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Cape Girardeau schools see big jump in annual scores (08/31/14)
Annual performance reports for local school districts show a huge increase for Cape Girardeau and a nice jump for Perry County District 32. "We recognize that while we are celebrating our APR and the significant increase ... like every school we have work to do, especially right now in academic achievement," said Sherry Copeland, Cape assistant superintendent for academic services. "That is always our main focus, to make sure our students perform at the highest level possible."...
Youths get animals ready for SEMO District Fair (08/28/14)
Kids throughout Southeast Missouri are getting their livestock in trim for the SEMO District Fair, set for Sept. 6 through 13 at the fairgrounds at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. Entry clerk Patty Turner said about 100 youngsters from a 23-county area are expected to show their animals. Gabe Ruehling of Perryville, Missouri, and twins Andrew and Nathan Aufdenberg of Gordonville are among them...
Central Junior High cheerleaders attend NCA camp (08/28/14)
The Central Junior High School cheerleaders attended National Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp from July 21 to 24. Bringing home several awards, the cheerleaders were awarded two red and two blue ribbons for cheers and chant performances, a bid to the NCA national competition, a certificate for safe stunting, the only certificate for technical excellence in tumbling, spirit stick, NCA Top Team trophy and all 19 cheerleaders were nominated for NCA All-American cheerleader...
Dogs can get blues when kids head back to school (08/28/14)
LOS ANGELES -- Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class. But millions of dogs can feel abandoned, sad and unable to cope -- and they look for ways to lash out...
Hooked on Science: Garden in a sandwich bag (08/28/14)
Observe the life cycle of seeds by starting them off in a sandwich bag. STEP 1: Add enough water to the paper towel so it is damp. STEP 2: Fold the paper towel so it fits inside of the zip-top sandwich bag. STEP 3: Place the paper towel inside the sandwich bag....
Water main break closes Southeast until Tuesday (08/27/14)
Less than a week into the new year at Southeast Missouri State University, both of its campuses were shut down by a water main break Wednesday. The event prompted cancellation of classes and office closures on the main and River campuses until Tuesday...
Steve Schaffner taking over as Southeast Missouri Music Academy director (08/27/14)
After 19 years as director of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy, Rebecca Fulgham is stepping down Friday. Along with being director, Fulgham is a piano teacher, which she will continue to do from home when she leaves. She has 15 students and said she hopes to increase that number...
Enrollment inches up at SEMO (08/27/14)
Southeast Missouri State University on Tuesday marked two consecutive decades of steady enrollment growth with a total student count of 11,580 -- up 2 percent from this time last year. Enrollment is expected to continue growing through the fourth-week census, when the figure is expected to top last year's record enrollment of 11,917 students, officials said in a news release. Southeast's fall 2014 semester began Monday...
Jackson board approves tax rate for 2014-2015 (08/26/14)
Following a hearing Monday evening, the Jackson School Board unanimously approved a tax rate of $3.80 per $100 of assessed valuation for the 2014-2015 school year. The rate is unchanged from last year. Wade Bartels, associate superintendent of finance/business operations, said there were no public comments. Board members Brent Wills and Alaina Hinze were not present, Bartels said...
Cape board gets update on laptops, approves district tax rate (08/26/14)
The Cape Girardeau School Board approved the district tax rate for 2014-2015 and got a technology update at a special meeting Monday. The board unanimously approved a tax rate of $4.1567 per $100 of assessed valuation. The total tax rate is unchanged from last year. A tax rate hearing was last week...
Future teachers equipped with iPads at Southeast (08/25/14)
Southeast Missouri State University freshman education majors picked up iPad Air devices on Friday as part of the College of Education's new EDvolution program, aimed at preparing future teachers for technology in the classroom. The freshmen were the first batch of students to get their iPad Airs, with sophomores, juniors and seniors to follow...
Central High School teacher wins choral directors award (08/25/14)
Jordan Cox, director of vocal music at Central High School, has earned the 2014 Outstanding District Director award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association. He was nominated by his peers. This is Cox's fifth year teaching and his third at Central. He previously was at Jackson High School, his alma mater...
Jackson teacher recognized for technical savvy (08/25/14)
Jackson High School industrial technology teacher Andy Stover recently received the Southeast High School Technology and Engineering Teacher of the Year Award. Few knew about it until the July school board meeting, where assistant principal Travis Wilson announced it...
Southeast Missouri State unveils star-studded speaker lineup (08/24/14)
This year's University Speakers Series, presented by Southeast Missouri State University, will feature everyone from New York City's top firefighter to legendary Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith and famous broadcaster Anderson Cooper. Tickets go on sale Monday...
Area marching bands prepare for upcoming season (08/21/14)
Despite what some may think, marching band can be difficult at times -- learning how to march in time, how many steps to take and hauling some of the larger instruments around, to name a few. But for most kids, it's an experience that offers everything from the exhilaration of competition to a family atmosphere...
Who's neXt 8/21/14 (08/21/14)
Contest Car crashes continue to cause more teen deaths than cancer, homicide and suicide combined. U.S. and Canadian high school administrators must register their school online. The general public can then vote for their favorite school once a day every day from Oct. 15 to 24...
Hooked on Science: Balloon in a bottle (08/21/14)
Have you ever tried to blow up a balloon inside a bottle? It's easy if you use science. STEP 1: Insert a balloon into one of the empty water bottles and pull the neck of the balloon over the outside of the bottle. STEP 2: Place your mouth over the opening of the bottle and attempt to inflate the balloon...
Perry County fifth graders perform science challenge (08/21/14)
Submitted photo from Perry County Middle School Teacher Amy Figge helps student Katelyn Roberts as she makes a series of cuts in a piece of paper. ...
Scott City School District bond issue to appear on Nov. ballot (08/21/14)
Scott City School Board members approved placing a $1.75 million no-tax increase bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot during their meeting Wednesday evening. If voters approve, bond proceeds would go toward constructing and renovating the entrances of the existing school buildings to enhance security, renovate the cafeteria area and complete a few roof repairs, superintendent Diann Ulmer said in an email...
Altenburg School District to build a new gym (08/20/14)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- The Altenburg School District plans to have a new gymnasium by the 2015-2016 school year. Superintendent Bleu Deckerd said in an email to the Southeast Missourian that the 9,000-square-foot building will house a middle-school-sized regulation gym, an art/music classroom, office space, kitchen, restrooms and storage...
Cape school district's tax rate to remain unchanged (08/21/14)
The Cape Girardeau School District's proposed total tax rate for 2014-2015 will remain at $4.1567 per $100 of assessed valuation, board members heard during a tax rate hearing Wednesday. Residents may speak at the hearing, but no one from the public attended. Tax rates are set to produce revenue from property taxes, required for the 2014-2015 budget...
Students from Ferguson, Florissant allowed early move-in at university (08/20/14)
A Monday letter from Southeast Missouri State University President Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins was emailed to students who live in the Ferguson and Florissant areas of St. Louis, saying an early move-in date is available for anyone who needs it. The letter states that any students from these areas were allowed to move in at Southeast starting today at 1 p.m., with dining services beginning for all students later Tuesday evening...
Pump primed to welcome university students (08/19/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's move-in week officially kicks off Thursday with a multitude of festivities to welcome students. Classes start Monday. "It's exciting; it's a lot, but it's always exciting," said Katie Krodinger, assistant director of admissions for new student programs...
Trade schools offer quicker route to gainful employment (08/18/14)
From business to medical and salon training, trade schools in Cape Girardeau attract students who want to earn a degree quickly, so they can enter the workforce and start creating better lives for themselves and their families. That's the case with Becky Collier, Torrie Stepp, Tammy Arnzen and Katie Alsup. Collier and Stepp are pursuing their medical specialist degrees at Metro Business College, while Arnzen and Alsup are studying cosmetology at Renaissance Beauty Academy...
Central cheerleaders use summer to prepare for fall (08/14/14)
For Central High School's cheerleading squad, this summer meant more than just hanging out. It was a time to brush up their skills, compete at camp and rack up some awards. Patty Wamble, varsity cheerleading coach, said 20 varsity cheerleaders and 13 freshmen participated in the National Cheerleaders Association Cheerleading Camp at Southeast Missouri State University in July. She said it was probably one of the most successful they've ever participated in...
Who's neXt 8/14/14 (08/14/14)
Scholarships The Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program was created in 1980 and is funded by Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Auxiliary. The program provides scholarships to college students to encourage participation in health-care careers. ...
Hooked on Science: Hair gel color mixing (08/14/14)
Make your own rainbow of hair gels using just food coloring and a few things from around the house. STEP 1: Fill each of the squeeze bottles half of the way with clear hair gel. STEP 2: Using the food coloring, add a different color to each squeeze bottle. Fill the rest of the squeeze bottles with clear hair gel, screw on the tops and vigorously shake each bottle...
State test scores show declines in key subject areas (08/13/14)
Statewide test results released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education show average proficiency rates in English, math and science have fallen. DESE couldn't pinpoint why the scores declined, but said it could be because of new curriculum standards, bad weather resulting in reduced instruction time and a "refreshed" Missouri Assessment Program test form. A total of 842,440 students took the exam statewide...
Jackson School Board schedules tax rate hearing, OKs bus routes (08/13/14)
The Jackson School Board on Tuesday set 7 p.m. Aug. 25 for its tax rate hearing at the board office, 614 E. Adams St. The current tax rate is $3.80 per $100 of assessed valuation, and Wade Bartels, associate superintendent finance/business operations, said he anticipates the total rate will remain the same. The 2014-2015 budget projects total revenue of $45,779,234...
Cape School Board changes name of alternative school (08/13/14)
The Cape Girardeau Public Schools board Tuesday unanimously approved changing the name of the Alternative Education Center to Central Academy. Superintendent Jim Welker said the school had been working for some time to change its name and image. A past article in the Southeast Missourian indicates a name change failed in 2008...
Gaining tenure at university long process (08/12/14)
Earning tenure at the university level can be a lengthy, involved process. But, ultimately, it's worth the effort, professors say. Earning tenure takes roughly five years. It is an agreement under which faculty appointments are continued until retirement. But tenured faculty still can be terminated for adequate cause, financial exigency or a change in a university program...
BackPacks for Friday program looking for help (08/12/14)
Cape Girardeau's BackPacks for Friday program, which provides food for students to take home on weekends, is in need of financial support, according to a news release from the Southeast Missouri Food Bank. It costs $320 to provide a child with a backpack for a year...
Springfield schools offering some off-campus classes (08/12/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Today, 50 Springfield students will start eighth grade in a hospital. Forty fifth-graders will go to class in a science museum. They'll be part of two new Springfield School District programs starting this year outside of traditional school buildings. The Health Science Academy will be at Mercy Hospital, while the Academy of Exploration -- with a science, technology, engineering and math focus -- will be housed at the Discovery Center of Springfield...
Front and center: Amendment 3 pushes teacher tenure into the spotlight (08/12/14)
Tenure in Missouri public schools recently has come under pressure with a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would, among other things, require teachers to be evaluated by a standards-based performance system. The item stipulates that each local school district must receive state approval to continue receiving state and local funding...
Southeast selected as new NEA Academy partner (08/12/14)
Southeast Missouri State University has been selected as a new partner of the NEA Academy, an alliance that will allow members of the National Education Association to enroll in Southeast's online graduate education courses at a discounted fee. Southeast was chosen after NEA conducted a national search and a lengthy review process for new higher education partners, according to a news release...
White students to no longer be majority at American schools (08/11/14)
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. -- The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting. Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. This poster and classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are a subtle representation of America's changing school demographics...
Schools, law enforcement team up to keep kids safe (08/10/14)
As parents prepare to send youngsters back to class, school districts are working with law enforcement agencies to ensure teachers are prepared for worst-case scenarios. Officials say teachers in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Perryville, Missouri, all have undergone active-shooter training to increase their students' chances of survival if someone comes into a classroom with gun in hand and murder in mind...
Jackson High School recognized nationally (08/08/14)
Jackson High School is among a handful nationwide to receive the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award. To become one of the 11 schools to earn the award this year, at least 50 percent of its students had to earn the award based on their performance on the 2014 High Schools That Work Assessment. Winning schools also met the Adequate Yearly Progress criteria of the federal No Child Left Behind Act or had a graduation rate of at least 85 percent...
New program director with Read to Succeed begins school year (08/08/14)
United Way of Southeast Missouri's Read to Succeed program is about to begin the school year with a new program director. Charla Myers, who has worked in the early childhood and early intervention fields since 1996, just came on board Monday. Still, she already is searching for about 200 volunteers for five Cape Girardeau elementary schools...
Sidewalks meant to pave a safer way for students to schools (08/07/14)
Some Cape Girardeau students will be heading back to class this year on new sidewalks. Weeks before schools were set to open for the first day, contractors completed construction for the city on sidewalks near four schools. The work was made possible by funds granted to the city by the Safe Routes to School program...
K.C. schools get provisional accreditation (08/07/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State education officials granted provisional accreditation Wednesday to Kansas City schools, citing improvements in standardized test scores but concerns that many students still aren't performing at high levels. The unanimous vote Wednesday by the State Board of Education means the Kansas City School District no longer will be labeled as unaccredited when classes start next week. ...
State board redefines troubled Normandy School District's status (08/07/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A troubled St. Louis County school district that lost its state accreditation has partially regained that status in an apparent legal maneuver involving a lawsuit over Missouri school transfer rules. Missouri officials disbanded the unaccredited Normandy system in July and replaced it with a newly-named entity under state oversight...
Jackson teen advances to national rodeo competition (08/07/14)
In just five years of rodeoing, Erin Mantz has made rapid progress -- going from local events around Jackson to the National High School Finals Rodeo in July. The 17-year-old, who will be a senior at Jackson High School this year, is the daughter of Jim and Chris Mantz. Although they aren't a horse family, Erin always had an affinity for the animals and had wanted one since she was a little kid, her mother said...
Cape school district to hold clothing exchange (08/07/14)
Clothing for a Cape Girardeau School District clothing exchange may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday at the Alma Schrader gymnasium. The sale is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Pick up for items not sold is 8 p.m. Friday at the end of the sale...
Perry County schools get new caller options (08/07/14)
The Perry County School District's phone menu and procedure have changed. People who call the district no longer have to dial an "8" before entering the three-digit extension number for the person they're trying to reach. All extensions may be dialed directly. ...
Proposed teacher evaluation system draws opponents (08/07/14)
Local educators and school board members are voicing opposition to a proposed state constitutional amendment that would tie teacher evaluations to student performance. The initiative, known as Amendment 3, has been certified by the Secretary of State's office and is set to be on the Nov. 4 ballot...
Perryville Elementary gets new road (08/07/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A new road has been constructed on the Perry County School District campus to ease traffic and safety concerns along Schindler Road, which runs in front of Perryville Elementary School. On a typical school morning, traffic can be backed up for a quarter-mile or more in both directions as parents wait to drop off their children, according to a news release. The project cost $165,000 and Bauman Construction earned the bid...
Who's neXt 8/7/14 (08/07/14)
Perkins Ashley Bailey, magna cum laude with a bachelor of science with a major in criminal justice: corrections option. Sedgewickville Lynda Jones, cum laude with a bachelor of science in education with a major in agricultural education...
Hooked on Science: Turkey baster pingpong ball launcher (08/07/14)
Did you think turkey basters could only be used on Thanksgiving Day to flavor the turkey? Think again. STEP 1: Remove the plastic piece of the turkey baster from the rubber piece of the baster. STEP 2: Place a pingpong ball into the open part of the rubber piece of the baster, squeeze and observe...
In Todd Parr's world, it's OK to make mistakes (08/07/14)
NEW YORK -- In Todd Parr's world, it's OK to wear your undies on your head, spill your milk or eat mac and cheese in the bathtub. Most of all, it's OK to be yourself. Inclusion and acceptance are Parr's mainstays in more than 30 quirky picture books for young kids, including "It's Okay to Make Mistakes," out this month from Little, Brown and Co...
Tech conference to attract educators from around region (08/05/14)
More than 100 educators from Southeast Missouri will gather today in Cape Girardeau to share and learn new ideas about using technology in the classroom. The Southeast Educational Technology Conference, sponsored by the Southeast Regional Professional Development Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, will feature guest speakers, breakout sessions and opportunities for teachers to share lesson plans using technologies that have been successful in their classrooms...
Poplar Bluff football player collapses during exercise drill (08/05/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff High School sophomore is in stable condition after collapsing during Monday's football practice. Superintendent Chris Hon said the student was running a drill in the first half-hour of practice when coaches noticed him starting to stumble. Officials were not releasing the young man's name at press time...
Cape school board OKs new policies on dress code, absences (08/01/14)
The Cape Girardeau School Board approved proposed changes to the dress code during its meeting Thursday night. New provisions allow crew-neck T-shirts in any solid color to be worn in addition to collared shirts and turtlenecks already permitted. A separate provision added gray slacks to the range of solid-color bottoms that may be worn in the classroom...
Organizations, parents gear up for back to school (08/01/14)
It's almost time for area students to begin a new school year, so efforts are under way to make sure they're equipped and ready to learn. Wal-Mart stores around Missouri, including those in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Perryville, are hosting "Stuff the Bus" events in which shoppers can donate district-specific school supplies for underprivileged children...
Valedictorian: Kacie Hampton, 18 (07/31/14)
Leopold High School valedictorian Birthday: Jan. 31, 1996 Birthplace: Cape Girardeau Future plans: I will be attending Southeast Missouri State University starting this fall to get my bachelor's degree in exceptional child education...
Who's neXt 7/31/14 (07/31/14)
* Jerrod Lynn, a 2014 graduate of Thomas W. Kelly High School, is the recipient of the MFA Foundation Scholarship, Scott County Farm Bureau Scholarship and Arkansas State University Mable Symons Woodside Memorial Scholarship. He is the son of Gary and Cindy Lynn. He plans to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro majoring in mechanical engineering.
Teens love taking selfies on vacation; adults, not so much (07/31/14)
NEW YORK -- Jacquie Whitt's trip to the Galapagos with a group of teenagers was memorable not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. It was, said Whitt, a "selfie fest." For this generation, "digital devices are now part of the interpretive experience," said Whitt, co-founder of Adios Adventure Travel...
Cape Eagle Scout earns national award (07/31/14)
Reed Dickson of Cape Girardeau is one of only 86 Boy Scouts nationwide to be awarded the National Certificate of Merit. The award was given "in recognition of performance of a significant act of service," said Jim Caldwell, Scoutmaster of Troop 222...
Hooked on Science: Mystery pipe (07/31/14)
Different types of pipes have different effects on magnets. STEP 1: Hold the PVC pipe vertically, drop the circular neodymium magnet down the pipe and observe. STEP 2: Hold the copper pipe vertically, drop the circular Neodymium magnet down the pipe and observe...
Dress code a likely topic during school board meeting (07/30/14)
When the Cape Girardeau School Board meets Thursday, its agenda likely will involve revisions to the dress code. Board member Phil Moore said it is easier to enforce solid-color polo shirts, black, tan or navy pants, skirts or shorts, and allows teachers to focus more on instruction...
Wes Payne: Three Rivers College strong, moving forward (07/29/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Reinforced concrete walls seem to have sprung up overnight just outside the window of the president's office at Three Rivers College. But they're not the only changes taking shape. Dr. Wes Payne is leading a new, sweeping change brought about when former president Devin Stephenson left suddenly in June...
Administrators move up at Southeast Missouri State (07/29/14)
Bruce Skinner and Kendra Skinner -- no relation -- will be filling new roles this year at Southeast Missouri State University. Formerly assistant vice president for student success and director of residence life, Bruce Skinner is now assistant vice president for student success and auxiliary services. Kendra Skinner, who was associate director of residence life, has taken on the director's spot...
Valedictorian: Ryan Foltz, 18 (07/24/14)
Meadow Heights co-valedictorian Birthday: May 30, 1996 Birthplace: Cape Girardeau Future plans: To attend Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. Extracurricular activities: Ran cross country, played basketball, in FFA and BETA Club...
Valedictorian: Ashlee Long, 18 (07/24/14)
Meadow Heights co-valedictorian Birthday: Dec. 13, 1995 Birthplace: Yuma, Arizona Future plans: Going to attend Southeast Missouri State University in the fall and pursue a degree in actuarial sciences. Extracurricular activities: Played softball since third grade and continue to play on coed teams, drum majorette, cheer captain, BETA Club reporter, volleyball, Pep Club, Smokebusters, student council treasurer and was class treasurer...
Who's neXt 7/24/14 (07/24/14)
Graduates Cape Girardeau Deborah Allen, bachelor of science with a major in human environmental studies: dietetics option; Lucas Auer, bachelor of general studies with a major in general studies; Phillip Babich, cum laude with a bachelor of general studies with a major in general studies; Alex Bader, bachelor of science in business administration with a major in marketing: marketing management option; Paige Bagot, bachelor of science with a major in psychology; Gideon Barr, magna cum laude with a bachelor of science with a major in psychology; Keith Bass, bachelor of science in nursing with a major in nursing; Zachary Bays, bachelor of science in business administration with a major in finance; Lauren Bethel, cum laude with a bachelor of science with a major in biology: microbiology, cellular and molecular biology, and biotechnology option; Jason Billmeyer, bachelor of science in business administration with a major in marketing: marketing management option; Leslie Birk, cum laude with a bachelor of science with a major in communication disorders; Bryan Birks, bachelor of science with a major in mass communication: television and film option; Katie Blattel of Cape Girardeau graduated with a bachelor of science with a major in medical technology; Christopher Berry, bachelor of science with a major in technology management: construction management/design option;. ...
Hooked on Science: Double ball drop challenge (07/24/14)
Basketball Pingpong ball STEP 1: Hold the basketball and pingpong ball at the same height. STEP 2: Release the balls at the same time and observe. Which ball hits the floor first? Both the basketball and the pingpong ball hit the floor at the same time. ...
University press gets grant to print updated Civil War history (07/23/14)
The Missouri Humanities Council has awarded a $2,500 grant to Southeast Missouri State University Press to support the printing of "Thunder in Arcadia Valley: The Battle of Pilot Knob," available at the end of September...
Tech Academy gets teachers up to speed on laptop devices (07/23/14)
Teachers of grades five through 12 are meeting this week for a Tech Academy on the convertible laptops that will be given to Central Junior High School students this fall. "Each day is targeted toward one of our focus strategies or tools, and then the afternoon gives them that work session to begin putting that content and those strategies into place," said instructional technology specialist Ron Farrow, who had a group of 18 gathered Monday...
University to introduce more health-related academic programs (07/22/14)
In an effort to meet regional demand -- and provide local hospitals and medical practices with more of the personnel they need -- Southeast Missouri State University will introduce a variety of new health-related academic programs in spring 2015, once they are approved by the state's Coordinating Board for Higher Education...
Price coming down for low-income students at UMKC (07/21/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City finally has some good news for its lowest-income students. Its net price is coming down. Net price is the cost of attendance -- tuition, books, housing, food, transportation and personal expenses -- minus the scholarships and grants a student qualifies for from the federal government and the university. It's the amount students and their families are expected to borrow or pay out of pocket...
Hiring for school bus drivers continues in Perry County (07/20/14)
Efforts to hire bus drivers for Perry County District 32 continue, although recent open houses have gone well. In the fall, the district will begin a lease agreement with Midwest Bus Sales, based in Tonganoxie, Kansas, that could save an estimated $600,000 to $700,000, superintendent Scott Ireland has said...
Missouri A+ scholarship program to be expanded (07/17/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Higher Education is planning to expand a state scholarship program to some students who entered the United States without legal permission before they were 16 years old, the department's attorney said...
Perryville schools still looking for bus drivers (07/17/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Bus drivers are still needed in the Perry County School District when classes resume Aug. 14, so a hiring open house is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Perryville Career Center. Kate Martin, Perry County School District 32 communications director, said the district needs nine or 10 drivers. ...
Valedictorian: Emily Davis, 18 (07/17/14)
Zalma High School valedictorian Birthday: April 27, 1996 Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Future plans: To attend Mineral Area College on softball and choral scholarships, and major in elementary education in hopes of one day becoming a kindergarten teacher and a softball coach...
Valedictorian: Jaret Kluender, 18 (07/17/14)
Perryville High School valedictorian Birthday: April 5, 1996 Birthplace: Perryville, Missouri Future plans: Attend Kansas State University, major in agronomy, return to the family farm and become a certified crop adviser. Extracurricular activities: Scholar Bowl, soccer, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, PSI (Postponing Sexual Involvement), New Student Ambassador Program, Friends of Rachel, concert choir, chamber choir and youth group at First Baptist Church in Perryville. ...
Who's neXt 7/17/14 (07/17/14)
Scholarships -- From staff reports...
Tips can help make family trips with teens more fun (07/17/14)
NEW YORK -- Family travel falls into three distinct phases. First, there's the exhausting period of travel with crying babies who need diapers, bottles, strollers, car seats and naps. Then come the golden years, when kids can handle long rides and long walks, when they actually think scavenger hunts are fun, and when they bask in their family's love and attention...
Hooked on Science: Toilet paper tube light bulb (07/17/14)
Create a light bulb by using a few materials from around the house. STEP 1: Use the electrical tape to secure all of the "D" batteries together in a series. STEP 2: Use the electrical tape to secure the alligator clips to the sides of the toilet paper roll...
Scott City board reviews bids for safe room furnishings (07/17/14)
Scott City School Board members Wednesday reviewed bids for a sound system, seating and curtains for the district's performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room. The board asked superintendent Diann Ulmer to enter negotiations with the Bulte Co. of St. Louis on the seating. Ulmer said the district is looking at about 300 seats, but that could vary based on the size...
Jackson School Board approves food policy revisions (07/16/14)
The Jackson Board of Education approved several policy revisions during its meeting Tuesday, including two regarding food-rule revisions resulting from the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that drew opposition from board member Paul Stoner...
Governor endorses new school standards (07/15/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A lawmaker-led effort challenging national education standards that evolved into a softer approach to revise Missouri's student achievement goals has won the last-minute backing of Gov. Jay Nixon. The Democratic governor on Monday signed legislation that tasks groups of parents and educators with writing new standards to replace Common Core. ...
Mo. gov. vetoes legislation on armed teachers (07/15/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that would have allowed specially trained teachers to carry concealed guns, asserting that the move could jeopardize student safety in public schools. The veto by the Democratic governor sets up a potential showdown with the Republican-led Legislature, which could override Nixon if it gets a two-thirds vote of both chambers during a September session...
Saxony Lutheran High School to add agriculture curriculum (07/15/14)
In a move that could attract more students to Saxony Lutheran High School, the campus will offer an agriculture science curriculum this fall. Principal Mark Ruark said the school draws from Cape Girardeau and Perry counties...
Discrepancies in sex-crime data explained by SEMO DPS (07/14/14)
Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series looking at sexual violence on college campuses and the way crimes are reported. As national attention focuses on sexual violence among college students, differences in data reporting requirements and procedures can make it difficult to determine the extent of the problem, even when it is reported...
Cape school board mulls building new junior high (07/11/14)
During a planning session Thursday, members of the Cape Girardeau School Board discussed the need for renovations at Central Junior High School. They also asked assistant superintendent for administrative services Neil Glass to explore the possibility of a new building, because they weren't sure how structurally sound the current one at 205 Caruthers Ave. is. Board vice president Jeff Glenn even referred to the junior high as an "eyesore."...
Universities' handling of sexual violence denounced (07/10/14)
A U.S. Senate subcommittee report released Wednesday blasts colleges and universities across the country for what U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., calls a "disturbing" failure to follow sound practices in their handling of sexual violence on campus...
Area schools looking for qualified teachers, other workers (07/10/14)
From teachers to coaches to food service workers to bus drivers, public and private schools are still advertising for help even as their August start date draws nearer. The first day of school is Aug. 14. Cape Girardeau School District communications director Dana Saverino said six positions are open right now, and seven that applications are being taken for, such as bus monitor, custodian and substitute teacher...
Valedictorian: Mackenzie Chapman, 18 (07/10/14)
Birth date: Feb. 17, 1996 Birthplace: Cape Girardeau Future plans: I plan to attend Murray State and major in either forensic chemistry or international business. Extracurricular activities: Pep Club for three years, having been voted Chaffee High School Spirit Leader for one year; Team Spirit for four years; Smokebusters for four years; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for two years; and Varsity Club for four years. ...
Valedictorian: Aimee Lathum, 18 (07/10/14)
Birth date: Jan. 26, 1996 Birthplace: Cape Girardeau Future plans: To attend Southeast Missouri State University in Sikeston, Missouri, using my A+ program, then attend the Southeast Hospital College of Nursing to earn my RN. Hopefully, get married to the man of my dreams, move out into the country and start a family...
Who's neXt 7/10/14 (07/10/14)
Cape Girardeau: Kristen Begley, Anna Bowles, Jonathon Clements, Abby Crites, Matthew Davis, Kathryn Garner, Samuel Gerlach, Abby Hartmann, Eric Hayes, Kurt Heischmidt, Bob Howard, Kaci Howard, Laurel Kasten, Ryan Ladd, Liam Maher, Emily Majoros, Daniel Neff, Kenrick Niedbalski, Sarah Nussbaum, Kristen Oberlohr, Regan Obermann, Olivia Roth, Kristyn Sanders, Rebecca Schneider, Kathy Scienski, Kaylyn Sneathen, Sushil Sobti, Russell Sprengel, Samuel Stahly, Kayla Thompson, Katherine Walton and Ryan Watts.. ...
Hooked on Science: Homemade ice cream (07/10/14)
It's summer, which means it's hot, which means ice cream. Try your hand at making it at home. 1/2 cup of half and half 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1 zip-top sandwich bag 1 gallon zip-top bag 3 cups of crushed ice 1/3 cup rock salt...
University piloting welcome program for foreign students (07/08/14)
To help international students better adjust to life in the United States -- and to Southeast Missouri State University and Cape Girardeau -- the university's office of International Education and Services this summer is piloting a program called Families Across Borders...
Three Rivers students, faculty anticipate new Sikeston campus (07/03/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- While Three Rivers College has seen a change in leadership and budget numbers in recent days, no change is anticipated for the institution's Eastern Campus in Sikeston. TRC officials say budget withholdings for higher education by Missouri Gov. ...
Notre Dame students get lessons on civil rights during Montgomery mission trip (07/03/14)
Notre Dame Regional High School's mission trip to Montgomery, Alabama, held an added bonus for the 15 participants -- a chance to meet the Rev. Bernice King, youngest daughter of Coretta Scott King and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During the June 16-through-21 trip, the group of seven students and eight adults worked with Resurrection Catholic Missions in Montgomery to do outreach work for the parish's grade school, cleaning apartments for elderly residents in the community, doing some painting and delivering Meals on Wheels, among other tasks.. ...
Another district says no to Normandy transfers (07/01/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A third suburban St. Louis County school district says it will no longer accept transfer students from the Normandy system now that a state law has changed that struggling district's accreditation status. The Ferguson-Florissant School Board said it voted unanimously to uphold a district policy prohibiting nonresident students from enrolling in the district. The vote follows similar decisions in University City and the Francis Howell system in St. Charles County...
Perryville busing system almost in place (07/01/14)
Sarah Orf and Melissa Hemmann have hit the ground running in the just-formed Perry County School District transportation department -- made up of the two women and bus drivers. Starting this fall, the district will begin a lease agreement with Midwest Bus Sales, based in Tonganoxie, Kansas, that could save the district an estimated $600,000 to $700,000, superintendent Scott Ireland has said...
Group hopes to revive Mo. school (06/30/14)
TARKIO, Mo. -- More than two decades after bankruptcy forced a northwest Missouri college to close its doors, the school's alumni association continues to work to bring education back to the 60-acre campus. The Tarkio College Alumni Association is hoping to start a two-year, degree-granting college at the Atchison County campus two hours north of Kansas City -- an effort that started in 1994, two years after the four-year, liberal arts college founded in 1883 was forced to close...
Regents tour soon-to-be-completed River Campus expansion (06/27/14)
Members of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents got a sneak peek Thursday at the River Campus expansion as it nears completion. Tours were conducted by Facilities Management staff as part of the regents' meeting. Construction costs for the 93,500-square-foot expansion, which will include 184 total beds, are budgeted at $23,284,000. ...
Education community holds breath on funding (06/26/14)
The sweeping financial move by Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday has left local school districts watching and waiting to see if the expected increase in their funding will come through. Scott Holste, the governor's press secretary, said the amount withheld from the foundation formula and higher education represents the increased amount the entities would receive for fiscal year 2015...
Harassment claims by Sikeston teachers remain unfounded (06/26/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Claims by two Sikeston School District teachers that they were harassed and discriminated against for their anti-Common Core beliefs remain unfounded following a review of the case by a federal district judge...
Kennett lunch program cut short for summer (06/26/14)
Each year's Summer Food Program is important in feeding breakfast and lunch to many children who might otherwise go hungry when the school year ends. However, problems within the system are making it difficult for the group to continue doing its job, said director Mary Winston. On Tuesday, Winston met with State Rep. Kent Hampton in the Kennett High School cafeteria to talk about the issue...
Valedictorian: Mikaela Blissett, 18 (06/26/14)
Birth date: Dec. 30, 1995 Birthplace: Southeast Hospital, Cape Girardeau Future plans: To attend Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, play basketball and get a master's in sports management. Extracurricular/volunteer activities/clubs: Basketball; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); yearbook staff; cadet teaching; Beta Club; student council; and history club...
Valedictorian: Aaron Smith, 18 (06/26/14)
Birthday: March 3, 1996 Birthplace: Cape Girardeau Future plans: Go to Three Rivers College and become a registered nurse Extracurricular activities: Baseball, basketball, BETA Club, like to hunt, hang out with friends Dream job: Registered nurse...
Who's neXt 6/26/14 (06/26/14)
In order to be eligible for the Academic Achievement Awards, a student must be enrolled full-time, have a 4.0 grade-point average for the semester and at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Each student was nominated by his high school based on his leadership, citizenship, academics and character. Established in 1938, Missouri Boys State is a youth leadership and citizenship training program for high school juniors...
Hooked on Science: Huff 'n' puff water bottle (06/26/14)
Blowing a piece of paper seems like it would be easy, but the air itself can work against you. Small-neck bottle Piece of paper STEP 1: Tear off a small piece of paper and crumple it into a wad. STEP 2: Place the bottle on its side. STEP 3: Put the crumpled piece of paper loosely into the neck of the bottle. Make sure the wad of paper is close to the opening...
Three kid-friendly crafts for the Fourth of July (06/26/14)
The Fourth of July typically is the first holiday during children' summer vacation. And by now, they're bored. Here are three simple crafts that can involve them in preparations for the holiday's fireworks and picnics. Not only do you keep them busy, but you get decorations to reuse year after year...
President of Three Rivers College resigns (06/26/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The president of Three Rivers College stepped down Wednesday in a move that shocked trustees. Dr. Devin Stephenson made the announcement at the monthly board of trustees meeting, saying only that he wished to "pursue alternative opportunities related to higher education."...
Schools do repairs, construction while students are gone (06/25/14)
With most buildings empty or sparsely populated, it's prime time for school districts to work on upkeep or even new construction. The River Campus expansion is moving toward completion at Southeast Missouri State University; Jackson continues building East Elementary School at 455 N. Lacey St., and Cape Girardeau Public Schools is tending to its 10 campuses...
Cape district budget up more than $2.7M from last year (06/24/14)
Cape Girardeau School Board members Monday approved a $53,353,071 budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, up from the $50,634,341 budget for 2013-2014. The 2014-2015 plan features an average 2.5-percent across-the-board increase for district employees. The district has 638 employees, 409 of whom are teachers, assistant superintendent of administrative services Neil Glass has said...
Board: Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education needs better name (06/24/14)
Members of the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education advisory board on Monday encouraged the presidents of the entity's three institutions to meet in the next 60 days and find a more marketable name. Housed in the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau, the partnership is made up of Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers Community College and Mineral Area College...
Tax holiday set for early August (06/24/14)
Cape Girardeau County again will participate in the annual Missouri Sales Tax Holiday from Aug. 1 through Aug. 3. During those days, the county's 1 percent sales tax will be waived on purchases of back-to-school items such as computers, clothing and school supplies. State statutes list specific items that fall under the tax exemption...
SEMO's Faulkner Center to host conference in October (06/23/14)
Scholars from around the world soon will flock to Cape Girardeau for a conference about authors William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston. The conference, to be hosted in October by the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, is held every other year, said Christopher Rieger, the center's director. This fifth edition is set for Oct. 23 through 25, mainly at the University Center. People from 15 to 20 states and four or five foreign countries usually attend, he said...
Summer school offers learning, fun (06/19/14)
Dalton Smith didn't have to attend summer school, but said the prospect of creating art drew him in. Students, teachers and administrators in Scott City, Jackson and Cape Girardeau say subjects such as art, Spanish, keyboarding and courses with a sports emphasis are attracting students to what sometimes had been perceived as drudgery...
Scott City School Board aims for November bond vote (06/19/14)
The Scott City School Board on Wednesday night voted to aim for a November bond election and approved a budget for the next fiscal year that schedules $8,870,000 in revenue and $9.6 million in expenditures, including a performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room...
Alma Schrader programs win two character awards (06/20/14)
Two programs at Alma Schrader Elementary School -- Tigers Across the Ages and Courtyard Crashers -- have gained notice from Character Education Partnership as Promising Practices.
Valedictorian: Audrey Hunt, 18 (06/19/14)
Birthday: May 24, 1996 Birthplace: Jefferson City, Missouri Future plans: Attend University of Missouri and major in statistics Extracurricular activities: Softball, volleyball, marching band, Pep Club, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Student Council, FTA (Future Teachers of America), National Honor Society, Science Club; basketball bookkeeper; class president; class secretary; Math Field Day (medaled every year); Missouri Department of Transportation bridge building competitor -- where participants have to build a model bridge that will hold a certain mount of weight. ...
Valedictorian: Abby Ritter, 18 (06/19/14)
Birthday: Jan. 21, 1996 Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri Future plans: Studying biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in creative writing at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She then plans to work for Doctors Without Borders. Extracurricular activities: Lots of theater; she's working on "A Midsummer Night's Dream" right now, which opens Friday; was captain of the varsity scholar bowl team and was on the all-state team this year. She also takes a hapkido class that she loves...
Who's neXt 6/19/14 (06/19/14)
Dean's lists To be named to the dean's list, students must meet high academic standards established by Culver-Stockton, earning between 3.5 and 3.99 GPA while enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. Dean's list honors are accorded Carthage students who achieve a 3.5 grade-point average while carrying at least 14 credit hours during a semester...
Hooked on Science: Trash bag hot-air balloon (06/19/14)
Make a hot-air balloon with some materials from around the house. 30-gallon clear trash bag Four-slice toaster Large tub STEP 1: Place the toaster into the large tub. STEP 2: Turn the toaster settings to the highest. STEP 3: Push down each lever until the levers lock...
Kid-sized bike share? Giving it a spin in Paris (06/19/14)
PARIS -- Not every 6-year-old can tackle the distractions of bike riding along the Seine, which on weekends and sunny days in Paris can include thousands of other cyclists, Rollerbladers and oblivious tourists with cameras. It's enough to give a parent palpitations...
Books for parents, kids, teens on LGBTQ experience (06/19/14)
NEW YORK -- June is Pride Month. Here are some book suggestions for parents, kids and teens on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning gender experience. And these: ------ Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/litalie...
Elementary school to switch from ringing bells to musical interludes (06/18/14)
Now that she's tried music instead of bells at the start of her summer school mornings, Scott City Elementary School principal Courtney Kern isn't going back. She plans to start using music next year in place of beginning bells. "It's not a nice way to start the day," Kern said, referring to the bell's ringing sound. "Kids know by the end of the song ... they have to be in their classroom. You'll see kids in their seat dancing. It puts a smile on the kids' faces."...
Ground broken on Scott City FEMA shelter, theater space (06/17/14)
If it's true that good things come to those who wait, the Scott City School District did just that, breaking ground Monday on a performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room four years in the making. The cost of the project is $2.1 million. ...
Normandy School District seeks restraining order in transfer fight (06/16/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A troubled St. Louis-area school district is seeking a temporary restraining order against the Missouri Education Department, which won't let it pay its legal fees in a fight over the state's student transfer law. A motion filed Friday in St. ...
Home-schooling parents rally against Common Core (06/16/14)
WASHINGTON -- Home-schooling mom Jenni White gave some of the loudest cheers when Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation to repeal the Common Core education standards. White, president of Restore Oklahoma Public Education, helped organize rallies, robocalls and letters to legislators encouraging the repeal. "You name it. We had to do it," White said. "We just had to do it out of a shoestring budget out of our own accounts."...
Three Rivers College could sever Cape partnership, president says (06/15/14)
While Three Rivers centers in the Southeast Missouri towns of Kennett, Dexter and Sikeston continue to thrive, the college's president said enrollment in Cape Girardeau is "anemic."
Teacher evaluation initiative positioned for November ballot (06/13/14)
A ballot initiative on teacher evaluation systems is making its way to the Nov. 4 general election ballot as an amendment to the Missouri Constitution. Meanwhile, the president of the Cape Girardeau Community Teachers Association said the measure puts more pressure on an occupation that's already stressful...
How's sleep-away camp going? Check the photos (06/12/14)
NEW YORK -- Not long ago, parents who sent children to sleep-away camp might wait days or even weeks for a letter. And they'd be lucky if their kids' scribbled notes home said anything beyond "Send candy!" or "I'm homesick." But now, many camps post photos and even videos online daily so parents can see what kids are doing -- everything from cabin life to campfires to canoeing. ...
Valedictorian: Grayson Miles, 18 (06/12/14)
Birthday: March 23, 1996 Birthplace: St. Louis Future plans: Attend the University of Mississippi and major in banking and finance Extracurricular activities: Cheerleading, volleyball, Beta Club, FBLA, History Club, Pep Club, baseball scorekeeper, senior buddies...
Valedictorian: Vikas Rudrappa, 18 (06/12/14)
Birthday: March 12, 1996 Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland Future plans: I am attending the University of Oklahoma for chemical engineering Extracurricular activities: Cross country, tennis, piano, orchestra Dream job: Biomedical engineer or cardiologist Mentor: Steve Schaffner...
Cape Girardeau School Board approves employee pay increase (06/12/14)
The Cape Girardeau School Board approved an average 2.5-percent across-the-board pay increase for its employees during a special meeting Wednesday night. Approval of salary schedules -- for everyone from administrators to custodians and stipends for those who take on extra duties -- is a prelude to consideration of the budget, which is expected to be on the board's June 23 agenda...
Jackson School Board approves budget for 2014-2015 school year (06/11/14)
The Jackson School Board approved a 2014-2015 budget Tuesday night that included revenue of $45,779,234 and 2.5 percent increases for certified teachers, up from the 2 percent that was awarded last year. "... We also use that as a guide for the rest of our [salary] schedules," associate superintendent for finance and business operations Dr. Wade Bartels said...
Bill could benefit Missourians with college debt (06/11/14)
A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate could benefit more than half the Missourians trying to pay off federal student loans, according to figures released Tuesday by the White House. About 909,000 Missourians owe more than $23 million in student loans, the report by the Domestic Policy Council and the Council of Economic Advisers states...
Judge strikes down California teacher tenure (06/11/14)
The landmark decision could influence the gathering debate over teacher tenure across the country.
New literacy program offered in Springfield (06/10/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield summer school students working to make up academic ground are being encouraged to see themselves as "big news." It's an approach the Springfield School District is piloting this year to boost the literacy skills -- and self-esteem -- of students whose reading and writing skills are one or more years below grade level...
Official: Regular summer meals important for school readiness (06/06/14)
When school's out, students across the region and nationwide may not have access to regular meals, so school and community-based programs often fill a much needed void, said Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services in the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
Professionals share success stories with teens at conference (06/05/14)
Coming of age in the late 1960s and early '70s in Detroit, Morris Jenkins, now dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University, saw a lot of social upheaval with the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X...
Valedictorian: Danielle Childers, 18 (06/05/14)
Birthday: Dec. 11, 1995 Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri Future plans: I plan to attend SEMO where I will major in biomedical sciences. After graduating with a bachelor's degree, I will then attend medical school where I will study to become a dermatologist...
Valedictorian: Sam Lowes, 18 (06/05/14)
Jackson High School Birthday: Dec. 10, 1995 Birthplace: Cape Girardeau Parents: David and Susan Lowes Future plans: To attend Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, to major in medicine. He hopes to go into medicine, but is not sure which area yet...
Who's neXt 6/5/14 (06/05/14)
Cape Girardeau Jaclyn L. Bisgard Aldredge, Samantha D. Alexander, Deborah L. Allen, Marie K. Ansberry, Daniel S. Atwood, Taylor C. Babich, Rachel E. Bagot, Kaemen A. Bailey, Robert R. ...
John Green talks Hollywood, teen whispering (06/05/14)
NEW YORK -- When "The Fault in Our Stars" landed on bookshelves more than two years ago, John Green's enthusiasm was nonexistent for a screen version of his story featuring teens with cancer. "I had had some Hollywood experiences before that weren't great and I felt like Hollywood would struggle to make a movie where the female romantic lead has nasal cannula tubes in her nose for the entire movie," he said...
Hooked on Science: Microwave light bulb (06/05/14)
Light up a bulb without plugging it in. Incandescent light bulb Microwave Water Microwave-safe container CAUTION. THIS EXPERIMENT SHOULD ONLY BE PERFORMED BY AN ADULT. STEP 1: Fill the microwave-safe container one-fourth of the way with water...
Convertible laptop devices gain traction in area schools (06/04/14)
A half-year into the Cape Girardeau school district's initiative to introduce convertible laptop computers into its learning culture, teachers and students are adjusting well, said instructional technology coordinator Ron Farrow. In January, about 1,200 ASUS Transformer laptops were delivered to Central High School students and teachers. IPad pilot programs also were implemented at all five elementary schools, plus third-grade students at Franklin Elementary used ASUS books this year...
Three Rivers president becomes MCCA Council chairman (06/04/14)
Devin Stephenson, president of Three Rivers College, has been chosen as chairman of the Missouri Community College Association's Presidents/Chancellors Council for 2014-2015. The chairman leads the council and supports MCCA's mission of community college advocacy, a news release said...
Education bills await governor's approval (06/03/14)
Education bills passed by the Missouri Legislature but not yet signed by Gov. Jay Nixon touch on Common Core, accountability standards for college and career readiness and preschool opportunities. Many districts around the state have fully implemented Common Core standards for language arts and math, with testing set to begin next school year. But if Gov. Jay Nixon signs it, House Bill 1490, sponsored by Rep. Kurt Bahr, R-O'Fallon, could change things...
Perryville chamber of commerce executive director to leave position (05/29/14)
Melissa Hemmann, executive director of the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce, will leave her position in June. Hemmann was hired as assistant transportation director for the Perry County School District and had worked for the chamber for more than nine years...
Jackson teen works toward Eagle Scout with project for children's home (05/29/14)
Aiming for an Eagle Scout designation, Austin Birk of Jackson is spearheading a canned food drive and food storage improvements for Hope Children's Home, a not-for-profit children's home that provides emergency shelter for foster children in the Cape Girardeau and surrounding counties...
Kids, parents embracing walking school bus (05/29/14)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- As a group of children walked home together from school in Providence, they held hands and played the "I Spy" guessing game. When they reached a busy intersection, an adult accompanying them prodded, "What's the rule?" "Behind the line!" they said in unison, as they stepped back from the edge of the curb and waited for the walk signal...
Who's neXt 5/29/14 (05/29/14)
Scholarships Graduates Advance Ashton E. Anderson, Ethan T. Barr, Hannah M. Barr, Tyler R. Bowman, Sara L. Mace, Kayla L. McCabe, Tyler D. Middleton, Miranda D. Nixon, Richard L. Nixon and Lindsey R. Sullinger Altenburg Arielle M. Bohnert...
Hooked on Science: Soda can shake up (05/29/14)
Shake a can of soda and it will explode out of the can, right? Not so fast. Can of regular soda STEP 1: Excite the carbon dioxide gas bubbles inside the can of soda by rapidly shaking the can. STEP 2: Tap the side of the can several times. STEP 3: Open the can of soda and observe...
Perryville School District moving to fewer school days (05/27/14)
The school year will be shorter, but the days will be 15 minutes longer in the Perry County School District next year. And rather than 174 days, as was scheduled this year, there will be 169 during the 2014-2015 school year, superintendent Scott Ireland said...
Jackson students participate in statewide bus safety film shoot (05/23/14)
Barney the School Bus robot and students from the Jackson School District and Orchard Drive Elementary School were in the spotlight Friday when the Center for Education Safety of Jefferson City, Missouri, filmed a skit about bus safety for districts statewide.
'Don't freak out': Students look forward to, offer advice about entering high school, college (05/22/14)
This time of year is a transition period for students -- whether it's getting ready to switch grades or heading into high school or college. Jennifer Owens, a counselor with Community Counseling Center who also has her own practice, sees adolescents and college students. Owens said students in any grade are facing a lot of anxiety and pressure to be the best. They're also learning things in earlier grades than they were years ago...
'Eating from the Garden' (05/22/14)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com Kennedy Mitchell, center, waters sweet potato plants that she and her classmates, Emma Sandlin, left, and Chase McWilson planted in the raised garden outside South Elementary in Jackson. ...
Scott City to break ground on safe room in June (05/22/14)
A groundbreaking ceremony for Scott City's long-awaited performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room will be at 10:30 a.m. June 16, the school board decided Wednesday. The cost of the project is $2.1 million, funded through a FEMA grant with a 25-percent district match. ...
Colleges seek to improve remedial programs (05/22/14)
BALTIMORE -- The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental -- or remedial -- classes ever graduate...
Hooked on Science: Tea-bag rocket (05/22/14)
You can make a tea bag fly through the air with a few materials found around the house. Tea bag Scissors Grill lighter STEP 1: Using the scissors, remove the staple and string from the tea bag. STEP 2: Open the tea bag and remove the tea leaves...
Scott City School Board to discuss $2M safe room project (05/21/14)
Plans for a groundbreaking ceremony for a performing arts theater/Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room will be discussed during the Scott City School District's board meeting today. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 7 p.m. because of the baseball district tournament in Charleston, Missouri...
High school principal recognized for winning state FBLA award (05/20/14)
Central High School principal Mike Cowan was recognized by the Cape Girardeau School Board on Monday for winning the state FBLA Administrator of the Year award. This is the first time Cowan has won the award, which was presented at the 2014 Missouri FBLA Leadership Conference, held April 13 through 15 in Columbia, Missouri. FBLA stands for Future Business Leaders of America...
Programs aim to keep children learning during summer vacation (05/19/14)
With school winding down, it's likely the last thing children are thinking about is more learning. But attending a summer camp, going to the library, taking part in the variety of recreational programs in the Cape Girardeau area, and even taking a trip with family can all be a chance to continue gaining knowledge -- and have some fun...
Bioreactor could eliminate some farm byproduct runoff (05/16/14)
In an effort to decrease nitrate-nitrogen levels in waterways, Southeast Missouri State University's David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center in Gordonville has set up a bioreactor -- an underground chamber designed to remove nutrients from farm fields fitted with subsurface drainage systems...
Missouri lawmakers pass measure that would ditch Common Core (05/16/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers finalized legislation Thursday that would charge groups of parents and educators with writing new student achievement benchmarks, potentially paving the way for the state to ditch national education goals...
Attorney: Teachers' harassment claims unfounded (05/15/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Claims by two Sikeston School District teachers they were harassed and discriminated against for their anti-Common Core beliefs were deemed unfounded by a third-party investigator. Findings of the investigation, which was conducted by Michelle Basi, a lawyer at Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan and Jackstadt of St. Louis, were presented during Tuesday's regular monthly meeting of the Sikeston School Board...
Local student enjoys challenges of classical guitar (05/15/14)
Ben Jackson is on his way to a serious course of study in classical guitar this fall at The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Jackson, 18, began teaching himself to play the instrument at age 6, then started taking lessons at 11 through Southeast Missouri Music Academy, a not-for-profit organization offering comprehensive music instruction to the Cape Girardeau community and surrounding areas...
Who's neXt 5/15/14 (05/15/14)
Scholarships Cape Girardeau Emily Young was awarded the University Scholarship. Young is the daughter Patrick and Lynn Young of Cape Girardeau and will be a 2014 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. Nathan Lutes has been awarded the Governor's Scholarship. Lutes is the son of Tim and Tara Lutes of Cape Girardeau and will be a 2014 graduate of Central High School...
Hooked on Science: The floating mystery (05/15/14)
Why wouldn't two same-size cups act the same way in water? Find out with a few materials from around the house. 16 ounce Styrofoam cup 16 ounce clear plastic cup Water Large transparent container STEP 1: Fill the large transparent container three-fourths of the way with water...
Positive reinforcement effort in schools nets fewer discipline referrals (05/13/14)
More than 20 Southeast Missouri schools have received state recognition for their use of Positive Behavior Intervention Support, including campuses in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Perryville. The awards are issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and come in bronze, silver and gold. It can take two to four years to achieve the bronze and up to eight to earn gold, according to pbismissouri.org...
Cape Girardeau School Board receives state award (05/12/14)
For the second year running, the Cape Girardeau School Board has earned the Governance Team Award from the Missouri School Boards' Association. The recognition, formerly known as the Leadership Team Award, allows the Missouri School Boards' Association to recognize school boards and their superintendents for commitment to improvement through ongoing professional development, regional and statewide leadership and participation in legislative advocacy for public schools and the students they serve, according to the association's website.. ...
School officials plan for increase in state funding (05/08/14)
Public schools statewide should be getting more state money this year than they have in recent memory, something local school districts are pleased with. But the effect of Senate Bill 509, tax-cut legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly, leaves officials uncertain...
5 Jackson teachers honored as educators of the year (05/08/14)
Described as everything from leaders and inspirations to enthusiastic and caring, five teachers were honored at Wednesday evening's Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Educator Appreciation Banquet. Held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jackson, the event was attended by about 150 people...
Teacher Appreciation Week recognizes hard work (05/08/14)
When it comes to praise, teachers sometimes get overlooked, but with Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs through Friday, instructors throughout the Cape Girardeau School District are getting a lift from the community. Blake Tiemann, executive pastor at Cape First, said a teacher from the Alternative Education Center mentioned to the pastoral staff that the school typically gets overlooked. But not this year...
Researcher: Technology not to blame for teen woes (05/08/14)
NEW YORK -- Danah Boyd has made a name for herself at the research division of Microsoft for painstaking work examining social media, Big Data and the tension between public and private lives, but it's her teens'-eye view of the digital world that sets her apart...
Who's neXt 5/8/14 (05/08/14)
The following local students have been awarded scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2014-2015 academic year: Cape Girardeau Griffin Patterson was awarded the Residence Life Leadership Award. Patterson is the son of Shawn and Kate Patterson of Cape Girardeau and will be a 2014 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. ...
Hooked on Science: Bowling ball surprise (05/08/14)
A large object such as a bowling ball will sink in water, right? Not so fast. With a few materials from around the house, you can put that to the test. 8-pound bowling ball Can of regular soda Large transparent container STEP 1: Fill the large transparent container three-fourths of the way with water...
Missouri lawmakers override veto, enact tax cut (05/07/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Republican-led Legislature enacted the state's first income tax rate reduction in almost a century Tuesday by overriding the veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who has denounced it as a reckless financial experiment...
Teacher tenure, early voting measures submitted (05/05/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Supporters of eliminating teacher tenure and allowing early voting submitted thousands of signatures Sunday to get the separate constitutional amendments on the November ballot, before this weekend's deadline. Teach Great, the group supporting the proposal to eliminate tenure and base teacher employment on student achievement, said it turned in more than 275,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office...
High school ag programs flourish as farms dwindle (05/05/14)
ST. LOUIS -- High school agriculture programs sprouting across the nation's Corn Belt are teaching teenagers, many of them in urban environments, that careers in the field often have nothing to do with cows and plows. The curricula, taking hold as school budgets tighten and the numbers of farms in the U.S. ...
U.S. teachers nowhere as diverse as students (05/05/14)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students. Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite. New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this "diversity gap" at elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The groups want more to be done to help teachers more accurately mirror the students in their classrooms...
Cape School District conducts 'climate' survey (05/05/14)
Starting this week, students from elementary to high school, along with parents, faculty, staff and school board members are being invited to take an anonymous online survey about the perceptions and attitudes in the Cape Girardeau School District. Compiled by the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis at the University of Missouri and obtained through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the survey is voluntary and will be used to help improve the district, superintendent James Welker said. ...
Missouri House endorses student transfer legislation (05/01/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House members have endorsed legislation that deals with a student transfer law. Legislators are trying to revise the law after recent decisions by the state Supreme Court upholding a requirement for unaccredited districts to pay costs of transferring students. Those costs already have put a financial strain on the unaccredited Normandy district in suburban St. Louis and soon could affect the unaccredited Riverview Gardens and Kansas City districts...
Notre Dame student forms group to provide books to students in developing countries (05/01/14)
Notre Dame Regional High School senior Reagan Kapp's passion for reading and desire to help others led her last summer to form a not-for-profit organization called Livres Pour Le Monde, or Books for the World, which provides books for children in developing nations to improve literacy and give everyone access to literature and education...
Square founder: IT industry at 'very special moment' (05/01/14)
The information technology industry is at a very special moment right now with huge numbers of jobs to fill at myriad companies in all kinds of fields, entrepreneur Jim McKelvey said Wednesday in a presentation at Southeast Missouri State University...
Missouri School Boards Association president says boards 'under attack' (05/02/14)
With bills passed or pending in the Missouri Legislature on taxes and vouchers, Missouri School Boards Association president Phil Hutchinson said it was not overstating things to say that public education and local school boards are "under attack like never before."...
Giveaway meant to increase MOST 529 participation (05/02/14)
As an incentive to get more people investing in Missouri's college savings plan, the state treasurer's office is awarding one family $5,290 in a MOST 529 account the first week of June. Treasurer Clint Zweifel said $2.3 billion has been invested in MOST since around 1999, and the state has 145,000 accounts...
Hooked on Science: Electric play dough (05/01/14)
Using a few materials from around the house, you can use play dough to light a light bulb. STEP 1: Using the alligator clips, connect the three D batteries. STEP 2: Cover the two ends of alligator clips that are not connected with batteries with play dough...
Who's neXt 5/1/14 (05/01/14)
The all-district Jackson art show "Art Expressions 2014" is set for Saturday and Sunday at the new R.O. Hawkins Junior High School gym. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. The show will feature artwork by students in grades kindergarten through 12, demonstrations by guest artists and hands-on art centers...
Autism awareness, treatment options increase in area (04/30/14)
Alex Shrimplin is 4 years old. He likes drawing with sidewalk chalk, music and dancing, and gives bear hugs with surprising strength. He was diagnosed with autism at age 3. The Shrimplin family moved to Cape Girardeau from Columbus, Ohio, about two years ago, before Alex's diagnosis. Upon receiving the news, his mother Carmen instantly began her research...
Educators to be recognized at Jackson chamber banquet (04/29/14)
The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Educator of the Year Banquet will be May 7 in the upper level of the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jackson, according to a chamber news release. The event starts with social time from 5:30 to 6 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the program...
Mo. legislation seeks to toss out Common Core (04/29/14)
Senate Bill 514 was corrected from SB 518 below. Officials from the Cape Girardeau School District and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education would prefer to see Common Core standards stay in place because they have been -- or are -- being implemented by most districts statewide...
Cape using sports for summer school classes (04/30/14)
While still offering course credit repair for the upper grades, Cape Girardeau's summer school this year will incorporate sports across the curriculum, as well as art and computer coding in the middle school and lower grades. In 2013, about 570 students attended summer school, but in an effort to attract more, assistant superintendent for academic services Sherry Copeland said summer school will be offered at the traditional time, starting May 28, and won't feature a "jump start" school just before regular school resumes.. ...
Families can enter to win 529 plan worth more than $5K (04/30/14)
Missouri's 529 college savings plan, known as MOST 529, will award one family $5,290, Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced Tuesday. From Thursday through May 31, residents 18 years or older may enter to win the $5,290 account for a minor child. 529 plans are usually sponsored by states and 529 refers to the Internal Revenue Service code that specifies the plan's tax advantages...
Square Inc. founder to appear at Southeast Missouri State University (04/30/14)
More than 200 Southeast Missouri State University students from all academic disciplines will have a chance to meet with Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square Inc., at noon Wednesday in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. Lunch will be provided, and the event is free for students...
Cape board to purchase 800 more computers for students, teachers (04/29/14)
As part of the Cape Girardeau School District's continuing program to provide laptop devices to students, the school board Monday approved purchasing 800 ASUS T100TA computers for an estimated $311,200. The computers, which can act as a laptop or tablet, will be distributed at Central Junior High School and Central High School. The devices are the same type as the roughly 1,200 that were rolled out in January at Central High School...
Sales tax could benefit children's fund (04/28/14)
As homelessness, abuse and high school drop-out rates continue to rise among Cape Girardeau County teens, one coalition seeks the public's help to turn the statistics around. The Putting Kids First coalition is made up of 13 organizations -- including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the United Way of Southeast Missouri and Community Counseling Center -- that support the mental health and well-being of children and teens in the county. ...
Mo. district makes up snow day on Saturday (04/28/14)
WEBB CITY, Mo. -- Students in a southwest Missouri school district have made up part of this year's 11 snow days by heading to classes during the weekend. KOAM-TV reported that schools in the Webb City district were in session Saturday morning. The school board chose the Saturday option over adding an extra day at the end of the school year...
Missouri considers dumping Common Core (04/27/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri could become the second state to drop new education benchmarks if lawmakers approve legislation to require the state to start the process of writing its own student performance standards. Earlier this year, Indiana became the first state to formally abandon the national Common Core State Standards, which were adopted by more than 40 states in an effort to standardize reading, writing and math benchmarks across state lines...
Campus organization helps feed the hungry (04/27/14)
Since its inception last spring, a class project has grown into a campus organization that has funneled more than 4,500 pounds of unsold food into the hands -- and bellies -- of Cape Girardeau's hungry. During the spring 2013 semester, Dr. Gerri Goldman assigned some of her social work students at Southeast Missouri State University the task of identifying an issue, researching it and developing a project to address it locally...
Organizations, schools, hospitals offer variety of summer camps (04/24/14)
Myriad summer camps will be offered throughout the area by a variety of organizations -- the city, hospitals, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, private schools and Southeast Missouri State University to name a few. In an email to the Southeast Missourian, nature center manager Sara Turner said the Outdoor Adventure camps are the most popular and fill during the first one to two hours of registration...
House panel OKs Missouri student transfer bill (04/24/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri House committee advanced legislation Wednesday that seeks to overhaul a student transfer law requiring struggling school districts pay for students to attend better-performing nearby schools. But even some who endorsed the lengthy education bill voiced reservations, saying it has faults but that the issue is too important to end the discussion...
Humanities Council awards grant for Kent Library celebration (04/25/14)
The Missouri Humanities Council has awarded a $7,168 grant to help underwrite events for the 75th anniversary celebration of Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University, according to a news release. The yearlong celebration began in November and will include a free speaker series featuring experts on Southeast Missouri history...
Hooked on Science: Notebook spring launcher (04/24/14)
You might take notes or sketch in your notebook, but using a few materials from around the house you can turn a notebook into an amazing science experiment. Plastic spiral notebook Dowel rod STEP 1: Remove the paper from the plastic spiral notebook spring...
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."...