Ms. Shelly Ridens, Principal

RidensO’Neal Elementary, located on the northeast side of Poplar Bluff, serves around 500 students and approximately 60 staff within the Poplar Bluff R-1 School District. O’Neal is a Capturing Kids’ Hearts school. The culture of our building is focused around building relationships with our students and parents. The students with the help of the classroom teacher create social contracts for their classroom. This contract sets the expectations for the room, builds community and is used as a tool to reflect back on throughout the year. Teachers greet students every morning with a handshake before entering the classroom. This follows the belief of Flip Flippen, “If you have a child’s heart, you have his head.”

O’Neal Elementary is a Professional Learning Community that focuses on collaboration and utilizing student data to drive our instruction, meeting the needs of all our children through differentiated instruction and attendance. Students are rewarded quarterly for attendance. O’Neal also rewards A/B honor roll and BUG (brought up a grade) roll quarterly with an incentive party. 

O’Neal Elementary is proud to have Southern Bank as our business sponsor. With the help of the bank and the connections with our Bright Futures site council, we are able to offer a variety of exciting new things for our students. O’Neal also has a very active Parent Teacher Organization and encourages all of our parents to become involved with their students’ education.

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