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Posted January 22, 2015

Administrative Memos
The Office of College and Career Readiness and the Office of Quality Schools have issued several Administrative Memos this month. Please visit our website to learn more about the upcoming ACT for high school juniors, changes in approved courses for business education, the Missouri School Improvement Program’s Items Not Waived Checklist and more.​

Law Day Essay Contest:  50 Years of Voting Rights
Turn your students into problem solvers and polish their writing skills with the 2015 Law Day Essay Contest. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be 50 years old in 2015. But some groups, such as African-Americans, women and Native Americans, were once excluded. Why is voting so important to this country, and how can we make everyone realize how important it is to vote? Students can win up to $300. Entry deadline is Feb. 2.

2015 National Youth Science Camp
The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a residential science education program that honors, challenges and provides scholarships to two graduating high school science students from each state. The selected delegates must demonstrate academic achievement in science and show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.  The NYSC runs from June 17 through July 11.

2015 Interface Conference - Celebrating 31 Years of Mathematics and Science Professional Development
There is still time to register for this year’s Interface Conference. The 2015 Interface Professional Development Event does qualify as acceptable professional development as it meets several of the identified criteria. Three-hour sessions are being offered in addition to the traditional 90-minute sessions.

Top 10 by 20 Newsletter
The statewide Top 10 by 20  initiative is well underway. The Department has a monthly electronic newsletter to keep Missourians informed about Missouri public education and the state's progress toward becoming a top 10 state nationwide by 2020.

Parent-Teacher Organization/Parent-Teacher Association Listserv
The Department now has a parent-teacher organization/parent-teacher association (PTO/PTA) listserv. If you are a president or leader of your school’s PTO or PTA, please sign up for this listserv. We will use the listserv periodically to send information that can be shared with parents and families at meetings or in your newsletters.


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