Panther Nation

From the Desks of the MS/HS Office

February 2020

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As we begin second semester, this January is extra special, marking the beginning of a fresh decade.

As I reflect on the last six years or so at MCE, there has been an undeniable transformation among our schools. During this time, we’ve added a new addition to our Gymnasium, added a FEMA Cafeteria and kitchen, and had numerous upgrades around the campus such as roofing improvements and asphalted parking lots. We have added numerous programs such as eMINTS and PLTW and increased access to numerous pieces of technology for all students. One thing that hasn’t changed in the proud history of our district is the culture of committing to keeping students at the center of every decision that we make.

As we move into the new decade, the next 10 years have big plans in store. We will continue to strive to be a school that can offer unmatched educational programs, attention to each child’s socio-emotional needs, and opportunities for children to learn outside of the traditional box. Above all, we have always and will always put kids first in everything that we do!

My hope is that each and every family in the MCE community has a fantastic 2020!

Joel Carey

Approved 2020-2021 School Calendar

At their January Board Meeting, the MCE Board of Education approved the school calendar for the next school year. Please note, with new legislation, the earliest we can start school is Aug. 24th.

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Student Spotlight

Jack Wiebe

Jack Wiebe is a Freshman at MCE and is active in the Civil Air Patrol. Here is his story...

"I joined the Civil Air Patrol Springfield Composite Squadron in June of 2019. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. CAP is focused on 3 main missions: emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet programs. We meet weekly for drill, PT, safety briefings, character development, leadership training and aerospace topics. Cadets also take Orientation Flights in the CAP-owned planes--I have already flown twice and loved it! I'm considering going into the Air Force Academy after high school, and Civil Air Patrol is a great place to start learning all about it. I recently achieved the Wright Brothers award and have been promoted to Cadet Staff Seargent."

Teacher of the Month For December

Mr. David Francka, MS/HS Social Studies & American History

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Mr. David Francka was selected as the December Teacher of the Month. Here are some of the amazing things his colleagues said about him...

"...for all his work with history bowl. He put in so much time and represented MCE so well! Proud of him!"

"great job organizing the History Bowl"

"For all of his hard work on the History Bowl. It is very clear that he is passionate about seeing the kids succeed and creating a fun event that reaches those who otherwise might not be involved."

"History Bowl!!!"

2019-2020 Yearbooks Are Still On Sale!

Currently, the price is $40, but March 14th it goes up to $45 and then April 25th it goes to $50. Get yours ordered today!

Students of the Month For December

6th Grade: Charissa White

7th Grade: Olivia Parker

8th Grade: Jacob Presley

9th Grade: Lauren Taylor

10th Grade: Liberty Bryan

11th Grade: Xavier Sanders

12th Grade: Austin Paris

Senior Checklist

  • Apply to colleges: Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Apply to multiple schools in case Plan A does not work out.

  • Fill out the online FAFSA. See Mrs. Hinkle if you need assistance.

  • Continue to keep up with scholarship information with Mrs. Hinkle.

  • Involvement: Continue to seek opportunities to become involved in school clubs, sports, or community organizations. School involvement or volunteer service is a great addition to your resume, scholarship applications, and college applications.

  • Senior pictures for the graduation video will be due. Don't wait, turn them in now!

  • Pay your Josten's bill. Start paying off the items you purchased for graduation. See the office if you have any questions.

  • Important Senior Dates:
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Students of the Month-January

6th Grade: Jenna McMillen

7th Grade: Kohen Hancock

8th Grade: Kennan Dillard

9th Grade: Isaac Francka

10th Grade: Gracie Spencer

11th Grade: Makala Carter

12th Grade: McCrae Walker

Teacher of the Month-January

Mrs. Shannon Woodmansee, HS & Dual Enrollment Math

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Here are some of the things her colleagues had to say about Mrs. Woodmansee...

"Always goes above and beyond to make Homecoming "out of this world"!

"all of the work for homecoming, tutoring, organizing staff lunches"

"...because of her work with student council and homecoming. The hallways looked awesome and to work that hard and have it postponed/cancelled had to be tough. She is a trooper and she deserves the recognition."

"...she works her tail off around this place! The activities involving STUCO and organizing payday lunches are just some of the awesome things she does around here... The school has looked awesome for both JH and High school homecomings, the pep assemblies are a blast for the kids...I can't imagine how many extra hours she is putting in. You definitely are working hard constantly... way to go, Mrs. Woodmansee!"

"...for all of the amazing work she did with stuco on the halls."

"...for doing an amazing job with the Homecoming decorations, donuts, tutoring students before school, payday lunches, and everything else that goes up and beyond her responsibilities as a teacher."

"...for the blood, sweat, and tears she put into homecoming decorating. She didn't get the appreciation or recognition she deserved and that's probably due to the snow that is on all our brains these days but she did an amazing job."

MCE Letter Jackets

If you are needing to order a letter jacket, it is not too late. Here is the form and information. You can contact Jostens (click here for email) for ordering information.

Miles For Smiles

Thursday, Feb. 6th, 8am to Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 11pm

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Homecoming vs Greenfield

Friday, Feb. 14th, 5pm

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Order of games and events:

JV Boys (Full Game)
Homecoming Coronation
Varsity Girls
Senior Recognition
Varsity Boys
Homecoming Dance (Until 11:00 in FEMA)

District Basketball at Weaubleau

Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 12am-11pm

22320 Center Street

Weaubleau, MO

Blood Drive

Friday, Feb. 28th, 9am

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Important Links

Contact Information

Mrs. Rita Shadwick-Secretary to the Principal

Mrs. Kathy Painter-Food Service Clerk & Attendance Secretary

Dr. Joel Carey-Principal