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Parkway West teens build classrooms abroad

This summer, Parkway West junior Alyssa Jensen and senior Cassie Frazier decided to spend a portion of their vacation in a third-world country doing humanitarian work. The girls teamed up with Humanitarian Experience for Youth (H.E.F.Y.) and 17 other students from around the United States to build classrooms in Bolivia. From June 11 through June 27, the two students spent long days doing manual labor in an effort to learn the true meaning of service. Activities included digging, mixing cement, laying brick and serving people living in impoverished conditions. In the process, the girls say that they changed the lives ...

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Westminster welcomes new administrator

Dr. Shelley Milligan has been hired as the executive director of institutional advancement and strategy at Westminster Christian Academy for the 2014-15 school year. “I’m very much looking forward to finding ways to serve in the school’s ongoing pursuit of excellence in education, and also to meeting the broader Westminster community of parents, alumni and friends whose support of the school is reflected in everything from its state-of-the-art facility to the outstanding faculty at the heart of its mission,” Milligan said. After beginning her career as director of the annual fund at her alma mater Washington & Lee University in ...

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New school opens in Town & Country

Brightmont Academy has opened a campus in Town & Country, offering a unique one-to-one school option. The academy’s academic approach pairs one teacher with one student throughout every learning session, serving a growing interest in customized instruction throughout West County and the surrounding region. “One-to-one instruction is the learning approach that works,” said Cathy Westbrook, Town & Country campus director. “At Brightmont Academy, our focus is serving the whole student and finding creative solutions to improve learning outcomes.” Students have three enrollment options. They can attend full time and earn a diploma issued by Brightmont Academy, take courses to earn ...

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Two schools named ‘National School of Character’ named

The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has named both Blevins Elementary and McKelvey Elementary as a 2014 National School of Character. The schools will hold this designation for five years and will be showcased in an annual publication and on the CEP website. The National School of Character program provides an opportunity to go through a rigorous process of feedback and coaching, as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development through CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. According to the CEP, Blevins and McKelvey demonstrated that character development is infused in their curriculums. ...

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Students gain valuable experience at Missouri Scholars Academy

Twenty-two local students attended the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) at the University of Missouri this summer, placing them among Missouri’s brightest high school students. Eureka High was represented by Austin Darnell, Henry Dieckhaus, Morgan Farr and Jocelyn Lozano. Lafayette High was represented by Chris Foley, Theuns Gerber, Yutong (Wendy) Han, Luke Neise and Kyle Westendorf. Marquette High was represented by Shu Han, Keertana Jain and Mason Smith. The Fulton School at St. Albans was represented by Lena Cramer. Parkway Central was represented by Abigail Urnes, Jennifer Wayland and Josh Yang. Parkway North was represented by Panashe Majachani. Parkway South was ...

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Crown them master mathematicians

Outstanding ability in mathematics earned Rossman School sixth-graders Sriya Bandi, Evan Hofer, Sami Remis, Chase Stokes and Penny Zheng the ranking of first place in the Missouri Math League Annual Sixth Grade Contest. The five-member team outperformed 32 other Missouri schools to obtain the state champion title. Additionally, Bandi tied for first and Zheng tied for third in the state in individual achievement. Several other area schools placed in the top 12 including Parkway West Middle, third place; Rockwood South Middle, seventh place; Chesterfield Day School, 10th place and Parkway Central Middle, 11th place. Individual students who ranked in the ...

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Students invited to play in Gridiron Classic

Students in second- through eighth-grade are invited to attend the Kennedy Gridiron Classic on Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. on the John F. Kennedy varsity field. One full-length game for each grade will be played, with three high-school referees. All players will receive a free gift for attending. For more information, call Coach Combs at (314)706-0440.   Email this page

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Student publishes book

Kautilya Jammalamadaka, a fifth-grade student at Parkway’s Shenandoah Valley Elementary, recently published a book called “The Warriors of Wridor – The Doomed Quest.” He dedicated the 88-page book to his “beloved teacher Mrs. Kellogg.” Debra Kellogg teaches fourth grade at Shenandoah Valley.   Email this page

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Student stories published in anthology

Six St. Charles County students were honored by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration with publication of their historical family stories or art in the ninth “Grannie Annie” anthology. Annually, the St. Louis-based nonprofit invites national and international students in fourth- through eighth-grade to interview an older relative and write a story about something interesting they discovered from their family’s history. Students are invited to share the story with the community, as well as submit the story for possible publication in the anthology. The St. Charles County authors include Harry Coons, from Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles; ...

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Pledging not to text and drive earns local Girl Scout national Gold Award

Thanks to a Girl Scout project by Lauren Anderson, of Chesterfield, 500 students and adults at Parkway West High have pledged not to text and drive. Texting while driving is an ever-growing concern nationwide and it was this hot-topic that Anderson selected to help her earn her Gold Award, the Girl Scouts’ highest honor possible. “I wanted to bring something relevant to my peers and adults within my sphere of influence. I thought if they heard the message ‘Don’t Text and Drive’ from a teenager, it would have a bigger impact than through a television ad or lecture by an ...

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