Subject: Cub Pride - April 28, 2017
Date to send: 5/5/1027 at 1:00 PM

  Cub Pride
Student Focused...Future Driven


Message from the District Office:
Mr. Jim Randall, Board Member


     If you asked my old classmates from kindergarten through 12th grade whether they thought I would ever run for the Monett R-1 School Board, I would guess their answers would be somewhere between "Yeah, I really doubt that" to "Oh my gosh, no!"  And they would be right, judging by the person and student I was during that period of time.  Notwithstanding that I was heavily involved in athletics and notwithstanding that I was elected Student Body President at Monett High School, I'll have to admit that I was a bit of a rebel.  Like a lot of students, I thought I already knew quite a lot more than my teachers and parents.  Fortunately, time and experience taught me that my youthful notion was, quite simply, wrong.
     After Monett High School, I attended and graduated from Missouri State University (then SMSU) and earned a bachelor’s degree in history.  I went on to law school at Ave Maria School of Law, then in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  My learning experiences deepened, but particularly during one summer while I was in law school, I was given the opportunity to be a summer volunteer at the South Bronx Educational Foundation (SBEF) in Bronx, New York.  That program was designed to teach inner- city kids about acquiring personal virtues through applying themselves to learning basic subjects like math, science, history, English, etc.  For a person living here in Monett, conditions in the South Bronx were almost unimaginable.  It is extremely poor.  Many there don't speak English or speak it poorly.  Juvenile crime is rampant.  Drugs and teen pregnancy are everywhere.
     I learned two important lessons during my time in the South Bronx...

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Monett Elementary School          

Mrs. Susie Gasser, Principal 


Neighborhood Communities

     About this time last year, we introduced plans to transform our large elementary building into three smaller neighborhood communities to kick off the 2016-2017 school year.  We are about to complete our first year of operating under this new structure and would like to report that the transformation has been relatively smooth, and we are excited about the benefits we have observed this year as well as excited about the possibilities for the future! 
     The most difficult obstacle we encountered this year related to our neighborhood communities came at the beginning of the year and involved end-of-day car rider pick-up lines.  This is always a challenge at the beginning of each new school year, and we had to make some tweaks in our system as the year progressed to make sure we had students at the correct pick-up location. 
     Some of the expected benefits we had hoped to achieve by making this change...

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Monett R-1 Departmental Updates
Wellness Initiative
Mrs. Alex Severs, Wellness Coordinator


When Kids Walk to School, #WellnessWins

     In schools across the country, traditions exist in many forms, such as a back-to-school assembly or an annual field day.  Several years ago in the Monett R-1 School District, we set out (on foot!) to create a new tradition of our own: walking to school.
Stepping into a New Tradition in Monett
     Like many traditions, our walk-to-school program took time to develop and gain support.  Many parents were apprehensive at first because our school had never offered "walking school buses" before, and they lacked knowledge of walking safety within our community.
     We hosted our first event in October 2014 where more than 180 students walked to school over the course of three days.  Parents and community members quickly saw our success and were enthusiastic about participating in future events – and that they did!
     We hosted four more walk-to-school-day celebrations over the next two years with a record turnout of 1,363 students in our fall 2016 event!  From parents to police officers to city employees, the whole community...

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Upcoming Calendar Events:

Monday, May 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. Varsity Golf - District Tournament @ Springfield Golf & CC
4:00 p.m. JV/V Boys Tennis @ Greenwood
4:30 p.m. V/JV Baseball vs. Bolivar 
5:00 p.m. V/JV Girls Soccer @ Fair Grove

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. Boys Tennis @ Thomas Jefferson Tournament
5:00 p.m. V/JV Girls Soccer @ New Covenant Academy (Springfield)
5:00 p.m. V/JV Baseball vs. Cassville (SENIOR NIGHT)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
4:30 p.m. JV/V Boys Tennis @ Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, May 4, 2017
4:30 p.m. Big 8 Track Meet @ Cassville
5:00 p.m. C-Team Baseball - Home vs. Logan Rogersville. 
5:00 p.m. JV/V Girls Soccer @ McDonald County

Friday, May 5, 2017
6:00 p.m. All Sports Banquet @ MMS Cafeteria   

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Varsity Baseball Home:
10:00 a.m. Monett vs. Webb City
12:00 p.m. Webb City vs. Reeds Spring
2:00 p.m. Monett vs. Reeds Spring

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