Stanton Elementary
1430 Flora Del Drive, Fenton, MO 63026
Phone 636-891-6750 . Fax 636-891-8867
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Principal Blog - Christine Starnes

Aug 21
Ryan Hummert Night at the Rockwood Summit Football Game!

Good Morning!

This Friday, August 25th at 7pm, we will celebrate Ryan Hummert Spirit Night at Rockwood Summit's football game against Parkway West.  This event is very important to Rockwood Summit and the entire community.  Ryan Hummert was captain of the varsity football team for two years and graduated from Rockwood Summit in 2004.

On July 21, 2008, Ryan died tragically responding to his very first call as a firefighter for the Maplewood Fire Department.  Ryan was only 22 years old.  The City of Maplewood keeps the Ryan Hummert Memorial Page in his honor. Last summer, the community of Maplewood dedicated a statue in Ryan's honor at Ryan Hummert Memorial Park.

Rockwood Summit's Football Boosters began Ryan Hummert Spirit Night in 2008 after Ryan's death, and then made it an annual event to honor Ryan and keep his legacy alive.  Our coaches invite the Maplewood and the Fenton Fire Departments to our game to honor their service as well as to honor Ryan.  Ryan's fellow firefighters help with the coin toss, and they stay and watch the game.  Our Summit stadium shines on this night as the fire departments erect an American Flag on their ladders. This emotional event mixes our memorial of Ryan with our patriotism and our appreciation of the sacrifice that all of our first responders make for our safety.

Both Fenton and Maplewood Fire Departments collect donations in their boots to fund the Ryan Hummert Memorial Scholarship.  The football boosters raise money to help fund the scholarship as well. This event brings the entire Fenton Community together. Our feeder elementary and middle schools participate in this event as well. Stanton will share flyers this week so that our students can attend the game free of charge. Those flyers will come home soon. Please do not forget to bring this flyer to the game with you. Adults will be charged a $5.00 to attend the game. Activity passes are also accepted.

This year, the Fenton quadrant has decided to do away with the spirit trophy ​and only focus on the true spirit of the night, Ryan Hummert. However, this year, each elementary school will select one 5th grade student to go out on the field with other first responders for the coin toss. We will do a lottery and announce the winner on Wednesday. 

We hope to see you at this special event on Friday. It truly showcases the true spirit of our Fenton community.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Christy Starnes
Principal

 

Jul 27
Welcome Back to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Welcome Back to Stanton!

Hello Stanton Families!

Summer is coming to an end and life at Stanton Elementary is once again becoming increasingly active and busy! Staff members are excited to begin a new school year! Even though we might long for a few more carefree summer days, we are very much looking forward to coming back to school to build positive relationships with our student leaders and families. Educators are not much different from students with butterflies in our stomachs and smiles and enthusiasm on our faces as we approach our “First Day of School.” We have much to be excited about and grateful for in this upcoming school year as positive change and progressive thinking has come to Stanton Elementary.

As a result of the continued bond issue improvements, Stanton Elementary was extremely fortunate to have received a major field renovation. This was a much needed at Stanton!  In addition, you will also notice major improvements to our parking lot, driveway, and the stair case leading down to the front entrance.  Lastly, in the area of technology, Stanton Elementary will continue to receive additional Chrome Books for students to use this year and renovations will begin in Room 14 as we prepare to introduce our first STEM lab to our students and school community!

In an effort to utilize technology well, to successfully integrate new students into the Stanton community, and for all students to learn and meet the high expectations we set for them, our focus will be on student engagement, mathematics and innovation this year. It is becoming increasingly clear that we, as educators, need to rethink how we engage students in school and in learning. We will observe and listen to what engages and interests them in order for deeper learning to occur at school. This year, the Stanton teaching staff will ask of themselves and of each other how can we deepen student engagement through use of technology and innovation. We will also continue to ask ourselves how we can deepen student relationships to create an increasingly safe, empathic, welcoming, and comfortable school environment where we genuinely care about one another and learn freely. To this end, we will continue to use and reinforce The Leader in Me and communicate the notion that everyone matters, everyone can take a stand, and everyone can be a leader! After all, “Love is the Key” at Stanton and we will continue to Live, Love and Lead!

Just a few reminders in regard to staffing next year:
-Lauren Garner has moved from Kindergarten to 2nd Grade 

-Mindy Sosnoff has moved from 2nd Grade to 4th Grade

-Kasey Margason is joining our 2nd grade team this year and is replacing Shannon Stanze. Kasey comes to us with 5 years of experience from Monroe Elementary in the St. Charles School District.

-Mike McGrath (PE Teacher) will NOT return to Stanton 1st semester. We are hopeful that he will return in January for 2nd semester. We are currently in the process of interviewing for a PE teacher (1st semester only). I will announce that hire as soon as I can.

In closing, class placement will go out on Friday, August 4th at 9am via email

School supply lists are available by clicking on the link below:
http://www.rsdmo.org/stanton/parentinformation/Documents/Supply%20List.pdf


Popsicles on the Playground with the Principals!
Popsicles on the Playground for ALL incoming kindergarten students is on Wednesday, August 9th from 6pm-7pm! Mark your calendars!

Open House is Monday, August 14th from 5pm-6:30pm for ALL grade levels. 
Bus schedules will be available at Open House. You can also visit the Rockwood School District website for additional transportation information.
We will also host a New Family Welcome and Stanton 101 for all new families at 6:30pm in the gymnasium. If you are new family, I encourage you to come and learn more about our school!

Our First Day of School is Wednesday, August 16th 

Lastly, we are approaching the BIG  Solar Eclipse event that is happening on August 21st. An email will be coming out shortly with all the details/information about the day! Stay tuned!

I look forward to seeing everyone at Open House on August 14th!

If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to email me atstarneschristine@rsdmo.org or call the Stanton main office at 636.891.6750.

See You Soon!

Sincerely,
Dr. Christy Starnes

Principal

Apr 03
Remember to Vote Tomorrow!

​During the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing information about Prop T, a bond issue that will address increasing enrollment, class sizes and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning for our students.

About 2,300 homes are expected to be built in the district in the next few ​years. The timing and reasons for this bond issue are driven primarily by this growth and compromise to our recent class size efforts. Prop T will fund the construction of a new elementary school in Eureka, build additional classrooms, and repurpose the existing school for early childhood programs. In addition, Prop T will fund the creation of an innovative learning space in our school. This space would become a collaborative K-5 classroom equipped for robotics, computer programming, STEM+ maker spaces, 3D design in prototyping, and invention kits in arts/engineering. 

As an Election Day reminder, please note:

  • Prop T will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate. 

  • Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4.

  • Prop T requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage. 

If you’d like to learn more about Prop T, please let me know. In addition, you can visit the Election Day website where you’ll find the Super Talks series with Dr. Knost and our students, along with information about the candidates for the Rockwood School Board election.​

Thank you for the consideration,

Dr. Christy Starnes
Principal

Mar 28
Prop T!

​Dear Stanton Families,​

On April 4, Rockwood voters will consider Proposition T to address increasing enrollment and the district's continued support for STEM/Innovative learning.

Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost has been keeping our community informed via a “Super Talks” series. This week, our high school students interviewed him and asked about class sizes during this time of increasing enrollment in the district.  

I encourage you to take a moment to view the video. You’ll hear about Rockwood’s preferred class sizes across the district. Plus, view the Prop T projects that will fund additional space in our schools.

A 57.14 percent majority is necessary for passage on Election Day. The $95.5 million bond issue will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate. 

As always, if you have questions, please give me a call.​

Thank you,
Dr. Christy Starnes
Principal

Mar 21
Election Day is Coming Up Soon!

Hello Stanton Families,

Election Day is less than two weeks away.  I want to let you know that Rockwood has Prop T on the April ballot to address increasing enrollment, class sizes and our continued support for STEM and innovative learning.

WHEN IS THE ELECTION? 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE CAN I VOTE? 
Just prior to Election Day, each registered voter will receive a postcard from the Election Office designating the polling place for the voter. You can find your polling place at www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/Elections.

HOW MANY “YES” VOTES ARE REQUIRED FOR THE BOND ISSUE TO PASS?
The Constitution of the State of Missouri requires a four-sevenths (57.14%) majority for passage of the bond issue.​

WHERE MAY I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BOND ISSUE?

You can visit the Prop T website: www.rsdmo.org/PropT. Plus, view the latest Super Talks video where our own Rockwood students interview Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost regarding STEM education.

If you have questions about Prop T, please give me a call.  

Dr. Christy Starnes
Principal
Stanton 



Mar 01
What to know even more about Prop T? Check this out!

Dear Stanton Families, 

Rockwood consistently balances its budget and works hard to be fiscally responsible. In fact, we are one of only four school districts in Missouri to earn a AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s for this high level of financial responsibility. 

Now, we are aware of 2,300 new homes being built in the district in the coming years. 

These projections of increases in student enrollment led district officials to review current capacity in our schools. We evaluated how much space is available in each school – realizing the calculations are different at the elementary, middle and high school levels. We also considered our curriculum and the learning spaces needed to meet the needs of instruction.

During the last few years, the district has made a concentrated effort to decrease elementary class sizes. Our preferred Rockwood class sizes have made a difference in our school as we move toward the state’s desirable class size numbers.

In the latest edition of Super Talks with our Rockwood Superintendent, Dr. Eric Knost provides an overview of Prop T. The bond issue will address increasing enrollment and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning.  Prop T is a $95.5 million bond issue that will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate. 

Learn more about Prop T on the April 4 ballot.

Thank you!
Dr. Christy Starnes
Principal

Feb 22
Additional Prop T Information!

Dear Stanton Families,

We have known for a long time that hands-on, experiential activities engage more students. We have made a concentrated effort to provide more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to prepare our students for the future.

Being a critical thinker and problem solver is one of the most essential skills for students to be successful. Our Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost shares what innovation looks like in our schools. Take a moment to view the video and read his message.

Funds from Prop T will fund the creation of an innovative learning space in our school. This space will become a collaborative K-5 classroom that will be equipped for robotics, computer programming, STEM+ maker spaces, 3D design in prototyping, and invention kits in arts/engineering.

Prop T is on the April 4 ballot and will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate. I invite you to learn more about Prop T projects for our school and feeder community.

Thank you,

Dr. Christy Starnes
Principal!

Feb 15
Prop T Information!

Dear Stanton Families,

I wanted to share that our Board of Education recently voted to place a bond issue on the April 4 ballot. Rockwood voters will consider Proposition T (Thrive) to address increasing enrollment and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning. Prop T will not alter the current Rockwood tax rate.

Funds from Prop T will build a new elementary school in Rockwood.  The last time Rockwood built a school was in 2004 in response to growth in the Wildwood area when we built Fairway Elementary School.

We are again experiencing increases to student enrollment. According to Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost, about 2,300 homes are expected to be built in the district in the next five years. Projections of increases in student enrollment led district officials to review current capacity in our schools. We evaluated how much space is available in each school. We also considered our curriculum and the learning spaces needed to meet the needs of instruction.

During the last few years, the district has made a concentrated effort to decrease class sizes at the elementary levels. Our preferred Rockwood class sizes have made a difference in our elementary schools as we move toward the state’s desirable class size numbers.Here is a quick overview of the projects funded by Prop T:

Class Sizes

  • build a new element​ary school in Eureka to address increased student enrollment

  • repurpose the existing school for early childhood education and RSD programs

  • add classrooms to schools to address increased student enrollment

Innovative Learning

  • create and equip innovative learning spaces in our elementary schools to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in our curriculum

  • complete the final phase of high school STEM lab renovations​

  • expand the implementation of the one-to-one student/technology program

The $95.5 million bond issue requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage on April 4. I’ll continue to share more information about the bond issue in the coming weeks.  You can always contact me with questions or visit the Prop T website for more information. 

​Dr. Christy Starnes
Principal

Feb 02
National Wear Red Day and Jump Rope for Heart!

​Today, Stanton is kicking off our Jump Rope for Heart Campaign for the month of February. The "Show Me Jumpers" will be here to put on a show for our students. In addition, the AHA will also be here to present us with our banner for collecting over $18,000 in donations last year for the American Heart Association.

Tomorrow we will celebrate National Wear Red Day! All are invited to participate and wear red tomorrow! Teachers will be participating and our students are encouraged to do that as well!

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That's why this year we are asking that all wear red on National Wear Red Day!  We that you encourage others to do the same!

I know that his campaign is near and dear to many of us! Thank you in advance for all of your donations and support! We look forward to surpassing our amount from last year!

Let's Go Stanton! Let's continue to raise awareness and help support the American Heart Association!

Dr. Christy Starnes
Principal

Jan 27
Stanton is a 2017 Missouri School of Character!

Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development that has a true positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.

Criteria for the designation are based on Character.org's 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts.

In January 2016, Stanton Elementary decided to take the journey down the path to becoming a 2017 Missouri School of Character. A team of very dedicated staff worked to complete this extensive application in order to receive this very distinguished honor. After aligning our work with The Leader in Me and the 11 Principles of Character Education, we were ready to pursue this recognition in December 2016.

On January 17th, 2017, evaluators from Character.org visited Stanton Elementary and met with staff, students and parents. The visit went great and everyone shined and demonstrated great leadership. It was very clear that we are school built on a foundation of love and great character.

On Monday, I received a phone call that would solidify our journey down this path. It is with great pleasure and excitement that I share with you that Stanton Elementary has been recognized as a 2017 Missouri School of Character! I couldn't be more excited for our entire school community. This is such an honor for a school that truly believes in loving and leading.

Please join me in congratulating the staff and students for all their hard work and dedication. I am one proud principal and so excited for the entire school community.

And...THANK YOU PARENTS....for making Stanton a great community for kids to learn and thrive!

Dr. Christy Starnes
Principal

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