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West Newsmagazine 4-11-18

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

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18 I SCHOOLS I April 11, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM COME LEARN MORE ABOUT OVARIAN CANCER Join us for a live ovarian cancer educational event. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Registration: 5:30 PM Start Time: 6:00 PM Hilton St. Louis Frontenac 1335 S. Lindbergh Boulevard Frontenac, MO 63131 Kim Murphy TESARO Oncology Nurse Educator Jackie G. Living with Ovarian Cancer Call 1-844-747-1614 to Register for this Free Event! Complimentary parking and refreshments will be provided. Friends and family are welcome! ©2018 Tesaro, Inc. All Rights Reserved. PP-DS-US-0085 | 02/18 April 18–22 fair trade Rug Events Handknotted by fairly paid adults 1228 Town & Country Crossing Dr 636-220-1877 April 11–15 Annual Rug Event at Plowsharing, 6271 Delmar Blvd, St Louis rugs.tenthousandvillages.com When it comes to insurance solutions Steve Downs can help you put the pieces together. He has the experience and knowledge to help you make informed decisions. Call or email Steve to discuss your individual needs. Steve Downs 142 Enchanted Parkway, #101 Manchester, MO 636-391-9111 Persian, Tribal and Bokhara rugs ~ Classic to Contemporary ~ from 2’x3’ to 10’x14’ & runners. [Left to right] Lori Kitnel, Dan Pozzo and Lauren Sakowski recieved grade-level Teacher of the Year titles. bulletin board By BONNIE KRUEGER Teachers of the year surprised in Rockwood Three teachers from three different Rockwood schools got a surprise on April 2 when a prize patrol, led by Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost, announced the district’s grade-level teachers of the year. The teachers were selected as the best of the best for their grade level. Each surprise – which involved flowers, balloons and family members – was livestreamed on the district’s Facebook page. The 2018 elementary school Teacher of the Year is fifth-grade teacher Dan Pozzo, who has served as a teacher at Westridge Elementary in Ballwin since 2012. “Most of my time teaching is focused on inspiration,” Pozzo said. “The world is a fascinating place to live, and I feel it should be exciting and exhilarating learning about it. Although we have a routine, I try to constantly surprise my students with interesting activities that get them moving and motivated.” The middle school Teacher of the Year award went to Lori Kitrel, a language arts teacher at LaSalle Springs Middle in Wildwood since 2012. “[I give] kids my personal best on a daily basis. I ask if I’m getting their personal best as well,” Kitrel said. “I tell my students I have the best kids in the school. Remarkably, they live up to this statement. My kids really are the best in the school when they walk through my door.” The high school Teacher of the Year title was awarded to Lauren Sakowski, who has taught art education at Lafayette High in Wildwood since 2001. “I want students to think,” Sakowski said. “Demands created by the educational system impose a real challenge for teachers to move past the outdated idea of simply disseminating knowledge. I do not hand out answers, but strive to give students the tools for autonomy. Guiding them carefully through open-ended questions, urging them to be original in their work, I encourage students to reach inside and make connections.” The next step for the awardees is seeing which of them will be named as the district Teacher of the Year. That announcement will come at the district’s 2018 ROSE Awards Ceremony on May 6. Local students win annual Express the Music competition Five area middle and high school students won top honors and were recognized at the annual Express the Music awards ceremony on Sunday, March 4. Sponsored by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association, Express the Music is a writing contest where students listen to a piece of classical music and then write what the music inspires. This year, students Emma Tyulyaev, a seventh-grade student at Twin Oaks Christian School, received third place in the junior poetry division.

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM April 11, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I SCHOOLS I 19 listened to Samuel Barber’s “Overture to the School for Scandal,” Op. 5. Emma Tyulyaev, a seventh-grade student at Twin Oaks Christian, received third place in the junior poetry division. Chloe Schellman, a freshman at Parkway South High, placed first and Melanie Reichert, a senior at Lafayette High, placed second in the senior prose division. Madison Franke, a senior at Villa Duchesne High placed second and Roshae Hemmings, a senior at Parkway North High, placed third in the senior poetry division. This year, there were 691 entries submitted from 59 schools with 63 finalists selected. The top winners received monetary prizes. décor and lifestyles COMING 4.18.18 TO ADVERTISE CALL 636.591.0010 Chaminade recognized as PLTW Distinguished School Chaminade College Preparatory Middle announced that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way [PLTW] Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. Chaminade is one of just 110 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Chaminade had to offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level, have more than 50 percent of the student body participating during the 2016-17 school year and have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units. Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as indemand, transportable skills they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives. PLTW Gateway is designed to empower students to lead their own discoveries and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond. “PLTW engineering courses offer middle school students exposure to concepts they haven’t encountered before. This type of learning allows the young students to experience working with others through trial and error to reach a common goal,” said Catherine Schaaf, Chaminade Middle engineering teacher. Being bored with board games inspires kindergartners Kindergartners at Raintree School have become board game connoisseurs. After searching for good tabletop games for class and coming up short, they resolved to fix the problem and make their own. “We thought it would be so cool to be game designers, and we wanted to know Philomena and Kassie working on a container construction. how it would feel to design a game we really like to play,” explained Kassie Stanec, age 6. At the start of their kindergarten year, students played every game they could get their hands on, ranked them and created graphs to track the features they liked and the bits they would rather not play. Then, they got to work brainstorming how to make the games better. “It takes a lot of work and several steps,” said Luca Giammanco, age 6. “First, you have to make a prototype. It might not be perfect, but you just keep changing it and fixing it until its right,” he explained. Using empathy maps and surveys, the kindergartners spent the first semester of their school year conducting market research and dreaming up board game possibilities. Their prototypes went to Fantasy Game Shop in Creve Coeur for game enthusiasts to test and Edcamp STL, a conference for local educators, for St. Louis teachers to play and critique. This March, they were told their game made it to round one of the Geekway to the West Game Design Contest. It will be featured at Protoype Alley in May for final judging at the Geekway to the West Game convention. The students now have their sights set on a bigger goal. But to bring their board game to local kindergartens and game shops, they’ll need funding. In late March, with the help of teacher Emily Gillain, the students launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to bring their board game to St. Louis stores. The campaign ends April 28, International Tabletop Game Day. “I hope people like it. There are lots of exciting parts to the game, like the Swamp of Death. I hope they like it enough to buy it,” dreamed Calliope Sluka, age 5. 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