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District Announcements
New Teacher Induction Days 2016 and Back to School 2016 Schedules:
WELCOME TO MONETT MIDDLE SCHOOL!
Grade Levels: 7th and 8th.
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Principal: Jonathan A.C. Apostol Ed.D
Dean of Students: Michael Calhoun
Counselor: Sheila Gravett
Administrative Assistant:
Ana Espinoza
Attendance Secretary:
Margaret Ash

710 9th Street
Monett, MO    65708
Phone: 417.235.6228
Fax:      417.235.3278
Office Hours:  7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Instructional Day:  8:00 am - 3:10 pm.

Proficiency Scale Meeting - Update
Thank you so much for attending the Proficiency Scale Meeting on Tuesday, July 26. I have posted responses to the questions posed in the June and July meeting on the slides on our website. There will be a third opportunity for parents to attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 6:00pm in the MMS Cafeteria. I look forward to seeing you there!
MMS Remind Notification Sign Up
MMS Families:

Sign up for text reminders for the 2016-2017 school year! This service will send important announcements to parent cell phones through text messaging or through email. Parents/guardians may also communicate directly with the principal through this feature. Please click on the following link to sign up:

https://remind.com/join/monettmms

 
Schedule Pickup for Monett Middle School.
MMS schedule pickup is set for Tuesday, August 2, from 12pm to 5pm in the MMS/MIS Cafeteria. Parents/guardians may come anytime between those hours. The following are required of parents/guardians for schedule pickup.

All Students:
- Parents/guardians must be present for schedule pick up. Schedules will not be handed to students if parent/guardian is not present. Parents/guardians who are unable attend on August 2 should contact the school for an alternate day and time to pick up their student's schedule after August 2.
- Parents/Guardians must update E-registration in PowerSchool. This may be completed prior to coming to schedule pick up.
- Parents/Guardians must pay for all fines and fees prior to picking up their student's schedule. Please contact school for any outstanding balances.

7th Grade Students:
- Parents/guardians of students from MIS must provide proof of residency. Examples include: current rental receipt; current utility bill (gas, water, electric, household phone (not cell), or utility deposit receipt); real estate contract or lease signed by all parties; tax-bill personal property/real estate; voter registration

8th Grade Students:
- Parents/Guardians must provide proof of required immunizations (updated shot records - TDAP and Meningococcal)
E-registration Available July 1, 2016:
Parents:  E-registration will be available for you to complete in PowerSchool on Friday, July 1st.  Just log into Powerschool (https://monett.powerschool.com/public) and click on the e-registration icon.

For parents of returning students, this should be a quick process as all you will need to do is verify the current information and make any changes that are necessary.  On the permissions page, there is a new item for photo permission.  Be sure to click "yes" or "no" before moving on.  If you miss it, you will get an error message and be directed back to the photo permissions area.  Be sure to click "submit" at the end of each page whether you made changes or not.  This will update all information in PowerSchool.
Healthy for Life Letter to Parents/Guardians from Food Service Director, Helen Wink:

July 20, 2016
 

Dear Monett R-1 Parent:
 

Welcome to a new school year! Healthy for Life™ is our commitment to create healthier environments and communities, by providing not only healthy foods but comprehensive nutrition and wellness education. The Monett Food Service staff is looking forward to serving your children nutritious, great-tasting menus that support their achievements in school and promote healthy lifestyles.

We offer a variety of meal choices with one goal in mind: ( Keep reading:)


 

Parent Informational Meeting - Proficiency Scale Implementation Update.
Thank you to parents who attended the informational meeting regarding proficiency scales. The slideshow that was presented is embedded below. If you have any questions regarding proficiency scales, please don't hesitate to email Dr. Apostol at japostol@monettschools.org
Proficiency Scale Informational Meeting - Slides.
Awards Assembly and Talent Show available!
Please click on the following to view the MMS Awards Assembly and Talent Show:

Awards Assembly/Talent Show Video
Cub Pride - March 18, 2016.


Throughout this school year, our middle school staff has learned about proficiency scales and what it might look like in our building. Each of our professional development days has been utilized to learn more about the steps in establishing essential learning outcomes (the standards that are so important that all students must master before moving to the next grade level), creating the proficiency scale (rubrics that shares the expectations of what is considered grade level and what is not), and crafting a learner behavior rubric (a proficiency scale that communicates the behavior expectations that would be communicated separately from the academic expectations). In essence, proficiency scales at the middle school will help communicate more to students and parents than a single letter grade. Scales help share where the students’ strengths and weaknesses are when compared to the standard they are being assessed.
 
While some may see this as a major transition in education and are unsure of what this looks like for their student, there are aspects where we experience it in everyday life. Here are a couple of examples:
 
  • Our vehicles have a check engine light that tells us when something is wrong with the engine. However, it doesn’t tell us specifically what is wrong. When we go to the dealership, we expect the technician to give us more specific feedback. There could be a variety of reasons why the light comes on - transmission, spark plugs, oxygen sensors, timing belt, etc. Fortunately, technicians have an OBD - onboard diagnostic tool -  that can plug into the vehicle and run a series of scans to determine what is wrong with the engine.
 
  • Many healthcare professionals will draw blood during an annual health and wellness check. They do this to run a series of tests. Those tests check blood sugar levels, good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, white blood count, red blood count…the list goes on. Most of these counts will fall within a certain range.  However, when the levels or counts are above or below expected levels, it helps the professional determine what the next step are to improve the person’s health.
 
  • Annual personnel evaluations involve the employer reviewing specific aspects of an employee’s performance. Some of the areas may include job knowledge, productivity, quality of work, initiative, flexibility, attendance, working relationships, and human relations skills. This specific feedback that employers provide their employees help celebrate their strengths while providing suggestions to improve their weaknesses.
 
In each of those situations, we would not accept an overall letter grade from the automotive technician, health care professional, or supervisor. We expect those experts to provide us specific feedback to help better our health, to help improve our job performance, and to help get our cars running. This is where the power of proficiency scales can be a benefit for teachers, students, and parents. For teachers, the scales separate academics from behavior and have honed student performance against a standard. It helps provide immediate intervention for students when they struggle on a specific standard. For students, the scales will provide specific feedback regarding where they are in their learning. This allows for students to set goals towards grade-level proficiency and to celebrate once they reach it. For parents, the scales help provide information on what type of support their student needs. If they are struggling in a couple concepts in math but are strong in the others, then parents have specific information they can work with them at home.
 
Proficiency scales can provide more detailed information regarding our students academic and behavioral performance. Specific feedback exists in our everyday lives beyond school - with our cars, our health, and our job. Why wouldn’t we want it for our own students in school?

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