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RISE Transition Center set to open with dedicated at-risk staff
08/12/2019
The new RISE Transition Center will open during the 2019/20 school year as a pilot program for the planned alternative school to help address behavioral issues that students, grades 7-12, are struggling with in the regular education setting.
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Jeff Baldwin, co-owner of Baldwin Automotive Group, hands two sets of Ford Escape keys to PBHS educators (front row, from left) Mitch Davis, Charley Harper and Mike Sowatzke.
Baldwin supports PBHS Driver’s Ed program
06/10/2019
Baldwin Automotive Group has loaned a pair of 2018 Ford Escapes for students to use in the Driver’s Education program available at Poplar Bluff High School.
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PBHS teacher earns statewide biology award
06/07/2019
Poplar Bluff educator Gretchen Pendley has won the 2019 outstanding biology teacher award for the state of Missouri through the National Association of Biology Teachers.
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Incoming PBHS junior to participate in 2019 MSA
05/29/2019
Poplar Bluff High School is sending a student to the exclusive Missouri Scholars Academy for the second year in a row.
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Drew Metz reunites with his military sister, Alyson.
Commencement held for PBHS Class of 2019
05/29/2019
A total of 321 students graduated from the Poplar Bluff High School Class of 2019 on Thursday, May 23, at the Black River Coliseum, earning nearly $2.1 million in scholarships and grants, staff reported.
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Elizabeth Shirrell’s mother Amy joins Maj. Gregory Crites in the Change of Command ceremony.
Change of Command 2019
05/14/2019
Poplar Bluff High School junior Elizabeth Shirrell has been named commander of the Pvt. Billie Kanell JROTC Battalion for the upcoming school year.
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PBHS program produces homegrown teachers
04/23/2019
A program started several years ago at Poplar Bluff Schools is beginning to produce homegrown teachers within the district.
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Corey Floyd and Jack Rogers, students in Heather Pullam’s multimedia class, edit video using Adobe Premiere Pro software.
Multimedia class creates safety video for Gates
04/23/2019
The multimedia class at Poplar Bluff High School is producing an official safety video for Gates Corporation in Industrial Park.
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Mike Owen is recognized during the MASC annual state convention earlier this month at Lindbergh High School.
Principal receives regional award for student advocacy
03/21/2019
Poplar Bluff High School Principal Mike Owen was named administrator of the year for the Southeast District of the Missouri Association of Student Councils during the organization’s 71st annual state convention held Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, at Lindbergh High School.
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Actors (left to right) Craig Ester, Ted Drury, Karl Hawkins, Jeanitta Perkins and Frankie Ferrari take a bow after performing 'Macbeth.'
PBHS English students experience ‘Macbeth’
03/21/2019
The Shakespeare Festival St. Louis performed the tragedy “Macbeth” for almost 400 Poplar Bluff High School English students on Thursday, March 14, in the Tinnin Center at Three Rivers College.
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Lunch menu input solicited from PBHS students
03/12/2019
Chartwells School Dining Services hosted a series of taste tests last week at Poplar Bluff High School in an effort to receive student input on potential menu items.
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Meagan Bader of Ozark FCU helps students navigate a newly created budgeting app.
Reality Fair teaches budgeting to students
03/06/2019
More than 60 Poplar Bluff High School students signed up to participate in the fifth annual Reality Fair to learn about money management during an event similar to a poverty simulation held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Three Rivers College.
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Former pro athlete donates memorabilia to alma mater
03/05/2019
Poplar Bluff High School Class of 1967 graduate Eddie Moss, who went on to play in the NFL, donated his collection of sports memorabilia on Friday, Feb. 22, for a new Mules wall of fame display, spearheaded by security officer Wesley Lewis.
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Spanish teacher Charley Harper receives a hand-delivered herbal tea.
PBHS rolls out coffee service
02/26/2019
The Poplar Bluff High School Coffee Crew began serving refreshments to teachers on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in an effort to provide students an opportunity to work on pre-vocational skills for their post-graduation transition.
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TCC student designs new logo for Giving Closet
02/05/2019
A Poplar Bluff student enrolled in the computer graphics program at the Technical Career Center has created a new logo to be used to help market the Giving Closet at the High School.
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Lifelong Mule spearheads distinguished alumni project
01/15/2019
Wesley Lewis is a true mule. Since he is the person who coined the term, he owns the right to define it. “A true mule is not just a Poplar Bluffian,” the lifelong R-I employee explained. “This is a society of people that loves to see the town progress, with that hard-headed determination of a mule.”
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Teacher Gretchen Pendley tests out a digital microscope during freshman advisory.
Foundation funds $3.5K in teacher grants
12/19/2018
The Poplar Bluff School Foundation recently funded two ‘innovative educational projects’ valued at more than $3,500 so students can collect data for NASA and participate in group activities using digital microscopes.
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PBHS named National Beta School of Distinction
12/11/2018
National Beta has named Poplar Bluff High School a 2018/19 National School of Distinction for the chapter’s boost in membership and commitment toward academic achievement, exemplary character, and demonstrated leadership and service to others.
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College application incentive established
11/08/2018
An incentive was recently put in place that helped encourage more than 100 high school students to either filled out federal student aid forms or apply to colleges.
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Dean Lackey oversees students Michael Salamone and Sam Pierce as they work on small engines in the shop.
Briggs and Stratton supports agriculture program
10/09/2018
Briggs and Stratton donated 30 small engines so students of the Poplar Bluff High School agriculture education program can gain hands-on experience.
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Sophomores learn about various careers
10/09/2018
AmeriCorps hosted its 16th annual Career Fair for area sophomores from Poplar Bluff Hgih School and Twin Rivers on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Three Rivers College.
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PBHS hosts bottle cap drive for chance at $10K
PBHS hosts bottle cap drive for chance at $10K
09/18/2018
Poplar Bluff Senior High is competing for $10,000 against surrounding schools throughout the region in the Dr. Pepper Pigskin Points Contest.
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Firefighters discuss career with literature class
09/18/2018
Firefighters visited the PBHS English Department on Friday, Sept. 14, to speak with seniors about how the themes they have been reading such as bravery, heroism and courage relates to the profession.
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PBHS hosts 14th annual Honor Tour send-off
09/11/2018
A special tribute for veterans visiting the United States capital began before they even left town, as Poplar Bluff High School students hosted a school-wide assembly to set the tone for the 14th annual Honor Tour.
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09/04/2018
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Sterling Bank donates Dave Ramsey curriculum
08/28/2018
Sterling Bank has supplied the popular personal finance curriculum of esteemed financial radio host and author Dave Ramsey to all Poplar Bluff Junior and Senior High students taking related business classes this school year.
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07/18/2018
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Sophomore accepted into MO Scholars Academy
05/08/2018
Ross Dare has been selected among 330 sophomores statewide to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy this summer, the first Poplar Bluff High School student in several years to achieve this prestigious honor, according to the Counseling Department.
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PBHS StuCo advisor named top in Missouri
03/20/2018
A Senior High teacher of 13 years has received statewide recognition for her impact advising not only the Poplar Bluff student life organization, but student councils throughout Missouri over the past several years.
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National Merit Program finalist
03/06/2018
Poplar Bluff High School senior Adeesh Mishra has advanced in the National Merit Scholarship program to finalist, earning a 50 percent chance of receiving a scholarship through the corporation, if not directly from a higher education institution.
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Businesses sponsor Girls State group
03/06/2018
The largest number of Poplar Bluff High School juniors in recent memory will be participating in American Legion Auxiliary Girls State this summer at Central Missouri University in Warrensburg, thanks to several generous community sponsors.
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Making IT Happen
02/27/2018
Two district employees who work together to enhance student engagement received regional recognition in the field of educational technology integration at Poplar Bluff Schools.
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PBHS continues to offer ACT for free despite state cut
02/06/2018
The Poplar Bluff School District will offer the ACT exam to High School juniors one time free of charge in April.
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PBHS anti-bullying club visits elementary schools
01/30/2018
The Stand for the Silent group at Poplar Bluff High has begun visiting elementary school students this month to read children’s books with messages about anti-bullying, the club’s mission.
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Dentist takes up collection for Giving Closet
11/14/2017
Dr. Mike Price delivered several boxes of personal hygiene items to the Giving Closet on Thursday, Nov. 9, after taking up a month-long collection at his clinic, the Family Dentistry of Poplar Bluff.
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Dentist guest lectures in forensic class
10/31/2017
Following a guest lecture about forensic odontology on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Poplar Bluff High School, local dentist Dr. Eric Blaich took the opportunity to provide career advice to students.
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Graduation Center students become work-ready certified
10/31/2017
Over a dozen students graduated and two scholarships were awarded during the Gateway 2 Jobs commencement on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Poplar Bluff High School.
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15th annual Career Fair
10/11/2017
Industry professionals encouraged Poplar Bluff and Twin Rivers sophomores to begin thinking about their futures during the 15th annual Career Fair held Thursday, Oct. 5, at Three Rivers College.
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PBHS graduation rate exceeds 90-percent goal
10/03/2017
Poplar Bluff High School’s graduation rate was 91.8 percent this year, a gain of 4.2 percent over last year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently reported.
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National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist
09/26/2017
Poplar Bluff High School senior Adeesh Mishra has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program among approximately 16,000 students nationwide who scored above the state average on the preliminary SAT, which for Missouri is 211.
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The Constitution Project
09/19/2017
A new class has been started at Poplar Bluff High School that partners with local industry professionals to take students through the process of investigating a mock crime, holding a trial and reporting about the proceedings.
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Student liaisons elected to school board
08/29/2017
Decisions at the Poplar Bluff School District are intended to be considered with the betterment of students in mind. Now the Board of Education will get to actually cross-check with the student body when they conduct business.
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Instructional coaches hired to equip teachers
07/17/2017
The district’s new instructional coaches have been charged with putting an emphasis on curriculum now that the technology component has almost become second nature to teachers.
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Homegrown talent
07/10/2017
A pair of seasoned educators who rose up through the rank and file within the Poplar Bluff school system have been promoted to lead their respective buildings.
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Largest graduating class in decades
05/31/2017
A total of 340 students graduated from Poplar Bluff High School on Thursday, May 25, at the Black River Coliseum – the largest graduating class since 1980, according to district records.
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Education commissioner, legislators honor PBHS student
04/25/2017
Poplar Bluff High School senior Hamiz Mirza was among 15 select students to receive the Missouri Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship on Monday, April 17, in Jefferson City.
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PBHS senior among top scholars in Missouri
03/27/2017
Poplar Bluff High School senior Humza Siddiqui is being recognized among the 100 top scholars in the state from the graduating Class of 2017.
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PBHS freshman nominated for Spirit of Sport award
03/27/2017
Poplar Bluff High School freshman Savannah Hicks was Missouri’s nomination for the National High School Spirit of Sport Award for returning to the basketball court just six short weeks after open-heart surgery.
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WWII vet visits American history class
03/14/2017
World War II veteran Cloyd Cook, a recipient of four Bronze Star Medals, spoke to advanced American history students about some of his early involvement in helping to stop Nazi Germany and Japan over 70 years ago.
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PBHS Weekly Announcements 3/13-3/18/2017
03/13/2017
To learn more about what is happening at PBHS this week, please continue reading below. Have a great week!
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PBHS Weekly Announcements 3/6-3/12/2017
03/08/2017
To learn more about what is happening a PBHS this week, please access https://goo.gl/M7lxFg , or continue reading below! Have a great week!
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Spanish classes sample tropical fruit
02/28/2017
Approximately 400 Poplar Bluff High School students learned about tropical fruit common in Spanish speaking countries on Wednesday, Feb. 22, with over $600 from a state grant.
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The Giving Closet
12/06/2016
Poplar Bluff High School students in need of an article of clothing, a personal hygiene product or a classroom supply now have a discrete place to go directly on campus to seek relief.
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Robert Whelan donates $1,500 to Iron Mules
11/02/2016
The Poplar Bluff High School Robotics Club received its largest single donation to date: $1,500 from Robert Whelan Wealth Management to purchase a complete Velocity Vortex obstacle course.
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Largest Grad Center group to complete work ethics training
10/25/2016
Three Poplar Bluff Graduation Center students were hired at area businesses before even completing this year’s Gateway 2 Jobs program. Another three were awarded college scholarships during the graduation ceremony on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Chamber of Commerce.
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Farewell to the Class of 2016
05/18/2016
The commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 12, at the Black River Coliseum marked endings and new beginnings on multiple fronts.
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Most NHS pledges inducted in recent memory
04/19/2016
A total of 35 Poplar Bluff High School juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society during the annual spring ceremony on Wednesday, April 6, in the Kay Porter Theater.
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Growing Academic Team awarded $1,000
02/22/2016
The Poplar Bluff High School Academic Team has in recent weeks received $1,000 in grants, which will be used for requisite equipment and fees to send more students to Quiz Bowl camp.
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The Giving Project
02/16/2016
How do you maximize the impact of just $10? Break the bill down into 40 quarters and disperse the coins in random places throughout school.
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Teacher Words Matter
12/02/2015
A student wrote a heartfelt essay about her school janitor and won $500 plus an all-expense paid trip for the pair to attend the Missouri High School Football Championship in St. Louis.
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Cross Country team gets pep talk from Olympic hopeful
10/28/2015
USA Team marathon runner Josphat Boit Skyped with the Poplar Bluff High School Cross Country team on Thursday, Oct. 22, by way of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., where he is training at 8,000-feet elevation for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Community leaders break ground on future high school
06/05/2015
More than 75 supporters celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for Poplar Bluff Schools’ new high school, the impetus of the district buildings plan, on Thursday, June 4, at the present site of the 5th & 6th Grade Center.
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Soeter completes 100-book challenge
05/12/2015
Poplar Bluff High School senior Ben Soeter is the first student in three years to read 100 novels and earn a $1,000 scholarship via the Designing Women Foundation’s Charlie Classics reading program.
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PBHS student to be featured on MTV
12/16/2014
A Poplar Bluff High School student will be featured on a popular MTV doc film series for the role she played in a Native American panel discussion that recently took place in Washington, D.C.
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Cheerleaders gain national prestige in unprecedented time
01/19/2014
Poplar Bluff High School reinstated its Competition Cheer Squad just this past spring and by summertime, the cheerleaders were named state champions for the first time in school history.
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Student earns college degree before High School diploma
01/21/2013
A Poplar Bluff student has managed to complete her associate degree requirements before receiving her High School diploma, as a result of a partnership forged last school year with Three Rivers College.
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Students exercise their voting power, officials pay close attention
11/01/2012
With Election Day around the corner, area officeholders have their eyes on Poplar Bluff Senior High to get a sense of how Butler County is going to vote come Tuesday, Nov. 6.
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Student donates $500 in books to high school library
10/11/2012
When most teenagers get their hands on $1,500, they think about spending the money on the latest electronics, clothing or entertainment, but not one Poplar Bluff Senior High student.
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