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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New athletic directors named

It’s a new school year and two West County schools have new athletic directors. John Theobald replaced Mike Roth at Parkway Central and Pat Burns is taking over at Parkway South. Theobald had been the boys and girls soccer coach for the Colts. He gave up those positions when he became Central’s new AD. “I am honored to take over the role of AD here and serve this phenomenal community in a new capacity,” said Theobald, who is 46 and a graduate of Parkway North. Theobald was the head coach of the boys team for the last 18 years after ...

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Mayor, councilmembers urge Lion’s Choice to submit alternate site plan for potential Ellisville restaurant

Clarkson Valley residents living in proximity to a proposed Ellisville development continue to speak out against the project. At a city council meeting on Aug. 20, Lion’s Choice CEO and president Mark Disper presented a new site plan for the development, which included an 8-foot privacy fence and foliage to obscure light and sound. These modifications were made after Clarkson Valley residents spoke against the Lion’s Choice at a previous council meeting; however, nearby Clarkson Farm residents are still unsatisfied with the fast food restaurant. Lion’s Choice is looking to build a new restaurant, complete with a drive-through, at the ...

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Klein set to begin at De Smet Jesuit’s first new soccer coach in 46 years

The only soccer coach in De Smet history stayed on the job for 46 years. Last spring, Greg Vitello retired after a storied career. As the Spartans coach, Vitello led the program to five state championships. John Stewart, athletic director for De Smet Jesuit, hired Josh Klein, a 1997 De Smet Jesuit graduate to serve as the school’s new varsity soccer coach. Following a legend is difficult especially the only coach the school ever had. “I don’t know if we’ll see that sort of run in coaching anymore,” Klein said. “It was incredible. The hours you have to put in. ...

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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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O’Connell set to be first new Kennedy soccer coach since 1984

There will be a new coach working the sidelines this fall for Kennedy boys soccer. Bob O’Connell, 34, is the head varsity soccer coach and will be the sixth boys soccer coach in Kennedy’s history. He is first new coach at Kennedy since 1984. O’Connell begins his tenure when the Celts host Lutheran St. Charles at 6:15 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 28). He replaces Tom Rapp, who was not retained. Rapp also coached the girls and assistant coach Rob Madison, 26, will move up to take over the girls’ program. O’Connell previously coached at Saint Louis University. Most recently, he coached ...

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Evans begins at new volleyball coach at Incarnate Word Academy

Volleyball coach Jean Evans looks to be busier this fall. The Westminster Christian Academy boys volleyball coach also will coach Incarnate Word Academy’s girls volleyball team. “I heard that IWA was looking for a coach, so I asked my friend, Lisa Orlet, about the position,” Evans  said. “Lisa coached there years ago and is now at McKendree (University).  She put me in touch with the AD — Chris Jaco.” Evans, a Westminster alumni. She has led the boys team to the state championship. She will keep that job. “Absolutely. I’m staying at Westminster with the boys’ program,” Evans said. “I ...

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Former Mizzou, Zumwalt West standout Moe among 10 players cut by Rams

  T. J. Moe did everything he could to stick in training camp this summer with the St. Louis Rams. But on Monday afternoon, the Rams decided to go another route. Moe, a Fort Zumwalt West standout and former Missouri star, was listed among the first 10 players cut by the Rams as the Rams whittled their roster down to 79 players. The Rams needed to release another four players to get down to the league mandated limit of 75 by the end of Monday. Moe signed with the Rams as a free agent in May after spending the 2013 ...

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