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Proposition KIDS goes to vote on April 4, 2017

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, voters in St. Charles City will be asked to consider a proposition put forth by the City of St. Charles School District. The proposition, titled “Proposition KIDS”, is a $47 million no tax-rate increase bond issue that allows the district to borrow money only to be used for facility repairs, renovations and other capital projects.

“We are able to ask for this bond without raising the debt service tax rate due to the District’s efforts to pay off existing bond issue debt ahead of schedule,” said Dr. Jeff Marion,superintendent of the City of St. Charles School District. “Passing this bond issue will allow us to address facility needs without dipping into our operating fund, which would greatly reduce the odds of needing a potential tax rate hike in the future. A successful bond issue helps ensure a strong financial future for the district.”
If approved, the flagship project of Proposition KIDS will be the Early Childhood Center. With a proposed location of 1301 Boone’s Lick Road, the Early Child Center will feature 16 early childhood and early childhood special education classrooms with attached bathrooms, multiple therapy rooms to serve the needs of all students, a large multipurpose room, a gross motor skills room and a large outdoor learning playground.

The building of the Early Childhood Center would provide approximately 200 additional spaces for students to enroll in the District and remove some of the burden placed upon the elementary schools currently housing pre-Kindergarten programs.

In addition to the Early Childhood Center, one of the main goals of Proposition KIDS is to address the most important needs of each school building in the district. While some buildings need more work than others, every school has projects that will be addressed should the voters approve Proposition KIDS.

“The passing of Proposition KIDS would allow us to continue to offer all our students and community up-to-date facilities across the district,” said Dr. Marion. “We feel it is important to be able to provide our students with the best possible learning environment.”

For more information about Proposition KIDS and the projects relating to it, click here.
Three SCSD students honored at STEM banquet
  Congratulations to Karen Ye (photo below with SCHS principal Jeff Walker) from St. Charles High, Akash Patel from St. Charles West and Noel Kiling from the Lewis & Clark Career Center on being recognized as an "Outstanding STEM Student" by the St. Charles County EDC Business and Community Partners!

Ye, Patel and Kiling, along with 15 other local high school students, were honored at an awards banquet on March 3 hosted by the St. Charles County EDC Business and Community Partners.

STEAM Spring Break Retreat
  Parents, what are your kids doing for spring break? Give them a week-long science adventure in our STEAM spring break retreat. Students will explore science, technology, engineering, art and math this week through creative, hands-on challenges, group games and outdoor play! 9 am to 3 pm, March 20-24, before and after care available 7-9 am and 3-6 pm.

For more info, click here.

Null Elementary blurbs
  ​Rock the Role
Rock that Role. That’s exactly what six of Null’s staff did when they presented at the 2017 Leader in Me Symposium. Dr. Kimsey, Mrs. Stauder, Mr. Stross, Mrs. James, Mrs. Keebey and Ms. Elli presented on how to implement school wide leadership roles.

Attendees were treated to power point presentations of Null students sharing their leadership roles and an introduction on how to start roles in your school. Leadership roles at Null range from Earth and Environment leaders who take out the recycling to Service leaders who are in charge of Box Tops.

Null would be happy to help if you have any questions on how you can start your own school-wide leadership roles.

Read Across America Week
Null School celebrated Read Across America Week with a week full of reading, book trivia and dress up days. One of the best parts of the week was local author, Dan Kileen, came and did a book reading. Kileen walked students through the steps of how he became an author and illustrator.

The students were eager to listen to Dan’s tales about Derrick, Tillie and Clementine. Laughter could be heard down the hall from his engaging storytelling.

Kileen not only showed students how to become an author, he showed them how fun it could be to read and write.
Harris Brownie troop goes global
Lewis & Clark receives donation from local partners
  Lewis and Clark’s Automotive and Collision department received a generous donation from  I-CAR St. Louis, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality auto repairs.

Funds raised from the I-CAR Gateway Motorsports Park and Enterprise Rent-A-Car job fairs helped technical schools support their automotive and collision programs. The Lewis and Clark Career Center received $4,000 for their program due to this event.

The donation has been used to purchase tools and supplies for the auto collision department. A huge thanks goes out to our partners from I-CAR.
Elementary blurbs
  Monroe holds family science night
Monroe held its second family science night on March 7, 2017. Students and their families got to participate in a variety of STEM activities including designing their own catapult, tornadoes in a bottle, Bloxels, Makey-Makeys, Google Expeditions and many more. Every student who attended left with a science themed book. A great time was had by all who attended!


Blackhurst Pizza Bingo!
Blackhurst families had a blast at Hollywood Pizza Bingo night. Families enjoyed pizza, bingo, reading together and playing games. Students and parents walked away with prizes and smiles.
Instructional rounds taking place across SCSD
  Over the past several months, teachers may have seen District PDC representatives sneaking about their classrooms. With a smile and a nod to the members, the classroom teacher didn’t skip a beat. Students went right on with their learning. DPDC members went about their business of observing what great things are being accomplished all around our district. Teachers are using differentiation, flexible seating, standards-based learning, student-centered lessons, flipped classrooms and various other strategies to ensure they are reaching, teaching and empowering a classroom full of future teachers, doctors, scientists, accountants, business owners and more.

This process of professional development is known as instructional rounds. What we’ve discovered is that learning from each other is an extraordinary opportunity to hone our own art of teaching. It also doesn’t seem to matter if the observation is a teacher of the same grade level or content area. If the instructional rounds observation doesn’t pertain to your chosen field you can still glean ideas for organization and presentation of ideas, observe problem-solving issues that persist in every classroom and how to differentiate your teaching strategies with challenging students.

One particular strategy is evident all over the district: goal setting and tracking. After many hours of Marzano trainings, it is evident that goal setting and tracking is happening at all grade levels and in all content areas.

Being able to participate in instructional rounds has been overwhelmingly positive. Discovering what is going on in our own district is an opportunity.

“Instructional rounds have been a great opportunity to visit classrooms around the district,” said Lauren Mertz, DPDC member from Lincoln Elementary. “It’s been exciting to see the teachers using Marzano strategies during classroom instruction and it has given us the chance to see the amazing opportunity students in the district have from preschool through high school.”

Rachel Brown, Lauren Mertz, and Jonathan Flaxbart recently enjoyed touring programs at the Lewis & Clark Career Center and were impressed. Flaxbart remarked at how cool it was seeing the students at Lewis & Clark welding program working responsibly in a non-traditional environment.

It is easy to see that Marzano’s strategies for developing routines that help students are at work at Lewis and Clark. In fact, many of the best practices that have been learned over the past several years are clearly established. Essentially, SCSD has many reasons to brag!

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