The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


For the past three years, Parkway has administered high school finals after winter break, a practice that proves to be detrimental to the success as well as the mental health of students. With finals after break appearing to do more harm than good, the question of what changes can be made arises time and time again. “The pressure for finals is difficult, and to have that [pressure for] a few weeks because youre on [a] break can make you generally sad. Its a bummer in general. I wish [finals] were before break, so we [could] have a break to sleep, celebrate and not study. Everyone Ive talked to about it is like yeah, finals sucks, and I wish that wasnt a thing,” junior Meadow Kostial said.

Post-break panic

The problem Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, a new schedule — pushing back the academic year and shifting finals to after winter break — was adopted district-wide. From students to teachers,...

Parkway thanks community members for voting “Yes on S” with a yard sign.

Best for West: Prop S approved for Parkway

Addie Gleason and Emily Early December 1, 2022

Six schools without working fire sprinkler systems. Four run-down pools and locker rooms. Outdated security cameras. Prop S dollars will now address these issues. Proposition S, or “Prop S,” passed...

Dr. Tiffany Besse presents at Principal Lab Day at Halls Ferry Intermediate School in February of 2020. Besse has worked in Francis Howell, Rockwood and Pattonville before joining Parkway. “One of the things that has always been a focus in my previous districts has been how do we keep pushing for those who are ready to move forward and then how do we grab the kiddos who might need a little bit more and how do we pull them along to get them where they deserve to [be]. So that is definitely some of the work that I would like to bring here and some of the equity work here [that] is already going on,” Besse said.

A look into education with Parkway’s new deputy superintendent Tiffany Besse

Mira Nalbandian, Managing Editor-in-Chief March 29, 2022

As the school year begins to approach its end, Parkway will see several administrators step down from their roles, including Principal Jeremy Mitchell. District-level administration is no different. Next...

Ready for action, the Parkway School Eats food truck prepares to serve students and staff. The food truck made its debut at Fern Ridge High School. “My biggest hope for the truck is that it serves as not [only] an inspirational tool for the district but also an educational one. If we can inspire students to learn more about small businesses, food service, hospitality, catering, or finances and educate them on the process, it will be a win-win for the district,” District Executive Chef Robert Grotha said.

Parkway cooks up a new street eats option with the introduction of food trucks

Anna Claywell, Staff Writer January 12, 2022

Equipped with refrigerators, a stove, a prep station and more, Parkway's bright orange food truck rolls into the parking lot. The truck chefs anticipate kids running to get food from them instead of students...

Nov. 17, the Parkway School Board finalized their decision to rezone Pierremont Elementary over to South Middle after claims of overcrowding at West Middle.

Moving on: Parkway School Board finalizes proposal to rezone the Pierremont Elementary School area

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer December 21, 2021

At the school board meeting Nov. 17, the Parkway School Board voted unanimously to shift Pierremont Elementary from feeding into West Middle to feeding into South Middle. Proposed last spring, the district...

Parkway Nurses come together to chair a fundraiser for the Parkway Food Pantry, creating a cookbook they plan on selling in December.

Parkway nurses ‘eggspress’ their interest in food pantry by creating cookbook fundraiser

Ashlyn Gillespie, Staff Writer October 23, 2020

‘Pandemic Pound Cake’ is one of the many recipes submitted by Parkway staff for the “Parkway Pandemic Cookbook.” This district-wide project is a ‘legend in the baking,’ led by Green...

Schools remain closed as students and parents wait for information on the upcoming school year.

Parkway leaders share a glimpse of plans for the 20-21 school year

Bri Davis, Staff Writer July 16, 2020

Keith Marty, Superintendent of Parkway Schools Q: What are the special protocols for students, staff, families, and guardians who are at higher risk from COVID-19? Plans for Parkway will be released...

A welcome sign stands outside the front entrance, which will not be open to the public through April 22.

Breaking: Parkway extends school closures as COVID-19 outbreak intensifies

Tyler Kinzy, Deputy Managing EiC March 23, 2020

The Parkway School District’s lockdown is just beginning. With ‘stay-at-home’ mandates due to the COVID-19 pandemic now in effect throughout St. Louis City and St. Louis County, public school...

Ken Susman stands in front of the board of education in the foyer of Central Middle school. He is wearing a red shirt and speaking into the microphone at the podium, empassioned.

Parkway teachers take a stand for increased inclusion

Dani Fischer May 9, 2019

“Tolerance for racism is racism” and “no room in this room for racism”: both of these are phrases that are hung in teachers’ classrooms across Parkway. Below the white text is a hashtag—#EndRacismInParkway. These...

Parkway students use Twitter as a vehicle of district harassment: Storify

Parkway students use Twitter as a vehicle of district harassment: Storify

Pathfinder Editorial Board February 11, 2016

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