E-Newsletter for the NSC Community

March 2019

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A reporter interviews a student at Barack Obama Elementary School.

Normandy Announces $100K Grant to Serve Breakfast in Classroom

Normandy Schools Collaborative received a $107,000 grant for its 3,300 students from Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC), a network of national education and nutrition organizations including the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), The NEA Foundation, and the School Nutrition Foundation.

Normandy recently launched the program at Lucas Crossing Elementary Complex and Barack Obama Elementary School with two of the district’s schools – Jefferson Elementary School and Washington Elementary School – to offer Breakfast in the Classroom before year’s end. Plans to launch BIC at Normandy High School are slated for fall 2019. Read more.

FON Scholarship Gala Returns to Norwood Hills Country Club April 26

The annual Friends of Normandy (FON) School District Scholarship Gala will be held Friday, April 26, at the Norwood Hills Country Club, 1 Norwood Hills Country Club Dr. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m., with the program kicking off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person, $500 per table, and can be purchased at www.normandysc.org/friends, or by contacting the FON at friends@normandysc.org. All proceeds go toward college scholarships for graduating Normandy seniors.

Teacher Spotlight: Suzanne Palmer

Jefferson Teacher, Alumna Shares Love of Music in Classrooms and Concert Halls

To Suzanne Palmer, music is everything. But so, too, is interacting with people from all walks of life. Palmer, a Normandy High School alumna, teaches music at Jefferson Elementary School. She’s taught in the district since 1999, and for the past four years, she’s also directed the nonprofit Community Gospel Choir of St. Louis.

The choir’s primary purpose is to break through racial, economic and cultural barriers with song. It’s meant to show audiences how much they have in common. To get them singing. To get them talking. To increase their understanding of themselves and each other. And, most of all, to bring healing to a metropolitan area whose divisions still run deep. Read more...

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RSVP for "Spark the Mind: Advancing the Agenda for African-Americans in STEM"

Parents/Guardians - register your child today to attend the Spark the Mind: Advancing the Agenda for African-Americans in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The free event will be held from 6 to 8:15 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at Harris-Stowe State University, 3026 Laclede Ave. Transportation and dinner will be provided. Sign up now through Friday, March 15 here: bit.ly/sparkthemind #STEM


Normandy, Parkway Schools Celebrate Successful 'STEM Saturdays' Partnership

The Normandy STEM Saturdays Program wrapped up on Saturday, March 9. The six-week program exposed students in grades three through eight to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by way of field trips, a STEM Fest and game-a-thon.

Normandy partnered with the Parkway School District bringing together 100 Normandy students and 100 from Parkway. Students collaborated on different problem-solving activities while getting to know each other. Watch the video above of the students' experience designing and battling robots at Parkway Central High School. To learn more about the partnership, click here.

Normandy Read with Me! Community Celebration

Normandy Read with Me! Community Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday, March 9, for our annual #Normandy Read with Me! Community Celebration. Students and families were treated to books, storytelling, lunch, and door prizes. Highlights included African storytelling with Kenya Ajanaku and story activities with St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature.

This event was made possible by the generous support of our community partners: Beyond Housing, Wyman, St. Louis County Library, Ready Readers, and Normandy staff. We also want to thank our volunteers from Washington University Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Click to see more photos from the event. #ReadingRocks #NormandyStrong #NormandyReads #Literacy #Community

MNEA's Cat Tracks Tour Visits Lucas Crossing, Barack Obama Elementary

Lucas Crossing Elementary Complex had a blast celebrating Read Across America Week with special guests Missouri National Education Association (MNEA) President Charles Smith and the Cat in the Hat. The visit was part of the MNEA's Cat Tracks Tour which also included a stop at Barack Obama Elementary School. #NormandyStrong #literacy #ReadingRocks

District Honors

Normandy Teacher, Former Olympian Inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Denise McField, physical education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, is a recent inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for her career in track & field. McField is a former Olympian who was an alternate in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. Read more...

Normandy Teacher Recognized as ‘What’s Right with the Region’

Normandy High School teacher Dr. Inda Schaenen is one of 20 individuals, organizations, and initiatives being honored for the 2019 What’s Right with the Region awards. The honors are presented by Focus St. Louis, a regional leadership development organization. Read more...

St. Louis Artists' Guild features WES Student Art

Congratulations to Washington Elementary School (WES) students and art teacher Brittane Smotherman! WES had an opportunity to showcase their art at the recent Emerson Young Artists' Showcase Opening Reception at the St. Louis Artists' Guild. The Emerson Young Artists' Showcase is a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students between 15 and 19 years old residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists' Guild.

NHS Students Take Top Honors in FCCLA STAR Events

Congratulations to Daya Waller, Talijah Williams, and Whitney Lindsey who recently represented Normandy High School at the regional Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) STAR Events. STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events are competitive events in which students are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

Daya received a Silver Award for Recycle Design; Talijah received a Gold Award in Fashion Construction; and Whitney received a Gold Award for Recycle Design. The Gold Award winners will go on to compete at the state level.

Normandy in the News

Affinia Healthcare at NHS Now Open

A little under the weather? Affinia Healthcare at Normandy High School is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays. As a reminder, the health center is open to all Normandy students, families and staff. For more information on the health center, click here.

No School - Spring Break

The Collaborative will be closed on Monday, March 18 - Friday, March 22, 2019 for Spring Break! Classes resume on Monday, March 25, 2019.

Districtwide Community Meeting

The next Community Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2 at Lucas Crossing Elementary Complex, 7837 Natural Bridge Rd. Topics will include: 'EleMiddle' schools, attendance boundaries, and anti-bullying efforts.

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