Miles Davis Kindergarten Center

Two students at Miles Davis Kindergarten Center using new math books purchased through a $90,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund.

East St. Louis School District 189 received a $90,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund for the purpose of supporting the district’s efforts to strategically improve math performance. Specifically, the award has been used to purchase new math curriculum books for students in grades K-3 that are aligned to the Common Core state standards and utilize evidence-based methodology.

“We appreciate the Monsanto Fund’s support in helping to provide textbooks that will align with the more rigorous standards of the Common Core,” said Dorland Norris, deputy superintendent.

“The new books follow the key shifts of the Common Core to solid conceptual understanding and a high degree of procedural skill and fluency. Teachers participated in training around the math curriculum, and we have prioritized our funding to continue professional development in this area.”

Norris added that parents should start to see students doing math assignments that involve a lot more problem solving and critical thinking.

“What you should not see are a lot of worksheets,” Norris said.

To help provide more information to parents and the community on the Common Core standards and how the district has been implementing them, a special Key Communicator Network meeting on the Common Core will be held at 6 p.m., Nov. 18 in the Board Room at the Board of Education, 1005 State St., East St. Louis, Ill. At this meeting, members of the organization Advance Illinois will present information on Common Core State Standards for Illinois. 

Parents and community members are encouraged to attend. Educational resources on the Common Core can also be found on the district’s homepage at

The goal of the Core Coalition ( is to help parents understand the new learning standards and what they mean for Illinois children.


Record enrollment at MSU 

Official enrollment for the Missouri State University system is up for the fall 2013 semester with 23,838 students enrolled, a new system record. The previous record was 23,092 established in fall 2010.

A total of 21,798 students are enrolled on the Springfield campus, up 739 students from 21,059 last fall. Springfield students represent every Missouri county, every other state and the District of Columbia, and 85 other countries. On the West Plains campus, 2,123 students are enrolled, an increase of 21 students over last fall’s total of 2,102. Some 83 students are enrolled on both campuses; these students were only counted once in the system total.

Highlights for the official fall enrollment report include:

  • There are 2,693 first-time freshmen enrolled, up 202 (8.1 percent) during a year when Missouri saw a drop in the number of high school graduates. Their average ACT is 24.0, well above state and national averages; 85.2 percent were in the top half of their graduating class; and 60.5 percent had a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • The total number of transfer students is 1,754, up 139 (8.6 percent), a record for fall semester transfers. 
  • The number of underrepresented students is 2,413, up 172 (7.7 percent). 

Missouri State remains the second largest university in the state. The fall 2013 official enrollment figures are based on the 20th day of classes, the State of Missouri’s official enrollment census date.

For information about admission to the Springfield campus, call (417) 836-5517 or (800) 492-7900 or visit The university encourages students to apply early in their senior year. On Nov. 2, the Springfield campus will host Showcase, a special recruitment event for prospective freshmen and transfers.

STLCC-Forest Park hosts job fair 

St. Louis Community College-Forest Park is hosting a Fall Job Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria.

Students, alumni and the community are invited; admission is free. The Career Coach mobile vehicle will be parked from noon to 2 p.m. on the staff lot near the Student Center. Visitors will be able to access computers to learn about employment prospects of careers they want to research.

Professional attire is recommended. Various employers will be on campus to recruit for full-time, part-time, and internship positions.

For more information, call 314-644-9225, or stop by the Career and Employment Services office located in Rooms F-330 and F-342. STLCC-Forest Park is located at 5600 Oakland Ave.

Accounting, business and IT sessions 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow by 17 percent through 2020, and jobs in computer and information technology fields are projected to grow by 22 percent during that same timeframe.

Find out how to start a career in business, accounting and information systems fields by attending a special Career Connections Session 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Room 105 in the Business Administration building at St. Louis Community College – Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Road in Kirkwood.

The session focuses on careers in accounting, business management, business administration, computer networking, IT help desk/end user support and network engineering. Participants will learn about labor market needs and job options, talk to program coordinators about academic requirements and curriculum, and learn how to get started at STLCC and prepare for a high-demand career.

Information also will be available on short-term, non-credit training to earn certificates in Lean Six-Sigma, project management and small business essentials offered through continuing education.

Register now at For more information, call 314-984-7159.

St. Louis Community College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. If you have accommodation needs, call 314-984-7159 within two working days of the scheduled event to request needs. Documentation of disability may be required. 

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