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Come out and enjoy Death By Design written by Rob Urbinati

A romance and mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Cast (in order of appearance)
Bridget (the Bennett household maid): Chandlor Stromire
  Jack  (the Bennett’s chauffeur): Ethan Clark
whey  Edward Bennett: Garrett Perry
   Sorel Bennett: Jenny Duncan
Walter Pierce: Brady Stobaugh
Eric: Mark Sizemore
Victoria Van Roth:  Zaida Zamora
Alice: Nikki Townsend

The production will be directed by NMCC’s own  Katherine Cuba
Location: New Madrid County Central High Auditorium

Date: Friday 8th & Saturday 9th of December

Time: 7 P.M. both nights

Tickets: $5

What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noël Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious “mash-up” of two of the greatest English writers of all time. Edward Bennett, a playwright, and his wife, Sorel Bennett, an actress, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. But various guests arrive unexpectedly – a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingénue, a zany modern dancer – each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, it’s left to Bridget, the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime. Death by Design is more than homage – it’s a new classic.
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Holiday Happenings

The Staff and Students are hard at work preparing for the holiday season! 

Starting with the 3rd - 5th grade Winter Wonderland Dance on Friday December 1st here at Matthews. We are excited to have students from New Madrid Elementary and Lilbourn Elementary here as well!!
The Dance starts at 6 PM and will end at 8:00 PM.  There will be Karaoke, dancing and concessions!  

On December the 8th we will have a special guest that morning!  Santa will be here to have pictures taken with students.  Also, the New Madrid Resource Center will be here to hand out books to each student, followed by the High School Choir caroling during the day.  

December 13th the Kindergarten through Second grade will perform their Christmas Program at 1 PM. 

The grand finale will be on December 15th, which will be Polar Express Day and then dismiss at noon for Christmas Break! 

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Tip of the Hat...

Matthews Elementary has had an awesome bunch of Student Teachers from Southeast Missouri State University this semester.  Abby, Courtney, Maddie and Jared are all studying at the university to receive their degrees in education.  As part of their thank you for being here at Matthews the students, they all went together and donated hats and gloves for the students to take and use on those cold, blustery days.  

Thank you so very much!!! We're so proud to have you all in our building!

Pictured above is Jared Boyd, Courtney Potts, Mrs. Melanie, Maddie Kennedy and Abby Sparkman

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Warm Thanks

We here at Matthews Elementary would like to extend a "Warm" Thank you to the Christian Women's Fellowship group at The First Christian Church of Matthews for collecting and delivering warm winter coats, hats and gloves to be handed out to students and their families in need as the weather starts to get colder and colder!   The CWF also made a $150.00 donation to the New Madrid Eagle Closet!  

These ladies have certainly earned a round of applause and a "Warm" Thank you!

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The following Lilbourn Elementary students received a level of Proficient or Advanced on the the 2016-2017 MAP Test. Congratulations to all of you!!


Mason Wood, Skylar Thomas, Lillian Sanders, Charlie Resonno, Karyssa Perkins, Laine McElveen, Ariel Johnson, Malakhi Hughes, Antrizta Hill, Chloe Clark, Maddox Childress, Lamarkus Anderson. Not Pictured are: Jason Lynch, Jasonna TAylor, Navanna Tadlock, Maenique Hess, Morgan Freeman and Christopher Burnes


Danny Ruark, Shaydon Rush, Davion Thatch, Zackery Gamblin, Nehemiah Evans, Michael Henry, Clarence Howard, Drake Burton, Destiny Hughes, Imani Alexander, Tharon Harper, Mikera Jackson, Ashlee Lane, Hunter Mullins, Ayrasun Roberts, Taylor Shaw, Rh'Mya Vanover, Kasiah Wofford. Not Pictured are: Jonathan Farr, Isaiah Burk, Rileigh Griffin, Ryleigh Hardin, and Gabrielle Wolfe

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Veterans Day Salute

Students and Staff took the time to thank Veterans in our area for their services in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.  Our speaker was Webb Manley, US Army.  The program started with a welcome from Allie Kenedy with the fourth and fifth graders leading the Pledge of Allegiance and the Start Spangled Banner.  "What is a Veteran?" was recited by Calleigh Cooksey and "A Veteran" by Dawson Loomes.  The students also sang You're a Grand Old Flag and This Land is Your Land accompanied by Mrs. Hanlin who also introduced the speaker for the event, Webb Manley (US Army).

The following Veterans were honored during the ceremony:
US Army:                                                              U.S. Navy                              U.S. Air Force
Tim Alfont                                                             Joe Richardson                     Michael Blaylock
John Tilton                                                             Jimmy Adams                      Jared Herndon
John Chaney                                                          Taylor Karnes                      German T. Padilla
Clarence McCain                                                   Bruce Clark                          Daniel Adams
Brian Burnes                                                                                                       Charles"Tip" Clark
Don Brown                                                            US Marine Corps:                Brent Smith
Aaron Vaughn                                                                                                     Christopher Scobey
Roy Norton                                                           Robert Smith
Freddie Taylor                                                      Paul Henson
Arlene Clark
Don Adams
Webb Manley

We would like to thank everyone that attended our program and especially our honored guests and to Ms. Jill Bock for capturing the occasion.
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Thank a Veteran!

Thank you to all of the men and women who have served our great nation. On Friday, November 10th, New Madrid Elementary had the honor of hosting close to 50 veterans for lunch. Veterans from all branches of the United States military were represented and served by New Madrid Elementary staff and parents. The following poem rings true to our heart for all of the men and women who have served our nation, thank you.

They Did Their Share

On Veterans’ Day we honor

Soldiers who protect our nation.

For their service as our warriors,

They deserve our admiration,

Some of them were drafted;

Some were volunteers.

For some it was just yesterday;

For some it’s been many years.

We owe so much to them,

Who kept us safe from terror.

So when you see a uniform,

Let’s say “thank you “ to every wearer.

                                          By Joanna Fuchs

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Mrs. Christina Taylor's 1st grade class has recently begun incorporating WBT's Triple Whammy sentence frame into their daily oral writing activities. For a Triple Whammy sentence to be produced, students must say a topic sentence followed by three detail adders (phrases or words) that describe the topic sentence. While orally saying their Triple Whammy sentence to the class, students must also incorporate the Brainy gestures for punctuation and capitalization, use a student engagement technique (Class!, Class!) to engage the class, and use the "mirroring" technique to help activate the visual and motor cortexes of the brain. Both which are crucial to retaining information that we learn or receive. Triple Whammy sentences will eventually lead into paragraph writing which in turn leads into Essay writing as students get older. Pictured is Aydn demonstrating a Triple Whammy sentence. Great job Mrs Taylor and class!!

For more information on Whole Brain Learning at Lilbourn Elementary visit our Facebook page.

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Standing Ovation

Congratulations to students at Matthews Elementary for being recipients of 1st Quarter Honor Roll, Honor Roll with Distinction and Perfect Attendance!  Students received their certificates and recognition during the morning assembly.+

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Congratulations to 1st Quarter Good Character-Good Choice students at Lilbourn Elementary. Students are Carson Stewart, Ellie Henry, Rah'zaiha Norris, Immanuel Mixon, Marcus Grandberry, Aydn Wilkerson, Issiac Smith, Carmen Williams, Alize' Kershaw, Maddie Gammons, Adriana Cameron, Lillian Sanders, Ayrasun Roberts and Tristan Shaw. 
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