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October 15, 2005
Twenty-eight Parkway Students Qualify as National Merit SemifinalistsParkway has 28 students who recently qualified as National Merit Semifinalists in the 2006 National Merit Scholarship Program. Some 16,000 students, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the program to further qualify for nearly 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $33 million, that will be offered next spring. Following are the Parkway semifinalists: Central High: Rebecca Getman, Joshua Hendin, Rebecca Hendin, Jessie Hu, Angela Lee, James Lee, Julia Rubin, Anna Ruman, Benjamin Singer and Kevin Yuan. North High: Charles Agoos, Sarah Barasch, Adam Hoffman, David Klein and Brett Knight. South High: Scott Dodds, Patricia Goodwin, Andrew McCall, Todd Romkema, Elizabeth Swanger, Jinyu Zhang and Luyi Zhao. West High: Anne Allhoff, Bryan Glass, Nalin Katta, Peter Smith, Sida Yan and Chao Zhang. South Highs McCall was also among 1,600 scholastically talented Black American high school seniors across the country to qualify as a National Achievement Semifinalist in the 42nd annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Parkway Raises More than $50,000 for Victims of Hurricane KatrinaThe hurricane relief effort continues across the district. Each Parkway school is collecting donations for the American Red Cross or Salvation Army, with some students and staff also collecting personal items for displaced families enrolled in their schools. To date, more than $50,000 has been raised among just 20 schools. Other schools are extending their fundraising efforts through October. Many of the schools came up with creative ways to raise the money for hurricane victims – from selling blankets and lemonade to holding special hat and pajama days. Many schools also collected supplies to send to hurricane victims.
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Parkway Earns Perfect Score on State's Annual Performance ReportThe Parkway School District has met all 12 performance standards in its 2005 Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Annual Performance Report. Parkway earned a perfect score - 100 out of a possible 100 points - to qualify for the state’s “Annual Distinction in Performance Award.” The performance measures, recently reviewed by the state, include MAP scores, graduation rate, attendance rate, college placement and student participation in advanced and vocational courses. To qualify for the state’s “Annual Distinction in Performance Award,” K-12 districts must meet at least 11 of the 12 performance standards in the report.
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Parkway and Rockwood Receive $900,000 Grant to Teach American History
Parkway and Rockwood School Districts have teamed up to develop an enhanced American history curriculum with the help of a $903,883 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
"This grant allows us to use federal money to strengthen our American history curriculum," says Liz Morrison, coordinator of social studies for Parkway, who wrote the grant application. "Our goal is for students to develop a more in-depth understanding and keen interest in American history."
The grant will be shared by both districts over the next three years to:
1. increase teacher knowledge of traditional American history, focusing on underdeveloped historical periods in fifth grade, eighth grade and high school;
2. create a culture of collaboration among American history teachers; and
3. craft powerful, significant and focused American history units in partnership with historians and historical institutions in an effort to increase student achievement, interest and engagement in American history and to encourage their growth as informed and productive American citizens.
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