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    Town Hall Meeting, 7 p.m. Central High School
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    Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Central Middle School
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    Parent-Teacher Conferences, No School K-12
  • March 17
    Spring Break Begins; Resume School Mar. 24
  • March 26
    Central/North Advisory, 9:30 a.m., Central High School
  • March 27
    South/West Advisory, 9:30 a.m., Southwest Middle School
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March 03, 2008

Will Snow Days Affect Last Day of School?

With the three recent snow days, and the forecast for another winter storm, many have asked whether the last day of school will change this year. The answer is *****"not necessarily."

The Parkway calendar, posted at,   has three snow days already built into it, as well as additional inclement weather make-up days that could be taken prior to the end of the school year. As of today, the last day of school is still tentatively set for May 23.

If school is called off again, however, adjustments to the calendar will be required, either through make-up days and/or extension of the last day of school.

As soon as any decision requiring make-up days or extending the school year is made, an e-mail message will be sent promptly to all parents and information will be posted on the Parkway Web site.  A final decision on the last day of school will be made no later than May 1.

Parkway and SLPS Join Forces in Unique $1.5 Million "Mathematicians in Residence" Teaching Grant

Parkway and St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) recently learned they were successful in their bid for a historic, three-year $1.5 million grant to develop a model for instruction that will help middle school students from both districts to better understand and achieve proficiency in mathematics.*****

Other partners in this unique grant opportunity include Maryville University faculty, and several nationally known professional consultants in mathematics education and program evaluation. The goal of the program is two-fold: to improve achievement in middle school mathematics by developing teaching strategies that effectively help students understand mathematics; and to package and share those strategies with other schools locally and beyond.
The “Mathematicians in Residence” grant will provide a three-week summer program each year in which up to 84 mathematics teachers receive intensive professional development, mentoring and coaching that they apply in classroom settings with 200 middle school students from Parkway and SLPS. The program will begin in summer 2008.

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Preparing 1960s Schools for the Next Generation

Nearly 200 Parkway citizens and staff members participated in the Feb. 25 town hall meeting on the district’s long-range plan to repair and renovate our aging schools. In the first of two public sessions, the focus was on school budgets and financial information. Materials from the meeting and survey data are now posted on the Parkway Web site.*****

The second meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at Parkway Central High School, 369 N. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield. The topics for the second meeting will be facilities improvements and classroom renovation and space needs. Presenters will include Kathy Blackmore, who is in charge of Parkway’s technology integration, curriculum, development and assessment programs, and Mike Mertens, director of facilities. Participants who arrive early or wish to stay later will have an opportunity to tour some classrooms that are in need of renovation.

All supporting materials for both meetings, including recent survey data, meeting agendas, presentations and feedback questionnaires are posted on Parkway’s Web site at

For more information, please call (314) 415-8077.

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Parkway School District's Teacher of the Year is ...

Parkway's Teacher of the Year committee has chosen Debbie Difani, eighth-grade social studies teacher at West Middle, as the Parkway School District 2008 Teacher of the Year and Middle School Teacher of the Year. The elementary and high school teachers of the year were also named. *****

Jill Shapiro, first-grade teacher at Hanna Woods, is the district's 2008 Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and Wendy Freebersyser, math teacher at North High, is the 2008 High School Teacher of the Year. 

Congratulations to Debbie, Jill and Wendy!

Debbie Difani will now go on to represent the district in the Missouri Teacher of the Year recognition program.

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