Presidential Award finalist

Rockwood Center for Creative Learning teacher Nancy McClintock has been selected as a Missouri state-level finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program. The program recognizes K-6 teachers of science in Missouri and McClintock is one of only five teachers of science selected to represent the state’s best. McClintock, along with the other state-level finalists, will be honored at the 2015 Interface Professional Development Event in mid-February. “The Center for Creative Learning is so very proud of Nancy’s dedication to teaching her fourth- grade students about science, and her passion for environmental education and inquiry-based ...

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Weldon to compete in U.S. Amateur

Kyle Weldon, who will be a senior this fall at Kansas State, qualified for the U.S. Amateur by finishing second in a recent qualifier in Louisville, Kentucky. Weldon finished 8-under par with rounds of 67-69. It will be the second time Weldon, a Parkway South graduate, will compete in the U.S. Amateur. Weldon, a native of Des Peres, missed the cut in the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver. “I was young back then; still giving away some easy strokes,” Weldon said. “Nowadays I may not give them up. I’m looking forward to playing in that ...

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Wildwood City Council to consider revised sign proposal

For months, the Wildwood City Council and its Planning/Economic Development/Parks subcommittee have been grappling with proposed changes in the city’s sign code. The overall sign code changes would affect, among other things, the number of monument signs that will be allowed for large tracts of land with entrances on multiple major roads. The types of institutions that are allowed to use temporary banner signs and the amount of time they can be posted also would change. The latter issue became a sticking point at the council’s May 27 meeting, when some business owners and others questioned some of the changes ...

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High school boys lacrosse

MICDS midfielder Harry Wellford has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Virginia. The program is widely known for its recruiting successes, mainly from the East Coast. Wellford is the first St. Louis lacrosse player to commit to an Atlantic Coast Conference school. After considering Duke, Princeton, Georgetown, Notre Dame and a few others, Wellford decided on the Cavaliers. In addition to having the opportunity to play for the all-time winningest coach, Don Starsia, Wellford said he is excited to attend one of the best academic schools in the nation. He plans to study ...

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Band parents help ensure the success of every show

Behind the uniforms and show lights that glint off marching band students’ instruments are the efforts of the unsung heroes behind the show. “Without our parents, there would be no band program. This program relies heavily on the support of our parents, financially and physically,” Claire Maesaka, a member of Lafayette’s Lancer Regiment, said. According to Parkway Central band director Doug Hoover, about six to 10 parents regularly help out each year. But many others find ways to assist, including the 80 to 100 that help at Parkway Central’s largest marching band fundraiser, an annual craft fair. Hoover said it’s ...

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Summer volunteer program offers practical health care experiences

If you walked through the halls of St. Anthony’s Medical Center this summer, you may have noticed a flurry of teens and young adults working around the hospital. Part of a Summer Volunteer Program (SVP), approximately 55 students and young adults, age 14 and older, volunteered a minimum of four hours per week in a designated department. Mary Jo Wich, the program’s volunteer coordinator, is proud of the unique opportunity that has gained popularity over time. “We are strictly word-of-mouth. We do not advertise or work directly with any schools or districts,” she explained. “With as many as 100 volunteers, ...

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Standing up to bullies

Country singer/songwriter Lizzie Sider, 16, led an anti-bully rally at Claymont Elementary in May as part of the school’s character education program. Sider performed her signature song “Butterfly,” which is about her transformation from victim to leader. She told students that she always loved to sing, but mean girls used to ask her to sing for them and then laugh and run away. One day she stopped crying and found power in words and music. During the hour-long assembly, Sider asked students to tell their stories of being teased. Instead of holding back, Claymont students raised their hands to speak. ...

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From Dogtown to the Hall of Fame

Chesterfield resident Chris Papagianis (in red, during his Harvard playing days) is to be inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame alongside Nick Archer, Mike Barnstead, Ed Cody Jr., Vince Drake, Carl Hutter, Mike O’Mara, Tom Pollihan, Ray Schnettgoecke and Francis Slay.

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Parkway announces new leaders

Parkway has announced the appointment of the following new principals: Anne Miller, West Middle; Joe Hawkinson, Pierremont Elementary; and Kathy Fisher, Sorrento Springs Elementary. New assistant principals include Allison Love, West Middle; Kate Piffel, West High; and Luke Dix, McKelvey Elementary. Administrative interns include Cartelia Lucas, Highcroft Ridge Elementary; Dan Tripp, Green Trails Elementary; Kiara Lackey, Pierremont Elementary and Patrick Wallace, Mason Ridge Elementary. In the Early Childhood Center, Christine Meyerott has been named to the position of administrative intern; Lisa Moldafsky has been named coordinator of Parents as Teachers; and Margaret Donnelly has been named preschool coordinator. At the ...

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