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Regional Scholar Bowl winners

For 10 points, name the Parkway high school that just took second place in a regional Scholar Bowl competition in Washington, Mo. If you answered South High, give yourself 10 points. The South High Scholar Bowl team recently ranked second in this Jeopardy-style academic challenge. To play, students answer questions from moderators on a wide range of subjects, using buzzers to signal they have the correct answer. Winning Parkway South High team members include Maya Mills, Aditya Patel, Erin Neely, Gregory James, Andy Mark, Sheldon Taylor, Priya Vangala and Blaine Hubert. Neely placed second and Patel placed fourth in All-District ...

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Cash receipts software approved for Rockwood School District

Rockwood’s Board of Education, on Aug. 21, approved one-time and ongoing costs totaling $96,142 for new cash receipts software from InTouch Receipting that will go into effect as a pilot program in five schools this school year and for all schools by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Rockwood will be the first school district in the state to use InTouch, which is already used in about 1,000 other districts in the U.S. Tim Rooney, the district’s chief financial and legislative officer, said the purchase of this software addresses the only unresolved issue from the Missouri State audit of ...

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SSD, Parkway discuss future of technical career education

The Special School District and Parkway are among school districts being encouraged to expand and improve the region’s focus on career and technical education. That recommendation came as the result of a SSD review committee. State law mandates a Public Review Committee be appointed every four years. Among its charges, the committee must conduct a thorough review of how effectively SSD is delivering services to students needing special education in cooperation with component districts like Parkway, said Bruce Major, a former Parkway board member and former board representative to SSD’s Governing Council who serves  on the SSD public review committee. ...

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Recognized for hiring heroes

The First Student Bus Company has been awarded the Flag of Freedom Award through the Show-Me Heroes Program for its dedication to hiring veterans in the Rockwood School District. “The veterans we’ve hired have great work ethic, good attendance and are reliable,” said Mike Heyman, First Student location manager. In January 2010, Gov. Jay Nixon launched the Show-Me Heroes initiative to help Missouri’s Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve reconnect with meaningful careers and to showcase Missouri employers who have pledged to do so. Since the program’s inception in the Rockwood School District, more than 13 veterans ...

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Rockwood teacher earns Presidential Innovation Award

Rockwood Summit High School science teacher Darrin Peters has won the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. He was one of only 17 educators from around the country to be recognized. The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. It is sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA website “Peters developed an innovative curriculum that provides students at Rockwood Summit High the opportunity to ...

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Marquette student earns bowling scholarship

Marquette’s Troy Brocaw has been named the winner of the United States Bowling Scholarship (USBS). Annually, the St. Louis USBC gives four scholarships, two each to male and female bowlers, recognizing bowling skill, academics and leadership. Brocaw will be awarded his $1,000 scholarship at the St. Louis USBC Hall of Fame dinner on Oct. 26.   Email this page

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Parkway West teens build classrooms abroad

This summer, Parkway West junior Alyssa Jensen and senior Cassie Frazier decided to spend a portion of their vacation in a third-world country doing humanitarian work. The girls teamed up with Humanitarian Experience for Youth (H.E.F.Y.) and 17 other students from around the United States to build classrooms in Bolivia. From June 11 through June 27, the two students spent long days doing manual labor in an effort to learn the true meaning of service. Activities included digging, mixing cement, laying brick and serving people living in impoverished conditions. In the process, the girls say that they changed the lives ...

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Westminster welcomes new administrator

Dr. Shelley Milligan has been hired as the executive director of institutional advancement and strategy at Westminster Christian Academy for the 2014-15 school year. “I’m very much looking forward to finding ways to serve in the school’s ongoing pursuit of excellence in education, and also to meeting the broader Westminster community of parents, alumni and friends whose support of the school is reflected in everything from its state-of-the-art facility to the outstanding faculty at the heart of its mission,” Milligan said. After beginning her career as director of the annual fund at her alma mater Washington & Lee University in ...

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New school opens in Town & Country

Brightmont Academy has opened a campus in Town & Country, offering a unique one-to-one school option. The academy’s academic approach pairs one teacher with one student throughout every learning session, serving a growing interest in customized instruction throughout West County and the surrounding region. “One-to-one instruction is the learning approach that works,” said Cathy Westbrook, Town & Country campus director. “At Brightmont Academy, our focus is serving the whole student and finding creative solutions to improve learning outcomes.” Students have three enrollment options. They can attend full time and earn a diploma issued by Brightmont Academy, take courses to earn ...

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Parkway Alumni Association announces Hall of Fame inductees

Graduates from a wide variety of fields are represented in the Parkway Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The 22 inductees will be honored Nov. 15 at a gala event, where teachers, administrators, friends, classmates and family members will gather to celebrate with them. The Hall of Fame recognizes Parkway graduates who have brought honor to the district by distinguishing themselves through career achievements and outstanding community service. This year’s inductees include graduates who are familiar to many St. Louisans, including Central High grads Max Scherzer, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and Randy and Jason Sklar, comedians and ...

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