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Students invited to play in Gridiron Classic

Students in second- through eighth-grade are invited to attend the Kennedy Gridiron Classic on Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. on the John F. Kennedy varsity field. One full-length game for each grade will be played, with three high-school referees. All players will receive a free gift for attending. For more information, call Coach Combs at (314)706-0440.   Email this page

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Student publishes book

Kautilya Jammalamadaka, a fifth-grade student at Parkway’s Shenandoah Valley Elementary, recently published a book called “The Warriors of Wridor – The Doomed Quest.” He dedicated the 88-page book to his “beloved teacher Mrs. Kellogg.” Debra Kellogg teaches fourth grade at Shenandoah Valley.   Email this page

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Student stories published in anthology

Six St. Charles County students were honored by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration with publication of their historical family stories or art in the ninth “Grannie Annie” anthology. Annually, the St. Louis-based nonprofit invites national and international students in fourth- through eighth-grade to interview an older relative and write a story about something interesting they discovered from their family’s history. Students are invited to share the story with the community, as well as submit the story for possible publication in the anthology. The St. Charles County authors include Harry Coons, from Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles; ...

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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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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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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. Email this page

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Rockwood to study use of academic time, possible policy change

After a request by district residents Larry and Eileen Tyrrell, whose daughter attends Eureka High, Rockwood’s Board of Education agreed on Aug. 7 to let staff study whether to create a new policy, or add to an existing one, in regard to proper use of instructional time. The Tyrrells had told the district that maximizing academic time is critical to improving student achievement. Eileen told the board during public comment on Aug. 7 that wasting class time on movies and games not directly related to the curriculum or exam preparation needs to be addressed by the district. She pointed to ...

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Local schools welcome new teachers, staff

Chesterfield Day School is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members for the 2014-2015 school year. Danielle Lee will be joining the CDS faculty as a full-time librarian and as technology teacher for grades two through six. Previously, Lee held a position at CDS as an assistant in the second and third grades from 2011 to 2013. Puja Bhutani will be a new kindergarten and first-grade teacher with Lindsay Klasing. She is a Montessori-certified teacher and has been a lead teacher at Children of Promise School since 2011. Alexis Buja will be joining the CDS faculty as ...

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CYC City/County Champions

The CYC Girls Intermediate Closed Division City/County Championship winner is the St. Joseph Cottleville eighth-grade softball team coached by John Meara. The team completed the three-game series scoring an impressive total of 42 runs, while giving up only two. Pictured (from left, bottom row) are Claudia King, Abbi Napoli, Maddie Blattel, Grace Smith, Emily Meara and Kristen Weber; (top row) Megan Sextro, Emma Heienickle, Coach Dan Largent, Katie McDonough, Elise Cornett, Coach John Meara, Maggie O’Brien, Grace Lewis, Coach Kelly McDonough and Jessica Kite. Email this page

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Pressure-free first day

The Francis Howell School District held its annual Transition Day on Aug. 4 for incoming sixth-graders and freshmen. The day is specifically set aside to provide guidance to students transitioning from one level to another. It also helps students become more familiar with their new schools before older students arrive. Sixth-graders and freshmen were the only students in the schools, giving them a chance to meet new people in their grades and learn their way around the school. Students went through an entire school day, starting with an assembly where the students met the principals and other staff members. Students ...

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