Bulldog Bytes

A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 10/07/15

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.

Click here to view the school district's calendar via Google Calendar.

Click here for MPS Lunch Menus

This is a link to the District website to find clickable lunch menus. This will save an email from coming to your inbox from Food Service each week. To locate them, go to "Related Documents" on the right side navigation.

School messenger App is available for Smart Phones

Mexico School District uses School Messenger to alert parents/staff of upcoming events, emergencies, attendance, and lunch balances. There is a smart phone app to connect parents/staff to their contact options in School Messenger. Everyone is encouraged to download the free app and begin using it to set up calling and emailing preferences. Parents will need the email they used to set up Parent Portal/HR Portal. Here is a link to the InfoCenter information page. https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/#/learn

Mexico School District 59 Position Openings 2015-2016


Part-Time Evening welding

Speech Pathologist (4)


Bus Drivers & Substitute Bus Drivers

Bus Mechanic

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

September Fitness Update/Winners

We had 89 staff members exercise 30 minutes at least 3 times a week. That is terrific.

Here are the winners for September. They will receive a graze snack box.

Lorie Meyer EF

Whitney Roemer HS/McM

Audrey Patton Haw

Carolyn Hobbs Haw

April Willis HCC

Kristin Lodderhose EF

Chris Atkinson MS

Stephanie Robinett MS

Hester Russell HCC

Ruth Nash McM

Congratulations! Be Active Be Healthy

Instructional Technology Blog

Click here for Casey Echelmeier's Blog.

Instructional Resources

Gina Gilman, Sue Nixon, Elaine Hansett and Casey Echelmeier complied 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"

Educator Survey on Top 10 by 20 for DESE

This is a follow up survey to the one DESE administered in April. Please take a quick minute to complete it.

DESE talks about Missouri Learning Standards/Work Groups

The Department received documents from all eight of the HB 1490 academic standards work groups in accordance with the legislated October 1 deadline. We are looking forward to reviewing the work groups’ recommendations for improving the Missouri Learning Standards. We are confident that the end result will produce high quality Missouri standards to help our students graduate college and career ready.

Here are the next steps:

· The work groups will present their recommendations to the State Board of Education at the third hearing on October 26.

· The Department will seek input from academic researchers and the Joint Committee on Education, as required by law.

· We will set up a public comment period from November 2 – December 2. We will notify you when we start collecting comments on the standards with information on how to submit those comments.

· We plan to present the Missouri Learning Standards to the Board at its February 2016 meeting, and they plan to vote on the recommendations by March 2016.

We want to thank the educators and parents who worked diligently over the last year to create these recommendations.

If you wish to review the work groups’ recommendations, please visit this web page for links: http://goo.gl/ZAFWa2.



Sarah Potter | Communications Coordinator | 573‐751‐3469 | dese.mo.gov

Flu mist/shots to be offered to students

Click the above link for information from the Audrain County Heath Dept. Letters will go home with students on 10/16 and 10/22 will be mist/shot day!

Congratulations to the Dixie Gray Band

Congratulations to the members of the Dixie Gray Band who competed in their first marching competition of the year this past Saturday at the Monroe City Black and Gold Classic.

For the PARADE competition, the Dixie Grays earned a 1 Rating, and finished 4th in our class (with 4th in music overall- out of 21 bands!).

For the FIELD competition, the Dixie Grays earned a 2 Rating (only two bands of the 18 received 1 ratings), finished 3rd in our class, and 5th overall in a field of 18 bands!

The band had a great day on Saturday, and received many good, constructive comments to improve upon before the second and last marching competition in Quincy, IL on October 17 at the Quincy Octoberfest.

Congratulations to Emma Chedwick

Congratulations to Emma Chedwick All District & qualifies for Sectional Golf Tourney in Jackson, MO @ Bent Creek GC. Emma is the daughter of Sherri (ECC Parents as Teachers) and Zack Chedwick.
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Congratulations to Malik Holman

Malik Holman sets New MHS School Record @15.59 .2 @ Chili Pepper Race in Fayetteville, Arkansas. #schoolrecord Malik is the son of Mark Holman (MHS counselor) and Melissa Holman (MPS Technology). He is pictured here with MHS Cross Country Coaches, Lucas Breneman and John Wilbers.
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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.

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.

Our United Way donations are at 14% of the goal of $7400. Keep up the fundraising!

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 last date is:

Oct. 8 Eugene Field

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

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.

Think First Missouri/KRCG TV 13 to present Assembly at MHS.

Friday, Oct. 9th, 9am

639 North Wade Street

Mexico, MO

This presentation will include four powerful speakers as they tell their stories.

Drive One 4 UR school is THIS Saturday, October 10.

Call Jo Ann Diffenderfer if you would like to Volunteer. Proceeds from the event go to BRIGHTfutures Mexico and Dixie Gray Band!
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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

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.