Riverview Gardens Named Innovative District by the International Center for Leadership in Education
In addition to presenting at the 2016 Model School's Conference, Riverview Gardens School District has been named one of the 2016 Innovative Districts by the International Center for Leadership in Education. The designation was based on several factors including:
RGSD's systemwide approach, being able to move systems forward to create cultures of innovation in its own way
The schools in the district have embraced a systemwide vision and “made it their own”
There are pockets of success across multiple schools with respect to student learning, including rapid improvement
As district leaders, RGSD has embraced the three elements of organizational leadership, instructional leadership and teaching as a way to support instructional excellence
The district has specific focus areas that are being addressed in innovative ways
As district leaders, RGSD recognizes that students come first and is on a continuous road of improvement
The district will be honored at the 24th Annual Model Schools Conference in June.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Board of Education will wait until June to decide whether to upgrade the accreditation status of the Riverview Gardens School District in suburban St. Louis.
Riverview Gardens and the nearby Normandy School District, both in St. Louis County, are the only unaccredited districts in Missouri. As a result, students in those districts are free to transfer - at the districts' expense - to better-performing schools. Hundreds do, costing the districts millions of dollars.
At a meeting Tuesday in Jefferson City, Riverview Gardens Superintendent Scott Spurgeon said test scores are up, finances are stabilizing and other factors suggest accreditation should be upgraded to provisional. video
State Board of Education sets goals for Riverview Gardens schools
The Riverview Gardens School District was handed a road map Tuesday for how it could receive the state’s seal of approval in June and end a three-year migration of students from its schools.
The Missouri Board of Education met in Jefferson City with Superintendent Scott Spurgeon to lay out specific performance targets the north St. Louis County district must meet to receive an upgrade in accreditation status once the school year ends.
The district has demonstrated performance gains for three years. Last school year, it did well enough to qualify for full accreditation.
Koch Principal Named SLSEPA New Exemplary Principal
Howard Fields was recently named the 2016 New Exemplary Principal by SLSEPA of the Missouri Association of Elementary Principals.This recognition is given to principals in his or her second or third year as a principal. Honorees demonstrate exemplary performance in the demonstration of skills that reflect the best in educational leadership . Honorees will be recognized onMarch 12thduring the Celebration of Leadership Banquet at the 2016 MAESP Leadership Conference.
Accreditation consideration: Riverview Gardens, St. Louis top state school board agenda
St. Louis schools will get another hearing by the state school board Tuesday on their request for an upgrade to full accreditation, while board members will also discuss a framework that could lift Riverview Gardens up to provisional accreditation.
A change for Riverview Gardens, which could come at the end of the current school year, would raise questions about whether students who have been transferring from the unaccredited district since 2013 would be able to continue to do so.
At its meeting last month, the state board took note of progress by both districts in their latest annual report card. Riverview Gardens has moved to 79.3 percent from 28.6 percent in just two years; St. Louis rose to 76.1 percent from 45.3 percent last year. But despite the improvements, the board said it wanted to ensure that the growth is sustained before it changes accreditation status for either district.more
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Koch Elementary School Principal Wins BOOK IT Challenge
Koch Elementary School will receive 101 copies ofDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Old Schooldue to the innovation and dedication of the school's leadership team. Encouraged by staff, principal Howard Fields entered the Principal Challenge sponsored by Pizza Hut during National Young Readers Week and won! Fields read a book atop the Koch roof in record low temperatures to students, staff and community to energize young scholars around reading for fun.
RiverviewGardensNJROTC team will once again attend the Flight Academy this year thanks to a $20,000 donation from Boeing. In celebrating its Centennial, Boeing will once again sponsor students on the the trip to Florida as well as invite them to participate in the visit of the Blue Angels when they perform for the Spirit of St. Louis Airshow in May.