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Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 March 1, 2017

Mark Twain Teacher Workshops to be held July 10-14

The Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, Missouri, is sponsoring its twelfth year of Mark Twain Teacher Workshops. Join us July 10-14 in Hannibal, Missouri, for the 2017 workshop. The workshop is geared for teachers grades four through high school.

This year’s focus in on Mark Twain’s Short Stories. Emphasis will be using Mark Twain in the classroom to stimulate students’ writing. The workshop provides the opportunity for participants to tour local sites related to Mark Twain, ride the Mark Twain Riverboat, explore the Mark Twain Cave, tour Jim’s Journey Museum, visit the Mark Twain birthplace at Florida, Missouri, and meet Hannibal’s Goodwill Ambassadors Tom and Becky.

Participants can earn three hours of graduate credit from Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Further details and registration information is available on the Mark Twain Museum web site by going tohttp://www.marktwainmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Application-Letter-and-Schedule-2017-Web-Site-Format-2-9-17-revised.pdf

Please share this note with any of your colleagues or friends who might be interested.

Address questions to Museum Director Henry Sweets at


The Mark Twain Teacher Workshop is funded in part by the Missouri Humanities Council.

Henry Sweets, Executive Director

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

120 North Main Street

Hannibal MO 63401

573-221-9010 extension 405

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Bowls for Bright Futures

Tuesday, March 7th, 4:30-7pm

639 North Wade Street

Mexico, MO

"Bowls for BRIGHTfutures"
Mexico Middle School Art Department, Mexico High School Art Department, and Mexico High School FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) will be hosting the Second Annual event called "Bowls for BRIGHTfutures". The event will take place on March 7, 2017 from 430 to 7 pm in the Mexico High School Cafeteria. Attendees will choose a bowl handmade by MMS & MHS art students, and then eat a meal from the bowl, which is theirs to keep. For a meal, there will be soups handmade by FCCLA students. Everyone is welcome to attend.
There will also be other art items available for raffle. All proceeds benefit BRIGHTfutures Mexico. For more information, contact Alicia Pigg at apigg@mexico.k12.mo.us or Jo Ann Diffenderfer at jdiffenderfer@mexico.k12.mo.us

Teachers - Use TalentEd for Transfer requests

Teachers -- it is nearly hiring season again and that means the possibilities for openings in the district. Below is the process you need to follow in regards to transfer requests to another teaching position.

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. All openings will be handled on a case by case basis.

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

Retirement reminder

For those getting ready to retire in 2017, in order to be paid for your sick leave (maximum 100 days); anyone wishing to retire must have their notice into Bethany Collins by one of the following days, per Board policies GCPC and GDPC:

Certified Staff: March 1, 2017

Support Staff: March 18, 2017 (for those retiring on the last day of school)

NOTE: Those retiring on any other day then the last day of school will need to give 60 days notice in order to receive payment for sick leave.

ALSO NOTE: This is only for retiring employees; resigning employees are not eligible for the sick leave payout benefit.

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