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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | February 13, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- More students in Springfield Public Schools are learning about the dangers of methamphetamine.  "Don't Meth With Us" used to be aimed at fifth graders, and now it's been expanded. Carver Middle School seventh graders were the first seventh-grade class to see the presentation on Tuesday, similar to the one they saw in fifth grade.  Now they're a little older and a little wiser, and understand the message even more. "I forgot some of it but, whenever it came back, it all just came back at once, so I knew what they were talking about," said seventh grader Garren Shelley.
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by Bob Nelson, Springfield-Greene County Parks Department | December 24, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield-Greene County Parks Department’s School, Parks Are Reaching Communities section (SPARC) offers a number of programs this winter when school is scheduled off or in the event of cancelation due to snow. Winter Break Program Open to any child in the area K-5th grade, the program runs 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 30, for $12/child per day. Participants will enjoy games; arts and crafts; afternoon snack; daily field trips, including bowling, roller skating and indoor swimming.
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Edited News Release and newsalerts@ky3.com | April 12, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --Springfield Public Schools is giving a developer additional time to make a $2.5 million payment toward the purchase of the old Hickory Hills School, at Highway 65 and Chestnut Expressway.  But in exchange for that five-month extension, Larino Properties LLC must pay the school district $12,500 a month above and beyond the purchase price.  The school board says Paul Larino has been making monthly cash payments of that amount,...
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | January 31, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Discovery Center in downtown Springfield opened 15 years ago, and organizers are celebrating that milestone.  To celebrate its 15th birthday, the center is hosting an adults-only after-hours party from 6:30 to 9:30 Thursday evening. The Discovery Center began as an idea between the Junior League of Springfield and the Greene County Medical Society in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  They both wanted to bring a science center to the Ozarks. Since then, it's hosted dozens of traveling exhibits as well as several that have become staples at the Discovery Center.  In 2006 it expanded, adding the first LEED Certified gold building in Southwest Missouri.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | May 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--  If a tornado is coming toward your house-- where do you go? Until today, there was no state map of public "safe room" locations in our area. It may be hard to believe-- but the State Emergency Management Agency does not keep of map of where of FEMA-approved safe rooms can be found. The reason, they tell us those rooms are only supposed to be used by people within a half mile radius of the location, so it's up to each individual shelter to get the word out. But, there is one engineering company in town that has been a part of most of the safe rooms in our area, so we asked them to compile this map for us. Brian Orr is with Toth and Associates sees the world in numbers.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | August 9, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--School districts in Missouri have been digesting the latest numbers on how they measure up to the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Law. The Obama Administration just announced it will provide waivers for states on those controversial mandates. President Barack Obama had called for reform to the federal education law before the start of the school year, but Congress has yet to pass any legislation. "I think it's excellent," said Dr. Norman Ridder, Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools.
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | October 13, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Jason and Melissa Dixon were shocked when their ten year old daughter came home with a book containing graphic and explicit material. "First page, first sentence; First Chapter, I was drunk," says Melissa, as she reads from the book. When Jason and Melissa Dixon were reading over a book their daughter brought home from school, they couldn't believe what they were reading. "As soon as I looked at the cover I could tell," says Jason. "It gets really explicit; really graphic details," adds Melissa.
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by KY3 News | November 12, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield School District sent this alert on Friday: "Hello. This is an important message from Springfield Public Schools for parents of students who live south of Republic Road. "We want to make you aware of information we received regarding a man who allegedly exposed himself to students on their way to school. Students reported that he was driving a black or dark blue sport utility vehicle. When he stepped out of his vehicle he was not wearing pants.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | January 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, --  Physical education has gone virtual for some Springfield students. Springfield Public Schools has a new online course, physical education. "So we know P.E. online gets a lot of question marks, but we think we have created a class that's rigorous, relevant and fun. It has a lot of collaborative projects built in," said eLearning Coordinator, Nichole Lemmon. No cheating in this course. Each student is given a heart monitor, so instructors know if they are really working out. "There's really no way they can cheat on it. I know what their heart rate should be. If they are not in the zone they should be in, then I know they are not working out to their full potential," said Instructor Molly Illum.
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Edited news release from the Springfield Public School District | February 9, 2012
Springfield, MO - Checking grades and homework assignments online will now be possible for parents of Springfield Public Schools elementary students. Beginning in February, each SPS elementary school will notify parents how they can enroll in Home Access Center to view grades, attendance, assigned work and registration information for their elementary students. “The electronic grade book is a wonderful tool which promotes student engagement and parent involvement,” explained Superintendent Norm Ridder.
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by Jerry Jacob | May 11, 2012
OZARK, Mo. --  Tickets?  For graduation?  It has become a common tactic for schools who want to make sure there is enough room at commencement ceremonies for every student's closest family members. That despite the fact that many schools have moved their graduations to venues larger than even their school's gymnasiums. For Ozark High School, which kicked off graduation season with commencement ceremonies Friday night, that means holding the event at James River Assembly.  The church on U.S. 65 just north of Ozark has provided its venue for the event every year since 2006, free of charge.
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Edited news release from the Springfield Public School District | April 16, 2012
Springfield, MO -Central High School vocal music teacher Alberta Smith is the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. Her professional accomplishments, commitment to students and passion for teaching are among the traits that distinguished her from the 42 nominees. Alberta takes great pride in her career at Springfield Public Schools where she has been employed since 1995. As the choral music director at CHS, she has directed concert choir, chamber choir, women's choir, men's choir, Middle Years choir and musical productions that have received numerous recognitions and honors.
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Edited News Release and newsalerts@ky3.com | April 12, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --Springfield Public Schools is giving a developer additional time to make a $2.5 million payment toward the purchase of the old Hickory Hills School, at Highway 65 and Chestnut Expressway.  But in exchange for that five-month extension, Larino Properties LLC must pay the school district $12,500 a month above and beyond the purchase price.  The school board says Paul Larino has been making monthly cash payments of that amount,...
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KY3 News | February 13, 2012
Snow began falling across the Ozarks early this morning, creating slick roads in areas and prompting several school districts to cancel classes. Springfield Public Schools have not canceled school, and Willard has announced late starts for its middle and high schools. Otherwise, over 200 school districts in the Ozarks have shut down for the day. Click here for the updated list of school closings. Emergency crews throughout the Ozarks are still responding to numerous traffic incidents, some of which have caused injuries.
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Edited news release from the Springfield Public School District | February 9, 2012
Springfield, MO - Checking grades and homework assignments online will now be possible for parents of Springfield Public Schools elementary students. Beginning in February, each SPS elementary school will notify parents how they can enroll in Home Access Center to view grades, attendance, assigned work and registration information for their elementary students. “The electronic grade book is a wonderful tool which promotes student engagement and parent involvement,” explained Superintendent Norm Ridder.
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KY3 News | February 2, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Springfield public schools are putting a new learning model in action soon, thanks to a $25,000 donation from Walmart that will help teachers become more hands-on. It places heavy emphasis on teaching what the district calls the three C's -- Communication, Critical Thinking and Collaboration. Dr. Norm Ridder, superintendent of Springfield Public Schools, says parents came up with the idea. He hopes to have the model in place sometime next year. "Just to live in this world any more of high media, high technology it's very critical to kind of hone in and realize that's what's important; to be able to communicate, collaborate, and to think critically," Ridder said.
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edited news release from Springfield School District | January 30, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A U.S. District judge issued an order last week in favor of Springfield  School District and Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott.  The order dismissed a civil lawsuit which was filed by Doug and Mellony Burlison.  The couple believed their children's constitutional rights were violated by the use of drug detection dogs in Central High School. Doug Burlison is a Springfield city councilman.  The couple filed the lawsuit in December 2010. In its ruling, the judge said “that the written policies and procedures of the Greene County Sheriff and the Springfield Public Schools involved in this case appear to be reasonable and not in any way a deprivation of a federal right.” The lawsuit also named Superintendent Norm Ridder, CHS Principal Ron Snodgrass and Greene County Sheriff James Arnott in both their individual and official capacities.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | January 6, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, -- The biggest school district in the state will likely start the next school year much earlier than normal. Springfield Public Schools could start next school year as early as August 15. Student's last day could also be as early May 15th. This puts S.P.S. on a similar schedule with its neighboring districts. Also, another benefit to starting the school year earlier is the first semester will end before winter break. This will allow students to take finals before break and then start their second semester classes once they return.
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | October 13, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Jason and Melissa Dixon were shocked when their ten year old daughter came home with a book containing graphic and explicit material. "First page, first sentence; First Chapter, I was drunk," says Melissa, as she reads from the book. When Jason and Melissa Dixon were reading over a book their daughter brought home from school, they couldn't believe what they were reading. "As soon as I looked at the cover I could tell," says Jason. "It gets really explicit; really graphic details," adds Melissa.
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edited news release | September 24, 2011
ROLLA, Mo. -- Columbia College-Rolla announced a leadership gift of more than $800,000 from Springfield-area entrepreneur and real estate developer Jim D. Morris at the campus' 15th anniversary celebration held Friday at its North Bishop Avenue location. Morris made a donation of property with a building he owned in Rolla West, the city's primary development zone. That property will be used for a new Columbia College-Rolla campus, nearly quadrupling its size. Morris' gift is the second largest gift by a living donor in Columbia College history and the largest gift given to a Columbia College Nationwide Campus to date.
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