From the Office of the Superintendent
The second semester for the 2018-2019 school year has been very positive. The students have shown educational growth, have participated in a variety of extra-curricular activities, and have only missed one day of school due to inclement weather. The snow day which occurred on Monday, January 14, will be made up on Monday, April 22. The 22nd was originally scheduled as a Professional Development Day and the students were going to return that day. Due to the change, the students will return on Sunday, April 21, and have classes the next day.
As an update, the total number of students at MSD is 56, as of February 19. The enrollment has remained about the same with 22 students in the elementary department (Stark Hall0, 13 middle school students, and 20 high school students (Wheeler Hall). MSD also has one student as a 5th year senior who is taking some online college courses, working, and taking supplemental courses at MSD. The population at the school has remained the same for almost one year now.
From the educational department, MSD was selected by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to host an on-site special education review. The visit was completed on January 25th and it appears from the initial feedback that MSD is in compliance and has been for the past four years. MSD has submitted the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year to DESE. DESE will review the calendar, present it to the Board of Education, and seek approval. When the calendar is approved, it will be placed on the school’s website, sent to all in the school newsletter, placed on the school’s Facebook page, and sent to parents. Two new teachers have been hired. One will start at the beginning of March and the other one will start at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following projects have been approved and will begin during the summer of 2019. The carpet in Stark Hall will be replaced, Wheeler Hall – the entire building – will be painted, and the MSD Museum will be expanded. In addition to these three summer projects, the security system for campus is still in its first phase with the focus on the school buildings on campus. Another project will replace all the windows in Wheeler Hall and the Administration Building – this project is still in the design phase. An internal audit will be done of the food service department at MSD will be done by CNR (an external firm) and DESE sometime during the Spring semester.
The Student Life Department has continued to provide diverse training to its employees throughout the school year as part of the MSD Strategic Plan. The training is for staff through seminars, workshops, and other professional development opportunities. In addition to the training, the Student Life Department has established an ASL program for its employees through the use of native signers for their employees during their work hours. There has also been a tremendous increase in social media exposure for the SL Department. From August 2018 to January 2019 they have posted 20 items, received 1165 ‘likes’, and 105 ‘shares’. During the 2017-2018 school year, the SL Department only had one (1) post. This is an amazing increase for this department and are now sharing more and more information.
The Families First Program under the Outreach Department is currently serving 90 families throughout the State of Missouri. The Families First Program has 33 Parent Advisors that serve the families throughout the state with a Deaf or Hard of Hearing child – ages 0-8. MSD has started a Playgroup for Deaf and hearing preschool aged students. The Playgroup meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for four hours each week. For a hearing child to participate in the Playgroup, they must have Deaf family members. MSD still has an equipment leasing service for personal FM units, individual sound field FM units, ear level hearing aid FM units, and group sound field FM units. Thus far, this year, MSD has leased 205 units and is serving 98 districts.
MSD will have an extended School Year (ESY) program this summer. It will be for the month of June and will begin on Monday, June 3, and end on Friday, June 28. We look forward to having students here to support them with their continued learning.
If you are interested in donating money to the school, 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. Best wishes to all of you for a great, happy, and safe summer!!
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