District News

  • Westchester Goes Wild: Students Explore the “Wild Side” of Westchester

    Westchester Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District was filled with the buzz of bees, clucks from chickens, and laughter from the students today as the Saint Louis Zoo partnered with Westchester for an outdoor day of learning. Students spent the school day immersed in learning outdoor skills including how to read a field guide and draw a map, harvesting vegetables from the Westchester garden, and learning how to properly use binoculars and other scientific tools.

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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.

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  • Oasis Recognition Ceremony at Kirkwood School District

    On Monday, May 13, representatives from Oasis held a recognition ceremony to honor Dr. Judy Kamper for 30 years of service as the District Facilitator for the Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring program in the Kirkwood School District (KSD).

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  • Robinson Awarded Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Award for Excellence

    During the Kirkwood City Council meeting on Thursday, May 2, representatives from the Kirkwood Human Rights Commission awarded Jennifer Sisul, principal at Robinson and Julie Cohen, counselor at Robinson, for the 2019 Award for excellence. Sisul and Cohen were nominated by Robinson parents Susan Mason and Dawn Buckley. The award is in recognition of the efforts at Robinson to eliminate discrimination based on gender identity. In the nomination letter, Mason and Buckley shared that “Jennifer and Julie are allies and advocates for all kids and face issues of discrimination fiercely and proactively, which is why they are each deserving of this nomination.”

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  • KSD Community Engagement Survey

    The Kirkwood School District is seeking input from community members to measure the effectiveness of its communications plans and procedures. The survey will help assess the district's current communication efforts with community members. Please take a moment to fill out our 2018-19 Community Engagement Survey. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Surveys are also being completed by KSD parents and staff members.

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  • Two KSD Students, also Siblings, Selected for National Playwright Festival

    Jared Goudsmit (senior at Kirkwood High School) and Kyra Gousmit (8th grade student at Nipher Middle School) were announced as two of 12 playwriters from across the country to be featured in the 27th annual The Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) in Hollywood, CA.

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  • Four KSD Schools Place in Annual Green Schools Quest

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Missouri Gateway Chapter challenged 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, over 3,000 students and 180 faculty and staff were directly involved in this year’s Green Schools Quest projects. The Kirkwood School District (KSD) had six schools participate: Kirkwood Early Childhood Center, Keysor Elementary School, Westchester Elementary School, Nipher Middle School, North Middle School and Kirkwood High School. The projects were judged and winners were announced at the 12th Annual Green School Event at the Missouri History Museum. KECC was announced as the winner of the elementary school category and Kirkwood High School was announced as the winner of the high school category. Nipher Middle School and North Kirkwood Middle School tied for the middle school category.

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  • Kirkwood School District Honors Employees

    The Kirkwood School District honored employees retiring and recognized those with 25 years of service in education at the annual retirement and recognition reception on May 1 in the Walker Commons at Kirkwood High School.

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  • Kirkwood High School Celebrates Seniors Earning Scholarships

    During a ceremony on Thursday, April 25, Kirkwood High School recognized 76 senior students who will receive 50% or more of their collegiate tuition paid for by scholarships.

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  • KSD Celebrates National Volunteer Week

    This morning, Kirkwood School District administration celebrated key volunteers in honor of National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week is an opportunity for school Districts to shine a light on the important work that volunteers do every day for our schools and students.

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  • KHS French Students Bid Au Revoir to French Friends

    The Kirkwood High School French Department has instituted a unique exchange program called FRAME (FRench-AMerican Exchange) with Notre Dame de Bellegarde high school in Lyon, France. The schools are established “sister schools.” On April 4, KHS French students welcomed 20 students from their sister school. Over the past two weeks, the students have been immersed in the culture of KHS, and the St. Louis community overall. Highlights from the week include attending in KHS classes, and field trips to the City Museum and the Challenger Center. On Sunday, April 14, the host families and students bid au revoir during the farewell reception. The KHS students will now travel to Lyon, France the morning of May 29.

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  • Inaugural Nipher Best Buddies Walk

    On Friday, April 12, students at Nipher Middle School in the Kirkwood School District celebrated Best Buddies International with an inaugural Buddy Walk. Students took part in various outside activities including flag football, walking the track, and singing karaoke. The event was planned by Nipher students in the Best Buddies club: Fielding King, Sydney Sharp, Reagan Dolan and Kaitlyn Glasgow. The group is sponsored by teacher Holly Wolf. The group was founded to encourage inclusivity and friendship amongst all students.

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  • Dual-District Partnership Blooms with Plant a Library Program

    North Kirkwood Middle School (NKMS) has a school-wide focus on service learning. Teachers and students are challenged to lean in to an issue or initiative to foster change. The groups meet on a near monthly basis, and quarterly service-learning days are planned. One group at NKMS sought change with literacy awareness. Sixth grade students in the “Plant a Library” group learned that not every school in the St. Louis area had the resources for a comprehensive and diverse library collection. The students, led by teachers Karen Ambuehl and Jen Siegel, decided the goal of the group was to: "Help us pass on the seeds of literacy and watch the love of reading grow!"

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  • NKMS Student Earns Super Citizen Award

    Kaityln Emerson, a 7th grade student at NKMS, was selected as a “Super Citizen”. She demonstrates the attributes needed to be an outstanding leader while representing NKMS and was worthy of the recognition as a Super Citizen.

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  • KSD STEAMFest Winners

    Congratulations to all the participants in the 2019 KSD STEAMFest competition. The results are in, and dozens of KSD students are now eligible to compete at the Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair this May. For more photos and a complete list of participants, please visit the KSD STEAMFest website.

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  • Dr. Denise Ford Selected as KSD Teacher of the Year

    Dr. Denise Ford, SOAR gifted specialist and social studies teacher at North Kirkwood Middle School, as Kirkwood School District Teacher of the Year for 2019-20.

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  • KSD Elementary Students Compete in Battle of the Books

    Over 100 KSD elementary students competed in the inaugural Battle of the Books competition on Wednesday at Robinson Elementary.

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  • Kirkwood School District Inducts Honorees into Athletic Hall of Fame

    The Kirkwood School District (KSD) celebrated the work of athletes, coaches and community members both on and off the playing field, pool, mats and court February 8 and 9 during a full weekend of events to celebrate the KHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

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  • Nipher Middle School Students Compete in Inaugural “YO! STEAMaster Competition

    Nipher Middle School science students performed at the inaugural “YO! STEAMaster Competition.” As an acronym, STEAMaster has a dual meaning. STEAM represents science, technology, engineering, art and math, while Master represents the emphasis for students to demonstrate mastery of STEAM content. The STEAMaster Competition was an opportunity for students to demonstrate their brilliance as science students by communicating their understanding of ecology in the form of a rap or poem.

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  • 2019-20 Teachers of the Year

    Congratulations to these outstanding Kirkwood Teachers of the Year, who were selected by their school colleagues to represent the many outstanding Kirkwood teachers and staff members in 2019-20: KECC-Penny Chastain; Keysor-Molly Brockmeyer; North Glendale-Lori Wehrman; Robinson-Shannon Appelbaum; Tillman-Molly Boesch; Westchester-Chelsea Witwer; Nipher-Luis Actis; North Kirkwood Middle-Denise Ford; and KHS-Mitch Eden.

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  • Kirkwood High School Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

    Kirkwood High School seniors Charles Birmingham, Elias Boshara, Kenan Dogan, Jared Goudsmit, Emma Harrell, Nolan Hauck, Meredith Lang, Hannah Mitchell, Casey Nash and Sarah Vreeland were named National Merit Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program (NMSC).

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  • KSD Celebrates Student Athletes

    Kirkwood High School recognized 17 student athletes continuing their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.

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  • KSD Teacher Among Three Percent of Country to Earn National Board Certification

    Emily Werner, math teacher at Kirkwood High School in the Kirkwood School District, earned her National Board Certification (NBC). She earned her NBC in “Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood.”

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  • Kirkwood School District Board of Education Approves Two Appointments for 2019-20 School Year

    On Monday, February 11, the Kirkwood School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Alyssa Taylor as principal of Keysor Elementary School and the appointment of Dr. Matt Bailey as assistant superintendent of data, intervention and supports.

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  • Kindergarten Online Registration

    Enrollment continues to grow in the Kirkwood School District, which is why it is important to register for kindergarten online in February. Enrolling in February allows time for schools to plan class schedules and placement of classrooms to maintain desired class size guidelines. Children need to be 5 years old by August 1, 2019, to attend kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. Please visit our kindergarten registration page for more information and the link to the Infinite Campus registration website.

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  • Westchester Elementary Nominated as National Blue Ribbon School

    Westchester Elementary in the Kirkwood School District has been nominated by Missouri to join the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools. Westchester was nominated as an Exemplary High Performing School. In September 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Education will announce the National Blue Ribbon Schools.

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  • KHS Students Sweep Awards in National Writing Competition

    KHS students swept the top four high school prizes: Grace Williams was announced as the national high school winner. Emma Lingo, Paisley Regester and Hayden Wilson swept all three of the Powerful Voice Winners.

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  • Three Residents File for Two Positions on Kirkwood Board of Education

    Community members are invited to attend a school board candidate forum on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the North Kirkwood Middle School Cafeteria, 11287 Manchester Road. Two positions on the Kirkwood Board of Education will be decided in the April 2, 2019 municipal election.

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