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Outdoor classroom recognized

For the third consecutive year, St. Charles County’s Certified Nature Explore Classroom at Towne Park near Wentzville was nationally recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. “Towne Park’s Certified Nature Explore Classroom is a dynamic, nature-based play and learning space that supports skill development in children by reconnecting them to nature,” said St. Charles County Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer. “Since it opened in May 2012, it has become a very popular place for children, their families and educators across the tri-county area to visit.” Designed for children ages 3-14, the Certified Nature Explore Classroom at ...

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Sales tax holiday coming soon

For the sixth year in a row Missouri residents can take advantage of Missouri’s sales tax holiday on August 1-3 for back-to-school purchases such as clothing, backpacks and school supplies. Cities in Missouri are given the option to participate in this holiday. Nearby cities that will be participating in Missouri sales tax holiday include Cottleville, Lake St. Louis, O’Fallon, St. Charles, Troy, Warrenton and Wentzville. City tax will still apply to consumer purchases in cities that choose not to participate in the tax-free weekend. For more information about items that qualify for the sales tax holiday and a complete list ...

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Local youth tour nation’s capitol

Local youth tour nation’s capitol Ninety-one high school juniors from Missouri participated in the 50th anniversary of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., June 13-19. Local delegates included O’Fallon residents Alison Boehmer and Elizabeth Citrowske. The seven-day tour provided an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics and community service and to address some of today’s pressing issues. “It was an incredible experience,” said Citrowske. “It was a great combination of food, friends and touring. I never really knew how much ...

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Standout sixth-graders recognized

Rossman School presented awards for special achievements to four graduating sixth-graders. Sriya Bandi earned the Pauline Marshall Award for Scholarship. Meredith Goldberg received the Mary B. Rossman Award for Citizenship. Additionally, two students received the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Specialty Subject. Zachary Mella received it for his accomplishments in Social Studies, while Lauren Wallace received the award for her accomplishments in music.   Email this page

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Recognition of outstanding Christian achievement

Westminster Christian Academy history teacher, Chris Knerr, was awarded the Arlen R. Dykstra Teaching Prize at the school’s 2014 commencement ceremony. The award, named in honor of former Westminster headmaster Arlen R. Dykstra, is a $1,000 prize, which is presented annually by the current head of school. It recognizes the recipient’s outstanding expression of the Christian worldview and life-view in both their personal and professional life. It also demonstrates the recipient’s mastery of his or her teaching matter, involvement with the life of the school through extracurricular activities, and creative and innovative presentation of teaching material. Email this page

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Rockwood teacher attends Google Academy

Rockwood Instructional Technology teacher Bob Deneau was selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy in Atlanta. Only 35 educators were selected from across the country to attend the June 25-26 session. The Google Teacher Academy is a two-day intensive program that recognizes educators who are doing innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology. At the academy, Deneau received hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learned about innovative instructional strategies, and received resources to share with colleagues. Email this page

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Local student attends U.S. Naval Academy program

Adam Schmitz, of Chesterfield, a student at The Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri, will participate in the 2014 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program. U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) invited a select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year.   Email this page

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Record enrollment for STARS summer program

Thirty-eight students from 10 area high schools have been selected for the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program. The prestigious program for academically talented junior and senior high school students has enrolled 89 participants – the largest number in its more than 25-year history. Participants come from the St. Louis metro area, as well as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Illinois and even Greece. Local students accepted into the 2014 STARS program include: Sangeeth John from CBC; Jason Chen, Joshua Kazdan, Olivia Long, William Meng, Nina Muddasani, Charles Sansone, Tara Suresh, Michelle Tang, William Wolfe and Katherine Yee from John Burroughs; ...

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Driving home a winner

The Parkway Transportation Department won three trophies in the regional School Bus Safe Driving Competition. Drivers have to take a written exam, identify six defective items on a school bus and maneuver through a challenging course that includes 10 specific driving skills. Brian Coker and Greg Zemblidge earned first- and second-place individual trophies, respectively. As a team, the Transportation Department received a fourth-place trophy. On June 19-20, the Parkway Rodeo, which included Zembledge, Ray Pesselato and Erricka Moorehead, competed at the state level and placed second. In individual competition, Zembledge came in second place, Pesselato received fifth place, and Moorehead ...

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Circle Of Concern scholarships awarded

Several students are college-bound with some help from Circle Of Concern. The local nonprofit awarded grants to a total of 13 seniors who graduated from local high schools this past spring, with 11 of them residing in West County. In addition, scholarships were awarded to seven of last year’s winners for their second year of college. This year’s scholarship awards totaled $25,000. First-year recipients include Phillip Sansone from Fulton School at St. Albans; Hannah Petry from Eureka; Lewis Werner from Lafayette; Jessica Phung from Marquette; Ben London from Rockwood Summit; An Hseih, Sarah Larara and Sarah Munir from Parkway West; ...

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