H BYRON MASTERSON ELEMENTARY | 1600 ELY STREET | KENNETT, MO 63857 | P 573-717-1115 | F 573-340-1408

Dear parents and families,

Welcome! It is with great pride and excitement that I introduce myself to you as the newly appointed Principal of Masterson Elementary. Although this is my first year as principal, I’ve had 18 wonderful years teaching and growing in this school. I am excited to bring my skills as an educational leader to our school and work with each of you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

Along with teachers and staff, I look forward to building relationships with parents, students, and the community, continuing our positive, proactive, and instructional approach to discipline with our PBIS initiatives, and utilizing data to drive instruction in our building. With your support I know this year will be amazing.

As principal, it is important to me that everyone who walks through our doors- teachers, students, and parents- are excited to be here. It is my goal that all academic challenges are met in a positive, fun, nurturing and welcoming environment. My door is always open, and I value your input. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns or questions you might have throughout the school year.

Let’s make the 2021-2022 school year the best one yet!

Tina Qualls

Masterson Elementary Principal

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Masterson K-2 Elementary has an active parent group which sponsors many activities throughout the year for the students. They sponsor school-wide activities and incentive programs that encourage academic achievement and good behavior. The parent group meets each month in the Masterson cafeteria.


Masterson K-2 offers after school tutoring to any student who may need reading support and focuses on areas of weakness on an individual basis. This program is not designed to help with homework, but to reinforce reading skills.


Because our children are so small, we do not promote door to door fundraisers. In order to raise money for field trips, “Activity Day”, and other incentives throughout the year, our ABC Pals parent group organizes various activities. One of the biggest fundraisers is our annual Sweets and Treats Auction held in March. Each classroom donates a themed basket or personalized craft to be auctioned. Items are also donated by teachers and parents for the bake sale. This is a fun night for the entire family! Reasonably priced concessions are available and the Easter Bunny is on hand for free pictures for Masterson students.


In 2008 Masterson began hosting an annual Author's Day. Each student at Masterson has the opportunity to write and publish his/her own hard cover book. On Author's Day, parents, relatives, friends, and community members are invited to the classrooms to share in this wonderful celebration! The hardback books are purchased each year through a grant funded by the Educational Foundation.


“Pizza with the Principal” - Each month, the class with the best attendance percentage has pizza with Mrs. McAtee. The students encourage their classmates to have good attendance throughout the year.


Our ABC Pals parent organization funds a tile project each year. Every second grade student designs a tile which is permanently displayed in a designated area of our building. Mrs. Caneer, our art teacher, helps each student choose and sketch their design.


Schools, communities, and families all share the common goal of wanting children to succeed in school. Children who do well in the early grades of elementary school are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to be successful in life. Research shows that school readiness predicts later school achievement. Therefore we should provide positive experiences for children starting at birth or earlier, that maximize school readiness. Since education begins at home and parents are their children's first and most influential teachers, supporting and educating parents is a logical strategy. Parents who are involved in their children's early care and education have children who are better prepared for school. The Parents as Teachers program is one key way to ensure that children enter school ready to learn. To receive more information about this FREE program for children birth to age 5, please call 717-1116 or email



PK-5 Handbook 21-22

K-5 handbook 2021-2022 REVISED 8-2-21.pdf


Masterson Faculty