Springfield Public Schools

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The new school year is underway in Springfield—the R-12 School District resumed class this morning after summer break.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky was at the new Sherwood Elementary as the doors opened to students and has this report.

The area in front of Sherwood Elementary on S. Golden in Springfield was filled with children and their parents just before doors opened for class for the first time at the new building.  There were lots of pictures being taken and also lots of hugs.

Parent to child:  “I love you, you be good.”

How to Safely Navigate the Back to School Traffic

Aug 12, 2015
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With classes resuming this week around the region, school safety officials are asking drivers to prepare for an increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

School zones can be dangerous places, says Chad McConnell, director of School Police Services for Nixa Public Schools, where classes started today.

“Like today, I was traveling in front of the high school, and I observed a skateboarder going right down the middle of Nicholas road. That’s just an accident waiting to happen.”

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Free immunization clinics are continuing this week at Springfield public schools.  Clinics are being held from 9 am to 12:30 pm at SPS high schools and will continue through Thursday (8/6).  They’re designed to make sure students’ immunizations are up to date before school starts on the 13th.

Students who require immunizations should have received a letter from the school district in mid-July.  Anyone who wants to have their child immunized at the free clinics need to make an appointment by calling 523-1632.

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Debbie Good talks with Allison Pilley, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for  Springfield Public Schools, about Common Core Standards.

According to Pilley, the Common  Core Standards were developed through a collaboration of U.S. governors and with the chiefs of schools.  The goal was to set high academic standards for students in English/language arts and in mathematics, she said.

According to Pilley, when Common Core was adopted in Missouri in 2010, the state's districts had to make sure their local standards aligned with Common Core.

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Springfield Public Schools needs employees in the areas of custodial, nutrition services, transportation and building services.  It’s holding a career fair today from 10 to 2 for anyone interested in applying.  The event will be held in the Central High School Commons Area at 423 E. Central.  SPS representatives will be at the fair to talk to job applicants, answer questions and help with the online application process.  Interested applicants can apply online here.  There’s a full list of job openings at that site.