Tuesday, May 14, 2013
What's propelling Richie Tienter to the summer competition in Los Angeles?
Richie Tienter is a second-grader at Westridge Elementary in Ballwin and this summer, he'll represent his school and his state in the national Braille competition in Los Angeles. The youngster won the honor in February, according to the Rockwood School District's website, after finishing in the top 12 in the country, taking first-place at the Regional Braille Challenge. "Richie’s thirst for knowledge is contagious for those around him," Elizabeth Cook, teacher of the visually impaired, said in a statement. "He continues to set and achieve challenging goals for his progress in and out of the classroom." The National Braille Challenge will be in Los Angeles from June 21-22. Join Ballwin-Ellisville Patch for more community news or join us on …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Five of these 14 Rockwood School District educators work in Ballwin or Ellisville schools. Nearly 100 district employees now are certified.
Fourteen additional Rockwood School District teachers earned the profession’s top honor in teaching excellence—National Board Certification—according to a district announcement. Those educators are: • Steve Bruns – Rockwood Summit High • Jon Frank – Rockwood Summit High • Libby Guimbardo – Crestview Middle School • Alison Harris – Lafayette High • Keith Henige – Crestview Middle School • Cathy Kraemer – Bowles Elementary • Sarah Majino – Westridge Elementary • Paul Stanley – Eureka High • Patricia Stiehr – Crestview Middle School • Matt Frederickson – Central Services, headquartered in Eureka • Ellen Garner – Eureka High • Eva Johnston – Marquette High • Stephanie McDaniel – Marquette High • Tracy Wood – Westridge Elementary These 14 …
Friday, May 25, 2012
The former student died in 2002 at age 10 after being diagnosed with leukemia, with Thursday marking both the end of the school year and Westridge Elementary's annual staff versus students soccer game, held on Joshua Hookland Field.
When Vicki Hookland visits the burial place of her son, Josh, who died of leukemia in 2002, she leaves a McDonald’s Happy Meal on his birthday near his headstone—a favorite treat her young son used to request. The gesture is small, but to a parent of one of the millions of people who die each year from some form of cancer, it’s an expression of love and remembrance. On Thursday, students at Westridge Elementary School in Ballwin, where Josh Hookland attended until he died at age 10, former students and teachers recalled their own memories of Josh 10 years after his death. At a picnic for fifth-graders on the last day of the school year, teachers and students squared off in a friendly staff-versus-students soccer game, played on “Josh …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
May is Missouri Bicycle Month, and students in Ballwin celebrated in style on Friday.
Students at Woerther Elementary School in Ballwin rode their bikes to school Friday in honor of Missouri Bicycle month, Rockwood School District representatives said. The month of May received that designation by the Missouri legislature last year, with this month marking the first time bike lovers officially celebrated the new honor. More tan 60 students rode their bicycles to school Friday to take part, school district representatives said, describing the month as a "fun way for students to warm up their bodies for another great day of learning." Editor's Note: Rockwood School District communications personnel previously incorrectly identified the school featured above.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Students Westridge Elementary School in Ballwin and their teachers Tuesday took part in two programs meant to help victims of hair loss due to illness.
Teacher Becky Pearson and librarian Anne Reed may have lost a good chunk of hair Tuesday, but the exchange was a gain for their students in understanding the effects of various illnesses. In exchange for good behavior rewarded with "tickets," students from kindergarten classes at Westridge Elementary School in Ballwin were drawn at random for the chance to cut Pearson's and Reed's hair, which then was donated to two programs to help people suffering from illnesses that result in hair loss; Pearson's donation will go toward Beautiful Lengths, a program partnered with the American Cancer Society, while Reed's donation will support Locks of Love, which helps children suffering from various diseases cope with hair loss. Reed, who took part in …