Bulldog Bytes

A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 8/12/15

Bulldog Bytes

Bulldog Bytes will be available in your in box each Wednesday (with some exceptions around Christmas break). Send items you would like included (including weddin announcements and birth announchments) to jdiffenderfer@mexico.k12.mo.us.

The Mexico 59 Board of Education is having a busy August.

The Mexico 59 Board of Education is having a busy August. On Tuesday, August 11th, the board met to discuss bond issue financing as it relates to setting the levy for the coming year. On Monday, the 17th, the board will meet with the architect, Hollis and Miller, to discuss project priorities for the 10-year facilities plan. And on Tuesday the 18th, the board will have their regular August meeting, which will include setting the levy for the coming year.

In board action on Monday the 11th, the board approved two items. One was to continue our working relationship with LJHart as our bond council on future bond issue projects. The second item was a resolution to pre-pay $460,000 worth of debt. This prepayment of debt will save the district a little over $92,000 in interest payments.

In addition to saving $92,000 in interest payments, pre-paying the debt gives the board of education flexibility in setting the debt service levy on Tuesday the 18th.

The school district levy is divided between three funds. Mexico59's levy is split between the operations fund, the capital fund and the debt fund. For the year just ended, the total levy was $3.9978 with $3.3301 in operations, $.0800 in capital and $.5877 in debt (add 3.3301+.08+.5877 =3.9978). Due to changes in the district's assessed valuation and the pre-payment of debt, the board of education will have the flexibility to set the debt levy anywhere from its current $.05877 up to $.08900. This will be discussed Tuesday night in some detail and in consideration of the cost of projects identified in the 10-year plan.

All Employees must watch MUSIC videos!

EVERY Employee of Mexico 59, regardless of job position, must watch the required videos.

The link is https://in2vate.com/music/

Ensure that you do this in a timely fashion. There is a “Forgot My Password” link on the page for your assistance.

Employee Handbook - Please read and sign

On 8/5/15, Bethany Collins emailed everyone the Employee Handbook link. Here is the link again. https://goo.gl/xSVk93 Please remember to read it, print the last page, sign it, and return it to your Building Administrator.

Update your information with Payroll

Did you relocate or have a name change this summer? If so, please make the updates in HR Portal. If your name changed, be sure to update your information with Ondrea Clark in Payroll. She will need to see your new Social Security Card to make a name change.

Congratulations to the following teachers on completing their Master’s Degree

Adam Barnett - Masters in Teaching from Columbia College

Danielle Westmoreland - Masters in Education Administration from William Woods University

Jenna Power - Masters in Teaching from Hannibal-LaGrange University

Robert Dalton - Masters in Teaching from William Woods University

Sarah Gooch - Masters in Education Administration from William Woods University

Jessie Mommens - Masters in Education Administration from William Woods University

Hester Russell - Master of Science in CTE Leadership degree from University of Central Missouri


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

Friday, August 14

8:00am - MHS Freshman Walkabout

6:00pm - MHS Football - Varsity - Jamboree

Monday, August 17

3:30pm MMS - Football Practice Starts

6:00pm EF Open House

6:00pm HAW - Open House

6:00pm McMillan Open House 6-7pm

6:30pm - Board of Education Study Session

Tuesday, August 18

7:00pm - Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday, August 19

5:30pm - MMS - Open House

6:45pm - MMS - XC Parent Meeting

Thursday, August 20

School Starts

3:30 pm - MMS - Volleyball First Day of Practice

3:30pm - MMS - XC First Day of Practice

5:30pm - MMS - Football Parent Meeting

6:00pm - MHS Open House - Freshman Parent meeting in Emmons Hall at 6:00-6:30

6:00pm - MMS - Band Instrumental Rental Night


Mexico School District 59 Position Openings 2015-2016


In School Suspension - Middle School

Part-Time Evening welding

Speech Pathologist (4)



Bus Drivers & Substitute Bus Drivers

Computer Lab Aide

Substitute Food Service Workers

Substitute Nurses

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


Boys Basketball 7th Grade

Mexico School District gets new Employee Absence program.

Subfinder was acquired by AESOP/Frontline and there are some changes you need to know about.

1. You will be emailed your user name (your phone number) and you PIN (which you can change)

2. Teacher and Paraprofessionals will not have to do a separate entry in HR Portal for the absence (In Progress)

3. Teachers can attach documents to the their absence for the substitute to see ahead of time.

If you have any questions, feel free to call Beth Hawkins at x2704 or Jo Ann Diffenderfer x2425

Here is link to the Teacher Learning Center

YMCA Back to School Fair

Sunday, Aug. 16th, 7-10pm

1127 Adams St, Mexico, MO 65265

Everyone is Welcome to Attend the YMCA Family back to school night for Mexico School District employees and families will be August 16th from 7 to 10 pm at the YMCA. Bring your family and enjoy the food, fun, fellowship and games.

Hashtag your back to school photos

As you post photos to social media on 8/20, use the hashtag to identify your school. #1stDayEF, #1stDayHAW, #1stDayMCM, #1stDayMMS, #1stDayMHS

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.

Please be looking for the MHS Theatre Department at various venues around the community. We will be working for our funding.

Our next event is Cruise Night on August 15 in Hardin Park, Mexico, Missouri. We will be offering face painting and crafts for the kids, selling our cookbooks featuring local chefs and selling photos that you may take at the event by yourself or with your friends and family.

Also look for us at the Soybean Festival August 21 & 22.

“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.

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Are you interested in working at Mizzou games for extra money?

My name is Mike Cosentino and I am the Director of Event Staffing for Keystone Staffing Resources. We are the company that handles most of the game day positions at Mizzou football games. I am reaching out to you to let you know that we are hiring for the 2015 fall season and would love to meet with you if you would be interested in picking up some extra cash by the working the games. We love teachers and administrators as you tend to have a great work ethic and are great at dealing with the public. Working the 6 home games at Mizzou this year is a great way to pick up some extra spending cash, start a little Christmas savings account, or just get out and enjoy the games without having to spend any money. Plus, the work schedule isn’t overwhelming and won’t interfere with your full time job. 5 of our 6 games this year are on Saturday and one game is on Thursday night.

We staff positions like parking lot attendants, bag checkers, ticket takers, ushers, suite ushers, and field crew. The pay range is between $8-$10/hr and the usual shift is about 8 hours long. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, head on over to our website www.keystoneeventstaffing.com and apply online. We do interview sessions every week and can accommodate your schedule.

Even if this is something you are not interested in, maybe you have family, friends, and/or neighbors that would be interested. Please feel free to pass this email along to anyone you know.

Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you!


Mike Cosentino

Director, Event Staffing

Keystone Event Staffing

12747 Olive Blvd, Suite 200 | Creve Coeur, Mo 63141

O: 314.878.7200 | C: 314.518.5471 | F: 314.878.1566


Join the YMCA for half of the start up fee

Monday, Aug. 10th, 8am to Friday, Aug. 14th, 5pm

2101 Lakeview Rd

Mexico, MO

Half price start-up fee for ALL MEXICO SCHOOL EMPLOYEES the week of 8/10-8/14/15. Contact Ondrea Clark x2410 in Payroll for more information. Click here to download the enrollment form.

Mexico Young Farmers Host Missouri Tour in Mexico/Audrain County

The Mexico Young Farmers hosted the 2015 Missouri State Tour on July 30th through August 1st. Over 200 participants from all over Missouri travelled to Mexico and participated in the three day event. The group used four chartered buses to travel to the different stops in the area.
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Corn Trailer donated by Poet Biofuels

Other highlights of the tour included:

  • A corn trailer filled with farm toys and corn provided by Poet Biofuels

  • A tractor and truck display that Mexico Young Farmers have restored over the years.

  • A speech by Tony Robertson n the history of agriculture in Audrain County.

  • Missouri Young Farmer Association presented five Agriculture Education students with scholarships.

  • The Ag Issues contest team winners (from Paris MO) presented their state winning entry on drones in Agriculture in preparation for Nationals.

The group was also treated to meals provided by several state and local businesses and groups. Mexico Young Farmers, Missouri Farm Bureau, Mexico FFA, Eddie Sydenstricker, Audrain Cattleman’s Association, MFA Agri Services, Farm Credit Service.

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

Social Media shout outs!

Ken Williams (@unfoldthesoul)

7/28/15, 5:50 PM

RT @childele: Most schools don't have an RTI problem. They have a first best instruction problem. #truth. @Heimlich74 @unfoldthesoul...

Dane Dellenbach @BBDaneDell

Leaders inspire others to do things they wouldn't normally do. #K12PRChat #ptchat #schoolpr #SuptChat pic.twitter.com/UMEt6D6w99