The Eagle Eye
A Focus on Well-being
News & Updates
Joplin Schools has Placed a 
Bond Request for $25 million on the April 7 Ballot

The chart below compares Joplin's current tax levy with regional districts, districts of similar size to Joplin, and the state average.
Using new Statistics in Schools (SIS) resources in your classroom during the 2019-2020 school year will support efforts to make sure EVERY child is counted in the 2020 Census. This count impacts the federal funds that communities receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more. Click here for a PDF with more information or visit the website for more information.
The Eagle Eye: A Focus on Well-being is now archived!

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Eagle Nation Benefit News

Hey, Eagle Nation!

Do you want to learn more about your benefits and ways to save money? Keep an Eagle Eye out each month as we focus on your health and financial well-being . Watch for money saving tips and other information you need to know!
Did you miss it?

October 2019 through January 2020's issues of The Eagle Eye included cost saving tips for medical services and prescriptions.

No worries! Check out the archive under the staff tab on the district website to catch up!
The Advantages of a Health Savings Account
The district pays you $30 a month to be enrolled in the HSA plan, which is a high deductible health plan (HDHP). The district deposits the money into a Health Savings Account set up for you with United Missouri Bank.
Did you know that unlike a Flexible Spending Account, HSA balances roll over every year, and you may elect to add or change a personal contribution at any time during the year?

Learn more by clicking here!
Are you interested in investing the money in your HSA account? Click here!
#2 What is Worker's Compensation?

Worker's Compensation is a form of accident insurance paid by employers. It provides medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs to employees who are hurt or get sick from a work-related cause.

The amount the district pays in premiums for this insurance is based on a 3-year history of claims, and how the cost for claims compares to similarly situated school districts in Missouri.
Become a Safety Fanatic!
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
(Report of the Superintendent to the School Board)
Premiums Collected

District ------------------ $3,925,836.00
Employee -------------- $1,558,703.00
Retiree and Cobra ----- $378,643.80
Interest Earned --------- $120,750.75
Total --------------------- $5,983,933.55
Fees and Claims Paid

Admin/Teledoc ---------- $206,694.78
Insurance Premium ---- $369,179.34
Health Claims --------- $3,817,839.28
Prescription Claims - $1,338,068.96
Total --------------------- $5,731,782.36

July 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020
(Report of the Superintendent to the School Board)
Premiums Collected

District ------------------- $2,139,320.00
Employee ----------------- $860,346.21
Retiree and Cobra ------ $197,343.03
Interest Earned ------------ $88,194.76
Total ---------------------- $3,285,204.00
Fees and Claims Paid

Admin/Teledoc ----------- $148,892.18
Insurance Premium ----- $260,692.61
Health Claims ---------- $2,208,558.29
Prescription Claims ------$778,481,68
Total ---------------------- $3,396,624.76
Did you know that absences of 5 days in a row, or 3 different days that are for the same reason require you and your doctor to complete paperwork for a leave of absence? Did you know the district has several different leave policies? No worries, the district uses one form for absences related to your health and one form for absences related to the health of a family member. The forms are for Family and Medical Leave, and are available under the Staff tab of the district website or by clicking here!
Mandatory Annual Notices are posted to the district's website. You may also view them here by selecting either the PPO Plan's Annual Notice or the HSA Plan Annual Notice !
Do you want to know more about a specific benefit topic?
Send a topic or your questions to
SafeSchools Training
It is the time of year when we struggle to make it through another day. Many of us are stressed and longing for spring break. SafeSchools provides an information, short video on stress management.  This course will provide employees with information needed to manage and reduce stress. Common themes include understanding stress and its effects on you, ways to manage stress, and ways to stay ahead of stress.

  • Log in to SafeSchools
  • Click on Extra Training (left-hand side and looks like a play button)
  • Click on Health
  • Click on Stress Management

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

Remembering Sharon
Sharon Vickers (Conway), age 76 of Joplin, Missouri passed away Tuesday February 25, 2020 following a short illness.

She was born October 6, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri to Albert and Ila (Hacker) Conway.
Sharon worked in the food service department with the Joplin R VIII School District. She attended Harmony Heights Baptist Church. She married Fred Vickers Jr on July 15, 1988 and he preceded her in death on November 16, 2012.

Sharon was also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Stephanie “Megan” Ballard and two sisters, Hope Janes, and Diane Gardner.

She is survived by two daughters, Michelle Periman and husband Craig, Amanda LaBelle and husband Kip; two brothers, Albert Conway III, Eugene Conway; three sisters Linda Glumm, Ruth Nickel, Amalia “Molly” Herrell; nine grandchildren, Travis Hoke, Jared Kuhns, Jordan Kuhns, Brooklyn Cade, Hunter McClintock, Cydney Vickers, Kayden Vickers, Ian Whaley, Avery Whaley; and two great grandchildren, Rowyn Cade, Blair Kuhns, as well as numerous extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be 2:30 pm Monday March 2, 2020 at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary chapel with Pastor Charlie Burnett officiating. Burial will follow at Mt Hope Cemetery Webb City, Missouri. Visitation will be 2:00 -3:00 pm Sunday at the mortuary.
Remembering Gary
Gary Dee Young, age 74 passed away at 11:25 pm Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Mercy Hospital, Joplin, MO following an illness.

Gary was born February 12, 1945 in Joplin, MO. His parents were William Andrew and Oma Eugene (Lake) Young. He was a lifetime resident of Galena.

He worked in the warehouse for Joplin School System for 22 years, retiring in 2001. He was currently employed at Oasis Car Wash, Galena, KS. He was a member of Empire Mission Church, Galena, KS and had been an active member of the Cherokee Outlaws Car Club. His interests included old cars and motorcycles.

Gary was married to Phyllis N. (Smallwood) Musgrave on November 20, 2003 in Las Vegas, NV. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Brenton Young (Billie), Galena, and Chris John Young (Dana), Galena; two daughters, Luenda Martin (Randy), Riverton, and Heather Spitler, Ponca City, OK; three step-children, Chad Musgrave (LeAnn), Galena, Richard Musgrave, Riverton, and Jacqueline Oxford (Gary) Reddings Mill, MO; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 6 siblings, Bill, Bob, Lois, Annie, Mary Lou, and Betty Sue.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 PM Friday, February 7, 2020 at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 pm, Friday, February 7, 2020 at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, KS. Pastor Donna Maybee will officiate.
Online condolences may be expressed at
Safety Tip
Wellness Tip
The month of March is National Nutrition Month which puts a spotlight on the importance of eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet. The following tips can help you eat healthier all year long.

  1. Lean Protein - Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. The more beans and nuts, the merrier.
  2. Satisfying Late-Night Cravings - Is your sweet tooth getting a late-night craving? Eat fruit! It’ll satisfy your craving and at the same time won’t be too many calories right before bed.
  3. Increase Your Whole Foods Intake - A wide variety of nutrients are needed to maintain proper health, and when nutrients are eaten in the form of whole foods, it leads to better health benefits.
  4. Plan Ahead -Take some time throughout your week to meal plan and brainstorm meals that can easily fit into your evening every night of the week.
  5. Add Some Color - Fill your plan with foods that show a variety of colors, and prioritize the selection on your plate by starting with protein first, then fiber and carbs.
  6. Get Seven Servings a Day - A research study conducted in 2014 found that eating at least seven servings of fruit and veggies a day was linked to a 42 percent lower risk of premature death, a 25 percent decreased risk of cancer and a 31 percent decreased risk of heart disease or stroke.
  7. Focus on Your Food - If you’re hungry, you’re more likely to overeat, so it’s better to eat enough during the day to avoid uncontrolled eating.

“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.”
– Seneca, Roman Philosopher
"NEW" Employee Discounts!
These have recently been updated with new offers. So please check them out and don't forget to use your Employee Discounts while shopping locally - you can find the Discounts 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!