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Student publishes book

Kautilya Jammalamadaka, a fifth-grade student at Parkway’s Shenandoah Valley Elementary, recently published a book called “The Warriors of Wridor – The Doomed Quest.” He dedicated the 88-page book to his “beloved teacher Mrs. Kellogg.” Debra Kellogg teaches fourth grade at Shenandoah Valley.  

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Pledging not to text and drive earns local Girl Scout national Gold Award

Thanks to a Girl Scout project by Lauren Anderson, of Chesterfield, 500 students and adults at Parkway West High have pledged not to text and drive. Texting while driving is an ever-growing concern nationwide and it was this hot-topic that Anderson selected to help her earn her Gold Award, the Girl Scouts’ highest honor possible. “I wanted to bring something relevant to my peers and adults within my sphere of influence. I thought if they heard the message ‘Don’t Text and Drive’ from a teenager, it would have a bigger impact than through a television ad or lecture by an ...

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Rockwood to study use of academic time, possible policy change

After a request by district residents Larry and Eileen Tyrrell, whose daughter attends Eureka High, Rockwood’s Board of Education agreed on Aug. 7 to let staff study whether to create a new policy, or add to an existing one, in regard to proper use of instructional time. The Tyrrells had told the district that maximizing academic time is critical to improving student achievement. Eileen told the board during public comment on Aug. 7 that wasting class time on movies and games not directly related to the curriculum or exam preparation needs to be addressed by the district. She pointed to ...

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Local schools welcome new teachers, staff

Chesterfield Day School is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members for the 2014-2015 school year. Danielle Lee will be joining the CDS faculty as a full-time librarian and as technology teacher for grades two through six. Previously, Lee held a position at CDS as an assistant in the second and third grades from 2011 to 2013. Puja Bhutani will be a new kindergarten and first-grade teacher with Lindsay Klasing. She is a Montessori-certified teacher and has been a lead teacher at Children of Promise School since 2011. Alexis Buja will be joining the CDS faculty as ...

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Parkway Board considers possible staff/student relations policy

One Parkway School District Board of Education member wants to make sure a proposed district policy on staff/student relations focuses as much on students’ contact with staff as vice versa. On Aug. 6, the board gave first-round approval to the policy, which is due for a vote on final approval Aug. 27. The new policy, recommended by the Missouri School Boards Association, will allow the district to be explicit about expectations about appropriate personal contact between staff and students to keep kids safe. The proposed policy, among other things, says staff members have a responsibility to provide an atmosphere conducive ...

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Health Capsules: Hypertension-related dementia

Hypertension-related dementia Upon review of years of data on thousands of Americans, researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine concluded that having untreated high blood pressure in mid-life appears to increase the risk of cognitive decline in old age. A study designed to track risk factors for atherosclerosis followed more than 15,000 adults for 25 years and included assessments of participants’ cognitive skills. Johns Hopkins researchers tapped into the study data, first gathered when participants were 48-67 years old, and found that compared to those with normal blood pressure readings, people with high blood pressure during midlife had a 6.25 ...

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West County high school football preview

It’s almost time to play football again, but the new season brings changes. Gone are the old Suburban West and Suburban South conferences. The new configurations are based on school enrollments, location and sports offered. Parkway Central reached the Class 5 state championship game for the second time last fall. Coach Mark Goldenberg welcomes back five starters on offense and four on defense for his 12th season as the Colts’ head coach. While the Colts lost several key players from last year’s 13-2 squad, Goldenberg is used to the next class stepping up and keeping the program at a high ...

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Business: Mary Tuttle’s Flowers celebrates 30 years in business

Celebrating 30 years in business Mary Tuttle’s Flowers, located at 17021 Baxter Road in Chesterfield Valley, recently marked its 30th anniversary. The shop provides floral arrangements and fine giftware to customers in Chesterfield and surrounding areas. It is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, and may be reached at 728-0480. Pictured is Angela Carter.   PEOPLE  Progress 64 West has elected Brenda Bader Tucker, senior vice president/regional manager for Pulaski Bank, to a one-year term on its Board of Directors. Other directors recently elected to one-year terms include ...

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Pillow Platoon provides ‘sweet dreams’ to deployed families

John Stoeffler, a former Army Infantry officer who served in Korea in the mid-1960s, always has had a heart for soldiers and their families. But it is thanks to the efforts of local volunteers that he’s able to do something about it. In 2008, Stoeffler and his wife, Linda, created the Sweet Dreams Picture Pillow Project to provide comfort to children whose parents are deployed. Digital images, provided by the military families, are transferred onto muslin using a high heat press. Linda then bastes and stuffs each pillow before turning it over for final sewing by one of nine volunteers, ...

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Rockwood School District Board of Education selects new member

After four failed votes, Rob Castle was selected on Aug. 7 as a new interim member of the Rockwood School District Board of Education. By a vote of 4 to 1 – with Keith Kinder opposed and Matt Doell absent – Castle was selected from among a total of five residents who applied for the open board position. Castle, 48, resides in unincorporated St. Louis County near Fenton and is the father of two Rockwood Summit High graduates and a current senior. He is set to take his oath of office during the Aug. 21 board meeting and will fill, ...

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