Thursday, April 11, 2013
This Center for Creative Learning School teacher teaches music in Ellisville.
Aron Blanke was named the 2013 Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Blanke has taught in the Rockwood School District since 1995, according to district sources, and is currently a music teacher at the Center for Creative Learning in Ellisville. Blanke said in a district announcement he loves music, and strives to provide an atmosphere where students aren’t afraid to take creative risks. “In my classroom, learning is personal. Students are able to apply what they have learned to their own life and create something new," he said. “The best part is that they can teach someone else.” He holds both a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in music education technology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Prestigious ROSE (Rockwood Outstanding Service in Education) awards are bestowed upon individuals who show excellence of character, performance, leadership and service to the Rockwood School District.
Rockwood School District officials announced the 2013 Rockwood Outstanding Service in Education (ROSE) awards recipients. Fifteen honorees were chosen from among 220-plus nominees this year. Local recipients from the Ballwin and Ellisville area included: Recipients from other geographic portions of the district included: These individuals at the ROSE Award Ceremony on May 5.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Visitation for this teacher of Rockwood School District gifted education students will be Wednesday at Schrader Funeral Home in Ballwin.
James "Jay" Walsh, of Ellisville, died Friday. He was 55 years old. He was a teacher of district-wide gifted education fourth and fifth grade students at Rockwood School District's Center for Creative Learning. CCL parents often worked with him in his role as teacher liaison on the CCL PTO board. He was partner to Larry Christison. A memorial visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway in Ballwin. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the CCL PTO Jay Walsh Scholarship Fund, 265 Old State Road, Ellisville, MO 63021.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Missouri's Teacher of the Year could come from the Rockwood School District! Another candidate is from nearby Valley Park.
Six public school educators were announced Thursday as finalists for the 2012-13 Missouri Teacher of the Year—and Rockwood School District is represented by one of them. Nominations for the award were submitted by school districts throughout the state. The finalists are chosen, based on their written application, by a selection committee appointed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This year's finalists are: Wenger is a third-grade teacher at the Center, which services elementary students from throughout the Rockwood School District, including Eureka Elementary School, Geggie Elementary School, Pond Elementary School, Babler Elementary School, Blevins Elementary, Fairway Elementary School and Green Pines Elementary …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Rockwood School District fifth graders learned from St. Louis' 11 most endangered buildings' list, nominated buildings for the Historic State Register and proposed a reuse plan for the buildings. Visit their results on display in downtown St. Louis.
Artwork created by fifth-grade students at Rockwood School District's Center for Creative Learning (CCL) is on display at the Landmarks Association of St. Louis gallery this summer. CCL's student body is comprised of qualified, districtwide students, including the following Ballwin and Ellisville elementary schools: Organized in 1958 and incorporated as a non-profit in 1959, Landmarks Association is the primary advocate for the region's built environment. Rockwood students' work can be seen at Landmarks' location at 911 Washington, Suite 170, in St. Louis. Students created the artwork in Melissa Hill’s architecture class. Using Landmarks’ list of endangered buildings as a menu to select from, students explained what would be lost if the …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Samantha Anth, former Center for Creative Learning gifted education specialist within the Rockwood School District, will become director of the English Language Learners and Gifted programs for Hazelwood School District next month.
Samantha Anth, former Center for Creative Learning gifted education specialist within the Rockwood School District, was hired by Hazelwood School District Board of Education members as the director of the English Language Learners and Gifted programs, effective July 1. Anth replaces Mara Berry, who is retiring, according to a Hazelwood news release. With eight years of experience in education, Anth served in Rockwood as a gifted education specialist for kindergarten through sixth grades since 2004. She also has experience managing summer school programs and working as an administrative intern. She is an associate faculty member at University of Phoenix, according to the release. She was named a building-level teacher of the year winner…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Artwork created by third-grade students at the Rockwood School District's Center for Creative Learning in Ellisville will be on display at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield through the end of June.
Created as part of the Microscopic Masterpieces class, Rockwood School District third-grade students at the Center for Creative Learning in Ellisville worked as authentic scientists and mathematicians to create artwork of enlarged insect parts. They sought accuracy during each stage of the process for the purpose of relaying correct information to their audience, according to Rockwood materials. CCL Teacher Sharon Smith said the students began by researching insects and studying their tiniest parts, according to a Rockwood news release. “What amazed me was the perseverance of these students,” said Smith in the release. Students from throughout Rockwood attend the CCL gifted education program. Chris Hartley, entomologist and coordinator of…