Subject: Cub Pride - October 28, 2016
Date to send: 10/28/2016 at 12:00 PM



 Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven




Message from the District Office
Dr. Brad Hanson, Superintendent

          The last week in October has typically been set aside by school districts for fall parent-teacher conferences.  Traditionally, these conferences coincided with the end of the first quarter grading period and gave teachers a great chance to review student progress through the first quarter of the school year.  Over the past few years, we have tried to move these initial parent-teacher conferences to an earlier time in the school year, especially in our elementary grades (K-6).  We believe that by establishing an effective communication link between school and home provides the best support for students in their learning journey.
          If you have middle and high school students, you will note that we have maintained the more traditional approach to parent-teacher conferences—not because we don’t want to reach out at an earlier time but because most of our teachers have more than 150 students in their class load for which they are responsible.  Our arena-style parent-teacher conferencing provides a “one-stop shop” process for parents to visit with teachers to get, hopefully, the most out of the allotted time.
          I would also like to mention one trend that I am seeing more often within our school district that I firmly believe will pay huge dividends in student learning for the future.  This is the practice of involving students in the parent-teacher conference process.  When students are allowed to lead this process, they can articulate their learning strengths and weaknesses and express to their parents what they need to become proficient in a variety of learning goals.  I believe this process fosters ownership of learning for students and also enhances...

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Central Park Elementary School
Project Based Learning:  How Can Students Be Involved in Making Decisions at CPE?
by Caitlin Holbrook, Fourth Grade Teacher

           Our fourth grade class has been working on their first project-based learning unit for the past several weeks.  Our project began with this driving question: “How can we be involved in making decisions at Central Park Elementary?”   We brainstormed how decisions are currently made in our classroom, school, district, town, state, and country.  Students came to the conclusion that in order to find out how to be more involved in the decision-making process at our campus, we needed to invite Mrs. Wallace into our classroom and ask questions.
            Students generated questions for Mrs. Wallace about how she makes decisions and how they can become involved in that process.  In order to become decision-makers at CPE, students realized that they needed to be outstanding citizens by showing respect, responsibility, safety, and kindness.  Students have been working hard to show all of these qualities throughout the school year.
            After our conversation with Mrs. Wallace, the students realized that a classroom of twenty-four children, all helping to make decisions, would be time consuming, thus making it difficult to come to agreement and to draw conclusions.  Students found they needed to choose a classroom leader to be their voice with Mrs. Wallace.  Before we could begin the process of choosing a classroom leader, we looked at positive leaders from our country’s past.  We discussed the qualities these presidents had that made them some of our most beloved leaders.  We also touched on past leaders that held office and did not uphold...
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 Monett School Resource Officer
 Officer Jay Jastal

          This coming weekend many of us will be observing and celebrating Halloween and trick-or-treating.  I thought it would be a good time to remind parents and children of some safety tips and to answer some questions I receive every year at this time.
           The YMCA will host Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, October 29th, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
           The City of Monett will observe trick-or-treat! Halloween night Monday, October 31st.  Although there is not an established time frame for Halloween night trick- or-treating, participants should be considerate of residents and end at a respectful time (9:00 p.m. is recommended).
            How old is too old to trick-or-treat?  Monett does not have an established age limit, although many communities do and set the age limit at 14 or 15 years old.  
            Law enforcement does check on registered sex offenders to ensure they are compliant with Missouri statutes (laws) regarding their activities on Halloween.  These statutes do not apply to any other days other than October 31st.  We recommend door-to-door trick-or treating only be done on Halloween.
            Rumors of large groups of clowns descending upon communities have been around since the early 1980s and have now been exaggerated with the advent of social media.  We have not found any evidence to validate any of the rumors in the last thirty-plus years. 
            Here are some tips to help children have a safe and happy Halloween:...

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Upcoming Calendar Events:
Friday, October 28, 2016:
MSHSAA Class 3 Football District Semi-Final, Monett vs. Cassville 7:00 p.m. Burl Fowler Stadium

Saturday, October 29, 2016:       
12:00 noon -     MSHSAA Class 2 Quarterfinal Soccer Game:  Cubs vs. Boonville Priates  (Here)

Monday, October 31, 2016:    

No School:  Teacher Professional Development Day

Tuesday, November 1, 2016:        
All District Band Auditions 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016:
Cubs on the Move

GO CAPS Strand to Cox College

Thursday, November 3, 2016:    
Third Grade Concert @ Scott Regional Technology Center 5:30 p.m.

Volleyball Banquet in Commons

Friday, November 4, 2016:      
Speech and Debate at Willard
School Play/Musical at Performing Arts Center 7:00 p.m.
MHS Boys Swim State Championship


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