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A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 May 4, 2016

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Insurance Open Enrollment --Please complete by May 5.

Click here for the open enrollment information. This form will be used this year instead of the paper form. You can only answer the questions once. If you have questions, please call Ondie at x2410 or Amber at x2411.

Insurance Open House

Julie Koirtyohann with MMEBG will be at the Central Office in the Board Room on May 5th from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm to answer insurance questions for any staff member who stops by.

Probationary and Teachers going on to Tenure--Please read.

Probationary and Teachers going on to Tenure:


You received your contracts on April 21, 2016. If you plan to return for the 2016-2017 school year you will need to return a signed contract by May 5, 2016. If you do not return a signed contract you will be considered resigned.


If you are planning on resigning, please send a letter of resignation to your administrator and the Superintendent's office.

Resignation of Certified Staff - Policy GCPB

The above link is to the policy pertaining to Resignation of Certified Staff. All certified staff received a memo on this in February. https://goo.gl/zLNQcH

Employees with Level Changes

If you are planning on turning in paperwork for a level change, it needs to be turned into the Superintendent's office.


In order to move on the salary schedule the deadline for level changes are:

a. June 30, 2016 for teachers on July 1, 2016 contracts

b. August 5, 2016 for teachers with August 2016 contracts



The Horizontal Level Change Forms can be accessed through the Document Center. You will also need to attach an original transcript with the form.

Transfers Request Process

Teachers: There is no longer a March 1st deadline to request a transfer to another building. Instead, all openings will be handled on a case-by-case basis.


Process: (Transfer requests are now done on TalentEd. No paperwork needs to be sent to the principal)


A. If an opening becomes available in your own building that you are interested in, you just need to talk to your principal about the process.


B. If an opening becomes available in a different building, then you need to fill out an internal application in TalentEd so that principal and Central Office know you have an interest.


There are no guarantees on transfer requests. Every situation is different and we will try to do what is best for kids in the long run.


Please contact Bethany Collins if you have questions on filling out an internal application. x2401.

Retirees to be honored at Board of Education Meeting on 5/17

Please join the Board of Education as they honor the following retirees at the May 17th meeting.


Donna Martin

Dan Mika

Nickola Phillips

Mitch Ridgway

Stephanie Ruble

Dawn Shelton

Patty Swisher

Cary Travis

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Popcorn Mania - EF 2nd Grade service learning project!!

Monday, May 2nd, 8am to Thursday, May 5th, 3:30pm

704 West Boulevard Street

Mexico, MO

Popcorn Mania culminates Eugene Field 2nd grade level expectations in math, science, social studies and communications art. We run it just like a small business. We will not only teach across the curriculum, we will also try to instill compassion in helping others by donating our profits to worthy causes. (Mexico-Audrain Animal Shelter, Camp Barnabas - a camp for people with special needs, and 2 $250.00 MHS Senior Scholarships) This is a very important part of 2nd grade, but it’s also very hard work. We have already started learning about expenses, working for needs and wants, as well as earning, spending and saving money and how supply and demand affects a business. As we discuss these topics, the children will be learning about how each of these issues will affect our 2nd grade business, Popcorn Mania.

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