Many lasting memories were made in 2016-2017. Kellison is so thankful for our amazing school community. This year, we saw students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Students not only reached goals set for themselves, but surpassed them. It is truly amazing and inspiring to witness firsthand the ways our students grow over the course of a school year. Thank you to our students, staff members, families, and community members who pour their hearts into our school and make Kellison a thriving community. As we close out this school year, we wish all of our families a safe, fun, and relaxing summer filled with special moments. We'll see you back here in August!
Kellison Elementary was thrilled to learn that we have been named a 2017 National School of Character! As a former National School of Character, it was time to reapply for this special designation. Kellison was led by a group of staff members who completed the application process for us, as well as many parents, students, and staff members who were participants in our site visit.
Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities. Learn more about Character.org's 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.
According to Character.org, the schools designated as 2017 National Schools of Character have done a tremendous job linking 'smart and good' programs to students in their schools. Being designated a National School of Character recognizes the hard work schools put in to develop strong character education programs--creating caring school climates and preparing students to be future leaders who care about their communities.
April 24-28 is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week and we'd like to recognize the 28 full-time and 167 part-time Adventure Club staff throughout every Rockwood Elementary Schools that 1,930 of our students start and end their day with. Adventure Club staff help kids with homework, design crafts and activities and create an enriching before and after school experience.
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a joint effort of community partners, afterschool programs, youth and child care workers and individuals who have committed to declaring the last full week of April each year as a time to recognize and appreciate those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. Join us for celebrations and display your appreciation to thank afterschool professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people.
The Kindness Police are on patrol! Beginning this week, first graders are looking for students doing acts of kindness. Each day, eight students are selected to serve as Kindness Police. During lunch and recess, we carefully watch our classmates to catch them doing the right thing. Students caught being kind receive a sticker and sign a special board in their hallway. Students enjoy telling each other about their acts of kindness.
Remember to Vote: Election Day is April 4.
During the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing information about Prop T, a bond issue that will address increasing enrollment, class sizes and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning for our students.
About 2,300 homes are expected to be built in the district in the next few years. The timing and reasons for this bond issue are driven primarily by this growth and compromise to our recent class size efforts. Prop T will fund the construction of a new elementary school in Eureka, build additional classrooms, and repurpose the existing school for early childhood programs. In addition, Prop T will fund the creation of an innovative learning space in our school. This space would become a collaborative K-5 classroom equipped for robotics, computer programming, STEM+ maker spaces, 3D design in prototyping, and invention kits in arts/engineering.
As an Election Day reminder, please note:
- Prop T will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate.
- Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4.
- Prop T requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage.
If you’d like to learn more about Prop T, please let me know. In addition, you can visit the Election Day website where you’ll find the Super Talks series with Dr. Knost and our students, along with information about the candidates for the Rockwood School Board election.
Thank you for the consideration,
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. Thanks for all you do to support our schools!
Dear Kellison Families,
I wanted to share that our Board of Education recently voted to place a bond issue on the April 4 ballot. Rockwood voters will consider Proposition T (Thrive) to address increasing enrollment and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning. Prop T will not alter the current Rockwood tax rate.
Funds from Prop T will build a new elementary school in Rockwood. The last time Rockwood built a school was in 2004 in response to growth in the Wildwood area when we built Fairway Elementary School.
We are again experiencing increases to student enrollment. According to Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost, about 2,300 homes are expected to be built in the district in the next five years. 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. 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 class sizes at the elementary levels. Our preferred Rockwood class sizes have made a difference in our elementary schools as we move toward the state’s desirable class size numbers. Here is a quick overview of the projects funded by Prop T:
- build a new elementary school in Eureka to address increased student enrollment
- repurpose the existing school for early childhood education and RSD programs
- add classrooms to schools to address increased student enrollment
- create and equip innovative learning spaces in our elementary schools to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in our curriculum
- complete the final phase of high school STEM lab renovations
- expand the implementation of the one-to-one student/technology program
The $95.5 million bond issue requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage on April 4. I’ll continue to share more information about the bond issue in the coming weeks. You can always contact me with questions or visit the Prop T website for more information.
Thank you for your continued support!
Congratulations to these talented Tigers! Four of our students received a surprise this past Friday. Their artwork has been chosen for the Saint Louis County Health Department's annual calendar as part of the Healthy Living Art Contest. There were 600 entries and 13 were chosen for the calendar, one for each month and one for the cover. We are so proud of our award recipients!
It is an absolute pleasure to have lunch with our students. During the first semester, Mrs. DuPree and I were able to have lunch with every Kellison student. This time allows us to get to know each child better and learn things about them we didn't know before. It is so helpful for us to hear their perspective about Kellison, their ideas for the future, and to get their feedback about the happenings at our school. Each child is truly special and I leave each lunch session feeling like I know them even better than before. I love how our lunches help to build community among our students and form connections with one another to make Kellison the best place it can be! Today, we kicked off our second semester of Adventure Guide lunches! I can't wait to see where the students' ideas take us!
As we near the end of second semester, we'd like to wish all of our Kellison families a happy holiday season. We are so thankful and blessed to be able to work with your amazing children each day and to partner with you on this journey. We are excited and looking forward to what 2017 will bring to us. Enjoy the winter break! May it be restful and memorable. See you in 2017!