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Joplin High School recognized by tech industry leader for creating exemplary learning environments 
For the second time, Joplin High School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for creating an innovative, technology-rich learning environment that supports students and staff through leadership, collaboration, and feedback for continuous improvement. The designation is for the 2015-2017 school years. Every teacher and student at Joplin High School has access to his or her own MacBook and a wealth of online resources. Collaboration between teachers, district staff, and the community help to create a project-based, technology-rich curriculum that encourages curiosity, exploration, and real-world application of learning. Support and tools for teachers include coaching staff, online instructional resources, and ongoing personalized professional development.
The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. This is the second time that Joplin High School has earned this designation.

South Middle School Honor Society makes service to others a priority
The members of the National Junior Honor Society at South Middle School not only excel in academics, they also make community service a core part of their organization. Recent service efforts include volunteering at Ronald McDonald House of the Four States. Students helped to clean the home and worked on the landscaping. They also helped to set up the PTA school book fair and recently spent time cleaning the grounds around their school. Thank you SMS Eagles for giving back! 

JHS students to participate in Tomorrow's Leaders Today leadership program 
The following Joplin High School seniors were among 43 students from area schools selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Tomorrow's Leaders Today program through the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Eighty-one students applied for this leadership program, which guides students through various aspects of business and community leadership training. Tomorrow's Leaders Today is in its 22nd year of introducing future leaders to the community. The class was chosen based on their responses to written applications and personal interviews. They represent eight area high schools. Tomorrow's Leaders Today sessions run from November through April. The presenting sponsors of the TLT program are EaglePicher Technologies and General Mills. 
  • Anum Ahmed
  • Audrey Kanan
  • Matt McMullen
  • Jennifer Nguyen
  • Emma Thompson
  • Vivan Vu
  • Anna Blue
  • Amy Koch
  • Stella Ndauwa
  • Molly Ritter
  • Berenice Urbina-Maturino
Celebrate the start of winter sports this weekend at JHS!
Red White night
Kelsey Norman students mark 50 years of supporting the Salvation Army with banner food drive
Students at Kelsey Norman have been collecting food items for the Salvation Army for 50 years - that's half a century of giving back! This year, students almost doubled their donations from the past three years, bringing in more than 2,250 items for the charity and making it one of their best food drives in recent history. Thank you Kelsey Norman students, staff, and parents for consistently supporting those in need in our community!

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:
Nov. 24
Board of Education Regular Meeting
7 p.m.
Memorial Education Center
Nov. 25-27
No classes - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 10
South Middle School Drama Theatre presents "A Fairytale Inspired"
6 p.m.
South Middle School
Free admission

Dec. 15
Board of Education Regular Meeting
7 p.m.
Memorial Education Center

Dec. 21-Jan. 4
Christmas Break

Jan. 5
Classes resume

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