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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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Area students commended for academic performance

The National Merit Scholarship program is an annual academic competition, which identifies seniors who represent the top of their graduating class. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. More than 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT receive letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Local ...

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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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