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Proposition 2: Open House Q & A

Putnam County R-I Schools welcomes you to an open house in the Middle School Auditorium on Tuesday, March 16, and Thursday, March 18, beginning at 5:30 pm. The open house will provide you with information on Proposition 2, and answer your . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Return to Learn Updates

Faculty and staff at Putnam County R-I schools have had the opportunity to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.    School leaders in Putnam County, along with officials from the Putnam County Health . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Proposition 2, April 6, 2021.

On April 6, 2021, Putnam County R-I Schools will present a no-tax-increase ballot measure. Bond issues allow schools to pay for costly repairs, renovations, and upgrades over time instead of having to pay all at once. They allow schools to . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Energy Emergency, February 16, 2021.

In this edition of 60 Seconds (or more) with the Super, Dr. Halley discusses the current energy emergency and how you can do your part to help. The following letter from David Wood and Anthony Everett of USDI explains the energy demand issues . . .

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School Closed February 17-19, 2021.

Due to a Midwest energy emergency, in conjunction with USDI and the city of Unionville, all activities for February 17, 18 and 19 at PCR-I have been canceled. A more detailed podcast will follow this afternoon.

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60 Seconds with the Super: Volume 10, February 11, 2021.

In this edition of 60 Seconds (or more) with the Super, Dr. Halley gives updates on the following: *Putnam hosts La Plata, February 11, 2021. Tip-off at 6:00 pm. *Valentine's Day is Sunday. Students planning to celebrate on . . .

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60 Seconds with the Super: Volume 9, January 29, 2021.

In this edition, Dr. Halley gives updates on basketball, buddy packs, Kindergarten registration, no school for students on Monday, February 1st for professional development, Superbowl Spirit Week, and more. Basketball . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Superbowl LV Spirit Week

When it comes to school spirit, you can usually find our students and staff sporting Putnam County Midget gear in blue and white. However, February 1-5, it is time to sport your favorite red and gold and Kansas City Chiefs apparel as we . . .

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60 Seconds With the Super: Volume 8, January 21, 2021.

In this edition of 60 Seconds with the Super, Dr. Halley gives updates on upcoming basketball games and restrictions for away games, band and choir concert this Saturday, 2021-2022 school calendar coming soon, COVID-19 updates, and more. 

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60 Seconds With the Super: Volume 7, January 14, 2021.

In this edition of 60 Seconds with the Super, Dr. Halley gives updates on the Milan Tournament, Preschool Enrollment, Band and Choir Winter Concert, no school on Monday, January 18th for MLK day, and more.

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: 60 Seconds with the Super, Volume 6, January 8-16, 2021.

In this edition of 60 Seconds with the Super, Dr. Halley thanks everyone for helping to make last semester a success for in-person learning. He also talks about upcoming events: Basketball at Gallatin on Saturday, January 9th at 2:00 pm. . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: CARES Act Update

Good morning, again.  I want to take a moment and provide you with an update on COVID-19 CARES funds in our district.  Since the onset of COVID-19, the federal government has passed disaster relief bills that . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: School Bond Information

Good morning, I hope all is well. Though COVID-19 has been in forefront of our thoughts and minds since March, everything about our personal and professional lives has continued. Within the last month, I worked with . . .

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60 Seconds With the Super: Volume 5, December 2, 2020.

Quarantine Procedure Updates

In this edition of 60 Seconds with the Super, Dr. Halley sits down with PCR-I School Board President, Mr. Brad Ream, to discuss the changes to the quarantine process for healthy students. The PCR-I School Board held a special board meeting . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Thanksgiving Break Update

Good morning, PCR-I community, students, staff, and families. We will be taking advantage of the natural break of Thanksgiving at the conclusion of classes today. Pay close attention.     After school today, we will . . .

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60 Seconds With the Super: Volume 4, Friday, November 6, 2020.

In this edition of 60 Seconds with the Super, you will find information on the following: Saturday, November 7, 2020, is the Advertising Class' annual Craft and Vendor Expo in the high school gym from 8 am to 3 pm. Monday, . . .

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60 Seconds With the Super: Volume 3, Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

In this edition of 60 Seconds with the Super, Dr. Halley updates you on the following: Doors begin opening at 7:45 am due to cooler temps. Please, do not drop off your child earlier than 7:45 am. PCHS Senior Financial Aid Night . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: COVID-19 Update for October 21, 2020.

Good evening. Today we have had 1 high school staff member placed on quarantine with COVID-19 symptoms. We have also been notified of a non-symptomatic student who tested positive today from a classroom that is already on . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: COVID-19 Update, Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Good evening. We have been notified that we have had an additional elementary student test positive for COVID-19, as well as 2 elementary staff members, and 1 high school student. At this time, we have 3 elementary classes that have been . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Critical Need for Substitutes Now

Apply to substitute teach today! If you have been thinking about substitute teaching, your help is needed more than ever. Please apply online at the link above. Feel free to email Mrs. Cheryl Mayer at cmayer@putnamcountyr1.net or Mrs. . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: 60 Seconds with the Super, Vol. 2. Friday, October 16, 2020

In this edition of 60 Seconds with the Super, you will learn about the following: Last Home JV Football Game on Monday, October 19th at 6 pm. Best of Luck to Abbie K at State Golf on Monday and Tuesday! Tuesday is Bus Driver . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: COVID-19 Update, Friday, October 16, 2020

Last night we were notified by the Putnam County Health Department that we had a student test positive for COVID-19 in the elementary school. Because of that positive test, the Putnam County Health Department has put that class on quarantine . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: 60 Seconds with the Super, October 13-20, 2020

Dr. Halley keeps us up to date with events and celebrations at PCR-I in our first edition of 60 Seconds with the Super. Enjoy!

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COVID-19 Update: October 5, 2020

  On Monday, October 5, 2020, we received notification that one of our substitute teachers in the elementary had tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. The Putnam County Health Department decided to go ahead and quarantine . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: COVID-19 Update

Contact Tracing

We have received our first positive COVID-19 test of a student in the high school. We are working with the Putnam County Health Department on contract tracing. 27 students have been deemed a close contact, therefore they will be in . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Potential Hybrid Model Explained

Good morning, parents and guardians of PCR-I students! We are so elated that we have been able to welcome back all students into our buildings and resume a mostly normal school day schedule. With our enhanced cleaning protocols, a degree . . .

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Free Breakfast AND Lunch Through December 2020

  GOOD NEWS!  Beginning Wednesday, September 9, 2020 through December 18, 2020, or until the Food and Nutrition funds run out at the federal level, ALL children ages 1-18 in Putnam County are eligible to receive . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Interview with Mrs. Hodges Regarding AMI & AMIX plans, IEP's, and 504's.

Dr. Halley sits down with Mrs. Hodges to talk about the changes that have been implemented for students with 504's, IEP's, and how our AMI (Alternative Method of Instruction) and AMIX (Alternative Method of Instruction Extended) plans . . .

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Middle School Parking Lot Reopening Friday, September 4th

Good afternoon!   The middle school parking lot is "temporarily" completed. Nothing is staked down while we try out this proposed solution. My hope is that parents and guardians dropping off students will follow these . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Elementary Updates for 2020

Dr. Heath Halley, Superintendent of PCR-I Schools interviews Mrs. Donna Altiser, Putnam County Elementary Principal, about the changes implemented in the elementary to do our part to keep our students safe and healthy. Watch the video on our . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: At-Risk Coordinator Interview

Dr. Halley talks with Mrs. Cheryl Mayer, our newly appointed At-Risk Coordinator to discuss the Buddy Pack program, school counseling services offered, and more. If you have questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Mayer at 660-947-3361 ext 395 . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Transportation Tidbits

Dr. Halley interviews Transportation Director, Mr. Allen Tipton, and discusses the new cleaning precautions, loading and unloading changes, assigned seating, contact tracing, and much more. Check out the interview here . 

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Middle School Parking Lot Closed This Thursday

From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Good morning, Putnam County R-I Community! We continue to evaluate and attempt to ensure we are providing an effective, efficient, and safe pick up and drop off opportunities for our buses and parents. . . .

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Mo Beef Mo Kids Mo Fit August & September Donor: Double H Red Angus

Many thanks to our August and September beef donor, Double H Red Angus ! Dr. Heath Halley takes us on a trip to Double H Red Angus/Halley Farms to talk with his dad, David Halley, his daughter, Hunter, and his son Hoyt, about the . . .

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PCR-I Return to Learn 2020-2021

PCR-I Return to Learn Plan 2020-2021 PCR-I Return to Learn FAQ's PCR-I Alternative Methods of Instruction Plan (AMI Plan)  

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Back to School Plans

Let me be the first to welcome you and your family to the 2020-2021 school year! We are excited for the return of students to our district. I believe the adage that it takes a village to raise a child is appropriate. We are looking forward to . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Meal Distribution to Continue Through June

        At the time of this writing on May 18, 2020, tonight will be our 27th evening of handing food out to our students and their families.  We have made and distributed nearly 30,000 . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Summer School 2020 Information

Summer school rundown! Article number three for today. I know Mrs. Altiser has already communicated the June summer school cancelation for June 2020. I want to take a moment and provide additional details to explain why.   For . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Prom 2020

From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Prom 2020   Our administrative team and board of education have worked hard to try to be as creative and supportive as much as possible during these extraordinary times. This statement is used . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Graduation 2020

  Good morning, we begin today as another cool May morning, forecasts looking better though.  Warmer weather on its way! I will be writing a series of short informational pieces that I hope answer as many . . .

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Putnam County R-I Fitness Center to Reopen with Restrictions

Attention Putnam County Fitness Center Patrons:   Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to our changing conditions as we work together to keep our community safe and healthy.   In . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: School Closure Updates, April 24, 2020

Good afternoon Putnam County Families,   It is April 24th and we are on day 29 of our school closure. I’m sure there are many questions you have regarding school. No, no podcast today, just a good old fashioned letter. I hope . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: School Closure Continued Thru April 17

PCR-I Schools will remain closed thru April 17th. We will keep you informed as updated information arrives. Out top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. Please continue to do what you can to keep progressing your . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: School Closure Updates

Good afternoon, Putnam! Dr. Halley shares updates on YouTube regarding school closure through April 6, 2020, in accordance with Governor Parson's order. He also shares ways you can engage your student(s) in continued learning during . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Passionate Staff

  It is my hope and prayer that we look back at the 2020 COVID-19 situation and we grow as a school, community, and country. So that we are better prepared to handle situations as we are facing today. However, in times like . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Thank You to Our Caring Community

Good morning Putnam County R-I Community,   I’m looking out my office window as I do so many times as I write to you. Today is a rainy, gloomy March Wednesday. It probably fits most everyone’s attitude with the . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Lunches During School Closure, PCR-I Internet Cafe, and More.

Dr. Halley School Closure Updates March 17, 2020: YouTube Podcast Good afternoon, PCR-I! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! Our superintendent, administration, directors and support staff have been hard at work behind the scenes to . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Sack Lunches During School Closure

Putnam County R-I Schools have developed a plan to provide sack lunches and breakfasts for children in the PCR-I school district. Meals are available to any child in Putnam County ages 18 and under, regardless of socioeconomic circumstance. . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: School Closure

Good evening Putnam County R-I Community, Our Putnam County R-I School administration and the board of education met this afternoon. To help ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff, and to do our part in trying to . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Health and Safety Updates

Good morning parents of Putnam County R-I students. I know this is an unbelievably difficult time for us all. The board of education and I are committed to keeping families informed regarding the decision making process as related to the . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Health and Safety

Superintendent of Putnam County R-I Schools, Dr. Heath Halley, sits down with our school nurse, Mrs. Stephanie Overton, and discusses health and safety, precautions, policies, COVID-19 information, influenza, common colds, attendance policy, . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Coronavirus Communication Part 1

At Putnam County R-I Schools the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news and its potential impact on our schools, . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Coronavirus and Flu Forum

Coronavirus and Flu Forum with Dr. Halley and Local Health Professionals

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Seeing What Fits

Message to Middle Schoolers: Put Down the Controller and Try Something New.

While sports are always popular, seventh and eighth grades are especially good times to ‘try something on for size’.  Middle school is a fork in the road for many students and kids sometimes lose their way. Even strong . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Tired Teens

Tired Teens   Why is your teen so exhausted?   Tweens and teens are known for wanting to stay up late and sleep in even later. Puberty changes a teen’s internal clock, delaying the time he or she begins . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: School Board Vacancy

  I hope everyone had a peaceful and fulfilling Thanksgiving. For the past few years, I have used my vacation time during the best holiday, Missouri Deer season!  Because of that, I have been out of the office until . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Trick or Treat

Weather Cancellations and Delays

Trick? or Treat! I think it is an appropriate declaration for the weather we have been having this week. Dependent upon your "preference" for the seasons, it may be a Trick? or Treat! In my 19 years as a Superintendent, I have now . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Stop Bullying & Start Communicating

Studies indicate that around 45% of students experience being bullied at some point in school.  You may remember being excluded, called names, or pushed around yourself. In today’s digital world, there’s a lot going on . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: MO Beef for MO Kids

  Good morning, as with most mornings, I’m viewing the weather through my office window.  It is a dark gray October morning with the rain pelting down. We have continued to do podcasts regarding our beef donation . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Assistance Programs

Dr. Heath Halley, Superintendent of Putnam County R-I Schools,  sits down with Sarah Bradshaw; PCR-I Food Service Director, Stephanie Overton, R. N.; School Nurse, and Teresa Nerem: School-Based Social Worker, to express thanks and . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley

Homework: You Can Help

Parenting is hard.   Being a student can be too.  Every parent wants their child to succeed, but helping with schoolwork can be intimidating.  First of all, you don’t have to be a whiz at math, science, or grammar to help . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Background Checks

Good morning, while in attendance of several law conferences over this past summer, I learned of recent legislation (Senate Bill 604) which will create new requirements regarding background checks for volunteers of Putnam County R-I and . . .

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Dr. Halley Welcomes You Back to PCR-I

Dr. Halley Welcomes You Back to PCR-I YouTube Video

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Bus Safety

Good morning.  No rain today! It was sunny and cool for the morning bus line.  My intention was to write a note about school bus safety, but my plans changed when a mother asked me this morning “Why do you stand beside . . .

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You Asked, We Answered

It all began last Fall when Dr. Halley asked Britten Hicks and myself to join him at a communications seminar with representatives from other schools.  We learned schools have a common problem; how do you get the word out on . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: End of School Year Wrap Up

  Good afternoon! It has been a while since I have had the opportunity to write to you. But, as you know, we have had a long run of days in school as we wrap up the school year and prepare for the next. Our students, . . .

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PCR-I Wants Your Feedback: Breakfast Options

Good morning, this past fall the Putnam County R-I Board of Education engaged our school district in a strategic planning process. During that process, one item that became clear is that there is some concern regarding our school breakfast . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: MSIP, CSIP, APR Goals & Accomplishments

It is my hope that by sharing with you the State of Missouri’s history with Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP), Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP), that I can now reasonably explain our Annual Performance Report or . . .

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School Closed Due to Illness

Good morning, this is Heath Halley, Superintendent of Putnam County R-I Schools. We will be dismissing today Thursday, March 21 at 12:45 pm. Also, there will be no school on Friday, March 22, 2019. This is all due to the increased level of . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: CSIP

This final segment of MSIP/MAP data is again information from the DESE website. Hopefully, this provides the necessary background information before I begin to explain where Putnam County R-I is, has been, and our plans as we move forward. . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: District Communication

Today, I want to discuss Putnam County R-I’s desire to be a school district that is effective and efficient in communicating with all constituents. To begin that journey, I want to provide you some of my history and family background. . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: MSIP, CSIP, APR

The next segment begins with DESE adjusting their direction and focus. Again the information in this article segment can be obtained from the DESE website.   Missouri Public Schools: the best choice…the best results! . . .

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From The Desk of Dr. Halley: Calendar Planning

  Good morning, another snowy day in North Missouri on February 27, shocker! Still tightly in Old Man Winter’s grasp.  Today, I want to provide some explanation of how our school calendar is developed and . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Information on Testing, Scores, and Reports

I begin this endeavor of providing information and explaining topics that are frequent conversations for district teachers and administration. In my goal to explain our Annual Performance Report (APR), I realized I must first provide you with . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Snow Make-Up Days

It is incredible really, we have missed 7 days of school already and it is only February 1st. However, I consider ourselves fortunate as schools such as Clark County and Knox County have missed 10 consecutive days including today. I am . . .

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From the Desk of Dr. Halley: Snow Day Insights

Good morning, I will be writing a series of articles that I hope will provide insight into the operation and goals of our school district.   Yet, I’m beginning with the weather, as it impacts everyone on a daily basis. . . .

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Keeping Schools Safe

From the desk of Dr. Halley:   Good morning parents, I hope all is well for you and your family. I want to take this opportunity to provide what details I can regarding last night's school messenger and the social media threat. . . .

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Safety, Self Defense, and Building Confidence

News reports of the abductions of teenagers such as Molly Tibbetts just a few hours away from us have us all concerned. Our job is not only to provide a safe environment in which young people can learn but to make sure they leave our . . .

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Safety, Self Defense, and Building Confidence

Safety, Self Defense, and Building Confidence   News reports of the abductions of teenagers such as Molly Tibbetts just a few hours away from us have us all concerned. Our job is not only to provide a safe environment in . . .

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PCR-I Female Staff Learn Self-Defense

Did you know that according to the National Violence Resource Center, one in five women will be a victim of sexual assault at some point in their life? Sexual assault has been all over the news recently with headlines such as the . . .

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Preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences

As I write this letter it is finally Fall and 37 degrees this morning. The leaves on the trees are a wonderful spectrum of beautiful colors. It is absolutely my favorite time of year. It is hard to believe, though, we are nearly through . . .

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Leading in the Right Direction

Education comes from a Latin word, educere, meaning “to lead forth”.  Our challenge is to make sure we’re leading our students in the right direction. To do that we need first to meet them where they are . . .

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Leading in the Right Direction

Education comes from a Latin word, educere, meaning “to lead forth”.  Our challenge is to make sure we’re leading our students in the right direction. To do that we need first to meet them where they are . . .

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School Board Vacancy Announced

       The Putnam County R-I Board of Education; a 7 member board, has a unique situation as it currently has a vacancy on the board.  The resignation from the board was provided in August by thirteen-year . . .

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Creating Opportunities Through Quality Education

How we're doing; by the numbers.

Sometimes we forget to appreciate our advantages.  If you've had a visitor from out of town, they may have been shocked at the degree of personal safety we enjoy.  Clean air and water are things we take for granted along with . . .

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Stay In-the-Know about Public Education

At Putnam County R-1, we want our parents and community members to stay as informed as they can about legislative issues that are impacting our schools. Public education as we know it may be changing, but you have the power to take action and . . .

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