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  • Nipher Middle School Students Finish in Top Stop Spot in Statewide Technology Competition

    Students from Nipher Middle School in the Kirkwood School District competed in the annual Technology Education Association (TEAM) state contest on May 11 at Lake of the Ozarks, MO. This year’s competition featured approximately 350 student designers and builders from across the state. For the competition, teams of students from across the state submitted projects to the Competition Displaying a variety of Skills, Vocations and Technology. Nipher students were entered in the MD-4 Mechanical Drafting Group/Team Engineering Design Problem Project. The specific project involved students designing a play area for an elementary school. Students from Nipher 8th grade Engineering Technology II class competed in the competition. The class is taught by Mr. David Jackson. Students drafted the playground drawings in Inventor computer-aided design (CAD). The students then created a model of the playgrounds using 3-D printers. Students had to complete an on-sight test for their area of mechanical drafting. Nipher students placed in several of the top spots including: Best of Middle School Division (Best of Show) : Carlye Bennett, Peter Barton and Ty Sharp Peter Barton: Grand Award CAD Shootout (competition on-sight to see who can draw a specific part drawing on the computer the quickest) Braeden Fitzsimmons, Graysen Sturdy and Diego Sauer Grand Award Mechanical Drafting for their drawing and model and Test Scores. Parker Gammon, Cory Drexler and Tre Zimmerman received a "One" Rating on their drawing and project.

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  • Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Present Early Reader Books to Kindergarteners

    The Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Club gifted 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. Due to COVID restrictions, members of the club dropped off books to each KSD elementary school including students in the KSD At Home program. Kindergarten teachers are presenting the books to their students last week and this week. The program was initiated in spring 2006 when the Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Club gifted books to each of KSD’s 275 kindergarteners. This year, the club members gifted books to each of KSD’s 477 kindergarteners. Over the years, the Kiwanis Early Reader Program has become an annual “graduation” gift for KSD kindergartners and celebrates of the young students’ love of reading, “We are grateful for the Kiwanis Club’s sponsorship of this important program, even with our continued enrollment growth,” said Dr. David Ulrich, KSD superintendent. The Kirkwood teachers selected the books from a list of age-appropriate books prepared by Kiwanis Club member Lynn Bosso from the Kirkwood Public Library.

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  • National School Nurse Day

    National School Nurse Day is celebrated on May 12, 2021. The theme is: Championing the Whole Student. This theme recognizes the integral role that school nurses play in bridging health and education to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development, regardless of whether they are physically present in school or not. School nurses champion the whole student every day of the year. But, on National School Nurse Day, we take special time to celebrate and recognize the contributions that school nurses are making to the health and learning of our KSD students. Kirkwood School District celebrates and acknowledges the accomplishments of our school nurses and their efforts in meeting the needs of students by improving the delivery of healthcare in our schools. We offer gratitude for their contribution to our community by helping students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn, and keeping parents and guardians at work, not just on this National School Nurse Day, but at every opportunity throughout the year. School nurses serve as a critical health hub for students, ensuring that students are ready for learning by managing complex chronic conditions; identifying and addressing mental health issues; leveling the field on health disparities and promoting healthy behaviors; connecting families to healthcare providers; handling medical emergencies... and now, navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic by testing, tracking and providing vaccination information to students and school personnel. To our nursing team: thank you, for everything you do for our students and schools!

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  • Nipher Students Take Top Spot in Area Wide Book Contest

    Students from Nipher Middle School on the Nipher Battle of the Books Club won the annual Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle on Wednesday, May 5 at Pattonville Heights Middle School. Teams of students from 24 area schools came together virtually for this year’s competition.

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  • Robinson Elementary Makes Strides to Diversify Classroom Libraries and Raises Over $20,000

    Robinson Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District hosted a Fun Run on Thursday, May 6 on the school’s campus. During the day students from the Kirkwood At Home (KAH) program and Robinson students took turns running laps to raise funds for classroom libraries. When the rain came, students went inside for a dance party. Over the past two weeks, Robinson has supported a “pledge page” where donors commit a dollar amount for each lap run by the principal. Every lap run will raise money for books for the classroom library diversification efforts. Students in the KAH program participated in a virtual dance party to also raise funds. The project collected over $20,000, which will purchase over 4,000 books.

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  • North Kirkwood Middle School Student Finishes Second in Statewide Music Competition for Original Song

    The University of Missouri School of Music hosted the annual “Creating Original Music Project” (COMP) statewide competition on Saturday, April 24. The festival recognizes Missouri students (K-12) who compose original works in a variety of musical styles. North Kirkwood Middle School 8th grade student Jocelin Murray placed 2nd in the Middle School Pop Music category for her original piece titled “Tide.” Jocelin was sponsored and accompanied by NKMS performing arts teacher Ms. Leah Luciano. Jocelin was awarded a cash prize of $400. A recording of the concert can be found at: https://youtu.be/r7A7mvAJrKw. Jocelin’s performance can be seen and heard at 16:59.

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  • Kirkwood High School Ranked #5 in the State by US News and World Report

    U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 "Best High Schools" list this week. Kirkwood High School was named a "2021 U.S. News Best High School" and was ranked number five best Missouri High School. The 2021 edition of Best High Schools includes a numerical ranking of nearly all public high schools nationwide – almost 18,000 of them. There are rankings within each state and within each census-designated metropolitan area that has three or more high schools, as well as the Best STEM Schools ranking and comprehensive Best Charter Schools and Best Magnet Schools rankings. Also published are rankings of high schools within each school district that has three or more high schools. “Congratulations to the students, staff, and entire Kirkwood community for being recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top high school in the country,” said KHS principal Dr. Mike Havener. “We are proud of this recognition and understand it takes all of us working together to make this recognition possible.”

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  • April 26 Board of Education Meeting Highlights

    During the regularly scheduled Kirkwood School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 26, the BOE held their annual reorganization vote to elect the officers of the Kirkwood School District Board of Education.

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  • KSD Celebrates National School Social Work Week

    Please join us in celebrating our fantastic team during “National School Social Worker Week!” We hope you have a successful School Social Work Week 2021! #BeaconofHope #SSWWeek2021 Emilie Lytton, North Quadrant Tonya Ampey-Elong, Nipher Quadrant Kim Grega, KHS Kellie McGrath-Palmer, SSD Kalen Mayo, SSD Emma Palleja, SSD

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  • North Kirkwood Middle School Nominated as National Blue Ribbon School

    North Kirkwood Middle School (NKMS) in the Kirkwood School District (KSD) has been nominated by Missouri to join the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools.

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  • Seven Kirkwood High School Students Named as Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

    The National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2020 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2021. The seven students are: Sabrina Baggstrom, Lillian Bartin, Jonathan Henry, Zoe Krug, Rayhana Niyogi, Jonathan Plants, and Daniel Tobias. A Certificate of Merit from the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) was mailed to each of the finalists.

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  • KSD Announces Head Coach for Football Program

    Corey Nesslage, Kirkwood High School athletic director, will recommend to the Board of Education at the upcoming meeting on February 22 that Jeremy Maclin be named the next head football coach at Kirkwood High School. Maclin will succeed Coach Farrell Shelton, who announced his retirement at the end of the 2020 football season after six successful seasons as head coach of the Pioneers. Maclin has been part of the Kirkwood High School football program as both a former player and assistant coach. While at KHS as a student-athlete, Maclin dominated in multiple sports, propelling him to an All-American career at the University of Missouri. Maclin was named a member of the Kirkwood High School All-Century Football Team in 2007 and inducted into the Kirkwood Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

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  • Kirkwood High School Celebrates Seniors Earning Scholarships

    During a ceremony on Thursday, February 4, Kirkwood High School recognized 20 student-athletes continuing their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.

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  • KSD Celebrates National School Counselor Week

    National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, KSD would like to recognize our school counselors listed below for the wonderful work they do!

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  • Kirkwood High School Students Recognized as Finalists in New York Times Writing Contest

    In October 2020, the New York Times conducted their second annual personal narrative writing contest. The contest encouraged students to submit short, powerful stories about meaningful life experiences. Kirkwood High School AP Language and Composition students in Ms. Meyers and Mr. Rowland’s classes submitted essays. Over 9,000 entries from around the nation were submitted. Of those 9,000, three Kirkwood High School students finished in the top 1 percent and announced as finalists. They are: “First Flight” by Megan Glasgow “X.” by Lainey Hogg “Saudade” by Vivian Simpson According to the New Your Times article, the essays were judged on storytelling, moving messages, and artistic use of language.

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  • Third Party Investigation into Misconduct - Initial Report to Board of Education

    On January 25, 2021, Encompass Resolution provided a report on the initial assessment of climate and culture confidence related to handling allegations of sexual abuse, misconduct and inappropriate behavior. The full report may be found online.

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  • KSD Performing Arts Students Recognized

    Dozens of performing arts students at Nipher, North and Kirkwood High School were selected in the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association All-Suburban Bands and Orchestras. Students auditioned by sending in recordings of themselves playing. St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association announced results in mid-January. In addition, two KHS Symphonic Orchestra students were selected for the Missouri All-State Orchestra. They are Mallory Mihm, for the viola and Margaret Klein, for the violin. The performing art students are taught by: Dr. Chris Bartz, and Eric Chrostoski, Fariga Drayton-Conway, Rebecca Friesen, Matthew Banks, Jeff Panhorst, Kaela Barnett, and Alison Smith.

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  • KIRKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKS COMMUNITY FEEDBACK IN SURVEY

    (KSD) is seeking feedback from the community, including families, residents, and staff, in an upcoming survey. KSD asks the community to complete the survey now, through Wednesday, January 20, 2021. kirkwoodschools.org/survey

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  • Kirkwood School District Students Win Missouri App Challenge Contest

    Megan Campbell, an eighth-grade student at Nipher Middle School, and Kat Crawford, a freshman at Kirkwood High School, created an app called InBeTeen Jobs for the Congressional App Challenge. Their app was announced as the winner of Missouri’s 2nd District Congressional App Challenge. Judges of the contest, including Head Judge Everett Johnson and the LaunchCode team, awarded their app the highest possible points in concert, design, and skill. The app aims to help teens find work and volunteer opportunities. A video highlighting the app features can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMOVo2rmdPM&feature=youtu.be

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  • Kirkwood High School Musician Selected to All-National Honor Ensemble

    This week, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced the All-National Honor Ensembles. Abigail was announced as a member of this ensemble for the National Association for Instrumental Music National Honor Society. She was selected to the French Horn section via a recorded audition submitted last spring. Abigail will now join the “best of the best” at the NAfME 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) Virtual Event January 7–8, 2021. The first-ever All-National Honor Ensembles virtual event will include several rehearsals with the 2020 ANHE Conductors and workshops with renowned clinicians. Each ensemble will create a final, recorded performance premiered online during the NAfME Music In Our Schools Month® in March 2021.

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