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February 26, 2019
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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.
2019-20 School Calendar & New Snow Day Make-Up Plans
The Board of Education approved the revised 2019-20 school calendar on February 21. CLICK HERE to review it. The calendar was revised to reflect changes regarding newly passed section 160.041, RSMo indicating that Missouri school district's must complete a minimum of 1044 hours of student instruction and " must include a minimum of 36 weather make-up hours for possible loss of attendance due to inclement weather and half the number of additional lost or cancelled hours up to 48, resulting in no more than 60 total make-up hours." 

Because of this change in legislation, the Republic School District Board of Education has approved for the district to use the three built-in holidays (MLK Day, President's Day and Good Friday) as snow day make-ups for next school year. However, NO SNOW DAYS beyond Good Friday will be made up. Therefore, the last day of school will be a half day on Thursday, May 21. Thank you to the Board of Education for this decision as it allows for families to make definite summer plans. 

Spring Break March 11-15
The Republic School District will be closed March 11-15 for Spring Break. Childcare for Kindergarten through 8th grade students is available through Cub Care. CLICK HERE for details. 

Kindergarten Screening & Orientation Set for 2019-20
Attention incoming Republic School District Kindergarten families! Kindergarten screening and enrollment along with orientation dates have been set for the 2019-2020 school year! Any child who resides in the Republic School District boundaries that will be 5 on or before July 31 is eligible. Visit https://www.republicschools.org/kindergartenscreening to find dates and details. We will begin taking screening appointments on March 4. Please help us share this information! We are excited to welcome the class of 2032 to school! #repmoproud

Preschool Enrollment March 23
Preschool enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will be on Saturday, March 23th starting at 8:30 a.m. CLICK HERE for class offerings and other details The Intent to Attend Form and a $30 non-refundable enrollment fee is required to hold your spot on the 23rd. We're excited to welcome our youngest learners to school!

Updated Elementary Boundary Information
Over the last few years our community has experienced many changes in regards to where people are living within our school district. That said, this has created disparity regarding the number of students in each of our elementary buildings. To best meet the needs of our students and to help us achieve our mission of "preparing each student for a successful future", it is important that each of our elementary buildings have similar numbers of students being served in them. We've been monitoring these changes, and brainstorming ways to address this disparity over the last several months. In doing so, it has been determined that the best solution will be to update the elementary boundaries which will be implemented for the 2019-20 school year. Visit https://www.republicschools.org/boundaryupdate for additional information. Impacted families will be notified via mailed letter and email this week.
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:

Friday was a very special day across the district! Four of our elementary buildings hosted Leadership Days inviting parents, community members and leaders from outside school districts to come see how they implement The Leader In Me at their schools. It was such a pleasure getting to showcase our AMAZING student and employee leaders!
PS...Price's Leadership Day is March 26. If you missed Friday, but still want to see a Leadership Day in action, everyone is invited! Visit https://goo.gl/iE2N39 to register!  #repmoproud  #growingleaders

Have you watched this story yet? We are so #repmoproud to participate in the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge. https://goo.gl/RjZKSq

Congratulations to the 1994 Republic High School Girls Basketball State Championship Team for being selected to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on March 27! #repmoproud https://goo.gl/8QGi2q

Yesterday Price Elementary was one of only a few districts from across the state that had the opportunity to send several students to the Missouri State Capital to be part of the Missouri School Boards' Association Student Showcase event. In fact, they were the youngest students in attendance! Lyric, Luke and Remedy and their teachers put together a booth showcasing how our district has implemented "Future Ready Libraries" which connect 21st century learners with literature! Legislatures, school leaders and board members who visited the booth consistently commented on how well these elementary students represented themselves and our district! We are super #repmoproud of these kiddos and teachers, and also feel honored to have been chosen to participate in this event!
CLICK to watch!
Flu Symptoms
This flu season has been particularly rough. As a reminder, the flu is a contagious respiratory  illness caused by the influenza virus. It can be spread from person-to-person through the air by coughing or sneezing or by touching an infected surface and carrying it to your nose or mouth. Check out the graphic for symptoms.
Those experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay home from school and work until at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever without the use of medicine. We recommend consulting with a doctor and making sure those with the flu get plenty of rest and fluids.
To learn more about the flu virus and  prevention methods, visit  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html.

Board of Education Meeting Recap
BOE meeting
At the February 21 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. 
The January RepMO Hero of the Month, Sweeny Nurse, Sarah Hanley was honored by the Board of Education. 

Each month a building is spotlighted, and for February the building was McCulloch. CLICK HERE to watch the video the building put together to share about Breakfast with Books.

During the "student spotlight" section, Republic Middle School 7th grade social studies students presented a class project entitled "Jack's Dream Vacation." The students demonstrated how RMS students use project based learning in many of the building's classes. 

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

Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Matt Pearce presented a summary regarding the district's 100% Annual Performance Report (APR). Executive Director of Operations, Jason Perkins shared details regarding the elementary boundary update. In addition, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Chance Wistrom provided a monthly update to the Board as well.  Full administrative reports can be found on BoardDocs.

The Board of Education discussed the elementary boundary change along with the renovation of existing classrooms at RMS. The Board did take action on the following items:
Elementary Boundary Change
Middle School Renovation Bid

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

Board of Education Candidates
The annual election for the Republic School District Board of Education will take place on Tuesday, April 2. The three candidates below filed for the two 3-year term seats (candidates listed in order of appearance on the ballot.)

Rusty Swift
Travis L. Edwards
Sam Hayes
District & Community Events for more visit Peachjar


The RHS speech and debate team will be holding the national qualifying tournament for the Carver-Truman district again this year on March 15-16. The community has shown such amazing support for these students in the past, and we are hopeful that they will continue to reinforce the importance of this event to the students in our local area. 

In order to make this a successful endeavor, we will need community help to judge rounds at the tournament. Unlike our invitational tournament that is held each fall, this tournament does pay for the time that is spent volunteering. The pay is $7/round for preliminaries and $10/round for finals. Like usual, a hospitality room will be offered each day for those who are volunteering their time to judge. 

We could not continue to grow and host successful tournaments without your help. If you are interested in volunteering on March 15 & 16, CLICK HERE.


Upcoming Dates
March 8: K-12 Grade Cards Distributed
March 11-15: Spring Break

**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