Middle and High School scholars at St. Louis College Prep were honored for their achievements during Cycle III at a special honors assembly last week.Read More
Thanks to a generous UMSL mini-grant all instructional staff at St. Louis College recently received two days of intensive Kagan Professional Development focused on improving cooperative learning in the classrooms.
Principal Lauren Chaney said that the skills learned in the workshops have already started to be implemented in our classrooms in the first week of Cycle 4.
“The professional development opportunity to introduce Kagan Cooperative Learning to our staff during PD week was such a great experience,” she said. “Teachers are able to bring some of the strategies that we learned at Kagan straight into the classroom on Day 1! Scholars will be working in teams, holding each other accountable and process information more with classmates! This was a great opportunity which we will continue to grow from going forward!”
The training, held in O’Fallon, MO, featured two workshops.
The first workshop, Accelerating Achievement, focused on strategies to encourage participation by each student in a group learning project, provided guidance for helping students develop a circle of peer encouragement, support, and tutoring, helped teachers master structures designed to address the 5 dimensions of accelerated achievement, all of which will lead to boosted test scores.
The second workshop, Higher Level Thinking Skills, explored the 15 most fundamental thinking skills and jump-start critical and creative thinking.
Improving the use of group work in all of our classrooms will ensure that every scholar is involved in and benefiting from the learning process leading to greater knowledge retention and better performance on tests. This workshop was specifically designed to give instructors tools to help the student improve their creative and critical thinking skills - a key aspect of the rigorous learning environment required to ready our scholars for college success.
Thanks to a bevy of generous supporters, St. Louis College Prep had its best showing ever this year in the Brackets For Good competition, a friendly March Madness inspired competition between St. Louis area nonprofits.
In total, St. Louis College Prep raised over $4,000 in the competition, making it to Round 4 (the Engaged 8) and more than doubling the amount raised during the competition last year.Read More
St. Louis College Prep's gym was filled with basketball talent Saturday, as nine teams competed to see who could win the title of the Second Annual SCP 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament champions.
Teams were comprised of school staff and their friends, school scholars, and a variety of community supporters.Read More
The SCP 8th Grade Leadership League is working to raise over $500 for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society through a Pennies for Pasta fundraiser.
Last year, the school was able to raise close to $800 during this annual campaign.
All money raised goes to providing access to blood cancer treatments for youth in the St. Louis region.
The Pennies for Pasta campaign will start on Monday, April 3, and will run for about 3 weeks.
The advisory who raises the most money during the campaign will be rewarded with an Olive Garden catered lunch. For more information please visit http://www.studentseries.org/
The entire 7th-grade class will have a chance to tour both the Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Art Museum next Wednesday as part of an educational field trip intended to reinforce material being studied during Cycle 4.
"Right now we are reading Akata Witch which takes place in Nigeria," said Kate Leenarts. "So we will be taking them to the art museum which has a really great first-floor African display. The kids will be looking at some of the masks and different tribal artifacts to give us additional background knowledge for the book.
"The history museum currently has an exhibit about the civil rights movement here in St. Louis, and that has been an on going topic all year in both social studies and ELA as well as in some of our service learning projects," sad Leenarts.
She said the scholars would each have a clipboard with some guiding questions and activities for each of the exhibits.
"I am hoping the art museum will be more like a scavenger hunt where they are finding different pieces," she explained. "The civil rights exhibit will be more about big guiding questions for the scholar to consider as the read and watch the displays. Then we will hopefully do some sort of group discussion about it when we get back."
Coach Richard Long is excited about St. Louis College Prep's first-ever track team.
"We have a really good foundation right now and have a number of students who ran track previously in 8th grade and 9th grade or who ran cross country in the fall," he said.
The team will participate in its first meet of the season on April 6 at the PHL Relay held at Gateway STEM High School (5101 McRee Ave., St.Louis). The event kicks off at 4:15 p.m.
Long said both the girls and boys track teams have been working hard to prepare for the season, with after school practices 4 days a week since the beginning of March.
"We are using the track here at the school," he said. "It is a 200-meter track so it does us justice. It not about where you are at, but about what you do in that space.
"This year we are focused on running, running, running," he added. "We will be competing in everything from the 100 to the 3,200 and all of the relays. We do not have the equipment to participate in field events right so we are just focused on the track portion."
The teams have spent most of their time focused on running form and getting used to competing on a track.
"We will focus on weight training next year," said Long. "We are still at the Freshman, JV level this year so I just want the to accustomed to the track before we start throwing things on them. We do general core work during practice to get their core strength up."
He said the school has built their season of 5 meets around of theory of accessibility for both the athletes and their families.
"Most of the meets are at Gateway, which is only 8 minutes from the school so the families can actually come to them," he said. "All of the meets start after 4 and they usually run for 3 to 4 hours, so that family time to come out even if they don't get off until later. We want as many people as possible to come out and support our scholars."
Long said he has already seen some standout runners in the practices.
"Kobe Cole ran cross country in the fall and has kept running so he is in pretty good shape," said Long. "Kalind Anderson was actually a Junior Nationals qualifier in 8th grad so I am excited to see what he can do this year."
On the girls team, Long said he will be watching Amya Jones and Alexis Mangrum.
"Alexis is new to track but she has really strong abilities," he said.
Although he has high hopes for the team, Long said they will not be able to participate in state competitions this year, but he hopes that is something they work toward for next year.
"I have had them all set their own personal goals for the season and I want to see them meet those goals," said Long. "We are also going to be getting the state numbers so they can compare themselves and see where they will be next year. They can see if they would have made it to the conference or district or state level and that will give them something to look forward to for next year."
The team includes Kalind Anderson, Bakari Dorsey, Dakiah Barner, David Chandler, Marcus Strohmeyer, Braiden Cole, Kobe Cole, Amya Jones, Alexis Mangrum and Opal Strohmeyer.
St. Louis College Prep middle school science students have a new teacher for Cycle 4, as Ameerah Fairley joins the school's instructional staff.
"I love teaching science because it is so relatable to real life," said Fairley. "I love that ah-ha moment that kids have when they think it is so hard, but I break it down to where they can understand it. When they have that moment, it really makes me love my job."
Failey has been creating that moment for St. Louis area students for the past 8 years, starting her career as a high school science teacher with St. Louis City Public Schools.
"I started off teaching biology, human anatomy and physiology, and chemistry," she said. "Then I moved to Central Middle School in Riverview Gardens and found I absolutely loved teaching on the middle school level.
But after three years at Central Middle School, Fairley decided she was ready for something new.
"I kind of felt like there was nowhere for growth there," she said. "I wanted something different, so I started doing research on St. Louis College Prep and finally put in an application and here I am.
"I am here to do my magic," she added.
Outside of school, Fairley enjoys spending time with her 7-year-old son and her husband but has also formed a new non-profit aimed at mentoring teenage girls.
"It is called The Princess Perspective," she said. "My first name means princess in Arabic, the perspective part of it is about understanding that each of our ideas about being a princess will not look the same for everybody. We focus on educating the whole girl, dealing with physical issues, mental stability, and spiritual outreach. We also community service and we just took them on a college tour during spring break."
Fairley said she brings that entrepreneurial spirit to her classroom as well.
"I like to have fun in my classes," she said. "For example today in my classes we are going to have a competition over the vocabulary that they will have a test on on Monday. They will be able to earn bonus points toward the vocabulary test so it is a win-win situation. We get to have fun, we learn and we get to apply the words.
A St. Louis native, Fairley earned her Bachelor's degree from a private HBCU, Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., before returning to the area to get Master's Degrees in teaching and education administration at Lindenwood University.
Sixth and Ninth grade scholars had a chance to learn more about Greenville College this year with two separate field trips to the college.
Through a partnership with the Metro-St. Louis Community Tax Coalition and the St. Louis Tax Assistance Program, St. Louis College Prep will be offering free tax preparation sessions at the school on select Saturdays in February, March and April.Read More
unama Mtendaji drums, sings, dances and tells stories with a vibrant energy, bringing together students of all ages.
He visited St. Louis College Prep on Feb. 3, leading separate assemblies for middle school and high school scholars to kick off Black History Month at SCP.Read More
St. Louis College Prep scholars in good standing had a chance to unwind this week with a visit to the City Museum.Read More
Scholars from the St. Louis College Prep Middle School Robotics Club joined schools from across the city last Saturday to compete in the second annual Clavius Jamboree.Read More
St. Louis College Prep recently honored its middle and high school scholars who achieved the Honor Roll during Cycle 2. Scholars will also be recognized for attendance, participation in school sports, and for displaying one of the school's core values - Excellence. Please see below for videos and pictures from each awards ceremony:
St. Louis College Prep and its Executive Director Mike Malone offered their congratulations to the St. Louis Public School district for achieving full accreditation from the Missouri Board of Education in January.Read More
After over seven years of service to the school, St. Louis College Prep Board of Directors President Pete Weseloh is retiring from the board.
Weseloh said he was stepping down from his leadership role because he had served the full seven years allowed by the board's self-imposed term limits.Read More
The halls of St. Louis College Prep were filled with shouts of joy Wednesday afternoon. You might think that is because it was the last day before scholars go on the holiday break, but in reality, the scholars were celebrating something even more exciting than having several weeks off from school. "I've been wanting to read this book for so long!" said one scholar before racing to a friend to show here which book she had received as part of the annual SCP Holiday Book Gift program.Read More
The leadership team at St. Louis College Prep has decided to alter the previously scheduled holiday break to better align with other area schools. As a result, the holiday break will now be starting on Thursday, Dec. 22. Wednesday, Dec. 21 will be the last day of classes for scholars.
Thanks to a very successful #GivingTuesday and several large donations, St. Louis College Prep is well on its way to reaching its goal of raising $37,500 by Jan.1 to make sure that each and every SCP scholar has access to a Chromebook whenever they need it for success in the classroom.
We have just crossed the 30 percent mark in our fundraising efforts, bringing in a total of $11,135 so far.Read More
The St. Louis College Prep Chess Team came in second at the Loyola Academy Tournament just narrowly being edged out of the top position by at the end of the tournament.Read More