The Mascoutah High School band will represent the state of Illinois in the American Musical Salute: Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, in Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg.
The band will perform May 30 through June 3. To raise funds for the trip, the band is hosting a silent auction and concert Friday at the high school auditorium.
"I am so proud of the dedication and hard work of our band kids," band Director Sandra Richter said. "I truly believe this trip will create memories to last a lifetime."
St. Clare Catholic School in O'Fallon will dedicate its new 16,800-square-foot addition and renovation project at 2 p.m. Sunday. The $4.9 million project added five classrooms, a science lab, resource room, conference room, new restrooms and two new offices, and provided room for an expanded library and new computer lab. The project included renovation of three classrooms, two other offices and the workroom, as well as exterior work in the existing building.
The public is invited to attend the event. An open house and reception will follow the blessing ceremony from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the school at 214 W. Third St. in O'Fallon.
Five local students have been selected to participate in the Seventh Grade Poetry Foundation's annual event: "Poetry On Their Terms." The students are: Maggie Chenault, Holy Family Catholic School; Kathleen Botterbush, Evangelical School; Robin Luo, Lincoln Middle School, all from Madison County; Zack Gillan, Immaculate Conception School in Columbia; and Tristan Juenger, Red Bud Elementary School.
The winning poets will have the opportunity to read their compositions before a live audience Wednesday at the St. Louis Central Library in downtown St. Louis.Interested individuals can watch the event online at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at www.7thgradepoetry.org.
A Scholastic Book Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at McKendree University's Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on Alton Street in Lebanon. The book fair is open to the community, and admission is free. The event is sponsored by Holman Library and the Literary Interest Society.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe will be officially installed during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.
Furst-Bowe became SIUE's eighth chancellor on July 2. Along with Chancellor Furst-Bowe, featured speakers will include SIU President Glenn Poshard, SIUE Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ann Boyle and Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur.
The 23rd Annual Madison County Young Author's Conference will be held Saturday at Edwardsville High School. Students representing Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Collinsville at the conference are: Delaney Philipps, Kristina Robinson, Faith Mayfield, Mattox Greer, Cierra Frields and Reagan Guerra. Cierra, an eighth-grader, will be representing Good Shepherd at the statewide conference in Bloomington/Normal as well.
Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville is looking for volunteers to help with its beautification day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers will be sprucing up around campus, painting, weeding and mulching. Volunteers are asked to meet at Heritage Hall for a light breakfast and work assignments. For more information or to volunteer, contact Sara Prindable-Simonin at 235-1124.
Father McGivney Catholic High School in Maryville hosted its annual grade school spelling bee Thursday. Eight Catholic grade schools in the surrounding area sent their top two spellers in the seventh and eighth grades to compete for the opportunity to be named the area's best speller. Champions at both the seventh and eighth grade levels were awarded $500 scholarships to Father McGivney High School.
Taking home the first place medal and a $500 scholarship in the eighth grade competition was Danielle Boulanger from St. Paul in Highland. Nick Wilmsmeyer from St. Elizabeth in Granite City received the second place medal; and Cody Johnson from St. Michael in Staunton rounded off the top three.
For the seventh grade competition, Anna Conner from St. Boniface in Edwardsville won the first place medal and the $500 scholarship, while Katie Goring from St. Paul in Highland and Gus Nugent from Sts. Peter & Paul in Collinsville earned the second and third place medals, respectively.
Millstadt resident Ken Weilbacher recently made a $2,500 donation to St. James Catholic School in Millstadt, Principal Cheryl Dunnells said.
Weilbacher, a St. James graduate, won a contest through America's Farmers Grow Communities and wanted to donate the $2,500 prize to the school.
The donated funds will go toward a family who is in need of tuition assistance, according to Dunnells. A $2,500 match from Monsanto was donated to the Millstadt Senior Center.
Lisabeth Lewis, of O'Fallon, was honored as the Southwest Baptist University Libraries' Outstanding Student Assistant of the Month for March. University Libraries' faculty and staff established the monthly award to recognize outstanding employment characteristics such as dependability, quality of work, motivation, attitude and cooperation.
Do you have an item for Education Matters or an education-related story tip? We want to know about it. Send your ideas to Jamie Forsythe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 618-239-2562.