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Girls on the Run participants

The St. John School Girls on the Run team, captained by Jen Baker, ran their 5K downtown on May 10 with 9,000 other GOTR participants, the largest in the country. Baker, Angie Birk, Maria Clement, Deb Mayer, and Erin Shidner served as volunteer leaders at the event. The Girls on the Run team also received an Honorable Mention from the Bill & Amy Koman Award for Excellence in Community Service for making cards for sick children in local hospitals to boost their spirits.  

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Back to School Sales Tax Holiday runs Aug. 1-3

Back-to-school shoppers will want to mark their calendars for Missouri’s annual, three-day Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, which this year will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 3. During that time period, consumers will not be charged the state sales tax of 4.225 percent on certain back-to-school purchases. Clothing, school supplies, computer software, personal computers and computer peripheral devices are included in the tax-exempted items. Specifically, Missouri statute defines those items as follows: • Clothing is defined as “any article of wearing apparel, including footwear, intended to be worn on or about ...

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Year-long fundraising for Support Dogs

As part of a year-long philanthropy project, the Chesterfield Day School sixth-grade class recently presented a check for more than $2,000 to Support Dogs, Inc., a national nonprofit organization which offers highly skilled assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities. Students raised the funds throughout the 2013-2014 school year by sponsoring bake sales, manning concession stands and other fundraising activities. However, the majority of the funds were raised through the school’s sixth-grade musical, “School House Rock Live! Jr.” Janice Brennan, a trainer from Support Dogs, Inc., thanked the sixth-graders, their parents and teachers for their generosity, noting that the students are ...

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Perfect ACT scores

Several local high school students scored an impressive 36 – the highest possible score – on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. Those students include Abby Lammers and Ryan Wahidi from Parkway North and Catherine Lambert of Marquette High. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite ...

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National Braille Challenger takes third place

Richie Tienter, a third-grade student at Westridge Elementary, placed third at the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles on June 21. Tienter competed in the freshman group that represents the top 12 scores of third- and fourth-grade students across the nation. “When they announced his name for third place winner freshman division, I don’t know who was more excited – him, his dad, or me!” exclaimed Tienter’s mother, Ann.“ “Richie’s thirst for knowledge is contagious for those around him,” said teacher Elizabeth Cook. “He continues to set and achieve challenging goals for his progress in and out of the classroom. ...

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Rockwood graduate studies turtles in Hawaii

Marquette High 2014 graduate Leyna Stemle has a passion for turtles. Earlier this summer, Stemle worked with the St. Louis Box Turtle Project. In partnership with the Tyson Environmental Research Fellowship (TERF) and the Shaw Institute for Field Training (SIFT), she worked with the Saint Louis Zoo and Washington University scientists to better understand turtle ecosystems. In July, Stemle travelled to Hawaii to shift her focus from box turtles to sea turtles by studying the Ho’okipa green sea turtle. Working with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF), she helped educate tourists and locals about the turtles in general and about their ...

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Students honored as future business leaders

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recognized several Fort Zumwalt School District students at its national conference in Nashville, Tennessee held in late June. Fort Zumwalt South High senior Cameron Leahy earned second-place honors in the Business Communications Event. Together Leahy and recent graduates Rosie Cook, Justin Park and David Boik earned the America Award, which is the top level of Business Achievement Awards. The Fort Zumwalt South FBLA chapter also earned a Gold Seal of Merit Award, and was recognized as an Outstanding Chapter. In addition, Alyssa Stuppy, an eighth-grader at Fort Zumwalt North Middle and statewide officer, was ...

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OakHaven names new Head of School

April Powell has been appointed Head of School at OakHaven Montessori School. She replaces co-founder Judy Henrichs, who will continue as administrator in a consulting role. Powell holds a degree in early childhood education and certification as a Montessori Directress. She founded OakHaven with Henrichs in 2008, and has since served as the school’s Director of Education. Through her leadership, the school has achieved official recognition by the Association Montessori International as a fully certified educational institution serving primary school students ages 2 ½ through kindergarten.  

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Outdoor classroom recognized

For the third consecutive year, St. Charles County’s Certified Nature Explore Classroom at Towne Park near Wentzville was nationally recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. “Towne Park’s Certified Nature Explore Classroom is a dynamic, nature-based play and learning space that supports skill development in children by reconnecting them to nature,” said St. Charles County Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer. “Since it opened in May 2012, it has become a very popular place for children, their families and educators across the tri-county area to visit.” Designed for children ages 3-14, the Certified Nature Explore Classroom at ...

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Sales tax holiday coming soon

For the sixth year in a row Missouri residents can take advantage of Missouri’s sales tax holiday on August 1-3 for back-to-school purchases such as clothing, backpacks and school supplies. Cities in Missouri are given the option to participate in this holiday. Nearby cities that will be participating in Missouri sales tax holiday include Cottleville, Lake St. Louis, O’Fallon, St. Charles, Troy, Warrenton and Wentzville. City tax will still apply to consumer purchases in cities that choose not to participate in the tax-free weekend. For more information about items that qualify for the sales tax holiday and a complete list ...

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