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West Newsmagazine 2-14-18

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.

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14 I SCHOOLS I February 14, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM BRAND-NEW | THE CITY OF EUREKA | NOW LEASING Avonlea EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY An Affordable Community Featuring 48 Superb One & Two Bedroom Rental Apartments Exclusively For Adults 55+ Clubhouse • Library • Data Center • Fitness Room • Elevator Service To All Floors One Bedrooms for $550* Two Bedrooms for $610* *income limits apply - call or see website for details apply today | avonleaseniorliving.com | 636-724-7755 WINTER SALE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST CALL OR SWING BY TODAY! SAVE OVER 50 % -PLUS- $ 99 INSTALL On Rainbow Play Systems Special Buys. Unmatched Quality • Durability Safety • Long-Term Value • Service 17373 Edison Ave • Chesterfield, MO 636.530.0055 • DreamPlayRec.com Elsa Chapell [right], the sixth-grade winner of Kirk Day School’s Geographic Bee, with Head of School Taylor Clement [center] and runner-up Grace Rush [left], a fifth-grade student at Kirk Day School. bulletin board By BONNIE KREUGER Student wins Geographic Bee for second year in a row Elsa Chapell, a sixth-grade student at Kirk Day School, has won the school’s National Geographic Bee for the second consecutive year. Runner-up was fifthgrader Grace Rush. Kirk Day is one of 10,000 schools in the U.S. participating in the National Geographic Bee, an annual competition designed to foster young students’ curiosity about the world around them. Chapell will go on to participate in the written Missouri Bee exam, in hopes of qualifying to compete in the state-level competition to be held in April at the University of Missouri. Local students featured in Super Bowl commercial Bowles Elementary second-grade students in Emma Brydels’ class got a lesson in television commercial production in early January when they were featured in a Super Bowl halftime public service announcement. It was sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse [NCADA] – St. Louis Area. Howard Weissman, executive director of NCADA – St. Louis Area, said the theme of this year’s spot was hopeful and futurefocused. “It is, in many ways, the polar opposite of our earlier ads,” said Weissman. “This year, the ad is not showing the dark consequences of drug use or addiction; instead, it shows the beauty and possibility of preventing it.” Weissman characterized working with Rockwood students and staff at Bowles Elementary. “It is important to us to be in a district that understands the importance of prevention and makes it a valuable part of the school day. We recognize that between in-school programming and the Rockwood Drug Free Coalition, Rockwood is a leader when it comes to drug prevention. In a lot of ways, Rockwood sets the bar for other districts.” Bowles Principal Dr. Danielle Vogelsang and other Rockwood administrators coordinated with NCADA officials and the production crew to minimize disruption. “The message NCADA officials convey has such a positive impact on students,” said Vogelsang. “They answered questions, explained the production process and made it fun for our second-graders. NCADA is a great organization that has so much to offer.” Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost said he appreciates Rockwood’s partnership with NCADA. Knost said, “This was a great opportunity for our students to once again be part of a powerful message regarding drug prevention and awareness.” NCADA filmed a Super Bowl commercial featuring the Lafayette High Escadrille Dance Team for the 2016 Super Bowl. Princeton hosts Marquette High student A Marquette High student was one of just 100 students in the country chosen to participate in a program at Princeton University. Senior Imai Anabayan recently was invited to attend Princeton’s Creative Arts and Humanities Symposium. Emily Diaz, Marquette’s college admissions specialist, noticed Anabayan’s passion for history and thought he’d be a natural fit for the program. Diaz said, “We became aware of this program three years ago. Imai is the third

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM February 14, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I SCHOOLS I 15 student we nominated who was chosen. It’s very selective.” While at the Princeton symposium, Anabayan attended college-level workshops that explored humanities while also getting a glimpse of college life. Anabayan shared, “When I was little, I read a lot of stories. In high school, I realized history is the story of people. It’s real and there is unlimited information we can use to make the future better by learning about the past.” In college, Anabayan wants to major in history or economics and possibly pursue a law degree. He has aspirations of utilizing technology to analyze and organize historical information so it can be referenced in a more efficient manner. He thinks it’s important to look at historical information to help with current decisions. Anabayan said, “In two days, I got to learn so much and meet new people. It was a great life experience.” the attitude to “Learn It, Live It, and Pass It On.” For more information about the Parkway Safe and Drug-Free program, visit sites. google.com/pkwy.k12.mo.us/sadfhsh/ home. Parkway educators gain leadership training Seven Parkway educators recently graduated from the Leadership Academy in Character Education [LACE] – a complex, comprehensive, year-long professional development experience for school leaders. The Parkway graduates were: Jessica Karll, McKelvey Elementary; Debbie Reid, Hanna Woods Elementary; Melissa Neverl, Early Childhood; Jen McLane, West High; Elena Amirault, Early Childhood; Joe Hawkinson, Pierremont Elementary; and Shenita Mayes, Central High. Since 1998, LACE has helped school leaders develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to create, implement and evaluate programs and processes that make their schools true learning communities in which character education is a vital part of the curriculum and culture. Elements of LACE include a starter library in character education; peer networking; attendance at a regional character education conference; a series of monthly full-day workshops by national experts; a curriculum of monthly written collaborative reflections with expert constructive feedback; development of a site-specific character education plan; collaborative site-based planning; site visits to national award-winning schools and presentations by award-winning principals; an option for up to six graduate credits for LACE participation; and eligibility for Advanced Certification by CHARACTERplus. Imai Anabayan at the Princeton University symposium. High School Hero program spreads anti-drug message The Parkway Safe and Drug-Free Program recently held its High School Hero training for more than 90 high school sophomores from across the district. These students were trained on substance abuse in the community and nationwide, including topics such as vaping and juuls. The ‘High School Heroes’ now will take their knowledge and leadership skills into the classroom as they teach lessons to sixthgraders this spring. The Parkway Safe and Drug-Free Program consists of a series of programs that are geared to prevent and/or reduce the student use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs, as well as build support systems within the community for promoting and reinforcing positive, anti-drug behaviors. Through age-appropriate conversations, Safe and Drug-Free programs educate students about the negative health consequences of drug use and the positive health consequences of strong character and building health skills. Ultimately, the goal is to empower each student to have