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New members elected to Rossman School Board

Rossman is pleased to announce its newly elected Board of Trustees members for the 2014-15 school year. They include: • Eric Engler, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Ascension Health • Lucie Dempsey, community volunteer • Tony Garritano, electrical engineer at Telgaas, Inc. • Sam Sciortino, former Parkway administrator and former principal and head of school at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School Board officers for the coming year are President Laura Padousis, vice president/secretary of Dierbergs Markets; Vice President David E. Kantrovitz Jr., chief executive officer/owner of Lexington Partners, Inc.; Treasurer Steven A. Busch, president of Krey ...

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District completes capital improvements over summer

While school was out for the summer, Fort Zumwalt district officials were busy getting buildings ready for students this fall. Bill Weber, assistant superintendent for the district, said projects were completed in 10 facilities this summer. West Middle School had a new wooden floor installed in the gym, and security cameras were added. The band room addition and orchestra renovations project also were completed. The interior of North Middle School was painted, new flooring was added and an overlay was installed in the parking lot. “It really made a significant impact on this building,” Weber said. Progress South, South Middle, ...

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High school girls basketball

Incarnate Word Academy’s Napheesa Collier made the most of her opportunity to earn her first international medal playing for USA Basketball’s 2014 Women’s Under-18 National Team. In the Gold Medal game, Team USA scored a lopsided 104-74 victory over Canada at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was the USA’s third win over Canada – once in scrimmage and twice in competition. Collier, who is a senior, closed out the championship game in impressive style, recording 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot. “I thought we came out super focused because ...

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Parkway transportation head receives special needs training

Will Rosa, Parkway’s director of transportation, has earned a Special Needs Training endorsement from the National Association for Pupil Transportation. The training program offers a rigorous curriculum designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of transporters working with special needs students. Topics covered include child passenger safety restraint and safety “roadeos.” Parkway joins 83 other schools districts across the country in completing the select specialized training. Rosa, who is one of nine transportation specialists receiving the endorsement at this time, said, “Professional development is important to ensure we are current with the best transportation practices for the Parkway special needs ...

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Promising Practices recognized

Each year, as part of the National Schools of Character program, the Character Education Partnership (CEP) recognizes educators who have implemented unique, specific and effective character education strategies. This year, the following Rockwood Schools/programs were recognized as exhibiting Promising Practices in character education: Chesterfield Elementary: Meet Me in St. Louis program, Chef Leaders program; Crestview Middle: Crestview Complementary Club, Veterans Day Assembly; Fairway Elementary: Thank Yous from the Fairway Lollipop Gang, Got Your Back Pack program; Individualized Learning Center: ILC Python Time program; Lafayette High: Community Service Class; Marquette High: Spring Break Service Learning Trip; Pond Elementary: Proud of My ...

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New requirements added to A+ program

Students participating in the A+ program this year will now have to achieve an ACT math subscore of 17 or higher to qualify for immediate benefits. The new requirement set by the Missouri Department of Higher Education will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year. The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education was presented with the new requirements to the A+ program at its Aug. 18 meeting. Board Member Renee Porter was concerned with the new ACT requirement set by the state. “Sometimes students don’t test well, but they do well in college,” Porter said. “Students are really counting on ...

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STAR students honored

Fort Zumwalt West High senior Saivaroon Gajagowni has been named a 2014 winner of the LMI Aerospace Inc. Award for Excellence in Research for his work this summer as part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program. Gajagowni, along with West High senior Amanda Blythe, and Fort Zumwalt South High senior Aishwarya Mogulothu, participated in the six-week program. STARS pairs high school juniors and seniors from around the country with top mentors from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Confluence Discovery Technologies and UMSL, as ...

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Girl Scouts FIRST Robotic program receives funding from Monsanto

Monsanto Fund provided a grant of $25,000 to support Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics programs in 2014-15. Girl Scouts FIRST Robotics is a mentor-based program designed to cultivate interest in STEM fields, where girls will learn valuable life and employment skills by learning how to become leaders, creating ideas, solving problems and overcoming obstacles. In its 2014-15 season, Girl Scouts will organize at least 30 all-girl FIRST Robotic teams, providing age-appropriate STEM activities for four tiers of teams. To learn more, visit girlscoutsem.org or contact a local Girl Scout leader. ...

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Art Educator of the Year

Winifred Crock, orchestra director at Parkway Central High, has been named the Art Educator of the Year by the Arts and Education Council. Presented since 1992, the St. Louis Arts Awards honors individuals who achieve a legacy of artistic excellence and organizations and businesses that enrich St. Louis’ arts and cultural community. Crock will be recognized at a benefit event on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at the Chase Park Plaza. In 2013, Crock was named the Educator of the Year by the Saint Louis Symphony. In addition, she was named the Teacher of the Year for Central High for the ...

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Local schools raise thousands for American Heart Association

The Fort Zumwalt School District made history in 2014 by raising more money for the American Heart Association than any other school district in Missouri. “This year the Fort Zumwalt School District raised $100,017,” said Barb Reyering, youth marketing director for the American Heart Association. She also noted that “almost all of these donations stay in our area for research, treatments, medicine, prevention and awareness of heart disease.” Twin Chimney Elementary was ranked No. 3 in the state, raising over $18,400. “I’m really proud that our students from throughout the district made a unified effort at serious community service,” said ...

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