Panther Nation

March 2020

From the Office of the MS/HS

The Settlers DIRECTV Commercial Neighbors

I am sure, at some point, you have seen one of the numerous DirectTV commercials from a few years ago involving "The Settlers". Their motto is, "We settle." While it makes for a funny advertisement, it is definitely an attitude which can be detrimental in the field of education. As we enter the the month of March and the home stretch of the 2019-2020 school year, we can decide on one of two approaches to finish the year. As teachers, we can do what we have always done and settle for the traditional ways or we can adapt to the methodologies in which education has changed and incorporate numerous strategies for learning. As students, we can settle for being average, or strive for learning outcomes which will set us apart from those who are competing with us for awards, scholarships, jobs and college admissions.


I challenge all of us to reflect on everything we do, from our teaching and learning in the classroom to how we perform on the ball field or court. Are we "settling" because "it's what we do" or are we working for a seat at the table of influence in our schools and communities? Every experience is a learning one and prepares us for what we want to become and who we want to be. Only we can decide for ourselves. Do we "settle" or do we grow to become better in every aspect of life?


I hope you enjoy this month's addition of Panther Nation!


Joel Carey

Class Scheduling For 2020-2021 School Year

Over the next month, Mrs. Hinkle will be starting this process. Student may get a look at the courses offered through the course description catalog. here is the link to the catalog...


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yd3c9I5ZEmKr0khIz4MLoYVV8vKthM7fvrQjon-rOl4/edit?usp=sharing

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National Honor Society

This past week, we had 19 students from MCE High School inducted into the local chapter of the National Honor Society. NHS is founded upon four pillars. They are Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character. Under these four pillars are the requirements of invitation in this prestigious program. They are...



  • Scholarship
    Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence.
  • Service
    This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
  • Leadership
    Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
  • Character
    The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Congratulations to this year's inductees:


Luchiia Barba

Olivia Blehm

Liberty Bryan

Hannah Brisley

Anna Choate

Elvina Dron

Gavin Duchscherer

Rachel Dumitru

Chance Hampton

Grace Jett

Hadan Madewell

Karley Painter

Libby Painter

John Presley

Rebecca Presley

Riley Simmons

Gracie Spencer

Garrett Trantham

Ally Young

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

On Feb. 11th, the MCE Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) had their district competition in Bolivar. All of the students worked hard for months preparing and did a great job. Here are the medalist results...



Karley Painter and Martin Belt - 5th place in Entrepreneurship

Esther Polocoser - 3rd place in Computer Applications

Keaton Painter and Jackson Dilday - 2nd place in Marketing

Keaton Painter and Jackson Dilday - 1st place in Publication Design (advance to state)

Victor Duchscherer - 1st place in Computer Problem Solving (advance to state)

Victor Duchscherer - 1st place in Cybersecurity (advance to state)

February Teacher of the Month

Ms. Ashley Meyer

MS/HS Art

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Mrs. Ashley Meyer has been selected as the Teacher of the Month for MS/HS. Here are some of the things her colleagues had to say about her...


"She has excelled with the art program and is a great teacher!"


"Ms. Meyer has come in here and rocked her position. I love seeing the kids' art work around the school and I know they are proud of it, too. A lot more of our kids are excited about art and I think Ms. Meyer's passion has a lot to do with that."


"Mrs. Meyer-She has come in this year and had students excited about Art. She has been showing off the work of her students throughout the school for everyone to see."


"She has a passion for teaching students Art and showcasing off their talents."

Welding Competition at Missouri Welding Institute in Nevada, MO

Congratulations to these Senior FFA Members. They attended MWI's Welding Competition in Nevada On January 30th. All three of these young men earned a $1,000 scholarship today. They are Andrew Mitchell, Sean Mueller and Austin Gilmore. Great job guys!

February Students of the Month

6th Grade: Sean Newberry

7th Grade: Brinley McKinney

8th Grade: Garrett Loftis

Freshman: Esther Polocoser

Sophomore: Hannah Brisley

Junior: McKenzie Knight

Senior: Keaton Painter

SBU History Bowl

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On Feb. 27th, 13 students travelled to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar for their annual History Bowl. They competed in areas of knowledge and trivia. These students are....


Kirsten McGinnis

Olivia Blehm

Chance Hampton

Gavin Duscherer

Riley Simmons

Hadan Madewell

Liberty Bryan

Becca Presley

Zach Ellis

Taylor Thompson

Hanna Cunningham

Luchia Barba

Hannah Brisley


The Academic History Bowl Team is coached by Mr. David Francka, Mr. Chad Banks, and Mr. Jonathan Winslow.

Spring Athletic Schedules

1st Day of Spring Sports Practice

Monday, Feb. 3rd, 3:30pm

5305 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

FCA Dodgeball Tournament

Friday, March 13th, 5:30pm

5305 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Last Day of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 13th, 12am

This is an online event.

Cornhole Tournament

Saturday, March 14th, 10am

5305 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Middle School Spring Fling Dance

Saturday, March 14th, 6-9pm

5305 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Alumni Basketball Game

Friday, March 20th, 6pm

5305 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

Important Links

Contact Information

Mrs. Rita Shadwick-Secretary to the Principal

Mrs. Kathy Painter-Food Service Clerk & Attendance Secretary

Dr. Joel Carey-Principal