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Dear NMCR1 Parents and Students:

Regarding the upcoming eclipse, I have painstakingly reviewed potential scenarios and have decided that the following is best for our kids:

1) We will not be sending/taking students outside to view the eclipse Monday, August 21, 2017.
2) Students will be given the opportunity to view the eclipse from the NASA live broadcast via the advanced technology we possess in our classrooms.

I believe this to be the safest approach for our students for the following reasons:

1) When wearing the Solar Viewer glasses teachers cannot see well enough to guarantee the safety of 100% of our students.
2) Dismissing school is not an option because some parents may not be able to make arrangements for adult supervision during the day, posing an even greater threat for curious, younger students who may venture outside.

If you have questions or concerns you may contact your student’s building principal, or you are certainly welcome to call my office at 573.688.2161.

Sam Duncan, Ed. D., CFRE
Superintendent of Schools
New Madrid County R-1 
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BUSES RUN THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 11: If your student is entering 6th grade at Central Middle School, you may not know times and bus numbers. We want you to feel confident about your child's experience with us.

Please refer to the following bus information. Other bus route details are available by calling your building principal or John Garner at 573.688.2161.

-Bus 64 Elem Bus was 61
Matthews students living on FF , Pharris Ridge,  and in  Matthews on the South side of Hwy 80/E will be riding bus 64 and pick up times will start at the northwest  end of the county around 6:45 AM and will be entering Matthews between 7:10 – 7:15.  64 will be leaving town for Central around 7:30 

-Bus 71 Elem bus was 76
North End of the County, Hwy AA, 806, 807, apartments behind JC Penny and coming back south on 61.  Pick up times start around 6:35 on Hwy AA , 7:00 on Hwy 806 and 807, 7:15 Behind JC Penny, 7:20 on as the heads back south on Hwy 61.

-Bus 40 Elem bus was 65
Marston/Hwy EE/ South end of the county - Pick up time will be 6:35 to 7:10.  South end of the county will be 6:35 then in town.  Bus 40 will be leaving Marston area no later than 7:20.

-Bus 67 Elem bus was 61
Canalou/North Matthews
Pick up times begin in Canalou and outlining areas around 6:25.  Bus 67 will leave Canalou around 7:10 headed toward Matthews then headed south for Central around 7:30.

-Bus 62 Farrenburg/Kewanne/LaForge   Same bus as they rode as a 5th grader

-Bus 73  Elem bus was 12 or 56 
Parma – Pickup times begin at 6:35 in outlining areas and then the bus will proceed to in town route around 6:50 to 7:00.  Bus will head to Central no later than 7:15-7:20. 

-Bus 37 – Elem bus was 48
Pick time starts at 6:50 on the north end of town and proceeds through town back toward central.

-Bus 52, 72, 30, 74
New Madrid, St. Ann area, Holy land and 61 Hwy toward Central
Pick up times all begin after 7:20. 

-Bus 68 – Students ride the same bus  as they did as a 5th grader.
North Lilbourn/Catron/Weeks street

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It takes everyone pulling together to fulfill our promise to our community to be "Better Than Our Best!" We have a great foundation made possible by dedicated faculty, staff, and administration who came before us.

As we continue forward, our efforts are guided by our Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) categories: RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, COMMUNICATION, PERSONNEL, and EDUCATION/INSTRUCTION/ACHIEVEMENT.

With our CSIP in mind, the following list has become a reality for 2017-18:


  • Balanced Annual Operating Budget
  • Numerous Facility Improvements Affecting Each School Site
  • Reconditioning of Our Technical Skills Program and Facility to Be More Competitive, Effective and Attractive for 9-12th Grade Students
  • Refinished Gym Floors at CMS and NMCC and Repaired Bleachers
  • Newly installed, 80/20 grant funded, high-speed Internet fiber to all three elementary schools vastly improving the flow of information among the buildings and to the web
  • Safer Bus Parking Area Paved By the New Madrid County Highway Department Saving NMCR1 $140,000


  • New Building Leadership Teams at Each School with Newly Developed Guiding-Principles at Each School
  • New, On-the-Job, Research-Based Instructional Leadership Coaching for Building Principals
  • District Focus on Implementing New Systems and Structures for Orderly, Collaborative Implementation of New Initiatives
  • Further Development of Faculty Data-Team Meetings to Lead the Implementation of Instructional Practices that Have Been Proven to Work 


  • K-5th Grade Open Houses the Evening Before School Starts
  • New Parent-Friendly Website at
  • District and Program-Based Facebook Pages Linked to New District Website
  • New and Improved Parent Portal and Automated Phone Calling System to Keep Parents Informed
  • Continued Development of Our Alumni Outreach


  • Retaining High Quality Employees: Restored Salary Steps to 2017-18 Level for All NMCR1 Employees
  • Restored and Improved Employee Health Benefits for 2017-18 at a Reduced Cost to All Employees
  • Recruiting High Quality Employees: Continuing to Offer Incentives to Veteran Teachers to Announce Upcoming Retirements at the Earliest Convenience to Allow Us to Recruit and Hire the Most Highly Qualified Candidates
  • For 2017-18 We Are Able to Replace 10 Highly Qualified Retirees with 13 New Highly Qualified Classroom Teachers, All with Appropriate Bachelor Degrees and Certification, 5 Bringing Masters Degrees in Their Fields, and Averaging 6 Years of High Quality Experience (The Additional 3 Faculty Members Come at No Additional Cost to the District)


  • $399,000 Grant Awarded for 2nd Year Extended Day Learning Lab with Improvements at ALL Schools
  • New Student Data System Providing A Better Understanding of Student Academic Performance and Needs
  • Common Planning Hour for all Grade 6-12th Math, SS, ELA and Science Teachers
  • New Strategies for Encouraging Students to Attend School
  • New State of the Art Instructional Programs Led and Implemented by Teachers Across the District
  • Improved Web-Based Technology for Increased Learning Opportunities for 6-12th Grade
  • Improved Web-Based Programs to Assess K-12th Student Progress More Accurately and More Frequently
  • Completely Revamped Special Education System to Better Serve Our Students with Special Needs
  • The New Eagle Closet to Help Us Engage Our Community to Help Pk-12 Students
  • New Visual Technology for K-12 Art and Music Classes
  • 100% Grant Funded CMS Archery Program Development with 3D Targets and Upcoming Competitions 
  • Grant Awards and Gifts from Donors to Establish Our K-12 Efforts to Develop Leaders in Agriculture
  • NMCC Boosters Funded APod Storage Room Repurposing into the NMCC Strength & Conditioning Center
  • NMCC New Course Offerings Include: Theater (Play and Musical), Speech, Communications & Media, Robotics & Coding, Statistics, and Guitar
  • NMCC Dual Credit College Course Changes Include: Improved Face-to-Face Dual Credit College English Courses: EN 100 and EN140, and New Face-to-Face Dual Credit History Course: Early and Modern European Civilization
  • New NMCC Band Uniforms!!!
  • We are just getting started on our quest to be "the school of first choice in our region: first choice for students, first choice for parents, first choice for employees, and first choice for partnerships."

    If you want to help, or if you have ideas to share please reach out to us at 573.688.2161.

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