Tuesday, April 9, 2013
This Wildwood Middle School teacher has taught academic stretch for the past 13 years.
Karen Schulz was named the 2013 Middle School Teacher of the Year for the Rockwood School District. For the last 13 years, she has taught Academic Stretch at Wildwood Middle School. She has taught in Rockwood since 1984 as both a math teacher and a gifted education teacher, according to district sources. Schulz said in a district announcement she always wanted to be a teacher. “It never occurred to me that I might do something else; I simply believe I was born to teach." Schulz holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle school math from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She also holds both a master’s degree in teaching and gifted education certification from Webster University. “My greatest contribution in education doesn…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Wildwood Middle School students celebrated March Madness with a spirit week that culminated with a basketball tournament on March 14.
To build excitement for the basketball games in honor of the annual March Madness, Wildwood Middle School students participated in dress-up days from wearing their future high school spirit wear, crazy socks and Wildwood Middle School gear. At the end of last week, student teams representing each grade level competed in basketball games, according to a Rockwood School District announcement. A team of staff members also took part by playing a game against the eighth-grade teams. Teacher and organizer Zach Young said students practiced their basketball skills for months in preparation for the event through Wildwood’s after-school intramural program. “This was a great day, filled with fun and fitness, and an excellent way to start Spring …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
See which Wildwood Middle School student has chance to compete in a final competition in Washington, D.C.
Matthew Paczkowski, an eighth-grade student at Wildwood Middle School who qualified for the state-level Geography Bee, will travel to Moberly, MO, on April 5 to compete with other students from Missouri, according to a Rockwood School District announcement. The winner of the April competition goes on to compete in the final round in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Rockwood School District middle school students can sign up for a bowling tournament this month.
All 6th, 7th and 8th grade Rockwood School District students are invited to participate in the annual Middle School Bowling tournaments to be held this month at West County Lanes in Ellisville. Cost is $3 per student per tournament. Both tournaments will take place from 3–4:30 p.m. Cosmic bowling tournament dates: Competitive bowling tournament dates: Spaces for both tournaments are limited, so early registration is encouraged. Rockwood middle school physical education teachers have the tournament registration forms, and can address questions.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
This marquee message at Wildwood Middle School is intriguing, and begs answers to the question of what will happen at this meal with Ms. Brown? Post your guesses in the comments' section of the article.
Apparently the Wildwood Middle School Library Media Center has lots of students with overdue books and unpaid fines. School staffers would like to get this matter taken care of before the Rockwood School District winter break, according to an online school announcement. To help with this goal, library/media specialist Karen Brown planned to begin conferencing with students that have overdue books or outstanding fines this week. To avoid a lunch conference with Brown in the library, targeted students were encouraged to respond promptly. How do you think Brown handles such "conferences"?
Thursday, October 25, 2012
As part of preparing for a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotic competition to be held next month, local middle school students are demonstrating and interacting with senior citizens in West St. Louis and St. Charles counties.
Some Assembly Required—a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team of middle school students from Ballwin and Wildwood—recently visited with residents of Lutheran Senior Services' (LSS) Meramec Bluffs Senior Living Community in Ballwin. FIRST LEGO League is part of the FIRST Robotics group, which organizes robotics competitions to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FLL tournament teams are judged in four areas: robot design and programming, robot game performance, research project presentation, and teamwork (core values). Some Assembly Required is comprised of students who attend Wildwood Middle School and Morgan Selvidge Middle School. They are preparing for a competition that will be held at St. Charles Community …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
This Wildwood Middle School teacher and assistant band director at Eureka High School used writing to deal with her grandmother's fight with Alzheimer's.
Denise Dauw, a 1997 graduate of Marquette High School, has turned a difficult loss into the foundation for a new, young adult fiction: If Music Be The Food Of Love. The story ties her experience of losing her grandmother to late-onset Alzheimer’s disease to music performance, family, romance and medicine. "In the final stages of her illness, talking to my grandmother didn't draw a response," Dauw said in a Rockwood School District announcement. "However, when I sang to her, she opened her eyes, turned to me and tried to speak. It was a special moment because she gave the gift of music to my mother, who in turn gave it to me.” While a Marquette student, Dauw was involved in numerous aspects of the fine arts program; from concert and …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
An external speaker, Stu Cabe, infused new ideas into Wildwood Middle School students for character education this week.
Students and staff at Wildwood Middle School participated this week in a character education activity led by Stu Cabe, a traveling speaker of the United States and Canada, who shares the message of making good choices and standing up for what is good. Cabe specializes in developing positive school climate and culture. He lives in Littleton, CO. He is a self-professed, long-time lover of theater, and has been a professional actor for 20-plus years, according to his on-line background. With a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in drama, he has taught high school and middle school. He has worked with professional theater companies, both nationally and internationally, and is an advocate for arts education and awareness for …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Wildwood Middle School students sure didn't see this celebratory event coming Friday afternoon for the first week of the 2012-2013 school year. Score one for character education! View VIDEOS AND PHOTO GALLERY.
Friday brought a high-energy, first-time event to a progressive Rockwood School District middle school. When Allison Klouse became the new principal at Wildwood Middle School in June, she said teachers and staff asked her about new ways to honor and acknowledge the students. "We wanted to celebrate the kids, and so this summer planned what amounted to a surprise social hour for them to end their first week of school this year," she said. "We decided a short Friday afternoon party would be one way to say 'thank you for a great week.'" Klouse said through character education work, they knew they wanted the event to be intrinsically motivating—not just a "you will get this if you earn it" approach. So, with no warning, eighth graders were …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Different Rockwood School District buildings, along with private schools such as St. Alban Roe, call for different items.
A look at the area schools’ lists of school supplies brings back some old memories for parents, while reflecting advances in technology and learning. At Pond Elementary School, for example, half-day kindergarten students are asked to bring crayons – and a pair of headphones. In addition to No. 2 pencils and notebooks, new learning tools also are showing up on lists. Many schools ask sixth graders to bring calculators and flash drives. Some, like Wildwood Middle School, call for the more advanced scientific calculators for sixth graders, while others, including LaSalle Springs Middle School, start with more basic models and move to the scientific models later. Backpacks are another must-have on most schools’ lists. Some, however, …