National acts to play Ryan Hummert Park

Two local groups with national touring schedules — Clockwork and Bella & Lily — are set to play the Maplewood Community Betterment Foundation concert at Ryan Hummert Park, on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Clockwork is a St. Louis-based group consisting of Jordan Slone (guitar/vocals), Logan Slone (bass/vocals) and Logan Mohler (drums/vocals). They have been creating their brand of “sometimes-raucous/sometimes-beautiful rock music slathered in memorable melodies and striking harmonies” since 2011 — before they were of legal driving age.

MRH student hit by car at Manchester and Big Bend

A Maplewood Richmond Heights High School student was hit by a car while crossing the intersection of Big Bend and Manchester Tuesday morning, according to a letter sent to parents from the high school and middle school principals. The letter states that at approximately 7:55 a.m. the student was hit by a car turning onto Manchester. A Central Office administrator and the MRH crossing guard at the intersection witnessed the accident and immediately called 911. Maplewood emergency personnel arrived quickly and attended to the student. In addition, multiple MRH personnel arrived to assist.

MRH Blue Devils softball dominates!

The MRH Blue Devils Girls Softball team (4th – 6th grade) brought home another win on Sunday, winning 21-7, continuing their winning streak! Last year the team tied for 1st place, and is on track for another great season. Support local sports in Maplewood!  For more information on youth sports in Maplewood, visit MRH Youth Sports.

MRH voters to decide Prop K

On Tuesday, Maplewood and Richmond Heights voters will decide Proposition K, a bond issue to fund a proposed new Maplewood Richmond Heights building on the grounds of the current Early Childhood Center to house eight to ten new preschool classrooms and also the Parents as Teachers program. A tax increase of $0.15 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation; from $1.20 to $1.35 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation of real and personal property would result if the proposition passes. It equals approximately a $28.50 tax change per year for each $100,000 of valuation. The new building would sit on what is now the ECC parking lot, and approximately an acre of Brentwood Volvo, to the west, would become the school’s new parking lot. The school district has become a “destination” district, superintendent Karen Hall has said, drawing an unexpected number of families with children of preschool and elementary school age.

Record food drive in 2014: Dr. Madosky does 175 pull-ups

Dr. Bil Madosky of Madosky Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center has sponsored a food drive during the holiday season the past 18 years in the Maplewood area. He said Monday that the 2014 drive was the best, collecting more than 600 food item. “Help came from my patients, Maplewood Chamber members and the Stephanie Sausele’s Maplewood Richmond Heights pre-K class,” Madosky said. He promised to do one pull-up for each of  the 175 food items collected. Last year he did 169 pull-ups, for 169 cans collected.

MRH communications director responds to bond questions

Maplewood Richmond Heights School’s director of communications, Brian Adkisson, responded over the weekend to questions that have come up about Proposition K, the bond issue announced last week that the school will put on the April ballot to build a new preschool. Here’s what Adkisson said by email:

Location: The Board is actively looking at multiple sites and negotiating as we speak. If a contract is signed prior to the election, I am certain we would share the location with our community. Ultimately we want to secure the best location for our students and at the best (lowest) possible price for our community. To divulge specific sites we are looking at would likely result in their price increasing. See also: MRH Prop K: cost to home owners, MRH asks voters to approve bond for new preschool

Length: The tax is ongoing—not one-time. (Adkisson said he didn’t know the the exact length because he was at home for the weekend when asked.) Essentially, a bond is like a loan.

Madosky Chiropractic begins 18th annual food drive

Madosky Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center began its 18th Annual Food Drive on December 1. Madosky gives all food collected to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church food pantry. 

As in the past, Madosky will donate one food item for every item donated. Last year more than 600 cans were donated. Last year Madosky told an MRH preschool class he would do one pull-up for every can they donated. The students contributed 169 cans and it took him three days to complete the pull-ups.

MRH staff pedal Issa’s cause: fighting cancer

It may be rare, but it’s also real, and Issa Alovor has been bravely fighting it for almost five years. It is Pilocytic Astrocytoma grade I, a brain tumor located on Issa’s brain stem and spine. But he isn’t fighting alone. Last weekend, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School Principal Mike Dittrich, choir teacher, Nick Urvan and director of Career Exploration and Apprenticeship Program, John Capuano jumped on their bikes and rode for Issa in this year’s Pedal the Cause. Part of the 66-member Team Keeley, Dittrich, Urvan and Capuano each rode the 100 mile route which stretched from downtown St.

MRH Middle School student bring in a ton of food for WOW

MRH Middle School students bring in carload of food for Weekend on Wheels

Maplewood United Methodist Church (MUMC) hosted a back to school dance party for area middle school students on Saturday, August 16th.  Admission was free, but students were asked to donate cash or non-perishable food items to Weekend on Wheels (WOW), a food program operated by students and faculty at the Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. On weekends, WOW sends nutritious food to the homes of children in the school district with a need.  MUMC was thrilled by the generous giving from the more than 40 students and families that attended the dance. 

Not only did this group donate a carload of food, but they also donated more than $100 in cash!  Their efforts will go a long way in helping get the shelves at the WOW re-stocked for the new school year. 

In addition to thanking the students who attended, MUMC would like express their gratitude to Get Happy Productions and the Green Family for donating the DJ services, lights and music for the dance!  

MRH Middle School receives grant for tree climbing program

Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School has received a $14,000 grant for its tree climbing program. The program is a part of the school’s science curriculum and Adventure Club and helps students understand sustainability, nature and community. The funds will be used to buy equipment and provide more staff members with training to become certified tree climbers. Four years ago, the middle school began working with Guy Mott, an adventure educator with a Master of Education in Adventure Learning and certified arborist, to help students become interested in trees. Since then, the program has steadily gained popularity and is part of the seventh- and eighth-grade science curriculum.

MRH issues statement regarding athletic program

Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has issued a statement in response to this story which ran earlier this week. The full statement from Karen I. Hall, superintendent at MRH School District is as follows:

August 14, 2014

Statement from Superintendent Karen I. Hall Regarding the MRH Athletics Program

Recently, comments were made in the press regarding the Maplewood Richmond Heights football program and its players. The remarks do not accurately reflect the spirit or true nature of our athletics program, our district, or our community. The MRH administration and Board of Education have always been committed to a quality and honorable athletics program, and to the success of our students on, and off, the field. Each year, the number of students involved in sports and other after-school activities fluctuates depending on many factors.

MRH volleyball practices serves, 1st game is vs. Brentwood

Maplewood Richmond Heights volleyball practiced serving Tuesday, with deep knee bends thrown in. The Blue Devils’ first game is at Brentwood on August 25. JV is at 4 p.m. and varsity is at 5 p.m.

Head coach, Cheryl Carmon, said she’s looking forward to the season. See also: Brentwood volleyball solid: coach, MRH soccer practices under new coach