Mark Twain Elementary named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Brentwood’s Mark Twain Elementary was recognized yesterday as a National Blue Ribbon School, the US Department of Education announced on Thursday. It was one of only eight schools honored in Missouri. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap, the department says. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the honorees. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders.

BHS coding winner leads coding camp at library

Brentwood High School junior (at the time) Emma Stoverink, who was on the winning team at a coding competition at Chaifetz Arena in October 2016, led a coding camp for middle school- girls at the Brentwood Library recently. The library posted a photo on Facebook. Brentwood junior again wins coding contest
Senator Sifton honors Brentwood student

Brentwood, MRH high schools ranked in top 10 in area for math

Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights high schools have been recognized as two of the top ten high schools in the St. Louis area for math proficiency, the Post-Dispatch reports. The rankings are the results of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP test), which the state uses to assess student progress in public schools. The test determines the proficiency rate of students who score at a level considered proficient or advanced. The statewide average for math proficiency is 48.6 percent.

Brentwood schools superintendent honored

St. Louis County proclaimed Tuesday “Mr. Faulkner Day” in recognition of Brentwood School District’s retiring superintendent, David Faulkner, according to Brentwood Schools on Twitter (@BrentwoodMoSD). Faulkner was superintendent since 2012. He is being replaced by Dr. Brian Lane, former deputy superintendent for the Mehlville School District.

Mark Twain Elementary named a Gold Star School

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.

BHS Debate goes to state

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.

Brentwood 4th-graders learn about city government from the mayor

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 4th-graders go to Jefferson City

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.

“Kinesthetic” desks now at Mark Twain Elementary

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.”

New-comer grabs most votes in Brentwood School Board race

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’s statement

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.