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New York Times bestselling author of "I Survived" series visits elementary schools
Lauren Tarshis, author of the New York Times bestselling "I Survived" book series, including one of her latest releases "I Survived the Joplin Tornado," visited elementary schools throughout the district this week. She met with third, fourth, and fifth grade students to talk about the writing process and her journey as an author. In addition to her visit, every third through fifth grade student received a free copy of "I Survived the Joplin Tornado" from Scholastic. 

Eastmorland Elementary librarian Ashley Tucker helped to coordinate the visit. "The fact that our students were able to meet Lauren and hear her story about how she became a writer is very inspiring," said Tucker.

Calling all Eagles! Show your Eagle Pride during Third Thursday Oct. 15
JHS students have been working hard to plan another great Third Thursday event sponsored by Joplin Schools. Activities run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, in downtown Joplin.  

Elementary students win "Day Without Water" art contest

Thursday, Oct. 8, Soaring Heights Elementary student Aidan Koch and Kelsey Norman Elementary student Marissa Todd were recognized by Missouri American Water Company for receiving first place at their schools in the "Day Without Water" art contest. The winning students each received a $100 check to use toward supplies for their classrooms. In addition, their winning artwork will be included on inserts with the January Missouri American water bills, which mail to 30,000 households. Congratulations Aidan and Marissa!  

Front row: Aidan Koch, winner from Soaring Heights Elementary; Marissa Todd, winner from Kelsey Norman Elementary. Back row: Sherry Johnson, MAW; Shonna Koch, Aidan's mom; Jess Bull, MAW;  Matt Barnhart, MAW, Operations Manger; Jill Stamps, Marissa's mom; and Robyn Gillum, MAW
Joplin Schools' employees raise $7,900 for United Way

For several years, Joplin Schools has served as a Pacesetter company for the United Way annual campaign. Pacesetter organizations run their United Way campaigns early and provide momentum, enthusiasm, and success for other workplace-giving campaigns in the community that are yet to start. Thank you Joplin Schools' staff for supporting United Way and the programs and organizations throughout our community that benefit from this campaign!

Create Halloween fun during the upcoming Creepy, Crawly Edibles family community education class

Grab the kids and try your hand at making creepy, crawly, edible creations just in time for your Halloween parties! This two-day, family-friendly community education class will be held from 6-8:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 29. During the class, you'll learn how to serve up a plate of worms, blood punch, brains, and all kinds of creepy yet delicious treats. Classes are held at Franklin Technology Center, 2220 Indiana Ave. Register today!

This is just one of several fun, family-friendly, and budget-friendly classes offered by FTC Community Education. Find a complete list of upcoming classes.
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The Tools for Life Expo is a one-day learning experience designed for students and young adults ages 14 to 26 who have disabilities, as well as family members, educators, service providers, and people who offer support and provide services for youth transitioning to adult life. Sessions for youth will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and will cover the following topics:
  • Career Soft Skills Development              
  • Youth Leadership                         
  • Employment
  • Safety
Meet Joplin Schools' Eagle of the Week

This weekly honor recognizes Joplin Schools' employees who demonstrate the qualities and behaviors that benefit the day-to-day operations of the district and promote student success. Joplin Schools' employees, parents, and community members can nominate a Joplin Schools' staff member for this recognition.  
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Oct. 13
Board of Education work session
5:30 p.m.
Memorial Education Center

Oct. 15
Joplin Schools night at Third Thursday
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Downtown Joplin

Oct. 21
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Elementary: 3-6 p.m.
Secondary: 4-7 p.m.

Oct. 22
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Elementary: 3-7 p.m.
Secondary: 4-8 p.m.

Oct. 23
No classes

Oct. 27
Board of Education Regular Session
7 p.m.
Memorial Education Center
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