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High achievement reported at Monett R-1 schools

Friday, August 12, 2011

David Miller, new assistant high school principal at Monett R-1 School District and Russ Moreland, the new director at the Southwest Area Career Center, displayed their Minute-to-Win-It type skills during the annual state of the district address. Miller and Moreland each had a yo-yo tied to the back of their slacks and had to topple four cups from the seats of backless stools without using their hands. The exercise brought hoots of laughter from educators and staffers attending the meeting. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts]
Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent of Monett R-1 District, welcomed teachers back with a state of the district report on Thursday. Jungmann highlighted the district's accomplishments for the 2010-11 school year, offering encouragement and support to teachers as they head into a new school year.

In his address, Jungmann said the Monett R-1 District had been accredited with Distinction in Performance for the 2010-11 year. The achievement marked the third consecutive year for earning the high state recognition.

In math, the district reached its highest level ever on math scores. Math scores improved in three of five sub-groups of students last year. At Monett Elementary and Central Park schools, math scores improved in all five subgroups. At Monett Intermediate School, math scored improved in three of five subgroups.

Improvements were also seen in communication arts, with the district score ranking above the state average in four of five subgroups. At Monett Intermediate School, scores improved in all five sub-groups. Monett High School students improved communication art skills in all five subgroups.

"Graduation rate has reached a record level of 92 percent," Jungmann said.

The Southwest Area Career Center has received North Central Accreditation.

Jungmann also discussed facility and technological upgrades throughout the district. Tile, ceilings and lights were installed at Central Park School and wireless infrastructure upgrades made throughout the district.

iPads are now available in all classes in kindergarten through fourth grades. The 21st Century Learning Task Force at the high school is currently investigating implementation of each student receiving a dedicated computer to use through the year.

"How did we get here?" Jungmann asked. "We focused on the kids in 2008-09. We filled the buckets in 2009-10. We sowed the seeds of success in 2010-11.

"The theme for this year is 'Touch Tomorrow Today,'" he continued. "Your touch can impact a child's life."

To illustrate the point, Jungmann presented a video of an artist who crafts miniscule sculptures from grains of sand and mounts them on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle.

"I have learning difficulties," said the artist, Willard Wigan. "I can't read or write but I had to find a way of expressing myself. The teachers at school made me feel small. They made me feel like nothing. I'm trying to prove that nothing doesn't exist."

"Your touch can break their heart," Jungmann said. "Your touch can kill their creativity. Your touch can make them disappear.

"Or your touch can inspire," Jungmann continued. "Your touch shows your commitment. Your touch shows you care. Your touch can provide compassion. Your touch gives them confidence. Your touch provides discipline and structure. Your touch can help them discover a talent. Your touch can change their tomorrow."

Jungmann urged educators to look to their students futures.

"Kids are having a much more stimulating experience outside of our schools than in them," he said. "Kids need relationships, community, connectivity and access."

Jungmann urged educators to learn outside of the traditional school walls, implementing technology.

"We must start with the teachers and give them the tools to change the learning environment," Jungmann said. "Communications tools that kids use are often banned in schools: Facebook, Twitter, chat, texts and IM (instant messaging)."

He urged teachers to utilize the tools students are already using in innovative and educational ways.

"We need to let go of the old," Jungmann said. "We need to be willing to take a risk. Be willing to move forward with out the answer. Be willing to take a risk."

"Don't just produce kids who can play school well," Jungmann challenged. "Produce passionate learners.

"Our kids are counting on us," he said.

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