The school year is off to a great start! Our maintenance and custodial staff and VISTA Summer Associates worked hard this summer to spruce up our campus and prepare for the return of our students. We appreciate all of their hard work as well as the work of several local contractors including David Cook, Cannon Construction, Robbie Collier, Nathan Todd and Andy Justice who have helped with remodel projects across the district. Our local contractors all did a great job and helped out the school by providing a reasonable price for quality work.
We are thankful for the donation provided by Willard Asphalt, which improved the entryway into the main driveway at the school. We now have a nice smooth entrance. We also appreciate Show Me Pest Control for donating their services to the school. We truly appreciate their donation of time and materials provided to make this happen.
The Back to School Bash was a huge success! The campus was filled with parents and happy students excited to return to school. Over 25 organizations were represented providing information and resources for our students and families. Additionally, students had the opportunity to obtain free physicals and immunizations provided by COMC, as well as tasty treats, school supplies and fire truck tours. The students enjoyed the jousting inflatable provided by the National Guard. The musical entertainment provided by Jasiah Shrode and Connor Hathaway and the band One were a great hit! Thank you to everyone who worked together to make this a special evening for our students. The event was planned by our VISTA members Hannah and Morgan Breedlove. If your organization would like to be involved next year in the Back to School Bash please contact the school.
We would also like to thank the numerous organizations that made donations to help our students’ school year get off to a great start. MOCA donated 350 spiral notebooks, which will be distributed to students throughout the year. Texas County Food Pantry contributed $300 to help students purchase needed supplies as well as 150 clothing vouchers for three free outfits and a pair of shoes. If you know of children that would benefit from the vouchers please call the school. Roby Baptist Church provided school supplies and backpacks for 70 students. Houston WalMart provided $25 to support our new JAG program and our Ft. Leonard Wood School Liaison provided boots and backpack for several of our students.
Our new, gently used, bus 7 was delivered to the school and will soon be on the road. The bus was partially funded through a grant from the EPA designed to reduce diesel emissions. We continue to look for opportunities to take advantage of grants from DNR and EPA that will help pay for new buses to upgrade our fleet.
We encourage everyone to stop by the Ag Building and check out the great remodel progress made by David Cook, Cannon Construction, Andy Justice, John Branstetter, DJ Breedlove, and Rusty Hodges. It has truly been a labor of love this summer as this crew worked together to give the Ag Building a new look. We were able to pay for a good portion of the material for this remodel through grant funds. Thank you Mr. Branstetter for continually looking for grants to upgrade our Ag program and make it great for our kids.
This year we have a variety of new courses offered for our high school students including several seated dual credit college courses. Teachers, Megan Pimentel, Dalton Quick, and Justin Ormsby are providing multiple courses that give our students an opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time.
We are in need of substitutes of all kinds including teachers, bus drivers, cooks, custodians, and daycare workers. If you have completed 60 college hours and love kids give us a call to interview for a substitute teaching position. If you love kids, are good at driving large vehicles, are willing to learn how to drive a bus and pass the required driving tests give us a call to discuss the requirements for becoming a substitute bus driver.
|Substitute Pay Schedule 2018-19|
|Bus Driver: Route Pay||$13.75|
If you are interested in volunteering, getting involved, and making the school a great place for our students please contact the school office. We appreciate all of the volunteers from organizations such as Booster Club and PTCO, to individuals such as Lola Massey who spent the first two days of school helping our newest learners adjust to school and Dustin Cramner who donated his time to help pull the data wire for the Upper Elementary building this summer. It is the dedication and commitment of our community that makes our school a great place to grow and learn. If I can be of any assistance to you please give me a call at 417-458-3333 ext 6.
Dr. Kim Hawk, Superintendent