Monday, December 10, 2012
A kindergarten teacher from Town and Country always taught her class to pick up worms after it rains.
One of Doss Margiotta's favorite lessons for her kindergarten students was the importance of worms and how to rescue them from driveways and sidewalks after a rain. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) “I’d tell kids that I pick up worms from the driveway and put them in the garden,” Margiotta said. She said that worms like to travel above ground during rain storms, but often get stranded on concrete surfaces, unable to return to the dirt before the sun bakes them. “The book was always in my head, but I didn’t have time to do it,” she said. She wrote “Molly Green Loves Worms” after she retired from teaching in 2008. Margiotta, of Town and Country, said she loved teaching at Lindbergh and was reluctant to retire…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Patch rounds up local job listings to help you on your search.
(Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) On the lookout for a job for you or someone else? Patch scoped out a few listings for employers hiring in the area. Who's Hiring: Madison Apartment Group What: Leasing Consultant Where: Ballwin Apply: View the job listing for more information. Who's Hiring: Amdocs What: Associate Recruiter Where: Chesterfield Apply: View the job listing for more information. Who's Hiring: Arthur Wright and Associates, Inc. What: Production Engineering Manager Where: Eureka Apply: View the job listing for more information. Who's Hiring: Supercuts What: Salon Manager Where: Manchester Apply: View the job listing for more information. Who's Hiring: The Magic House What: Art …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch feature enables readers to search public educators’ salaries.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch released an online database feature for readers to search through the salaries of all public education employees in Missouri. The feature shows the five top administrators of the Parkway School District earn more than the Rockwood School District’s top five, with the exception of the districts' two superintendents. Parkway’s top five paid administrators: Rockwood’s top five paid administrators: NOTE: Both Keith Marty and Bruce Borchers received raises effective July 1 with the 2012-13 school year. Marty's salary is now $227,000. Borchers is $234,600, with a 2 percent increase he received effective with this school year. Smasal's duties were replaced with Karen Kieffer, executive director of Learning & Support …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Richard Ambler is scheduled to be in federal court Friday.
Editor's Note: The following article contains graphic content. A former substitute teacher for the Parkway School District has been indicted on charges of child pornography and is scheduled to be the subject of a preliminary hearing Friday. Richard Ambler, 49, of Florissant, served as a substitute teacher in the district from 2009 to 2010, Parkway spokesperson Cathy Kelly said. Kelly said that in light of the charges, Ambler has been disqualified from any future work opportunities within the district. (For updates, get Town and Country - Manchester Patch newsletter free to your inbox. Click here.) In addition to his work as a substitute teacher, Ambler has been employed as a tennis coach at Lutheran High North St. Louis Christian School, …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Help us honor Teacher Appreciation Day by telling us why your teacher is the best you've ever had!
National Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 7 and there's no better way to show your teacher some love then to brag about them for all of Patch's devoted readers to see! Officially, Teacher Appreciation Day is May 8. But here at Patch, we like teachers enough to shower them with praise for more than just a day. So beginning today, we're asking students, parents and school officials to highlight the best teachers St. Louis has to offer. How do you do that? Glad you asked! To brag about your teacher, all you need to do is CLICK HERE. By clicking on the link, you'll be redirected to our blogging platform, where you'll be able to write as much or as little as you'd like about your favorite teacher, what makes them awesome and what you've …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Visitation Academy teacher Nancy Moore was surprised with an award this week for her dedication to students.
Thanksgiving will have special meaning for Nancy Moore, a fifth-sixth grade math teacher at Visitation Academy in Town and Country. Moore, a resident of Crystal Lake Park was presented a Peabody Logos Leader in Education award for the 2011-2012 school year. Moore was shocked when she was given a $1,000 stipend tied to the award. As a fifth and sixth grade mathematics teacher Moore combines a fair, honest and open classroom to inspire her students. She mixes humor and positive thinking to get the job done. She is moderator for the Bellarmine Speech League, helping young girls to become practiced public speakers which she credits to helping build students’ self confidence. When Moore was announced the winner, she suggested the money might …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
District administrators have tweaked their proposal in response to feedback from community meetings.
The Parkway School District Board of Education is scheduled Wednesday to take action on proposed boundary adjustments that would impact some elementary, middle school and high school students. The district's recommended boundary adjustments can be seen in the PDF portion of this article. The changes come as the district struggles to deal with overcrowding, particularly at the elementary school level in the north side of the district. Read Previous Story: What would the new boundaries look like Administrators gathered feedback at community forums held at each elementary school attendance area which would see an impact. In documents prepared for Wednesday's meeting, a district report said "the most frequent request and appeal was for …
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Governor Jay Nixon signs repeals to the Missouri school social networking law, but says even the revised version has flaws. The law no longer prohibits teachers and students from communicating through some social networking outlets.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 1, which repeals a portion a state school social networking law passed, Senate Bill 54, by the General Assembly this spring. In August, Patch reported on the controversy and confusion surrounding Senate Bill 54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. It is sponsored by former Ladue school board member and Missouri State Senator Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) and designed to protect students. The Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) sued the state over ths social network portions of Senate Bill 54, claiming it was too vague. MSTA was awarded an injunction on Aug. 26, just two days before the new law was to take effect. Friday, that lawsuit and injunction are still in …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Parkway Board of Education voted to change the start and end times for all schools effective Oct. 17.
Despite concerns voiced by parents and students Wednesday night, the Parkway Board of Education voted to change the start and end times for all schools midyear. It was a vote that upset parents, with many of them walking out unhappy with the decision. "I'm disappointed with the fact that two of the people who initially voted to table this, just turned around and voted for it," said Parkway parent Chris Carlson. "I understand where they're coming from, but if they had to do something tonight, I would have rather they reverted back to last year's schedule. At least parents and students are familiar with that, now we don't even know what our bus schedule will be." "That is disappointing because it was already decided," said parent Lisa …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
After an injunction stops a new Missouri social networking law from taking effect, the revised version, Senate Bill 1, is making its way through the legislature during this special session.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
UPDATED: 12:45 p.m. Wednesday - The office of Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-MO, told Patch Senate Bill 1 had its third reading Wednesday in the Missouri Senate and was voted on and passed 33-0. The bill is now headed to the House of Representatives. READ ORIGINAL STORY: Last month Town and Country - Manchester Patch reported on the controversy and confusion surrounding Senate Bill 54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. It is sponsored by former Ladue school board member and Missouri State Senator Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, and designed to protect students. According to the law, a teacher cannot send an email, text message, or have any private interaction with a student, unless both school administrators and the student’s …