Making Democracy Work
9:41 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Nixa Public School District Implements Standards Based Grading

Nixa Classroom
Credit Nixa Public Schools

Allison Cash talks with Dr. Kevin Kopp, executive director of elementary education for Nixa Public Schools, about a new standards based grading system in the district.

The grading system is for grades K-6.  According to Kopp, standards are the expectations of what the district hopes students will learn and can do by the time they finish a grade.  They're expectations, he said, that can prepare students for college and a career.

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Sense of Community
7:36 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Two Degrees and a 25-Year Career Later, It’s Back to Campus for an Ozarks’ Senior

Jeani Thomson takes notes during her Introduction to Literature by Women class inside Siceluff Hall.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

On a mild September morning Jeani Thomson recalls the landscape of what was formerly Southwest Missouri State College, which she briefly attended in the late 1960s before getting married.

While her then husband was serving in Vietnam, Thomson worked toward a degree in psychology from Drury University at Ft. Leonard Wood. She would later earn a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, propelling her into a 25 year career as an attorney.

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Studio Live
3:31 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

IMAGES: Sapphire City Nighthawks on Studio Live

Sapphire City Nighthawks
Jessica Balisle KSMU

The Sapphire City Nighthawks stopped by the KSMU studios today for rock 'n' roll and discussions on comic books, their new EP and why they rule the night.

Band members: Todd Balisle, Jonathan Keeney, CH McCoy, Taylor Steele, Toad Wyrick

Eye on the Community
3:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

MSU Students to Attend Climate Rally in New York

Photo from last month's rally in NYC Time Square launching the People's Climate March campaign.
Credit Diane Greene Lent via Flickr / People's Climate used with permission

Next week’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York City will be preceded by one of the largest protests of its kind. As KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports, one of the environmental groups that will be represented is based in Springfield.

I caught up with Missouri State University junior Andrew Clubb while he was en route to New York City by train. Clubb is one of five members of Students for a Sustainable Future (SSF) that is attending this Sunday’s People’s Climate March.

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Arts and Entertainment
2:38 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Springfield Art Museum's "99 Times Party" Raises Funds for Textile Preservation

This 19th-century cotton print dress is typical of what is included in the Springfield Art Museum's collection of dresses, gowns and other textiles.
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The Springfield Art Museum will host the inaugural “Box of Ghosts: The 99 Times Party” to support preservation of a historical textile collection discovered during the museum’s recent inventory. Staff discovered a number of exceptional dresses and other textile pieces, some dating back as far as the late 1700s.

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