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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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Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed seeking more Adventure Club staff

Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed is looking to hire more staff for its popular Adventure Club programs, which are being offered in some Parkway District elementary schools for the first time this school year. The before- and after-school, late start/holiday and summer care programs have been a staple since 1984 in Rockwood District elementary schools. Rockwood Director of Community Education Michael Seppi told Rockwood’s Board of Education on Sept. 4 that Adventure Club has the biggest program participation in the two districts’ new community education partnership. He said that, as of Aug. 25, 1,321 Rockwood and 399 Parkway students were enrolled in ...

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Minor planet named after Chesterfield resident

The International Astronomical Union and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research Program (LINEAR) have named minor planet #28866 Chakraborty, in honor of Chesterfield teen Uttara Chakraborty. Dr. Grant H. Stokes, head of the Aerospace Division and Principal Investigator of the LINEAR program, said, “We are pleased that the technical accomplishments of Lincoln Laboratory can contribute to recognizing [Uttara’s] achievement. The LINEAR Program promotes science education by identifying and honoring outstanding students. Chakraborty wins this honor in recognition of [her] achievement as a top award winner in the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.” Chakraborty is currently pursuing ...

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Musical meals at Chesterfield Day School

Alumnus Austin G. Smith returned to perform with his band, Roots of A Rebellion (R.O.A.R) during all lunch periods on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Chesterfield Day School. R.O.A.R is a band of musicians from Nashville, Tennessee, who have found a deeply rooted love and appreciation for the concept of music as a healing art. Combining a variety of individual musical influences from pop and rock to jazz and soul, R.O.A.R. Members say they are “captivated by the power of reggae music to inject serious positive energy in our lives!” A class of 2002 graduate and uncle to current CDS students ...

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Rockwood schools win national nutrition awards

The Center for Creative Learning (CCL) and Woerther Elementary have earned the Healthy Schools Program Bronze National Recognition Award for meeting best practice criteria established by the Healthy Schools Program Expert Panel and outlined in the Healthy Schools Program Framework. “Our school wellness council helped in supporting many programs at Woerther,” said physical education teacher Carol Earley. “A few programs we held were the annual VIP/Turkey Trot, Project A.C.E.S., Girls on the Run, and Read, Right, and Run program.” Director of Child Nutrition Services Carmen Fischer said Rockwood is moving toward a healthier lifestyle districtwide. She said she sees real ...

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