Performers, technicians shine at theater conference
Fort Zumwalt middle and high school students participated in the Missouri State Thespians Conference, which offers performers as well as stage technicians the opportunity to compete, earn scholarships and attend workshops.
At the conference, each of the four Fort Zumwalt high school chapters of the International Thespians Society retained Honor Troupe status, a reflection not just of the students’ work in the theater, but also in the community. Other group recognitions included a Superior rating for West High’s Improv team, which was one of the top two teams in the state in the annual Improv Olympics, and North High’s Tech Team winning the Overall State Championship in the Tech Challenge.
North Middle’s Junior troupe was recognized with a Superior rating in the Group Musical Individual Event. The troupe also qualified to attend the International Thespian Festival this summer in Lincoln, Nebraska. The group musical number included Sarah Bacon, Morgan Bartold, Olivia DeRubeis, Rylee Fryer, Nate Johnson, Kameron King, Casey Mead, Claire Schwalb, Amber Teson, Connor Triplett and Zoe Willard.
All of the winners were invited to their talents at Fine Arts Advocacy Day on Feb. 10 in Jefferson City.
Francis Howell principal selected for top honor
Dr. Ted Huff is the kind of principal who loves to stay connected with his community – whether through social media or an old-fashioned, friendly face-to-face chat.
Recently, Huff also was noticed by people beyond school walls. The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals selected Huff as the 2016 Missouri Middle Level Principal of the Year, recognizing his impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and his personalization of the school’s learning environment.
Praise for Huff is heard from fellow administrators, appreciative parents and students alike.
“Dr. Huff advocates for technology to enhance student learning, empower teachers and increase stakeholder communication,” Dr. Pam Sloan, district superintendent, said. “Dr. Huff expects high performance levels from his teachers and students. He doesn’t just set the expectations, he allows for both groups to have input on their learning environment; encourages suggestions on how to improve the systems, processes and learning tools; seeks feedback on his performance and that of his administrative team to ensure that obstacles that are prohibiting teachers and students from reaching high levels are removed.”
Becky Strickland, the English-language arts department chair, added: “He asks the staff on a regular basis what high standards mean to us, as individuals and in our content areas, and then provides opportunities to share our ideas with each other.”
Barb Andrens, a Francis Howell Middle parent, said she appreciates how Dr. Huff connects with his community.
Last year, Huff was named Principal of the Year by the St. Louis Association of Secondary Principals. His current honor puts him in the running to represent Missouri in the 2017 National Association of Secondary Principals’ Principal of the Year program.
State-funded ACT test scheduled
For the second consecutive year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will again provide the opportunity for all Missouri junior level students to take the ACT Plus Writing assessment at no cost on Tuesday, April 19.
Juniors attending private schools or those who are home-schooled can take the test in their resident public school district as space and staffing allows. Registration for the ACT is underway now and continues through March. 1. Non-public students interested in registering should visit the website of their residential district for details and requirements:
• Francis Howell School District – www.fhsdschools.org
• Fort Zumwalt School District – www.fz.k12.mo.us
• Wentzville School District – www.wentzville.k12.mo.us/
Holt students win Worldquest competition
A team of five students from Holt High in the Wentzville district have won the World Affairs Council of St. Louis WorldQuest competition and qualified to compete at the 2015-2016 Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.
Seniors Wyatt Hensel, Kyle Mannisi and Noah McCarty along with juniors Matt Brawner and Carter Hult formed their team two weeks before the competition and beat out a team from Edwardsville High in a tie-breaker to qualify to compete at the national level. The team won a $2,000 prize and an all-expense paid trip to the national competition in April, which offers a unique opportunity for students to visit the nation’s capital.
Academic WorldQuest is a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America that engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the U.S. to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. More than 225 of the nation’s most promising high school students will compete in the national competition.
Kindergarten registration opens
In the Fort Zumwalt School District, registration opens March 3 for incoming kindergarteners. Registration takes place at each of the district’s elementary schools; however, registration for Flint Hill Elementary will take place at Mount Hope Elementary.
To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must have reached 5 years of age on or before July 31. All kindergarten students are required to have a completed immunization record, including three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine. Students must have completed all immunizations or, at the minimum, be “in progress” with their immunizations to be permitted to attend the first day of school. Immunizations may be scheduled through the St. Charles County Health Department, 1650 Boonslick Road, by calling (636) 949-1857.
Kindergarten screening appointments are completed separately from registration. A vision and hearing screening also will be completed. This is a free service to all Fort Zumwalt families. Screenings can be scheduled by calling (636) 474-8445.
Parents who are unable to register their child on March 3 should complete the registration process at their child’s school no later than June 1.
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In the Francis Howell School District, children being registered for kindergarten must have reached 5 years of age before Aug. 1 to enroll in kindergarten. No early assessments will be administered. Parents need to bring the following information with them to register their child.
• child’s original state birth certificate
• immunization records
• emergency telephone numbers
• proof of residency
• parent’s driver’s license or photo identification
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In the Wentzville School District, children being registered also must have reached 5 years of age before Aug. 1. All children entering kindergarten are required to have undergone screening by Parents as Teachers. Appointments for that screening can be made by contacting the Wentzville School District’s Parents as Teachers office at (636) 327-3863. Appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and fill up quickly.
On the day of the registration/screening parents should bring:
• child’s most current immunization records
• two proofs of residency including a paid real estate tax receipt or current valid lease and a utility bill
• official copy of child’s birth certificate
• parent’s driver’s license or photo identification
• parenting plan or custody agreement, if applicable
• documentation regarding legal guardianship [must be court-ordered guardianship or limited guardianship, not power of attorney] or foster care placement, required if applicable.