Carthage Schools-Inspiring Excellence!

Welcome to Mark Twain Elementary School!† We are looking forward to an exciting and meaningful school year.† At Mark Twain, we recognize individual talents and skills and promote student achievement through unity of purpose, empowerment with responsibilities and building on strengths.† We hope through a cooperative effort by our teachers, principal, parents, students, and members of our Carthage community, this school year will be one of the school's very best.† The 1400 block of South Main Street has been a center of educational achievement for more than a century.† Itís record of service in the cause of learning began in 1888, when the first school building on the site was completed. That was the home of the Carthage Collegiate Institute, a building which remained there until it was raised in 1916 to make way for the present Mark Twain Elementary School, which opened in 1917. Our students are encouraged to recognize and develop to their full potential and to become lifelong learners and members of our world community.

We welcome your interest and invite you into our web page.

Laurel B. Rosenthal,



Page last updated on

Monday, June 02, 2014


Raenan Patrick

Phone:† 417-359-7080



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Congratulations to our Carthage R-9 School Board!


Carthage Receives Missouri School Boardsí Association Outstanding Board of Education Award

Pictured: Dr. Carter Ward, Executive Director of MSBA, Board Members: Michael Goolsby, Jeff Jones, Justin Baucom, Elizabeth Streich, Lee Elliff Pound, Dr. Mark Westhoff, Tony Diggs, Superintendent Dr. Blaine Henningsen

There are 522 school districts in the state of Missouri and Carthage was one of three districts to receive an award in the areas of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

We are pleased to announce that Mark Twain Elementary School has been accepted into the No Excuses University network of schools.† Mark Twain is proud to actively promote a comprehensive model of college readiness to all students.† We are the first elementary school in the state of Missouri to be accepted into No Excuses University network.†


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