What’s New Fall 2018

By August 14, 2018Featured

Each new school year brings a fresh start and exciting changes.

Thanks to the generosity of you through the “Fulfilling His Vision” capital campaign, we have plenty of exciting additions to our school.  Join us as we begin the 58th year of ministry at Green Park and celebrate.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

School Garden Blossoms

A new surge of energy brought growth and enthusiasm for the school garden. Thanks to the patience and work of Third Grade Teacher Ruthann Gieseke and Resource Teacher Sandi Loduca. The two spent the hot dry summer tending to the garden by watering and weeding. Thanks to Board Member, Mike Wuerffel, and son, Dr. Joe Wuerffel, for spraying and analysis. 

Green Park Vikings will soon enjoy the harvest..in the lunchroom. The farm-to-table concept for GP’s lunch program will bring summer squash, sweet peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, and more. The hot pink zinnias might be our neighbor’s favorite part but you might like to see the pumpkins.

Parking Lot Smoothed Over

It’s been years of discussion, plenty of fund raising, and saving. The parking lot is new again. Sure it’s tough to mark it as a celebration point but hey, we’re proud for pulling it together. Plus we think you and your children are much safer for it. Doesn’t hurt to have some sweet new hopscotch markings too.

K-8 Science Curriculum Unveiled

Middle School Science Teacher, Ann Ryherd, has spent her time upgrading GP’s new Science curriculum. The long-awaited updates come to us for the beginning of school completely integrated. K-8 will use Inspire Science while 6-8th graders will study from McGraw Hill’s iScience. From the integration of virtual labs to video games to compliment the lessons, there will be plenty of tools. Teachers are excited about the leveled tests and each unit including a STEM lab. “I’m excited about it because it’s all there – all graphically organized including formative assessments.” – Ann Ryherd

1:1 Technology Initiative

New iPads for K-2 learning will be at Green Park for the start of the new school year. Chromebooks for 3rd-8th grade will be delivered and set up by October 1. Chromebooks will be pre-loaded with a Google Management Suite that will allow GP to become a Google School. This will allow teachers to share documents, websites and assignments with students through Google Classroom. Each child will have his/her own Google account allowing access to Drive, Gmail, Google docs and slides. Access to all of these features will be available to Google accounts from home as well.

Kitchen Upgrades

What started as a floor replacement for summer turned into a full on rearrangement, cleaning and painting of our school kitchen. Food Service Director, April Baese, is over the moon excited about the upgrades reporting: “You should have seen Cynthia and I…we covered every square inch of this space cleaning and prepping. The new shelves come this week.”

GP Family Grows

Beyond celebrating the newest kindergarten class and JKers of course, be on the lookout. Green Park’s 1st-8th grade classes have 15 new students, too. We’ll start small and let you know about the latest faculty and staff additions.

Joshua Dixon, Middle School Math, Eighth Grade Homeroom

Josh is certified in math and brings STEM experience.

“I’m excited about this new journey and can’t wait to bring my passion for teaching and math into the classrooms at Green Park.”

Chris Tipton, Art

Chris earned a master’s in Art Education and has taught art. She will teach K-8 art and reports “I’m excited to incorporate all I’ve learned!”

“Those who work with their hands is a laborer. Those who work with their hands and their head is a craftsman. Those who work with their hands and head and heart is an artist.” Francis of Assisi

Grace Harnagel, Second Grade

Grace joins us in her third year of teaching second grade with enthusiasm and collaboration with Angela Marty.

“I want students to enjoy being at school. I hope that I can inspire a love of learning that motivates kids to never give up!”

Rodger Robbins, Technology Coordinator

Rodger enjoyed a few weeks of retirement from the Affton School District before he was recruited to help launch Green Park’s 1:1 initiative.

“I look forward to helping Green Park’s students and teachers move to a 1:1 environment. As for hobbies I enjoy golf, fishing, hiking, and supporting the St. Louis Blues.”

Brenda Chitwood, Childcare

GP mom, Brenda Chitwood, joins the Before & After School Care staff this fall. She brings over 16 years of childcare experience.

“Work hard, be kind & amazing things will happen”.