455 N. Woods Mill Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone (314) 415-8100
April 02, 2007
You are Invited - Math Open HouseThanks to Prop R, students at all grade levels will soon have new math textbooks and instructional materials. If you would like to get involved in Parkway's math textbook adoption process, please consider attending an upcoming open house to learn more about Parkway's mathematics curriculum and share your ideas regarding which textbooks are best for students. Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2007, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All open houses will be held at Fern Ridge High School, 13157 North Olive Spur Road, Creve Coeur, Mo. 63141. For more information on the open houses, click on the following link: http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/eNews/pdf/mathFlyer.pdf For further information and downloadable resources, visit the mathematics page on the Parkway web site at: http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/c_i/math/TextbookOpenHouse.cfm
School Calendar Development ProcessAt its April 11 meeting, the Parkway Board of Education will begin the review process for the 2008-09 Academic Year Calendar. Many parents have asked how the dates for the annual academic calendar are determined. For developing the 2008-09 academic calendar, several thousand parents, secondary students and staff members were surveyed on their reactions to the 2007-2008 calendar and their preferences for scheduling future school years. The features that survey respondents liked best about the new calendar were having fall finals scheduled before winter break and ending the school year earlier in May. Although most did not like the Aug. 13 start in 2007, the majority of parents, students and high school staff did like having finals before winter break. Early Childhood and elementary faculty members were less supportive of this position. The survey respondents also tended to favor the earlier spring break and four-day weekends built into the 2007-2008 calendar, and to agree that the Parkway calendar should match with the calendars of surrounding districts. To view the complete survey in PDF format, click on the following link: http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/eNews/pdf/calendarsurvey.pdf Additionally, below are some questions and answers that help further explain the planning process. Why are calendars approved two years ahead? This is done primarily to assist parents and schools in scheduling vacations, summer school, and other activities requiring advance reservations and coordination of schedules. What are the most critical factors in determining school start and end dates? The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) sets requirements for the minimum number of student attendance days and hours per year as well as the minimum number of minutes to receive course credits per semester. These requirements must be met. In addition, the length of semesters must be closely balanced to preserve equity in curriculum for all students. Why did Parkway begin scheduling high school finals before winter break? In surveys distributed to nearly 5,800 secondary students, staff and parents, there was a strong preference for this option. In addition, most other area school districts are already scheduling high school final exams in December, and we try to be as consistent as possible with calendars of surrounding districts. For example, most area districts will start school sometime during the week of Aug. 13, 2007. What other factors are considered? Some of the academic concerns include minimizing summer learning loss, avoiding conflicts with testing dates and balancing numbers of school days and days off between semesters. In addition, family preferences have included: 1) Providing reasonable starting and ending dates; 2) Providing common days off for all students; 3) Setting reasonable breaks with "chunks" of time, e.g., day before Thanksgiving, two weeks at winter break; and 4) Using predictable patterns in breaks, e.g., spring break during end of March.
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Summer School Registration Begins on April 4With courses for preschool children through adults, Parkway School District's summer school program begins June 11. Classes include mathematics, reading, foreign language, golf, swimming and driver's education, to name a few. In addition, courses are available for students making the transition from elementary school to middle school and middle school to high school. Registration for summer school classes and camps begins April 4 for Parkway residents and students only. For more information, please call (314) 415-7004 or 7005. (Golden Key Cards are available for a complimentary class to Parkway retirees and citizens 65 and older.)
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Support your School by Purchasing 2007 Six Flags Season Tickets
Take advantage of the best season pass prices in town! Parkway is offering 2007 Six Flags season passes, one-day passes and senior passes at discounted prices from April 3 through May 31.
Tickets can be purchased by cash or personal check every Tues. and Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parkway Administrative Center. A portion of the ticket sales helps benefit a variety of Parkway programs. Individual season passes are offered through Parkway at $65 and one-day passes are available for $29. Parking passes are only sold at the park this year. Forms will soon be available at the administrative center, at each school, and on each school's web site. For more information, please call (314) 415-8155.
Volunteers are needed to sell passes in May. Shifts are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Volunteers can earn a free one-day pass for each three shifts worked. Please contact Kathy Steen at (314) 415-8077 if you can help.
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