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Message from the Principal

Welcome to Monett Elementary School!  I’m Susie Gasser and I have been with the Monett district as an educator for the past 27 years and am looking forward to beginning my 9th year as the building principal. I am honored to be part of a visionary district that is focused on 21st century learning. Our building is home to approximately 650 preschool through 2nd grade students and approximately 75 faculty and staff members. We currently serve preschool students in 3 full day and 2 half-day classes and have 8-9 sections of K-2nd grade.  
 
MES is the place where formal education begins for students in the R-1 district and we strive for each child to have a positive experience as they embark on their educational career with us!  We believe that learning to communicate effectively, work together with others, think critically, be safe, and show our creative side is just as important as learning to read, write, and solve equations.  That’s why we work to weave our PAWS behavior expectations (Polite & Respectful, Always Responsible, Work Hard, Stay Safe) into almost everything we do at MES and spend so much time each August and January practicing behavior and social expectations!
 
Students at MES are assigned to one of three “neighborhood communities”.  Each community is located in one of the three hallways and houses Pk-2nd grade students, as well as a special education classroom.  Students will stay in this same “neighborhood” through 2nd grade.  This ensures that each student will always have at least a few familiar faces in their class each year, as well as have opportunities to become familiar with teachers in the next grade level up, easing some of the “new school year” fears and anxieties!
 
MES teachers are life-long learners and exhibit a passion for trying new research-based instructional strategies.  Upon a visit to Monett Elementary, you may find students engaged in Project-Based learning, solving real world problems that are tied to grade level academic standards.  You may find two classes learning and working together as a part of a team teaching lessons with another class in their grade level, or possibly the class below or above them!  You may find students researching or creating on one of the many technological learning devices available to all students.   Each classroom is equipped with an iPad, Chrome book, or MacBook for each student in that room.  You may see educators from another school district observing in our classrooms!  Ours is not a “one size fits all” environment and we strive to personalize learning to fit all of our students’ needs!  We invite you to get involved, ask questions, volunteer, observe-come and be a part of the MES family!
 


 

 
                                Message from the Assistant  Principal       
       

                                           
 Welcome to Monett Elementary School!

 


           This will be my 7th year in Monett as the assistant principal. I am proud to work with the teachers and staff at MES who care for each individual child. Our MES family consists of approximately 650 students and 65 faculty and staff members. When you enter the doors of our school, the caring atmosphere is evident.

Our mission at Monett Elementary is to Motivate, Educate, and Succeed. Each child we serve is different and unique. We start the day with morning celebrations. During this time we celebrate academic accomplishments, behavior compliments, and other achievements. We want all of our students motivated to work hard and feel the joys of their success.  Students receive whole group and small group lessons designed for their needs.  When students leave Monett Elementary we want them to have the skills to succeed at the Central Park and the future. 
 
We are so excited for the 2014-2015 school year. Our theme this year is "Wild About Learning."  Learning should spark curiosity and excitement.  It is our desire to introduce students to the joys of learning.  Learning should be an exciting adventure that never ends.
 
             School Wide-Positive Behavior Support is an initiative that we started planning for during the 2010-2011 school year.  Through this initiative we have been able to provide interventions for students, celebrate students, and focus on the positive behaviors that are exhibited each day.  
 
P – Polite and respectful
A – Act responsibly
W – Work hard
S – Safe
 
             Our goal is to teach students the behavior expectations and reward them when they demonstrate good choices. Students have an opportunity to receive brag bands when a teacher or staff members sees them making good choices. If a student or class has difficulty with an expectation that specific expectation is re-taught. The SW-PBS team and the faculty created a behavior matrix, which describes the expectations in each setting. This matrix can be found on the district web page under School Wide – Positive Behavior Support. 
Spring of 2012 and 2013 a SW-PBS team visited our school and evaluated our implementation and process of recognizing positive behaviors and students. We are excited to share that we received the Bronze Level award. This is the highest award that is given to first year SW-PBS schools. We are look forward to the next leg of our journey. The last two years we have been  learning new ways to help students that are experiencing behavior challenges. A group of teachers attended training on how to provide behavior interventions for students and how to identify students in need of additional interventions. One of the interventions is a check-n-connect. If a child is identified as needing additional behavior support, they may choose a staff member to check in with daily. This intervention allows the student to connect with an additional adult at the school and gives them an opportunity to share about their day. We have also incorporated small group lessons, job responsibilities, and attendance chenck in.  These positive approaches can make a huge difference in the lives of our students.
             Thank you for sharing your child with us each day. It is our privilege to serve them. If at anytime you have a questions or concerns please do not hesitate to let us know. 
 
                        Sincerely,
                        Sarah Garner
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