Message from Superintendent

From the Office of the Superintendent

It has been a great start to the 2018-2019 school year.  The students all arrived back in August, started classes, and have participated in a variety of activities during school, after school, and during their time in the residence halls.  The football, volleyball, and cross country seasons have come to an end or are close to being done for this school year.  MSD has started the basketball season and looking forward to a great season of competition.

It is with great pleasure that I inform you about the new students at MSD this school year.  As of today, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, MSD has 11 new students, five new students in elementary, one new student in middle school, and five new students in high school.  MSD’s total count, at this time, is 56 students.  Of the 56 students, 21 are Elementary students – 11 are day students and 10 are residential.  There are 13 students in Middle School – three day students and 10 are residential.  There are 20 students in High School – one day student and 19 residential students.  MSD also has two fifth year seniors this year – one is a day student and one is a residential student.  MSD is anticipating more students enrolling this year and looking forward to increasing the student population.

The Advisory Board for MSD conducts their meetings six times a year and the meetings are scheduled for public participation.  If you are interested in attending a meeting in the future, please check the BOA page of the MSD website or contact Missy Smith, in the Superintendent’s Office, at 573-592-2504 or via email at Mellissa.Smith@msd.dese.mo.gov. The Board meetings are normally from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and are held in the Wheeler Hall conference room.  If you are interested in reviewing previous minutes, they can be found on the BOA page of the MSD website.

MSD is currently working on several campus improvements through the Business Office, Powerhouse, and the Office of Administration.  Some new ramps, sidewalks, and building renovations have been completed.  There are plans to renovate Ingle Auditorium, provide better circulation or air conditioning in the gymnasium, replace the windows in Wheeler Hall, renovate the Eagle’s Nest, and expand the MSD Museum.  There are several other suggestions for improvements and those will be considered and prioritized by the school’s administrative team.

The Families First program at MSD has offered two trainings through the SKI-HI Program for its Parent Advisors (PAs).  The PAs are contracted through this program and serve families of newborn children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  There are currently 32 PAs throughout the state of Missouri working through MSD’s Families First program to assist families. 

MSD continues to offer community American Sign Language (ASL) classes on campus. Check out the ASL Class schedule on the website.  The classes are free and a maximum of 12 seats are provided for each class.  If you are interested in more information about these ASL classes, please contact the MSD Resource Center at (573) 592-2543 or by email.

Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful holiday season!!  Enjoy the cold temperatures and snow and stay safe!!  If you are interested in donating money to the school during the holiday season, you are welcome to make a donation to the MSD Student Activities Fund.  Donations should be directed to the MSD Business Office at 505 East Fifth Street Fulton, MO  65251.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!