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August 28, 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.
REMINDER: Every Friday is an Early Release
As a reminder, every Friday throughout the school year K-12 students will be dismissed one hour early for teacher collaboration time. This will not impact EC students. Below are dismissal times for throughout the week at each building level. For more information on Friday Early Release visit  https://www.republicschools.org/fridayearlyrelease.

Monday-Thursday: Dismiss at 3:30 p.m.
Friday: Dismiss at 2:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: Dismiss at 2:40 p.m.
Friday: Dismiss at 1:40 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: Dismiss at 2:30 p.m.
Friday: Dismiss at 1:30 p.m.

**The district will be sending reminders through September 7. 
Thank You! RHS Stadium is Officially Open!
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Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the first official home football game in the new Republic High School Stadium! Our AMAZING community provided the opportunity for this new facility, and we cannot say "thank you" enough! Check out the video we put together that was shown during the opening ceremony by clicking on the image, in case you missed it. 
Grandparents' Night
We are excited to continue the tradition of welcoming  grandparents and grand-friends into our EC and elementary buildings this fall! Below are the dates and times for these come and go events. All in attendance will have the opportunity to pick-up a free game pass for the RHS home football game against Carl Junction on Friday, September 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  
Tuesday, September 4: 
Lyon and Schofield 5:00-6:30 p.m.
EC AM classes 5:00-5:45 p.m.
EC PM classes 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 6: 
McCulloch, Price and Sweeny 5:00-6:30 p.m.
All Day Preschool Classes 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

Eat Breakfast and Lunch at School! 
Breakfast and lunch are available daily at school! The menus for August 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.

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. 
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!

Lockout vs. Lockdown
To appropriately communicate various situations that could potentially take place  throughout the school year, two specific terms will be utilized: lockout and lockdown. These terms have very different meanings and very different procedures that will take place when implemented. Our goal is to effectively communicate what is taking place in our buildings during these various situations, and we felt these two terms most accurately will help in achieving this goal.  

A lockout will take place when there is an incident or situation where there is no direct danger or threat perceived toward students, employees, or school facilities. Business as usual will continue to take place within our school building walls. However, students are brought inside from any outdoor activities and
doors are additionally secured. 

It is important to note that our buildings operate daily in near-lockout status. Perimeter doors are locked and visitors are screened at the building's entrance.
Example of a lockout situation: A neighboring district is in lockdown. As a precaution we may put our buildings into a lockout due to community unrest until the situation is resolved. 
A lockdown will take place when there is a situation or the district has received information regarding a potential threat to students and employees. Internal procedures, which are practiced throughout the year, are implemented. Emergency personnel may be called on site to assist.  

Download our Free Mobile App!
Have you downloaded the Republic School District free mobile app? If not, simply search for "Republic School District" in your app store. This free app has been designed to provide our patrons with a quick and easy resource for the most sought after information distributed by the district. 
Upon downloading, you will be asked to set-up the app for your personal preferences. During this process you can tap to select the schools for which you'd like to receive information. At any time you can update your preferences in the app's settings. Specifically, the calendar, announcements and notification areas will be customized to your school settings. Keep in mind the notification area will be used very minimally as we will continue to utilize the current text and voice calling system in place.
We look forward to communicating with you through this tool!  

Peachjar Electronic Flyer Service
As a reminder, the district utilizes Peachjar as an electronic flyer distribution service to assist in sharing district and community information with our patrons. Emails will be distributed each Thursday to parents who have provided the district their contact information. Take note, at any time you have the ability to opt-out of receiving these emails. 

Since we have used this service for several years, Peachjar accounts from the past will be carried over to each new school year. However, families new to the district this year will be receiving the below message from Peachjar about your account. For more CLICK HERE
Thanks for the Car Line Help! Keep it Up! 
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Thanks to those who are helping us out by not arriving to the car line more than 15 minutes prior to dismissal times! We appreciate you! If we all work together in following this guideline we can cut down on traffic congestion. 
Labor Day, September 3
Although it's the first day of school, we wanted to remind you of some upcoming dates school will not be in session. The first being Labor Day on Monday, September 3. To see the full school year calendar, CLICK HERE
Join us on Social Media! 
Highlights from Social Media
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:

AUG 15: Over the summer, five RHS students were selected to attended Missouri Girls and Boys State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary: Emily Epperson, Julia Higgins, Noah Kellett, Andrew Lawrence and Makenzie Tyson. Attendees become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our government works at the state and national levels. A mythical state that is governed by the attendees is created, and various leaders in the Missouri government serve as guest speakers.

Out  of the almost 500 girls in attendance at Girls State, Makenzie Tyson was selected as one of two "Senators" to represent Missouri at Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. During her July visit she was afforded the opportunity to tour the White House and meet Vice President Pence, have coffee and discuss legislation with Claire McCaskill, meet Roy Blunt, visit the Library of Congress where she got her library card, sat in on senate sessions and much more. Congratulations to Makenzie on this outstanding achievement! #repmoproud

AUG 16: Our very own Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Matt Pearce has been appointed to
 the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Midwest affiliate, for a two-year term. The  American Heart Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease.

The effects of cardiovascular disease are never far from Dr. Pearce's mind. His 8-year-old daughter, Audrey, was born with a congenital heart defect. Instead of being attached t o an aorta, her left coronary was connected to the pulmonary artery. This defect enlarged Audrey's heart and damaged her left ventricle. As a result, she underwent a heart transplant before her first birthday. At the age of seven, Audrey was diagnosed with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder - a cancer that sometimes occurs due to immunosuppression after an organ transplant. We are so happy to report that Audrey is doing well!

As a member of the Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors, Dr. Pearce will help lead the achievement of the association's mission to be a relentless force for a world of stronger, healthier lives through oversight of local revenue generation and health impact activities. Pearce will help oversee the American Heart Association's efforts in an 11-state region, comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Congratulations to Dr. Pearce on this board appointment!

AUG 15: Throughout the last two days over 2600 Chromebooks were distributed to RMS and RHS students! We are in the final year of our RepMO Ready technology expansion plan, and are so excited to be "1 to 1" (one device for each student) for students in 3rd grade through 12th grade. In addition, all kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms are _2 to 1_ and our EC classrooms each have 5 devices. Also, 100% of our teachers have individual devices and have undergone and will continue to undergo specific training for use in their classrooms. We began our RepMO Ready journey back in 2015, and it feels great to complete our goal to get technology in the hands of our students and teachers to best meet their needs! We are committed to continuing our investment in technology resources, and look forward to exploring what's next!
District & Community Events

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Upcoming Dates
August 31: RHS End of Progress 1
September 3: District Closed in Observance of Labor Day
September 4: Lyon and Schofield Grandparents' Night 5:00-6:30 p.m.
September 4: EC AM classes Grandparents' Night 5:00-5:45 p.m.
                       EC PM classes Grandparents' Night 5:45-6:30 p.m.
September 6: McCulloch, Price and Sweeny Grandparents' Night 5:00-6:30 p.m.
September 6: All Day Preschool Classes Grandparents' Night 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
September 7: RHS Progress 1 Reports Distributed
September 12: K-8 End of Progress 1
September 20: K-8 Progress Reports Distributed
September 20: RHS End of Progress 2
September 21: School Improvement Day, No School for Students
September 28: RHS Progress 2 Reports 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