About Our School

BuildingPoplar Bluff Junior High was a pilot school for Capturing Kids’ Hearts, now a district-wide directive, and the principles are reflective in everything the staff does, from shaking hands in the morning to including a positive launch during announcements at the end of the day.

Developed by The Flippen Group, Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a professional development initiative that was first instated at Junior High during the 2013/14 school year, leading to the formation of a social contract between the teacher and the students about how they treat one another.

“One of the goals we have as ‘process champions’ is to become a spotlight school for Capturing Kids’ Hearts this year,” said Bob Case, Junior High principal. “It’s not just about other schools coming to see us, it’s about how we impact kids more importantly. People generally caring about each other.”

The Junior High has recently received a greater than 20,000 square-foot addition, which includes a tornado safe room and a three-story classroom structure resulting from a federal grant and matching funds generated out of the tax levy measure voters approved in 2014. The school also received three new sets of restroom facilities and ADA accessibility throughout.

“I’m extremely excited about the safety structure these changes will bring this coming year and into the future,” said Case, who is in his 32nd year as an educator. “I get chills thinking about the educational opportunities the entire Poplar Bluff School District will be able to provide for the kids!”

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