Bulldog Bytes

A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 11/04/15

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.
MEXICO SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR

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.

Mexico School District 59 Position Openings 2015-2016

CERTIFIED

Elementary Teacher

Part-Time Evening welding

Speech Pathologist/Assistant (4)

SUPPORT STAFF

Bus Drivers & Substitute Bus Drivers

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.

MHS

Assistant Track Coach - MHS

FREE Technology Nights @ Hart Career Center

FREE Technology Nights on Mondays, November 9, 16 and 23 from 6-8 pm at the Hart Career Center in the basement. If you (or someone you know) are needing a personal tutor to help you navigate the web or use your electronic device, laptop, ipad or phone, you will want to come to this event! Offered by Future Business Leaders of America in Mexico, Missouri. Please contact Sarah Gooch if interested or call Hart Career Center 573-581-5684. Leave your name and what information you would like to learn. One of our friendly business students will help you!!

Congratulations to the MMS Publications Class on their Jostens Award

The MMS Publications class was honored with a Jostens Program of Excellence banner and award for 2014-2015 at the Jostens fall workshop recently held in Columbia. Pictured is the current MMS yearbook staff and adviser Cindy Allison along with our Jostens representative Lucas McCain.


The staff received the award for being featured in the Jostens Look Book as an example of yearbook excellence. The Look Book is a "best of the best" publication featuring examples of covers, designs and coverage ideas from middle school, high school and college books from around the country that are produced by Jostens.

Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel

The MTRA holds an annual Legislateive day. The next one will be Wednesday, February 17 at the Missouri State Capitol.


Click here for a link to the 2016 Legislative Forum.


Click here for a link to MRTA.

Social Media Shout Outs

Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) highlights from around the district.
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Congratulations to MMS Publications on their Jostens Award

The MMS Publications class was honored with a Jostens Program of Excellence banner and award for 2014-2015 at the Jostens fall workshop recently held in Columbia. Pictured is the current MMS yearbook staff and adviser Cindy Allison along with their Jostens representative Lucas McCain.


The staff received the award for being featured in the Jostens Look Book as an example of yearbook excellence. The Look Book is a "best of the best" publication featuring examples of covers, designs and coverage ideas from middle school, high school and college books from around the country that are produced by Jostens.

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A note from Payroll to All 9 month Support Staff employees:

There is a policy change at the YMCA concerning memberships. Anyone who has not paid their membership dues for more thatn 60 days must pay the $50 start-up fee to be reinstated as members. This policy change applies to school employees as well. Please consider this notice that next year you will have to pay the $50 start-up fee or pay for the summer months in order for your YMCA membership to continue in September, 2016.


Please contact Ondrea in Payroll x2410 if you would like to cancel your current YMCA membership or if you are interested in joining the YMCA. Mexico Schools pays $20 per month per employee toward YMCA membership. The employee is responsible to pay the $50 start-up fee directly to the YMCA.


Click this link to get to the YMCA Enrollment form.

Congratulations Mexico FFA

Last week, three Mexico graduates were recognized on stage at the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY.

2 American Degree recipients (highest degree you can earn in FFA - combination of Leadership and SAE) Only 3,434 members earned this award in 2015, out of more than 629,000 total members.

- Cheyenne Hunt

- Phoebe Frazer


1 National Finalist (Top 4 in Nation with her SAE)

- Mackenzie Stumpe - Her application won State in April, and was judged at the national level to receive National Finalist recognition. She interviewed at National Convention to try and be the national winner.


The 24 high school members who attended were able to improve their knowledge about agriculture on the Ag tours, get motivated by listening to motivational speakers, and spark their enthusiasm about the SAE's through seeing what others have accomplished.

Instructional Technology Blog

Click here for Casey Echelmeier's Blog.

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"

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.

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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.

Mexico School District 59 United Way donations are at 51% of the goal of $7400. Keep up the fundraising!

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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.

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I Go Ape is a site focused on public education.

Check out this really great website. http://igoape.org/

The HB1490 Workgroups submitted their proposed standards to the State Board of Education on Oct. 1, and a public hearing was held on Oct. 26.

The HB1490 Workgroups submitted their proposed standards to the State Board of Education on Oct. 1, and a public hearing was held on Oct. 26. The State Board will review the proposed standards and the comments they receive and take action in March, 2016.

Comments on the HB1490 Workgroup proposed standards are being accepted untilDec. 2, 2015. Please share this information and link with others in your school and community:

· Review the proposed standards and submit your comments

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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.