The Missouri School Board's Association search consultant, Dr. Brent Underwood, updated the leadership profile of the next superintendent of Kirkwood Schools based on feedback from the Board, staff and the community. The main qualities highlighted include a strategic thinker and thought leader who makes recommendations to the Board through data-driven decisions and can engage all stakeholders to reinforce the bonds among the Board, our schools, the District, and the community to advocate for children.
KSD schools honored veterans at various events on Monday, November 11. North Kirkwood Middle School conducted a tribute to veterans in the library. Kirkwood High School welcomed veterans into social studies classrooms where vets shared their military experiences with students. All elementary schools held events and welcomed veterans. Students paid tribute to veterans through singing songs, reading poems, and writing personalized cards.
Westchester Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District (KSD) received the Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) Gold Award of Recognition. The award recognizes schools that successfully adopt and implement SW-PBS, a comprehensive approach for improving student behavior and academic performance. Schools are awarded a recognition level (gold, silver or bronze), which represents the extent of their implementation of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support strategies and the evidence they have compiled about the initiative’s impact in their school. At a recent Special School District Governing Council meeting, Westchester principal Bo Ricker and Kirkwood School District board member Julie Backer were presented a framed certificate. Westchester is one of a select few schools in the county who have won state recognition for at least 10 years. Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support is a systematic approach to creating safer and more effective schools by structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students. It focuses on data-based decision-making, encouraging positive student behavior, preventing disruptive behavior and tailoring academic strategies to individual student needs.
On Wednesday, October 16, hundreds of Kirkwood School District (KSD) students participated in the fourth annual Unified Night Lights unified flag football event. The inaugural event was held in September 2016. The event recreates the excitement of a traditional football game. Hundreds of students, with and without disabilities, came together. The philosophy behind the event is that sports help provide a path to friendships and understanding and help break down barriers. Students stormed the field, cheered from the track, and played instruments from the pep band section in the bleachers.
Students at Westchester Elementary (WE) School in the Kirkwood School District learned in and from the trees on Wednesday, September 25 as part of the Kirkwood Urban Forestry Commission Jr. Tree Keeper program. WE students traveled to Kirkwood Park to learn from representatives from the Kirkwood Urban Forestry Commission. The students rotated through stations and participated in a variety of experiences including tree identification, tree planting, and tree climbing safety.
Westchester Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District (KSD) received the Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) Gold Award of Recognition.