Early childhood special education teacher Jillian Sweeney was recognized for earning the 2020-2021 Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award. The surprise presentation came from Dr. Jessica Leonard and Dr. Joy Voss from Saint Louis University School of Education during a staff professional development meeting on Jan. 15.
Each year, Pattonville School District provides the opportunity for students, staff and parents to honor employees who make a difference through the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year recognition programs. The honorees of these programs exemplify what it means to be part of the Pattonville community. Nomination forms for the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year awards are available on the Pattonville website at www.psdr3.org/nominate and throughout the district.
Pattonville’s counseling staff created a website dedicated to mental health and wellness to provide resources and support students, staff and family members through the stress and anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know a healthy mind and body influences your stress levels and your ability to deal with stress,” said Michael Boulanger, counselor for the Positive School and alternative programs at Pattonville High School. Boulanger created the website with input and suggestions from other counselors in the district.
We want to make you aware of two important changes to our calendars for the remainder of the first semester. Next week, there are no classes from Nov. 25 through 27. With Monday, Nov. 23, being our normal virtual learning day, we have decided to switch Tuesday, Nov. 24, from an in-person day for students with the last name A-K to a 100% virtual learning day for all students. This will help balance out instruction and allow every student to have two days of instruction next week. We will use this same structure next month for the days leading up to winter break. Monday, Dec. 21 will be our normal virtual learning day, and Tuesday, Dec. 22, will be changed to a 100% virtual learning day for all students instead of in-person for some students. Below is a summary of these dates.
The Pattonville Community Action Team (PCAT) is offering “Healing the Cove,” a series of free online sessions designed to provide Pattonville families, staff and community members with information and support on a variety of topics related to mental health and well-being. Each month during the school year, PCAT will offer two online sessions on topics facing local families, such as coping with stress, suicide prevention for caregivers, getting control of your finances and helping your child with anxiety. The sessions are free, but require pre-registration. For more information or to register, go online at bit.ly/healingthecove.
Students in Ms. Shannon Fleming's class enjoyed spending time outside at the new playground area at the Pattonville Early Childhood Center. The space was created thanks to the PTO applying for a grant from the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund.
PTO treasurer and school secretary Laura Wick said they received $4,800 to build it.