Panther Nation October 2019

From The Desks Of The MS/HS Office

It is hard to believe October is upon us! I am excited to see the awesome things awaiting us from now until Christmas. The first quarter will be coming to a close in less than a couple of weeks and Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up on Monday, October 14th from 12 noon to 8:00 PM. If your child's teacher has not reached out to you yet to set up a time, feel free to call the office and set that up with Rita or Kathy. We also encourage you to bring your child to have them lead the conference. This will empower your child and help them to take ownership in their learning. We will be honored to have you come and see what amazing things your kids are achieving and doing here at MCE.

This edition will spotlight some of our staff and students at MCE, as well as many of the upcoming events within our district. I encourage you to look through this edition of the Panther Nation for this information and more.

Panther Up,

Dr. Joel Carey

Meet our School Resource Officer:

Sgt. Abe Dickerson of the Polk County Sheriff's Dept.

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Sgt. Dickerson is in his second year at MCE. He serves as our part time SRO and splits time between us and a couple of other Polk County schools. Sgt. Dickerson is also our local DARE instructor. You will see Sgt. Dickerson a couple of days a week at school and at numerous school events and ball games.

"Hello My Name is Sgt. Abraham Dickerson, I am a Deputy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and am currently the school resource officer for the schools outside of Bolivar. I have been with the Sheriff's Office for just over 9 years and this is my second year as the SRO For Marion C. Early Schools and my third year as the DARE Instructor. After 8 years working the road as a Patrol Deputy for Polk County, I made the change to work with the schools so that I could help teach our future adults the tools to make safe and responsible choices. This also gives me the opportunity to see the community from a different point of view rather than seeing it all from the less than positive side all of the time. For me this has been a great experience and I think I have been able to learn just as much as the children have. I am very glad I made the choice to work with the schools when I did. I hope everyone has an excellent school year."

It's Marching Season!

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The Marching Panthers are under the direction of a new band director this year. Mr. Eric Schrantz takes over a strongly developed and successful program. They marched in their first contest this past Saturday at the Black Walnut Festival in Stockton. Here is what Mr. Schrantz has to say about the upcoming season...

"The marching season is off to a strong start! The High School band has been working diligently to prepare themselves for their first competition at Stockton's Black Walnut parade. Other upcoming events for the High School Band are Pleasant Hope's Pirate Power Classic on October 6th, the Golden Age Games on October 11th, SBU's Homecoming parade October 19th, and MSU's Homecoming parade on October 26th. The beginning band students recently started learning their instruments and their enthusiasm is contagious. Their first concert will be here before we know it at our Christmas concert on December 12th."

Students of the Month for September

Middle School

6th Grade: Jessica Fast

7th Grade: Gabe Minacori

8th Grade: Max Hall

High School

Freshman: Gabe Stokes

Sophomore: Karley Painter

Junior: Jon Burr

Senior: Victor Duchscherer

It's FAFSA Frenzy Time!

On October 1st, parents can begin filing a FAFSA for federal student aid. If you have any students who will be attending college next fall (Aug. 2020), whether they are a senior in High School or currently in college, you are welcome to attend the evening of Monday, October 14th from 5:30 to 7:00. This will be in conjunction with Parent Teacher Conferences and will be in Lab PC1. It is FREE to attend and will include assistance from Mrs. Hinkle and resources from Journey to College.

Student Spotlight

Dual Credit Opportunity

In 2019 MCE became a member school of Launch, an online platform offering traditional and credit recovery course options. Launch was created by Springfield Public Schools (SPS). In a joint effort between SPS and Missouri State University, a new pilot program offering free dual credit courses for students who meet specific qualifications will now be offered through Launch.

As a member of Launch, Morrisville students are included in this pilot program. It is open to Juniors and Seniors who...

1. ...qualify for free or reduced lunches.

2. ...have at least a 3.0 high school Grade Point Average.

The course can only be a dual credit course and the student will be required to meet course prerequisites, if applicable, to enroll in a class. The pilot covers the tuition cost of $70 per credit hour for up to 6 credit hours each semester. Any junior or senior interested in taking a dual credit class in Spring 2020 or Fall 2021 needs to see Mrs. Hinkle.

ACT Dates

Junior & Senior parents: Mark your calendars! The 2019-2020 ACT dates are pictured to the right. Not only can your student's ACT score help with scholarships, but it may help them qualify for the A+ program which will reimburse students for 2 years worth of tuition at any state technical or community college. See Mrs. Hinkle for questions or help with registration. If you take the Summer ACT Prep Course taught by Mrs. Woodmansee, you can have your June ACT test fee reimbursed by MCE!

Teacher of the Month-September

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Congratulations to Mrs. Hayley Cobb. She was selected by her peers as the Teacher of the Month for September. Mrs. Cobb teaches Middle & High School Math. Here are some of the amazing things Mrs. Cobb's colleagues say about her...

"She strives to make sure all of her students are on task and learning. She does a lot of one-on-one help with her students. She is active and involved with student organizations and school wide committees."

"She is a good teacher."

"She is always putting her students first and is a team player with her colleagues."

"She goes the extra mile for her students."

The 2019-2020 Panther Yearbook is Now On Sale!

It's time to buy your yearbook for the 2019-2020 school year. The yearbook is $40 but you can also get up to four free icons to go on your book. This deal is until November 22. After that, the book will still be $40, but icons will cost. Then in the spring, the book will go to $45. By the end of the year, it will be $50.

The website to purchase is

Morrisville FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni roots date to 1971 when it was created as a form of membership within the National FFA Organization with a primary purpose to support and promote FFA, FFA activities, and agricultural education on local, state and national levels. Alumni members are committed to three priorities: supporting FFA students, supporting FFA advisors, and telling the FFA story.

The Morrisville FFA Alumni Chapter was kicked off in 2018. Our membership is open to anyone who is interested in supporting and promoting agriculture, agricultural education and the FFA at the local, state and national level. Despite misconceptions, members do not have to be a former FFA Member or MCE Alumni; they just have to support our agriculture education and FFA students.

To date, Morrisville FFA Alumni has provided a strong, extended network for our agriculture education program, helped find sponsors for the Morrisville FFA Jr. Livestock Show, and helped operate several major activities, including the livestock show and FFA Turkey Shoot.

If you are proud of FFA and want to help local members acquire knowledge and experience from agricultural education and FFA activities –becoming an adult member is for you! FFA advisors and members all across the country rely on volunteers to help support their chapters through the gifts of time, talent and resources in order to gain community support and give teachers more time and freedom to do what they do best – teach students. Join us and give back your skills, starting at the local level!

Our next meeting is Friday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the FEMA. We will have a taco bar and short informative meeting. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

School Picture Re-Take Day

Friday, Oct. 4th, 8am

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

FFA Alumni Meeting

Friday, Oct. 4th, 7pm

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Student Health Expo Hosted by CMH

Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 8am

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Middle School HC Dance

Friday, Oct. 11th, 6-8pm

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

End of 1st Quarter

Friday, Oct. 11th, 3:30pm

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Oct. 14th, 12-8pm

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Senior Cap & Gown Information Day

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 9am

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Class 1 Dist. 3 Softball Tournament 16th thru 19th

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 12am to Saturday, Oct. 19th, 12am

301 North Walnut Street

Fair Play, MO

Game Times TBA

PTO Carnival

Friday, Oct. 18th, 5:30pm

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Senior Cap & Gown Order Day

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 1:30pm

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

STUCO Districts

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 8am

2600 South River Street

Carthage, MO

Nation FFA Convention

Monday, Sep. 30th, 12am

Indianapolis, IN, USA

Indianapolis, IN

Specific Leave Times TBA

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Contact Us:

Mrs. Rita Shadwick-Secretary to the Principal

Mrs. Kathy Painter-Food Service Clerk & Office Secretary

Dr. Joel Carey-MS/HS Principal