KSD eSpotlight

Saturday, April 10, 2021

MAP Testing for Our 3-8 Grade Students

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has determined that Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade Level Assessments are to be administered to students this spring in Grades 3-8, and that all testing must take place on our campuses. The testing window for students in the Kirkwood School District is April 8-May 15.

Arrangements have been made for our At Home families to test on Friday, April 23 and Friday, April 30 on campus.

Additional information will be sent from building principals on specific MAP testing dates and details.

Important Information for 6-12 Families Regarding Trauma-Informed Developmentally Appropriate Sexual Abuse Training

Beginning this school year, Missouri State Statute 170.045 requires that students in grades 6-12 receive trauma-informed developmentally appropriate, sexual abuse training. The school district shall notify parents or guardians in advance of the training required under this section, of the content of the instruction, and the parent's or guardian's right to have the student excused from the instruction.

As a District, we will use SafeSchools to provide students with this training. SafeSchools is an online provider of safety and compliance solutions that helps create safer and more inclusive schools. The trauma-informed developmentally appropriate, sexual abuse training will include the following four virtual courses.

  • What Is Sexual Harassment?

  • What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like?

  • The Role of Power and Consent in Sexual Harassment

  • Stopping Sexual Harassment

Students will complete the training in the upcoming weeks in their homeroom or wellness class. Your building principal will be in communication for your school with the training dates for your student. Please know we are taking into consideration that some students will view this training from home, therefore counselors will be available both virtually and in person. Should you need additional support, please visit our website with resources for sexual violence and support for students and families.

Families choosing to excuse their student(s) from the instruction will need to complete this form by Monday, April 19.

As a reminder to families, all school staff are mandated reporters but anyone can report suspected child abuse and neglect. Mandated reporters "who know or have reasonable cause to suspect" are required by law to report child abuse and neglect. The hotline number for making reports is 1-800-392-3738.

Save the Date: Forward Through Ferguson April 28

The Kirkwood Educational Equity Task Force and parent racial equity groups will host Forward Through Ferguson (FTF) on Wednesday, April 28th from 6:00-7:30pm. FTF will provide a 90- min presentation over " Still Separate, Still Unequal Tool: A Call to Level the Uneven Education Playing Field in St. Louis." After the presentation, panelists will lead participants in follow up discussion.

The presentation will be conducted via Zoom. The FTF presenters are David Dwight (Executive Director/ Lead Strategy Catalyst), Karishma Furtado (Data & Research Catalyst), and Brishaun Hamilton (Policy Advocacy Catalyst, YAC).

Please click our zoom link on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. to join. Please join FTF as we explore one of our lastest community advocacy tools.

KSD NOW Fundraiser

Join us for our virtual raffle fundraiser for KSD NOW (Nutrition on the Weekends) which provides supplemental food to students in KSD experiencing food insecurity. Visit kirkwoodschools.org/KSDNOW to purchase tickets.