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DESE Bulletin

October 10, 2019

Notice of Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will conduct a public hearing pursuant to Section 162.081.2, RSMo, regarding community resources that can support the Riverview Gardens School District’s return to accredited classification, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Westview Middle School, located at 1950 Nemnich, St. Louis, Missouri 63136.

Protect Yourself and Loved Ones from the Flu
The Department of Health and Senior Services encourages Missourians to get their flu shot by the end of October, as it can take two weeks for an individual to be protected against the flu. 

The flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and doctor’s visits each year. According to the CDC, flu vaccination in the 2017-18 flu season prevented an estimated seven million illnesses and more than 100,000 influenza-related hospitalizations nationwide.

ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Coming Oct. 17
The Great Central U.S. Shakeout earthquake drill takes place Oct. 17 at 10:17. Last year about 400,000 Missouri students participated in the “Drop, Cover, Hold On” drill. If you’re in the 47 counties most affected by southeast Missouri’s New Madrid Seismic Zone, this drill counts as one of two annual earthquake drills required by state law. Click here to see if you’re affected.

EPA’s ‘See a Bloom, Give it Room’ Video Challenge
EPA Regions 7 and 8 have announced the ‘See a Bloom, Give it Room’ High School Video Challenge! High school students in both regions are asked to promote awareness of harmful algal blooms (HABs), which are overgrowths of algae in waterbodies that can affect water quality and aquatic life.

Students are to have fun and create videos that educate people about HABs – especially people who live and play near the water. The deadline is Jan. 3, 2020.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Missouri's top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past twelve months. Winners will receive scholarships, medallions and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. with a parent or guardian in 2020. Applications are due by Nov. 5, 2019.

Adolescent Health Training
The Adolescent Health team at the Department of Health and Senior Services can come to your school for FREE! They offer trainings on multiple evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curricula, sex education facilitation skills, LGBTQ cultural competency, positive youth development, and many other adolescent health topics.

Missouri Coordinated School Health Conference
The 27th Annual Missouri Coordinated School Health Conference, “Healthy Partnerships for Healthy Students” will be held on Dec. 5-7, 2019, in Columbia. Presenters from all over the country will provide sessions to practicing professionals working to impact the health, safety and well-being of children. It is ideal to bring a coordinated school health team to the conference – school nurse, health teacher, food service director, counselor, etc.  

Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators Convention
The Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators (MOSHAPE) now offers FREE membership! The MOSHAPE annual convention will be held at The Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, MO from Nov. 8-10, 2019.

National Audubon Society Camp Scholarship
The Columbia Audubon Society is accepting applications from educators in Audrain, Boone, Cooper, Howard, Monroe or Randolph counties to attend a week-long summer ecology or ornithology workshop at the National Audubon Society Camp on Hog Island in Maine. Each $1000 award covers tuition, room and board for an intensive field study and instruction in ornithology, ecology and conservation.  

LifeChanger of the Year
LifeChanger of the Year recognizes K-12 educators and school employees across the country by celebrating those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. This includes teachers, para educators, custodians, secretaries, principals, lunch personnel, school nurses and guidance counselors - anyone who is employed by a K-12 school district. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019-20 program. The deadline is Dec. 31, 2019.

On-Demand Workshops Provided by the Records Services Division
Free, on-demand workshops to be held between October, 2019 and January, 2020 brought to you by the Office of the Secretary of State and the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board intended for archivists, records managers, genealogists, historians and record repository volunteers will be taught by Records Services Division staff with years of experience in their respective fields. Workshops may be requested by individual Missouri citizens or groups based in the state.


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