from constructive criticism. Making decisions - There are different styles of decision making, but the important thing is to be, you guessed it, decisive. Gathering all the important facts, seeking advice, looking at the big picture, considering alternatives, being aware of repercussions – these are all things that go into making a good decision. Things to be wary of are indecision and making snap decisions. Showing commitment - Employers want people who are dependable, reliable, enthusiastic, and enjoy hard work. Employees who are committed need very little supervision or motivation to do their best and to get the job done.
Flexibility - We live in rapidly...
GO CAPS is off to an amazing start in its second year at Monett High School, providing a unique opportunity for juniors and seniors to explore careers through immersed classrooms in local business and industry locations. Doubling its course offerings this year, students now have four different “strands” (or classes) from which to choose: Engineering & Manufacturing, Technology Solutions, and two newly added courses, Medicine & Health Care and Teacher Education.
Students choose GO CAPS for a variety of reasons, but most often it’s the opportunity to test-drive future careers. Frequent interactions with professionals in their business-embedded classrooms allow students to learn about different careers available within a field and the different career paths they might not have even considered. One of the goals of GO CAPS is to help students in their post-secondary decision-making process. By exposing students to job-based learning opportunities, they have a better understanding of what’s expected in a certain job, either confirming their interest (which is good!) or helping them realize this isn’t a career they would be interested in after all (which is also good!).
Professionalism is a key component of the GO CAPS experience and constitutes 20% of students’ overall grade. Students are expected to arrive on time in business casual attire, to provide their own transportation to their business site, and to communicate with industry leaders through professional emails and meetings. Boot Camp at the beginning of the year helped prepare and equip students for these expectations. Students learned the importance...