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These blankets would make Linus proud

Students at Woerther Elementary are helping those in need one blanket at a time. Students created more than 50 blankets for Project Linus during their Fall Academic Celebrations. “We’ve helped Project Linus since 2009,” Woerther Principal Jane Levy said. “Our students really enjoy this service project.” According to the Project Linus website, the charity “provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers.'” “We truly appreciate our students, their parents and our staff for their ...

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Progress 64 West to award up to $10,000 in scholarships

Progress 64 West is seeking applications from high school seniors attending schools along the Hwy. 40/I-64 corridor for its annual Louis S. Sachs Scholarships. Sponsored by American Direct Marketing Resources, LLC and DosterUllom, LLC with Lindenwood University as a matching sponsor, the scholarships (three) total $10,000.

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Marquette High earns CAPPIES

The Marquette High School Theatre Company received 19 nominations for their work on the stage during the 2013-14 school year. The nominations came for awards presented by the Critics and Awards Program. Known as CAPPIES, the awards recognize, among other things, high school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers. Students were nominated for make-up, special effects, costumes, creativity, featured actress in a play, featured actress in a musical, comic actress in a play, supporting actress in a play, supporting actor in a musical, lead ...

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Tops in fundraising – and rope jumping

When Blevins Elementary held its annual Jump Rope for Heart event for the American Heart Association earlier this year, the school raised an impressive $14,127. That total landed them the number eight spot on the list of top fundraising schools for the American Heart Association. “I am so proud of my students,” said Principal Sharon Jackson. “It’s because of their hard work that we are in the top 10 fundraising schools in the state.”

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Parkway, Rockwood high schools rank as ‘America’s Best’

All four traditional Parkway high schools – Central, North, South and West – and all four traditional Rockwood high schools – Eureka, Lafayette, Marquette and Rockwood Summit – made the Daily Beast 2014 list of “America’s Best High Schools.” This annual list highlights public high schools across the country that do the best job of providing college-ready graduates. To determine the Best High Schools, six indicators culled from school surveys were used to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included: college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with ...

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Welcome home, bro!

The staff served up more than lunch for Parkway South Middle seventh-grader Preston McClinton on Sept. 9. During lunch, Principal Craig Fenner surprised Preston with his brother’s early return from a recent deployment with the Singapore Army. Preston had not seen his older brother for 2.5 years because his brother, Lance Corporal Braxton McClinton, had been serving in Singapore and Taiwan. A 2012 graduate of Parkway South High, Braxton was born in Singapore and, as a citizen of the Republic of Singapore, was required to serve in the Singapore Army. Completing the surprise were members of the local media who ...

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Girls in the Know speaker series

This September, The Fulton School welcomes mothers and daughters from the surrounding areas to the four-session “Girls in the Know Speaker Series.” This series is aimed at girls age 9 to 13. Led by a group of women professionals, this month-long, interactive program meets once a week to promote open communication between mothers/caregivers and daughters while encouraging positive behaviors and decisions as pre-teen girls mature into adulthood. The sessions will cover: “Empowering Your Pre-Teen Daughter,” “Promoting a Healthy Body Image,” “All About Safety (Internet, Cell Phones, Home & Away),” and “The Birds & The Bees.” Session dates are Sept. 30 ...

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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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