In September 2021, North Kirkwood Middle School (NKMS) was announced as one of 35 schools in the country as a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School. All this week, NKMS students and staff are celebrating their recognition as a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School. Louie, the mascot for the St. Louis Blues Hockey team, stopped by NKMS on Wednesday to high-five students and staff members on this accomplishment. Louie also joined students and sat in momentarily during some math and science classes. Other celebrations this week include a blue hat day, listening to Blues music, wearing all blue clothes, and blue decorated doors throughout the school. For more information about the National Blue Ribbon announcement and program, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-2021-national-blue-ribbon-schools.
On Friday, January 14, the Kirkwood School District (KSD) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at North Glendale Elementary School. In attendance were KSD school board members, school and district staff, North Glendale students and parents, and Prop R committee members. The ceremony celebrated the completion of the new, ADA compliant ramp and secure entrance at North Glendale Elementary School. “Having an inclusive entrance where every student, staff member, family member and community member can utilize is just so important to our school community. It shows that everybody belongs and is welcome to North Glendale,” said Jennifer Sisul, North Glendale principal. “Thank you so much to our community for making this possible for our students,” said Dr. David Ulrich, KSD superintendent. “Their support for Prop R confirms their commitment to students."
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration hosted by the Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association (MNIA) in partnership with the Kirkwood School District and City of Kirkwood will now be held virtually. The celebration will showcase three Kirkwood High School seniors receiving Meacham Park Scholars Awards, a merit based scholarship program. Watch the premiere of the video at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17. For more information, visit meachamparknia.org
During a ceremony on Thursday, April 29, Kirkwood High School recognized 74 senior students who will receive 50% or more of their collegiate tuition paid for by scholarships.
The Kirkwood High School Mock Trial Team won the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition. This year’s competition was conducted virtually the weekend of April 9-11 and the trials took place over Zoom. The state competition included 16 high schools from across the state. The teams qualified out of 66 teams who completed in opening rounds across the state.
The box tape project sculpture created by Kirkwood High School junior Elias Muraski was selected to represent the Missouri Senate District 2 in the state capitol as part of the annual Missouri Senate Hall Art Exhibit.
A committee with representatives from the Journalism Education Association, National Scholastic Press Association and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society chose 14 First Amendment Press Freedom Award winners for 2021. The Kirkwood High School Journalism program is one of the 14 schools selected. The KHS Journalism program consists of three publications. The names of the programs and their student leaders are: The Kirkwood Call editors in chief are students Amara Harper, Amelia Hurley and Tom Mueller. The Pioneer (yearbook) editors in chief are students Julia Frankel, Audrey Scherr and Ainsley Wade, editors in chief. KHTV producer is student Thaddeus Morgan.
Kirkwood High School students Thaddaeus Morgan, Lucy Schene, and Nate Vaughan have been chosen as Semi-Finalists in the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. KHS Senior Thaddaeus Morgan is competing as a solo drummer. In 2019 and again in 2020, he and his brother Emmanuel Morgan made it to the semi-finals together playing the piano and drums in their band, Consecrated. KHS Sophomore Lucy Schene is competing as a solo vocalist. KHS Senior Nate Vaughan is competing as frontman and guitarist with his band, Guilty Pleasures, along with four students from other schools. Thaddaeus, Lucy and Nate have all been involved in KHS choir and drama programs. We are very proud of all of them!