November 18, 2022
SCSD celebrates Veterans Day
Last Friday, November 11, SCSD celebrated Veterans Day. Schools across the district held assemblies, breakfasts and tributes to our community's veterans.
Thank you to all our veterans who have served to keep our country and its citizens safe. We are forever grateful and appreciative of the sacrifices you and your families have made for the betterment of our lives.
SCW girls cross country team wins state
STL Teacher Proud Feature
The City of St. Charles School District is excited to take part in the “STL Teacher Proud” campaign, an effort to highlight the amazing teachers who choose to serve the St. Louis community and inspire others to join the noble profession of teaching. On the second Tuesday of each month, we’ll highlight an SCSD teacher who chooses to make a difference every day.
Sandy Looney is a high school science teacher for the Success Campus, SCSD’s alternative education center that provides a smaller learning environment for students who are considered credit-deficient. She has been teaching for seven years, but has served the SCSD community for 17 years working as a paraprofessional before transitioning to teaching.
“I was in the mental health field when I graduated college knowing that I wanted to help and work with children,” Loony said. “I felt that I could help children on a more daily basis if I was in the education field.”
Throughout her years as an educator, Loony has gained valuable experience and insight into the profession and why it’s so important to the kids in our community.
“For me, the most important thing in teaching is building relationships and it starts with just asking ‘How you are today?’,” Looney said. “You would be surprised what a student can accomplish if they think that you care about them.”
While Loony understands that academics play an important role in the development of every student, she also feels that seeing her students grow emotionally is vital as well.
“Seeing my students grow not only academically but also emotionally is the most rewarding part of teaching,” Looney said. “When students come back and visit or you see them outside of school and they are living productive lives and they say you helped me make it through school, that makes my heart happy.”
Thank you to Sandy Looney and all of our SCSD teachers for making a difference in our community.
Harris teacher shows off creative ideas
Harris Elementary teacher Kim Elder was recently featured in the Missouri National Education Association's "Something Better" magazine. Kim wrote an article for the publication's Fall edition about using "found and flipped" items to spice up a classroom and spark creativity in students.
Congratulations to Kim on being recognized for her great writing and creative ideas!
Lincoln Robotics club on a roll
What would make students come to school an hour early? It’s the Lego Robotics Club for 3rd and 4th graders. Lego Robotics Club at Lincoln Elementary has started with lots of interest and excitement. Over two thirds of the eligible students have signed up for one of the Lego Robotics Club sessions.
Students use the Lego Education Spike Essential kit to build mini carnival games out of Lego bricks. Then they work together to program the motors, lights, sensors, and sounds to enhance their games. Students are using the engineering process of identifying the problem, generating design ideas, testing, and redesigning.
Caylei said, “I like it a lot. It’s really fun. I like it because I never really got to build with Legos at my old school. I’m learning how to program things better. Now that I'm here I have experience with programming, and I get to work with a friend.”
“We are getting to learn about programming more. We are learning how to make the computer talk to the motors, “added Anna.
Quentin said, “It’s really great. I never knew that robotics would pair with Legos. I had no idea. What’s fun is that we get to build with Legos. What makes it hard is trying to program it. You have to figure out all the ways you can make it work.”
Working with a partner is an important aspect of Lego Robotics Club. Laney said, “Lego Robotics Club helps you with social skills. You will like it if you are good at working with a partner. It helps you with social skills. It helps you talk to people you aren’t around during the school day. When you work with a partner you don’t always agree, but you have to work together and be a good partner in order to make the program work.”
We are excited to provide students with STEM related activities that are fun and engaging.
SCW Warriors win district championship
Up next, the team will travel to face the Sullivan Eagles this evening at 7 PM. Good luck Warriors!
SCSD Health Employee honored at BLues Game
Thank you to Traci and all our veterans for their service and sacrifice!
ECC Play Days
On November 9th, the ECC celebrated PLAY day. Parents, grandparents and other family members got to visit with their favorite little learners to play games, participate in learning activities and see what the kiddos do every day to develop and grow. It's great to see our student's loved ones in the building!
Jefferson Intermediate honors Veterans
LU art exhibit features two SCHS seniors
Two of our SCHS seniors are participating in the Young Artists And Their Educators (YAATE) Art Exhibition hosted by Lindenwood University. Addison Kersting (Drawing & Painting II), and Keirissa Waters-Wagner(Drawing & Painting I) and Ms. Stephanie Albert (Art Teacher) have submitted drawing, painting, and printmaking works. Please stop by to see our fantastic Pirate Artists, as well as wonderful works from other high school juniors and seniors.
The Boyle Gallery is located in the J. Scheidegger building. If you enter through the main doors, it is to the very right of the foyer.
Opening Reception, Sunday, November 20, noon - 2 pm, awards ceremony 1 pm in the gallery.
SCW French students interview alumnus from Haiti
To gain a better understanding of Haiti's situation, 2 students interviewed former student Estevenson Coleman, who was adopted from Haiti, and went on to get a degree in non-for-profit from Lindenwood. Estevenson now works for Brace for Impact, which is owned by former Cardinal Kyle McClellan and his wife, Bridget.
Estevenson has come back several times to speak with our students in French. We appreciate his time, knowledge and dedication to our community.
To view their subtitled interview, click on the video below.
Area farmer speaks to Coverdell students
Thank you to Mr. Steinhoff for sharing his time and expertise with our students!
SCSD AMI Days
As we work our way into the fall and winter months, the potential for inclement weather increases. SCSD will continue to utilize Alternative Methods of Instruction days as we have done in previous years to help prevent our school year from stretching into June. AMI days could be called if there is an anticipation of inclement weather and enough time for students and staff to prepare. SCSD has up to 5 AMI days to use if necessary.
Please see the graphic below for further details.