Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The project moves forward after a favorable vote during the Mehlville School Board’s last meeting. The tennis courts, however, will not have lights in order to save on costs.
The Mehlville School Board approved unanimously a bid of $513,896 from the company Byrne & Jones Construction for new tennis courts to be built at Bernard Middle School. Grants and rebates, however, will bring the cost down to $434,666. The maximum amount to be spent by the district on the tennis courts is $450,000. Superintendent Eric Knost said he was pleasantly surprised with the number of companies that bid for the project. “There is a lot of interest in this job, which makes it very exciting,” Knost said. Adding lights to the courts would bring the cost up by approximately $80,000 so the board decided to keep the courts without lights. In the future, the board may decide to install lights. “Most schools’ tennis courts do not have …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The school's student council hosted a BBQ honoring first responders, soldiers and veterans on September 11.
Seventh-grader Abbie Budt was only months old when two planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. She didn't see the news reports, frantically call family members or join the country in uniting after the attacks. But the day is still meaningful to her. "I think it's a sad day, but it's important to try to turn it into something good," she said. That's exactly what the Bernard Middle School students did on Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11. The Student Council hosted a BBQ at the school for the St. Louis County Police, Mehlville firefighters, veterans and military personnel. More than 30 students served food in shifts and ate with the first responders. "It's good for kids to get to know the police …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Beasley Elementary, Hagemann Elementary, Bernard Middle, Oakville High and the Witzel Learning Center will be run on solar energy in the fall.
Beasley Elementary, Hagemann Elementary, Bernard Middle, Oakville High and the Witzel Learning Center have been selected for the district's first solar panel project. The school board unanimously approved a 20-year lease agreement with StraightUp Solar for five solar panel systems at no out-of-pocket expense. The estimated savings over the length of the lease is $130,660. The vote was 6-0 with Mark Stoner absent from the May 17 meeting. Superintendent Eric Knost proposed Oakville High, Bernard Middle, Hagemann Elementary and the Witzel Learning Center and either Bierbaum or Beasley Elementary schools for the solar project. The district announced in a release July 2 that Bierbaum would be the fifth building. Students will also be able to…
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The tennis courts are set for completion in the fall with the auditorium following in the fall of 2013.
Two big facilities projects in the Mehlville School District are closer to starting construction, Superintendent Eric Knost reported at Thursday’s school board meeting. The tennis courts, which will be located in front of Bernard Middle School, received approval from the Metropolitan Sewer District. After one more meeting with the engineer on details, final bids will be sent out. The bidding window will be open for three to four weeks, Knost said. Auditorium District architects are “absolutely focused” on the location for the Mehlville's first auditorium, Knost said. Construction is set to begin in October and finish by the fall of 2013. Original location suggestions included the Witzel Learning Center and the north end of Mehlville High…
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Congratulations to the May Student of the Month.
The Mehlville Optimist Club recognized Abigail Monteith as Student of the Month for May. Abigail was unanimously chosen by her teachers at Bernard Middle School. Her parents, James and Christine, along with other family members attended as she accepted her award.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The 37 seventh-graders took the ACT and SAT, scoring well.
Middle school students in the Mehlville School District took the ACT and SAT college placement tests, and 37 students scored equal or better than half of all college-bound seniors who took the tests. Six students also scored in the 90th percentile of high school seniors tested, and were honored with Grand Recognition. The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) administered the tests, and students were selected to participate based on their standardized test scores. “While these students typically do well on grade-level work, it is quite impressive to see how they stack up against the older students,” said Washington Middle School counselor Ann Hinderberge in a district release. “We are very proud of all of their …
The students were awarded the Rosemary Zander Award from the Special School District.
Three Special School District (SSD) students from Mehlville schools were honored April 26 for their academic performance, arts,
service. The students received the Rosemary Zander Award, which was named in honor of an SSD teacher. It is the highest recognition given to an SSD student. Congratulations to Danielle Jundt and Rebecca Witzofsky of Bernard Middle School and Kevin Mitchell of Oakville Middle School. See a video of the students and why they were chosen for the award.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Lori Sullivan will be the new principal of Bernard Middle School and Ann Westbrook will be the early childhood program director.
Next fall, two new faces will be at the helms in the Mehlville School District. Lori Sullivan will take over as principal of Bernard Middle School and Ann Westbrook will become the new Director of Early Childhood at John Cary Early Childhood Center. “Lori and Ann have been strong assets to the district for the past several years," said Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost in a district release. “We are confident they will continue to achieve success in their new roles and have the opportunity to make an even greater impact on the students in the Mehlville School District.” Sullivan takes over for Phil Milligan and is currently the assistant principal at Bernard. She's worked in the district for the past 18 years as a Communication Arts teacher …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Students at Margaret Buerkle and Bernard Middle schools are participating in a Police Teen Academy.
Seventh and eighth graders are getting an inside look at St. Louis County’s finest in a new Police Teen Academy. School Resources Officers Amy Willenbrock and Kelly Eller started the eight-week program at Margaret Buerkle and Bernard Middle schools. The program meets for two hours a week and looks at the daily responsibilities of police officers. The students simulate crime scene investigations, learn tactics and meet with the county’s specialized units, such as Metro Air Support and the K-9 Unit. “The program is a fun way for students to see what we do as police officers, and it gets them excited about becoming police officers themselves,” Willenbrock said in a district release. Students submitted an application to their School Resource …
Friday, November 11, 2011
The Bernard Middle School bands and choir performed along with the Oakville High School male concert choir.
More than 300 people crowded into the gymnasium at Bernard Middle School to honor veterans through music and videos Thursday night. The Bernard Middle School Symphonic Band, Strings and Concert Choir performed patriotic tunes along with the song of each military branch. The men from the Oakville High School Concert Choir also sang during the concert. This is the seventh year the school has hosted the "Salute to Veterans" tribute.