Bulldog Bytes

A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 10/14/15

Bulldog Bytes

Bulldog Bytes will be available in your in box each Wednesday (with some exceptions around Christmas & Summer break). Send items to be published to jdiffenderfer@mexico.k12.mo.us. These items can be wedding photos, birth announcements/photos, fund raisers for sports and civic clubs, and other district wide communication needs.

Click here to view the school district's calendar via Google Calendar.

Click here for MPS Lunch Menus

This is a link to the District website to find clickable lunch menus. This will save an email from coming to your inbox from Food Service each week. To locate them, go to "Related Documents" on the right side navigation.

School messenger App is available for Smart Phones

Mexico School District uses School Messenger to alert parents/staff of upcoming events, emergencies, attendance, and lunch balances. There is a smart phone app to connect parents/staff to their contact options in School Messenger. Everyone is encouraged to download the free app and begin using it to set up calling and emailing preferences. Parents will need the email they used to set up Parent Portal/HR Portal. Here is a link to the InfoCenter information page. https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/#/learn

Good Luck Tonight Lady Bulldog Softball at Sectionals

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Order your commemorative Back 2 Back District Champ Softball shirt

Order your commemorative Mexico Softball shirt (pictured above) as they are Back 2 Back District Championships. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO MEXICO SOFTBALL. Fabric color is Black. Prices are Short Sleeved T-shirt $12, Long sleeved t-shirt $15, Hoodie $25. Please add $2 for XXL and $3 for XXXL. Contact coach Keith Louder for more information. 581-4296. Orders need to be to received by 3pm on Wednesday, 10/14/15.

Mexico School District 59 Position Openings 2015-2016


Part-Time Evening welding

Speech Pathologist/Assistant (4)


Attendance Secretary - Hawthorne

Bus Drivers & Substitute Bus Drivers

Playground Aide/Teacher Aide - Hawthorne

Substitute Food Service Workers

Substitute Nurses

Substitute Teachers

The following coaching/extra-duty positions are available for the 2015-2016 school year. Please contact Jeff Anderson x3008 at Mexico High School for additional information.


Assistant Track Coach - MHS

MHS Theatre Dept. to hold Rummage Sale on 10/24/15 in MHS Cafeteria

Teachers & Staff,

The Theatre Department will be hosting a rummage sale next Saturday. If you are wanting to clean out some closets, the garage, or basement and are willing to donate your gently used items, we would really appreciate it!

Please bring items to school by Friday, October 23.


Sara & The Theatre Kids

Instructional Technology Blog

Click here for Casey Echelmeier's Blog.

Instructional Resources

Gina Gilman, Sue Nixon, Elaine Hansett and Casey Echelmeier complied this information for everyone to use. Click the above link to connect to their site.

K-5 Math Help

Click the above link to get to the short article about ConnectEd and Everyday Math resources. Information is also on each Elementary School's page on the link called "Classroom Pages"

Flu mist/shots to be offered to students

Click the above link for information from the Audrain County Heath Dept. Letters will go home with students on 10/16 and 10/22 will be mist/shot day!

Mexico Bulldog Staff Members:

It is so very hard to believe it is mid-October already. This past week, I had the pleasure of once again being a facilitator for The Leadership Academy's Outdoor Leadership Experience state-wide event. Being in that setting with approximately 100 principals and lead teachers from across Missouri once again reminds me how important our work is. And it gives me so much hope for the future of education in Missouri. Our kids are in good hands. Five of our own are part of the Academy this year. Mel Hamm, Liz Robb, Amanda Rowe, Maria Loyd and Jennifer McDole. While none of them were in my small group, I got to see them at some of the large group events and talk to their facilitators. So proud of their participation and the heart they bring to the profession.

The BRIGHTfutures lunch buddy program has well over seventy adults meeting and eating with kids across the district now. I am so excited for the future of our kids with this program. I know two lunches a month are not a magic wand, but they help. And in some ways they help the lunch buddy mentors as much as the kids. I have heard lots of great stories about the lunch meetings. Really good stuff.

I think lunch buddy program meshes well with the challenge I set forth at the opening staff meeting to impact the lives of ten kids this year. Do you have your ten? If not ten, then five, or one? Can you picture them as you read these words? I urge you to join in and be a mentor for one or more students. It is never too late. It is never too little. Make the future bright for our Bulldogs!

Kevin Freeman, Superintendent of Schools

Nominations are now being accepted for Pioneer in Education Awards

During the Annual Christmas Reception we will present the Pioneer in Education Awards. Employees are encouraged to nominate a retired staff member or former Board of Education member. Nominees must have been retired at least three years.

If you wish to nominate someone, please complete the form below and return to the Board Secretary at Central Office not later than November 15.

These two documents are what you need to submit an application. The nomination form. The list of eligible retirees.

Contact Bethany Collins for more information. x2401

MHS Growl is now online

There are several featured pages on the Growl website. Be sure to check it out each week. They publish a new edition each Friday.

MHS Theater Cookbooks ready to be purchased....Get yours NOW!

From Sara Given - MHS Theater Department---It is a great honor to be selected to represent not only our school and community but the state of Missouri at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland August 2016.

We are in need of your support.

“Dramatically Delicious” is our new cookbook. The entries look AMAZINGLY scrumptious! $15 per cookbook with a 75% kickback to our group traveling abroad.

If you are interested in donating to our group, please contact Sara Given at MHS or Bethany Collins at Central Office.

Early Childhood Center now has a Facebook page

Click the above link to see the Early Childhood Center's Facebook page.

Social Media Shout Outs

Tony Vincent ‏@tonyvincent

“Working hard for something we don’t care abt is called stress; working hard for something we is called passion.” @simonsinek #morenet2015

Brian Romero Smith‏@1to1Brian

I know you want to count the days until the weekend, but make sure you make the days left matter! #humpdaymotivation

Our United Way donations are at 17% of the goal of $7400. Keep up the fundraising!

Help the Dixie Gray Band go to Orlando in 2016

Click the above link for information on the Orlando trip and how you can help.

cpi training reminder - tomorrow

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 3:30pm

1200 West Boulevard Street

Mexico, MO

Reminder: CPI physical training is set for OCTOBER 14TH at Mexico Middle School beginning at 3:30 p.m. If you have registered for this class, please remember to have your online training and 3 page test completed prior to this date. You will be required to bring the 3 page test to the physical training for completion verification.

SPOOKtacular at MHS for Grades K-5, sponsored by MHS Theatre Department

Saturday, Oct. 24th, 6-8pm

639 North Wade Street

Mexico, MO

Click this link for more information and participation form. This information will also be available at each elementary school.
MO State BOE to hold Public Hearing on 10/26

Missouri State Board of Education to hold public Hearing on revising the Missouri Learning Standards. Click the link above to read more about it.

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Family Fun Night at the YMCA

Sunday, Jan. 3rd 2016 at 6-8pm

1127 Adams Street

Mexico, MO

Staff and their families are encouraged to come play games, snack and fellowship. Volleyball, pickle ball, ping pong, swimming pool, and racquetball.