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January 22, 2019
In This Issue


Below you will find news and information about the Republic School District. As a reminder, regular issues of Tiger Talk will be distributed on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month during the school year. Two summer issues in June and July will be distributed as well.
Price Field Decommission
As you may have seen, Price Field is currently being decommissioned. As a reminder, this is because the stadium was in dire need of structural and electrical updates due to safety reasons. Thanks to our community, we were able to instead use those funds to assist with the construction of the new Tiger Stadium at RHS. This also allowed for RMS games and activities to be moved to the field at that building. For the time being, Price Field will serve as green space for Price Elementary, and is being considered as a site to fulfill future district facility needs.

District Receives "Unmodified & Clean Finding" on Audit
Each year the district undergoes an independent annual review, which consists of an audit of operational systems and district finances. We are proud to report that the auditors gave the district an "unmodified and clean finding," which is the best rating that can be received! This article from the Greene County Commonwealth provides more details. We're very #repmoproud to share this information with our patrons! 

AHA Wear Red Day, February 1
Our district is proud to participate in the American Heart Association's District Heart Challenge during February, which will include a new component called Fun Fit Fridays (more to come). We will kick off our Fun Fit Fridays with Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1, 2019!  By partnering with the American Heart Association we will raise awareness and help fight heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 killer and No. 5 killers of Americans.    

Highlights from Social Media: #repmoproud
As a reminder, you can find Republic School District on Facebook and Twitter! In addition, all buildings and the STRIPES 360 program have a Facebook pages. RMS and RHS also have Twitter accounts. Check them out! Here are a few highlights:

Republic High School Air Force JROTC cadets, Allison Zahner and Taylon East are two of 150 students from around the world to receive the 2019 Flight Academy Private Pilot Scholarship from Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama! More than 1560 cadets applied for this scholarship worth approximately $20,000. As recipients Allison and Taylon will choose to attend a summer program at a partnering university for this private pilots licensing training.
The Republic School District is incredibly  #repmoproud of Allison and Taylon for this accomplishment, and we wish them well at training this summer!

JANUARY 16:  Isn't this super cool?! Last year's December RepMO Hero winner, 5th grade teacher Melanie Gilliland used her $500 award to purchase a tower garden for Sweeny Elementary. Currently her class is piloting how to use this tool to enhance student understanding of plant growth. The students prepared the garden and planted the seeds, and each day they check the PH of the water. So far they've eaten the lettuce that they've grown and are hopeful to make salsa once their tomatoes produce. #repmoproud

Today these students from across the district enjoyed a pizza party for selling the most Major Saver Discount Cards during our fundraiser a few months ago! With the help of our community nearly $17,000 was raised for our district and the Republic Community Foundation. Thank you for your continued support! #repmoproud

We are incredibly #repmoproud of our RHS students and employees! Through the leadership of RHS marketing students along with student council, a 3-day coin drive, "Rally for Romero" took place to raise funds for student, Juan Romero who was recently diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. The drive raised $1,112.55!!! Mr. Mareth's 3rd hour class raised the most money and received a free hot chocolate party compliments of Tiger Grounds, the student-ran coffee shop at RHS. Kudos to RHS for getting behind one of their own!
These "World Changers" from Price Elementary spent their weekend creating a Little Free Library that now sits in front of their school! They built a rock garden, prepped the books, and filled the lending library with wonderful books!! Their hope is that members of our community will visit the Price Elementary Little Free Library, take a book to enjoy, and then replace that book (either return it, or donate a different one)! They've also decided that they would love for the community to add painted "reading rocks" around it. If anyone should feel inspired to create a painted rock for the garden, please snap a photo of it and use the hashtag #RepMORocks! Such an awesome resource! #repmoproud

We are SOO  #repmoproud of the RHS Air Force JROTC for earning an overall unit assessment score of "Exceeds Standards"...the highest rating attainable!
The Republic High School cadets performed exceptionally well, and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals. The Republic High School AFJROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community!
Two cadets earn the "Top Performer Award". Way to go, Cadet Lt Col Gage Fender and Cadet Captain Jacob Mitchell! Also, The Unit was awarded 20 Best Practices! Congratulations!

Government Shutdown Assistance
We realize many of our students' families may be facing hardships due to the government shutdown. There is nothing more important to us than the continued welfare of our students. Last week we reached out to impacted families, based on our records, to let them know about ways in which the Republic School District would like to help. CLICK HERE to see that communication. Meal benefits, assistance with STRIPES and Early Childhood fees along with connections to local non-profit agencies are all available. Feel free to pass this information along to anyone that might need this assistance.

Winter Weather Notification Information 
With winter weather season upon us, please take note of the below ways district patrons and employees will be notified of school being canceled.
  • Voice call and text message (It's important for us to send both to reach all patrons.) Be sure you have opted-in to receive texts from us! Details on this can be found HERE.
  • District website
  • Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Local media announcement
We encourage our families to have a plan in place for potential school cancellations. Keep in mind that the Winter Escape program via STRIPES 360 is an option for our families. ( CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION)

Also, it is important to review our district calendar ( HERE) and take note of the dates that have been scheduled as make-up days for cancellations.

Board of Education Meeting Recap
At the January 17 Board of Education meeting the adoption of the agenda and approval of consent items (found on BoardDocs) took place after the Pledge of Allegiance. President, Mark Gimlin, provided a Board Update on upcoming conferences and meetings. He also shared that students from Price Elementary will be featured at an MSBA event at the Missouri Capital in February.
The December RepMO Hero of the Month, McCulloch Special Education Teacher, Amy Kendrick was honored by the Board of Education. CLICK HERE to see a video of Mrs. Kendrick's RepMO Hero surprise!

Each month a building is spotlighted, and for December the building was RHS. CLICK HERE to watch the video the building put together to share.

CLICK to watch!
During the "student spotlight" section, Lyon Elementary shared how they are strategically supporting all students to foster growth! This model is called Response to Intervention and can be seen across the district. Lyon refers to this as What I Need or WIN time. Simply, it is a time to meet students where they are with specific learning goals to address strengths and weaknesses. To learn more, check out the video to the left.

Following these highlights the MSBA monthly report was viewed, and CTA representative, Amanda Hamilton provided an update from the group. A report can be seen on BoardDocs.

RHS Principal, Tyler Overstreet and his team presented information on the practice and formal ACT assessment given at RHS. In addition, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Chance Wistrom provided a monthly update to the Board regarding facilities, elementary boundaries, state assessment activity, finance and district highlights.  Full administrative reports can be found on BoardDocs.

There were no individual discussion items on the agenda. The Board did take one action, which was to rescind the currently approved 2019-20 school calendar due to new legislative action.

The next regular meeting will take place on February 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Allison Davis Named New RHS Volleyball Coach
Republic School District would like to welcome Coach Allison Davis to our team. The Board of Education approved Davis to serve as Head Volleyball Coach and to teach physical education at Republic High School for the 2019-20 school year. Davis brings with her eleven years of successful coaching and teaching experience, eight of which were in head coaching positions. Her track record of on-court success in her previous positions along with her experience in leading all facets o f a volleyball program make her an excellent fit for Republic.

Davis is known for her dedication to developing players into leaders both on and off the court. When asked about her goals for Republic she indicated, "I look forward to building on the prior successes of this Republic program by setting expectations for each athlete that instills a hunger for success and becoming the best they can be on and off the court. I'm excited to meet the team and begin preparing for next season."
Most recently, Davis served as the head volleyball coach at Parkview High School where she was also a physical education and health teacher. Prior to her time at Parkview, Davis served as the head volleyball coach at Pierce City High School. She also served as head coach at Jarrett Middle School and assistant coach at Pershing Middle School. During her previous head coaching positions, she lead her teams to two state quarterfinal appearances and was also named Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2013 for the Spring River Valley Conference. In addition, prior to her coaching career Davis spent nine years as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Republic.
The RHS volleyball team received this news from Principal, Mr. Overstreet and Activities Director, Mr. Fisher, and will have the opportunity to meet Coach Davis in person on January 23.
Coach Davis will be joining the Republic community along with her husband, Beau and children. Welcome to Coach Davis and her family!

Youth E-Cigarette Epidemic
Recently the U.S. Surgeon General released a rare advisory and dedicated website on e-cigarettes and the epidemic of vaping by youths. E-cigarettes come in many forms, including JUULs. Unfortunately, there is a misconception that e-cigarettes are "healthier" than regular cigarettes, which is highly false. We encourage you to take a look at this information and speak with your children, as you feel appropriate, about this subject.

Employment Opportunities
We have several employment opportunities available for the 2019-20 school year!
 Below are several of the open positions. Please share with anyone that would be a good addition to our district team. A full list of opportunities can be found at https://www.applitrack.com/republic/onlineapp/.

8th grade science teacher
7th grade history teacher
Special Education teachers
RMS speech and debate teacher
Various assistant coaching positions
Bus drivers
Tiger STRIPES part-time staffers
Part-time food service workers
Substitute school nurse

District & Community Events for more visit Peachjar

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Upcoming Dates
January 25: RHS Progress 7 Reports Distributed
January 28-February 1: PHP Souper Bowl Challenge (see above for details)
February 8: Elementary and RMS Progress Reports Distributed
February 8: End of RHS Progress 8
February 8: Courtwarming (Crowning takes place between JV & Varsity games)
February 10-16: Missouri Board of Education Recognition Week
February 14: RHS Progress 8 Reports Distributed
February 15: No school for students for a scheduled SI Day
February 18: District Closed for President's Day OR Snow Day Make-Up if Needed

**Every Friday during the regular school year students are dismissed one hour early for teacher collaboration time. Visit https://www.republicschools.org/fridayearlyrelease 
for details.** 

For additional events and dates, visit the district calendar HERE
For questions or comments please contact me via email or by calling 417-732-3605.

Josey McPhail

Director of Communications
Republic School District