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Tax cut would have 'major impact,' school officials say (04/21/14)
School district superintendents and state education organizations say districts could stand to lose $223 million if tax cut legislation is fully implemented, according to a Missouri School Boards' Association news release. Senate Bill 509, sponsored by State Sen. ...
Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool (04/21/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers are moving to put more of the state's money where their mouths are in supporting preschool and early childhood programs. Legislation advancing at the state Capitol would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. ...
Study: Most college students seek spiritual meaning (04/20/14)
For many young people, college is their first experience away from home ... their parents, traditions, customs and churches. Some students stick to their faiths, while others fall away, convert or reconnect. Two of the three were true for Southeast Missouri State University junior James Freeman, who fell away from his nondenominational Christian beliefs and has returned...
Perry County district takes on new administrators (04/18/14)
Perry County District 32 will get three new administrators next year, according to a district news release. Jeanie White will become assistant superintendent, replacing Russell Leek, who retired. Rich Thomas will take over as principal of Perryville high School after the retirement of Lee Gaddis. Craig Hayden will become career center director, taking over from Steve King, who is retiring...
Area pupils take Common Core field tests (04/18/14)
Nearly 700 students in Cape Girardeau County schools have taken the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium field test in recent weeks. They are among about 23,000 statewide who have taken the test or will take it. About 23 states and territories are members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which is developing assessments aligned with Common Common Core State Standards, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
Start of theater/safe room depends on concrete work (04/18/14)
Groundbreaking on the Scott City School District's performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room depends on when precast slabs for the walls can be poured, superintendent Diann Ulmer said Thursday. Ulmer attended a preconstruction meeting with the contractor, Zoellner Construction Co. of Perryville, Mo., and subcontractors, on the $2,059,000 project. But the start time centers on when Coreslab Structures of Marshall, Mo., can pour the concrete slabs for the building...
Scott City district joins appeal with tax commission (04/17/14)
Scott City School Board members Wednesday voted to join an appeal process with the State Tax Appeal Commission over Ameren Missouri's 2013 taxes. According to a news release from Scott County prosecuting attorney Paul Boyd, Ameren is refusing to pay taxes for the 2013 tax year. ...
Saxony Lutheran students to perform 'Oklahoma!' (04/17/14)
Saxony Lutheran High School students will be belting out "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "I Cain't Say No," and other favorites as part of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" The musical, which originally opened on Broadway in 1943, takes place at the turn of the 20th century and features the romance of Curly McClaine, a cowboy, and Laurey Williams, a farm girl, against the backdrop of Oklahoma before it becomes a state...
Dress codes: Where should schools set limits? (04/17/14)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- They're called leggings -- popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others. Younger girls often wear them as pants with little fuss. But as those same girls approach middle school, leggings have become a clothing accessory that's increasingly controversial -- and seemingly, the favorite new target of the school dress code...
Who's neXt 4/17/14 (04/17/14)
Graduates Scholarship The Southeast Missouri District Fair Foundation will award a $1,000 annual nonrenewable educational scholarship in fall 2014. Applications are available at semo.fair.com or by calling 243-5856. The application deadline is May 31, and applications may be mailed to Edwin Peetz, 1033 County Road 332, Jackson, MO 63775...
Hooked on Science: Easter egg geode (04/17/14)
Using a few ingredients from around the house, you can to turn an ordinary egg into a geode. STEP 1: Crack each egg near the narrow end. Remove the shell near the top of each egg and then pour the contents into the trash. STEP 2: Add two cups of water into a saucepan, add food coloring, and then mix...
Leadership gathering promotes STEM opportunities for local youths (04/17/14)
About 25 leaders from the worlds of business, technology, education, health care, not-for-profit, politics and Boy Scouts met at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau on Wednesday to discuss the importance of more students getting interested in science, technology, engineering and math -- otherwise known as STEM...
College students get lesson in texting while driving (04/16/14)
With the help of two simulators, Southeast Missouri State University students put their texting-and-driving prowess to the test Tuesday as part of AT&T's anti-texting "It Can Wait" campaign. The simulators, which resembled video driving games with large computer monitors, were set up in the lobbies of the University Center and Towers dorms and managed by representatives from AT&T and the Sigma Chi fraternity. ...
Jackson board re-elects president, vice president (04/15/14)
In the aftermath of a spirited school board election in which the three Jackson School Board incumbents beat five challengers, the current school board president and vice president were re-elected to their posts at a meeting Monday night. Terri Tomlin, who also won a new term in the April 8 election, was elected president on a 5-2 vote with board members Alaina Hinze and Paul Stoner dissenting...
Nixon freezes $22 million for education (04/11/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced plans Thursday to freeze $22 million that had been budgeted for public schools and colleges because lawmakers failed to include enough money in a midyear spending plan passed this week. The Democratic governor had requested $44 million in January for K-12 and higher education to make up for shortfalls in gambling and lottery revenues. ...
Graduation held for Adult Education students (04/11/14)
Buoyed by enthusiastic applause, 42 Adult Education and Literacy Program participants were feted as newly minted graduates at a Thursday evening ceremony at the Career and Technology Center. Having completed their GEDs through the program, the graduates proceeded down the aisle of the multipurpose room to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" and were introduced by their teachers with a bit of information about themselves...
University shuts down student-run radio station (04/11/14)
Southeast Missouri State University is pulling the plug on its student-run, FM radio station 103.7 KDMC, otherwise known as Rage FM. The shutdown comes as the school is devoting more resources to preparing students for careers in multimedia journalism...
Jackson celebrates Week of the Young Child with messy lessons (04/11/14)
Early childhood students in the Jackson School District got a chance to get messy while learning Thursday as part of a celebration of the Week of the Young Child. Many of the district's 260 early childhood students at South Elementary School and New McKendree United Methodist Church participated in morning or afternoon sessions of what was dubbed "Dress for a Mess," based on the annual Messy Morning event...
Notre Dame students to perform 'The King and I' this weekend (04/10/14)
Notre Dame Regional High School sophomore Amber Vandeven is following a family tradition -- playing the lead role of Anna in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I," set for today through Sunday in the school cafetorium. The plot centers on Anna Leonowens, who, after the death of her husband, moves herself and her son, Louis, to Bangkok, where she has contracted to teach English to the children of the king of Siam. ...
'Streetcar' rolls into Central High (04/10/14)
In a departure from its fall musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," Cape Girardeau Central High School's Red Dagger Club is tackling some darker material this week with "A Streetcar Named Desire." The Tennessee Williams play, which was made into a movie starring Marlon Brando, centers on Blanche DuBois; her sister, Stella Kowalski; Stella's husband, Stanley; and Harold "Mitch" Mitchell...
New leaders elected by Cape School Board (04/10/14)
A new president and vice president were elected to the Cape Girardeau School Board during a special meeting Wednesday. Fellow board members elected vice president Kyle McDonald as president and member Jeff Glenn as vice president. This will be McDonald's second stint as president and Glenn's first as vice president. Tony Smee had served as president...
SEMO theater program accredited (04/10/14)
Southeast Missouri State University has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, a designation Dr. Kenneth Stilson said took 13 years to attain. Stilson, professor of theater and dance, said the accreditation is "our stamp that guarantees that when students come to this program, they're going to receive a certain caliber of training and education to prepare them for life after college."...
Hooked on Science: Chemical reaction egg (04/10/14)
Using a few materials from around the house, you can add a little science to dying your Easter eggs. STEP 1: Add food coloring and water to the baking soda to create a paste. STEP 2: Using the paint brush, paint the hard boiled eggs with the paste...
Math Field Day to be held at Show Me Center (04/08/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Mathematics will host the 37th annual Math Field Day today featuring about 693 students from 28 area junior and senior high schools, a university news release said. The event starts at 9 a.m. and conclude with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Show Me Center. Team events will begin at 9:30 a.m., while individual testing will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m...
NPR host Rehm to visit Southeast Missouri State as last of Speakers Series guests (04/08/14)
National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm will visit Cape Girardeau for the first time April 16 to close out Southeast Missouri State University's 2013-2014 Speakers Series. Rehm, host of "The Diane Rehm Show," will present "A Conversation With Diane Rehm" at 7:30 p.m. in the Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus...
Math Field Day draws almost 700 junior, senior high school students (04/09/14)
Those with a head for figures found a home at Tuesday's Math Field Day, hosted by the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Mathematics. The 37th annual event, held at the Show Me Center, featured 693 students from 28 junior and senior high schools around the region. ...
Common Core cited in crowded Jackson School Board race (04/06/14)
In what's turned into an unusually intense race, eight people are running for three spots on the Jackson School Board in Tuesday's election. The field includes incumbents Terri Tomlin, T. Wayne Lewis and Bruce Thomas, and challengers Jamie Pfefferkorn Nipper, Larry L. Koenig, Kristi Uhrhan, Brad Noel and Will Adams...
Teacher's intimidation claims are under investigation (04/04/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Claims by a Sikeston R-6 teacher who says she was intimidated by administrators for her anti-Common Core beliefs are under investigation by the school district. At a March 26 hearing of the Senate Education Committee, Susan Kimball, who teaches kindergarten in the Sikeston R-6 district, told lawmakers she was denied the use of a personal day to testify before the committee...
Local students head to L.A. for international science fair (04/03/14)
Paper vs. plastic and what antibiotics work best against certain types of bacteria are two of the projects that won top honors at this year's Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair in March. Armed with their honors from the regional fair, Makayla Job, a Scott City Middle School student, and Austin Van de Ven, a freshman at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau, are heading to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles -- all expenses paid -- from May 11 to 16.. ...
Immaculate Conception students place in math competition (04/03/14)
Submitted photo Immaculate Conception School eighth-grade students Sarah Bell, left, and Megan Jansen placed at the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics math competition held March 15 at Immaculate Conception in Jackson. Bell placed fourth in the Sprint round and Jansen placed third in the Sprint round and third overall....
who's neXt 4/3/14 (04/03/14)
Brittany Hastings of Jackson will present her senior voice recital at 3 p.m. April 13 in the recital hall of the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center on Missouri Baptist University's main campus in St. Louis. Honor roll Nina Scheibe of Cape Girardeau earned honor roll distinction at the University of Kansas School of Music for the fall 2013 semester. She is the daughter of John and Erika Scheibe. The university is in Lawrence, Kansas...
Hooked on Science: Super bubbles (04/03/14)
Using a few materials from around the house you can create the biggest bubbles. 6 cups of distilled water 1 cup of corn syrup 2 cups of dishwashing liquid STEP 1: Mix the ingredients together and allow the bubble solution to set for a few hours before using...
Cape Girardeau teacher among 12 to travel to South Korea (04/03/14)
Central High School teacher Andy Tilmon will get a firsthand look at geopolitics when he travels to Seoul, South Korea, in June. Selected by Joseph Stoltman, professor of geography and science education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., the trip runs from June 25 to July 2, and is hosted by the Northeast Asian History Foundation in Seoul. Fourteen people from around the nation will be going, including 12 Advanced Placement human geography teachers, a map librarian and Stoltman...
Police, parents discuss ALICE training in Perryville schools (04/01/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Several attendees at an informational meeting on the Perry County School District adding ALICE to its emergency operation plan Monday said they thought the gathering was useful. About 75 people attended the event in the Perryville High School gym, which included presentations from Perry County sheriff's deputy Matt Schamburg, Perryville police Sgt. Garrett Schott and Perry County School District 32 communications director Kate Martin...
New dorm named after university supporters (04/01/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents announced Friday receipt of a $1.7 million gift from Donald G. and Gloria King LaFerla of Carthage, Mo., in support of students pursuing degrees in health care, technology and education, a university news release said...
New Jackson elementary on schedule despite weather delays (04/01/14)
Despite missing 50 days this winter due to cold, ice and snow, Paul Brockmiller, president of Brockmiller Construction Inc., said construction on Jackson's new elementary school is still poised for completion in spring 2015. The new 105,000-square-foot building, which will sit on 15 acres at 455 N. ...
Common Core concerns aired at PAPER meeting (03/31/14)
Common Core is about loss of local control, centralization of education and minimum standards -- not high expectations, Stacy Shore, legislative liaison for Concerned Women of America of Missouri told an audience of 117 at the Rose Theatre on Sunday...
Troubled Normandy School District faces uncertain future (03/31/14)
NORMANDY, Mo. -- While most school districts are already hiring new teachers and preparing for next fall, Normandy superintendent Ty McNichols is in something of a holding pattern. Normandy and the neighboring Riverview Gardens district are unaccredited and were forced by a Missouri Supreme Court ruling last summer to pay tuition and transportation costs for students wishing to attend better-performing districts. The move has all but bankrupted Normandy...
Notre Dame students volunteer to help area needy (03/27/14)
Notre Dame Regional High School students didn't let a little nasty weather deter them from giving back to the area during Franciscan Service Week. Sarah Strohmeyer, campus minister and theology teacher, said the week, which ran Feb. 16 to 21, is a collaboration of various schools staffed by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, which principal Brother David Migliorino is a member of...
Exchange students integrate with local host families (03/27/14)
Hosting two students from Germany and Brazil was so rewarding for Liz Burns and her family, she plans to do it again next year. Meanwhile, she's looking for families that want to have a similar experience. Burns is local coordinator for Council for International Educational Exchange, a Portland, Maine-based not-for-profit agency that places exchange students -- ranging in age from 15 to 18 -- with American host families. The agency placed students from 55 countries, Burns said...
Perry County School District makes changes to plan for dealing with shooter (03/28/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- As other school districts did nationwide, Perry County School District No. 32 took a "good, hard look" at its emergency procedures after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Matt Schamburg, district safety coordinator, a Perry County Sheriff's deputy and a school resource officer, said the district's safety team considered several options for its response to a shooter. ...
Who's neXt 3/27/14 (03/27/14)
Todd Brueckner, a sophomore from Perryville, Mo., who plays the oboe, will participate in the Concordia University Symphonic Band annual tour, which includes seven concerts at churches and schools in Missouri and Illinois. He is the son of Stan and Denise Brueckner of Perryville...
Southeast Missouri students visit Capitol (03/27/14)
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder hosted a reception for Southeast Missouri student artists, their families and art teachers March 12 during the Missouri Citizens Day for the Arts at the Capitol, according to a news release from his office. Student artwork was submitted as part of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's 14th annual Children's Arts Festival, with first-, second- and third-place winners named in each grade, third through eighth, the release said...
Hooked on Science: Daffodil secret (03/27/14)
You may have already noticed the daffodils have emerged from the ground, but you are not going to believe what the daffodils will do when placed in a vase with other flowers. STEP 1: Place the fresh cut daffodils and other flowers in a vase with water. ...
School district plans more training on tablet computers (03/25/14)
To boost support for students and teachers in the Cape Girardeau School District's 1:1 computer-based program, the district's technology department plans additional training on the laptop devices. Instructional technologist Ron Farrow and technology director Brian Hall presented a progress report on the 1:1 program, launched when 1,180 ASUS Transformer Books were distributed in January to students at Central High School, to school board members Monday night...
Perryville district likely will save money with new bus pact (03/26/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- After Meyer Bus Line rejected a one-year contract with Perry County School District No. 32 last week, the board voted Monday night to begin a lease with Midwest Bus Sales for the 2014-2015 school year that likely will save the district hundreds of thousands of dollars...
University plans market, brand research (03/24/14)
With a view toward offering a more focused approach to attracting students, Southeast Missouri State University plans to hire a firm to conduct market research and brand analysis. Last year, Penson Associates, a Palm Desert, Calif.-based research and consultation firm, was brought in as part of a strategic planning process to look at Southeast's communications and marketing organization and practices...
Police investigate shooting threat made against Chaffee principal (03/23/14)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The Chaffee Police Department is investigating a threat made last week at Chaffee High School. Superintendent Ken Latham said the school's principal, Brad Blackman, was threatened in a message scrawled in pencil on a small piece of wood under a bathroom sink. Latham said Blackman was mentioned twice in the threatening message...
Common Core a common concern at school board forum (03/21/14)
Challenges and opportunities, Common Core standards and the qualities each candidate would bring to the Jackson School Board were presented Thursday night during SEMO Pachyderms' "Get to Know Your School Board Candidates Forum."...
Three Rivers board approves faculty, staff pay increase (03/20/14)
Three Rivers College's board of trustees approved increases to faculty and employee compensation at its meeting Wednesday, a college news release said. The board cited cost-of-living adjustments and a desire to bring faculty salaries into line with regional standards, the release said...
Notre Dame students hold mock wedding for class (03/20/14)
Caleb Kester is "happily engaged." As part of his senior theology class at Notre Dame Regional High School, Kester will be among 80 couples tying the knot in a mock wedding in a couple of weeks in the school chapel. The spring semester of the class, which is for seniors only, centers on Christian lifestyles -- single life, religious life and married life, said teacher and campus minister Sarah Strohmeyer...
Last day of school for Scott City will be May 28 (03/20/14)
The Scott City School District will end its year May 28, under a revised calendar approved by the board at its Monday meeting, according to a meeting summary provided by the district. Makeup days for the rest of the year are Monday, April 21, May 21 to 23, and May 27 and 28, the information said. A current version of the calendar is available at http://scschools.k12.mo.us/district/calendars/yearly-calendar, the information said...
Report: Funding gap hits some schools harder than others (03/20/14)
The Missouri Budget Project, a not-for-profit policy analysis organization, has concluded that shortchanging the state's education system is depriving students of receiving the world-class education they need to compete in today's global economy. The organization's report, "A Shaky Foundation: Missouri Underfunding the School Formula," released Wednesday, said Missouri is underfunding kindergarten through 12th-grade schools by $656 million, or almost 20 percent below the required level. ...
Central students come together to cheer on their teams (03/20/14)
Through social media, mass emails and just word-of-mouth, the CT Jungle -- the CT being for Cape Tigers -- gets students hyped up for sporting events. A time-honored tradition, the jungle each year elects a king, a main person to lead chants and cheers through an acoustic megaphone, and a flag runner, who enters with the flag before the kickoff or tipoff...
Hooked on Science: Plunger power (03/20/14)
It's something we find in the bathroom, but the toilet plunger isn't just for unclogging the toilet. STEP 1: Press the two plunger cups together. STEP 2: Attempt to separate the plunger cups. Suction occurs when there is a difference in air pressure. You created this difference when you pressed the two plunger cups together. By doing this, you forced out the air from inside each plunger cup reducing the pressure from within, creating a low pressure system...
Who's neXt 3/20/14 (03/20/14)
Jade Ray Samanta, a student at Trinity Lutheran School in Cape Girardeau, recently won his second consecutive Regional Spelling Bee in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Scott City choir performs (03/20/14)
Submitted The Scott City Elementary School Honor Choir performs for Southeast Cancer Center staff and patients March 13 in Cape Girardeau....
Principals banquet set for April 8 (03/19/14)
A Principals Banquet to recognize students "doing their best" will be at 5:45 p.m. April 8 in the small gym at Central Junior High School, according to a news release from the district. Students will receive a framed narrative of why they were nominated them and will receive a tumbler, the release said...
Saxony Lutheran advances plan to give computers to students (03/19/14)
Although still in the preliminary stages, Saxony Lutheran High School is moving toward providing computers to all of its students by fall 2015. Principal Mark Ruark said a technology committee has been formed to take field trips and research devices, a new server has been installed and a bandwidth update, done by MOREnet, associated with the University of Missouri, is set for completion July 1...
Perry County approves bus contracts with two companies (03/18/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perry County School District No. 32 School Board members Monday voted to contract with Meyer Bus Line Inc. of Perryville for a year, and then enter a lease agreement with Midwest Bus Sales of Litchfield, Ill., for the following four years...
School board candidate forum to be Thursday (03/18/14)
The SEMO Pachyderms will host a "Get to Know Your School Board Candidates Forum" at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St., according to a news release from the group. School board elections are scheduled for April 8. Club vice president and program chairman Mark J. Welker said the forum is limited to candidates in Cape Girardeau County...
Perry County School District to consider bus contracts today (03/17/14)
The Perry County School District No. 32 School Board will consider bids for bus service for the next five years at its meeting, set for 7 p.m. today at the Career Center Multipurpose Room. The board will first hold a closed session, then go into open session, public information/marketing director Kate Martin said in an email to the Southeast Missourian...
Dealing with discipline: School officials try to get to root of problem (03/16/14)
Although some of the terms -- detention, in-school suspension and out-of-school suspension -- remain the same, discipline on campus has become somewhat kinder and gentler than it used to be by trying to get to the root of problems and getting children back to class...
Discipline number breakdowns by area school (03/16/14)
Discipline incidents are reported when a student is removed from the regular classroom for a half day or more because of a violation of district, school or classroom rules, Sarah Potter, communications coordinator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said in an email to the Southeast Missourian. This includes in- and out-of-school suspensions...
Author visits North Elementary in Jackson (03/14/14)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Cheryl Harness of Independence, Mo. shows a page dummy of her historical book, "Ghosts of the White House," while telling about her career as an author and illustrator to fourth- and fifth-grade students Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Jackson's North Elementary School in Fruitland. ...
Longtime 'Mister Rogers' director will visit Cape (03/13/14)
A member of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" will be in Cape Girardeau this week to talk to parents and educators about topics ranging from dealing with anger to science and math with children. Hedda Sharapan, director of early childhood initiatives with The Fred Rogers Co., began with the late public television children's show host 47 years ago and has been speaking nationwide since 1970 using an interactive approach. ...
Central Junior High to perform 'Once Upon a Mattress' (03/13/14)
On a recent Monday afternoon, Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School director Mike Dumey is in the school's auditorium, running the cast of the musical comedy "Once Upon a Mattress" through its paces. In the background, power tools whine as work continues on the elaborate set, which will include 20 mattresses, a medieval castle and a 40-foot-by-12-foot skyline with clouds...
Who's neXt 3/13/14 (03/13/14)
Seven students of Keyboards & Kindermusik Conservatory -- a piano, keyboard and Kindermusik teaching studio in Cape Girardeau -- recently earned Gold Cup awards from the National Federation of Junior Music Clubs. To receive the award, students must compete a minimum of three years earning the top rating. ...
Hooked on Science: Leprechaun snot (03/13/14)
Are you finding a lot of green slimy stuff around the house or the classroom? If so, there's either a sick kid or a leprechaun. Using a few materials from around the house, you can discover the science behind leprechaun snot. STEP 1: Dissolve the 1/4 cup of borax into one quart of warm water. ...
Popular science: Area students show off their projects (03/12/14)
A total of 441 students from 27 schools across the region exhibited outcomes of a variety of experiments Tuesday as part of the 58th annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair. The event at the Show Me Center featured 278 Junior Division and 41 Senior Division projects...
Plans for Show Me Center renovation move forward (03/12/14)
Given the go-ahead by the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, university officials plan to ask for proposals from consultants in the next couple of weeks to update the Show Me Center. Opened in 1987, the center is home to Southeast's Division I men's and women's sports teams, but it also serves as a venue for everything from monster truck and car shows to big-name concerts, private events and meetings...
Southeast revising math program for fall (03/11/14)
As part of its ongoing effort to help students earn college degrees faster, Southeast Missouri State University will introduce a revised developmental math program in the fall. Thirty-five percent of Southeast's first-time, full-time freshmen need remediation in math, while less than 5 percent require English remediation, Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students, told the Southeast Missourian in a previous interview...
SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence offering American Sign Language class (03/11/14)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com American Sign Language instructor Jackie Cole, right, speaks by signing with interpreter Maria Reardon, left, to students in the introductory ASL class Monday, March 10, 2014 at SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence, 755 S. ...
Snow days push Jackson schools' final day to May 30 (03/12/14)
Snow and ice has extended the Jackson R-2 School District's year to May 30, superintendent Ron Anderson told board members at Tuesday's meeting. He said the district has lost 14 days because of bad weather this year, "which is the most I've seen in my career."...
Author Nicholas Sparks speaks at Show Me Center (03/11/14)
Nicholas Sparks brought laughter and tears to a crowd of Southeast Missouri State University students and fans Monday evening at the Show Me Center as he spoke of how he came to be a novelist with 17 New York Times No. 1 best-selling novels and eight film adaptations under his belt...
Panel backs college meningitis vaccine (03/10/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Students living on college campuses could be required to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis under legislation endorsed by a Missouri Senate committee. The legislation would require all students in on-campus housing to have the meningococcal vaccine starting in July 2015, unless they seek a religious or medical exemption...
About 90 employers seek recruits at Southeast career fair (03/07/14)
Graphic design majors Krista Francis and Calla Harris didn't find jobs directly related to their field, but they came across some niches they could fit into at Southeast Missouri State University's Career and Internship Fair on Thursday. "Since this is my final semester, [I've] been really kind of looking for an internship program that I can get into, or possibly a job," Harris, a 24-year-old senior, said. ...
SEMO cybersecurity team becomes competitive in a short time (03/07/14)
Having won the Missouri Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition last month, Southeast Missouri State University's cybersecurity students are looking to build on the fledgling team's success at the Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on March 28 and 29...
More students taking Advanced Placement exams (03/06/14)
According to a new College Board report, more Missouri students took Advanced Placement exams in 2013 than in 2003, a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education news release said. For the most part, this trend has held true at the high schools in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. But in Scott City, students prefer to take dual credit courses, which allow them to earn college credits...
Missouri House budget chief seeking two-tier school funding (03/06/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state funding increase for public schools would be partly dependent upon a strong economy under a new spending plan outlined Wednesday by the top budget writer in the Missouri House. The proposal by House budget chairman Rick Stream seeks to bridge the gap between differing revenue projections embraced by the Republican-led Legislature and the Democratic governor...
Program at Scott City schools helps foster skills in students (03/06/14)
As a way of accentuating the positive, Scott City Elementary and Middle schools have been using a program called The Leader in Me. As the name implies, the program cultivates leadership, communication, collaboration, problem-solving and being proactive...
Who's neXt 3/6/14 (03/06/14)
Boy Scout Jesse Mahan was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at the Feb. 16 Court of Honor at the VFW Hall in Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Gary and Gale Mahan of Cape Girardeau. Alicia Petzoldt of Frohna, Mo., was named to the dean's list during the fall 2013 semester at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. Named to the list are students who achieve a 3.5 grade-point average while carrying at least 14 credit hours during a semester...
Hooked on Science: Baby diaper science (03/06/14)
Baby diapers contain a special science ingredient that keeps babies dry. Dissect a baby diaper to discover how this material works. Diaper Zip-top bag Scissors Water 2 cups STEP 1: Using the scissors, cut open the center of the diaper. STEP 2: Remove the contents from the inside of the diaper and place the contents inside of the zip-top bag...
Perryville may go new direction with school buses (03/05/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perryville County School District No. 32 is considering driving a different direction for its bus service. For as long as anyone can remember, the district contracted for bus transportation with Meyer Bus Line Inc. of Perryville. Superintendent Scott Ireland said the district is in its last year of a three-year contract with Meyer and has put out a request for bids for service...
Alternative Education Center offers help to students with problems (03/03/14)
Students who attend the Alternative Education Center usually wind up there because of several factors -- attendance, behavior and academic performance. But once they're there, principal Scott McMullen says, they want to stay. So far this year, McMullen said the school has served 170 students in grades six through 12, many of whom have "not had a lot of success in the main schools." Smaller class sizes and more individual attention helps students get their grades up and start experiencing success.. ...
Southeast considers repairs to Show Me Center (02/28/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today will begin preliminary discussion of a major upgrade to the Show Me Center. The regents will consider the feasibility of repairs to the Show Me Center totaling $7.44 million, according to preliminary cost estimates from the meeting's background material...
Jackson teacher embraces 'whole brain' method (03/02/14)
When Staci Glass steps in front of her third-grade class at West Lane Elementary School in Jackson, she's ready to get her students involved on every level using a technique called whole brain teaching that involves movement, hand gestures, peer teaching and a chance to beat the teacher...
SEMO prepares for Career and Internship Fair (02/28/14)
More than 85 employers are registered to meet juniors and seniors of all majors at the annual Career and Internship Fair set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Southeast Missouri State University's Student Recreation Center-North, a university news release said...
Mark Ruark named principal of Saxony Lutheran High School (02/28/14)
Mark Ruark, who had served as interim principal of Saxony Lutheran High School of Jackson for the past six months, has been named the permanent principal by the school's board of regents. Following a nationwide search, Ruark was chosen out of a field of 12 qualified applicants in January to lead the private school, said Steven K. Fritzler, chairman of the Saxony Lutheran board of regents. The school issued a news release on the appointment Thursday...
Hooked on Science: Craft stick chain reaction (02/27/14)
Did you know you can create a chain reaction with craft sticks? STEP 1: Interlock seven colored craft sticks to create this pattern. STEP 2: Don't let go and then interlock another colored craft stick to the bottom right portion of the pattern...
Franklin third-graders participating in their own 1:1 initiative (02/27/14)
Just before Christmas break, Franklin Elementary School got a step ahead of the rest of the Cape Girardeau School District with delivery of the same convertible laptop devices Central High School students received in January as part of the 1:1 initiative...
Scott City choir to perform at Cardinals game (02/25/14)
For the second year, students in Scott City Elementary Schools Honor Choir plan to perform at a Cardinals home baseball game. The 22 students, led by elementary and middle school music teacher Heather Sneed, will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch July 18 when the Cardinals face the L.A. Dodgers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis...
Southeast Missouri State University to host Criminal Justice Day next week (02/25/14)
Former Arkansas judge and State Sen. David Burnett and Scott Ellington, prosecuting attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, will be the keynote speakers at the 39th annual Criminal Justice Day on March 4 at Southeast Missouri State University, a university news release said...
Southeast's online MBA program ranked No. 1 for affordability (02/26/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's online MBA program has been ranked No. 1 in affordability among Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business online MBA programs in the country by GetEducated.com, a consumer group that reviews and ranks online universities for cost, quality and credibility, a university news release said...
Cape school board approves networking upgrade (02/25/14)
Cape Girardeau School Board members on Monday approved moving forward on several information technology items whose costs could be substantially reduced through a federal financial mechanism. The lower costs will depend on the district's being approved for E-rate funding, which is derived from taxes placed on landline and wireless phones, district technology coordinator Brian Hall said. ...
Southeast Missouri State to host math summit (02/21/14)
Southeast Missouri State University will host a math summit in Glenn Auditorium at Dempster Hall March 7. So far, 10 schools have committed to each sending a four-person team, Math Department chairwoman Tammy Randolph said in an email to the Southeast Missourian...
William Faulkner will be focus of free online course (02/21/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's Online Learning, in cooperation with the Center for Faulkner Studies, is offering Faulkner 101, an eight-week Massive Open Online Class open to everyone free of charge, a university news release said. Led by Dr. ...
Southeast smoking survey could influence policy (02/21/14)
With many colleges in Missouri implementing -- or considering -- smoke- or tobacco-free policies, Southeast Missouri State University is conducting a survey on whether it should follow suit. However, students interviewed by the Southeast Missourian on Thursday don't think the school's policy should be revised...
Missouri House committee backs $100M increase in school aid (02/20/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri House panel endorsed a $100 million funding boost Wednesday for public schools as Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike said the state couldn't afford a significantly larger increase sought by Gov. Jay Nixon...
Central senior to attend U.S. Air Force Academy (02/20/14)
Joining several Central High School graduates, Jonah Roop has been named to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The journey was a short one for Roop, a senior, who decided to pursue the seat in September after his father, Bethel Assembly of God pastor Phil Roop, suggested it. Justin Gibbs, deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, said Smith nominates candidates for the military academies, but uses an advisory board to help make the selection...
Who's neXt 2/20/14 (02/20/14)
-- From staff reports Maria Kinder ...
Hooked on Science: Muscle cards (02/20/14)
Do playing cards have muscles? Using your breath and a few other materials from around the house you can increase the strength of your playing cards. STEP 1: Push the thumbtack through the center of the playing card. STEP 2: Hold the playing card against the bottom of the spool, so the thumbtack is sticking into the hole in the bottom of the spool...
Letter: Boy Scout praises baseball (02/20/14)
Hi, my name is Garrett Auer. I am a seventh-grader at Scott City Junior High. I am working at receiving the Eagle Scout award for Troop 5 out of Cape Girardeau. I am currently working on star. In order to do this, part of my requirements is to summit a letter to a local newspaper for the communications merit badge...
Letter: Boy Scout praises scouting (02/20/14)
Hi, My name is Dylan Hackler. I am a seventh-grader at Scott City Junior High. I am working at receiving the Eagle Scout award for Troop 5 out of Cape Girardeau. I am currently working on star. In order to do this, part of my requirements is to summit a letter to a local newspaper for the communications merit badge...
Nursing students reach 100 percent passing rate on national exam (02/20/14)
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center nursing students have again achieved a 100 percent passing rate on the national nursing boards. Practical Nursing Program administrator Donna Johnson said that objective has been reached four of the last five years and many other times in the 40-year history of the program. The latest group of 39 day and evening students graduated in September...
Young journalist offers advice to mass media students (02/20/14)
Only out of school for 18 months, Wes Lowery is already an online reporter covering Congress for The Washington Post. Lowery, who has also reported on a number of top national stories -- such as the Boston Marathon bombing, the Aaron Hernandez case for The Boston Globe and the Christopher Dorner manhunt for the Los Angeles Times -- spoke to an estimated 200 mass media students Wednesday at the Rose Theatre in the Grauel Building at Southeast Missouri State University...
Missouri Senate endorses university funding bill (02/19/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Senators endorsed legislation Tuesday that would institute performance-based funding for the state's four-year universities, but only in years the state can afford a funding increase for higher education. Under the legislation, the 13 public four-year universities and the state's technical college would work with the Department of Higher Education to develop five performance standards, such as graduation rates, that will determine how much more money they will get in a given year.. ...
Redigers will receive award from SEMO (02/19/14)
Harry and Frances "Fran" Rediger of Cape Girardeau will receive the 2014 Friend of the University Award at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus, a Southeast Missouri State University news release said. University president Kenneth W. ...
SEMO banquet honors students from challenging backgrounds (02/19/14)
Sharon Berry started college in 1982, but didn't finish until 31 years later in December, when she earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Southeast Missouri State University. "I had two kids, so I had to put my education on hold," said Berry, who hails from St. Louis and has lived in Cape Girardeau the past eight years. "I had a job but I wanted a career."...
Rep. Jason Smith visits classes at Central High School (02/19/14)
Students in two advanced placement government courses at Central High School received a real-life civics lesson Tuesday when U.S. Rep. Jason Smith talked about his job. About 50 students from Marty Vines' AP U.S. government and politics and comparative government and politics classes and Steve Richardet's American government course gathered in the Richard D. ...
Mo. House panel mulls school security measure (02/18/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Making a false report that jeopardizes school security procedures or causing false fears that lead to a lockdown could result in a felony charge under legislation before a Missouri House committee. The bill was prompted by a TV news story about school security last month that led to a roughly 40-minute lockdown at Kirkwood High School in St. ...
Prospective Southeast students learn about the school on Show Me Day (02/18/14)
Students and parents 221 strong visited Southeast Missouri State University on Monday for Show Me Day. The event gives prospective Redhawks and their families a chance to tour the campus, eat in the dining facilities, meet with students, view residence halls and talk to professors, according to the university's website...
Kelly superintendent charged with DWI (02/18/14)
Kelly School District superintendent Donald J. Moore was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol early Saturday in Scott County on a charge of driving while intoxicated, according to a highway patrol arrest report. Moore, 57, of Whitewater, was arrested at 1:19 a.m. Saturday and put on a 12-hour hold at the Scott County Jail, the report states. Missouri State Highway Patrol public information officer Cpl. Clark Parrott said there is no bond with the 12-hour hold...
Snow days pile up for area schools (02/14/14)
The snow, cold and ice that have besieged the region in recent weeks has piled on the makeup days for school districts, leaving them to figure out how to fill required instruction time. In Cape Girardeau and Scott counties, students have missed up to 14 days. But in more rural areas, the total is as high as 20 days, school officials said Thursday. In Missouri, schools have to be in class for 174 days, and/or 1,044 hours...
St. Paul Lutheran employees given panic alarms (02/13/14)
With a view toward increased student safety in an age of constant news about school shootings and attacks, St. Paul Lutheran School in Jackson demonstrated its new mobile panic-alarm buttons Wednesday aimed at speeding up law enforcement response time. And there are enhancements to come as funding becomes available, principal Tim Mirly said...
Central students take awards at two area art exhibits (02/13/14)
The accolades keep coming for Cape Girardeau School District art students. Several recently garnered awards at the 36th annual High School Art Exhibition, "Exhibiting Excellence," at the River Campus, and several students also were recognized at the Teen Spirit Exhibition in Paducah, Ky...
Cape Girardeau to be model school district for accessibility (02/14/14)
The Cape Girardeau School District will become the model school district for accessibility through a cooperative agreement signed with the U.S. Department of Education, according to a district news release. Improvements will start immediately and are expected to be complete within the next three years, the release said. In an email to the Southeast Missourian, communications director Dana Saverino said cost is still a "variable."...
Southeast grad programs in counseling win accreditation (02/14/14)
Southeast Missouri State University now offers three graduate programs in counseling accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, a university news release said. Southeast's master of arts program in career counseling has been approved for accreditation, while the university's master of arts programs in school counseling and mental health counseling have been reaccredited by the council, the release said...
Who's neXt 2/13/14 (02/13/14)
Susanna Hayward and Claire Herbst of Cape Girardeau were named to the fall 2013 dean's list at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above to earn this honor. Graduates Alaina Little of Anna, Ill., graduated summa cum laude from Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville, Ill., during the college's fall commencement ceremony. ...
Hooked on Science: Love potion flower (02/13/14)
Using a special love potion, a common household ingredient, you can add a little science to your Valentine's Day by turning white flowers a bright pink. STEP 1: Saturate the white artificial flower in phenolphthalein and allow the flower to dry. ...
Scott City School Board to form bond issue committee (02/13/14)
Scott City School Board members reached consensus at their meeting Wednesday to start looking for members of a committee for a bond issue that won't require a tax increase. Voters approved a $3.5 million bond issue in 2001 that will be paid off in 2021, superintendent Diann Ulmer said. Proceeds from those bonds were used for an addition that houses the elementary, middle and high school, plus a variety of renovations, board president Scott Amick said...
Nixon explains "Good Schools, Good Jobs" plan to Jackson Middle School students (02/13/14)
Along with discussing his "Good Schools, Good Jobs" plan for Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday told students at Jackson Middle School that classes and tests are going to get harder. He also encouraged them to pursue education beyond high school to compete in what has become a global job market...
Mo. education officials mull struggling school plans (02/11/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri education board members started digging into various proposals aimed at bolstering the performance of struggling school districts Monday as they prepared to hear a recommendation next week about what to do. Officials have been considering plans for troubled school districts since a law took effect last year giving state education officials greater powers to intervene in unaccredited districts. ...
Jackson School Board chooses name for new elementary school (02/11/14)
A name for a new elementary school, a yearlong sports agreement with two private schools and an amendment to the academic calendar were the main items approved in Monday's Jackson School Board meeting. The new 105,000-square-foot elementary school, now under construction on 15 acres at 455 N. Lacey St. in Jackson, will be called East Elementary School. Superintendent Ron Anderson said that for the last several years, the district has named schools according to their locations...
Washington Post correspondent to deliver lecture at Southeast (02/11/14)
Wesley Lowery, who recently joined The Washington Post as a political correspondent, will present this year's Michael Davis Lecture at noon Feb. 19 in the Rose Theatre of the Grauel Language Arts Building at Southeast Missouri State University, a university news release said...
Truancy policy showing results, officials say (02/10/14)
The Cape Girardeau School District's attendance policy, implemented in 2010, has made parents realize school is important and helped raise the percentage of students coming to school, assistant superintendent for academic services Sherry Copeland said...
Exhibition draws together art from area high school students (02/10/14)
A standing-room-only crowd filled the atrium at the River Campus on Sunday to laud high school students from across the region for their artistic achievements in the 36th annual High School Art Exhibition. High school juniors and seniors enter their work in sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, mixed media, photography, fibers, drawing and painting. ...
Annual dinner auction to be held for St. Mary home, school association (02/10/14)
The St. Mary Cathedral Home and School Association will hold its 24th annual dinner auction Feb. 22 celebrating Mardi Gras, a news release said. Doors for the fundraiser will open at 4:30 p.m. at Ray's Conference Center, 3257 William St. in Cape Girardeau. The event will include dinner with a Cajun accent catered by Ray's of Kelso, King Cakes, beverages, and silent and oral auctions, according to the release...
Cape public school students will attend 2 more days in February (02/09/14)
The Cape Girardeau School District on Friday released an amended calendar for February because of missed days from inclement weather. Instead of tacking on days to an already-extended school year, students will attend on Feb. 14 and Feb. 24 -- originally scheduled as days off -- for compensation for parent-teacher conferences and professional development...
Notre Dame holding 5k, trivia night Saturday (02/07/14)
Two Notre Dame Regional High School fundraisers are scheduled for Saturday -- one to raise money for the performing and visual arts at the school and the other to pay for mammograms for women who cannot afford them. The school's FCCLA chapter will sponsor the sixth Annual Mardi Gras 5k, 10k Run/5k Walk in memory of Jean Hermsdorfer. ...
Too slick for SEMO: Campuses remain closed today (02/07/14)
Southeast Missouri State University and its regional campuses are closing for the rest of the week. The university's main and regional campuses were closed Wednesday. On Thursday, the university announced on its website it would be closed Thursday and today. Southeast classes at the Perryville Higher Education Center were canceled for Thursday and today, although Mineral Area College classes taught at the Perryville Center will be in session as usual, a university news release said...
Cancellations mean child care issues (02/06/14)
When the weather turns nasty, working parents may have a few options -- stay home with their children, have an older sibling baby sit or place them in a child care program for the day. The last choice can be expensive, especially for those with more than one child...
Hooked on Science: Straw worm (02/06/14)
Is there a worm in your straw? Using a few materials from around the house you can turn your straw wrapper into a worm. STEP 2: Remove the scrunched up wrapper and place it on a flat surface. STEP 3: Using the straw and your finger, slowly add a few drops of water to the scrunched up wrapper and observe...
Cape Girardeau Chamber First Friday Coffee event postponed (02/07/14)
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee will feature an update from speaker Kenneth Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, as well as a program titled "A Journey to Never Neverland." A continental breakfast will be available at 7 a.m. Friday at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, and the program will begin at 7:40 a.m...
SEMO closed due to weather; 'Man of La Mancha' production still on (02/05/14)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- The wintry mix of snow and sleet is forcing Southeast Missouri State University to close its main campus in Cape Girardeau along with regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett. Also closed Wednesday was the university's Perryville Higher Education Center. Dining facilities on the main campus opened at 8 a.m., and Kent Library was also open...
Nell Holcomb School District to conduct kindergarten screening (02/06/14)
Nell Holcomb School District will conduct kindergarten screening/enrollment and screening for 3- and 4-year-olds March 19 at Nell Holcomb school, 6547 Highway 177, according to a news release. Appointments are needed and may be made by calling 334-3644. Those eligible for kindergarten must present an immunization record, official birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of residency at the time of enrollment, the release said...
Mo. Senate panel blocks MU curator appointment (02/06/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Frustration over past state education policy led to the rejection of one of Gov. Jay Nixon's appointments to the University of Missouri Board of Curators on Wednesday. The motion to endorse Cape Girardeau lawyer Michael Ponder was defeated on a 5-5 vote in the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee. ...
SEMO, others close early due to winter weather (02/04/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's main campus in Cape Girardeau closed at 1 p.m. today. All day and evening classes have been canceled, and offices will be closed. Offices will reopen and classes will resume at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. According to the Cape Girardeau Public Schools district Facebook Page: Cape Girardeau Public Schools dismissed early today. ...
More schools offer a therapist on-site (02/05/14)
School shootings, the anxiety of being a teenager and complicated home lives can leave students with more on their minds than books while they're at school. So when Community Counseling Center approached Central High School about making a school-based therapist available, principal Mike Cowan said the school "jumped on it immediately."...
Lawmakers OK funding for preschool aid (02/04/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican governors and lawmakers who now control a majority of state capitols have been pushing aggressively to cut spending and shrink government -- with one glaring exception. Many are pumping new money into preschool programs at a rate equaling or even exceeding the Democratic-dominated capitols stereotypically cast as big spenders...
Backers of unaccredited school seek $5M (02/04/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There is more weighing on the mind of Normandy High School senior Raquan Smith than his grades and college entrance exams. More even than his upcoming audition for the prestigious Juilliard School of performing arts. Smith, 18, is worried that his St. Louis-area high school might not be around when it comes time to get his diploma...
DESE, partners develop revised assessment plan (02/04/14)
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and a group of education partners have developed a plan to reduce testing time and costs, giving districts more instruction time. Although it sounds good to Sherry Copeland, Cape Girardeau School District assistant superintendent for academic services, she would like more detail...
State education department recognizes 2 Jackson schools (02/04/14)
State education officials honored 15 Missouri schools last week, including two in Jackson, as Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools for their outstanding performance in implementing the professional learning community process, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
Education reform group's focus (02/03/14)
With an eye toward addressing education concerns, a community action organization, People Actively Promoting Education Reform, has formed. Meeting without an official name for the last six to seven months, the group has installed officers and board members, mainly from Cape Girardeau and Jackson, president David Larson of Jackson said Sunday...
Area schools hoping for more funding from state (01/30/14)
Although local school officials would like to see their districts get a state funding increase, they're not holding their breath until something passes through the Legislature. In his State of the State address last week, Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a $278 million boost for public schools. ...
Local high schools rewarded for increased seat-belt use (01/30/14)
Two local high schools -- Saxony Lutheran and Notre Dame Regional -- have gained statewide notice in this year's Battle of the Belt Challenge, a competition to raise seat-belt use among teenagers. Statewide, 195 schools participated -- 43 of those from Southeast Missouri, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation. ...
Cape Girardeau schools to participate in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read-a-Thon (01/31/14)
A chance to connect with the community and be around children are just some of the reasons 12 Southeast Missouri State University students turned out Wednesday for an information session on volunteering for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read-a-Thon...
Hooked on Science: The reversing arrow (01/30/14)
Did you know you can change the direction of an arrow just by using water? STEP 1: Fill the transparent glass with water. STEP 2: Using the black permanent marker, draw a horizontal arrow on the piece of paper. STEP 3: Place the piece of paper with the horizontal arrow behind the transparent glass of water. Make sure the paper is touching the glass and observe the horizontal arrow....
who's neXt 1/30/14 (01/30/14)
Graduates Scholarships -- From staff reports...
Degree mapping by the numbers (01/29/14)
* According to Lumina's "A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education" report, which shows where the nation is on college degree attainment, 65 percent of U.S. jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by 2020...
Southeast works toward degree mapping (01/29/14)
With more jobs requiring education beyond high school, Southeast Missouri State University is trying to increase the percentage of people with certificates, associate or college degrees. To this end, the university has rolled out several programs to help students earn degrees faster and help them focus on a path, said Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students...
Troubled Missouri school pays for lobbying (01/28/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An unaccredited St. Louis-area school district facing possible bankruptcy could pay as much as $130,000 for lobbying efforts while urging Missouri lawmakers to approve a financial rescue. The Normandy School District agreed to pay a $90,000 retainer over monthly installments for lobbyists and could spend up to $40,000 more to hire additional consultants according to a document obtained by The Associated Press through an open-records request. ...
University officials would welcome proposed higher education funding boost (01/28/14)
Gov. Jay Nixon's plans to increase college and university funding would give Southeast Missouri State University a $2.32 million boost in fiscal year 2015. The university also could receive additional funding for science, technology, engineering and math fields, as well as mental health curriculum...
Analysis: Some Mo. education funding still shy of past peaks (01/27/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The figures from Gov. Jay Nixon's budget look big. There's $84 million in new operating funds for state colleges and universities. A 15 percent increase for public school busing. An additional $600 each for thousands of low-income students receiving state scholarships...
Nixon touts education spending plan to Cape students (01/26/14)
Cape Girardeau Central High School students took a break from regularly scheduled classes Friday morning to listen to Gov. Jay Nixon talk about the future of the state's public schools. In his State of the State address on Tuesday, Nixon called for a $278 million increase for K-12 public schools. ...
Alma Schrader among those without power Friday morning (01/26/14)
A broken insulator left hundreds in Cape Girardeau without heat and electricity Friday morning, including Alma Schrader Elementary School. Principal Ruth Ann Orr said custodians noticed there was no power in the building when they came in at 6 a.m. Friday. Although power was restored to the school before classes began, she said the outage left some areas of the school without heat...
Cape Girardeau School District doesn't anticipate funding increase (01/24/14)
By Ruth Campbell ~ Southeast Missourian With Gov. Jay Nixon set to visit Central High School today, Cape Girardeau superintendent James Welker told board members Thursday night the district could get a $1.2 million boost in formula funding -- if Nixon's budget passes the state legislature in Jefferson City, Mo...
Central student garners 36 on ACT, among other accomplishments (01/23/14)
Before he became a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, Cape Girardeau Central High School senior Vikas Rudrappa was on successful math competition teams and was a winner as a junior high student in the Southeast Missouri Music Academy Young Composers Project...
Governor to visit Central High today (01/24/14)
Gov. Jay Nixon will visit Central High School in Cape Girardeau on Friday to discuss his "Good Schools, Good Jobs" plan to continue creating jobs and growing the economy by investing in education, according to information from the governor's office...
SEMO hosting student aid assistance event (01/24/14)
Help for filling out financial aid forms for college will be available at the FAFSA Frenzy, set from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Higher Education...
Hooked on Science: Make a speaker out of paper (01/23/14)
Is your record player missing speakers? If so, using a few ingredients from around the house you can create your own speaker. Sewing needle Piece of paper Transparent tape Record player Record STEP 1: Roll the piece of paper into a cone and place a piece of transparent tape on the rolled-up paper to keep it from unrolling...
Who's neXt 1/23/14 (01/23/14)
Academic Achievement awards Graduates -- From staff reports...
Scott City schools on track with Common Core (01/23/14)
The Scott City School District is on schedule to achieve its goal of aligning its curriculum with Common Core standards before its March 28 deadline, according to information from Dr. Keisha Panagos, K-12 curriculum and A+ coordinator. Panagos presented reports on Common Core alignment and the A+ program at Wednesday evening's school board meeting...
Expanding Read to Succeed program needs volunteers (01/23/14)
Volunteers are needed to help kindergartners and first graders improve their literacy skills in the Read to Succeed program in Cape Girardeau public schools. With the support of the United Way of Southeast Missouri's GRACES Women's Council and the school district, the program is expanding during the second semester of the 2013-2014 school year, according to a news release from United Way...
Cape school board candidates draw no opponents (01/22/14)
Filing for the April 8 school board election ended Tuesday with varied numbers of hopefuls and incumbents throwing their hats in the ring. The Cape Girardeau School District had three people file before Christmas and no one since. They include incumbents Don Call and board president Tony Smee and new candidate Phil Moore, according to the superintendent's office. Moore previously served three years on the board...
Governor proposes $278M school aid increase (01/22/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a nearly half-billion-dollar spending surge for public education Tuesday as he urged lawmakers to harness the revenues generated by an improving economy to make up for years of funding shortfalls for schools...
Local black students struggle to realize King's dream (01/22/14)
Nearly 60 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brought his message of hope, social justice and equal opportunity for all. However, in Cape Girardeau and elsewhere across the state and nation, the struggle -- and the disconnect in terms of student performance and opportunity -- continues. Black children are falling behind statistically from an academic standpoint...
Sarcoxie district stops using Facebook (01/21/14)
SARCOXIE, Mo. -- The Sarcoxie School District has dropped its Facebook page, which the superintendent said had "become a forum for negativity." Superintendent Keith Goddard said he spent much of his free time monitoring the Sarcoxie School District's Facebook page for posts with profanity or that were otherwise inappropriate...
More Jackson students enroll in A+ aid program (01/22/14)
As awareness increases, more Jackson School District students are getting interested in the A+ Program. Now under the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the main goal of A+ is to make sure students are well prepared to pursue advanced education and jobs, the district website said...
Cape School District communications director wants to inform community (01/20/14)
In her new job as communications director of the Cape Girardeau School District, Dana Saverino combines her passion for children, organizational skills and her yen to be creative. "I'm all about working as a team, and so, with that in mind, I tried to see what I could do to bring it all together. And if I went into PR and advertising, I could work with children, but also help guide different things [and] also enjoy doing the creative side as well," Saverino said...
Success By 6 aims to help area children (01/20/14)
Arts, crafts and face painting are in Cape Girardeau's future as part of Messy Morning, set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 at the Show Me Center. Attendance typically averages about 3,000 for the free event, which celebrates Week of the Young Child by providing hands-on, educational activities for children, according to Janice Jones, coordinator of the United Way of Southeast Missouri's Success By 6 initiative...
MAC's 12-week pharmacy tech program moving to Perryville (01/17/14)
Mineral Area College's pharmacy technician program will move to the college's Perryville, Mo., location. Anyone interested in the three-month training program should attend the class interview and informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Perryville Higher Education Center, 108 Progress Drive, according to a news release from MAC...
Teen strives to help in Cape and beyond (01/16/14)
Corey Moore is always ready to give of his time and he's been doing so for more than six years. The 18-year-old Alternative Education Center and Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center student volunteers with the Salvation Army and The Bridge Outreach Center, a teens ministry in South Cape Girardeau that's affiliated with La Croix United Methodist Church...
Perryville High School students win VFW speech contest (01/16/14)
Submitted Three Perryville High School 10th-graders won the local Voices of Democracy speech contest sponsored by Perryville VFW Post 4282. They are, from left, Emily Choka, second place, $100; Kyle Jannin, first place, $125; and Tessa Holland, third place, $75. Kyle Jannin will advance to compete at the district level....
Perryville student named to All-State Choir (01/16/14)
Submitted Perryville High School senior Jaret Kluender has earned a spot on the All-State Choir. He is the son of James and DeAnna Kluender of Perryville, Mo., and has been a member of the school choir since eighth grade. ...
Area students receive scholarships (01/16/14)
The following local students have been awarded scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2014-2015 academic year:...
Hooked on Science: Pick up pingpong ball with funnel (01/16/14)
Learn how to pick up a pingpong ball from a table by using a funnel. STEP 1: Place the funnel over the ball and blow through the stem of the funnel. STEP 2: Continue to blow through the stem, lift the funnel, place your hand under the funnel, and then stop blowing...
Notre Dame to raffle off four years' tuition at Winter Extravaganza (01/16/14)
Amid the food, drink and dancing, Notre Dame Regional High School's Winter Extravaganza will offer a new raffle -- a chance at four years of paid tuition to the private institution. The idea came about this year as a way to show appreciation to parents and grandparents for their support of the school, development director Tony Buehrle said...
CARE Team's Labrador retriever a good listener (01/14/14)
When students at Scott City Elementary School are having a bad day, Butter -- with her soft white fur and large ears -- is there to listen. A Labrador retriever, Butter is in her fifth year as part of the Children At Risk in Education (CARE) Team at the elementary school. Two of the main CARE Team members are elementary counselor and psychological examiner Jamie Sander and Nick Grassi, who works part of the time with at-risk students and partly as a high school special education teacher...
Special needs students craft newspaper (01/13/14)
ST. LOUIS -- With her pen poised and ready to write, the reporter waited patiently for her interview subject to respond. The question was about what he wanted to do after high school, and Dorian DeShay, who has cerebral palsy, was using a machine to help him answer...
Snow days a complex process for schools (01/12/14)
Jackson R2 schools were off four of five days last week because of poor weather or hazardous road conditions. Superintendent Ron Anderson said the decision to cancel school on Friday was made about 5:30 a.m. About 8:30 or 9 p.m. Thursday, Anderson said slick spots started forming in town. However, he said most of the problems were in the rural areas of the district...
Getting ahead: High school programs offer chance to work (01/10/14)
Scott City is among several local school districts that allow juniors and seniors to take off school early if they have enough credits, good enough grades and good conduct. Many seniors at Scott City High School are taking advantage of a program called part-time attendance to make extra money or save for college. ...
Jackson teen has had two books published - with one on the way - and written dozens more (01/09/14)
Joshua Taylor seems to have a sense of purpose beyond his 14 years. Already he has written at least 40 books and had two published and is working on another. Taylor's writing also has appeared in the Southeast Missourian Jr., printed monthly. His two published books are "The Humming Bird's Song," self-published in 2010, and "Epic -- Book One: History Mealevolence," an e-book published in 2012 by Heard Word Publishing in Aurora, Colo...
Laptops distributed at Central High School (01/09/14)
Cape Girardeau students experienced a historic moment Wednesday when about 1,180 convertible laptops were distributed in Central High School's Commons Area. "I'm extremely excited," Central High School principal Mike Cowan said. "We've been very fortunate at Cape Central High School to have [had] several historic moments in recent years."...
Missouri uses new high school equivalency exam (01/07/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri this month ditched GED tests for another high school equivalency exam, joining several other states that have made the switch. Missouri is now using HiSet, an exam developed by Educational Testing Service, the Columbia Missourian reported. Missouri decided to make the change last year because of concerns that a new version of the GED is more costly and is no longer offered in a pencil and paper format...
Cape students to receive laptops Wednesday (01/07/14)
The much-anticipated rollout of convertible laptop devices for 1,200 Central High School students in Cape Girardeau is scheduled to start at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday. The ASUS Transformer Book computers, which can be used a laptop and a tablet, were delivered to the high school Monday. The distribution was planned for today, but school was canceled due to the frigid temperatures...
Alma Schrader principal earns doctorate (12/26/13)
For some, a bucket list might include a trip to Paris, having coffee with Judy Collins, reaching the summit of Mount Everest, meeting Muhammad Ali or spending two weeks on a deserted beach. But for Alma Schrader principal Ruth Ann Orr, finishing her doctorate made the cut...
Mo. lawmaker proposes September to May school year (12/23/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- School in August. Sound good, kids? A proposal in Missouri would ensure schools don't start until September and end before June. The bill also seeks to require students to spend more time in the classroom and participate in summer school if they do not perform up to snuff...
Scott City board approves snow make-up days (12/19/13)
Southeast Missouri's whopper snowstorm two weeks ago prompted Scott City School Board members to add some make-up days to the school calendar during their meeting Wednesday night. Superintendent Diann Ulmer said Scott City students missed four and a half days before Christmas this year; missed days tend to occur more after the holiday...
Immaculate Conception students take part in Lego robotics competition (12/19/13)
Students at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson participated in the FIRST Lego League state championship Dec. 8 in St. Louis. The FIRST Lego League is a robotics competition that puts robots built from Lego Mindstorm kits through a themed obstacle course, a news release from Immaculate Conception said...
School board filing opens today (12/17/13)
Filing starts today for many school board positions in the Cape Girardeau area. Hopefuls may file through Jan. 21 at school district offices, and the election is scheduled for April 8. In the Cape Girardeau School District, spots to be decided are those of board president Tony Smee, Stacy Kinder and Don Call. Kinder has said she will not seek re-election. Terms run for three years...
School board filing begins (12/18/13)
Opening day for school board filing Tuesday prompted a flurry of activity in some jurisdictions and none in others. Filing ends Jan. 21. In less than two hours, Jackson School District had seven people file for the three positions up for election April 8, according to information provided by the district. The spots are currently held by T. Wayne Lewis, Bruce Thomas and board president Terri Tomlin. Starting at 8:02 a.m., candidates filed until 9:50 a.m...
Laptop computers being prepared for distribution to Cape students (12/17/13)
ASUS Transformer Books, set to be distributed to Cape Girardeau Central High School students in January, are just about ready, assistant superintendent for academic services Sherry Copeland told the school board Monday. "We've been in the process of having them imaged and etched," Copeland said after the meeting. "Right now, we're finalizing the distribution plan for Jan. 7."...
Despite downsides, teachers still attracted to profession (12/16/13)
When Southeast Missouri State University junior Mark Richter told friends and family he wanted to be a teacher, they expressed admiration but said he must be a little nuts, too. After all, according to the Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project, teachers rank second behind the military in the public's esteem. ...
Sikeston school reports good results with iPad program (12/13/13)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Nearly two quarters into the first year of implementing the use of iPads at Sikeston High School, and officials say the program is going well. Shannon Holifield, academic leader principal for high school, said she's proud of how hard the teachers have worked to implement Project iLearn...
Notre Dame group plans to give gift of warmth (12/12/13)
It's rare that a project receives anything close to 100 percent participation, but Athletes Give Back at Notre Dame Regional High School has it. Started this year, the student-led group recently completed its first contribution and is planning more projects...
Southeast, high schools praise dual-credit course program (12/11/13)
Southeast Missouri State University and area high school officials are touting the success of a growing and much-demanded program aimed at increasing the access to dual-credit courses to high school students in the region, particularly rural schools...
Springfield studies new high school graduation requirements studied (12/10/13)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield School District is discussing how to make high school more challenging, with a goal of improving the students' chances of succeeding after graduation. Associate superintendent Justin Herrell, who is leading the effort, said too many Springfield graduates have to take remedial education classes when they enter college, The Springfield News-Leader reported...
Program aims to help students' behavior (12/09/13)
For educators, there's nothing quite as valuable as time spent teaching students in the classroom, but sometimes disruptive students make that difficult. In recent years, local school districts have adopted a program called Positive Behavior Intervention Support to help add those minutes back into the day -- and it works, officials say...
Local schools closed today because of weather (12/09/13)
Public schools in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Scott City and Oak Ridge will be closed today because of continued wintry weather conditions, according to school officials, news releases and websites. However, as of late Sunday afternoon, classes were still on for today at Southeast Missouri State University, News Bureau director Ann Hayes said...
McCaskill to speak at SEMO commencement (12/05/13)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill will deliver the winter commencement address when 740 students graduate at Southeast Missouri State University on Dec. 21. Plans for the commencement were announced by the university on Tuesday. Degree recipients will include 574 undergraduate students, along with graduate, specialist and doctoral students. Ten undergraduate students will be honored for perfect 4.0 grade point averages...
Students in Asian nations dominate international test (12/04/13)
WASHINGTON -- American students once again lag behind many of their Asian and European peers on a global exam, a continuing trend that often is blamed on child poverty and a diverse population in U.S. schools. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results a "picture of educational stagnation" as U.S. students showed little improvement over three years, failing to score in the top 20 on math, reading or science...
New Central High School and Junior High orchestra director is the first new face in 22 years (12/03/13)
Michael Hanf is the new man holding the baton, leading the Central High School and Central Junior High orchestras. Moving here in June, Hanf replaced longtime orchestra leader Steve Schaffner, who retired last spring after 22 years in the spot. A Springfield, Mo., native Hanf taught three years in Rogers, Ark., and five years in St. ...
Critical thinking hallmark of Common Core class (12/02/13)
MIDDLETOWN, Del. -- Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson's fifth-grade classroom. Today's students are being asked to think more critically. For example, what might a character say in an email to a friend?...
New Southeast music chairman delights in River Campus (12/01/13)
Dr. Kevin Hampton has studied, performed and taught piano all over the Midwest and South, but Cape Girardeau is where he said he's found the perfect blend of students, colleagues and culture. For 18 years, Hampton taught studio piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy, group keyboard classes and music theory at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga. ...
Opinions mixed on Bright Flight proposal (11/29/13)
With a proposal of $5,000 a year added to Missouri's Bright Flight scholarships if students agree to work full time in the Show Me State after graduation, Cape Girardeau County educators expressed varying opinions on whether the option will create more interest in the program...
Three Rivers gets $1.5 million donation for activity center (11/29/13)
The Three Rivers Endowment Trust has received a $1.5 million contribution from an anonymous donor for the proposed activity center on Poplar Bluff, Mo., campus of Three Rivers College, according to a news release from the college. The proposed 60,000-square-foot Three Rivers Activity Center will replace the Bess Activity Center as the home of Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball, the release said...
Central High School cheerleading captain to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (11/28/13)
Since she was a high school freshman, Abby Addleman has been waiting for a chance to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Today, the Cape Girardeau Central High School senior will have that opportunity as a result of an invitation extended at a National Cheerleaders Association camp held this summer at Southeast Missouri State University...
Gum Tree tradition sticks with students (11/28/13)
The Gum Tree on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University is more than just a tree littered with thousands of chewed pieces of gum up and down the trunk from students after the ascension of Cardiac Hill. The Gum Tree has a fabled history that dates back decades, but no one seems to know the exact origin of the tradition...
Southeast regents hire from within for new provost (11/27/13)
Almost 19 years after joining Southeast Missouri State University as an assistant professor of biology, Dr. Bill Eddleman has been selected for one of the campus' top jobs -- its new provost. The provost is Southeast's chief academic officer, responsible for eight colleges and schools, a university release said...
Gov. Nixon proposes increasing scholarship program (11/26/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's top students could receive a larger scholarship if they stay in the state after graduation day under a financial aid proposal Monday from Gov. Jay Nixon. The plan would give students who receive Bright Flight scholarships the option for an extra $5,000 annually for agreeing to work full-time in Missouri immediately after school. Nixon plans to include an additional $15 million with his recommendations for next year's state budget...
District receives 'unqualified opinion' on audit report (11/26/13)
The Cape Girardeau School District received an "unqualified," or excellent, opinion with its 2012-2013 audit Monday night. The school board accepted the report from accountant Patrick Kintner, a partner with the local CPA firm Stanley Dirnberger, Hopper and Associates LLC, during a work session before its regular monthly meeting, at which the board approved it...
Three Rivers to break ground on new classroom building (11/26/13)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Three Rivers College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Humanities and Social Sciences building at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18 in Poplar Bluff, according to a news release from the school. The event will mark the start of construction of a the 38,000-square-foot, two-story classroom building, the release said...
Scott City High School, Mineral Area College work toward dual credits (11/25/13)
Scott City High School is working toward an agreement with Mineral Area College to offer a variety of dual credit courses. If all goes well, classes could be available in January, principal Mike Johnson said. Dual credit classes allow students to earn college credit while in high school. Classes are taught by high school teachers qualified to teach college courses, said Julie Downs, dual-credit coordinator at Mineral Area College...
OMG: Social media may wreck your kid's writing (11/24/13)
The prevalence of Facebook, Twitter and texting has all but obliterated punctuation, capitalization and apostrophes in schools, threatening the future of formal writing, educators say. And it's no wonder. Cape Girardeau public school students, for example, start learning keyboarding in kindergarten to get them used to technology, curriculum coordinator Theresa Hinkebein said. But she noted kindergartners already know how to operate smartphones and have computers at home...
Scott City OKs new evaluation system for teachers (11/21/13)
With approval from the school board Wednesday night, the Scott City School District will have a new teacher evaluation system starting next fall. The Network for Educator Effectiveness system, as it is called, is a collaborative effort of two auxiliary units of the College of Education at the University of Missouri -- the Heart of Missouri Regional Professional Development Center and the Assessment Resource Center, according to the MU website...
Southeast online courses earn high rankings (11/21/13)
Twice in the past week, Southeast Missouri State University's online programs have been recognized for their affordability and quality by two groups -- OnlineU.org and AC Online, a news release from the university said. Southeast is featured on OnlineU.org for offering two of the nation's most affordable online degree programs. ...
Saint Francis plan would reimburse public school employees (11/20/13)
Saint Francis Medical Center on Tuesday announced a program that will reimburse Cape Girardeau Public School District employees up to $500 per family if they choose to include the hospital in their 2014 insurance network, which will cost district employees about $40 a month...
Delta school district postpones safe room (11/20/13)
The Delta School District has tabled plans to build a safe room/multipurpose room until it finds out whether it can get additional funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Superintendent Nate Crowden said the district received six bids for its facility. All of them came in over budget...
Meeting on Common Core to be Wednesday (11/19/13)
A discussion about the Common Core standards in Missouri public schools will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 2A at the Osage Centre, 1625 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. The discussion will be presented by Stacy Shore and the Concerned Women for America of Missouri and will outline the Common Core standards and their effect on families, communities and the state...
Scott City schools striving to improve MAP scores (11/18/13)
Scott City's Missouri Achievement Program scores have bright spots such as the high school's English, math and science and the middle school's math scores. But its lowest scores are found at the elementary level. "It works backward," curriculum director Dr. Keisha Panagos said. "We've been really focusing this year on third- and fourth-grade, making sure standards are aligned."...
Home schooling gains in popularity in Cape region (11/15/13)
Before she started home schooling her two children, Andrea Roseman of Jackson was "adamantly opposed" to the idea. But when her son, Grant, turned 1, she said she felt God telling her it was the right thing to do. She fought it for about a year. "At the time, I didn't know anyone else who was home schooling. I found out there were four other ladies in my church [Lynwood Baptist] who were home schooling," Roseman said...
Jackson schools foundation gives out 27 grants (11/15/13)
Orchard Drive Elementary School first-grade teacher Lindsay Miller was so excited Thursday when she was awarded a $500 grant from the Jackson R-2 School Foundation a large grin burst across her face. "I could cry," Miller said after Merideth Pobst, director of foundation/communications and several foundation board members arrived in her classroom...
PE class gives home-schooled children an outlet (11/14/13)
Children attending the home school physical education class offered by the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department agree: "It's fun." The class, for students age 5 to 15, started in September and goes for 12 weeks. This is the third year the class has been offered, said Stacey Welter, recreation coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department. Another slate of classes will be offered in the spring...
Southeast professors use technology to confront plagiarism (11/14/13)
Plagiarism is a serious crime in the education world. If a student is caught plagiarizing, they can face consequences from receiving a zero in the class to being kicked out of school entirely. Thankfully, there is a website that can stop this from happening...
Be safe: Don't text and drive (11/14/13)
Editor's note: The following guest column was the winning entry in the Southeast Missourian's local It Can Wait contest. The student received a prize packet from AT&T, a $25 gas card from Amerimart and a three-month subscription to the Southeast Missourian. The column was forwarded to the state level. The statewide winner received $500....
Three Cape Girardeau School Board seats open for election (11/14/13)
Three spots will be up for election when candidates begin filing for the Cape Girardeau School Board on Dec. 17. Filing runs through Jan. 21, and the election is scheduled for April 8. Spots to be decided are those of board president Tony Smee, Stacy Kinder and Don Call. Terms run for three years...
Jackson School Board filing begins in December (11/13/13)
Next month, the Jackson School District will begin accepting declarations of candidacy for three positions on the school board. Filing dates and times were approved during Tuesday's regular meeting for the April 8 election, with filing to begin Dec. 17 and ending at 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at the district office, 614 E. Adams St. in Jackson. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m...
Audit: Missouri schools could save on bond costs (11/13/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri schools and local governments could have saved $43 million over four years if they had injected competition into bond issuances instead of handpicking firms to manage them, according to an audit released Tuesday. The report by State Auditor Tom Schweich reaffirms recommendations made by auditors more than a decade ago that Missouri should change its laws to require public entities to use a competitive process to select bond underwriters in most issuances...
New Perry County superintendent enjoying challenge (11/12/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Four months into his new job, Perry County School District 32 superintendent Scott Ireland has garnered early praise from school board members for his plan to raise academic standards, enhance students' learning and improve the district's standing with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
Many factors contribute to Jackson test success (11/11/13)
Parents with high expectations, plus "great teachers and administrators," are just some of the reasons Jackson school officials say their students outscored the state on Missouri Assessment Program exams. The district generally had 7 percent to 9 percent more of its students scoring in the "proficient and advanced" range than the state average in English language arts, math, science and social studies. ...
Cape Schools' new health plan forces 'buy up' for Saint Francis access (11/10/13)
Southeast Missourian Saint Francis Medical Center officials are expressing disappointment over a Thursday night decision by the Cape Girardeau's public school board that excludes the Cape Girardeau hospital from the district's insurance network. When the Cape Public School District board renewed its insurance policy...
Application deadline for student regent coming up (11/07/13)
The application deadline for the position of student regent on the Southeast Missouri State Board of Regents is Friday. Kevin Magnan's two-year term on the seven-member board expires Jan. 1, but he'll serve until Gov. Jay Nixon appoints a new student regent...
Cape parents get first look at new laptop devices (11/06/13)
About 100 people got a firsthand look Tuesday night at the new convertible laptop devices the Cape Girardeau Public School District will be rolling out to students in January. The first of two parent meetings was held at the Richard D. Kinder Performance Hall and the commons area of Central High School...
Tax cuts topic of Missouri School Boards' Association meeting (11/06/13)
State tax cuts will be the topic of the Missouri School Boards' Association Fall Regional Meeting today in Oak Ridge. Held at Oak Ridge High School and starting at 6 p.m. with registration, the gathering is expected to attract 30 to 40 educators from Cape Girardeau, St. Francois, Madison, Iron, Ste. Genevieve, Bollinger and Perry counties. The title of the meeting is "Tax Cuts in Missouri: The Battle Continues."...
Cape school district hires personnel (10/31/13)
The Cape Girardeau School Board made several hires this week after a closed session at its meeting Monday night. April Garner was hired as a principal intern and Billie Kiester was hired as a part-time special education teacher's assistant, both at Jefferson Elementary; and Mike Church as assistant men's basketball coach at Central High School. ...
Intensive care for pupils catches on locally (10/31/13)
Many Cape Girardeau County schools have adopted a zero-tolerance policy toward zeros. The program is called ICU, like the acronym for intensive care unit at hospitals. The idea is not to let apathetic students off the hook when it comes to finishing their work. The program is based on the book "The Power of ICU," by Danny Hill, a Lebanon, Tenn., educator. Hill travels to schools nationwide talking about the program...
TOMS founder to speak at Southeast (11/01/13)
First came the shoes. Then footwear lovers found out their purchases of TOMS shoes were helping do good works worldwide. Now Cape Girardeau residents will get a chance to hear from TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie as part of the Southeast Missouri State University's 2013-2014 Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Show Me Center. The title of Mycoskie's presentation is "Start Something that Matters," which also is the title of his book...
Former educator spreads 'The Power of ICU' idea (10/31/13)
For 33 years, Danny Hill was an educator in Lebanon, Tenn. Now Hill travels across the country preaching "The Power of ICU," a program he developed that holds students accountable for the quality of their work and turning it in. He and Jayson Nave, part of the ICU team, co-wrote a book called "The Power of ICU." The program has caught on in hundreds of schools across the country. ...
University of Missouri System president encourages higher ed (10/31/13)
Although college costs continue to climb, University of Missouri System president Tim Wolfe stopped Wednesday at R.O. Hawkins Junior High School in Jackson to bring the message that higher education still is a good value. The visit was part of Wolfe's Show Me Value Tour, which he began in March. About 750 eighth- and ninth-graders made their way to the school's new gym to hear Wolfe's presentation, "Find Your Path to Success."...
Two arrested in drug sweep at Meadow Heights school (10/31/13)
PATTON, Mo. -- Bollinger County authorities arrested two students on misdemeanor drug possession charges Tuesday morning in the parking lot of Meadow Heights school. Arrested were Meadow Heights students Joshua Edward Karn, 17, and Savanna Skye Smith, 17, both on charges of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana...
Fundraising bringing in items for Central High School (10/29/13)
The Cape Public School Foundation is fundraising for a new gymnasium scoreboard and several other items for Central High School, according to a report given by vice president Kyle McDonald at Monday night's Cape Girardeau School Board meeting. Amy McDonald, executive director of the foundation, is raising funds to replace the scoreboard and the message board in the school's gym, Kyle McDonald said...
Jackson school foundation tries travel tour as fundraiser (10/28/13)
The Jackson R-2 Foundation is trying something a little different as a fundraiser -- a trip to New England. Those who sign up for the trip, offered through 1st Class Travel, will have a portion of the cost donated to the foundation, which awards classroom teacher grants and other extras not covered by the budget...
Scores in Cape schools improve, but most lag below state average (10/27/13)
One elementary school showed dramatic increases. The high school recorded impressive improvement in biology. Most of Cape Girardeau's public schools are showing a line that points in a positive direction, but there's still a lot of work to be done, Missouri Assessment Program scores show. Cape Girardeau falls below state scores in most cases, according to the data, and five-year trends paint a picture of peaks, valleys and plateaus...
Three Rivers, Missouri State sign agreement for campus in Willow Springs (10/24/13)
WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. -- Three Rivers College made official Tuesday an agreement that will allow it to open the institution's sixth full-service off-campus location. The college will partner with Missouri State University to provide college-level courses in Willow Springs. The pair signed an agreement during a ceremony at Willow Springs High School to form the South Central Education Consortium...
Cease-and-desist letter issued by Greenville School District (10/24/13)
A Williamsville, Mo., man has been issued a cease-and-desist letter, urging him to "immediately cease making defamatory statements" against a local school official. The letter, from Mickes Goldman O'Toole LLC, is addressed to Brian Becker on behalf of Greenville superintendent Todd Porter. It says failure to immediately cease making defamatory statements "may result in legal action against you."...
Nixon plans 'significant down payment' for schools (10/24/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday he will propose "a real investment in our K-12 classrooms and make a significant down payment" toward full funding for public schools. The Democratic governor wants to fully fund Missouri's school formula by the time he leaves office in January 2017. He said the improving economy has created an opportunity to invest in Missouri's children...
Nixon seeks full funding for Missouri public schools (10/23/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he wants to provide full funding for public schools by the time he leaves office in January 2017 -- a goal that would require the state to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars...
Police: Nev. middle school gunman was 12 years old (10/22/13)
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- The student who wounded two classmates and killed a teacher and then himself on a Nevada middle school campus was 12 years old. Authorities say they're withholding the Sparks Middle School student's name out of respect for his family. But Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras released the seventh-grader's age at a news conference Tuesday...
Gov. Nixon proposes more funding for higher education (10/22/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday he will propose a significant funding boost next year for colleges and universities and new resources for financial aid and scholarship programs. Nixon did not specify the amount of additional money he will recommend for the 2015 budget he presents in January but said he wants "to be aggressive with the funding." He said the proposal will call for institutions to receive the extra money based on performance...