Snow day doesn't stop Joplin School preview - KOAM TV 7

Snow day doesn't stop Joplin School preview


Updated January 8, 2014: It was a big day for the Joplin School District, as some students got a first look at their brand new school Soaring Heights Elementary.

A preview of the school was held Wednesday after inclement weather canceled school and pushed the preview back from Sunday. 

"You know honestly it blew my mind. I walked in and I was taken back. It's a first class effort that was put into this school and I think it's going to pay off," said a Joplin parent.     

Soaring Heights Elementary School Principal Teresa Adams welcomed students and parents to the event.. 

"It's beyond anything I could every dream of, at every phase I was more and more amazed with what we can up with," Adams said. 

Adams says the building was constructed for children to learn 21st century skills. 

"Teachers aren't confined to the four walls of their room they have spaces throughout this building to utilize," Adam said.  

Soaring Heights will serve kindergarten through 5th graders, and can hold up to 450 students. The cost of the project is estimated at $13.6 million, but the cost of learning is priceless.

"I was amazed at how much work they got done in that quick of time. When I was walking I just love everything about its just everything," said Ben Belnap a 5th grader at Soaring Heights.  
Ben will be a tour guide for other students once school resumes. He believes the extra space will create a better learning environment. 

"I bet we will be more concentrated on one thing. I think it's going to help how big the board is, how much space we have to put our stuff in everything about this room involves learning,"said Belnap.  

The school has two FEMA certified safe rooms, the community is also invited in the case of serve weather. 


Updated March 27, 2013:  Joplin's newest elementary school has a name.  The school is being built on East 20th Street next to East Middle School and will be called Soaring Heights Elementary.

That decision was made during Tuesday nights school board meeting.

The other choices included New Hope and Skyline.

Soaring Heights will serve kids going to Duenweg and Duquesne schools.

Principal Teresa Adams says the students got to participate in choosing the name.

"They got a little sticker and they got to put it beside the name that they liked the best," says Principal Adams.  "Those three names were the names that overwhelmingly were picked by both students and parents."

"I think it's a new chapter in turning points for the district in terms of getting back on our feet again and getting back to normal and that new school represents normalcy to a god deal of kids in our community," says Superintendent C.J. Huff.

Soaring Heights is on schedule to be finished by December of this year.

Redistricting was also on Tuesday nights agenda.  The board voted six-to-one to pass it.  The board also passed "grand-fathering" in students to a sibling's school within a few years time frame.


Posted March 26, 2013:  The Joplin School District gets set to vote on an official name for its new elementary school.

After weeks of research, brainstorming and voting between members, the Joplin school board will decide on a name Tuesday night.

The elementary school that sits along 20th Street in Duquesne is currently under construction.

After many weeks of debate members of the Joplin board of education have tossed around many different ideas for names.  But at Tuesday night's meeting, they plan to pick one of three options:  New Hope, Skyline and Soaring Heights.

School officials say coming up with the names was fun and required a little brainstorming.

"The committee got together many different times to brainstorm various categories, famous Missourians, historical figures on a national scale as well as local celebrities," says Joplin Schools Superintendent CJ Huff.

The board hopes to have a name chosen by the end of Tuesday evening.

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