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Posted October 8, 2015


Survey for Teachers

Attention Teachers: The Department needs your feedback on the Top 10 by 20 initiative. Please complete this short survey by Oct. 22. The survey is anonymous, and the information we gather will help determine how we move forward with the Top 10 by 20 initiative.

Grant for School Safety

The Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Center for Education Safety and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are announcing a 2016 grant opportunity for local education agencies to improve school safety.  The application deadline is Nov. 13, 2015, and all questions should be emailed to [email protected]

Public Hearing on HB1490

The Missouri State Board of Education is holding a public hearing on Oct. 26 for the purpose of receiving public testimony relating to the revision of the Missouri Learning Standards. This hearing will be conducted in the State Board Room, 1st Floor, Jefferson State Office Building, 205 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO and will commence at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude at 3:00 p.m.

Flag Notifications

When the Department learns of an event that requires the flag to be lowered to half-staff, we send an email to the administrator of each school district. Frequently, others ask how they can be notified of these events directly. The Office of Administration has a listserv available where any interested party can sign up to be notified. Emails are sent on regularly scheduled holidays such as Memorial Day and Patriot’s Day as well.

Missouri Day – October 21

The third Wednesday of October (Oct. 21, 2015) is designated as "Missouri Day" and is a day for teachers and pupils to commemorate Missouri history with appropriate exercises. Schools should devote some time to the consideration of the products of the mines, fields and forests of Missouri and to the achievements of Missouri’s sons and daughters in commerce, literature, statesmanship, science, art and in other ways in which the state has rendered service to mankind.

Earthquake Drill Set for October

The Great Central U.S. Shakeout earthquake drill will take place at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. Last year more than 400,000 students, teachers and staff throughout Missouri took part in the drill that helps schools incorporate earthquake awareness and safety tips into classroom instruction. In addition to Missouri, 13 other nearby states will participate with more than 2.3 million people already signed up.

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