Bulldog Bytes

A Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 January 6, 2016

2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Click the link above to see the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar.

Welcome back.....Welcome back....Welcome back.

"Welcome back... welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.... " Those of you old enough to remember the short-lived hit TV show of the mid-70's, "Welcome Back Kotter" will know how to hum those introductory words appropriately! :). For you youngsters out there, Welcome Back Kotter starred an up-and-coming actor named John Travolta (Vinnie Barbarino) as the defacto leader of a somewhat dysfunctional (in a slap-stick comedy sort of way) class of high school juvenile delinquents, affectionately known as the Sweathogs. Mr. Kotter, played by Gabe Kaplan, was their teacher. Possibly the only person who could reach these kids because he himself had been a Sweathog in his high school days.

So why did I open 2016 with Welcome Back Kotter? Two reasons primarily. One, simply to say "welcome back." But on a deeper level, to "welcome you back" to school and the important work you do. For like the Sweathogs of Kotter's class, many of our students need you. They need a person who believes in them. A person who loves them. I person who will do whatever it takes to help move them academically, socially and emotionally to be better tomorrow than they are today.

Remember in our first meeting I challenged each of you to make a difference in the lives of ten students this year, taking my cue from Admiral William McRaven's 2014 Commencement Address at the University of Texas. Many of you have the opportunity to reach more than ten kids, some less. No matter the number, I ask you today "how is it going?" If things are going great, then great, keep going. If things have slipped a bit, please take the opportunity of a new year to recommit. To redouble your efforts. And if you have not identified ten or even one student, it's not too late. Go find a kid who needs a mentor, who needs an adult, who needs a role model. A student who needs you. I am certain we have plenty of candidate students. If you need assistance identifying one, please ask your nearest teacher, counselor or principal who they can put you in touch with. Be a lunch buddy or a mentor. Whatever you do, however little or much you give, it will make a difference. I promise. And you might find it makes a difference in your life too.


Considering Retirement?

In order to be paid for your sick leave (maximum 100 days); anyone wishing to retire must have their notice into the Superintendent's Office by one of the following days, per Board Policies GCPC and GDPC:

Certified Staff: March 1, 2016

Support Staff: March 21, 2016 (for those retiring on the last day of school).

Those retiring on any other day then the last day of school will need to give 60 days notice in order to receive payment for sick leave.

Reminder: Board Candidate filing ends January 19th at 5:00 p.m.

Mexico School District 59 Position Openings


Part-Time Evening welding

Speech Pathologist/Assistant (4)


Food Service Worker

Bus Drivers & Substitute Bus Drivers

Substitute Food Service Workers, Nurses, and 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

Instructional Resources

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

Instructional Technology Blog

Click here for Casey Echelmeier's blog postings.


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

Mexico Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Here is a link to the current Mexico Chamber of Commerce Newsletter for your information.

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.

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.

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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.