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October 23, 2018
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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.
We Want Your Feedback! Take the Short Patron Survey Now Through November 2!
Republic School District invites parents and guardians of our kindergarten through 12th grade students to complete the short survey found at the link below (EC families will receive a separate survey in November). Your feedback allows us to see at what level we are meeting the needs of our students, families and community at large. Preparing each student for a successful future is our mission, and the information gathered through this survey provides us a measure to see how well we are achieving this goal.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is open October 22-November 2. Thank you in advance!

Student Surveys
Just as we are asking for your feedback, throughout the month of October students in grades 4-12 were asked to give their feedback. Surveys regarding building culture were distributed to these students. We'll share out results from this survey along with the parent survey later this year. 
No School November 5 & 6
The Republic School District will be closed for Fall Break on Monday, November 5 and there will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 6 for the STAR Summit School Improvement Day. For families in need of childcare, Cub Care through the STRIPES 360 program will be available for kindergarten through 8th grade students.  CLICK HERE for more information.
September RepMO Hero: Kristi Archer
Last school year we started an employee recognition program called RepMO Hero, and we are excited to continue it into 2018-19! Throughout the school year we will take turns recognizing outstanding certified and classified employees. District employees submit nominations and then a nominee from each department group and building are submitted to a district selection committee who chooses one individual to be the RepMO Hero of the Month! That individual is recognized and receives $500 for his/her department or building to spend on resources of his/her choosing.

Join us in congratulating Kristi Archer, Sweeny Elementary Secretary, as the SEPTEMBER REPMO HERO OF THE MONTH!!! "Miss Kristi" goes above and beyond in her role to meet the needs of students and fellow teammates. She spreads light wherever she goes, and we are so lucky to have her on our district team!

Below is a compilation of the nominations received from district employees in regards to Miss Kristi. She will be honored at the October 18 Board of Education meeting, and will also receive $500 to be spent on the resources of her choice. We are #repmoproud of you, Miss Kristi!

Kristi is incredibly hard working and completely dedicated to her job at Sweeny Elementary! She has a contagious smile that is known by Sweeny staff and parents when they visit the front office. Each day she works her hardest to make everyone feel supported. Kristi goes above the call of duty by being involved in Fun For Faculty, action teams, After School Clubs, and arriving early and staying late to help set up for special staff and student events. Kristi brings a creative element to Sweeny that is undeniable! Her laugh is contagious! We are so very blessed that she is the first face people see when they walk in the door! We are so thankful that Kristi chooses to serve on Team Sweeny!

FREE Student Flu Vaccine Clinic, 10/29 & 10/30
The Republic School District, in cooperation with Jordan Valley Community Health Center, is offering a seasonal flu vaccine to any child at no-cost, as supply allows.

The following conditions would prevent children from receiving the flu vaccine: allergy to vaccine components and moderate or severe illnesses.

If you are interested in your child receiving the inactivated influenza vaccine (flu shot), please complete and sign a consent form and return to your school nurse by October 24th

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact your school nurse.


October 29th, 2018
High School 8:00-10:00
McCulloch/Schofield 10:30-12:30
Price 1:00-3:00

October 30th, 2018
Middle School 8:00-10:00
Sweeny 10:30-1:30
EC 11:30-12:30
Sweeny 12:30-1:30
Lyon 1:45-3:15

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:

Look out Ethiopia, these Republic educators are coming for you! The individuals on this team, led by Dr. Yonke (Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment), will be travelling to Kore, Ethiopia over spring break in partnership with philanthropic organization, I Pour Life. While there the team will develop a 2-year professional learning/training program for the public school teachers in Kore. We are #repmoproud of these leaders for taking the work we do in Republic to "prepare each student for a successful future" outside of our community and into schools in another country that are in desperate need!

OCTOBER  15:  Congratulations to the Republic softball team on their district championship win over Webb City on Saturday! They will travel to Ray-Pec High School in the Kansas City area on Wednesday to play in the State Sectional round at 5 pm. RHS will offer a spirit bus on Wednesday that will depart at 2:00 pm. 

*Picture courtesy of Republic Tiger Sports.

OCTOBER 15: A timeless tradition! These elementary students enjoyed a trip to the Children's Literature Festival hosted by MSU. They were able to attend three author presentations during their visit. #repmoproud

Republic School District's Director of Communications, Josey McPhail has been named to the list of "35 Under 35" school communication professionals by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Those chosen for this list are considered "emerging leaders who are making a difference in school public relations." Mrs. McPhail was nominated and selected by fellow school communication peers for this accolade. Each honoree will be featured in an upcoming NSPRA communication, and recognized at the national seminar in Washington, D.C. in July. She would like to attribute this award to the entire district team's commitment to effective, strategic and meaningful communication with those we serve! #repmoproud

Board of Education Meeting Recap
BOE meetingAt the October 18 Board of Education meeting the adoption of the agenda and approval of consent items (found on BoardDocs) took place after the Pledge of Allegiance. The MSBA monthly report was also viewed.

The Board heard a presentation from district kindergarten teachers and reading recovery specialists. They shared data that indicated huge growth of students receiving intervention  services. 

The first RepMO Hero of the Month, Krisiti Archer was recognized by the Board of Education. See the above section for more on Mrs. Archer.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Chance Wistrom provided a monthly update to the Board regarding facilities, state legislative activity, finance and district highlights.

Full administrative reports can be found on BoardDocs.

The Board discussed several board policies and potential course additions for 2019-20 at Republic High School, which can be found on BoardDocs. In addition, discussion took place regarding the hiring of a demographer to assist in creating a solution to the unequal distribution of students in our elementary buildings. Also, the Board discussed the possibility of partnering with Burrell Mental Health for school-based services.

New high school courses for the 2019-20 school year were approved along with the hiring of a demographer. More information on the demographer's services will be shared in late November. 

The next regular meeting will take place on November 13 at 7:00 p.m.

District & Community Events for more visit Peachjar
Republic Christmas Parade November 17
The annual Republic Kiwanis Christmas Parade that travels down Main Street will take place on Saturday, November 17 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The 2018 theme is "The Spirit of Giving". Line-up begins at 9:00 a.m. at the corner of Hines and Hampton. No sign-up necessary and it's free to participate. Santa is always a highlight and will be available at the end of the parade for children.
Upcoming Dates
October 22-26: Elementary & EC Parent Teacher Conferences
November 2: RHS End of Progress 4
November 5: Fall Break
November 6: STAR Summit (SI Day), No School for Students
November 7: RepMO Safety Night, 6:00 p.m. at RMS Auditorium 
November 9: RHS Progress Reports Distributed
November 15: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Central Office
November 16: K-8 End of Progress 2
November 20: K-8 Progress Reports Distributed
November 21-23: Thanksgiving Break
November 30: RHS End of Progress 5

**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