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Constitution Week to be celebrated in area schools

Celebrating Constitution Weeks are (from left) Karen Wright, Mary Jo Anderson and Marcy Hosty dressed as women of the American Revolution.

Celebrating Constitution Weeks are (from left) Karen Wright, Mary Jo Anderson and Marcy Hosty dressed as women of the American Revolution.

Constitution Week to be celebrated in area schools

Deborah Sampson, Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Burin and Molly Pitcher will be just a few of the Revolutionary War era women who will visit local schools during Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23.

The Caroline Close Stuart Chapter, NSDAR of Lake Saint Louis, will commemorate the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, with  Constitution Week visits to  libraries, churches, schools and banks.

Cynthia Ivancic, who is a DAR chapter member and also the Constitution Week Chairman, teaches third grade at Discovery Ridge Elementary and will encourage classroom involvement and staff and administration participation in celebration of this anniversary. School staff will spend the week teaching students about the freedoms and liberties found in the Constitution.

Dressed in colonial costumes, DAR chapter members will visit several local schools during Constitution Week to teach the children about various  historical characters.  Proclamations also will be read throughout the school, and packets containing the Preamble, Proclamations and other teaching resources will be distributed to the students.

The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children and programs for new immigrants. For more information about the DAR contact Regent Karen Wisner at (314) 772-9486 or visit www.mssdar.org/ccstuart.


Smooth transitions

Members of Holt and Timberland high school’s freshmen classes teamed up with upperclassmen at Freshman Orientation Aug. 6 as part of Link Crew, a program aimed at helping students with their entry into high school.

Over 100 upperclassmen from Holt and Timberland’s junior and senior classes greeted the freshmen and welcomed them to their new school as part of the program.

The goal of Link Crew is to successfully transition students from the middle school setting into the high school setting addressing three fundamental needs: safety, information and connection. The program creates a structure that connects every incoming freshman with an upperclassman, who serve as mentors and encourage the freshmen to participate in school events and activities, concentrate on the importance of academics and help them bond with the student body.

Over 550 freshmen from Holt and Timberland participated in the program. The mentors were selected from hundreds of juniors and seniors who applied at each school to be Link Crew leaders. Crew leaders spent four of their summer days training for the position.

Wentzville Middle hosts a similar program for its incoming sixth-graders to help ease their transition to middle school. That program is called Where Everybody Belongs (WEB). Seventy-five eighth-graders served as WEB leaders on Aug. 3 for over 300 incoming sixth-grade students. The idea behind WEB is similar to Link Crew – help students transition to a new school setting, share information and form mentor relationships between upperclassmen and incoming students.


Local students take trip to Truman State 

Two local students were picked to visit Truman State University as part of a select group of 350 students taking part in the Joseph Baldwin Academy.

The academy is designed to enrich the learning process of young, talented students by challenging them with a college curriculum. Faith Carter, of St. Charles, and Nathan Pulling, of St. Peters, attended the academy, partaking in courses in Chinese language and creative writing, respectively. The academy ran from July 11-Aug 1, and featured courses in astronomy, Greek mythology, the study of music from a biological perspective, Chinese language and culture, computers in art and design, history, psychology, newspaper reporting and production, and underwater biology.


SCC students recognized by Missouri Campus Compact

St. Charles Community College students Melissa Sigillito and Kimberly Davis have been recognized for achieving the Community Contributor and Community Changer distinction, respectively, as part of the Semester of Service Program established by Missouri Campus Compact.

Sigillito completed a total of 47 hours of volunteer service during the spring 2015 semester. She volunteered her hours of service at the Head Start Youth in Need organization in Wentzville. Davis completed a total of 83 hours of volunteer service during the semester. She volunteered her time tutoring and teaching at the Immigrant Refugee Women’s Program in St. Louis.

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