|Subject: ||Cub Pride - December 2, 2016|
|Date to send: ||12/2/2016 at 2:00 PM|
Student Focused...Future Driven
Message from the District Office
Michael Evans, Ed. D, Assistant Superintendent
I can be a creature of habit. When I get ready to work on a new project, develop a new idea, or even write an article, I typically start in the morning. I’ll fix myself a cup of coffee and open my laptop, where I am greeted by the current list of waiting updates that I usually ignore, choosing to put them off until tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow…the same thing is true for my cell phone, Blu-ray player, game console, tablet, etc. On a daily basis, I am reminded of the need to “update to the latest version,” and I delay. Sometimes I don’t even get asked! I just open Google and find new features have replaced the old ones I was familiar with. Nothing is static. Everything is fluid, and it can be challenging.
Kevin Kelly suggests, in his book The Inevitable, that we are entering a time of “becoming” rather than destination. Everyday our apps, operating systems, and devices are slowly changing, slowly improving, slowly becoming. But they never reach a final destination or version, and the process is deceptively subtle. Little changes today create new issues tomorrow that lead to new changes the next day and so on. Before we realize it, everything has changed. What does this have to do with education? A lot, actually.
Since its colonial beginnings, public education in America has gone through three major eras or reforms. The first was the common school movement, which
saw the shift from small, rural schools that provided personalized education to larger, urban schools designed to educate large numbers of students. This was followed by the progressive era, which saw reformers like John Dewey push back against the industrial model of education but with limited success. We are currently in the standards era, which is characterized by high-stakes testing, accountability, and standardized curricula.
While I am tempted to call this current era version 4.0, I don’t think we are really beyond version 2.2. Why? Because much of the change that has happened since the common school movement (version 2.0) has not been significant enough to consider it a completely new version. In many schools, the industrial model is...
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Monett R-1 Special Services
Teena Fare, Director
“Students with Disabilities and Technology: Opening New Doors”
With the increase of technology in education, there is ongoing discussion as to what degree technology is appropriate for students with disabilities. At Monett R-1, we continually strive to find the appropriate tools to meet the needs of all students. With continuous changes in technology, there are always challenges, but the positives outweigh the negatives by students having access and using technology devices. Technology can increase their independence and teach basic technology and communication skills that will be needed throughout their lifetime.
For example, Apple has embedded learning and literacy, vision, hearing, and physical and motor skills into its operating systems to meet unique needs of their users. This includes Guided Access, Speak Selection, Siri, Dictation, and iBooks.
Guided Access helps students with autism or other attention and sensory challenges to stay on task. A teacher or therapist can limit an iOS device to stay on one app by disabling the Home button and even restricting touch input on certain areas of the screen so wandering taps and gestures won’t distract from learning.
Speak Selection can read a student’s email, iMessages, web pages, and eBooks out loud. Hearing a word as it’s being read can help with comprehension for a wide range of learners. Double-tap to highlight text in any application; tap Speak, and the device reads the selected text. Students can have words...
Monett R-1 Departmental Updates:
Ms. Alex Severs, District Wellness Coordinator
“Healthy Schools Healthy Communities: Looking Back”
During the month of October, our HSHC Community Coordinator, School Coordinator(s), and their champions had the opportunity to attend the annual HSHC Conference. Monett HSHC had the opportunity to learn about successes in other schools and communities and to network and celebrate successes of their own. A great resource that all schools and communities receive at these meetings is their yearly evaluation reports provided by the John Snow Institute (JSI). This year Barry and Lawrence Counties provided a look back of data from the first year (Fall 2013) to present.
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We are proud to share that these reports truly show we are moving Monett HSHC forward in our counties. Below are highlights from 2013 to 2016:
82 HSHC-related meetings were held in 2015-2016.
During 2015 – 2016, Barry and Lawrence Counties leveraged 2,459 volunteer hours to move HSHC efforts forward.
$21,648 was leveraged in Barry and Lawrence Counties beyond HSHC funding in 2015-2016.
$374,331 has been leveraged in Barry and Lawrence Counties since the start of HSHC.
During 2015, 2016 Barry and Lawrence Counties hosted 49 programs and events reaching over 8,000 people, including a few of the following;
Healthy Communities Cooking Classes
Cubs on the Move
IMAGEN Summer Camp
Cubs on the Run – Couch to 5k Training
Upcoming Calendar Events:
Monday, December 5, 2016:
Dec. 5th - Dec. 7th: RIF Week (Reading is Fundamental)
5:30 p.m.: Girl's Basketball
5:30 p.m.: Wrestling
Academic Team Quad - Mt. Vernon
4:00 p.m.: Monett Freshman Basketball Tournament
Tuesday, December 6, 2016:
6:00 p.m.: 2nd Grade Christmas Program at Monett Elementary Gym
5:30 p.m.: Wrestling
4:30 p.m.: Girls Swimming & Diving (Monett Duel @ Monett YMCA)
5:00 p.m.: 9/JV/V Boys Basketball vs. Neosho
Wednesday, December 7, 2016:
Cubs on the Move
Thursday, December 8, 2016:
6:30 p.m.: Monett Intermediate Singers at Performing Arts Center
5:30 p.m.: Girls Basketball
FBLA Entrepreneurship Workshop
4:00 p.m.: Monett Freshman Basketball Tournament - Monett Middle School
5:30 p.m.: JV/V Wrestling vs Diamond / Webb City - Monett High School
Friday, December 9, 2016:
Monett Intermediate Singers Annual Holiday Tour to local nursing homes
MHS Speech and Debate at MSU
5:00 p.m.: 9/JV/V Boys Basketball vs. Marshfield
6:00 p.m.: JV/V Girls Basketball @ Hollister
Saturday, December 10, 2016:
MHS Speech and Debate at MSU
9:00 a.m.: Monett Freshman Basketball Tournament - MHS
9:00 a.m.: Varsity Wrestling @ CJ Classic
9:00 a.m.: JV Wrestling @ Harrisonville JV Tournament
10:00 a.m.: Girls Swimming & Diving @ Winnetonka Invitational
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