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BuildingPoplar Bluff High School is either on track or on the 2020 target in End-Of-Course assessments, showing improvements in all subjects but one from 2015 to 2016, according to data recently presented to the Board of Education.

“To achieve that this year with everything going on – the undertone of construction – that is a testament to the professionalism of our staff and the resolve of our students. The resilience of Poplar Bluff,” said Mike Kiehne, Senior High principal.

Over 130,000 square feet of space has been added to the former 5th & 6th Grade Center to establish the new high school, consolidating all recreational activities on the 80-acre campus off Oak Grove Road on shared space with the Technical Career Center. Kiehne says that will only maximize his teams’ abilities. 

“The new facility, in my mind, is giving us the opportunity for our already high-performing staff to have the resources to match their drive,” Kiehne said. 

The science department, which worked directly with architects to design their wing of the new portion of the building, has gone from having a single laboratory to eight classrooms doubling as labs with shared storage space for each pair of instructors to use. 

One of the keys to Senior High’s success over the past few years, according to Kiehne, has been implementing advisory during which students spend a class period with the same teacher weekly to do homework and track attendance, discipline and grades.

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