The Eagle Eye
A Focus on Well-being
News & Updates
Paraprofessional to Teacher
MoACT is a project that is funded through a Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) federal grant from the US Dept. of Ed. awarded over 5 years (2019-2024) to the Southwest Center. MoACT will allow 70 paraprofessionals, two cohorts of 35, to become certified teachers Please click here for more details!
United Way Update
The District raised a total of $2966.00 for the United Way.
November is National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.

One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The good news...people who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk if they make healthy changes. Examples of healthy changes include eating healthy, getting more physical activity, and losing weight.
Entering Absences Refresher
1.Enter the Start and End Dates of the absence.
2. Choose the Absence Reason type.
3. Choose if a substitute is required for this absence.
4. Choose the Absence Type (Full Day, Half Day AM, Half Day PM, or custom times).
5. Click the Next button.  
6. Notes to Substitute: notes for the substitute from the employee.
7. Notes to Administrator: notes viewable only by the principal from the employee.
8. Administrator’s Notes: private notes from the administrator regarding this absence.
9. Finalize the absence. Clicking Save completes the process.

Note: Coaches, sponsors, and all PD absences should be entered as soon as you know about absence, for example, coaches should enter all absences at the beginning of their season. Lead time and planning ahead are crucial to getting vacancies filled.
If you know of someone with 60 college credits that would like a flexible schedule with the same hours and holidays as students please let them know we want their help to make a difference in our students' lives. They can apply and learn more here
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!
Choose the right health care setting
Where you go for medical services can make a big difference in how much you pay and how long you wait to see a health care provider. Click here to learn more!
Save Money with Freeman First Care!

Or save with Mercy Convenient Care!
Freeman First Care or Mercy Convenient Care offer walk-in appointments and charge the same as a visit to your doctor's office!
Last month we learned that a self-insured health plan receives funding from employer- and employee-paid premiums. Those premiums are used to pay for member's claims.
What is a...
A. Self-insured employer can either administer the claims in-house, or subcontract this service to a third party administrator (TPA). TPAs can also help employers set up their self-insured group health plans and coordinate stop-loss insurance coverage, provider network contracts, and utilization review services.
FACT: UMR is the TPA for Joplin Schools Medical Insurance.
Q. Can self-insured employers protect themselves against unpredicted or catastrophic claims?
A.  M ost self-insured employers purchase what is known as stop-loss insurance to reimburse them for claims above a specified dollar level. This is an insurance contract between the stop-loss carrier and the employer, and is not deemed to be a health insurance policy covering individual plan participants.

FACT: The district purchases stop-loss insurance.
Ways to save money on prescriptions!
1. Request generic drugs
From a medical standpoint, there's generally no harm in opting for a generic version of the medication you take, and that move alone could save you a considerable amount.
2. Buy medications in bulk
If you have a medication you take on a regular basis, it pays to see whether it's available in 90-day supplies. This will save you a few trips to the pharmacy (and the gas money associated with them), but it could also save you money. Try mail-order and use the CVS Mobile App !
3. Shop around
Did you know not all pharmacies charge the same for prescriptions? Compare your prescription cost to other pharmacies here !

FACT: Even though you may only pay a copay for prescriptions, keep in mind the plan pays the difference and our premiums fund the plan.

Consider this: Many drug companies offer copay cards for specialty drugs. If you pay using your insurance card and the copay card, we (yes, all of us) pay the majority of the cost and the drug company only pays a small portion. In most instances, if you just use the copay card the drug manufacturer pays the full cost minus your copay. Consider asking your pharmacist to only use the copay card.
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 - September 30, 2019
(Report of the Superintendent to the School Board)
Premiums Collected

District --------------------- $841,500.00
Employee ---------------- $342,942.12
Retiree and Cobra ------- $83,321.60
Interest Earned ---------- $34,329.43
Total --------------------- $1,302,093.15
Fees and Claims Paid

Admin/Teledoc ------------ $63,565.39
Insurance Premium ----- $94,544.94
Health Claims --------- $2,115,642.02
Prescription Claims -----$417,708.17
Total --------------------- $2,691,460.52
Address/Phone Number Change?
Now is a great time to verify your address and phone number is current in Employee Service Portal.

If changes need to be made, please email Melissa Smith at

Mandatory Annual Notices have been posted to the website and sent on email. You may also view here by selecting either the PPO Plan's Annual Notice or the HSA Plan Annual Notice !
SafeSchools Training
Your Essential training should now be complete. However there are other available video you can access through SafeSchools.
Do you ever struggle with challenging classroom behaviors? Have you experienced a child who is outright defiant or diagnosed with ODD? How do we handle this in the classroom?

  • Log in to SafeSchools
  • Click on Extra Training (left-hand side and looks like a play button)
  • Click on Behavior
  • Click on Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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 Joan Boyd
Miss Joan Boyd, 83, departed this earthly life on October 16th, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.
She left behind to morn her passing: her brother, Dr. Donald Boyd and his wife, Sharon; her niece, LeeAnn and husband, Aaron Reed; her nephew, Preston Boyd and wife, Chelsea; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was a graduate of Seneca High School, Joplin Jr. College, and Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University). She resided in Joplin for 60 years and taught elementary school in the Joplin Public Schools before retiring.

Joan touched many lives with her gracious spirit of caring and was always quick to recognize the needs and feelings of others. She regularly volunteered her services to various individuals and organizations up until her death. Prior to her move to Arkansas, to be nearer family, she was a dedicated and active member of the Blendville Christian Church in Joplin.

Memorial gatherings will be conducted at later dates.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to memorialize Joan is encouraged to make a donation in her honor to the Show-Me Christian Youth Home, LaMont, MO. or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca.
Remembering Fran Shepherd
Frantine Kay Shepherd, age 78, of Joplin, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at her residence in Joplin. Fran, daughter of the late Wilson Burl and Frances Christine (Koon) Bradley, was born on January 20, 1941 in San Diego, Ca. She received her Master’s degree in education from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. She started her teacher career in Overland Park, Ks. She retired after 28 years from Joplin R-VIII Schools as an elementary and reading recovery teacher, including Lafayette, West Central, Irving and Jefferson schools. She continued to work after retirement as a tutor and volunteer within Joplin R-VIII. She was a member of the National Education Association and Southwest Missouri Democrats. She was member of the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Joplin serving in the Alter Guild and Transitional Housing Ministry through economic security. She was also Chairman of the service committee and was active in Women of St. Philip’s, also having served on the Vestry. Fran was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling with her friends.

Survivors include one son, Grant Shepherd, and his wife, Sandy, of Alba, Mo.; one daughter, Amy Shore, and her husband, Chris, of Houston, TX; three grandchildren, Kelly Shepherd, Evan Shore, Marybeth Shore and one great-grandson, Sawyer Stegemann.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:00 am at the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Joplin, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Philip’s Episcopal for the Transitional Housing Ministry and may be entrusted to the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory, Joplin.
Remembering Doug Crane
Mr. Douglas Crane, 71, of Joplin, Missouri, departed this life on Monday morning, November 4, 2019, in the comfort of his home.

Doug entered this life on May 21, 1948, in East Chicago, Indiana, son of the late Richard “Dick” and Edwana (Kroll) Crane. He was a lifelong area resident and a 1966 graduate of Joplin High School. He furthered his education at MSSC, receiving an Associate Degree in Technology. On September 11, 1967, Doug was united in marriage to Mary Iris Howard and to this union one son was born. Together they shared 51 years of marriage before her passing on January 14, 2019.

Doug served his country faithfully in the United States Air Force while stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War. During his professional career, he was employed by McDonald’s, Bill Lowe’s Auto, Cummins Diesel, where he worked as a mechanic for 13 years, and 19 years with the Joplin R-VIII School District in the maintenance department. After his first retirement, Doug continued working for Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary and the City of Duquesne for 13 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin and also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Doug was known as “The Banjo Man” as he had a great love and talent for making banjos. He mastered his craft, building 168 custom banjos from start to finish in his shop, and shipped them to customers all over the U.S. Doug also played his banjos at various music festivals and local attractions, including Silver Dollar City. He enjoyed spending his free time fishing and visiting with friends. Doug was a true family man and he dearly loved his wife and his son, Danny. He never knew a stranger and his friendly demeanor will be missed by all who knew him.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jim Crane; and his wife, Mary Crane. Survivors include his son, Danny Crane, of the home; his brother, Mark Crane, of the State of Florida; as well as a host of extended family and many friends.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 7, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin, Missouri, with Father Joe Weidenbenner officiating. Full military honors will follow. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the Knights of Columbus.

Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin, Missouri.
Safety Tip
Wellness Tip
Holiday Healthy Eating Guide
These easy tips and recipes will help you stay healthy and mindful as you celebrate the holidays with friends and family. You can eat well and be well this holiday season, with these tasty treats, party tricks and simple strategies.  

  1. Enjoy in Moderation: Grandma’s fudge is a family tradition, and your coworker’s cookies are calling you from the breakroom. Indulging a little won’t hurt — so lighten up! No, we mean that literally. Enjoy holiday treats in smaller portions, make healthy substitutions where you can, and plan ahead for merry meals that are healthy, too. 
  2. Include lots of seasonal, colorful fruits and vegetables: Do you decorate for the holidays with a lot of color? Treat your plate the same way. Fruits and vegetables will add flavor, color and nutrients to holiday favorites. And they help you feel fuller longer so you can avoid the temptation to overeat.   
  3. Sprinkle in opportunities to be active: Keep the inevitable indulgences in check by staying active. Enjoy some winter sports for a change of pace, or schedule in a quick walk or workout before you head to the next party.
"Make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous."

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!