Monday, October 3, 2011
Margaret Peterson Haddix read to the students and signed books afterward.
Award-winning children's author Margaret Peterson Haddix visited Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School on Sept. 23 for a reading and book-signing. The writer of books such as Running Out of Time and The Shadow Children series spoke to fourth, fifth and sixth graders in the school's gym, stated Kris Ricks, MRH Elementary School web content manager, in an email. The students had many questions. "I was very impressed with their curiosity about how to become a writer and what her personal experience has been deciding what to write about and then getting published," Ricks stated. "They were extremely attentive to her answers."
Friday, August 12, 2011
Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School held a back-to-school night Thursday in Richmond Heights.
Students and parents gathered at Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School on Thursday for a back-to-school social that featured teacher introductions and classroom tours. Zachary Johnson will attend MRH Elementary for the first time this year as a second-grader. He came to the social with his mom, Melissa Reel, and his dad, Steve Johnson. Inside the school, Principal Dr. Tony Arnold greeted the family before they toured teacher Julie Sullivan's classroom. "You guys are going to love it here, it's great," Arnold told them. (Parents, please share back-to-school photos as you and your child prepare for the first day! Email editor Ryan Martin at email@example.com and we'll share the photo on the site.) Family members congregated in …
Monday, May 2, 2011
Students even took part in painting a Metro bus at Friday's MRH Elementary School event and families shopped at a variety of local artisan booths.
Students and families packed the parking lot at Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School on Friday night for a lively arts festival. Students visited craft vendors, watched artists paint, participated in many interactive art pieces and watched several dance groups. They even got to help paint a Metro bus as a part of the Arts in Transit program. MRH spokesman Tom Wickersham said he hopes the festival will become an annual event at the school.
Friday, January 28, 2011
The demolition began Thursday.
The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District demolished a house on a property it owns to make way for green space, district spokesman Tom Wickersham said. The demolition of a house and garage at 2014 Princeton Place in Richmond Heights began Thursday and was completed on Friday. The house was purchased for $100,000 last July and is adjacent to the elementary school. Wickersham said the property will act as a buffer between the campus and other properties in the neighborhood.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The event happened on Monday night at Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School.
Teachers are actively using strategies aimed at improving students' math performance and standardized test scores at Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School, Assistant Principal Katie Rengel said Monday. The time students spend working on math has been increased by 20 minutes on three days out of the week, Rengel said. That's in addition to the 50 to 60 minutes daily that has already been in place. During that 20-minute period, students work with peers of similar abilities. Students also are using the computer program FASTT Math to get faster at performing basic math skills. The changes follow an evaluation showing that while elementary students had some math strengths—such as in problem solving, geometry and critical thinking—they …
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The school has receives the go-ahead to hire a second fifth grade teacher for next year.
Mark Twain Elementary School will soon increase its staff by one teacher. The Brentwood Board of Education voted to add another fifth grade teacher for the school at its meeting last month. Principal Karen Smith said a teacher was needed to help with the increasing student population. She said the school once had two teachers for every class, but smaller classes forced the school to offer fewer teachers. "The population has grown back," Smith said. "We've probably increased the population over the last three or four years by 30 or 40 students." While this year's fifth grade class has 20 students, next year's class will have 33, Smith said. The state sets standards for class sizes in Missouri public schools and requires Mark Twain to …
Monday, December 6, 2010
Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School hosts after-school choir and theater groups.
While many schools are being forced to cut non-essentials like fine arts and extracurricular activities, the Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School was recently able to launch two new after-school programs. A new choir and theater group, the brainchild of concerned parents like Brendan and Kristin Tanner and Stacey McMackin, was organized to give students the opportunity to develop their skills and gain a deeper appreciation for the arts. The Tanners, both musicians, wanted to provide all children in the district the opportunity to pursue their interests regardless of their economic background. They met with more than 10 other families during the summer to develop the idea for this fine arts collective, which they hope will stretch …
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The children's author read from his latest book and talked to students about being an author.
Students from Mark Twain Elementary School were treated to a special guest visit this afternoon. Los Angeles-based children's author James Otis Thach spent two hours visiting with the students. He read the first chapter from his newest book, The Seal Pup, while providing a slideshow with illustrations overhead. "When the person who created the story can bring the story to life for the child, I think that's very special," Principal Karen Smith said. "You just can't duplicate that by talking about the book, by talking about the author." Thach visited the school last year to read from The Tickle Monster Is Coming!, and he wanted to return this year to read from his newest book. Thach grew up in the St. Louis area and attended Glenridge …