District News

  • 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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  • Robinson Elementary Makes Strides to Diversify Classroom Libraries and Raises Over $20,000

    Robinson Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District hosted a Fun Run on Thursday, May 6 on the school’s campus. During the day students from the Kirkwood At Home (KAH) program and Robinson students took turns running laps to raise funds for classroom libraries. When the rain came, students went inside for a dance party. Over the past two weeks, Robinson has supported a “pledge page” where donors commit a dollar amount for each lap run by the principal. Every lap run will raise money for books for the classroom library diversification efforts. Students in the KAH program participated in a virtual dance party to also raise funds. The project collected over $20,000, which will purchase over 4,000 books.

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  • North Kirkwood Middle School Student Finishes Second 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 24. The festival recognizes Missouri students (K-12) who compose original works in a variety of musical styles. North Kirkwood Middle School 8th grade student Jocelin Murray placed 2nd in the Middle School Pop Music category for her original piece titled “Tide.” Jocelin was sponsored and accompanied by NKMS performing arts teacher Ms. Leah Luciano. Jocelin was awarded a cash prize of $400. A recording of the concert can be found at: https://youtu.be/r7A7mvAJrKw. Jocelin’s performance can be seen and heard at 16:59.

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  • Kirkwood High School Ranked #5 in the State by US News and World Report

    U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 "Best High Schools" list this week. Kirkwood High School was named a "2021 U.S. News Best High School" and was ranked number five best Missouri High School. The 2021 edition of Best High Schools includes a numerical ranking of nearly all public high schools nationwide – almost 18,000 of them. There are rankings within each state and within each census-designated metropolitan area that has three or more high schools, as well as the Best STEM Schools ranking and comprehensive Best Charter Schools and Best Magnet Schools rankings. Also published are rankings of high schools within each school district that has three or more high schools. “Congratulations to the students, staff, and entire Kirkwood community for being recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top high school in the country,” said KHS principal Dr. Mike Havener. “We are proud of this recognition and understand it takes all of us working together to make this recognition possible.”

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  • April 26 Board of Education Meeting Highlights

    During the regularly scheduled Kirkwood School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 26, the BOE held their annual reorganization vote to elect the officers of the Kirkwood School District Board of Education.

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  • KSD Celebrates National School Social Work Week

    Please join us in celebrating our fantastic team during “National School Social Worker Week!” We hope you have a successful School Social Work Week 2021! #BeaconofHope #SSWWeek2021 Emilie Lytton, North Quadrant Tonya Ampey-Elong, Nipher Quadrant Kim Grega, KHS Kellie McGrath-Palmer, SSD Kalen Mayo, SSD Emma Palleja, SSD

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  • North Kirkwood Middle School Nominated as National Blue Ribbon School

    North Kirkwood Middle School (NKMS) in the Kirkwood School District (KSD) has been nominated by Missouri to join the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools.

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  • Seven Kirkwood High School Students Named as Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

    The National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2020 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2021. The seven students are: Sabrina Baggstrom, Lillian Bartin, Jonathan Henry, Zoe Krug, Rayhana Niyogi, Jonathan Plants, and Daniel Tobias. A Certificate of Merit from the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) was mailed to each of the finalists.

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