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September 25, 2018
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.
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.
Football Homecoming, 9/28
Tis the season for Football Homecoming! Join us for the festivities on Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. as the Tigers take on Ozark. The homecoming ceremony will take place at half-time of the game. That evening you can also support Project Graduation at a Tailgate Party from 4:30-6:30 featuring food from Flat Creek! Also, don't forget to pick up your booster club gear that evening if you ordered online. It's going to be a fun night!

Congratulations to the 2018 Football Homecoming attendants and candidates:
Freshman attendant: Eden Speer Escort: Bryce Redmon
Sophomore attendant: Emma Collins Escort: Dalton Parks
Junior attendant: Emma Duvall Escort: Easton Prevo
Senior candidate: Bella Drennan Escort: Jaden DuVall
Senior candidate: Olivia Skeans Escort: Ian Zineker
Senior candidate: Gabrielle Wininger Escort: Nolan White

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:

SEPT 24: Talk about AMAZING!!! Last week the McCulloch Elementary PTO hosted the inaugural Tiger Run fundraiser which involved students gathering sponsors to help them reach their running goals. The school collected donations from ALL 50 STATES along with Costa Rica, England and Australia...WOWZA! They raised NEARLY $30,000, which is almost double their initial goal of $15,000! These funds will be used for additional playground equipment at McCulloch Elementary along with "Family Fun" events, classroom resources and school parties.

THANK YOU to everyone who made this event possible and THANK YOU to the PTO groups across our district who donate time and resources to provide funds for needed resources and also host amazing events like this one for our families! #repmoproud #ourPTOsrock #THANKYOU

SEPT 23:
Congratulations to RMS Principal, Allison Dishman for being named the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals "Exemplary Principal of the Year" for Southwest Missouri! We are proud to call you ours, Mrs. Dishman! #repmoproud

SEPT 21: 
Students may not have been at school today, but a  tremendous amount of work took place by our teachers,  administrators and Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Team! Thank you to these phenomenal educators who are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of our students and to our mission of "preparing each student for a successful future." #repmoproud

SEPT 21: What an impressive presentation at last night's Board of Education meeting by these Price Elementary students & librarian, Mrs.Wells! They shared about technology learning tools in the library and their experience at the Ozarks Mini Makers Faire. AND they announced that Price is a national contest winner of a SPROUT Lab valued at over $20,000 coming later this fall! #repmoproud

SEPT 11: In honor of those lost in the 9/11 attacks 
students at RHS participated in a kindness challenge yesterday. Throughout the day roses were passed from
 employees to students and students to students who were
 demonstrating acts of kindness. In addition, a "kindness wall" was on display. As acts of kindness were demonstrated students and employees were asked to post it on the wall for all to see and celebrate. #repmoproud
Apply for Free & Reduced Meals!
Applications are now available for free and reduced meal. Please consider completing the application, even if you do not plan to use the benefit.  A new application must be completed each year.  Click HERE for the form. 
Eat Breakfast and Lunch at School! 
Breakfast and lunch are available daily at school! The menus can be viewed at  https://www.republicschools.org/Page/184 . Be sure to place money in your child's meal account via PayPal using the aforementioned link or by sending payment through a sealed envelope with your child to school. Please include your child's name, grade, school and amount paid on the envelope.

Board Meeting Recap 
BOE meeting
At the September 20 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, and Board President, Mark Gimlin led the confirmation of board members who are attending the annual MSBA conference later this week. 

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

The "student spotlight" section of the meeting highlighted Price Elementary students & library media specialist, Mrs.Wells. They shared about technology learning tools in the library and their experience at the Ozarks Mini Makers Faire. AND they announced that Price is a national contest winner of a SPROUT Lab valued at over $20,000 coming later this fall! 

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.

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

Have You Opted-In to Get Texts, Yet? 
PARENTS/GUARDIANS: To receive texts from us be sure you have  opted  in to do so! If you haven't  opted  in yet, the below directions might help! Opt-in is only required one time, not annually. 
*This is especially for incoming kindergarten families and families new to Republic!

If you are pretty confident your cell number is  in our system first try manually texting "Y" to code 67587. If that goes through, you will receive a confirmation text letting you know you are signed up to receive future texts. If that works, you are good to go. 

However, if that does not work please contact the building your child attends to double-check that your number is  in our system correctly. If it's not, they will manually put it  in the system and then you should receive the  opt- in message the next day. 

If your number is already  in our system, the issue is most likely with your wireless carrier.  In that case you will need to contact your wireless provider and let them know you are unable to receive SMS messages. They should be able to turn them on. Thank you!

Springfield-Greene County Library Partnership
The Republic School District is thrilled to be the first pilot district to partner with the Springfield-Greene County Library for the student access card program. This initiative provides access to a number of reliable databases full of endless resources! A few examples of the resources available include Tumblebooks, Credo, Biography in Context, Mango Languages, Lynda.com, Culturegrams Kids...and SO MUCH MORE!
Because of this partnership our students and employees have access to resources they may not have otherwise, we can ensure that the information they are obtaining is credible and they can access it in a safe manner 24 hours a day! Yes, this resource is available any time using the " Springfield-Greene County Library Database" link under "Quick Links" at  republicschools.org. To gain access, students and employees can use their district assigned Google username as the login and password.

Questions can be directed to your student's school librarian. 
While this resource provides SO MUCH for our students, we encourage each student having their own individual library card and frequent visits to the library as well! You can learn more  HERE.

What a tremendous opportunity we have with this partnership. Thank you Springfield-Greene County Library!    

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
September 28: RHS Progress 2 Reports Distributed
September 28: Football Homecoming
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