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March 25, 2021
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As a reminder, the Staff Communicator will be distributed each Thursday that school is in session, and also distributed as needed throughout the year. Archives can be found HERE.
No Tax Levy Increase Bond Issue, April 6, 2021

To address the upcoming growth in our community, academic needs of our youngest learners and the safety of our students and employees; Republic School District is proposing a no tax levy increase bond issue on the April 6, 2021 election ballot. The following projects are part of this proposal:


  • A new Republic Early Childhood Center (EC) with attached high wind shelter on district owned land at the corner of Hines and Hampton.
  • A gymnasium/high wind shelter at Schofield Elementary, the only building that does not have a gym.
  • Funds to acquire property for a future new school building in 4-5 years.
These projects are estimated to cost $16 million and to be completed in the fall of 2022.

Regardless of the bond issue passing or failing, the tax levy will not change from its current rate of just over $4.15.


We'd love your help in sharing this information! Here are a few ideas:
1. Share the district's posts on social media with your followers.
2. Share the facts about the proposed projects with your friends and family.
3. Text republicschools.org/bondissue to 10 family and friends reminding them to vote April 6.
4. Getting to the polls and VOTING ON APRIL 6!
Preschool Enrollment March 27
Republic Early Childhood Center will register preschool students for the 2021-2022 school year on Saturday, March 27th starting at 8:00 a.m. We will be registering students on a first come, first serve basis using an online form.

Details about class offerings, securing your spot, payment details, and the registration form can be found at this link.
No School April 2nd
The Republic School District will be closed April 2 for Good Friday. Families needing childcare can sign up by March 30 at 4:30 p.m. for Cub Care by clicking HERE. Cub Care is available for kindergarten-8th grade students.
*Teachers, please share this information with your families.*

It's Time for Health Risk Assessments (HRAs)
We've had a great start to our HRA's and there's still time to sign up!!!

A Health Risk Assessment (HRA) helps you identify personal strengths and weaknesses. It explains current risks and outlines preventive steps to improve your health. The Biometrics screening includes an assessment of your blood pressure, height, weight, waist and hip measurement, body mass index (BMI), venous blood test for total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood glucose. Participant results are confidential.

Participation is FREE with the option to add additional tests for a fee. You MUST SIGN UP ONLINE using your CoxHealth Express account. Please read all of the details from the district at https://conta.cc/3qKOz0o on how to sign up.

Summer School 2021
We're excited to begin enrolling for SUMMER SCHOOL 2021! This free learning opportunity is available for incoming 2021-22 kindergarten through 12th grade students. The K-12 session will be June 2-25. New this year is the addition of a July session for our elementary students which will take place July 6-23.
To register students, login to the SISK12 Parent Portal. The enrollment deadline for all sessions is April 30. Enrollment spaces are limited and are first come, first serve. Families will be notified by May 14 if your student has a slot for summer school. 
*Teachers, please share this information with your families.*


Summer SLAM Teacher Application
Elementary summer school (SLAM) leaders distributed the 
teaching application to elementary teachers via email earlier this week. CLICK HERE for the application, and be sure to complete it by the April 12 deadline. 
 
Summer School Administrator Internships
Summer School Administrator Internships are now posted for Elementary, Middle School, and High School positions.
These job postings can be found HERE.

STRIPES 360 is Hiring!
STRIPES 360 has immediate openings for staffers! If you enjoy working with children and having weekends off this is the job for you!


Free COVID19 Testing for Employees on Campus
Free COVID19 testing continues to be available to district employees Monday-Friday during school hours that exhibit two or more symptoms OR those wanting to possibly test out of quarantine. 

To schedule a time to get tested, contact the school nurse at the location you wish to test at via email (listed below).

RHS Nurse: Nancy Leonard, nancy.leonard@republicschools.org
McCulloch Nurse: Michaela Moore, michaela.moore@republicschools.org
Schofield Nurse: Char-Marie Jennings, char-marie.jennings@republicschools.org
Sweeny Nurse: Sarah Hanley, sarah.hanley@republicschools.org
Health Services & Wellness Program Coordinator: Natalie Botkin, natalie.botkin@republicschools.org
RepMO Leaders Cohort Informational Meeting
We are beginning to plan ahead for next fall's RepMO Leaders Cohort--which will be our 4th Cohort!
If you are interested in:
  • building your leadership skills and learning from our own district leaders  
  • learning more deeply about our district resources and processes
  • earning 12 hours towards your Masters or Specialist degree in Administration or 12 hours toward your doctorate in Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction
We invite you to attend our informational meeting for the next cohort of RepMO Leaders. This meeting will include an overview of the RepMO Leader program and also a chance for you to mingle and meet representatives from our partner universities of Missouri State University and Evangel University. You will also have the opportunity to meet some district leaders who teach the sessions and past RepMO Leader participants.
What: RepMO Leaders Cohort #4 Informational Meeting
When: April 5th
Secondary Session 3:00-3:40
Elementary Session 3:50-4:30
Where: BOE Training Room/Central Office
Please contact Dr. Debbie Yonke with any questions at: debra.yonke@republicschools.org
Innovation Summit PROPOSALS NEEDED!

Innovation Summit: Vision 2021


 

Submit your Breakout Proposal and/or Roundtable Proposal by March 21, 2021, for GOCSD's Innovation Summit. You are welcome to submit multiple proposals on different topics. Presenters will be notified in April, and at the event receive an exclusive Innovator Bag of Swag, that includes a book from a Keynote speaker or an Innovator T-Shirt. 

All proposals will be evaluated by our committee using this Scoring Guide. To get started, review our Proposal Writing Tips and list of Hot Topics. We will be including a MOCanvas Strand in the program, instead of having a separate MOCanvas event. The Hot Topics list includes some Canvas related topics. 

You can use the guides below as a resource when planning your session.


 

  • Breakout Session Planning Guide: These 45-minute sessions are a combination of a lecture, featuring audience participation and interaction with the presenter and/or hands-on activities. They may include multiple presenters. 
  • RoundTable Session Planning Guide: This is a small group of participants with a facilitator, gathering in an informal setting for an in-depth discussion on a particular topic for 45 minutes. 


 

At this point, we are planning for a seated event, but will reevaluate in the Spring if needed. This is a great opportunity to represent your District at a premiere conference and share your innovative and effective strategies, programs and practices.

For questions about the Innovation Summit please contact Michelle Brenner, brennerm@branson.k12.mo.us, or Janetta Garton,janetta.garton@gocsdmo.org
Nominate a RepMO Hero!
Don't forget to nominate a CLASSIFIED employee for the March RepMO Hero of the month! CLICK HERE for the nomination form!
Employee Children Enrollment
Employees who...
reside outside of the Republic School District (non-resident) boundary that would like to enroll their student(s) in our district. A new form needs to be submitted every school year.

OR

live within the Republic School District boundary, but desire their student(s) to attend an elementary site other than the building boundary in which you live. A new form needs to be submitted every school year.
Send the request form to the Department of Federal Programs and Student Support Services who will then notify you once your request is processed. Please note the review process could take up to a week.

District and Community Announcements



 
Save the date! The visit will be in August this year.

 
Upcoming Dates
March 26: K-12 Grade Cards Distributed
April 1: No Tax Levy Increase Bond Issue Virtual Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
April 2: No School, Good Friday


*Reminder that every Friday of seated school (phase 1) during the school year full day preschool-12th grade students are released one hour early for teacher collaboration time.
For questions or comments please contact me via email or by calling 417-732-3605.
  
Sincerely,
  

Josey McPhail

Director of Communications
Republic School District