GAINESVILLE R-V SCHOOL DISTRICT
DECEMBER 2018 | DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
"QUALITY LEARNING TODAY FOR TOMORROW"
OUR MISSION STATEMENT"We will commit our financial, educational, and personnel resources to equip all students with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop to their fullest potential as self-motivated, life-long learners."
A Message from Dr. Jeffrey Hyatt, Superintendent
The students, faculty, staff and administration at Gainesville R-5 have had a great first semester and we are looking forward to an even better second-half of the school year after we return from Christmas break.
The calendar committee is currently working on our 2019-2020 school calendar and the topic of a four-day school week is being discussed with the board of education. I only bring this option to the board to determine if this format is a good fit for the Gainesville R-5 School District. An email survey to help gain more input on this topic is being developed. This survey will be emailed to the parents within our school district to gather their input. These survey results will then be shared with the school board. Additionally, we will soon be posting information about a four-day week format on our website for the community to review further. Several school districts in Southwest Missouri are strongly considering this type of calendar for next year. Our goal is to keep the community updated on the calendar development and to approve the 2019-20 at the regular March board meeting.
Our school community is currently working on safety improvements around the school district. Discussions are taking place to better improve our response to all types of emergency situations. We also plan to educate and involve all students in this process to better prepare them in case an emergency arises.
The board of education will be making a decision within the next month on an operating issue to include on the April 2019 ballot. We are taking what we have learned from the previous two elections and looking at changes that might be better supported. An operating increase for a lesser amount and a bond issue for new construction are both being considered. The need is there and we will continue to put forth our best efforts to improve our aging facilities.
Visit the website to access the Junior High/High School calendar and announcements.
93.9% of students 7-12 are reaching the 90/90 goal!
The goal of the 90/90 is to have 90% of our students with a minimum of 90% attendance.
JUNIOR HIGH | HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
- The Junior High Academic Team went to Hartville on November 27 and was undefeated (7th grade 2-0, 8th grade 2-0).
- The English contest participants worked hard at the contest in Conway December 10. Our only medal winner was Hallee Donley who placed 3rd out of 28 in composition.
- The Junior High is excitedly preparing for it's first dance next Thursday! We've been keeping ourselves busy engaging in hands-on learning experiences including making chemical reaction chains to illustrate this scientific process, creating original, student produced videos explaining slope and the mathematical rules that govern it and having a little festive, Christmas fun!
Our high school basketball season is off to the races starting with our Chili Scrimmage. We want to thank our community for coming out and supporting this great event.
GIRLS BASKETBALL UPDATE
BOYS BASKETBALL UPDATE
We have 23 high school boys playing and 5 junior high boys who are helping as team managers.
Our current record is: Varsity 2-5, Junior Varsity 4-1
BULLDOG MARCHING BAND NEWS
The Gainesville Bulldog Marching Band performed in the Branson Adoration Parade Sunday, Dec. 2nd. The band consists of high school and select junior high members. The band played “Christmas on Parade” (along with three other bands!) consisting of “Joy to the World”, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”, and “Jingle Bells”. The parade was not judged this year, but our bulldogs did great! The bands will perform their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 16th at 3:00.
GAINESVILLE BULLDOG CHOIR
The Gainesville High School Mixed Chorus and Jr. High Choir performed at the Gainesville Medical Care Center on Dec. 5th. The High School Ensemble performed “Carol of the Bells” and “Mary Did You Know?” and the Jr. High Choir performed “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”. After their prepared pieces, the choir sang Christmas carols up and down the halls of the nursing home for those who were unable to get out of their rooms. The residents enjoyed the music and the choir felt satisfied knowing they had spread Christmas cheer to them. The High School Choir will perform at the Lions Club Thursday, Dec.13th and both choirs will perform at the annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 16th at 3:00.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM NEWS
- District Testing December 11 - January 11
- Next meeting January 28
- Toys for Tots volunteering December 15
FBLA Hosts Christmas Party for Members
November 12, we held our annual Veteran’s Day assembly. It was a huge success again this year as we had twenty veterans come out for our program. This is a great program for the elementary school as we are able to show our respect to the men and women who have served our country. Our program included the students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the National Anthem and individual recognition of each veteran. Student Council members assisted in handing out “Thank You” packets to attending veterans and to veterans in the nursing home.
Elementary Popcorn League finished up just before Thanksgiving break. We had a great number of participants with 52 boys and 30 girls in grades third through sixth. Students enjoyed competing against their peers as well as learning some basketball fundamentals.
December 6, fourth grade through eighth grade students were taken back in time to 1818. Dr. Robert Kipfer came to the school to portray Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. Mr. Schoolcraft was the first man to document a journey through what is known today as the Ozarks.
The gainesville elementary school hosted their annual Christmas program December 6. Songs performed at K-3 concert included:
Jolly Old St. Nicholas, I Want To Be An Elf, A Hat for My Snowman, What’s In That Stocking?, St. Claus is Coming to Town, My Red Sled, If I were a Reindeer, Not Enough Snow, Nice, Not Naughty, I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas, Believe, Oh That Santa
The 4th-6th grades had their concert later the same night. This also included special choir and the beginning band: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Little St. Nick, We Need a Little Christmas, Snow, Christmas Time is Here, The Day After Thanksgiving, I Feel Like Fa La La, That’s Christmas to Me, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.
Special choir sang Sleepin’ on the Floor, as a sneak peek to their show “‘Twas One Crazy Night Before Christmas”. The beginning band performed: Hot Cross Buns, Good King Wenceslas, and Jingle Bells. Thank you to all for coming and making it a great night!
SPECIAL CHOIR CONCERT
On Friday, December 7th, the elementary Special Choir presented “‘Twas One Crazy Night
Before Christmas”. The Special Choir is made up of students from grades 4-6. We also had a very special guest take time out of his busy schedule to see us! Thank you all who attended and thank you Santa!
WINTER ART SHOW
GAINESVILLE SCHOOL LIBRARY RECEIVES DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY GRANT
Gainesville School Libraries received a $2,500 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant was awarded in August of 2018 and funds were used to purchase high-interest, non-fiction books for our elementary and high school libraries. We were able to purchase a total of 124 non-fiction books for our libraries. This is the fourth time that Gainesville School Libraries has received a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to help promote non-fiction reading among Gainesville students. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy foundation has contributed a total of $10,000 to support youth literacy through the Gainesville School Libraries.
(LiteracyGrantLibrary) Pictured: Mrs. Garrison’s fourth grade class proudly displays the 91 new books purchased for the elementary library using the 2018 Dollar General Literacy Grant funds.
FIRST GRADE MAKES THANKSGIVING TURKEYS
DELVING INTO DISSECTION
Thanks to a helpful deer hunter, 4th grade students were able to delve into dissection. Students got an up close and personal look at the heart, lungs, and liver of a harvested deer. After closely examining each organ they took samples from each to look at a true animal cell. This allowed students to connect what they learned in science studying cells to how animals cells actually look like. Clara’s face says it all, a little gross but so great!