Students take home awards, cash in poster contest
Two St. Charles County students were named contest winners by the St. Charles County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Warren Elementary student Allie Raines took home first place in the Sons of the American Revolution Americanism poster contest for her “George Rogers Clark” poster. Hardin Middle student Olivia Pool was announced as the winner of the organization’s brochure contest. She prepared a brochure on the Constitution. Both girls were presented with certificates and cash awards at the chapter’s January meeting.
Raines’ poster and Pool’s brochure will now compete against the winners of other Missouri SAR chapters. Winners at the state level will advance to the national competition.
Recycling drive scheduled
The Francis Howell School District, in partnership with the Midwest Recycling Center, will host a free community-wide appliance and electronics recycling event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 18 at the district’s Burbes Service Center.
St. Charles County residents are encouraged to bring broken or old electronics and appliances for disposal. Hard drives will be wiped or destroyed. A $5 fee will be charged if a certificate of destruction is requested.
Some items that cannot be accepted include smoke detectors, glass lamps, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and alkaline batteries. A charge will be assessed for the disposal of televisions – $20 for TVs up to 27 inches and $40 for TVs over 27 inches as well as rear-projection TVs and wooden console TVs.
For more information, visit www.midwrc.net or call 931-3930.
St. Dominic students shine at leadership conference
St. Dominic High’s Future Business Leaders of America members took home 17 medals at the FBLA District 8 Leadership Conference on Feb. 6.
More than 700 students from 25 area high schools competed at the conference held at Chesterfield Mall. The 22-member St. Dominic Chapter competed in 18 events, earning a total of 17 medals by placing in the top five of those events. Four members also qualified to compete at the state leadership conference in April.
STEM goes to summer school
Elementary students in the Fort Zumwalt School District will have the chance to try STEM this summer.
The district has added a two-week session in both robotics and computer programming for fourth- and fifth-graders.
“We’re really excited about (STEM programming),” said Jen Waters, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “There’s a big demand for it, and I feel like it will be very popular with our parents.”
The STEM enrichment courses will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon, Monday through Thursday from June 1-24.
Summer school takes place June 1- July 7 with a variety of programs and courses offered for elementary, middle and high school students. The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education approved summer school recommendations at its March 16 meeting, clearing the way for student enrollment.
BBB offers ethics awards
The Better Business Bureau is looking for a few high school juniors – and integrity and ethics are a must.
The BBB’s Eastern Missouri & Southern Illinois Student of Ethics award program recognizes juniors who personify high ethics demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic history.
Four students will be selected by an independent panel of judges to receive scholarships of $2,500 each, sent on their behalf to any accredited college or trade school of their choice. The scholarship must be applied toward school-related expenses.
The applicant must be a high school junior, a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Illinois or Missouri. Entries should include the completed entry form, available online at www.bbb.org/stlouis under News & Events, along with a one-page essay written by the student, and the student’s high school transcript. One 100-word letter of reference should also be included.
Winning students will be notified via email in early July. The deadline for applications is May 30.
The St. Charles County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) has recognized Donna Munro as its High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year.
Munro, a U.S history and government teacher at the Fort Zumwalt East High, has been nominated for the honor every year by her peers. She has taken home the award twice. In 2013, she also won the Gateway and Missouri Student Council Advisor of the Year awards.
The Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s M. Graham Clark High School Social Studies Teacher contest recognizes Missouri teachers who perpetuate the memory of those patriots who, by their services or sacrifices during the American Revolution, helped to achieve the independence of the American people.
Munro is in her 20th year of teaching American history and government. She has a bachelor’s degree in both in history and education, as well as a master’s degree in fiction writing.
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Francis Howell North Spanish teacher Brian Santos has been named the district’s Teacher of the Year.
“It is simply impossible for me to fully articulate how impactful Brian Santos is upon our building or to chronicle the numerous ways in which he improves our school. Brian is truly an integral part of Francis Howell North High School’s success. He is a phenomenal teacher, colleague and leader,” said Francis Howell North Principal Andy Downs.
Santos has been a part of the district for over nine years.
“I found my voice and courage in studying Spanish,” said Santos, who studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain, while attending Truman State University. “I had, and still have, a passionate desire to show others the beautiful, wondrous language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.”
Santos uses games and instruments to make learning fun.
“It is the kind of classroom I wish I could have attended on a daily basis as a student. It is engaging, it is dynamic, it is student-centered, and it is growth-focused. Brian uses technology and a nurturing approach to pull students into the subject matter, assess their progress, and to give them meaningful feedback,” said Downs.
Santos also serves as the school’s information technology specialist, helping many teachers better implement technology in their classrooms, and solve the problems which may arise when using tech.
“Brian is never too busy to help others and he genuinely loves talking about teaching,” Downs said.