January 6, 2022
Awards season is here!
It’s that time of year - your opportunity to nominate someone you feel is deserving of special recognition for their commitment to Parkway Schools and our students. Nominations are open for the following programs: Albert Awards, Light of Parkway and Pillar of Parkway. Nominate someone for recognition by February 14.
Learn more and nominate someone deserving today!
Pictured: Debbie Breen, 2021 Pillar of Parkway recipient
Kindergarten registration is underway. Find out more January 12 in the Wonderful World of Kindergarten webinar. Register for the webinar here.
If a Parkway full time employee wants to enroll their child in Parkway and they do not live in the district, contact Cindy Wester at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured: Kindergarten students from Sorrento Springs Elementary
People of Parkway - Jill Brenton
Jill Brenton has served Parkway for nearly 27 years.
Currently, Jill is our network administrator. In this role, she manages district wired and wireless networks. In addition, she helps support a large number of other systems, like security cameras and PA systems.
"Jill is energetic and enthusiastic about supporting Parkway students and staff," Chief Information Officer Jason Rooks said.
Thank you for your work and dedication, Jill!
Health and safety update
In case you missed it, please read the staff update from Dr. Marty that was sent yesterday, January 5. You can find the staff update here. A similar message was sent to Parkway parents as well.
Thank you for your ongoing support and focus on our students and families.
Schools earn high rankings
All five Parkway middle schools and all 18 elementary schools have been named among the best middle and elementary schools in the state according to U.S. News & World Report.
The inaugural K-8 rankings use state assessment data as well as the context of socioeconomic demographics. In other words, the top-ranked schools are all high achieving and have succeeded at educating all their students.
Make plans to join us online for our Parkway Virtual Trivia Night on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. Anyone with online access can participate, so get your friends and family to join you online for this fun event.
Proceeds will benefit PAA programs that include Granting Dreams for Parkway students and recognition for exceptional teachers and operations staff. Purchase tickets or become a sponsor here.
Senior marches in Rose parade
Parkway West senior Kyle Schultz marched in the Rose parade January 1. He was selected to participate in the Tournament of Roses’ in Pasadena, California last spring.
Schultz march along with other musicians from across the country in the Bands of America Honor Band.
Watch the KMOV story here.
Yearbook advisor wins award
Congratulations to West High teacher Debra Klevens on her Distinguished Yearbook Advisor of the Year award from the Journalism Education Association.
In an era when yearbook advisors are required to innovate, comfort, and inspire, Klevens embodies all of those traits and more. Her forward-thinking nature helps her lead a group of students with a constant desire to innovate and achieve.
Southwest Middle teacher recognized
Southwest Middle Health and Physical Education teacher Dr. Paulo Ribeiro has been named the 2022 SHAPE America Central District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Riberio is now one of three finalists for National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year which will be selected in April.
National Law Enforcement Day
Sunday, January 9 is National Law Enforcement Day. We honor and say thanks to all our school resource officers for keeping us safe!
Pictured: Parkway School Resource Officers Terry Cordia, Chesterfield Police Department (Central Middle SRO) and Matt Ahal, Manchester Police Department (Southwest Middle SRO)
Dates coming up
January 6 - Pillar of Parkway, Light of Parkway, Albert Award Nominations Open
January 9 - National Law Enforcement Day
January 11-13 High School Finals (Half Day Dismissals High Schools Only)
January 13 - Half Day PK-12
January 14 - Records Day - No Classes
January 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
January 19 - Board of Education Meeting
Staff feature photo
Today's newsletter background features some members of our nutrition services team. Pictured left to right: Peggy Hou, Chef Rob, Soumi De, Mary Reynolds, Maggie Clancy.
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