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Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
Campus Portal helps parents stay connected to their students
Campus Portal is a quick and convenient tool to help you stay involved with your student.
  • Check attendance and grades.
  • Review and update household information online, including the annual student information update.
  • Choose the school communication methods you prefer such as text, email, and phone.
  • Once you have created your account, download the free app and sign up for alerts sent to your phone.

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Nominate your favorite teacher for the annual Golden Apple Awards

Golden Apple
Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Awards. The awards, presented by Empire District Electric Company and Missouri Southern State University, recognize excellence in the teaching profession. The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m., Feb. 5, 2016.

Awards are given in four categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Teachers who are nominated are eligible to win if they are a certified classroom teacher who instructs students on a daily basis and teach during the 2015-2016 school year. All nominees will be honored at a reception March 1 at Missouri Southern State University. Winners will be announced at the annual Chamber Banquet April 21.
Nomination forms are available at all Joplin public and private schools, at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce at 320 E. 4th St., or online. Please call 624-4150 for more information.

Are you a homeowner or future homeowner?

Joplin Schools is partnering with St. Bernard Project to offer a free one-hour Homeowner Pre-Disaster training session to parents of Joplin Schools' students. Preparedness before disaster strikes means less damage, less rebuilding, and less stress during recovery. SBP rebuilt homes in Joplin after the 2011 tornado with its affiliate Rebuild Joplin. This training is in response to SBP's experiences and lessons learned during its work responding to disasters across the country, including Joplin. 

The sessions will be held at 7 pm., Feb. 2 and 3, at Memorial Education Center, 310 W. 8th St. Parking and entrance is on Pearl Ave. 

Student art on display at annual K-12 Art Show

Check out the work of our talented students at the annual K-12 Art Show at MSSU this weekend. The opening reception for the show is from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16 at the MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. 

Artwork from Joplin Schools students will be featured alongside other area schools. The display runs from Jan. 11-27.

Royal Heights students stage peaceful protest

Second grade students at Royal Heights Elementary put their learning into action this week. The students have been studying the Civil Rights Movement. As part of that lesson, they learned that they were losing their recess to make way for more instructional time. 

Students disagreed with that decision and made signs and marched down their school hallway to stage a peaceful protest. They presented their viewpoints on the importance of recess to Principal Jill White and earned their recess back. What a great way to engage students in learning and help them understand healthy ways to resolve conflict! 

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. 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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