Abby Monroe, eighth-grade student at North Kirkwood Middle School, is the first place winner in the Kirkwood Public Library 2021 Teen Micro Fiction Writing Contest. For the contest, students submitted a story 500 words or less. Abby’s story, “A Family I know Isn’t Mine,” won first place. To read Abby’s story, visit the Kirkwood Public Library website. According to Melissa Richardson, Abby’s eighth grade language arts teacher at NKMS, Abby has a knack for writing. “Abby is great at developing characters and other worlds in her writing,” said Richardson. “She is also great at nailing that perfect "last line."
Students from Nipher Middle School in the Kirkwood School District competed in the annual Technology Education Association (TEAM) state contest on May 11 at Lake of the Ozarks, MO. This year’s competition featured approximately 350 student designers and builders from across the state. For the competition, teams of students from across the state submitted projects to the Competition Displaying a variety of Skills, Vocations and Technology. Nipher students were entered in the MD-4 Mechanical Drafting Group/Team Engineering Design Problem Project. The specific project involved students designing a play area for an elementary school. Students from Nipher 8th grade Engineering Technology II class competed in the competition. The class is taught by Mr. David Jackson. Students drafted the playground drawings in Inventor computer-aided design (CAD). The students then created a model of the playgrounds using 3-D printers. Students had to complete an on-sight test for their area of mechanical drafting. Nipher students placed in several of the top spots including: Best of Middle School Division (Best of Show) : Carlye Bennett, Peter Barton and Ty Sharp Peter Barton: Grand Award CAD Shootout (competition on-sight to see who can draw a specific part drawing on the computer the quickest) Braeden Fitzsimmons, Graysen Sturdy and Diego Sauer Grand Award Mechanical Drafting for their drawing and model and Test Scores. Parker Gammon, Cory Drexler and Tre Zimmerman received a "One" Rating on their drawing and project.
The Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Club gifted each of the kindergarten students in the Kirkwood School District (KSD) with an early reader book as part of the service club’s Early Reader Program. Due to COVID restrictions, members of the club dropped off books to each KSD elementary school including students in the KSD At Home program. Kindergarten teachers are presenting the books to their students last week and this week. The program was initiated in spring 2006 when the Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Club gifted books to each of KSD’s 275 kindergarteners. This year, the club members gifted books to each of KSD’s 477 kindergarteners. Over the years, the Kiwanis Early Reader Program has become an annual “graduation” gift for KSD kindergartners and celebrates of the young students’ love of reading, “We are grateful for the Kiwanis Club’s sponsorship of this important program, even with our continued enrollment growth,” said Dr. David Ulrich, KSD superintendent. The Kirkwood teachers selected the books from a list of age-appropriate books prepared by Kiwanis Club member Lynn Bosso from the Kirkwood Public Library.