After more than 30 years in education, Dr. Tina Plummer, Pattonville’s assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, will retire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Plummer joined Pattonville in 2018 and has been instrumental in expanding personalized learning and implementing learner profiles to ensure students are learning at their pace. She has created unique opportunities for students through programs like Pirate Academy. Currently, Plummer is leading the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) to create a strategic plan for the next five years.
Bridgeway Elementary School was recognized as a 2022 Missouri Green School honoree for its commitment to improving health and wellness of students and staff, lowering environmental impacts, and providing place-based education. Bridgeway is one of 17 honorees and one of 10 that achieved Sprout level recognition by involving school administration, beginning to benchmark and track improvement, and setting goals toward further advancement of green and healthy practices.
Each October, Missouri Green Schools (MGS) recognizes schools for initiating and maintaining green practices on campus and in the community. Jeanne Fernandez, reading specialist at Bridgeway, submitted the school’s garden for the award.
Recently, the garden space has been improved by painting benches, installing a little library, gardens that have been planted by students and other events that have encouraged recycling and reusing and overall community engagement and involvement. The garden has been a community project, with students, staff and families helping make improvements. The process began in 2019 with pollination. Since, Bridgeway has added a sensory garden and, this past summer, a food garden.
“Bridgeway will be working on sustainability projects this year to teach students, staff and the community to live more sustainably at school and at home,” Fernandez said. “The projects will be led by our K-Kids Green Team, a year-long after-school club for fourth and fifth graders that focuses on the importance of caring for other people, animals and the environment. This is an incredible opportunity for those students to develop knowledge, critical thinking skills, leadership skills and motivations for action as they learn and teach our school and community just how connected we all are to one another and the earth. Sustainability education encompasses all school subject areas and isn’t just healthy for the environment, but for each of us as well.”
Each month during the school year, the Pattonville Board of Education honors students, staff and volunteers who have gained recognition outside of the district or who’ve made a special contribution to the educational programs in Pattonville. Learn more about students and staff who were recognized in October.
Out of about 460 public school districts in Missouri, Pattonville is ranked No. 10 among the top districts on Niche.com’s 2023 Best School Districts in America list. Nationally, Niche ranks Pattonville in the Top 4% of districts (No. 401 out of 10,751).
In Missouri, Pattonville is ranked No. 1 for Most Diverse School Districts; No. 4 for Best Places to Teach; and No. 13 for Districts with the Best Teachers. Pattonville earned an overall grade of A from Niche, with grades ranging from A- to A+ in the following categories: academics, college prep, clubs and activities, diversity, resources and facilities and teachers. Niche is an online service that ranks private and public schools and districts based on dozens of statistics and opinions from students, parents and staff. Find out more at bit.ly/psdNiche.
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