Bulldog Bytes

A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 09/09/15

Bulldog Bytes

Bulldog Bytes will be available in your in box each Wednesday (with some exceptions around 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.

Use Bulldog Bytes for District Wide Communication

If/when you have a message that needs to be communicated to the ~375 employees of Mexico 59, Bulldog Bytes is the only way to do it. Send your information to jdiffenderfer@mexico.k12.mo.us or call Jo Ann at x2425.
Saving children's lives, one Friday at a time!

Here is a great article about one teacher and the way she handles her classroom since Columbine! It is a very inspirational story and can be a way for each of us to impact ten people!

FORREST T. JONES Representative will be here to discuss 403b (retirement investment accounts)

EVERYONE, unless recently hired, needs to meet and sign off with the representative from Forrest T. Jones. Everyone needs to accept or decline!! He will be at all buildings next week with exception of the Central Office which will be the following week, 9/15/15.

Wednesday 9/9: MMS 8 am to Noon, Early Childhood Center 1-3:30 pm

Thursday 9/10: EF 7:30 am to Noon, Hawthorne 1-3:30 pm

Friday 9/11: McM 7:30 am to Noon, Hart Career Center 1-3:30 pm

Tuesday 9/15: Central Office 7:30 am -Noon

If you have any questions, please contact Ondrea in Payroll, x 2410.

Mexico School District 59 Crisis Communication Plan

Click the above link for the District Wide Crisis Communication Plan. Staff members are also encouraged to save a copy of the link to their computer desk top, tablets and smart phones.


In case you did not know, we need certified teachers as bus drivers. This would be extra money for you and it will also help you when you retire, if you keep it up, as it logs more income for you when reported to PSRS. For more information about becoming a bus driver, contact Curt Jackson x2424.

Furniture in stock for district use

If you need something for your classroom or office, click here to go the furniture in stock for district use file on Google Drive. If you find something you want, email Mitch Ridgway and members of the maintenance team will deliver it when they can.

District Calendar

Wednesday, September 9

9:00am - University of MO St. Louis College Visit - Jrs & Srs

4:30pm - MHS Girls Tennis vs Battle

5:00pm - MHS Softball V/JV @ Boonville

Thursday, September 10

MHS Boys Soccer @ Moberly Invitational

Dual Credit Money Deadline for MACC

8:30am - MHS University of Central MO visit

9:00am - MHS Girls Golf - Westran Tournament

4:30pm - MHS Girls Tennis vs Moberly

5:00pm - MHS Softball V/JV vs Fulton

5:00pm - MMS 7/8 Football vs Hannibal

5:00pm - MMS 7/8 Volleyball @ Troy

5:00pm - HCC Next Step Open House

5:30pm - EF PTO Ice Cream Social

5:45pm - MHS Volleyball vs Hannibal

7:00pm - FFA Meeting: Movie Night

Friday, September 11

MHS Boys Soccer @ Moberly Invitational

MHS Softball - Jeff City Softball Tournament

7:00pm - MHS Football Varsity @ Hannibal

Saturday, September 12

MHS Boys Soccer @ Moberly Invitational

MHS Softball - Jeff City Softball Tournament

8:00am - FFA Trap Shoot

9:00am - MHS Girls Tennis @ Osage Tennis Tourney

9:00am - MHS Cross Country - Forest Park Festival

Monday, September 14

9:00am - MACC for Dual Credit Guidance Office

10:15am - ECC Mrs. Green Music

2:15pm - ECC Mrs. Green Music

4:00pm - MHS Girls Golf - Russellville & Mexico

4:15pm - MMS XC @ Bowling Green MS Meet

4:30pm - MHS Girls Tennis vs Fulton

5:00pm - MHS Softball - V/JV @ Marshall

5:00pm - ECC Pre-K PTO meeting ECC Lobby

6:00pm - MHS Volleyball @ Fulton

6:00pm - MHS Football JV Vs Hannibal

6:00pm - MMS 7B Volleyball @ Kingdom Christian Academy

Tuesday, September 15

8:00am - Bradford Field Day

4:00pm - MHS Girls Tennis @ Palmyra

4:00pm - MHS Cross Country - QND Running Raider Invitational

5:00pm - MHS Softball V/JV @ Moberly

5:00pm - MHS Boys Soccer vs Hannibal

5:00pm - MMS 7/8 Football @ Warren County

5:30pm - MMS 7/8 Volleyball vs Boonville LSE Middle School

5:45pm - MHS Volleyball vs Kirksville

7:00pm - Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday, September 16

3:00pm - FFA Area 4 Leadership Conference

Click here for the most up-to-date calendar http://www.mexicoschools.net/calendar-google.php

Mexico School District 59 Position Openings 2015-2016


Part-Time Evening welding

Speech Pathologist (4)


Building Secretary

Bus Drivers & Substitute Bus Drivers

Substitute Food Service Workers

Substitute Nurses

Substitute Teachers

The following coaching/extra-duty positions are available for the 2015-2016 school year. Please contact Jeff Anderson x3008 at Mexico High School for additional information.


Assistant Track Coach - MHS

Let kids fidget in class; it might be good for everyone

This is an article that sheds some light on how movement can help kids during the day.

MHS Theater Cookbooks ready to be purchased....Get yours NOW!

From Sara Given - MHS Theater Department---It is a great honor to be selected to represent not only our school and community but the state of Missouri at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland August 2016.

We are in need of your support.

“Dramatically Delicious” is our new cookbook. The entries look AMAZINGLY scrumptious! $15 per cookbook with a 75% kickback to our group traveling abroad.

If you are interested in donating to our group, please contact Sara Given at MHS or Bethany Collins at Central Office.

Social Media shout outs!

Matthew Lynch


Parental Involvement: Strengthening Communication is the Key theedadvocate.org/?p=4450 #classroomtechnology pic.twitter.com/O61OI8tMTG

Jami Williams @mswilliams106

Keepin' it real and relevant: @mhs_growl is up and running. Check us mhsgrowl.com pic.twitter.com/gwtojd3BfJ

Student Health Screenings to be held at YMCA

Students in grades 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th will travel to the Mexico YMCA for health screenings. The dates are:

Sept. 10 Hawthorne

Sept. 17 McMillan

Oct. 8 Eugene Field

If you have any questions about this, please contact your school's nurse or Angie Anderson, Head Nurse at x2802.

CPI Training Reminder

Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 3:30pm

1200 West Boulevard Street

Mexico, MO

Reminder: CPI physical training is set for September 9 at Mexico Middle School beginning at 3:30 p.m. If you have registered for this class, please remember to have your online training and 3 page test completed prior to this date. You will be required to bring the 3 page test to the physical training for completion verification.

United Way Kick Off

Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 4-6pm

101 North Jefferson Street

Mexico, MO

It is time to kick off the United Way Campaign!

Mexico Public Schools is a top five employer in Audrain County with a little over 370 regular and part-time employees (with another 60+ on our sub teacher list). We are constantly asking for community support. This is one way for us to give back to the community.

United Way supports dozens of local organizations that impact our students and our schools, such as A+ for Mexico Education grants, Red Cross, YMCA, 4-H, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Rainbow House to name a few.

Please consider your support of United Way this year. We have structured the building goals so that approximately $20 per employee will allow the district to meet our overall goal total.

Your building/department goals:

Fall 2015 Goal


HCC/MEC $600.00

MHS $1,500.00

ECC $280.00

HAW $1,080.00

EF $1,060.00

MMS $1,260.00

McM $740.00


99% of the funds that Audrain County raises will stay right here in Audrain County.

Some examples of fundraisers in the past have included: jeans days, silent auction. penny wars, carry-in luncheon and an administrator and/or teacher getting a pie in the face.

Payroll Deductions: Please remember: If you are going to donate with a payroll deduction the total amount of months you can donate is no more than 6 months. Any more and it creates a payroll mess. Deductions will begin January 2016.

If you are doing something neat/creative for a fundraiser and want some PR, please let Jo Ann Diffenderfer know ahead of time, it might help the cause.

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5 Teaching Practices to kick to curb

Ineffective teaching methods? Find ways to get rid of them by clicking on the above link.

Next Step Program Open House at Hart Career Center

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 5-5:30pm

905 North Wade Street

Mexico, MO

This event will be held in Room 27 at the HCC.

Eugene Field Ice Cream Social

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 5:30-7:30pm

704 West Boulevard Street

Mexico, MO

MHS Key Club to host Red Cross Blood Drive

September 23rd from 10-2 is the Key Club's blood drive in the Sports Complex lobby. It will be open to the public. Please spread the word and/or participate if you can. Besides being for the Red Cross, the Key Club seniors could get a scholarship through the Red Cross if we collect enough units.

*Coaches (note from Mrs. Galloway): If you would consider letting athletes participate, they could perhaps be excused from practices that day. If it is a game day I understand them not participating.

Thanks everyone for helping with a good cause!

A+ for Mexico Grant Applications due!

A+ for Mexico Grant Applications need be turned in ASAP. The deadline is September 25th.

Information can be found at http://goo.gl/yjtO44

The application can be found at https://goo.gl/7TDCqz

Help the Dixie Gray Band go to Orlando in 2016

Click the above link for information on the Orlando trip and how you can help.

Nominations are now being accepted for Pioneer in Education Awards

During the Annual Christmas Reception we will present the Pioneer in Education Awards. Employees are encouraged to nominate a retired staff member or former Board of Education member. Nominees must have been retired at least three years.

If you wish to nominate someone, please complete the form below and return to the Board Secretary at Central Office not later than November 15.

These two documents are what you need to submit an application. The nomination form. The list of eligible retirees.

Contact Bethany Collins for more information. x2401

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Family Fun Night at the YMCA

Sunday, Jan. 3rd 2016 at 6-8pm

1127 Adams Street

Mexico, MO

Staff and their families are encouraged to come play games, snack and fellowship. Volleyball, pickle ball, ping pong, swimming pool, and racquetball.