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Bike builders

In December, Francis Howell North National Honor Society students spent a Saturday building bikes for children and learning the true meaning of volunteerism.

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Bulletin Board: Student earns ACT perfection

Student earns ACT perfection Elise Kaminski, a junior at Francis Howell High, has earned a perfect score on the ACT college placement test. Kaminski is the second Viking student to earn a perfect score this year. Her accomplishment was preceded by senior Gary Rudolph’s perfect 36 earlier this year. “I am so proud of what Gary and Elise have accomplished, as it recognizes Viking achievement at the highest level and serves as encouragement to us all – that we can reach our goals through hard work and dedication,” said Francis Howell High Principal Dr. Dave Wedlock. Kaminski is captain of ...

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Baking bread for charity

Students at Ellisville Elementary put their baking skills to the test and donated their creations to two local food pantries. The students were learning, baking and sharing through the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good Program. “The students were proud of themselves for baking a loaf of bread, but also because they helped a family in need,” said fifth-grade teacher Cheryl Hunn. Students used math, science and reading skills to create two loaves of delicious bread – one to keep and one to share. They also collected 76 loaves of bread which will be donated to Circle Of Concern and ...

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Birthday celebration at The Little School

The Ascension Early Childhood Center – The Little School – celebrated its 20th birthday on Friday, Oct. 3. The Little School welcomed its first students in September 1995. Many things have changed throughout the past 20 years, but the philosophy and mission of the school have remained the same. The Little School offers Catholic early education to children two to five years of age. In addition to the proclamation presentation by Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation, The Little School received a special blessing by Monsignor Dennis Stehly, visits from Juggling Jeff, the Bubble Bus, Monarch Fire Department and Chesterfield Police Department. ...

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Local schools seek solutions to America’s ‘trades deficit’

America is suffering a trades deficit. While the problem of fewer skilled workers entering the labor pool is not new, it is reaching a critical point. Data collected by staffing expert ManpowerGroup estimates that approximately 60 percent of all skilled laborers – defined as welders, electricians and machinists – are age 45 and older. In as little as five to 10 years, retirement and natural attrition could leave the country wanting unless local schools and others step in. Rockwood and Parkway are doing just that. Both local districts have expanded their technology and engineering course offerings at the high school ...

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Peabody awards two Parkway educators

Shelly Farinella, counselor at Fern Ridge High, and Jason Lievanos, sixth-grade world geography teacher at West Middle, were surprised with Peabody Energy Leaders in Education awards. The Leaders in Education program rewards dedicated and compassionate educational professionals with awards and recognition at an annual dinner reception. Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders and each earn a $1,000 award. This year marks Farinella’s 21st year in Parkway. Before becoming a school counselor, she worked as a police officer for St. Louis County and the city of Chesterfield for approximately 10 ...

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District wins budget award for ninth year

For the ninth consecutive year, the Francis Howell School District has won the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. The award is conferred only to school systems that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria. The award was for the 2014-15 budget, prepared by Chief Financial Officer Kevin Supple with assistance from Director of Finance Cindy Reilmann and the finance department staff. The 2014-15 budget includes over 400 pages and contains not only the official budget, but also background and summary materials. The budget material is presented via narratives, charts and graphs to ...

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