Friday, March 20, 2009

SLPS Spotlight News March 20, 2009 , Weekly Edition

SLPS Spotlight News

March 20, 2009 Weekly Edition

SLPS Spotlight News is a publication from the St. Louis Public School District ’s Public Information Office. Each issue offers story ideas and provides media with information about what is going on in the district. If you’re interested in submitting stories, email Julie Linder at



The Parent Assembly to host a School Board Candidate Public Forum

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, at Metro High School , 4015 McPherson Ave.


· Emile Bradford-Taylor

· Rebecca Rogers

· William Monroe Jr.

· Derek Craft

· Chad Beffa

SLPS Career Fair Has “Jump Start” Students’ Futures for 25 Years

This year, the St. Louis Metropolitan Area Career Awareness Fair celebrates 25 years of inspiring the vocational choices of students throughout the region. Approximately 5,000 city and county public eighth graders will participate in the two-day event sponsored by the Career and Technical Education Division of the St. Louis Public Schools. The Career Awareness Fair takes place on March 24th and March 25th at the America ’s Center, Hall 3, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. This year’s theme is “Investing in a World Class Workforce.”

With over 700 business role models representing 125 companies, the Career Awareness Fair is the largest eighth grade career fair in the country. Over the past 25 years, 185,000 students have had the opportunity to interact with and learn from thousands of businesses and tradespersons. The fair has been modeled in Chicago , Pittsburgh , Memphis and even Paris , France .

SLPS moves to clean up lead in schools

By Jessica Bassett Of the St. Louis American

SLPS SPENDS SPRING BREAK CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY (active link) During Spring Break, instead of relaxing in front of the television or hanging out with friends, students across the District are pulling together to make their communities a better place.

Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award

Each school year, SLPS and the St. Louis Rams recognize three (elementary, middle school and high school) Physical Education teachers who have excelled in his/her contribution to the improvement of physical fitness and the health and wellness education of SLPS students. If you believe that you or one of your colleagues should be recognized as Teacher of the Year, please send an email to receive an application form to:


The Dance Festival held at Carr Lane VPA on Friday, February 13th was a huge success. Each school participating in the event performed a variety of dances ranging from ballet and tap to modern Hip Hop. Each performance highlighted the tremendous talent and physical abilities of the students, showcasing the expansive choreography of each routine. Special thanks to Tina Parker, Dance Educator at Carr Lane and Constance Turner, Dance Educator at Ames VPA

Participating schools:

Elementary –

· Ames

· Shaw

· Woerner

· Hickey

Middle School –

· Fanning

· Gateway

High Schools –

· Central

· Metro

· McKinley

Congratulations to Cherupalla, a 2009 Spelling Bee Finalist!

Last week Balaji Cherupalla, a student at Kennard Classical Jr. Academy, competed in the 23rd annual St. Louis Post Dispatch Spelling Bee Finals held at Maryville University . He advanced to the 5th round during the finals and brought great pride to the school as he is the only student from Kennard who has made it into the final 32.

Upcoming Events

Read It Forward with Charles R. Smith

On Tuesday, March 24th, from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m., Charles Smith discusses his life and books including Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali and Chameleon. The event will be held at Carpenter Branch 3309 S. Grand Blvd. For more information please call 314-772-6586

Mammography Screenings Offered by Simmons-Marshall and Barnes Jewish

Simmons-Marshall Mega Elementary School and Barnes-Jewish, Siteman Cancer Center , will be offering mammography screenings on Tuesday, March 24th, 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m., at Simmons-Marshall Elementary located at 4318 St. Louis Ave. This event is open to the community. To schedule a breast cancer screening or mammogram on the Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Van please call (314) 747- 7222 or toll free (800) 600-3606.

Shaw VPA – CEC Celebrates Music In Our Schools Month

When: March 25, 2009

Time: 2PM and 6PM

Featuring Instrumental and Vocal Music

Where: 5329 Columbia Ave , St. Louis , MO 63139

CREW Hosts Program for Young Women Interested in Real Estate

CREW-St. Louis is participating in CREW Careers, a national program designed to open the eyes of teen girls to the many opportunities available in commercial real estate. Approximately 50 girls from Matthews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. Louis Public Schools and the Marian Middle School will participate in the program. The full-day, hands-on workshop will spotlight “One of the 10 Greatest Streets in America ” – the Delmar Loop.

Saturday, April 4, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd.

Resources and Opportunities for Students and Staff

St. Louis ArtWorks Offers Employment Opportunities

St. Louis ArtWorks is a non-profit organization that offers youth ages 14 to 19 on-the-job training in the visual, literary, and performing arts. This summer approximately 100 youth will be given the opportunity to work with professional artists as they learn various art forms, develop workplace skills, and earn a paycheck!

Students aged 14-19 as of January 1, 2009, living in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area are eligible to apply. The summer session will be held Monday-Friday from 10 A.M. till 3:30 P.M. beginning June 15, 2009 - July 24, 2009.

This is a great opportunity for students interested in the arts who are willing to make the six week commitment. Please help get the word out to your students about this summer employment opportunity. Students may apply online at (apprentice applications are located under the program menu). Please call 314-289-4184 if you have any questions. Applications are due by Friday, March 27, 2009.

Professional Development Class Offerings for Central Office Staff and School-Based Secretaries be held at the Central Office by ExecuTrain

The PD division is pleased to offer the following classes designed to enhance and refresh your skills in the areas of business writing and group communications.

Due to limited space you may only register for one class, with a maximum of 15 participants per class:

April 15th Business Writing…………………………deadline to register Tuesday, April 7th

May 19th Communications Skills………………deadline to register Tuesday, May 12th

Email your intent to attend with date and class subject to:

Teacher/Parent/Student Resource Site

Michael A. McLeod, Ph.D., psychologist, and former school counselor and coordinator of career activities has developed a new website: Career Transition Resources (CTR) The site is designed to assist parents, students, educational staff, and community members in the areas of Career, Personal-Social, or Academic Development, which can help SLPS achieve increasing or high level scores on MSIP Standards:

· 6.9 Guidance is an integral part of the instructional program.

· 7.6 Educational and Career Education enrichment for the community

· 9.4 Career Preparation

· 9.6 Graduation Rate and Attendance Rate.

In addition the appropriate uses of the CTR would assist counselors as they implement comprehensive guidance programs at each school. To continue academic growth within SLPS, Dr. McLeod has offered to volunteer time to link SLPS to the CTR or give away the CTR files for use in SLPS. To contact Dr. McLeod for discussions and/or presentations of the CTR to the SLPS community please email him at


Patrick Wallace

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