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  • Kirkwood High School Orchestra Students Selected to St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra

    The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (SLSYO) announced their selections for the 2021-22 season. Of the 100 young musicians representing more than 40 schools throughout the bi-state region, two are members of the Kirkwood High School Orchestra Program. They are: Nathan Bronstein (junior) Violin and Mallory Mihm (sophomore) Viola - Alternate. For their selection, the student musicians auditioned for a panel of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians. As a member of the SLSYO, the student musicians will rehearse and perform challenging orchestral repertoire under the direction of the SLSO Resident Conductor Stephanie Childress, musicians receive regular coaching and mentoring from the world-class musicians of the SLSO. SLSYO presents three concerts per season in historic Powell Hall.

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  • Kirkwood Student Publication Wins 2021 Gallup Award

    The Kirkwood Call was one of nine school publications named as George H. Gallup recipients in the 2021 Quill and Scroll News Media Evaluation service. Named for the founder of Quill and Scroll and the Gallup Poll, the award is given only to those publications that achieved and sustained excellence during the 2020-2021 academic year. Gallup Award recognition is based on extraordinary improvement, exceptional service to the school and community, editorial campaigns, and in-depth reporting on special issues. For more information, visit https://quillandscroll.org/13392/uncategorized/news-media-evaluation-announcement-2021/

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  • Kirkwood School District Launches KSD Talks Podcast

    The Kirkwood School District has launched a podcast. KSD Talks is the official podcast of the Kirkwood School District. This will allow the public to hear from District offiicials, who will go in depth on topics important to Kirkwood schools, students and families.

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  • North Kirkwood Middle School Recognized as Gold Star School Today by Local School Officials

    On Monday, August 30, representatives from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and local school officials visited North Kirkwood Middle School (NKMS) to celebrate NKMS’s designation as a Missouri Gold Star School. NKMS was announced as a Gold Star School earlier this month. The program, which aligns with the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes schools for outstanding academic achievement or for performing at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.

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  • Kirkwood High School Band Students Selected to St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra

    The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (SLSYO) announced their selections for the 2021-22 season. Of the 100 young musicians representing more than 40 schools throughout the bi-state region, five are members of the Kirkwood High School Band Program. They are: Abigail Konopik (junior) French Horn; Liz Myers (sophomore) Bassoon; Jacob Buchek (junior) Alternate Tuba; Brandon Vaughn (senior) Alternate Clarinet; and Lily Mitchell (junior) Alternate Percussion.

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  • ​​Kirkwood School District announces safety and wellness protocols for the 2021-2022 school year

    For the 2021-22 school year, the Kirkwood School District will welcome every student, every day in person. To meet this goal, the school district recently announced updated health and safety protocols. The information was provided to staff and parents and is currently posted on the District website or by visiting kirkwoodschools.org/bts.

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  • Kirkwood Board of Education approves strategic plan serve as a roadmap for the district through 2026

    During the July 26 meeting, the Kirkwood School District Board of Education approved a new strategic plan for Kirkwood Schools. Guided by the mission “to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to be empathetic, successful, and to value all people,” the plan will serve as a roadmap for the District through 2026.

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  • Kirkwood School District planning to purchase historic Turner Building to serve as district’s Administrative Services Center

    Today, the Kirkwood School District announced its intention to purchase the J. Milton Turner Building, located in Meacham Park, as the new location for the district’s Administrative Services Center.

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  • Independent Report by Encompass Resolution Presented to Kirkwood School District Board of Education

    The final, independent report by Encompass Resolution, “Independent Assessment and Investigation of Culture and Climate” was presented to the School Board at its regularly scheduled meeting on June 28, 2021. This is the second report presented by the independent firm, which was selected during a request for proposal process.

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  • KHS Student Accepted into Missouri Historical Society “Teens Make History” Academy

    Kirkwood High School rising senior Sylvia Edwards is one of 25 students in the St. Louis area accepted into the Missouri Historical Society's (MHS) Teens Make History (TMH) Academy. TMH is a nationally acclaimed paid program for high school students at MHS. Since 2007, TMH has helped teens develop professional skills, build confidence, cultivate relationships with mentors and peers from diverse backgrounds, and explore the complexities of history. The purpose of TMH is to provide high school students with meaningful work and give them a high level of ownership over projects that work towards the MHS mission and reach the broader community.

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  • Updated Safety Mitigations start June 1, 2020

    After reviewing the updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), KSD will now follow DESE’s recommendations moving forward. This decision is based on reviewing KSD’s internal data along with regional data related to the spread of COVID. As we continue to transition through the pandemic, we need to be considerate of students’ and staff members’ privacy related to their individual decisions about getting the vaccine. The Missouri School Immunization Requirements do not include the COVID vaccination.

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  • Happy Summer! Summer Reading Partnership with St. Louis County Library

    If your children are looking for things to read over the summer, Kirkwood School District is partnering with St. Louis County Library to provide digital reading materials to our students!! Kirkwood students have FREE access to e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and more! Use the Libby app or https://slcl.overdrive.com/. Sign in with your library card number, which is 092 plus your KSD student #. The pin is 1234. Do not change the pin. Start checking out materials! Check out a brief video on getting started, setting up preferences, searching for materials, and more.

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  • KSD Elementary Students Take the Top Two Spots in Area Wide Book Contest

    Students in the Kirkwood School District took the top two spots in the annual Area-Wide Elementary School Book Battle in May. Teams of students from 13 area schools came together virtually for this year’s competition. The Tillman Elementary School team won first place, and the Keysor Elementary team tied for second place.

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  • St. Louis Teachers Honored with 2021 Loeb Prize for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics

    Congratulations to Nipher teacher Laura Schowalter! She was announced as a runner-up in the 2021 Saint Louis Science Center and Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Prize for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics.

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  • KSD BOE Approves Hire of New Chief Communications Officer

    At its meeting on Monday, May 24, 2021, Kirkwood School District (KSD) Board of Education unanimously approved the recommendation to appoint Stephanie (Steph) Deidrick as the Chief Communications Officer for KSD. Deidrick currently serves as Press Secretary for the State Auditor’s Office. Deidrick began her career at the Missouri Senate as Communications Officer. She later served as the Communications Coordinator for the San Diego Police Officers Association and then returned to Missouri as the Communications Director for Missouri State Parks. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University

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  • North Kirkwood Middle School Student Wins Kirkwood Public Library’s 2021 Teen Micro Fiction Writing Contest

    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."

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  • Nipher Middle School Students Finish in Top Stop Spot in Statewide Technology Competition

    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.

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  • Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Present Early Reader Books to Kindergarteners

    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.

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  • National School Nurse Day

    National School Nurse Day is celebrated on May 12, 2021. The theme is: Championing the Whole Student. This theme recognizes the integral role that school nurses play in bridging health and education to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development, regardless of whether they are physically present in school or not. School nurses champion the whole student every day of the year. But, on National School Nurse Day, we take special time to celebrate and recognize the contributions that school nurses are making to the health and learning of our KSD students. Kirkwood School District celebrates and acknowledges the accomplishments of our school nurses and their efforts in meeting the needs of students by improving the delivery of healthcare in our schools. We offer gratitude for their contribution to our community by helping students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn, and keeping parents and guardians at work, not just on this National School Nurse Day, but at every opportunity throughout the year. School nurses serve as a critical health hub for students, ensuring that students are ready for learning by managing complex chronic conditions; identifying and addressing mental health issues; leveling the field on health disparities and promoting healthy behaviors; connecting families to healthcare providers; handling medical emergencies... and now, navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic by testing, tracking and providing vaccination information to students and school personnel. To our nursing team: thank you, for everything you do for our students and schools!

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  • Nipher Students Take Top Spot in Area Wide Book Contest

    Students from Nipher Middle School on the Nipher Battle of the Books Club won the annual Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle on Wednesday, May 5 at Pattonville Heights Middle School. Teams of students from 24 area schools came together virtually for this year’s competition.

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