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A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 March 16, 2016

Board of Education Meeting Recap

Click the above link for the recap of the 3/15/16 Board of Education meeting, created by Kevin Freeman, Superintendent of Schools.

The Presidential Primary Results are in.

Voting took place yesterday for everyone in Missouri. On the education front:

In Mrs. Gilman's Freshman American history and junior American government the results were:

Trump: 28

Cruz: 26
Rubio: 13
Kasich: 6

Sanders: 49
Clinton: 15

In Ms. Nichols MMS 8th grade Social Studies classes the results were:

Cruz 26%
Trump 20%
Clinton 19%
Sanders 16%
Rubio 15%
Kasich 4%

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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 20, 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.

Order Bulldog Baseball gear

Click the link above to the order forms.

Bowls for BRIGHTfutures

Wednesday, April 6th, 5-7pm

639 North Wade Street

Mexico, MO

Mexico Middle School Art Department, Mexico High School Art Department, and Mexico High School FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) will be hosting a first time event called "Bowls for BRIGHTfutures". The event will take place on April 6th from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Mexico High School Cafeteria. Attendees will choose a bowl handmade by MMS & MHS art students, and then eat a meal from the bowl, which is theirs to keep. For a meal, there will be soups handmade by FCCLA students and chili donated by Jackson Street Diner. Everyone is welcome to attend.

There will also be other art items available for raffle. All proceeds benefit BRIGHTfutures Mexico. For more information, contact Alicia Pigg at apigg@mexico.k12.mo.us or Jo Ann Diffenderfer at jdiffenderfer@mexico.k12.mo.us

April 4 to May 11 will be online testing and End of Course Exams

Remember back to last year, when online testing was going on and some internet access got shut down to allow for this? This might be an "AHA" moment for this year to plan your lessons without (or minimal) use of internet. TESTING WILL BE CONDUCTED APRIL 4-MAY 11.

Loud and disruptive activities are also asked to be kept to a minimum.

Employee Health Screening

Friday, March 18th, 9am-2pm

2101 Lakeview Road

Mexico, MO



Health Screening event is coming soon!

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Central Office Board Room

Eligible: Mexico School employees and retirees with Anthem Health coverage through Mexico Schools (sorry, spouses and dependents are not eligible, even if covered on your plan)

Sign up online: https://maximwellness.bioiq.com , Click on "Sign-up Now!", Choose "No, this is my first time." (logging in this way will work even if you participated last year). Complete registration entering Invitation Code "Mexico2016" when prompted.

This health screening is open to all employees and retired employees who have Anthem Health Insurance coverage through the Mexico School District. Sorry, spouses and dependents are not eligible. Please see attachments for more information or email Ondie Clark, Payroll Coordinator at oclark@mexico.k12.mo.us. Take 15 minutes to know your numbers!

Click here for more information/registration step-by-step.

Board of Education Reception

Tuesday, April 19th, 6:30pm

2101 Lakeview Road

Mexico, MO

Everyone is invited as the Board of Education honors Robby Miller and M. Elwood Rice, DDS, for their years of service to Mexico59 and welcomes new board members Heather DeMint and Scott Hobbs. The reception will begin at 6:30 pm in the Board Room at the Central Office.
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Resignation of Certified Staff - Policy GCPB and memo

The above link is to the policy pertaining to Resignation of Certified Staff. All certified staff received a memo on this last month. https://docs.google.com/a/mexico.k12.mo.us/document/d/1GnMqiOKjVF0C0OUblXaUyQxoD3luH_RH9SrS-F8Aydk/edit?usp=sharing

Village Square Association to Host Easter on the Square

Click the link above to find out more about the all ages Easter on the Square

Transfers Request Process

Teachers -- it is nearly hiring season again. 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.

Process: (Transfer requests are now done on TalentEd. No paperwork needs to be sent to the principal)

A. 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.

B. 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.

Please contact Bethany Collins if you have questions on filling out an internal application. x2401.

Administrative Policies regarding social media

This link below will take you to the Administrative Policies on Social Media Participation. These policies affect everyone employed by Mexico59. The forms can also be found in the Document Center.

If you would like a Facebook page of your own, for your classroom/need, please fill out the form, have your building administrator sign it, and return to Jo Ann Diffenderfer.

MHS Wrestlers to compete at Nationals

Best wishes to MHS Wrestlers as they prepare for two different national competitions.

Flonationals (March 23-25th) Indiana, PA: Brit Wilson 160 pounds

NHSCA Natonals (March 31- April 3) Virginia Beach, VA:

Dylan Patton Sophomore 113

Dillon Nichols Freshman 132

Jordan Jones Senior 132

Kellen Ekern Sophomore 152

Brit Wilson Junior 160

Jaylen Lee Senior 182

Terrese Aaron Sophomore 285

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Mexico School District 59 Position Openings



Part-Time Evening welding

Speech Pathologist/Speech Language Pathology Assistant(4)


Accounts Payable Clerk

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

English - MHS

Physical Education/Health - MHS

Science - MMS

Early Childhood Teacher- ECC

Special Education Teacher - Elementary


Food Service Worker

MSTA Ambassador of Higher Education Application

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

2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Click the link above to see the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar.

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.

Mexico Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - March

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.