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STARS researchers

Thirty aspiring scientists have been rewarded for a summer of hard work in the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The teenage scientists were part of a larger group of 88 students that spent six weeks conducting intensive research and producing award-winning research papers with help from St. Louis-area professionals and professors. STARS pairs academically talented, rising junior- and senior-level high school students with mentors to provide research opportunities for the participants. UMSL partners with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Confluence Discovery ...

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Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed seeking more Adventure Club staff

Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed is looking to hire more staff for its popular Adventure Club programs, which are being offered in some Parkway District elementary schools for the first time this school year. The before- and after-school, late start/holiday and summer care programs have been a staple since 1984 in Rockwood District elementary schools. Rockwood Director of Community Education Michael Seppi told Rockwood’s Board of Education on Sept. 4 that Adventure Club has the biggest program participation in the two districts’ new community education partnership. He said that, as of Aug. 25, 1,321 Rockwood and 399 Parkway students were enrolled in ...

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Minor planet named after Chesterfield resident

The International Astronomical Union and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research Program (LINEAR) have named minor planet #28866 Chakraborty, in honor of Chesterfield teen Uttara Chakraborty. Dr. Grant H. Stokes, head of the Aerospace Division and Principal Investigator of the LINEAR program, said, “We are pleased that the technical accomplishments of Lincoln Laboratory can contribute to recognizing [Uttara’s] achievement. The LINEAR Program promotes science education by identifying and honoring outstanding students. Chakraborty wins this honor in recognition of [her] achievement as a top award winner in the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.” Chakraborty is currently pursuing ...

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Musical meals at Chesterfield Day School

Alumnus Austin G. Smith returned to perform with his band, Roots of A Rebellion (R.O.A.R) during all lunch periods on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Chesterfield Day School. R.O.A.R is a band of musicians from Nashville, Tennessee, who have found a deeply rooted love and appreciation for the concept of music as a healing art. Combining a variety of individual musical influences from pop and rock to jazz and soul, R.O.A.R. Members say they are “captivated by the power of reggae music to inject serious positive energy in our lives!” A class of 2002 graduate and uncle to current CDS students ...

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Rockwood schools win national nutrition awards

The Center for Creative Learning (CCL) and Woerther Elementary have earned the Healthy Schools Program Bronze National Recognition Award for meeting best practice criteria established by the Healthy Schools Program Expert Panel and outlined in the Healthy Schools Program Framework. “Our school wellness council helped in supporting many programs at Woerther,” said physical education teacher Carol Earley. “A few programs we held were the annual VIP/Turkey Trot, Project A.C.E.S., Girls on the Run, and Read, Right, and Run program.” Director of Child Nutrition Services Carmen Fischer said Rockwood is moving toward a healthier lifestyle districtwide. She said she sees real ...

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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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