The Missouri Civics Education Initiative seeks to increase civic education in the state by giving the U.S. citizenship test to high-school students. While state law already requires students to take a civics exam, the initiative -- which lacks a legislative sponsor -- would set the 100-question U.S. citizenship and immigration exam as the standard.
Whittier High School students in Sedalia, Mo., created artwork such as sculptures of their hands that will be auctioned off in March to raise money for an orphanage in Caracol, Haiti. The project, called "Hearts for Haiti," is in its third year in local schools.
An advisory group of more than 20 students from Springfield, Mo., Public Schools recently weighed in to tell a recruitment firm about the qualities they seek in the superintendent to succeed Norm Ridder. The ideal candidate to lead the 25,000-student district should be approachable, open-minded, and willing to interact with them and listen to their ideas, students said.
Presidents, first ladies and one first daughter (Harry and Bess Truman's daughter, Margaret Truman) recently were portrayed by fifth-graders in teacher Jenni Halley's social studies class at St. Gregory's School in Maryville, Mo. It was part of the annual "living history" program, in which students spent weeks studying the presidency, then made a drawing of the president, first lady or family member they had selected. They then made a presentation to parents, grandparents and younger classmates.
The Granite City School District in Missouri is using a 15-minute computer survey to determine what the district is doing wrong -- and what it is doing right. Students and teachers in the district will be invited to complete the survey, which will question them about leadership, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment and instruction. The results of the survey will be part of the district's state report card.