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First Grade Field Trip

Thousand Hills State Park

    The first grade classes enjoyed a day at the Missouri Conservation teaching center at Thousand Hills State Park. Students enjoyed creating multiple arts and crafts that taught the students the importance of conservation in relation to plants and animals Some of the crafts created included a butterfly that shows the stages of its life and a fish made from a dyed coffee filter.     Later in the day, students enjoyed a storybook hike and enjoyed multiple exhibits that included snakes, turtles, and salamanders.  First grade students then enjoyed playing at the park, a highlight for them, and eating a sack lunch as well. Mrs. Fenton,  Mrs. Blankenship,  and  Mrs. Hamilton, wish to thank everyone involved, the staff at the conservation office, the bus . . .

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Trey M. recognized at Missouri Scholars 100 luncheon

We are so proud of senior Trey M! Yesterday, Trey was recognized at the Missouri Scholars 100 luncheon in Columbia Missouri with 99 other top achieving students in the state.  Way to go, Trey!  Missouri Scholars 100 is a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across Missouri were invited to nominate candidates for this state wide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had to first meet criteria of an “Academic Decathlon,” which included ten “events” designed to assure the academic strength of the student. To meet the decathlon requirements, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.750, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum . . .

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April Happenings

  We have spent a lot of time reviewing for MAP testing in 8th grade this month.  Students will be taking the Science portion of the MAP test this Monday, April 23rd.  This year will be a pilot year for testing Science in the state of Missouri and marks the first time students will be tested using our new science standards that were generated from the Next Generation Science Standards.   Thank you for all of your cooperation, we ask that you please continue to ensure your child is getting plenty of sleep each night so they are ready and alert for testing this coming week. High School Physical Science just finished up a unit on thermodynamics and got their test scores back today in class.  Next week we will begin our final unit on waves. High school has truly entered their “busy . . .

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Summer School - Summer Fun

Avoid that "summer slide".

Register your child (or visiting grandchild!) for an enriching and fun summer school experience! Beginning May 29th through June 29th students kindergarten through 8th grade will enjoy educational activities, free breakfast and lunch, social time with peers and the opportunity to win incentives such as an Ipad mini, gift cards and more. Every week ends with Field Trip Friday; some of the plans include a movie day in Kirksville, trips to the City swimming pool and Honey Creek Resort. Studies have shown that most students lose ground over the summer and this is a great way to improve reading and math skills in a more relaxed environment. Summer school is offered free of charge. Applications are available in both the elementary and middle school offices.

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Elementary Spring Music and Art Program

      Tuesday evening, second, third, and fourth grade students performed in front of friends and family and under the direction of Mrs. Dinwiddie. She has taken multiple weeks to prepare students for their performances. Mrs. Dooley has also taken time to help students create art for the program for their families to enjoy.     Second grade students performed songs with a patriotic theme, which included America and Yankee Doodle . Third grade students also preformed patriotic songs, but also some folk favorites which included, Old Dan Tucker and I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad . Both classes enjoyed playing a selection of musical instruments that ranged . . .

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NEMR Offers Paid Summer Internship

Now open as a full time, all summer, paid position!

NEMR Telecom is taking applications for a paid summer internship at their Green City office located at 718 S. West Street, Green City, Missouri, 63545.  Students age 16 - 22 by May 1, 2018 who have their own transportation to and from work are eligible to apply.  Students less than 18 years old will need a signed consent from a parent or legal guardian.  The winning applicant will work from May, 2018 through August, 2018 for no more than 17 hours per week at $10 per hour.  This is a great opportunity to gain hands on experience in today's world of computer technology. This just in on April 19, 2018:  this position has bee opened up as a full time, paid position all summer! Applicants need to design a one to two page NEMR Telcom website demo. (Website design tools such as . . .

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Throw Away the "MAP"!

        We don’t need a “MAP” anymore.  We know exactly where we are going—the end of school!           Today eighth graders finished the math portion of the MAP test. In the eighth grade Algebra class, we had taken a detour from our regular curriculum to review eighth grade standards for the MAP.  We will get back on the regular route by completing our year graphing quadratics. The regular eighth grade math classes will finish the year by taking a couple of required post tests and will then do a hands-on project applying math concepts.          It has been an interesting ride, but we all are excited to see the end of the trip.

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Check Out Channel One News

Each morning in the Middle School while the students are eating their breakfast, we do a sketch to stretch activity which involves watching the daily news and then journaling or drawing and discussing the events.  My first-period classes have watched Channel One News for a variety of reasons.  I find that the topics are pertinent, but also are entertaining and informative.  For the most part, Channel One does a great job of not being politically biased in their reporting. They often ask for viewer opinions and encourage students to call/email in with suggestions and ideas. While watching www.channelonenews.com students are engaged, interested and there is often a feel-good story of what other kids are doing to make their place in the world better.  I love the ideas that our students bring to the table.  I . . .

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No Guts, No Glory

As the school year is coming to a close, Zoology class has finally made its way into some of the more anatomically advanced organisms…a long journey from the single-celled organisms we started out with! Last week, they got to get their hands dirty by exploring the anatomy of a frog, which is not extremely far off basic human anatomy, except for a few organs. We are rounding out the year with a study on reptiles, birds and mammals. 

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Celebrating Joy Collins

Retiring after 38 years of teaching.

Everyone is invited to help us honor and celebrate with Mrs. Joy Collins as she retires from 38 years of teaching.  Putnam County R-1 Schools will recognize Mrs. Collins' years of service with a retirement banquet on Friday, May 11th, at 6:00 p.m. in the high school commons.  The cost of the catered meal is $4 each for children 10 and under and $8 for everyone else.  Please contact Mrs. Wendy Tipton with the number of persons planning to eat and payment no later than April 27th.  Mrs. Tipton can be reached at 947-3361, extension 326 or wtipton@putnamcountyr1.net.

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