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June 25, 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.
Back to School Details
We know it's only June, but we wanted to go ahead and share some Back to School information for those already planning into August. Our first day of school will be Thursday, August 15. A full list of events and details for the 2019-20 school year can be found at republicschools.org/backtoschool. In addition, the school calendar can be found HERE
Online Back To School Registration Coming Soon!
Update Your Contact Information!

O ne really important element for the 2019-20 school year is that nearly all back to school forms will need to be completed online through the SISK12 Parent Portal. As a reminder, the Parent Portal is a tool that parents can use to monitor items like meal balances, grades, attendance, etc. We recommend using it throughout the school year!

Now, this tool will be used to make the back to school form process much easier and smoother for our families.  Please login to the Parent Portal and complete the needed forms beginning July 22. High school students will need to have this completed by August 1 in order to participate in the Parking Permit Pick-Up, and elementary and RMS students should have this completed by the first day of school, August 15. All kindergarten through 12th grade students must have a parent/guardian complete these required forms. Take note that specific forms must be completed for students to participate in various activities, including technology usage.

We're hoping to make sure everyone has access to and is comfortable with the Parent Portal prior to July 22 so that it is a smooth transition for parents and students into 2019-20. We invite you to take time now to make sure you can access Parent Portal and to update any outdated information listed.

To find the Parent Portal simply visit republicschools.org and click on the "Parent Portal" icon. This can also be accessed through the district's free 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.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping us transition to online back to school registration!
New Student Enrollment
Republic School District would like to welcome families new to Republic for the 2019-20 school year! The student registration process can be completed through both an online and in-person process. For full details CLICK HERE. 
Summer School Recap
Thank you for a wonderful summer school experience! This year we hosted 1571 students from elementary to high school. That's 323 more students than last year! We appreciate everyone who participated and also those who taught and worked to make summer school possible! 
Elementary & EC Summer Hours

Take note our elementary buildings and Early Childhood Center have limited hours throughout the summer. In most cases these buildings will be closed June 24-July 18. However, we recommend you call before you visit as these dates vary per building.
Fall Kindergarten Screening, August 8
Hey, kindergarten families...We are EXCITED to welcome you to the district! A very important first step to kindergarten is screening. If your incoming kindergarten student has not yet been screened, it's not too late! We'll host a fall screening on August 8, 8:30-2:30 at Lyon for kindergarten students attending ANY building.

Please call your child's building of attendance to set an appointment and begin the enrollment process. If needed, visit http://republicschools.org/Page/1694 and follow the directions to determine which building your child will attend. If you have questions, please contact the Transportation Department at 732-3680.

McCulloch Elementary 732-3620
Price Elementary 732-3690
Schofield Elementary 732-3610
Lyon Elementary 732-3630
Sweeny Elementary 732-3670
Kindergarten Readiness Videos
A library of short videos can be found HERE that we hope are helpful for our incoming kindergarten families! They showcase various skills to help make sure your kindergarten student is ready to learn in the fall! We're looking forward to officially welcoming our K FAMILIES this August! 
Roundabout Construction & Impact to RHS Entrances
Construction of the roundabout on M Highway near the north entrance of Republic High School has begun. MoDOT has closed the RHS entrance off of M Highway and a portion of that road until the completion of construction, which we are told will be by August 9 (prior to the 2019-20 school year).

Until this proposed August 9 completion date the only functioning entrance to RHS is from ZZ Highway. This means all summer traffic will need to access RHS using the ZZ Highway entrance.

As the 2019-20 school year approaches the Republic School District will be working with MoDOT to distribute educational materials to students, employees and the community at large in regards to traffic behaviors needed to navigate the roundabout. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this construction.
Bus Drivers Wanted
We're looking for bus drivers to join our team! For more  CLICK HERE  or call 732-3680.
Change in MSHSAA Physical Exam Requirement
MSHSAA recently changed their requirement for student physicals required for activity/athletic participation. In the past those were to be completed annually. However, effective immediately, physicals are now valid for 2 years (730 days) from the date of issue. Therefore, physicals from this current school year will still be valid for the 2019-20 school year. 

Take note, medical history, student agreement, parent consent, proof of insurance, concussion education and emergency contact sections of the Pre-Participation Evaluation will still need to be updated and completed by parent and students annually, prior to participation.

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:

JUNE 17:
The Republic School District Board of Education is one of only 33 boards from across Missouri to receive the prestigious Governance Team Award from the Missouri School Boards' Association. This accolade showcases the Board's commitment to continuous improvement through ongoing professional development, regional and statewide leadership and active participation in legislative advocacy for public schools and the students they serve. We are tremendously proud and appreciative of these individuals who serve our district! #repmoproud
JUNE 13:
For today's THROWBACK THURSDAY we're not going too far back...Last week this group of incoming 9th grade students enjoyed one last RMS adventure as they took a trip to Washington D.C.! They explored many historical sites and visited many monuments as well. What an incredible learning experience making life-long memories! Thank you to the teachers who organized and supervised this incredible trip! #repmoproud

JUNE 13:
What a fun night celebrating our AMAZING RepMO Hero winners at the Springfield Cardinals game! As a reminder, our RepMO Heroes are employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of students and fellow employees. We're so thankful for each of them! #repmoproud

JUNE 11:
Our Summer SLAM students are having a blast! They recently visited the RHS Activity Facility for a tour and fun activities led by some RHS student leaders. #repmoproud

CLICK to watch!

JUNE 11:
Check out this story KY3 did about our school farm at RHS! We're so #repmoproud of the students who work hard each day to take care of their livestock, and we're looking forward to growing the farm over the coming months! 

JUNE 11:
AWESOME time being had by all at Summer Safari! Thanks to Missouri S&T for inspiring our students with their rocket making abilities! They also had a great time at Warrior Sports & creating their own superheroes! #repmoproud

JUNE 10:
The Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted its annual School Bus Safety Inspection in late March. The Republic School District bus fleet (56 buses) passed this very rigorous inspection with a rating of 98.2%! The small infraction found was fixed on site. This qualifies the district for an Exemplary Fleet award! This accolade is only given to those fleets across the state who achieve a 90% or higher approval rating on the inspection! #repmoproud
BOE Meeting Recap
BOE meeting At the June 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, Todd Wojciechowski, provided a Board Update on upcoming conferences and meetings. T he MSBA monthly report was then viewed.

Safety and Security Director, Scott Umbarger, shared an update regarding his department. Also, Dr. Chance Wistrom provided a monthly update to the Board. Full administrative reports can be found on BoardDocs .

The Board of Education discussed reappointing two members to serve on the Springfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission. 

The following items were approved:
Revised FY19 Budget
2019-20 Salary Schedules
FY20 Budget
Appointment of Dr. Wistrom and Mr. Wojciechowski to the TIF Commission 

The next regular meeting will take place on July 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Back to School Expo: Vendors Wanted
Each year our 700 employees come together to kick off the new school year with an All Employee Meeting. Prior, we host a breakfast and the opportunity for local businesses and organizations to host a booth for employees to visit at an expo. 

$75 for-profit organizations
$35 non-profit organizations

Monday, August 12 at Republic High School
Set-up begins at 7:00 a.m. and the expo will take place between 7:30-8:30 a.m.

August 2 is the deadline to register. 

FEMA Safe Room Reminders
With severe weather season in full gear, we wanted to provide the below reminders regarding the FEMA safe room located at Sweeny Elementary (720 North Main, Republic). 
When is the FEMA Safe Room open for public use?  
This facility's main purpose is to protect students and staff during school hours, but outside of school hours (before 8:00 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m.) the FEMA Safe Room will be open to the public during tornado warnings issued by Republic Emergency Management and/or the National Weather Service. It can hold up to 1,454 individuals.

What is the official notification that a watch or warning has been issued?
The district will be utilizing Republic Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to identify official tornado warnings. 

Are animals allowed?
Only certified aid animals will be permitted inside the FEMA Safe Room, and proper identification must be shown before entering. Owners will be responsible for the care and actions of aid animals. 

For questions or if you need special accommodations , please contact  robert.duncan@republicschools.org
District & Community Events for more visit Peachjar

Upcoming Dates
July 4: District closed
August 15: First Day of School (All Back to School dates can be found HERE.)

**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