Filing begun for MRH board

Three positions on the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District board will be on the ballot in April. The current terms of Wesley Robb, Ralph Posley and Brandi Herndon-Miller will expire then. Herndon-Miller’s term is a one-year unexpired term. Interested persons may file at the superintendent’s offices, at 7539 Manchester Road. Filing began on December 12 and will continue during regular business hours until January 16.

News from MRH

Maplewood Richmond Heights recently sent out news of employee generosity, Blue Devil athletes honored for performance in classroom and competition, MRH reducing its carbon footprint, and more.The MRH posts:
Annual MRH Employee Giving Campaign Demonstrates Major Generosity
More than $10,000 for charity raised by MRH staffers. MRH Athletes Shine On and Off the Field
Four Standout Students honored for classroom and competition performances. MRH Reducing its Carbon Footprint
District purchases renewable energy credits. MRH Speech and Debate Teams Racks Up More Awards
The Club is breaking out in its inaugural season. MRH Principal Saluted by National School Redesign Group
Dr. Kevin Grawer will speak at the organization’s annual meeting in 2018

MRH principal set to live aboard aircraft carrier

Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School Principal Mike Dittrich has been chosen by the U.S. Navy Recruiting Command to spend two days aboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier off the coast near San Diego, California, MRH reports. It’s under the Navy program called Embark Experiences, where educators, business men and women, and community leaders see firsthand the capabilities of Naval aviation. For about 36 hours, Dittrich will get an up-close look at flight operations, tour the ship and learn about the equipment, while rubbing shoulders with the men and women who work aboard the ship. A Navy spokesman says lack of awareness among youth of what Navy life and work are like, is one of the single biggest obstacles they face. The Embark program is meant to inform and inspire influencers of how the Navy can overcome that.

Chess tourney fills MRH gym; MRH produces winners

Maplewood Richmond Heights hosted the annual Fall St. Louis Gateway Chess League Tournament over the weekend. Salem Bussey, below, was congratulated on Twitter. Also, Callan Sukanek, of MRH Elementary, was the sixth-grade and under winner, on a tie-break, according to the Gateway Fall Tournament. See also: MRH Hosts 2nd Annual Gateway Chess Tournament

MRH girls cross country team now going to State

Maplewood Richmond Heights booster club president, David Barton, reported Tuesday morning — several days after the district meet — that the second-place finishing girls team at the meet has been disqualified, leaving third-place MRH to move up to second. Barton said he received the message from MRH cross country coach Ryan Rzeszutko that due to a newly discovered rules infraction, the second-place girls team has been disqualified, meaning the MRH girls are now district runners-up and will compete in the state meet this Saturday. See also: MRH qualifies 4 for XC State meet; Brentwood debate shines again

“This is a HUGE deal for us, as our girls have brought home the first XC District plaque in MRH history,” Barton said on Facebook. “I am beyond proud of our team. Please congratulate Angel, Liana, Kyla, Marija, and Edyth on this incredible accomplishment.”

State drops ACT test cost, MRH picks it up

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District plans to pick up where the state of Missouri has dropped off, paying for its high school juniors to take the ACT college readiness assessment test. Gov. Eric Greitens this summer cut $4 million in school assessment funding, which included the cost for all public high school juniors to take the ACT. Maplewood Richmond Heights is one school district that will pick up the $46 fee per test for its students, St. Louis Public Radio has reported. MRH Assistant Superintendent Roxanna Mechem told NPR she was surprised when state education officials ended the free exam program.

Huge haul for Weekend on Wheels

Students from Maplewood Richmond Heights’ Student Success Center kicked off Thursday morning at Maplewood’s Shop ‘n Save collecting for Weekend on Wheels — the school district’s program to help area families with food needs. Among the many donors was one, who wanted to stay anonymous, who gave $250 plus in food items, then gave cash too! The food drive, “Scare Away Hunger,” is a month-long push for the Weekend on Wheels program. The Student Success Center is a support program for MRH High School students who are at danger of not graduating with their class, for a variety of reasons.  

MRH to end out-of-school suspensions for younger students

This school year, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District plans to lead the way regionally in abolishing out-of-school suspensions for younger students, according to a press release. Acting last spring, the MRH board voted to scrap the suspensions for kindergarteners through third graders. The ban takes effect for the 2017-18 school year. MRH is the first district in the St. Louis area to halt such suspensions.

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.

Tapped tips going to Joe’s Place in June

Tapped restaurant, which opened last month at 7278 Manchester Road, plans to donate its tips to a different charity each month. In June, Joe’s Place will receive the tips, Joe’s place reported on Facebook. Joe’s Place is the MRH School District’s safe haven for their students — boys between the ages of 14 and 18 without a home. Joe’s Place is a collaboration of the MRH School District, Crossroads Presbyterian Church and other local churches, and committed volunteers. Two Joe’s Place residents graduated this year.