Seven Kirkwood High School (KHS) students were recently selected as New York Times Learning Network 2021 Student Narrative Contest Finalists. In October 2021, the New York Times conducted their third annual personal narrative writing contest. The contest encourages students to submit short, powerful stories about a meaningful life experience in 600 words or fewer. Over 11,000 entries from around the nation were submitted from students aged 11-19 years old. Of those entries, 200 students were announced as New York Times Learning Network 2021 Student Narrative Contest Finalists and seven of those were KHS juniors. They are: Sim Khanuja -- Runner-Up for "An Angel's Eyes" Lindsay Braun -- Round 4 Finalist for "Slamming Doors" Michael "Mick" Collier -- Round 4 Finalist for "A Basement Ballad" Caroline Geeting -- Round 4 Finalist for "The Blue Bear" Grace Johnson -- Round 4 Finalist for "Floor Duty" Charlotte Spohr -- Round 4 Finalist for "Friday Night Fears" Liv Timp -- Round 4 Finalist for "How Not to Get Your Car Stolen"
At its meeting last night, the Board of Education approved the recommendation of the appointment of Dr. Shiree Yeggins as the Assistant Principal of Pioneer Pathways and Dr. Courtney Ford as the Assistant Principal for the Class of 2026. Dr Yeggins will succeed Mrs. Romona Miller, who will retire July 1, 2022 after 30 years in education and 17 years in successful leadership at Kirkwood High School (KHS). Dr. Ford will succeed Mr. Jeff Townsend, who will retire July 1, 2022 after 26 years in education and 14 years in successful leadership at Kirkwood High School. Dr. Shiree Yeggins has been an educator for 21 years. Dr. Yiggens has her Ed.D. from Maryville University and has been a high school English teacher in the Riverview Gardens School District. Most recently, she has been an Assistant Principal at Webster Groves High School. Dr. Courtney Ford has been an educator for 14 years. Dr. Ford has his Ed. D. from Maryville University and began his career as an elementary teacher then moving into the middle school as a teacher. Most recently, he has been an Assistant Principal at McCluer High School. “We are excited for the students, staff, parents and the entire school community,” said Dr.Mike Havener, KHS principal. “I look forward to Dr. Yiggen’s and Dr. Ford’s work to ensure our students’ success.”
Late this week, the Kirkwood School District was notified of a concerning phone call received by the Kirkwood Police Department related to potentially illegal activity at an upcoming Board of Education meeting. We prioritize the safety of our staff, patrons and board members and want to ensure there is adequate time to implement appropriate safety protocols. In an abundance of caution and due to the short timeframe before the regularly scheduled meeting, the Jan. 24 meeting will be held virtually. Patrons wanting to submit comments to be read at the meeting can do so by filling out the online submission form by 5 p.m. on Jan. 24. The full agenda for the meeting is available online at https://go.boarddocs.com/mo/ksdmo/Board.nsf/Public
Westchester Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District (KSD) received the Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) Gold Award of Recognition.