Welcome Reception for Dr. Sharonica Hardin

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The Board of Education held a welcome reception for incoming superintendent Dr. Sharonica Hardin on February 9, 2016; more than 100 friends, family and community members attended the public reception held at the McNair Administration Center. Dr. Hardin will assume the duties of Superintendent on July 1, 2016. Dr. Joylynn Pruitt announced her retirement at the start of the school year and is leaving the District after 16 years, the last nine as Superintendent.  For more photos from the reception click here.

Dr. Lisa Brenner, Board of Education President, welcomes Dr. Hardin to the District.

Dr. Hardin receives some advice from a fan during the reception.

2016 Equations Open Marks End of Era for Founders

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Equations participants take a break between rounds of the 2016 University City Equations Open Tournament held recently ay University City High School. Nearly 400 students, a record number, participated in this year's event.

Greg Rhoades, left, the incoming Equations director, reviews results with founders Tom and Mary Campbell and longtime volunteer Judy Maffit (standing rear).

Isaiah Sweeny, Flynn Park 4th grader, coached by Matt Sweeny, took home 3rd place honors in the Top Tier Individuals category.

The 2016 University City Equations Open was a record-breaking event with more than 75 teams and nearly 400 students competing. The tournament, now in its 19th year, is hosted by the UCHS PTO and coordinated by many, many dedicated volunteers. This year's tournament was bittersweet for co-founders founders Mary Ellen and Tom Campbell and longtime volunteer Judy Maffit who are all turning over the reins to new leadership. Greg Rhoades, who assisted Maffit with the tournament, will take over as lead coordinator beginning with the 2017 tournament.

Tom and Mary Ellen Campbell were as busy as ever with this year's tournament but Tom took a minute to reminisce about the origins of the event.

"Mary Ellen and I became involved after seeing a local tournament and thinking, 'we should do this at Flynn Park,'" he said while peering out over the hustle and bustle in the gymnasium. After talking with other Flynn Park parents including Chris Dadian, the group began hosting smaller events at churches in the area. Tom and Chris added the technology touches to help keep the events organized and it wasn't long before the tournament began to grow tremendously.

Cindy Thierry, UCHS PTO president, was on hand to thank the Campbells and Maffit for their years of service.

"We can never thank them enough for all they have done for our children and our District," Thierry said while presenting the trio with gifts from the PTO.

In a letter to volunteers, Maffit said, "Planning this event over the years has been such a rewarding experience, and I have really enjoyed partnering with Greg Rhoades this year.  It’s easier to take a step back knowing that the U City Open is in very good hands next year." Maffit, who has volunteered with the tournament for 17 years and worked as Lead Coordinator for the last nine years, offered her thanks to the volunteers who helped make the tournament a success including: Tom & Mary Ellen Campbell – U City Open Founders (along with Chris Dadian), volunteer coordinator Connie Mueller, head judge Bob Coulter and judges Berit Nelson, Dave Cole, Greg Zink-Duda, Jenny McPheeters, Lyndlee Mabry, Melissa Biehl, Nicholas Clement. Additional volunteers this year included Board of Education President Lisa Brenner, Maryanne Coley, Sarah Holahan, Blake Hoel, Laquette Collins, Kristin Soifer, Sam Rhoades, Steve Greenberg, Edie Greenberg, Glo Nickerson, Monaye Dockett, Beverly Brandt, Edward Brandt, Lisa Kuehne, Marty Walter, Celina McGinnis, Alex Portnoy, Michael Lee Hill, Alva Bomar, Becky Immer, Hyla Bondareff, Jackie Grosklos, Joshua Dean, Michael Miller, and Mark Gillispie. 

Results from the tournament are below. 

Top Tier Teams

 

Grade

Place

Team

Coach

Organization

6-8

1

North Middle A

Sarah Boyd

North Kirkwood Middle School

 

2

Be Greater Than Average

Jenny McPheeters

New City School

 

3

Carry the One

Laura Schowalter

Nipher Middle School

 

4

North Middle B

Sara Boyd

North Kirkwood Middle School

 

 

 

 

 

5

1

Meramec Math Magicians

Bob Coulter

Meramec Elementary

 

2

K-Cool Radicals

Nick Clement

Kennard CJA

 

3

K-Forbidden 1’s

Nick Clement

Kennard CJA

 

4

Concord Elementary

Parag Parikh

Concord Elementary

 

5

Multiplying Magicians

Amanda Rashford

ARCH Homeschool

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

K-Growling # 1’s

Nick Clement

Kennard CJA

 

2

K-Divide and Conquer

Nick Clement

Kennard CJA

 

3

RAAAJ

Rasmy Nair Variath

Parkway

 

 

 

 

 

3

1

Dark Dividers

Amanda Rashford

ARCH Homeschool

 

2

K-Forbidden Flubbers

Nick Clement

Kennard CJA

 

3

Spoede – Team 2

Dave Cole

Ladue School District

 

Top Tier Individuals

 

 Grade

Place

Player

Coach

Organization

6-8

1

Zoë Krug

Laura Schowalter

Nipher Middle School

 

2

Seppo Hoijarvi

Amanda Rashford

ARCH Homeschool

 

2

Tommy Koster

Linda Kim

Community School

 

4

Jason Hoffarth

Sarah Boyd

North Kirkwood Middle School

 

5

Rowan Burba

Sarah Boyd

North Kirkwood Middle School

 

6

Michael Rashford

Amanda Rashford

ARCH Homeschool

 

 

 

 

 

5

1

Chloe Ong

Nick Clement

Kennard CJA

 

2

Ismael Robles-Razzaq

Bob Coulter

Meramec Elementary

 

3

Katie De la Paz

Bob Coulter

Meramec Elementary

 

4

Jackson Leonard

Bob Coulter

Meramec Elementary

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

Prakash Ramakrishnan

Nick Clement

Kennard CJA

 

2

Finn Simmons

Nick Clement

Kennard CJA

 

3

Isaiah Sweeney

Matt Sweeney

Flynn Park

 

 

 

 

 

3

1

Alex Pantazopoulos

Nick Clement

Kennard CJA

 

2

Jonathon Yao

Dave Cole

Ladue School District

 

3

Charles Mathis

Amanda Rashford

ARCH Homeschool

 

4

Tess Simmons

Nick Clement

Kennard CJA

 

5

Henry Oliver

Megan Covert

Community School

 

Mathletes prepare for the first round of the 2016 University City Equations Open.

Superintendent Pruitt talks with a tournament volunteer during a break in the action.

Game time fun attendance incentive
As part of attendance incentives for January, Barbara C. Jordan students with perfect attendance, no tardies and other good behavior standards earned game-time rewards. Older students were eligible for time on the Game Truck while younger students enjoy games in the school gym.
Black History Month Events 2016
Upcoming events:
• Flynn Park Passport Night - to be rescheduled due to inclement weather
• Fri., Feb. 19 - Pershing African-American Read In
• Wed., Feb. 24 - UCHS Black History Assembly during Seminar
• Wed., Feb. 24 - 6 p.m. - Pershing Black History Program
• Thurs., Feb. 25 - 6:30 p.m. - Jackson Park Black History Program
• Thurs., Feb. 25 - 6:00 p.m. - Barbara C. Jordan Black History Program
• Mon., Feb. 29 - 9 a.m. - Flynn Park African-American Read In

Past events:
• Fri., Feb. 5 - 8:45 a.m. - Jackson Park African-American Read In
• Tues., Feb. 9 - 6:30 p.m. - Jackson Park Passport Festival

2016 University City Equations Open Photos

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2016 Top Tier Teams

1st Place Grades 6-8 is North Middle A from North Kirkwood Middle School.

2nd Place Grades 6-8 is Be Greater Than Average from New City School.

3rd Place Grades 6-8 is Carry The One from Nipher Middle School.

4th Place Grades 6-8 is North Middle B from North Kirkwood Middle School.

1st Place Grade 5 is Meramec Math Magicians from Meramec Elementary School.

2nd Place Grade 5 is K-Cool Radicals from Kennard CJA.

3rd Place Grade 5 is K-Forbidden 1's from Kennard CJA.

4th Place Grade 5 is Concord Elementary.

5th Place Grade 5 is Multiplying Magicians from ARCH Homeschool.

1st Place Grade 4 is K-Growling #1's from Kennard CJA.

2nd Place Grade 4 is K-Divide and Conquer from Kennard CJA.

3rd Place Grade 4 is RAAAJ from Parkway.

1st Place Grade 3 is Dark Dividers from ARCH Homeschool.

2nd Place Grade 3 is K-Forbidden Flubbers from Kennard CJA.

3rd Place Grade 3 is Spoede Team 2 from Ladue School District.

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Top Tier Individuals

Michael Rashford, 6th Place, Grades 6-8, ARCH Homeschool.

Rowan Burba, 5th Place, North Kirkwood Middle.

Jason Hoffarth, 4th Place, Grades 6-8, North Kirkwood Middle.

Tommy Koster, 2nd Place Grades 6-8, Community School.

Seppo Hoijarvi, 2nd Place, Grades 6-8, ARCH Homeschool.

Zoe Krug 1st Place, Grades 6-8, Nipher Middle.

Chloe Ong, 1st Place, Grade 5, Kennard CJA.

Katie De La Paz, 3rd Place, Grade 5, Meramec Elementary.

Isaiah Sweeny, 3rd Place Grade 4, Flynn Park Elementary.

Finn Simmons, 2nd Place Grade 4, Kennard CJA

Prakash Ramakrishnan, 1st Place Grade 4, Kennard CJA.


Tess Simmons 3rd Grade, Kennard CJA.


PLEASE SEND CORRECTIONS TO: COMMUNICATIONS@UCITYSCHOOLS.ORG

Celebrating Black History: Blackberry Lane Elementary Becomes Ronald E. McNair Center

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Did you know that the current McNair Administration Center was previously Blackberry Lane Elementary School? In 1988, Blackberry Lane Elementary became The Ronald E. McNair Sixth Grade Center, named for NASA's first African-American astronaut who was killed in the Challenger explosion in 1986. The Sixth Grade Center later became the Ronald E. McNair Administration Center that now houses the University City Board of Education, the Superintendent's office and other administrative offices.

Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D.:
Ronald Erwin McNair was born October 21, 1950, in Lake City, South Carolina. While in junior high school, Dr. McNair was inspired to work hard and persevere in his studies by his family and by a teacher who recognized his scientific potential and believed in him. Dr. McNair graduated as valedictorian from Carver High School in 1967. In 1971, he graduated magna cum laude and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro). Dr. McNair then enrolled in the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1976, at the age of 26, he earned his Ph.D. in laser physics. His dissertation was titled, “Energy Absorption and Vibrational Heating in Molecules Following Intense Laser Excitation.” Dr. McNair was presented an honorary doctorate of Laws from North Carolina A&T State University in 1978, an honorary doctorate of Science from Morris College in 1980, and an honorary doctorate of science from the University of South Carolina in 1984.

While working as a staff physicist with Hughes Research Laboratory, Dr. McNair soon became a recognized expert in laser physics. His many distinctions include being a Presidential Scholar (1971-74), a Ford Foundation Fellow (1971-74), a National Fellowship Fund Fellow (1974-75), and a NATO Fellow (1975). He was also a sixth degree black belt in karate and an accomplished saxophonist. Because of his many accomplishments, he was selected by NASA for the space shuttle program in 1978. His first space shuttle mission launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center on February 3, 1984. Dr. Ronald E. McNair was the second African American to fly in space. Two years later he was selected to serve as mission specialist aboard the ill-fated U.S. Challenger space shuttle. He was killed instantly when the Challenger exploded one minute, thirteen seconds after it was launched. Dr. McNair was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. After his death in the Challenger Space Shuttle accident on January 28, 1986, members of Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Their goal was to encourage low-income and first-generation college students, and students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups to expand their educational opportunities by enrolling in a Ph.D. program and ultimately pursue an academic career. This program is dedicated to the high standards of achievement inspired by Dr. McNair’s life.

For information about the McNair Scholars program, click here.


2016 Returning Artist Reception - Feb. 25
The community is invited to attend the Thurs., Feb. 25, 2016 Returning Artist Reception for Wiley Price. Reception begins at 7 p.m. in the McNair Board Room, 8136 Groby Road (63130) and is sponsored by the University City Municipal Commission on Arts and Letters. Event is free and open to the public.
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