It has been a great start to the school year!
Our students are happy and it shows.
I have had a chance to visit each class (more than once), and I enjoy watching our students learn and interact with one another.
Thank you for all of your hard work to help us arrive to this point.
The first three days have been outstanding.
Here is to many more…
On Monday, August 21, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. This is an historic event and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Our Rockwood schools have been sharing solar eclipse information in science lessons since last spring and have exciting events planned for this special day.
When is the solar eclipse?
Monday, August 21 is the date. In Rockwood, the first contact with the solar eclipse will begin around 11:49 a.m. and end at 2:44 p.m. Totality will occur in this area beginning around 1:16 p.m. As you know, Rockwood covers more than 150 square miles, so the times are dependent upon location within the district. Here is a list of times according to school location.
Totality will last for a maximum of 2 minutes and 40 seconds along the center line in Missouri. Rockwood School District is north of the center line, so our times will be less the further north you travel.How will students and staff safely view the solar eclipse?
All students and staff will receive a pair of protective solar eclipse shades that meet ISO and CE safety standards. Students will be instructed when and how to keep their shades on during the outdoor viewing events.
What do parents need to know about the indoor/outdoor activities on Aug. 21?
Teachers are preparing for an exciting day of learning for students. Some of the learning activities will be held indoors, and some will be held outdoors and include solar eclipse viewing with the protective solar eclipse shades. Please note the following:
Rockwood students will learn about the solar eclipse leading up to Aug. 21. This education will include instruction on eye safety with a video showing students how to properly use the solar eclipse shades.
Please Note: Parents/guardians who do not want their child to participate in the outdoor solar eclipse viewing activities may complete this Parent Opt-Out Form by Friday, Aug. 18. Your child will be included in the indoor opportunity to view the eclipse online.
Parents/guardians who choose to keep their children home on Aug. 21 will need to call the school office and share that information. These absences will be noted as excused in our attendance record.
Dear Ballwin Families,
I’m excited to share that Ballwin Elementary will be hosting a Mathematical Mindset Night on Wednesday, April 12. All parents are invited to learn more about Rockwood elementary math curriculum. During this important meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to:
Reserve ahead by contacting Rockwood Elementary Math Facilitator Carrie Tomc at (636) 733-2154.
Watch the video about mindsets for math.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The Ballwin Strings Concerts previously scheduled for Wednesday, April 12th have been moved to Tuesday, May 2nd.
Dear Ballwin Families,
On April 4, Rockwood voters will consider Proposition T to address increasing enrollment and the district's continued support for STEM/Innovative learning.
Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost has been keeping our community informed via a “Super Talks” series. This week, our high school students interviewed him and asked about class sizes during this time of increasing enrollment in the district.
I encourage you to take a moment to view the video. You’ll hear about Rockwood’s preferred class sizes across the district. Plus, view the Prop T projects that will fund additional space in our schools.
A 57.14 percent majority is necessary for passage on Election Day. The $95.5 million bond issue will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate.
As always, if you have questions, please give me a call.
Election Day is less than two weeks away. I want to let you know that Rockwood has Prop T on the April ballot to address increasing enrollment, class sizes and our continued support for STEM and innovative learning.
WHEN IS THE ELECTION?
Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE CAN I VOTE?
Just prior to Election Day, each registered voter will receive a postcard from the Election Office designating the polling place for the voter. You can find your polling place at www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/Elections.
HOW MANY “YES” VOTES ARE REQUIRED FOR THE BOND ISSUE TO PASS?
The Constitution of the State of Missouri requires a four-sevenths (57.14%) majority for passage of the bond issue.
WHERE MAY I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BOND ISSUE?
You can visit the Prop T website: www.rsdmo.org/PropT. Plus, view the latest Super Talks video where our own Rockwood students interview Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost regarding STEM education.
If you have questions about Prop T, please give me a call.
Dear Ballwin Families,
Rockwood consistently balances its budget and works hard to be fiscally responsible. In fact, we are one of only four school districts in Missouri to earn a AAA rating from Standard & Poor’sfor this high level of financial responsibility.
Now, we are aware of 2,300 new homes being built in the district in the coming years.
These projections of increases in student enrollment led district officials to review current capacity in our schools. We evaluated how much space is available in each school – realizing the calculations are different at the elementary, middle and high school levels. We also considered our curriculum and the learning spaces needed to meet the needs of instruction.
During the last few years, the district has made a concentrated effort to decrease elementary class sizes. Our preferred Rockwood class sizes have made a difference in our school as we move toward the state’s desirable class size numbers.
In the latest edition of Super Talks with our Rockwood Superintendent, Dr. Eric Knost provides an overview of Prop T. The bond issue will address increasing enrollment and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning. Prop T is a $95.5 million bond issue that will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate.
Learn more about Prop T on the April 4 ballot.