On Friday, January 28, the Kirkwood School District (KSD) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Robinson Elementary School. In attendance were KSD school board members, school and district staff, Robinson students and parents, and community members. The ceremony celebrated the completion of the new, ADA compliant entrance at Robinson Elementary School made possible by Prop R. Josia B., a Robinson 5th grade student who uses a wheelchair, shared how having an inclined wheelchair stairlift has benefitted him as a student. “I had to always use other entrances with ramps,” said Josia. “Now that this (wheelchair lift) is here, it’s easier for me to get around the building and if my class is going out front, I can go with them.” "We often talk about being 'One Kirkwood'," said Superintendent Dr. David Ulrich, KSD Superintendent. "That’s a simple way of reminding our students, staff and community of our commitment to our guiding principles, one of which is being inclusive.” Additional projects at Robinson made possible from Prop R funds will be upgraded restroom facilities, a new restroom, and improved lighting and security cameras. Those projects are scheduled to be complete by summer 2023. The project is one of many made possible thanks to the community’s support of Prop R, which was approved by voters in April 2021. Funds generated from Prop R will provide additional classrooms, security upgrades and accessibility improvements at all schools in the Kirkwood School District to address overcrowding.
Kirkwood High School (KHS) senior Lucy Schene was announced as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Missouri Thespians Society. The Missouri Thespians award $1,000 college scholarships to graduating seniors. The students apply through a rigorous application and interview process. Lucy was announced as a recipient during the 2022 International Thespian Society Conference in January. After graduating from KHS, Lucy plans on attending college to pursue a degree in Musical Theatre, Political Science and Education. For more information about the Missouri Thespians Society, please visit their website: http://missourithespians.org.
Seven Kirkwood High School (KHS) students were recently selected as New York Times Learning Network 2021 Student Narrative Contest Finalists. In October 2021, the New York Times conducted their third annual personal narrative writing contest. The contest encourages students to submit short, powerful stories about a meaningful life experience in 600 words or fewer. Over 11,000 entries from around the nation were submitted from students aged 11-19 years old. Of those entries, 200 students were announced as New York Times Learning Network 2021 Student Narrative Contest Finalists and seven of those were KHS juniors. They are: Sim Khanuja -- Runner-Up for "An Angel's Eyes" Lindsay Braun -- Round 4 Finalist for "Slamming Doors" Michael "Mick" Collier -- Round 4 Finalist for "A Basement Ballad" Caroline Geeting -- Round 4 Finalist for "The Blue Bear" Grace Johnson -- Round 4 Finalist for "Floor Duty" Charlotte Spohr -- Round 4 Finalist for "Friday Night Fears" Liv Timp -- Round 4 Finalist for "How Not to Get Your Car Stolen"