The Kiwanis Kids (K-Kids) Green Team at Bridgeway Elementary held its first-ever pumpkin smash on Nov. 8. For the week after Halloween, the community was invited to drop off carved and uncarved pumpkins to the school. The purpose of the event was to reduce food waste.
The after-school club members and staff climbed up ladders and smashed the pumpkins to make compost for the Bridgeway garden and the community.
Bridgeway Elementary has six food garden beds in front of the school and the students prepared them before the event in order to create an outdoor STEM lab. The garden beds now have pumpkin pieces of various sizes, shapes and thicknesses so students can compare and contrast the speed of the decomposition process.
Filing for positions on the Pattonville School District Board of Education begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Persons interested in running for a position on the school board may file at the Pattonville Learning Center, 11097 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, Missouri. Candidates will be placed on the ballot in order of filing. There are three positions available on the April 4, 2023, election ballot, each with a three-year term. Board members whose terms are expiring are Brian Gray as well as Lisa Kickbusch and Ruth Petrov who were appointed in 2022 to fill open positions. Their appointment lasts until the April election, but because both are filling terms that were set to expire in 2023, all open positions will be for a three-year term.
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 November.
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.”