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.
North Kirkwood Middle School Orchestra (NKMS) was selected from a competitive pool of applicants to perform at the 2020 Missouri Music Educator's Association (MMEA) Conference and Workshop in January 2020 at the Tan-Tar-A Resort at Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
Dr. Leigh Mincks, art teacher at North Kirkwood Middle School and Mrs. Kim Powell, art teacher at Kirkwood high School, have been named the Missouri Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year. Mincks was awarded the Middle School Art Educator of the Year, and Powell was named the Secondary Art Educator of the Year.
KSD schools honored veterans at various events on Monday, November 11. North Kirkwood Middle School conducted a tribute to veterans in the library. Kirkwood High School welcomed veterans into social studies classrooms where vets shared their military experiences with students. All elementary schools held events and welcomed veterans. Students paid tribute to veterans through singing songs, reading poems, and writing personalized cards.
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.