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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High school boys soccer preview

 High school boys soccer has new district assignments this fall and also a new class. Missouri now has four classes instead of three as the member schools of the Missouri State High School Activities Association voted on the annual ballot to add a fourth classification to boys and girls soccer. The MSHSAA is dividing Classes 2, 3 and 4 evenly with 64 teams in each classification. Class 1 has the remaining teams. As a result, there will be 16 district tournaments across the state in Classes 2, 3 and 4. Class 1 will have only eight district tournaments.  That means ...

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Parkway trains bus drivers for active shooter situations

Parkway school bus drivers got a crash course in safety on Tuesday, Aug. 26, receiving training for active shooter situations around their vehicles. Gary Moore, a retired Missouri State Highway Patrol officer, led the training session at South High. Moore, who is now working with the Missouri Center for Education Safety, said that situational awareness was one of the topics on which drivers were educated. Moore said he schooled the drivers on ‘Just Doesn’t Look Right,’ or JDLR. “If you’ve got someone hanging around your bus stop, that has no business being there and has no connection to the school, ...

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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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High School Boys Swimming Preview

It’s time to dive into the 2014 high school boys swimming season. Parkway Central finished fourth last fall in the state meet and coach Jeff Spector has three qualifiers back from the team. Spector, who is in his third year on his second stint with the Colts, has a young team but he is confident the boys will improve as the season progresses and make a splash again at state. Marquette and Parkway West are both coming off conference championships. Marquette has two state qualifiers back from last season. Parkway West has five athletes back who went to state. Parkway ...

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High School Softball Preview

Eureka reached the Class 4 Final Four last fall but coach Mark Mosley has just one starter back from the team. The Wildcats went 27-5 but Eureka will depend on its new players to step up. Lafayette, which lost in the district title game to Eureka, has six starters back from a 20-5 squad. Standout pitcher Madison Siefert has verbally committed to play at Penn State. Marquette coach Chris Meador has five starters back from a 20-5 squad that shared the Suburban West Conference title with Oakville. Coach Amy Doyle has eight players back from last year’s 20-8 Parkway North ...

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Local community shows support for Ferguson police officers

Wildwood and West County residents made a sizable donation of food and water to the officers working the streets of Ferguson during recent weeks. Wildwood Police Lieutenant Mike Reifschneider said he doesn’t know how exactly the collection started, only that it consisted of eight local community groups, including school groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations, and businesses, and was spearheaded by one concerned citizen. Reifschneider said the officers’ reaction to the donation was “ecstatic.” “Everybody watches the news, and everyone has an opinion,” Reifschneider said. But he added that it was great “to see that there are a lot ...

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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.  

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Ellisville launches new city website

Ellisville’s website has gotten a makeover – making it easier to use by citizens and more inviting, too. The new website, which has been under development for over six months, went live on Thursday, Aug 28. Aaddia Jones, Ellisville’s Information Systems manager, said the website has improved on a technical level in addition to being more aesthetically pleasing. “Finding information on our old website was very difficult for our residents, whereas now we’ve tried to make it a little more user- and resident-friendly,” Jones said. The new Ellisville webpage is hosted by CivicPlus, who hosts the websites for several other ...

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