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

Apple brigade welcomes MRH students

It was back to school for students in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District on Tuesday and in keeping with tradition, school and district employees distributed apples to each student. “On the first day of school, MRH has the tradition of welcoming each student back to school with the ‘MRH Apple Brigade,'” said Brian Adkisson, Director of Communications for the school district.  “Administrators and staff from the Central Office, led by Superintendent Karen I. Hall, go to each classroom in the district and welcome the students and teachers with an apple. This is a fun tradition that both students and staff look forward to each year.” It wasn’t just free fruit that made the first day in MRH schools a success. Census numbers indicated high attendance.

New MRH head soccer coach relishes opportunity

Maplewood Richmond Heights boys soccer has a new coach. He’s young, but he sees that as a challenge. Ryan Robertson, 25, is replacing Jamie Frisella as the MRH head soccer coach. “I’m going to have a lot to learn, but the awesome thing about this team and me being the coach, and my assistant coach being just a year older than me—we’re all young and we’re all unproven, so the focus will be for all of us to relish opportunities to be in uncomfortable positions and make a name for yourself.”

Robertson went all the way through MRH, graduating in 2007, then on to the University of Tennessee, helping out coaching MRH soccer during the summers. He was a volunteer assistant coach for a year then became a paid assistant coach for baseball and soccer since 2011.

MRH school bus hit at QuikTrip entrance

A school bus carrying 39 high school students was involved in an accident at the intersection of Martini Drive and Manchester Road, according to a letter sent to parents on Wednesday from Maplewood Richmond Heights superintendent, Karen Hall. The accident occurred Wednesday at approximately 7:55 a.m.

While traveling southbound on Martini Drive and beginning to turn west onto Manchester Road, the rear of the bus was hit by a truck and trailer that was pulling into the QuikTrip parking lot. QuikTrip opened last Thursday. No one was harmed in the accident, though the bus was slightly damaged. The students were going to summer school at Brentwood High School. Subscribe to the 40 South News daily newsletter.

Join the Maplewood Shuffle to support Joe’s Place

On Saturday, June 14, teams will gather for the Maplewood Shuffle—an “entertaining and competitive afternoon of a combination trivia contest, scavenger hunt, and pub crawl to explore the Maplewood community and support the mission of Joe’s Place,” the website states. Funds raised from the event will directly benefit boys at Joe’s Place. Joe’s Place offers a small group of teenage boys in the MRH School District—who find themselves without a home—what every kid should be able to expect from life: a warm place to sleep, regular meals and someone to provide guidance and affection, according to the Joe’s Place website. The Maplewood Shuffle activities will include:

Trivia, games and challenges at each stop
Food and drink specials at participating venues
Prizes awarded at the final check-in

All Maplewood Shuffle participants will receive an event t-shirt, course map, access to food and drink specials at participating venues, and one free drink voucher. They’re looking for participants.

MRH baseball falls in state sectional with young team

Maplewood Richmond Heights baseball made history this season, winning districts for the first time in 51 years, but met their match against the hitting of St. Pius X in state sectionals at Deer Creek Park on Monday. Senior pitcher, Rich Rasmussen gave MRH a chance into the fourth inning, holding the Lancers to one with off-speed pitches. St. Pius did the most damage in the fourth, scoring five against Rasmussen and junior fast-ball reliever, Zech Biship.

MRH Farmers Market rivaled many in town

Last week Seed-to-Table teachers, Chef Almut Marino (ECC), Melissa Breed-Parks (Middle School) and her students, and High School Chef Robert Rusan and his Teen Cusine Team collaborated with the students of the Maplewood ECC make a wonderful and professional Farmers Market. The weather was sunny and students sold everything from flower bouquets and herbs, to tomato plants, kale and other vegtables.Live music was provided by Mr. Pentecost and spring and summer themed arts and crafts were also sold, (including laminate flower bookmarks, beautiful stepping stones for your garden, and other items), and popcorn and lemonade was available as well.  

I was amazed and how professional and knowledgable all of the students were about all the herbs and vegtables they were selling. The same day Maplewood was also involved in setting a new Guiness World record on Friday, for the most participants in a cooking lession in a 24-hour period (mulitple venues). Both events were part of a world-wide celebration of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day (this is their 3rd year participating).

Two MRH students sign to play sports in college

Two Maplewood Richmond Heights High School student signed this spring to play in college, and their friends and family got together this week to celebrate. Mariah Russell will be playing volleyball at Andrew College, in Pennsylvania, and Andrew Weaver signed with Lincoln Land College in Springfield, IL, to play basketball. “These are great kids who worked really hard through their high school career, and academically and athletically have put themselves in a position to go to the next level,” MRH Athletic Director Rich Nixon said. Russell had 51 aces in 216 serves, scoring a total 130 points as a senior. Weaver averaged 17 points per game in his senior year, hitting 43 percent of his 2-point shots and 36 percent on 3-pointers.

MRH board member resigns, replacement candidates sought

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District announced on Friday that MRH Board of Education Director Dawn Medina resigned from the board on Thursday due to additional responsibilities with her job and church. Medina was selected to the board in March, 2013. The board of education is now seeking candidates to fill Medina’s term, which expires in April 2015. Interested residents should send a letter to the board secretary stating their qualifications and reason for wishing to be on the board. The letter of interest must be received by May 30 at 4:30 p.m. Send letters to:

Brooke Rintoul
Secretary, Board of Education
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District
7539 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143

Students honored: scholar-athletes, Phi Kappa Phi and more

Four area students have been recognized, including a student at Fontbonne University, an adult who got her degree after years of online classes, and two scholar athletes. Dawn Sorgea, of Brentwood, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, according to a press release. Sorgea was initiated at Fontbonne University. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.

The Lemonade Sales Team for WOW!

This highly competent Lemonade Sales Team was hard at work Sunday afternoon for WOW. Weekend On Wheels, is just one of the many wonderful programs offered by the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District. Not familiar with WOW? Read below what the MRH website has to say about it. “In a school district where over 50% of the student population qualify for free or reduced lunch prices, it begs the question of what families can afford to feed children when they are not in school.

MRH girls soccer falls, but leads conference

Maplewood Richmond Heights girls soccer leads their conference, tied with Crossroads and Valley Park at nine wins, but Wednesday’s game with Hillboro was a different story. The Blue Devils previously lost to the Hawks 0-4, and Wednesday, missing strikers Gracie Biedenstein, who left the game at the half for a leadership group meeting, and Lauren Wismann, who got sick after five minutes, fell to the Hawks 0-7. See more photos at 40 South News Facebook. The Devils managed only two shots on goal in the first half, but held the score to 0-1. With Biedenstein gone there was a “mental breakdown” after the second Hawks goal, coach Amber Godfrey said.

MRH junior enrolled in summer science research program

Maplewood Richmond Heights junior, Paul Meuser has been accepted for the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) at the University of Missouri–St. Louis this summer, according to an UMSL press release. STARS pairs students with top research mentors from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and the host institution, UMSL. The main focus of this six-week program is to prepare and present a research paper.

MRH to use modular units for classes in 2014-15

The Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education has recognized that a growing student population is maxing out the current building space, especially in the elementary school. On Friday the board announced that a two-classroom modular building will be erected on the north side of the elementary school this summer. Also, that three additional grade-level teachers, and an extra math and reading interventionist will be hired for the 2014-2015 school year. The modular unit will be used for special programs, such as gifted education and Seed to Table. General education classes will continue to be held in the main building, according to the announcement.

MRH boys win home invitational track and field meet

Maplewood held its annual Varsity Invitational track and field meet Wednesday. The MRH boys won the meet, out of 10 teams. The MRH girls took 6th out of 11. The junior varsity meet is Thursday. See complete results at TRX Timing. Here are some of the results involving MRH students:

Tyre Taylor, senior, 1st boys high jump: 6-02
Alyssa Dudley, freshman, 2nd girls long jump, 15-07
Devon Williams, senior, 1st boys long jump, 21-05
Ramone Agard, sophomore, 1st boys triple jump, 41-6.5
Jazmen Bell, junior, 2nd girls discus, 86-05
Kailen Ludwig, junior, 2nd boys discus, 125-09
Autumn, Martin, junior, 1st girls shot put, 30-04
Seddrick McShan, senior, 1st boys shot put, 43-11
Essence Brewer, senior, 1st girls 100 meter dash, 13.04
Qwamaine Jackson, senior, 1st boys 100 meter dash, 11.63
Tamra Jones, senior, 1st girls 300 m hurdles, 52.35
Boys 4×100 relay, 1st