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Vision van visits Francis Howell schools

The Ronald McDonald Care Vision Van recently visited Francis Howell elementary and middle schools, providing free vision care to over 80 students. The Vision Van is an optical manufacturing shop on wheels, offering everything onboard from eye exams and screening to crafting customized eyewear onsite. “The eye care van has been a tremendous asset to our district. It has helped many students achieve academic success through vision services they may not necessarily have had access to,” said Janet Stiglich, a nurse coordinator for the district. “To see the students’ faces once the glasses are on and they can ‘see’ has ...

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SMART tables reinforce learning for the youngest students

Technology starts early at Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic School in St. Charles. Students in the junior kindergarten and kindergarten classes are utilizing SMART tables to learn letters, numbers and colors. The touch-sensitive tables are used for interactive activities through the collaborative learning center. “The SMART table allows the students to have a hands-on experience with the curriculum,” said Jennifer Albrecht, junior kindergarten teacher. “We use it to reinforce previously taught curriculum and to help with the introduction of new concepts. “The students are having so much fun, they often do not know they are learning.” The school currently has ...

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Cyberbullying has to stop – pin it on

Clothespins are showing up all over Rockwood with an important message: Cyberbullying has to stop. The “Character Goes Viral: Students Stop Cyberbullying” campaign started at the CharacterPlus Student Summit when 80 students from regional high schools met and collaborated on the campaign, including students from Lafayette High. They created the hashtag #StartsWithUs to use on social media and spread the message by taking the “Clothespin Challenge.” Students write #StartsWithUs on a clothespin and “pin” it on a backpack or shirt of a friend. A photo or video of the “pinning” will be uploaded on social media, and everyone who gets ...

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‘Mini-Mudder’ brings hundreds of kids to Barat Academy

Barat Academy, a faith based college preparatory high school located in Chesterfield, held its first Mini-Mudder event on Oct. 4. This event was the first of its kind exclusively for kids age four to 14. Over 500 kids participated from as close as St. Louis and St. Charles counties to as far away as Lake of the Ozarks; Quincy, Illinois; Kansas City; Louisville, Kentucky; and even Minnesota and Arizona. “It was a fabulous event that spread like wildfire through social media conversations,” said Debby Watson, president of Barat Academy. “Over 500 kids ran the 1.2-mile course in teams, helping each ...

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Westminster administrators travel to Seoul

Westminster Christian Academy’s partner school, Saemmul Christian Academy (SCA) in Seoul, South Korea, celebrated the dedication of its new campus in mid-October and Westminster administration was on hand for the celebration. Construction on the school’s new campus was completed in the summer, allowing Saemmul students to begin the 2014-15 academic year in the new building this fall. To celebrate the school’s new facility, SCA hosted a national conference, inviting Christian educators and administrators from schools throughout the country to attend. Westminster head of school emeritus Jim Marsh and best-selling Christian author Philip Yancey were keynote speakers for the event. Westminster ...

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Wentzville teacher wins Milken award

Jessica Karll, a third-grade teacher at Discovery Ridge Elementary School in O’Fallon, has been named the winner of a Milken Educator Award. The Milken Educator Awards are given each year to outstanding K-12 teachers, principals and specialists who are furthering excellence in education. Missouri has been participating in the Milken Awards since 1996. Since then, a total of 45 Missouri educators have been honored with the Milken prize. Recipients join the Milken Educator Network, a group of distinguished educators fostering effective educational leadership. Karll has taught third grade at Discovery Ridge Elementary in the Wentzville School District since 2010. She ...

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Progress 64 West to honor business, student achievement

Civic partnership group Progress 64 West, a nonprofit alliance of area citizens and business leaders that promotes development along the I-64 corridor from I-270 westward to I-70, will hold its annual awards banquet on Nov. 26  at Chesterfield’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. The group is set to honor a select list of area businesses and individuals with its Excellence in Community Development Awards. This year’s corporate and organizational honorees include Flat World Supply Chain, an O’Fallon, Missouri-based logistics and supply chain management company; Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis; Medical Transportation Management (MTM), which provides non-emergency transportation to Medicaid beneficiaries ...

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Grandparents among special honored guests

On Friday, Oct.17, Chesterfield Day School welcomed over 250 guests to the school’s annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. The morning started with “Around the World,”a musical presentation featuring students in preschool though grade six. The performance, directed by music teacher Jan Schaberg, featured a collection of popular children’s tunes from across the globe. Grandparents and friends also were invited to tour classrooms, meet teachers, and learn more about Chesterfield Day School.

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Rossman supports American Heart Association

Rossman School was awarded the Mission Impact Award by the American Heart Association (AHA) at the St. Louis volunteer appreciation celebration on Sept. 13. Rossman has supported the AHA’s Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraisers for over 25 years, raising more than $150,000 for heart research and health education. Last year, the school’s small group of 150 participants raised $15,757 through its two events. Rossman’s physical education teachers, Jenna Babcock and Larry Huusko, also were honored at the celebration for coordinating the annual fundraisers and advocating for the health and wellness of their students.

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Fort Zumwalt seniors play at Grand Ole Opry

Fort Zumwalt South High seniors Ben Dufour and Kyle Spies traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to play the Grand Ole Opry as members of the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles on Oct. 29. The journey to Nashville began at the Metro 8 District Honors Band competition, where Dufour and Spies each won first chair on their respective instruments. That success advanced them to the All-State Band Audition in Columbia, where they each won chairs in the All-State Band. Dufour and Spies were among thousands of high school musicians to send in a taped audition for the national competition ...

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