455 N. Woods Mill Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone (314) 415-8100
November 01, 2005
Nutritional Rating System Introduced at Elementary SchoolsLast year, Parkway middle and high school students were introduced to a nutritional rating system to help them make smarter food choices in the school cafeteria. This year, the rating system has been expanded to food sold at Parkway elementary schools. The food is evaluated for its nutritional content and then assigned an easy-to-follow color-code: Green - Best Choice Yellow - Choose Occasionally Red - Choose Rarely A student will know that a salad (green) can be eaten every day, while a fruit juice (yellow) is fine every once in a while and a piece of cake (red) should be eaten only on special occasions. Additionally, elementary students are getting an extra entrée choice with certain lunches this year. If you have any questions, visit the Parkway Food Services web site at http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/foodservice/menu.html or contact district dietician, Marlene Pfeiffer, at (314) 415-8248.
Six Parkway Students Receive Awards for Excellence in ResearchSix Parkway high school students recently won 2005 Excellence in Research awards from the Pfizer-Solutia Students as Research Scientists (STARS) program. Moyang Li, Diane Ma, Todd Romkema, Cissy Yang and Jane Zhang of South High and Fatima Sabar of West High, were among 14 Parkway students and 40 other St. Louis area students who were accepted into the six-week STARS program this summer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). The STARS program pairs students and teachers with research mentors from UMSL, Saint Louis University and Washington University to experience various aspects of the scientific enterprise. To complete the program, each student must present a scholarly paper based on their research findings. All 54 research papers were assigned to a research category depending on the student's area of study. The behavioral science and life-science papers were reviewed by senior scientists from Pfizer and the computer science/mathematics, engineering, and physical science papers were reviewed by senior scientists from Solutia. The students whose papers were chosen for outsanding research were named winners of the Excellence in Research awards and will be presented with scholarships to UMSL.
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Board Adopts 2005-06 GoalsIn October, the board of education updated its goals for the 2005-06 school year. The goals reflect a continued emphasis on the important work of ensuring the academic achievement of every student. Parkway will provide a rigorous curriculum as the basis of its instructional program while ensuring that all students have a healthy and safe environment in which to learn. Specific strategies will be implemented to meet the academic needs of students who have demonstrated achievement below their potential. Beyond academics, the board is committed to the personal and social success of all students. Goals in this area will focus on promoting respectful, caring and connected relationships; fostering health, wellness, and physical fitness; and helping students build specific developmental assets which lead to healthy and happy lives. To view the board goals online, visit the Parkway web site at: http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/boe/bdgoals.cfm
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Independent Audit Gives Parkway Highest Marks
An independent audit, conducted by the certified public accounting firm of Kerber, Eck and Braeckel, has given Parkway's financial practices a "clean bill of health," confirming sound financial management of district finances.
Parkway was given an unqualified opinion on its financial statements, the highest distinction available in the auditing profession. The audit of Parkway's 2004-2005 finances thoroughly reviewed the district's financial reports, internal control systems and management procedures.
While the district is pleased with the independent validation of its accounting practices and procedures, Superintendent Robert Malito noted that this doesn't diminish the financial pressures facing Parkway in the coming years and we must continue to look for additional ways to increase revenue and balance our budget.
Parkway was one of only four Missouri school districts to receive the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Association of School Business Officials for its 2003-2004 financial report and the District intends to submit the 2004-2005 report for the same award.
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