The Eagle Eye
A Focus on Well-being
News & Updates
Teacher contracts for the 2019-2020 school year have been issued via TalentEd - Records. You should have received an email notification from the system letting you know that it was issued. You may follow the link in that email to the login page. Once you log in, you will see your contract in your task list. Probationary teachers have 15 days to sign the contract from the date it was issued.

Furthermore, if you have obtained additional graduate-level coursework that meets the next column of the salary schedule and it needs to be reflected on your contract for next year, make sure you complete the Request for Horizontal Movement form and return to Matt Arnold by September 1, 2019.

The Importance of Child Abuse Prevention in Schools
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than six million children are reported as abused or neglected each year. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month so this month is a good time to make sure you're familiar with your duties in regards to preventing and reporting child abuse. To help remove barriers that affect students' readiness to learn, school personnel must be able to recognize when children are being abused and quickly intervene on their behalf.
Child abuse can be more than just bruises and broken bones. Child maltreatment includes physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and exploitation, emotional abuse, threat of harm, and abuse of children with disabilities. While physical abuse may be easier to detect, emotional abuse and neglect leave deep, lasting, invisible scars. Research shows that maltreatment can cause: 
  • Neurological damage.
  • Low self concept.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • School adjustment problems.
  • Poor academic outcomes.

You can access a refresher course in SafeSchools on child abuse under extra training.

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Absences may be charged against personal leave for the following reasons:
  • Tax investigation.
  • Court appearances, unless applicable law or policy provides for paid leave.
  • Wedding, graduation or funeral.
  • Observance of a religious holiday.
  • Conducting personal business of such a nature that it cannot be performed on a Saturday, Sunday or before or after school hours, including parent-teacher conferences.
  • Absences under leaves authorized by law, policy or the Board that would otherwise be unpaid including, but not limited to, leave under the FMLA.
  • Leave for other purposes as approved by the director of human resources.
Whenever possible, it is expected that requests for leave will be made in writing to the designated administrator at least 5 days in advance of the time leave is requested. However, 30 days' notice is required by law if the leave qualifies as FMLA leave and such notice is practical. Employees choosing to use personal leave must contact their immediate supervisor using the appropriate form, which will be forwarded to the director of human resources for consideration. The administrator will respond promptly to the employee's written request. All leave requests must be made before May 1 and may be denied if adequate substitutes are not available.

*Please note the leave must be made before May 1, not necessarily used by May 1.

Teledoc Challenge Winners
The building with the highest percentage of enrollment (includes completing medical history) will receive a one-of-a-kind, absolutely amazing gift for each staff member! And the winner goes to...


Every employee who completes the Teledoc enrollment (including medical history) was entered into a drawing for a $250 Schlotzsky's gift certificate. And the winner goes to...


It's not too late - REGISTER TODAY!

  1. Go to
  2. Your first time, click on Get Started under New to Teledoc?
  3. Complete your information and Joplin Schools should appear in the process.
  4. Once you create your login, scroll down to complete the Medical History.
  5. You're all done! Next time just log in and request a visit.
  6. You can even set up an appointment during a lunch break or even after school hours. There is a lot of flexibility to utilize the service of Teledoc.
Calendar of Events
Access our District Calendar on our website or by clicking here for the Google calendar. Stay up to date with district events.

Don't see a district-wide event on here? Email to get it added. Thanks for helping us help you know about district happenings.
2019-2020 School Calendar Now Available
SafeSchools Training
As we enter the days of warm weather and more time for outside play, don't forget the importance of playground supervisio n. This course gives an overview of the fundamentals of playground supervision. It will review a playground supervisor's responsibilities for active monitoring, the most common hazards on the playground and how to protect children from them, and procedures and policies.

  • Log in to SafeSchools
  • Click on Extra Training (left-hand side and looks like a play button)
  • Click on Social and Behavioral
  • Click on Playground Supervision

Having difficulties? Try the Troubleshooting Tips
Cheers & Tears
Welcome to the Eagle Family
Please join us in welcoming our newest employees to the Eagle Family!

Remembering Suzanne and Chuck
Suzanne M. Daniel
September 06, 1953 - March 17, 2019

Suzanne Mary Rouse Daniel, age 65, Joplin, MO, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Freeman West after a sudden illness.

Suzanne was born September 6, 1953, in Joplin, daughter of the late Paul Rouse and Dorothy Rinker Rouse. She has been a lifelong resident of Joplin, graduating from Joplin High School before receiving her degree in Art from Missouri Southern. She would later earn her Master's in Art Education from Pittsburg State University.

She was an art teacher with the Joplin R- VIII School District for the past 42 years, officially retiring in 2015, but she was still teaching duel credit classes at Joplin High School. She was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband of over 40 years, Harold Daniel; sons, Brenton Daniel, of Denver, CO, Shawn Daniel and Casey Daniel, both of Joplin; a brother, Michael Rouse and wife, Janice, of Joplin; a sister, Patti Shade and husband, Mike, also of Joplin; several nieces and nephews.
Chuck Eugene Land
January 11, 1960 - March 25, 2019

Charles (Chuck) Eugene Land Jr., Webb City, MO, was born January 11, 1960, and went home to Heaven March 25, 2019.

Chuck graduated from Webb City High School in 1978 and attended Missouri Southern on a golf scholarship. He was currently employed by the Joplin School District in construction. He was involved with construction all his life.

Chuck loved God, his family, and friends, golf (3 Hole in Ones), attending sporting events, playing cards, and his pets, especially White Paw.

Chuck and Lisa Hughes Land were united in marriage September 11, 1981, and she survives of the home. Additional survivors include son, Zac Land (Anna), daughters, Ashley Land and Darci Land, of the home; grandchildren, Grayson and Teagan Land. He is also survived by his sisters, Brenda Overman and Teresa Webber, (Steve); and many additional family members as well as many great friends. Chuck was preceded in death by his son, Tyler Land, and parents, Charles and Glenna Land of Webb City, MO.
Learn the Language of Health Care
Let’s face it. Understanding health and benefits terms is like learning a foreign language for most of us. Knowing the difference between co-insurance and co-payment can be confusing. And deciphering an EOB from COB shouldn’t require a PhD. Check out a UMR cheat sheet to understand the language of health care.
Safety Tip
Wellness Tip
6 Ways to Eat More Fruit
1. Start Early- Start eating them early, add a banana to your morning cereal or berries to your yogurt.
2. Don't hide the fruit in the refrigerator. Place a bowl out in the kitchen and encourage your family to pick fruit as a snack first before a processed food.
3. You can drink your fruits to a point. Look for labels that say "100 percent" fruit, according to the USDA, this can be a way to get a serving of fruit.
4. Have fruits with your sweets. Add them to your ice cream.
5. Dried fruits are great snacks.
6. Keep fruit for snacks at work. Place them in your breakroom for employees.  


Fresh fruit will be available in your breakroom for all building staff to enjoy.
"Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." -Maya Angelou

Employee Discounts

Don't forget to use Employee Discounts while shopping locally - you can find those here:   Employee Discounts .
The Eagle Eye: A Focus on Well-being is a monthly e-newsletter where you will find news, updates, reminders, wellness challenges, celebrations, etc. from the human resources department! The e-newsletter will be shared during the last week of each month. Thanks for viewing!