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12/02/16 > Board of Education Candidate Filing Dates
Three director positions are open on the Northwest Board of Education, each for a three-year term, in the April 4, 2017 election. Interested and qualified persons may file in person at the Northwest Central Offices, 2843 Community Lane, High Ridge, MO, 63049. Names will appear on the ballot in chronological order of filing.

Filing begins on Tuesday; December 13, 2016 at 8 a.m. Candidates will be assigned a filing number in the order of appearance. Candidate filing continues during the District’s regular business hours through January 17, 2017. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Filing will not occur on days that the District is closed due to inclement weather. However, filing will occur on the first and last day of filing even if the District is closed due to inclement weather. Filing will also not occur between December 23, 2016 through January 3, 2017 and not on January 16, 2017. Filing will end on January 17, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Those interested in filing may view additional materials available on the Missouri School Boards’ Association website at: http://www.msbanet.org.

The terms of Retta Tuggle, Gary Barrett, and Nelson O. Weber expire in April 2017. For more information, please call Cindi James, Northwest Administrative Assistant, at 636.692.0464
12/01/16 > Superintendent Does HSE Teacher's Job

Earlier this week, Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler went and did House Springs Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Gilb's job. While he did math, reading and writing lessons with them, Ms. Gilb was able to enjoy a few hours away from school.

To nominate a Northwest employee for this honor, click here

To see more photos, click here

12/01/16 > November Northwest Star Students Named

Congratulations to Faith D. of Maple Grove Elementary and Alexander A. of NHS forbeing selected as November's Northwest Star Students. Both were nominated and chosen at random for their dedication to their academics and community. 

To nominate any Northwest student, click here and fill out the form.

11/21/16 > HRE Donates to Backstoppers

The first graders at High Ridge Elementary showcased their Leader In Me skills on Friday when they donated $1500 to Backstoppers, Inc. The students raised money bywearing pajamas to school. Many of the students and staff enjoyed being able to present the check to Lieutenant Carle of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and Chief Newsome of the Antonia Fire Protection District to thank them for all they do each day to keep students, staff and community members safe. 

11/21/16 > Marlo Coil This Month's Community Partnership

Strong community partnerships not only benefit the students of Northwest School District, but our staff as well. At every Board of Education meeting, one partner is recognized by a school in the District. This month's recognition went to Marlo Coil in High Ridge. Here is what High Ridge Elementary Principal Jenny Baugh shared, 

"Amerigas sponsors a School Days program where customers can detach a portion of their propane bill and submit it to local participating schools who can then earn $.02 for every gallon shown.  Charlie Ault, the environmental health and safety specialist at Marlo Coil, contacted High Ridge Elementary last year to offer the company's propane receipts to us as a participating school.  He knew about the School Days program and wanted to provide the donation to a local school with HRE being the nearest as well as the elementary his own children attended.  So every few months, Mr. Ault gathers up and totals Marlo Coil's receipts and brings them to our office.  With nearly 14,000 gallons of propane purchased by Marlo Coil from July 2015 to June 2016, these receipts have added up nicely for HRE.  We are using the proceeds to fund a beautification project that will soon be visible to the community.  Thank you to Marlo Coil and especially to Charlie Ault for your generosity and thoughtfulness in using this program to benefit our school."

11/21/16 > Food Service Worker Credited for Saving Student's Life

Our dedicated staff is what makes the Northwest School District a great place for students, families and employees. At every Board of Education meeting, staff membersd are recognized. This month, the Food Service Department recognized Kim Rose. Here is what Food Service Director Debbie Carver said, 

" I want to introduce you to Kim Rose. Kim works at Murphy Elementary. This year during Summer School, as the students were eating lunch, Kim noticed a student choking. She immediately went into action and had to perform the Heimlich maneuver on the student. In the meantime, the nurse made it down and told Kim she had saved their life.  Kim was a lifesaving hero that day. 

Kim and myself had the same 8 th  grade Northwest science teacher who taught his class First Aid and this procedure. You always hope you never have to use it, but thank goodness he taught us all and it stuck with us all these years. Thank you Kim for your dedication."

11/21/16 > HRE Teacher Team Recognized

Amazing teachers working together help ensure success for all of our students. At this month's Board of Education meeting, High Ridge Elementary Principal Jenny Baugh shared with the Board just a few of the teachers making a difference in her building. Here is what she shared,

"The entire Functional Academics Classroom team is new to High Ridge Elementary this year, but you would think they've worked together for years.  Well organized and proactive, these ladies work tirelessly with our functional students. The team has focused on improving communication and social skills while developing positive academic behaviors to ensure the students are each progressing on their IEP goals.  While the academic progress is exciting to see, the increase in student use of language and language systems to communicate has been inspiring to the whole HRE community. All of this growth is a result of the effort of the whole team.  Ms. Jones, the teacher, organizes and plans lessons to meet the varied student needs in this K-5 classroom while constantly communicating and gathering feedback from the paras.  She and Ms. Reuter, the SLP, collaboratively plan for the afternoon language block where students receive individual and small group instruction to address their speech and functional language needs in the classroom and at recess where their communication skills are often put to the test.  Mrs. Stubits, Mrs. Thompson, and Ms. Vogt all support students in a variety of regular education settings, working to maximize their students' interaction and learning with their peers.  They also communicate student progress across those settings to keep Ms. Jones and Ms. Reuter informed of student accomplishments and needs.  Mrs. Nahlik joined the team at the end of September.  Her intuition and skill with improving student behaviors has increased student attention and stamina for learning.  She has also assisted in providing resources for non-verbal student communication of wants and needs.  While it's rare for the whole team to be together in one place, their ongoing focus on individual student growth and consistent response to student needs looks like they spend hours meeting everyday.  It's a credit to their character as they maximize each other's strengths and praise the attributes of the others.  This team exemplifies the motto that Together Everyone Achieves More."

11/21/16 > Ladies of Charity This Month's Northwest Way Recipient

Ladies of Charity is November's Northwest Way recipient. Pat Hemenway from Ladies of Charity came to  Thursday's  Board of Education meeting to accept a check for $2,410.00 from Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler and High Ridge Elementary Principal Jenny Baugh. High Ridge Elementary sponsors Ladies of Charity.

Ladies of Charity is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services to members of our community.

"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.

11/11/16 > HSE Kindergarten Teacher Dr. Z Do My Job Winner

Congratulations to House Springs Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Ashley Gilb. On Friday, she found out she was chosen at this month's Dr. Z Do My Job winner. She was nominated by a colleague for her positive attitude and willingness to do what it takes to help her students succeed. She will now get two hours away from the classroom while Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler does her job. 

To nominate an outstanding Northwest employee, click here

11/11/16 > Veterans Day Celebrations 2016

It was a heroes welcome and goodbye as countless Veterans were celebrated about the Northwest School District. Several schools had students performing songs, makingcrafts and showing their appreciation for the sacrifices our servicemen and women have made. 

To see more photos and videos, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. 

11/09/16 > Winter Break Update
The last day of this semester is December 21st, an early release day. It is also a Wednesday. Northwest will NOT have a Late Start Wednesday on December 21st. Classes will begin at regular time.
11/03/16 > NHS + Project Linus = Blankets
The cast and crew of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” teamed up with Project Linus to provide blankets for seriously ill and traumatized children.

The mission of Project Linus is twofold:

*First, provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers”.

*Second, provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
10/21/16 > Parent Portal Not Available

Due to routine maintenance, the Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) is not available until after 5:00 p.m. October 21st. We apologize for the inconvenience.

10/12/16 > KJFF Radio Interview
Chief Academic Officer Mary Thomasson participated in this month's interview covering Northwest news on KJFF Radio hosted by Madeline Gilbert. This month's topics included Dr. Z do My Job Program, Wellness Center, and Student Polling Election Workers. Click below to listen to the entire interview.

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 mg_nw_10-05-16.mp3
9/27/16 > Wellness Events

A variety of wellness events are coming up. Mark your calendars. 

9/21/16 > Fall Weekly Sports Update Available

This week's Fall Sports update is now available. Click below to listen.


9/16/16 > VMS 6th Grade Team Honored at BOE Meeting

When students and staff work together, great things can happen. That partnership between staff is what made Valley Middle School Principal Dayle Burgdorf recognize the following educators at September's Board of Education meeting. Here is what she shared, 

"Valley Middle School would like to take a moment and recognize a very important team of individuals.  Bev Schroeder, Lauren Genthon, Sharon Plut, Beth Lundry, Jen Wright, Patti Miller, Karen Biggs, Brian Cox, Kathy Scholtes, Dena Mayer, Jeff Parker, Laurie Siethel, Tracy Loveless, and Michelle Castelli. For their uncanny ability to put kids first no matter what.  Here are just a few of the things that the 6th grade team does for our students:

Purchasing school supplies

Purchasing clothing and shoes

Providing snacks

Food baskets for students who were out for surgery

Give up lunch time to sit with kids and not allow them to be lonely

Give ideas and see them through

Trusted the process that a new administrative team brought on board

Willingness to do just about anything I need a volunteer for

Sponsor clubs

Attend dances

 

All of these are examples of how this group of educators works to make sure our sixth grade students have a great first experience at middle school.  It is an honor to work beside each and every one of them!  "

9/14/16 > National Merit Announcements
Northwest Schools announced today that Senior Patrick Collins was named as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Out of 1.5 million Juniors who took the PSAT last year, 16,000 students qualified because they represent the top scorers in their state. Patrick will now compete for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships. Good luck Patrick!

Congratulations also to Senior Darren Schmidt who was named as a "Commended" student. This means that he scored in the top 50,000 students who took the PSAT among the 1.5 million Juniors who took it last year.
9/07/16 > Elementary Assessment Test Results

The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments evaluate students progress toward the Missouri Learning Standards. Grade-Level Assessments provide important information that contributes to decisions concerning individual students, groups of students, and educational programs.  Assessments are given in the subject areas of Communication Arts (grade 3-8), Mathematics (grade 3-8) and Science (grades 5 and 8).

Northwest students 2015-2016 Individual Student Reports (IRS) will be distributed during parent teacher conferences in October. If families wish to receive the report earlier, please contact your child's principal.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) publishes a Guide to Interpreting Results (GIR) that provides details about the content of the Individual Student Reports. The GIR is available on the DESE website at:   http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/grade-level


8/24/16 > Late Start Wednesday Information

August 24th marks the first Late Start Wednesday in the Northwest School District. Click here to view the District calendar and Late Start Wednesday calendar.

8/22/16 > Preparation for College Applications
Northwest High School’s annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Night and College Fair is Tuesday, September 27th. They are hosting two FAFSA informational sessions in the Lecture Hall. Sessions times are 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for parents/guardians of college bound seniors. The purpose of these sessions are to understand FAFSA, why it's important to fill out every year, and what types of financial aid students may be eligible for after completing the FAFSA.

Our annual College Fair will be held this same evening from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. It is open to all high school students with sophomores and juniors families strongly encouraged to attend.

Seniors and their parents will have enough time to attend both events if needed.

Please contact the NHS guidance department at (636) 274-0555 ext. 18754 with any questions.
8/08/16 > NW Way 2016-2017 Recipients Announced

During 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 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.   

 

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

JFK Sports

Murphy

April

Northwest Alumni Assoc.

Northwest High School

May

Backstoppers, Inc.

Brennan Woods

June

Food Pantries

Early Childhood

July

NWLEAFF Scholarships

District

August

Mid East Agency for Aging

Central Office


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

 

8/03/16 > E-Learning Chromebook Facts

With the eLearning initiative starting at Northwest High School this year, we thought it was important to let our staff, students and community know the hard work that went into getting all the Chromebooks ready for our students. This infographic was created in an effort to explain some of those details. 

7/26/16 > Art Teacher Work Featured in National Magazine
SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts. Cedar Springs Teacher Melanie Robinson not only is a featured author this month, her student artwork is feature on the cover!
7/25/16 > Missouri Sales Tax Holiday
For those planning their school supply shopping trips, the state of Missouri will observe its annual sales-tax holiday Aug. 5 through 7.

During this time period, certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies and computers, will be exempt from state sales tax. Eligible purchases may also be exempt from sales tax in some cities and counties that have also chosen to participate in the optional holiday. According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, the sales tax exemption is limited to:

Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
Personal computers – not to exceed $1,500
Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $1,500
Graphing Calculators - not to exceed $150

For more information on the sales-tax holiday, visit the Missouri Department of Revenue website.
7/01/16 > Student Accident Insurance Coverage
Markel Insurance Company offers parents of Northwest Schools students accident insurance to provide benefits in the event of accidental injuries. Families may use accident insurance as supplemental coverage to help pay some of their out-of-pocket costs due to high deductibles and copays.

All students that participate in school sports are required to have basic insurance coverage in effect before they are permitted to participate in district interscholastic sports tryouts, practices or games. Plans offered by Markel may be used to fulfill the requirements mandated by MSHSAA bylaws.

Families can enroll with credit or debit cards either online at www.markel.sevencorners.com or via phone by calling 877-444-5014.

More information can be found in the attachments below.

5/17/16 > Northwest Student to present at National History Day Competition
Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Many Northwest students choose to participate this year.

In February Hannah Myers entered the St Louis Regional National History Day competition in the category of Senior Individual Documentary. She finished in third place in her division and qualified for state along with three other Northwest students; LeeAnn Rout in Senior Individual Exhibit, and Nicole Diener and Natasha Thomure in Senior Group Exhibit.

At the state competition on April 30, 2016, LeeAnn and Hannah were finalists in their respective categories. On May 13th, Hannah was informed she has been invited to compete at the national level presenting her documentary about the encounter between Mark David Chapman and John Lennon.

The National History Day competition will be held at the University of Maryland-College Park, the week of June 12th. Hannah earned this invitation by outperforming hundreds of students in Missouri and thousands nationally. We wish Hannah good luck as she proudly represents the Northwest community!
5/16/16 > District Interview on KJFF
Chief Academic Officer Mary Thomasson filled for the Superintendent to give this month's interview covering Northwest news on KJFF Radio. This month's topics included the Northwest District Awards Night update, Last Day of School, and Summer School. Click below to listen to the entire interview.

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 mg_nw_05-04-16.MP3
4/15/16 > Annual Electronic Recycling Fair Announcement
The Northwest School District and MRC Recycling are sponsoring a community recycling event. Individuals have the opportunity to dispose of Items (working or not), basically anything that has a cord or battery such as:

Computers, Printers, Keyboards, Laptops, Hard Drives, Cell Phones, Pagers, Radios, Scanners, Speakers, VCR, DVD, Fax Machines, Answering Machines, Stereos, Furnaces, Water Heaters, Air Conditioners, Microwaves, Power Tools, Kitchen Appliances, Lawn and Garden equipment (must have oil & gas remove), etc.

The event costs nothing; however there is fee for televisions:

*Televisions up to 26” are $20.00 each
*Televisions 27”and larger are $40.00 each
*Any size console/Rear Projection are $50.00 each

EXCEPTIONS: No smoke detectors, glass lamps, light bulbs, or fluorescent tubes.

This event will again take place in the front parking lot of Valley Middle School located at 4300 Gravois Road in House Springs. The date is Saturday, May 14, 2016, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and run until 2:00 p.m. The fair will occur rain or shine.

Midwest Recycling is registered with the EPA, is Level 4 Certified with the Missouri Department of Natural Services and is Nationally R2 certified. Midwest Recycling has a zero landfill policy. This event is open to anyone… residents, non- residents, schools, churches, businesses, etc. For information, contact Midwest Recycling @ 636-223-0150 or go to the website www.midwrc.net.
4/15/16 > Board of Education Reorganization
Gary Bonacker and Jeff Hanewinkel were sworn in as members of the Northwest Board of Education, joining members Retta Tuggle, Chris Shelton, Gary Bonacker, Nelson O. Weber, Gary Barrett, and Sherry Ziegler. After nominations were submitted, Retta Tuggle was re-elected as board president. Other elected officers are Gary Bonacker as vice president, Chris Shelton as secretary, and Gary Barrett as treasurer.
4/12/16 > SASSP Award
When Northwest Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler arrived at Northwest High School on April 6, he told Principal Brad Snell he was there to tour classrooms. It was all a ruse - Dr. Ziegler was helping surprise an award winner.

When a group of members from the St. Louis Association of Secondary School Principals (SASSP) walked through the Lecture Hall doors, it became clear something was up. Congratulations to Dr. Geoff Macy, recipient of the Educator of the Year Award from the SASSP.
4/08/16 > NHS Students Thanked for Memory Project
AP Portfolio Studio Art partnered with The Memory Project - a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of a parent(s), and extreme poverty. The organization sent Northwest High School pictures of children from Madagascar, then our students used their skills and creativity to create portraits of the kids that were send back to them. The Memory Project sent this video as a thank you.

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4/06/16 > Why there was no Board of Education Election
There was not be a general election for Board of Education members this year due to State Statute 115.124.1: no election will be held if, after the last date of candidate filing, the number of candidates who have filed is equal to the number of positions to be filled by the election. Since there were two positions and two persons filed, there was no need for the 2016 election. Incumbent Gary Bonacker and Jeff Hanewinkel will assume the responsibilities of their offices at the same time and in the same manner as if they had been elected. They will take the oath of office during the regularly scheduled meeting April 14, 2016.
4/06/16 > NHS College Awareness Night
Northwest High School is hosting its annual College Awareness Night April 21st from 6:00-8:00 pm starting in the lecture hall. There will be several college related topics offered, participants will be able to attend up to three break-out sessions.

Break Out Sessions Include:

*The College Application (Process) - Truman University
*Transferring from a 2 year to a 4 Year University (things to consider) - St. Louis University
*College Financial Aid - Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
*A+ Program - Jefferson College
*ACT (Structure, Pointers, & Resources) - ACT Instructors
*Highly Selective Colleges (Process) - Washington University
*Exploring Careers & Researching Colleges - Northwest High School Counseling Department

Please call (636) 274-0555 ext. 18771 if you have any questions.
4/05/16 > Senior Citizen Prom
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Every year, the Northwest High School Student Council hosts a Senior Citizens Prom. This year, it'll be held Saturday, April 23rd at Northwest High School. The theme is Moonlight Cruise. Formal attire is encouraged but not required. There is no cost but donations are greatly appreciated.

Event details:

Date: April 23, 2016

Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Location: Northwest High School Cafeteria

Dinner menu: Salad, pasta, bread, and variations of desserts. Music provided by Steve VanHoogstraat.

Prom king and queen will be announced at 8 pm.

For reservations, please call Lana Romaine at (636) 274-0555 ext. 18148
4/04/16 > Northwest Last Day of School
Now that the threat of a spring snowstorm is all but gone, Northwest has determined that Friday, May 13th, will be the final day of classes for the 2015-2016 school year. Summer School begins May 31st.
3/30/16 > Kelly Miller Circus Returns
The Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting the Kelly Miller Circus on Sunday, April 17th at the Valley Middle School.

The two-hour show consists of acrobats, elephant, clowns, tigers, zebras, aerialists, camels, jugglers, llamas, and dogs.

Show times are 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Seats are under a tent so the show goes on, rain or shine.

Doors to the tent open 30 minutes prior to the performance. They recommend arriving earlier to allow time to see the animals and attractions.

General admission tickets purchased before circus day are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-11. Infants under 2 are free! At the box office, on circus day, they are $16 for adults and $8 for children.

Tickets are available for purchase at the following locations:

Eagle Bank & Trust- House Springs
Rockwood Bank- High Ridge
Bi State Landscape Supply- Rock Creek Hwy 30
Cedar Hill Florist & Gifts- Cedar Hill
Jilly’s Cafe & Steakhouse- Gravois & Little Brennan Road
3/29/16 > NHS Spring Musical is The Pajama Game
Northwest High School's production of the Pajama Game begins March 31st and runs through April 2nd. The nightly shows begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. Here is a summary of the show:

Romance is blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls hard for feisty Union rep “Babe” Williams, and, despite her dismissal of all things love-related, it seems she’s falling right back. That is, until Sleep-Tite employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cent raise, and the pair find themselves on either side of the union protest that results. Based on Richard Bissel’s novel, 7 ½ cents, Adler and Ross’ Pajama Game portrays the ups and downs of romance, with the added heat of politics making the temperature extra hot. Babe and Sid must figure out how to love when the principles they value most are tearing them apart.
3/22/16 > Weekly Sports Review Now Available

This week's Winter Sports update is now available. Click here to listen. 

3/21/16 > County Council to Take Up School Speed Zones

At last week's Northwest School District Board of Education meeting, Jefferson County Council Member, Jim Terry shared that the Council will be discussing school speed zones. The purpose will be to talk about the possibility of raising the speed zone in those designated areas. 

The meetings will be:

  • March 28
  • April 11
  • April 25
All of them will be at the Jefferson County Administrative Building, located at 725 Maple Dr., Hillsboro, MO. They will begin at 6:30 p.m.
3/18/16 > High Ridge Elks Honored For Service

Solid and reliable community partnerships is one of the reasons our community continues to move forward. At every Board of Education meeting, we recognize these partners. Our friends at the High Ridge Elks were honored last week for their service to Murphy Elementary students and families. Here is what Murphy Principal Katie Brettschneider shared, 

"Murphy Elementary is very fortunate to have people in our community that love and care for our families. Last year, Roger Fortner approached Murphy Elementary with the idea of providing food to our families in need over the weekends.  He has not looked back ever since.  Mr. Fortner has organized volunteers from the High Ridge Elks Lodge to fill and organize bags, in conjunction with our school counselor and our student led blue bag crew, to be distributed to 29 students.  Mr. Fortner makes sure our cabinets are always stocked with easy things for kids to prepare when they are hungry over the weekend.  They have also made a very generous monetary donation to our school that enables us to purchase coats, gloves, hats and shoes during the winter months; this has helped over 50 kids!  Murphy Elementary would like to recognize and thank Mr. Fortner and the High Ridge Elks Lodge for their dedication to making our community truly great."

3/16/16 > BWE Teacher Makes Positive Impact on Student

Our staff help our students every day achieve greatness. They help them understand complex issues and help them navigate tough situations. This story, done by Channel 4, highlights the great things our staff do every day to help our students achieve. To view it, click here

3/15/16 > Northwest Award Recipients
This year's employee award nominations were amazing. Even though we would love to recognize every deserving individual in the Northwest School District, we had to limit ourselves to the following special individuals:

Teacher of the Year Award Winners:

Kim Gonsalves, Brennan Woods Elementary, Fourth Grade
Mike Davis, Valley Middle School, CWC (Class Within A Class)
Jan Hoth, Northwest High School, Language Arts

Apple Award Recipients:

Dawn Douglas, Central Office, Finance Services Coordinator
Terri Knight, House Springs Elementary, First Grade
Angie Macy, Northwest High School, Counselor

Golden Bell Awards Recipients:

Sandy Hamblin, Valley Middle School, Custodian
Amanda Fouts-Miller, Northwest High School, Social Worker
Sandy Ruzicka, Maple Grove Elementary, Administrative Assistant

Special thanks to the Awards Committee who selected the winners.
3/15/16 > NW Jr. Cheer Camp Registration Available

It's time to register for the Northwest Junior Cheer Camp. See the flyer below for more information.

3/14/16 > Spirit of Northwest Band Competition Results
March 5th, 37 members of the Spirit of Northwest Band competed at the Missouri State High School District Solo and Ensemble Festival. They submitted 33 entries, the most by Northwest ever. 11 entries and 14 students earned a 1 rating and qualified for State Solo and Ensemble on April 30th at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Student earning 1 ratings:

Trevor Schoonover, Clayton Hilgert, Jeff Singer, Jacob Schmoll, Alex Wagner, Lauren Schuette, Kate Luca, Sam Haley, Jon Kruse, Nick Neuendorf, Sophie Loban, Sarah Cantrell, Abby Frye, Sierra Burrow, Hannah Nash, Megan Sander, Morgan Redell, Amy Schneider, and Emily Backmann


Students earning 2 ratings:

Lauren Schuette, Cameron Schmitz, Jacob Schmoll, Colin Russell, Tyler Bristow, Grant Miller, Quentin Schoonover, Michaela Schmidt, Kaitlyn Ashwell, Addi Mills, Morgan Redell, Kylie Dickerson, Sarah Godard, Holly Hargrove, Yu Xuan Lin, Abby Frye, Lyra Russell, Abrahm Logue, Emma Schuette, and Lexie Farmer

We wish the musicians good luck as they proceed in the competitions.
3/11/16 > Youth Art Month
The Missouri State Capitol from February 25 - March 24, 2016 is celebrating Youth Art Month. Youth Art Month is a time to celebrate excellence in Art Education in the Show-Me State, in addition to raising awareness of the importance of Visual Arts in Missouri's schools. The Youth Art Month annual student exhibit is being held on the third floor Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol and is featuring the artwork of some of the Show-Me State's most talented young artists. Brennan Woods Elementary, House Springs Elementary, and Cedar Springs Elementary, participated this year. Twelve of our local students will be honored this year at the Youth Art Month Exhibit Reception on March 25th in the first floor Rotunda at the Capitol.
3/09/16 > Northwest Sites are Polling Locations
On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, several school sites will be used as voting locations during the day's election. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and parking and traffic may be a little busier than usual. The following sites will serve as polling locations:

Brennan Woods Elementary
Maple Grove Elementary
Murphy Elementary School
Early Childhood Center
Northwest High School
Northwest Instructional Student Services Center
Woodridge Middle School
3/08/16 > HSE Students & Community Featured in Channel 4 story

The generosity of House Springs Elementary students, staff and community was highlighted during a recent Channel 4 story. To view the story, click here to be directed to the page. 

3/08/16 > NHS Choir Students Score Well in Contest

Congratulations to the following Northwest High Schoo choir students who participated in the MSHSAA District Solo/Ensemble Contest at Jefferson College this past weekend:

  • Sophie Loban and Katie Meyer both received a 2, which is an Outstanding Rating on their solos.
  • The Freshman Trio Jenna Minor, Gracie Scanga, and Caitlin Cradic also received a 2-Outstanding rating.
  • Drew Fisher, Lauren Minor, and Breanna McGuire each received a 1 rating of Exemplary on their solos, which made them eligible for State contest at the end of April.
  • Juniors Zoe Bruce, Breanna McGuire, Ceci Nahlik, Sara Folks, Liz Lueken, and Katie Dolde also received a 1 rating of Exemplary, which made them eligible for State contest as well. 
All of these talented students who qualified for state, will travel to MIZZOU on  April 30th  to participate in the MSHSAA solo/ensemble state contest.
3/08/16 > CATS Students Do Well in Destination Imagination Contest
Our CATS students finished well in this past weekend's Destination Imagination competition. It's a creative problem-solving competition where students solve two challenges and present them to appraisers. Teams from the eastern region of Missouri were present. Each team displayed outstanding teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving skills!
In the technical challenge, Pace of Change, students had to build a vehicle with two different movement methods and propulsion systems.

Team TBHK Wheelers from the Valley placed 3rd
. Team members are Tyler Rodgers, Hunter Lee, Kael Wilhelm and Brandon O'Dell.
In the scientific challenge, In Plain Sight, students studied camouflage in the real world to be a part of the presentation. 
Team ActiveCAMO from Woodridge Middle placed 2nd. Team members are Thomas Adams, Erin Fleming, Angelina Cheuvront, Mason Mears, and Connor McDonald.
Team MimiCREW from the Valley placed 1st. Team members are Brianna Pond, Audrey May, Carah McNeely, Liz Figgemeier, Taylor Hasbrook, Angel Cowhick.
In the fine arts challenge, Get a Clue, students presented a mystery story using traverse staging and a techniclue.
Team Pineapple Towelettes from Woodridge placed 2nd. Team members are Tyler Wilson, Nicole Bauer, Keely Grady, Brooke Connoley, Amy Corbin, Alexander Blanc.
Team Oh Applesauce! placed 1st. Team members are Erin Wells, Lani Bergantin, Claire Meisch, Samy Elder, Hannah Battles, Breanna Kreutz.
In the improvisational challenge, Close Encounters, students had 3 minutes to create the presentation. 
Team All American Tacos from the Valley placed 3rd. Team members are Cloey Richardson, Rebeccah Vinton, Cody Poskin, James James, Thomas Patient, Caleb Harms, Drew Wekenborg.
Again, all teams who competed did a fantastic job. There was a total of 10 teams representing both middle schools.
2/17/16 > Winter Sports Review

Click the file below for the most recent athletic review from Activities Director Jeff Taggart.


2/12/16 > Valley Middle School Dinner & A Show
The annual Valley Dinner and a Show will be held February 25, 2016. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. Dinner from P'sghetti’s includes: salad, mostaccioli, sandwich, garlic bread, cookie, and lemonade or water to drink. Music students will provide entertainment and begin solo and ensemble performances at 5:30 p.m. and these will conclude around 8:00 p.m. Cost for anyone over 13 = $8, cost for kids ages 4-12 = $5, kids ages 3 and under = free. All proceeds to benefit Valley music program. In past years the program was able to purchase new and used musical instruments.
2/11/16 > District Reading Night

On Thursday, March 3rd, the Northwest School District will host a Superhero Reading Party. See the flyer for more information.

2/09/16 > New Wellness Initiative Meeting February 23, 2016

The next meeting is February 23, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center in House Springs.

The Northwest School District, in conjunction with Antropedia, are now offering health and wellness workshops. The workshops will be held on three different days and cover everything from stress management, nutrition and relaxation techniques.

See the flier for more information.

To reserve your space for this event, click here. 

2/08/16 > WMS National Geographic Spelling Bee

Last week, Woodridge Middle School conducted their National Geographic Bee. Their championship finalists were: Christopher Allen and Everett Duncan, who were tied the entire event until the final question.  Everett Duncan became the 2016 (First Ever) Woodridge Middle School National Geographic Bee Winner.  Duncan will now take the online qualifying test.

2/08/16 > Winter Sports Review

Click the file below for the most recent athletic review from Activities Director Jeff Taggart.


2/04/16 > St. Baldrick’s Pancake Breakfast and Shave-a-thon
Join us for our Annual Pancake Breakfast and Shaving event to support Charlie’s Angels and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for pediatric cancer research. This year is a special year and commemorates the year Charlie Long would have graduated from the high school. In his honor, for this year only, we will host the event at Northwest High School to allow for Charlie’s former classmates to participate.

When: Friday, February 19, 2016

Time: Dinner 4:30-6:30 PM Shaving Event 6:00-8:00ish

Where: Breakfast will be served in the NHS cafeteria Shaving will occur in the NHS gymnasium

Cost: $5 per person (includes all you can eat pancakes-with a variety of toppings, sausage, orange juice, and coffee)

We hope to make this a record-breaking donation year.
2/04/16 > NHS Staff Goes Bald for Cancer Research

Northwest staff members are shaving their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research! Did you know that kids' cancers are different from adult cancers? It's true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So they decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.

Now they need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

Their goal is to raise $12,000.00 by  February 19th .  Please click on one of the links to make a donation  Please disregard the  March 5th  Helen Fitzgerald event.  They will be shaving at the High School in conjunction with House Springs Elementary in honor of Charlie Long who passed away in 2006 from Neuroblastoma.  Charlie would have been a senior this year. 

J ason Brown. Senior Class Principal
2/02/16 > 2016 Summer School Dates

The dates for this year's Summer Journey program have been released. It will begin May 31 and run through July 1. Registration forms will be available in the coming months.

2/02/16 > District Saves Over Three-Quarters of a Million Dollars in Bond Refunding

Waiting and watching the market turned out to be a major factor in saving the Northwest School District over three-quarters of a million dollars.  On January 21, 2016, the District successfully sold $9,150,000 of General Obligation Refunding Bonds which secured cash flow savings of $775,568 in the debt service fund over the next seven years. We appreciate our partners at Stifel for helping us complete the sale and save thetaxpayers of our community a sizable amount. 

School districts in Missouri use Bonds as a means to complete large projects such as constructing buildings or doing major renovation.The Bonds that were sold are essentially loans that a school district pays back to investors with set interest. The money to pay back these Bonds comes from a dedicated source that can only be used for the purpose of paying off Bond debt. With this sale, the District refunded approximately 27% of our existing debt. 

This cost-saving measure began back in the summer of 2015 when school administrators and our partners at Stifel came together to talk about refunding bonds in hopes of saving the Northwest School District money. Much like a homeowner would do with their mortgage, top administrators and our Stifel representatives wanted to not only sell off the General Obligation Refunding Bonds, but get the best price as possible for them. The end result was a substantial savings to the school district and our taxpayers. 

2/01/16 > WMS Students Selected to JeffCo Honor Band

The following students have been selected to represent Woodridge Middle School at the 2016 Jefferson County Middle School Honor Band:

  • Angel Cremeens
  • Cheyenne Dickemper
  • Earthis Pascua
  • Sydney Eaton
  • Filip Muller
  • Marshall Gunn
  • Grace O'Malley
  • Kenny Lockhart
1/27/16 > Students Celebrate 100th Day of School

Wednesday, January 27th marked the 100th day of school here in the Northwest School District. Many classrooms got creative when it came to celebrating this milestone in the school year. Maple Grove third grade teacher, Mrs. Lashley's class dressed up with what they thought, a 100-year-old person would look like. 

Ms. Hanks' Kindergarten class colored pictures celebrating this day. 

To see more pictures from today, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. 

1/26/16 > NHS Engineering Students Featured on Channel 4

Earlier this week, the innovative coursework some of our high school students are doing was featured on Channel 4. The class they highlighted was our Engineering 1 course as part of Project Lead the Way. This course is just one of many offered at Northwest High School that focus on Engineering. Biomedical classes are also offered as part of Project Lead the Way. 

To see the story, click here

1/25/16 > Winter Sports Review

Click the file below for the most recent athletic review from Activities Director Jeff Taggart.


1/25/16 > Northwest Star Students Named

Three outstanding and dedicated Northwest students were named Northwest Star Students. Each of them were surprised by the chili pepper from Chili's in Gravois Bluffs. They also received a gift certificate from Chili's and coupons for free stuff for all their classmates. Here are this month's winners:

Jack Wagner, Brennan Woods Elementary

Dylan Oetjen, Valley Middle School

Abby Frye, Northwest High School

To nominate a Northwest student, click here and fill out the form. A winner is chosen at each grade level (PreK-5th, Middle and High School) each month we are in school. 

1/22/16 > Stephanie Orr Recognized at Board of Education Meeting

Every month at the Northwest School District Board of Education meeting, administrators recognize the great work our staff, students and community do to keep our community thriving. This month, Dr. Parker, Principal at House Springs Elementary recognized fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Orr. Here is what was shared, "This evening I would like to take the opportunity to recognize a fourth grade teacher at House Springs Elementary, Mrs. Stephanie Orr. Although Stephanie has worked in the district for a couple ofyears, this is her first year as a classroom teacher and her first year at House Springs. As a new teacher one would expect that Stephanie would have her hands full developing routines, planning lessons and acclimating to a new challenge. Not only has Mrs. Orr done all of these things successfully, but she has also started two new initiatives at House Springs. This fall she willingly became our school's Read, Right and Run sponsor meeting with students weekly to fulfill requirements for and train for the St. Louis area marathon later this spring. Her passion for instilling a love a exercise and physical wellness does not end with our students. Stephanie also began a three times a week workout/fitness group for our staff. Her goal is to expand her evening offerings to others in the district to continue to promote her passion of fitness with the rest of the district. It is for these reasons and many more that I am honored to recognize Mrs. Stephanie Orr tonight for her true dedication to the House Springs community."

1/20/16 > NHS Sports Teams Excel In Classroom

Congratulations to the following Fall Sports for being recognized as MSHSAA Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award winners.  

Girls Golf          3.88
Girls Volleyball  3.79
Girls CC            3.67
Girls Softball     3.57
Boys Soccer     3.48
Boys CC           3.26
1/18/16 > Celebrating National School Board Week
Missourians benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women in every community across the state. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts. These men and women are the local school board members of Missouri.

During the week of January 24-30, communities across the state will honor the dedicated service of local boards of education during School Board Recognition Week, as proclaimed by Governor Jay Nixon. The goal is to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in communities and schools. All Missouri citizens are asked to recognize the important contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the vital role these public officials play in the education of Missouri’s children.

School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards’ Association. MSBA is a private, not-for-profit organization that exists to help school boards succeed.
1/14/16 > Kindergarten Registration

It's almost time for Kindergarten registration in the Northwest School District. Any child who is at least 5-years-old before August 1, 2016 and live in the Northwest School District can register. See the flyer below for more information or call your neighborhood school.

As a reminder, if school is canceled that day due to inclement weather, registration will also be canceled. The make up day for registeration will be March 16, 2016 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

1/12/16 > Northwest High School's Beads of Courage Project
Northwest High School teacher Eric Haas, along with his Woods class, created beautifully crafted wooden boxes. Then the High School Mural Club, sponsored by Courtney Veszi, painted them with varying themes. They will be used at Children's Hospital for the Beads of Courage program. Patients are given a bead for each procedure they endure: from needle sticks to chemo treatments. Many times they don't have time to string their beads and therefore need a place to hold them. These special boxes will hold their precious beads earned through bravery and courage. Ms. Veszi will present the boxes to Children's Hospital this month.
1/11/16 > FAFSA Night Announcement
Northwest High School will be holding their annual College FAFSA Night Thursday January 28th at 6:30 pm in the Lecture Hall for families and students who needs more information and assistance. College-bound Juniors and Seniors (along with their parents/guardians) are strongly encouraged to attend. The FAFSA application can be completed at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ The FAFSA form is a requirement to participate in the A+ program. For more information, please Angela Macy at 636.274.0555 ext. 18775.
1/11/16 > High School Sports Review
Click the link below for the most recent athletic review from Activities Director Jeff Taggart.

1/07/16 > Flood Help Resource Center Weekend of January 9-10
All those affected by the recent flooding please come to receive available services and relief information. Valley Middle School will become a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) this weekend: Saturday, January 9th 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday, January 10th 1 PM – 6 PM. MARC is a central location for local and state agencies as well as human service organizations to answer your questions and provide information and disaster-related assistance. You will need to provide proof of residency and a photo ID.

Services that may be available include:
Sign Up for Debris Removal Services
Water & Meals
Housing Assistance
Insurance & Legal Services
Food Stamp Replacement Services
Health & Wellness Services
Emergency Assistance and Voucher Programs

Child care services will be available at all Multi-Agency Resource Centers.
1/06/16 > Superintendent Monthly Interview
Superintendent Dr, Paul Ziegler's monthly interview covers Northwest news on KJFF Radio. This month's topics included Flood Relief, Water Boil Issues, Foundry Art Show, and the District Survey. Click below to listen to the interview.

1/05/16 > Winter Sports Holiday Week in Review
Click the link below for the most recent athletic review from Activities Director Jeff Taggart.

1/04/16 > District Response to Water Issue
Obviously the historic flooding over the holidays has greatly affected our community. The administration has worked in conjunction with Public Water Supply District No 2, High Ridge Fire Protection District and Jefferson County Health Department to ensure that schools will be a safe place for our students and staff. Currently we have four schools affected by the boil order in place for Public Water District No. 2. These schools are Murphy Elementary, Brennan Woods Elementary, Woodridge Middle School and High Ridge Elementary.

The District has acquired over 20,000 bottles of water, and has bulk water stations at our effected schools for students and staff use in the coming days. Current water production allows for the use of restroom facilities. Water is usable for hand washing and hand sanitizer will be available for students to use to ensure a safe environment. All drinking fountains at effected schools will be shut off during the boil order and will be flushed completely prior to use.

We have also established safe procedures for the preparation of food and will modify our meals at these locations to minimize the need for water in the preparation process. Health Department will be monitoring our processes to insure all health regulations are met.

During a meeting between Chief Mike Arnhart of High Ridge Fire Department and District Administration today we identified the following:

We anticipate the boil order to be in effect at least through the end of the school week and are prepared to continue these procedures for as long as necessary.

National Guard in conjunction with High Ridge Fire Department is continuing efforts to fill water towers utilizing tanker trucks. This process is taking place at District facilities off of Community Lane. It is anticipated these tanker efforts could potentially continue for the next few days.

We have worked with officials to minimize water delivery during student drop off or pick-up times at High Ridge Elementary.

Returning the High Ridge Community to a regular work and school schedule will actually assist the Water District in establishing a more adequate supply of water in the water towers.

Tetanus shots are available for those that have assisted in flood relief efforts through Jefferson County Health Department and recommended for those who have volunteered.

Drinking water is available Monday January 4, at Fellowship Baptist church on High Ridge Blvd. from 10am to 6pm.
If you know of a family in need of assistance please have them contact their school as we have numerous resources within the District.

We truly believe that we will have a safe and healthy environment for schools to operate. We will continue to update the community when the situation changes.
1/03/16 > High Ridge Water Statement
In the Northwest School District, your child’s safety and well-being is always our top priority. The flooding has been devastating to many in the metropolitan area and it will take several weeks for some communities to rebuild. The flood has impacted some of our Northwest families and has left the High Ridge area with a water shortage and boil order. School officials have and will continue to work with the Health Department, the High Ridge Fire Department, and all civic agencies involved with restoring clean potable water to the High Ridge area.

At this point, our goal is to have school on Tuesday. There is currently running water in our schools that are affected and we have already received bottled water and hand sanitizer to ensure that students are safe and well taken care of while they are at school. Understanding that the situation is ever changing, if the water department is unable to maintain water pressure in our schools, the District will re-evaluate and potentially close until the pressure is restored.

We as a District believe that having children at school will benefit all our students and families as we continue to clean up and rebuild. School personnel will return on Monday January 4, 2016 in order to prepare for the students to return on January 5, 2016. If your family has been displaced, or your home has been flooded please contact the District and we will provide you any assistance we possibly can.
1/01/16 > Northwest superintendent nominated for award
Northwest School District Superintendent Dr. Paul T. Ziegler is among eight superintendents nominated this year for the Robert L. Pearce Award, presented annually by the Missouri Association of School Administrators.

The Pearce Award is a long-standing tradition of the association that honors excellence in education and community leadership among Missouri superintendents. The award recognizes the hard work and dedication of superintendents and their contributions to Missouri students.

Dr. Ziegler will be recognized during the awards banquet at the 2016 MASA Spring Conference, held at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.
12/23/15 > Northwest Graduation Rate Improves
It was recently announced that Missouri’s high school graduation rate is now one of the best in the nation. According to U.S. Department of Education data, Missouri now has a 4-year graduation rate of 87.3 percent, which is an increase from the previous year’s rate of 85.7 percent. The percentage ranks Missouri in the top 10 in the nation, and significantly ahead of the national average of 82.3 percent.

Northwest's graduation rate exceeded the state rate. Our most recent data from 2015 reflects a 4-year graduation rate of 92.6%, which reflects an increase from the previous year's rate of 91.6%. Northwest continues the commitment to increase our 4-year graduation rate.
12/22/15 > Board Member Certification
Sherry Ziegler, Northwest Board of Education (BOE), has achieved her essential training in the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) certified board member (CBM) program.

The program established by MSBA help local school board members master the knowledge and skills they need to function as effective educational leaders in their communities.

All newly elected school board members must complete a basic 16-hour program required under the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. MSBA has three levels of certification: essential, advanced and master. Those members achieving essential, advanced and master certification have completed additional professional development requirements covering topics such as, school finance, parliamentary procedures, board operations and policy making.

All seven members of the Northwest BOE have met or exceeded the basic CBM requirements.
12/21/15 > Late Start Wednesday help for elementary families
We understand that Late Start Wednesdays can be difficult for our elementary families to accommodate with work schedules, so we are adjusting our Lion Care schedule. Starting January 6, 2016, the Northwest School District is opening up the Lion Care facilities at 7:30 am on Late Start Wednesdays at no charge. If you need additional information regarding Lion Care, please contact Amanda Santure at 636-671-3470 at extension 14120.
12/18/15 > Northwest Way Presentation
Sunnyhill, Inc. is this month's Northwest Way recipient. Luke Mraz attended the Board of Education meeting to accept a $2,200 donation from Superintendent Paul Ziegler and Maple Grove Elementary Principal Kimm O'Connor.

They are a non-profit organization that gives hope to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by offering a variety of services that provide support, independence, and respite.
12/18/15 > Community Partnership Highlight
The Northwest School District is fortunate to have many community partnerships. During each monthly Board meeting, one partnership will be highlighted. High Ridge Elementary recognized House Springs Coin Laundry.

Stephanie and Tom Weinrich have always been generous in donating their time, talents, and anything else they could provide to the students and staff – such as Tom’s repair and refurbishing of the sound system to ensure its continued operation. They have also donated lots of things including several hundred pairs of headphones for student use. After becoming owners of the Laundromat in House Springs over four years ago, the Weinrichs have provided laundry supplies for families at different times and extra bags with their logos for all students, as well. Last winter, Stephanie saw several bags of coats collected by the Elks, and she offered to donate laundry services so the coats would be clean when given to students and parents. Many, many bags full of freshly cleaned coats later, the Weinrich’s laundry services have become part of the annual coat drive that benefits our families in need at High Ridge Elementary and across the District. House Springs Coin Laundry recently put together and donated 25 bags of laundry detergent and supplies including cards for five free washes and dries in the double load machines for staff to provide to homeless families or those without the means to clean their clothes. Both High Ridge Elementary and the District greatly appreciate the service that the Weinrichs and House Springs Coin Laundry provide to our whole school community.
12/11/15 > Foundry Art Centre Show Returns
The elementary schools of the Northwest School District are exhibiting student art at the Foundry Art Centre. The art will be on display until January 10, 2016 during the Foundry’s business hours. They are open Tuesday – Thursday 10 am until 8 pm, Friday – Saturday 10 am until 5 pm, and Sunday 10 am until 4 pm.

The Foundry Art Centre’s mission is to connect people with the Arts through exhibitions, studio artists, performances, & education. They are located at 520 North Main Center in St. Charles, 636.225.0270.
12/10/15 > Winter Break Early Release
According to the school calendar, December 22 is a half day for all students and a full day for staff.

School will end at the following times on December 22:

11:46 a.m. dismissal:
Northwest High School
Woodridge Middle School
Valley Middle Schools

12:56 p.m. dismissal:
Brennan Woods Elementary
Cedar Springs Elementary
High Ridge Elementary
House Springs Elementary
Maple Grove Elementary
Murphy Elementary School

Classes resume January 5, 2016
12/09/15 > Propane Rebate Program
School Days is a rebate program offered by Gelbach and Amerigas Propane. Residents and business can donate their receipts to schools who in return earn a rebate of $.02 per gallon. That might not seem like a lot of money but it adds up quickly. The following elementary schools participate: Brennan Woods, High Ridge, House Springs, and Murphy. Northwest received over $180 recently for your efforts. Thanks to Gelbach and Amerigas along with our community for supporting our schools.
12/08/15 > Winter Sports Weekly Review

Click the link below for this week's weekly athletic review from Activities Director Jeff Taggart.


12/03/15 > Northwest School Board Candidate Filing
Two director positions are open on the Northwest Board of Education, each for a three-year term, in the April 5, 2016 election. Interested and qualified persons may file in person at the Central Office, 2843 Community Lane, High Ridge, MO 63049. Names will appear on the ballot in chronological order of filing.

Filing begins on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 8 a.m. and continues during the district’s regular business hours through January 19, 2016. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Filing will not occur on days that the school district is closed due to inclement weather. However, filing will occur on the first and last day of filing even if the district is closed due to inclement weather. Filing will also not occur on the following days December 23 - January 1 and January 18. Filing will end on January 19, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Those interested in filing may view additional materials available on the Missouri School Boards’ Association website, click below.

The terms of Nancy Bergfeld and Gary Bonacker expire in April 2016. For more information, please call Cindi James, Administrative Assistant, at 636-692-0464.

Attachment:
 MSBA link
 
12/01/15 > Winter Weather is Approaching - School Cancelations

 

What factors influence the district's decision to cancel school?

We try to keep our schools open as scheduled as much as possible. However, there are times when weather conditions cause us to cancel school for the safety of our 6500 students. We do not make that decision lightly because we understand canceling school can create difficulties for families.

 

There are a number of things to consider when determining whether to have school during inclement weather. Some of those include the condition of area roads; school safety issues such as parking lots, sidewalks and roofs; bus fleet condition; and weather forecast for the remainder of the day.

 

Who makes the decision to cancel school due to bad weather?

A decision team comprised of individuals representing transportation, administration, and facilities evaluate relevant factors and make a recommendation to the superintendent about whether to close school.

When and how is the decision announced?

The district makes every effort to decide by 5 a.m. whether to cancel school so that parents can be alerted as soon as possible. The decision to cancel is announced immediately via Twitter  and  Facebook  accounts, website and local news media. Families will also receive a notification by School Messenger.

 

Please do not rely solely on one method of notification. At times, in extreme weather conditions, internet access or telephone service may be disrupted preventing or delaying the use of some communication channels.

 

Why does Northwest not have school when other area schools are in session?

Each school district must evaluate its own conditions. The number of rural roads, lack of street maintenance, etc., can make the safety of travel vary from one district to another even when they are in close geographic proximity. The hilly, narrow roads make transporting students more difficult in the Northwest School District than some surrounding schools.

 

Why doesn't Northwest implement delayed start times on days when conditions are unfavorable in the morning but may improve before dismissal time?

For many of our families, it is difficult to adjust work schedules or find child care for just a few hours in the morning. An unexpected delayed start can also make it difficult for working parents to get their children to school later than the routine start time. In addition to problems it could create for parents, there are transportation factors that make late start an ineffective option. It takes approximately three hours to run all bus routes. Northwest bus routes begin in some remote areas as early as 6:00 a.m. Oftentimes delaying school by 1-2 hours would not result in better road conditions. To delay more than 1-2 hours does not allow for effective operations.

 

When school is closed are all other scheduled activities (ballgames, practices, programs, etc.) canceled for the day?

On days when school is not in session, programs held in our facilities such as before and after-school child care are also canceled. However, some athletic events and other student activities may continue as scheduled depending on changing weather conditions, distance of travel, departure times and location. Activity cancellations are posted by the High School Activities office.

 

If school is canceled, when will the day be made up?

Northwest builds into its school calendar ten make-up days. When inclement weather forces a school district to cancel school more than six days, there is a provision in state statute which exempts school districts from making up all of those days and caps at 10 the number of days that must be made up. According to statute, a school district must make up the first six days missed due to inclement weather then it is required to make up only alternating days missed until it reaches a total of 10 make-up days. The make-up days are May 10 - May 23, 2016.  The absolute last day of school is May 23, 2016, regardless of how many snow days we have. The first snow day is made up May 10th, the second May 11th, and so on until the seventh snow day. Then days are only made up one day for every two so the seventh snow day is made up May 18th and the eighth snow day is forgiven. If we have a ninth snow day it would be made up May 19th and the tenth day is forgiven if needed. This would continue only until the fourteenth snow day and all subsequent days are forgiven.

 

What should you do if your bus is late?

If your regular bus is more than 30 minutes late and you have not been notified, students should return home and contact the transportation department at 636-671-0033.

 

12/01/15 > NHS Acapella Choir Competes for Local Award

Congratulations to the Northwest High School Acapella Choir for being selected to compete in the Final Round of the Acapella Christmas 2015. Choir Teacher Marleisa Amsden entered the choir earlier this year. 

On Sunday, December 6th, these talented group of students will perform in front of a panel of judges at St. Louis Union Station. The winning group will walk away with $500 and have the opportunity to perform at a St. Louis Blues Hockey game.

11/30/15 > NHS Marching Band T-Day Performance
Congratulations to the Spirit of Northwest Marching Band for finishing 4th in the AmeranUE Thanksgiving Parade.

Click below to view the television clip

Attachment:
 KMOV video
 
11/24/15 > November Northwest Way Presentation
Ladies of Charity is this month's Northwest Way recipient. Pat Hemmingway attended the Board of Education meeting to accept a $2,200 donation from Superintendent Paul Ziegler and High Ridge Elementary Principal Jennifer Baugh.

They are a non-profit organization that provides food and other necessities to those in need.
11/24/15 > November Community Partnership
The Northwest School District is fortunate to have many community partnerships. During each monthly Board meeting, one partnership will be highlighted. Valley Middle School recognized Pastor Bill Peters and House Springs Baptist Church.

The House Springs Baptist Church was thanked for their ongoing support of Valley efforts. Pastor Peter’s and his team have been a part of VMS for several years. They coordinate breakfasts, purchase, cook and serve hotdogs at events such as our Open House and they assist at other events just to name a few of their efforts. Then there are the times that many of us don’t see; in the stands, at a Friday night football game, Pastor Peters is supporting his community and our students. His pride and support of students is evident in everything that he does.
11/23/15 > NewsSource Now Available
The Winter edition of the NewsSource is now available. Read about facility improvements, the Early Childhood Center's statewide award and more. To view, click the link below to open in a new window.

Attachment:
 NewsSource
 
11/20/15 > Vantage Credit Union Donation
Vantage Credit Union donated CPR in Schools Training Kit to Northwest High School. Health teachers, administration and students are grateful for this generous gift, a gift of Life!

The CPR in Schools Training Kit empowers students to learn the core skills of CPR in under 30 minutes, and it teaches AED skills and choking relief. The easy-to-use kit is designed specifically for the needs of school educators. It’s portable, allowing for convenient movement from classroom to classroom and easy storage. It’s also reusable. The CPR in Schools Training Kit was developed by the American Heart Association and incorporates the very latest science.

The kit contains everything needed to facilitate a CPR in Schools training class for 10 students at once. And the process can be easily repeated to train an entire class, a grade or even an entire school. One kit can train hundreds of students.
11/19/15 > Calendar Survey Results

Approximately 847 people participated. The results of the 2015 calendar results are:

Group(s) that you represent:

45.35% Parent

9.68% Resident/community member

58.68% School District employee

3.31% Student

1.06% Other (please specify)

The first day of school should be: 

63.99% More than ten days before Labor Day. (This will typically result in school concluding before Memorial Day) (current practice) 

30.70% No sooner than ten days before Labor Day. (This may push the last day of school past Memorial Day.) 

5.31% Other (please specify) 

Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November.  Thanksgiving break should be:  

81.94% Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (current practice) 

18.06% Thursday and Friday only 

How important is it to you to have the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off?  

45.22% Very important 

26.68% Important 

19.83% Unimportant 

8.26% Very unimportant 

Winter Break typically includes the Christmas and New Year's holidays.  The District tries to balance the number of days in the first and second semester, but all things being equal, what would you like for Winter Break? (The District may need to plug in a professional development day post-Winter Break.)  

30.34% Should be less than two full weeks with at least one day prior to Christmas Eve and one day after New Year's Day (current practice) 

69.66 % Should be a full two weeks when possible 

The number of days used for Spring Break has an impact on when the final day of school is held.  Spring Break may be set during March or the early part of April (the District tries to set Spring Break prior to the middle of April to avoid conflicts with MAP/EOC testing).   Spring Break should be:  

12.99% Friday and Monday - two days  

27.27% Monday through Friday - five days 

53.13% Thursday, Friday, Monday - three days (current practice) 

2.60% Thursday and Friday - two days 

2.24% Do not have a Spring Break 

1.77% Other (please specify) 

How important is it for you to end the school year before Memorial Day?  

32.23% Very important 

32.47% Important 

28.45% Unimportant 

8.26% Very unimportant 

Weather Make-Up dates (Note many people make travel plans based on the school calendar and these plans cannot be easily changed.  The District considers student attendance a vitally important component of the overall education system and we will weigh these things into how the calendar is built.) Check those that should be considered: 

46.28% Place all weather make-up dates at the end of the school calendar (current practice) 

53.48% Consider using Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (third Monday of January) and Presidents' Day (third Monday of February) as possible make-up dates. 

10.27% DO NOT consider using Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (third Monday of January) and Presidents' Day (third Monday of February) as possible make-up dates. 

20.19% Consider using days from Spring Break for make-up  

The calendar committee is reviewed the public comments and has begun work on proposing calendars for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school calendars. Their goal is to present calendars to the Board of Education in January 2016. 

 

11/17/15 > Bone Marrow Registry Drive
Be the Match’s mission is to save lives by delivering cures to people diagnosed with life-threatening blood cancers through marrow transplants. But they can't do this important work alone. Join them for a Marrow Registry Drive on December 3, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of House Springs. If you are ages 18-44 you can join the registry, it only takes about 15 minutes and a cheek swab sample.
11/16/15 > NWLEAFF Grant Announcement
The Northwest Lions Educational Alliance for Funding (NWLEAFF) grant application have been reviewed. NWLEAFF will be awarding $5,400 in classroom grants this year Congratulations to the recipients for their project funding:

Wendy Cox - Lego Story Starter kits
Jeannie Davis - Lego Math Kits and Software
Matt Guethle - Garden for Northwest High School Botany class
Eric Haas - Supplies for the industrial arts class to support community service projects
Janet Kirkpatrick - Northwest High School Wireless mics to "flip" classroom
Sharon Plut, Beth Lundry, Sarah Powell, & Mike Davis - Valley Middle School Greenhouse for the 6th Science classes
Fawn Ruch - Northwest High School art class to create A Veterans Memorial Garden

NWLEAFF is the Northwest School District foundation dedicated to increasing learning opportunities for both students and staff.
11/13/15 > Thanksgiving Holidays
The Northwest School District will not have classes November 25 - 27, 2015. Classes will resume November 30, 2015. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday break.
11/11/15 > Weather Warning Procedures

Northwest Schools would like to remind everyone of the safety procedures in place when a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for our area.

Transportation Procedures

·   Before school : In the event a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning is issued prior to the start of the school day, school buses will be held at the bus garage.  The start of school day will be delayed until the warning is lifted. 

·   After school : Students will not be dismissed from school while the area is under a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning. Even though it may be the end of the school day, students will be held at school and buses will not be allowed to transport students until the warning has been lifted.

·   Buses in route : In the event a warning is issued while school bus drivers are already on their route, either before or after school, buses will proceed to the nearest school/public facility and drivers will take the students inside.  Drivers and students will remain at that location until the warning has been lifted.

Parent Procedures

·   Before school: It is important for parents to have a family plan ready in the event a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning is issued before school.  Parents need to keep their children at home or in a safe location until the warning is lifted.  We want to ensure students are not waiting at bus stops during this critical time.

·   After school : We urge parents to refrain from coming to school to pick up their child during a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning.  If parents arrive at school during a warning, they will be asked to wait with us.

 Communication Procedures

·   Parents will be notified via the automatic notification system of any changes in transportation, as well as school delays, associated with shelter-in-place during a tornado warning.  These calls will be pulled from the non-school hours/school hours emergency contact list.   To insure the correct numbers will be receiving these calls, please check your settings via the School Messenger Contact Manager at the following website. https://contactme.schoolmessenger.com/newprtaluser.php?u=nwr1k12

·   If possible, Northwest will share updates via the district website as soon as information becomes available.

 

School Procedures

When a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning is issued, a tornado alarm/alert is broadcast at the school.  Teachers and students move to their designated shelter areas within the school.  Then, the members of the school community wait until the warning has been lifted before resuming their normal school day. This action may delay the starting and ending of the school day.

As you know, our schools conduct tornado drills with students twice a year to ensure they are aware of the procedures to follow.  We want our students to have practiced these safety requirements in case of a weather-related emergency.

If you have any questions regarding Northwest's procedures during a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning, please contact your school principal.

11/10/15 > HSE Teacher named Missouri Elementary Art Educator of the Year
House Springs Elementary teacher Michelle Howard is the Missouri Art Education Association's Elementary Educator of the Year. This prestigious award reflects that Michelle has demonstrated commitment to students within the art education field. She was chosen by her peers as an exemplary educator who displays great leadership, commitment to teaching & accomplishments within the classroom & organization.

Michelle will receive the award at the MAEA Awards Ceremony at the St. Louis Hilton Frontenac in April 2016. Among friends, family & peers, she will be recognized for her accomplishments.
11/06/15 > Northwest Improves on Annual Performance Report
The grades are in and Northwest Schools earned 93.9 out of 100 on the state report card. This maintains Northwest at the Fully Accredited level and reflects an improvement of 10 points over last year’s score of 83.9. This improvement is due to students and staff continued efforts to reach higher achievement. The 93.9 score is the highest score in the last three years and is the first results after implementing the Late Start Wednesday initiative. Late Start allows teachers to collaborate on successful instructional strategies on a weekly basis within their grade levels and academic disciplines. District leadership is committed to analyzing data to find ways for continued advances.
11/05/15 > Superintendent Ziegler joins in Live Roundtable
Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler was a part of a first-ever, LIVE-broadcast special event at the Missouri Schools Board Association conference at Tan-Tar-A. The topic was school finance.

‘Issues in Education’ is a concept that evolved from decades of dedication and commitment to education and learning environments and now ‘applied learning’ from Ittner Architects, a St. Louis-based firm. Ittner is privy to conversations that extend well beyond the design of brick and mortar buildings, addressing critical issues at every level.

Open the link below to view to his broadcast.

Attachment:
 Video of Interview
 
11/04/15 > Retired Teacher Recognized
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Over 140 former female athletes received University of Missouri letter jackets at a special ceremony during this year's Homecoming festivities last month in Columbia. Retired Northwest High School Teacher Vicki Feucht was recognized. She is pictured on the far left.

Mizzou Athletics sponsored the "Letter Jacket Weekend," reaching out to past letter winners from the 1970s to early '90s.
The women honored represented 10 different sports but had never received official letter jackets.
11/02/15 > Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award School Winner
Nathan Bufka, senior at Northwest High School, was recently named School Winners for the prestigious Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award which highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Nathan will move on for consideration in the next stage of the program where they could be named a State Finalist.

"We are honored to have one of our students recognized as some of the country's top student-athletes with the Wendy's High School Heisman name," said Principal Brad Snell.

For 22 years, Wendy's, in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy®, has recognized outstanding students and rewarded their commitment and achievements to academics, athletics and community on a national level.
Nathan was selected as 2015 School Winners based on the following accomplishments:

Nathan started high school playing football and continued through his senior year. He also played baseball his freshmen year but turned to track & field his sophomore year to concentrate on improving his speed and agility on the football field. He also spent much of his free time in the weight room working out to improve his strength. He plans to participate in football and/or track in college. Undecided as to where he will attend, he will pursue a degree in Athletic Training or Exercise Science to increase knowledge in what he believes will make a difference for others in the future.
10/29/15 > Free Preschool Screenings
Preschool Screenings are available for Northwest resident children under the age of three not currently attending our programs. Screenings examine the motor, concepts, and language areas of development. Free vision and hearing examine included. Call the office at 636-671-3382 to schedule an appointment. Dates include November 5, 12, & 19 along with December 3.
10/28/15 > Community Coffee and Conversation
The community is invited to our second Community Coffee and Conversation with Northwest Board of Education members and Superintendent of Schools. This informal setting will be held Tuesday, November 3rd at Brennan Woods Elementary from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. Parents, guardians, and community members are welcome to attend and ask questions, share a concern or drop by to say hello. While the focus topic is Facilities, feel free to bring any topic.
10/28/15 > Teacher Professional Development Days
November 2nd and 3rd will be Teacher Professional Development days. Classes will not be held. The teachers will be "in class" themselves to share professional knowledge.
10/27/15 > Follow the Superintendent of Schools
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Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler post on Twitter. You can follow him @NorthwestSupt. His feed may include motivational daily thoughts for Lion Nation, District highlights, sport highlights, snow days, and re-tweets from others. A bonus to being a follower is that this is where School Closures are posted first. Another feature is that you can communicate directly with Dr. Ziegler.
10/26/15 > Collaborating for Success Announcement
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The Northwest School District is partnering with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis. Collaborating for Success is a year long program to promote success for students with Down Syndrome. The public is invited to attend a meeting to introduce the partnership and gain an understanding of why we are doing this. We are hosting the event November 10th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the NISSC office located at 5684 Highway PP in High Ridge. For more information contact Nikki Beichler at 636.692.0470.
10/21/15 > Hall of Fame Nominations Sought
Three Award Categories

1. Athletic Hall of Fame
2. Distinguished NHS Alumni
3. Distinguished NWRI Educator

If you would like to nominate someone for one of the above mentioned awards, please read the criteria below and complete the online nomination form.

Athletic Hall of Fame

Nominees will be NHS graduates who have been out of school at least ten years and who were;
• selected to the First All-State Team or were State Champion
• selected to the Second All-State Team or placed second in state
• set and held a NHS record for five years or longer
• selected to the All-Metro First Team
• finished in the top six in the state multiple times
• received All-Conference honors
• received All-District honors
• excelled at the collegiate level

(NOTE: Nomination criteria are not listed in weighted order.)

Distinguished NHS Alumni

Nominees will have graduated from Northwest High School at least ten years prior to selection and will be evaluated for;
• excellence, accomplishments and recognition in their fields
• continuing contributions to the Northwest schools

Distinguished Northwest Educator

Nominees will be retired Northwest School District teachers or administrators who;
• had a significant and lasting impact on the lives of their students
• retired from Northwest school at the end of his/her teaching career

NOTE: Posthumous nominations will be considered.

The Alumni Association will honor the recipients during it's annual Blue and White Banquet next Spring.

Attachment:
 On-line Nomiation Form
 
10/20/15 > Informational Event about Signs & Symptoms of Drug Abuse
Valley Middle School is hosting an informational event for parents. Corporal Barker from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department will be presenting drug trends among teenagers and signs and symptoms of drug abuse. This will take place on Wednesday, Oct 21,2015 at 6:30 pm in the library.
10/19/15 > School Calendar Input Needed
Work on creating the 2016-2017 and 2017- 2018 school calendars is beginning. The Northwest School District is seeking community, family, and staff input. The survey link below will be open until midnight Sunday, October 25, 2015. We appreciate your help.

Attachment:
 School Calendar Survey
 
10/16/15 > October Northwest Way Presentation

Feed My People is this month's Northwest Way recipient. Mary Hettenhausen attended Thursday's Board of Education meeting to accept a $2,190 donation from Superintendent Paul Ziegler and Woodridge Middle School Principal Shannon Umfleet.

Feed My People a non-profit organization that that provides food and other programs to those in need. The Northwest Way is the District's way of supporting charities in our area. Northwest employees have the opportunity to participate by electing to have a payroll deduction at an amount they select. That money is then presented to the selected charity during their designation month at the regular Board of Education meeting.

10/15/15 > October Community Partnership

The Northwest School District is fortunate to have many community partnerships. During each monthly Board meeting, one partnership will be highlighted. Woodridge Middle School recognized the Sugar Creek McDonald's this month.

McTeacher's Night is a popular and highly visible fundraising program that takes place in McDonald's restaurants. Educators, students, parents, and friends are invited to their local McDonald's to raise money for a designated school related cause. Parents and children were encouraged to come to hear the Woodridge band students perform.

Our first McTeacher's Night was a tremendous success for our band program. We will continue to plan future events with Deina Morse and the McDonalds team. Thank you for your dedication to our students and our programs.

10/13/15 > Winter 2015 Newssource Now Available

The Winter edition of the Newssource is now available. To read it, click here.

10/09/15 > Community Coffee & Conversation
You're invited to share coffee and conversation with Northwest Board of Education members and Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler. This informal setting will cover topics listed below and allow for discussion of the latest topics impacting Northwest and our community. Parents, guardians, and community members are welcome to attend and ask questions, share a concern or drop by to say hello. The teachers, staff, and administration work hard to ensure student success and your participation and feedback is appreciated.

The 2015-2016 event schedule

October 22nd 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Focus: Finances
Early Childhood Center
6180 Highway MM, House Springs

November 3rd 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Focus: Facilities
Brennan Woods Elementary
4630 Brennan Road, High Ridge

December 8th 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Focus: Student Activities & Extra Curriculars
Northwest High School
6005 Cedar Hill Road, Cedar Hill

January 7th 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Focus: Curriculum
Instructional Student Services
5684 Highway PP, High Ridge

January 13th 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Focus: Testing & Assessments
Instructional Student Services
5684 Highway PP, High Ridge

January 28th 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Focus: Community Outreach
Valley Middle School
4300 Gravois, House Springs
10/08/15 > WMS Band Students Chosen for Honor Band

Four Woodridge band students Angel Creemens,  Cheyenne Dickemper, Sydney Eaton and  Grace O Malley have been selected to the East Central Seven Junior High Honor Band.  These students will join other top students from bands across the region in a performance at Ste. Genieve High School on  November 7th, 2015 .

10/07/15 > Reminder of Parent Teacher Conference Days
Northwest Schools will be closed Friday, October 9th for a Teachers Work Day. While students have the day off, teachers finish grade recording in preparation for conferences. The first quarter report cards will be distributed during October 14 and 15 at the parent teacher conferences. Due to these evening conferences, there will be no classes on October 16th.
10/07/15 > NWRI Hiring Night Lead Custodian

The Northwest School District is currently accepting applications for the role of Night Lead Custodian. More information on the position can be found below. To apply for the position, click here

10/05/15 > Award Winning Early Childhood Program
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The Future Builders Foundation sponsors The Early Childhood Education Program of the Year Award. It recognizes innovative and original early childhood education programs within Missouri. They want to celebrate all the outstanding early childhood education programs within our state, regardless of school size, and encourage all eligible districts to apply for this impressive recognition.

Under the leadership of the Early Childhood Director Cindy Wills, Northwest School District applied for consideration this year. On October 3, 2015 during the Missouri School Boards Association annual conference, Northwest was announced as the 2015 Recipient. Congrats to all the staff, students, and families for being recognized for their quality award-winning program.
9/28/15 > Fall Sports Weekly Review

Click  here  for this week's weekly athletic review from Activities Director Jeff Taggart.

9/23/15 > Library Card Sign-up Month 2015
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Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Jefferson County Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at the Jefferson County Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies or just relax with peers. The library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources that can be accessed in person or online.

Books on the Run is a unique delivery service for temporarily or indefinitely home bound residents with a valid library card. The delivery area covers most of the families in the Fox, Northwest, and Windsor school districts. The service is a cooperative program of the Jefferson County Library System and NextStep for Life.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit a Jefferson County Library branch in person or visit the library online at http://www.jeffcolib.org.
9/18/15 > Peace Pantry is September's Northwest Way Recipient

Peace Pantry is this month's Northwest Way recipient. Ann Skiles and Jim Terry from Peace Pantry came to Thursday's Board of Education meeting to accept a $2,190.00 check from Superintendent Paul Ziegler and Valley Middle School Principal Dayle Burgdorf. 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.

9/10/15 > Mentor Me Exhibition Starts

Several Northwest School District students are having their artwork on display at this year's Mentor Me Art Exhibit at the Foundry Arts Centre in St. Charles. The event starts Friday, September 11th and runs through October 3rd. Students and art teachers from Cedar Springs Elementary, House Springs Elementary and Murphy Elementary all have pieces that will be displayed. Congrats to all who were chosen. Click here to see more photos of artwork. 

9/10/15 > Fall Sports Weekly Review

Click here for this week's weekly athletic review from Activities Director Jeff Taggart.

9/01/15 > Labor Day Observed
Northwest School District schools and office will be closed September 7th in observance of Labor Day.
9/01/15 > NWLEAFF Colorful Run Information

NWLEAFFthe organization that supports and assists the Northwest R-I School District in meeting the educational needs of area children is hosting its first ever Colorful Run October 3rd. See the fliers below for information on how to participate and sponsor this fun event that helps support our students. 


8/31/15 > Fall Sports Weekly Review
Here is this week's weekly athletic review from Activities Director Jeff Taggart.

8/26/15 > Board of Education Recognition

Each month, a Northwest school or department recognizes outstanding employees or volunteers who help make the District a better place for students, staff and community members. 

This month, Central Office recognized Lisa Barnhart, Human Resources Administrative Assistant for her dedication and committment to the students and staff of the District. Here is what our Chief Operating Officer Geoff Macy had to say about her, "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all." Sam Ewing.  This past year Lisa Barnhart has definitely rolled up her sleeves and been a tremendous asset to the Northwest School District.  Lisa has stepped up and took the lead on several occasions without even being asked by her supervisors. Early in the year, the Human Resource Department was left shorthanded. Understanding that the district had gone without a Human Resource Director for the better part of year and the financial uncertainty of the district, the decision was made to delay a replacement for the remainder of the year.  Lisa rose to the occasion and did an exceptional job keeping up with important tasks and deadlines.  She is a wealth of knowledge and has worked hard to ensure that even though the department was shorthanded it was still business as usual. Not only did Lisa rise to new challenges, she did it with a smile. Lisa has remained calm under pressure, and I have never heard her make a negative comment about Northwest. Lisa is an exceptional employee that is always working behind the scenes who deserves to be recognized here tonight."

8/21/15 > JKF Sports is August Northwest Way Recipient

JKF Sports Foundation is August's Northwest Way recipient. Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler, along with Murphy Elementary Principal Katie Brettschneider presented a check for $2,300.00 to Jerry Thomas of JFK Sports. Mr. Thomas thanked the Northwest District employees for their continued generosity to their programs. JFK Sports supplies sports equipment to children free of charge and pays league fees for children based on financial 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.

8/13/15 > NHS Student & Coach Featured on Ch. 5

We have hundreds of inspiring students and staff members throughout the Northwest School District. Two of them were highlighted on Channel 5 Sunday night by Mike Bush. Click here to be directed to the story.

8/13/15 > First Day of 2015-2016 School Year

It was a great start to the 2015-2016 school year here in the Northwest SchoolDistrict. All students and staff arrived safely to school and had a great time meeting new people and getting settled into their new routines.

To see more photos from the first day around

the District, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. We'd also love to see your first day of school photos. Send them to us at northwestnews@northwestschools.net. They could be featured on the District website and Facebook page. 

8/12/15 > Parents will receive MAP results in October
Results of the Spring 2015 MAP Grade-Level Assessments for Northwest Schools and individual school buildings will be announced in August. Results for each individual Northwest student will be provided to parents later this fall. Teachers will give parents their child's individual report during parent-teacher conferences, which begin Oct. 14. The individual student reports will tell families how their child scored on the MAP test in each subject area in which they were tested.
8/12/15 > Back to School Safety Tips

With school set to begin Thursday, we'd like to remind our parents, students and community members to be mindful of a few important tips as we begin another school year.

8/11/15 > Bus Stop Information
All Bus Stop information can be located by clicking the link below. The username and password are both the word parent. The bus garage can be contacted at 636-671-0033.

Attachment:
 Bus Routes and Schedules
 
8/11/15 > New Partnership Brings New Opportunities for Students

As parents, students and community members start entering our buildings once again, we wanted to let you know about some new posters you'll see. They are the 2015-2016 Athletics posters and came at no cost to the Northwest School District. These posters are just one of the benefits our Activities Department expects to see as a result of a new partnership with Kelly Sports Management, a sports marketing firm that helps raise money for high school activities.

Other schools in our area, as well as throughout the state have partnered with Kelly Sports and have seen tremondous results when it comes to bringing in revenue for students and activities. We look forward to seeing what this partnership can do for our students, activities and community.

Each fall and spring sport will have a poster specifically designed for them that highlights the team and their game schedule. 

To view all the fall posters, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. 

8/10/15 > Board of Education Special Meeting

After the fun kick off Friday to a great school year, the Board of Education got right back to work during a special board meeting. They went over a variety of topics including community engagement, studentachievement goals and the financial picture and forecast for the Northwest School District. It was a full day packed with important issues. Thank you to all of our Board of Education members for being there and putting in countless hours of work for our students and staff.

8/07/15 > Northwest Staff Opening Day Festivities

Staff joined together Friday to kick off the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. It started with an amazing breakfast prepared by the Food Service Department followed by a rally inside the gym featuring our award winning NHS cheerleaders. Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler, Chief Academic Officer Mary Thomasson and Board of Education President Retta Tuggle shared remarks before t-shirts were flung into the crowd. It was a memorable morning that we all hope will leave a positive lasting impression on our staff. Welcome back to them and we can't wait to see our students next week!

To see more photos of Friday's fun, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. 

8/05/15 > Upcoming Northwest Alumni Association Events

The Northwest High School Alumni Association has several fundraisers coming up. One is a carnival at NHS and the other is a washer tournament. For more information, click on the links below to see a flier. 


8/04/15 > Substitute Teachers Wanted
Northwest Schools is looking for substitute teachers to instruct and monitor its classrooms whenever the traditional classroom teacher is unavailable. The substitute teacher daily rate for substitute teaching begins at $75.00.

A flexible schedule is easy to accommodate. Northwest allows the substitute to choose what days of the week they are able to substitute, and the grade levels they are comfortable supervising.

The required documents and instructions to begin the application process to be a substitute can be found on the Employment tab of the District website.
8/03/15 > School will be back in session August 13
Northwest Schools students will begin the 2015-2016 school year on Thursday, August 13th.
8/03/15 > Annual Northwest Electronics Recycling Results

Every year, the Northwest School District hosts an electronic recycling fair. The results from that May event are in and the District is proud to say that over 28,000 pounds of electronics were collected and recycled. Here is a breakdown of what was collected:

Televisions 7 Pallets
Monitors 1 Pallet
Pc's 1 Pallet
Microwaves / AC Units 2 Pallets
Refrigerators 6
Riding Lawn Mower 1
Push Mower 1
Washer 1
Water Heaters 3
Dishwashers 2
Chest Freezer 1
Large Televisions 12
Treadmill 1
Snow Blower 1
8/03/15 > NHS Leadership Retreat

Some Northwest High School staff members gathered Friday for a Leadership Retreat.The all-day event allowed teacher leaders and administrators the opportunity to get together before school starts. They went over a variety of topics including ways to help teachers improve lessons and student achievement.

To see more photos of their training session, click here

8/03/15 > New Teachers Welcomed to District

Twenty-seven new teachers were welcomed to the Northwest School District Monday. They gathered at the Northwest Instructional Student Services Center (NISSC) to learn about everything from logging onto to our computer system to Human Resources policies and procedures. Each new staff member was paired up with a mentor from their building to help with the transition. The two-day training helps better prepare our new teachers so they can begin this school year as successfully as possible. 

7/31/15 > Demolition Complete at High Ridge Elementary

Construction crews finished the last of the demolition work on the High Ridge Kindergarten wing this week. Sections of the 60+ year-old building were taken down to make room for the new Kindergarten wing. This project was one of several that werecompleted this summer as part of Proposition LIONS that voters approved in April 2014. 

To see video of the demolition, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. 

7/29/15 > Administrative Announcements
Northwest Schools is pleased to announce the following administrative staff changes:

Kim (Quentin) Roesch – Director of Human Resources

Shannon Umfleet – Woodridge Middle School Principal

Dayle Burgdorf - Valley Middle School Principal

Amanda Berry – Northwest High School Assistant Principal

Jason Brown – Northwest High School Assistant Principal

Brian Coulter – Valley Middle School Assistant Principal

Michelle Hogan – Valley Middle School Administrative Intern

Kelly Muzzey – Brennan Woods/Murphy Elementary Assistant Principal
7/27/15 > Demolition Begins on HRE Kindergarten Wing

Crews were busy Monday morning working to demolish the old kindergarten wing at High Ridge Elementary. The crane dropped around 11 a.m. on that section of the building and didn't stop until it was completely gone. 

At the same time that wing was coming down, construction and electrical workers were busy putting lighting and wiring throughout the six new classrooms that were built this summer.

The progress at High Ridge Elementary was just one of the many projects that were able to be completed thanks to the successful passage of Proposition LIONS in April 2014. Keep an eye on this page and the District's Facebook page to watch the progress unfold. 

7/24/15 > NWLEAFF July Northwest Way Recipient

The Northwest Lions Educational Alliance for Funding (NWLEAFF) is this month's recipient of the Northwest Way. Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler along with Chief Academic Officer Mary Thomasson presented a check for  $ $2,309.50  to NWLEAFF representative Cindy Horn. Mrs. Horn thanked District employees for their continued commitment to the students of the Northwest School District.  NWLEAFF  is a not-for-profit organization that supports and assists the Northwest R-I School District in meeting the educational needs of area children.

"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.

7/22/15 > Staff Phone Directory
Northwest Schools has implemented a new feature for families and staff, posted phone directories. Under the Current Parents tab is the phone directory by last name. Under the Staff tab is the phone directory by building. We hope this new feature will enhance communications.
7/21/15 > HRE Kindergarten Wing Update

Crews have been busy at three Northwest School District elementary schools this summer. Here at High Ridge Elementary, construction crews have finished putting up walls and lighting for the new classroom additions. Six classrooms in all were added with the successful passage of Proposition LIONS in April 2014.

To see more photos, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. 

7/21/15 > Superintendent Ziegler To Appear on KTRS

On Thursday, July 23 Northwest School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler will join other education leaders from our area to talk about school funding on KTRS. The program begins at 11am.

7/21/15 > Three Northwest Schools Raise Thousands for Charity

Valley Middle School, Murphy Elementary and High Ridge Elementary combined raised close to $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this past school year. More than 1,800 students at these schools and their families not only opened their wallets but also raised awareness about blood cancers.

Congratulations and great job to the following building coordinators who helped make this past year's campaign such a success for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:

  • Valley Middle School, Steven Fischer helped raise $1,429.06
  • Murphy Elementary, Janet Eckstein helped raise $749.00
  • High Ridge Elementary, Trish Sparks helped raise $2,624.98
7/15/15 > District Web Address Changes
The web address for the Northwest School District has changed. You can now find us at www.northwestschools.net. You can still find the site by going to www.nwr1.k12.mo.us.
7/14/15 > Summer 2015 Newssource Now Available

The latest edition of the Newssource is now available. Click here to read it. 

7/10/15 > Jefferson College Camp Viking

7/09/15 > Bulltown Run for Backstoppers

Registration has begun for the 4th Annual Bulltown Run for Backstoppers. See the fliers below for more information. 


7/02/15 > Summer School Graduation at NHS

It was an exciting day at Northwest High School Thursday. Not only did it mark the end of Summer School for but two students, it was graduation day. Austin McKenney and Michael Hammons III took part in the Commencement Ceremony in the Lecture Hall. Friends and family came to to witness the great accomplishment of these two graduates. 

To see more photos from today's commencement, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. 

7/02/15 > Northwest Marching Band Fundraiser

The Northwest High School Marching Band has an upcoming fundraiser. On Wednesday, July 22nd, Drum Corps Mid-America will make a stop at Northwest High School as part of their international tour. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, click here

6/30/15 > Middle School Registration
Registration at Valley Middle School is scheduled for:
  • Tuesday, August 4th  from  2 pm - 8 pm
  • Wednesday, August 5th  from  9 am - 2 pm
Registration at Woodridge Middle School is scheduled for:
  • Tuesday, August 4th  from 2 pm - 8 pm
  • Wednesday, August 5th  from 9 am - 2 pm
  • Wednesday, August 12 from 5:30 pm-7:30pm is an Open House
A parent or guardian needs to be present to register. Parents need to return the demographic page, and the student health information form. Parents will also need to provide two (2) proofs of residency if their address has changed. 
During registration, students will receive a copy of the student handbook and their schedules. They can also pay for their planner ($8) and lock rental ($2). Yearbook photos will be taken during registration. Students can choose to pay for those at that time. The cost for a yearbook is $30.
6/23/15 > NHS Registration Information
Registration for Northwest High School students is quickly approaching. Prior to registration, parents will receive a packet of information. This paperwork MUST be returned during the registration process. If students have these completed papers with them, they can register without a parent/guardian being present.  If you have 2 or more children that are in different grades they can come together.There is no need to make multiple trips. We will NOT be taking pictures or handing out textbooks. These will be done the first few days of school. Times are broken down to eliminate long lines. If you are unable to attend during these times, bring the forms that will be mailed and we will complete the registration process on the first day of school. 
Seniors- August 4  from  8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Juniors- August 4  from  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sophomores- August 5  from  8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Freshman- August 5  from  1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
6/19/15 > Area Food Pantries June Northwest Way Recipient

Several area food pantries are this month's recipient of the Northwest Way. Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler along with Cindy Wills of the Early Childhood Center presented a check for  $2,357.00 to the following area food pantry representatives: Art Lafser of St. Vincent DePaul, Pat Hemenway of Ladies of Charity, Ann Skiiles of Peace Pantry and Mary Hettenhausen of Feed My People. They all thanked employees for their generous donation. They said the summer months are especially hard because many children are out of school.

"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.

6/12/15 > Summer School graduation
Summer School graduation will be held July 2, 2015. Summer School graduates will participate in commencement in the Lecture Hall at 10:00 a.m.
6/08/15 > ECC finalist for State Award
Melissa Randol, Chief Executive Officer of the Missouri School Board Association Future Builders, announced that Northwest is one of the top three Early Childhood programs in the state this year. The Early Childhood Center is a finalist for The Early Childhood Education Program of the Year Award.

Here is just a brief description of the eligibility criteria:

To be eligible for the award, the school district must be a member of Missouri School Boards’ Association and must offer a high quality pre-K program. Award recipients will be selected by the MSBA FutureBuilders ’ Board of Directors based on their innovative approaches and outstanding ability to engage and support the development of the children in their care as well as their overall commitment to the early childhood education profession.

Finalists will be invited to present a session, detailing their program, at the MSBA Annual Conference in October where the winner is announced during a General Session.
6/03/15 > House Springs Elementary Student Award
Raegan Shelton won the Kindergarten- 2nd grade Division of the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association's 2015 Reading Poster Contest. She placed in the St. Louis Suburban IRA reading poster contest before going on to the state contest. She received a certificate and a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble for her achievement. Tina Stevenson, reading teacher, and Michelle Howard, art teacher, worked together to have students create posters for the contest.
6/01/15 > Bye Bye Birdie Production
Jefferson College is performing Bye Bye Birdie. Performances are scheduled for Friday-Saturday, June 19-20, at 8 p.m., Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, at 8 p.m., in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Hillsboro campus. Individual event tickets to the Sunday matinee are $2 for everyone. On Fridays and Saturdays, ticket prices are $5 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling Dr. Rebecca Ellison at (636) 481-3367. Reserved tickets need to be picked up at least 15 minutes prior to show time or they will be sold to other patrons. Tickets will also be sold at the door depending on availability.


Bye Bye Birdie is a satire that takes place in 1958 and centers around an Elvis Presley type rock and roll superstar (Conrad Birdie) who is drafted into the Army. His agent and song writer (Albert Peterson) and Albert's secretary and love interest (Rosie Alvarez) plan a farewell performance for Birdie on the Ed Sullivan television show, which they hope will provide the publicity to sell his new song "One Last Kiss" and bring Albert's company out of debt. At the conclusion of the performance, Birdie will give a real kiss to a lucky girl from his fan club.

The lucky girl, randomly chosen, is Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio, and is an avid member of the local Conrad Birdie fan club. Albert and Rosie come to Sweet Apple to prepare for Birdie's arrival and things begin to unravel. Kim's father (Harry MacAfee) begins to get excited about the thought of being on the Ed Sullivan Show with his daughter and Kim's new steady (Hugo Peabody) starts to get jealous of the thought of Kim kissing Birdie on national television.
After Birdie's arrival in Sweet Apple, things continue to come undone as Birdie's charms enrage Hugo to punch him out on national television as he embraces to kiss Kim. Later, Birdie confesses that he is tired of show business and goes out on the town with the kids to show them how to party. This leads to Birdie's arrest. Meanwhile, Rosie is getting tired of waiting for Albert to propose and figures that eight years is long enough. She is also tired of Albert's domineering mother (Mae Peterson) who is constantly interfering in their relationship. Rosie goes out on the town and stumbles into a Shriner’s meeting, leading to a humorous ballet sequence.

The show ends with Albert bailing Birdie out of jail prompting Birdie to ask Albert to be his agent forever as he gets on the train to New York and his induction into the army. Kim and Hugo make up as Hugo proposes to Kim and Albert finally decides to propose to Rosie to tie up the remaining romantic knot before the show's finale.
5/29/15 > Summer School Bus Routes

Versatrans is an online program that allows you to enter your address and see what information regarding your child's bus route.   To access the program, please click the following link.  You will be asked for a username and password.  They are both the word parent.

Click here to access versatrans

Username:  parent
Password:  parent

5/22/15 > Backstoppers Inc. May's Northwest Way Recipient

Backstoppers Inc. is May's Northwest Way recipient. Superintendent Paul Ziegler presented Backstoppers a check for $2,354.50. High Ridge Fire Chief Mike Arnhart, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Lt. Hawkins and Cedar Hill Fire Chief Terry Soer were on hand for the check presentation. Backstoppers Inc. is a Greater St. Louis area charity that provides financial and emotional support to the families of public safety workers that have died while on duty.

"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.

5/20/15 > Memorial Day Observation
Northwest administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.
5/19/15 > Early Childhood Center Graduation

On Sunday, we celebrated the Class of 2015 from Northwest High School. On Tuesday, we congratulate the Early Childhood Center graduates. Dozens of students were surrounded by parents, grandparents, family and friends for the special occasion. A slideshow of all they've accomplished was shown and each student was given a cap to wear.

To see more photos of ECC's graduation ceremony, click here

5/18/15 > NHS Class of 2015 Graduation

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 of Northwest High School. Their commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 17th in the high school gymnasium. We applaud all our graduates for their hard work and dedication in reaching this goal.

To see more photos of Sunday's ceremony, click here

5/15/15 > Graduation Information from NHS

We have come to an exciting time of year and the culmination of your son or daughter's high school career. We are excited about the opportunity to host an on-campus graduation and look forward in celebrating this special day with you. We have been monitoring the weather for the past few days and have realized that having the ceremony inside would be in the best interest of all to ensure the safety of all participants, parents and community members. We have hosted two inside graduations before and they have been wonderful ceremonies. Please remember that only the four blue tickets can be used to enter the building. The two viewing areas that require two blue tickets are the cafeteria and gym. Please use the gym entrances to enter the facility and not the hallways. Students need to be in their classrooms at 1:00 p.m. and parents can begin entering the gym at 12:00 p.m. Thank you again for your flexibility to ensure the safety of all and a quality 2015 graduation. 

5/14/15 > Stop Summer Slide with “Read MOre, Missouri!” Reading Challenge

Missouri students can keep their reading skills sharp over the summer months by joining the "Read MOre, Missouri!" reading challenge.

"Kids who read during the summer are much more likely to retain the skills they gained during the school year," says Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. "'Read MOre, Missouri!' encourages children to read for pleasure and can help reach the goals of Missouri'sTop 10 by 20 initiative."

The reading challenge is an effort to prevent "summer slide," the loss of learning skills that many students experience during their break from classes. Experts say that reading just six books during the summer can keep students from regressing and having to catch up once school begins again in the fall. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children and to have their kids read something every day.

There are many ways to select the texts to share with children. School and public librarians are a great resource, and there are numerous book lists. The goal is to engage children with reading lots of different kinds of books (or magazines, short articles, even websites). The best way to build reading skills is to read!

The Department is encouraging every district to take part.

5/13/15 > Paw Prints Photos

May 7th students throughout the District were recognized for their outstanding writing entries selected to be showcased in this year's publication of Paw Prints. Congratulations to all of our writers. 


For the evening's photos,  Click Here

5/13/15 > NHS Band Performs Special Song

The Spirit of Northwest Band hired a composer to write a piece of music especially for them to celebrate the first birthday of Band Director Brett Lunsford's daughter. The song is entitled, "Asleep on a Moonlit Night: Life Through An Hourglass". 

The band spent several weeks learning and rehearsing the special piece. They performed it May 4th for the composer, before playing it at their Spring Concert that evening. 

5/12/15 > Jefferson College Math Contest Winners
The NHS Math team took first place at the Jefferson College Senior High School Math Contest May 7, 2015.
 
1st place team
Back row: Sam Moore, Tyler Warren, Patrick Collins, Cody Mooney, Emily Pond, Robbi Fischer-sponsor. Front row: John Thompson, Zach Heller, Tyler Berger, Lucas Bonskowski, Sarah Kelly, Alexis May, Yu Xuan Lin
Individual award winners: (left to right)
 
Tyler Warren - 3rd place, 10th grade, Patrick Collins - 1st place, 10th grade, Lucas Bonskowski, 3rd place, 11th grade, and Emily Pond - 2nd place, 9th grade

Valley Middle School 7th grader, Dalton Moore also competed. He scored the third highest among 7th graders.

 
5/12/15 > Dr. Ziegler Does NHS Band Director's Job

Northwest High School Band Director Brett Dunsford was the last winner of Dr. Z Do My Job for this school year. While he enjoyed some time off, Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler did his job. 

The first class he lead was Jazz Band. The group performed "Pomp and Circumstance" in advance of this weekend's graduation. They then played one of their favorites titled "Blue Skies."

To hear a little bit of the Jazz Band performing, click here to go to the District's Facebook page. 

5/11/15 > Dr. Ziegler on KJFF

Every month during the school year, Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler speaks with KJFF radio and updates the community on District happenings. To hear this month's interview, click on the link below. 


5/06/15 > MGE Students Learn from NHS Students

First and third graders from Maple Grove Elementary enjoyed a morning filled with music, dancing and art education. Wednesday's festivities were part of NHS Fine Arts Day for Maple Grove students. Art, music and band teachers at the high school planned several art education activities. Some of them included: learning about band instruments,     and singing on stage in the Lecture Hall.

To see more photos of the day's events, click here. 

5/05/15 > April 30 Special Board Meeting Recap

Following the Special Board of Education meeting April 30, 2015, Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler shared the following information with staff:

"When the District placed a tax levy increase on the April Ballot, four areas of need were identified.

1.Getting more technology for our students/staff 

2.Covering our existing budget deficit 

3.Restoring the capital projects budget 

4.Addressing the salary schedule

Despite not passing the tax levy, these same needs remain. 

During the Fall the District also engage in a process through the Fiscal Responsibility Committee (FRC) to identify possible areas to cut in the event the tax levy was unsuccessful. Last night, a presentation was made to the Board of Education that outlined potential ways to address the needs through making reductions to the areas identified through the FRC. As a result of this presentation and on-going discussions with the Board, Administration will be developing a balanced budget that contains the following considerations. This budget will be presented at the May 21st Board meeting.

Reductions

•A overall reduction of 26.5 staff positions or approximately 3% of total staff. This reduction is being made through resignations and retirements (No one will be laid-off). 

•Reduction in services in the area of At-Risk, Gifted, Activities, Health Services, and Administration 

•Reduction in Library Media supplies 

•Reduction in the communications budget

These reductions total approximately $2.4 million and are significant.

The following additions were discussed

•A commitment to purchase technology of $450,000 

•A commitment to fund the deficit 

•A commitment to replace funds in capital projects 

•A rehire of some classroom teachers, special education teachers and technology positions 

•A commitment to fill the current opening in the Human Resources Department 

•A commitment to purchasing some new custodial and maintenance equipment 

Addressing these areas utilizes the cuts in the above areas to fund the additional expenditure or deficit. Total additions are approximately $2.4 million.

Additionally, the Board discussed potential uses of additional State money if the District receives its full Hold Harmless payment from the Formula allocation. This is an anticipated additional $750,000. The Board discussion centered on using these funds to make salary adjustments with a focus on addressing the beginning teacher salary. The discussion expressed the desire of the Board to utilize the existing Salary Committee to investigate how to accomplish this task. This decision makes great sense as the reason employees have not receive the raises they deserve in the past was due to State funding shortfalls If the State is going to restore some funding that should go to staff. While in my eyes this funding is suspect until the day the Legislative Session closes, it does look promising. 

Obviously these are trying times. There are no easy cuts to make and continuing to operate the District with less staff is difficult. However, the discussion last night was a good one and I was glad to see the interest by the staff and community in the work of the Board. I wish we had that type of interest all of the time. We will get through this like we always have. The cuts we made are significant. We are addressing the needs identified by the District and shared with our community through the tax levy campaign, albeit at a very reduced level. I remained committed to moving the District forward and if we all work together and remain positive that will happen."

A copy of the presentation can be found here. The Board of Education will meet again May 21, 2015 to finalize recommendations and approve the 2015-2016 Budget.

5/04/15 > Missouri Celebrates Local Government Week May 4 - 8
Local government has a direct impact on every Missourian every day. Working together, our cities, counties and schools are the backbone of the community. Missouri celebrates LocalGovernment Week May 4 - 8, 2015.

The week is sponsored by the following local government organizations: Missouri Municipal League, www.mocities.com; Missouri Association of Counties, www.mocounties.com; Missouri School Boards’ Association, www.msbanet.org; Missouri Association of Councils of Government, www.macogonline.org; St. Louis County Municipal League, www.stlmuni.org; Mid-America Regional Council, www.marc.org.
5/04/15 > NW Middle School Volleyball Wins 1st Place

Congratulations to the following students who won 1st place this weekend at the Kirkwood Juniors Volleyball tournament.

Back row (L-R):  Jerrod Bond, coach, Alexis Stewart, Ashley Thomas, Alexis Donnelly, Hannah Krebbs, Bree Jolley, Brooke Jolley, coach.
 
Front Row(L-R):  Gina Hattemar Kailyn Galey, Kayleigh Barbato, Arrianna Cisneros
5/01/15 > Leadership Day at Maple Grove Elementary

On Friday, Maple Grove Elementary students celebrated Leadership Day by sharing the 7 Habits of Healthy Kids with guests. The morning started off with students greeting guests and taking them to the cafeteria. There, students shared information about their service projects and performed a song they sang at a Leadership Symposium earlier this year.

                                                                                                                                                     After the peformance, students escorted guests around to different classrooms
to learn about how they are putting the 7 Habits into action.

4/30/15 > NW Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to this year's Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce scholarship recipients. Each one received $500 to help them pay for college expenses. 

  • Madison Perkins
  • Courtney Stinson
  • Joseph Hagan
  • Nicole Wohlmann
  • Shanna Citrump
  • Carrie King
4/30/15 > NHS Senior Honored For Academic Achievement

Earlier this month, Northwest High School Senior, Victoria Hines was honored at an awards reception to recognize some of St. Louis' brightest Advanced Credit students who plan to attend UMSL. The reception was held at Glen Echo Country Club and recognized 12 students who were awarded UMSL Bound scholarships. Congratulations to Victoria for this outstanding accomplishment!

4/30/15 > NHS Scholar Bowl Team Takes 2nd Place in District Competition

In its inaugural year, the Northwest High School Scholar Bowl team took 2nd place in the District competition at Mehlville High School. The competition was held earlier this month. The team, comprised of Patrick Collins (10th grader), Joey Briggs (10th grader), Claire Hughes (11th grader), Tyler Warren (10th grader) and Tyler Berger (11th grader) beat out the team from Seckman High School and Mehvlille High School, but lost to Oakville Senior High School in the championship round. 

Congratulations to all of these students for their hard work!

4/28/15 > Kick It Challenge Winners
April 25th was the 4th Annual Northwest Soccer "Kick It" 5K hosted by Mayer Construction at Valley Middle/House Springs Elementary. There were approximately 375 participants in this year's event, making it the best turnout in the event's history. The winners are:

Female Division:
1. Madison Vickery
2. Samantha Brooks
3. Alexa Griffonetti

Male Division:
1. James Meisch (overall winner)
2. Cody Poskin
3. Mike Kershaw

You can view the event video by clicking below.

Attachment:
 Youtube Video
 
4/28/15 > BWE Tutor Team Featured on Channel 4

Several students at Brennan Woods Elementary were highlighted Monday night on Channel 4 for their initiative in starting a Tutor Team. Learn more about it by clicking here

4/28/15 > Great Turnout for District Art Show

This year's District-wide Art Show was a big success. Over a thousand family, friends and students showed up at the Early Childhood Center to take in the beautiful artwork created by our elementary students.

To see more photos of the event, click here

4/27/15 > NHS DeTail Now Online

Journalism students at Northwest High School are now publishing the NHS DeTail online. According to NHS Newspaper Advisor, Rob Maxwell the conversion from a print newspaper to an online one happened last fall. Maxwell said the one of the many reasons they chose to take the paper online was cost savings. In the past, they'd spend anywhere from $600 to $1,000 per issue and produce 6 to 9 issues a year. Utilizing the online service, School Newspapers ONline, the cost for this year is $600 and will drop to $300 per year next year.

To read the latest issues of the NHS DeTail, click here

4/27/15 > Spring Sports Review for April 20-25th Now Available

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


4/23/15 > BWE Students Participate in Honor Choir

Congratulations to the following students for being chosen and participating in the the 10th annual East Central District Honor Choir earlier this month.

  • Talia Griffonetti
  • Corbin Rickert
  • Malaina Bagwell
  • Abby Mitchell
  • Kelsey Cova
4/23/15 > Registration Available for NW Jr Football Camp

Registration is now open for the Northwest Junior Football Camp. For more information on the camp and how to register, see the flier below. 


4/23/15 > April Northwest Star Students Named

Congratulations to Nathan Sachs, Trevor Schoonover and Kaela See for winning this month's Northwest Star Student sponsored by Chili's in Gravois Bluffs. All three were surprised Tuesday morning with a gift certificate to Chili's and a certificate.

Here is a list of all the students who were nominated.

High School

Abby Remmert

Middle School

Madison Crum

Elementary

Jessenia Ramos

Rhylyn Mims

Charlotte Dutton

Daniel Frede

Jeffrey Lentz

Collin Rupp

Patrick McCrady

Julia Moder

Reese Osborne

Diona Hoehne

Olivia Sisco

Bailey Umfleet

Kendall Luithle

Margena Melton

Ava Combs

If you'd like to nominate the last Northwest Star Student of this school year, click here and fill out the form. 

4/22/15 > Bus Fleet Receives Highest Rating During Inspection
Last week, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C conducted our annual bus inspection. Each bus is put through a rigorous inspection process and a checklist of items are covered on each bus. The Northwest garage pulled a 100% pass rate for all 89 buses that were in service at the time of the inspection. As of today, our location is the only First Student location to have 100% pass rate in the St. Louis Metro area. Last year we were one of the highest First Student locations as well at 87%. Kudos to Jeanine Sabatino, our Location Manager and Joe Triolo, Shop Manager and their team for such a great achievement.
4/21/15 > Northwest Employees Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries
Northwest School District is celebrating employees with milestone anniversaries.

30 years of service:
Michele Lepsky VMS
Lisa Quinn MES
Mary Thomasson CO

25 years of service:
Bonnie Rees CSE
Brett Culley VMS

20 years of service:
Rebecca Byrd NHS
Nancy Fisher NHS
Brian Houts NHS
Christine Koerber NHS
June Nenninger NHS
Berleen Sutter NHS
J Carenza VMS
Karen Erwin WMS
Richard McDonald WMS
Barbara Schuchardt WMS
Dawn Hassbaum CSE
Melissa Stephens CSE
Margaret Karleskint HSE
Carolyn Lovasco HSE
Amy Thomas HRE
Shari Gaddy MGE
Joyce Finocchio MES
Eisa Hope MES
Kristi McGarrigle MES
Denise Woehrle MES
Kim Wrenfrow MES
Cindy Horn CO
Vicki Korn NHS
Kathleen Lich NHS
Penny Morris NHS
Troy Brown VMS

15 years of service:
Ed Baugh NHS
Matt Guethle NHS
Eric Haas NHS
Matthew Hardesty NHS
Juanita Holdcraft NHS
Michael Horn NHS
Kara Jeffries NHS
Stephen Vanhoogstraat NHS
Carl Bellers VMS
Terri Bloemke VMS
Kris Crites VMS
Tina Huskey VMS
Sharon Meredith VMS
Sharon Plut VMS
Laura Seithel VMS
Angela Crawford WMS
Kimberly Hornkohl WMS
Jacqueline Naum WMS
Theresa Rombach CSE
Carrie Stinson HSE
Amy Pickering HSE
Sally Chisholm HRE
Karen Sambo HRE
Lynn Wilkerson HRE
Debbie Edwards MGE
Katie Barnard MES
Rebecca Meinhardt MES
Shelly Schuermeyer MES
Angela McEnroe BWE
Jennifer Stair BWE
Kimberley Sult BWE
Susan Wingenbach BWE
Rose Lammert ECC
Judy Jones VMS
4/20/15 > Board of Education Meeting Regarding Finances
The Board of Education set a special Board meeting for April 30, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the NISSC. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how the District moves forward financially. There will be a financial presentation to outline specific District needs. That presentation also includes readdressing the Fiscal Responsibility Committee (FRC) work from last fall. The ultimate purpose of this meeting is to seek the Board’s direction in preparation of the preliminary 2015-2016 budget relating to additions and deductions. The additions discussion will include: Staffing and Class size, Human Resource department staffing, Technology equipment, Parking Lots, Custodial equipment, and Salary Schedules. We will follow this discussion with reviewing the FRC Committee proposals.

Attachment:
 FRC 2014 Findings
 
4/17/15 > Board of Education Reorganization
Chris Shelton and Sherry Ziegler were sworn in as members of the Northwest Board of Education, joining members Nancy Bergfeld, Retta Tuggle, Gary Bonacker, Nelson O. Weber, Gary Barrett. After nominations were submitted, Retta Tuggle was elected as board president, replacing outgoing president, Victoria James. Other reelected officers are Nancy Bergfeld vice president and Gary Bonacker secretary. Chris Shelton replaced Retta Tuggle as treasurer.
4/17/15 > Northwest Alumni Assc. Northwest Way Recipient

The Northwest Alumni Association is April's Northwest Way recipient. Superintendent Paul Ziegler presented Cindy Horn of the Northwest Alumni Association a check for $2,349.00. The association was founded in 1980 and has provided Northwest High School graduating seniors with college scholarships. They have also provided additional financial support for various Northwest School District projects.

"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.

4/14/15 > Senior Citizen Prom
Every year, the Northwest High School Student Council hosts a Senior Citizens Prom. This year, it'll be held Saturday, April 25th at Northwest High School. The theme is Black and White. Formal attire is encouraged but not required. There is no cost but donations are greatly appreciated.

Details on the event are below:

Date: April 25, 2015

Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Location: Northwest High School Cafeteria

Dinner menu: Salad, pasta, bread, and variations of desserts.

Prom king and queen will be announced at 8 pm.

For reservations, please call Lana Romaine at (636) 274-0555 ext. 18148.
4/13/15 > Northwest District Art Show Date Announced

This year's District Art Show is set for Saturday, April 25th 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 the elementary schools and the Early Childhood Center will be on display. 


 

4/13/15 > Glee Camp Offered

Registration is now open for Glee Camp. See the fliers below for more information.


4/09/15 > Registration Open for Northwest Jnr. Lions Cheer Program

Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 Northwest Jnr. Lions Cheer Program. See the flier for more information.

4/08/15 > Election Results

NORTHWEST R-I SCHOOL

   
   

Total

Number of Precincts

 

17

 

Precincts Reporting

 

17

100.0 %


CHRIS SHELTON

 

3505

36.41%

VICTORIA K. JAMES

 

2579

26.79%

SHERRY ZIEGLER

 

3442

35.76%

Write-in Votes

 

100

1.04%

NORTHWEST R-1 PROP

   
   

Total

Number of Precincts

 

17

 

Precincts Reporting

 

17

100.0 %


YES

 

2237

34.65%

NO

 

4219

65.35%

4/08/15 > My Favorite Teacher Winners
Hannah Myers was surprised in her social studies class because her essay won the local Barnes & Noble "My Favorite Teacher" contest. Hannah nominated Dan Davison, a freshman Social Studies teacher. Barnes & Noble of Fenton chose Hannah's essay out of approximately 100 entries. It will now compete at the "regional" level. If it should win there, Mr. Davison will receive $500. At the national level, he would receive $5,000 and the school would also receive $5,000. Good luck Mr. Davison.
4/08/15 > Spring Sports Review for March 30-April 4

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


4/07/15 > Students Impact State Government

Northwest High School Juniors Brendan Fennell, Claire Hughes, Hannah Nash, and Molly Stuckmeyer were given the assignment in Ed Baugh's AP Government class to create a "real-life" interest group about any appropriate governmental interest they held. These students created the Politically Active Student Society (PASS) interest group whose mission was to influence the government to pass a law that

 allows students in Missouri the chance to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. The PASS interest group contacted government officials via email, phone, and letters to address the importance of the issue and attempted to influence the legislature to pass this law. Due to their practical idea and diligent effort, they were able to influence government policy though the introduction of House Bill 499 on April 1, 2015, sponsored by Representative Shane Roden from District 111.

4/07/15 > Relay for Life Information

The Relay for Life Event is coming up in a week and a half at Northwest High School. See the fliers below for more information.


4/02/15 > Tentative Last Day of School Announcement

Northwest Schools used five snow days this school year making the tentative last day of school for students Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Students and staff need to keep the following information in mind:

• Kindergarten through grade 11 students will be dismissed about two and a half hours early on the last day of school.

• In the event we experience additional inclement weather days, the last day will extend beyond May 19.

• The Early Childhood Center families will receive notification of their last day from their Director.

• Any adjustment to the last day of school will not impact the graduation ceremony, which will be held May 17th on the campus of Northwest High School.

4/02/15 > Valley Middle School Math Students Finish 7th in State

Five Valley Middle School 7th graders made school history earlier this year. Cody Poskin, Julian Lipford, Kyla Zaiss, Kaitlyn Onanian and Bekah Haas finished 7th in the state in the Missouri Math League contest in February. This is the highest finish in school history. 

4/02/15 > NHS Student Accepted to MO Fine Arts Academy

Northwest High School student Lauren Minor was recently accepted into the Missouri Fine Arts Academy this summer. She'll spend three weeks at Missouri State's campus. While there, Lauren will collaborate with students from across the state and focus on her vocal talent. 

Lauren is the second Northwest High School student accepted into this prestigious program. Marisela Barthel was also accepted earlier this year. Congratulations to both!

4/01/15 > Proposition PRIDE Featured on Channel 4

Earlier this week, Channel 4 came out to House Springs Elementary to talk with Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler, 4th Teacher Laura Ruch and High Ridge Elementary and Woodridge Middle parent, Cheryl Dickemper regarding Proposition PRIDE. To see the story, click here.

3/31/15 > Spring Severe Weather Reminder

As the spring storm season approaches, Northwest R-I Schools want to remind our parents, students and staff of the safety procedures in place when a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for our area. 

  Transportation Procedures 

Before school: In the event a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning is issued prior to the start of the school day, school buses will be held at the bus garage. The start of school day will be delayed until the warning is lifted. 

After school: Students will not be dismissed from school while the area is under a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning. Even though it may be the end of the school day, students will be held at school and buses will not be allowed to transport students until the warning has been lifted. 

Buses in route: In the event a warning is issued while school bus drivers are already on their route, either before or after school, buses will proceed to the nearest school/public facility and drivers will take the students inside. Drivers and students will remain at that location until the warning has been lifted. 

Parent Procedures 

Before school: It is important for parents to have a family plan ready in the event a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning is issued before school. Parents need to keep their children at home or in a safe location until the warning is lifted. We want to ensure students are not waiting at bus stops during this critical time. 

After school: We urge parents to refrain from coming to school to pick up their child during a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning. If parents arrive at school during a warning, they will be asked to wait with us. 

Communication Procedures 

Parents will be notified via the automatic notification system of any changes in transportation, as well as school delays, associated with shelter-in-place during a tornado warning. These calls will be pulled from the non-school hours/school hours emergency contact list. To insure the correct numbers will be receiving these calls, please check your settings via the School Messenger Contact Manager at the following website. https://contactme.schoolmessenger.com/newprtaluser.php?u=nwr1k12 

If possible, Northwest will share updates via the district website as soon as information becomes available. 

School Procedures 

When a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning is issued, a tornado alarm/alert is broadcast at the school. Teachers and students move to their designated shelter areas within the school. Then, the members of the school community wait until the warning has been lifted before resuming their normal school day. This action may delay the starting and ending of the school day. As you know, our schools conduct tornado drills with students twice a year to ensure they are aware of the procedures to follow. We want our students to have practiced these safety requirements in case of a weather-related emergency. 

If you have any questions regarding Northwest's procedures during a tornado/severe thunderstorm warning, please contact your school principal. 

3/31/15 > Valley Middle School COMTREA Clinic Highlighted

The successful partnership between the Northwest School District and COMTREA continues to bring attention to the great work both are doing to help students achieve. A few weeks ago, a reporter with KBIA in Columbia stopped by to talk with Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler and Dr. Nathan Suter of COMTREA about this unique partnership that serves not only Northwest students, but our community as well. To hear the story, click here. 

3/31/15 > Maggie Mathus Named Peabody Leader in Education

Maggie Mathus of Cedar Springs Elementary was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2014-15 school year, and awarded $1,000 for her dedication and commitment to students. 

Fourth Grade Teacher Maggie Mathus is an extraordinary educator who demonstrates strong teaching skills and strategies that inspire her students to learn.  She is motivated, driven and teaches with enthusiasm in every lesson.  Maggie takes her curriculum time very seriously, protecting every educational moment for her students.  She's versed in many instructional strategies and is very creative and innovative in her approach.  Maggie promotes a classroom environment where students are eager to explore, discover and achieve a concept.  She has high expectations for her students and empowers them to reach their full potential, by showing they are valued, cared about, and capable!

The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program rewards dedicated education professionals-from teachers and coaches to librarians and counselors-who inspire and motivate youth to succeed. Award recipients are selected anonymously throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders. 

"Educators like Maggie Mathus are the heroes who help students find their true potential to succeed," said Greg Boyce, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Peabody Energy. "We are pleased to honor Mrs. Mathus as a Peabody Energy Leader in Education, and we thank her for working diligently to transform the lives of her students."

The Leaders program was developed in Missouri in 2009, and reflects Peabody's commitment to make a positive impact in the communities where the company's employees live and work by honoring those who inspire students. The 2014-2015 award program is continuing to accept nominations and is open to educational professionals of public, private and independent schools in designated communities where Peabody Energy employees live and work. Nominations may be made by clicking here.  

Honorees are selected from a diverse group of educators. They can range from veteran teachers to individuals in support staff roles such as administrators, coaches or counselors. Each 2014-2015 Leader in Education will be honored at an awards gala after this school year, where one will be named Educator of the Year and awarded $5,000.

To see more photos of Ms. Mathus receiving her award, click here to go to the District's Facebook page. 

3/31/15 > Spring Sports Review for March 23-28 Available

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


3/24/15 > March Northwest Star Students Named

Congratulations to Carson Geist, Pura DeLuca and James Penning for winning this month's Northwest Star Student sponsored by Chili's in Gravois Bluffs. All three were surprised Tuesday morning with a gift certificate to Chili's and a certificate.

Here is a list of all the students who were nominated:

High School 

  • Erin MacKenzie Smith
  • Colten Baumgarth
  • Andrea Allen
  • Kaime Stuart
  • Brenden White
  • Michael Robertson
  • Tyler Mantia
  • Brooklyn Fontaine Atherton


Middle School

  • Michael Laird
  • Samantha Lacy Branam
  • Courtney Miller
  • Emma Seyer
  • Mackenzie Crum
  • Hanna Harrison
  • Ian Rogers
  • Samantha Haynes

 
Elementary
 

  • Arabella DeLuca
  • Colin Schlereth
  • Liam Cronin
  • Nathan Robinson
  • Sarah Branam
  • Skylar Warner
  • Kierra Kattelman
  • Shaylee Henry
  • Emma Henry
  • Caitlyn St. Clair
  • Drew Kavanagh
  • Haiden Booth
  • Grace Iezzi
  • Emma Schmucker
  • Kendall Harrison
  • Eddy Shell
  • Kate Johnson

 To nominate a student for next month, click here.
 
 
 
 
 
3/24/15 > Proposition PRIDE Featured in Channel 5 Story

On Monday night, Channel 5 highlighted Proposition PRIDE by talking with teachers and administrators here in the Northwest School District. To see the story, click here

3/20/15 > Mid-East Area Agency on Aging March NW Way Recipient

Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) is March's Northwest Way recipient. Superintendent Paul Ziegler and Chief Academic Officer Mary Thomasson presented a check for $2,352.00 to Mary Schaefer with MEAAA. MEAAA is a non-profit agency that provides services and advice to seniors. They have also been great community partners for the District's Early Childhood Center.

"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.

3/19/15 > Free Summer School Open Enrollment
The Northwest Summer Journey will operate daily from June 1 to July 2, 2015. Student entering grades K-5 will be in session from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Before and after school child care available for a fee.) Students entering grades 6-12 will attend 7:25 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. This program is open to all students without any residency restrictions.

Elementary programs will be offered at Murphy, High Ridge, Cedar Springs, House Springs, and Maple Grove schools. Due to construction, the Brennan Woods program will be housed at Woodridge Middle School.

Students entering grades 6-8 this fall will attend summer school at Valley Middle School. Students entering grades 9-12 will attend Northwest High School.

Transportation will be provided for those student families who qualify for transportation during the regular school year to the nearest school. However, bus routes will be limited and may vary from routes during the regular school year. For students who wish to attend an elementary school other than the one of closest residency will need to provide their own transportation.

Students will be served breakfast and lunch using the same system used during the regular school year.

Enrollment packets are available at all elementary and middle school sites. High School students should see their counselors for enrollment information.

3/17/15 > 4th Annual Northwest Soccer 5K Run Info

It's time once again to register for the Northwest Soccer Boosters "Kick It" 5K Run. Additional information can be found in the file below.


3/13/15 > Veterans Honored by NHS Students

On Thursday, Channel 4 highlighted the great work Northwest High School Woodworking students did to honor fallen veterans. 

Watch the story by clicking here.

3/13/15 > Congressman Luetkemeyer Visits NHS

Earlier this week, Northwest High School Government students had the opportunity to hear from Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer. Congressman Luetkemeyer spoke to the group and then students were able to ask questions about his work.  To see more photos of Congressman Luetkemeyer's visit, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. (pictured from left to right:   Leigh Strande, Congressman Luetkemeyer, Marissa Marquardt)

3/13/15 > Summer Journey Videos Now Available

Summer Journey is the Northwest School District's summer school program. To view vidoes, click on the links below.


3/12/15 > Teachers of the Year Named

Congratulations to the following teachers who were recently named Teacher of the Year. One outstanding educator from each category, PreK-5, Middle and High School was surprised Thursday at their school. Each of them will now compete for the District Teacher of the Year. That winner will be announced Monday, April 27th at the Northwest Recognition Night. Also, a special thank to you Stems by Stacy in High Ridge for donating the beautiful bouquets of flowers for each winner. 

PreK-5 Winner

Jamie Gray, Brennan Woods Elementary Kindergarten Teacher (pictured right)

Middle School Winner

Lauren Genthon, Valley Middle School Math Teacher (pictured left)

High School Winner

Dan Davison, Northwest High School Social Studies Teacher (pictured right)

More photos from Thursday's surprise visits can be seen by clicking here and going to the District's Facebook page. 

3/09/15 > Apple, Bell and PRIDE Award Winners Announced

A huge congratulations to the following staff and community organization who were nominated and won this year's District-level awards. 

Every year, the Northwest School District recognizes excellence in our certified and non-certified staff for the work they do in serving our kids and community.

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

This year's Apple winners are:

Laura Asinger, Valley Middle School Counselor

Penny Meyer, Valley Middle School Counselor

Nicole Myers, Process Coordinator

The Golden Bell Award was established to recognize district support staff employees for their excellence in character, performance and service to the Northwest School District. 

This year's Golden Bell winners are:

Janey Hanks, Cedar Springs Elementary Health Room Assistant

Sue Nix, Central Office Technology

Terri Green, Northwest High School Administrative Assistant

The PRIDE Award is designed to recognize an outstanding community patron that goes above and beyond to make the Northwest School District a better place. 

This year's PRIDE Award is:

High Ridge Elks

All of these winners will be honored during the annual Northwest Recognition Night on April 27th.

3/05/15 > Northwest Announces Honorees for Blue & White Night
The Northwest Alumni Association is pleased to announce this year’s inductees into its Hall of Fame at Andre’s West Banquet Facility in Fenton, Missouri on April 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. The nine distinguished honorees were selected based on their dedication to the students, staff, and the Northwest community. They are: Brian Boehringer, Stan Nelson, and Debbie Stark for Athletics; Capt John L. Cummins, SC, USNR-Ret., Dennis Fuchs, and Victoria Goad James for Alumni; and Pam Cullen Penrose, James Raspberry, and Betty Boemler Schrader for Educators.

The second annual dinner and award ceremony is open to the public. Those who wish to attend are required to RSVP and submit payment of $30 per person by March 27. For more information, call Northwest High School at 636-274-0555, ext. 18711. The evening is formal with blue and white attire encouraged.

Nominations for the Hall of Fame are made by the community at large and can be made year round by visiting the school district’s website and locating the nomination form on the Alumni Association page.
3/04/15 > Suburban International Reading Association Poster Contest
Northwest School District students won in the Suburban International Reading Association poster contest that promotes reading. Northwest competed against other school districts in St Louis City, St. Louis County, and Jefferson County. Three students from House Springs Elementary School submitted winning posters.

Raegan Shelton- 2nd grade- 1st place

Kennedy Stepp- 2nd grade- 2nd place

Maggie Baumann- 1st grade- 3rd place

Now their posters will go to the Missouri International Reading Association Spring Board meeting to compete with other winners from other state chapters’ poster contests. The winners will be announced in the Missouri IRA newsletter.

St. Louis Suburban International Reading Association is a professional organization of educators and individuals actively engaged in the development of literacy throughout the Greater St. Louis Area.
3/04/15 > NHS Senior Wins Bobby Orf 17 Scholarship

Congratulations to NHS senior Colt Baumgarth for winning the Bobby Orf 17 Scholarship last week at Scottrade Center. The Bobby Orf 17 Scholarship recognizes Individuals who have demonstrated success in the classroom and on the ice.

Pictured from left to right:  Patrick Orf, Bobby's brother,  Jennifer Orf, Bobby's sister,  Dave and Mary Orf, Bobby's parents,  Colt Baumgarth,  Curt Baumgarth,  Sandy Baumgarth,  and Amy Murphy

2/27/15 > NHS Students Help MIA Project

Northwest High School students in Mr. Eric Haas' woodworking class last semester are helping veterans find a final resting place. Late last year, Mr. Haas approached his students about making wood urns for the Missing In America Project. It's a nation-wide effort to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans.

Currently, there are thousands of unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans sitting on shelves of mortuaries and hospitals around the country. Many remains remained unclaimed either because the veterans are homeless or have no family.

So when Mr. Haas' approached his Intermediate Woods class about making urns, they were all on board. They spent several months, designing and making 16 urns. Once they were complete, Mr. Haas' took them to AuBuchon Laser Engraving to have them put the finishing touches on them. After being engraved with an American flag and the words, "You are not forgotten" the urns are ready to be shipped off.

We here in the Northwest School District are not only proud of our students for stepping up to this amazing challenge, but Mr. Haas' for teaching his students about this worthy cause. 

To find out more about Missing in America, click here. 

Pictured from left to right: Jacob Powell, Joey Jaycox, Tommy Goss and Mike Hoefelmann.

2/26/15 > MAP Information Now Available
The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are this Spring. In an effort to help parents prepare their students for the test, the Northwest School District has put together a helpful brochure. Click below to view it.

Attachment:

 MAP_brochure.pdf
2/25/15 > February's Northwest Star Students Recognized

Congratulations to the following students who were named Northwest Star Students yesterday. Each of them were nominated by a friend, family member or teacher. One winner from each grade level (PreK-5th, Middle and High School) each month. Winners are chosen at random. 

Here are this month's winners(from left to right):

Xena Ann Komo-Northwest High School

Taylor Brant-Valley Middle School

Alex Calvert-Brennan Woods Elementary

Each winner received a $25 gift certificate to Chili's in Gravois Bluffs. The winner's class also receives a coupon for either free chips and salsa or a free kids meal.

Here is a list of all the students who were nominated:

Blathan Ocheltree

Grace Anne Woodward

Mackenzie Powell 

Kaitlyn Duroso

Clarissa Escoffier

Julia Moder

Avery Pershing

Amber Lynn Miller

Brady Lindsey

Kierra Kattelman 

Devin Joseph Cuddy

Evelyn Winebaugh

Kyler Ogden Davis 

Ericka See 

Kassondra Raine Biego 

Griffin Byers 

Olivia Wiesler 

Sarena Wear 

Ellie Melugin 

Trinity Clary 

Destiny Lee Clary 

Eva Ocheltree 

Kandyann Ricky Brooke Campbell

2/24/15 > RE-SCHEDULED St. Baldrick’s Pancake Dinner and Shave-a-thon
Join House Springs Elementary for their Annual Pancake Dinner and Shaving event to support Charlie’s Angels and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for pediatric cancer research.

When: FRIDAY, February 27st

Pancake dinner served 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. served in the HSE cafeteria
Cost: $5 per person *Price includes All you can eat pancakes-with a variety of toppings, sausage, orange juice, and coffee.

Shaving Event 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the HSE gymnasium

A special “THANK YOU” to the congregation of the First Baptist Church of House Springs for their support in preparing pancakes, to the HSE PTO for setting up and preparing for the event, and to McDonalds of High Ridge for supplying coffee.
2/24/15 > Circle of Friends Mentoring Program

Circle of Friends is a mentoring program that focuses on youth ages 10-25. Their goal is to provide experiences for young people that they may not otherwise get to experience. Their mission is to join a community together through compassion for growth and lasting friendships. Their mentors will work with an individual child to help him/her develop into an independent, well- rounded citizen.

To learn more about Circle of Friends or to become a mentor, see the documents below. 


2/24/15 > Winter Sports Review Now Available

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


2/19/15 > 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 Jennifer Krumm with Special Olympics with the $ 2,350.00 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.

2/18/15 > Northwest Staff Recognized on Channel 4

Last Friday, Channel 4 came down to show all the great work our staff does on Professional Development days to improve student achievement. Click here to watch the story.

2/18/15 > Winter Weather Dressing Tips

Temperatures are forecasted to be in the teens and single digits over the next few days. In an effort to keep all of our students and staff safe and warm, we've compiled a few winter weather dressing tips.

LAYER YOUR CLOTHING

If you layer correctly, you can enjoy your activity longer and not have to concern yourself with feeling cold or even hot. And regardless of your budget, there are ways to accomplish this. More on layering below

WEAR THE RIGHT BASE LAYER

Sometimes the "warmest" long underwear isn't what you need. If you are engaged in a high-energy, all-out cardio sport, go for a lightweight wickable base layer that will keep you dry. Otherwise, a midweight base layer is great for most purposes. Only in really cold weather or when you're fairly inactive (e.g., camping expedition) do you need a heavyweight base layer.

ADD A MID-LAYER FOR WARMTH

Mid-layers add insulation to help retain heat that your body creates, and are worn between the base layer and outer jacket if needed. Examples of insulating mid-layers include a fleece vest, a down sweater, or a synthetic jacket made of PrimaLoft® or Thermore®.

WEAR AN OUTER SHELL

Forget about bulky coats. Wear an outer shell (over your mid-layer) to shed water and snow. Layering will give you more versatility, depending on the weather and your activity. Outerwear that is waterproof with increased breathability will be more adaptable and can help transfer moisture away from your body to keep you dry and protected from the elements.

KEEP YOUR FEET WARM

How many times have your feet been way too cold? Wool or wool blend socks are great natural insulators, even when wet. For most cold-weather sports, wear wicking liner socks and midweight synthetic socks. Make sure you fit footwear with heavier socks for more warmth. Footwear that constricts your foot will constrict your blood flow and cause your feet to be cold. Consider gaiters to keep snow/water from coming over the tops of your boots.

2/09/15 > Winter Sports Review Now Available

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


2/05/15 > Board of Education Special Meeting

On Thursday, February 5th Board of Education members came together for a Special Board meeting to discuss potential budget considerations. The group was brought together to get more information, ask questions and brainstorm potential cost-saving measures. Some of those considerations include: modifying custodial services, moving to a three-tiered bus system and making cuts to health services. All of these potential cost-saving measures come as the Northwest School District continues to contend with a shortfall of $8.2 million in funding from the State of Missouri. 

In total, the Board of Education considered 15 cost saving measures that were prioritized by the Fiscal Responsibility Committee earlier this school year. That committee was comprised of Northwest staff, parents and community members. 

The other option, that will be presented to voters in April, is Proposition PRIDE. Proposition PRIDE is a proposed overall tax rate increase of $0.85. However, the Northwest School District is voluntarily dedicating $0.20 of the increase to the purchase of and support of technology for Northwest students and staff. To learn more about Proposition PRIDE, click here.

2/02/15 > Winter Sports Review Now Available

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


1/29/15 > Athletic Scholastic Awards
The Missouri State High School Activities Association presented their Scholastic Awards recently. The “Distinguished” designation applies to members of groups who have achieved a combined Grade Point Average of 3.00 to 3.24 in their classroom work while actively participating in interscholastic activities. The “Outstanding” designation applies to members of groups who have achieved a combined Grade Point Average of 3.25 or above in their classroom work while actively participating in interscholastic activities.

The following groups received awards:

Girls Golf Distinguished Scholastic Achievement Award with 3.2 GPA
Girls Softball Distinguished Scholastic Achievement Award with 3.2 GPA
Band Distinguished Scholastic Award with 3.1 GPA
Lionettes Distinguished Scholastic Award with 3.1 GPA

Girls Cross Country Outstanding Scholastic Award with 3.4 GPA
Girls Volleyball Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award with 3.3 GPA

These students exemplify the excellence achieved by young people of today and represent the hopes of our future. Congratulations to the students, their families, their coaches, and teachers.
1/28/15 > Northwest Star Students Recognized

Congratulations to the following students who were named Northwest Star Students today. Each of them were nominated by a friend, family member or teacher. One winner from each grade level (PreK-5th, Middle and High School) each month. Winners are chosen at random. 

Here are this month's winners:

Rhianna Hayes-Northwest High School

Isabella Sambo-Woodridge Middle School

Kyle Kattelman-Maple Grove Elementary

Each winner received a $25 gift certificate to Chili's in Gravois Bluffs. The winner's class also receives a coupon for either free chips and salsa or a free kids meal.

Here is a list of all the students who were nominated:

  • Kierra Kattelman, Maple Grove Elementary
  • Louie O'Malley, Brennan Woods Elementary
  • June Sandeberg, House Springs Elementary
  • Ian Cody. House Springs Elementary
  • Peyton Cody, House Springs Elementary
  • Victoria Butler, House Springs Elementary
  • Madison Henderson, High Ridge Elementary
  • Kate Johnson, Maple Grove Elementary
  • Kailyn Roberts, Murphy Elementary
  • Braydon Sherrill, Brennan Woods Elementary
  • Madi Stichling, High Ridge Elementary
  • Kegan Garlock, High Ridge Elementary
  • Allison May, Murphy Elementary
  • Emma Jo Coleman, High Ridge Elementary
  • Alexander Scott Calvert, Brennan Woods Elementary
  • Julian Lipford, Valley Middle School
  • Grace O'Malley, Woodridge Middle School
  • Desiree-Lynn Henderson, Woodridge Middle School
  •  Alex Wagner, Northwest High School
  •  Blake MJ Pille, Northwest High School

To nominate a Northwest Star Student for February, click here

1/26/15 > Winter Sports Review Now Available

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


1/23/15 > Youth Art Month Exhibition
The Missouri Art Education Association celebrates Youth Art Month each March with an annual student exhibit in the Capitol Rotunda. This year's exhibit will be on display in the month of March. The show consists of artwork from all over Missouri from students Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Northwest has five elementary schools are participating in the exhibit at the State Capitol this year. Each school (whose art teacher is an Missouri Art Education Association member) is allowed to submit four pieces of artwork to this show. The student work can be viewed in the attachment with the student names listed on the last two slides. Thank you to the art teachers for submitting their students' work.

Artwork that reaches the state rotunda is quite an honor. All students, teachers, and parents are invited to join us at the Capitol for the YAM Recognition Ceremony, held this year on Thursday, March 12, 2015, beginning at 10:30 a.m. In addition to recognizing all exhibit participants there are seven other awards that will be announced that day: The Governor's Choice Award, Governor's Mansion Award, Division Awards: Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School.

1/22/15 > School Board Recognition Week to be observed Jan. 25-31
Northwest School District will join communities across the state as they honor the dedicated service of local boards of education during School Board Recognition Week Jan. 25-31. The goal of the week, as proclaimed by Governor Jay Nixon, is to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in communities and schools.

All employees, students and Northwest community members are invited to recognize the important contributions of the school board and the vital role they play in the education of our children. The current school board includes board president Victoria James, vice president Nancy Bergfeld, treasurer Retta Tuggle, secretary Gary Bonacker, and members Chris Shelton, Nelson O. Weber, and Gary Barrett.

The Board of Education and all they do in service for our students was recognized during the school board's regular meeting January 15, 2015.
1/21/15 > Candidate Filing Closes
Election to the Northwest School District Board of Education will be held during the general municipal election on April 7, 2015. There are two (2), three-year term seats open. Candidate filings closed at 5 p.m. on January 20, 2015. The following names will appear on the ballot in this order:

Chris Shelton
Victoria K. James
Sherry Ziegler

During their January 15th meeting, the Board of Education approved placing a Tax Levy question on the ballot as well. This will appear as:

PROPOSITION PRIDE

Shall the school board of the Northwest R-I School District be authorized to increase the operating tax levy for purposes of paying the increased costs associated with building and facility maintenance, utilities, teachers’ salaries, and other school operational needs by Eighty-Five Cents ($0.85) per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation, with Twenty Cents ($0.20) of such increase to be dedicated to the purchase and support of technology? If this proposition is approved, the total adjusted operating levy of the school district is estimated to be Four Dollars and Eighty-Six Cents ($4.86) per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.

A simple majority is required for passage.
1/20/15 > NHS Counselor Kristine Alphin Wins Award

Congratulations to Northwest High School Counselor Kristine Alphin for being named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education. Mrs. Alphin was surprised by NHS staff and students late last week. Seeing her students succeed and serving as a positive role model for them were just a few of the reasons she was chosen for this honor. 

To see more photos from the announcement, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. 

1/20/15 > CSE 5th Grade Teacher Wins Dr. Z Do My Job

On Friday, Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler surprised 5th grade teacher Jennifer Anderson in her classroom for being chosen as January's Dr. Z Do My Job winner. The Cedar Springs teacher was nominated by a fellow teacher for heroutstanding leadership skills with her students and co-workers.

To view more photos, click here to be directed to the District's Facebook page. 

1/16/15 > New Student Recognition Program

Recognizing students for everyday accomplishments is the goal of a new program in the Northwest School District. It's called Northwest Star Students and aims to promote the positive things our students do on a daily basis. This program is s ponsored by Chili's in Gravois Bluffs. One winner from each grade level (Pre-K through 5th grade, middle and high school) will be chosen each month.The three winning students will receive a $25 gift card from Chili's in Gravois Bluffs and the winner's entire class will either receive a free kids meal (Pre-K through middle school) or a coupon for free chips and salsa (high school only). Click here to nominate someone. 

1/16/15 > St. Baldrick's January's Northwest Way Recipient

St.  Baldrick's is this month's Northwest Way recipient. House Springs Elementary sponsored them and Principal Dr. Leigh Ann Parker and Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler presented a check for $2,351.00 to Anthony Long. Long and his family lead up the fundraising effort every year as a way to honor their son, Charlie who passed away from cancer at a young age. 

St. Baldrick's is a non-profit organization that is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the research to find cures for childhood cancers.  

"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.

1/15/15 > Maple Grove Recycling Efforts Featured on TV

Since the Northwest School District began single stream recycling earlier this school year, students and staff at Maple Grove Elementary have made it part of their learning. Click here to watch the story Channel 4 did on the school's efforts. 

1/15/15 > Amy Simos Basketball Night Featured on Channel 2

The good activities happening in our schools continue to be recognized. On Tuesday night, Channel 2 came to Northwest High School to showcase the outstanding work students, staff and community make in helping raise money for kids with cancer. Click here to watch the story.

1/13/15 > Dr. Ziegler on KJFF

Last week, Dr. Ziegler appeared on KJFF radio to update the community on the school district. Click the link below to hear him talk about the successful Chamber of Commerce Toy Drive and winter weather, just to name a few. 


1/12/15 > Sports Review Now Available

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


1/08/15 > NWLEAFF Grants Announced
Northwest Lions Educational Alliance For Funding (NWLEAFF) is a not-for-profit organization that supports and assists the Northwest School District in meeting the educational needs of area children. Each year Northwest staff are encouraged to apply for grants to assist in the classroom setting. The 2014-2015 grant recipients are:

Cedar Springs Elementary’s Robin Berger for eBooks subscription

Valley Middle School’s Tracy Loveless for Moby Max tablets for ELA

Woodridge Middle School’s Jeff Leonard for tablets for math tutorials

Valley Middle School’s Michelle Alshanski for tablets for reading, writing, and research

High Ridge Elementary’s Melissa Hoyos for tablets to help students improve their speech and language abilities

Special thanks to the employees and community members who support NWLEAFF with financial donations that allow for the grant program to continue each year.
1/07/15 > Symptoms of Flu
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), widespread levels of the flu have impacted adults and children in more than 42 states. It is important to know the symptoms:

• fever*
• cough
• sore throat
• runny or stuffy nose
• body aches
• headache
• chills
• fatigue
• sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

*It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

You can take some steps to stay healthy during these winter months. Please use these tips to cut down your child's risk of getting sick:
• Encourage regular hand-washing with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cough and sneeze into your sleeve and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
• Stay home when you are sick. Do not return to work or school until you are free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
• Drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.

If your child comes down with the flu, watch carefully for signs of complications. Seek medical attention if your child has difficulty breathing, appears limp or extremely weak, is confused or does not respond, has a fever over 104 or a fever that lasts more than 48 hours, or a very dry mouth with no urine output for 8 hours. Remember, children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

While it is important for parents and children to do their part, our staff are also doing their part in keeping our schools sanitary during this flu season using cleaning supplies that are effective at killing germs.

If you have questions about whether or not your child should attend school due to illness, please contact your child’s school.
1/06/15 > Winter Weather Plans

With the predicted frigid temperatures for the next few days and weeks, we here in the Northwest School District thought we'd share some important information. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 is the first Late Start Wednesday of this semester. As usual, all Northwest School District buildings will be open at their regular time for student drop off. Lion Care will also be available for our elementary students the morning of January 7th. It runs from 6:15 a.m. until the start of school. The District is waiving the Lion Care fee for that morning. Parents who wish to take advantage of this morning program are only required to fill out an emergency contact form for their child. 

For students who are riding the bus, please remember to dress warmly for the cold temperatures. Some tips for dressing in winter weather can be found below. If your child does not have warm clothes, please contact their school. Staff there will be happy to help ensure all students are warm during this harsh winter weather. 

Also, please know that Northwest School District administrators and transportation staff are continually monitoring weather conditions. They also communicate with neighboring school districts in order to keep all our students safe. There is not a specific temperature mark when it comes to deciding whether or not to have our buses run and our students in school. One of the main reasons we don't set that mark is because other weather conditions like sleet, freezing rain and road conditions could also be factors in determining whether or not to keep students home. Even though Mother Nature can change our weather rapidly, our commitment to staff and student safety remains a top priority. 

Here are a few tips on dressing for winter weather:

•Dress in multiple layers, including extra layers for legs, feet and hands.

•Always wear hats and gloves when outdoors in cold weather; the biggest proportions of body heat are lost through the head and hands.

•Limit the amount of time spent outdoors to safe intervals, and bring children inside periodically to warm up.

•Remove all wet clothing immediately and change to dry clothes if going back outdoors.

•Wear sunscreen on all exposed skin to guard against burns from bright sunlight and snow glare.

•Do not dress children in winter wear with drawstrings - they can cut off circulation and make frostbite a greater threat, and loose drawstrings may present a strangulation hazard.

•Keep roofs, gutters and awnings free from snow and icicle buildup that could collapse and injure a child. Similarly, do not permit children to pull icicles from the roof.

•Teach children never to touch or lick exposed metal (fences, flagpoles, etc.) in winter.

•Do not allow children to eat snow. It may contain pollutants, dirt, fecal matter or other contaminants, and the cold snow can chill a young child's body to dangerous levels.

•Regularly de-ice or sand sidewalks, driveways, patios and other areas where children may play.

One last tip, taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions.  Parents can also prepare the home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems.

1/05/15 > Sports Review Now Available

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


1/05/15 > Maple Grove Student Receives Guitar

Maple Grove Elementary 5th grader Michael Henning received an early Christmas gift.Earlier this school year, High School Nation came to Northwest High School to educate students on the career options available to them in the arts. During their visit, they donated a guitar. That guitar was then presented to Michael Henning for showing perseverance, dedication and inspiration to others after the devastating loss of his mother last school year. 

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 > 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.

Attachment:
 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.

12/11/14 > 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.
12/09/14 > 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.


12/04/14 > 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 > 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.

11/07/14 > 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.

10/20/14 > 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

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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. 


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.

3/06/14 > 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.