January 27-31, 2020
How do you get your children excited about science and math? Treat them to the experience that is Super Science Saturday! They can solve a math maze, try biology, physics, and chemistry experiments, meet amazing creatures, and much more! This annual event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, in the Remington/Agenstein Hall at Missouri Western State University, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Presented by the St. Joseph Museum and MWSU, the day will include hands-on activities, courtesy of MWSU, area high schools, Hy-Vee, the Remington Nature Center, as well as KQ2 and KNPN television stations.
The St. Joseph Museum will return to its roots again this year with Super Science Saturday, reflecting the Museums’ original founding as a Children’s Museum over 90 years ago. The Children’s Museum was a project of the Natural Science Club of the St. Joseph Junior College, under the direction of club sponsor, and first museum director, Miss Orrel Andrews. Super Science Saturday began in 2001 as an opportunity to bring area high school and Missouri Western State University science educators together with the community’s youth for one action-packed day of exploring the sciences. Hands-on, kid-friendly experiments and projects are performed for -- and with the help of -- the students who attend. Past experiments have included the sound sandwich, color wheels, and tetrahedron tower building.
So what’s new this year? Why, you can make a Big Face Box to gigantify your head for one thing! Then there is the glow wall and the 3-D holograph illusion courtesy of science instructor Rich Piper of South Holt High School. Thanks to Benton High School science instructor Daniel Benz and his student volunteers, there will be experiments relating to air and gas pressure too! For a look at the science of health, Hy-Vee Store Dietitian Sheri Craddock, RD, LD will present experiments related to food choices and how to make wise ones.
Along with a series of ongoing experiments, MWSU Chemistry professors will present their always popular chemistry shows every 15 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Visitors can also expect to see and participate in “Fun with Biology”, a series of biology experiments presented by students from the MWSU Biology Department featuring Bess Beetles, termites, and various types of cockroaches.
In the Bushman Planetarium, there will be brief shows starting every 10 minutes that are available at no additional charge.
You just never know what you might see in in the Creatures programs, which will be given at 11 a.m. and at 12, 1, and 2 p.m. The Remington Nature Center staff and volunteers will be presenting Missouri’s native reptiles. Learn about the diversity of reptiles found right here in your own state. Does an exotic reptile make a good pet? Could be, but they will explain what it's like to be an owner of these unique and often long-lived animals. Be sure to stop by and meet their sulcata tortoise as well as many live snakes!
As a challenge to youth and adults alike, a room-size “Math Maze” will be presented by Dr. Kevin Andersen and Dr. Lori McCune in the entryway of Remington Hall at MWSU.
For a few mind games and illusions, check out the activities presented by MWSU Psychology Department on the first floor of Remington Hall.
Be sure to check out the second and third floor atriums where there will be “Weather Centers” with activities and demonstrations thanks to meteorologists Mike Bracciano of KQ2 and Matt Brooks of KNPN. There will also be a "Weather Forecasting Technology” area where children can practice giving weather reports in front of a green screen, just like the pros!
“The St. Joseph Museum began as a natural science museum for children and we are committed to education. Super Science Saturday is a great way to coordinate with local science and math experts to fulfil that commitment while honoring the Museums’ beginnings,” said Sara Wilson, executive director, St. Joseph Museums, “We’re looking forward to providing a day of fun for the entire family, and to building lasting enthusiasm for the sciences.”
Super Science Saturday will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Remington/Agenstein Hall at Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive. Admission is $3 for adults and students. Children under five are free. Parking is free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets in advance, visit stjosepmuseum.org/events. For more information, call 816-232-8471 or e-mail the St. Joseph Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following PDFs are the 2018-2019 Summary Report and Audit Report for the school district.
Avenue City School District is now accepting enrollments for 2020-2021 Kindergarten class. Students who enter kindergarten must turn five years old by August 1st of the school year. (8/1/2020) Screenings will be administered on pre-school students in the spring before entering Kindergarten. These screenings are used to tell parents and teachers the student’s strengths and weaknesses before entering school. The date for Kindergarten Screening is Friday, March 20, 2020. If your child will be attending kindergarten during the 20-21 school year, please call the school office to get all necessary information and sign your child up for screenings. (816-662-2305)
In April of 2020, the instructional staff at Avenue City will be working with the United Way to offer the Success by 6 KinderClub Program for incoming kindergartners. Families with a child who will begin kindergarten in the fall of 2020 are invited to participate in KinderClub at Avenue City School. Preparing for kindergarten doesn't start on the first day of school - it starts RIGHT NOW. These readiness meetings at Avenue City School are led by the district’s Kindergarten Teacher, who will share academic and social information with parents of children who will be starting kindergarten next fall to use at home. At no cost to families, five meetings will provide parents with the information and resources needed to help their child be ready for school. Avenue City School and United Way are collaborating to offer KinderClub at Avenue City School to help ease children’s transition into kindergarten. Mark your calendar now for the following KinderClub dates: April 6, 7, 8, 15, & 16 from 3:30-4:30 PM. Please plan to attend with your child any or all of these dates.
For more information about Kindergarten Screenings and the upcoming KinderClub program, contact the school at 816-662-2305.
Fall (Winter) has arrived and has brought with it some very frigid temperatures. As a staff, we try to take our students outside as much as possible to play. (even when it it cold.)
If temperature (and wind chill) is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit students WILL be escorted outside for recess. Students will need coats, hats, gloves, etc.
If your child is in need of any of these items, please call the school nurse (Mrs. Russell) at 816-662-2305. We have some extra cold weather gear in the school office and we can help you obtain some for your child, if needed.
Aces Observe Veteran's Day 2019
Thank you to all of our Veterans!
The Avenue City School District has carved out its own little niche in Northwest Missouri. Located five miles east of St. Joseph and nine miles southeast of Savannah, this school possesses an environment of caring and success. Anyone who holds the opinion that “bigger is better,” has obviously not been to the Avenue City R-IX School District. The faculty, staff, community, and parents of this school district have come to understand that a school is much more than a building with four walls. This PreK- 8th grade school contains the vision and hope for tomorrow.
The District’s Parents as Teachers program allows parents to be their child’s first teacher and arrangements for home visits can begin before the newborn arrives. The Avenue City R-IX School District also provides its community with a preschool opportunity beginning at age three that continues until the child is ready to enter Kindergarten. The district’s K-8 enrollment is approximately 165 students. The high school enrollment is approximately 55 students. When the time for high school draws near, families within the Avenue City R-IX School District possess the luxury of being able to select the high school of their choice for their child. Families traditionally select one of the three high schools in St. Joseph or the high school in Savannah.
The strength of a school lies within its people and its community. The community support for the school district allows the ability to attract and retain high quality teachers and staff. All staff continues to focus on keeping Avenue City School a great place for children to learn. Remaining an independent district, the taxpayers of Avenue City R-IX decided decades ago that local control of the public school was important. The community has supported the school, not only financially, but through volunteer programs and by retaining high expectations for the school and for their children as well. In return, the school has consistently appeared as one of the top elementary schools in the state and has been a top achiever in math and reading scores on state assessments. The state of Missouri has recognized the stakeholder’s combined efforts by awarding it the highest level of accreditation for the past two decades. A safe, supporting, and encouraging atmosphere allows for high achievement scores and a high level of parent satisfaction. The Avenue City School District students not only achieve, but do so in a loving and caring atmosphere because of this community of support.
Avenue City R-IX school district has carved out its own little niche in Northwest Missouri and this niche has continued success in promoting vision and hope for tomorrow.
A PPE (physical form) that releases a student to participate in sports/activities will now be considered valid for two years (730 days). We cannot control when every student’s physician will want to see them again for a general physical, which will be between the student’s physician and their parent; however, in order to be permitted to play sports for a school team, the new MSHSAA bylaw allows a physical to be valid for a two year period (730 days). A current physical that a student may have on file with the school may be valid for next school year under the new bylaw.
All Junior High and High School Athletes must have a physical once every two years before participating in school sponsored athletic events. Please click on the following pdf file to get your form for the physical. Students will not be allowed to practice or participate in athletic events if a completed form is not on file in the school's office.
ALL other Pre-participation Documents must still be completed/updated annually for every student athlete. MSHSAA PRE-PARTICIPATION DOCUMENTATION THAT MUST BE COMPLETED ANNUALLY can be downloaded below: