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

Dear parents and families,

Welcome to Masterson Elementary! Masterson is the only Pre-K through 2nd grade school in the Kennett 39 school district with approximately 570 students. 

Masterson is a school wide positive behavior supports (SW-PBS) school. 

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 2022-2023 school year the best one yet!

Tina Qualls

Masterson Elementary Principal

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ABC Pals is an organization whose purpose is to enhance the educational and social environment of H. Byron Masterson Elementary School. Its goals are to complement the school curriculum with additional opportunities for students, teachers, and families to learn, socialize, communicate and grow. 


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. 


Every year our ABC Pals parent organization sponsors a fall carnival for Masterson students and their families. This is a free event to bring students and families together for a night of fun. The dunk tank, petting zoo, and football toss are popular attractions at our fall carnival!


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. 


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




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