Heard in the Halls: 11.18.20
st. austin school | The school, which serves students in prekindergarten through grade eight, was named to the Catholic Education Honor Roll by The Cardinal Newman Society. The award recognizes schools that demonstrate a strong interpretation of Catholic identity and high academic standards.
Students and staff went all out to make Halloween a hair-raising spectacle on the school’s campus. Upper school drama students staged scary drive-through performances, and attendees were treated to popcorn and glow sticks as they moved along Carpe Diem Drive. Lower school students enjoyed a fun Halloween parade and other spooky activities to celebrate the holiday.
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Seventh-grade English language arts teacher Tiffany Lundy kept her students in stitches by wearing a different Halloween costume for virtual lessons each day in October. She said it was a fun way to interact with her classes and keep them engaged during online learning.
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Math educator Jennifer Gardner was selected as an Emerson 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. The program recognizes more than 100 local teachers each year. “Jennifer is a passionate leader for all students, and her ability to connect with young learners is evident each day,” says Ladue Schools superintendent Jim Wipke. Gardner is in her 14th year with the district.
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Mike Rohlfing, the school’s director of marketing communications and a 2005 graduate, picked up a Mid-America Emmy Award nomination for his PSA, “Distracted Driving—It Can Wait.” The video was filmed last year during a car accident simulation staged for students by West County Safety House and local fire and police stations. Mid-America Emmy winners will be announced Nov. 21 during a virtual award presentation
Because their annual field trip was canceled due to COVID-19, kindergarten students instead were treated to a colorful Halloween pumpkin patch outing on the school’s front lawn, funded by a local donor. Faculty and staff scattered more than 45 pumpkins across the yard, and the children got to choose their favorites.