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Cape school district slated to hire oversight on bond projects (04/27/15)
As the Cape Girardeau School District moves forward with projects funded by a $20 million bond issue, the school board today will vote whether to select a project consultant. District officials are recommending Jerry Wolsey Investigations provide oversight of the bond projects, according to an agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting...
Search begins for next provost at Southeast (04/26/15)
A search committee has formed at Southeast Missouri State University as officials look to hire its next provost. Provost William Eddleman announced April 8 he plans to step down as the university's chief academic officer effective June 1 and return to the faculty until Jan. 1, when he will retire...
Jackson East Elementary nears completion (04/24/15)
The exterior of Jackson's new East Elementary School boasts the district's red and black school colors. But inside, vivid blues, greens, purples and yellows light up the hallways and classrooms. The 105,000-square-foot building, financed with a $16 million bond issue approved by voters in April 2012, is nearing completion and will house its first students this fall...
Infighting splits panel for Missouri Common Core goals (04/21/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A panel of Missouri teachers and parents tasked with reviewing the state's education standards is so divided, members told the State Board of Education on Monday they have split into two groups. At issue are the goals for what K-12 children should learn in each grade. ...
KU students turn blighted Airstream into mobile classroom (04/19/15)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- University of Kansas architecture students have transformed a blighted camping vehicle into a classroom on wheels. The renovated 1972 Airstream Sovereign Land Yacht is called the KU Mobile Collaboratory, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. It features storage carts that can be pulled out and unfolded into tables, benches that double as storage and countertops that fold down to hold displays or up for space...
Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing (04/19/15)
ATLANTA -- Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. ...
Online bullying reporting system deemed success by Cape district officials (04/19/15)
Counselors in the Cape Girardeau School District say the district's anonymous, online bullying reporting system has exceeded their expectations. Created by Central Junior High School counselors Ed Draper and Julie Janzow, the reporting system was first implemented at the junior high last fall before becoming districtwide in February...
104 graduate adult education program (04/17/15)
Stories of perseverance, hard work and faith were shared Thursday evening as 32 Adult Education and Literacy program participants attended a graduation ceremony. Having completed their high school equivalency through the program, 104 graduates were invited to the ceremony at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...
Mo., Ill. groups combine to perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (04/17/15)
Several area groups will collaborate later this month to perform one of the most famous pieces of music in the world. The Southeast Missouri Symphony, University Choir and Choral Union, in collaboration with the Southern Illinois Symphony and the Southern Illinois University--Carbondale Choir, will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on April 27 at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus...
SEMO artists' work to be displayed through May 15 (04/17/15)
Four exhibitions of works created by emerging artists in Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Art will be on display during the 2015 Graduating Seniors Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions at the River Campus Art Gallery. "This spring we have four, one-week shows for the BFA exhibitions so that each graduating senior has plenty of room to display the body of work they developed throughout their last two semesters of coursework in their area of specialization," Kristin Powers Nowlin, gallery coordinator, said in a news release.. ...
Sikeston student wins honor for choosing road less traveled by males (04/16/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston High School student Caleb Head began helping in the Bulldog Preschool as a way to fulfill his service requirements for a scholarship program, and he wound up finding the career of his dreams in the process. The senior recently was named the high school male winner of the 2015 Missouri Breaking Traditions contest for the Southeast region, which included a $100-scholarship prize...
Online MAP testing underway at local districts (04/16/15)
Students who are taking Missouri Assessment Program examinations this year won't need a No. 2 pencil. MAP testing is underway at some area school districts, and others will begin administering the tests next week. And for the first time, the tests are online...
Hooked on Science: Skewer a balloon (04/16/15)
Put a skewer through a balloon and it will pop, right? Not so fast. n Skewer n Balloon STEP 1: Blow up the balloon, let some of the air out of the balloon, and then tie a knot at the end to hold the air inside the balloon. STEP 2: Gently twist the skewer into the thick end of the balloon, opposite the knot. Continue to slowly push the skewer through the balloon until you push the skewer through the thick part near the knotted end of the balloon, stop and observe...
Jackson School Board re-elects officers (04/15/15)
The Jackson School Board at its meeting Tuesday welcomed two new board members and elected a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Newcomers Kelly Waller and Sheila King received the most votes of four candidates during the April 7 election and will serve three-year terms on the board...
Education majors caught in transition between exit exams for teacher certification (04/12/15)
As education majors prepare to earn their teaching certifications, some students are frustrated with a switch in exit exams that was implemented by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the fall. In September, the Praxis II exam was replaced with the Missouri Content Assessment, taken by education students to earn a certificate that makes them eligible to teach...
Hooked on Science: Mystery egg (04/09/15)
Do you have a lot of plastic eggs left over from the Easter holiday? Don't throw them away; they can be used in an experiment that has the egg seeming to defy gravity. n Plastic egg STEP 1: Place the plastic egg on its side. STEP 2: Quickly spin the egg and observe...
Central High names new principal (04/09/15)
New principals were announced Wednesday in the Cape Girardeau School District for Cape Girardeau Central High School and Jefferson and Franklin elementary schools. Christopher Kase will assume the role of high school principal July 1. He will replace Mike Cowan, who is retiring after 14 years with the district...
$20M bond extension for Cape Girardeau schools easily passes (04/08/15)
Voters in the Cape Girardeau School District on Tuesday approved a $20 million bond issue that will pay for renovations across the district, including larger projects at Central Junior High School and the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...
Prop 2 passes in Nell Holcomb School District (04/08/15)
Voters in the Nell Holcomb School District on Tuesday approved Proposition 2, allowing for local control of the annual tax rate by eliminating the mandated Proposition C rollback. Election results from Cape Girardeau County show 266 people voted in favor of the rollback waiver and 120 voted against...
Cape Central theater students to host 'God's Favorite' (04/07/15)
As students in Cape Central High School's theater department prepared the set of "God's Favorite" on Monday, they described the hard work they've put in during the past couple months. "This is the first time we as school are really strutting our stuff," said Zach Reece, a 12th-grade student who will play a leading role...
Three area students picked as Missouri Scholars 100 (03/31/15)
Three seniors from Jackson, Saxony Lutheran and Cape Girardeau high schools recently were selected as Missouri Scholars 100 for 2015. William Allen of Jackson High School, Joshua Vogel of Saxony Lutheran High School and Alex Gentle of Cape Girardeau Central High School, as well as their parents and principals, have been invited to attend the Missouri Scholars 100 luncheon April 26 in Columbia...
Voters face decisions for several area schools (04/05/15)
Voters on Tuesday will decide whether to approve propositions placed on the election ballot by the Nell Holcomb, Cape Girardeau and Advance school districts. Proposition 2, proposed by the Nell Holcomb School District, would eliminate the mandated Proposition C rollback. Enacted in 1982, Proposition C is a 1-cent, statewide sales tax for education with a corresponding property tax reduction for school districts...
State could help pay high school equivalency test fee (04/03/15)
Legislation that would require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to pay at least 50 percent of the high-school equivalency testing fee will go to the floor next week at the Missouri House of Representatives. State Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, and State Rep. Elaine Gannon, R-DeSoto, are sponsoring combined House Bills 381 and 405. Swan said she expects the bills to be heard on the House floor Tuesday...
Notre Dame to present 'Guys and Dolls' (04/02/15)
Notre Dame Regional High School has been producing a spring musical every year for as long as most people can remember. This year marks the 50th anniversary of all-school spring productions, although plays have been produced at Notre Dame since the school was founded in 1925 as St. Mary's High School...
Jackson's robotics team uses 3-D printer to create custom parts (04/02/15)
It's not every day you get to see your high-school physics teacher create a prosthetic hand out of virtually nothing. In November, the Jackson robotics team received a 3-D printer through a national grant, one of the few teams to have access to such technology in the area...
School's improvement leads to a dance party (04/02/15)
The gymnasium at Jefferson Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon was filled with dancing and laughter as about 150 students celebrated their success in the ABC Today program. The program, started by Big Brothers Big Sisters, was implemented during the 2013-2014 school year by the ABC Today Network, a partnership of the Cape Girardeau School District and other community organizations...
Cape Girardeau school board candidates make pitches at forum (04/01/15)
Three Cape Girardeau School Board candidates running in the April 7 election spoke to voters Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Community Teacher Association. Two incumbents, Kyle McDonald and Lynn Ware, are facing a challenge from newcomer Dr. Anthony Keele. The candidates are vying for two posts on the school board, and the two with the most votes will win three-year terms...
Group seeks tobacco tax hike to fund early-childhood education (03/30/15)
A Missouri group seeking an increase in taxes on tobacco to benefit early-childhood health and education says recent findings from statewide meetings and related surveys should help make their case. Raise Your Hand for Kids is attempting to place a ballot issue in 2016 similar to three Missouri voters have struck down before, most recently in 2012. ...
School board candidate forum to be at library (03/31/15)
The Cape Girardeau School District Community Teacher Association will host a forum for Cape Girardeau School Board candidates from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, 711 N. Clark St. All three candidates -- incumbents Kyle McDonald and Lynn Ware and challenger Dr. Anthony Keele -- have been invited...
Fees can discourage dropouts from getting a diploma (03/29/15)
While growing up, a family member always told Geraldean Bradley she wasn't intelligent. And for a long time, Bradley said, she believed it. So she dropped out of high school. But with support from family and friends, Bradley, of Dexter, Missouri, was able to rebuild her self-confidence...
About 150 students will sing at Cape Choral Festival (03/23/15)
About 150 students in the Cape Girardeau School District will perform at the second Cape Choral Festival at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Kinder Performance Hall. The fourth- through sixth-graders from Alma Schrader, Franklin, Blanchard, Jefferson and Clippard elementaries and Central Middle School will sing six songs, including "Give My Regards to George M. Cohen," "Thankful," "It's Ruff Being a Dog," "The Beautiful Rain," "Dry Bones" and "Ala! Kumbe!"...
Diversity education task force formed at Southeast (03/29/15)
The President's Task Force on Diversity Education, led by Southeast Missouri State University president Kenneth W. Dobbins, held its first meeting March 11 to discuss diversity on campus. "It's a task force in that there are some issues that we need to start talking about -- race on this campus -- and I think it's very important that it's not a standing committee," Dobbins said. ...
Three Rivers upgrades EMS equipment, OKs hosting 911 center (03/27/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Students interested in emergency medical services training will benefit from new equipment approved Wednesday by the Three Rivers College board. FAAC Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan, submitted a winning quote of $102,500 for an EMS three-screen driving simulator package...
Missouri school activity makes students uncomfortable (03/26/15)
FULTON, Mo. -- The Fulton School District has launched an investigation into a teacher-led activity referred to as a "survey" that has upset participating students and parents. The Fulton Sun reported that during a Fulton Middle School physical education class Friday, teachers conducted an activity called "Claim It," in which students were read various statements about their identity. ...
Kelly High School to present 'The Masked Musketeer' (03/26/15)
The Kelly High School Drama Club will present its annual spring play on Thursday and Friday at the high school gymnasium. This year's production is "The Masked Musketeer," a two-act, lighthearted farce of "The Three Musketeers." Show times are 7 p.m. each night, and tickets will be sold at the door. Prices are $4 for adults and $3 for students...
Perry County School Board race sees crowded field (03/26/15)
Four candidates, including two incumbents and two challengers, are vying for two posts on the Perry County School Board. Incumbents Kevin Bachmann and Mark Gremaud are facing challenges from newcomers Mary Bauwens and Lara Green during the April 7 election...
Southeast foundation establishes Kaden Robert scholarship (03/25/15)
The Kaden Robert Memorial Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation in memory of Kaden Robert, a Kelly High School sophomore killed last summer when a handgun accidentally discharged in the high school parking lot after a pickup basketball game with friends...
Jackson School Board incumbent faces three challengers (03/25/15)
Four candidates are competing for two posts on the Jackson School Board in the April 7 election. Incumbent Paul Stoner, completing his third year on the board, is facing challenges from Kelly Waller, Sheila King and Brad Noel for a three-year term. Current board member Brent Wills did not file for re-election...
Fair foundation offers scholarship (03/25/15)
The Southeast Missouri District Fair Foundation will award a $1,000 nonrenewable scholarship for fall. The deadline is May 30, and the application may be found at semofair.com. The completed application may be mailed to Edwin Peetz, 1033 County Road 332, Jackson MO 63755 or to the SEMO Fair board office...
Three running for two slots on Cape school board (03/24/15)
Three candidates are vying for two posts on the Cape Girardeau School Board in April, including incumbents Kyle McDonald and Lynn Ware and challenger Dr. Anthony Keele. The two candidates with the most votes April 7 will win three-year terms. Keele, a family physician at Cape Family Practice, said he disagrees with how the school board has managed taxpayers' money over the past several years...
Cape school board hires new transportation firm (03/24/15)
The Cape Girardeau School District will be relying on a new company for transportation next school year. The board authorized a contract with Robinson Transport Inc. for transportation services for the 2015-2016 school year, with an option to renew for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, plus two additional years...
Nell Holcomb officials talk about effect of tax waiver (03/23/15)
About 30 people attended the Nell Holcomb School District's second town-hall meeting Monday, where residents could ask questions about a proposed sales tax rollback waiver. The measure -- Proposition 2 -- will be on the April 7 ballot. If approved, it would eliminate the mandated Proposition C rollback...
Jefferson Elementary educator hired as Scott City Elementary principal (03/22/15)
April Garner, who has worked at Jefferson Elementary in Cape Girardeau for 16 years, will become the principal of Scott City Elementary starting Aug. 1. Garner, a principal intern at Jefferson, was among 15 candidates who applied for the position. Courtney Kern, who served as the elementary principal for 12 years, resigned last month to return to a teaching position, superintendent Diann Ulmer said...
Blanchard applies to be Blue Ribbon school (03/20/15)
Teachers and students at Blanchard Elementary on Thursday morning celebrated as principal Barbara Kohlfeld submitted the school's application for a Blue Ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels or schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap...
Cape school officials tout bond issue for junior high renovation (03/20/15)
As school district officials stood in front of Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School this week, they envisioned how it will look if voters approve a $20 million bond issue in April. The measure -- Proposition 1 -- would provide about $10 million for renovations at the school. At the front of the building, parking and parent pickup areas would be improved, and the entrance would be more accessible for students with disabilities...
International Fair gives students a chance to share about other cultures (03/19/15)
Cape Girardeau Central High School on Wednesday hosted its first International Fair, where students and the public had an opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures. Adult international students who are learning English as a second language set up more than a dozen displays about their home countries at the event, which was organized by the high school's world language and adult education and literacy departments...
Nell Holcomb faces tough choices if tax vote fails (03/18/15)
The Nell Holcomb School District has made cuts to supplies over the past several years because of budget constraints, but officials said Tuesday those cuts soon could include personnel and programs if voters don't approve a tax rollback waiver during the April 7 election...
Scott City student honorable mention in Missouri Scholars 100 (03/17/15)
Lauren Bollinger, a senior at Scott City High School, has been selected as an Honorable Mention student in the 2015 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of the Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2015. The program is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools throughout Missouri were asked to nominate candidates for the recognition...
Voters to decide whether Advance gets storm shelter (03/16/15)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Voters in the Advance School District on April 7 will decide the fate of a $1.9 million bond issue that would provide funding to build a dual-purpose storm shelter. After an EF-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011, Advance schools applied for a matching grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build a safe room...
Schools to offer ACT to all 11th-graders, including homeschoolers (03/13/15)
Some local schools are offering students who do not attend public school opportunities to sign up for the ACT, which all 11th-graders now are required to take. In January 2014, the state board of education approved the administration of the ACT to all 11th-graders in Missouri public and charter schools beginning in 2014-2015, with the exception of students who are eligible for the Missouri Assessment Program-Alternate...
High-school students get hands-on emergency training (03/13/15)
Jim Watkins picks a few blades of grass and checks the direction of the wind. As Cape Girardeau Central High School students begin to gather around the Community Emergency Response Team instructor, he turns around and asks them where they think the wind is coming from. The group is getting ready to practice putting out fires, and they want to be sure they are not in the path of the flames...
Jackson School Board OKs bid for stadium drainage project (03/12/15)
The Jackson School Board on Tuesday approved a $58,872 bid for a storm drainage system at the Jackson High School stadium. Superintendent Ron Anderson said standing water at the stadium needs to be drained. The school also is working to improve handicap accessibility...
Fans of math and dessert are looking forward to Saturday (03/10/15)
Math enthusiasts and dessert lovers prepare to mark a once-in-a-century date Saturday An annual Pi Day celebration occurs March 14, but this year has math enthusiasts -- and pie lovers -- more excited than usual. The date will correspond not just to pi's repeating decimal number's first three digits -- 3.14 -- but two more decimal places: 3.1415...
Mineral Area College takes over running Perryville center from Southeast (03/11/15)
Southeast Missouri State University will shift management of the Perryville Higher Education Center to Mineral Area College beginning July 1. With the start of the new fiscal year, Mineral Area will take over all academic programming in addition to operational management of the center, university officials said...
Southeast will ease new leader into his role (03/09/15)
Now that Carlos Vargas-Aburto has been chosen as the next president of Southeast Missouri State University, officials say transitioning into the new role will be his first challenge. It also will be a transition for Southeast's faculty, staff and students, said Jay Knudtson, president of the board of regents...
Supporters of bond issue for Cape schools begin campaign (03/08/15)
Proponents of a $20 million bond proposal for the Cape Girardeau School District hosted a kickoff event for the Yes Cape Schools campaign Saturday to answer questions and provide more information to voters before the April 7 election. District officials also presented the details of the proposal Friday morning at the chamber of commerce's monthly First Friday Coffee...
States to wield Missouri ruling on Common Core test group (03/08/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Opponents of Common Core have another tool to chip away at the embattled national education standards: a recent Missouri court ruling said the state's membership in a group that creates the curriculum's tests is unlawful. Lawmakers in Missouri and North Dakota are using a central Missouri county's circuit court ruling, which was issued last month and likely will be appealed, to push back. ...
Missouri Senate's student transfer bill could cost $224M (03/06/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Senate bill intended to fix issues with Missouri's law allowing students in struggling schools to transfer to better-performing ones could cost more than $200 million next fiscal year, according to an estimate from legislative researchers...
Cape Central principal soon will end 40-year career (03/04/15)
Principal Mike Cowan is known for a warm personality and a contagious smile that lights up the hallways of Cape Girardeau Central High School. But that smile faded into tears for a moment Tuesday as Cowan described what he'll miss most after his retirement this year: the students...
Scott City students' efforts are adding up (03/03/15)
Students at the Scott City School District have raised nearly $100,000 over the years to benefit the patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by participating in the annual Math-A-Thon fundraiser. And during the next few weeks, elementary students will be doing their part to make sure that amount keeps climbing...
Southeast president announcement rescheduled (03/03/15)
Southeast Missouri State University officials have rescheduled the announcement of Southeast's 18th president for 9 a.m. Wednesday because of expected inclement weather. The announcement, originally set for 4 p.m., will take place in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall...
Plan for Greek housing advances, but draws fire from preservationists (03/01/15)
An idea to create a housing option specifically for Greek students at Southeast Missouri State University was advanced by the board of regents Saturday but is drawing fire from residents who worry Greystone Estate and the Shivelbine House will be demolished...
Final presidential candidate brings aspirational message at Southeast (02/26/15)
Benjamin Ola. Akande on Wednesday said he wants to be the next Southeast Missouri State University president so he can take Southeast from success to significance. "Significance means you become the benchmark," he said. "Significance means that you get to move that mission of student success to a whole different level...
Missouri House budget panel wants more for K-12 education (02/26/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's public schools and community colleges would receive larger funding increases than recommended by Gov. Jay Nixon, under a budget plan presented Wednesday to a House committee. It would, however, scrap Nixon's recommendation to give a performance-based funding increase to public universities...
Scott City saferoom, theater almost complete (02/25/15)
Theater and art students in the Scott City School District soon will have a place to call their own. A Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room, which also serves as a theater and art gallery, is nearing completion at the school, superintendent Diann Ulmer said Tuesday...
Nell Holcomb district may face tough choices (02/23/15)
The Nell Holcomb School District hosted its first of two town hall meetings Monday to provide details about an April ballot issue that would allow for local control of the annual tax rate. The measure -- Proposition 2 -- would eliminate the mandated Proposition C rollback. Proposition C, enacted in 1982, is a one-cent statewide sales tax for education with a corresponding property tax reduction for school districts...
Cape schools applies for grant for equipment upgrades (02/24/15)
The Cape Girardeau School Board on Monday decided to apply for a state grant that partly would cover an estimated $333,739 in equipment upgrades. The board voted unanimously -- minus absent board vice president Jeff Glenn -- to apply for the Voctional-Technical Education Enhancement Grant through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The grant will reimburse the district $250,304...
Candidate showcases skills at SEMO president forum (02/23/15)
Carlos Vargas-Aburto, one of four presidential hopefuls at Southeast Missouri State University, took questions Monday during a public forum and also described what makes him the best candidate for the university's top leadership position. "I think you have in me somebody who is very committed to excellence, to quality," he said. ...
Candidate showcases skills at Southeast president forum (02/24/15)
Carlos Vargas-Aburto, one of four presidential hopefuls at Southeast Missouri State University, took questions Monday during a public forum and also described what makes him the best candidate for the university's top leadership position. "I think you have in me somebody who is very committed to excellence, to quality," he said. ...
Snow days mean longer school years, fewer off-days (02/22/15)
A snowstorm last week gave area students a weeklong break from class. But for some area districts, that means fewer days off for spring break and a longer wait for summer vacation. The Cape Girardeau School District's spring break was scheduled for April 2, 3 and 6, but classes were canceled four days last week after nearly a foot of snow fell on the area. The district's first makeup day will be April 2...
Cape schools may apply for grant for equipment upgrades (02/22/15)
The Cape Girardeau School Board on Monday will decide whether to apply for a state grant that would help pay for an estimated $333,739 worth of equipment upgrades for several departments. The Vocational-Technical Education Enhancement Grant, administered through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, would reimburse the school district $250,304...
Cape Central instructor named Outstanding Beginning Teacher (02/20/15)
Adam Thieret, an English teacher at Cape Girardeau Central High School, has been selected as one of two Outstanding Beginning Teachers from Southeast Missouri State University. The award is given every two years by the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and each education preparation program in Missouri was given an opportunity to nominate two beginning teachers...
Scott City adds ACT prep course to graduation requirements (02/19/15)
The Scott City School Board on Wednesday approved adding a one-semester ACT preparation course for juniors to the district's graduation requirements. The requirement will begin with the graduating class of 2019. Guidance counselor LaDonna Pratt and high-school math teacher Vicki Helderman presented details of the course to the board and said the proposal was in response to the state's January 2014 decision to administer the ACT to all 11th-grade students in Missouri public and charter schools...
Public meets two Southeast president finalists (02/19/15)
Two of four presidential candidates at Southeast Missouri State University on Wednesday participated in open forums, where the public, staff and students had an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the finalists. Paul D. Plotkowski and Margaret E. Madden were the first candidates to visit campus and meet with university officials and other administrators for in-person interviews...
Southeast classes will have delayed start Wednesday (02/17/15)
Southeast Missouri State University's main campus in Cape Girardeau will have a delayed start Wednesday, with offices opening at 9:30 a.m. and classes starting at 10 a.m. Classes had been canceled Monday and Tuesday at all Southeast campuses because of a severe winter storm...
Two Southeast presidential candidates will be on campus today (02/18/15)
Two Southeast Missouri State University presidential candidates will be on campus today for interviews with university officials and open forums. Margaret E. Madden, whose visit was consolidated into one day of interviews because of inclement weather and scheduling conflicts, will meet with officials throughout the...
Weather disrupts schedule for SEMO presidential hopeful (02/16/15)
On-campus interviews for a Southeast Missouri State University presidential candidate were postponed Monday because of inclement weather and are rescheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Margaret E. Madden will meet with the presidential search committee, administrative council and other university officials throughout Tuesday morning. She was to begin the interviews Monday, but the university closed when several inches of snow fell on the area...
University announces additional candidates in search for president (02/15/15)
Carlos Vargas-Aburto and Benjamin Ola. Akande are among the final four candidates in the presidential search at Southeast Missouri State University, officials announced Friday. Vargas-Aburto is acting president of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and earned a doctorate in physics and aerospace science at the University of Michigan...
University announces final candidates in search for president (02/15/15)
Carlos Vargas-Aburto and Benjamin Ola. Akande are among the final four candidates in the president search at Southeast Missouri State University, officials announced Friday. Vargas-Aburto is acting president of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and earned a doctorate in physics and aerospace science at the University of Michigan...
Campaign launched for Cape school bond issue (02/12/15)
A former Cape Girardeau School Board member is leading a campaign -- Yes Cape Schools -- in hopes of clarifying misconceptions surrounding a $20 million bond proposal that will be sent to voters April 7. Stacy Kinder, who completed a second term on the board in 2013, said the campaign's goals include helping voters understand the financial aspects of the bond issue, as well as the need for it...
High school art exhibit at SEMO brings recognition, experience (02/12/15)
High school students who live within 100 miles of Southeast Missouri State University are representing their school at the "Exhibiting Excellence: 37th Annual High School Art Exhibition." beginning Feb. 8. Art educators at the high school level were invited to submit 15 of their 11th- and 12th-grade students' artwork. The artwork could consist of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography and mixed media...
Boundaries drawn for new elementary school in Jackson (02/12/15)
East Elementary School in Jackson will house its first students this fall, and district officials have established boundary lines that determine which students will attend the new facility. An estimated 400 kindergarten through fifth-grade students, as well as about 300 early childhood students, will attend the 105,000-square-foot building being constructed on 15 acres at 455 N. Lacey St...
Jackson schools to apply for computer equipment grant (02/11/15)
The Jackson School Board on Tuesday approved a grant application that would help pay for $165,200 worth of computer equipment and software for the high school's business department. The Vocational-Technical Education Enhancement grant, administered through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, would reimburse the school district $123,275 if approved by the state...
SEMO presidential search down to four candidates (02/11/15)
The Presidential Search and Screening Committee at Southeast Missouri State University has narrowed its search for Southeast President Kenneth Dobbins' successor to four candidates, university officials said Tuesday. The names of the candidates, as well as their background information, are expected to be released by the end of this week once on-campus interview schedules have been finalized, said Brady Barke, senior associate to the president and secretary for the board of regents...
Jackson School Board to apply for technology grant (02/10/15)
The Jackson School Board will decide at its 7 p.m. meeting today whether to submit an application for a grant that would be used for updating equipment in the high school's business department. The Vocational-Technical Education Enhancement grant, which is administered through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is applied for annually by the department, said superintendent Ron Anderson...
Jackson hires new schools superintendent (02/08/15)
The Jackson School District will have a new superintendent July 1. John Link has been hired to replace superintendent Ron Anderson, who is retiring at the end of June, the school board announced Friday evening. Link has been superintendent in the Fair Grove School District, about 10 miles northeast of Springfield, Missouri, since 2006 and previously worked as superintendent and high school principal in the Hartville, Missouri, School District, according to a news release from the board...
Gaming on the go: Cellphone-app games popular because of mobility, connectivity, price (02/05/15)
If there were any doubts about the ubiquity of cellphone-app gaming, Liam Neeson's Super Bowl ad for "Clash of Clans" destroyed them faster than a raiding party of Hog riders. Inside jokes aside, games were the undisputed superstars of the app industry last year. Games accounted for the many of the most popular paid downloads, and despite being a free download, "Clash of Clans" was the highest-grossing app of the year for iPhone and iPad...
Hooked on Science: Battery bounce (02/05/15)
There's an easy way to test if a battery is charged. n Charged AA alkaline battery n Uncharged AA alkaline battery STEP 1: Hold the charged AA alkaline battery so the positive end is pointing downward. Drop the battery about 4 inches from above a hard surface and observe...
Missouri Gov. Nixon's promises on preschool fall short (02/02/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has repeatedly described high quality preschool programs as a great investment for the state while proposing millions in additional funding for early childhood efforts. But Nixon has shortchanged his own proposals by cutting funding approved by the Legislature for such programs, because he says the state doesn't have enough revenue to do what he would like...
Synagogue pews find new life in school project (02/02/15)
ST. LOUIS -- Last year, as Congregation Temple Israel was renovating its sanctuary, one of the bigger challenges was what to do with the old pews -- the largest ones 28 feet long. At the same time, Karen Kalish, a St. Louis philanthropist who focuses on improving public education, stumbled upon an article online stating that students who live in homes with bookcases do better academically. She previously founded a teacher home visit program now in 27 schools...
Kansas City opens center for science, engineering students (02/02/15)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new center that hopes to eventually provide resources for science and engineering students throughout the Kansas City region is now open. The KC Engineering Zone workspace, a 4,200-square-foot center on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, was officially dedicated last week, although it's already being used by robotics teams from Paseo Academy and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, The Kansas City Star reported...
Scott City names new school superintendent (01/30/15)
At the Scott City Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday, Scott City School Board president Beth Cox couldn't keep the excitement out of her voice when speaking about the district's new superintendent. Beginning July 1, Brian Lee, high school principal at Diamond School District in Diamond, Missouri, will be taking over as superintendent of the Scott City School District...
Jackson band to perform in front of hundreds of music teachers (01/29/15)
The Jackson Junior High Honor Band will perform for those gathered at the 77th annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference this afternoon in Osage Beach, Missouri. Conductor Paul Fliege explained that the opportunity is a testament to the dedication and skill of the band...
Hooked on Science: Chemical reaction splash (01/29/15)
Use science to create a work of art. n Alka Seltzer n Film canister n Water n Food coloring n 8-by-10-inch white watercolor canvas STEP 1: Pour water into the film canister until it is half full. Change the color of the water by adding food coloring...
Cape school board puts $20 million bond issue on ballot (01/29/15)
A $20 million bond issue recently approved by the Cape Girardeau School Board will pay for much-needed renovations and expansion, school officials say. The board voted unanimously to place Proposition 1 on the April ballot. While the measure would help pay for a number of basic repair needs across the district, such as heating and cooling, it also will go toward more specific projects at Central Junior High School and the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...
Adrian Eftink hired as Oak Ridge superintendent (01/29/15)
Adrian Eftink probably won't make any sweeping changes the minute he takes the reins of the Oak Ridge School District. The Oak Ridge school board Wednesday announced it had appointed Eftink, who has been the district's elementary principal for the past 12 years, to replace current superintendent Gerald Landewee when he retires at the end of June...
Southeast Missouri State University enrollment climbs again (01/26/15)
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to be more clear about dual credit coursework and an increase in enrollment. Enrollment has increased once again at Southeast Missouri State University, and it's because of a higher number of high school students taking dual-enrollment classes...
Growing Minds: Saxony's agriculture program creates draw for potential students (01/22/15)
Even educators at private schools are concerned about customer service these days, and when Mark Ruark, principal at Saxony Lutheran High School, learned that not having a science and agriculture program was a reason for potential students to choose another school, he set out to change that...
Hooked on Science: Feather balance (01/22/15)
How long can a feather be balanced in the palm of your hand? n Feather STEP 1: Place the quill of the feather in the palm of your hand and attempt to balance the feather. You were able to balance the feature, with the quill in the palm of your hand, because of center of gravity or center of mass. The center of gravity or center of mass is the average location of the weight of an object. The weight of the feather is evenly dispersed and all sides are balanced...
Jackson School Board meets about superintendent search (01/20/15)
The Jackson School Board was scheduled to meet in closed session Monday evening to continue reviewing applications for superintendent of the school district. Ron Anderson, who has served in that capacity since 1999, announced his retirement in early December. He is scheduled to step down June 30...
New, later school start time becomes routine in Columbia (01/19/15)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The streetlights are still on, and the dark sky is only just starting to turn a fuzzy shade of blue as a small group of girls huddle near the side doors to Rock Bridge High School. The doors unlock about 6:30 a.m., and the girls stagger inside, laden with heavy winter coats and duffel bags and say a quick hello to Nicole Clemens, a teacher at Rock Bridge and one of their head coaches. ...
Chaffee High School robotics team draws together students with variety of interests (01/15/15)
Since 2009, the robotics program at Chaffee High School has continued to grow under Jaron McMurry's leadership. McMurry has worked at the school since 2004, teaching industrial arts. His classes vary from woodworking to graphic design to robotics. After getting a grant from Southeast Missouri State University in 2009 to build its first team, the program, Chaffee Industrial Arts Robotics, has expanded to encompass four different teams...
Hooked on Science: Disappearing money (01/15/15)
Spending money isn't the only way to make it disappear. n Penny n Clear plastic cup n Water STEP 1: Place the penny on a flat surface. STEP 2: Place the bottom of the clear plastic cup over the penny. STEP 3: Observe the penny through the side of the cup. Fill the cup with water and observe the penny through the side of the cup...
Missouri adopts minimum scores for new standardized test (01/14/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri State Board of Education this week moved forward with plans to test schoolchildren using national Common Core educational standards, approving a new minimum standardized test score that will be used to determine students' proficiency...
As home-school numbers rise, regulation falls (01/12/15)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The number of homeschooled children continues to rise in the country -- now up to an estimated 2.2 million, including thousands in the Kansas City area. Public oversight of homeschooling? Not so much. In fact, Pennsylvania -- where homeschooling families had to register with the local school district, submit study plans and follow other rules -- recently eased its regulations under pressure from homeschool advocates...
Young singer earns spot on National Honor Choirs stage (01/08/15)
It's not surprising that a girl who, as a tot, preferred singing what she wanted rather than saying it would end up singing in an honor choir at a young age. Anabella "Bella" Donaldson-Michael, 12, for the second time has won a spot on one of the American Choral Directors Association's National Honor Choirs...
Hooked on Science: Plunger power (01/08/15)
It's something we find in the bathroom, but the toilet plunger isn't just for unclogging the toilet, it also can be used to help us better understand the weather. n 2 toilet plungers STEP 1: Press the two plunger cups together. STEP 2: Attempt to separate the plunger cups...
Students, colleagues remember Jackson's 'Mr. Music' Nick Leist (01/06/15)
Colleagues and students of former Jackson High School band director Nick Leist are remembering him as a magnetic and kindhearted leader, passionate about sharing his love for music with his students and the community. Leist, a musical legend in Jackson, died Sunday at age 74...
New Missouri Stephens College admin will live on campus (12/29/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- An incoming school administrator will be among the new faces living in on-campus housing at Missouri's Stephens College next semester. Incoming vice president for Academic Affairs Suzan Harkness will live on campus while her 13-year-old son Sebastian finishes school in Washington, D.C., the Columbia Daily Tribune reported...
Millennials have a dog in the net neutrality fight. They just don't know it yet. (12/18/14)
The debate over so-called "net neutrality" legislation captured national attention in recent weeks, but not the attention of local young adults. As some of the most voracious consumers of online content, millennials are likely to be the demographic most affected by any possible action. However it seems that a large portion of the conversation has gone on without them...
Hooked on Science: Popping Christmas ornament (12/18/14)
Looking for a way to add a little science to the Christmas tree this year? Find out how to pop popcorn inside a clear glass ornament. n Transparent glass ball ornament n Popcorn kernels n Brown paper bag STEP 1: Remove the metal catch and hook. Place about 2 teaspoons of popcorn kernels into the transparent glass ball ornament...
Who's Next 12/18/14 (12/18/14)
Abigail Breite and Emily Cieslewicz, both of Cape Girardeau, and Natalie Schlimpert of Altenburg, Missouri, have been awarded scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2015-2016 academic year. -- From staff reports...
The D'oh of Homer: Professors employ TV's 'Simpsons' (12/18/14)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years. But that hasn't stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the country are using satirical references from "The Simpsons" to grab students' attention and convey lessons in literature and all manner of popular culture...
Missouri's education department has a new leader (12/17/14)
Missouri's education department has a new leader JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced today that the State Board of Education has promoted deputy commissioner Margaret Vandeven to the role of education commissioner. ...
Bill would ban aid for immigrant students (12/15/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some Missouri student immigrants spared from potential deportation could qualify for the same community college scholarships as state residents who are citizens under a proposal under fire from a Republican lawmaker. State Rep. ...
School out for Leopold due to flu (12/14/14)
Illness hit the Leopold School District last week; administrators declared the day off Friday to allow students to recover. School staff said students with flulike symptoms were coming to school despite being contagious, and it was beginning to take a toll on teachers' plans for end-of-term reviews and exams...
Oak Ridge superintendent to retire in June (12/12/14)
The Oak Ridge School District soon will be searching for a replacement for its longest-tenured superintendent. Dr. Gerald Landewee, who will retire June 30, spent four years as the district's elementary school principal, one year as assistant superintendent and elementary principal and the past 12 years in his current role...
Three Rivers board OKs 5-year plan (12/12/14)
A new five-year strategic plan called 2020 Vision has been approved by the Three Rivers College Board. It is broken into several major pieces, including student services; staff and resource development; student enrollment, retention and transfer; quality instruction; and learning environment...
Cheerleading is no easy job, but a demanding commitment (12/11/14)
When football playoffs are over in the fall, the players get a break -- same with basketball in the spring -- but cheerleading season just keeps on going. "Our girls get March off," Cape Girardeau Central varsity cheerleading coach Patty Wamble said. "Tryouts are in April. Then we have camps and practice again all summer until football starts in the fall. ... This year there was a one-day break between football and basketball."...
Hooked on Science: Orange flash (12/11/14)
You might eat an orange as a healthy snack, but did you know an orange is actually flammable? n Orange n Candle STEP 1: Have an adult light the candle while you peel the orange. STEP 2: Hold a piece of the peeling with the outside of the peeling close to the flame, squeeze and observe...
New psychology grad program to begin in fall 2016 (12/11/14)
Students at Southeast Missouri State University will have the opportunity to enroll in a new industrial organizational psychology graduate program beginning in fall 2016. "We saw the need for master's level training in psychology in this immediate region," said Dr. Leslee Pollina, chair of the Department of Psychology and professor of psychology...
Jackson superintendent to retire at end of June (12/10/14)
Ron Anderson enjoyed school so much, he never left. "(If) you go to school, and you've always liked school, it's a neat thing to be able to continue to do that for the rest of your life," Anderson said in a telephone interview Wednesday. Nearly 50 years after taking a position as a high-school business teacher in Nebraska, Anderson, 70, is preparing to retire as superintendent of the Jackson R-2 School District...
Top 5 competing to lead education in Missouri (12/10/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Five finalists are vying to be chosen as the next Missouri commissioner of education. The State Board of Education this week announced the list of candidates to replace commissioner Chris Nicastro. Former Rockwood and Wentzville superintendent Terry Adams of Lake St. ...
Yearbook staff members publish, preserve memories (12/04/14)
Cape Girardeau Central High School yearbook editor Ashley Newell was watching a student use the Internet when she saw a galaxy and realized the universe is limitless. "I thought, oh my gosh, that will be perfect," Newell said, explaining the source of her idea for the 2014-2015 yearbook theme, "The Sky Is Not the Limit."...
Immaculate Conception students honored at robotics competition (12/04/14)
The Lego Robotics teams from Immaculate Conception School in Jackson took home two first place awards from the First Lego League competition, which was held at Southeast Missouri State University on Nov. 15. The þÄúCyborgsþÄù were awarded first Robot Design and the þÄúEaglebotsþÄù won the title þÄúOverall ChampionsþÄù. ...
Educator refuses to leave Common Core committee (12/03/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A member of a group working on revisions to Missouri's Common Core education standards said Tuesday he won't resign, bucking the direction of House Speaker Tim Jones, who appointed him. Nick Kremer, a language arts coordinator in the Columbia School District, has been a supporter of the national standards, which Jones and other Republicans are seeking to revamp. ...
University group foresees meeting student demand in courses (12/02/14)
Since its first meeting in spring 2013, Southeast Missouri State University's Academic Visionary Committee has generated many health-related degree and certificate programs that will be offered in spring, with more to come. Heather McMillan, faculty associate, Office of the Provost, said the 10-member panel is considering a potential public health interdisciplinary program and a clinic at the River Campus Center, where students in the athletic training program could provide support to the performing arts students in case of injury.. ...
University hush-hush about rebranding initiative (12/01/14)
Efforts to help boost Southeast Missouri State University's position in the academic marketplace are progressing, but officials are not offering details yet. Southeast board of regents president Doyle Privett said an update is on the board's agenda for Dec. 18 and 19. Privett said he hadn't seen very much about the rebranding so far...
Dad introduces robotics curriculum at daughter's school (11/30/14)
In partnership with the private school Prodigy Leadership Academy, Erik Lee of Cape Girardeau has formulated a curriculum to teach children about robotics. "The idea is to give ... children fluency in technology, so robots are going to be the unifying theme of it all, but what I really want to do is kind of pull the veil off technology so [they can see] that all these magic-looking gizmos that we have are actually just composed of simple things," said Lee, whose 5-year-old daughter attends Prodigy. ...
Auditor: Kansas City-area district improving (11/30/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City-area school district has made improvements since a review eight months ago uncovered leadership and financial control shortfalls, according to state officials. Of 17 problem areas cited in a March report on the Hickman Mills School District, recommended fixes for 16 of them either have been completed or were being completed, Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich's office said in a status report released Wednesday. ...
Southeast president offers Ferguson students a place to stay (11/27/14)
In reaction to Monday's decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed teen Michael Brown, Southeast Missouri State University is offering support services to students from that area...
Cape Girardeau School Board moves forward on bond issue (11/25/14)
Cape Girardeau School Board members reached consensus Monday on moving forward with a possible bond issue to address construction and renovation needs at Central Junior High, the Career and Technology Center and other facilities around the district...
Schools superintendent resigns in Poplar Bluff (11/25/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo -- Poplar Bluff School District superintendent Chris Hon announced his resignation late last week, effective at the end of his contract. It ends June 30, 2016, as the district is scheduled to complete construction of its new high school and fourth- to sixth-grade center...
St. Louis teens breaking down racial barriers (11/25/14)
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. -- One of the St. Louis region's most racially diverse high schools is focused on breaking down barriers by talking about race and promoting understanding. The racial makeup of Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School's 350 students is about 47 percent white, 40 percent black and 4 percent Hispanic. ...
More than 40 nominated for state education commissioner (11/23/14)
The deadline to nominate candidates for Missouri Commissioner of Education position ended Friday with more than 40 names submitted. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education staff will contact nominees, inform them of their nominations and invite them to apply, a news release states...
Principal accused of taking college placement test for student (11/20/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Doniphan, Missouri, high school principal made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning on a charge he forged a former student's college placement test. Accompanied by his attorney, Sam Spain, Ronald W. McCutchen appeared before Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Swindle for arraignment on felony forgery...
Who's Next 11/20/14 (11/20/14)
*** Graduates * Southeast Missouri State University has announced its summer 2014 graduates. Todd Aufdenberg, bachelor of science with a major in agribusiness, agriculture industry; Christine Boyle, graduate master's high honors with a master of arts with a major in elementary administration; Tammy Brotherton, graduate master's honors with a master of arts with a major in secondary administration ...
Scott County students win writing contests (11/20/14)
VFW Post 6407 recently held its Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen writing contests. The contests were open to all high school students, as well as homeschooled children. Winners move on to district, state and national competition. Voice of Democracy winners from the Scott City School District were Carly Howell, first place; Alexis Jenkins, second place; and Jamie Glastetter, third place. ...
Perry County recognizes American Education Week (11/20/14)
Perryville Mayor Ken Baer proclaimed this week American Education Week in the city. Baer signed the proclamation at the Perry County School District office, where he was joined by superintendent Scott Ireland and students from the district's five schools. ...
Hooked on Science: Newton's tablecloth trick (11/20/14)
Here's an experiment you can try at the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. n Several heavy dishes n Tablecloth without a hem n Square table with an edge STEP 1: Place the tablecloth on the table and then arrange the glass dishes on the tablecloth. STEP 2: Grab the edges of the tablecloth, quickly pull down toward the floor and observe...
Principal, family invent device to protect kids from intruders (11/19/14)
London Cooper is only 6, but she knows how to protect her classmates from an intruder. The first-grader demonstrated the procedure Tuesday night at Alma Schrader Elementary School, pulling a bright green-and-orange magnet out of the crevice between a door and its frame. The latch clicked shut, locking London and her principal, Ruth Ann Orr, safely into the room...
Construction of FEMA safe room, performing arts center in Scott City continues (11/18/14)
Having waited four years, the Scott City School District's more than $2 million performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room is taking shape on campus. The exterior concrete walls are up and the theater space and lobby are progressing inside...
No On 3 members review efforts to defeat amendment (11/18/14)
Two members of No On 3, the local not-for-profit formed to help defeat the controversial public school education-related Amendment 3, reviewed voters' rejection of the measure Monday night at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. In a PowerPoint presentation, NOT treasurer David Larson detailed how the group helped get the word out to beat the proposed constitutional amendment, which would have tied teacher evaluations to student performance and limited future teaching contracts to three years...
Japanese professor delves into Faulkner works at Southeast (11/14/14)
During his weeklong visit to Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Faulkner Studies, associate English professor Koichi Suwabe of the University of Tokyo has immersed himself in the writings and papers of one of his favorite novelists and has been surprised by what he's found...
Japanese professor delves into Faulkner works at SEMO (11/13/14)
During his weeklong visit to Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Faulkner Studies, associate English professor Koichi Suwabe of the University of Tokyo has immersed himself in the writings and papers of one of his favorite novelists and has been surprised by what he's found...
Area students attend technology showcase, get chance to visit Southeast Missouri State University (11/13/14)
About 200 students from around the region recently got a look at the variety of fields available at Southeast Missouri State University -- from commercial photograph and cybersecurity to telecommunications computer networking -- at the Advanced Technology Showcase...
Who's Next 11/13/14 (11/13/14)
* Derek Theiss, a Concordia University junior from Frohna, Missouri, will perform with the Concordia Concert Band and Concordia Brass Ensemble in a joint concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, Nebraska. The Brass Ensemble is a small group of brass players. ...
Hooked on Science: Turkey baster pingpong ball launcher (11/13/14)
Did you think turkey basters could only be used on Thanksgiving Day to flavor the turkey? Think again. n Turkey baster n Pingpong balls STEP 1: Remove the plastic piece of the turkey baster from the rubber piece of the baster. STEP 2: Place a pingpong ball into the open part of the rubber piece of the baster, squeeze and observe...
Eastern Missouri FIRST Lego League event set for Saturday (11/12/14)
Robots galore are in store during the Eastern Missouri FIRST Lego League event Saturday at the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University. Volunteer coordinator Brad Deken, who also is chairman of Polytechnic Studies at Southeast, said 23 teams of eight to 10 students will be participating from Southeast Missouri and the St. Louis area, up from 16 last year. Participants range from 9 to 14 years old...
Southeast Pediatrics wants to begin Reach Out and Read program (11/12/14)
Southeast Pediatrics is hoping to make reading part of life from the beginning for children through a program called Reach Out and Read. If all goes well, Dr. Kali Francis said the program could start early next year. Books would go to parents with children from 6 months to 5 years old as part of their well-child visits, Francis told a meeting Tuesday of the Success By 6 Leadership Team...
Jackson School Board approves filing dates (11/12/14)
The Jackson School Board on Tuesday approved filing dates and times for candidates in the 2015 election in which two positions, currently held by Paul Stoner and Brent Wills, will be up. Election day is April 7, and filing at the Board of Education Office will run from Dec. 16 through Jan. 20 during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26, and Jan. 1 and 2...
Brad Pitt's brother makes pitch for an area Care to Learn program (11/12/14)
More than 50 community leaders gathered in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday evening to consider bringing the Care to Learn program to Cape Girardeau County. Doug Pitt, a Springfield, Missouri, businessman, founder of Care to Learn and the younger brother of actor Brad Pitt, explained how his organization helps facilitate education for poverty-stricken children by establishing emergency funds that schools can use to address health, hunger and hygiene needs...
Cape Girardeau School Board approves employee health insurance plan (11/11/14)
The Cape Girardeau School Board on Monday approved medical, dental, vision and term life insurance for its employees, effective Jan. 1. The district provides insurance at no cost to its employees. A partially self-insured plan means the district could limit its risk per individual and employee, but also limit its risk per aggregate of Cape Girardeau School District employees...
Organization seeks to provide student with means to success (11/11/14)
A new children's assistance program may be making its way to Cape Girardeau County. Care to Learn provides funds for children to help them succeed in school, advocate for Care to Learn and Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said "[Care to Learn] focuses on three areas: health, hunger and hygiene," he said...
After-school program helps Missouri students succeed (11/10/14)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- While most high school students have tests and social activities on the brain, 15-year-old Gabe Dawson has Olympic-sized dreams. Gabe is a freshman at Benton High School and a member of the Wesley Weightlifters, an after-school program offered through InterServ's Southside Youth Program at Wesley Center. ...
Governor restores $2M in A+ funding (11/10/14)
Gov. Jay Nixon's release of $2 million for Missouri's A+ Scholarship program could soften the blow of a potential reimbursement reduction. The Missouri Department of Higher Education had said state budget restrictions and growing use of A+ could reduce reimbursement for tuition and fees by up to four credit hours...
School report cards foreseen by speaker (11/07/14)
Report cards for school buildings and the elimination of lottery funding for schools are some of the items school officials should keep an eye on this year, according to a speaker at Thursday night's Missouri School Boards' Association fall regional meeting...
ABC Today program celebrates newest success at Jefferson Elementary (11/06/14)
For students at Jefferson Elementary School, congratulations were given Wednesday as about 140 students celebrated their success in the ABC Today program. The program was put in place last year by the ABC Today Network, a partnership of the school district and other community organizations...
Preparing to move on: As seniors begin their final year in high school, they also look to the future (11/06/14)
Some exciting and some stressful, the rites of passage from high school to adulthood are coming quickly, but mostly gradually, for many area students. The pleasant rites include planning and attending the senior prom, taking senior photos, getting class rings and imagining an entirely new life, but on the more demanding side are getting accepted to college and keeping up grades for scholarship applications...
Hooked on Science: See-through soda (11/06/14)
Making Coke see through takes only one item you probably have in your refrigerator. n 12oz Bottle of Coca-Cola n 2-percent milk STEP 1: Open the bottle of Coca-Cola. STEP 2: Carefully pour enough milk into the bottle until the bottle is completely full...
Who's Next 11/6/14 (11/06/14)
* Breda Crank and Jennifer Myracle of Cape Girardeau and Amanda Massey of Sikeston, Missouri have been named Term 1 Academic Achievement Award recipients at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. Students on the list achieved a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for the term as a full-time student. Academic Achievement Award students at Central Methodist also must possess at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA at the university...
Former NFL player brings message of encouragement to Scott City High School (11/06/14)
Setting goals, believing in themselves and avoiding poor choices were a few of the messages given to Scott City High School students Wednesday by former NFL linebacker Devon McDonald. McDonald, president and CEO of Sports World Ministries, is in town to speak at several area schools this week. ...
Reading program helps students increase vocabulary, test scores (11/04/14)
A new program called Reading Plus is being auditioned at Central Academy, and educators can already tell it's increased engagement and enthusiasm for the written word. With what's learned this year, the Cape Girardeau School District hopes to implement the web-based reading intervention program at other campuses, said Sherry Copeland, assistant superintendent for academic services...
OnlineU.org ranks Southeast Missouri State's business, nursing degrees (10/30/14)
OnlineU.org has featured Southeast Missouri State University on the list of its 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings. Its degree in nursing ranks 15th, and its business degree is 25th out of 25, according to the list at http://www.onlineu.org/best-value-colleges...
Notre Dame's 'The 39 Steps' production a Mel Brooks twist on a Hitchcock film (10/30/14)
Notre Dame Regional High School students will present the play "The 39 Steps" next week, but with a Mel Brooks-style twist to it. "The 39 Steps" is adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. While the film plot was more of a spy thriller with the hero Richard Hannay trying to prevent a spy organization from stealing top-secret information, the play has Hannay as a man bored with his aimless life...
Southeast regents approve extending same-sex benefits (10/29/14)
Following in the footsteps of other state benefit plans, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Tuesday approved extending benefits to same-sex spouses and retirees. Enrollment begins immediately. The Missouri State Employee Retirement System and Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan recently did the same in response to an Oct. 3 order issued by a Jackson County Circuit Court judge requiring same-sex couples legally married in other states to be recognized by Missouri...
SEMO board of regents to meet this morning (10/28/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider approving maintenance and repair capital projects for fiscal 2015 and changes to employee benefits when it meets at 11 a.m. today. The panel will meet in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall, during which the group also will hear the 2013 Department of Public Safety annual report...
Southeast Missouri State cybersecurity student headed to White House (10/28/14)
Joe Surmeier, a Southeast Missouri State University senior cybersecurity major from Kansas City, Missouri, has been invited to attend a recognition dinner and round-table with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday at the White House...
Amendment 3 opponents continue beating drum as election nears (10/28/14)
With the Nov. 4 general election looming, opponents of Amendment 3 are still trying to convince people not to vote for the measure. The proposal on the ballot would tie teacher evaluations to student performance and limit future teaching contracts to three years, among other things...
Amendment 3, new education commissioner topics at Cape Girardeau board meeting (10/28/14)
The passage or defeat of Amendment 3 and the upcoming appointment of a new Missouri commissioner of education were among the topics discussed at Monday's Cape Girardeau School Board meeting. Amendment 3, on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, would tie teacher evaluations to student performance and limit future teaching contracts to three years, among other things...
Scott City superintendent to retire next year (10/27/14)
Scott City superintendent Diann Ulmer plans to retire at the end of this school year, having spent her entire professional life -- including her student teaching days -- with the district. But even as the district starts the process to find a new school chief -- hoping to select one by January -- Ulmer is still focused on her day-to-day duties of overseeing 106 employees and 818 students...
Shortfall in scholarship funding may affect students (10/26/14)
If the A+ Scholarship program isn't fully funded soon, hundreds of Southeast Missouri students might have to pay for a portion of their postsecondary studies. State budget restrictions and growing use of A+ could reduce reimbursement for tuition and fees by up to four credit hours in the 2014-2015 academic year, said Liz Coleman, director of communications and marketing for the Missouri Department of Higher Education...
Professor performs as Faulkner as part of literary conference (10/24/14)
Sitting in the front row of the Redhawks Room at the University Center, John Dennis Anderson, in his guise as Southern writer William Faulkner, is concentrating on his remarks before taking to the podium at the Faulkner & Hurston Conference Thursday...
Collective Impact in Education group explores goals (10/23/14)
On Wednesday, a small group of youth service representatives discussed goals such as supporting children in and out of school, having every child succeed academically and every student graduating high school prepared for postsecondary education. The goals and milestones were hashed out by Collective Impact in Education, a group facilitated by United Way of Southeast Missouri...
Poplar Bluff teacher on leave after abuse allegations (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff early childhood special education teacher has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 10, following nonsexual abuse allegations, school officials said. An investigation is being conducted by Poplar Bluff School District, children's division, and local law enforcement, said superintendent Chris Hon...
Book about growing up in Bootheel to be sent to area schools (10/24/14)
A collection of stories titled "Canalou: People, Culture, Bootheel Town" soon will be delivered to area schools by the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University. Richard Montgomery of Sikeston, Missouri, made a $7,500 gift to the center to ship 500 copies of the book in November to schools throughout the region...
The YOUNG GUNS (10/23/14)
The annual Flickerwood Youth Rodeo is celebrating its 20th year this season, meaning it is older than many of the contestants. It's served as a place for youngsters to cut their teeth and dust up their boots in pint-sized to teenage events like calf roping, "chute doggin'," and "mutton bustin.'"...
Hooked on Science: Magnetic slime (10/23/14)
n 1/4 cup liquid starch n 1/4 cup Elmer's glue n 2 tablespoons iron oxide powder n Neodymium magnet STEP 1: Mix the liquid starch and iron oxide powder in a bowl. Add the Elmer's glue and continue to mix. STEP 2: Remove the magnetic slime from the bowl, continue to mix the slime with your hands...
Jackson resident picked to help develop new education standards (10/23/14)
The work groups created by House Bill 1490 to develop new standards for Missouri students include at one person from the Cape Girardeau area. The bill includes creating panels of educators and parents to write new performance goals to replace Common Core standards, which encompass the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
Critics: Search for education commissioner rushed (10/22/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some district-level Missouri school officials have criticized the state school board's plan to quickly hire a new education commissioner, saying the board should first gather input on the position's needs and conduct a national search for qualified candidates...
SEMO Kennett student getting ready for big trip (10/22/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A student at the Kennett regional campus of Southeast Missouri State University is getting ready for an adventure in the spring. Shirley Ellis is the first student at Kennett to do her student teaching abroad. She will travel to Iquique, a port city in northern Chile, on March 30...
Scott City School District adviser answers questions about bond issue (10/21/14)
Along with other issues on the Nov. 4 ballot, voters in the Scott City School District will decide whether to vote for or against a no-tax-increase bond issue. If passed, $1.75 million in bonds would be issued for the district to take care of maintenance and other building improvements and prepay previous bond issues...
Scott City school upgrades hinge on voters (10/21/14)
Voters in the Scott City School District will decide Nov. 4 whether $1.75 million should be issued to update school buildings and make them more secure. If the bond passes, the district's tax rate will remain at 49 cents per $100 of assessed valuation...
Third-party insurance administrator chosen by Cape school board (10/21/14)
The Cape Girardeau School Board on Monday approved going with a third-party administrator to implement a partially self-insured plan to offer medical coverage to its employees. Mutual Medical Plans Inc. of Peoria, Illinois, was selected as the administrator...
Chamber gives thumbs-down on Amendment 3 (10/21/14)
Along with many local school districts and organizations, the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce has come out against Amendment 3, the proposed revision to the state Constitution that would tie teacher evaluations to student performance. The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce is not taking a position on it, vice president Tim Arbeiter said...
Groups want say in hire of new education commissioner (10/20/14)
With all the potential changes going on in Missouri public education, Southeast Missouri superintendents -- and other such organizations around the state -- want their voices heard in the search for a new state education commissioner. At its September meeting, the State Board of Education was told by Commissioner Chris Nicastro that she was resigning, effective Dec. 31...
Mo. to vote on teacher evaluation changes (10/20/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri could be the first state to enshrine the role of student performance data in teacher evaluations in its state constitution if an initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot gets enough support. The proposal would amend the Missouri Constitution to require a majority of teachers' evaluation scores be based on student performance data, which could include standardized tests. ...
Literary conference is expected to be international draw (10/20/14)
Performance and scholarship will be featured during Southeast Missouri State University's Faulkner & Hurston Conference from Thursday through Saturday. Held mainly at the University Center, the conference is expected to attract about 250 people, including presenters from all over the world, to discuss Southern writers William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston...
Survey to junior high students failed to follow school policy (10/19/14)
Cape Girardeau school administrators say they are taking steps to ensure district staff will follow a policy that governs student surveys, after parents raised alarm about questionable content in one recently given to junior high students. On Oct. 3, a survey from a community organization that works to prevent youth substance abuse was administered at Cape Central Junior High, which resulted in complaints from parents of inappropriate questions -- including some about sexual orientation, sexual activity, drug use and illegal activities.. ...
Scott City board joins in opposition to Amendment 3 (10/17/14)
The Scott City board of education joined several other area panels Wednesday night in passing a resolution opposing Amendment 3. The initiative on the Nov. 4 general election ballot would, among other things, tie teacher evaluations to student performance...
Chaffee school district begins projects for safe rooms, industrial arts (10/17/14)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Construction of two safe rooms and an industrial arts building has begun for the Chaffee R-II school district. Funded by a no-tax-increase bond issue in April, construction has been going on within the district since the end of the 2013-2014 school year...
Survey sent to junior high students prompts apology from principal (10/17/14)
The principal of Central Junior High School has apologized for a survey that recently went out to students in grades six through 12, covering everything from sexual orientation to the highest level of schooling their parents attained. The survey was sent out by EPIC, which stands for Early Prevention Impacts Communities. ...
University luncheon generates talk of life after college (10/17/14)
Ideas on how to better prepare students for postsecondary life were discussed Thursday at a College Conversations Partnership Luncheon. Hosted by the Southeast Missouri State University Academic Support Centers, which provides programs and services for underrepresented students, the meeting attracted about 50 people and was held in the Show Me Center-North Meeting Room...
Chaffee Industrial Arts is getting more room and a new work shop (10/16/14)
Chaffee Industrial Arts students are "pumped" for their new shop addition and have recently revamped their current work space. With the school's renowned robotics team, which has placed top in the state three years in a row, the Chaffee School District is constructing an addition to be used by the industrial arts program. Funding for the project came from voters passing a $2.9 million no-tax-increase bond issue in April allowing for improvements and additions at both of the district's buildings...
Perryville Homecoming events planned for Saturday (10/16/14)
Perryville High School will celebrate Homecoming this weekend. Homecoming events include a bonfire rally, which begins about 7 p.m. Friday on campus near the bus parking lot; the Homecoming parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday from Perryville City Park; and the Perryville Pirates vs. Scott City Rams football game, at 1 p.m. Saturday...
Hooked on Science: Bloody handprint (10/16/14)
Goldenrod paper Baking soda Water STEP 1: Mix one cup of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water. Dip the palm of your hand into the baking soda and water. STEP 2: Slap your hand on a piece of goldenrod paper and observe. The goldenrod paper turns bright red when slapped with the palm of your hand, which is covered with baking soda and water. ...
Jackson School Board passes resolution against Amendment 3 (10/15/14)
With the Nov. 4 general election weeks away, the Jackson School Board on Tuesday night passed a resolution opposing Amendment 3. The proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution would, among other things, tie teacher evaluations to student performance...
Teacher home visit program in St. Louis continues (10/13/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Lisa Koester learns more about her fifth-graders sitting on their living room couches than she ever would in the classroom. On a recent afternoon, the Maplewood-Richmond Heights teacher paid a visit to one of her pupil's homes, offering her a personal parent-teacher interaction...
Career and Technology Center to be evaluated by accrediting agency (10/12/14)
Cape Girardeau's Career and Technology Center will undergo an accreditation visit in November. The school earned candidacy status about a year ago, director Rich Payne said. A team from the Atlanta-based Council on Occupational Education will evaluate the CTC from Nov. 10 through 13...
3 local seniors vie for National Merit Scholarship (10/09/14)
Three area high schools have produced National Merit Scholarship semifinalists this year. Alex Gentle of Cape Girardeau Central, Tyler Pech of Notre Dame Regional High School and Joshua Vogel of Saxony Lutheran all qualified to be semifinalists for the prestigious award after taking the PSAT and scoring in the top 1 percentile for Missouri students...
Who's neXt 10/9/14 (10/09/14)
The bands will perform classic band marches and ballads at their first concert. The Symphonic Band's repertoire will include arrangements of songs from the musical "The Music Man" as well as selections from "Ballet Parisian" by Jacques Offenbach. The Concert Band's songs for the evening will include two marches by Karl King: "Gallant Marines" and "Torch of Liberty."...
Hooked on Science: Unbreakable light bulb (10/09/14)
Dropping a light on the floor might seem dangerous, but it all depends on how it's dropped. Incandescent light bulb STEP 1: Hold the incandescent light bulb so the metal part is pointing toward the floor, let go and observe. The incandescent light bulb does not break. The reason: The metal part of the light bulb absorbs most of the force created by the impact...
Stamp collecting good for children, experts say (10/09/14)
Even avid collectors will tell you: Stamp collecting is not the flashiest of hobbies. It isn't trendy. It doesn't speed past you at the breakneck pace of a video game or offer the manic energy of a Cartoon Network television show. It rewards patience and persistence, teaching those who embrace it about everything from ancient history to modern graphic design...
Crowdfunding gives a leg up to animal projects (10/09/14)
LOS ANGELES -- A large number of small online donations can turn pet projects into big lifesavers for animals. LoveAnimals.org, a year-old crowdfunding site, is believed to be the first devoted to aiding just pets and wildlife. It has tapped into the power of online contributions, where people can give what they can, whether $5 or $500, to help a more costly project come to fruition. ...
Local not-for-profit campaigns against Amendment 3 (10/09/14)
With the help of Protect Our Local Schools, the not-for-profit group No On 3 conducted a phone bank Wednesday to gather opposition to Amendment 3, which would tie teacher evaluations to student test performance. The initiative is on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, although the group spearheading it, Teachgreat.org, is no longer campaigning for it...
Tech center works to continue offering accelerated degrees (10/08/14)
Cape Girardeau's Career and Technology Center is seeking funding to continue its degree acceleration programs. Statewide grant applications are being accepted through Nov. 15, and awards will be announced by Dec. 1. Up to three grants will be awarded from two funders to schools that qualify...
Southeast Missouri State University to hold career fair (10/08/14)
Nearly 90 area employers are registered to meet Southeast Missouri State University students of all majors at the first-ever fall 2014 Career and Internship Fair on Thursday in the Student Recreation Center-North. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m...
McCaskill touts campus safety in SEMO visit (10/07/14)
Being the mother of two daughters and one of the few women lawyers in the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill wants to make sure students on college campuses are safe from sexual assault. McCaskill, D-Missouri, visited Southeast Missouri State University on Monday to talk about ways of combating sexual violence. ...
Higher ed partnership gets new identity (10/07/14)
The Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education now will be known as Cape College Center, following the adoption of its new moniker by the partnership's advisory board Monday. Housed in the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau, the center is made up of Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College...
Districts work with teacher groups (10/06/14)
Under increasing pressure to spark better student performance, constant demands on their time and an amendment on the Nov. 4 general election ballot that could strip them of tenure, teachers have a voice of sorts through their teacher organizations...
Notre Dame seniors lead in Activity Week fundraising (10/06/14)
Pride and competitive spirit propelled students at Notre Dame Regional High School to raise more than $271,242 for the school budget during its recent Activity Week. Held Sept. 19 through 27, activities included service projects, selling dinners, raffles, magazine subscriptions, merchandise and car washes. It involved students, staff, parents and the community...
University drills down on online courses to ensure quality (10/02/14)
By fall 2017, Southeast Missouri State University wants to have all its online courses peer reviewed to ensure continued quality. Associate dean of Online Learning Allen Gathman said he expects students to do better in courses that have gone through the review process using Quality Matters standards. Instructional development staff use Quality Matters to help faculty facilitate student success online...
SEMO accommodates growing enrollment (09/30/14)
Having topped 12,000 students this fall, Southeast Missouri State University has enough classroom space to accommodate its growth, but might need renovations in the future. Angela Meyer, director of facilities management, said the university's Space Utilization Committee has discussed classroom space, but isn't ready to recommend any changes to the board of regents -- yet. Provost Bill Eddleman added the university doesn't "have any absolute shortage problems in terms of space."...
Provost explains how class sizes are determined (09/30/14)
Southeast Missouri State University provost Bill Eddleman talked to the Southeast Missourian about class sizes, what determines where classes are held and ease of signing up for needed classes, among other items. Q: How do you determine where classes are held?...
St. Louis students protest principal's departure (09/28/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Some St. Louis high school students say they are being shortchanged of a quality education amid high teacher turnover and a popular principal's resignation. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported more than 100 Vashon High students protested outside the school Friday morning. Students described substitute teachers who play movies in class and tests where "C" grades are given just for showing up...
State treasurer emphasizes higher education during school visit (09/28/14)
It's not every day the state treasurer swings by to offer investment advice. Cape Girardeau Central Middle School students gathered Friday morning to listen to Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel speak about the importance of investing in the future. While it's important to make monetary investments, no matter how modest, Zweifel told students it was equally important they invest in themselves by working hard in school...
Regional spelling bee open for registration (09/26/14)
Registration is open for schools that wish to participate in the sixth annual Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee, set for Feb. 28 at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff. Participating schools must complete their registration by Oct. 15 and complete a schoolwide spelling bee before Feb. 6. Students must not be older than age 14 on or before Aug. 31 and cannot have passed beyond the eighth grade on or before Feb. 1...
Central teachers prepare for pep rally (09/25/14)
Cape Central High School counselor Nita Dubose practices a dance routine Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 with other faculty members for Friday's pep assembly during homecoming week.
Cape school board votes to oppose Amendment 3 (09/24/14)
At its meeting Tuesday, the Cape Girardeau School Board unanimously approved a resolution opposing Amendment 3, a proposed change to the state constitution that would tie teacher evaluations to student performance. Teachgreat.org, the group that spearheaded the amendment, has stopped campaigning for it, but the initiative remains on the Nov. 4 general election ballot...
Tension marks Missouri education goals rewrite (09/23/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An effort to rewrite Missouri's educational standards got off to a tense and sometimes confrontational start Monday as parents and educators opposed to the Common Core guidelines clashed with those reluctant to ditch them...
Sex education board sparks debate at SEMO residence hall (09/23/14)
An educational board about sex at a Southeast Missouri State University residence hall has led to discussions on sex education among students and the hall's staff. The board, called "What What? In the Butt: How to have a safe, wibbly-wobbly time," talks candidly about how to use condoms and dispels sexual myths while also using "Doctor Who" memes. It's on the third floor of Merick Hall...
School districts attempt to thwart Amendment 3 proposal (09/23/14)
Along with the state and local organizations rallying against Amendment 3 -- a proposed change to the Missouri Constitution that would tie teacher evaluations to student performance -- local school districts are issuing opposing resolutions. The Cape Girardeau School Board has a resolution opposing it scheduled for a vote at today's 6 p.m. meeting at 301 N. Clark Ave. A closed meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m...
School funding goal of Missouri Lottery Commission (09/21/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Members of the recently revamped Missouri Lottery Commission said Friday they want to make sure agency is run like a business, efficiently pumping out the maximum funding for education. The commission meeting came a day after Gov. Jay Nixon replaced four of the five members, though they still need Senate confirmation next year, and released a report questioning the agency's contracts, prizes and advertising expenses...
Lawsuit filed against officials over Common Core standards (09/21/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate is among the plaintiffs suing Missouri officials to stop the state from making payments to a multistate consortium that has been developing tests tied to the new Common Core education standards...
Scott City district to receive $96,000 (09/18/14)
Chairs for the new performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Safe Room, a budget revision and a report of additional funds released by Gov. Jay Nixon were highlighted at the Scott City School Board meeting Wednesday. Superintendent Diann Ulmer said the district is due to receive an additional $96,000 after Nixon's release of $143 million of previously frozen education funding for local school districts and higher education institutions. ...
Nixon touts education during junior high visit (09/19/14)
In a speech to Central Junior High School students, Gov. Jay Nixon praised the school for its strong academic performance and said he hoped to see the state continue to work with schools to promote success and prepare students for college and the workforce...
Students learn about world by studying current events (09/18/14)
With news speeding past everyone -- including students -- high school current-events teachers try to help students keep it in perspective by giving them tools to process the information and form their own opinions. The courses go under various names and fall under various categories, such as social studies, sociology or philosophy, but the purpose is to have a healthy debate on topics of the day from national and international news to happenings closer to home...
Who's neXt 9/18/14 (09/18/14)
Events On Show Me Day, potential students interested in Southeast can visit the campus and see the academic programs and services offered. "Students can find out about Southeast's admission process, meet with faculty from our academic departments, and interact with current Southeast students," director of admissions Lenell Hahn said in a news release...
Hooked on Science: Toothbrush robot (09/18/14)
Build a robot with a few items from around the house. 7.5VDC micro super high-speed motor Toothbrush Double-sided foam tape Wire cutters Button/coin-cell battery Electric tape STEP 1: Using wire cutters, have an adult remove the handle from the toothbrush...
EPIC seeks proposals from secondary schools (09/17/14)
EPIC, or Early Prevention Impacts Community, is recognizing outstanding examples of substance abuse prevention efforts by area secondary schools. EPIC schools for 2014-2015 will be selected based on: n Having written policies and procedures related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use...
Southeast highlighted in Best Colleges list (09/17/14)
Southeast Missouri State University has been recognized among the best regional universities in the Midwest in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Southeast consistently has been ranked by the publication since 1993. The U.S. News rankings are based on graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving...
St. Louis schools not likely to allow guns (09/16/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Many superintendents in the St. Louis area say they don't want guns in their schools despite a new state law allowing designated staff to carry them. Last week, the state Legislature overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill that gives school districts the ability to appoint "school safety officers," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The chosen teachers and administrators can undergo training, and then carry the concealed weapons on school property...
Reimbursements for A+ program might be reduced beginning in January (09/16/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Education officials are notifying Missouri community colleges that the state might reduce reimbursements for the A+ scholarship program, which gives high school graduates who meet certain criteria money for two years of classes at community colleges...
Mo. education commissioner to resign at end of year (09/16/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri education commissioner Chris Nicastro announced Monday she will resign at the end of this year, concluding a five-year tenure marked by repeated criticism as the state adopted new school accreditation standards and dealt with struggling districts...
Two area Catholic schools recognized for excellence (09/16/14)
Two area Catholic schools -- Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau and St. Vincent de Paul High School in Perryville, Missouri -- have been recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as 2014 Schools of Excellence. This is the 10th time Notre Dame has received the honor and the first time since 2010 for St. Vincent, which doesn't apply regularly. Awards are given every two years, according to the society...
Two private schools benefit from opting out of federal lunch program (09/15/14)
Meals are a bit tastier this year at two local parochial schools that have opted out of federal funding for lunch. Notre Dame Regional and Saxony Lutheran high schools have made agreements with local restaurants to provide meals. Both have seen an increase in the number of students and faculty served. They continue to provide lunch to lower-income students, but are covering the cost themselves...
Cape school district insurance likely to be chosen by November (09/15/14)
Health insurance options recently were discussed during a Cape Girardeau School Board work session and probably will be brought back for action before winter break, assistant superintendent for administrative services Neil Glass said. The district has a Jan. 1 renewal date on its current coverage...
Jackson students work together to get to know each other (09/11/14)
As a way of helping students get to know each other, Jackson Middle School this week held its annual team-building exercises for its sixth-grade students to help them get to know and trust each other. "We do team-building with just our sixth-graders and one of the reasons that we do this is because, in the Jackson School District, this is the first time all students come together in one building," principal Janelle Pope said. ...
Who's neXt 9/11/14 (09/11/14)
Local students participate in Culver-Stockton's Extreme Dome Makeover 2014 More than 550 Culver-Stockton College students, faculty and staff participated in the sixth annual Extreme Dome Makeover on Aug. 23, volunteering their services to fix up 16 sites in Canton, Missouri...
Hooked on Science: Wacky bananas (09/11/14)
Just because two objects look like they are different sizes, doesn't mean they are. STEP 1: Make sure the bananas are exactly the same size. Hold one of the bananas above the other, lining up the two left edges, and observe. STEP 2: Switch the pieces and observe...
PBS' 'Shelter Me' puts at-risk pets in limelight (09/11/14)
LOS ANGELES -- Any animal can end up at a public shelter, but most of them won't stay long. There, millions of dogs and cats face euthanasia, driving one filmmaker to turn his camera into a lifesaver. Workers at several of the shelters, where no animal is turned away, say pets have a champion in Steven Latham, who directs and produces a PBS series called "Shelter Me," featuring animals that are running out of time. ...
Crafts: A fresh take on piñatas (09/11/14)
As summer eases into the school year -- and into a new season of birthdays, class parties and holiday gatherings -- now's a good time to make a few eye-catching piñatas. Unlike store-bought piñatas, which are generally made of cardboard and can be difficult to break, papier-mache piñatas are the real thing...
Group will continue to oppose teacher-evaluation amendment (09/11/14)
With a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution tying teacher evaluations to student test performance remaining on the Nov. 4 ballot, a local not-for-profit group, No On 3, is moving forward with plans to defeat it. Teachgreat.org, the group leading Amendment 3, issued a statement Tuesday saying it had decided not to continue advocating for the initiative. One of the group's supporters is retired financial executive Rex Sinquefield of St. Louis...
Success by 6 seeks reading volunteers (09/10/14)
Tuesday's Success By 6 Leadership Team meeting at the United Way of Southeast Missouri focused on the need for reading volunteers and a variety of scheduled events. This year, Read to Succeed is pairing volunteers with kindergarten students to help them acquire basic reading skills...
Group abandons support of teacher-evaluation amendment (09/10/14)
The group Teachgreat.org has decided not to continue advocating for an amendment to the state Constitution that would tie teacher evaluations to student performance. However, Stephanie Fleming, deputy director of communications for the Secretary of State's Office, said Amendment 3 will remain on the Nov. 4 election ballot...
Local school lunches skew more healthful (09/09/14)
What schoolchildren eat and drink not only helps determine their health and success in school, but it also influences their long-term well-being. So it's no mystery why the topic gets the attention of everyone from Congress to schools and parents. Supervisors at the Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City school districts say the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 wrought some changes for the better, taking sodas and candy out of vending machines and putting healthier menus in cafeterias...
Southeast Missouri State president Dobbins to retire in 2015 (09/09/14)
Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, who has been president of Southeast Missouri State University since 1999, announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015, during his State of the University Address Monday. Dobbins has guided the institution through milestones in enrollment, academic partnerships, programs and construction. ...
St. Charles County district says transfer students need court order (09/08/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Charles County school district is requiring transfer students from the troubled Normandy system to get individual court orders before they can return. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Francis Howell district expects up to 350 students from Normandy after a judge ruled that school districts must continue to abide by a state law that allows children to leave unaccredited districts for higher performing ones...
Jackson test scores follow state trends (09/08/14)
The Jackson School District's state test results follow state trends, showing declines in areas such as English language arts, but upticks in algebra and geometry. Last month, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released statewide Missouri Assessment Program results showing proficiency rates in English, math and science fell. ...
Celebrating Kent with Twain (09/07/14)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Henry Sweets, a Mark Twain expert and executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri, shares the scene of Tom Sawyer and whitewashing the fence to first-graders from Jefferson Elementary School Friday, Sept. ...