Joplin Schools plans events for new Dover Hill school

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin School Officials are preparing for the opening of the city’s new elementary school.

On January 4, students from West Central and Columbia Elementaries will move into the new building at 1100 N. Main.

“We are so excited to be opening Dover Hill Elementary for the students, staff, parents and community,” said Joplin Schools superintendent Dr. Kerry Sachetta. “The new building will
address the needs of our students and staff extremely well with the demands of education today. Dover Hill Elementary is another fine example of our community recognizing a need and coming together to support our students’ best interest.”

Before class resumes after the holiday break, the district will invite the public to go check it out. The open house will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on January 3, 2023.

Joplin Schools staff and Dover Hill parents and students will also get the chance to tour the building during additional separate events.

The District says Dover Hill will house 450 students with space for three sections of every grade level.

School officials planned an invite-only ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Joplin School Construction and Bond

Voters approved a 2019 bond to pay for the construction of the new campus. The Board of Education’s total approved project cost was $27,079,351.67. However, the school district states, “Current projections show final construction costs coming in well under budget.”

Crews broke ground for the new school on April 14, 2021.

CGA Architects and the DLR Group, with assistance from Allgeier Martin & Associates, designed the building. “Principal Architect at CGA Architects, Chad Greer, said he believes architecture should speak to time and place, and Dover Hill is no exception,” Joplin School stated in a release.

Crossland Construction managed the project.

Around 200 sick in an SEK school district; cleaning scheduled

OSWEGO, Kan. – A 4-State school district closes for the rest of the week starting tomorrow due to hundreds being out sick.

According to Superintendent Mitchell Shaw, USD 504 in Oswego, Kansas, has around 200 students and staff sick. Besides general sickness, some are ill with RSV and Influenza A.

One school has 44 percent of students out. School officials met with the board and health officials to organize a deep clean in all buildings ahead of Monday.

The district has canceled school and all school activities for Thursday and Friday (Dec. 8-9).

At this time, classes and activities are planned to resume on Monday, December 12.

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Missouri announces Career & Technical Education Grants for local institutions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded several local Career and Technical Education programs with grant funding.

Officials say the support will help ensure that Missouri students are prepared for success upon graduation and further contribute to developing Missouri’s workforce.

“Career and technical education are critical to our workforce development goals here in the State of Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “Every day the necessity for a post-secondary degree, trade, or industry-recognized credential is growing for good-paying jobs across the state, and we want to support Missourians as they seek to learn new skills, especially in our career and technical education programs.”

The following local institutions received funds:

  • Carthage Technical Center, Carthage, $400,000.00
  • Crowder College Technical Education Center, Neosho, $400,000.00
  • Franklin Technology Center, Joplin, $400,000.00
  • Lamar Career & Technical Center, Lamar, $323,500.00
  • Nevada Regional Technical Center, Nevada, $400,000.00

Institutions selected will use the funding for the following areas:

• Create new high-demand and emerging programs
• Construct a new area career center building
• Renovate or build an addition to an existing area career center
• Update or expand current CTE programs
• Improve infrastructure for safety and equipment needs
• Upgrade equipment and instructional technology

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Pittsburg to open new clinic for children with autism

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Integrated Behavioral Technologies announced its plan to open a brand new clinic for children with autism in Pittsburg in conjunction with Sonshine Child Care.

The organization says a groundbreaking ceremony will take place on either December 9th or 12th.

Since 2010, Integrated Behavioral Technologies (IBT) has had a strong presence in the Pittsburg and Southeast Kansas community for children and families impacted by autism

Last week, IBT announced they will be expanding their services in Pittsburg and the surrounding community.

The clinic, which will be approximately 2385 square feet could serve up to 30 families.

“Since 2014, we have talked about opening a brick-and-mortar structure in the area with the identification of a site as a part of our 5-year plan,” said IBT Founder and Executive Director Dr. Linda Heitzman-Powel. “Not only is this a site where families can enroll their children for evidence-based treatment, this is a facility that is specifically designed to address the needs of children with autism and their families from age of first diagnosis until they transition into adulthood.”

IBT has served or currently serves families in Pittsburg, Parsons, Ft. Scott, Chanute, Carl Junction MO, and Frontenac.

Way to go! Joplin student earns perfect score on ACT

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin High School Junior Aidan Koch has earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT.

Joplin Schools announced the accomplishment today.

Koch has been a student of Joplin Schools since kindergarten. He credits some of his success to extra testing preparation and a positive mental attitude, but also recognizes the ongoing support of his educators.

“Almost every teacher I’ve had at JHS has taught me something different, and not just in an academic sense but also about life and the way I want to live it,” said Koch. “My teachers have gone above and beyond in preparing me for life outside the classroom, and for that I will be forever indebted. Also, I have never had a teacher who didn’t believe in his or her students and adamantly desire their students’ success; that source of encouragement and support was and is a vital part of my success, both in and out of the classroom.”

“Aidan is an outstanding young man,” said Joplin High School principal Dr. Steve Gilbreth. “He is so talented in so many areas. He participates in many activities, and he has some great dance moves! Joplin High School is very proud of Aidan.”

After graduation in 2024, Koch plans to attend a four-year undergraduate university to major in business management before pursuing an MBA with a possible marketing emphasis.

His activities include varsity Cross Country, varsity Track & Field, vice president of Sound Dimension (JHS varsity show choir), Student Council treasurer, student head of Fellowship of Christian Students, Math League member, Interact member, Modern Language Club member, National Honor Society member, Tri-M (music honor society) member, DECA member, and FBLA member. He also participates in winter and summer running at JHS for off-season Cross Country and Track & Field training.

Koch is the son of Jeff and Shonna Koch, of Joplin, Missouri.

Carthage’s Steadley Elementary buries new time capsule

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The preservation of history is a never-ending process.

One way to do that is through time capsules.

Steadley Elementary in Carthage, Missouri looked for a time capsule.

They couldn’t find it, but they did bury a new one.

Inside the new time capsule is pictures and signatures of current students and faculty and last year’s yearbook.

PSU students replace light switches at the Ronald McDonald House

JOPLIN, Mo. — Electrical technology students from Pitt State were at Ronald McDonald house getting hands-on experience.

Students visited to help change out wall outlets or light switches as needed.

The activity is part of an ongoing partnership between Ronald McDonald House and Pitt State.

PSU hosts judges from Kansas Court of Appeals

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Students and faculty at Pitt State interested in politics had a chance to meet professionals.

The School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences at PSU hosted three judges from the Kansas Court of Appeals.

The judges spoke about their work and met some of the faculty and students.

Data shows tobacco use trending downward among Oklahoma students

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The most recent Youth Behavior Risk Survey (YRBS) shows a 50% decrease in teens trying out cigarettes, among other stats.

The YRBS also shows the following:

  • A 20% decrease in teens who texted or emailed while driving
  • Approximately half the student population reported signs of depression

“We know that the pandemic added to mental health struggles facing Oklahoma students,” said Joyce Marshall, the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Service for OSDH. “This data helps shed light on areas where we need to provide more resources and programs for youth and their parents, and areas where we are having a real impact.”

State Education Officials say the survey results allow the OSDH and partners to plan and implement youth-focused health programs effectively.

“The survey monitors a wide range of important indicators, such as, injury and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors, diet and physical activity, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs),” said Alicia Lincoln, Child & Adolescent Health Administrative Programs Manager for OSDH.

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