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Department Employee Wins State Award for Leadership

Kim Kaemmerer, a Missouri Disability Determination Services (DDS) regional manager, was recently honored as a 2015 Missouri State Employee Award of Distinction winner for her leadership skills. The award is one of the highest honors a Missouri state employee can receive.

“Kim is a manager who is conscious of the needs of others. She has always strived to maintain the right balance between production goals and office culture. She leads with the agency mission as her focus and encourages others to do the same,” said Jeff Ripley, DDS field operations manager.

Stop Summer Slide with “Read MOre, Missouri!” Reading Challenge

Missouri students can keep their reading skills sharp over the summer months by joining the “Read MOre, Missouri!” reading challenge. 

“Kids who read during the summer are much more likely to retain the skills they gained during the school year,” says Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “’Read MOre, Missouri!’ encourages children to read for pleasure and can help reach the goals of Missouri’s Top 10 by 20 initiative.”

May 2015

Missouri High School Seniors Receive Citizenship Awards

Eight public high school students were honored as recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award. The honorees were recognized at an April luncheon at The Missouri Bar in Jefferson City.

Representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the State Board of Education and The Missouri Bar presented the awards. Each student received a plaque.

Students Complete More than 1.8 million Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Online Testing Sessions

Many Missouri students are approaching the finish line for this year’s Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP tests.

More than 1.8 million testing sessions have been completed since the assessment window opened on March 30. That number accounts for more than 75 percent of all expected MAP sessions.

“Our students and teachers are to be commended for their hard work in the last few weeks,” said Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “Our districts should be recognized for providing 21st century test-taking opportunities.”