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.
Whether it’s because of time or finances, sometimes it’s a challenge for parents to connect ill children with proper healthcare. That’s why, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health, CoxHealth is bringing health care at no cost to students.
Now, sick kids can be seen right at school via telemedicine for acute ailments such as sore throats, earaches, pink eye, strep, chronic coughs, rashes and the flu.
Over a three-year period, CoxHealth will place mobile telehealth carts in six elementary schools – Cassville, Forsyth, Monett, Mountain Grove, Ozark and Reeds Spring – across six counties in order to connect children with providers via telemedicine.
The providers include nurse practitioners aboard the CARE Mobile, a mobile pediatric clinic, sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Parents will be able to participate in the visit either in person, or by phone or video using a smartphone (or other video-enabled device) without having to leave work or home.
If a diagnosis is made, prescriptions will be sent to each family’s preferred pharmacy. CoxHealth has plans to partner with other agencies to provide financial support for medications for those that need it.
Students can be seen either by a referral from their school nurse, or by a parent/guardian calling in and requesting an appointment. The office hours for telemedicine are 7:30am-3:30 pm Monday-Friday.
We have been able to get students in very quickly with little to no wait time. Most appointments are taking 15-20 minutes to complete! Parents must have a permission slip on file for their student to be treated.
Please contact Bobbi Blankenship or Susan Weldy at 417-847-2445 to answer any questions you may have.
The CHS Student Success Center is staffed with certified teachers who are ready to assist and help students with their learning needs. While there may not be a teacher for every subject area in the center at all times, the teachers on staff are ready to assist you with whatever you need help with.
If you need help in a specific subject area, please look at the schedule outside the library to see when a teacher from that content area will be there OR contact Mrs. Cosper firstname.lastname@example.org and she will work to ensure that a teacher from that area is available when you need them. Please give at least 3 school days notice for these arrangements to be made.
Students can still make arrangements to receive tutoring from their individual teachers on their own and are still able to utilize 8th hour in the school day for tutoring. The CHS Student Success Center is here to provide another option. We are also here to provide a supervised and safe place for students who need to work on group assignments with classmates or need access to wi-fi to successfully complete school work.
Students will be required to sign-in and out for safety and data collection purposes. Please make sure that you have arranged for transportation home as the Student Success Center closes at 4:30 p.m.
Please take advantage of this available opportunity. You may contact the Cassville High School Office (417) 847-3137 if you have any questions. We hope to see you in the Student Success Center!
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