The NSC e-Newsletter

November 30, 2022

Normandy Students Premiere Opera "The Big Bad Day"

In front of a crowd of parents and community members, Normandy students premiered "The Big Bad Day," an opera they wrote and performed. Inspired by the children's book “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka, Jefferson students came up with the libretto in a unique collaboration with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Collaborative at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Based on the national curriculum Music! Words! Opera!, teaching artist Valerie Smith led students through the creative process of writing a libretto and setting the words to music. In early September, Smith began meeting weekly with NSC Fine Arts Director Suzanne Palmer’s third-grade students at Jefferson School.

“This opportunity to create a libretto is a welcomed creative writing experience for our young scholars,” said Palmer. “When I was approached by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to do this project with them, I thought this experience of singing, acting, and performing combined with an emphasis on scholastic growth is exactly what I want for students of all ages in Normandy.”

Once the words were written, Smith set them to music using input from students. The music was then shared with local composer/orchestrator Terrence Abernathy who scored the music for strings and selected wind instruments. This unique project allowed students the opportunity to create an original opera and perform the work in a professional theater along with world-class musicians from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Among the instrumentalists are seven musicians from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, who were joined by student performers from Normandy High School. Select student singers from Barack Obama, Bel-Nor, Lucas Crossing, and Washington Schools also participated in singing chorus roles in the opera. Normandy visual arts teachers coordinated sets, props, and costumes.

Congratulations to everyone involved and for putting on such a fantastic show!

School Board Elections to be Held April 4, 2023

The terms of three current Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC) Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) members are set to expire on June 30, 2023, and an election will be held to fill their positions. The public will vote for candidates on the April 4, 2023, ballot, and the newly elected members will join the Board at the April 2023 board meeting.

Individuals who wish to run as candidates have a three-week window to apply. Per state statute § 162.083, RSMo, the filing period for the April election begins Tuesday, December 6, and closes Tuesday, December 27. Candidates must be residents of the Normandy Schools Collaborative geographic footprint. According to the Missouri School Board Association, school board candidates must meet the following requirements:

• A United States citizen.

• A resident taxpayer of a district or voter of the district in urban districts.

• A resident of Missouri for at least one year.

• At least 24 years old.

For residents who want to run for one of the two seats on the JEGB, please contact the JEGB Secretary Alexandria Barnett at 314-493-0400 or by email at

Normandy Graduate Donates Coats to ELC Students

For the third year in a row, Normandy graduate Baxter Fort is making sure NSC's youngest learners will be warm this winter. Fort donated 25 coats to Early Learning Center students through his Warming Hearts and Hands organization. He's able to provide the coats thanks to donations and has given out more than 100 coats over the years. The 1987 graduate also met with students to encourage them to come to school, do their best, and always give back. Thanks, Mr. Fort!

Six Normandy Football Players Named All-Conference

Congratulations to our Normandy High School football team that had six players named All-Conference:


1st Team All-Conference: DL Malin Thompson

2nd Team All-Conference: LB Tayshaun Thompson


2nd Team All-Conference: RB Marlo James

1st Team All-Conference: OL Isaiah Davis

2nd Team All-Conference: OL Anton Borroum

First Team Kick Returner: Maury Sullivan

Offensive Player of the Year: Maury Sullivan

"This last award is special because he was voted the best offensive player in the entire conference," said Coach Terrence Hamilton, Athletic Director for NSC.

Go Vikings!

Normandy Students Inducted into Music Honor Society

The following students were inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society:

Amir Brown

Aden Norman

Arnia Ross

San'Torya Thompson

Sherdell Williams

The international music honor society is for middle/junior high and high school students, designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements. Each student had to have a B-average or better, be a member of the band who shows great interest in performing and practicing music, and demonstrate good character in and out of the band room.

The selected students and their induction are thanks to the work of the co-advisors Adam Yanick and Terry Artis, who were both in attendance and represented Normandy well. Congratulations!

24:1 Community Mental Health Survey

Beyond Housing wants to hear from 24:1 community members and Normandy Schools Collaborative students about their concerns around mental health and services that could help the community and our students.

Click here to take the survey.

Please complete one of the short surveys to help assess the needs related to mental health within the home, school, and community. Once you complete the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50 Visa gift card.

Second Annual Holiday Festival - December 3

Join Beyond Housing and the 24:1 Community for the 2nd annual Holiday Festival Saturday, December 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Page (corner of Page and Ferguson Avenue).

Enjoy some holiday fun with free photos with Santa, free cookies and hot chocolate for kids 12 and under, a holiday market with local vendors, a tree decorating competition and tree lighting ceremony, a free Christmas tree giveaway, and so much more!

New this year—a Holiday Festival VIP experience! For $25, you can enjoy catered food from local 24:1 businesses, wine and beer, and unlimited hot chocolate as well as access to all the other Holiday Festival amenities. More information can be found here.

Normandy in the News

Check out some of the district's most recent media coverage:

Normandy Schools Collaborative raises curtain on student opera with help of Opera Theatre St. Louis, KSDK Channel 5, November 29, 2022

Normandy third graders wrote an opera — and they’re putting ‘the wolf’ on trial, St. Louis Public Radio, November 29, 2022

Normandy school students create original opera, Fox 2, November 21, 2022

Upcoming Listening Session Scheduled

In an effort to hear directly from families, Interim Superintendent Dr. Crystal Reiter is holding listening sessions. These will be very informal, and a light meal will be provided. All sessions will be held at the district's central office at 3855 Lucas and Hunt Road in either the board room or room 207.

  • December 8- 8 a.m. in Room 207

We will work to keep these meetings small in an effort to have meaningful conversations and schedule more of these meetings throughout the school year.

Please RSVP to Ms. Lori Thompson if you would like to attend.

NSC Wants Your Feedback

To promote transparency in our district, the Normandy Schools Collaborative has created a vehicle to hear directly from our students, parents, staff, and community. If you have concerns or comments about the school system, we want to hear from you. We value your feedback, positive or negative. Please send us a comment about a recent experience, offer suggestions on how we can improve, or give a shout-out to an employee who deserves recognition for doing a great job. All communications with the district will remain anonymous.

Here is how to connect with us:

Email to have your comment forwarded to the appropriate personnel for acknowledgment within 24 hours.

Call 314-473-0706 to speak with someone directly. This number will be staffed from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Can We Text You? Opt-in For District Text Messages

Emergency school closures? Bus delays? Last-minute schedule changes? It's becoming more common and we can get that information to families & staff quicker via text messaging.

We have to get your permission for you to receive text messages from the district.

Text 'Y' to 68453.

If you have questions, please visit the website or email

*There is no charge to sign up. Your service provider may charge a fee for text messaging depending on your plan.

No School- Teacher Professional Development

Friday, Dec. 9th, 7am

3855 Lucas and Hunt Road

St. Louis, MO

There will be no school for students on Friday, December 9 due to all-day teacher professional development. Classes will resume on Monday, December 12.

JEGB Public Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 13th, 6pm

3855 Lucas and Hunt Road

St. Louis, MO

To attend the public JEGB meeting, click this link:

This meeting is open to the public.

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