District News

  • KSD Teacher Selected to Teach For America Instructional Excellence Fellowship Program

    Dr. Sheriah Mason, a first-grade teacher at Keysor Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District is one of 12 teachers selected as part of the Teacher For America (TFA) Instructional Excellence Fellowship Cohort. The Instructional Excellence Fellowship is a six-month professional development program that invests in teachers with a track record of strong student learning outcomes. The program brings together a diverse pool of effective teachers across the Greater St. Louis area to foster collaboration, share innovative practices and problem-solve around one of today’s most pressing classroom challenges, engaging all learners.

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  • NKMS Students Sell Honey and Donate Proceeds to Kirkcare

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  • KHS Art Students Donate Projects to Raise Funds for Those in Need

    Kirkwood High School students in Mr. Jason Hoeing’s Ceramics II class donated wheel-thrown pottery bowls to the Empty Bowls Project. The Empty Bowls Project is a national movement to raise money for food related charities. The handcrafted bowls donated by the KHS students will be sold at the Festival of Lights event at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, November 20. Proceeds will help raise funds for the local chapter of Empty Bowls which supports the St. Louis Area Food Bank. St. Louis Area Food Bank supports over 400,000 people in the bi-state region with utility payment support, food, rent, and medical bills. The St. Louis chapter would like to provide some 10 million meals to neighbors this holiday season. With every dollar raised, St. Louis Area Food Bank can provide four meals.

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  • KHS Students Selected for St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association Honor Bands

    We are thrilled to announce that the following students have been selected for the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association Honor Bands. This is a district level competition in which high school band students compete for selection and chair placement in the district honor concert and jazz bands. These students will rehearse with guest clinicians in November and December and perform in a concert on January 9th. Selection to these ensembles also qualifies these students to compete at the state level. They will be traveling to Columbia on December 4th to compete for selection in the Missouri All State Concert and Jazz Bands. They will have several rehearsals and a concert on January 8, 2022.

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  • Kirkwood High School Journalism Students Attend National Conference Program and Students Receive Multiple National Awards

    Students from Kirkwood High School’s (KHS) journalism programs, which include The Kirkwood Call and Pioneer yearbook joined 59 other journalism high school programs from across the country in attending the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Master Class Conference in Philadelphia November 10-13. At the conference, high school journalism programs were announced for a variety of accolades. KHS’s journalism program brought home several national awards.

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  • Kirkwood High School Students Coordinate Diaper Drive Supporting St. Louis Area Diaper Bank

    Over the past several weeks, students in the Kirkwood High School Innovation Center organized a Diaper Drive with proceeds benefitting the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. Since mid-October, KHS junior class students, led by teachers Mr. Cotta and Mrs. Doneff, collected diapers and monetary donations during KHS homeroom class periods. On Thursday, November 4, the students and teachers involved in the program presented a check for $1,040.70 to the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. The group then helped package the over 2,000 diapers also collected during the KHS diaper drive for delivery to their recipients.

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  • Kirkwood School District Students and Alumni begin “Turkey Day Countdown” for Annual Thanksgiving Day Football Game

    In anticipation of the 2021 football game, KSD students and alumni will begin the “Turkey Day Game” countdown in November with special activities throughout the month and during Spirit Week.

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  • Kirkwood School District Board of Education Candidacy Filing Opens December 7

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  • Kirkwood School District Middle School Students Learn Online Safety in Childhood Smart Program

    Students at Nipher Middle School in the Kirkwood School District participated in the “Childhood Smart Program.” The program was created in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help educate parents and children about computer and personal safety. William J. Shink, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAIC) of the Secret Service St. Louis Field Office presented to students in the Nipher 6th grade Wellness classes. During the presentation, Shink shared the “NetSmartz, Online Safety” presentation that was developed by the Secret Service to share educational resources for parents and K-12 students created by NCMEC. The NetSmartz Online Safety presentation is designed for 6-8 grade students, addressing issues they may encounter online including inappropriate content, online privacy, online solicitations, and cyberbullying. “Decisions you make today on what you post will impact your outcomes in the future for college, jobs, and beyond,” said Shink. “Once you click ‘post’, it’s out there forever.”

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  • Kirkwood High School Drama Students’ Movie Production Selected in National Film Festival

    Students from Kirkwood High School’s (KHS) KH Players (drama club) submitted a student written, acted, produced, and directed film to the annual All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF). The title of the film, “Haunted Happenings,” is a comedic look into what happens when making a supernatural reality TV show goes horribly wrong. Their movie was announced as an “Official Section” as part of the 2021 All American High School Film Festival and shown at the festival in New York City, October 8-10, 2021.

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  • Kirkwood High School Student Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

    Kirkwood High School junior Samantha Hepburn completed her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a young lady can achieve in Girl Scouts. Samantha is a junior at Kirkwood High School. Last school year, she applied, implemented, and completed her Gold Award Project. Samantha's project was setting up a sustainable supply of feminine hygiene product for the Ritenour Food Pantry. In addition to holding a feminine hygiene drive and collecting over 14,000 pieces of product, she created a video for the pantry's website discussing the inequities in securing feminine product, and she delivered a sustainable model of acquisition so that Ritenour Food Pantry can always offer product to their clients.

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  • Kirkwood School District Recognizes National Merit Students

    The Kirkwood School District board recognized 17 seniors who were named National Merit Semifinalists and National Merit Commended Students. Pictured left to right bottom row: Jack Bauer, Maggie Klein, Merry Schlarman, Sylvia Edwards, and Helena Verbrugge. Second row: Ethan Peterson, Noah Gjelvik, Trevor Kates, Megan Glasgow, Sara Simkins, and Ezra Mendelson. Last row: Jack Edwards, Hayden Davidson, Benjamin Peter, Patrick McPheeters, and Austin Haga. Not pictured: Grace Marcus.

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  • KSD Honors the History and Celebrates the Future of the J. Milton Turner School During Community Event

    On Saturday, October 2, the Kirkwood School District held a community event to celebrate KSD’s purchase of the J. Milton Turner School. Over 200 people came out to celebrate the occasion, and participate in activities including building tours, games, a bubble bus and shaved ice. After opening remarks, alumni from the J. Milton Turner School gathered on the school steps to come together for a group photo. Pictured left to right: Josie Chambers, Linda (Ward) CayCe, Priscilla (Ward) Utley, Milton Brown, Harriet Patton, Randy J. Shed, Patricia (Hill) McGhee, Helen W. Shed, Naomi Nelson. Other alumni in attendance include: Prince Moye, Marilyn (Whittaker) Booth, and Carolyn and Anita Ellerson.

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  • Over 200 Students Participate in 5th Annual Unified Night Lights

    On a picture-perfect evening Wednesday, September 29, over 200 Kirkwood School District students stormed the field to participate in the 5th annual Unified Night Lights event at Kirkwood High School in the E.L. Lyons Memorial Stadium. The event recreated the excitement of a traditional football game. Hundreds of students came together in a unified flag football event. People with and without disabilities played together – side-by-side – shoulder-to-shoulder. The KHS Varsity football team, cheerleaders, dance team members, and the band partnered for this event. Students cheered from the track, played instruments from the pep band section in the bleachers, and ran numerous touchdowns on the field. The philosophy behind the event is that sports provide a path to friendships and understand and help break down barriers. Prior to the event, the participants enjoyed a pre-game meal courtesy of Mike Duffy’s and the Kirkwood School District Foundation. Pioneer Bakery sponsored attendance prizes including t-shirts and cookies.

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  • Construction begins on two-classroom addition at Westchester Elementary in Kirkwood School District

    On Friday, Sept. 24, the Kirkwood School District officially broke ground on construction for a two-classroom addition at Westchester Elementary School. The project, located on the northwest side of the school, will allow for art and music to have dedicated spaces where instruction can be delivered.

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  • North Kirkwood Middle School Named as National Blue Ribbon School

    North Kirkwood Middle School (NKMS) in the Kirkwood School District was one of eight Missouri schools to earn a 2021 National Blue Ribbon Award. On September 21, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

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  • Kirkwood High School Students Present at St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund Event On Suicide Prevention

    Kirkwood High School students Audrey Blaine (senior) and Abigail (Abbey) Paul (junior presented during the Regional Youth Suicide Training Panel on September 10, 2021.The St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund, in partnership with partner agencies and St. Louis County School Districts sponsored a virtual training on Suicide Prevention for School-Age Youth. Morning breakout sessions included a youth panel facilitated by Dr. Ambers-Phillips (Kirkwood School District) and Dr. Terry Harris (Rockwood School District) with student panelist from both districts. Audrey and Abbey shared their insight on what they wanted educators to know about suicide prevention. There were approximately 80 attendees in the session who applauded the advocacy, transparency and informative session delivered by Audrey, Abbey and the Rockwood Student panelist.

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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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