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Teacher attends space academy

During the week of June 18-24, Francis Howell School District teacher Amy Howell attended the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Howell, a Spectra facilitator at Henderson Elementary, attended the space academy to learn more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and activities she can bring back to the classroom. Howell and her fellow campers had the opportunity to participate in many hands-on and team-building activities throughout the week, including creating an Ablation Heat Shield to simulate the tiles on the space shuttle. They also took part in several ...

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International math leader visits Fort Zumwalt

Dr. Yeap Ban Har, of Singapore, paid a visit to the Fort Zumwalt School District on July 18 for a one-day conference as part of his summer professional development tour. He shared instructional, questioning, problem-solving and computational strategies used in Singapore math with nearly 100 elementary teachers, administrators and guests from around the St. Louis area and across the state.   Email this page

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Lutheran High names new coach

Michael Wilhite has been named as the new head boys and girls soccer coach at Lutheran High. Wilhite is a graduate of St. Dominic High, where he was a four-year starter on the Crusaders’ state championship soccer team. He also played at Maryville University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. Following his playing days, Wilhite served as an assistant coach at both Duchesne and at St. Dominic, helping both programs win several state championships. Currently, Wilhite works in the early childhood center in the Kirkwood School District. He and his family reside in St. Charles County. ...

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Enterprising Scout recognized

A Court of Honor recently was held to recognize Samuel Stephens’ achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout. Stephens wanted to create a project that promoted both chess and education. He designed and constructed a concrete bench with a chess board for Green Trails Elementary as his leadership service project. Stephens is a member of Troop 805 in Chesterfield and a recent graduate of the Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students at Lindbergh High in partnership with Parkway. Email this page

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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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