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Chesterfield Day School reports impressive testing results

This year the median Chesterfield Day School student in third through sixth grades outperformed the grade equivalent median student at independent schools nationwide in all 28 subtests as reported by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP-4) student assessments. Jeff Horwitz, director of Academics and Student Development at Chesterfield Day, said that for the last five years the sixth-grade median student at CDS has outperformed the median at independent schools nationwide. “We are very proud of our students, teachers and parents on the hard work they put forth to achieve these impressive results,” Horwitz said. Email this page

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High school rowing

The St. Louis Rowing Club recently competed in the 34th annual Chicago Sprints Regatta, one of the largest competitive regattas in the region. The club, which trains at Creve Coeur Lake, performed well in the competition. The Women’s Junior 8 – with members Paige Hibbard (Ladue), Sarah Suddarth (Cor Jesu), Lauren Vanek (Westminster), Lindsey Hibbard (Ladue), Sarah Burnham (Parkway West), Ginette Rhodes (Ladue), Hilary Hightower (Westminster), Charlotte Taylor (Ladue) and Elizabeth Natho (Incarnate Word) – took gold. The Women’s Novice 4 – with members Samantha Klein (St. Joseph’s), Charlotte Taylor (Ladue), Lily Brown (Clayton), Maddie Hartenstein (Nerinx) and Olivia Molloy ...

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Handwriting excellence

Out of a national pool of more than 300,000 entries, nine students from across the country emerged for their handwriting excellence, representing both private and public schools. Local third-grader Anna Grace Likes, of Kirk Day School, won the prestigious Grand National honor for her grade and was awarded a trophy and a $1,000 check from Zaner-Bloser, the sponsor of the annual handwriting competition. Winners are selected according to the Zaner-Bloser Keys to Legibility, which analyze size, shape, spacing and slant. “We feel it is very important that our students are taught handwriting and are able do it well, so we ...

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Presidential Award finalist

Rockwood Center for Creative Learning teacher Nancy McClintock has been selected as a Missouri state-level finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program. The program recognizes K-6 teachers of science in Missouri and McClintock is one of only five teachers of science selected to represent the state’s best. McClintock, along with the other state-level finalists, will be honored at the 2015 Interface Professional Development Event in mid-February. “The Center for Creative Learning is so very proud of Nancy’s dedication to teaching her fourth- grade students about science, and her passion for environmental education and inquiry-based ...

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Summer volunteer program offers practical health care experiences

If you walked through the halls of St. Anthony’s Medical Center this summer, you may have noticed a flurry of teens and young adults working around the hospital. Part of a Summer Volunteer Program (SVP), approximately 55 students and young adults, age 14 and older, volunteered a minimum of four hours per week in a designated department. Mary Jo Wich, the program’s volunteer coordinator, is proud of the unique opportunity that has gained popularity over time. “We are strictly word-of-mouth. We do not advertise or work directly with any schools or districts,” she explained. “With as many as 100 volunteers, ...

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Standing up to bullies

Country singer/songwriter Lizzie Sider, 16, led an anti-bully rally at Claymont Elementary in May as part of the school’s character education program. Sider performed her signature song “Butterfly,” which is about her transformation from victim to leader. She told students that she always loved to sing, but mean girls used to ask her to sing for them and then laugh and run away. One day she stopped crying and found power in words and music. During the hour-long assembly, Sider asked students to tell their stories of being teased. Instead of holding back, Claymont students raised their hands to speak. ...

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Westminster Students Participate in UMSL Bridge Program

Westminster Christian Academy students prepared for college and beyond through their enrollment and participation in the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Bridge Program. Each year, students may apply to the pre-collegiate program for opportunities to excel in math, writing and science, and to prepare for college and career. Westminster Christian Academy Director of Diversity Aaron Layton is in his fifth year as Bridge instructor and teaches an intensive writing course “I really admire these students because they have chosen to spend four weeks out of their summer participating in such an intensive program,” Layton said. “The UMSL Bridge Program will equip ...

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Parkway takes 20 percent of speech and debate state titles

Parkway schools brought home three of the 15 state championship titles at the recent State Speech and Debate Tournament at the University of Missouri. Under the leadership of West High’s Cara Borgsmille-Hurst, Keerthi Gondi and Laura Santangelo won policy debate, while Noreen Webster won original oratory. In addition, Yasmin Younis took eighth in dramatic interpretation and Gondi also took sixth in international extemporaneous speaking. Under the leadership of South High’s Mike Hachmeister, Mark Kozeny and Omar Abdel-Hamid, Brian Cheng and Jay Patel took first place in public forum debate, winning the 10th Speech and Debate State Championship in Parkway South ...

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Girls on the Run participants

The St. John School Girls on the Run team, captained by Jen Baker, ran their 5K downtown on May 10 with 9,000 other GOTR participants, the largest in the country. Baker, Angie Birk, Maria Clement, Deb Mayer, and Erin Shidner served as volunteer leaders at the event. The Girls on the Run team also received an Honorable Mention from the Bill & Amy Koman Award for Excellence in Community Service for making cards for sick children in local hospitals to boost their spirits.   Email this page

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Back to School Sales Tax Holiday runs Aug. 1-3

Back-to-school shoppers will want to mark their calendars for Missouri’s annual, three-day Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, which this year will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 3. During that time period, consumers will not be charged the state sales tax of 4.225 percent on certain back-to-school purchases. Clothing, school supplies, computer software, personal computers and computer peripheral devices are included in the tax-exempted items. Specifically, Missouri statute defines those items as follows: • Clothing is defined as “any article of wearing apparel, including footwear, intended to be worn on or about ...

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