‘Tiny but mighty’ Brentwood Debate weekend

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 junior again wins coding contest

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.

Meet the new Brentwood schools superintendent

The Brentwood School District Board of Education has appointed a new superintendent and is inviting the community to meet him this month. Dr. Brian Lane is currently deputy superintendent for the Mehlville School District. He is set to replace retiring Brentwood superintendent, David Faulkner. Meet Dr. Lane on Tuesday, February 21, from 6 – 6:50 p.m. in the Conference Center at 1201 Hanley Industrial Court. Brentwood district appoints new superintendent
6 running for 3 Brentwood Board of Education seats
Brentwood school superintendent to retire

Brentwood debaters make finals in Jefferson City tourney

The debate team attended the Jefferson City Capital Classic this weekend. Thirty-five schools from around the state of Missouri attended the tournament, and it was the largest and most competitive tournament we have been to all year. We always have a great time in Jefferson City and this year was no different. However, while we left early last year because we did not have anyone advance to finals, we were able to close down the tournament this year because we still had a team in. It was a great weekend!

6 running for 3 Brentwood Board of Education seats

Six candidates have filed to run for three-year terms on the Brentwood School District Board of Education. There are three openings on the seven member board. The election is April 4, 2017. A League of Women Voters forum for the race will take place on March 9 at 7-9 p.m. at the district conference room, at 1201 Hanley Industrial Court. Those running for Brentwood Board of Education:

Daniel Brouille (incumbent)
Dannielle Joy Davis
Keith Rabenberg (incumbent)
Lindsay M. Spencer
Lois Truman
Cindy Watson

Mark Womer, Johanna Winfield, Melissa Nehrt and Kerry Trostel are currently on the board.

Brentwood district appoints new superintendent

The Brentwood School District on Tuesday announced the appointment of a school superintendent to replace David Faulkner, who is retiring after this school year. The Brentwood Board of Education has appointed Dr. Brian Lane to serve as its next school superintendent beginning July 1, 2017. Lane is currently serving as deputy superintendent for the Mehlville School District. He will be replacing David Faulkner, who will be retiring on June 30 after 30 years in public education. Board president Keith Rabenberg said the board was pleased to have received a large number of applications from highly qualified candidates.

Brentwood debaters win conference honors 3rd year in a row

Happy Sunday Debate Team! The team competed at Ritenour High School this weekend for the third tournament in the conference series. Students earned awards not only at this tournament, but all-conference awards were announced based on performance all season. It was an exciting weekend! The following students were recognized for awards at Conference Tournament 3:

Radio Speaking — Meghan Haug – 3rd place GSL All – Conference Award

Humorous Interpretation: Hank Wall – 1st place, Ben Haug – 6th place

Prose Interpretation: Lindsey Trieu – 4th place

Storytelling: Ben Haug – 3rd place

The following students earned new degrees in the NSDA after their performance this weekend: Contessa Smith: Degree of Honor, Madhumathi Vijayalingam: Degree of Excellence

For the third year in a row, Brentwood High School had students receive conference awards.

Weekend update from Brentwood Debate coach Robyn Haug

We always start our second semester of competition with a weekend dedicated to our novices. The novice invitational weekend is the last chance for our newest members to compete against only other new members. Friday night the kids competed in their individual events and Saturday they debated. All rounds at this tournament are judged by the varsity members around the district, so it is a learning experience for both the novices and the varsity. We had a great weekend!

Holiday wishes from Brentwood Debate

The Brentwood High School Debate Team used Twitter on Wednesday to wish everyone ‘happy holidays’. The young, but enthusiastic team had a busy tournament schedule this fall, competing successfully in the area. https://twitter.com/DebateRhaug/status/811656992624406528

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Brentwood debate shines in Mexico, MO; resident earns 2nd chair in statewide band
Brentwood debaters host tourney, successfully compete

Brentwood debate shines in Mexico, MO; resident earns 2nd chair in statewide band

The Brentwood Debate Team “experienced fantastic success” at the War of the Words invitational tournament in Mexico, MO, Dec. 4-5, according to team coach, Robyn Haug. She had this report:

“We had a wonderful time in Mexico and the kids made us proud. Meghan entered three events and advanced out of preliminary rounds in all three. She has earned an award in Radio Speaking every time she has entered it this year!

Brentwood debaters host tourney, successfully compete

The Brentwood High School debate team recently hosted a tournament for 20 schools including several hundred students, according to Brentwood debate team coach Robyn Haug. Brentwood’s team is a young one this year, and Haug said she was nervous hosting with such an inexperienced team, “but they have done nothing but prove how wonderful they are all year.”

Brentwood not only hosted, but also successfully competed. The following students won awards:

Zach Arrindell: 1st Place Prose Interpretation
Alayna Yacoub and Contessa Smith: 2nd Place Duo Interpretation
Ben Haug: 4th Place Storytelling
Hank Wall: 5th Place Humorous Interpretation
Meghan Haug: 5th Place Radio Speaking

In another recent tournament — the largest in the state so far this year — Brentwood’s novice team competed at Ladue High School against 31 other schools, and the varsity team competed at Clayton High School against 35 schools. There were around 500 entries at each school and several hundred student competitors, Haug said. These Brentwood students earned awards at the Clayton-Ladue Invitational:

Program Oral Interpretation

Zach Arrindell: 1st Place
Kyra Brown: 6th Place

Duo Improvisation

Sofia Flores / Madison Lawrence: 6th Place


Ben Haug: 1st Place
Zach Rahaman: 6th Place

Prose Reading

Madhumathi Vijayalingam: 3rd Place


Brentwood, MRH score high in statewide rankings

Both Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights school districts scored well in in the 2017 Niche ranking of school districts. Niche analyses academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education, test scores, college data, and ratings collected from Niche users, according to the web site. Brentwood School District was ranked 12th in the state overall. It received an ‘A’ for academics, teachers, health and safety; an ‘A-‘ for diversity; ‘B+’ for clubs and diversity; and ‘B’ for college readiness. It was also ranked the ninth best place to teach in Missouri.

Brentwood baseball player signs to play in college

Brentwood senior John Bischoff on Monday signed to play baseball at McKendree University, in Lebanon, IL.In the 2015-16 season, as a junior, Bischoff batted .283, had an on base percentage of .459, with 20 RBIs. Brentwood baseball outlasts MRH in 8
Brentwood, MRH are top seeds in baseball district tourney

Brentwood School District passes Sunshine Law test

The Brentwood School District passed a test by the Missouri State Auditor’s office to see how well it complies with the Missouri Sunshine Law. In August, Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office sent sent letters to 326 of the more than 4,100 public entities in Missouri asking for a copy of the minutes of the last meeting in 2015 and other basic pieces of information, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The letters were not sent on the state office letterhead, to provide a clearer picture of what an average citizen might experience when requesting information. The Brentwood School District received the letter and responded in a timely manner and met all the criteria.

Brentwood school superintendent to retire

Brentwood Superintendent of Schools David Faulkner announced in a letter mailed to students’ homes that he told the board of education in the fall that he plans to retire. Faulkner was appointed superintendent in July, 2012. Faulkner first entered the district in 2004 as the high school principal. He became assistant to the superintendent in 2008. He worked in the Clayton and Ladue school districts before coming to Brentwood.

Brentwood School District gets top score

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on Monday released its annual report on the academic health of Missouri school districts with their Annual Performance Reports. Brentwood was the only St. Louis area school district to score a 100 percent. Brentwood School District last year also topped the St. Louis area with a 99.3 percent score.

Senator Sifton honors Brentwood student

Brentwood High School junior Emma Stoverink was on the winning ‘Youth Division’ team at the GlobalHack VI coding competition at Chaifetz Arena in October. On Friday at Brentwood, Missouri State Senator Scott Sifton presented Stoverink with a proclamation. Brentwood student wins coding competition

The coding event, GlobalHack VI, brought together software developers, graphic designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from around the world to work toward solving the problem of homelessness. https://twitter.com/BrentwoodMoSD/status/794638000382676998