- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)18
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
Leopold at its best
Anyone looking for a small town that best represents traditional American values would do well to spend some time in tiny Leopold, Mo., a Bollinger County community that draws its strengths from deep family roots, a well-developed sense of pride and strong religious ties.
Leopold's values are reflected in its school district, which -- like the town itself -- is small.
Based on a variety of measurements in annual report cards to district patrons, the Leopold district is ranked as the top district in the area.
Superintendent Derek Urhahn is rightfully proud of the fact that every parent but one attended the most recent parent-teacher conferences.
Parental involvement: That's critical to the educational success of most students, educators agree.
And that's borne out in the statistics for other schools in the area, including some in the large districts like Cape Girardeau and Jackson. In schools where parents take an active interest in their children's education, overall ratings are above average.
Hats off to parents who support their school-age children at home, who take the time to stay informed by visiting with teachers and administrators and who value the importance of a good education in ways that encourage youngsters to strive to do their best.