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12/18/14 > Flu Season Arrives
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

Help keep your family healthy this winter by following the Center for Disease Control’s three-pronged approach to fighting the flu. Get vaccinated, take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs and take antiviral medications to treat flu illness if your doctor prescribes them.

A few reminders about getting vaccinated:

•Everyone over the age of 6 months is recommended to be vaccinated.
•Even if you got vaccinated last year, it is important to get vaccinated again this year to protect from changing flu viruses.
•There has been some evidence nationally that a strain of H3N2 has mutated, making this year’s vaccine less effective against that specific virus. Regardless, the flu vaccine should still be a top priority.
•Talk to your doctor about getting your vaccine if you have any health concerns.
•It’s easier than ever to get vaccinated. Http://www.flu.gov/ has an interactive map showing the various locations where vaccine is available.

12/17/14 > Winter Break Schedule
Reminder: All schools will dismiss early on Friday, December 19th. Grades 6-12 release at 11:46 a.m. and grades Kindergarten - 5 release at 12:56 p.m.

Winter Break begins December 22 and classes are back in session January 5, 2015. (Teachers return January 2 for a work day.)
12/17/14 > Playing for a Cure Night
It's that time of year again when the Lady Lions Basketball Program invites the community to participate in their philanthropic endeavors against cancer. For the second year they are honoring former teacher Amy Simos by helping children affected by cancer. This year the event will be January 13th at Northwest High School. This year’s theme is Star Light Star Bright, Playing for a Cure Tonight. The games against Mehlville begin at: Freshman 4 p.m., JV 5:30 p.m. and Varsity is 7 p.m. Most of the festivities occur during the Varsity game's halftime when again the Lionette Dance team will provide an inspirational dance and our players interact with the community. Along with the basketball game, we are raising funds to donate to Friends of Kids with Cancer.

There is a new Lady Lions Facebook page that will constantly be updated with info on the evening events as well as Lady Lions news. Please like their page at Northwest Lady Lions Basketball to check out a special web address for buying shirts this year. If you are not a Facebook person, below is a link to the online "store" for shirt order until January 2, 2015.

The Team thanks everyone for their support in helping raise over $10,000 in the last eight seasons. We hope to see everyone on January 13th.

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 Shirt Order Website
 
12/15/14 > Sports Review for December 8th-13th Now Available

This week's Fall Sports review is now available. Click on the link below to listen.


12/15/14 > Denise Woehrle Wins December Dr. Z Do My Job

Congratulations to Murphy Elementary employee Denise Woehrle for being this month's winner of the Dr. Z Do My Job program. Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler surprised Ms. Woehrle on Monday during her lunch shift. Ms. Woehrle serves as a lunch room/playground aide and a Lion Care member at Murphy Elementary. 

If you know of an outstanding Northwest employee, nominate them for the Dr. Z Do My Job program by clicking here.

12/12/14 > NWRI Families Show Support for Students

It's not often that an organization hosting an art exhibit sends a note of praise to parents, students and staff of a school district. But that is what happened after lots and lots of proud Northwest families showed up to support dozens of student artists at an exhibit at the Foundry Arts Centre in St. Charles.

Here is what the Foundry recently sent our staff, "I wanted to write and thank you again for the excellent show you and the other educators from the Northwest School District put together here at the Foundry!  The final numbers from the door count were over 350 for your reception.  This is one of the highest numbers we've had for Baue Receptions, but what I was most pleased to see was your guests' involvement.  So many parents came early and stayed to the end; it is a happy difference to see parents, teachers, superintendents and students engaging not just with their own work and groups, but visiting the galleries, upstairs artists, and generally enjoying their time here at the Foundry.  It's a joy to see such a fun, proud, and happy group.  That doesn't even account for the fact that it's no small hike to attend! 

 
I know what hard work it is to coordinate an exhibition like this.  To cooperate on dates, gather work, install the show, inform the parents (and get them all to attend), help with the reception, take down the show and return the work to the students is a challenge for any school district and we can't thank you enough for pulling it together on short notice with such apparent ease.  I hope your students and their parents know how lucky they are to have such involved educators! You certainly helped out the Foundry and we are  grateful.  It's always fun to work with your group and I look forward to it again in the near future.  Please pass this letter and our appreciation along to everyone involved."
12/12/14 > NWRI Staff Support Chamber Toy Drive

The pot for next year's Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Toy Drive is already off to a good start thanks in part to hundreds of Northwest employees. During a recent "Wild Wednesday" employees had the opportunity to wear jeans if they donated $5 to the Toy Drive. 

On Thursday night, Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler presented a check for $716 to Rita Miller of the House Springs Lions Club and Sharon Reineri, President of the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. They thanked Northwest employees for continuing to support this effort.

12/11/14 > Board of Education Candidate Filing
Election to the Northwest School District Board of Education will be held during the general municipal election on April 7, 2015. There will be two (2), three-year term seats open. Candidate filings are being accepted beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and ending at 5 p.m. on January 20, 2015.

A candidate must file a written declaration of candidacy in person at the Administrative Office, 2843 Community Lane, High Ridge, MO. Candidates will be placed on the ballot in order of filing.

To qualify for the position of Board Director: a candidate must be a citizen of the United States and resident taxpayer of the district who has resided in the State of Missouri one year preceding the election, and who is at least twenty-four (24) years of age. Candidates can not be delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes or real property taxes on their place of residence and if they are a past or present corporate officer of any fee office, will verify that office does not owe any taxes to the state and you are required by law to file an affidavit stating these facts with the Missouri Department of Revenue, candidate can not been found guilty of nor have pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States of America, have not been convicted of, found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri law. Candidates must be eligible to hold office in accordance with Missouri law, including § 561.021, RSMo. and are not serving a sentence or period of probation for a crime that would be a felony if committed in Missouri. Candidates will have never pled guilty or nolo contendere nor been convicted under the law of another jurisdiction of a felony connected with the exercise of the right of suffrage. Candidates are not registered or required to be registered as a sex offender pursuant to Missouri law, §§ 589.400 - .425, RSMo.

Except for the last day of filing, filings will be accepted Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.* Filing date exceptions are as follows:

• December 23, 2014 through January 1, 2015 – Offices closed
• January 19, 2015 – Offices closed

Board members whose terms are expiring are Victoria James and Chris Shelton.

*In the event of inclement weather, please call (636) 677-3473 to inquire if offices are open.
12/11/14 > Northwest Community Participates in Santa's Workshop

Several dozen Northwest students and their family members will be a little warmer this holiday season thanks to Northwest High School's annual Santa's Workshop. Hats, scarves and gloves were just a few of the nearly 300 items collected Tuesday night. All the items will be placed in the Community Closet at Valley Middle School.

This is the second year for the free evening of fun. Students and families had the opportunity to watch tops be created, decorate ornaments and cookies and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year's event was put on by the Art Club at NHS with help from several teachers and National Honor Society students. 

If you or someone you know could benefit from the Community Closet, contact Amanda Fouts at the high school. The Community Closet provides clothes for Northwest students and community members free of charge for those in need.  

12/11/14 > StuCo Holiday Party
The Northwest High School Student Council hosted their annual holiday party for Life Skills students. They played games along with dancing to Christmas music. Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted each student with a goody bag. Students took this special opportunity to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas. Student Council members entertained the guests and supplied all of the food and prizes. Everyone enjoyed participating in this Cedar Hill tradition.
12/11/14 > NHS Senior Wins Poetry Out Loud Contest

Congratulations to Northwest High School Senior Bekah Michalik for winning this year's Poetry Out Loud competition. Michalik won for reciting Jennifer Grotz's poem, "Late Summer".

Michalik will now represent NHS at the Regional Competition at the Foundry Art Center in February. She will prepare three poems with which to compete.  The winner of the regional competition represents the area at the Missouri State competition in Jefferson City, and the state winners compete in May in Washington D.C.

The Poetry Out Loud contest is a joint effort between several agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The competition helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

12/10/14 > Maple Grove 2nd Grader Runner-Up in Contest

Congratulations to Maple Grove 2nd grader Danika Brogan for being named a runner-up in the St. Louis Dairy Council's Merry Dairy Holiday Card Contest. Close to 1200 students from the St. Louis and surrounding areas sent in their artwork for consideration.

Brogan was recognized Wednesday with a basket of goodies from the Dairy Council.

12/10/14 > Army Sgt. Surprises Daughters

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 is a day that Olivia Anderson and her sister, Kelsey won't soon forget. The 10th grader at Northwest High School and 8th grader at WoodridgeMiddle School were shocked to see their dad, Sgt. David Anderson walk through the doors during their lunch periods. Sgt. Anderson had been gone since Spring after being deployed to Afghanistan.

Both Olivia and Kelsey thought their dad would be back in June but were ecstatic to find out he'll now be home for the holidays.

To see more photos and video of the reunion, click here to be directed to the District website. 

12/09/14 > Dr. Ziegler Does Cathy Willis' Job

This month's winner of the Dr. Z Do My Job program was Early Childhood Teacher, Ms. Cathy Willis. On Monday, she took some much deserved time off, while Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler taught her preschool class. The group read books and worked in small learning groups.

If you'd like to nominate a Northwest employee, click here. A winner is chosen at random every month school is in session. 

To see more photos of Dr. Ziegler's visit, click here to go to the District's Facebook page. 

12/09/14 > High School Boys Soccer Accomplishments
The Northwest Boys Soccer team completed another successful season. It was their fifth winning season with a 23-8 record. The 23 wins are the most wins in a single season by a Northwest Soccer Team in program history. They also broke the previous record with 13 shutouts. The Lions won three tournament championships including the Class 4 District 1 Championship. The Lions offense scored 85 goals the defense surrendered less that a goal a game. Player accomplishments:

All-Metro Selections (All Classes, Illinois and Missouri): Mitchell Lacy

All-State Selections: Mitchell Lacy and Clayton Meyer

All-Region Selections: Mitchell Lacy, Clayton Meyer, and Blake Jerger

First Team All-Conference Selections: Mitchell Lacy, Clayton Meyer, and Blake Jerger

All-Division Selections: Kevin Gregorc, Garrett Priester, Guiga Teixeira, and Kyle Mikes

All-District Team (Class 4 District 1): Clayton Meyer, Mitchell Lacy, Blake Jerger, Guiga Teixeira, and Kevin Gregorc
12/08/14 > Sports Review for Dec. 1st-6th Now Available

This week's Fall Sports review is now available. Click on the link below to listen.


12/08/14 > Supt. Dr. Ziegler Updates Community on KJFF

Last Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler talked with Matt Baer of KJFF Radio about a variety of topics. Click on the link below to listen to the interview. 


12/04/14 > Poetry Out Loud Contest
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The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure where winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals.

The 7th annual Northwest High School Poetry Out Loud competition is Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Lecture Hall.
12/03/14 > Promising Practices
This year, three Northwest buildings earned four Promising Practices Awards from the Character Education Partnership (CEP). Each year, the CEP recognizes schools and districts from the U.S. and across the globe for their innovative practices in the area of character education. To receive a Promising Practice, schools must demonstrate how they put one or more of the 11 Principles of Character Education into action. The Northwest recipients are:

Brennan Woods Elementary - Warm Fuzzy Project. Kindergarten students made and sold Warm Fuzzies (a fuzzy creature made by gluing pom-pom balls on a clothespin with wiggly eyes and a poem clipped to it). The proceeds went towards making Warm Fuzzy Care Packages to be delivered to community members. Warm Fuzzies provide a way to do a random act of kindness.

Maple Grove Elementary - Caps and Capes. This student service project raised funds for TinySuperheros to help their mission to empower Extraordinary kids to deal with serious illness and adversity – one cape at a time.

Early Childhood Center - “Block Party” celebrations. Monthly assemblies focused school values of “Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible”. Classes as well as individual students are recognized for displaying the values. Those recognized added a Lego to a Lego school being built by the group.

Northwest High School – Game Club. The Game Club is based on Chess Club. The weekly meetings fill the void for students who want to play other types of games including electronics.
12/02/14 > Late Notification Explained
Northwest Community,

I want to apologize for yesterday’s late notice of school being canceled and explain what happened. First, the weather that resulted in us closing school came very late. The first round of ice that caused several St. Louis area schools canceling didn’t have a significant impact on our area. It was not until later morning that a second wave of freezing rain hit the area, making conditions too hazardous to have school.

To make matters worse, there were issues loading the cancelation message on the automated school calling system. This made your notification even later. In focusing our efforts to load the automated message, we neglected other media outlets. While I tweeted the message that school was canceled at 6:13 a.m., this is a secondary source of information for our community, not our primary notification. We have reviewed our procedures and developed additional redundancy to try to avoid this again. While I can’t improve the weather, I can ensure that our procedures are designed to make the situation better.

Please know the decision to call off school is never an easy one. We know that families have routines and understand that when school is canceled, those routines have to be altered. We appreciate all of you for making those last minute adjustments to keep Northwest students safe. We strive to let parents know as soon as possible if weather will impact the school day. But as many of you know, weather conditions around here can change in an instant. What won’t change is the Northwest School District’s commitment to doing all we can to keep our students safe. Once again, I apologize and feel confident our procedures will help this from happening in the future.

Sincerely,

Dr. Paul T. Ziegler
Superintendent of Schools
11/24/14 > High Achieving Students Recognized

Northwest High School, Woodridge Middle and Valley Middle School students were recognized last Thursday for high test scores on the MAP tests and End of Course exams. All of these students scored the highest among their peers on these tests. They were recognized at the November Board of Education meeting.

They are:

  • Ashlee Bieker
  • Amy Corbin
  • Drake Hintz 
  • Julian Lipford
  • Nicholas Mincemeyer
  • Earthis Pascua
  • Erin Wells
  • Lillian Adams
  • Makayla Caruthers
  • Daisy Coffman
  • Dillon Corbin
  • Allison Higgins
  • Courtney Hodapp
  • Raymond Jackson
  • Haley Longhibler
  • Emily Pond
  • Noah Prinster
  • Andrew Riordan
  • Anastacia Ruegg
  • Nathaniel Helm
  • Evan Lowry
  • Joseph Shotwell
  • Kaitlyn Skaggs
  • Joseph Briggs
  • Emily Cain
  • Patrick Collins
  • Allison Hall
  • Jennelle Mork
  • Hannah Paquet
  • Delia Roberts
  • Lauren Schuette
  • Kayla Wheelehan
  • Khristopher Childers
  • Gordon Baum III
  • Zoey Bruce
  • Devin Busk
  • Patrick Collins
  • Allison Hall
  • Daniel Hernandez Zapata
  • Sarah Kelly
  • Tammy Lyons
  • William Marrocco
  • Brandon Merrill
  • Paul Miles
  • Grant Miller
  • John Myers
  • Ian Nowacki
  • Hannah Paquet
  • Marie Patient
  • Darren Schmidt
  • Dylan Sizemore
  • Kayla Wheelehan
  • Josiah Williams
  • Emily Baumgarth
  • Hannah Carey
  • Zachary Gilbers
  • Gabrielle Hines
  • Michael Hoffman
  • Dakota Lightfoot
  • Clint Morris
  • Jade Null
  • Erin Penning
  • Mikayla Rutherford
  • Charlotte Schroeder
  • Nicholas Spurgeon
  • Alexandria Tindall
  • Immanuel Dautenhahn
  • Luis Angel Gonzalez Sanchez
  • Anna Grobelny
  • Matthew Gunn
  • Hannah Hargrove
  • Zachary Heller
  • Xena Komo
  • Zachary Kwiatkowski
  • Samuel Moore
  • Ian Mottert
  • Austin Spurgeon
  • Patrick Waters
  • McKenna Wilhelm
Congratulations to all of these students on this accomplishment.
11/24/14 > Girl Scouts Recognized

The Girl Scouts of District 10, Neighborhood 9 were recognized by the Board of Education last Thursday for giving back to their community. Over the summer, this group collected over 150 school supplies for students in the Northwest School District. The Northwest School District is thankful for community partnerships like this one for helping improve the lives of our students and community.

11/18/14 > Channel 4 Highlights Innovative Program at VMS

On Thursday, Channel 4 aired a story showcasing the positive impact the Small Animal & Farm Therapy Association is having on some Valley Middle School students. To watch the story, click here. 

11/18/14 > High Ridge Elks Make Donations

In recent days, two Northwest School District schools have been the recipient of a very generous donation by the High Ridge Elks. On Tuesday, Pete Milanowski with the Elks stopped by Murphy Elementary and dropped off a $500 check. He did the same thing at High Ridge Elementary earlier this week. All the money donated will go to help pay for new coats and shoes for students in need.

The Northwest School District is proud to have a successful partnership with the High Ridge Elks to help improve the lives of our students and community. 

11/17/14 > November DeTail Now Available

The Northwest High School DeTail is now available online. Click here to find out more about High School Nation visiting the school, the Kati Fisher Powder Puff game and much more. 

11/14/14 > Building Partnerships was Focus of Clergy Breakfast

On Friday, November 14th leaders from the Living Word Church of Nazarene, Cedar Hill Lutheran Church, Spring Hills Prebyterian Church and First Baptist Church of House Springs joined Northwest School District administrators in figuring out new partnerships to help move our community forward. 

The meeting was part of the Northwest School District's community information breakfasts. Starting in July, Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler and other NWRI administrators met with various groups to talk about the achievements and challenges facing the District. We hope to continue these partnership meetings throughout the year to help our students and community.

Thank you to Daniel Denbow of Living Word Church of Nazarene, Dave Stain of Spring Hills Presbyterian Church, Pastor Bill Peters of First Baptist Church of House Springs and Dr. David Bilgreen of Cedar Hill Lutheran for attending this morning's session. We look forward to continue building community partnerships for years to come.

11/07/14 > No school for Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 26-28
Students will not attend school during the Thanksgiving Holiday, Nov. 26-28. District offices will be closed Nov. 27-28. Classes will resume Monday, December 1.
11/06/14 > Ceremonial Groundbreaking
On a very wet November 4, 2014, the Board of Education, administrators, and staff participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking with our architect, Ittner, Inc. Northwest will begin in earnest to begin construction projects at three elementary schools: Murphy, High Ridge, and Brennan Woods. Work is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2015.
11/05/14 > Where are the 2014 Grads?
The new Department of Elementary and Secondary Education report on higher education found that Northwest graduates go on to attend an impressive list of schools.

The Northwest Class of 2014 grads are attending schools in Missouri, Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

These are the top universities chosen most often by our grads from the Class of 2014 (listed alphabetically).

Central Methodist University
Culver-Stockton College
Fontbonne University
Jefferson College
Lindenwood University
Maryville University
Missouri State University
Missouri University – Columbia
Missouri University – Kansas City
Missouri University – St. Louis
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Ranken Technical College
Saint Louis Community College
Saint Louis University
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Truman State University
University of Central Missouri
Webster University
10/27/14 > Sports Review for Oct. 20-25th Now Available
This week's Fall Sports review is now available. Click on the link below to listen.

10/24/14 > Maple Grove Staff and Students Going Green

For Maple Grove Custodian Dawn Coke and Office Assistant Renee Kluba, going green is a team effort. The two started working on getting students excited about recycling earlier this school year. It all started after the District started implementing single stream recycling, which is a system where all recyclables are mixed together instead of sorted by material type.

Being able to do single stream recycling is something the Northwest School District worked on for 2 years. The reason it was implemented now is twofold. First, the cost savings associated with having less trash to be picked up at all 10 schools and the ability to help teach our students about going green.

Once the recycling dumpster arrived at Maple Grove Elementary, Ms. Coke and Ms. Kluba worked to educate the students. They made a bulletin board with important information about what recycling is and how the students can get involved. In fact, recycling has caught on so much at Maple Grove, that a Recycling Club has started. Members walk around school looking for items to recycle.

To see more photos of the great recycling work Maple Grove students are doing, click here.

10/20/14 > Fall Sports Review for Oct. 13th-18th

This week's Fall Sports review is now available. Click on the link below to listen.


10/17/14 > Financial Audit Report Findings
The Northwest School District received another clean bill of health in its annual audit by an independent auditing firm, Daniel Jones & Associates, P.C., Arnold. During the October 16, 2014 meeting, Daniel Jones reported to Board members that the District received an “unmodified report.” The unmodified report is the best a district can receive and means the district is fairly presenting its financial statements and maintaining good internal controls over district finances. The school board then approved the audit report.

The state education department requires a biennial audit be performed; however, Northwest elects to have one done each year. The full copy of the audit is available on the BOE Calendar event for the October 16th meeting.

At Northwest, we are committed to providing financial transparency in order to be accountable to our patrons. Over the years, our District has greatly benefitted from the support and trust of the community. We pledge to work hard to earn your trust and to build the reputation of Northwest through our actions both inside and outside of the classroom. The annual audit report supports this goal.

Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler noted, “Northwest is fortunate to have Geoff Macy and Dawn Douglas along with their team in the District working in partnership with all our departments. This partnership allows for efficiency, transparency, and accuracy when dealing with community, state, and federal funds. This is especially important in these continued difficult financial times.”
10/17/14 > Class of 2015 Graduation Date
The Northwest Board of Education set the date for the Class of 2015 Commencement Exercise. This year, as in most, there has been an interest in setting a graduation as soon as possible to allow families to make arrangements for travel and activities. The graduation date is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2015. This date was selected to allow commencement activities to occur on a weekend, but avoids conflicts with other activities including the Missouri State High School Activities Association events that are held on Saturdays throughout the month of May.
10/09/14 > Thank You to Northwest Community Leaders

The Northwest School District wants to thank all of the nearly two dozen community leaders who attended an informational breakfast on Wednesday, October 8th. Leaders from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Northwest Branch of the Jefferson County Library and Byrnes Mill Mayor's Office were just a few of the organizations who came. Attendees got the opportunity to hear from Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler about Northwest's achievements and challenges.

10/01/14 > ECC Eating a Rainbow
The Early Childhood Center hosted "I Can Eat a Rainbow" night on September 25th. Children learned about healthy foods through song and dance, art, games, and tried different fruits and vegetables representing every color of the rainbow. Each child who tried a food from every color of the rainbow received a certificate to remember the event. 50 families attended the program and a good time was had by all.
10/01/14 > NHS Wins $1,000

Congratulations to the students of Northwest High School for coming in 2nd for the Jim Butler Chevrolet Teen Safe Driving Challenge. Schools across the St. Louis and Illinois metro areas were invited to take the Teen Safe Driving Pledge. Over 75,000 people took the pledge. 

On Wednesday, more than a dozen NHS students got to show their school spirit and accept the check from Jim Butler Chevrolet. The $1,000 will go to NHS Choir Teacher Marleisa Amsden since she was the one who entered NHS into the competition. Thank you to everyone who took the pledge!

To see more photos of the students' appearance on Fox 2, click here to go to the District Facebook page. 

9/30/14 > Fall Sports Review for Sept. 22nd-27th Now Available

This week's Fall Sports review is now available. Click on the link below to listen.


9/30/14 > NHS Asst. Principal American Cancer Society Spokesperson

Earlier this year, Northwest High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Younkins received the news that no one wants to hear; you have cancer. Since her diagnosis in February, Mrs. Younkins has not only fought her cancer, but is helping educate others. She is doing that as the Portraits of Hope spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. 

On Tuesday, she appeared on Fox 2 News in the Morning to talk about the Making Strides Agaist Breast Cancer walk in Forest Park on October 25th. To see Mrs. Younkins appearance, click here. To get more information on the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, click here.

9/23/14 > BWE 4th Graders Sing at Cardinals Game

Brennan Woods Elementary 4th graders got a once in a lifetime opportunity last month when they sang at the Cardinals game. Mrs. Juliet Key's music class sang "God Bless America" at the August 14th game. Before the students sang, they were able to go onto the field and take pictures.

9/19/14 > Community Member Commended

Another member of our community that was recognized at last night's Board of Education meeting was Wally Jones. His amazing works of art can be seen all over the Northwest School District. Here is what Cedar Springs Principal Cynthia Spurgeon shared:

"Cedar Springs Elementary would like to recognize Wally Jones for consistently exceeding expectations. In business, you come across extraordinary people. We have
 had the pleasure of doing business with one such individual. Mr. Wally Jones, a local businessman, is a very talented craftsman. You can witness his talent in many of our schools.
At Cedar Springs he has made desks, cabinets, display cases, draw organizers, outdoor benches, and much more. He consistently goes above and beyond on every task he has been contracted to do. Many of the extras, he has done on his own time and at his own expense. He is completely dedicated to the task at hand and stands behind his work 110 percent. Mr. Jones has proven himself to be an immeasurable benefit to our community and schools. Thank you for the contributions you make to the Northwest School District, and more specifically, Cedar Springs Elementary. You are very much appreciated!"

9/18/14 > ECC Flag Ceremony
The VFW Post 5331 in Cedar Hill presented the Early Childhood Center (ECC) with a new American Flag. Ralph Hardin frequents the Senior Center located next door to ECC. Mr. Hardin, on behalf of the Post, lead the children and staff in a flag ceremony. The flag that had been used will be retired in an official flag retirement ceremony at a later date. Northwest is pleased to have active community members participate with teaching civic pride to our students.
9/18/14 > LionTrac Gold Medal
Each year the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) offers to critiques members publications. This is offered as a membership benefit to help improve student publications. Each year, school yearbooks’ are invited to submit issues to the Association's experienced adviser-judges. The Critique is based on a written set of standards developed by the Association to itemize the best practices. The adviser-judge reviews the publication and analyzes its strengths and weakness as described by the Critique.

Gold Medalists are given for total scores from 800 to 1,000 points; Silver Medalists, from 600 through 799 points; and Bronze Medalists, 599 points and below. Congratulations to the 2014 LionTrac for being award their first Gold Medal. Their sponsor Amy Pflasterer is very proud of her students and their work on design, photography, writing and theme development to achieve this honor.

CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.
9/18/14 > Northwest Board Member Named to Statewide Ed. Committee

Earlier this month, Northwest Board of Education Member Nancy Bergfeld was named to a distinguished committee that will help set academic standards for students across the state.

Members of the group were nominated by the governor, lieutenant governor, lawmakers, the Department of Higher Education and educator associations. The members include active classroom teachers and parents of school-age children. School administrators, school board members and curriculum consultants are also represented.

Thirty-two people will make up eight different work groups that will review learning standards for Missouri students. There will be two groups each looking at English language art, mathematics, science and social studies. One group in each subject will review standards for grades K-5, and the other will review standards for grades 6-12. Ms. Bergfeld will serve on the group that looks at Math standards for grades 6-12.

These groups were formed to fulfill the requirements of House Bill 1490 which aims to change the laws regarding academic performance and learning standards for elementary and secondary education. Over the course of the next year, these groups will meet several times in Jefferson City.  All the meetings are public, with the first ones starting September 22-23.

Ms. Bergfeld's extensive experience in the classroom as a Math educator, as a Board Member for the Northwest School District and Executive Board Member for the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics make her well-qualified for this committee. She's been in education for 34 years and still provides Professional Development to 31 school districts across Missouri as a Resource Teacher Enhancement Coordinator. She also helps align the National Assessment of Educational Programs (NAEP) items for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Northwest School District and Board of Education is extremely proud of Ms. Bergfeld for being named to this distinguished group.

9/15/14 > Beautify the Boulevard This Friday
There are no classes this Friday, so why not bring the family out to help beautify High Ridge Boulevard. The Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, along with the Northwest School District and several locals businesses will be out along High Ridge Boulevard Friday, picking up trash and planting flowers. The event is a way to show support for all our local businesses who help keep this community thriving.
9/11/14 > Talented NHS Students Showcased

The creative contributions of the Northwest High School mural club were highlighted Wednesday night on Channel 4. Click here to watch it. 

If your business is interested in having a mural painted, please contact Fawn Ruch at the high school. 

9/10/14 > Kindness of CSE Students Highlighted

A 5th grade class at Cedar Springs Elementary is showing exactly what makes students in the Northwest School District so special. After a tornado hit the Hoods in House Springs, a student came up with the idea to make "Get Well" cards for the workers there. So that's exactly what they did. Click here to watch the story Channel 4 did on this.

9/05/14 > Dr. Ziegler Talks with KJFF Radio

With school back in session, Superitendent Dr. Paul Ziegler will continue updating the community every month on KJFF. This month, he spoke with Matt Baer about everything from the success of Late Start Wednesday's to the upcoming ribbon cutting at the renovated Northwest High School Stadium. To hear the interview, click on the link below. 


8/22/14 > Ribbon Cutting Rescheduled
The community is invited to celebrate the Northwest High School Stadium Renovations project with a ribbon cutting ceremony September 12. The ceremony marks the official opening of the new turf field. This turf project is part of the voter approved Proposition LIONS funds required to be used only for facilities improvements. While there might be a few things to be done, the project is substantially completed.

We hope you can join us at the Homecoming celebration for the ribbon cutting before kick off.
8/19/14 > Late Start Questions and Answers

When does Late Start Wednesday begin?

The first one is schedule for August 20, 2014.

What time will the bus pick up students?

Transportation will run buses one hour later than the regular time for example if your time was 7:16 a.m., your Wednesday time will be 8:16 a.m. 

What time does school start?

Middle and High School begin at 8:20 a.m.

Buildings grades Kindergarten through 5th begin at 9:35 a.m.

What time will school end on Wednesday?

The dismissal time does not change.

Can I drop my student off early?

All buildings will open at their normal time for parents who can, if needed, bring their students using private transportation. There will be no charge to take advantage of this service. The drop off times begin at 7:10 a.m. for grades 6-12 and begin at 8:20 a.m. for grades K-5. (For grades K-5, Elementary Lion Care is offered for a fee and prior registration. Click link below.)

What are the kids doing if they are dropped off early?

Each building has plans in place for supervised activities that are appropriate for the age and size of the group. 

Who will be supervising the students?

Current District staff will supervise.

Will breakfast be served?

Breakfast will be offered and we will continue to serve the free breakfast program at the elementary schools.


Attachment:
 Lion Care for Wednesdays
 
8/19/14 > Subscribe to the Leader Newspaper

Getting good information about your school and community is vital. One way to do that is by signing up to get the Leader Newspaper. It's free for residents of Jefferson County. Click here to subscribe.

8/18/14 > Finishing Touches Finalized on NHS Stadium

Some amazing details were recently added to the Northwest High School Stadium. Among them, turf letters on the hillside that greet fans as they enter the stadium. Come see the amazing stadium renovation and support Northwest athletes at this year's Homecoming game. It's scheduled for September 12th. The ribbon cutting will take place prior to kick-off at 6:30 p.m. Game time is 7 p.m. 

To see more photos, click here to go to our Facebook page.

8/15/14 > Northwest High School Video

The talented students and staff at Northwest High School put together this video that will be shown Monday during class assemblies.
8/13/14 > Bus Safety Tips
With the start of a new school year, the Transportation Department soon will begin running their regular bus routes to safely transport students to and from school. To ensure the safe departure and arrival of all students, here are a few back to school reminders.

• Be aware of school buses loading and unloading students. When the bus is preparing to stop, its yellow lights will flash. The lights will flash red when students are entering or exiting the bus.

• State law requires all vehicles traveling in both directions on roads with fewer than four traffic lanes to stop when a bus is loading or unloading.

• Be alert for students walking to and from their bus stop, especially on neighborhood streets and in school zones, and be mindful of children crossing the street after exiting the school bus.

• When preparing your child to leave for the bus, help them secure their belongings in a backpack so they will not drop any items when walking to the bus stop.

• Advise your children to be careful when traveling to and from the bus stop; groups of children are more visible to motorists. Also make sure your children leave home in plenty of time to walk to their bus stop without rushing.

• Before the first day of school, prepare your child by practicing how to walk to and from the pickup/drop-off corner and when and where to wait for their school bus.

If you have any questions or concerns about bus routes and/or stops, please contact the Transportation Department at 636.671.0033.
8/11/14 > Late Start Wednesday Lion Care Information

With school starting in just a few days, we understand that some families may still have questions about Late Start Wednesday's and childcare options. In order to help alleviate some of those concerns, we here in the Northwest School District have put together special pricing for those families who may want to take advantage of our Lion Care program. 

Below you'll find a letter from Amanda Santure, the Lion Care program manager about the three options now being provided. 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

It has come to our attention that with late start Wednesdays going into effect this school year, some parents are confused on what they can do with their child(ren). 


Lion Care, the before and after school program, would like assist parents in need on these Wednesdays. We will be offering three (3) payment options to parents:

 

The first option: All 35 Late Start Wednesday's for $120. That's $3.42 for each of those days. In order to get this option, the amount must be paid in full up front.


The second option: $65 per semester. For the fall semester, that's $3.82 per Wednesday. For the spring semester, that's $3.61 per Wednesday. In order to get this option, the amount must be paid in full up front. 


The third option: $5.00 per Wednesday morning. 

 

Also, the $15.00 registration fee for those signing up for any of these packages will be waived. 

 

Children will need to be registered with our program with all of the necessary forms filled out before they will be allowed to attend.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me at 636-671-3470 ext. 14117.  

 

Amanda Santure, SACC Program Manager

8/08/14 > Back to School Checklist

Are you ready for classes to begin August 14th? Northwest teachers and staff are gearing up for students to return on Thursday. The link below will open up a web page for last minute reminders.


Attachment:
 Back to School Checklist
 
8/07/14 > Northwest Way Recipients Announced for 2014-2015

In August 2009, Northwest School District employees embraced a newly formed philanthropic endeavor, "The Northwest Way". This program adopts the philosophy of supporting organizations that help our friends and neighbors in Jefferson County. Employees are given the opportunity to participate by electing to have a payroll deduction at an amount they select. The total amount collected is then presented to the charity during their designation month at the regular Board of Education meeting.

District administrators selected charities that reflect our community's diverse needs and interests. Northwest received a Promising Practices award for this program. The Character Education Partnership (CEP) gives annual Promising Practices awards for implementing unique and specific strategies in character education.

The 2014-2015 Northwest Way charities are:

 Month  Charity  Sponsor
 September Peace Pantry  Valley
 October Feed My People  Woodridge
 November Ladies of Charity  High Ridge
 December Sunnyhill, Inc.  Maple Grove
 January St. Baldrick's  House Springs
 February Special Olympics  Cedar Springs
 March Mid East Agency for Aging  Central Office
 April  Northwest Alumni Assoc.  Northwest High School
 May  Backstoppers, Inc.  Brennan Woods
 June  Food Pantries  Early Childhood
 July  NWLEAFF Scholarships  District
 August  JFK Sports Murphy

*All the charities are compliant with federal guidelines regarding charitable giving and have Internal Revenue Services issued 501(c) 3 designations.

8/01/14 > Late Start Wednesday FAQ
Beginning in August 2014, Northwest School District is implementing a Late Start Wednesday schedule. With this new program, families have questions. Here are the Frequently Asked Questions and their answers.

What is Late Start Wednesday?

On every student attendance Wednesday, the school day will start approximately an hour later. Grades 6-12 will start at 8:20am, and grades K-5 will start at 9:35am. After researching many options and having multiple discussions, the Board of Education accepted the recommendation to devote weekly time during the school day for teachers to collaborate on best practices.

Why are we having Late Start Wednesday?

The purpose of the late start is to ensure the teaching staff has dedicated time to improve their classroom instruction. The art of teaching is now more challenging than ever with constantly changing technology and methods. It is not the classroom we grew up in anymore.

What will the teachers be doing?

Teachers will have structured time to share what are the most effective teaching techniques, design effective lessons, review student data, etc. All work during this hour will be student focused.

Why not use summer or after school for professional collaboration?

To make sure that teachers can quickly adjust instruction, it is essential that teachers have weekly collaboration time built into the school day. This allows them to respond immediately and effectively to a learner’s needs. Many of our teaching staff teach summer school, take classes in the summer, or work other jobs. The majority of our staff would not be able to attend. After school we would run into some of the same issues as summer plus many of our staff coach athletics or work with clubs and afterschool activities.

Can I drop my student off early?

The District realizes this later start schedule may create a hardship for some families. With this in mind, all buildings will open at their normal time for parents who can, if needed, bring their students using private transportation. There will be no charge to take advantage of this service. The drop off times are 7:10am for grades 6-12 and 8:20am for grades K-5. Elementary Lion Care will be available on Wednesdays if you need to drop off before 8:20am.

What will the kids be doing if they are dropped off early?

Each building will have plans in place for supervised activities that are appropriate for the age and size of the group. This time could be used for completion of homework, studying for a test, reading a good book, utilizing computer labs, etc..

Who will be supervising the students?

District staff will supervise early drop off of students.

Will breakfast be served?

Breakfast will be served at regular times to all students who wish to participate. We will be continuing the free breakfast program at the elementary schools.

Can we schedule meetings or phone conferences with teachers during late start?

No, this is time for staff to collaborate with their colleagues. Meetings will not be scheduled at this time.

What other school districts are doing late starts?

Several school districts in our area participate in a late start or early release for the purpose of teacher collaboration time, such as Francis Howell, Washington, St. Clair, Festus, Troy, and Wright City.

Please contact your building principal for answers to questions not covered here.
7/30/14 > Winners Announced for School Breakfast Challenge
Winners of Missouri’s School Breakfast Challenge were announced during the Department’s School Administrators Conference Monday in Columbia.

The School Breakfast Challenge, a joint partnership between the Department, the Missouri Food Bank Association and the Midwest Dairy Council, aims to increase daily breakfast participation in school districts across the state. All Missouri public, charter and private school districts participating in the national school lunch program were automatically entered in the challenge and were categorized into one of five tiers based on district enrollment.

Winners are the top three schools in each tier that had the largest increase in breakfast meals served per student from the 2012-13 school year to the 2013-14 school year.

The 2013-14 winners are:

Tier 2 (3,500-9,999 students)

Gold Award – Sedalia School District, $3,000
Silver Award – Northwest R-I School District, $2,000
Bronze Award – Lindbergh School District, $1,000

Challenge winners will receive cash prizes for their efforts. Awards are based on five different enrollment categories. The top winner in each category will receive $3,000, second place will receive $2,000 and third place will receive $1,000. The money is recommended to be used toward health and wellness activities to benefit the receiving school district.

“Studies continue to show a healthy breakfast improves students’ wellness and their ability to do well in school,” said Courtney Corbett of Midwest Dairy Council. “We hope that our efforts to promote breakfast in schools continue to make a difference.”
7/21/14 > An Invitation to Be Part of Jefferson County History
A project is underway to compile a beautiful book recording the history of Jefferson County, including family histories, communities, churches, schools, businesses, farms memorials, tributes, clubs, organization, and much more! The Jefferson County Genealogical Society would like to include YOUR family's rich history in their new book.

Work is already underway. You have until July 30, 2014 to take action and make sure that your family doesn't get left out of this exciting project.

Contribute a brief history of your family, especially as it relates to Jefferson County, along with a photograph. Remember - every family has a story to tell. You don't have to order the book to contribute your family's history and photo. The more families that submit their stories, the better the book will be.

Mail your submission to the Jefferson County Genealogical Society. You may also drop your submission off at the Genealogy Department at the Northwest branch of the Jefferson County Library, 5680 State Road PP, High Ridge from 10 am - 2 pm on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

For more detailed information, call 636-212-5667.
7/21/14 > CPR Reminder Video

As students and staff prepare to start the 2014-2015 school year, we thought it would be a good time to share  The American Heart Association's video on CPR. Click here to view the video. 

7/15/14 > Student Accident Insurance Enrollment
Student accident insurance enrollment is open now. On the Merkel website, parents/guardian will be able to:

• View all of the coverage and premium options
• Review a Frequently Asked Questions section
• Purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of what they purchased

The link below will open in a new window. An informational flyer is also attached.

6/19/14 > NHS Stadium Progress Continues

If you've driven by Northwest High School lately, odds are you've seen a lot of construction equipment on the field. The transformation of the field and stadium is well underway. Crews have been busy using steer skid loaders and other heavy equipment to remove the grass from the field.

Curbs will begin going in on Monday. The stadium is scheduled for completion on August 9th. For more photos of the work at the stadium and throughout the District, click here.

6/16/14 > Northwest Schools Participate in School Days Program

All 10 schools in the Northwest School District are now enrolled in the Amerigas/Geldbach Propane School Days program. The program allows parents, community members, family and friends to give back to their neighborhood school, just by paying their Amerigas/Geldbach Propane bill. 

Anyone who receives an Amerigas/Geldbach Propane bill can help! All they have to do is mail the top portion of their bill to their neighborhood Northwest School District school each time they receive it. Those receipts are collected all year long. Then in late July, the receipts are collected and tallied. For every gallon of propane used, the school gets 2-cents back, with a maximum of $2,000 every year.

A copy of a mock receipt is on the right. If you have any questions, please contact your neighborhood school. 

5/28/14 > NHS Freshman Wins Essay Contest

Congratulations to Northwest High School Freshman Kaelea See for winning the American Legion Auxiliary's Americanism Essay Contest this year. Students across the area wrote essays answering the question, "How can I show my pride in being an American?"

See received the good news last Wednesday after Donna O'Malley with the American Legion Auxiliary presented her with a certificate and a $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.

5/27/14 > Groundbreaking on Northwest High School Stadium

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 members of the Board of Education, administrators, students and a representative of ATG Sports were on hand for the groundbreaking of the new Northwest High School stadium and turf. 

This project is one of many that were made possible by the passage of Proposition LIONS earlier this year. The estimated cost of the field turf is $639,660. The estimated cost of the entire stadium renovation is $850,000. It's expected to be complete by August 9, 2014.

To stay updated on all the bond issue projects, click here

Pictured back row from left to right: Brad Peeples, NHS Athlete, Gary Bonacker, Board Secretary, Terry Russell, Executive Director of School Operations, Jeff Taggart, Activities Director, Paul Haug, former coach, Jack Morrison, former athletic director, Joe Gianino, ATG Sports.

Pictured front from left to right: Rebekah Haas, VMS student, Daisy Nulsen, BWE student, Chris Shelton, Board Member, Dr. Paul Ziegler, Superintendent of Schools, Victoria James, Board President, Gary Barrett, Board Member, Lee Strande, NHS Athlete, Josh Haas, CSE student, Anna Haas, CSE student and Chase Viehland, MGE student.

5/16/14 > Late Start Wednesday Information

All families with students in the Northwest School District should have received a letter from Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler regarding Late Start Wednesdays. A copy of that letter, as well as the Late Start Calendars for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years can be found in the links below.


5/16/14 > Geoff Macy Named Chief Operating Officer

The Northwest School District is proud to announce Mr. Geoff Macy as the new Chief Operating Officer effective July 1, 2014. Mr. Macy has served the students, families and staff of the Northwest School District for over five years in several different capacities. Most recently, he served as principal of Valley Middle School.

During his tenure in the Northwest School District, Mr. Macy has established himself as a leader not only in the school he is working at, but throughout the entire district. Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler noted, "Mr. Macy will bring a great deal of leadership, integrity, dedication and intelligence to his new position.  Anybody who knows Mr. Macy also knows that he is truly a Northwest Lion that "Bleeds Blue"."

Mr. Macy has a strong and successful record in education and serving children. He started his career with St. Louis Public Schools. It was during his time there that he quickly established himself as a trusted leader in several middle schools and Cleveland High School. 

Mr. Macy's experience working with students, families and staff will prove to be a valuable asset to the Northwest School District and the students and families it serves. 

5/07/14 > Northwest Alumnus Raising Money For Vandalized Schools

Some generous Northwest High School alumnus are gathering this weekend to help raise money for the three schools that were vandalized last weekend. They will have a silent auction with a variety of local businesses pitching in to help the Northwest School District.

Details for the event are below:

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014

Time: 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Location: Grand Slam Sports Bar & Grill

      519 Mae Crt, Fenton, MO

All classes are invited to attend the event. 

5/05/14 > Spring Sports Review for April 28-May 3

This week's Springs Sports review is now available. Click on the link below to listen.


4/28/14 > Spring Sports Review for April 21-25

This week's Springs Sports review is now available. Click on the link below to listen. 


4/28/14 > Cedar Hill Elks Golf Tournament

Cedar Hill Elks Lodge #2678 is gearing up for the Jerry Wrombel Memorial Golf Tournment on Saturday, May 10th at Meramec Lakes Golf Course. Proceeds benefit their Scholarship Fund. Many of those scholarships go to Northwest High School students.

See the flier for more information.

4/25/14 > 2014 American Legion State of Missouri programs
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The 2014 American Legion State of Missouri Boys and Girls State programs have announced the participants. Each program provides students a hands-on learning experience that teaches them the basic ideals and principals of American government. Students will spend a week at Girls or Boys State programs in June.

Northwest High School delegates

Boys State:
Lucas Diffey, Justin Thomure, Josh Campbell, Brett Campbell, and Aaron Smith

Girls State:
Jennie Daegling, McKenzie Green, and Lee Strande
4/24/14 > 2014 Scholars Academy Students Announced
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Three Northwest students were selected to attend the rigorous 2014 Missouri Scholars Academy. Those gifted students will attend the residential program for exceptional juniors this summer. The three-week academic program is for 330 of Missouri's gifted students, who are ready to begin their junior year of high school.

During the program, students live and learn on the University of Missouri campus. Participating students minor and major in fields of study during the program, and ungraded classes are taught by college professors.

Northwest High School will be represented by Lucas Bonskowski, Megan Prado, and Ashley Turnbull.
4/24/14 > Free Family Safety Night Coming Up

For the second time this school year, the Northwest R-1 School District will host a Family Safety Night for the community.  This event showcases the Northwest School District's strong partnership with several community organizations serving the Jefferson County area.

During this educational and informative event, children and parents can choose between several 10-minute presentations led by community safety professionals and volunteers.  This program is designed to provide comprehensive safety tips for children and adults. Some of the topics that will be covered include: bike safety, fire safety,  stranger danger and cyberbullying. 

Organizations scheduled to participate include:

  • Big River Ambulance District
  • North Jefferson Ambulance District
  • Cedar Hill Fire Protection District
  • High Ridge Fire Protection District
  • COMTREA
  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Department
  • American Red Cross
  • Jefferson County P.R.I.D.E.
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.  

Vouchers for free bike safety items will be available at the event.

The Family Safety Night is FREE and open to the public. A flier for the event can be found in the document below. Please share with friends, family and neighbors. 


4/23/14 > Second Missouri Learning Standards Video Released

The second Missouri Learning Standards video produced exclusively for Northwest students, staff, parents and community members has just been released. Click on the link below to view it. 


4/15/14 > Renee Hall-Re Named District Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Renee Hall-Re for being named this year's Northwest School District Teacher of the Year. Ms. Hall-Re received the good news at Monday night's Employee Recognition Night. 

During her acceptance speech, Ms. Hall-Re thanked her colleagues at the Early Childhood Center for their ongoing support. She also expressed her gratitude to the entire Northwest School District for recognizing the great work that is happening at the Early Childhood Center.

Winning this award also entitles Ms. Hall-Re to a $1,000 award courtesy of DNT (Document and Network Technologies), the District's copier/printer provider.

Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler said of Ms. Hall-Re, " Ms. Hall-Re has devoted countless hours to ensuring that the students who attend Northwest Early Childhood Center are given the best opportunity to get a jump start on their journey as life long learners.  Thank you for your efforts Rene and good luck in representing Northwest in the Missouri Teacher of the Year."

Ms. Hall-Re will now go on to compete at the state level for Missouri's Teacher of the Year. 

To see more photos of last night's announcement, visit the District's Facebook page. 

3/26/14 > Get the West Side Leader Delivered to Your Door

Leader Publications has now expanded on the west side of Jefferson County. Help support local news in our area by subscribing. All you have to do is click on this link to sign-up for the paper. A direct link to the Leader is here.

3/24/14 > Northwest Spring Sports Review

Spring sports are in full swing at Northwest High School. Click on the link below to hear Activities Director Jeff Taggart giving a sports recap for this past week.


3/17/14 > Proposition Lions Informational Open House

The first of two informational meetings on Proposition Lions will happen this Thursday, March 20 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the NISSC (Northwest Instructional and Student Services Center). It's located at 5684 Highway PP, High Ridge, MO 63049.

At this meeting, you'll hear from Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler about the proposed projects. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions. 

Another one of these meetings is scheduled for Monday, March 24 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the NISSC.

3/12/14 > Successful Reading Night

This year's Reading Night was a big success. More than 50 students and adults came

out to hear the Reading Rocks Band. A special thanks to Jeff Cunningham, Warren Graddy, Rob Stain and Timmy for donating their time and talent to make this event memorable and fun for everyone!

3/11/14 > Brad Snell Named High School Principal of the Year

Congratulations to Northwest High School Principal Brad Snell who was just named High School Principal of the Year for the St. Louis area. Mr. Snell was surprised at the high school on Wednesday by representatives from the St. Louis Area Association of Secondary Principals and Northwest staff and adminstration. He thanked his staff for helping support him and the students of NHS everyday. 

Northwest High School is no stranger to this outstanding distinction. Assistant Principal Kate Piffel received the Assistant Principal of the Year award last year. 


3/10/14 > Board of Education Tours Cedar Springs Elementary

Members of the Board of Education toured Cedar Springs Elementary on Friday. They got an opportunity to see kindergarten through fifth graders hard at work. 

More pictures of their tour can be seen by visiting the District's Facebook page. 

3/10/14 > Superintendent Ziegler Does Mrs. Sparks' Job

High Ridge Elementary Counselor Patricia Sparks got a well deserved break Monday when Superintendent Ziegler filled in for her. During her time off, she ran errands and got some shopping done. Mrs. Sparks won two hours off work as part of the Dr. Z Do My Job program. She was nominated by a parent who spoke highly of her dedication to students at High Ridge Elementary.

While Mrs. Sparks enjoyed her time off, Superintendent Ziegler spent the afternoon playing Career Jeopardy with several classes. Among those was Mrs. Banks' third grade class. Students were divided up into two teams and competed to see which group knew more about certain careers. 

Do you know an outstanding Northwest employee who deserves recognition? If so, nominate them by clicking this link and filling out the form. A recipient is selected each month. 

3/10/14 > Teachers of the Year Named

Each year, the Northwest District recognizes outstanding educators by naming Teachers of the Year at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Dozens of outstanding Northwest educators were nominated. One was chosen for each grade level. Those winners are:

Renee Hall-Re 

Little Lions Pre-School 

Northwest Early Childhood Center

Tessa Weiland

7th grade Math Teacher

Valley Middle School

Julie Holstein

9th-12th grade Math Teacher

Northwest High School

Each of these outstanding educators were nominated either by their peers, a parent or community member for the great work they do everyday in the Northwest School District. We are honored to have them in our buildings. All of them will be recognized at the Annual Employee Recognition Night in April. They are also in the running to be named the District Teacher of the Year. That individual will be selected by the Administration and named at the Employee Recognition Night.

3/10/14 > Northwest District Art Show Date Announced

This year's District Art Show is set for Saturday, March 22 at the Early Childhood Center. It's located at 6180 Highway MM, House Springs, MO 63051.

The event will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Artwork from several schools will be on display. 

Here are a few of the pieces you can expect to see. More photos are on the District's Facebook page. 


3/06/14 > Summer Journey Videos Released
If your child is interested in attending the Summer Journey Summer School Program, here are two informational videos on the program. The first one is intended for sixth through eighth graders. The second one is aimed at kindergarten through fifth graders. Both videos highlight what programs are offered and have attendance incentives.

To view the videos, click on the links below. If you have additional questions, please contact your local school or Chief Academic Officer Mary Thomasson at 636-677-9980.

3/06/14 > Dr. Ziegler Updates Community on KJFF

Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler talked with KJFF's Matt West Wednesday about a variety of topics including the new school calendars being released and the upcoming bond issue. To hear the full interview, click on the link below.


3/05/14 > House Springs Student Wins Missouri Braille Challenge

Eight-year-old Austin Schwan of House Springs Elementary recently walked away with first place in the Missouri Regional Braille Challenge contestfor his age group. Thiscontest is the only national reading and writing contest in Braille for blind and visually impaired students. Students are challenged in several areas including reading comprehension, proofreading and spelling. Congratulations to Austin!

3/05/14 > Local IT Company Donates Computer Items

Thank you to Bob Branham of Branham Information Technology Solutions LLC for
donating 13 flatscreen LCD computer monitors, 15 mice and keyboards. Branham dropped them off to Central Office in High Ridge Wednesday.

Branham received the items back in November when a business no longer needed them. They'll be put to good use throughout the District. 

3/04/14 > NHS Senior Earns Eagle Scout Rank
Northwest High School Senior Garrett Sorg, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He did a service project for the Community Closet at Valley Middle School.  
In addition to receiving this distinction, Sorg got a Declaration from State Representative Paul Weiland for his service to the community during his Eagle Scout Ceremony. Sorg was also invited to attend an Eagle Scout Recognition at the Capitol Building in Jefferson City. 
3/04/14 > Northwest Apple Award Winners Announced

Every year, the Northwest School District recognizes excellence of character, performance and service on the part of those who serve as Northwest educators. Community members, staff and students are invited to nominate certified employees for this distinguished award. Dozens of qualified employees were nominated, but only three winners were chosen for this award. They are:

Jason Brown

Varsity Basketball Coach at Northwest High School

Taneal Wallace

Assistant Principal at Woodridge Middle School

Jennifer Younkins

Assistant Principal at Northwest High School

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and those who received this year's distinction. The winners will be honored at the annual Employee Recognition Night in April.

3/04/14 > Northwest Golden Bell Winners Announced

Every year, the Northwest School District recognizes district support staff employees for their excellence in character, performance and service to the Northwest School District. All district support staff are eligible for the Golden Bell Award. This year, 20 outstanding support staff employees were nominated. Four winners were chosen. 

They are:

Lee Helm

Valley Middle School Administrative Assistant

Lorrie Dale

Brennan Woods Elementary Information Technology Specialist

Carrie Long

House Springs Elementary Paraprofessional

Courtney Bays

Northwest Instructional & Student Services Center Administrative Assistant

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and those who received this year's distinction. The winners will be honored at the annual Employee Recognition Night in April.

3/04/14 > Northwest PRIDE Winner Announced
For the past two years, the Northwest School District has awarded an outstanding community member or patron the PRIDE Award (Program to Recognize Individual Dedication to Education). People eligible for this award go above and beyond to make Northwest a better place. Several organizations and people were nominated this year. The winner was Pastor Bill Peters and the First Baptist Church of House Springs. Their dedication to the students and families of the Northwest School District is greatly appreciated. Pastor Peters and the church will be recognized at the annual Employee Recognition Night in April. 
 
3/04/14 > Missouri Learning Standards Video

The Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education recently released a variety of videos aimed at educating Missourians on the Missouri Learning Standards. To see some of those videos, click here.

3/04/14 > Woodridge Middle School Prepares for Night at the Museum Event
For the third year in a row, Woodridge Middle School is opening its doors to the community for a fun-filled evening. This year's Night at the Museum event will be March 26 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the school. There will be an art show, book fair, bake sale and tons of activities for kids. All community members are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Carrie Schnorbus at Woodridge Middle School.

3/04/14 > Business Owner Donates to Brennan Woods Elementary

A big thank you to Donna McGill for making a generous donation to Brennan Woods Elementary. McGill met with Principal Susan Wingenbach Tuesday to drop of the huge basket of Pampered Chef goodies. The basket will be used as a raffle item at an upcoming school event. 

This is the second generous donation McGill has made to schools in the Northwest School District. Last October, she donated another goodie basket to Northwest High School. That was also used as a raffle item.

McGill is also offering a special promotion right now that can benefit schools in our district. If you host a Pampered Chef cooking party with Donna McGill from now through May 31, 2014, she will donate 10% of the sales to the Northwest School or teacher of your choice. For more information on that, visit her website.

3/03/14 > Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week

This week is Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week. It runs through Friday, March 7.

Every year, the National Weather Service urges everyone to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill. This year it's scheduled for Thursday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. On this day, Missouri outdoor warning sirens will sound, indicating that Missourians should seek shelter during the statewide drill. The safest shelter location is the basement or interior room in the lowest level of a building.

For more information on Severe Weather Awareness Week and helpful tips, visit the National Weather Service's website.

2/27/14 > House Springs Elementary Featured on Fox 2

One of the best parts about this community and House Springs Elementary was showcased Thursday morning on Fox 2 News. Reporter Kim Hudson joined dozens of brave boys and girls who showed up to support St. Baldrick's. First grader, Ty Hejlek and fifth grader, Devin Horn even had their head shaved live on TV!

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from today's live shot. More can be seen here on the District's Facebook page.

Here is the link to Fox 2's story.

2/25/14 > NHS Student Recognized for Patriotic Essay

Megan Nanney, 11th grader at Northwest High School, was awarded 1st place in the Big River VFW Post 5331 "Voice of Democracy" contest. The title of her essay was "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future." Megan received a plaque and a $200 monetary award. 

Pictured with Megan are David Knouse (Trustee), Bill Myrick (Commander), and Ronald R. Karn (Quartermaster).

2/25/14 > Northwest School District 2014-2015 Calendar Released

The Northwest School District calendar for the 2014-2015 school year is now available. You can either open the link below or view the documents below. It's also available by clicking here for the 2014-2015 calendar and here for the 2015-2016 calendar.


2/25/14 > HRE Counselor Wins February Dr. Z Do My Job

High Ridge Elementary Counselor Patricia Sparks was brought to tears Tuesday after Superintendent Ziegler shared the words used by a parent to describe her impact on her children.

The words were the parent's kind nomination for Mrs. Sparks in the Dr. Z Do My Job program. Every month, the Northwest School District encourages parents, community members, students and staff to nominate an outstanding employee. Those nominations then go into a random drawing. The winner gets 2 hours off from his/her job while Dr. Ziegler does it for them.

Here was the nomination that touched Mrs. Sparks.

" I have two children that are students at HRE. Mrs Sparks has helped my oldest daughter Autumn open up our of her shy shell so much in the 5 years my daughter has been a student there. Between the peace patrol program and the Girls on the Run program Mrs. Sparks has provided her support and went out of her way after work hours to help the girls of the Girls on the Run program achieve their goal of doing a 5K. My daughter, Autumn, was usually the last one across the finish line during the program, but Mrs Sparks was always there cheering her on and motivating her to finish the race. It didn't matter if she came in last. All that mattered was that she finished. My daughter enjoyed the program so much that she is going to do the Girls on the Run again this year: her last year at HRE."

If you know a deserving Northwest employee, please click here to nominate them.

To see more photos from Tuesday's surprise, visit the District's Facebook page. 

2/25/14 > Northwest Employee and Alumna Has Book Published

Jessica Munzlinger, a paraprofessional at the Early Childhood Center recently had a book published. It's titled, "Mercy's Grace: Discoveries". It's a Christian Science Fiction novel that follows a sixteen-year-old boy. He wakes from a coma without any memory of who he is. After leaving the hospital, he meets a young couple namedZachary and Lucy. The story follows the boy as he navigates through his many adventures in the midst of a war.

Munzlinger, a Northwest Alumna shares how important her teachers in the District were and still are in her writing. She said, "My goal to become a writer actually started when I was eight. I do credit my English teachers at Northwest High School for encouraging me in my writing, namely Dale Stoll and Sandra Clem. Dale actually edited my book before I finally got the courage to contact WestBow Press about publishing it. I know Dale retired several years ago, and this is Sandra's last year. Working with the many different people and kids these past four years does help inspire me on adding character quirks in anything I write, but I wrote the Mercy's Grace series seven years ago. The support I've received from staff members, though, has helped encourage me through the process. They are a great network of people - from Brennan Woods Elementary to Maple Grove Elementary, and finally to the Early Childhood Center."

"Mercy's Grace: Discoveries" is the first in a series of books Munzlinger hopes to have published. The second book in the series, titled "Mercy's Grace: Revelations" will hopefully be out this summer. Anyone interested in reading the first book can find it online. It is expected to be in WestBow Press' winter 2014 catalog for book stores.

2/24/14 > February NHS DeTail Now Available

Northwest High School's February 2014 Edition of the NHS DeTail is now available. Look at photos from the Winter Formal, find out more about the new school resource officer on campus and get scholarship deadline dates. To read this month's edition, click here.

2/21/14 > Special Olympics February Northwest Way Recipient

Special Olympics are February's recipient of the Northwest Way. Cedar Springs Elementary sponsored them and Principal Cynthia Spurgeon and Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler presented Finley Hurth from Special Olympics with the $2,789.00 check. Special Olympics are a worldwide organization that encourages those with intellectual disabilities to discover new strengths, skills and successes through athletics. They have close to 4 million athletes in more than 170 countries-nearly 17,000 of them are here in Missouri.

"The Northwest Way" is the District's way of supporting charities in our area. The program gives employees the opportunity to participate by electing to have a payroll deduction at an amount they select. That money then goes into an account and is presented to the selected charity during their designation month at the regular Board of Education meeting.

2/21/14 > Northwest Employees Give to Brenden's Backpacks

Once a quarter, employees of the Northwest School District participate in "Wild Wednesdays". This is an event that allows employees to give to a designated charity, while wearing jeans to work. February's "Wild Wednesday" was the second in the District this school year. Brenden's Backpacks was the chosen charity. Vickie Tamboli and her husband were surprised at Wednesday's Board of Education meeting when Executive Director of Curriculum & Assessment Tracy Edwards presented them with a check for $1,191.00. 

Valley Middle School Principal Geoff Macy also recognized the generous efforts of Tamboli and her volunteers.


2/21/14 > Food Service Workers Recognized for Giving

Every month at the Board of Education meeting, Northwest schools and departments are able to recognize outstanding individuals. 


During February's meeting, Food Service Director Debbie Carver recognized three of her employees. Here is what she shared with the Board of Education about these three generous women:

"We need to share a special story about 3 ladies: Barb, Vicki and LaDonna. These ladies have taken four of our kindergartners under their wings. The four students are extremely poor and have not been able to afford any snow cones that have been delivered and sold each week during the summer. These ladies have taken their own money and each week, purchased cones for each child. They have done this privately, not wanting any type of recognition for their great deed.

But we feel that they need to be recognized for going above and beyond their jobs. Ladies such as this, is why Northwest is an awesome place to be and work.


If everyone could see the smile on these children's faces when they get their snow cone, well let's just say, it's priceless!"

2/21/14 > BWE Principal Helps Inform Community

Earlier this week, Brennan Woods Elementary Principal Susan Wingenbach alerted parents there about a scam impacting families around the school. 

Since then, Mrs. Wingenbach has helped spread the word and protect all Northwest families by sharing her school's story with the media. Channels 2 and 5 were at Brennan Woods Thursday covering this scam. To see their stories, click here for Channel 2, click here for Channel 5.

2/19/14 > Woodridge Middle School Featured on Channel 4

Every week, teachers and staff at Woodridge Middle School come together to collect food items for students in need. That food is then sent home with those students on the weekend to ensure they have three meals a day while they aren't in the classroom. That generority was featured in a Channel 4 story Tuesday night. To see that story, click here.

If you are interested in donating, click here.

2/11/14 > Missouri Learning Standards Video Released
The Northwest School District would like to share an exclusive video produced for parents and community members to help show what the District is doing now to prepare for the Missouri Learning Standards. In this video, you'll hear from administrators on what the Missouri Learning Standards are and what it means for children in the classroom.

This is the first of two videos produced for parents, staff and community members. The second one will be released in the coming weeks. In that one, you'll hear from teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels about what they are doing now to help ensure successful futures for all of our students. We hope you find them informative and helpful.

1/30/14 > Northwest Schools Look to Strengthen Community Partnerships

Strong schools, strong businesses and strong communities is what makes this area so appealing. Those qualities are exactly why many people return after graduation and raise their families here. It's this strong sense of community and school pride, that we in the Northwest District, want to continue for generations to come. The willingness of businesses to come when help is needed is an admirable quality that we here in the District don't take for granted.

Over the past several months, many business owners and organizations have asked how they can help in our neighborhood schools. That's why each school and some departments put together a 'Wish List' of items they'd like. Many of these items are for everyday use. Materials like pencils, calculators and glue sticks help our educators and students on a daily basis. Other items are one time purchases that would help improve the quality of the educational experience for our students.

We encourage you and your business to take a look at the 'Wish List' and see if you are able to donate. Our hope with this program is that it will continue for years to come. It's only through continued successful partnerships between students, families, businesses and community members that we help keep our neighborhoods and schools thriving. 

If you, or your business is interested in donating any of these items to your local school, please contact Katie Cothron, Community Relations Coordinator at kcothron@nwr1.k12.mo.us or 636-677-3473.

Once again, thank you for your consideration and we appreciate your continued support to keep the Northwest District thriving.

1/28/14 > Superintendent Ziegler Serves Lunch to Students

Dr. Paul Ziegler spent Tuesday afternoon serving lunch to hundreds of hungry Valley Middle School students. This was part of the Dr. Z Do My Job program. As we told you last week, Kitchen Supervisor Terry Sanderbeck won January's prize of having Dr. Ziegler do her job for 2 hours. She chose Tuesday for her time off and was able to enjoy time with her grandchildren.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ziegler worked the deli line serving up a variety of items including meatball, pulled pork and turkey sandwiches. Dr. Ziegler said this experience reiterated what he already knew, that feeding hundreds of kids in a short amount of time takes dedication, patience and skill. All of those qualities and skills were on display while he worked alongside the talented Food Service staff at Valley Middle School. 

To see more photos of Dr. Ziegler working the Food Service line, click on our Facebook page. 

1/28/14 > Maple Grove Students Perform Original Song

The talented students at Maple Grove Elementary have been busy lately creating and practicing a new "Leader in Me" song. To see the performance, click here

1/22/14 > Mark Your Calendars for Kindergarten Registration

If your child will be at least five years old before August 1, 2014,  your child is eligible for all day kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Registration in the Northwest R-1 School District takes place at your neighborhood elementary school and we encourage you to register during the registration period.

Kindergarten registration will take place March 4, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and March 5, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. If the school district is closed on either day due to inclement weather, the registration will be canceled. In the event of inclement weather on either day, the make up day is March 11th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Our Summer Journey Summer School program will be June 2-July 3, 2014. Information will be available at registration for your incoming kindergartener to attend.

For more information,  visit the District's Enrollment site Here you will find more information about what you need to bring and the Versatran link where you can enter your home address to verify which school your child would be attending. If you have any questions you can contact your child's school or Mary Thomasson, Chief Academic Officer, at 636-677-3473. 

1/22/14 > Preparation for Cold Temperatures

Thursday's forecast calls for cold temperatures and low wind chills and we realize a couple schools in the outskirts of the metro area have already called off school. At this point, we don't know how cold it will be, but we know discussion among Northwest families about tomorrows weather have started. As most of us are aware, predicting weather in Missouri is not an exact science. We will continue to monitor conditions throughout the evening and into tomorrow morning to assist us in determining whether or not to have school. We here in the Northwest R-I School District always keep our students and staff's safety in mind when making these decisions and appreciate everyone's continued support.  We know for some of our students, school provides a safe place with adult supervision that may not be available at home. That is why Northwest attempts to have school every scheduled school day. It is because of this we'd like to provide a few reminders for parents and students during periods of cold weather. 

  • Encouraging parents to make sure their children are dressed warmly including gloves, hats, scarves and appropriate footwear. 
  • If a child walks to schools, we ask that parents try to make arrangements for the child to be given a ride to school. In some neighborhoods, parents form emergency carpools and this works well.
  • If the child is a bus rider, we again encourage parents to make sure their child is dressed appropriately. We also encourage parents to let the child wait in the car with them until the bus comes (or, again, make arrangements so that several children can wait together in one car).

Ultimately, we in the Northwest R-I School District respect each parent's decision whether they wish for their child to go to school on any given day; but we as a school district feel compelled to continue to provide classroom instruction even when it's cold outside. 

1/21/14 > Superintendent Ziegler Invited to State of State Address
Northwest R-I School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler was one of just two Jefferson County School Superintendents invited to attend Tuesday night's State of the State Address in Jefferson City. Here is an excerpt of what Dr. Ziegler received from Governor Nixon:


"On behalf of Governor Jay Nixon, thank you for attending his State of the State Address on January 21, 2014. The Governor is looking forward to speaking with you and our staff is looking forward to meeting you."
1/17/14 > FMB Presents District With Check

The Northwest R-I School District would like to thank Farmers & Merchants Bank and in High Ridge and their customers for donating $1,000 to the District. Branch Manager Andrea Hayes met with Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler on Thursday to present him with the check that came as a direct result of their customers using their Lion Visa/ATM card. 

This program gives community members and Farmers & Merchants Bank customers the opportunity to give back to their schools simply by using their Lion Visa Check/ATM Card.

Here's how it works:


·   FMB issues the Lion Visa Check/ATM card to those customers who wish to enroll and support their local school.

·   With every signature (credit) transaction that is completed, approximately 10% of the interchange fees FMB receives will be designated for the Northwest R-I School District. The average would be about $0.05 to $0.10 per transaction.

·   This program is at no cost to the Northwest R-I School District.

·   The proceeds are presented by check in January and July each year of the program.

1/17/14 > Dr. Ziegler Participates in Roundtable Discussion on Channel 9

Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler was one of several St. Louis-area superintendents and lawmakers who participated in a roundtable talk on Channel 9. He appeared on the show, "Stay Tuned". Last night's show focused on the school transfer issue. To see the show, click here.

1/16/14 > St. Baldrick's is January's Northwest Way Recipient

St. Baldrick's is this month's Northwest Way recipient. House Springs Elementary sponsored them. Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler and Principal Dr. Leigh Ann Parker presented Carrie Long and Peggy Schneiderwith a check for $2, 804.00 at the January 16, 2014 Board of Education meeting. Long thanked Northwest employees for being so giving and supportive of this event over the years.                          St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.

Pictured from Left to Right: Dr. Paul Ziegler, Principal Dr. Leigh Ann Parker,

Carrie Long and Michelle Boehle.

"The Northwest Way" is the District's way of supporting charities in our area. The program gives employees the opportunity to participate by electing to have a payroll deduction at an amount they select. That money then goes into an account and is presented to the selected charity during their designation month at the regular Board of Education meeting. 

1/13/14 > Superintendent Ziegler Teaches Chinese

For the past few months, Dr. Ziegler has been heading into schools all across the Northwest District to do an employee's job. He's taught everything from kindergartners to high school English classes. But Monday's class was a little different. He got to be a part of the Chinese foreign language program at NHS. 

Ms. Ginger Hu was December's Dr. Z Do My Job winner. She was nominated by a student who thought it would be interesting for Dr. Ziegler to get a up close look at the work Ms. Hu and her students do. He did just that on Monday by leading her two Chinese classes. He not only got a chance to to see the students speak the language, but converse with each other. The students also taught him a few words of Chinese. More photos from today are on the District's Facebook page. 

If you know of any outstanding Northwest employee, nominate them for the Dr. Z Do My Job program. Just fill out this form and each month a new winner is selected from that month's entries. The winner is chosen randomly and will receive 2 hours off of work to be agreed upon by Dr. Ziegler and the employee.

1/13/14 > NHS Math Teacher Robbi Fischer Recognized

Congratulations to Ms. Robbi Fischer, a Math Teacher at Northwest High School for recently being named as an outstanding high school mathematics educator by the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Superintendent Ziegler presented her with the award Monday.


Each year, the organization awards outstanding members for their work in the classroom. Ms. Fischer has been with the Northwest R-I School District since 1984.

1/10/14 > Board of Education Tours Early Childhood Center

Northwest's Board of Education toured the Early Childhood Center Friday. Members of the Board and Administration got an opportunity to interact with some of our youngest students while also taking a look at the facility. Director Cindy Wills showed the group several classrooms and the large multi-purpose room.

The group also got a chance to hear from Ron Duncan, the manager at the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA). Duncan spoke about the wonderful partnership that has been formed since they moved in alongside the Early Childhood Center several years ago.

1/10/14 > Employee Recognition Nominations Open Monday

The Northwest R-I School District's Annual Employee Recognition Night is right around the corner. So we're looking for parents, students, staff and community members to nominate employees and community members for several distinguished awards. Nominations are being accepted from Monday, January 13, 2014 through Friday, February 14, 2014. Click here for a link for more information on each award and the nomination forms. 

The awards include:

The PRIDE Award

The PRIDE Award is an award designed to recognize an outstanding community member or patron (district employees not eligible) that goes above and beyond to make Northwest R-I a better place. 

Teacher of the Year

The selection committee invites you to take part in recognizing a few of the many excellent Northwest R-I School District teachers by participating in the Northwest R-I School District Teacher of the Year program. Your involvement is genuinely appreciated and vital to the success of the program. 

Apple Award 

Apple Awards have been given since 1984 to recognize excellence of character, performance, and service on the part of those who serve Northwest R-I as educators. 

Golden Bell Award

The Golden Bell Award was established to recognize district support staff employees for their excellence in character, performance, and service to the Northwest R-I School District.  All district support staff are eligible for this award. 

1/08/14 > Superintendent Ziegler Shares Snow Day Insight

Superintendent Paul Ziegler talked with Channel 4 on Tuesday about what factors the District takes into account before closing schools for inclement weather. To see the the story, click here.

1/08/14 > Students and Staff Share Snow Day Photos

Another snow day in the Northwest School District meant another day at home for many of our students and staff. So we asked them to share photos of how they were staying safe and warm while at home.


Here is a photo one of our staff members shared. More can be seen on our Facebook page. 

If you have some great photos of students and staff enjoying a snow day, share them with us!

Send them to northwestnews@nwr1.k12.mo.us. They might be featured here on our website or Facebook pages. 

1/08/14 > Amy Simos Coming Together For a Cure Night

Players from the Lady Lions Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball teams are honoring a teacher who passed away from cancer.

Amy Simos was a Language Arts teacher at NHS for 6 years. During her time there, she touched many students and staff with her strength as she battled breast cancer. Simos lost her battle with the deadly disease in August 2012, but her legacy and love of kids will live on with the Amy Simos Coming Together For a Cure Night on January 15, 2014. 

Jason Brown, health teacher and Lady Lions Basketball Coach said, "In many discussions with people close to Amy,  we decided to make this event about what Amy stood for and not what disease she may have had.  Amy loved children and I have never seen a teacher more dedicated to her students through more difficult times than I had with her.  For this reason we are donating the money raised from this night to pediatric cancer.  We have always come together to support people of all types of cancers in our community, and on this night and I hope we continue that generous tradition by having a very successful event."

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Lady Lions Junior Varsity basketball team taking on Parkway South in the NHS gym. The Varsity game immediately follows at 7 p.m. 

1/08/14 > Updated Snow Route Information

As the St. Louis area continues to get hit with winter weather, we here in the Northwest R-1 School District would like to remind parents, students and community members of how snow routes work. For those unfamiliar with them, here are a few important points.

1. When the District utilizes snow routes, it's to keep both students and bus drivers safe.

2. It's the intention of the District for all routes to run at their normal time. 

3. The only difference between utilizing a snow route versus a regular bus route is the pick up location and drop off is changed to ensure safety for both students and bus drivers. That changed location will be the same for both pick up and drop off. 

4. If you don't see your subdivision and/or street on the snow route list, your student(s) bus pick up location and drop off, as well as time, will be the same as it always is.

5. If your student has individualized transportation by way of a van due to special needs, please understand that if a road leading to your home or driveway is not safe to travel, that transportation may not be able to get through. We encourage those parents in those situations to contact the bus garage at 636-671-0033.

For a complete list of snow routes please visit this link . Tonight's forecast does call for additional inclement weather, therefore the situation will be monitored closely by district administration. We appreciate the continued understanding of all parents, staff and students to ensure that everyone arrives to school safely.

12/20/13 > Sunnyhill, Inc. December Northwest Way Recipient

Sunnyhill, Inc. is the December recipient of the Northwest Way. Luke Mraz from Sunnyhill, Inc. came to Thursday's Board of Education meeting to accept the $2, 804.00 check from Superintendent Paul Ziegler and Maple Grove Elementary Principal Kimm O'Connor. Maple Grove sponsored Sunnyhill, Inc. which is a non-profit organization that provides tailored residential, recreational and educational opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

"The Northwest Way" is the District's way of supporting charities in our area. The program gives employees the opportunity to participate by electing to have a payroll deduction at an amount they select. That money then goes into an account and is presented to the selected charity during their designation month at the regular Board of Education meeting.

12/20/13 > NHS Homecoming Queen Back from Liberty Bowl

Northwest High School's Homecoming Queen is back from the 55th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic. Erika Maucher was crowned queen back in September. Late last year she received a letter in the mail from the Liberty Bowl saying she was invited to participate in the four-day event. 

As a participant, Maucher got to participate in a patriotic pre-game and halftime show, tour of St. Jude's Children's Hospital and AutoZone Liberty Bowl Parade. The festivities began December 29 in Memphis, Tennessee and ran through December 31. 

Only a select number of young ladies from around the country were selected to participate in these events. The Northwest R-I School District is proud that Erica Maucher represented the District and the amazing students of NHS who selected her.

12/20/13 > Elementary Students Recognized for Perfect Scores

Fifteen elementary students were recognized at the December Board of Education meeting for receiving perfect scores on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP). They are:

-   Alexander Calvert from Brennan Woods Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment he took last spring as a third grader. 

 

-   Isabella English from Brennan Woods Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment she took last spring as a third grader.

 

-   Samantha Goldenhersh from Brennan Woods Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment she took last spring as a third grader.

 

-   Dylan Kyle from Brennan Woods Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment he took last spring as a third grader. 

 

-   Michael Gregory from Cedar Springs Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment he took last spring as a third grader.

 

-   Alexis Laster from House Springs Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment she took last spring as a third grader. 

 

-   Ramon Mehrhoff from House Springs Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment he took last spring as a third grader. 

 

-   Liam Greil from Maple Grove Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment he took last spring as a third grader. 

 

-   Joshua Zeilman from Maple Grove Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment he took last spring as a third grader. 

 

-   Christianne Duvall from Murphy Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment she took last spring as a third grader. 

 

-   Isabella Gasior from Murphy Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment she took last spring as a third grader. 

 

-   Ashton Meyer from Murphy Elementary School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment he took last spring as a third grader. 

 

5th grade

 

v    -     Nicholas Clark from Woodridge Middle School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment he took last spring as a fifth grader at Brennan Woods Elementary.

 

- Earthis Pascua from Woodridge Middle School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment she took last spring as a fifth grader at Brennan Woods Elementary.

 

-   Erin Wells from Woodridge Middle School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Mathematics assessment she took last spring as a fifth grader at High Ridge Elementary. 

 

12/20/13 > Early Childhood Students Receives Generous Donation

Students at the Early Childhood Center got quite a surprise this week after members of the Mid East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) donated more than 80 toys and food items.

 

The group started the collection on their own and gathered books, toys, dolls and trucks for children at the center. Early Childhood Center Director Cindy Wills said, "It was great to see the kids faces light up when they saw the generous collection. Having the seniors share this great facility with us continues to be a blessing for everyone involved."

All the toys and food items collected will be sent home with children enrolled in the Brendan's Backpack program. 

12/20/13 > Christmas Comes Early Thanks to Elks

Members of Elks Lodge 2678 in Cedar Hill helped make the holidays a little brighter for teachers and students in two Northwest schools. 

During a visit to both Maple Grove Elementary and Cedar Springs Elementary on Thursday, John Devous from the Elks said they received a $2,000 grant that would go towards helping schools in their area. 

Devous asked what each elementary could use and said the Elks would buy the supplies and deliver them to the schools after the first of the year. Some of the items included hand sanitzer, dry erase markers, binders and pencils.

The students, teachers and administrations at both of these schools and throughout the Northwest School District thank Elks Lodge 2678 for their continued support.

12/19/13 > Melanie Robinson Wins National Art Award

Northwest School District Teacher Melanie Robinson was recently named the Western Region Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). This distinguished award is given to teachers who strive to provide exemplary art education in schools. 

Robinson is a K-5 art teacher at Cedar Springs Elementary. She has been with Northwest for 13 years. Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler said, "I have witnessed the amazing things Ms. Robinson does for students not only at Cedar Springs, but in the entire District for many years.  She is very deserving of this recognition, we are lucky to have her in the District." 

Robinson's passion for her students is evident. At every opportunity, she works to showcase students work, both at Cedar Springs and throughout the Northwest School District.  She submits work for the Missouri Youth Art Program in Jefferson City, the Missouri Art Education Association publication, and Senate Shows. Melanie was the driving force that led to the District's first-ever art show in a local gallery.

Melanie's personal involvement is evident when she fostered a special relationship with the St. Louis Storytellers Festival. Since 2003 she has participated in the festival by having a storyteller visit her students. Following the visit, the students create artwork related to the story that's displayed during the festival at the St. Louis Gateway Arch. 

The National Art Education Association was founded in 1947 and is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators.  Its members include elementary, middle and high school visual arts educators, college and university professors and scholars.  

12/18/13 > Fashion Club Looking For Dresses

Formal Dresses Needed!

As the Northwest High School Fashion Club gears up for their 2nd annual Project Prom event, they are reaching out to the community to ensure the success of the event.

From now until Project Prom, which is set for February 26, formal dresses - long or short - may be dropped off at Northwest High School weekdays (when school is in session) from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  A collection box is available inside the main office. 

For more information or to set up a donation, contact Nancy Adelsberger, Fashion Club Sponsor, at (636) 274-0555 x18174.

12/13/13 > Northwest Employees Donate to Local Toy Drive

Superintendent Paul Ziegler presented a check for $1,488.50 to the Chamber of Commerce/Lions Club Toy Drive last night at the House Springs Lions Club.

The money donated came directly from school district employees through the Northwest Way, the philanthropic arm of the Northwest R-I School District. During a one day effort known as "Wild Wednesday", staff donated $5 in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans to school. Two more "Wild Wednesday's" are planned for the 2013-2014 school year. Money collected during those will go to other local charities in our area.

12/13/13 > December NHS DeTail Now Available

The December issue of the NHS DeTail is now available. Read about how some students got the opportunity to plant trees during their advisory, see photos of the Spirit of Northwest Marching Band in the Christmas in St. Louis parade and learn about Mu Alpha Theta.

12/13/13 > Ginger Hu December Winner of Dr. Z Do My Job

Congratulations to Ginger Hu, a foreign language teacher at Northwest High School. She is the December recipient of Dr. Z Do My Job. Dr. Ziegler surprised her Friday at the high school.

Ms. Hu was nominated by a student who said," Chinese II is such an incredible and rare experience. It brings flare to NHS and Dr. Ziegler should come and experience the Chinese II class." January is right around the corner, next time you see a Northwest employee doing something great, make sure to nominate them here

12/06/13 > Snow Day in the District

As many of our staff and students are home enjoying this snow day, we thought we'd share with you some photos of our snow covered buildings in the District. 

To see more photos from Friday's snow day, go to our Facebook page. 

How did you spend your day off from school? Send us your snow day pictures to Northwestnews@nwr1.k12.mo.us and they may make it on the District's website and Facebook page. Have fun and be safe!

12/03/13 > Spirit of Northwest Marching Band and Color Guard Perform

Hundreds packed the streets of downtown St. Louis last Thursday for the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade. People came from all over to see a variety of groups perform. Among those that marched in the parade was Northwest's own Spirit of Northwest Marching Band and Color Guard.

Click here to see a video of them.

Click here to see photos of them. The band is in pictures 26 through 29.

Congratulations to every member of the band and color guard!
12/03/13 > Superintendent Ziegler Updates Community on District Events
Once again, Superintendent Paul Ziegler appeared on KJFF radio to update the community on several events going on in the District. He spoke about the upcoming choir performances and NHS students speaking to the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce about Project Lead the Way.

To hear the segment in its entirety, click on the file below.

11/26/13 > Student Filmmakers Wanted

Attention K-12 student filmmakers!  The White House  is holding its first-ever Student Film Festival, and your film could be shown at the White House. Learn more:  www.wh.gov/filmfestival

11/26/13 > Students Recognized for Perfect Test Scores

Close to 20 students were recognized at the November Board of Education meeting for receiving perfect scores on the MAP or End of Course exams. All of these are middle or high school students.

Those recognized include:

  •   Lillian Adams from Woodridge Middle School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Math assessment she took last spring as a seventh grader.
  •   Allison Higgins from Woodridge Middle School earned the highest possible score on the MAP Math assessment she took last spring as a seventh grader.
  •   Elizabeth Hamman from Valley Middle School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Algebra I assessment she took last spring as an eighth grader.
  •   Darren Schmidt from Woodridge Middle School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Algebra I  assessment he took last spring as an eighth grader.
  • Austin Schmied from Woodridge Middle School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Algebra I assessment he took last spring as an eighth grader.
  •   Lauren Schuette from Woodridge Middle School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Algebra I assessment she took last spring as an eighth grader.
  •   Dakota Thevel from Woodridge Middle School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Algebra I assessment she took last spring as an eighth grader.
  •   Kayla Wheelehan from Woodridge Middle School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Algebra I assessment she took last spring as an eighth grader.
  •   Kayla Davis from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Algebra I assessment and the EOC English I assessment she took last spring as a ninth grader.
  •   Evan Beumer from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC English I assessment he took last spring as a ninth grader.
  •   Brendan Fennell from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC English I assessment he took last spring as a ninth grader.
  • Cameron Knese from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC English I assessment he took last spring as a ninth grader.
  • Jessica Medlin from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC English I assessment she took last spring as a ninth grader.
  • Jade Null from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC English I assessment she took last spring as a ninth grader.
  • Alexandria Spurgeon from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC English I assessment she took last spring as a ninth grader.
  • Claire Hughes from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC American History assessment she took last spring as a ninth grader.
  • Emily Baumgarth from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Biology I assessment she took last spring as a ninth grader.
  • Lucas Bonskowski from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Biology I assessment he took last spring as a ninth grader.
  • Ryan Cooley from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Biology Iassessment he took last spring as a ninth grader.
  • Ian Konecnik from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Biology I assessment he took last spring as a ninth grader.
  •   Clint Morris from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Biology I assessment he took last spring as a ninth grader.
  •   Sarah Lane from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Biology Iassessment she took last spring as a tenth grader.
  •   Xena Komo from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC English II assessment she took last spring as a tenth grader.
  •   Marlena McReynolds from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC English II assessment she took last spring as a tenth grader.
  •   Emily Schmoll from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC English II assessment she took last spring as a tenth grader.  
  •   Andrew Barajas from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Governmentassessment he took last spring as a eleventh grader.
  •   Christopher Christen from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Government assessment he took last spring as a eleventh grader.
  •   Gabriella Elder from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Government assessment she took last spring as a eleventh grader.
  •   Noah Woodward from Northwest High School earned the highest possible score on the EOC Government assessment he took last spring as a eleventh grader.
11/26/13 > Mrs.Hoth Enjoys Time Off for Dr. Z Do My Job

Northwest High School English Teacher, Jan Hoth enjoyed a few hours off Tuesday just in time for the holiday. Mrs. Hoth won this month's Dr. Z Do My Job Program after being nominated by a student. She spent the afternoon doing some Christmas shopping and getting caught up on some laundry.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ziegler taught her English classes. They read and discussed a chapter in "To Kill A Mockingbird" and reviewed selected passages.

More photos of Dr. Ziegler in Mrs. Hoth's class can be found on the District's Facebook page. 

11/22/13 > Ladies of Charity Recognized as Northwest Way Recipient

The Ladies of Charity are this month's Northwest Way recipient. High Ridge Elementary sponsored them.  Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler and Principal Jennifer Baugh presented Pat Hemmingway with a check for $2,804.00 at the November 21, 2013 Board of Education meeting. Hemmingway thanked District employees for their generosity and shared information about other resources they now offer. Ladies of Charity are a non-profit organization that provides food and other necessities to those in need.


"The Northwest Way" is the District's way of supporting charities in our area. The program gives employees the opportunity to participate by electing to have a payroll deduction at an amount they select. That money then goes into an account and is presented to the selected charity during their designation month at the regular Board of Education meeting.

11/22/13 > Northwest Alumnus Shares School Story from JFK Assassination

As millions of Americans across the country remember this day 50 years ago when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, one Northwest alumnus shared a detailed description of what it was like to live through history in one of our schools.

Click on the link below to read the letter Dan Greenwell sent to Murphy Elementary Prinicipal Katie Brettschneider. 


11/21/13 > Spirit of Northwest Marching Band in Thanksgiving Day Parade
As soon as you put the turkey in the oven this Thanksgiving morning, make sure you turn on Channel 4 to see the Spirit of Northwest Marching Band perform in the Ameren Missouri Christmas in St. Louis parade. The parade starts at 8:45a and the broadcast begins at 9a. The marching band is right behind the World Bird Sanctuary and Gateway Fire Historical Society.
11/21/13 > Project Lead the Way Students Present at Chamber Luncheon

Eight students from Northwest High School spoke at the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday. All of them are enrolled in Project Lead the Way, a program designed to give students a rigorous and innovative learning experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum. 

Each of the students talked about what they like most about the program, why they enrolled in it and what they hope to do with the skills they've learned once they are out of high school.

Project Lead the Way is in its second year at NHS thanks in part to a vocational grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Eeucation. The grant allows students enrolled in Project Lead the Way to take courses like Principles of Engineering, Human Body Systems and much more. 

A video that was presented during the luncheon can also be seen here

11/20/13 > Glee Camp Offered

If you have a kindergartner through 8th grader who loves to sing, dance and perform sign them up for the first ever, "Glee" camp. It is Tuesday, December 10 from 4p-6p and Thursday, December 12 from 4p-7p. The camp concludes on December 12 with a performance by the kids at 7:15p.

The camp will be held at Northwest High School and hosted by choir students. Those who register by November 22 will get a special "Glee" camp t-shirt. 

The cost of the camp is $25 a child and includes two complimentary tickets to the performance on December 12. Additional tickets will be available for $3/person.

To sign up or for more information, contact Marleisa Amsden at 6363-274-0555 ext 18738 or mamsden@nwr1.k12.mo.us.

11/19/13 > Mrs. Jan Hoth November Dr. Z Do My Job Winner

Congratulations to Mrs. Jan Hoth. She won this month's Dr. Z Do My Job Program. Superintendent Paul Ziegler surprised Mrs. Hoth in her reading class Tuesday afternoon.

Mrs. Hoth was nominated by a student. In the submission the student wrote, "Well, Mrs. Hoth has been flexible teaching us and has done some great, positive things. It seems that she is overworking herself to help us students out. "

Winning this means Mrs. Hoth will get two hours off of work and Dr. Ziegler will teach her classes for the day. Make sure to keep  an eye out on the District's webpage! That's where we'll be posting pictures of Dr. Ziegler teaching Mrs. Hoth's freshman English classes! You'll also get to hear how Mrs. Hoth enjoyed her time off! More photos of Tuesday's surprise is on the District's  Facebook  page. 

11/19/13 > Listen in on Northwest Basketball and Wrestling
Basketball and wrestling season are right around the corner. Make sure to mark these dates down so you can hear every second of action on prepcasts.com.
 
Boys basketball
11/30 @ Rolla vs. Salem  1:30pm
1/7 @ St. Clair  7:30pm
2/4 @ Hermann 7:30pm
 
Girls Basketball
1/16 vs. St. Clair  7:00pm *Cancer awareness game
1/24 @ Fox  5:30pm
2/11 @ Mehlville 7:00pm
 
Wrestling
12/4 @ Lafayette  7:00pm
12/13  vs. Fox & Seckman  6:00pm
2/5  @ Eureka  7:00pm
11/18/13 > November DeTail Now Available

The November edition of the NHS DeTail is now available online. Click here  for the link. Featured in this month's edition include highlighting the war career of NHS Bus Driver, Bill Berg and an inside look into the drama departments fall musical, Play On!

11/18/13 > Community Shows Support for Students

Once again the Northwest community showed their generosity by giving to the Kids Simple Giving Program. This was a partnership between Champion for Kids, a non-profit and Walmart to get much-needed personal care supplies into the hands of those children who need them most.

Purple donation boxes were placed at the front doors of the High Ridge Walmart from October 30-November 11. At the end of the campaign, close to 10 bags were stuffed full of a variety of items including, shampoo, conditioner and body wash. The items will be given to school nurses to distribute.

The Northwest R-I School District hopes to continue to be a part of this program year after year.

11/14/13 > Second Kids Safety Night Huge Success

More than 75 students and their families showed up to the second of two community-wide Kids Safety Nights. The Northwest R-I School District partnered up with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and High Ridge Fire Department to bring important tips to our students, parents and community members. 

Jefferson County Deputy Wayne Whitener covered things like how to protect yourself if you are approached by a stray dog and what kids should do if a stranger tries to get them into their vehicle.

Fire Marshal Gene Robertson spoke to the group about what every kid should know when dialing 9-1-1 and how to make an evacuation plan.

Many parents said they were appreciative to have the organizations all working together to bring them revelant information that can help keep their child safe.

More photos from the second night can be found on the District's Facebook page. 

11/11/13 > Dozens Attend First Community-Wide Safety Night

Dozens of parents and students packed the Valley Middle School gym last Wednesday night to learn important safety strategies from the experts. 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Wayne Whitener shared with the group, useful tips on what to do if you are approached by a stranger, where to safely ride your bike and much, much more. 

High Ridge Fire Chief Mike Arnhart helped families come up with an evacuation plan, as well as providing kids with important tactics to use if they are ever in a fire. 

To see more pictures from the event, head to the District's Facebook page!

Also, if you weren't able to attend this Kids Safety Night, there is another one scheduled for this Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Boys Gym at Valley Middle School.

11/11/13 > Veterans Celebrated in District

Several schools across the Northwest R-I School District honored area veterans today. 

Here at Brennan Woods Elementary, nearly 100 veterans packed the school for a celebration breakfast, followed by a student-led assembly. Students from every grade showed their appreciation by reciting poems, singing songs and creating videos for their honored guests. 

Students also got a chance to ask questions to a former member of the military. Sam Schaefer was an Air Force pilot who trained for two years before getting injured during training. Several students asked Schaefer what it was like to jump out of airplanes and train for such a dangerous job. 

To see more photos from today's assembly, go to the District's Facebook page. 

11/05/13 > Professional Development Continues In District

For the past two days, students in the Northwest District have been out of school. But for staff, the training continues with Professional Development Days. Several times a year, all staff members participate in these training sessions geared at helping improve all levels of the District improve.

At House Springs Elementary, teachers in all grade levels met in their Professional Learning Communities or PLC's.

The fourth grade teachers pictured met with a reading specialist to help go over how goals can be met in the third and fourth quarters of this school year. 

Kindergarten teachers talked about what strategies they can use to help their students improve their writing.

11/05/13 > Superintendent Ziegler Updates Community on District Events

Every month, Superintendent Paul Ziegler talks with KJFF radio about a variety of events happening in the District. Tuesday's interview with Stuart McMillian was no exception. Dr. Ziegler talked about the upcoming Kids Safety Night, the first winner of the Dr. Z Do My Job Program and much more. Take a listen.


11/01/13 > Board of Education Tours Maple Grove Elementary

Interacting with teachers and students is just one of the many reasons the Board of Education likes to tour school buildings. On Friday, they walked through Maple Grove Elementary. They got an opportunity to visit all grade levels and see some of the amazing projects the students and teachers are working on.

For more photos of Friday's tour, visit the District's Facebook page.

10/30/13 > Safety Committee Tours Buildings

Safety in our schools is a main priority for the Northwest R-I School District. Several times a year, members of our Safety Committee tour buildings and check for safety hazards. They look for things like maintenance room doors locked, bookshelves over 5 feet high secured to the wall and dangerous chemicals out of the reach of students.

This group of 12 Northwest employees toured buildings in the District a week and a half ago. Last week, another group also did a safety check walk-thru. All members of the committee help keep the District safe on a volunteer basis. They offer up their time in order to ensure students are safe while in their school.

More photos of the safety committee in action are on the District's Facebook page. You'll also get to see a video of comittee member Cynthia Bowen

walk through a  classroom talking about other items the committee looks for while they are in the buildings. 

10/29/13 > October Edition of NHS DeTail Is Now Available

The latest edition of the NHS DeTail is now available online. Click here for the link. Featured in this month's edition include highlights from Homecoming, a look into how some seniors celebrated the first Senior Lunch and see who won NHS Idol. 

10/25/13 > NHS Shines During Fox 2's Pep Zone

Northwest High School was packed with blue, white and Lion spirit this morning as the Fox 2 Pep Zone rolled into Cedar Hill. Hundreds of students, administrators, staff and local business leaders packed the gym for what can only be described as an unforgettable show of school and community spirit.

All this week, the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes competed to see who could donate the most canned food items and toys for local charities. As expected, Northwest shined when it came to their generosity. Close to 5,000 cans of food were donated to Feed My People and Peace Pantry. Both are local charities who help thousands of families put food on their tables each year. More than to 250 toys were also brought in for children in our area. The toy drive coincided with the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce's annual drive. With help from local high school students, more kids will have presents under the tree this year. 

Northwest students' generosity wasn't the only thing displayed this morning; their talents were as well. Teams competed in a scooter relay, can stacking competition and showed off why Northwest is worth the drive! For video and photos from this morning's event, visit the high school's or District's Facebook page. To see the live segments, click on Fox 2's website

10/25/13 > Mom Praises NHS on WIL Radio

Take a listen to NHS parent, Stefanie Maucher talking on the Cornbread Show a few weeks ago about her daughter, Erica being crowned Homecoming Queen. This was not only a proud moment for her daughter, but for the entire community.


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10/25/13 > Mrs. Daffron Enjoys Time Off For Dr. Z Do My Job

Running errands and getting some rest is how Mrs. Kristen Daffron spent her time off as the first winner of the "Dr. Z Do My Job" Program. Daffron was surprised by Dr. Ziegler in her 1st grade classroom earlier this month. A few days later, she picked Thursday, October 24 for her time off.

Mrs. Daffron said her class was excited about having Dr. Ziegler come to Brennan Woods Elementary and teach them. During Mrs. Daffron's time off, student leaders worked with Dr. Ziegler to get through her lessons on counting and learning about the calendar. 

Dr. Ziegler had a great time teaching Mrs. Daffron's class and is excited to learn about next month's winner.

Have you seen a Northwest employee doing great things? If so, make sure to nominate them by filling out the information here. You have until November 15 to get your nomination in. That's when we'll put all the nominations into a random number generator and the winner will be chosen.

10/24/13 > Dan Davis Recognized at Board of Education Meeting

At every Board of Education meeting, students and staff are recognized for their outstanding work in the classroom and in the schools. 

During the October meeting, Woodridge Middle School Principal Kim Quentin recognized Dan Davis. He isn't a student or staff member. He's the husband of Woodridge Middle School's Pam Davis. Here is what Mrs. Quentin shared with the Board of Education.

"Tonight I would like to introduce to you Mr. Dan Davis.  Mr. Davis is the husband of Woodridge employee Pam Davis. While Dan is not an employee of the Northwest School District ,his pride for our community and school is evident by the volunteer work that he does for us.  While at times, he is actually volunteered by his loving wife, he shows up with a smile ready to do what needs to be done.  Most often this consists of taking care of our courtyard. Dan comes regularly to cut the grass so that it not only looks nice, but so that it can be enjoyed by our students.  It makes me proud to have a community member like Dan Davis as a WMS volunteer. Thanks again for all you do! "

10/21/13 > Cedar Springs Reading Fair Projects

The halls of all Northwest R-I schools are filled with countless displays of creativity. Cedar Springs Elementary is no different. Take a look at what some of the 5th graders there just completed as part of a Reading Fair Project.

All 5th graders at Cedar Springs had to share one of the 2013-2014 Mark Twain Nominee novels with their classmates. But as you can see, this wasn't your standard book report. Parents were encouraged to help their children come up with a creative way to display some main components of their storyboards. As you can see, it was a HUGE success. More photos are on Cedar Springs Facebook page.

10/18/13 > Feed My People October Northwest Way Recipient

Feed My People is October's Northwest Way recipient. Mary Hettenhausen from Feed My People came to Thursday's Board of Education meeting to accept a check for $2,799.00 from Superintendent Paul Ziegler and Woodridge Middle School Principal Kim Quentin. Woodridge Middle sponsors Feed My People. Feed My People is a local non-profit organization that provides service to 16 zip codes from the Mississippi River to Pacific. It's one of the largest organizations of its kind in the St. Louis area.

"The Northwest Way" is the District's way of supporting charities in our area. The program gives employees the opportunity to participate by electing to have a payroll deduction at an amount they select. That money then goes into an account and is presented to the selected charity during their designation month at the regular Board of Education meeting.

10/18/13 > Northwest School District Hosts Kids Safety Nights
Make sure to mark Wednesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 13 on your calendar. That's when the Northwest R-I School District is hosting Kids Safety Nights. Both events will run from 6:30p-7:30p in the Boys Gym at Valley Middle School. Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department will cover a wide range of safety topics including: Stranger Danger, what to do if you come across a strange dog and where to safely ride your bike.

This program will be geared towards elementary-aged students, but all members of our community are welcome. If you have any additional questions, please contact Deputy Whitener at Valley Middle School.
10/16/13 > Bus Driver Appreciation Day

All across the Northwest R-I School District, teachers, staff and students were celebrating Bus Driver Appreciation Day in creative ways. Some schools gave their drivers small gifts of appreciation, while others thanked them with food.

This was the scene earlier today at Cedar Springs Elementary School. Bus drivers were treated to a biscuits and gravy breakfast courtesy of the school. 

So if you haven't had a chance to tell your child's bus driver 'thank you' for all their hard work, now would be the perfect time!

10/15/13 > First Dr. Z Do My Job Winner Announced

Congratulations to Mrs. Kristen Daffron, the first winner in the Dr. Z Do My Job Program. Superintendent Paul Ziegler surprised Mrs. Daffron Tuesday afternoon in her 1st grade classroom at Brennan Woods Elementary School. She received a certificate and letter of appreciation from Dr. Ziegler, as well as the opportunity to take 2 hours off of work during the month of October. 

In order to win, Mrs. Daffron had to be nominated. Here's the submission we received:

"Mrs. Daffron goes above and beyond to make her students happy. And she devotes so much of her free time to the school working on activities for upcoming events. She's amazing!"

    Keep an eye out on the District's webpage! That's where we'll be posting pictures of Dr. Ziegler teaching Mrs. Daffron's 1st grade class! You'll also get to hear how Mrs. Daffron enjoyed her time off! More photos of Tuesday's surprise is on the District's Facebook page. 

10/14/13 > Hometown Heroes Week at ECC

It was Hometown Heroes Week at the Northwest Early Childhood Center. Members of the Big River Ambulance District and High Ridge Fire Department showed up to give kids a first hand look into what they do each and every day. Kids got a chance to climb into a fire truck and ambulance. They also got the opportunity to explore some of the rescue devices each department uses. To see more photos, visit ECC's Facebook page. 

10/14/13 > Positive Message Shared with NHS Freshman

Some of the world's top professional skateboarders and BMX riders performed at Northwest High School last week. It was part of the ASA High School Tour, an interactive action sports circuit that visits high schools across the country supporting the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center. While the athletes performed on a state-of-the-art half-pipe, the emcee delivered an educational message in a fun and interactive way.

Freshman students who had A's and B's were invited out to the front parking lot to enjoy the show. Representatives from the Marines were also on hand challenging the students in a pull-up competition. Many students walked away with prizes and were able to get autographs from the professional skateboarders and BMX riders.  

Here is a look at some of the stunts that were performed. To see video and more pictures from the event, visit the high school's Facebook page. 

10/10/13 > Superintendent Ziegler Gives Welcome Address at MSBA
The Missouri School Boards Association Conference brought together school board members and administrators from over 520 school districts from around the state. Superintendent Paul Ziegler welcomed the group Friday morning with an opening address. Watch his speech by clicking on the link below.

10/10/13 > Northwest School District Preps for Fox 2 Visit

Attention Northwest Community: Fox 2 in the Morning will be headed our way in a few weeks. Northwest High School was recently selected to participate in their "Pep Zone" segment. Each week, Fox 2 travels to a different high school and highlights great things about the school and students. Instead of just highlighting the great kids at NHS, we'd like to showcase our community!

This is where we need your help! If you own a business and would like to participate in the event, please contact the District's Community Relations Coordinator, Katie Cothron by clicking here. The District is inviting businesses to have a table at the event to hang a banner and show support for the school district. Let's make sure everyone knows that we as a community, not only support our schools, but the local businesses too!

We're asking the community to show their support with their remotes! Make sure to watch Fox 2 on October 25th from 6:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. to see our community at its best!

Here are the details:

When: Friday, October 25, 2013

Where: Northwest High School gym

What: Fox 2 News in the Morning

Who: Students and local business owners

Time: Any business that has pre-registered with Katie Cothron is asked to arrive at the high school by 6:30 a.m. that morning. Those businesses will be given a table to display a banner for their business.

10/09/13 > Northwest Impresses at MSBA Conference

This past weekend, Northwest High School's A Cappella Choir headed to the Lake of the Ozarks to perform at the Missouri School Boards Association Conference. This is an annual event, bringing together school board members from across the state. 

Video and photos of MSBA event courtesy of Blake Godwin and Jade Govero. 

The A Cappella Choir performed Saturday in front of dozens of school board members and administrators gathered for the conference. They performed three songs, "Beyond the Silver Mountains", "Deep River", and "Some Nights".  Vocal Music Teacher Marleisa Amsden said the songs were chosen to fit this choir. 

After their performance, they received a standing ovation. Congratulations on a job well done! To hear their performance, click on the link below. Video and photos of MSBA event courtesy of Blake Godwin and Jade Govero. 


10/08/13 > Northwest Marching Band and Color Guard Place in Competition

Congratulations to the Spirit of Northwest Marching Band and Color Guard for their winning performances this past weekend.

The Marching Band took 2nd Place in their Division at a competition held at SIU-Carbondale. They also took 4th overall out of 13 schools competing. 

Northwest's Color Guard also received distinctions at the competition. They finished 1st in their Division and took 4th overall out of 13 schools competiting. 

10/08/13 > VMS Teacher Published in Missouri Magazine

Beginning the school year with recipes isn't exactly what you'd expect to find in a middle school Social Studies class, but that's exactly what you'll get when Ms. Bev Schroeder is your teacher. Those recipes have also gotten her published in a statewide education magazine. The quarterly magazine, known as "Something Better" is designed for teachers in Missouri's National Education Association.

Schroeder wrote the article, which you can read at the bottom of this article, after seeing struggling students enter her 6th grade classroom. She teaches Social Studies at Valley Middle School. She's taught there for the past 4 years. She's been with the Northwest R-I School District for 18 years. If that experience has taught her anything, she says, it's that each child needs an advocate in the classroom. "They need to know that I'm in their corner and we can make great strides together."

Seeing the struggle some of her students were going through prompted her to come up with "Recipe for Success". It's a 5 tier program, designed with their success in the classroom and at home in mind. By using the 5 'main ingredients', Schroeder says students not only understand what is expected of them, but their teacher as well. She says partnering up with students in their educational success is one of the many benefits of her recipe.

Those 5 ingredients are: 

1. Define goals-You have options in life. Don't be afraid to wander. Become inquisitive. Determine what you want, and begin the journey to get there.

2. Change your vocabulary-"I can't" must become "I can." You must become compelled to try. Giving up on the task kills your desire for knowledge.

3. Develop a strategy-Take smaller steps to go the distance. Take your goals and break them into smaller pieces.

4. Take pride in your work-Raise the bar on your own expectations for yourself. Refuse to take shortcuts that are possible when you know that they will not lead to your best work.

5. Take chances-Step outside the box, and become creative when looking at a problems. Try new things. See what the world has to offer.

Schroeder says by students and teachers following this recipe, both groups can be successful. 


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10/07/13 > Remembering Barb Elmer

The Northwest R-I School District sends our sympathies to the family of Barb Elmer. She was killed September 24, 2013 when the tractor she was driving was struck by a truck.

Elmer was a bus driver in the District for close to 40 years. She was well-known and loved by students and staff. In her spare time, Elmer liked to spend time with her horses. 

Members of the bus garage gathered to remember Barb Elmer. Her bus was draped and flowers were brought in rememberance of her service to her students and the District. 

10/03/13 > Receptionist Honored at Board of Education Meeting

All week we've shared amazing stories of dedication by our Northwest staff and parents. You've heard stories of dedication, leadership and drive. All of these components go into making Northwest R-I School District great. 


Another important piece of that puzzle is volunteerism. We encourage our students to lead in the classroom and community. A great way students can lead in their neighborhood is by volunteering. Valley Middle School Principal Geoff Macy talks about the charge lead by Lee Helm and the impact her efforts had on students and the community.

"Valley Middle School would like to recognize Lee Helm and the Jr. Lion Football program for their efforts in cleaning up the stadium at VMS.  Lee organized a group of approximately 130 volunteers, made up of parents and football players from both Woodridge and VMS who came out on Sunday, August 18 to pull weeds, replace boards and paint bleachers. They also restored the iconic "N" on the hillside.  Lee mobilized the community and acquired all of the materials, including mulch and a gas powered wood chipper so that we could dispose of all the unwanted brush and weeds.  It was an amazing activity that brought both parents and students together for a great cause.  The event was a huge success and the facility looks great!  Since that day, word traveled fast about the project and the Northwest Alumni Association has graciously decided to donate a brand new scoreboard to finish the project.  At VMS we say "attitude is everything", and through the attitudes displayed by Lee and the Jr. Football program, VMS is better place!"

10/02/13 > Homecoming Highlights

Homecoming 2013 has concluded. But that doesn't mean the memories are over. Here is a look at some of memorable moments that happened last week at Northwest High School. More photos are on the District's Facebook page. 



10/02/13 > High Ridge Teacher Receives Major Donation

More than a thousand dollars worth of school supplies flooded into High Ridge Elementary Tuesday. It was all thanks to OfficeMax and their national giving back campaign known as "A Day Made Better".

Third grade teacher, Jerilee Banks was on the receiving end of OfficeMax's generous gift. She received everything from glue to scissors to a new Kindle Fire and Canon camera for her classroom. Needless to say, she was excited and so were her students. 

According to OfficeMax's website, "A Day Made Better" started in 2007 as a way to erase teacher-funded classrooms. On average, teachers spend about $1,000 each on supplies for their classrooms. Since then, OfficeMax has contributed more than $4 million worth of products to teachers in need. 

10/02/13 > Four Students Selected for All-District Choir

Four of Northwest High School's choir members were selected to be a part of All-District Choir.

According to Marleisa Amsden, the Vocal Music Teacher at the High School, more than 300 students tried out for this elite choir. Nearly 200 were chosen from around the St. Louis area.

Northwest High School Junior, Andrew Johnson, Senior Haley Korn, Senior Emily Reiter and Senior Elliot Fischer were picked after undergoing an extensive audition process. Amsden said each student had to perform a solo chosen by the selection committee. They also had to sing at sight two other pieces of music selected by the committee. From there, the students were narrowed down to the finalists.

All-District Choir will meet in November and work with renowned Choir Director, Cameron Labarr. The concert is scheduled for November 16, 2013 at 5 p.m. at Sullivan High School.

10/02/13 > Parents Recognized at Board of Education Meeting

Commitment and involvement happen at every level. Cedar Springs Elementary Principal Cynthia Spurgeon recognized two parents at the September Board of Education meeting for their outstanding involvement and dedication to the school. Here is what she had to say about them:

"Cedar Springs Elementary would like to recognize Kristina Wotawa and Candy Matousek for their commitment and involvement. Last year, the CSE Character Education committee identified the need to have a parent voice in our character program. We asked two creative and devoted moms to join our team to give us input and insight from Cedar Springs Families.  Kristina and Candy joined our character education team, attending meetings every month. They bring wonderful ideas, energy, perspective and fun to the table. They in turn share the committees work at PTO meetings, support our character program, and influence others to get involved.  

Besides their committee involvement, these two awesome moms work tireless hours on a daily basis helping our school. Not only are they officers in our PTO, but they help with class parties, assisting teachers in the classroom, at movie nights, at "Breakfast with Santa", popcorn days, selling pretzels, bottle caps, the list goes on….. Both have also been instrumental in making sure Cedar Springs Annual CARE Day is a yearly success.

Please help me in recognizing these remarkable individuals. Candy Matousek and Kristina Wotawa truly exceed expectations and help make Cedar Springs Elementary a great place to be!"

10/01/13 > NHS Coach and Teacher Recognized

All this week we are sharing stories of great leadership in the Northwest R-I School District. If you haven't heard Coach Nick Hoth's name around town, you will. He wears many hats around the District, but you're most likely to hear about his work as head football coach at the high school. His leadership and constant dedication to his students is what got him recognized at the last Board of Education meeting.

Here's what Northwest High School Principal Brad Snell wrote about Nick Hoth:

" When you speak words such as leader, motivator, role model, and a person of character, Nick Hoth is one name that comes to mind.  Nick is the head football coach, freshmen wrestling coach, and a physical education teacher at Northwest High School.  Nick is in his second year at Northwest High School and already, in such a short span of time, made a positive impact on students, staff, and parents.  Nick demands his students, players, and staff members be positive and find ways to be successful despite the adversity they may encounter. 

Nick can be seen before school, after school, and during the summer helping all athletes prepare themselves for their upcoming seasons.  Nick uses many typical weight training techniques and some that are not so familiar to add a variety to keep his athletes improving.  Nick has also exceeded expectations by managing the little league football program, as well as, a flag football program for students in elementary and middle school.  I want to take this time to recognize Nich Hoth for his commitment to our kids and community.   Nick started the season with an opening win against Mehlville, the first in two years for the program.  I am sure this is the first of many to come under his leadership.  Good luck and thanks for all you do."

10/01/13 > Woodridge Middle Students Make Honor Band

Two 8th graders and one 7th grader at Woodridge Middle School are set to perform in the East Central 7 All District Middle School Honor Band. Kate Luca, Megan Sander and Caleb Broeker were chosen by Woodridge's Band Director, Nate Boxdorfer after undergoing an extensive audition. Each student had to write two papers; one explaining why they deserved to be in the band, while the other one had to explain their technical proficiencies. 

After the written portion of the audition was completed, each student had to perform those proficiencies in front of their classmates. Twelve students auditioned at Woodridge Middle.

The East Central 7 All District Middle School Honor Band will perform at 7pm November 9, 2013 at Rickman Auditorium.

10/01/13 > Dr. Ziegler on KJFF

Every month, Superintendent Ziegler talks with Stuart McMillian of KJFF 1400AM. Today, they touched on The Leader in Me lifestyle, the success of the community-wide flu clinic and much more. If you didn't hear it live this morning, here is your chance to get caught up on what's happening in the Northwest R-I School District. 


9/30/13 > Northwest Employee Honored at Board of Education Meeting

Throughout the year, Northwest R-I School District employees and community members are honored for their dedication to the students and staff. At the September Board of Education meeting, three employees and two Northwest parents were recognized for their outstanding service. They were nominated by a prinicipal in the District. 

Over the next four days, we'll share their stories with you. Up first is Kim Wrenfrow from Murphy Elementary School. Principal Katie Brettschneider nominated her. Here is what Mrs. Brettschneider wrote about Ms. Wrenfrow's work in her building:

" Kim Wrenfrow has gone above and beyond for myself, the students and the staff at Murphy Elementary. She has been understanding, caring and kind, not only with our students, staff and families, but with me as well!  She goes above and beyond to make sure things are ready and run smoothly throughout the day, even if this means staying into the evening to make sure we all have what we need the next day. I truly value and appreciate her patience and sincerity with all of the questions I ask.  If she does not know the answer, she always says, 'we will figure it out together'.  She puts in so many hours and sets me up to succeed every time I walk in the door. She is always sure to remind me of something that I never would have thought of! She is the reason I have transitioned smoothly into the Northwest School District and is able and willing to do anything it takes to make Murphy a great place to be.  There are not words to thank her for all that she does and she never expects anything in return.  She is a wonderful asset to the building and I, as well as my staff and families, are lucky to have someone like Kim working with us."


9/27/13 > Donna Shell Named Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award Winner

Staying positive and adapting well to change are just two of the reasons, Mrs. Donna Shell was selected as this year's Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. In describing Mrs. Shell, House Springs Principal Dr. Leigh Ann Parker said, "(she) is the perfect example of "to teach is to learn."  She is a reflective instructor that is not afraid of changing to meet the needs of all of her students."

That willingness to change and meet every student's need was also another quality that impressed Dr. Parker, "Her flexibility and her desire to work as a school community is impressive.  Her actions are refined, but effective.  She is the perfect example of a true leader, without knowing that she is."

Being a leader and remaining loyal comes naturally to Mrs. Shell. She's been a part of the Northwest R-I School District for 32 years. She's worked at High Ridge Elementary, and for the past 30 years, has taught everything from kindergarten to fourth grade at House Springs Elementary. Currently, she is teaching fourth grade there. Congratulations Mrs. Shell!

9/27/13 > Emerson Excellence in Teaching Nominees

Each year in the Northwest R-I School District, principals from all of our schools nominate a teacher for the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. It recognizes kindergarten through college educator who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession and the students they teach.

Once again, Dr. Ziegler received outstanding submissions for this award. Those nominated include:

Brennan Woods Elementary  Sheri Schuette
Cedar Springs Elementary Melissa Stephens
Maple Grove Elementary   Jenny Gearhart
Murphy Elementary           Jennifer Vanlandingham
House Springs Elementary   Donna Shell
High Ridge Elementary       Karen Sambo
Woodridge Middle School     Brenda Mayton
Valley Middle School   Tessa Weiland
Northwest High School     Becky Byrd

All of the applications were screened and ranked by members of the Superintendent's Team. Based on those selections, a winner was chosen. This year's winner is Mrs. Donna Shell, a 32 year veteran of the Northwest R-I School District. Read more about her here.

Congratulations to Mrs. Shell and everyone that was nominated!

9/26/13 > Student Leaders Present at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

The Leader in Me lifestyle was on full display during Wednesday's Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Maple Grove Principal Kimm O'Connor and Brennan Woods Principal Susan Wingenbach accompanied 4 of their students to the monthly event.

Students from each school talked about what it means to be a leader in their schools and how they demonstrate it on a daily basis.

Maple Grove fifth graders Michael Schneider and Trey Davis prepared a presentation sharing the 7 Habits of Happy Kids, which is a major component of the program. Using phrases like, "Begin with the end in mind", "Put first things first" and "Be proactive" have become part of the language around both schools.

Among some of the benefits this program boasts is increased success in academics and behavior-both at school and at home. Brennan Woods fifth grader Garrett Weaver shared how he puts first things first when he's at home. He said when he gets home from school he knows he has to walk and feed the dog before he can play video games.

Natalie Crane, a second grader at Brennan Woods said that by practicing Habit 2, beginning with the end in mind allows her to set goals and plan ahead.

The Leader in Me lifestyle is possible at these schools through a grant. Both principals applied to the program and were successful in establishing it in their schools. This is the first year the program has been running at both schools.

The I Am A Leader Foundation focuses on building character and leadership in children. It has identified The Leader in Me as the best solution to fulfill its mission and selects grants to qualifying schools looking to implement The Leader in Me process.

9/25/13 > NHS Junior Receives UMSL Award

Congratulations to NHS Junior Lillian Oar who received the Dean's Award for Creative Achievement in the Arts at a luncheon at UMSL Tuesday. 

Lillian and her teacher, Ms. Courtney Veszi, sat with the new Dean of UMSL along with Chancellor Thomas George. The luncheon allowed creative students from both Missouri and Illinois to be honored and gave attendees the opportunity to engage in Fine Arts-centered conversation.

9/25/13 > Leader In Me in Action During BWE Assembly

Developing life long learners and leaders are not only parts of the Northwest R-I School District mission statement, it's a way of life around our schools. Just ask your children. Every day, our teachers and staff work diligently to not only make sure your children are learning important concepts, but learning how to be good citizens. Words and phrases like "synergize", "think win-win" and "put first things first" should be familiar, especially for our younger students. They are part of The Leader In Me and 7 Habits of Happy Children.

If you'd like to see the The Leader in Me lifestyle in action, just visit Brennan Woods Elementary's Facebook page. There you'll see two videos from last week's Character Education assembly.

9/24/13 > District Employees Get CPR/AED Certification

Training happens all the time around the Northwest R-I School District. Last week, 12 members of Northwest's staff underwent CPR/AED training with the North Jefferson Ambulance District. This is the third year the ambulance district has worked alongside our staff in providing free training.

Kim Viviano, Northwest's Director of Health and Wellness sets up the training and says she's continued to use the North Jefferson Ambulance District because they are easy to work with and always willing to provide quality training to our staff. 

Once employees complete this training they are CPR/AED certified. Another training for staff in the District is set for October 8.

9/24/13 > NHS Sophomore Finishes 1st in Local Photo Contest

Congratulations to Andrea Williams for winning two awards at the 2nd Annual Jefferson County Photography Club contest.

The NHS sophomore won 1st place in the youth division and an honorable mention for the photos below. 

9/23/13 > Latest Issue of NHS DeTail Now Available

Every day something new and exciting is happening at Northwest High School. Stay up-to-date on all the latest news coming out of the high school by reading the latest editions of the NHS DeTail. It's the high school's newspaper and entirely written by NHS students.

Here is what is in this month's edition: -It's Spirit Week on campus. Read what students are most looking forward to. -Two NHS seniors are credited with helping save a local man. -Meet Meredith Espinoza, a new Spanish I teacher. -Read a heartwarming story about a local woman who makes blankets for children at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

9/23/13 > College Day in the District

Northwest teachers, staff and administrators were urged to show their school spirit Monday by wearing their favorite college t-shirt or sweatshirt. As you can see, we had great participation!

9/20/13 > Peace Pantry is This Month's Northwest Way Recipient

Peace Pantry is this month's Northwest Way recipient. Brian May from Peace Pantry came to Thursday's Board of Education meeting to accept the check from Superintendent Paul Ziegler and Valley Middle School Principal Geoff Macy. Valley Middle sponsors Peace Pantry. Peace Pantry is a non-profit organization that provides emergency and long-term help to low-income families and individuals.


"The Northwest Way" is the District's way of supporting charities in our area. The program gives employees the opportunity to participate by electing to have a payroll deduction at an amount they select. That money then goes into an account and is presented to the selected charity during their designation month at the regular Board of Education meeting.

9/20/13 > Brennan Woods Elementary Assembly Song

Developing life long learners and leaders are not only parts of the Northwest R-I School District mission statement, it's a way of life around our schools. Just ask your children. Every day, our teachers and staff work diligently to not only make sure your children are learning important concepts, but learning how to be good citizens. Words and phrases like "synergize", "think win-win" and "put first things first" should be familiar, especially for our younger students. They are part of "The Leader In Me/7 Habits" program running at our schools.

Here are a few photos from Thursday's assembly. If you head to Brennan Woods' Facebook page, you can watch a great video of the kids singing and dancing to their latest character education song.

9/17/13 > Northwest Cheerleading Competition Squad Place 2nd At State

The Northwest High School Cheerleading Competition Squad finished second in their division at this weekend's state cheerleading competition. The 17 member squad took to the mat at the Hearnes Center on Mizzou's campus Sunday, September 15.  

Congratulations to the girls on this accomplishment. To see the squad's performance, visit the high school's Facebook page. 

9/17/13 > Successful Community-Wide Flu Clinic

Employees from the Northwest R-I School District and several community members rolled up their sleeves Friday for a community-wide flu clinic. The event was sponsored by the District and Shop 'n Save in High Ridge. About 60 people attended the clinic. 

This flu clinic is one of many for staff members of the District. Here is a listing of them:

St. Anthony's Hospital will provide flu vaccines in every building October 3rd and 4th. This event is just for Northwest staff members.

A Walgreens pharmacist will be on hand during Parent Teacher Conferences October 16th and 17th at Woodridge Middle School, Valley Middle School and Northwest High School. This event is for staff, community members and students 12 years and older. 

More details on these events will follow.

9/16/13 > School Spirit Shines at NHS

Last Friday's football game against Fox may not have ended the way we would've wanted, but the school spirit and support our students showed one another was amazing.

Our friends at the St. Louis Rams said this was the most highly attended game they've been to so far this year during their High School Games of the Week. A big thank you to our friends, students, staff and community members in helping show an outpouring of support for all our students.


Want to see and hear more from Friday's game? Visit our Facebook page by clicking here. 

9/16/13 > School Assembly Honors Teacher

What started off as a quest for glue sticks and other school supplies, ended with an all-school assembly and special recognition for one High Ridge Elementary teacher. 

The road to the $25,000 award started last year when Special Education Teacher Kathy Schroeder entered the school in Kleenex's BoxTops Sweepstakes. Schroeder said she entered the contest in an effort to get more school supplies for her students. She wanted glue sticks, crayons and markers for her kids. 

Fast forward several months later when Prinicipal Jenny Baugh received a letter saying the school was one of three in the nation that won 250,000 BoxTops which equates to $25,000. 

During the assembly Monday, Prinicipal Baugh recognized Schroeder's dedication to her students and the BoxTops program. Baugh also let students know that the $25,000 will go towards new computers for the school. 

In addition to the $25,000, the three winning schools will also receive a year's supply of Kleenex brand facial and hand towels.

A special thank you to our Board of Education members Gary Bonacker, Nelson Weber and Chris Shelton for attending. Dr. Tracy Edwards was also there and presented the check from Kleenex to Schroeder. 

9/13/13 > Northwest Varsity Soccer Undefeated

Another congratulations has to go out to our Men's Varsity Soccer team. Not only are they undefeated so far this year, with a 5-0 record, but Senior forward Alex McGlassion was just selected as the Athlete of the Week by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Click here for the full article. Great job guys!

9/13/13 > Northwest Advances to 2nd Round of Voting

Now is the time to vote for Northwest High School in the second round of FM NewsTalk 97.1's School Spirit Award. The school made it past the first round of voting, which ended September 13. Voting started Monday, September 16 and ends Friday, September 27. The same voting rules apply; you can vote 10 times every hour. The school with the most votes at the close of voting on Friday, September 27 wins $5,000! Here is the link for the contest. 

Let's make sure we secure our spot in the final round of voting, but visiting their site and voting for Northwest.

9/13/13 > Mentor Me Exhibition Starts

Students from across the Northwest R-I School District will have their art displayed as part of the "Mentor Me" exhibition. It starts this weekend at The Foundry Arts Centre and runs through October 20th. Art work from local schools can be seen in the Baue Family Children's Gallery inside The Foundry Arts Centre. Schools from across the area enter the exhibition to showcase student and teacher artwork.

The exhibition will conclude October 20th with a reception from 1-3p.m. Student participants will be awarded a certificate of participation. 

Want to see more of the amazing art? Visit our Facebook page!

Artist: Alyssa Brown

Artist: Carter Sanchez

9/11/13 > Northwest High School is Rams Game of the Week

Congratulations and thank you's go out to everyone who voted to help make tonight's Varsity football game versus Fox the St. Louis Rams High School Game of the Week. Everytime you visited the site and voted made a difference.

Now just make sure you are at NHS tonight to cheer the Lions on to victory!

9/11/13 > Northwest High School Senior Wins Major Scholarship

For Northwest High School Senior Rachael Bonacker, Tuesday started out as any other day. She got up, got ready for school, went to basketball practice and went to class. But Tuesday quickly went from ordinary to extraordinary when the Nordstrom's TEN4U Scholarship team, her parents and school administrators showed up in her classroom to let her know she won a $10,000 scholarship. 

Bonacker's work on this scholarship started last year while in Mrs. Katie Gilbert's Gifted Honors English III class. As part of their college readiness portfolio, students had to write essays for use in scholarship and college applications. Bonacker's essay was about growing up in this area.

That essay, her GPA and participation in a variety of extracurricular activities got Bonacker past thousands of other applicants from around the country and into the second round of the process. From there, Bonacker had to take part in a Skype interviewwith a panel from Nordstrom's. Out of 11,700 students that initially applied, only 128 made it into the semi-final interview this past summer. Rachael Bonacker was one of them.

Rachael, her parents, Karen and Jeff Bonacker and the Nordstrom's TEN4U Scholarship team. 

Months went by and little did Bonacker know that she was one of 80 recipients to receive this distinguished award. She was the only student in the St. Louis area to win this year.

On behalf of the entire Northwest R-I School District, we want to congratulate Rachael Bonacker on this award. It is an amazing accomplishment!

9/10/13 > Dr. Ziegler Speaks About HB253

News and commercials these past few days have been heavy with talk of House Bill 253. For those that aren't familiar, House Bill 253 or HB253 is a bill designed to reform Missouri tax structure. Its provisions include; a reduction in income tax if the Federal Government passes an internet sales tax provision, a reduction in taxes of businesses formed as LLC's, and adding sales tax to prescription drugs and textbooks. It's also a bill Governor Nixon vetoed earlier this year.

On Monday, Dr. Ziegler and other school superintendents from around the area gathered with educators, mental health professionals and seniors to talk about the negative impact overriding HB253 would have on schools and other social service organizations. Some of the main points discussed include increased class sizes, fewer dollars spent on getting those with mental illness the help they need and higher prescription costs for seniors.

If you'd like to read Dr. Ziegler's thoughts on the bill and the direct impact it would have on the Northwest R-I School District, click here to read his latest blog.

Missouri lawmakers vote Wednesday, September 11th in Jefferson City. 

9/06/13 > Board of Education Members Tour Murphy Elementary

Some of our Board of Education members spent their Friday morning with Murphy Elementary students. Members got to see how the new free breakfast program was running, talk with building administrators and interact with kids. 

This was the first of six school building tours for the Board of Education this year. During each visit, the Board will get to tour the facility, talk with teachers and prinicpals and meet students. Board members said having the opportunity to see our students, teachers and staff at work helps them gain a better perspective of what is going on in our schools. 

More photos are on our Facebook page. 

9/06/13 > Coach Hoth Talks About This Year's Team

Last Friday's win against Mehlville was something our senior football players and many Northwest fans won't soon forget.

Head Coach Nick Hoth attributed the win to all the hard work the boys put into the off season. They were in the gym and on the practice field running drills during the summer.

The comfort level the team has with him and each other was another factor that played into the season opening win. This is his second season coaching the Varsity Lions football team. Hoth says knowing each player more this year and having them know his expectations has definitely helped the team come together.

"Getting a taste of victory was good for the boys", Hoth said. He says the team always talks about the first win being the hardest. He hopes this statement runs true for his players and now that they know how to win, they'll have the confidence to do so.

They'll have another chance to add to that winning record tonight when they take on Seckman at home. Game time is 7pm. We hope our Northwest community will come out and cheer them on!

9/04/13 > Hear Dr. Ziegler on KJFF

If you tuned into KJFF yesterday around 10:15a, you might have heard a familiar voice. It was Dr. Ziegler talking with KJFF's Stuart McMillian. They talked about a variety of topics including High Ridge Elementary's awesome award from Kleenex, free breakfast for our elementary students and much more. Listen here to hear the entire segment. Also tune into KJFF the first Tuesday of the month to hear Dr. Ziegler's monthly segment.


9/04/13 > Learning to Lead Song

Great videos from our schools keep coming in! When this one popped up on Brennan Woods Elementary's Facebook page, we knew we had to share it. Take a listen. This is Miss Bagwell. She's one of the many talented teachers we are lucky to have in the District.

9/03/13 > First Victory for NHS Lions Football

The high temperatures and dozens of Mehlville fans didn't stop the Northwest Lions Varsity football team from rallying a win. They ended Friday night's game up 15-14. It was a great start to the season and we hope a sign of things to come for this amazing group of athletes. Here are a few photos from Friday's win. More are on our Facebook page. 

Did you sport your blue and white and cheer the Lions onto victory Friday night? If so, we want to see your photos and videos. Send them our way via our Facebook page or at NorthwestNews@nwr1.k12.mo.us. We can't wait to see and share them!


8/30/13 > Day in the Life of an ECC Student

Fun and learning go hand in hand at our Early Childhood Center. If you've never had a chance to see the great work our teachers and staff do each day with our youngest Lions, here is your chance. Take a look at some of the creative activities students enrolled here get to experience on a daily basis. 


Want more? Log onto Facebook and see a lot more photos from ECC.

8/30/13 > Board of Education Retreat

Members of Northwest R-I's Board of Education met Thursday for an all -day retreat. They heard presentations on everything from the District's finances to the new Common Core standards that are in place in our classrooms.  One of the more interactive parts of the  afternoon included members of the Board  and  District staff  taking the new Smarter Balance assessment.

This computer based testing is aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8  and 11. The system includes both summative assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use. 

It uses computer adaptive testing technology to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and educators can use to help students to succeed.

Want to see more photos from the retreat? Click on the District's Facebook page!

8/30/13 > Earth Day 2014 Slogan Contest

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for a river of slogan ideas to come from Missouri's fifth-grade classrooms as part of Earth Day 2014.

This year, the theme is "watersheds." The student who wins of the slogan contest will win a prize $50 gift card and be recognized on stage during opening ceremonies. The slogan contest will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 13.

Click here to go the Missouri Departmnt of Natural Resources contest page.

8/27/13 > High Ridge Elementary Wins Big

New technology will soon be headed into High Ridge Elementary thanks to Kleenex. The school's BoxTops coordinator, Sally Chisholm and Special Education Teacher, Kathy Schroeder entered the school into the Kleenex Brand in the Classroom sweepstakes. Participants were asked to visit TeacherLists.com and enter the sweepstakes by adding Kleenex brand tissue to their back-to-school lists. That log-in then entered them for a chance to win 250,000 eBoxTops for their school of choice. Those eBoxTops are the equivalent of $25,000.

So you can imagine the response of High Ridge Elementary Principal Jenny Baugh when she received word that her school was one of three picked at random to win the sweepstakes. Baugh said, "Winning this was outstanding.  I couldn't believe it when I saw the e-mail saying we were chosen out of hundreds of schools to win this amazing prize! The money will definitely be put to good use."

Baugh plans to use the money to buy new laptops and desktop computers for the classrooms. "Having new computers in our school is essential. It helps our students stay on top with the latest technology and we're so excited to have this opportunity."

In addition to receiving the $25,000, each school will receive boxes of Kleenex brand facial tissues and hand towels.

 More than 7,300 schools entered. An elementary school in Indiana and Alabama were the other winners of this sweepstakes.

About High Ridge Elementary

High Ridge Elementary is located in High Ridge, Missouri and is part of the Northwest R-I School District. It's a K-5 school and was recently recognized as a High Progress Reward School.

About Box Tops for Education

America's schools have earned more than $525 million through all Box Tops for Education® earnings programs since the program started in 1996, including $47 million just since March 2012. More than 90,000 schools use that cash to purchase items such as computers, library books, art supplies and playground equipment. Schools can earn up to $20,000 by clipping Box Tops coupons from 240 products and can earn eBoxTops by shopping online through the Box Tops Marketplace.

8/27/13 > New Parking Lot Unveiled

On your next visit to Central Office or High Ridge Elementary, look down and see the new parking lot. Vern Bauman Contracting Co. won the bid to complete the project. Their crews started working on it in July and had it completed in two weeks.

Planning for the new parking lot started back in April. That's when bids were publicly open for the project. The Board of Education approved Vern Bauman Contracting Co's bid at the May 2013 Board meeting. It cost the District $71,426 to have the area shared between Central Office and High Ridge Elementary paved, along with a $7,300 option to fix the drive area in front of High Ridge Elementary. The cost of this project was funded through the 2012-2013 maintenance and facilities budget.

8/26/13 > Valley Middle School Video

The cool videos from the schools keep rolling in. Click here to watch Valley Middle School's video.

Song Courtesy:

"Hall of Fame"

The Script featuring will.i.am

8/23/13 > Northwest High School Fall Assembly Video

Here is the video everyone has been talking about. It was shown earlier this week during an assembly.

Song Credit:
"This Is the New Year"
A Great Big World
8/23/13 > First Day of School Stories

We asked for stories from the first day of school, and our wonderful Northwest community answered.

Here are some of the responses we got:

"I asked my daughter if they did the same things in the morning (put away backpack, say the pledge, etc.) as in Kindergarten. She said 'no- first grade is totally different than kindergarten, mom!'" Jamie Hampton Reitz

"The first day of Kindergarten at our house brought more excitement than Christmas morning! I think we were about a half hour early to the bus stop simply because she just couldn't wait. She loves it! Here's to a wonderful year!" Amy Howard

"Thanks to all of the faculty and staff for making my son's first two days of fifth grade, "the best days ever". Parents are lucky to have such devoted teachers!" Cindy Burgett Horn

"My kids came home ecstatic!" Sara Ivie-Trankler

Thanks to everyone who submitted stories. We loved reading all of them. Keep the stories coming. If your teacher, school custodian, secretary, bus driver or anyone else here in the District did something wonderful, we want to hear! You can either share it on Facebook and Twitter (@NorthwestRISD).

Have a question or concern? Shoot us an e-mail at Northwestnews@nwr1.k12.mo.us.

8/23/13 > Northwest R-I Schools Improving
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released their Annual Performance Report or APR Friday. The report is structured like a report card for school districts and compiles data from state standardized test scores, attendance, graduation rate and college readiness. After all these numbers are gathered, DESE then judges districts on the percentage earned on a points scale.

The Northwest R-I School District received a ranking of 87.5% or 122.5 out of 140 points possible. Though this percent is lower than in years past, the grading system has changed. School districts used to be judged on a 14-point scale. The program, now in its fifth version, is known as the Missouri School Improvement Program or MSIP. It works to prepare every child for success in school and life. Variables utilized in MSIP 5 is used to distinguish the performance of schools and districts in valid, accurate and meaningful ways so that districts in need of improvement can receive appropriate support and intervention, and high-performing districts can be recognized as models of excellence.

Two areas of outstanding achievement in our District include attendance and graduation rate. We received a 95% for attendance and 100% for our graduation rate. That perfect score on our graduation rate is the best one we've received in several years. We are very proud of the 2012-2013 graduating class! Though our attendance rate is high, we think there is always room for improvement. We'd like to get that number up to 100% this year.

We are constantly working on ways to improve here in the Northwest R-I School District. Among the items mentioned in the MSIP 5 that we as a District are working on include: improving our test scores and making sure our graduates are college and career ready.

Continued focus on these areas and many others, will lead Northwest R-I Schools to strive to maintain our high level of academic excellence.
8/21/13 > Northwest R-I School District Goes Green

Did you know the roof of Northwest High School is producing thousands of kilowatts of energy a month?

At the August 15th Board of Education meeting, Dane Glueck of StraightUp Solar shared the benefits of solar power. Glueck also went over important data explaining the cost savings when it comes to using solar panels.

Some of the facts and figures that were shared include:

1. There are two sets of solar panels on the Northwest High School roof. One array is on the south part of the roof. The other array is on the north end.

2. Each array has 100 solar panels.

3. During this past July, the amount of energy produced by these panels was recorded. In total. 8,000 kilowatts of power was produced. That is equivalent to 8,000 pounds of coal.

4. No taxpayer money was used to fund this project because the panels are leased from StraightUp Solar.

5. The projected cost savings for the year for the District with these panels is estimated at more than $500. That number is expected to increase as electricity costs increase.

Here are some photos StraightUp Solar shared with us during the construction at the high school.

Photo Courtesy: StraightUp Solar

8/19/13 > Learn the Leader in Me Song!

If you've had children in the District for a few years, you may have heard about the Leader in Me program. It's a character education program our schools live and learn about everyday. It comes from the same people who developed the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Mrs. Petry, a music teacher at Maple Grove Elementary made a video to help kids remember important parts of the program. Some Maple Grove students already know the words to this catchy song, but many more students will be learning it this year. Listen to Mrs. Petry perform the song here. Suprise your student by learning the words so you can sing along the next time you hear them singing it!

8/16/13 > Help Target Give to Northwest Schools

Target is once again giving back to communities and school districts across the country with their one-of-a-kind donation program. To help, all you need to do is visit Target's Facebook page to access their app. From there, vote for a Northwest School District school of your choice. You can vote once a week through September 21, 2013 or until the full $5 million has been allocated. Once a school gets 25 votes, Target will donate $1 per vote, with a maximum donation of $10,000 per school.

Share this with your friends, family, teachers and community members. Last year, House Springs Elementary got a $50. Let's see if we can top that for all our schools this year.

8/16/13 > JFK Sports Receives Northwest Way Check

Every month the Northwest R-I School District helps support charities in our area. This program, known as "The Northwest Way", gives employees the opportunity to participate by electing to have a payroll deduction at an amount they select. That money then goes into an account and is presented to the selected charity during their designation month at the regular Board of Education meeting.

August's recipient is Just for Kids Sports, a local organization that helps assist needy families with sporting equipment.

8/14/13 > First Day of School

The first day of school for this year is behind us! Thank you to all the parents, teachers, staff and students who made this day run perfectly. Here are a few photos from around the District. For more, visit us on Facebook or Twitter @NorthwestRISD.

8/14/13 > Successful Open Houses

Our elementary Open Houses went wonderfully last night! Thanks to all the parents, students, teachers and staff who made the night so successful. Here are a few  photos from High Ridge's Open House. For more pictures, click here to access the school's Facebook page.

8/12/13 > New Wrestling Room Unveiled

Attention Northwest High School wrestling fans, the new practice room is complete! Finishing touches wrapped up August 8th. The need for the new room grew out of safety concerns for our wrestlers and the growing popularity of our program! As you can see, this practice space is not only bigger than our old training area, but it also has brand new mats and a fresh coat of paint.

The new space will also serve as a year-round facility for various other activities.

8/09/13 > NHS Senior Part of MO Boys State

Northwest High School's Brett Knese spent a week of his summer vacation earning awards and accomplishments at the 74th session of the Missouri Boys State. The annual conference is designed to educate and train Missouri's young leaders in functional citizenship, leadership and government.

Close to 1,000 student leaders were chosen to participate. Knese's leadership, citizenship, academics and character during his junior year at Northwest High School was a major factor in him being selected for this honor.

Knese was sponsored by American Legion Post 783-House Springs.

8/01/13 > Follow Us On Facebook and Twitter
If you haven't already heard, Northwest R-I School District is on Facebook and just recently, Twitter! Make sure to 'like' us on Facebook and 'follow' us on Twitter. On Facebook, we're "Northwest R-I School District". On Twitter, find us @NorthwestRISD or type in Northwest RI Schools.

Both of these outlets and our website will provide you with the latest news happening in our district.

Have a child in the district? Now you can stay connected by visiting their school's Facebook page. Each school has their own site dedicated to bringing you important information, as well as great stories of teachers and students doing amazing things. A list of the official Facebook page names are below. Just type these into your search bar and 'like' us!

Northwest R-I School District

Brennan Woods Elementary School

Cedar Springs Elementary School

High Ridge Elementary School

House Springs Elementary

Murphy Elementary School

Maple Grove Elementary School

Valley Middle School

Woodridge Middle School

Northwest R-I High School
5/23/13 > Board of Education Meeting Dates Approved
The Board of Education annually approves their meeting dates. The regular meetings are usually the third Thursday of the month. This year there are exceptions, the fourth Thursday in July and the third Wednesday in February. All the meetings are scheduled to be held in the Northwest Instructional Student Services Center, 5684 Highway PP in High Ridge. The posted start time is 6:00 p.m. when the Board goes into Closed Session however the public portion of the meeting is not scheduled to begin before 7:00 p.m.

The meeting dates are:

July 25, 2013
August 15, 2013
September 19, 2013
October 17, 2013
November 21, 2013
December 19, 2013
January 16, 2014
February 19, 2014
March 20, 2014
April 17, 2014
May 15, 2014
June 19, 2014
8/17/12 > Employee Giving Program Continues

During August 2009, Northwest R-I School District employees embraced a newly formed philanthropic endeavor, "The Northwest Way". This program adopts the philosophy of supporting organizations that help our friends and neighbors in Jefferson County. Employees are given the opportunity to participate by electing to have a payroll deduction at an amount they select. The total amount collected will be presented to the charity during their designation month at the regular Board of Education meeting. The district administrators selected charities that reflect our community's diverse needs and interests.

Northwest received a Promising Practices award for this program. The Character Education Partnership (CEP) gives annual Promising Practices awards for implementing unique and specific strategies in character education.

The 2012-2013 Northwest Way charities are:

Month

Charity

Sponsor

September

Peace Pantry

Valley

October

Feed My People

Woodridge

November

Ladies of Charity

High Ridge

December

Sunnyhill, Inc.

Maple Grove

January

St. Baldrick's

House Springs

February

Special Olympics

Cedar Springs

March

Mid East Agency for Aging

Central Office

April

Northwest Alumni Assoc.

Northwest High School

May

Backstoppers, Inc.

Brennan Woods

June

Food Pantries

Early Childhood

July

NWLEAFF Scholarships

District

August

JFK Sports

Murphy

All the charities are compliant with federal guidelines regarding charitable giving and have Internal Revenue Services issued 501(c) 3 designations.

 

12/16/11 > Superintendent nominated for Pay it Forward
Dr. Paul Zieger pays it forward to MEAAA High Ridge
Fox 2 and American Equity Mortgage sponsor a program called Pay it Forward. This program allows individuals to nominate someone who they feel deserves special recognition. That is exactly what Courtney Bays did when she nominated Superintendent Paul Ziegler in October. Dr. Ziegler was instrumental in establishing a partnership between the Central Office staff and the Mideast Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) to provide drivers for a High Ridge area Meals on Wheels route. MEAAA's Meals on Wheels program brings nutritionally balanced meals to eligible homebound people age 60 and older.

Dr. Ziegler was surprised when Courtney, along with Fox Channel 2 news reporter Elliot Weiler, presented him with a $500 cash “reward”. Dr. Ziegler then paid it forward himself by presenting the $500 cash to Neil Bingaman, at the High Ridge Senior Center. According to their website, “Senior Centers serve as community focal points for older citizens. The Center offers hot, nutritious congregate meals and delivers meals to eligible homebound seniors.” Mr. Bingaman was happy to accept the donation on behalf of the High Ridge community.

Fox 2 shared a copy of the news story that ran and it is attached for your viewing.