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Central Middle Teacher Tjuannia Seals Named Riverview Gardens District Teacher of the Year

Central Middle School educator Tjuannia Seals will represent Riverview Gardens as the district Teacher of the Year when she competes on the state level later this year. The statewide competition is part of the National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target and is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in partnership with the University of Phoenix Foundation and People to People Ambassador Programs. The mission of the Missouri Teacher of the Year Program is to honor, promote and celebrate excellence in the teaching profession by recognizing the contributions of the classroom teacher. (article)

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Riverview Gardens Students Deliver a Morning Cup of VIEW

Faculty and staff at the Riverview Gardens High School are able to purchase the best coffee in town through an on-site coffee program called The VIEW Brew. Originated from an idea by Special School District representatives Alan Wheat and Jerome Kendrick approximately a year ago, the View Brew was created to provide real-world experience to students with disabilities who were transitioning to competitive employment after their senior year. (article)

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Howard University visits Riverview Gardens 
Howard students mentored and tutored students at Normandy, Riverview Gardens, and East St. Louis High Schools. They also visited Annie Malone Children and Family Center, St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center, Head Start, YWCA St. Louis, Better Family Life Cultural Educational Business Center, Jackie Joyner Kersee Center, Beyond Housing and the Covenant House of Missouri. (article)

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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.  (article)

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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. (article)

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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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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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