On September 19th, 2017, 26 schools from Region 11 Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) attended the FCCLA Region 11 Fall Leadership Workshop at Carthage Nazarene.
This annual leadership workshop’s purpose is to inform student leaders how to become more active in their chapter, as well as their community. The workshop was broken into two main parts: leadership sessions led by Region 11 Officers and breakout sessions led by community leaders and organizations. Members were able to choose two different leadership sessions from fourteen options, and two different workout sessions from thirteen options.
The Region 11 Fall Leadership Workshop was a great success. A total of 247 student leaders and 31 advisers were able to take home great ideas for their school and community. Pictured are Cassville FCCLA members from the middle school and high school who attended.
Cassville R-IV School District has named Lisa Schell, Sheila Littlefield and Michael Hall Instructional Coaches for the 2017-18 school year. This year marks the first year the district has had this position in place.
As Instructional Coaches, Schell, Littlefield and Hall serve as resources for all teachers within Cassville R-IV, including preschool-twelfth grade teaching staff. They will provide resources such as educational websites, successful teaching strategies and instructionall material to staff.
While the majority of their time is spent assisting fellow teachers, Schell, Littlefield and Hall also continue to work with students at least one hour per day.
With public safety at the forefront of this project, Cassville Schools and goBEC Fiber Network have installed 60 inch televisions with goBEC cable services in both FEMA shelters on the campus of Cassville R-IV School District.
In an effort to keep the community and/or staff and students aware during severe storms, the TV carts will be brought out into the general seating area of the shelter if the shelter has been opened due to a storm. goBEC has provided the cable service at no cost to the district.
goBEC is a subsidiary of Barry Electric Cooperative that provides both commercial and residential fiber optic internet technology to Barry County.
Cassville R-IV realizes technology in the classroom is no longer a luxury, but a necessity and is taking steps to continue to expand the use and availability of technology to students.
Beginning this year, first and second grade classrooms now have their own class sets of Google Chromebooks.
“In previous years, our elementary students have had access to laptop carts, including both laptops and iPads, this year, however, marks the first year every first and second grade classroom is fully equipped with their own classroom set of Google Chromebooks,” stated Dr. Richard Asbill, Cassville R-IV Superintendent.
As students at Cassville High School transition to new devices, the district is able to take advantage of the device turnover and provide updated technology to younger students.
First and second grade teachers are using the addition of Chromebooks in their classrooms in a variety of ways. For example:
Elementary children will not be permitted to take their devices out of the classroom.
“By adding classroom Chromebooks, our students are expanding content knowledge through a 21st century medium,” stated Catherine Weaver, Eunice Thomas Elementary Principal. “Using technology is a lifelong skill that will be vital for our students to have mastered when they enter the workforce.”
“While this is an exciting step for our district,” said Asbill, “we also realize this work is not complete. Providing updated technology is an ongoing initiative that our Board of Education, administrators and staff believe is imperative in providing the best education that we can to our students.”
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the results from the Motor Vehicle Inspection Division’s 2017 annual school bus inspection program and the Cassville fleet has earned outstanding results.
Cassville R-IV has earned the Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence Award by receiving 100% approval rating with no buses placed out-of-service. 26 buses were inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Upon receiving the report from the Highway Patrol, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has awarded Cassville R-IV Transportation Department the Exemplary School Bus Maintenance Award.
“These awards are a reflection of the transportation department, especially the mechanics. Whether going to and from school or riding to an activity, we are committed to using the safest buses possible,” stated Dusty Reid, Director of Facilities and Operations.
“Transportation mechanics, Jason Roller and Jake Kloss, take a lot of pride in making sure our students are guaranteed a safe bus. The district wants our patrons to feel comfortable putting their children on one of our buses. Keeping the buses in great shape is just one of the things we can do to ensure our students safety,” said Reid.
Approximately 300 Missouri school districts earned an approval rating of 90% or higher with 258 of those districts receiving 100% approval rating.
“Our mechanics work year around making sure things are repaired and our buses are as safe as they can possibly be, however on a daily basis, the drivers’ complete daily inspections of the buses and report any maintenance needs and these needs are immediately addressed,” stated Reid.