2015 Back-to-School Rally, National Night Out Aug. 4

11 days ago

Thank you to our supporters! Vendor booths are FULL - only standby registrations being accepted

Donor/sponsor and event volunteer registrations are still needed! 

The School District of University City and the University City Police Department are once again joining forces to host the 2015 Back-to-School Rally and National Night Out celebration. The event will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 on the campus of the Ronald E. McNair Administration Building  at 8136 Groby Road. 

University City students, parents and community members are welcome to participate in this free event where the community comes together to kick off the school year, increase neighborhood spirit and strengthen community/police partnerships.

The first day of school is Tuesday, Aug. 11, so attendees will get a jump start on preparing for the school year as a favorite giveaway includes backpacks filled with grade-level school supplies (limited number, will not be distributed until AFTER official event opening ceremony). This fun-filled event also includes a performance stage featuring AJSR (click here), petting zoo, bounce houses, food and drinks, painting, music, entertainment, haircuts, health screening information, hands-on educational activities, information about crime and drug prevention, and much more. All free and open to the public.

We will also offer $10 student-athlete physicals. We also expect the return of St. Louis Urgent Care (confirmation still pending), providing $10 general pediatric physicals for any U. City student during the event or at nearby locations following the event (more details available at the event).

WITS, INC. ( will be providing 15-minute computer repair and maintenance work sessions along with information for community members to get computers, laptops and tablets for free or at significantly reduced prices. Session schedule is as follows:
    5:15 & 6:15 p.m. - How not to get a virus or Malware on your computer
    5:30 & 6:30 p.m. - Computer upgrades you can do yourself: Memory
    5:45 & 6:45 p.m. - Computer upgrades you can do yourself: Hard Drives
    6 & 7 p.m. - Importance of computer security and protecting yourself and your family on the internet

“Our partnership with the police department works so well. It makes sense to combine the celebrations,” said Joylynn Pruitt, Ed.D., superintendent of schools. “By joining forces, we’re able to leverage the community’s time, so they can enjoy the fun activities, giveaways and helpful information concentrated into one event,” she said.

“We’re looking forward to another great year,” said Chief of Police Charles Adams. “I’m pleased we’re able to come together in this way, and we’re once again calling for volunteers.”

Donors/Sponsors, Volunteers and Booth Reservations

Volunteers, donors/sponsors and organizations interested in setting up booths are needed. Registration deadline is July 15. Please call the Communications Department at 314-290-4019, e-mail or visit for more information.

  • Financial support from the community is critical for the success of this event. (Superintendent's support letter • District Donation Form • Police Chief's letter) See 2015 donor list below...
  • Volunteers are needed for two shifts during the event to help with registration, activity check-in stations and other tasks. Registration deadline is July 15. (Google Form Link or Volunteer PDF Form)
  • Free booths  for local community and educational organizations as well as businesses are currently FULL. We are accepting "stand-by" applications only. Booth application deadline is July 15. (Google Form Link or Booth PDF Form)

Questions about the event? Call 314-290-4019 or email 

Special thanks to our 2015 donors who are supporting this event either through the School District of University City or University City Police Department:

  • A.J.S.R Production LLC
  • Lupton Chapel Inc.
  • Mi Ranchito
  • Peacock Loop Diner
  • Blueberry Hill
  • Winco Window
  • Albertin Auto Body
  • Platinum Nails & Spa
  • American Cleaners
  • The Melting Pot
  • St. Louis Bubble Tea
  • Kol Rinah
  • Droege Tree Care, Inc.
  • Nail Spa
  • Long Ben International – DBA Yun Natural Care
  • RG Ross Construction Co., Inc.
  • Ms. Rachel Mitchell
  • Focus Group Members: Holston Black, Jim Cline, John Cross, Nova Felton, Edna Foxworth, Melcine Henderson, Debra Jones, Linda Peoples Jones, Sharon Logan, Mike Miller, Gloria Nickerson, Byron Price, Kevin Taylor, Mae Etta Weston and Sue Anne Whitener.

High School Earns NCA CASI National Accreditation

24 days ago

Designation Focuses on School Improvement  and Increased Student Performance

University City High School recently earned the AdvanceEd Accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). The rigorous process  included a self assessment, stakeholder surveys for parents, teachers, community leaders and students and on-site visits from knowledgeable, independent reviewers.

Representatives from NCA CASI will be on hand to present the accreditation award to UCHS Principal Michael Maclin and Superintendent Dr. Joylnn Pruitt at the August 20, 2015 Board of Education meeting beginning at 7pm

NCA CASI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems nationally. The designation goes far beyond certifying whether a school is "good enough." Instead, the NCA CASI commitment is to help schools improve by focusing on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet NCA CASI's standards of high quality and successful professional practice.

The public is invited to celebrate this outstanding accomplishment at the August 20, 2015 Board meeting at the McNair Administrative Center, 8136 Groby Road. The meeting begins at 7pm.

District’s Adult Ed Program Graduates New Class

24 days ago

High school graduation is a dream deferred for some students for a variety of reasons. But recently several adult learners experienced the thrill of crossing the stage, turning their tassels and receiving their high school equivalency certification during the 2015 University City School District Adult Education and Literacy Program Honors Day ceremony.

“Tonight we’re celebrating each one of our students receiving their high school diploma through our HiSET program; it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to give honor to those who worked so hard throughout the year and it’s also an opportunity to celebrate the community partners like Women in Charge, who work tirelessly to teach and mentor our students,” said Clarence Ware,  coordinator of the District’s AEL program.

Nine students participated in the Honors Day ceremony and received their certifications as family and friends cheered them on during the ceremony held at the McNair Administration Building. In total, 16 students completed the program and received their HiSET certification this program year.

“We are pleased the students have made such great steps to advance their education and improve their ability to grow professionally,” said Ann Getz, AEL district HSE instructor placed at Women in Charge. Women in Charge also provides tutors, mentors and childcare services for women attending this District off site HSE class.

The new graduates received encouraging words from DeSiree King who was once in their shoes. DeSiree earned her GED (now HiSET) through the Women in Charge program in 2010. She is currently enrolled at Columbia College and expects to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services in December 2015.

“I’m proud of their persistence; their fight to finish,” King said of the graduates. “You’re an example of what it means to be extraordinary,” she added.

The AEL program provides basic education to adults, ages 17 and over, so they may become productive, self-sufficient, and contributing members of society. The main focus is to provide programs and services in three core areas:

  • HiSET: In January, 2014, the State of Missouri switched from the GED Test to the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), a computer, college-ready based exam.  
  • Literacy Education:  AEL has trained, volunteer tutors who work one-on-one with individuals to improve vocabulary, comprehension, writing skills, and/or prepare for job searches.  
  • English as a Second Language: The focus of ESL is to provide students, for whom English is not their primary language, with a working knowledge of English in preparation for citizenship tests, the workplace, additional education, and daily living.
  • For more information on the District’s AEL program or to volunteer, call 314-290-4052 or visit University City AEL online at

    To view the entire 18-minute AEL Honors Day program, click here.


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