Glenwood Mustangs will arrive to school by crossing a paved parking lot for the first time in the school’s history to be greeted by faces familiar and new.
Among the new faces is Principal Jewell Holloway, hired to replace Lucas Brown, who began his duties July 1 as West Plains High School principal.
School will start Aug. 22, and ahead of that day, officials have several events planned.
The Glenwood Parent-Teacher Organization will host a Back to School Pool Party at the West Plains Aquatic Center at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Students will be able to receive their back-to school shirts, and pizza and soda will be available for purchase. The class with the most participants will be able to enjoy a pizza party courtesy of the Glenwood PTO.
From 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16, the Glenwood R-8 District will host its annual open house. All families are strongly encouraged by school officials to attend.
During this time students and families are welcome to visit with board members and support staff. Children will also have the opportunity to meet with their teachers, and students in grades five through eight will be able to receive their schedules at that time.
All patrons are welcome to come and tour the facilities, as well as enjoy a grilled hotdog and soda.For those new to the district, this is a “wonderful opportunity” to get your child enrolled for school, says Superintendent Wayne Stewart. Bring birth certificates, immunization records and proof of residency.
The school nurse will also be on hand, should there be medical or health needs that the district should be made aware of. Bus drivers will be present to visit with parents for an opportunity to let “our Glenwood family” know the transportation arrangements for each student, Stewart added.
Dr. Jewel L. Holloway became the principal of Glenwood School District in July.
Dr. Holloway has been a K-12 educator for over 20 years in the Willow Springs School District. She has also served as an adjunct instructor for Missouri State University-West Plains, and most recently served as an instructor for the Department of Childhood Education and Family Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield.
Holloway earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education as well as her master’s degree in education from Southwest Baptist University. She also obtained her certification as a school psychological examiner through Lindenwood University. She proceeded to acquire her specialist degree in educational leadership through the University of Missouri, and most recently she completed a doctorate program in educational leadership and policy analysis through the University of Missouri.
She has been a longtime member of the Council on Exceptional Children, as well as the Missouri Association of School Psychologists. In addition, she served for eight years as the president of her local educator’s association.
“She is an accomplished education professional who is dedicated to her craft and excited to join the Glenwood family,” Stewart announced.
Kristin Brown also joined the Glenwood School District in July, as a special education teacher.
She has been in education for seven years. Prior to teaching, she was a substitute teacher in the surrounding school districts.
She graduated from Missouri State University-West Plains with an associate’s degree and continued her education at Drury University where she received her bachelor’s degree in education. She says she is very excited to join the wonderful educational team at Glenwood School District.
Emily Harrison likewise joined the district in July, as a second-grade teacher.
She is a first-year teacher and will be graduating from Missouri State University in December with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
Her face may be familiar to some students, as she worked as a paraprofessional at Glenwood during the 2021-22 school year and during summer school. She says she is very excited to transition into the role of teacher, and is looking forward to not only what she will teach her students, but also what they will teach her.
For more back-to-school information, see Pages 8 and 9 of Wednesday’s Quill.
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