SLPS Spotlight News
November 12, 2010 Weekly Edition
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The St. Louis Public School District will host a series of informational meetings for general contractors and
vendors to discuss potential business opportunities generated by the district’s Proposition S Initiative.
A total of three (3) meetings are scheduled:
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Location: Carr Lane VPA Middle School, 1004 N. Jefferson Ave.
Invited Guests: Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Owners and Representatives
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Time: 3:15 p.m. until 5:15 p.m.
Location: Carr Lane VPA Middle School, 1004 N. Jefferson Ave.
Invited Guests: Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Owners and Representatives
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Location: Central Office, 801 North 11th St.
Invited Guests: All General Contractors and Vendors
These meetings will focus on Proposition S projects and potential business opportunities for contractors and
vendors as well as for the district. In addition, these meetings will concentrate on efforts to maximize Minority
and Women Business Enterprise participation in accordance with the following goals approved by the Special
40% Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Contract Participation
5% Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) Contract Participation
40% Minority and Woman Business Enterprise Field Participation
All participants planning to attend must contact Hudson and Associates, LLC at (314) 754-5604 to confirm their
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Fox 2: SLPS Accepted into Missouri A+ Schools Program
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St Louis American: SLPS Accepted into Missouri A+ Schools Program
KMOV Good News for a Change: Patrick Henry Downtown Academy
KMOV Good News for a Change: Stevens Middle School
11/4/10 Pastor Breakfast
2010 Social Studies Teacher of the Year
Kwame Selected as Construction Manager
10.16.10 State of the District Town Hall Questions and Answers presented during town hall are now added.
2010 Veterans Day Celebration
Missouri A+ Schools Program
Principal Denny’s Hair Makes a Clown Laugh
Students at Mallinckrodt Academy dominated the school’s reading challenge by reading 631 books in three
weeks. As a result, school principal Merry Denny let students turn her perfectly sculpted hair into a circus,
complete with numerous small pony tails and several clown colors. The students’ success and Principal Denny’s
hair brought smiles to everyone at Mallinckrodt for the week.
Roosevelt Raises Money for the United Negro College Fund Campaign
Currently, Roosevelt High School students are engaged in a contest to raise money for the United Negro College
Fund (UNCF). Organized into grade level teams, led by College Summit seniors, the students compete to raise
the most money toward the school’s goal of $3,000. The UNCF provides college tuition money and scholarships
for students. Many of Roosevelt High School’s students hope to attend one of the many United Negro College
Fund supported colleges and universities.
Resean Bradford from Woerner Elementary School Named a Do the Right Thing Recipient
On the first day of school Rasean was confronted with an unusual situation when he witnessed a special needs
student running frantically down the hallways away from his new teacher. Instead of just ignoring the situation
Rasean immediately came to the rescue and managed to stop the young man before there were further
problems. Calmly, Rasean approached the student and managed to get him to settle down so his teacher could
take him back to his classroom. We're happy to report that everyone was safe and sound and order was
Thanks to his prompt and appropriate actions, no one was hurt including the teacher and the special needs
student. Angie Sample who nominated him stated, "Rasean used quick thinking, perseverance and caring in his
effort to keep this student safe. Rasean was truly a hero that day." Great job Resean!
Shaw VPA Welcomes Regina Carter
World renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter received an overwhelming welcome at Shaw VPA on November 4th.
Active as an educator, mentor and proponent of the Suzuki method, Ms. Carter worked with string students to
enhance their skills while motivating students to keep education at the forefront of their minds. Special thanks
go to Dacy Gillespie from the St. Louis Symphony and Jazz St Louis for helping to arrange the visit.
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“Inspire—It’s What Respiratory Therapist Do.”
As part of National Respiratory Care Week, two groups of senior respiratory students from Beaumont High
School worked with first and fifth grade students at Ford C.E.F.S.S. on Hand Hygiene and Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) by providing demonstrations and giving PowerPoint presentations.
Known as the Ford Elementary Project, Beaumont respiratory students were given their first opportunity to give
back to the community by demonstrating core life support competencies and infection control.
Praise for the project:
“I really enjoyed learning about C.P.R. My favorite parts were when we put on the medical gear and
performed C.P.R. on the adults and children. I hope the Beaumont team comes back again.”
Bryana Bolden, 5th grade student at Ford Elementary
“I had a really good time and learned a lot in the C.P.R. class. I learned about how many heart pumps
and breaths that you use on an adult and child to bring them back to life.”
Tashaun Moore, 5th grade student at Ford Elementary
“I enjoyed learning about C.P.R. Now I know what to do if someone seems like they are not breathing.
The class was fun and I hope that the group from Beaumont comes back again.”
Manuel White, 5th grade student at Ford Elementary
“As the guidance counselor at Ford I am always looking for positive learning opportunities for my
students. I not only found the hand washing and C.P.R. presentations to be positive, educational and
enjoyable for the students, I was also very pleased that my students were able to see the students from
Beaumont doing something that they could one day hope to be involved in.”
Melvin D. Hudson, M.A., School Counselor, Ford C.E.F.S.S.
“Beaumont Respiratory students are a class act! They dressed the part, were well prepared, and
were very informed on their topics. My first grade students were not only amazed by the size of the high
school students but they are also astounded by how much they knew about hand hygiene. My fifth
grade students enjoyed the opportunity to practice CPR. Some have already stated that they want to
attend Beaumont High School to be a part of the Respiratory Program.” Lisa Spann, EdS, Principal, Ford
Mr. Tieman Publishes Essay in Internationally-Sold Book
Please congratulate SLPS employee, Mr. John Tieman, whose essay appears in This I Believe: On Love. The
book will appear on Monday, the 9th of November, in bookstores throughout the United States and other
English speaking nations.
"This I Believe" is an international project engaging people in the writing and sharing of essays, essays that
describe the core values that guide their daily lives. Many of these essays are heard on National Public Radio.
The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
COCA: Strega Nona Residency at Jefferson Elementary
During November and December, COCA teaching artists Diane Davenport and Lynn Rubright will be using the
story of Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola to explore concepts of comparing, contrasting, summarizing, looking at
main ideas, sequencing, vocabulary, AND the dance and music of the Italian culture at Jefferson Elementary. To
enhance teachings, Ms. Ekern, Ms. Matzenbacher and Ms. Henry’s students travelled to COCA on November 12
to see a special performance of Strega Nona: The Musical.
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The Great Pumpkin Visits Mallinckrodt
After several vines were destroyed at Mallinckrodt Academy, leaving students without pumpkins to harvest this
October, the Great Pumpkin came. Leaving 20 pumpkins where the vines had been, the Great Pumpkin saved
the school’s fall parties. On behalf of Principal Merry Denny, and the students, the school would like to thank the
Great Pumpkin, whoever it is.
8th Grade College Exploration Conferences
The Division of Career and Technical Education will again offer the Eighth Grade College Exploration
Conferences. Eighth grade is not too early to begin planning and preparing for college. By visiting a campus in
8th grade, students can begin investigating different types of colleges, learning about entrance requirements,
gathering financial information and taking the necessary steps in high school to ensure college admissions. All of
this is enhanced with a student booklet providing resources for high school and post secondary planning. All
programs are held on the college/university campuses from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
Following is the schedule of programs for the 2010-2011 school year:
November 16 – Gateway Middle School @ Ranken Technical College
November 19 – Compton Drew ILC @ Harris Stowe State University
November 30 – Yeatman-Liddell Middle School @ St. Louis Community College @ Meramec
December 7 – McKinley CJA @ Washington University
December 8 - Long Middle School @ Webster University
December 9 - L’Ouverture Middle School @ Harris Stowe State University
December 10 – Busch AAA Middle School @ St. Louis Community College @ Forest Park
January 25 - Bunche IS Middle School at Soldan @ Webster University
January 26 - Peabody eMINTS Academy @ St. Louis University
January 27 - Carr Lane VPA Middle School @ St. Louis Community College @ Forest Park
January 28 - Lyon @ Blow @ University of Missouri – St. Louis
If you have any questions, contact Cathy Gutjahr, Program Manager, at 345-5715.
CTE-Adult Technical Education-Learn to Sew Course
Dates: Tuesday Evenings, November 9, 16, & 23rd
Location: Roosevelt High School 3230 Hartford Avenue
Cost: $55.00 (Sewing Machine & Supplies Provided)
Learn To Stitch
Set Up Your Sewing Machine
Layout & Cutting
Choosing Your Pattern & Fabric
Sewing Your Product
Contact: Must pre-register to attend by calling Michael Burns at (314) 345-4534 or emailing at
All You Can Eat Pancake Dinner
Chris’ Cakes will be providing Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, and Orange Drink
Friday, November 12th, 2010 from 5:30PM till 7:30 PM
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Gateway IT High School – 5101 McRee Ave.
Raffle Items and Silent Auction items will be available.
All Proceeds are going to the SLPS Robotics Team 931 housed at Gateway IT High School
Parent Assembly Monthly Meeting
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Location: Metro High School, 4015 McPherson
Timothy Murrell, Executive Director: Career & Technical Education
Stacy Clay, Executive Director: College Summit
John Niemeyer, Director HSGI (A+)
Central VPA’s Production of “The Wiz”
Central Visual & Performing Arts High School is proud to present a brand new and exciting urban version of the
musical “THE WIZ”, November 17, 18 and 19, 2010. Very many know the story of the “The Wonderful Wizard of
Oz”, but this new musical version is a fantasy for today – mysterious, opulent, upbeat and fanciful – a dream
conjured up by an urban raised child named Dorothy and her adventures in the Land of Oz, set to music in a
dazzling, lively mixture of rock, hip-hop, gospel and soul. Students and adults will be captivated by the
choreography, infused with traditional ballet, modern and jazz and accented with a hip-hop urban flavor. The
tightly controlled, colorful lighting throughout the show produces magical effects associated with this timeless
story of Dorothy and her journey to Oz. The driving rhythms and soaring songs are boisterous and exuberant.
“THE WIZ” is a real carnival of fun.
PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE ON
NOVEMBER 17TH, 18TH & 19 at 9:30 a.m.
NOVEMBER 18th and 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Kennard Hosts Family Math and Science Enrichment Night
Kennard Classical Junior Academy will be hosting its first annual FAMILY MATH AND SCIENCE ENRICHMENT
NIGHT on November 18, 2010, from 6pm to 8pm in the school's gym. Special demonstrations from the Science
Center and Ameren UE will be featured. Washington University's Physics Department will be demonstrating
experiments and Gateway's FIRST Robotics' Club will have robots on display. Equations and math games for all
grades will be available and students will explore the environment through Ameren UE's Energy Star
Games. Please come and enjoy the evening.
SLPS Elementary Arts Celebration
Date: November 23, 2010
Time: 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Location: Gateway Elementary Gymnasium, #4 Gateway Dr.
Second grade students from SLPS elementary schools performing and displaying artwork that expresses the
Sumner Bulldogs versus the Vashon Wolverines 1st Annual Flag Football Turkey-Bowl
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2010
Location: Sumner High School’s Tuskegee Airmen Field
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Time: 1:00 p.m.
Admission: $2.00/Adults $1.00/Students Free/10 and under
Resources/Opportunities for SLPS Families and Staff
Mayor Slay Announces 2010 Holiday Card Contest
Mayor Francis G. Slay is proud to invite City children ages 12 and under to participate in the 2010 Mayor’s
Holiday Card Contest. The winner of the contest will be used as the cover art of the Mayor’s 2010 holiday cards.
Submissions should be appropriate for all religions and individuals and should capture the feeling of the holiday
spirit in St. Louis. Designs should be no larger than 8.5”x11” and created with crayon, water colors, paints, pencil
ink, markers, or colored pencil so the winning drawing can be easily reproduced.
Artwork must be received in the Mayor’s Office no later than Friday, November 26, 2010 for consideration in the
contest. Entrants should include their name, address, phone number, school, grade, and age.
The selected design will be reproduced and used as the cover of the Mayor’s 2010 Holiday Card. Top entries will
be on display in the Mayor’s office during the Holiday season.
Send entries to:
Mayor Francis G. Slay
Holiday Card Contest
Room 200, City Hall
1200 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Free Math Professional Development at UMSL K-12!
Date: Monday, December 6, 2010
Time: 4:30 – 6:15 PM
Place: College of Education, UMSL Campus
RSVP: Dr. Randy Sommers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Contact Audrey Jackson, Director of Professional Development of SLPS. 345-2425
Deadline Rapidly Approaching! The College Board: Costas Awards
The Bob Costas Awards for the Teaching of Creative Writing support exceptional teachers who through their
innovative teaching methods motivate their students to write. Winning teachers are awarded grants to enhance
successful projects currently underway. Projects can be carried out in school, through an after-school writing
workshop, or during a summer program. Maximum award: $3,000. Eligibility: teachers from all academic
disciplines grades 6-12. Deadline: November 19, 2010.
UPDATED LINK!!! NSTA: Shell Science Lab Challenge
The Shell Science Lab Challenge invites middle and high school science teachers to illustrate replicable
approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. Teachers and schools
submitting top entries will receive additional laboratory tools, resources, and professional development
opportunities. Maximum award: school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000. Eligibility:
teachers grades 6-12 in the United States and Canada (with special attention to urban and underrepresented
groups). Deadline: November 15, 2010.
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Astronauts Memorial Foundation: Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award rewards excellence in the
development and delivery of technology programs in the classroom with students, or in the professional
development of teachers in the school or district. Maximum award: $1,000, recognition at the awards ceremony
at the 27th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eligibility: K-12 educators and district-level
personnel in the field of Educational Technology. Deadline: January 15, 2011.
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