Kindergarten, federal grants and fundraisers for Haiti

by Kalen Ponche

Good morning. Here are a few things that are happening in the education world today:

- Wentzville School District Superintendent Terry Adams is expected to make a recommendation to the board on whether to offer full-day kindergarten in the district, at least for the next two years tonight. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the district’s administrative center at One Campus Drive in Wentzville. The board of education will also get an update on the opinions of the 400 or more parents and community members who attended a meeting last week to talk about how the district can accomodate growing enrollment. To read more about that, check out my story here.

- Francis Howell’s Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m.

- Make plans to attend a meeting with Fort Zumwalt Superintendent Bernard DuBray at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at West High School. If your students attend West High School, West Middle School, and Dardenne, Ostmann, Pheasant Point, Rock Creek, or Twin Chimneys Elementary School, you’re invited to sip coffee with district administrators and hear about the accomplishments of district schools.

- The state submitted it’s application for a piece of the $4 billion in federal grants that’s available through Race to the Top program this week. We should learn exactly what’s in the state’s application later this week. Even if the state doesn’t get the $743,451,964 it asked for, in a press release the Department of Education said it would use the application as a blueprint for both redesigning the department and “driving educational reform over the next decade.” According to an executive summary you can find here, those changes include adopting the common core standards for math, reading, speaking and writing, developing models for perfomance-based teacher assessment systems, and creating a system where teachers and leaders can have common planning and collaboration time.

- Tell us, what’s happening in your schools? Are people organizing efforts to help the people in Haiti?

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One response to “Kindergarten, federal grants and fundraisers for Haiti

  1. Jefferson Middle school in the St. Charles school district this week Has done on Wednesday “Hats off for Haiti”. For a $1 donation they could wear a hat for the day. Thursday and Friday they are doing “Help make a change for Haiti” They are collecting change to donate to the Red Cross. Jefferson school is always doing good work to help those in need. They should be highly commended for the things they are constantly doing!

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