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These blankets would make Linus proud

Students at Woerther Elementary are helping those in need one blanket at a time. Students created more than 50 blankets for Project Linus during their Fall Academic Celebrations. “We’ve helped Project Linus since 2009,” Woerther Principal Jane Levy said. “Our students really enjoy this service project.” According to the Project Linus website, the charity “provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers.'” “We truly appreciate our students, their parents and our staff for their ...

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Progress 64 West to award up to $10,000 in scholarships

Progress 64 West is seeking applications from high school seniors attending schools along the Hwy. 40/I-64 corridor for its annual Louis S. Sachs Scholarships. Sponsored by American Direct Marketing Resources, LLC and DosterUllom, LLC with Lindenwood University as a matching sponsor, the scholarships (three) total $10,000.

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Parkway, Rockwood high schools rank as ‘America’s Best’

All four traditional Parkway high schools – Central, North, South and West – and all four traditional Rockwood high schools – Eureka, Lafayette, Marquette and Rockwood Summit – made the Daily Beast 2014 list of “America’s Best High Schools.” This annual list highlights public high schools across the country that do the best job of providing college-ready graduates. To determine the Best High Schools, six indicators culled from school surveys were used to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included: college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with ...

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Girls in the Know speaker series

This September, The Fulton School welcomes mothers and daughters from the surrounding areas to the four-session “Girls in the Know Speaker Series.” This series is aimed at girls age 9 to 13. Led by a group of women professionals, this month-long, interactive program meets once a week to promote open communication between mothers/caregivers and daughters while encouraging positive behaviors and decisions as pre-teen girls mature into adulthood. The sessions will cover: “Empowering Your Pre-Teen Daughter,” “Promoting a Healthy Body Image,” “All About Safety (Internet, Cell Phones, Home & Away),” and “The Birds & The Bees.” Session dates are Sept. 30 ...

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Local districts score solid ‘A’ on their performances

Rockwood earned a 98.2 percent and Parkway earned a 96.4 percent overall score on the Annual Performance Report (APR) released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Both districts scored well above the 90 percent needed to keep the “Accredited with Distinction” label and rank among the top 10 percent of districts in the state. Missouri’s rating system is based on a number of factors including standardized test scores, attendance, graduation rates, subgroup performance and college placement. The new system allows for greater distinction between school districts and looks at a broader range of performance standards. Email this ...

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District sets priorities

The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education has approved its top 10 priorities for the 2014-15 school year. The board sets these goals at the beginning of each school year. Reviewing and updating curriculum is always a top priority; however, this year the district also will make industrial technology and physical education top priorities. Completing construction of the new transition center, recently named Mike Clemens Center for Adaptive Learning, as well as the new elementary school in Flint Hill also is a top priority for the district. The district also has plans to develop a pilot preschool program to be open ...

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Student participates in aviation challenge

Fort Zumwalt South Middle sixth-grader Devin Smith spent a week of his summer in Huntsville, Alabama, at the Aviation Challenge Mach 1 program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The weeklong camp is a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experience geared toward students interested in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. The team flew a simulated F/A-18 fighter jet, learned critical land and water survival skills and even mastered a few Top Gun flying maneuvers. At graduation, the crew was awarded the Green Flag Award for Best Drill and Cadence. Smith, a Boy Scout and a ...

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Free parenting class

Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition and St. John Church will offer a four-session parenting class “The Courage to Parent” beginning Sept. 15. Program facilitation will be provided by Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW, and Jan Cloninger, co-authors of a book by the same name and owners of A Place To Turn To. The class is free and open to the public. It will be held on Monday evenings, Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 at St John Church in Ellisville and begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner options are available and free child care is provided. Weekly topics are: • 40 Developmental ...

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Living Word named to top 50 list

Living Word Christian Academy in O’Fallon is one of the top 50 Christian high schools in the country according to TheBestSchools.org. The school was judged on its academic excellence, extracurricular richness and geographic and demographic diversity. The company also took into account reviews by parents and students, as well as how seriously Christian education is taken.   Email this page

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District makes the grade

The Francis Howell School District earned a 96.8 percent overall score on the Annual Performance Report (APR) recently released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). FHSD’s score is the highest in St. Charles County and one of the top 10 scores in the St. Louis area. “We are pleased with the positive gains in our student achievement. Our staff and students have been relentless in their efforts to attain these positive results,” said Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, the district’s chief academic officer. “We will continue to monitor our student achievement data, implement school improvement plans and maximize staff ...

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