|Students, staff recognized at Sept. 26 board meeting|
|Friday, September 29, 2017|
Read about the students and staff who were recognized at the Sept. 26 Board of Education meeting.
Pattonville High School
Post-Dispatch Super 30 List
Pattonville senior Kaleb Eleby was ranked No. 8 on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Super 30 List, a countdown of the area's top senior college football prospects. Eleby is in his fourth year as the starting quarterback of the Pattonville varsity football team. The Post-Dispatch wrote, "For his three-year career, Eleby has thrown for 6,902 yards, 62 touchdowns, been intercepted 20 times and completed more than 56 percent of passes." Over the summer, Eleby verbally committed to play Division I football at Western Michigan University after graduation.
All-National Honors Choir
Pattonville senior Aaron Garner was selected to participate in the All-National Honors Choir. High school juniors who earned placement in their All-State Choirs were eligible to audition for the national choir ensemble. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States. Ensembles for concert band, mixed choir, symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble will meet at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in November for rehearsals and concert performances.
UMSL Bridge Summer Academy
Pattonville students who completed the 2017 Bridge Program Summer Academy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) are sophomores Jaylen Greenlee, Monte' Henderson and Ayiana O'Neal. The Bridge Program equips students in high school with educational experiences, college planning and social and professional competencies critical for success in college.
Cheerleading All-American and State Qualifiers The Pattonville High School varsity cheerleading team qualified to compete at state after taking first place in a zero-deduction routine at a regional competition sponsored by the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association (MCCA). In addition, 11 members of the varsity team were named to the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) All-American Team after being nominated by NCA instructors during the state cheerleading camp at Mizzou. About 35 percent of cheerleaders participating in the camp are nominated to try out for the team. In order to be selected, the cheerleaders had to perfectly execute a cheer they learned at the beginning of camp, do tumbling or stunting and perform a combination of three consecutive jumps. The All-American recognition allows cheerleader athletes to travel all over the world and participate in parades. Pattonville varsity cheerleaders who will be going to state and who were selected for the All-American Team are: Alexus Blount, Sallie Crosby, Kori Gibbons, Makayla Harden, Quincie Howard, Megan Lashley, Hannah Rodgers, Shaylyn Scheer, Sofia Serra, Kennedy Stroker and Kathryn Wentz. Skylar Monnig was also nominated for the All-American team and will be going to state. Kesley Kobielusz and Peyton Smith are also members of the award-winning team and will be going to state. In addition, Gibbons, Lashley and Stroker were the only cheerleaders from the camp to receive applications to become NCA instructors next fall. Kalli Hunt is head coach and Amy Tran is assistant coach for the varsity team.
CAREERS Weather Camp
Pattonville sophomore Kesley Kobielusz was selected to attend the 2017 CAREERS (Channeling Atmospheric Research into Educational Experiences Reaching Students) Weather Camp. The weeklong camp in July was sponsored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS). Kobielusz had to complete a competitive application package, meet rigorous GPA standards, provide letters of recommendation and demonstrate a high interest in weather, meteorology, atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences or applied physical sciences. During the CAREERS experience, camp instructors aim to expand students’ knowledge of atmospheric sciences, including weather observations and forecasting, environmental instrumentation and link the atmospheric sciences to the common science and mathematics disciplines that they encounter in high school (e.g. biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics). Each camp is also designed to demonstrate and teach communication skills (written and verbal), career building and teamwork.
Missouri School Social Worker of the Year
Pattonville social worker Carla Gardner was recently named Missouri's 2017-2018 School Social Worker of the Year by the School Social Workers Association of Missouri. The award recognizes a member who demonstrates outstanding contributions in his or her service to students and their families, shows initiative in providing services and contributes to a positive image for the school social work profession. As a social worker, Gardner has implemented and facilitates many programs, including the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and crisis intervention programs.
State PBS Silver Award
Bridgeway Elementary School earned state recognition for exemplary implementation of its Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) program. SW-PBS is an evidence based, proactive approach to teaching and reinforcing behavioral expectations in order to improve student behavior, maximize instructional time and increase student engagement. Bridgeway earned silver-level recognition and was recognized during the Missouri SW-PBS Summer Training Institute. Schools achieve the Missouri SW-PBS Recognition Award of Excellence after a rigorous review of artifacts that represent the quality of their implementation of SW-PBS interventions, as well as evidence that their use of the program has resulted in improved outcomes for students. Based on their implementation, schools can receive bronze-, silver- or gold-level recognition. Members of Bridgeway's PBIS committee are Taylor Adams, Amanda Brodbeck, Dan Derby, Carla Gardner, Keri Gleason, Nicole Hagedorn, Tracy Hilgenbrink, Leslie Jones, Emily Lerman, Vicki Martin, Pam McConnell, Cathy Selleck, Shannon Senzig, Julie Watson and Kendra Worsham. Bill Casner is the school's principal.