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Proposition KIDS passes, thank you!
 
  On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, voters in the City of St. Charles School District approved, with 75% of the vote, Proposition KIDS, a no tax rate bond issue that will generate approximately $47 million for the District.

The passing of Proposition KIDS will enable us to upgrade facilities throughout the district, significantly improve learning environments for all kids, preK-12th grade, and will open many doors of opportunity for our youngest students in what will truly be one of the best early childhood centers in the region.

We're so thankful to serve such a wonderful city that values public education and understands that a strong community is only possible through strong schools. We will never take this support for granted.
 
SCSD participates in GM Lego Robotics Challenge
 
  On Friday, March 3, 2017, robotics teams from St. Charles High School, St. Charles West High School and Jefferson Intermediate School competed in the 19th annual GM Lego Robotics Challenge at St. Charles Community College.

The GM Robotics Challenge is a competition where students use Lego robotics kits to solve a challenge. This year’s challenge was to build a robotic solution that could pick up a specified Lego block assembly from one part of the design and bring it to another part of the design. Using the EV3 Lego robotics kits, student teams designed solutions using conveyor belts and other moving parts to solve the challenge.

In addition to the design, teams presented before a judging panel to describe their robot and demonstrate how it met the challenge. The students were also able to go to breakout sessions on a variety of STEM related topics to learn even more how science, technology, engineering and mathematics fits into future careers.

Congratulations to all of the participants who attended the GM Challenge. A lot of hard work went into the design and presentation of each robot. The following teams placed in the GM Robotics Challenge:

SCHS - Team Farnsworth - Adam Little, Henry Hebenstreit, Nathan Roseman, and Dylan Brune - 3rd place (high school division)

SCHS - Team Korruption - Cassius Rizor, Nate Stumpf, Jordan Labarge, and Ryan Anderson - 1st place (high school division)

SCHS - Cold Magicians - Aaron Jacobsen, Taylor Schrader, Nick Mohan, and Addison Long - 3rd place (high school division)

SCW - Alphabots - Josh Phelps, Devin Emrick, Joey Stonecipher, and Tyler Oetting - 2nd place (high school division)

SCW - Brobots - Reid Williams, Ethan Watkins, Jacob Larson, Levi Virden, and Joel DeBoard - 2nd place (high school division)

SCW - Average Joes - Body Leimkuehler, Nick Rispoli, Cody Blackwell, Aslen Edge, and Will Gamache - 1st place (high school division)

Jefferson - Gearturners - Luc Bourgeade, Blake Edwards, Tyler Horn, Gio Marasso, and Ries van Berkum - 3rd place (middle school division)
 
CBVE program creates opportunity for students
 
  The Community Based Vocational Education program experienced another year of growth in providing opportunities for students in the City of St. Charles School District to develop employment-based job skills while working with employees from the City of St. Charles and school district personnel.

Students in the morning program travel daily to City Hall and work in several departments, carrying out a long list of job tasks. The students work in the Community Development, Maintenance and Public Works departments.

Our afternoon students are now back at the City Parks after spending some of the winter months at City Hall. The students report to the Parks Department daily to get their job tasks to carry out. The students have raked and bagged many gum balls thus far, and are also in the process of cleaning out the pools at several parks to get them up and running in May. Please notice the shiny green Parks garbage containers as you walk through the parks. Our students have spent many hours on this particular project.

Mayor Faith, along with her assistant Michele and the city department managers, have been an integral component to ensuring success of this partnership and we are so grateful for this opportunity to build this program for our students to be better prepared with skills as a community member after high school.
 
STEAM Spring Break Retreat 
 
  Students at the STEAM Spring Break Retreat spent the week as engineers, innovators and scientists!

They built mazes for cockroaches with a visitor from the Butterfly House, learned about flight with Mad Science and explored robotics with the Channel Cats Robotics Club. Students also completed engineering challenges including building a boat out of straws, toothpicks, and aluminum foil and designing a bridge strong enough to hold eight cars. They also enjoyed group games, outdoor play and exploring the science of art.

For an academically enriching summer camp experience, check out Passport to Adventure! Project Read and Reach's 9 week summer camp that will offer a worldwide adventure as students explore new countries and cultures through games, art, activities and more. Learn more by clicking here. 
 
St. Charles West blurbs
 
  SCW Players spring musical "The Little Prince"

The SC West Players invite you to attend our spring musical, The Little Prince. Based upon the classic children's book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and dramatized by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, this delightful production is sure to entertain children of all ages!

Performances will be held in the Saint Charles West Auditorium on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and children (ages 3-18), children 2 and under will receive free admission.

Please contact Mr. Nick Saubers at 636-443-4257 with questions regarding this production. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

SCW FACS Dept. looking for donations

Is it time to clean out those sewing rooms? The SCWest sewing class is looking for donations of fabric & sewing notions. Donations can be dropped off at SCW & please mark attn: FACS Dept. Thank you.

SCW WYSE team finds success
Congratulations to the SC West WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) sectionals team. They placed 2nd in the large school division and are moving on to state. The team consists of the following individuals: Julia Angell, Sam Baumann, Lucas Hinton, Sam Ho, Tony Ho, Lucas Irizarry, Zion Johnson, Brody Leimkuehler, Diana Lund, Akash Patel, Ben Rael, Nick Rispoli, Nate Wacker, Max Wootten.

The following individuals placed:
Julia Angell - 3rd place English, Ben Rael - 3rd place Chemistry
Zion Johnson - 3rd place Engineering Graphics and Lucas Hinton - 1st place Physics

The state competition will take place on April 18th at Rolla.
 
SCSD librarians going beyond books at conference
 
  SCSD librarians Kellari Fasnacht, Gina Linhoff, Heather Zuccarello, Jane Mulitsch and Stacie Gates attended the Missouri Association of School Librarians Conference at Union Station in St. Louis March 26-28.

During the 3 day conference, the librarians attended workshops on a variety of topics including Future Ready Libraries, MakerSpace/STEAM/technology integration, digital/media literacy, library programming and teacher/librarian collaboration.

Highlights of the conference included the announcement of the 2016-2017 Missouri Readers Awards, meeting last year's winners/nominees and getting their autographs on books for our libraries, and listening to nationally recognized library leaders. The conference was capped off with a general session with @MrSchuReads, Scholastic Books Ambassador for School Libraries.
 
Blackhurst holds second annual "Leadership Day"
 
  Blackhurst Elementary held their 2nd annual "Leadership Day" today. The Bobcats students greeted their guests, gave a presentation about leadership and provided the visitors with a tour around the school to show them how the "7 habits of highly effective people" are being used to strengthen their education.

It was impressive to see these bright, young minds at work. Kudos to all the Blackhurst Bobcats for a job well done!


 
SCHS Pirate Players to perform Hart & Kaufman 
 
 

St. Charles High School Pirate Players and International Thespian Society present the comedy, "You Can't Take It With You," by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Join us April 14 at 7 pm or April 15 at 2 pm & 7 pm at the SCHS Auditorium to see this wonderfully funny and lighthearted show. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the Box Office upon arrival.

The following SCHS students are proudly performing in this classic comedy about the zany and lovable Sycamore family.

Penny Sycamore played by Norah Okilee, senior
Essie Carmichael played by Ryley Schaub, freshman
Rheba played by Sabrina Holtgrewe, freshman
Paul Sycamore played by Jake Mosher, junior
Mr. DePinna played by Zeke Smith, senior
Ed Carmichael played by David Perez, sophomore
Donald played by Noah Sutton, freshman
Martin Vanderhof, Sr. played by P. Gavin McRaven, junior
Alice Sycamore played by Livy Potthoff, freshman
Mr. Henderson played by Chase Hodges, junior
Tony Kirby, Jr. played by Chandler Fox, sophomore
Boris Kolenkhov played by Andrew Schappe, sophomore
Gay Wellington played by Meredith Kessler, junior
Mr. Kirby played by Jacob Welch, junior
Mrs. Kirby & Grand Duchess Olga Katrina played by Hannah Politte, junior
Mac played by Olivia Stowers, senior
Jim played by Cassiana Buehler, senior
G-Man played by Reyna Cervantes, junior

Don't miss this wonderfully enjoyable comedy!

April 14 at 7pm
April 15 at 2 & 7 pm

Tickets:
$8 for adults
$5 for students

See you there!
 
SCHS basketball camps with Rick Foster
 
 

 
SCSD Foundation Fundraiser
 
 
 
Lewis & Clark students help out community
 
  Every year, our SkillsUSA students take on a large community service project. On March 31st, the Lewis & Clark Career Center bused approximately 60 SkillsUSA members to the Rascal's Baseball Stadium where our students worked together as a team to help spread 50 yards of mulch and transplant 120 yarrow plants in the parking lot. Students also planted new yarrow plants for the spring.

This project was not our first event spent with the O'Fallon Parks Department and it is safe to say there will be many more as our two organizations continue to build a lasting relationship.
 

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