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Local districts score solid ‘A’ on their performances

Rockwood earned a 98.2 percent and Parkway earned a 96.4 percent overall score on the Annual Performance Report (APR) released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Both districts scored well above the 90 percent needed to keep the “Accredited with Distinction” label and rank among the top 10 percent of districts in the state. Missouri’s rating system is based on a number of factors including standardized test scores, attendance, graduation rates, subgroup performance and college placement. The new system allows for greater distinction between school districts and looks at a broader range of performance standards.

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Student participates in aviation challenge

Fort Zumwalt South Middle sixth-grader Devin Smith spent a week of his summer in Huntsville, Alabama, at the Aviation Challenge Mach 1 program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The weeklong camp is a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experience geared toward students interested in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. The team flew a simulated F/A-18 fighter jet, learned critical land and water survival skills and even mastered a few Top Gun flying maneuvers. At graduation, the crew was awarded the Green Flag Award for Best Drill and Cadence. Smith, a Boy Scout and a ...

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Free parenting class

Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition and St. John Church will offer a four-session parenting class “The Courage to Parent” beginning Sept. 15. Program facilitation will be provided by Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW, and Jan Cloninger, co-authors of a book by the same name and owners of A Place To Turn To. The class is free and open to the public. It will be held on Monday evenings, Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 at St John Church in Ellisville and begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner options are available and free child care is provided. Weekly topics are: • 40 Developmental ...

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New Rockwood superintendent Knost shares visions, plans

If you are eager to meet Rockwood’s new superintendent, Dr. Eric Knost, you need look no further than a district classroom near you. Impressively, in just the first month of school, Knost has visited every classroom in 10 Rockwood schools – nearly one-third of the 31 schools in a district that covers a span of 150 square miles. “My goal is to visit every classroom of every school. I want them to get to know me, and I want the opportunity to see students and teachers in action,” Knost said. Already he has visited The Center for Creative Learning (CCL) ...

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Living Word named to top 50 list

Living Word Christian Academy in O’Fallon is one of the top 50 Christian high schools in the country according to TheBestSchools.org. The school was judged on its academic excellence, extracurricular richness and geographic and demographic diversity. The company also took into account reviews by parents and students, as well as how seriously Christian education is taken.  

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Fulton School at St. Albans announces faculty changes

The Fulton School is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members for the 2014-15 school year. Kelly Scott is the new international program director for grades seven through 12 and will teach English as a Second Language courses. Previously, she taught English at Jiangxi Normal University in Nanchang, China. Cynthia Fuhrman is the new Upper School math teacher for grades seven through 12. Fuhrman previously taught math at Esther Miller Bais Yaakov High School in St. Louis. Mary Crites, a St. Louis Learning Disability Association (LDA) associate, is the new educational specialist. Prior to LDA, Crites was ...

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Educator making a difference

Peabody Energy created the Leaders in Education program to honor education professionals – from teachers and coaches to librarians and counselors – who are making a profound impact by inspiring, guiding, teaching and leading their students. Honorees are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders and each earns a $1,000 award. Among the 30 regional educators to receive this award is Chesterfield resident Marci Fendelman, eighth-grade communication arts teacher at Hardin Middle in the St. Charles School District. Fendelman was nominated for the award by several of her peers, including Hardin Middle principal, ...

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Parkway schools raising funds for a cure

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. This year, nine schools in the Parkway School District participated in the society’s School and Youth campaign, raising an outstanding $7,365. More than 4,000 Parkway students participated. The effort was led by the following schools/employees who raised in excess of the amounts shown: • Barretts Elementary/Kelly Crupper: $500 • Carman Trails Elementary/Amy Sampo: $345 • Craig Elementary/Svetlana Bigott: $954 • Hanna Woods Elementary/Allison Zeller: $211 • McKelvey Elementary/Jennifer Abrams: $2,158 • Pierremont Elementary/Meghan Higgs: $758 ...

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Rockwood postpones intramural activity fees

The Rockwood School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously on Sept. 4 to postpone collection of participation fees for elementary and middle school intramural activities until after further study of the issue, as requested by Superintendent Eric Knost. Knost told the board that the original proposal for participation fees was presented in February, as part of various belt-tightening efforts by the district to cut expenses, but an overall decision was postponed at that time. The board had approved a participation fee of $10 per student for elementary and middle school district cross country, track and volleyball events effective for the ...

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STARS researchers

Thirty aspiring scientists have been rewarded for a summer of hard work in the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The teenage scientists were part of a larger group of 88 students that spent six weeks conducting intensive research and producing award-winning research papers with help from St. Louis-area professionals and professors. STARS pairs academically talented, rising junior- and senior-level high school students with mentors to provide research opportunities for the participants. UMSL partners with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Confluence Discovery ...

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