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Schools receive positive attention

Six schools in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) have been recognized  for successfully adopting and implementing Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS), a comprehensive approach for improving student behavior and academic performance. Becky-David Elementary, Central Elementary, Henderson Elementary, Warren Elementary, Hollenbeck Middle School, and Saeger Middle School were honored on June 11 at the Missouri SW-PBS Recognition Ceremony in conjunction with the Ninth Annual Missouri SW-PBS Summer Training Institute at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Each school had to meet specific criteria to earn these honors, including use of data to direct instruction, problem solving and intervention efforts, creative ...

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Transition Center named in honor of former administrator

As plans continue to move forward for the Fort Zumwalt School District Transition Center, the Board of Education approved the name for the facility—The Mike Clemens Center for Adaptive Learning. “Mike Clemens was the real deal. He cared about his fellow man and showed it the way he lived his life, and the (way) he dedicated himself to the school district,” said Superintendent Bernie DuBray. “The Board recognized his 30 years of outstanding service to the district and wanted to do something that would give him credit for his contributions. The Transition Center was the perfect vehicle due to Mike’s ...

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FHHS student attends film camp

Francis Howell student Sadie Anderson attended the University of Tulsa’s Filmmaking Camp last month. The workshop, hosted by the TU Department of Film Studies in July, featured training on the art, craft and business of the film industry for high school students. The filmmaking camp provided students with an opportunity to produce and screen their own short films, working closely with Tulsa-area videographer and award-winning documentary film producer Erin McHenry. Attendees spent the week shooting scenes and working in post-production labs before debuting their work to family and friends at a film festival on the final day at camp. Anderson  ...

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Youth orchestra now auditioning

Area marching band students are invited to join the St. Charles County Youth Orchestra (SCCYO) this fall. SCCYO will hold auditions on Aug. 9-10 at Lindenwood University’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. SCCYO will work with the marching band schedule and offer a tuition discount. The orchestra also is looking for all levels of strings, winds and percussion. For more information, call 916-0515.  

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Students participate in CYCLE program

More than 100 high school students from across Missouri participated in the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) program held July 9-11 in Jefferson City. Local delegates sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) included Hannah Baalman, Dardenne Prairie; Sofia Ezeamii, Lake Saint Louis; Allison Foster, Weldon Spring; Alexa Jones, O’Fallon; and Madison Jones, O’Fallon. The CYCLE program is conducted by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award presented by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country. ...

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August primary results: fluke or trend?

To the Editor: Many Republican voters pulled a Democrat ballot August 5th, in St. Louis County.  Having crossed over once, how many will do it again in November?  It is no secret that the Republican legislature in Jefferson City has exhibited minimal leadership on major issues while spending most of a short legislative calendar talking about issues invented by lobbyists. Republican voters expected more. Many St. Louis County Republican voters are baffled by the absence of political ‘guts’ displayed in Jefferson City.  Those who took the time to go door-to-door convincing neighbors to vote Republican are mortified by a legislature ...

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Rockwood counselor introduces First Lady Michelle Obama

Lafayette High guidance counselor Sharon Sevier is passionate about her work. “I love working with my students and their families,” she explained. That passion has led to her involvement in the American School Counselor Association. She is chair of the association’s Board of Directors and helps set the vision for the national association and the school counseling profession. This summer, she traveled to Orlando with 2,100 other school counselors from across the country. Sevier said, “We engaged in first-class professional development. We heard amazing motivational speakers.” They also had a very special guest at the conference – First Lady Michelle ...

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Kranzberg Memorial Scholarship awarded

Sullivan High School senior, member of Congregation Temple Israel (Creve Coeur) and NFTY (Reformed Jewish Teens), Tyler Andreasson, has been named as a recipient of the 17th Annual Meyer and Marcelle Kranzberg Memorial Scholarship Award, according to the Anti-Defamation League for Missouri and Southern Illinois. Andreasson will receive a $2,000 college scholarship and will attend Indiana University in the fall. Ken Kranzberg, a member of ADL’s National Executive Committee and former chair of the ADL’s regional advisory board, established the scholarship in his parents’ memory.  

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Eagle Scout celebration

Connor Jenkins, of Boy Scout Troop 623, celebrated his Court of Honor on May 24 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Chesterfield. The Court of Honor celebrated Jenkins accomplishments, including the Eagle Scout Award he received in August of 2013. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest award in Boy Scouts, recognizing the knowledge and leadership skills of the Scout. As his final Eagle Scout Project, Jenkins designed and built a preschool car and puppet stage for Sunshine Ministries Preschool.  

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St. Charles County election recap

The Aug. 5 elections have concluded. Amendment No. 7, the three-quarter-cent sales tax meant for Missouri roadway and other transportation improvements, was voted against by 59 percent of Missouri voters. Amendment No. 8, which would have created a Veterans lottery ticket, failed to pass as well. Amendment No. 5, which deals with the right to bear arms, passed due to statewide votes. Amendment No. 9, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures in relation to electronic communications, also passed statewide with 74 percent voting in approval. In the St. Charles county executive race, the Democratic primary saw Rod Zerr ...

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