Bulldog Bytes

A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 August 3, 2016

Welcome New Teachers

If the saying "a good beginning is half the battle" is true, then we are well on our way to winning with new teachers. At publication of this Bulldog Bytes, they are nearly finished with their five days of new teacher week. Top to bottom, they seem to be an excellent group. A nice mix of veterans and first-year teachers. Please welcome these new Bulldogs as you see them in the buildings and around town. We will also showcase new support staff as they begin in future editions of Bulldog Bytes so stay tuned.


The following employees have transferred to different positions and/or buildings in the district.

  • Alex Stuckenschneider - 1st Grade/Hawthorne
  • Carey Knipfel - 2nd Grade/Hawthorne
  • Austin McBride - Ag/Middle School
  • Ann Runge - 5th Grade/Eugene Field
  • Amanda Dubbert - 5th Grade/Hawthorne
  • Amanda Sullivan - Ag/Career Center
  • Sue Nixon - 1st Grade/Eugene Field
  • Jacque Dieckman - Food Service/Hawthorne
  • Brenda Thoenen - Food Service Secretary/CO
  • Melissa Elam - Food Service/High School
  • Sherry Phillips - Library Aide/High School

KXEO and KWWR invite everyone to Downtown Mexico for a Block Party on August 4 at 6 pm

Back-to-School BLOCK Party Itinerary (subject to change)

-- 6pm Kickoff

--Band plays Fight Song

--New Teachers

--Introduction of Administrators

--Bright Futures

--MHS Clubs are announced

– Sponsors Recognition of Special Awards clubs received last year

--MU Alumni speech

--Intro of MHS Sports Booster President

--KXEO talk about Sports Boosters (spotlight them)

--Band plays song while Cheerleaders introduced


--Band plays Fight Song

--Introduction of AD Jeff Anderson and recognition of Award.

--Introduction of New Basketball Coach Nick Bradford

--Fall Sports Coaches introduced – Speak – (Introduce players/seniors?)

--Wrap Up

BOOTH SPACES --KXEO --MU Alumni --MHS Cheerleaders--MPS Transportation (aka a BUS) --Booster Club --Chamber --MHS QB Club? --School Clubs? --MU QB Club?

Bright Futures Mexico is now part of Bright Futures Audrain

Bright Futures Mexico is proud to announce that we are now part of a county wide Bright Futures group called Bright Futures Audrain. THIS IS THE FIRST COUNTY WIDE GROUP IN THE COUNTRY! Below are some flyers for the three initiatives that will be going on in September, October, and November. If you have items you want to drop off, the locations are listed on the flyer or you may send them to Jo Ann Diffenderfer at the Central Office.

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Reminder---All Staff Meeting on August 16th

Everyone should have received a letter about the All Staff Meeting on August 16. In case you did not, here is a link to the letter.

In that letter was a flexible benefit plan election form that needs to be turned back in. If you need a duplicate, please click here for it.

A+ Grants

The A+ Grant Application and Letter are available online on the District Website. Staff>Document Center. They are located in the gray box labeled Related Info. http://mexicoschools.net/page.php?p=2644

Remember, anything technology related MUST go through Dana Hunt. She will make sure it will work with the network and she will get you pricing.

All grants are due to Bethany Collins by Noon Friday, September 23, 2016. They must be signed by your administrator and the teacher. Please follow the guidelines on filling out the application.

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Employees with Level Changes

If you are planning on turning in paperwork for a level change, it needs to be turned into the Superintendent's office.

In order to move on the salary schedule the deadline for level changes are:

a. June 30, 2016 for teachers on July 1, 2016 contracts

b. August 8, 2016 for teachers with August 2016 contracts

The Horizontal Level Change Forms can be accessed through the Document Center. You will also need to attach an original transcript with the form.

Bulldog Bytes

Bulldog Bytes will be available in your in box each Wednesday (with some exceptions around Thanksgiving, 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.