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Rossman supports American Heart Association

Rossman School was awarded the Mission Impact Award by the American Heart Association (AHA) at the St. Louis volunteer appreciation celebration on Sept. 13. Rossman has supported the AHA’s Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraisers for over 25 years, raising more than $150,000 for heart research and health education. Last year, the school’s small group of 150 participants raised $15,757 through its two events. Rossman’s physical education teachers, Jenna Babcock and Larry Huusko, also were honored at the celebration for coordinating the annual fundraisers and advocating for the health and wellness of their students. Email this page

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Fort Zumwalt seniors play at Grand Ole Opry

Fort Zumwalt South High seniors Ben Dufour and Kyle Spies traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to play the Grand Ole Opry as members of the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles on Oct. 29. The journey to Nashville began at the Metro 8 District Honors Band competition, where Dufour and Spies each won first chair on their respective instruments. That success advanced them to the All-State Band Audition in Columbia, where they each won chairs in the All-State Band. Dufour and Spies were among thousands of high school musicians to send in a taped audition for the national competition ...

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Bow Tie Tuesday goes viral at Craig Elementary

Craig Elementary Principal Bill Senti had no idea he would be starting a school-wide domino effect when he began wearing bow ties on Tuesdays. Having first heard about Bow Tie Tuesday on Twitter at hashtag #bowtietuesday, Senti joined the trend, and soon after, Assistant Principal Berin Waller did too. At the end of last school year, there was an unrelated surprise assembly for Senti and Waller at which the kids wore paper bow ties. This school year, with the addition of a few new male staff members, the idea of Bow Tie Tuesday spread. Perhaps not surprisingly, several male students ...

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Adventure Club staff sought

Despite numerous posts being filled, Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed is continuing to                                                          seek staff for its popular Adventure Club programs. Rockwood’s Board of Education on Oct. 16 approved a plan to provide a $25 cash stipend per new employee referral for existing Adventure Club employees, who have been employed for 90 days or more. To receive the stipend for referrals, referred employees also must remain on the job for 90 days or more. Adventure Club programs have been a staple in the Rockwood district since 1984 and now are being offered in some Parkway elementary schools for the first time. Programs ...

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Student achieves ACT perfection

Francis Howell High senior Gary Rudolph scored a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam. Rudolph also is ranked in the top 3.5 percent of his class with a GPA of 4.54. He currently is enrolled in the gifted program and is in the National Honor Society. His favorite classes are music theory, advanced placement (AP) chemistry, and advanced placement physics. He enjoys AP chemistry for the class interactions and enjoys the curriculum in music theory. Rudolph also is in the FHHS Marching Band and serves as the drum line section leader. He has won the Mozingo Snare Drum ...

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Foreign language master

Marquette High French teacher Della Thompson believes a good foreign language educator is someone who not only cares about students but also has a passion for languages. Her passion was honored recently by the Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM), which recognized her its 2014 Distinguished Foreign Language Educator. “This prestigious award is presented each year to an outstanding Missouri teacher who has significantly and positively impacted foreign language teaching and learning,” said FLAM President and Eureka High French teacher Janice DeNure. As the recipient of the award, Thompson will represent Missouri as a nominee for the Central States Conference ...

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Rockwood facilities to be discussed at upcoming board of education meeting

Rockwood Superintendent Eric Knost and Chief Financial Officer Tim Rooney plan to make a special presentation to the district’s Board of Education on Nov. 13 in regard to facilities needs districtwide. “We will lay out our findings on facilities needs and recommend a plan to address them going forward,” Knost told the board on Oct. 16. Proposition S, a $38.4 million no-tax rate increase bond issue to fund security, technology and facilities’ maintenance needs in Rockwood, failed to win approval on the April 2013 ballot. The ballot followed the release of state audit results, which criticized Rockwood for, among other ...

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Francis Howell students selected for honor choir

Multiple Francis Howell High choir students recently were selected for the Metro 8 District Honors Choir. Nearly 290 students from across the Metro 8 District participated in the 2014 auditions, and approximately 160 were selected to participate in this year’s Honors Choir held on Oct. 11. Nine Francis Howell High choir members were selected out of the 18 who auditioned. These Viking Choir students, under the direction of Choir Director Karey Fitzpatrick, include Rebekah Anthonis, Erin Hediger, Jenna Hutfless, Elise Kaminski, Madi Jackson, Alexandra Janssen, Sarah Mason, Jenny Moreno, Emmy Robertson and Allison Schult. Additionally, seven of the students scored ...

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Students collect PJs for sick kids

The Early Childhood Center at Central School Road recently held a pajama drive and collected 128 children’s pajamas for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The pajama drive was held in honor of Colytn, an early childhood student who has been battling a serious liver condition and is being treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The pajama drive also was part of the school’s continuing character education program and held in celebration of the Francis Howell School District’s 100th birthday. The school set a goal to collect 100 pajamas to commemorate district’s centennial. Thanks to the generosity of the center’s students, parents ...

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Area students commended for academic performance

The National Merit Scholarship program is an annual academic competition, which identifies seniors who represent the top of their graduating class. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. More than 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT receive letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Local ...

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