The Eagle Eye
A Focus on Well-being
News & Updates
Welcome Missy Smith to HR!
Please join us in welcoming Missy Smith as our new HR administrative assistant. We are very excited to have her join our team. She is coming to us from JHS as the registrar. Missy brings a great deal of experience and will play a critical role for Joplin Schools, being the first person many of our new hires interact with when they come to our district.

She will begin her training to resume many of the responsibilities Teresa Colburn (Connor) had with our department. Feel free to welcome Missy as she transitions roles from JHS to HR (

Missouri Withholding Tax Tables Have Changed!

The state of Missouri has changed the withholding tables for 2019. They are no longer considering exemptions and are only going by single, married spouse works, head of household or married spouse does not work. 

We have loaded the new tax tables and the change should now be reflected on everyone's paycheck. We are requesting that everyone review your check stubs on this most recent payroll. These can be found in the Employee Service Portal (ESP) .

The payroll department will not be able to look up your amounts on an individual basis due to time constraints. If you would like to change your Missouri withholding, please complete a new MO W-4.  Click here for instructions to complete this step in TalentEd Records. We are working to get all files in electronic storage and that will also allow you access to your files at any time as well.

Most of you will not notice a significant change, but we wanted everyone to be aware of this change.

Where can I get a copy of my W2's?
You have access to your 2018 W2's, along with historical W2's through Employee Service Portal . Once you log in follow the steps below:

Don't Delay, Check Today!
Time for a Certification Check!
When is the last time you logged in to check your certification with DESE? To remain under contract with Joplin Schools, educators must be appropriately certified for their position. Take 2 minutes to visit DESE , check your certification status, and update any necessary paperwork needed by DESE.
Relocating? Are you asking for references from supervisors?
If you are relocating and needing references from your peers or supervisors on behalf of Joplin Schools, please take time to complete a Reference Release form.

Log in to TalentEd .
Toggle to Records
Click on Blank Docs.
Click on Reference Release form.
Choose Add as an E-Form.
Complete and Save Final.
Mercy Directory Updates and Information:

You also have the option of "Hold My Place" feature, allowing you to check in before arrival.
Start the new year off right!

Looking for ways to save for retirement? You may consider a 403(b). Check out OMNI updates for 1st Quarter.
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.
SafeSchools Training
Have you ever experienced an angry parent? This course is designed for any school staff member who may need to address the concerns of an angry parent. Topics include an explanation of "de-escalation" and a list of de-escalation strategies, an overview of the four basic Conflict Management models, and a description of effective interpersonal communication strategies.

  • Log in to SafeSchools
  • Click on Extra Training (left-hand side and looks like a play button)
  • Click on Conflict Management
  • Click on Managing the Angry Parent

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!

Safety Tip
"There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking." -Brian Tracy

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!