Willow Brook Elementary students and staff recently completed a unique outdoor art installation. Inspired by street artist Kelsey Montague and funding provided by a grant from the Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers, art teacher Dawn Lynn created a permanent butterfly wings mural consisting of ceramic tiles in the school’s garden.
“Here in our corner at Willow Brook, we want to invite the school community to enjoy our school garden year-round and interact with our school-wide collaborative art project,” Lynn wrote. “Where will our wings take you?”
Students and staff created radial patterned flowers at school and Villemade learners were able to pick up the supplies to complete the project at home.
This is the first art installation at the school that is part of the exterior of the building.
Students in the orchestra program at Pattonville High School earned All-Suburban and District Solo and Ensemble Festival honors this spring.
Students selected to the All-Suburban Orchestra are Sydney Hoynacki and Anna Kasprzyk for bass; Kenedi Jenkins for cello; Chandler Fajardo and Aaron Wolz for viola; and Maya Blumenthal, Elly Lu and Norina Shao for violin.
Additionally, many students earned rankings at the District Solo and Ensemble Festival.
Pattonville High School senior Jordyn Lodes is among the third group of winners in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. She received the National Merit University of Missouri - Columbia Scholarship. Her probable career field is mechanical engineering.
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Ms. Kristen Buescher and Ms. Audrey Masek love teaching. They also love QuikTrip. They joke about it all the time with their fourth graders at Parkwood Elementary. So when they had the opportunity to include it in a lesson, they went for it.
“The original unit has students designing and making a model of a playground,” Masek said. “Instead, our students designed and made a 2D model of their own QT gas station.”