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Kennedy, with Valley Park, ready to be begin playing football

A new era begins this season for the John F. Kennedy High football program. Kennedy and Valley Park will begin their first co-op football season Friday (Aug. 22) on the road against Jefferson Blue Jays in Festus. In the spring, when Kennedy, located in Manchester, announced Valley Park students were eligible to play football for Kennedy this fall, student athletes and parents at both school were excited. Valley Park has never had a football program. The merging of Kennedy and Valley Park has created full varsity and JV teams playing as Kennedy. The merger also moves Kennedy up to Class ...

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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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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.  

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Lindenwood gridders look to bounce back after rocky 2013 season

  After struggling through a challenging 3-6 campaign and a sub par finish in the Midwest Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 2013, the Lindenwood football Lions are definitely looking to turn those numbers around and get back to the winning ways the program enjoyed just two years ago. “We came into the league and had so much success our first year with eight wins and our team had so many seniors on it and all those guys contributed, so it was much harder to replace them and we had a lot to learn that season,”  Lindenwood coach Patrick Ross. Lindenwood has ...

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Thomas Sowell – The Media and the Mob

Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then -- and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything.

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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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O’Fallon looks at allowing poultry as pets, close to home food source

The city of O’Fallon is looking at potentially allowing poultry to be kept as pets in non-agricultural areas. At a City Council work session on Aug. 14, Lenore Toser-Aldaz, assistant city manager, made a presentation regarding O’Fallon’s animal control code relating to poultry, which she defined as domestic chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. The current ordinance pertaining to poultry only permits the raising of farm animals in agricultural zoning districts. “Recently, we received several inquiries from residents who want to raise poultry in their back yard in residential neighborhoods,” Toser-Aldaz said. “As the city of O’Fallon is extensively urbanized, you ...

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Westminster Christian Academy moves up kickoff for Saturday’s game

Westminster Christian Academy’s football team will try to beat the heat and Festus by moving up the kickoff of its season opener at home. Due to the forecast for excessive heat this Saturday (Aug. 23), the start time of the first home varsity football game against Festus has been changed to 10 a.m. Concessions will be provided at the game.  

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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.

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