Sunday, December 25, 2011

SLPS Spotlight News December 12, 2011

SLPS has important news to share with its community. From recognizing student accomplishments, announcing teacher recognitions and promoting upcoming events, Spotlight News fills a critical role by sharing District news with more than 4,500 people across the city, including reporters, community partners, elected officials, parents, and SLPS faculty and staff.
In addition, the information provided in Spotlight News helps generate press releases, the Spirit of Excellence Awardees honored by the Special Administrative Board, and news stories with our external media partners.
To submit information to be included in the next edition, please contact Julie Linder by calling (314) 345-2367 or via email at

Winter Break Message
Winter Break begins at the end of the school day on Wednesday, December 21. There will be NO classes on Thursday, December 22. Winter Break ends on Tuesday, January 3. Classes resume on Wednesday, January 4. Have a safe and happy Holiday Season!!!


Lexington’s Holiday Program a Success Thanks to the St. Louis Symphony
Lexington Elementary would like to thank the St. Louis Symphony for providing music stands for the school’s holiday program. It was a wonderful event, with families and guests packing the school and the students giving an exceptional performance.

Blind Side Actor and Screen Writer Visits Soldan
Sponsored in conjunction with the Program in Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, the Writers Guild of America East Actors and Writers Book Club recently brought Gbenga Akinnagbe, Blind Side actor, and Richard Chapman, Blind Side screen writer, to Soldan International Studies High School. 
The visit, organized by faculty to encourage literacy, taught students to enjoy the pleasures that reading brings and to think about the positive effects that literature can have on both their professional and personal lives.  Special thanks is given to Richard Chapman, Film and Media Studies professor at Wash U, and an anonymous donor, who provided 700 copies of the book The Blind Side:  Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis for distribution to students, faculty and staff to further literacy efforts after the school assembly.

Notable Graduate Featured by Go! St. Louis
Jarvis Brown, an exceptional graduate from Gateway Institute of Technology currently on scholarship to the U.S. Air Force Academy, has been featured as a “Difference Maker” by Go! St. Louis.

North City Schools Share Music at Mary Ryder Home and Delhaven Manor
This time of year offers great opportunities to sing a community concert.  Twenty-five fifth graders from Cote Brilliante Elementary School sang patriotic and seasonal songs for the residents of Mary Ryder Home on Olive on Thursday, December 8.  The festive singers sported ribbons and hats, sashes and candles to present their “Winter Wonderland” music to dozens of smiling residents.  They shared handshakes and greetings after the concert, along with jingle-bell necklaces and other table decorations.
On Monday, December 19, the Fourth and Fifth Grade Honors Choir from Pierre Laclede Elementary presented a similar concert for the residents of Delhaven Manor on Delmar Blvd.  Both schools worked extremely hard to prepare for their performances, and should be commended for their efforts as it truly brightened the holidays for many.

Jefferson Elementary Receives Large Donation Thanks to P.E.O.
Jefferson Elementary would like to thank P.E.O. for the donation of uniforms, school supplies and other items that will be used in the school’s PBIS incentive store. The PBIS incentives store is a school-based incentive program to encourage positive behavior and academic success, and the donations will help further encourage students to work hard and always try their best!

Cleveland Football Coach Commends Players for Strong Season
Cleveland NJROTC High School has made their mark this football season, improving so much so that the team’s record was 7-4! More notably, the team made the Missouri 1A State Playoffs, and two student-athletes received All-State Honors.  Please congratulate Brandon Harrell, senior, who was received 2nd Team All-State for Middle Linebacker in Media Poll, and Monteze Latimore, junior, who received 2nd Team All-State for Middle Linebacker in the Coaches Poll. 

Upcoming Events
Gateway AFJROTC Drill Team to Perform at 76th Annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
Date: January 4-7
Location: Dallas, TX
Details: For the first time ever, an SLPS ROTC program has been invited to participate in the Cotton Bowl!

Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff
The Parent Assembly Scholarship List (TIME SENSITIVE INFORMATION)
The Parent Assembly of the St. Louis Public School District has provided a list of scholarships for interested students. To access the list please click here

Books for Seniors
Author James Patterson seeks applications for the College Book Bucks program.  The program provides college-bound high school seniors with gift certificates ranging from $250 to $1,000 each, for use at any Indie Bound-affiliated independent book-store.  Interested applicants should submit an essay that answers the question “How has your favorite book inspired you toward what you’d like to do in life?”  The deadline for submission is December 31, 2011.  For more information, visit

Footlocker Scholar Athletes Program and Foot Locker seek applications for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program.  The program honors high school athletes for demonstrating academic excellence, as well as flexing their hearts on their sports team and in their communities.  In addition to the application, interested applicants need to submit an essay and letters of recommendation.  Applicants must have been born on or after September 1, 1991; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community-based sports.  Scholarships up to $20,000 will be awarded.  The deadline for entry is January 9, 2012.  For more information, visit

News Articles of Interest

Special Request
Notable SLPS Graduates Wanted!
The Office of Institutional Advancement is looking to recognize notable SLPS graduates who have gone on to have successful careers in their respected fields. Of particular interest are those who graduated SLPS from 1990-2005. Professional examples include, but are certainly not limited to: doctors, lawyers, scientists, pilots, engineers, accountants, administrators, educators and performers.
To submit a candidate, please provide the graduate’s full name, career profession and SLPS high school to Julie Linder via email at

Northwest Academy of Law Seeking Alumni
Northwest Academy of Law is looking for potential students who attended Northwest from 1964 to present day. Students would like to interview alumni for a project dealing with Northwest’s history. The final project would be held at St. Louis history museum on Thursday, February 23rd, at 7:00 pm. To participate, please DeWonna Ferguson at
(314) 922-3561 or via email at

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