Monday, August 27, 2012
With the new school year upon us, help get your kids’ brains working again with this fun, free daily email newsletter.
Rockwood and Parkway students went back to school two weeks ago, which means it’s time for an abundance of expensive school supplies, backpacks full of complicated text books and dreaded questions about math homework. With back-to-school stresses piling up, Laura Overdeck wants to let children and parents in on a little secret: math can be fun. Really. Overdeck is on a mission to change the way Americans think about math — especially given that math anxiety has been tracked in kids as young as age 5. This is what inspired her to create Bedtime Math, a nonprofit that sends out a daily email with a math problem tailored to “wee ones,” little and big kids. Sign up for the Bedtime Math daily newsletter, or scroll down to see a sample bedtime…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Dr. Keith Marty is a week into his second year at the helm of the Parkway School District. We asked about everything from last year's growing pains with bell times to the new technology plan that could impact each district school after Thanksgiving.
Patch: Are more comfortable now a year in...what's the biggest thing you learned about Parkway so far? Dr. Marty: Parkway has a wonderful tradition of success and concern about their students. The district attempts to make students the center of decision-making and its core values a strong part of the decision. Patch: School administrators always say they hope budget cuts are done in a way that will have the least possible impact on daily classroom functions. How will parents and students most notice the impact of cuts the district had to make last year? Dr. Marty: Parents shouldn’t notice any changes in daily classroom functions as no classroom teachers were laid off during the budget cuts. Our goal was to keep the budget cuts as far…
Monday, August 13, 2012
Parkway’s superintendent says the district will face a big challenge getting children from different backgrounds engaged.
As Parkway Superintendent Dr. Keith Marty begins his second year as head of the district, he said he is excited about the challenges and opportunities to come this school year. “I’ve learned a lot in the first year,” Marty said. “There are so many good things happening at Parkway. People here are taking our mission really seriously. I think we have some real commitment to get kids more engaged.” And is getting all children engaged what Marty said will also be one of the district’s greatest challenge. He said an increase in students that come from households struggling financially and families who don’t speak English will present teachers a special challenge. “We as a district are changing,” Marty said. “We are more diverse so we really …
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The best first day of school photo wins a $100 gift card good at Chesterfield Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, South County Center or West County Center in St. Louis!
The smell of fresh crayons, the sudden spike in jeans sales, the year of learning ahead—is there anything more exciting than the first day of school? When you’re packing your children’s backpacks with the binders, books and school supplies they’ll need for the new school year, we’re asking you to remember one very important thing: your camera. We want to see those bright, smiling faces ready for the first day of school, so we decided to start a contest: The best “It’s my first day of school!” photo wins a prize. Submit your first day of school photos by hitting the “Upload” button on this article anytime between August 13 and August 31. Patch editors will randomly select the winner from the photos submitted. And what do you win? Just a …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
As MoDOT works on Woods Mill Road and new Route 141, Parkway administrators take steps to control traffic the first 2-3 weeks of school. They ask for patience from parents and students.
When approximately 125 buses depart from Parkway Central High and Middle School to pick up students on Tuesday, the first day of school, there will be traffic jams. Since July 14, the current intersection with Route 141 at Central High School has been closed, and the only way to access the Central High and Central Middle campuses is from the north by taking Olive Boulevard. (The district has a map here showing the temporary road closure) This, combined with parents and students who drive to school, will make for what the Parkway School Board President Beth Feldman calls “our first challenge of the year.” “It’s going to be hard for our buses to go where they need to go on time and it is also going to be hard for our Central Middle and …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Missouri's tax holiday lets shoppers save on computers, clothing, shoes, back-to-school supplies.
This weekend is the time to shop and buy—tax free. Missouri is holding its annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. It begins at midnight Friday, August 3 and ends at midnight Sunday, August 5. So if you’re in the market for computers, clothes, shoes and school supplies, shoppers save 4.225 percent in state sales tax on the items. Plus, St. Louis County has a 2.7-percent tax rate and has opted to waive its tax this weekend. Cities and counties within the state have the choice of whether to take part in the tax holiday program. When towns decide not to offer a tax break, shoppers there can still receive the 6.925-percent tax break on state and county sales taxes. Items eligible for the tax exemption include: Click here for a complete …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The trusty peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a main stay of the school lunch. How do you like yours?
Here’s a few interesting twists on an old lunchbox favorite, just in time for the start of the new school year. If these ideas inspire you, head over to the Jif website to enter their Most Creative Sandwich Contest. You might win a college scholarship. And peanut butter. Lots and lots of peanut butter. The Gourmet: Use artesian multi-grain bread, homemade peanut butter and organic jelly. Get Alton Brown’s recipe for peanut butter here. You could find interesting bread at the St. Louis Bread Company or Whole Foods Market. The Elvis: White toast, peanut butter of your choice and one smashed banana. Make the sandwich then fry it like a toasted cheese. Get the full recipe here. The Bacon Apple PBJ: Add fresh bacon crumbles and sliced apple to…
Monday, July 30, 2012
Parkway Students Head Back to School August 14. Are you ready for the new year?
The district has released its annual Back 2 School booklet, which has been mailed to parents and is also available online at Back-to-School Parent's Guide. Be sure to "Like" Patch on Facebook - check out our page here. The district is preparing its newest students—kindergarteners—with a bus safety chat before school starts. The students will get to meet “Buster the Bus” and have their first bus ride around the neighborhood. Parents can check the school calendar here to find out when their school is scheduled for a safety meeting. New this year will be electronic report cards for grades six to twelve. Report cards are currently mailed out to families six times a year. Next year parents will only receive grade reports through Infinite Campus…
Sunday, July 29, 2012
National average is twice the cost of West County, to outfit a student for the new school year.
The back-to-school supply lists keep getting longer—with more and more requests. Parents may remember their own back to school supplies, tucked neatly in their backpack: a box of crayons, a 3-ring binder filled with loose leaf paper, a ruler, a couple pencils. If you were lucky, mom got you the big box of 128 crayons and the deluxe Trapper Keeper. These days students are loaded down with several grocery sacks of supplies, often filled with requests for enough pencils, tissues, plastic bags and glue sticks to outfit the entire classroom. Thoughtful moms bring the supplies in early, at orientation, just to avoid a mishap of spilled crayons and glue on the first bus ride. The National Retail Federation’s recent survey on back to school …