Summer 2021 Newsletter

June 23, 2021

Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Click on the image below to see the full gallery.

Follow this link for the Monett Times Article on the Groundbreaking Ceremony.

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BOE Recognition - Accelerated Reading and Writing Student Completors

Monett Elementary students were recognized in the May BOE meeting for the completion of the Accelerated Reading and Writing program.

Carrie Smith, Janna Hightower, Charity Rakoski, Lori Forrest, and Jennifer Eaton worked with 110 students at the MES campus that required additional support in reading and writing. Out of the 110 students, 77% reached accelerated progress. All kindergarten students were tested before the end of the school year in reading and writing in preparation for the next school year. Early testing will result in a faster implementation in the fall, giving our reading recovery and small group reading teachers more time and opportunity to work with students. Supporting early interventions in reading and writing is critical in ensuring students are on the right track for the following grade levels.

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Big 8 Art Show Placers - Mrs. Wallsmith and Ms. Leeper's Placers 5-12 Grades

Monett High School Art Student Winners - Annual Big 8 Art Show - Several High Placers including Best of Show. Congratulations to all Big 8 Art Show Placers!
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Chess Competition at MMS

Our Monett Middle School Chess team competed against other MMS students in May. The competition was held in the MMS auditorium. There were two tournaments, a varsity tournament and a junior varsity tournament. Each tournament had 32 students compete.

Varsity Tournament

Yovanni finished 1st

Matthew finished 2nd

JV Tournament

August finished 1st

Caiden finished 2nd

Left to right: Matthew Batson, Yovanni Salas, August Black, Caiden Doty

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Mathematics Curriculum

Monett is supplementing their math curriculum and will be implementing these changes in the 2021-2022 school year. Students in grades K-5 will be using the Bridges Mathematics curriculum, and grades 6-8 will be using the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum. The Curriculum and Instruction department began the Professional Development of teachers in K-8 on May 25th and May 26th (photos below). This professional learning will continue throughout the school year and beyond.

We had two teachers at each grade level run a pilot program in the spring. We received excellent feedback from teachers and students. The photos below are from a 5th-grade classroom working on a math unit. The math unit is about adding and subtracting fractions. Students were working through a session called "River Trail." Students were tasked with creating a scale of a river trail and all the components found along a trail (bathrooms, water fountains, etc.) using 30 kilometers as the whole and fractional parts for the elements.

Mrs. Roderman said, "It is AMAZING seeing students work alongside each other and the teachers moving toward true facilitating." Teachers and students are excited about the implementation of the Bridges and Illustrative Mathematics curriculum. We will share more about the Math curriculum in the 2021-2022 school year.

Monett Elementary students played a math game using the Bridges Mathematics curriculum during the March BOE meeting. This game was part of the Bridges Mathematics curriculum pilot program. Both our students and the BOE members enjoyed the Bridges Math game.

Bridges Mathematics Curriculum

Monett Shark Tank

**Attention 2021-2022 Students - Parents, we encourage you to speak to your student about this great opportunity.**

GO CAPS is partnering with the Monett Chamber of Commerce Foundation to bring budding Entrepreneurs an opportunity to launch your very own company. Through this program, you could have start-up expenses covered for your own personal business. This is a means of bringing your ideas to life without having the initial cash investment on hand. This fall, real money will be awarded to students like you through a "Shark Tank" style event. Leading up to the event, local business leaders and entrepreneurs will coach and help you create and refine your business plan and pitch to the sharks.

Seating for the business plan coaching classes are limited, and will be held once a week after school. If you are interested or have any questions about the program, please contact Dr. Josh Carter at

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SRTC Donation

Larry Carver from the Pierce City Armory donated $500 to our SRTC students for designing and creating a sign installed in the Pierce City Armory. The design was created by the SRTC Graphic Design program and the platform and frame were fabricated by the SRTC Welding department. Students demonstrated professionalism throughout the process and delivered an exceptional piece. Every detail was well thought of and executed. Great job, SRTC students!

Class of 2021

Congratulations to the class of 2021. May your dreams and wishes come true as you continue your journey through life.

Special shout out to the Monett Yearbook staff for photographing the Monett Commencement Ceremony.

Click on the images below to see the full gallery for each event.

Senior Caravan - HD May 13, 2021

End of Year Ceremony

Melissa Powers received the District Teacher of the Year Award

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Susan Norris & Pam Schmidt

Congratulations to Pam Schmidt and Susan Norris for being named the Longest Serving Teacher and Staff Member for the 2020-2021 school year! They have both been in the district for 32 years!
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25 Years of Service - Marlena Discroll

Marlena Discroll was recognized at our end-of-year meeting for her 25 years of service to Monett.
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Support Staff of the Year Awards

Not Pictured:
  • Maria Rivas - MES
  • Paula Fenske - MHS

Teacher of the Year Award per Campus

Not Pictured: Sara Todd - MIS

2021 Retirees

Congratulations to our 2021 Retirees!

Back row: Ken Carney, Cindy Rutherford, Tracy Copening, Cathy Moiser

Front row: Pam Schmidt, Angela Johnson, Tina Fare, Cindy Weibel

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Retiree: Terri Mulvaney

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We have several job openings. If you are interested in joining the Monett Schools team, follow the link below to see a list of open positions and requirements.

Careers and Requirements

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Monett Community Flyers

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