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National Merit announces final group of awardees

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the final group of National Merit Scholarship winners. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. Local recipients include from Chaminade College Preparatory: Jack C. Yungbluth; from John Burroughs: Sarah A. Lowe, Neal Arthur Shulman, Nikhil Das, Hanna C. Kime, Blake F. Maune, Hannah R. Rodgers and Ethan O. Mathew; from Eureka: Brennen L. Lummus; from Lafayette: Amy H. Cui and Anjana K. Renganathan; from Marquette: Brian M. Schibler, Caleb R. Singer and Nicholas J. Shields; from Parkway Central: Haochen Xu and Christopher H. Zhao; ...

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‘Grannie Annie’ anthology publishes work of local students

Seventeen local students were among the 48 students whose historical family stories or art were  included in the “Grannie Annie, Vol. 9.” Released in May, the anthology is published by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, a nonprofit organization based in St. Louis that invites students in grades four through eight to interview an older relative, write a story and submit it to the Grannie Annie Foundation for possible publication. Students also are invited to illustrate their stories. After stories have been selected for publication additional illustrations are solicited from students in the St. Louis area. Local published authors include ...

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Fort Zumwalt School District to continue ImPACT testing

The Fort Zumwalt School District will continue to test its athletes – both on and off the field – for the effects of concussions. The district will utilize the ImPACT testing program again next year for its high school athletes involved with football, soccer and cheerleading. Brandon Larkin, M.D., with Advanced Bone and Joint in St. Peters, presented the results from the latest ImPACT testing at the Board of Education meeting on July 21. ImPACT is a computerized neurocognitive test used to evaluate athletes who have sustained a concussion. The test looks at eight key neurocognitive domains, including: impulse control, ...

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District adds entrance safety feature

For the 2014-15 school year, the Francis Howell School District has installed buzz-in systems at the main and student entrances at each high school. 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 will be required to push an intercom button, state their name and the purpose of their visit in order to gain entry into the school. School staff will make a visual ...

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New math program for elementary students

The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) will implement a new elementary math program called enVision Math this fall. The new math program will provide increased rigor and will meet the needs of  high-achieving students as well as those who need additional time and support. As with any academic programming, the new math program will be aligned to FHSD and state standards. It has been 12 years since FHSD’s last elementary mathematics program adoption. In anticipation of a change to the math program, over 40 FHSD elementary teachers spent two years researching programs and best practices for teaching mathematics to elementary ...

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Schools receive positive attention

Six schools in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) have been recognized  for successfully adopting and implementing Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS), a comprehensive approach for improving student behavior and academic performance. Becky-David Elementary, Central Elementary, Henderson Elementary, Warren Elementary, Hollenbeck Middle School, and Saeger Middle School were honored on June 11 at the Missouri SW-PBS Recognition Ceremony in conjunction with the Ninth Annual Missouri SW-PBS Summer Training Institute at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Each school had to meet specific criteria to earn these honors, including use of data to direct instruction, problem solving and intervention efforts, creative ...

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Transition Center named in honor of former administrator

As plans continue to move forward for the Fort Zumwalt School District Transition Center, the Board of Education approved the name for the facility—The Mike Clemens Center for Adaptive Learning. “Mike Clemens was the real deal. He cared about his fellow man and showed it the way he lived his life, and the (way) he dedicated himself to the school district,” said Superintendent Bernie DuBray. “The Board recognized his 30 years of outstanding service to the district and wanted to do something that would give him credit for his contributions. The Transition Center was the perfect vehicle due to Mike’s ...

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FHHS student attends film camp

Francis Howell student Sadie Anderson attended the University of Tulsa’s Filmmaking Camp last month. The workshop, hosted by the TU Department of Film Studies in July, featured training on the art, craft and business of the film industry for high school students. The filmmaking camp provided students with an opportunity to produce and screen their own short films, working closely with Tulsa-area videographer and award-winning documentary film producer Erin McHenry. Attendees spent the week shooting scenes and working in post-production labs before debuting their work to family and friends at a film festival on the final day at camp. Anderson  ...

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Youth orchestra now auditioning

Area marching band students are invited to join the St. Charles County Youth Orchestra (SCCYO) this fall. SCCYO will hold auditions on Aug. 9-10 at Lindenwood University’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. SCCYO will work with the marching band schedule and offer a tuition discount. The orchestra also is looking for all levels of strings, winds and percussion. For more information, call 916-0515.   Email this page

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Students participate in CYCLE program

More than 100 high school students from across Missouri participated in the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) program held July 9-11 in Jefferson City. Local delegates sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) included Hannah Baalman, Dardenne Prairie; Sofia Ezeamii, Lake Saint Louis; Allison Foster, Weldon Spring; Alexa Jones, O’Fallon; and Madison Jones, O’Fallon. The CYCLE program is conducted by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award presented by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country. ...

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