On Wednesday, October 16, hundreds of Kirkwood School District (KSD) students participated in the fourth annual Unified Night Lights unified flag football event. The inaugural event was held in September 2016. The event recreates the excitement of a traditional football game. Hundreds of students, with and without disabilities, came together. The philosophy behind the event is that sports help provide a path to friendships and understanding and help break down barriers. Students stormed the field, cheered from the track, and played instruments from the pep band section in the bleachers.
Jared Goudsmit (senior at Kirkwood High School) and Kyra Gousmit (8th grade student at Nipher Middle School) were announced as two of 12 playwriters from across the country to be featured in the 27th annual The Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) in Hollywood, CA.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Missouri Gateway Chapter challenged public and private schools within the chapter’s territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. This year, over 3,000 students and 180 faculty and staff were directly involved in this year’s Green Schools Quest projects. The Kirkwood School District (KSD) had six schools participate: Kirkwood Early Childhood Center, Keysor Elementary School, Westchester Elementary School, Nipher Middle School, North Middle School and Kirkwood High School. The projects were judged and winners were announced at the 12th Annual Green School Event at the Missouri History Museum. KECC was announced as the winner of the elementary school category and Kirkwood High School was announced as the winner of the high school category. Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle School tied for the middle school category.
This morning, Kirkwood School District administration celebrated key volunteers in honor of National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week is an opportunity for school Districts to shine a light on the important work that volunteers do every day for our schools and students.
On Friday, April 12, students at Nipher Middle School in the Kirkwood School District celebrated Best Buddies International with an inaugural Buddy Walk. Students took part in various outside activities including flag football, walking the track, and singing karaoke. The event was planned by Nipher students in the Best Buddies club: Fielding King, Sydney Sharp, Reagan Dolan and Kaitlyn Glasgow. The group is sponsored by teacher Holly Wolf. The group was founded to encourage inclusivity and friendship amongst all students.
Congratulations to all the participants in the 2019 KSD STEAMFest competition. The results are in, and dozens of KSD students are now eligible to compete at the Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair this May. For more photos and a complete list of participants, please visit the KSD STEAMFest website.
Nipher Middle School science students performed at the inaugural “YO! STEAMaster Competition.” As an acronym, STEAMaster has a dual meaning. STEAM represents science, technology, engineering, art and math, while Master represents the emphasis for students to demonstrate mastery of STEAM content. The STEAMaster Competition was an opportunity for students to demonstrate their brilliance as science students by communicating their understanding of ecology in the form of a rap or poem.
Congratulations to these outstanding Kirkwood Teachers of the Year, who were selected by their school colleagues to represent the many outstanding Kirkwood teachers and staff members in 2019-20: KECC-Penny Chastain; Keysor-Molly Brockmeyer; North Glendale-Lori Wehrman; Robinson-Shannon Appelbaum; Tillman-Molly Boesch; Westchester-Chelsea Witwer; Nipher-Luis Actis; North Kirkwood Middle-Denise Ford; and KHS-Mitch Eden.
Community members are invited to attend a school board candidate forum on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the North Kirkwood Middle School Cafeteria, 11287 Manchester Road. Two positions on the Kirkwood Board of Education will be decided in the April 2, 2019 municipal election.