More than 120 girls from grades 5 through 8 attended the “Introduce a Girl To Engineering Day” at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday. The college’s Society of Women Engineers was host for the third annual event at the SIUE School of Engineering Building.
“We help young girls see what they can do in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, and that it’s not just a male-oriented field,” said Sofia Chkautovich in a news release. Chkautovich is a senior civil engineering major and SWE youth outreach chair.
The girls completed five activities that covered civil, mechanical, electrical, industrial and computer science engineering.
“They enjoy the activities, because they have group leaders — SWE students — who are closer to their age,” Chkautovich said.
This year’s theme was “Seeing the World as an Engineer.” Attendees built iconic international engineering structures such as The Pyramids, London Bridge and Times Square. Small groups used teamwork to design and create their projects.
The event had been scheduled for Feb. 21, but had to be rescheduled because of inclement weather.
The Immaculate Conception School speech team, in Columbia, traveled to St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Smithton on Feb. 21 for a six-school speech competition. Students could present a humorous, serious or a duet speech and were judged on presentation, keeping in character and time.
Three eighth-graders had perfect scores: Sophie Spurgeon for her humorous speech called “The Bargain,” Isabella Garcia for her serious speech, “The Old Woman and the Clock,” and Mason Babcock and sixth-grader Eli Garcia for their humorous duet called “Camp Improv.”
Other winners were: Lucy Settle, Caroline Keefe, Allison Curry, Allison Shuler, Katie Grawitch and Jacob Feldker.
Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, introduced a Governor French Academy student on March 17 as one of his accomplished constituents to the General Assembly in Springfield.
Marcus N. King, 7, from Governor French Academy in Belleville, was recognized on March 17 for his participation in the 2015 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee. He was the youngest of the 32 finalists in the Bee; and the youngest ever. He advanced through four rounds.
“Marcus is a young man who demonstrates that with hard work and determination, you can accomplish great things, no matter your age,” Hoffman said. “I’m honored to have him in Springfield today, and I hope he will serve as an example for all students to keep learning and keep achieving.”
The Scholar Bowl team from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, in Waterloo, won first place in a tournament on March 19. Coach Katie Kreher, Alex Piontek, Grace Floerke, Kyle Richeson, Isaiah Koeninger, Kevin Flack, Grace Busch, Josh Eichholz and Harry Lyons went to Christ our Savior Lutheran School in Evansville for the event.
Signal Hill School District is offering kindergarten and prekindergarten registration in May. Parents or guardians must provide a certified birth certificate, occupancy permit and two current proofs of residency at registration.
For prekindergarten, call the district at 618-397-0325 to set an appointment between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 11 or 8 a.m. to noon on May 12. Children need to live in Signal Hill School District and be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1.
For kindergarten registration, call the district at 618-397-0325 to set an appointment between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 26 or 8 a.m. to noon on May 27.
Belleville School District 118 offers kindergarten registration from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. from April 13 through April 17. Register children who live in the district will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Parents or guardians need to bring a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate and three proofs of residence. Physical and immunization forms will be distributed during registration. Contact the school if a child can not be registered during those times.
West Junior High is hosting its annual Career Day on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school expects nearly 60 community members who will share how their education and training led to or helps their careers. Each teacher will have a guest speaker in his or her classroom. West is also hosting a College and Career Readiness Fair and Health Fair with 19 colleges and agencies for students to interact with.
“Spring into Wellness” by the Madison Community Unit School District 12 will feature free health screenings, food samples and information about community resources. The ninth annual health fair is open to the public from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on April 9. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open with a buy one, get one free sale; door prizes will also be awarded.