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  • Kirkwood Schools Take Top Spots in Area Wide Battle of the Books

    Students from Robinson Elementary and Keysor Elementary took the top two spots respectively in the Area-Wide Elementary School Battle of the Books.  This year’s competition featured teams of students from 14 area schools who competed asynchronously. Winners were announced during a Zoom presentation. Students from Nipher Middle School in the Kirkwood School District won the annual Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle on May 4. Teams of students from 26 area schools competed both virtually and in-person for this year’s trivia competition. For the competition, students answered questions about 20 different books. The books are a variety of genres and reading levels. The questions were written by the Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle committee. This year’s competition came down to a tie breaker round, where Nipher beat out Ladue Middle School for the top spot.

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  • Kirkwood School District Foundation Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

    On May 10, the Kirkwood School District Foundation (KSDF) held the annual Named Awards Scholarship recipient ceremony. This year, $92,000 in scholarships were awarded to 40 students and recent graduates of Kirkwood High School. The Named Awards Scholarship program was created in memory or in honor of students, family and friends of the community. The scholarships are made possible from KSDF because of the generous support of our donors, especially donor families, Kirkwood parents, staff and alumni. Recipients completed an online application. Once the application process closed, the KSDF Named Awards Committee reviewed all applications to determine which students to interview. In March and April, the committee conducted interviews and selected the scholarship recipients. “Congratulations to each of the 2022 KSDF Named Award recipients,” said KSDF Named Award Chairman Dr. Derek Byers. “We are proud of you and all of your accomplishments. You all will represent Kirkwood well in the world, and hopefully some of you will come back to continue making this community even better. We especially thank all the generous donor families - those present tonight and not - who have made these awards possible. We are truly fortunate to be in a community where gifts like these truly make a difference to our students while also honoring the legacies of some very memorable Pioneers.”

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  • Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Present Early Reader Books to Kindergarteners

    The Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Club presented 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. 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 449 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. 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. Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Club Lynn Bosso delivered the books to Westchester Elementary on May 10. Kindergarten students at North Glendale, Tillman, Keysor, and Robinson will receive their books over the next week.

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  • Kirkwood Board of Education Recognizes Teachers of the Year for 2022-23

    On May 9, the Kirkwood Board of Education acknowledged the Kirkwood School District (KSD) Teachers of the Year for 2022-23. Each Kirkwood school selected a School Teacher of the Year from nomination forms submitted by faculty and staff in their individual schools. The KSD schools announced their teacher of the year in February. In March, Katie Meyers was announced as the Kirkwood School District Teacher of the Year for 2022-23. Katie was selected through an interview process conducted by the Teacher of the Year selection committee. The 2022-23 Kirkwood School Teachers of the Year are: KECC-Susan Tiffany, Panda Room Teacher Keysor-Katie Lorenz, Kindergarten North Glendale-Julie Pritchard, Kindergarten Robinson-Dr. Laura Grayson, 3rd Grade Tillman-Elizabeth Curtis, Library Media Specialist Westchester-Dr. Adrienne Fox-Ray, 4th Grade Nipher-Scott Warren, 6th Grade and SOAR North Kirkwood Middle-Kristin Siebert, Health and Wellness KHS and KSD Teacher of the Year -Katie Meyers, Language Arts After each teacher was recognized, KSD superintendent Dr. David Ulrich along with the board members shared their congratulations and appreciation to the teachers of the year. “On behalf of the board of education and the KSD leadership team, congratulations,” said Ulrich. “This truly is something special. I appreciate you, and I promise I know what’s been asked of you this year and in particular, these past few years.” “We are thankful for each and every one of you,” said KSD board president Jean Marie Andrews. “Your peers saw something in you and chose you to represent their school. The words your peers said about you show what kind of teachers you are. It makes me so proud and grateful to have such great teachers in our schools.” The 2022-23 Kirkwood School Teachers of the Year will be formally introduced to District staff at the opening day workshop in August 2022.

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  • Nipher Middle School Named as First Place Winner in Statewide Green Schools Quest

    Nipher Middle School in the Kirkwood School District was announced as the winner in the Middle School Division in the 15th annual Green Schools Quest competition. This annual competition is coordinated by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Missouri Gateway Chapter. USGBC challenges public and private schools within the chapter’s territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective, and no or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. This year, 31 schools competed in the quest. For their project, Nipher students set out to work on the school’s sustainability initiative by improving existing outdoor learning spaces. The sixth and seventh grade homeroom classes of Courtney Karr, Kim Breckenridge, Mark Banaszak and Dan Brady collaborated on ideas to improve the school’s outdoor spaces. The group landed on the project: "A Year of Growth: Implementing Sustainability Through Homeroom Classes." The project involved four related areas of focus: chickens, vegetable gardens, a pollinator garden, and bees. Work began with fundraising efforts to build an expanded chicken enclosure and purchase new beehives. With the collected funds, the team got to work and installed low tunnels over raised beds to extend the growing season of vegetable crops and cleaned seeds of native plants before performing a seed stomp in the new pollinator garden. The project took six months to complete. Thanks to their efforts, the Nipher community has a beautiful, sustainable learning space. “Our project highlighted the interconnectedness of our spaces and reinforced our role as global citizens,” said Courtney Karr, Nipher French teacher and Green Schools Quest co-lead teacher along with Kim Breckenridge. Nipher principal Dr. Laura Havener shared her praise for the group’s efforts, “As students collaborated to improve our outdoor spaces for our school community, they also made a positive impact on the earth and m

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  • KHS Students Receive Presidential Service Awards

    Kirkwood High School sophomores Josephine Sausville and Sophie Wallace are “Bronze Recipients” of the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards given by the President of the United States through Americorp and the Points of Light Initiative. They achieved this recognition for completing between 50-74 hours of volunteer service during a calendar year.  Josephine and Sophie completed their volunteer service hours as members of the Gateway Chapter of the National Charity League. This volunteer organization provides service and support to more than 25 nonprofits throughout the St. Louis region. Members also participate in a progressive Leadership Development program. Sophie and Josie's service projects included decorating sidewalks to brighten senior communities, volunteering at fundraising events, creating baked goods to support essential workers and other various efforts that serve the neediest within the community. For achieving this recognition, Josephine and Sophie will receive a Presidential Volunteer Service Award pin.

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  • KSD Celebrates Retirees and 25 Years of Service Staff Members

    On Wednesday, May 4, the Kirkwood School District held their annual recognition ceremony, celebrating retiring staff members and those who have served 25 years in the Kirkwood School District. The event was held in the Walker Commons on the campus of Kirkwood High School.

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  • Many Cultures One Kirkwood Festival Celebrates Cultural Diversity in Kirkwood

    On Friday, April 29, the Kirkwood School District hosted the 2nd annual “Many Cultures One Kirkwood” event. The expo style event featured KSD families from countries including Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Syria, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The event kicked off with the “Parade of Nations,” which featured student participants as they carried the flag of their family’s native country through the expo. The students all came to the stage and were announced by co-event planner KSD English Second Language teacher Amy Randles. After the parade, students joined their families at their respective country's table. Each table featured items such as informational displays, food, instruments, and photos. Attendees, including students, families, and community members, were provided with a passport and invited to visit and learn about the various cultures represented at each table. During their visit to the table, the attendee's passport was stamped. Performers included the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society, Chilean singer Esteban Quito, Mexican dancing by KSD sisters Alma Matlalcuatzi Muñoz (Kirkwood High School) and Lluvia Matlalcuatzi Muñoz (North Glendale), and the Tillman Pepper Steppers. This immersive cultural experience embraces the “Iceberg Culture Model,” which provides attendees the opportunity to look below the surface of cultural components such as music, language, food, and flags and provides the opportunity to also dig deeper and learn about customs, morals, traditions, and beliefs. The event originated in 2020 and was the idea of the KSD English Second Language teachers as an opportunity for the families they support to share their culture with their peers. This year’s event planners were ESL teachers Amy Randles, Azniv Tcherkezian, and Gina Muller and supported by the KSD Community Relations and Development Office.

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  • Kirkwood High School Celebrates 70 Seniors Earning Scholarships and Athletic Singings

    During a ceremony on Thursday, April 28, Kirkwood High School (KHS) recognized 70 students who are continuing their education at various institutions across the country and were awarded 50% or more of the cost of tuition for their academic accomplishments as well as students who are continuing their athletic career by participating in intercollegiate athletics. All students were recognized by senior class principal, Dr. Josh Flores, and the students participated in a ceremonial letter of intent signing. “It is with an extreme level of honor and excitement that I congratulate you and your family members on this special day,” said Flores. “Your accomplishments and success did not happen by accident, chance, or luck. The fact that you are here provides testimony of your hard work, intelligence, perseverance, and commitment. Take these skills and abilities you have honed and worked hard to achieve to the next level, dare to be great, and put your mark on the world. I have confidence you will own your success in whichever area of academic study you pursue.”

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  • Keysor Elementary Student Finishes First in Statewide Music Competition for Original Song

    The University of Missouri School of Music hosted the annual “Creating Original Music Project” (COMP) statewide competition on Saturday, April 23 at the University of Missouri. Keysor 4th grade student Reichen Bechtel placed 1st in the Elementary Division Instrumental Music for his piano performance of The Dark Dance. Reichen was sponsored by Keysor music teacher, Dr. Tracy St. Clair. The festival recognizes Missouri students (K-12) who compose original works in a variety of musical styles. Winning composers/performers and their schools are awarded cash prizes. Reichen received a $400 cash prize, and Keysor Elementary received a $1,000 cash prize. A recording of the concert can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfkOT41-1CY. Reichen’s performance can be seen and heard at 18:20.

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  • KSD Announces Assistant Principal Hires at Keysor and Robinson Elementary Schools

    At the regularly scheduled Kirkwood School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 25, the BOE approved the recommendation of the appointment of Dr. Gretchen Morrison as the Assistant Principal of Keysor Elementary School, and Dr. RaNae Posey as the Assistant Principal of Robinson Elementary School. Dr. Morrison will succeed Mr. Derek Bridges, who is leaving Keysor after this year, and Dr. Posey will succeed Dr. Christina Wilson, who is leaving Robinson Elementary after this year.

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  • Kirkwood High School Senior Announced to All-State Journalism Team

    The Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) and Missouri Journalism Education Association (MJEA) announced their all-state journalism team for 2022. Kirkwood High School (KHS) senior Megan Glasgow is one of 11 students from schools across the state to earn this recognition. This is MIPA-MJEA’s highest individual honor awarded to students.

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  • Kirkwood High School Announced as Missouri Gold Star School

    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has announced eight Missouri Gold Star Schools for 2022. 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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  • Romona Miller Day in St. Louis County

    During a surprise visit on Wednesday, April 20, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page visited Kirkwood High School to present Ms. Romona Miller with a proclamation declaring April 20, 2022 as “Romona Miller Day” in St. Louis County, MO. The proclamation was made in recognition of the previous announcement of the Black Achievement Cultural Club (BACC) Awards being renamed to the Romona Miller African American Achievement Awards in her honor. The renaming of the award ceremony was announced on February 10, 2022 during the annual BACC African American Achievement Award which recognizes Kirkwood School District middle and high school African American students who make the honor rolls (3.0) or higher. “Romona has served the Kirkwood School District for 17 years and will be missed for her endless dedication to the students and community in Kirkwood,” said Dr. Page. Miller has worked in public education for 30 years and is set to retire on June 30, 2022.

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  • Kirkwood School District Board of Education Reorganization

    During the regularly scheduled Kirkwood School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 18, the BOE held their annual reorganization vote to elect the officers of the Kirkwood School District Board of Education and and the oath of office was administered to newly elected board members Mark Boyko and Judy Moticka. The board unanimously approved: Jean Marie Andrews, president Nikole Shurn, vice-president Mark Boyko, secretary Angie Bernardi, Chad Kavanaugh, Judy Moticka and Jennifer Pangborn will serve as directors.

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  • Kirkwood High School Senior Earns Top Prizes in Photography Contest

    Kirkwood High School senior Lainey Hogg was announced as the winner in three categories in the St. Louis Public Radio (STLPR) Teen Photojournalist Prize contest. Her photos earned the top “Best in Show” prize, and, won in the categories of “Best Sports Feature” and “Best Pandemic Life.” The contest invited high school-aged students from across the region to participate in this opportunity to showcase their talent by documenting their world through photography. This contest provides professional recognition, publicity, encouragement, training, and resources to high school students in the STLPR listening area. Her winning photos will be part of the Teen Photojournalist Prize gallery exhibit at the University of Missouri St. Louis at Grand Center and on display on the Public Media Commons outdoor screen. She also won a master class with STLPR photojournalist Brian Munoz, publication on STLPR media channels, and an $800 gift certificate for her best in show photo, and $200 gift certificate for each best in category win.

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  • Kirkwood Board of Education 2022 Election Unofficial Results

    Two District residents have been elected to the Kirkwood Board of Education in the April 5, 2022 municipal election. They are Judy Moticka and Mark Boyko; they will be sworn in at a reorganization meeting of the Kirkwood Board of Education on Monday, April 18. Board members serve a three-year term in office.

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  • Tillman Students Donate More than $800 to KTOC Scholarship Fund After Successful Affinity Group Service Project

    Tillman students recently presented a check for $802.27 to the Kirkwood School District Foundation and members of Kirkwood Teachers of Color (KTOC) for the KTOC Scholarship Fund. The project, completed by Tillman 4th and 5th grade affinity groups and their allies, involved creating loom bracelets. The students then operated the school store for six days to sell the bracelets and raise funds. At the presentation, Tillman students shared their perspective on participating in the service project and their goals for the future. The KTOC scholarship fund was established in 2021 and is awarded annually to a Kirkwood High School senior who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a student of color (BIPOC). It is part of the Kirkwood School District Foundation's Named Awards Program, which awards scholarships to Kirkwood students with the generous support of donors.

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  • KSD Head Nurse Recipient of MASN Outstanding Service Award

    At the Missouri Association of School Nurse’s (MASN) annual conference, Kirkwood School District Head Nurse Julie Tadros was announced as the recipient of MASA’s Outstanding Service of a School Nurse Award. The event was held in St. Louis, MO and brought together school nurses across the state. Julie was selected amongst a pool of nominees who currently practice nursing at a school and have made an outstanding contribution to his/her school, community, district, or state organization. In her nomination letter, it was noted that “Nurse Tadros has always shared her positive personality and disposition with her fellow nurses, district staff, and all of our students. She’s been an inspirational leader, a key person on our district Health Advisory Team, and the go-to person for all our health questions during the pandemic. Our district success in providing an in-person learning environment is largely based on her leadership.”

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  • Kirkwood High School Mock Trial Team Repeats State Championship

    The Kirkwood High School (KHS) Mock Trial Team has won the Missouri State High School Mock Trial Competition for the second year in a row. The state competition was held March 25-27 at St. Charles County Courthouse and included 18 high schools from across the state. The teams qualified through regional opening rounds across the state in January and February. Members of the KHS Mock Trial team seniors are: Seniors Mackenzie Klein, Lucy Schene, Merry Schlarmann, Helena Verbrugge, and Ryan Zickel, The juniors are: Hannah Maschmann, Madeline Rapp, and Maddie Rowan. The team is coached by retired social studies teacher Peter Stragand (retired KHS teacher), current social studies teacher Lucas Ravenscraf (current social studies teacher), and attorney coaches Josh Jones, Kate Maxson, Jim Reinert, & Luke Stobie. The team swept every trial at the state competition, winning every ballot in all five trials over the weekend, and has now won three of the last four state titles. The team will now go on to compete in the National High School Mock Trial Competition held from May 5 - 7, 2022 in Kalamazoo, MI. In addition, KHS coach Peter Stragand was one of four mock trial coaches recognized by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) with the inaugural Coaches of the Year award. The award is only given to those that “dedicate themselves to the education and betterment of the students; are committed to the principles of fairness, honesty, and civility; put the interests of the students above all; and although not as important, have shown sustained success in the competition.”

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