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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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  • 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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