In recognition of her dedication to education and leadership in the classroom and the community, Romona Miller has been selected to receive a 2020 Excellence in Education Award at the St. Louis American Foundation's 33rd Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Virtual Gala. Recognition of outstanding educators is a longstanding component of the foundation’s mission, and with mindfulness of the ongoing pandemic crisis, we believe this recognition of the invaluable contributions of our educators is more important than ever.
KHS seniors Sabrina Baggstrom, Lillian Bartin, Jonathan Henry, Zoe Krug, Rayhana Niyogi, Jonathan Plants, and Daniel Tobias were named in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among some 16,000 Semifinalists announced nationwide and representing less than one percent of high school seniors in the U.S. Over 1.5 million students were entered into the competition as juniors by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring entrants in each state, and the number chosen from each state is proportional to its share of graduating seniors in the U.S.
On August 31, 2020, the Kirkwood School Board of Education approved the recommendation of Encompass Resolution, LLC, woman-owned business established in 2007 and based out of Kansas City, Missouri. The estimated cost of the independent assessment is $75,000. The investigation is estimated to be completed with a final report by the end of December 2020.
Mrs. Mattie Faucette Hall was a beloved teacher in the Kirkwood School District from 1958-1979. She taught students at both Turner Elementary and Robinson Elementary schools. Mrs. Hall passed away in 2014. In honor of what would have been Mrs. Hall’s 96th birthday, her son, Henry Edward Hall, donated $5,000 to the Kirkwood School District Foundation. To present the check was Mrs. Hall’s sister, Mildred Jones. The check presentation took places on the steps of Robinson Elementary School, where Mrs. Hall taught from 1966-1979. Henry recalls his mother’s enjoyment in teaching. “Mom loved her students and their families,” said Henry.
At a special virtual Board meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the Kirkwood School Board approved Superintendent Urlich’s recommendation to begin the school year with all students learning online for the first nine weeks of school.
The recommendation will be brought to the school board at its next regularly scheduled board meeting on August 31.
Dr. Ulrich to seek approval from KSD Board of Education to seek an independent assessment and investigation of the culture and climate within schools and the District related to the reporting and handling of allegations of sexual abuse, misconduct, and inappropriate behavior.
From over 263,000 applications, and only 267 recipients, Kirkwood High School (KHS) ‘2020 graduate Hadley Weyerich was selected to the 15th class of Stamps Scholars. Hadley currently attends the University of Oregon and is studying biology. According to the Stamp Scholars website, students selected as Stamps Scholars are an accomplished network of highly driven individuals who are committed to leaving an impact on their local and larger communities.
The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission hosts an annual essay contest for all juniors enrolled at Kirkwood High School, Vianney High School, or Ursuline Academy, all junior Kirkwood residents enrolled elsewhere, and all 11th grade home-schooled students residing in Kirkwood.
Over the past several weeks, Kirkwood High School performing art students have learned about various acceptances into orchestras and arrangements.