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A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 February 10, 2016

Update your information in HR Portal

To All Staff

It is important that Payroll and Administration have accurate contact information for each employee. If you move or change your phone number(s), please update your information in your HR Portal.


Applications are now being accepted for Summer School 2016!

June 1st through June 24th


Brad Ellebracht - Mexico High School

Desiree Pezley- Mexico Middle School

Julie Lower - Eugene Field Grades 3rd through 5th

Brandon Schafer - Hawthorne Grades K through 2nd





Only online applications will be accepted. For more information, please call Jan Dempsey at 573-581-3773 x2404. Anyone interested in substituting also needs to complete this process.

Please make sure any employees who do not access the email system are made aware of this opportunity.

Application deadline is Monday, February 29th, 2016!!!

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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)


Summer Paint Crew

Bus Drivers & Substitute Bus Drivers

Substitute Food Service Workers

Substitute Nurses

Substitute Teachers

2016-2017 School Year


Mathematics Teacher - MHS

Spanish - MHS


Food Service Worker

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.

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.
MSTA Ambassador of Higher Education Application

Click the link above to apply to be an MSTA Ambassador of Higher Education