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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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  • KSD Announces Head Coach for Football Program

    Corey Nesslage, Kirkwood High School athletic director, will recommend to the Board of Education at the upcoming meeting on February 22 that Jeremy Maclin be named the next head football coach at Kirkwood High School. Maclin will succeed Coach Farrell Shelton, who announced his retirement at the end of the 2020 football season after six successful seasons as head coach of the Pioneers. Maclin has been part of the Kirkwood High School football program as both a former player and assistant coach. While at KHS as a student-athlete, Maclin dominated in multiple sports, propelling him to an All-American career at the University of Missouri. Maclin was named a member of the Kirkwood High School All-Century Football Team in 2007 and inducted into the Kirkwood Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

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  • Kirkwood High School Celebrates Seniors Earning Scholarships

    During a ceremony on Thursday, February 4, Kirkwood High School recognized 20 student-athletes continuing their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.

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  • KSD Celebrates National School Counselor Week

    National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, KSD would like to recognize our school counselors listed below for the wonderful work they do!

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  • Kirkwood High School Students Recognized as Finalists in New York Times Writing Contest

    In October 2020, the New York Times conducted their second annual personal narrative writing contest. The contest encouraged students to submit short, powerful stories about meaningful life experiences. Kirkwood High School AP Language and Composition students in Ms. Meyers and Mr. Rowland’s classes submitted essays. Over 9,000 entries from around the nation were submitted. Of those 9,000, three Kirkwood High School students finished in the top 1 percent and announced as finalists. They are: “First Flight” by Megan Glasgow “X.” by Lainey Hogg “Saudade” by Vivian Simpson According to the New Your Times article, the essays were judged on storytelling, moving messages, and artistic use of language.

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  • Third Party Investigation into Misconduct - Initial Report to Board of Education

    On January 25, 2021, Encompass Resolution provided a report on the initial assessment of climate and culture confidence related to handling allegations of sexual abuse, misconduct and inappropriate behavior. The full report may be found online.

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  • KSD Performing Arts Students Recognized

    Dozens of performing arts students at Nipher, North and Kirkwood High School were selected in the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association All-Suburban Bands and Orchestras. Students auditioned by sending in recordings of themselves playing. St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association announced results in mid-January. In addition, two KHS Symphonic Orchestra students were selected for the Missouri All-State Orchestra. They are Mallory Mihm, for the viola and Margaret Klein, for the violin. The performing art students are taught by: Dr. Chris Bartz, and Eric Chrostoski, Fariga Drayton-Conway, Rebecca Friesen, Matthew Banks, Jeff Panhorst, Kaela Barnett, and Alison Smith.

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  • KIRKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKS COMMUNITY FEEDBACK IN SURVEY

    (KSD) is seeking feedback from the community, including families, residents, and staff, in an upcoming survey. KSD asks the community to complete the survey now, through Wednesday, January 20, 2021. kirkwoodschools.org/survey

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  • Kirkwood School District Students Win Missouri App Challenge Contest

    Megan Campbell, an eighth-grade student at Nipher Middle School, and Kat Crawford, a freshman at Kirkwood High School, created an app called InBeTeen Jobs for the Congressional App Challenge. Their app was announced as the winner of Missouri’s 2nd District Congressional App Challenge. Judges of the contest, including Head Judge Everett Johnson and the LaunchCode team, awarded their app the highest possible points in concert, design, and skill. The app aims to help teens find work and volunteer opportunities. A video highlighting the app features can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMOVo2rmdPM&feature=youtu.be

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  • Kirkwood High School Musician Selected to All-National Honor Ensemble

    This week, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced the All-National Honor Ensembles. Abigail was announced as a member of this ensemble for the National Association for Instrumental Music National Honor Society. She was selected to the French Horn section via a recorded audition submitted last spring. Abigail will now join the “best of the best” at the NAfME 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) Virtual Event January 7–8, 2021. The first-ever All-National Honor Ensembles virtual event will include several rehearsals with the 2020 ANHE Conductors and workshops with renowned clinicians. Each ensemble will create a final, recorded performance premiered online during the NAfME Music In Our Schools Month® in March 2021.

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  • Kirkwood High School Senior Earns Full Four-Year Scholarship to Stanford University

    Kirkwood High School (KHS) senior Amaya Marion was announced as a recipient of a 2020 QuestBridge National College Match and will receive a full four-year scholarship to Stanford University. Amaya is known as a poetic change-seeker within the halls of KHS. She avidly studies history, civil rights, and Chinese and is leading a charge of change. She also finds time to volunteer tutor students at Robinson Elementary and seeks out other opportunities to volunteer. One of her favorite places to volunteer outside of KSD is at Christian Friends of New Americans. There, she helps teach adults English Second Language (ESL) classes and citizenship classes to adults. Her favorite thing about volunteering is the relationships she builds with people. Amaya’s proudest moment was when she received the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship to study abroad in Xi’an, China during her sophomore year. At that time, she was in her fourth year of studying Chinese and yearned for the day she would be able to visit the country she spent so much time learning about. The program accepted 19.5% of student applicants. While in China, she learned extensively about the language and culture, but also about herself. The next year she decided that she wanted to take AP Chinese, even though KHS does not offer the class. Amaya bought a textbook and self-studied for the exam. She ended up scoring a four on the AP exam. For Amaya, her family has always instilled the importance of a hard work ethic. Growing up, her parents were business owners. Her mom baked cakes, and her dad is a car electrician. They both put in long hours to support her family while still doing what they loved the most. Her parents have instilled in her that happiness and success are intertwined. Amaya knows that through finding happiness, you can achieve success in what you hope to gain from life. Amaya also has a brother named Evan, who attends Nipher Middle School in KSD.

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  • Candidate Filing for Kirkwood Board of Education Opens Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 8 a.m.

    At its meeting on November 30, the Kirkwood School District Board of Education call for the annual school board of election to be held on April 6, 2021. Two positions for director of the Kirkwood Board of Education will be decided. The two board members whose terms expire in 2021 are Jean Marie Andrews and Angie Bernardi. The opening date for filing for the April 6, 2021 Annual School Election is Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The closing date for filing for the April 6th election is Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. School is closed for winter break from December 23, 2020 through January 4, 2021; in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18, 2021; and may also be closed due to inclement weather. Due to COVID-19, except for opening day on December 15, 2020 and closing day, January 19, 2021, all other filing dates will be by appointment only. You can set up an appointment by calling 314-213-6101. Persons interested in filing for those positions may do so in the Office of the Superintendent at the Administrative Services Center, 11289 Manchester Road. According to Missouri law, section 115.124, if the number of candidates who have filed for the office is equal to the number of positions in that office to be filled by the election, no election shall be held for such office and the candidates shall assume the responsibilities of their offices at the same time and in the same manner as if they had been elected.

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  • Webster Groves and Kirkwood High Schools have jointly made the difficult decision to end our 2020 football seasons as of today, November 13, 2020

    Webster Groves and Kirkwood High Schools have jointly made the difficult decision to end our 2020 football seasons as of today, November 13, 2020. The decision was made in response to an increasing number of concerns related to COVID-19 cases and quarantines which have limited the ability of both programs to have consistent practices over the last few weeks which as a result could lead to an increased number of more traditional safety concerns associated with playing football. This decision means that the annual Turkey Day football game between the two schools will not be played this year.

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