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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. Email this page

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Advertising in schools

Rockwood set to vote on policy changes concerning advertising The Rockwood School District Board of Education is set to vote Nov. 13 on final approval of planned changes to a district policy and a new regulation regarding advertising in schools. An initial vote was taken by the board on Oct. 16. Superintendent Eric Knost explained the reasoning behind the policy changes and new regulation, saying: “We need the updated policy and new regulation to offset potential issues that could come forward, because we’ve had questions on signage. This will keep us out of trouble.” The revised policy would allow schools ...

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Bow Tie Tuesday goes viral at Craig Elementary

Craig Elementary Principal Bill Senti had no idea he would be starting a school-wide domino effect when he began wearing bow ties on Tuesdays. Having first heard about Bow Tie Tuesday on Twitter at hashtag #bowtietuesday, Senti joined the trend, and soon after, Assistant Principal Berin Waller did too. At the end of last school year, there was an unrelated surprise assembly for Senti and Waller at which the kids wore paper bow ties. This school year, with the addition of a few new male staff members, the idea of Bow Tie Tuesday spread. Perhaps not surprisingly, several male students ...

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Adventure Club staff sought

Despite numerous posts being filled, Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed is continuing to                                                          seek staff for its popular Adventure Club programs. Rockwood’s Board of Education on Oct. 16 approved a plan to provide a $25 cash stipend per new employee referral for existing Adventure Club employees, who have been employed for 90 days or more. To receive the stipend for referrals, referred employees also must remain on the job for 90 days or more. Adventure Club programs have been a staple in the Rockwood district since 1984 and now are being offered in some Parkway elementary schools for the first time. Programs ...

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Foreign language master

Marquette High French teacher Della Thompson believes a good foreign language educator is someone who not only cares about students but also has a passion for languages. Her passion was honored recently by the Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM), which recognized her its 2014 Distinguished Foreign Language Educator. “This prestigious award is presented each year to an outstanding Missouri teacher who has significantly and positively impacted foreign language teaching and learning,” said FLAM President and Eureka High French teacher Janice DeNure. As the recipient of the award, Thompson will represent Missouri as a nominee for the Central States Conference ...

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Missouri Baptist University honors local alumnus

Jason Lievanos, of Parkway West Middle, has been awarded the Educator of the Year Award from Missouri Baptist University. The award is presented to university alumni who display excellence in and dedication to the positive development of youth. Lievanos, a sixth-grade world geography teacher, is now in his eighth year of teaching.   Email this page

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Rockwood facilities to be discussed at upcoming board of education meeting

Rockwood Superintendent Eric Knost and Chief Financial Officer Tim Rooney plan to make a special presentation to the district’s Board of Education on Nov. 13 in regard to facilities needs districtwide. “We will lay out our findings on facilities needs and recommend a plan to address them going forward,” Knost told the board on Oct. 16. Proposition S, a $38.4 million no-tax rate increase bond issue to fund security, technology and facilities’ maintenance needs in Rockwood, failed to win approval on the April 2013 ballot. The ballot followed the release of state audit results, which criticized Rockwood for, among other ...

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Francis Howell students selected for honor choir

Multiple Francis Howell High choir students recently were selected for the Metro 8 District Honors Choir. Nearly 290 students from across the Metro 8 District participated in the 2014 auditions, and approximately 160 were selected to participate in this year’s Honors Choir held on Oct. 11. Nine Francis Howell High choir members were selected out of the 18 who auditioned. These Viking Choir students, under the direction of Choir Director Karey Fitzpatrick, include Rebekah Anthonis, Erin Hediger, Jenna Hutfless, Elise Kaminski, Madi Jackson, Alexandra Janssen, Sarah Mason, Jenny Moreno, Emmy Robertson and Allison Schult. Additionally, seven of the students scored ...

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Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition highlighted during Red Ribbon Week

Many years ago, Matt Schindler experienced a defining moment in his life – the loss of his best friend to drunk driving. As a guidance counselor at Selvidge Middle, Schindler now uses that tragedy to educate others about the dangers of substance abuse. “My friend Ryan drove drunk and died in a one-vehicle accident,” he explained. “The grief I witnessed through the eyes of his dad is something that is permanently etched in my mind and something I don’t want anyone else to ever experience.” With the support of Partners in Education and the Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition, Schindler planned “Red ...

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Students collect PJs for sick kids

The Early Childhood Center at Central School Road recently held a pajama drive and collected 128 children’s pajamas for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The pajama drive was held in honor of Colytn, an early childhood student who has been battling a serious liver condition and is being treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The pajama drive also was part of the school’s continuing character education program and held in celebration of the Francis Howell School District’s 100th birthday. The school set a goal to collect 100 pajamas to commemorate district’s centennial. Thanks to the generosity of the center’s students, parents ...

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