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A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 January 27, 2016

SchoolMessenger has Texting Option;

To All Staff,

We are adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger, the system we use now for phone calls. The system will be configured to send text messages to cell phone numbers whose recipients have agreed to receive them. Over the next weeks, we will be encouraging staff members to confirm we have accurate phone numbers and encourage them to participate. We get this cellular number from HR portal.

There are only two requirements for a recipient to receive messages from Mexico 59 via SMS text: your wireless number imported into SchoolMessenger and “Opt-In Confirmation” from your wireless device. These requirements address any concerns related to the accuracy of the database and costs associated with receiving text messages.

You can easily opt-in by simply sending “Y” (or “Yes”), via text message, to our SchoolMessenger Short Code number. We will be inviting recipients to do this over the next several weeks and continue throughout the year.

The wireless number(s) must be in the SchoolMessenger database associated with your staff ID number; these numbers are updated nightly. If your SMS Text number is changed, or a new number added, in our staff information system database, the new number will automatically be sent an Opt-In message.

The flyer shown below gives you the step-by-step directions on completing this process. February 8, 2016, if you have not already opted in, a message will be sent to the number on file. Prior to that date, all staff is encouraged to update your information in HR portal.

We will enable this feature for parents this spring. Opting in can start anytime. Cell numbers need to be in SISK12/Parent Portal for this service to work. If you are a parent and a staff member, you only need to opt-in once.

Please email jdiffenderfer@mexico.k12.mo.us or call Jo Ann at x2425 for more information on this process.

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Remember to use #MexMoSnowDay to hashtag photos on Facebook and Twitter.

W-2 forms and Taxes

Please remember do NOT use the information on portal W-2 to file your taxes. Please wait until you receive hard-copy W-2 before filing your taxes. Be sure to submit address changes to the HR Portal. W-2 forms will be mailed/distributed before the IRS deadline of January 31, 2016.

Transfers and hiring process

Teachers -- it is nearly hiring season again. We have received one announced retirement and history tells me we'll have a couple more. 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.

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. 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.

Bethany Collins

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education Secretary.

2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Click the link above to see the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar.

Considering Retirement?

In order to be paid for your sick leave (maximum 100 days); anyone wishing to retire must have their notice into the Superintendent's Office by one of the following days, per Board Policies GCPC and GDPC:

Certified Staff: March 1, 2016

Support Staff: March 21, 2016 (for those retiring on the last day of school).

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.

CTA's Scholarship Fundraiser: Turkey Turnover Dinner

Friday, Feb. 19th, 5-7pm

639 North Wade Street

Mexico, MO

Community Teacher's Association's Scholarship Fundraiser: Turkey Turnover Dinner

When: February 19th from 5:00-7:00 PM

Where: MHS Cafeteria

Price: $5.00 (tickets are on sale now)

CTA staff members are currently selling at every building and will be available to purchase at the door the night of the dinner.

Mexico School District 59 Position Openings



Part-Time Evening welding

Speech Pathologist/Speech Language Pathology Assistant(4)


Bus Drivers & Substitute Bus Drivers

Substitute Food Service Workers

Substitute Nurses

Substitute Teachers

2016-2017 School Year


Mathematics Teacher - MHS


Food Service Worker

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

Instructional Resources

Gina Gilman, Sue Nixon, Elaine Hansett and Casey Echelmeier compiled 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"

Instructional Technology Blog

Click here for Casey Echelmeier's blog postings.


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

MSTA Grants and Awards

Click here to view the MSTA Grants and Awards page.

Mexico Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Here is a link to the current Mexico Chamber of Commerce Newsletter for your information.

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.

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Bulldog Bytes

Bulldog Bytes will be available in your in box each Wednesday (with some exceptions around Thanksgiving, 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.