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Lighthouse school shines at Leadership Day
04/11/2017
More than 100 area business associates, educators, pastors, social service workers, legislators and media members participated in the fourth annual Leadership Day at Eugene Field on Friday, April 7, at the elementary school.
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Students present almost $48K to St. Jude
04/11/2017
Top fundraising students presented a check to St. Jude in the amount of $47,748 on Friday, March 31, during a field trip they were awarded to the children’s research hospital in Memphis.
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PBHS freshman nominated for Spirit of Sport award
03/27/2017
Poplar Bluff High School freshman Savannah Hicks was Missouri’s nomination for the National High School Spirit of Sport Award for returning to the basketball court just six short weeks after open-heart surgery.
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National Technical Honor Society chapter started
03/21/2017
The Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center inducted its first set of students in its newly established National Technical Honor Society chapter on Thursday, March 9, at the High School.
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Teacher, student receive regional VFW honor
03/21/2017
Area VFW leaders visited Poplar Bluff Junior High on Thursday, March 9, to recognize social studies teacher Kathy Beck for being named the regional patriotic teacher of the year under the organization’s Citizenship Education program.
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Meet Kenny Carpenter, Middle School SRO
03/14/2017
Poplar Bluff R-I’s newest school resource officer, Kenny Carpenter, completed his introductory presentations with the sixth grade last week at the Middle School.
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WWII vet visits American history class
03/14/2017
World War II veteran Cloyd Cook, a recipient of four Bronze Star Medals, spoke to advanced American history students about some of his early involvement in helping to stop Nazi Germany and Japan over 70 years ago.
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Second grade leaders visit with legislators
02/28/2017
Eugene Field Elementary was recently selected among 15 public schools in Missouri to showcase to legislators its highly successful programming.
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Student Safety Patrol established at Middle School
02/16/2017
A new group of student leaders has emerged at the Poplar Bluff Middle School this year with the relocation of the campus on Victory Lane.
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Meet O’Neal Elementary’s 10-year-old librarian
02/07/2017
The following questionnaire is precisely how 10-year-old Bailey Williams filled out her successful “application for co-librarian” to land a job in the O’Neal library one year ago.
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Autism ambassador opens up to students
02/01/2017
Poplar Bluff Junior High School students had a chance to view the world from another lens last week.
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Teachers draw inspiration from one another
01/24/2017
What began as a technology camp to share digital resources to upper grade level faculty has expanded to become a district-wide conference with a total of 133 breakout sessions, ranging from STEM exercises to yoga in the classroom.
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District launches new mobile-friendly website
01/11/2017
On New Year’s, Poplar Bluff Schools launched a brand new district website with information and interactive features most popular to over half a million yearly visitors, based on Google analytics.
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First ‘lighthouse’ school in Southeast Missouri
12/20/2016
Eugene Field has achieved lighthouse status under The Leader in Me program, joining only a dozen other schools in Missouri and less than 250 world-wide that have met the prestigious benchmark.
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The Giving Closet
12/06/2016
Poplar Bluff High School students in need of an article of clothing, a personal hygiene product or a classroom supply now have a discrete place to go directly on campus to seek relief.
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Foundation funds record amount of projects
11/23/2016
The Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation awarded over $4,000 in mini-grants for innovative classroom projects proposed by teachers representing four schools across campus, benefitting students from kindergarten to high school.
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First doctoral program offered in Poplar Bluff
11/15/2016
Poplar Bluff Schools, in partnership with Lindenwood University, is bringing the first doctoral program to the community.
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Bright Futures celebrates success stories
11/02/2016
Chartwells School Dining Services announced it has opted to take over the long-standing Backpacks for Friday program for the Bread Shed during the third annual Bright Futures symposium on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Gamma HealthCare Conference Center.
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Largest Grad Center group to complete work ethics training
10/25/2016
Three Poplar Bluff Graduation Center students were hired at area businesses before even completing this year’s Gateway 2 Jobs program. Another three were awarded college scholarships during the graduation ceremony on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Chamber of Commerce.
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Community leaders tour new facilities
10/19/2016
About 100 supporters were hosted at each new campus during the Middle School and High School ribbon cuttings held last week in cooperation with the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce.
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TCC granted reaccreditation for six years
10/04/2016
The Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center was granted reaccreditation on Thursday, Sept. 22, through the national Council on Occupational Education, which will remain effective for six years if annual benchmarks are met.
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Boys and Girls Club relocating to Middle School campus
09/27/2016
The Poplar Bluff R-I School District has further opened its doors to the Boys and Girls Club immediately following the discovery of structural damage to the roof at the Hentz Center.
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Middle School adds first dedicated STEM course
09/20/2016
A new STEM class that has been added to the Poplar Bluff Middle School curriculum is quickly gaining popularity among students.
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Fresh produce offered at all elementary schools
09/13/2016
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved $183,000 in funding for Poplar Bluff R-I to expand its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to all elementary schools.
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Superintendent addresses district staff for first time
09/07/2016
More than 700 Poplar Bluff R-I certified and classified employees attended the district’s back-to-school convocation on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Black River Coliseum.
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Thousands celebrate their Mule Pride
09/07/2016
An estimated 3,000 people came out to support the Poplar Bluff Mules as they opened the 2016 football season on Friday, Aug. 19, with a dominant victory over Riverview Gardens at the new multi-sport stadium on the high school campus.
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First of string of building projects complete
04/12/2016
Business leaders, city officials, law enforcement, long-range planners and other community stakeholders helped celebrate the ribbon cutting Thursday, April 7, for the FEMA safe room and classroom addition at Poplar Bluff Junior High School.
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Elementary projects come in under bid
03/24/2016
The low bid for the elementary projects—the final component of the Poplar Bluff R-I buildings plan—came in over a half-million dollars under budget, it was announced Thursday, March 17, during the school board meeting.
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Twitter founder donates over $2K to Poplar Bluff Schools
03/16/2016
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey gifted Poplar Bluff Schools $2,200 worth of classroom technology and equipment.
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The Giving Project
02/16/2016
How do you maximize the impact of just $10? Break the bill down into 40 quarters and disperse the coins in random places throughout school.
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Digital world of possibilities showcased at Tech Camp
01/22/2016
Over 100 Poplar Bluff Middle School and Junior High staff members participated in the second annual Tech Camp on Collaboration Day Friday, Jan. 15, featuring workshops hosted by R-I faculty as well as education leaders from throughout the state.
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Dill hired to succeed Hon as superintendent
12/18/2015
Scott Dill—a public educator of 20 years experience, half of which has been in administration—was hired on Thursday, Dec. 17, by the R-I Board of Education to lead Poplar Bluff Schools into its new facilities and beyond.
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Students build computers with $3k Foundation grant
12/08/2015
The Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation has awarded $3,300 in computer components so Technical Career Center students can gain experience building CPUs and upgrade their basic skills lab in the process.
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Teacher Words Matter
12/02/2015
A student wrote a heartfelt essay about her school janitor and won $500 plus an all-expense paid trip for the pair to attend the Missouri High School Football Championship in St. Louis.
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District awarded $250k to add full-day preschool program
08/05/2015
A $250,000 grant has been awarded to Poplar Bluff Schools to add a preschool program that will further help serve the needs of the community in getting district children school-ready.
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Construction crews prepare for school year
08/03/2015
School administrators are frequently required to wear multiple hats in the education business – this summer in Poplar Bluff it has mainly been the hard hat.
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Community leaders break ground on future High School
06/05/2015
More than 75 supporters celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for Poplar Bluff Schools’ new high school, the impetus of the district buildings plan, on Thursday, June 4, at the present site of the 5th & 6th Grade Center.
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Community leaders celebrate Middle School groundbreaking
06/03/2015
More than 60 community members attended the groundbreaking for the Poplar Bluff Middle School on Tuesday, June 2, at the current Senior High campus.
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Soeter completes 100-book challenge
05/12/2015
Poplar Bluff High School senior Ben Soeter is the first student in three years to read 100 novels and earn a $1,000 scholarship via the Designing Women Foundation’s Charlie Classics reading program.
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Junior High groundbreaking kicks off buildings plan
03/24/2015
About 50 supporters came out on Friday, March 20, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Poplar Bluff Junior High School addition, which will include a FEMA safe room and nine new classrooms, among other renovations.
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Bright Futures program spotlight: Sole Providers
11/04/2014
For the past eight years, sneakers to be distributed to students in need across campus have magically appeared in the mailroom of the Administrative Building, it would seem.
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It takes a Poplar Bluff (not just any village)
04/15/2014
We are heartened by the confidence the public has instilled in our buildings plan. As a community, we feel this is our greatest achievement since the four laning of U.S. 67 (admittedly we may be a little biased re: the importance of education). We fully intend to deliver safer schools and a better learning environment for our students.
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School board brings historic facilities plan to the voters
01/20/2014
“Our kids. Our community. Our future,” read the signs held up by several supportive citizens in attendance before a long-sought resolution was passed to place the R-I school district’s facilities master plan on the ballot.
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Cheerleaders gain national prestige in unprecedented time
01/19/2014
Poplar Bluff High School reinstated its Competition Cheer Squad just this past spring and by summertime, the cheerleaders were named state champions for the first time in school history.
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Adult Education Center moves to former hospital site
12/16/2013
The Poplar Bluff R-I School District’s Adult Education & Literacy program has a new home, thanks to a pact recently forged with the hospital.
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Assembly connects students with those who served
11/15/2013
The annual Veterans Day Assembly at the 5th & 6th Grade Center is in good hands, it was apparent on Monday, Nov. 11.
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School gears up to ‘pink-out’ Poplar Bluff
09/23/2013
What began as a school-wide fundraiser was declared an official Poplar Bluff holiday last year, when $14,000 was generated for the United Cancer Assistance Network.
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Elementary schools add walking tracks with $30k grant
09/16/2013
Healthier MO Communities completed its most significant investment to date last week in the Poplar Bluff R-I School District—the installation of walking tracks at each of the four elementary schools.
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Library partners with school in digital transformation
08/19/2013
More than 500 Poplar Bluff Junior High students took advantage of the public library’s sign-up offering last week during laptop deployment.
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Teachers work to refine classroom culture over summer
06/27/2013
Simultaneous professional development workshops for Poplar Bluff R-I staff are taking place this week, both of which center on emboldening students to reach their maximum potential.
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School opens up long-range planning to community
06/10/2013
In a recent survey the community expressed support for combatting Poplar Bluff Schools’ increasing enrollment, and now community members have stepped up to help develop a sustainable solution.
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Hon champions digital transformation
04/17/2013
A forward-thinking decision was made during the March school board meeting that will revolutionize the way students learn at Poplar Bluff Schools.
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PBJHS safe room grant jump-starts R-I facilities plan
02/25/2013
The Poplar Bluff R-I School District has been awarded a $132,000 federal grant, 75 percent toward the cost of designing a tornado safe room at the Junior High.
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School Foundation grants $7K for innovative projects
02/07/2013
The Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation awarded about $7,000 to finance two educational endeavors, each of which is designed to give students—from elementary age to adults—the 21st century skillset needed to be successful.
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Exercising the brain: Educators work to improve grades through physical activity
01/29/2013
Researchers studying the relationship between good health and academic success continue to fund projects Poplar Bluff R-I educators are coming up with to increase the physical activity of students.
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Student earns college degree before high school diploma
01/21/2013
A Poplar Bluff student has managed to complete her associate degree requirements before receiving her High School diploma, as a result of a partnership forged last school year with Three Rivers College.
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Art project helps student ‘stay connected’ with her military father
01/14/2013
When Poplar Bluff Junior High art teacher Mary Ivie introduces her packing tape sculpture segment each school year, students come up with all types of ideas for objects to replicate, from their own arm holding a football to an entire motorcycle.
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State report provides overview of progress being made
01/07/2013
The District Report Card for Poplar Bluff Schools has been made available by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for the public to compare our most recent performance data and demographics with state averages.
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Poplar Bluff students win a string of state accolades
12/20/2012
Poplar Bluff Schools has an especially talented student body this academic year, if the past month is any indicator, having had several teenagers from junior and senior high achieve statewide honors in the arts, music, sports and theater.
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State grant program prepares faculty for digital transformation
12/10/2012
An innovative state grant program that was successfully piloted here over a decade ago helped lay the fundamental groundwork for the proposed one-to-one digital transformation at Poplar Bluff Schools, according to administrators.
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Fourth graders play key role in teaching younger students math
11/30/2012
Earlier this school year, Eugene Field Elementary School fourth grader Maraleigh Buss entered Kelli Spitze’s first grade classroom and asked the teacher whether her students did their math homework.
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TCC students save district money, gain employability
11/26/2012
For years students at the Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center have gained experience applicable in the job market working on projects right here in the school district.
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School partnership with BGC extends to Lake Road Elementary
11/07/2012
New data is showing that the average daily attendance at the Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff has increased by nearly 200 students over last year, thanks to the long-standing partnership with Poplar Bluff Schools.
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Laptop pilot program engages students like never before
11/02/2012
When school board member Alana Robertson began as a teacher at Poplar Bluff Schools over three decades ago, there was not a single computer in the building let alone her classroom, the retired educator recalled.
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Students exercise their voting power, officials pay close attention
11/01/2012
With Election Day around the corner, area officeholders have their eyes on Poplar Bluff Senior High to get a sense of how Butler County is going to vote come Tuesday, Nov. 6.
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Therapy dogs play key role in well-being of students
10/22/2012
Earlier this semester, a student at the Poplar Bluff 5th & 6th Grade Center went into the guidance counseling office crying so intensely she could not get out the words to convey what was wrong.
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