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Two Westview Students Advance to State Competition

Two students at Westview Middle School will advance to the state National History Day competition next month. Lecorey Love and Manie Brema, were among thirteen 8th grade students from Westview who recently competed at the regional National History Day competition at UMSL.  All previously competed at the school history fair at Westview in January and advanced to the regional competition with other top students in the area. 

Students researched a historical topic of their choosing and had their choice of creating a website, paper, powerpoint, exhibit, or dramatic performance.  Lecorey Love and Manie Brema, placed in the top three in their respective categories and will advance to the state National History Day competition on April 25.  Lecorey Love advanced for his research paper on the leadership styles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X while  Manie Brema advanced for her research paper on Hassan al-Banna, the Founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. 


Westview classmates Daniel Williams, Jaila Hall, and Kristen Wright, placed in the top six in St. Louis and are potential alternates in their respective categories.  The top two students in each category at the state competition in April will have the opportunity to advance to the National History Day competition in June in College Park, Maryland.

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Central and Westview Middle School Students Inducted into National Junior Honor Society

Seventh and eighth grade students attending Central and Westview middle schools were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) in a recent joint ceremony at Westview. The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students.

 More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character.  The five main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership, encourage responsible citizenship, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.

Riverview Gardens middle school students from Central and Westview, having exemplified these five qualities, and who are the newest members include:

7th Grade: Darrick Butler, Annette Hudson, Darrion Hutton, Kennedi Rutledge, Tomiko Walker, Ctyah Whitehorn, Jayda Lucas, Jayden Keys, Deiyanna Knox, Jayla Templeton

8th Grade: Myranda Alexander, Mikaela Beckton, Jamaya Bense, Hera Boyd, Jacob Britton, Alexcia Franks, Emya Hampton, Cedric Harris, Mariah Jones, Ariana Jordan, Tamiya McKay, Jayla Powell, Adriana Reed, Charles Rush-Bey, Kameron Rutledge, Kaniesha Smith, Alona Williams, Daniel Williams, Surreya Aziz-Jones, Omar Britt, Danielle Jones, Davonte Lynton, Thalia St. Lewis

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 Riverview Gardens Suffers A Great Loss

Dear Riverview Gardens School Community,

It is with extreme sadness that I must share with you unfortunate information regarding a student in the Riverview Gardens School District.  Today, administrators were notified by family members, that a kindergarten student at Highland Elementary School died yesterday. In addition to a host of friends and teachers, the student has siblings who attend school in our district.

Immediately, social workers, counselors and administrators met with students and teachers to offer support to students.  Social workers and counselors met with individual classrooms along with teachers to give students an opportunity to share their grief. District mental health partners were also on scene to provide additional support and resources to our students and staff.

Students react to death in different ways and we would like to offer as much help as we can during this difficult time. As parents, teachers, administrators and staff, we should understand, expect and accept a variety of emotions and behaviors while being supportive, good listeners. District counselors, social workers and mental health providers will be available as needed to help students cope with this loss. In addition, students and staff may seek the professional help of Behavioral Health Response at (314) 469-6644.

Riverview Gardens School District has truly suffered a great loss.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Spurgeon, Superintendent

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County Executive Steve Stenger Fields Questions on Education, Job Duties and Community Accountability from Koch Elementary School Students in the Riverview Gardens School District

County Executive Steve Stenger recently met with Koch Elementary School students and staff while visiting several businesses and organizations in the Ferguson area. The County Executive and other key staff members, received information on the school’s academic progress, increased enrollment and new ways it meets community needs despite recent obstacles including community unrest only a few blocks away.

In addition to a warm welcome from Koch kindergartners, County Executive Stenger was received by Ms. Kindle’s fifth grade class where students were completing a newspaper article on the topic of county government and policing.  “Do you work with police officers?” inquired one student. “Do you get angry with the community when it can’t figure out its own problems?” asked another.

Explaining his role in government, Stenger expressed his passion for working with people even when everyone doesn’t agree. He further detailed his job duties and responsibilities when he was a county councilman and now as county executive to the eager next generation of community representatives. “I love my job”, he confirmed.

In addition to visiting classrooms, Stenger also spent time in the Koch School Pantry which was created shortly after families lost access to some of the stores in the area. Howard Fields, III, principal of Koch Elementary, and superintendent Dr. Scott Spurgeon, also shared attendance goals, best practices and explained why literacy is the district's leverage.

The County Executive concluded his fourth grade classroom visit by giving his views on the importance of education and how it personally helped him achieve his goals. Stenger plans to return to the district to meet with students at other schools in the near future.

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Senator David Pearce Talks Legislative Duties, Reading and Fractions with Koch Elementary School Students in the Riverview Gardens School District

Missouri Senator David Pearce met with Koch Elementary School students and staff while visiting St. Louis schools in the area. Joined by DESE Area Supervisor Dr. Maureen Clancy-May, Sen. Pearce toured several classrooms and had the opportunity to discuss with students his duties, love for reading, term limits and the interesting people who visit him at the Capitol in Jefferson City.

Ms. Wise's fourth grade class welcomed the group during a math session which used the sections in Hershey bars to explain fractions. "I loved fractions when I was in school," noted Sen. Pearce who was then gifted a Hershey bar by the students. "Do you like your job," one student asked, "Do you work hard?" inquired another.

Senator David Pearce, who represents Warrensburg and now chairs the education committee, shared with students what it is like to be a senator and how he enjoyed meeting interesting people from all over the state. Pearce explained that while he represents people who live on the other side of Missouri, he felt welcomed in St. Louis and likes the Cardinals even though he cheers for the Royals a little more.

In addition to visiting classrooms, Sen. Pearce and Dr. May also spent time in the Koch School Pantry which was created shortly after families lost access to some of the stores in the area. Howard Fields, III, principal of Koch Elementary, and superintendent Dr. Scott Spurgeon, also shared attendance goals, best practices and explained why literacy is the district's leverage.

"Will you come work for our school after your time runs out?" asked a fourth grader after a short explanation by the senator of his experience and upcoming term limit. With regret, the senator explained he did not have the necessary degrees to do, his response immediately met with a chorus of sighs. "No worries," answered Fields calming the class, "we will make sure he has a substitute teacher packet when he leaves."

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Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, visits Riverview Gardens High School

Riverview Gardens High School hosted Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, Jim Shelton, Deputy Secretary of Education, Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr. and others, during a recent visit to the area.  Students spoke with the Secretary about ways to improve relations between law enforcement officials and community as well as ways to move the region forward academically, socially and racially.  Read more in the St. Louis Post Dispatch article.

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Local Resources for Riverview Gardens School District Families Affected by Ferguson Unrest
Riverview Gardens School District families and community members affected by recent events in Ferguson may seek assistance from organizations who are able to provide various resources. Please view the attached documents for a list of resources available. As the United Way list is updated daily, please feel free to call 211 for most recent information. (Resource Links)

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