STRAFFORD R-VI SCHOOL DISTRICT YOUR SCHOOL NEWS

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The third quarter of the 2014-2015

school year is upon us as the new

year begins. The second semester

seems to always go by so fast. With

spring break beginning on March 9

and the MAP testing in April just

around the corner, the spring

activi-ties will be in full swing in the

com-ing weeks.

The construction of the new

elemen-tary is still on target for completion

by July 2015. As soon as the new

elementary is completed, we will

begin work on the new entrances to

the high school and middle school

buildings as well as the renovation to

the old elementary building.

Included in this edition of the Your

School News you will find many

up-coming dates for district events. In

addition, I would like to remind all

students and parents of the

upcom-ing MAP testupcom-ing that our students

will be taking part in during the

month of April. The MAP tests are

very important, not only for the

students, but also for our district.

The MAP tests allow us to gauge

how well our students are learning

and our teachers are teaching. The

MAP tests also allow us to evaluate

our curriculum to identify any

weak areas.

Thank you for your continued

sup-port for the Strafford R-VI

Schools!

KINDERGARTEN SCREENING

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year will begin on March 2. If you are a Strafford resident and your child will be five years old before August 1, 2015, please sign up for a screening date and time by using the link on our school website at www.straffordschools.net. For parents who do not have access to the internet, there will be a computer in the early childhood office that can be used daily from 8:00 am-2:30 pm. Screenings are scheduled to begin on Monday, April 27 and

will conclude on Friday, May 1. These screenings will take place at the early childhood center. You will need to have proof of residency, the child’s birth certificate and an updated immunization record on the day of screening. If you have

questions, feel free to contact Christy Willis, elementary counselor, at 417-736-7000 ext. 1237.

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FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015

YOUR SCHOOL NEWS

MARK YOUR

CALENDARS

FEBRUARY 13

NO SCHOOL STAFF DEVELOPMENT

FEBRUARY 16

NO SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICES CLOSED

MARCH 6

END OF 3RD QUARTER

MARCH 9-13

SPRING BREAK

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

DISTRICT NEWS 1 EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ELEMENTARY 2 MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 HIGH SCHOOL 4 ATHLETICS 5

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Teachers and students are finding themselves work-ing diligently toward their goals for the third quar-ter. Second semester tutoring has begun.

Elementary yearbook forms have been sent home and orders are being taken until February 6. The yearbook has all full color pages. To order the basic yearbook the cost is $15.00; a personalized cover copy is $20.00. Checks are payable to Strafford El-ementary School. If you need an envelope, please contact the office.

The early childhood center and elementary build-ings will be offering parents and students the op-portunity to send their valentine(s) a lip-shaped lol-lipop with a Happy Valentine’s Day message to be delivered during their classroom parties. Lollipops may be purchased for 50 cents each. Order forms will be sent home with students and MUST be re-turned by February 9 for order fulfillment. Class-room valentine parties are scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at 2:00 pm (with the exception of fourth grade which will be at 1:00 pm).

Our grade level spelling bee finals also happen in February. The first day for these will be Friday, February 20 with fourth grade at 8:30 am and sec-ond grade at 1:00 pm. The third grade finals will be on Friday, February 27 at 8:30 am.

Spring pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb-ruary 25. Watch for flyers for background selec-tions and poses to come home soon. Students will take an individual and group photo. Each student will receive a free classroom photo. Preview pack-ets will be sent home for purchasing.

We have two great musicals on the spring calendar where students will showcase their musical talents. Second grade will be on Thursday, February 26, with first grade following on Thursday, March 26, both at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Students should arrive at 6:45 pm.

Mark your calendars for our annual Spring Carnival on Thursday, March 5, from 5:00-7:30 pm. We have many fun activities planned which includes a cake walk, face painting, inflatables, cookie deco-rating, pizza, cotton candy, snow cones and more! Watch for more details in a flyer to come home soon.

Don’t forget to spring forward on Sunday, March 8, by setting your clocks forward one hour as day-light saving time comes to an end.

Just a reminder, school will not be in session March 9-13 for spring break!

Strafford Elementary

and Cogdill Early Childhood Center

MICHELLE GARDNER, PRINCIPAL KARIE JULIAN, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

PRESCHOOL ENROLLMENT FOR 2015-2016

Preschool registration for the 2015-2016 school year is currently underway! Screenings are scheduled for April 6-10. If you are a Strafford resident and your child will be four years old before August 1,

2015, please sign up for a screening date and time by using the link on our school website at www.straffordschools.net. If you have questions, feel free to call the early childhood center at

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MARCIA CHADWELL, PRINCIPAL SHANE PIERCE, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Our fifth grade students will be participating in DARE graduation on Monday, February 23 at 1:00 pm in the auditorium. Students met with Officer Wagner weekly throughout the first semester to learn about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Each student wrote an essay about the information that they learned over the course of the semester. Five students will be chosen to read their essays dur-ing the graduation.

Middle school 2014-2015 yearbooks must be or-dered by February 25. Order forms are available in the office. The cost of a yearbook begins at $25.00. Yearbooks can also be ordered online at

www.jostensyearbooks.com .

Spring pictures will be taken on February 26. Inter-State Photography will be taking our student pho-tos. Flyers will be sent home with students and may also be picked up in the office. After pictures are taken, proofs will be sent home and parents may then order from the proofs.

The middle school Career Fair will take place on Friday, March 6. Students will have the oppor-tunity to hear from many people in the commu-nity from a variety of career paths. Our middle school counselor, Morganne Tiller, is coordinat-ing this event. If you would like to volunteer to be a speaker during this event, please contact her at 417-736-7000 ext. 1322.

Save the date! Mark your calendars for the up-coming 8th Grade Celebration. The celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. More information about the celebration will be available as the end of school draws near.

CAREER DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The elementary and middle school Career Day will be held the afternoon of Friday, March 6. If you would like to volunteer to speak at the Career Day please contact Christy Willis for the elementary at

417-736-7000 ext. 1237 or christyw@straffordschools.net or Morganne Tiller for the middle school at 417-736-7000 ext. 1322 or morgannet@straffordschools.net.

STRAFFORD SCHOOLS SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Strafford R-VI School District special education department provides all information regarding the pro-gram for the public on the school website at www.straffordschools.net. You can find this under the “Public Notices” section on the main district webpage. For questions, please contact special education director,

Dawnielle Baker, at 417-736-7000 ext. 1308 or dawnielleb@straffordschools.net.

FFA WEEK

SMS AND SHS FFA MEMBERS

FEBRUARY 23-27

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“HIGH SCHOOL NEWS”

BRETT SODEN, PRINCIPAL MIKE WILSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

The students and staff had a strong finish to the first semester of the 2014-2015 school year.

Grade reports were sent out on January 9. There were 202 students (56%) out of 360 total students on the honor roll for the first semester. The break-down of the honor roll is as follows: 43 students on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll (4.0), 54 students on Principal’s Honor Roll (3.70-3.99), 22 students on Faculty Honor Roll (3.50-3.69) and 83 students on Basic Honor Roll (3.0-3.49).

We had 65 students receive perfect attendance first semester. Many of our students are in the A+ pro-gram which requires 95% attendance throughout the entire high school career. The A+ program reim-burses students college tuition up to two years or six semesters if certain requirements are met through their high school career.

Seniors are preparing for graduation on Thursday, May 14. We encourage all seniors and their parents to check the guidance office web site regularly as scholarship opportunities are added frequently. The graduation ceremony will be held at High Street Bap-tist Church.

It is time to order yearbooks. Student’s pre-ordered yearbooks during the first semester and Josten's mailed out bills over Christmas break. You can pay

for your yearbook by visiting www.jostens.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the high school office.

Our clubs and athletic programs have been very busy. We feel it is very important for every student to be involved in at least one club or sport during their high school years.

Congratulations to our scholar bowl team for their performance in the Waynesville tournament. The team had wins over: Iberia, Sullivan, Clever, Rolla, Dixon, and Central. Our team was represented by Emily Underwood, Zane Tranmer, Faith Wen and Debbie Wen. Debbie also earned all-tournament honors.

Eight students attended the Missouri International Thespian Society State Conference with Mrs. Gib-son. It was a three day event where students were able to attend workshops, see shows produced by other schools, compete in different events, and net-work with colleges and theatre conservatories. Congratulations to the boys’ basketball team and coaching staff. They played in the championship game of the blue division for the first time in school history and brought home a second place trophy.

ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS

The deadline to order a senior yearbook ad is Friday, March 27.

Photos, message and payment are also due with the order.

Please contact Valerie Poynor,

valeriep@straffordschools.net, to place your order.

“MASKED!” COURTWARMING WEEK

The high school basketball courtwarming festivities will be held February 9-14. Spirit week will begin on Monday, Feb-ruary 9. The boys’ basketball home games will be on Friday,

February 13 against Skyline. The coronation ceremony will be between the JV and varsity games. All SHS students are

invited to the courtwarming dance on Saturday, February 14 from 8:00-11:00 pm in

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2015 WINTER/SPRING ATHLETIC INFORMATION

DATE SPORT PLACE TIME OPPONENT

02/02/2015 Jr. High Boys Basketball Home 6:00 PM Skyline Jr. High School 02/02/2015 9-12 Girls Basketball Away 6:00 PM Pleasant Hope High School 02/03/2015 Jr. High Boys Basketball Away 6:00 PM Springfield Catholic Jr. High School 02/03/2015 9-12 Boys Basketball Home 5:00 PM Pleasant Hope High School 02/05/2015 9-12 Boys Basketball Away 6:00 PM Springfield Catholic High School 02/05/2015 9-12 Girls Basketball Home 6:00 PM Forsyth High School

02/06/2015 9-12 Boys Basketball Away 6:00 PM Stockton High School

02/07/2015 Freshmen Boys Basketball Away TBA Morrisville Freshmen Tournament 02/07/2015 Varsity Boys Basketball Away TBA Jefferson City Helias Shootout 02/09/2015 9-12 Girls Basketball Home 6:00 PM Spokane High School 02/11/2015 Jr. High Boys Basketball Away TBA MLC Tournament at Fair Grove 02/13/2015 9-12 Boys Basketball Home 5:30 PM Skyline High School

02/17/2015 9-12 Boys Basketball Home 5:00 PM Marionville High School 02/19/2015 9-12 Girls Basketball Home 6:00 PM Fair Grove High School 02/20/2015 9-12 Boys Basketball Away 5:00 PM Fair Grove High School 02/21/2015 9-12 Boys Basketball Home TBA District Tournament 02/21/2015 9-12 Girls Basketball Home TBA District Tournament 03/20/2015 9-12 Baseball Away 4:30 PM Hollister High School 03/21/2015 9-12 Softball Away TBA Marionville Invitational

03/23/2015 9-12 Baseball Away TBA Clever Right off the Bat Tournament 03/23/2015 9-12 Softball Away 4:30 PM Conway High School

03/24/2015 Jr. High Baseball Home 4:30 PM Hollister Jr. High School 03/27/2015 Jr. High Baseball Home 4:30 PM Billings Jr. High School 03/30/2015 9-12 Golf Away 9:00 AM Lebanon Boys Classic 03/30/2015 9-12 Track Away 4:00 PM Republic Meet 03/30/2015 9-12 Baseball Home 4:30 PM Skyline High School 03/31/2015 9-12 Softball Home 5:00 PM Marionville High School

SPRING COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

Friday, March 6, 2015 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Max Evans Gym

Sign-up to donate with Valerie Poynor at valeriep@straffordschools.net.

Walk in donors are welcome!

Hosted by the high school student council and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

The spring sports schedule is not complete at this time.

Please check the school website at www.straffordschools.net for further updates.

HOME SCHOOL

INFORMATION NEEDED

The district is attempting to determine how many home schooled students reside in the Strafford School District.

If you are currently home schooling your child or chil-dren and reside in the district please contact Vicki Tate

in the central office at 417-736-7000 ext. 1500. Thank you for your cooperation.

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