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A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 April 20, 2016

Board of Education meeting notes from Mr. Freeman

Please click this link for a meeting recap by Superintendent Kevin Freeman.


Also remember, Mr. Freeman will send out an email later in the week about personnel changes.

MHS Noteworthy Dinner Theater - "A Night at the Movies"

Friday, April 29th, 9pm

639 North Wade Street

Mexico, MO

MHS Noteworthy Dinner Theater

"A Night at the Movies"

Friday, April 29 - dinner at 6:00pm, show at 7:00pm

Tickets are $12 for dinner & show, and $3 for the show only, and can be purchased at the MHS Office, or a Noteworthy member.

Popcorn Mania - EF 2nd Grade service learning project!!

Monday, May 2nd, 8am to Thursday, May 5th, 3:30pm

704 West Boulevard Street

Mexico, MO

Popcorn Mania culminates Eugene Field 2nd grade level expectations in math, science, social studies and communications art. We run it just like a small business. We will not only teach across the curriculum, we will also try to instill compassion in helping others by donating our profits to worthy causes. (Mexico-Audrain Animal Shelter, Camp Barnabas - a camp for people with special needs, and 2 $250.00 MHS Senior Scholarships) This is a very important part of 2nd grade, but it’s also very hard work. We have already started learning about expenses, working for needs and wants, as well as earning, spending and saving money and how supply and demand affects a business. As we discuss these topics, the children will be learning about how each of these issues will affect our 2nd grade business, Popcorn Mania.


Commerce Bank has been wonderful to help us with this project for the past 15 years. Ron Hopkins visits and explains the loan process and provides us a Promissory Note that each of us will sign. Our loan will be in the amount of $450 to be used to buy supplies for our business. On the average we bring in over $1,700! That is a LOT of $.50 bags of popcorn!


The children will have an opportunity to work each of the jobs in our business w/the exception of Book Keeper. They have filled out their “application,” and have taken a “Driver’s Test.” Upon passing their Driver’s Test, they will receive their “license” which will have to be worn when working as a Truck Driver. We will be selling our $.50 bags of popcorn during students’ lunch recesses.

The dates for this year’s POPCORN MANIA, is May 2-6.

So, put our dates on your calendar. Thank you for your support! We are guaranteed to have FUN! We will also take orders and deliver to other district buildings. Email one of us for assistance.

Mrs. Whanger, Mrs. Meyer, Ms. Alexander, Mrs. Ransom

Resignation of Certified Staff - Policy GCPB

The above link is to the policy pertaining to Resignation of Certified Staff. All certified staff received a memo on this in February. https://goo.gl/zLNQcH

Contracts for Certified Teachers

All Tenure and Probationary contracts will be sent out by May 15, 2016. Included with contracts will be the Memo regarding Policy GCPB and the 2016-2017 Salary Schedule.

Employees with Level Changes

If you are planning on turning in paperwork for a level change, it needs to be turned into the Superintendent's office.


In order to move on the salary schedule the deadline for level changes are:

a. June 30, 2016 for teachers on July 1, 2016 contracts

b. August 5, 2016 for teachers with August 2016 contracts



The Horizontal Level Change Forms can be accessed through the Document Center. You will also need to attach an original transcript with the form.

**Note Date change in Headline for this edition** Benefits meetings April 25 and 26 with MMEBG

Monday and Tuesday, April 25 & April 26, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Mexico Middle School Cafeteria.

Julie Koirtyohann with Sundvold Financial will be presenting information on Health Insurance.


Click here for the open enrollment information. This form will be used this year instead of the paper form. You can only answer the questions once.

Transfers Request Process

Teachers: 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.

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.