SCSD Newsletter

May 20, 2022

Congratulations Class of 2022

Congratulations to the graduating seniors in the Class of 2022! We're so proud of all the accomplishments you've achieved while with the City of St. Charles School District. Your future is bright and we wish you all the best in your endeavors moving forward. Keep going strong!

Graduation for SCHS is Saturday, June 4th at 11 AM. Graduation for SCW is Saturday, June 4th at 3 PM.

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2022 Jefferson Love Awards

On Thursday, May 19, Jefferson Intermediate, in conjunction with We Love St. Charles, held the Love Awards. The Love Awards is an annual event in which a select group of students and a teacher are recognized for the love and joy they put into the world. The students are surprised with the announcement at a school-wide assembly, showered with praise from their nominating teacher and then get to go on a limo ride. It's a great day to celebrate those who strive to make the world a better place.

The winners of the 2022 Jefferson Love Awards are:

Payton C., Toula H., Isaac P., Logan G., Branden F., Claire P., Jersey S., Haley C., Kate N., Breanna N. Jefferson teacher Jessica Lowe was the recipent of the Lori Wootten Award.

Congratulations to the 2022 Jefferson Love Award winners!

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SCSD Summer Break

Summer is upon us! The last day of the 2021-22 school year is Thursday, May 26th. We hope everyone in the SCSD community has a fun, restful and safe summer break. We'll see you in August!
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Lewis & Clark students sign apprenticeship agreements

On May 10th, 7 students from the Lewis & Clark Career Center signed a carpenters' union apprenticeship with Builder's Bloc, a 50-plus crew construction company based in Chesterfield, MO. The 4-year apprenticeship allows for students to transition immediately into the workforce following graduation and provides them with guidance and continuing education in the field of building trades. Once completed, the students are given the title of journeymen, wherein they can continue to work for Builder's Bloc or move to another company if they so chose.

The students who signed the 4-year carpenters' union apprenticeship with Builder's Bloc are:

Seniors: Noah Butler (Fort Zumwalt East), Anthony Torpea(Francis Howell North), Macaulay Huggins(Fort Zumwalt North), Joseph Lane(Fort Zumwalt North)

Juniors: Kevin Crane(Fort Zumwalt West), Luis Romero(St. Charles High), Shane Ostmann(Fort Zumwalt North)

2022 Super Leaders Autograph Day

It was SCHS Super Leaders Autograph Day! All year long, students from SCHS have been mentoring Blackhurst and Null Elementary students on the 7 habits of highly effective people. To celebrate the students' achievements this year, both schools held an event where the students received a set of trading cards featuring the Super Leaders and could have them autographed! It was a great way to put a bow on the relationships formed by the Super Leaders and the elementary students.

Thank you to our 2021-22 Super Leaders for giving back to some of our youngest SCSD community members!

Coverdell students honor local vet

Bob Denningman, a 92-year-old veteran who lives down the street from Coverdell Elementary, participated in an Honor Flight today. Honor flights are conducted by non-profit organizations dedicated to transporting veterans to see the memorials of the respective war they fought in Washington, DC, at no cost to the veterans. To celebrate this occasion, Coverdell students made Mr. Denningman cards and posters to wish him well on his trip and to thank him for his service to our country.

SCSD salutes all veterans and their families this upcoming Memorial Day. We are grateful to those who have served throughout our nation's history!

SCW Science Club explores Vermicomposting

The SCW Science Club understands that day-to-day activities can make a difference in the quality of our environment. One thing the club noticed is that the school can create a noticeable amount of leftover/unfinished food. The club wanted to find a way to combat this problem, so it decided to invest in a vermicomposter.

Vermicomposting is the process of decomposing organic materials with the help of little worms. The club's goal is that their vermicomposting project will keep waste out of landfills and promote education throughout our school about composting and the benefits to our planet.

A lot of research went into the project. Club members looked at different types of composting, what materials are needed, what environment it needs to be in, how to implement it in a school, and much more. Once they decided on vermicomposting, they did a small-scale experiment with composting in small containers. This helped them know how the composting process works and how to take care of the worms in the best way. By the second semester, the Science Club was ready to implement vermicomposting in the school. After getting approval from Dr. Voelkl, they were finally able to purchase the composting bin from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm.

Now, as the year comes to an end, the club has the vermicomposting setup and in action. Their plan for next year is to collect food that was not sold during lunches from the cafeteria, and they hope to be able to implement vermicomposting throughout the entire school. The group is very excited to help their school become more environmentally friendly and is looking forward to making even more positive changes in the years to come!

Any St. Charles West student who is interested in joining the SCW Science Club and helping out the school, please contact!

SCW students are UMSL STARS

St. Charles West is proud to announce that two St. Charles West students, Krish Mehta and Sai Singirikonda, have been accepted into the UMSL STARS (Students and Teachers as Research Scientists) program this summer.

The STARS program provides the opportunity for academically accomplished high school students to participate in scientific research over a six-week period this summer. It is a competitive application process with approximately 70 students chosen from the St. Louis area. The STARS students will conduct research under the direction of a STEM researcher and prepare a formal presentation of their findings.

Congratulations Krish and Sai.

Blackhurst is buzzing with news

Blackhurst Family Night

Blackhurst Elementary hosted their Spring Family Night on Thursday May 12. Family Night featured the Scholastic Book Fair, bounce house and yard games, pizza, giveaways, Zillah the Comfort Dog, representatives from Kathryn Linnemann Library, and several Officers from St. Charles Police Department. Officers Brian Jurgensmeier, Kasey Evers, Ryan Nacke, and Ryan Robertson gave out books and stuffed animals, as well as raffled off 30 bike helmets to Blackhurst Students. .

Despite the high temperatures, over 250 students and their families attended the successful event. Blackhurst wants to thank all of the volunteers and donations from First Assembly Church, Kathryn Linneman, Zillah, and St. Charles Police Department.

Blackhurst Walking Classroom Club

This past Spring many Third and Fourth graders at Blackhurst were able to participate in an after school club called The Walking Classroom. With the help of Coverdell and Null Reading teachers who were kind enough to let us borrow their podcasts, Blackhurst was able to include over 40 kids. Walking Classroom is funded through a grant that Blackhurst received back in 2018. It includes over 100 Science and Social Studies Standards at the Fourth grade level where kids can listen to a podcast and go for a walk together. After listening to each podcast we would come back together to discuss the big ideas and then expand our knowledge by sharing what we learned. The weather cooperated every week and the kids and teachers had a great time!

Blackhurst Safety Patrol Attend the Cardinal Game

On May 12th some lucky Fourth graders were invited to attend the Cardinal game to celebrate the Leadership skills they displayed during the 2021-22 school year. The very generous PTO purchased the tickets and for many of the 17 kids it was their very first Cardinal’s game ever! It sure was a hot day, but everyone had a great time!

Harris/Monroe Teacher featured in publication

Kim Elder, a reading specialist who works at Harris and Monroe Elementary, had a recently published article titled "The Power of Mindfulness" in the Spring 2022 edition of Something Better Magazine. In the article, Elder discusses ways teachers can cope with and navigate stress.

Click here to view the article.

Lincoln teacher featured in publication

Ashley Shaw, 4th-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary, was recently featured in an article titled "Prioritizing Mental Health and Personalized Learning in the Classroom" in the Spring 2022 edition of School & Community Magazine. Mrs. Shaw shared how "relationships and connections are an important part of her school and classroom culture." Mrs. Shaw shared how she and her students use restorative practices and restorative circles to connect, resolve conflict, and learn.

Click here to view the article.

PBIS Silver Awards

SCSD is proud to announce that both Coverdell and Monroe Elementary received the Missouri SW-PBS Silver Level Recognition Award of Excellence for implementation of schoolwide positive behavior support (SW-PBS) during the 2021-2022 school year.

The Coverdell PBIS team will also be presenting this summer at the SW-PBS Summer Institute conference in an effort to work towards Gold Level Recognition.

Way to go Coverdell and Monroe Elementary Schools!

SCHS grad rides paper airplane to Austria, sorta

Congratulations to Dillon Ruble, SCHS Class of '18, who was recently featured by STL Public Radio. An engineering student who's graduating from Missouri S&T this month, Ruble qualified for the Red Bull paper airplane competition, being held in Salzburg, Austria, by throwing a record distance of 196.9 feet at nationals. Good luck Dillon!

Click here to see the full story!

SCSD Lego Robotics Camp

SCSD Lego Robotics Camp for upcoming 3rd and 4th graders is a month away. Click on the flyer below to sign up!

Where: Coverdell Elementary

When: June 21,22,23

Time: 12:30-2:30 PM

Cost: FREE!

SCHS Summer Theatre Camp

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SCHS Basketball Camp

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