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Local schools seek solutions to America’s ‘trades deficit’

America is suffering a trades deficit. While the problem of fewer skilled workers entering the labor pool is not new, it is reaching a critical point. Data collected by staffing expert ManpowerGroup estimates that approximately 60 percent of all skilled laborers – defined as welders, electricians and machinists – are age 45 and older. In as little as five to ...

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‘Shark Tank’ for Colonial times

Dirty water? Waste in the streets? Uncomfortable beds? These were some of the problems facing American colonists and English citizens living in the 1600s. Recently, Chesterfield Day School fourth-graders were able to apply their understanding of life in the 1600s to the development of a new product that would have enhanced the quality of life in that era. After researching ...

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Now open: technology grant cycle

The Innovative Technology Education Fund’s (ITEF) 2015 grant cycle has opened, and schools and teachers in St. Charles County can now submit applications to receive grants to advance innovation and technology in their classrooms. Since 2006, ITEF has provided in excess of $1.5 million in grants to area schools, allowing them to transform libraries into “makerspaces,” introduce robotics and animation ...

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Peabody awards two Parkway educators

Shelly Farinella, counselor at Fern Ridge High, and Jason Lievanos, sixth-grade world geography teacher at West Middle, were surprised with Peabody Energy Leaders in Education awards. The Leaders in Education program rewards dedicated and compassionate educational professionals with awards and recognition at an annual dinner reception. Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators ...

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District wins budget award for ninth year

For the ninth consecutive year, the Francis Howell School District has won the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. The award is conferred only to school systems that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria. The award was for the 2014-15 budget, prepared by Chief Financial Officer Kevin Supple with assistance from Director ...

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Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition holds PSA substance abuse video/poster contest

Announced during Red Ribbon Week this October, the Rockwood Drug -Free Coalition kicked off its substance abuse prevention video/poster contest, which is open to all middle school and high school youth who attend school or live in the Rockwood School District area. The Coalition encourages art, graphic design and broadcasting teachers to support the contest by encouraging student participation and ...

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Duchesne teacher honored with teaching award

Dominic D’Urso, an English teacher at Duchesne High in St. Charles, was one of three Catholic school teachers honored with a 2014 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award on Nov. 16. The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – who are examples of ...

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SMART tables reinforce learning for the youngest students

Technology starts early at Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic School in St. Charles. Students in the junior kindergarten and kindergarten classes are utilizing SMART tables to learn letters, numbers and colors. The touch-sensitive tables are used for interactive activities through the collaborative learning center. “The SMART table allows the students to have a hands-on experience with the curriculum,” said Jennifer ...

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Students donate hair for children with cancer

Service to others is more than just words at St. Dominic High. More than 100 female students from the O’Fallon high school made personal donations to children they will never meet. About 124 students donated over 90 feet of hair to children suffering from hair loss due to cancer or other illnesses. Eleven beauticians from the area volunteered their time ...

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Cyberbullying has to stop – pin it on

Clothespins are showing up all over Rockwood with an important message: Cyberbullying has to stop. The “Character Goes Viral: Students Stop Cyberbullying” campaign started at the CharacterPlus Student Summit when 80 students from regional high schools met and collaborated on the campaign, including students from Lafayette High. They created the hashtag #StartsWithUs to use on social media and spread the ...

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