West County election recap

The Aug. 5 elections have concluded. Amendment No. 7, the three-quarters-cent sales tax meant for Missouri roadway and other transportation improvements, was voted against by 59 percent of Missouri voters. Amendment No. 8, which would have created a Veterans lottery ticket, failed to pass as well. In St. Louis County, 58 percent of residents voted against Amendment No. 5, however it passed due to statewide votes. Amendment No. 9, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures in relation to electronic communications, passed statewide with 74 percent voting in approval. On the Democratic side of the St. Louis county executive ...

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Chesterfield Day School reports impressive testing results

This year the median Chesterfield Day School student in third through sixth grades outperformed the grade equivalent median student at independent schools nationwide in all 28 subtests as reported by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP-4) student assessments. Jeff Horwitz, director of Academics and Student Development at Chesterfield Day, said that for the last five years the sixth-grade median student at CDS has outperformed the median at independent schools nationwide. “We are very proud of our students, teachers and parents on the hard work they put forth to achieve these impressive results,” Horwitz said.

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High school rowing

The St. Louis Rowing Club recently competed in the 34th annual Chicago Sprints Regatta, one of the largest competitive regattas in the region. The club, which trains at Creve Coeur Lake, performed well in the competition. The Women’s Junior 8 – with members Paige Hibbard (Ladue), Sarah Suddarth (Cor Jesu), Lauren Vanek (Westminster), Lindsey Hibbard (Ladue), Sarah Burnham (Parkway West), Ginette Rhodes (Ladue), Hilary Hightower (Westminster), Charlotte Taylor (Ladue) and Elizabeth Natho (Incarnate Word) – took gold. The Women’s Novice 4 – with members Samantha Klein (St. Joseph’s), Charlotte Taylor (Ladue), Lily Brown (Clayton), Maddie Hartenstein (Nerinx) and Olivia Molloy ...

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Officials focus on preservation for Old Melrose School

Wildwood’s Historic Preservation Commission members are hoping to educate the current owners of the historic Old Melrose School – now being used as a home – on the significance of the structure and its place in the city’s history. “The city already has restored and preserved the old Glencoe and Pond school houses, and they’re not as old as the Old Melrose School,” Historic Preservation Commission Chair Bill Kennedy told commission members on July 24. “There’s a question of what to do with the Old Melrose School before it deteriorates and falls down.” The gabled frame building with stone foundation ...

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Glotta, Steinberg, Barnes receive basketball offers

  The month of July was a busy and productive one for several West County and St. Charles County area prep basketball players. Several area players performed quite well during the July evaluation period and as a result gained new offers from different schools around the country. Zach Glotta from Fort Zumwalt North has been polishing his skills with the Gateway club this summer and Glotta, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, recently picked up an offer from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. 6-foot-8  Zach Steinberg from Lafayette is busy playing with the Missouri Impact this summer. Steinberg offered a scholarship from ...

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Westminster names assistant athletic director

Westminster Christian Academy has named Lindsay Carlile as assistant athletic director for the 2014-15 school year. Carlile will assist Athletic Director Todd Zell in supervising and evaluating the school’s six-year athletic program. She will focus particularly on directing the Center for Coaching Excellence – a program to effectively train, serve and support the school’s coaching staff. “My greatest passion is seeing athletes and coaches use the platform of athletics to glorify the Lord, so I am incredibly humbled to have the opportunity to support our athletic department in that pursuit with this position,” Carlile said. “Having coached at Westminster these ...

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Villa Duchesne fires athletic director Smith

  There will be a new athletic director put in charge of running the atheltic department at Villa Duchesne. On the first day of fall practice, Villa Duchesne fired its athletic director. It was announced Dory Smith was relieved of her duties Monday afternoon. No reason was given for her dismissal. It is Villa Duchesne’s stated policy to not comment on personnel matters. There is no interim athletic director in place as the school commences its search for a replacement. Also, Smith’s abrupt dismissal has caused a bit of turmoil for Metro League programs. Smith, was the president of the ...

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Thomas Sowell – Is Thinking Obsolete?

Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era. Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict. Are these protesters aware that vastly more ...

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Alex Cusumano puts golf on hold – but only for a while

Alex Cusumano not only gets it done on the golf course, he got it done in the classroom as well. Cusumano, who graduated this spring from Loyola University of Chicago, recently was named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Earlier, he was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Team. “It is a tremendous honor to receive because it reflects the time and effort put into both academics and athletics,” Cusumano said. “I am very proud to be one of the few, if any, to have three teammates on the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All ...

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Handwriting excellence

Out of a national pool of more than 300,000 entries, nine students from across the country emerged for their handwriting excellence, representing both private and public schools. Local third-grader Anna Grace Likes, of Kirk Day School, won the prestigious Grand National honor for her grade and was awarded a trophy and a $1,000 check from Zaner-Bloser, the sponsor of the annual handwriting competition. Winners are selected according to the Zaner-Bloser Keys to Legibility, which analyze size, shape, spacing and slant. “We feel it is very important that our students are taught handwriting and are able do it well, so we ...

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