Bulldog Bytes

A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 8/25/15

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.


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.

District Calendar

Wednesday, August 26

FFA Recruitment Week

ECC Open House/Meet Teacher by appt.

Thursday, August 27

FFA Recruitment Week

3:00pm - FFA Officer Training

4:00pm - MHS Girls Golf vs Harrisburg & Southern Boone

5:00pm - MHS Boys Soccer @ Fulton

6:00pm - MHS Volleyball @ Kirksville

Friday, August 28

FFA Recruitment Week

MHS Softball - Varsity - Battle Tournament

7:00pm - MHS Football - Varsity vs California

Saturday, August 29

MHS Softball - Varsity - Battle Tournament

9:00am - MHS Cross Country - Mexico Invitational

9:00am - Trap shoot @ Community R-6

11:00am - MHS Boys Soccer @ Fatima

Monday, August 31

ECC First Day of Pre-K

4:00pm - MHS Girls Golf - Mexico-Moberly-Centralia-New Bloomfield

5:00pm - MHS Boys Soccer vs Moberly

5:30pm - MHS Volleyball vs Centralia

6:00pm - MHS Football - JV Vs Moberly

Tuesday, September 1

7:30am - FFA Farm Safety Camp

4:30pm - MHS Girls Tennis @ Hannibal

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

5:00pm - MHS Boys Soccer vs Marshall

5:45pm - MHS Volleyball vs Eldon

Wednesday, September 2

8:30am MHS Girls Golf - Paris Tournament

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)


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 Baseball Coach - MHS

Assistant Track Coach - MHS


7th Grade Boys Basketball

MHS Theater Cookbooks are in

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 coming out. 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!

Dr. Justin Tarte ‏@justintarte Aug 16

There's a 27% increase in student engagement when the teacher greets his/her students at the door: http://www.teachers.net/wong/OCT13/ #edchat

Thanks for using the hashtags on the first day of school. --Jo Ann

How to contact DESE - Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Welcome to a new school year! The Department is working to streamline communications between our offices and school districts. To accomplish this, we have set up several ways to receive information from us, and we have worked to make our website as user-friendly as possible so that you can get the information you need. Remember, if you cannot find what you need on our website, you are welcome to email our office at Communications@dese.mo.gov or call us at 573-751-3469 and we will find the person or section that can assist you.

Parent-Teacher Organizations/Parent Teacher Associations Listserv

The parent-teacher organization/parent-teacher association (PTO/PTA) listserv is for leaders of a district’s parent group(s). Subscribers receive information from the Department to be shared with parents and families at their PTO/PTA meetings or in their newsletter. Please forward this link to your school’s PTO/PTA contact:Subscribe here

Bulletin Listserv

The Bulletin Listserv is used for anyone interested in education (principals, teachers, parents, etc.) to sign up to receive news releases and the weekly bulletin.Subscribe here.

Department’s Social Media Sites



Commissioner of Education’s Twitter

YouTube channel

Teachers Listserv – NEW!

This listserv is for public school teachers. Subscribers will receive emails about policies, certification information, Department initiatives and news affecting education in the state. Please forward this link to the teachers in your district:Subscribe here

Top 10 by 20 Newsletter

The Department’s monthly electronic newsletter keeps Missourians informed about Missouri public education and the state's progress toward becoming a top 10 state in education nationwide by 2020. Subscribe here

Missouri Learning Standards

Are you interested in Missouri Learning Standards? Subscribe to the Missouri Learning Standards newsletter.

Other Listservs

To sign up to receive information that is sent to other listservs on a wide variety of topics, including MOSIS, Special Education, Curriculum and Guidance and Counseling, please visit our website.

Thank you!

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education | Communications | 573.751.3469 | dese.mo.gov

Transfers and Relocations

Sarah Gooch will be teaching Child Development at MHS in the afternoons and Digital Photography/multimedia, Accounting and Computer Applications at HCC in the mornings.
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MHS Cheer Clinic

Friday, Sep. 4th, 3:15pm

639 North Wade Street

Mexico, MO

Contact Linda Mallott at MMS for more information about participation and the required form(s). Elementary students will participate in the cheer clinic at MHS and will be featured at the MHS home game vs. Marshall that begins at 7 pm on 9/4/15.

School Directory is being created for the 15-16 School Year

Bethany Collins is updating the school directory. If you do not want your address and/or phone number listed, please contact her at x2401 or bcollins@mexico.k12.mo.us by September 4th at 4 pm.

School Days Stomp FUN RUN

Saturday, Sep. 5th, 9am

639 North Wade St. Mexico MO 65265

School Days Stomp Elementary Fun Run at High School Track,September 5, 9:00 a.m. Contact PE teachers at the Elementary School for more information.
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United Way Kick Off

Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 4-6pm

101 North Jefferson Street

Mexico, MO

This is a great way to see what the United Way money is used for!

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 http://goo.gl/AQBRxK

Please note that last week's Bulldog Bytes had Saturday when this event will in fact be SUNDAY, September 6, 2015.

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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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.