455 N. Woods Mill Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone (314) 415-8100
March 07, 2006
"Current Reality" in ParkwayFollowing a preliminary budget report to the board of education in December by Parkway's CFO, Mark Stockwell, and after the board reviewed results of community and staff surveys conducted in October and November, the board felt it was necessary to further engage the public in discussions about some of the major challenges Parkway is currently facing. A representative group of Parkway parents and staff was convened to participate in a series of meetings to study and react to Parkway's "Current Reality," with the main emphasis on finances and curriculum. This group held its final meeting February 28 to review and provide feedback on a draft report summarizing the work and conclusions of the committee. To view background information, Q&A, presentation materials and feedback from the January and February meetings, visit Parkway's web site at http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/reality Using feedback and information from these sessions, a brief report will be made to the board of education on March 8 and additional meetings will be held with school communities in April and May. A public meeting for the entire Parkway community to learn more about the current reality in Parkway will be held from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Monday, April 10 at Central Middle School, 471 N. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield.
Five Parkway Schools Make the State's "Top 10" List for Highest MAP ScoresFive Parkway schools made the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's "Top 10" lists in the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) subject area tests. The "Top 10" lists show the top 10 schools in the state that scored at the "proficient" and "advanced" levels on the 2005 MAP tests in communication arts and math. Parkway appeared seven times in "Top 10" listings. The Parkway schools that made the "Top 10" lists are: - Central High - 11th grade communication arts and 10th grade math - Central Middle - 8th grade math - South Middle - 7th grade communication arts - West High - 11th grade communication arts and 10th grade math - West Middle - 8th grade math Additionally, West High was among the top ten "Most Improved Schools" in 10th grade mathematics. For a list of all the schools included in the 2005 top ten lists, visit the DESE Web site by clicking on the link below: http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/assess/TopTen/index.html
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A Parent's Guide to MAP TestingThe time for Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test administration in Parkway is quickly drawing near. We'd like to make parents and guardians aware of a helpful tool that may help explain the MAP to parents in a straightforward manner. The document is entitled "A Parent's Guide to the MAP." Anyone wishing to download the document may do so by linking to the DESE website at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/assess and clicking on "Publications," then "Parent's Guide to the MAP" for a printable copy. You may also access the Practical Parenting Partnerships website at http://www.pppctr.org and click on the "Parent's Guide to the MAP" prompt. A Spanish translation of the "Parent's Guide to the MAP" is available on this site as well. For hard copies of "A Parent's Guide to the MAP" please contact the Practical Parenting Partnerships Center at (573) 761-7770. MAP testing will be conducted in Parkway schools during the month of April. Students in grades 3-8 will be tested in both math and communication arts. For high schools, students in grade 10 will be tested in math and grade 11 will be tested in communication arts.
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Mimi Runnels Named Parkway Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Mimi Runnels, third-grade teacher at Oak Brook Elementary, for being chosen as Parkway School District's 2005-06 Teacher of the Year and elementary school teacher of the year.
Mimi will represent Parkway in the Missouri Teacher of the Year recognition program. Jon Saladino, social studies teacher at Central Middle, is the district's middle school teacher of the year and Mike Herrmann, science teacher at South High, is the high school teacher of the year.
All teachers of the year will be recognized at the March 8 board of education meeting and on May 1 at Parkway's 2006 Appreciation Evening.
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