New Brentwood schools superintendent, Brian Lane, posted photos from the McGrath Halloween parade on Twitter. “Loving my first McGrath Halloween Parade!” he said.
Brentwood School District’s Mark Twain Elementary has been named one of this year’s Gold Star Schools, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced on Wednesday. The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels, or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students. Eight schools were named statewide. In the St. Louis area, Chesterfield Elementary in the Rockwood R-VI School District and Mallinckrodt A.B.I. Elementary in the St.
The Brentwood Debate Team qualified for state competition with their reader’s theater performance about “rape and how society often doubts or shames the rape victim after the fact,” coach Robyn Haug said. She said the team is small, and they were the underdogs at state, but were proud of their district championship and qualification to state and the fact that they were able to take their message to a larger audience. They didn’t advance to finals, but had a great time, Haug said. Also, a sophomore and new team member, Madhu, had a successful year competing, and qualified for state competing in prose interpretation. https://twitter.com/DebateRhaug/status/855430167380070400
State bound! pic.twitter.com/C8IpiqGQ8N
— Brentwood Debate (@DebateRhaug) April 20, 2017
Good luck today in prose Madhu! pic.twitter.com/DyX7Yz7r5n
— Brentwood Debate (@DebateRhaug) April 22, 2017
State 2017 pic.twitter.com/v45b8SNqRW
— Brentwood Debate (@DebateRhaug) April 23, 2017
McGrath Elementary and Mark Twain four-graders recently took part in a mock city council meetings at Brentwood City Hall, conducted by Mayor Chris Thornton. In the meetings, Thornton, Director of Planning and Development Lisa Koerkenmeier, City Administrator Bola Akande, Fire Captain David Niemeyer and Assistant Chief Ron Cottrell explained some workings of the city and answered their questions. See videos of the meetings on the Brentwood city website.
Brentwood fourth-graders went Jefferson City recently. Mark Twain Elementary Principal Trina Petty-Rice posted photos of the group on Twitter (@tpdiva12). The visit to the state capital was in conjunction and celebration of their study of Missouri, she said. https://twitter.com/gcmitts/status/852570831221907456
— Brentwood Schools (@BrentwoodMoSD) April 12, 2017
Mark Twain Elementary Principal Trina Petty-Rice posted a photo on Twitter (@tpdiva12) of new “kinesthetic” motion desks and tables that allow students to be in motion while they learn, now in use at the school. One dealer of the school furniture says, “This is not exercise equipment – this is an entire teaching methodology that utilizes standing tables, motion chairs and numerous simple movements that allows teachers to actually have more control in their classrooms while providing a classroom experience that is far more conducive to learning than traditional methods.”
Six candidates ran for the three open seats on the Brentwood School Board. A new-comer took more votes than even two incumbents. Lindsay Spencer, a stay-at-home mom with kids in the school district took the most votes, winning 23 percent of the vote. Spencer grabbed attention in the League of Women Voters forum by being the only one out of five candidates to favor teaching only evolution (“science-based”) in science classes. The other candidates supported teaching both evolution and creationism, when the question was asked.
Brentwood School Board candidate Lois Truman sent this statement to 40 South for publication, received and published on April 3. She suggested that there were some misunderstandings resulting from the forum, and she hopes she’s back on track. The election is Tuesday, April 4. Message from Lois Truman to Brentwood Voters:
We are very near our election day (Tuesday, April 4th) when decisions will be made that impact the future of our Brentwood community. I believe it is important to have one or more professional educators serving on our school board.
Five of six candidates for the three open seats on the Brentwood Board of Education took part in a League of Women Voters forum Thursday night at the school district conference center. They answered 16 questions from the audience, read by a LWV moderator, in about one hour and 45 minutes. About 25 attended the forum, including the mayor and a couple aldermen. The election is April 4. (Originally published March 10.)
The candidates sat on the stage in ballot order:
Keith Rabenberg (incumbent)
Dannielle Joy Davis
Daniel Brouille (incumbent, served one year)
Lindsay M. Spencer
Cindy Watson — (not at the forum, a seat there for her)
There was often agreement on questions, with variations.
Brentwood School District Superintendent David Faulkner on Tuesday sent 40 South News Brentwood’s curriculum regarding teaching evolution in science classes. It was in response to a request from 40 South in mid-March. Faulkner on teaching evolution/creationism in Brentwood Schools:
The science curriculum of the Brentwood School District is in alignment with the Missouri Learning Standards in each content area. In science courses, students are asked to explain those phenomena that may be analyzed utilizing a scientific framework. Missouri Learning Standard LS4.A.1 for high school biology asks students to “Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence.”
The Brentwood School District is inviting community members to apply to serve on a steering committee aimed at updating its K-12 buildings. The invitation is below. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 23. (40 South received this several days ago.)
Dear Brentwood Community Members,
During this school year, the Brentwood School District has extended its facilities planning to discern how we should update our K-12 buildings to meet the community’s needs now and in the future. Last fall, the District hosted a number of meetings to collect input on a vision for the future of the educational buildings in the Brentwood community. Many exciting ideas were shared by citizens who attended the events. For the next stage of planning, we are inviting interested and committed members of the community from all perspectives to apply to be involved in a more focused process of making recommendations for our facilities by serving on the Facilities Steering Committee. For management purposes, the size of the committee must be limited, and selected members of the Steering Committee should be willing to serve for a term of two years.
Brentwood resident, Robin Duntze D.V.M., said in an email to 40 South that she was dismayed to learn that all but one of the candidates in the Brentwood School Board candidates forum on Thursday supported teaching creationism in Brentwood Public schools. (Originally published March 11.)
The majority of candidates in the forum said they supported teaching both creationism and evolution, when asked. Lindsay Spencer was the only one who said teaching should be exclusively “science-based.” She concluded, “Teach evolution.” Duntze said she has been a Brentwood resident since 1989; both her sons attended Brentwood schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Brentwood senior Evan Adams has made to it the final round of Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s 7th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, on April 8, according to a release. The finals are free and open to the public. There are 17 acts (29 students, from Missouri and Illinois) competing in the finals. A complete list of final acts can be found here.