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"Cronies" Encore Screening Set for UCHS  June 18

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Photo of Cronies

Reel Media and the University City High PTO will host a special encore screening of Spike Lee Presents ...CRONIES: A Michael J. Larnell Project. This special screening will be held  at the University City High School Auditorium Saturday June 18th, 2016. Doors open @6:45pm. The film will be followed by a Q&A Panel Discussion with the filmmakers. Celebrate National Friends Day (June 8) by purchasing tickets for you and a friend for this very special event. Your purchase ill help support the work of the UCHS PTO.

Cronies, a comedy/drama by written and directed by Larnell, was filmed on location in St. Louis with many scenes filmed right in University City. In the movie, the longtime friendship between Louis and Jack is threatened when a newcomer gets in the mix. A St. Louis native, Larnell says he wrote the film to "tell a different story" about male friendships.

"In my hometown of St. Louis, opportunities for young people are few, and rarely evident. People often have to seek possibilities beyond the societies in which they were raised. The pursuit of opportunity is also often mistaken for the betrayal of old friends and the communities in which they grew up - especially when those opportunities create interaction among different races and social classes. At the same time, the expanded professional networks provide a chance for cross-cultural communication, meaningful bonds of friendship and understanding of other cultures. This dichotomy of racial integration is integral to St. Louis and to CRONIES."

"I wrote CRONIES to address this conflict and to tell a different story about male friendships - one that was rooted in love, enriched with my own experiences, and brightened by the universal humor inherent in growing pains. I have always had an interest in showing the difficulty and awkwardness of young men expressing their love for one another. The simplicity of childhood friendship becomes complicated as old friends develop new relationships, and the tension and competition, resulting from these growing pains is real. In hindsight, it’s also funny and enlightening. I wanted to show a character drifting away from childhood friendships in the pursuit of his own growth and opportunities. Cronies is a story about the choices we have to make, set against a backdrop of the circumstances that inform our lives .The characters are my friends, the location is my hometown, and the story is my authentic reflection of the ways in which young men figure out how to show love among friends, both old and new."

For more about the film, click here.



 

 



Barbara C. Jordan Back-to-Back Champs!
Barbara C. Jordan fifth-grade ballroom dancing team are the 2016 St Louis Dancing Classrooms Champions....for the second year in a row! This year (2015-2016) our team consisted of: the Merengue Team: Larryn Porter and Erielle Porter, the Fox Trot team: Stephon Riggins and Jayla Foster, the Rumba team: Keon Benson and Calese Hampton, the Tango team: Jacob Cox and Lailah Brown, the Swing team: Alex Corona and Jasmine Adorno and our Team Captains: DonduJuan (DJ) Washington and Tori Strickland. Last years team (2014-2015) consisted of: the Merengue team: Steven Gatewood and Chloe Richardson, the Foxtrot team: Geovanni Weick and Ayanna Mullins, the Rumba team: Carl Walker and Janaye Stampley, the Tango team: Albert Smith and Leniyah Robinson, the Swing team: Willie Simpson and Breanna Edwards and the team captains: DeMarco Howard and Kelly Binder.

This year's competition was held May 10, 2016, at Scottish Rite Auditorium.
Brittany Woods Bound!
Elementary students across the district participated in the annal Field Day event that helps introduce students from all four elementary schools in preparation for their transition to Brittany Woods Middle School. (Curtis Conyears photo)

Buchanan,  Slater Set to Join District for 2016-17

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Dr. Ian P. Buchanan will assume duties as Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Services.

Dr. Tiffany Slater has been hired as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

The School District of University City is pleased to announce new additions to the Administration for the 2016-17 school year:

Dr. Ian P. Buchanan will join the district July 1, 2016 as Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Services. Dr. Buchanan brings a wealth of experience to the district having served previously as an adult education (GED) instructor in The School District of University City, a high school mathematics teacher, and as a principal at the middle and elementary school level. Dr. Buchanan has done extensive work with parent and community engagement and worked as an education consultant specializing in turnaround strategies. He also served as an executive with Teach for America.

Dr. Buchanan is currently the Deputy Director of the Parent Leadership Advocacy Institute/Democrats for Education Reform in Memphis TN.

A St. Louis native, Dr. Buchanan has been recognized for increasing academic achievement. During his tenure as Principal of Gateway Middle School in the St. Louis Public Schools, Dr. Buchanan led efforts that resulted in the school making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 11 of 12 subgroups, a feat accomplished by no other non-gifted middle school in the district. In addition, the mathematics scores on the MAP test increased by over 100% in two years.

During Dr. Buchanan’s five-year tenure as principal of Garfield Elementary School in the Normandy School District, the number of K-3 students reading proficiently moved from 24% to 63% over a two-year span.

Dr. Buchanan earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from The University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s degree in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, and his Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Buchanan received North County Inc.’s 30 Leaders in their 30’s Award, the Maxine Clark Principal of the Year Award, and The St. Louis American Newspaper’s Salute to Excellence in Education Award.

Dr. Tiffany Slater will also join the District July 1, 2016 as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Dr. Slater has nearly 20 years experience as a human resources professional; she comes to the District after serving 10 years as Director of Human Resources in the Hazelwood School District supporting more than 2,000 employees.

Prior to her work with the Hazelwood School District, Dr. Slater worked for the President Casino, Home Depot, McCormack Baron (now McCormack, Baron and Salazar) and Whitney Design. Dr. Slater earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in human resources from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a master’s degree in human resources management from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy—Organization Development from Benedictine University in Springfield IL in 2015.

Dr. Slater is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the School Human Resources and Career Services Administration (SHRCSA) and the Organization Development Network St. Louis.  Dr. Slater received a 30 Leaders in Their 30s award from North County Incorporated in 2010. The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative selected Dr. Slater to participate in its 2012-2013 Initiative Fellows Program.  The program establishes a framework to magnify leadership capacity and add to leadership competencies through professional development, relationship building and civic engagement.

 


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