MRH students awarded for Lego robotics project

A group of seven Maplewood Richmond Heights ECC second grade girls took part in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Robotics Adventure this weekend. It was held at Chaifetz Arena, and teams from the Midwest competed at all age ranges. The MRH ECC team, Stream of Dreams, received the “Citizen Scientist” award and spent several months this year meeting weekly to design a robotic model to address the problem of water conservation. The team was coached by Sean Krysowaty and Becky Rockett, and the members were: Hazel Brenner, Millie Hamilton, Zahava Kaplan, Madeline Phillips, Kaelyn Krysowaty, Elianna Cerven, and Beatrice Schmidt.

Public Works Department Efforts, Like Clockwork

Next month, the Mid County Chamber of Commerce will recognize the hard work and tremendous efforts of the Public Works Department in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. They are the community’s “angels in orange”. The Public Works/Parks Department keeps our streets, sidewalks, and parks landscaped, plowed, salted, mowed, clean, and watered. In the blazing heat and bitter cold, their work continues- hanging holiday lights on busy streets, planting trees in residents yards, and putting out logistical fires throughout our communities. If we compare our city operations to a clock, the Public Works Department serves as the inside gears, wheels, and springs, the stuff that makes the clock tick.

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.

MRH graduation 2017: the videos

Maplewood Richmond Heights seniors walked the elementary school and ECC hallways in their gowns to promote graduation for all, in this MRH student-produced video. Also a couple more videos from the end of the year. https://youtu.be/gQSf0WMl26w

Here is where some MRH 2017 graduates are going to school next year. https://youtu.be/CLRNm_lsMvc

The MRH Apprenticeship Program is enhanced. https://youtu.be/roB-MIF9O8A

French students brought up the idea of getting a classroom pet.

MRH holds a rummage sale

The Maplewood School District held a sale Thursday from 7 – 11 a.m. to get rid of tables, chairs, book cases and lots more there won’t be room for after the ECC renovation and building that will take take place this summer. It all has to be finished in the fall.

MRH grad, photographer to hold first exhibit

Maplewood Richmond Heights graduate Nicholas Coulter is set to hold his first exhibit of his photographic work. The photographic art and film event, INSPIRE, featuring Coulter’s work, will be held at the Studio of Jules Unique, 6823 Manchester Avenue, May 27 from 5  to 11 p.m. All are invited. Admission is $10. The exhibition will be an exploration of Coulter’s work. Architectural, portrait, still life and nature photography
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MRH science team wins statewide

The Maplewood Richmond Heights Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) team took first in the state competition in Rolla at Missouri S & T — for the third year in a row — and posted a photo of the team celebrating on Twitter. Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) is an International program headquartered at the University of Illinois, offering the annual Academic Challenge competition, a summer camps and other programs.

Individual MRH award winners include (according to MRH):

Biology – Samantha Schaffner third Place, Aaron Meuser second place
Chemistry: Joseph Barron and Lauren Owens tied for first place
Physics: Mia Rintoul, third place
Math: Joseph Barron third place, Lauren Owens second place, Mia Rintoul first place
Computer science: Henry Seymour third place, Stasya Juracsik second place
Engineering graphics: Noah Kiernan third place
English: Kadin Kristjansson third place

MRH Elementary School assistant principal leaving for south St. Louis school

Maplewood Richmond Heights Superintendent Karen Hall told MRH families on Thursday that Elementary School Assistant Principal Jonathan Strong will be leaving MRH as of June 30, to join St. Louis Public Schools as the new principal at Meramec Elementary. The school is at 2745 Meramec Street in south St. Louis. From Hall’s announcement:

In making his announcement, Strong said: “I am sad to be leaving, but I am also elated for the opportunity to share the knowledge that MRH has given me with the St.

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.

Blue Devils R&B release new video

The Blue Devils R&B bands — middle and high school — performed their Fall Concert Wednesday night, and on Thursday released a YouTube video, ‘Back to the Sixties’. https://twitter.com/mrhhighschool/status/799069711581454336

MRH to end suspensions for Pre-K through 3rd grade

Maplewood Richmond Heights School District is one of three St. Louis County districts that say they’ll end out-of-school suspensions for preschool through third-grade students, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The announcement was made Sunday at MRH at an assembly for Break the Pipeline — an effort to break the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

Instead of suspensions, the MRH, Normandy and Ladue school districts will use social workers and behavioral health specialists to reduce the need to discipline students. MRH promised to ban suspensions for the young students in the next school year.