In a unanimous decision, the Kirkwood School District Board of Education has named Dr. David Ulrich as the next superintendent of schools starting July 1, 2020. He will succeed Dr. Michele Condon, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Dr. Ulrich is currently the superintendent in the Moffat County RE-1 School District in Craig, Colorado. Prior to his four years as a superintendent, he spent 18 years as an educator in Missouri, which included principal of Lee’s Summit North High School and director of secondary education for the North Kansas City School District. Dr. Ulrich spent eight years as a teacher, including four years as a social studies teacher at North Kansas City High School.
During a ceremony on Friday, February 7, Kirkwood High School recognized 15 student athletes continuing their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Five residents of the Kirkwood School District filed as candidates for the three positions open on the Kirkwood Board of Education. Each candidate filed by the January 21, 2020 closing date. The school board election will be held on April 7, 2020. In the order of their filing, the school board candidates are: Chad Kavanaugh (Incumbent), Jennifer Pangborn (Incumbent), Nikole Shurn, Julie Backer (Incumbent), and Michael Kleckner.
The Missouri School Board's Association search consultant, Dr. Brent Underwood, updated the leadership profile of the next superintendent of Kirkwood Schools based on feedback from the Board, staff and the community. The main qualities highlighted include a strategic thinker and thought leader who makes recommendations to the Board through data-driven decisions and can engage all stakeholders to reinforce the bonds among the Board, our schools, the District, and the community to advocate for children.
Students in Kirkwood High School (KHS) Advanced Placement Language classes submitted essays to the Yes! Magazine National Student Writing Competition.
Students from Kirkwood High School’s Innovation Center hosted a Diaper Drive for the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank in downtown St. Louis. During the month of November, the group of 40 juniors, led by eight students in the leadership council group, visited homeroom classrooms and collected spare change from students and staff along with donated diapers. The group collected $1,090.08 in cash and 1,700 diapers. On November 25, the group of students and several KHS staff members dropped off KHS contributions and donated over four hours of time working to pack the diapers, making care notes for recipients of the donations and help with other tasks to get to donations out to families. The group wrapped and packages over 23,400 diapers which will assist 468 families.
Congratulations to the 7 KHS students who had photography accepted into the Webster University High School Photo Contest! They are: Seniors: Will Fuss, Pietro Vanucci, and Meredith Millstone. Juniors: Xaria Jackson, Nathaniel Luther, and Zoe Zimmerman Freshman: Megan Bretwisch
Kirkwood High School vocal students auditioned for All-Suburban Honor Choir. Over 600 students from around the area tried out. Each singer had just 60 seconds to impress the judges. Auditions were blind, with judges facing away from singers. Singers were judged on musicality, tone, dynamic contrast, and interpretation. They also had to identify all major key signatures by sight and sight sing two examples of "medium" difficulty. KHS had 12 vocal students audition for All-Suburban and five were chosen to sing in the auditions: Lucy Schene, 10th grade, Alto, selected for Mixed Honor Choir* Casey Stark, 12 grade, Bass, selected for Mixed Honor Choir* Emmanuel Morgan, 12 grade, Bass, selected for Mixed Honor Choir* Collin Stecher, 12 grade, Tenor, selected for Mixed Honor Choir* Abby Maschmann, 11th grade, Soprano, selected for Women's Honor Choir
Katie Meyers, English teacher at Kirkwood High School, recently attended the C-SPAN's 2019 Summer Educators' Conference in Washington, D.C. Meyers applied to attend this conference, which was an all-expenses paid event designed to teach educators about the resources available through C-SPAN Classroom. She was one of 29 high school teachers selected from across the US
Kirkwood High School students in Literature Composition Language Arts Classes submitted poetry writings to the Beverly Hopkins Memorial Poetry Contest. The annual contest is organized by the St. Louis Poetry Center and encourages area high school students to submit up to three poems to the contest. The writings of two KHS students were recognized. Sophomore Megan McGhee won the poetry contest for her submitted poems “Rings” and “Oldest Moon.” For winning the contest, Megan will receive a $225 cash prize, her poem will be published in St. Louis Poetry Center’s annual chapbook, and she is invited to read her poem at The Focal Point, 2320 Sutton, at the 60th Annual Poetry Concert on May 19 at 1:30 p.m. Freshman Devon Eldarrat was recognized for her poem “Untitled”.
High school senior Claire Calhoun of Kirkwood High School (KHS) received "Honorable Mention" for the 2019 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2019.