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.
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.
Candidate for Brentwood School Board, Lois Truman, sent the following biographical information to 40 South News for publication. She is one of six running for three open seats on the board. A League of Women Voters candidates forum will be held at the Brentwood School District Conference Center on Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
From Lois Truman:
I am excited to be on the April 4, 2017 ballot as candidate for the Brentwood School District Board of Education. I am a lifelong educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Education in Counseling and Psychological Services, and a Doctorate in Child and Family Studies. In early 2014 my husband (currently on the Brentwood Library Board) and I returned from Dubai to live near our family where we have three grandchildren attending the fabulous Brentwood schools.
Brentwood junior Caleb Murphy scored a perfect score (36) on the math and science sections of the ACT, BHS principal Ed Johnson has reported.
Parents of Brentwood’s senior class will host their annual Trivia Night, supporting its Senior Graduation Lock-In. The lock-in provides a drug- and alcohol-free party the night of their graduation on May 19. Download a PDF for 2017 Trivia Night Flyer
Download a PDF for 2017 Trivia Sponsorships
The debate team spent Saturday at the Windsor Valentine Invitational. We had a great day seeing some different competition and trying out a new tournament! The following students earned awards at Windsor:
Kyra Brown: 3rd Place Poetry Interpretation
Sophie Breitmeyer: 3rd Place Dramatic Interpretation
Meghan Haug: 1st Place Radio Speaking
The tournament only gave awards to the top three competitors in each event, but we also had several students advance into the final round in their event:
Ben Haug and Zach Rahaman: Storytelling Finals
Angeles Calzada: Radio Speaking Finals
The following students advanced their degree in the NSDA after their performance this weekend:
Kyra Brown: Degree of Distinction
Zach Rahaman: Degree of Honor
We took six students to the tournament and all six were in final rounds! It was definitely a tiny, but mighty Brentwood Debate weekend! Kyra and Sophie earned their first awards in poetry and DI this year, and Meghan took first place in radio for the second time this year.
Brentwood High School junior Emma Stoverink continues to win coding competitions. In October she was on a winning team to help solve the problem of homelessnes. Stoverink recently announced on Twitter she is a National Center for Women and Technology winner — 2017 Missouri: St. Louis & Southern Illinois Competition. The NCWIT is a “collective impact” effort, a community of more than 850 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase girls’ and women’s participation in technology and computing, according to its website.