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October 9, 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.
District Closed, October 12
The Republic School District will be closed on Friday, October 12. 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.
RepMO Hero September Nominees
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.
For September the following RepMO Hero nominees were celebrated! These individuals go above and beyond the call of duty to help us reach our mission of "preparing each student for a successful future." Thanks to each of them for their service! We'll share the RepMO Hero of the Month for September later this week!

EC: Jen Wojciechowski, Paraprofessional
Lyon: Amanda Hicks, Instructional Aide
McCulloch: Brent Bacon, Focus Aide
Price: Retha Curtis, Paraprofessional
Schofield: Nikki White, Secretary
Sweeny: Kristi Archer, Secretary
RMS: Ken Shepard, Custodian
RHS: David Seibert, Director of Maintenance
CO/CIA/FS/SPED/FED: Carrie Vasquez, Food Service Secretary
Transportation: Dan Siebenborn, Bus Driver
STRIPES 360: Lexie Smith, Assistant Site Leader
IT/Maint/Sec: Darrell Rader, School Resource Officer

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:

It was a pleasure hosting the Greene County Commission today at Republic High School as 
part of a six stop "agriculture tour" in the area. Our RHS FFA students did a phenomenal job showing our visitors the exciting ag-education opportunities available to students at Republic. The acreage surrounding RHS is used for various projects. One is a land revitalization process, many are familiar with, where students are growing row crops including soybeans and, in the future, winter wheat to sell for profit. By the end of the school year 25 acres of this land will be home to 10 head of beef cattle that will feed using a rotational grazing pattern implemented by students. Inside RHS students have access to an animal science lab that they helped built that features an ultrasound machine among other resources. The "farm to table" approach to learning is highly evident here at RHS through the FFA program. Science, business, hands on learning...you name it, it happens here! The goal is to provide all students, regardless of background, an opportunity to explore this field. We are thankful for the ability to provide these opportunities to students as it is certainly a rarity to have a working farm at a high school! #repmoproud

Congratulations to Olivia Skeans, Football Homecoming Queen 2018! The entire court looked sharp tonight! #repmoproud

OCTOBER  4:  While 8th graders were researching the best cup a CEO of a multi-million dollar fast food company should purchase, RMS student Isaiah Pendergrass wondered why some 
local companies didn't use biodegradable plant-based plastic cups. He decided to call Wendy's in Republic to ask why they still use paper cups. Wendy's directed Isaiah to the regional Wendy's office. Isaiah asked the regional office the question of why do they not use plant-based plastics. In talking to the regional office they confessed that they have never been asked that question. Isaiah was then given the phone number to Wendy's US Headquarters, and is communicating with them about plant-based plastic cups. Way to go to Isaiah for asking questions to companies that affect our environment! #repmoproud

OCTOBER 4: We're going to do a little THROWBACK THURSDAY today to the opening night of the new RHS Stadium. It was a great evening that gave the district an opportunity to publicly thank our wonderful community for supporting the construction of this new facility. We kicked things off with a fun video featuring a time lapse of the construction process along with spotlights of students and employees representing the different groups that will benefit from the facility. A fun feature of the night was when a skydiver delivered the game ball to the official! Thanks again to our community! #repmoproud

Isn't this JUST THE BEST?! In lieu of birthday gifts, Price student, Lyric Scott asked his friends and family to help him raise funds to provide several neat technology tools for the Price Elementary library. Lyric had the opportunity to attend a STEM camp in Chicago over the summer, and he wanted his classmates to share in his experience. He raised $430 to be used for purchasing a class set of Bristlebots and several MBots, technology resources that help students understand different elements of robots and computer coding. We are so very thankful for Lyric's generosity and "world changer" mentality! #repmoproud

RMS Emailed Progress Reports & Grade Cards Begin 10/19
To help parents more quickly and efficiently receive progress reports and grade cards, Republic Middle School will be moving to electronic distribution starting Friday, October 19. This means that your student's grades will be sent to the email address we have on file for you on the appropriate dates. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

It's REALLY important we have the correct email (and other contact information) on file for you to ensure you receive this information. To check it out, click on the "Parent Portal" icon on the website or choose this icon inside the Republic School District mobile app. As a reminder, to login use the email address you have provided to the district and enter the password you have created. If you've forgotten it, simply click on the "forgot password" button and follow the prompts. You can find this information under the "Update Household Data" icon. Any changes you submit will be sent to the RMS office for final approval.

If it's the day of distribution and you've confirmed we have the correct email address, but still don't receive the report, check your spam file.

As always, grades will also be available by logging in to Canvas and on the parent portal.

If you have any questions, please contact the RMS office as we are happy to assist!

STRIPES 360 Security Update
Just as during normal school hours, the safety and security of our students is also a top priority during STRIPES 360 programming hours. Because of this commitment, beginning Monday, October 22 there will be new security measures put in place when dropping off and picking up students from Tiger STRIPES at the elementary schools.

In order to gain access to Tiger STRIPES, you will need to ring a doorbell which will let Tiger STRIPES staff know that you are there to drop-off or pick-up students. When STRIPES staff hear the bell they will unlock the door remotely. As an added security measure staff will have a live feed of the security camera monitoring the entrance. The entrance and pick-up locations will remain the same as in the past. A doorbell, camera and associated signage will just be added. As with any change, we know this will take a little getting used to. However, we feel this added security measure will be a tremendous asset to the families we serve. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move to this change beginning Monday, October 22.

Stadium Expectations & Tiger Tailgate Alley
Before all home football games you are invited to join the Republic FFA for a tailgating party at "Tiger Tailgate Alley" any time after 3:30 p.m. Per the map below, all patrons are invited to hang out, set up grills/cook and enjoy some pre-game fellowship. Attendees can park in the RHS lot, and then access Tiger Tailgate Alley by foot. Thanks in advance for keeping off of the grass areas. Also, a quick reminder that no outside food or drink is permitted inside the stadium, and all district property is a tobacco and alcohol free zone. We look forward to seeing you there! 
District & Community Events
Hello, families of our Tiger Prospects! We would like to invite you to come join us at the home varsity football game October 12th as we celebrate you, the future of Republic! The following groups of Tigers in Training prospects are invited to attend:

Middle School Band Members
Middle School Cheerleaders
Middle School Cross Country Team Members
Middle School Volleyball Team Members
Middle School Football Team Members

If you are a Future Tiger Band Member please join us in performing with the High School band during pre-game.
If you are a Future Tiger Cheerleader please join us in cheering with the High School squad up until halftime.
If you are a Future Tiger Cross Country, Volleyball, or Football Team Member please join us to be recognized at halftime of the football game. Please meet in the North Plaza area of the stadium with 7 minutes left in the 2nd Quarter. After the dance team and band perform you will be escorted out to the track and recognized as a team.

Admission: Each student will be granted free admission (student only) if they are wearing their respective team jersey or shirt. Parents and Guardians will still pay for admission.

Further Information: Please contact your respective director or coach for any additional details.

Upcoming Dates
October 12: District Closed
October 18: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Central Office
October 19: K-12 Grade Cards Distributed

**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