Heard in the Halls

Heard in the Halls: 6.17.20

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Students at the school have been making the most of a recent Innovative Technology Education Fund grant. They used the money to help local senior citizens create and share personal histories and experiences through vlogs and podcasts. As part of the program, students also taught them how to use social media and iPads.

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Visitors to the Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City will be able to see junior Rory Meister’s artwork (pictured) on display as part of a Missouri Art Education Association and Missouri Alliance for Arts Education competition. District 15 Sen. Andrew Koening and MAEA/MAEA representatives chose Meister’s piece to be included in the program, which is designed to encourage legislators to support funding for the arts in schools.

The school community has been hard at work serving others during the COVID-19 crisis. Faculty members donated personal protective equipment to local medical facilities, some of it made with the school’s 3D printing equipment. MICDS’ foodservice partner made a contribution to Operation Food Search, and parents and students have created thousands of face masks for local healthcare professionals.

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The Parkway School District music program has received national accolades for its commitment to teaching students. It recently was awarded the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The program honors schools and districts that have kept music at the forefront of their efforts to provide a well rounded education. Use of funding, teacher qualifications, commitment to high standards, and access to music instruction are considered in awarding the designation.

The district’s Parkway West High School also received some high honors. Its yearbook program was one of just 20 schools in the country to earn the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker Award. The yearbook staff received special recognition as well. Awards were announced during a live virtual presentation from Minneapolis.


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