Subject: Cub Pride - January 6th, 2016
Date to send: 1/6/2017 at 1:00 PM

 Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


Message from the District Office
Brad Hanson, Ed. D, Superintendent

         Happy 2017!  I hope that your Christmas break was enjoyable and you had time to visit with family and friends.  As I do each year, I would like to refresh your memory of our theme for this school year.  If you recall, I asked everyone in our opening meeting to “Focus on Learning,” primarily in the area of our standards-based approach to curriculum/lesson planning, proficiency scale development, and creating a wide variety of assessment tools for students to use to display their learning.
     I appreciate your hard work in continuing to make great strides in this standards-based learning approach.  Here are a few comments/observations from our progress this past semester:
ELOs (Essential Learning Outcomes).  In my mind, this is all about making a choice between quality vs. quantity.  The determination of what is most essential is not an easy process!  I appreciate your work over the past several years in this area, but please keep in mind that this work must continually be reviewed each and every year to ensure that what we deem “essential” is what is best for our students.
Proficiency Scales.  Once again, this is very hard work to define, in a very transparent manner and in student-friendly language, the roadmap for success for student learning within each ELO.  We are just scratching the surface with our use of these scales, and it is exciting to see students using these scales and having conversations about their own learning!  
Evidence of Learning.  I am also very excited about the work and conversations that continue to center around this topic.  When we open our minds to allowing students to demonstrate their competency in unique ways, I believe we will move past the days of students just “chasing points” to earn a grade to a new era where students will focus more on growth within their own learning progression.
     Thank you again for your continued commitment to “Focus on Learning” in these specific areas.  Your hard work is already starting to make a difference!
     Have a great remainder of the school year!
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Monett R-1 Building Administrators

Monett Elementary School
From: Deb Wycuff, Elizabeth Short, and Becky Potter, Instructional Coaches


     One of the great learning opportunities this year for Monett R-I School District is the Literacy Academy.  The Elementary Literacy Academy includes teachers from MES and CPE and is geared toward the study of research-based reading strategies in order to enhance reading instruction in the elementary classroom.
     Utilizing the book, Reading Strategies, the academy teachers gather once or twice each month to review, practice, and collaborate about phonics, fluency, and comprehension.  These gatherings allow teachers the time and space to share ideas, reflect upon current practices, and build upon their own teaching skills.  Other instructional models studied in the academy are Words Their Way, Making Words and utilizing running records.  Teachers are then encouraged to implement several of the strategies or models in the classroom and share with other teachers how classroom learning was impacted. 
     This year’s Literacy Academy, a collaborative effort between instructional coaches at MES and CPE, consists of Courtney Billings, Jillian Loos, Tashia Garner, Melissa Lankford, Katy Chapman, Diane Gonzales, Brandi Shores, and LaShel Crouch.  
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Central Park Elementary School
Jennifer Wallace, Principal

     Happy 2017!  Central Park teachers welcomed back students with a review of our Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBiS) program expectations.  We spent the first few days practicing routines in the hallway, classroom, lunch, and recess.  PBiS helps students stay focused on making good choices and decisions, which is a great way to begin again in 2017!
     During second semester, CPE students will be reviewing and learning new skills to help them be successful on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Spring 2017 test.  Students have been working on test-like practice questions throughout the year to help them solve problems and use various strategies when trying to decide the correct answer choice.  This spring will be the third year our third and fourth graders will be taking the MAP test electronically.  Students have also been practicing using their devices (laptops and iPads) and learning keyboarding skills to help ease the stress of taking the assessment online. 
     We are looking forward to a fabulous second semester at Central Park Elementary!  We wish you much happiness and success in 2017!


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Monett Intermediate School
Cherie Austin, Principal     


     It’s all down-hill from here!”  Although this is a popular saying, it’s odd to say it as 2017 begins.  But it is true.  It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year.  We have lots of work left to do to prepare the students for the next school year.  This is the time to step it up and make every day count!
     Just a reminder that we are on Facebook and Twitter…it’s been fun sharing our adventures with you on social media and we hope that you have felt part of the journey.  After all, it takes everyone working together to make our students great. Community, school, home:  it really is a partnership!
     Make sure you check with your students to see if they are in need of any new school supplies.  It’s the time of the year where no one can seem to find a pencil, paper, and “Where is that folder?”  Also, keep encouraging your student to read nightly.  This practice is essential for their overall success!
     As we begin this second semester, thank you for entrusting your student to us; thank you for partnering with us, and thank you for helping your student each and every day!  May 2017 hold many more adventures for us!

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Monett Middle School
Jonathan Apostol, Ed. D, Principal


     After a relaxing break with family, I am looking forward to the start of the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year!  Our journey into proficiency scales at Monett Middle School has been one of celebration and of learning.  It is a celebration because of the transition towards students showing mastery of standards in classes versus accruing points to make the grade; it is a celebration because students can better explain their strengths and weaknesses in their respective classes; and it is a celebration because teachers can focus on specific standards students are struggling with the most.  Our journey has also been about learning about proficiency scales, too.  We have learned how to clarify our curriculum to the most essential understandings; we have learned how to break down our standards into parts that are manageable and meaningful for our students; and we have learned how to become more consistent in our expectations and reporting of our standards to students and their families.
     I reflect on the powerful conversations we had at our professional development day on Tuesday, January 3. Teachers were discussing how they created clear expectations for their Learner Behavior Standards and how it was communicated to students. Teachers were sharing workarounds to roadblocks they were experiencing in the class.  Teachers were there for each other because they wanted their colleagues to be successful.
     I am blessed to be a lead learner in this building because of our collective successes. Our teachers’ commitments to each other’s success filter into the commitment to our students’ success.  On behalf of the staff at MMS, welcome back to a school that is committed to our colleagues’ success and your student’s success. Let’s continue our journey!

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Monett High School
David Williams, Principal


     Welcome back to the second half of the 2016-2017 school year!  If second semester at Monett High School passes half as quickly as first semester seemed to, then it will be summer break before we know it!  Please check our Facebook page and school website frequently for announcements about important dates for your student, as the spring semester is always full of events for students and their families.  Next week is already Rose Spirit Week, which culminates with our Monett High School boy’s basketball team versus Aurora and the Rose Dance on Friday, January 13th.
     Looking forward to next year, a group of teachers heads to Park Hill High School in a week to learn firsthand what they’re doing with online education.  Monett High School would like to expand its online and “blended” course offerings for junior and senior students to take advantage of during their Resource time.  We are looking forward to announcing later in the spring which courses will be offered.
     Thank you to the parents, staff, community, and students who helped make the first half of the 2016-2017 school year such a success.  We look forward to an even better second half!
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Scott Regional Technology Center
David Miller, Director


Welcome to 2017!    

     Welcome back to Scott Regional Technology Center!  We are excited about the start of the second semester.  Our students and staff have had a nice long break and are now ready to get back to work.  The second semester is a very exciting time for students.  Our seniors are working in internships and getting ready for their future, while juniors are taking more responsibility in the classrooms and continuing to learn curriculum.  Back to school in January brings a couple of major events for Scott Tech students and staff for which to prepare.  Sophomore tours and SkillsUSA/DECA District competitions are the February events that take a lot of preparation and time.  Following are the descriptions of our events.  Thank you for supporting these events and our students.

Sophomore Tours

     On February 22nd and 23rd, Scott Regional Technology Center will host Sophomore Tours.  The tours allow area 10th graders the opportunity to explore our various career and technical programs.  Students representing fourteen different high schools will visit programs of their choice to explore and ask questions.  This important event is done over a two-day period without sending school juniors and seniors.  By not having our current students, this allows teachers the opportunity to focus on the sophomores and engage them in conversation about their programs.

     Before students arrive on campus, most will have completed career surveys at their home schools to help them narrow down their possible career and program choices.  They will also have been visited by Scott Tech staff who will give them information, answer any questions they may have, and show the Scott Tech promotional video.  Once they arrive at Scott Tech, students will have the opportunity to visit the programs of their interest to learn more about possible careers, what types of skills they will learn, and possible future studies associated with those careers.

     In the weeks following Sophomore Tours,... 
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Upcoming Calendar Events
Saturday, January 7, 2017 

Girls Swimming & Diving @ Ozarks Invitational
9:00 a.m. Monett Wrestling Tournament (MHS)

Monday, January 9, 2017  
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Boy's Basketball

6:00 p.m. Varsity/JV Girls Basketball vs. Diamond HS  (away)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Boy's Basketball 

4:30 p.m.  Varsity/JV Girl's Swimming & Diving vs. Central Dual (away)
5:00 p.m.  Freshmen Boy's Basketball vs. McDonald County (here)
6:00 p.m.  Varsity/JV Boy's Basketball vs. McDonald County (here)

Thursday, January 12, 2017   

5:00 p.m.  Varsity/JV Wresting vs. CJ/Logan Rogersville/Willard (away)
6:00 p.m.  Varsity/JV Girl's Basketball vs. Aurora HS (here)

Friday, January 13, 2017   
5:00 p.m.   Freshmen Boy's Basketball vs. Aurora HS (here)
6:00 p.m.   Varsity/JV Boy's Basketball vs. Aurora HS (here)

Saturday, January 14, 2017   
9:00 a.m.  Varsity Wrestling vs. Branson Invitational Tournament (away)

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