Now that we are 15 years into the 21st Century, and only ten years away from 2025, how do we prepare students for life after graduation? A Gallup poll revealed that 43% of the students in a recent survey indicated they "plan to start their own business"; however of those students, only 7% are involved in an internship or hold a job in a real organization. At the secondary level, administrators Amy Sims, Curt Graves and their staff seek out opportunities to maximize student exposure to workplace preparedness and problem-solving skills.
The partnership between school and business/industry is not a new concept. Willard and Springfield area businesses have been strong supporters and have provided learning opportunities and resources for our students. Southwest Missouri area school districts have began to collaborate and create a joint venture of immersing students into a profession-based learning approach. A Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) model has been successful in other Midwest and Missouri areas by partnering schools, businesses, and higher education institutions to engage students in an on-the-job professional learning experience while receiving high school and often college credit.
The goal is to begin with two areas of study, Medical/Healthcare and Manufacturing. The framework of Greater Ozarks CAPS program is underway with Willard and 11 partnering school districts to offer limited student enrollment for the 2015-16 school year. We believe this program will provide another opportunity to assist students in college and career readiness.....more to come.
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Snow Make-Up Days
Due to the weather related school closings School will now be in session these days:
Thursday, May 21
Friday, May 22
If additional days are missed here are the next planned make-up days in the order they will be used:
Easter Monday - April 6
Good Friday - April 3
Spring Break Monday - March 9
Spring Break Tuesday - March 10
District Completes Bond Refinancing
Willard Schools took action to refinance two series of General Obligation Bonds that will result in savings of $2,083,000 to district taxpayers. more
Willard Schools is currently accepting applications for substitute teachers, custodians, and bus drivers. If interested please complete an online application.
New Principal Named for
Willard Orchard Hills
Willard Public Schools is proud to announce the hiring of Dr. Garrett Prevo as the new principal for Orchard Hills Elementary School beginning with the 2015-16 school year. more
Kindergarten screening is just around the corner for children who will be age 5 before July 31st, 2015 and entering Kindergarten this upcoming school year (2015-2016). Dates are as follows.
With winter arriving we've updated our Frequently Asked Questions about school closings and our Late Start schedule for grades 7-12.