Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Third, fourth, and fifth grade students won first place at the school’s annual science fair.
Twelve students from Gotsch Intermediate School won first place at the school’s annual science fair, according to a news release from the school district. The third, fourth and fifth-graders move on to compete at the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair at Queeny Park. First place winners include:
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Michael McNeil has achieved Master Certification in the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) certified board member program.
The Affton School District announced that Board of Education President Michael McNeil has achieved Master Certification in the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) certified board member program. The program established by MSBA helps local school board members master the knowledge and skills they need to function as effective educational leaders in their communities. “Mike has been a dedicated and valued member of the Affton Board of Education for many years,” superintendent Dr. Steve Brotherton said in a statement. “He works hard for the best interest of our students, staff and community. I look forward to continuing our efforts in the years to come.” McNeil was elected to the Affton Board of Education in 2007, has since been re-…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Gotsch students focused on themes of drug awareness and Americanism.
The Affton Elks Club sponsored an essay and poster contest for the third, fourth and fifth grade Gotsch Intermediate School, according to a news release from the Affton School District. The following students were announced a winners: Winning entries were awarded a VISA gift card worth $75 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Junior Paige Smith was honored with the University of Missouri–St. Louis 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Science Award last month.
Affton High School junior Paige Smith was honored with the University of Missouri–St. Louis 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Science Award last month, according to a news release from the Affton School District. “Paige is not only very intelligent and hard working,” science teacher Laurie Free said. “She distinguishes herself by being very inquisitive, which is a key characteristic of a good scientist.” Smith was among 35 area high school students to receive the distinction, according to the release. Chosen by their respective high schools, the students had to demonstrate excellence in academic performance and outstanding capabilities in the sciences, including the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Students spent the month learning about influential African Americans.
St. Louis native Julius Hunter visited Affton High School during Black History Month, according to a news release from the Affton School District. Hunter spent 33 years of his career in network news from 1970 to 2002, and is best known as a KMOV anchor. In his address, Hunter shared lhistorical facts about African Americans, and encouraged the students incorporate African American history throughout their entire curriculum. Student and staff enjoyed a soul food meal following Hunter’s address. The school's Social Studies Department designed a display case in honor of Black History Month. In addition, Affton High School staff read short biographies of influential African Americans during the daily announcements, including Dred Scott, George…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Michael McDonnell and Abby Lahr took home honores in the St. Louis Suburban International Reading Association (I.R.A.) Reading Poster Contest.
Two Rogers Middle School art students took top place in the 2012-2013 St. Louis Suburban International Reading Association (I.R.A.) Reading Poster Contest, according to a news release from the Affton School District. Sixth grader Michael McDonnell won first place in the sixth to eighth grade division; eighth grader Abby Lahr won second place in the same division. Both students will move on to compete in the Missouri State Council-IRA competition.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
See which students were recognized for their outstanding student character in January.
Saturday, March 2
The following Mesnier Primary School students are named members of the POD Squad, which stands for People of Dignity. The character trait for January was Integrity. Students are recognized each month for best exemplifying the school’s character traits, and attend a special celebration with Mesnier Principal Dr. Christine Powers, where they are treated to pizza and certificates of recognition.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The proposed redevelopment at Kenrick Plaza, which calls for a mix of public and private financing, has been a divisive issue in the community.
The Shrewsbury Board of Aldermen approved using Tax Increment Financing for a planned Walmart development. The vote was 4-2 in favor of the plan. On Jan. 9, the St. Louis County TIF Commission rejected the request for $15 million in public financing for a controversial re-development of Kenrick Plaza that would bring a Walmart to Shrewsbury. The commission voted 9-3 against a motion to recommend the proposed development agreement for the blighted property and the request for $15 million in tax increment financing. In this case, the TIF would have generally split any increase in taxes collected as a result of the $46 million development 50-50 between the city and the project’s developer, G.J. Grewe for a set period of time. The action by …
Monday, January 21, 2013
"The answer is plain to see through the Walmart Trees," advise Craig and Terri Diliberto.
Monday, January 21
The members of the Shrewsbury Board of Aldermen have a “life changing” decision to make when the January 23rd Board of Aldermen meeting takes place next week regarding the Kenrick Plaza Development. These members, five of six who live in the Affton School District where their friends, neighbors and children also reside, will have to face and share the same space with these people if they in fact put the Affton School District and tax paying citizens on the financial hook for the next 23 years. Moreover, the Board of Aldermen members also work and make their living in this community, some selling real estate in the same exact area that will be affected by their vote. How can you face the people and not get shunted? Shunted to the point that…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The commission voted 9-3 against $15 million in tax breaks for a 172,000-square-foot redevelopment of Kenrick Plaza. A public hearing before the vote drew emotional testimony from residents for and against the project.
The St. Louis County TIF Commission has rejected the request for $15 million in public financing for a controversial re-development of Kenrick Plaza that would bring a Walmart to Shrewsbury. The Wednesday night meeting at the Shrewsbury City Center drew an audience numbering in the hundreds and entailed more than an hour and a half of impassioned written and oral testimony during a public hearing from residents eager to weigh in on an issue many see as vital to the future of the city of around 6,000. The commission voted 9-3 against a motion to recommend the proposed development agreement for the blighted property and the request for $15 million in tax increment financing. In this case, the TIF would have generally split any increase in …