Subject: Cub Pride - January 13, 2017
Date to send: 1/13/2017 at 1:00 PM


 Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven

Message from the District Office
Michael Evans, Ed. D, Assistant Superintendent


          Welcome back and Happy New Year!  It’s a time for both reflecting on the year that has been and setting goals for the year in front of us.  As I look at the “to-do” list that lives on the whiteboard by my desk, I am realizing that I’ve added more items to the list than I’ve checked off.  But, in fairness, many of the things on the list will take years to accomplish, and I’m comfortable with that.  But that doesn’t mean things aren’t moving forward, so I thought I would update you on how my list is going.  After all, a number of you are helping me!
           One of the items at the top of the list is SBL, or Standards Based Learning.  You know, ELOs, proficiency scales, assessments, etc.  We have made a lot of progress here.  Over the last eighteen months, we have narrowed our curriculum by selecting the most important content and skills for students to master and have written proficiency scales that describe what mastery looks like.  This work has been completed from kindergarten through eighth grade, and the high school isn’t far behind.  In another eighteen months, we will likely have ELOs and scales in place throughout the district and will have created a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all of our students that is aligned from kindergarten through graduation.
            Speaking of alignment, that’s another project on the list.  The math department was the first group to start this work, followed by communication arts. These vertical teams have been working to ensure that our ELOs are aligned both horizontally and vertically even as the state changes standards, assessments, and expectations.  While this work will never be truly finished (remember, “there is no finish line”), I am confident that by the end of the school year, we will have... 

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Central Park Elementary School
Mrs. Jennifer Wallace, Principal


            What is NAEP?  Central Park Elementary fourth grade students are eager to find out the answer.  Our school has been selected to participate in the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in core subjects.  NAEP stands for the National Assessment of Educational Progress and is congressionally mandated.  This assessment was first given in 1969 to measure student achievement. 
            Our school was notified in early August, and at that point, our student roster for fourth grade was submitted for student selection.  The NAEP committee randomly selected 65 students who will take the assessment in reading and math.  Parents will be notified in writing if their child has been selected to take the NAEP.  Each subject will typically take about 30 -50 minutes with extended time given if needed.  The selected CPE fourth grade students will take the NAEP on Wednesday, March 1st.  The NAEP setting is similar to taking the MAP assessment, so this will give students another opportunity to share their knowledge and practice good test-taking skills.
            The results of the NAEP are released as The Nation’s Report Card and are available for states to review.  This data helps educators, policymakers, and researchers assess academic progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States.  We consider it a privilege to be selected to participate and know that our students will do an outstanding job and give great effort when taking the NAEP assessment.
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 Monett R-1 Special Services Department
 Mrs. Teena Fare, Director

            January is designated as Braille Literacy Awareness Month in honor of Louis Braille.  According to Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius, authored by C. Michael Mellor and published by National Braille Press, Louis Braille was born sighted and accidentally blinded himself at the age of three.  He was fortunate to be sent to Paris to board at one of the world's first schools for blind children.  Braille went on to be a talented musician, beloved teacher, astute businessman, and genius inventor.
            There, at the age of 12, he began to work tirelessly on a revolutionary system of reading and writing by touch.  Braille's passion to improve life for "my fellows in misfortune" was the driving force behind his creation of a code of raised dots that give blind people the gift of literacy for the first time no matter what language they speak.
             When you think of braille as being a second language, the importance of learning braille is critical in order to have the ability of lifelong communication for the 1.02 million people in the United States who are blind.

Missouri Services for Students  
              The state of Missouri has a wonderful resource for schools and families to support students who are blind.  The Blindness Skills Specialist Program is housed at Missouri State University but is a resource for schools throughout Missouri.  The primary goal of the Blindness Skills Specialist Program is to enhance the educational performance of students who are blind… 

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Upcoming Calendar Events:

Monday, January 16, 2017:
Monett High School:

5:00 p.m. Freshmen Basketball vs. Cassville

​Monett Middle School:
5:30 p.m. Boys Basketball

Tuesday, January 17, 2017:
Monett High School:
5:00 p.m. 9th/JV/Varsity Boys Basketball @ Carthage

Monett Middle School:
5:30 - 8:30 Boys Basketball

Wednesday, January 18, 2017:
Monett Elementary School:

3:15 - 4:15 Cubs on the Move 

Thursday, January 19, 2017:

Monthly Board of Education Meeting 6:00 p.m.

Monett High School:
(Time tba) Varsity 9-12 Boys Basketball vs. Frontenac Tournament (away)
6:00 p.m. JV/Varsity 9-12 Girls Basketball vs. Fair Grove High School (home)
6:00 p.m. JV/Varsity Wrestling vs Seneca (away)

Friday, January 20, 2017:
Monett High School:

(Time TBA) Varsity 9-12 Boys Basketball vs. Frontenac Tournament (away)
Speech and Debate @ Parkview/Central

Central Park Elementary:
Snuggle in and Read Day
4th Grade Big Red Event

Scott Regional Technology Center:
CBCO Blood Drive

Saturday, January 21, 2017:
Monett High School:

(Time TBA) Varsity (9-12) Boys Basketball vs. Frontenac Tournament (away)
9:00 a.m. JV Wrestling vs. Kickapoo JV Tournament (away)
10:00 a.m. Varsity/JV Girls Swimming and Diving vs. Webb City Invitational (away)
Speech and Debate @ Parkview/Central

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