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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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Regional Scholar Bowl winners

For 10 points, name the Parkway high school that just took second place in a regional Scholar Bowl competition in Washington, Mo. If you answered South High, give yourself 10 points. The South High Scholar Bowl team recently ranked second in this Jeopardy-style academic challenge. To play, students answer questions from moderators on a wide range of subjects, using buzzers to signal they have the correct answer. Winning Parkway South High team members include Maya Mills, Aditya Patel, Erin Neely, Gregory James, Andy Mark, Sheldon Taylor, Priya Vangala and Blaine Hubert. Neely placed second and Patel placed fourth in All-District ...

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Cash receipts software approved for Rockwood School District

Rockwood’s Board of Education, on Aug. 21, approved one-time and ongoing costs totaling $96,142 for new cash receipts software from InTouch Receipting that will go into effect as a pilot program in five schools this school year and for all schools by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Rockwood will be the first school district in the state to use InTouch, which is already used in about 1,000 other districts in the U.S. Tim Rooney, the district’s chief financial and legislative officer, said the purchase of this software addresses the only unresolved issue from the Missouri State audit of ...

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SSD, Parkway discuss future of technical career education

The Special School District and Parkway are among school districts being encouraged to expand and improve the region’s focus on career and technical education. That recommendation came as the result of a SSD review committee. State law mandates a Public Review Committee be appointed every four years. Among its charges, the committee must conduct a thorough review of how effectively SSD is delivering services to students needing special education in cooperation with component districts like Parkway, said Bruce Major, a former Parkway board member and former board representative to SSD’s Governing Council who serves  on the SSD public review committee. ...

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Recognized for hiring heroes

The First Student Bus Company has been awarded the Flag of Freedom Award through the Show-Me Heroes Program for its dedication to hiring veterans in the Rockwood School District. “The veterans we’ve hired have great work ethic, good attendance and are reliable,” said Mike Heyman, First Student location manager. In January 2010, Gov. Jay Nixon launched the Show-Me Heroes initiative to help Missouri’s Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve reconnect with meaningful careers and to showcase Missouri employers who have pledged to do so. Since the program’s inception in the Rockwood School District, more than 13 veterans ...

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Rockwood teacher earns Presidential Innovation Award

Rockwood Summit High School science teacher Darrin Peters has won the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. He was one of only 17 educators from around the country to be recognized. The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. It is sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA website “Peters developed an innovative curriculum that provides students at Rockwood Summit High the opportunity to ...

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Marquette student earns bowling scholarship

Marquette’s Troy Brocaw has been named the winner of the United States Bowling Scholarship (USBS). Annually, the St. Louis USBC gives four scholarships, two each to male and female bowlers, recognizing bowling skill, academics and leadership. Brocaw will be awarded his $1,000 scholarship at the St. Louis USBC Hall of Fame dinner on Oct. 26.   Email this page

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