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Incentive Bonus for Substitute Teachers!!

The Moniteau County R-1 School District (California, MO) is currently seeking applicants for Substitute Teachers. Information on this process can be found on the school’s website under Employment and Substitute Teaching Information and Pay. Interested individuals should apply using Recruit and Hire found on the school website at and under Employment, Employment Opportunities, and then apply for the position Substitute Teacher. Starting Thursday, November 18, 2021, once a substitute has completed working 20 full, 7 hour days (or 140 hours total), they will receive a $500.00 incentive bonus on top of their regular pay. For every 20 full, 7 hour days (or 140 hours total) that they work after that, they will receive another $500.00 incentive bonus. If a substitute works a full 7 hour day (teachers have a plan time which makes their day a 7 hour day), the pay rate is $85.00, which is $12.14 per hour. If a substitute fills in for a teacher/staff member during their plan time, they will get paid for that extra hour as well. If a substitute covers for a staff member who works an 8 hour day, such as a secretary, or nurse, then they will be reimbursed for 8 hours, which will total $97.14. Contact the Central Office at 573-796-2145 with any questions.

Blessing Basket Drive for Nursing Home Residents

NurseServ and Central Missouri Community Action are hosting a Blessing Basket drive for nursing home residents who may not receive gifts/visitors during the holidays. They are looking for (but are not limiting donations to) warm socks, chapstick, hand lotion, blankets, bed pillows, room decor, and soft candy. If you can donate these items, please bring them to the high school counseling office between December 1 and December 9! You can also donate items at Family Dollar on December 11 from 10am-2pm.

CYCLE Program Winner

Congratulations to Alayna Butts for being awarded the CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) Program invitation! The CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) Program is a three-day conference held in Jefferson City, Mo. each summer. Over eighty-eight high school sophomores will receive invitations to attend this three-day conference featuring activities and discussion sessions focused on electric cooperative history, state government and leadership skill development. The delegates hear presentations from guest speakers, work on special team projects, and experience the state legislative process first-hand. The CYCLE program brings together some of the brightest young leaders from across Missouri each year and provides these students with a truly unique and exciting leadership experience.

California Middle School Ranks in top 30% of Middle Schools in Missouri

California Middle School recently placed among the top 30% of middle schools in the state of Missouri, making it a U.S. News Best Middle School. California Middle is ranked #73 in Missouri Middle Schools. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school. At California Middle, 55% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 51% scored at or above that level for reading. Compared with the district, the school did better in math and better in reading, according to this metric. In Moniteau Co. R-I, 50% of students tested at or above the proficient level for reading, and 52% tested at or above that level for math. California Middle did better in math and better in reading in this metric compared with students across the state. In Missouri, 46% of students tested at or above the proficient level for reading, and 40% tested at or above that level for math. Congratulations to the teachers and students for your hard work and great accomplishments. Click on the above link for more information about this ranking.

COVID Testing Offered

The School District is offering COVID testing for students this school year with a parent's signed consent form. If your child is sent home ill, you may request a COVID test from the school insead of going to the doctor's office. When quarantined as a close contact, testing with a negative result can be utilized for returning to school at an earlier date on a modified quarantine. We hope this will be beneficial in keeping students in school as much as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tammy Kirchoff at the middle school, 573-796-2146 or

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