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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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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."...
Three Rivers board approves faculty, staff pay increase (03/20/14)
Three Rivers College's board of trustees approved increases to faculty and employee compensation at its meeting Wednesday, a college news release said. The board cited cost-of-living adjustments and a desire to bring faculty salaries into line with regional standards, the release said...
Notre Dame students hold mock wedding for class (03/20/14)
Caleb Kester is "happily engaged." As part of his senior theology class at Notre Dame Regional High School, Kester will be among 80 couples tying the knot in a mock wedding in a couple of weeks in the school chapel. The spring semester of the class, which is for seniors only, centers on Christian lifestyles -- single life, religious life and married life, said teacher and campus minister Sarah Strohmeyer...
Last day of school for Scott City will be May 28 (03/20/14)
The Scott City School District will end its year May 28, under a revised calendar approved by the board at its Monday meeting, according to a meeting summary provided by the district. Makeup days for the rest of the year are Monday, April 21, May 21 to 23, and May 27 and 28, the information said. A current version of the calendar is available at http://scschools.k12.mo.us/district/calendars/yearly-calendar, the information said...
Report: Funding gap hits some schools harder than others (03/20/14)
The Missouri Budget Project, a not-for-profit policy analysis organization, has concluded that shortchanging the state's education system is depriving students of receiving the world-class education they need to compete in today's global economy. The organization's report, "A Shaky Foundation: Missouri Underfunding the School Formula," released Wednesday, said Missouri is underfunding kindergarten through 12th-grade schools by $656 million, or almost 20 percent below the required level. ...
Central students come together to cheer on their teams (03/20/14)
Through social media, mass emails and just word-of-mouth, the CT Jungle -- the CT being for Cape Tigers -- gets students hyped up for sporting events. A time-honored tradition, the jungle each year elects a king, a main person to lead chants and cheers through an acoustic megaphone, and a flag runner, who enters with the flag before the kickoff or tipoff...
Hooked on Science: Plunger power (03/20/14)
It's something we find in the bathroom, but the toilet plunger isn't just for unclogging the toilet. STEP 1: Press the two plunger cups together. STEP 2: Attempt to separate the plunger cups. Suction occurs when there is a difference in air pressure. You created this difference when you pressed the two plunger cups together. By doing this, you forced out the air from inside each plunger cup reducing the pressure from within, creating a low pressure system...
Who's neXt 3/20/14 (03/20/14)
Jade Ray Samanta
, a student at Trinity Lutheran School in Cape Girardeau, recently won his second consecutive Regional Spelling Bee in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Scott City choir performs (03/20/14)
Submitted The Scott City Elementary School Honor Choir performs for Southeast Cancer Center staff and patients March 13 in Cape Girardeau....
Principals banquet set for April 8 (03/19/14)
A Principals Banquet to recognize students "doing their best" will be at 5:45 p.m. April 8 in the small gym at Central Junior High School, according to a news release from the district. Students will receive a framed narrative of why they were nominated them and will receive a tumbler, the release said...
Saxony Lutheran advances plan to give computers to students (03/19/14)
Although still in the preliminary stages, Saxony Lutheran High School is moving toward providing computers to all of its students by fall 2015. Principal Mark Ruark said a technology committee has been formed to take field trips and research devices, a new server has been installed and a bandwidth update, done by MOREnet, associated with the University of Missouri, is set for completion July 1...
Perry County approves bus contracts with two companies (03/18/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perry County School District No. 32 School Board members Monday voted to contract with Meyer Bus Line Inc. of Perryville for a year, and then enter a lease agreement with Midwest Bus Sales of Litchfield, Ill., for the following four years...
School board candidate forum to be Thursday (03/18/14)
The SEMO Pachyderms will host a "Get to Know Your School Board Candidates Forum" at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St., according to a news release from the group. School board elections are scheduled for April 8. Club vice president and program chairman Mark J. Welker said the forum is limited to candidates in Cape Girardeau County...
Perry County School District to consider bus contracts today (03/17/14)
The Perry County School District No. 32 School Board will consider bids for bus service for the next five years at its meeting, set for 7 p.m. today at the Career Center Multipurpose Room. The board will first hold a closed session, then go into open session, public information/marketing director Kate Martin said in an email to the Southeast Missourian...
Dealing with discipline: School officials try to get to root of problem (03/16/14)
Although some of the terms -- detention, in-school suspension and out-of-school suspension -- remain the same, discipline on campus has become somewhat kinder and gentler than it used to be by trying to get to the root of problems and getting children back to class...
Discipline number breakdowns by area school (03/16/14)
Discipline incidents are reported when a student is removed from the regular classroom for a half day or more because of a violation of district, school or classroom rules, Sarah Potter, communications coordinator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said in an email to the Southeast Missourian. This includes in- and out-of-school suspensions...
Author visits North Elementary in Jackson (03/14/14)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Cheryl Harness of Independence, Mo. shows a page dummy of her historical book, "Ghosts of the White House," while telling about her career as an author and illustrator to fourth- and fifth-grade students Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Jackson's North Elementary School in Fruitland. ...
Longtime 'Mister Rogers' director will visit Cape (03/13/14)
A member of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" will be in Cape Girardeau this week to talk to parents and educators about topics ranging from dealing with anger to science and math with children. Hedda Sharapan, director of early childhood initiatives with The Fred Rogers Co., began with the late public television children's show host 47 years ago and has been speaking nationwide since 1970 using an interactive approach. ...
Central Junior High to perform 'Once Upon a Mattress' (03/13/14)
On a recent Monday afternoon, Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School director Mike Dumey is in the school's auditorium, running the cast of the musical comedy "Once Upon a Mattress" through its paces. In the background, power tools whine as work continues on the elaborate set, which will include 20 mattresses, a medieval castle and a 40-foot-by-12-foot skyline with clouds...
Who's neXt 3/13/14 (03/13/14)
Seven students of Keyboards & Kindermusik Conservatory -- a piano, keyboard and Kindermusik teaching studio in Cape Girardeau -- recently earned Gold Cup awards from the National Federation of Junior Music Clubs. To receive the award, students must compete a minimum of three years earning the top rating. ...
Hooked on Science: Leprechaun snot (03/13/14)
Are you finding a lot of green slimy stuff around the house or the classroom? If so, there's either a sick kid or a leprechaun. Using a few materials from around the house, you can discover the science behind leprechaun snot. STEP 1: Dissolve the 1/4 cup of borax into one quart of warm water. ...
Popular science: Area students show off their projects (03/12/14)
A total of 441 students from 27 schools across the region exhibited outcomes of a variety of experiments Tuesday as part of the 58th annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair. The event at the Show Me Center featured 278 Junior Division and 41 Senior Division projects...
Plans for Show Me Center renovation move forward (03/12/14)
Given the go-ahead by the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, university officials plan to ask for proposals from consultants in the next couple of weeks to update the Show Me Center. Opened in 1987, the center is home to Southeast's Division I men's and women's sports teams, but it also serves as a venue for everything from monster truck and car shows to big-name concerts, private events and meetings...
Southeast revising math program for fall (03/11/14)
As part of its ongoing effort to help students earn college degrees faster, Southeast Missouri State University will introduce a revised developmental math program in the fall. Thirty-five percent of Southeast's first-time, full-time freshmen need remediation in math, while less than 5 percent require English remediation, Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students, told the Southeast Missourian in a previous interview...
SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence offering American Sign Language class (03/11/14)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com American Sign Language instructor Jackie Cole, right, speaks by signing with interpreter Maria Reardon, left, to students in the introductory ASL class Monday, March 10, 2014 at SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence, 755 S. ...
Snow days push Jackson schools' final day to May 30 (03/12/14)
Snow and ice has extended the Jackson R-2 School District's year to May 30, superintendent Ron Anderson told board members at Tuesday's meeting. He said the district has lost 14 days because of bad weather this year, "which is the most I've seen in my career."...
Author Nicholas Sparks speaks at Show Me Center (03/11/14)
Nicholas Sparks brought laughter and tears to a crowd of Southeast Missouri State University students and fans Monday evening at the Show Me Center as he spoke of how he came to be a novelist with 17 New York Times No. 1 best-selling novels and eight film adaptations under his belt...
Panel backs college meningitis vaccine (03/10/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Students living on college campuses could be required to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis under legislation endorsed by a Missouri Senate committee. The legislation would require all students in on-campus housing to have the meningococcal vaccine starting in July 2015, unless they seek a religious or medical exemption...
About 90 employers seek recruits at Southeast career fair (03/07/14)
Graphic design majors Krista Francis and Calla Harris didn't find jobs directly related to their field, but they came across some niches they could fit into at Southeast Missouri State University's Career and Internship Fair on Thursday. "Since this is my final semester, [I've] been really kind of looking for an internship program that I can get into, or possibly a job," Harris, a 24-year-old senior, said. ...
SEMO cybersecurity team becomes competitive in a short time (03/07/14)
Having won the Missouri Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition last month, Southeast Missouri State University's cybersecurity students are looking to build on the fledgling team's success at the Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on March 28 and 29...
More students taking Advanced Placement exams (03/06/14)
According to a new College Board report, more Missouri students took Advanced Placement exams in 2013 than in 2003, a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education news release said. For the most part, this trend has held true at the high schools in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. But in Scott City, students prefer to take dual credit courses, which allow them to earn college credits...
Missouri House budget chief seeking two-tier school funding (03/06/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state funding increase for public schools would be partly dependent upon a strong economy under a new spending plan outlined Wednesday by the top budget writer in the Missouri House. The proposal by House budget chairman Rick Stream seeks to bridge the gap between differing revenue projections embraced by the Republican-led Legislature and the Democratic governor...
Program at Scott City schools helps foster skills in students (03/06/14)
As a way of accentuating the positive, Scott City Elementary and Middle schools have been using a program called The Leader in Me. As the name implies, the program cultivates leadership, communication, collaboration, problem-solving and being proactive...
Who's neXt 3/6/14 (03/06/14)
Boy Scout Jesse Mahan was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at the Feb. 16 Court of Honor at the VFW Hall in Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Gary and Gale Mahan of Cape Girardeau. Alicia Petzoldt of Frohna, Mo., was named to the dean's list during the fall 2013 semester at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. Named to the list are students who achieve a 3.5 grade-point average while carrying at least 14 credit hours during a semester...
Hooked on Science: Baby diaper science (03/06/14)
Baby diapers contain a special science ingredient that keeps babies dry. Dissect a baby diaper to discover how this material works. Diaper Zip-top bag Scissors Water 2 cups STEP 1: Using the scissors, cut open the center of the diaper. STEP 2: Remove the contents from the inside of the diaper and place the contents inside of the zip-top bag...
Perryville may go new direction with school buses (03/05/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perryville County School District No. 32 is considering driving a different direction for its bus service. For as long as anyone can remember, the district contracted for bus transportation with Meyer Bus Line Inc. of Perryville. Superintendent Scott Ireland said the district is in its last year of a three-year contract with Meyer and has put out a request for bids for service...
Alternative Education Center offers help to students with problems (03/03/14)
Students who attend the Alternative Education Center usually wind up there because of several factors -- attendance, behavior and academic performance. But once they're there, principal Scott McMullen says, they want to stay. So far this year, McMullen said the school has served 170 students in grades six through 12, many of whom have "not had a lot of success in the main schools." Smaller class sizes and more individual attention helps students get their grades up and start experiencing success.. ...
Southeast considers repairs to Show Me Center (02/28/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today will begin preliminary discussion of a major upgrade to the Show Me Center. The regents will consider the feasibility of repairs to the Show Me Center totaling $7.44 million, according to preliminary cost estimates from the meeting's background material...
Jackson teacher embraces 'whole brain' method (03/02/14)
When Staci Glass steps in front of her third-grade class at West Lane Elementary School in Jackson, she's ready to get her students involved on every level using a technique called whole brain teaching that involves movement, hand gestures, peer teaching and a chance to beat the teacher...
SEMO prepares for Career and Internship Fair (02/28/14)
More than 85 employers are registered to meet juniors and seniors of all majors at the annual Career and Internship Fair set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Southeast Missouri State University's Student Recreation Center-North, a university news release said...
Mark Ruark named principal of Saxony Lutheran High School (02/28/14)
Mark Ruark, who had served as interim principal of Saxony Lutheran High School of Jackson for the past six months, has been named the permanent principal by the school's board of regents. Following a nationwide search, Ruark was chosen out of a field of 12 qualified applicants in January to lead the private school, said Steven K. Fritzler, chairman of the Saxony Lutheran board of regents. The school issued a news release on the appointment Thursday...
Hooked on Science: Craft stick chain reaction (02/27/14)
Did you know you can create a chain reaction with craft sticks? STEP 1: Interlock seven colored craft sticks to create this pattern. STEP 2: Don't let go and then interlock another colored craft stick to the bottom right portion of the pattern...
Franklin third-graders participating in their own 1:1 initiative (02/27/14)
Just before Christmas break, Franklin Elementary School got a step ahead of the rest of the Cape Girardeau School District with delivery of the same convertible laptop devices Central High School students received in January as part of the 1:1 initiative...
Scott City choir to perform at Cardinals game (02/25/14)
For the second year, students in Scott City Elementary Schools Honor Choir plan to perform at a Cardinals home baseball game. The 22 students, led by elementary and middle school music teacher Heather Sneed, will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch July 18 when the Cardinals face the L.A. Dodgers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis...
Southeast Missouri State University to host Criminal Justice Day next week (02/25/14)
Former Arkansas judge and State Sen. David Burnett and Scott Ellington, prosecuting attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, will be the keynote speakers at the 39th annual Criminal Justice Day on March 4 at Southeast Missouri State University, a university news release said...
Southeast's online MBA program ranked No. 1 for affordability (02/26/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's online MBA program has been ranked No. 1 in affordability among Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business online MBA programs in the country by GetEducated.com, a consumer group that reviews and ranks online universities for cost, quality and credibility, a university news release said...
Cape school board approves networking upgrade (02/25/14)
Cape Girardeau School Board members on Monday approved moving forward on several information technology items whose costs could be substantially reduced through a federal financial mechanism. The lower costs will depend on the district's being approved for E-rate funding, which is derived from taxes placed on landline and wireless phones, district technology coordinator Brian Hall said. ...
Southeast Missouri State to host math summit (02/21/14)
Southeast Missouri State University will host a math summit in Glenn Auditorium at Dempster Hall March 7. So far, 10 schools have committed to each sending a four-person team, Math Department chairwoman Tammy Randolph said in an email to the Southeast Missourian...
William Faulkner will be focus of free online course (02/21/14)
Southeast Missouri State University's Online Learning, in cooperation with the Center for Faulkner Studies, is offering Faulkner 101, an eight-week Massive Open Online Class open to everyone free of charge, a university news release said. Led by Dr. ...
Southeast smoking survey could influence policy (02/21/14)
With many colleges in Missouri implementing -- or considering -- smoke- or tobacco-free policies, Southeast Missouri State University is conducting a survey on whether it should follow suit. However, students interviewed by the Southeast Missourian on Thursday don't think the school's policy should be revised...
Missouri House committee backs $100M increase in school aid (02/20/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri House panel endorsed a $100 million funding boost Wednesday for public schools as Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike said the state couldn't afford a significantly larger increase sought by Gov. Jay Nixon...
Central senior to attend U.S. Air Force Academy (02/20/14)
Joining several Central High School graduates, Jonah Roop has been named to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The journey was a short one for Roop, a senior, who decided to pursue the seat in September after his father, Bethel Assembly of God pastor Phil Roop, suggested it. Justin Gibbs, deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, said Smith nominates candidates for the military academies, but uses an advisory board to help make the selection...
Who's neXt 2/20/14 (02/20/14)
-- From staff reports Maria Kinder ...
Hooked on Science: Muscle cards (02/20/14)
Do playing cards have muscles? Using your breath and a few other materials from around the house you can increase the strength of your playing cards. STEP 1: Push the thumbtack through the center of the playing card. STEP 2: Hold the playing card against the bottom of the spool, so the thumbtack is sticking into the hole in the bottom of the spool...
Letter: Boy Scout praises baseball (02/20/14)
Hi, my name is Garrett Auer. I am a seventh-grader at Scott City Junior High. I am working at receiving the Eagle Scout award for Troop 5 out of Cape Girardeau. I am currently working on star. In order to do this, part of my requirements is to summit a letter to a local newspaper for the communications merit badge...
Letter: Boy Scout praises scouting (02/20/14)
Hi, My name is Dylan Hackler. I am a seventh-grader at Scott City Junior High. I am working at receiving the Eagle Scout award for Troop 5 out of Cape Girardeau. I am currently working on star. In order to do this, part of my requirements is to summit a letter to a local newspaper for the communications merit badge...
Nursing students reach 100 percent passing rate on national exam (02/20/14)
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center nursing students have again achieved a 100 percent passing rate on the national nursing boards. Practical Nursing Program administrator Donna Johnson said that objective has been reached four of the last five years and many other times in the 40-year history of the program. The latest group of 39 day and evening students graduated in September...
Young journalist offers advice to mass media students (02/20/14)
Only out of school for 18 months, Wes Lowery is already an online reporter covering Congress for The Washington Post. Lowery, who has also reported on a number of top national stories -- such as the Boston Marathon bombing, the Aaron Hernandez case for The Boston Globe and the Christopher Dorner manhunt for the Los Angeles Times -- spoke to an estimated 200 mass media students Wednesday at the Rose Theatre in the Grauel Building at Southeast Missouri State University...
Missouri Senate endorses university funding bill (02/19/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Senators endorsed legislation Tuesday that would institute performance-based funding for the state's four-year universities, but only in years the state can afford a funding increase for higher education. Under the legislation, the 13 public four-year universities and the state's technical college would work with the Department of Higher Education to develop five performance standards, such as graduation rates, that will determine how much more money they will get in a given year.. ...
Redigers will receive award from SEMO (02/19/14)
Harry and Frances "Fran" Rediger of Cape Girardeau will receive the 2014 Friend of the University Award at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus, a Southeast Missouri State University news release said. University president Kenneth W. ...
SEMO banquet honors students from challenging backgrounds (02/19/14)
Sharon Berry started college in 1982, but didn't finish until 31 years later in December, when she earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Southeast Missouri State University. "I had two kids, so I had to put my education on hold," said Berry, who hails from St. Louis and has lived in Cape Girardeau the past eight years. "I had a job but I wanted a career."...