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Respiratory Care textbook written by FTC and MSSU staff used in programs nationwide
Caleb Lewis (MSSU), Glenda Pippin, Sherry Whiteman, and Janice Dunaway (FTC at MSSU)
The instructors in the Franklin Technology Center Respiratory Care program at MSSU recently wrote the book, literally, for students in their classes and classes across the nation. Their textbook and manual, "Respiratory Simulation," is now being used in several respiratory care programs across the country and locally at FTC.

Congratulations to our local experts! 

JHS student honored for exemplary community service

Joplin High School senior Marlee Lake recently earned a Golden Lion Award for exemplary community service. Marlee serves as a Peer Buddy at JHS. Peer Buddies are paired with students with special needs and work closely with them to help with school work and skills that promote independence such as grocery shopping. Marlee also serves as a cadet teacher for a kindergarten class and plans to pursue a career as a special education teacher after graduation. Congratulations Marlee!

The Golden Lion Award program is sponsored by Beimdiek in partnership with MSSU and KSN/KODE. As part of the award, Marlee was featured on KSN and KODE television stations. Watch her story. She will attend a dinner at MSSU at the end of the school year with other Golden Lion Award winners and could earn a scholarship to MSSU. Learn more.
Fun ways to support Joplin students and schools!

Dance off the holiday pounds or tap into your creativity with these two upcoming school fundraising events.

Zumba Master Class for all ages
6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15
Eastmorland Elementary
1131 Highview
$10 registration at the door

10th Annual Columbia Snowflake Crop
5 p.m.-Midnight, Friday, Jan. 29
8 a.m.-10 pm., Saturday, Jan. 30
Columbia Elementary
610 W. F St.
$45 (price includes both days)
FFA students explore talents and learn valuable life skills at annual Greenhand conference

Several members of Joplin High Schools' FFA organization recently attended the annual Greenhand Motivational Conference presented by State FFA Officers. During the conference, students participated in interactive workshops that helped them explore their talents and set goals for their education, careers, and FFA experience. They learned about ways to become positive role models, make sound choices, and make a positive difference in their lives, school, and community. 

FFA is a national youth organization of over 629,000 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.
Elementary school parents, we need your input!

It's time for the annual Title I Parent Survey. This survey is for all Joplin Schools' parents with students in elementary school. It takes less than five minutes and helps us learn more about your experience at our schools. It also helps us to fulfill one of the parent engagement requirements for Title I schools. Thank you for helping us to improve our schools. We appreciate your feedback!

Title I is a federal program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools who serve high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families. The purpose is to help ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments. 
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:
Jan. 12
Board of Education work session
6:15 p.m.
Memorial Education Center

Jan. 15
Master Zumba Class
6-8 p.m.
Eastmorland Elementary

Jan. 18
No classes - Teacher Professional Development Day

Jan. 26
Board of Education meeting
7 p.m.
Memorial Education Center

Jan. 29 & 30
Columbia Elementary

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