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Castlio Elementary named among top fundraisers

Castlio Elementary, in the Francis Howell School District, was named one of the top 10 schools in Missouri to raise funds for heart disease and stroke research and education. Castlio students raised $7,855 for the American Heart Association, by participating in the Hoops for Heart fundraising event. Thousands of students from across Missouri participated in both the Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart events. For the 2013-14 school year, $2.3 million was raised at the nearly 850 events held statewide.   Email this page

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Rockwood to study use of academic time, possible policy change

After a request by district residents Larry and Eileen Tyrrell, whose daughter attends Eureka High, Rockwood’s Board of Education agreed on Aug. 7 to let staff study whether to create a new policy, or add to an existing one, in regard to proper use of instructional time. The Tyrrells had told the district that maximizing academic time is critical to improving student achievement. Eileen told the board during public comment on Aug. 7 that wasting class time on movies and games not directly related to the curriculum or exam preparation needs to be addressed by the district. She pointed to ...

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High school security tightened

As part of the Francis Howell School District’s ongoing commitment to school safety, the district will utilize buzz-in systems at the main and student entrances at each high school, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. The buzz-in system includes an intercom and a camera. After the start of school each day, all doors to the school will be locked and the only points of entry to the building will be through the main and student entrances. All parents and visitors, including late-arriving students, will be required to push an intercom button, state their name and the purpose of their visit ...

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Local schools welcome new teachers, staff

Chesterfield Day School is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members for the 2014-2015 school year. Danielle Lee will be joining the CDS faculty as a full-time librarian and as technology teacher for grades two through six. Previously, Lee held a position at CDS as an assistant in the second and third grades from 2011 to 2013. Puja Bhutani will be a new kindergarten and first-grade teacher with Lindsay Klasing. She is a Montessori-certified teacher and has been a lead teacher at Children of Promise School since 2011. Alexis Buja will be joining the CDS faculty as ...

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CYC City/County Champions

The CYC Girls Intermediate Closed Division City/County Championship winner is the St. Joseph Cottleville eighth-grade softball team coached by John Meara. The team completed the three-game series scoring an impressive total of 42 runs, while giving up only two. Pictured (from left, bottom row) are Claudia King, Abbi Napoli, Maddie Blattel, Grace Smith, Emily Meara and Kristen Weber; (top row) Megan Sextro, Emma Heienickle, Coach Dan Largent, Katie McDonough, Elise Cornett, Coach John Meara, Maggie O’Brien, Grace Lewis, Coach Kelly McDonough and Jessica Kite. Email this page

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Pressure-free first day

The Francis Howell School District held its annual Transition Day on Aug. 4 for incoming sixth-graders and freshmen. The day is specifically set aside to provide guidance to students transitioning from one level to another. It also helps students become more familiar with their new schools before older students arrive. Sixth-graders and freshmen were the only students in the schools, giving them a chance to meet new people in their grades and learn their way around the school. Students went through an entire school day, starting with an assembly where the students met the principals and other staff members. Students ...

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Gary K. Wright Scholarship awarded

Parkway West Middle social studies teacher Jason Lievanos was selected as the Gary K. Wright Scholarship winner for the 2013-14 school year. Lievanos and the other scholarship recipients were honored at a reception at EducationPlus on June 3. The scholarship includes a $1,500 stipend and Lievanos plans to use the funds to become a Kagan-certified trainer to enhance his students’ learning experience. In addition, he will offer workshops and support to teachers across the district. Earlier this year, Lievanos was named the Middle School and Parkway Teacher of the Year.   Email this page

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National Merit announces final group of awardees

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the final group of National Merit Scholarship winners. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. Local recipients include from Chaminade College Preparatory: Jack C. Yungbluth; from John Burroughs: Sarah A. Lowe, Neal Arthur Shulman, Nikhil Das, Hanna C. Kime, Blake F. Maune, Hannah R. Rodgers and Ethan O. Mathew; from Eureka: Brennen L. Lummus; from Lafayette: Amy H. Cui and Anjana K. Renganathan; from Marquette: Brian M. Schibler, Caleb R. Singer and Nicholas J. Shields; from Parkway Central: Haochen Xu and Christopher H. Zhao; ...

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‘Grannie Annie’ anthology publishes work of local students

Seventeen local students were among the 48 students whose historical family stories or art were  included in the “Grannie Annie, Vol. 9.” Released in May, the anthology is published by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, a nonprofit organization based in St. Louis that invites students in grades four through eight to interview an older relative, write a story and submit it to the Grannie Annie Foundation for possible publication. Students also are invited to illustrate their stories. After stories have been selected for publication additional illustrations are solicited from students in the St. Louis area. Local published authors include ...

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Fort Zumwalt School District to continue ImPACT testing

The Fort Zumwalt School District will continue to test its athletes – both on and off the field – for the effects of concussions. The district will utilize the ImPACT testing program again next year for its high school athletes involved with football, soccer and cheerleading. Brandon Larkin, M.D., with Advanced Bone and Joint in St. Peters, presented the results from the latest ImPACT testing at the Board of Education meeting on July 21. ImPACT is a computerized neurocognitive test used to evaluate athletes who have sustained a concussion. The test looks at eight key neurocognitive domains, including: impulse control, ...

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