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Joplin Schools' state Annual Performance Report score continues to improve
On Friday, Oct. 23, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the Annual Performance Report (APR) for Missouri schools. The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 5) performance standards are the basis for the APR. Districts earn points in each of the five performance standards: academic achievement (40% of points), subgroup achievement (10% of points), college and career readiness (21% of points), attendance (8% of points) and graduation (21% of points).

Joplin Schools' APR improved to 86.8%, and the district remains fully accredited by the state.

Joplin Schools: Total APR

Joplin Schools: Five Performance Standards
Percent Earned 2014Percent Earned 2015
Academic Achievement75.9%85.7%
Subgroup Achievement64.3%64.3%
College & Career Readiness91.7%90%

MSIP 5 Total85%86.8%

More detailed information regarding APR and student performance at Joplin Schools will be shared in a presentation to the Board of Education at its regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. A link to that presentation will be shared in next week's Eagle Minute.

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Thousands of Joplin Schools' elementary students celebrate Operation College Bound kick off
MSSU President Dr. Alan Marble addresses the students during the OCB kick off. 
Elementary students kindergarten through 5th grade from every elementary school in the district converged on the Missouri Southern 
State University Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 21, to celebrate the kick off of the Operation College Bound program for this school year. Created to generate excitement about the future and higher education, the event featured cheerleaders and mascots from several area colleges and universities who greeted the students as they arrived and entertained them throughout the morning and afternoon sessions. Guest speakers from MSSU, Crowder College, Pittsburg State University, and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College shared fun details about their schools and the importance of attending college. Students from each elementary school also competed in exciting games with inspirational, college-related themes. 

Funded in part and directed by Bright Futures Joplin, Operation College Bound is a Joplin Schools' initiative to introduce elementary school children to the possibility of college and post-secondary education through college-focused events, activities, and curriculum. As part of the program, every spring, students visit a college or university for campus tours and an opportunity to meet with college students. 

Joplin Lady Eagles softball team makes JHS history and takes fourth in state tournament

Congratulations to the Joplin Lady Eagles softball team and Coach Kirk Harryman. The team made it to the state semifinals for the first time in JHS history. They placed fourth in the tournament held today in Springfield. Great season ladies!
Joplin High School recognized for 100 years of AdvanceED accreditation 
Dr. Tina Woolsey, AdvancED state director for Missouri; Paul Gipson, JHS
social studies teacher and AdvancED chair for JHS; Dr. Kerry Sachetta, JHS principal; and Dr Gene Reynolds, AdvancED state council member for Missouri
During the recent 2015 
AdvancED Missouri Fall Conference, Joplin High School was recognized for 100 years of accreditation through the North Central Association and AdvancEDThe standards set by AdvancED help schools measure their effectiveness in meeting research-based "Quality Schools" standards. 
JHS continues to voluntarily participate in AdvancED's protocols for school improvement to review practices and procedures in order to improve academics, programs, and services for students. 

JHS has an AdvanceEd accreditation review this spring. As part of the review, JHS parents have been asked to participate in an anonymous survey. JHS parents should watch for a postcard in their mail with details on how to participate. The results of the survey will help the high school analyze its effectiveness in preparation for the upcoming review.
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.  

Joplin Schools Eagle Minute brought to you by:
Oct. 23
Joplin Eagles vs. Blue Springs
7 p.m.
Junge Field
Free pre-game activities. First time to host districts at Junge Field!

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

Oct. 29
JHS STUCO Free Community Trick-or-Treat event
5-7 p.m.
Joplin High School

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